Wednesday, August 24, 2016

From a snake to a dragon

Last Thursday I was walking through the school office on my way to the bathroom when I overheard the front desk clerk mention to facilities that there was a snake on the stairs outside of the cafeteria.  You know, right by where I was about to walk to go get kids. 

My phone has a really good zoom.

The rest of the work day was rather uneventful in comparison. 

On Friday I took the kids to the mall after Spencer got home from school because you could get a free smoothie from Jamba Juice with school employee ID.  I'm not actually a school employee because I have my own company and contract with them, but I do have ID, so free smoothie time. 

Michael came home from work late that day because he was over at Lauren's house with Shireen's husband, Joseph, and Maryellen's husband, John, doing some home safety modifications for Lauren.  Not wanting to be stuck at home with two kids on Friday evening, we went to Costco. 

Elliott was tired after a long day.

Ginger was not happy about our evening absence. 

We had a mostly lazy day around the house on Saturday.  I went to lunch with Lauren.  We did a photo shoot with the finally complete collection of The Secret Life of Pets animals.   Gidget was surprisingly hard to find.
Michael went over to John and Maryellen's house on Saturday evening to watch some sort of pay per view fighting.  So Maryellen came and met me and the kids at the movies.  We saw the new Pete's Dragon. 
It was phenomenal.  It was way beyond Elliott's interest level, but the rest of us loved it. 

I even went as far as looking at Amazon for the soundtrack.  I haven't been interested in a soundtrack in probably 12 years. 
I like this picture because none of us are looking at the camera and none of us are even looking in the same direction.

Oh, and yes, Elliott did wear his Luigi Halloween costume to the movies. 

And to dinner at Red Robin after. 

Monday, August 22, 2016

Slow times when mom's sick

We have had several weeks of straight up boring life.  It's been a very welcome change of pace.  I have a feeling that things will really pick up as we get into September.  It'll be birthdays, get-togethers, fall break and straight on through to the holidays.   I was also sick all of last week which helps to explain some of the very slow pace.  It really took me down hard and I didn't start feeling better until around day 9.  Blah. 

Last Sunday (the 14th) Spencer went to a 6 hour birthday party for his friend Julian.  Julian's mom texted me these pictures. 

While he was gone we tried to have a fun "only child" day for Elliott.

We took him out to lunch at Mod Pizza (his pick) and then he got to play video games with daddy.

Then out for frozen yogurt,

touring some model homes,

(we didn't like the blue island)

(we very much liked this art)

(and we were impressed with this "playroom" under the stairs)
and a trip to Costco. 

Our neighbor does samples at Costco on Sundays and she got Elliott an entire ice cream sandwich from one of her fellow sample givers. 

On Monday I caught poor, deaf Ginger on the couch again. 

Moooooooooooooooom!  I didn't hear you! 
Then we took the kids to dinner at Fudrucker's to celebrate the 15 year anniversary of us getting engaged.  I will seriously capitalize on anything and everything I can to not make dinner.  We had been slowly collecting all of the Secret Life of Pets beanie babies and the kids wanted them in the picture.  We were just missing Gidget at this point. 
When we got home later Ginger was waiting patiently by the pantry for some snacks. She knows exactly where we keep them. 
I went to work on Tuesday.  It was also the day we called for a bulk pick up and finally got rid of this table that Megan gave us years ago.  It's been out in the elements and was in very poor condition. 

We also said bye bye to the porch swing. 
Michael took Elliott to open gym and took his monthly picture there.

4 years 8 months

That night, after dinner, Michael and Elliott went out for ice cream and to the store for milk. Spencer and I braved Tempe Marketplace the week that ASU students came back to look for a dress at Charming Charlies for me (successful), a stuffed animal Gidget at Michael's (success- it was the 4th Michael's we tried for Gidget) and some video game thing for Spencer at Game Stop (success).

Spencer took this moon picture from the car.
See.  Very, very boring.  The next post will be too.  And probably the one after.  But the one after that will have two back to back parties, so that might be a bit lively. 

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

That week I was a nature photographer and interior decorator

Last week was the third week of school.  We're definitely into the groove now and I've even acclimated to my Tuesday/Thursday schedule.  It's funny to me that I did a Tue/Thurs schedule for so many years and then did the Thurs/Fri for two years but in those two years I got very comfortable with the two days in a row.  It was kind of rough going back to the old schedule.  Mostly, I think, because Tuesday comes as a rude awakening when I have to go to work instead of having two more days off.

Anyway.  Last Sunday the 7th we said goodbye to Nathan, Kendra and Bella.  They flew back to Florida.  Then we drove home from Tucson.

Ginger was curious as we unpacked.  I think she was waiting for treats out of the pantry

On Monday the 8th I had the kids play in their rooms so I could get something done without them fighting.  I probably just wanted to make dinner without WWIII in the background. 

Elliott took it upon himself to make some beautiful art while alone in his room.

On the wall.

And the door.

And the other side of the door.
The kids wanted to swim on Tuesday the 9th after dinner.  Parents didn't want to go in, but I did agree to sit in the heat and watch them while Michael did dishes. 
Spencer wanted pictures of them jumping in.  That was when I realized the Texas Ranger bushes flanking the diving board were totally and completely gorgeous.  We usually don't let them grow so big, but I'm glad we did because the flowers are just lovely.

It was dark when I took these pictures and the flash washed out the color.  It's still pretty though.

On Wednesday the 10th, Elliott and I went to Walmart.  We saw that the Spirit Store across the parking lot is getting ready to presumably open next month. 

Wednesday was school picture day.  We ordered the $15 package.
Poor Ginger is really getting very deaf.  This is where I find her about half of the time we come home because she can't hear the garage door.  Poor dog just lies on the couch and waits for us to come home with her head through the shutters.

Mom?  Is that you?

I bought this pitcher and butter dish on Wednesday.  A totally unnecessary necessity.

And look at the vegetable pie I made for dinner that night.  It was amazing.  

I took more pictures of the bushes in better daylight.

While I was out there I noticed the sun and the clouds were looking pretty cool. 

Thursday the 11th were Spencer's school pictures.  We haven't ordered his pictures yet because unlike Elliott's school, the company that Spencer's school uses lets you see your proofs first before ordering. 
Ginger sleeps in our bedroom all night but usually gets up around 6:00 am and leaves.  She often goes to Spencer's room.   This is where I found her on Friday the 12th.  And suggestions for getting Spencer to clean his room up?

Friday afternoon after I took Elliott to school.  Guess where Ginger was?

Oh, hello.  When did you get here?

On Saturday I was sitting at the computer (like I am right now!) and looked over at the fireplace mantel.  I decided to paint it copper.  We've had the paint for over a year.  It just felt like the right time. 

I love it!
This is what Michael said: "I like the red better."
This is what Spencer said: "I mean, I guess it's OK."
This is what Elliott said, "You should paint it green.  You should paint the whole house green. "