Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Summer is almost...over

Blogger totally messed up the way I wanted these pictures
and the text to flow. So excuse the crazy set up.
This is what happens when we have the late schedule for church and Joel falls asleep in the car - it is nice that I can still move him inside the house without him waking up.

We have had a lot of thunder and lightening, but no rain to speak of! Jessica is very scared of the thunder and as this picture shows refused to go to bed unless someone slept right next to her. She wanted me to do it, but I wasn't up for going to bed at 7pm, so Lacey volunteered and they both happily slept through all the thunder.

Joel loves his train tracks!

Okay so summer is my least favorite time of the year. Mainly because of the heat and also because I am tired of having my kids home all day. It's bad enough when you are cooped up in the house, but lets throw some humidity into the weather (and record breaking temps) so I can just sweat more and be extra grumpy. And then let's toss in 'that time of the month' to sweeten the deal and you can guess how enjoyable I have been to be around.

One of my kids actually asked me why I am so angry? Oops! I don't mean to get angry it's just the result of all the above mentioned issues crusading against me. But we have one more week of vacation left, all school supplies have been bought, and even the kids are excited to get back into their normal routine.

I don't start back to school until the end of August, so I get a few weeks of a little break myself. I really need to repaint the girls bedroom, so we'll see if Joel is cooperative enough to let me do it.
On Friday Paul had surgery on his shoulder to repair a tear in the muscle. The surgery went well, but he is still in a lot of pain and has very limited mobility in his left arm. This means I get to be the resident "gardener" around the place, mowing the lawns and trimming the bushes. I have never mowed any of our lawns before and let me say that I have a new found gratitude for the whole manual labor experience. We spent 1 1/2 hours outside early Tuesday morning working in the yard. Paul directing me while I mowed the lawns and cut branches off one of our trees. It was only 8 in the morning but almost 100 degrees. I've never sweat so much in my life. The bad part was that sweat kept rolling down into my eyes and stinging like crazy! But I am happy to say I survived it all and without any allergic reactions to the grass. One thing I have realized from his limited mobility is that he does ALOT to help me out. On Saturday night I collapsed onto the couch in total exhaustion from all the work I did. And it's not like anything was particularly hard, but there just seemed to be so much more work than normal. I know I got the better end of the deal in our marriage! Ha.ha.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

A double scoop day

I guess it has been awhile since I've posted anything. The first part of summer about killed me since I was taking Economics in a 6 week period and doing swimming lessons with the kids, but we managed alright. Things have really slowed down this week and the kids are driving me up the wall. The past two days Jarom and Jessica have been going at it constantly. Because they essentially have the same dominant personality, they clash all the time. I was so stressed out today that when Paul got home from work I headed out to get a double scoop ice cream cone - something I don't usually do. It was that bad of a day. I don't want to feel like I have to spend the whole summer vacation being a disciplinarian, but it drives me up the wall when my kids do not treat each other well. I feel like it is a reflection on me. Like somehow I am a bad mom because my kids don't always like each other. Now I have a glimpse of how fighting with Nate (my younger brother) probably stressed my parents out as well.

We had a nice 4th of July visit at my parents home with my two sisters and their families. Sadly the other 4 siblings couldn't make it due to dental school, OB/Gyn residency, a mission and running their own business. We missed all you guys!!!

On the morning of the 4th, all the adults headed out to Kartchner Caverns. My mom had already been previously so she stepped up to the plate and offered to watch 8 wild grandchildren. The kids had all woken up at the crack of dawn and were playing in the backyard on the swings at like 6 am. We had to leave about 7am for the caverns. And as we were walking to the cars (note: my parents live on the base of a mountain so essentially their property is like a wild life zoo.) Anyway most of us walked across a set of pavers to my dad's car, when my sister Andrea let out a little yell and we looked back to see a rattlesnake not 6 inches from one of the paver's we had all just walked across. It was just sitting there. Not making any noise, not even moving.
My brother in law immediately ran for his .22 but couldn't find ammunition. And because the kids were playing in this part of the yard earlier (yikes!) we decided we had to kill it so no one would get hurt. Andrea and I scrambled into the back of my dad's truck while Paul started throwing big rocks at it. Unfortunately it had to suffer death by stoning and an eventual beheading, but we couldn't run the risk of having any of kids encounter it. We stretched it out later and it was almost 5 feet long! My dad saved the rattler and the kids got a kick out of holding it.

Check out the rattler

Here is my little guy running around naked.

Kory and Paul firing up the grill for a
good old 4th of July Feast.

Jessica, Joel, Lacey & Jarom on the steps
in front of my parents house

Me and the kids at the fireworks show. Paul stayed back
with Joel who was very tired and would not have handled
staying up until 10pm.

Me and my mom and 2 of my three sisters (the other one
lives in Texas) Emily, Erika, Mom, Andrea

A fun picture of my kids and Andrea's kids. (Clockwise from
the top: Jarom, Josh, Audree, Lacey, Sophee, Jessica, Kaylee)