Monday, May 21, 2018

A Mother of a Day

I am positive that I have used this hilarious title for a Mother's Day post in the past.  I could check and tell you what year it was, but that seems laborious. 

So, Mother's Day 2018.

I slept in until after 9 am.  Even if nothing else nice happened that day, that's gift enough for me. 

This is what I woke up to.  Perfection.
Michael walked Ginger and then went out and got breakfast burritos and coffees while I lounged around in my jammies. 

We ate breakfast and did some more lounging.  Then, around noon, I decided that it might be nice to shower and prep for all the pictures that come with present opening. 

Presents

Blurry

There was a card from Ginger and one from the kids. 

Elliott made this at school. I think it's supposed to be a trivet, but I worry about how heat safe it is. 
Dairy free Halo top for the low carb/dairy free nutritional plan I've been following oh so carefully (lots of sarcasm in that sentence). 

Appointment for family pictures at JC Penney.

Drawings of me by Elliott

Drawing of my by Spencer

Dress that Michael picked out all by himself. 

A car net for my purse and seatbelt covers that I ordered for myself. 
After presents we took Mother's Day pictures.  This year was even easier than last year.  I have hope for the future. 

Ginger was thrilled about all of this.  BTW, I took her in the shower with me that day.  She was still a bit damp here.  Might explain the face. 

Close-ups. 

After pictures Michael took me and my car to get gas and to get a car wash.   Not pumping gas is my love language. 

We made cookies for an afternoon snack, and there was pizza and a family movie for dinner.  No pictures of that though. 

It was a good, good day. 

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Volunteer Appreciation and Stars On Ice

Last Friday I attended the Volunteer Appreciation breakfast at the kid's school.  It was the fourth breakfast I have attended.  I missed the volunteer appreciation event the year that Spencer was in kindergarten.  That year they did an ice cream party after school and Elliott was napping at that time.  That was back when he was two and naps were serious business.  

They switched to a breakfast format when Spencer was in 1st grade and I've made it to each one. '

This year it was in the library and they had breakfast burritos, breakfast casseroles, fruit, bagels, and donuts. 

Lovely.



A proper four-year comparison grid.
After the breakfast I went home and did five million different things, including making this ice cream craft for my mom for Mother's Day.

That afternoon I went to the dermatologist so they could re-biopsy a spot they had biopsied two weeks before.  It came back abnormal and they hadn't gotten all the edges. While I was at that dermatologist Michael took Spencer to another dermatologist for light therapy.

Once everybody was home from the dermatologists, we loaded up and drove to Glendale.  We ate dinner and then we went to the Gila River Arena (where I have never been before) to watch Stars on Ice- a fabulous ice skating show with the 2018 Olympic ice skaters. 


So, turns out I needn't have taken a million pictures of all the performances, because they didn't come out well.  But, whatever, I'm sharing them with you anyway.









The had kids perform after the intermission. 





Here's a video of the men skating for your enjoyment.


Elliott was enthralled with the entire show. He really did enjoy it.  BUT, it didn't start until 7:30 and it lasted until 10:00.  He started getting quite tired and losing it around 9:20.  I told him to close his eyes and go to sleep in the car on the way home, and he actually did.  Which resulted in a complete and psychotic meltdown once we got home and he woke up. 

My kids just don't ever sleep in the car, so this is all new and different.
And, a little mini bonus to this post.

I got up on Saturday morning, drove over to Joni's and then she drove us to Tucson.  I did my launch party for Rodan+Fields at my parent's house. 

After that we went to another consultant's house and helped with her launch party.  And after that we went out to dinner.  

I left the house at 9:00 am and got home at 10:00 pm. 

I'm still recovering. 


Monday, May 14, 2018

Teacher appreciation week

Chugging right along in the timeline.  We've made it to May 5th.  Cinco de Mayo.  There were no Mexican themed celebrations for us, but we did get the kids huge donuts that morning.

They ate them for, like, four days, and then we threw away the rest.  Or maybe Michael ate the rest. 




I remember nothing about Sunday the 6th.  Seriously.  Not a single detail.  How is that possible?  It was just a week ago.

I did take this picture of Ginger, 

And Spencer's 10 year 8 months pictures


Either the top or the bottom will be official.  I'll let Spencer pick.  
I had a lovely day at home on Monday the 7th.  The kids were finally back in school after being out seven days for teacher walk-outs (you go teachers!) and I got a bunch of projects around the house done. 

I picked the kids up from school that afternoon, we went to light therapy at the dermatologist, and then we went to the grocery store.  It was 106 degrees that afternoon and by the time we got home we were all DONE with each other. 

I sent both kids to their rooms and I sent myself to my room. 

When I came out Elliott had built a magical barrier around his door.  Nobody was allowed to cross it.  Well, nobody except me, which is weird because I had sent him away from me. 


Once we liked each other again Elliott and I took some selfies. Some silly selfies. 









We went out to dinner at Chompies on Tuesday night.  The cookie spread was impressive. 


As was the dessert case. 

New sunglasses to wear to work on Wednesday the 9th.  I didn't actually drive in them. 
I was delayed in putting together teacher appreciation gifts this year, so we didn't send anything in until Wednesday. 

On Wednesday we did bottles of Starbucks coffee with a tag that said "thanks a latte". 


On Thursday we did packages of pens with this exact note,

and on Friday we sent Target gift cards attached to hilarious and adorable printables.



The rest of Friday will be a separate post, because it was a doozy.