Monday, 20 November 2017

A Week in Review (November 12-18)

A Week in Review (November 12-18)

Watched: Two good games of basketball on Saturday. Jack took the day off of wrestling and instead he decided to just play his double header instead.  They called a much tighter game and it made it more fun for everyone. In the second game, Jack made a long fade away shot against one of his classmates.  Just ask him about it and I’m certain he will tell you.

Read: I made more work on Love and Other Consolation Prizes. It is bit slow, but I’m working on it.  I’m hoping to have it finished before we leave on Tuesday for Wichita.

Listened: A lot of Born a Crime with Jack. I can’t imagine that he finds the story all that relatable but Trevor Noah is such a good story teller that Jack has been requesting it when we get into the car together.  I think it’s given him a few things to laugh at and a few things to ponder.  I did end up finishing it.  It was hilarious! I was literally laughing aloud so many times. He is such a good storyteller that even Jack was intrigued by the storyline. The only reason I didn’t give it 5 Stars was because it was a bit disjointed in flow. Overall, I’d say it was a must read for anyone who enjoys human interest pieces. 

Made: Creamed Spinach for Nick’s company Thanksgiving Feast. It was really yummy and the crockpot came home empty so hopefully that is a sign that everyone liked it. Nick enjoyed it which is who I made it for. I felt bad because I sat my alarm for 5:45PM instead of AM and he had to wait on me to fix it.  If you are on a keto diet and are interested in trying it, you can find the recipe HERE.

Felt: Totally frustrated with the Broncos. There is no reason for them to be playing so poorly. I saw the meme below on Facebook and I just couldn’t agree with it more. I had to save it to here for future reference.

Planned: Photos for our wrestling club. We have a situation where the father may pass before the end of the season and we wanted to make sure that we got photos with him included in them. I have to give up my works Christmas party to be there to organize them, but I think for the family it will be well worth it. 

Loved: My annual Thanksgiving Plate. I think it shows the true nature that Jack feels in the house, especially this season where the Broncos are playing so horribly. We truly are a house divided. I am always excited to see what he will give to me. Little does he know I’m going to make him keep doing them for quite some time.

Here are the pics for the week:

Nora loves car rides. Her face at this stop light just cracked me up and I had to grab a pic. 

Yummy burritos and homemade guacamole from my hubby. 

Isn’t this just the best magnet ever?  They wrapped up Harry Potter club by having these fun magnets put together. 

Monday, 13 November 2017

A Week in Review (November 5-11)

A Week in Review (November 5-11)

Watched: Jack really struggle with wrestling. He just wasn’t seeming to be very into his matches and if you aren’t feeling it, it’s hard to perform in a sport that requires your all. You can watch his matches HERE, HERE, HERE, and HERE.  We actually had to stop a match where it took a hard slam to the head and then stopped defending himself and we worried that the guy was going to do some serious damage to him. Luckily it just left him a little beaten, but otherwise fine.

Read: I finally dedicated myself to making progress on my books. I simply have too many borrowed from the library not to. With my goal, I was able to finish up They Both Die at the End on Friday.   This book was so disappointing for me. I was really wanting it to be concluded for me and instead it just a lot of things hanging. Sure I could guess how it goes, but I don’t want to write the rest of the book. Ugh!   Saturday I didn’t read anything with our go-go-go day, but I am planning to start Love and Other Consolation Prizes again. I’m hoping to finish that within a week. 

Listened: My book club picked Born a Crime as our December read and I just happened to have been given the audiobook from Audible as a free listen.  While I didn’t get very far into, I really do enjoy listening to it. It’s author read and he does a phenomenal job of story telling. I’m hoping to have more time to listen next week. It doesn’t look to be quite as busy. 

Made: Considerably less than I thought we would at our annual Fall Festival.  The first year was definitely the biggest money maker. I don’t know if this is because it was just so new and different or what.  The kids that were there continued to have a good time, which is a good chunk of the reason why I do it. Jack knows that I am stepping away from many of my PTA duties next year and I think he’s just looking forward to spending more with me at the Fair. I’m excited to see someone excited to take it over and make it their own.

Felt: Exhausted.  I’m in the middle of a large argument that I feel really passionate and I’m up against two other strong headed people as well. I feel like we are all just talking in circles. I just feel like we will be doing a large group of people wrong if I am unable to sway them and that weighs heavy on me. At least, I can hold my head high knowing that I tried my best to do what I thought was right. 

Planned: An ingenious idea for storage for all of Jack’s balls. We got new-to-us shelves for the garage and the openings looked perfect for bungee cords that could just keep the balls from rolling off the shelves. It works well and we all enjoy it. Love it when a simple idea works like you thought it would!

Loved: Playing poker with some families from our wrestling club. We use it as a fundraiser to help pay for our parties and our Champions of Character gear. I made it to the halfway point, but not much past that. I did spend a lot of time chatting with people while Nick and Ryan played on. Ryan made it to 6th, which just stings as he was only one spot away from the money.  All in all it was great ending to a busy day. 

Here are the pics for the week:

I think this pretty well sums up how he felt about the tournament.  He asked me to take a picture for him because he was sure he blood and cuts everywhere.

Tuesday, 7 November 2017

A Week in Review (October 29-November 4)

A Week in Review (October 29-November 4)

Watched: The Shining. Jack came home telling scary stories that Miss Coomes had read in class. I thought it would be fun to end our Halloween night with a spooky show that wouldn’t be too scary.  He liked it as well as you can like any scary movie. He was totally freaked out that he and the main character share the same first name.

Read: I got a bit more into my book They Both Die at the End; but I still didn’t make it very far. I’m kind of behind on everything else and I’m just not prioritizing books. I really need that to change!

Listened: To parents complain about the length of matches. Jack’s second wrestling match seemed awfully long. Apparently they had them on 90 second periods which is what you work up too as you age. However, for kids that aren’t ready it’s quite the body shock.  Luckily I said something to a Dad whose club was hosting the tournament and they resolved the issue. Jack ended up getting third losing to one opponent by one point and the other by two points in OT.  You can watch his matches HEREHEREHEREHERE, and HERE

Made: A big goofy pumpkin for our annual pumpkin carving. Nick went the odd route and went very traditional with his face. Jack went with NFL heartbreaks. I’m glad that Nick was home and had helped me get the kitchen in good enough order so that we could carve pumpkins as a family.

Felt: Chilly on Halloween night. We’ve been fortunate to only have warm Halloween’s for Jack’s first 8 years, but this one was chilly. I was glad his outfit had warm fleece tights and we could easily put on two shirts. Nick also made me realize that beanies wouldnt hurt our costumes since we had masks on. We walked around the new neighborhood for a bit. There was one really fun culdesac that had lots of people participating and lots of fun decorations up. After that we headed back to the old neighborhood to the known full size candy bars and then off to the spooky Fairfax cemetery, which is actually the house of a classmate. We ended our trick or treating by swinging by Landon’s house.

Planned: Details of poker night for the wrestling club. It will be a fun night that will bring in a good chunk of change to be able to finance our parties and Champions of  Character gear.  It’s nice working with other people who are good at getting things done.

Loved: Having Nick home for the whole week. It made me feel so much less stress and it’s nice having a partner to share in the responsiblities of child raising. He also got a ton of stuff done around the house. I’ve put several pictures below.  I tried to get before and after when I remembered.

Here are the pics for the week:

Thursday, 2 November 2017

A Week in Review (October 22-28)

A Week in Review (October 22-28)

Watched: Jack have a great opening tournament for the 2017-2018 wrestling season.  He was in a bracket with 2 other intermediate wrestlers (B) and 2 novice wrestlers (C). He started off with his two C wrestlers. Then he had to do his B opponents back to back with only a five minute break in between. They are all a lot of fun to watch and I'd highly recommend it as a way to spend 15 minutes of your day. You can watch them in order HERE, HERE, HERE, and HERE.

Read: I had a book come of my hold list and it's called They Both Die at the End.  It had a great start, but I just can't seem to dedicate myself to reading.  I am getting quite a backlog and I had better hurry it up.  I am hoping to dedicate more time next week.

Listened: To Jack's performance twice.  When we realized that Nick wasn't going to be able to make it home, I knew I was going to have to record it for him.  I think that you miss somethings being behind the camera lens, so I went to their run through in the afternoon.  It was great show with an international flair.  If you would like to watch the video you can watch it HERE.  Jack is on the far left of the stage.

Made: A large purchase for prizes for the Fall Festival.  It's only three weeks away.  I think that we have a good mix of prizes that everyone will enjoy and parents won't feel is all just junk.  I am so thankful to have a helper this year as I can't imagine how overwhelmed I would be feeling if I was trying to do the majority of it on my own again.

Felt: Glad to have planned the wrestling Christmas party.  It is almost unbelievable to me to think that Christmas is just two months away.  Seriously, how did that happen? Weren't we just enjoy nice long summer days.  Buying the house really has made fall fly by for me.  We are going to be back at The Summit for laser tag and arcade games.  The kids will get a couple slices of pizza and soda.  I can't believe what it cost to host a party for so many wrestlers.  I really hope that all the kids have fun and enjoy themselves.

Planned: A long list of honey-do's for Nick.  We will find out about the project just after Thanksgiving and so I don't want our time wasted.  It's going to be hard to strike a balance between pleasure and work.  I know that not everything has to be done right away, but sometimes I just get so antsy.  I know that he is a hard worker and so I am sure he will be able to get things done pretty quickly.

Loved: Watching Jack get to play basketball with so many friends and former teammates. His Y ball team this year has 6 players that he already knows.  Three of them are from his football team and three of them are from last seasons Y ball team.  Landon gets to come home with us and then we pick up Luke from his after school care and all go to practice.  The head coach was Jack's defensive coach on football.  It's nice being so familiar with everyone.  The boys decided they needed more time to goof off together and so we will be picking up Luke directly after school next Friday.  I also love that I am lucky enough to be able to stay home and make these things happen for my boy.

Here are the pics for the week:

Apparently, I took way more video this week than pictures.

Friday, 20 October 2017

A Week in Review (October 15-21)

A Week in Review (October 15-21)

Watched: Just my regular shows, but it was so nice to take a break from the drudgery of moving and have a show to watch. 

Read: Not much.  I was so exhausted that picking up a book and engaging my brain just wasn’t going to happen. I tried a couple of times but it just didn’t work. Hopefully next week will be better. 

Listened: To good stories about Jack.  We had his conferences and both his classroom teacher and his TAG math teacher had good things to say about him. What was amazing to me was that he was in the top third in his class for writing.  Writing has been a struggle for him since 1st grade. His second grade teacher really let him slide in this area and Ms. Coomes worked hard to help him regain where he needed to be in third. In fourth grade, we are finding that his tenacity is helping him out as his peers struggle to adapt to writing 5 paragraph essays, he is doing better.  He still has plenty of room for improvement, but I’m so glad to see him bring up his skills!

Made: A trip to go see the Liberty wrestling room. Due to weirdness with our last rental, they will not let us continue to rent out that space.  So we have been trying really hard to come up with a plan that will allow us to not have to use our current place 5 days a week.  Plus, I’m super invested because I don’t want a M/W/F practice schedule. We were told if we rented Liberty, we would have to roll up the mats.  Our head coach wasn’t sure we could do it because of their weight. Luckily, they are the ventricular mats that are easy to roll up. Due to the size of the space, we will have to move our big kids over there as generally their parents don’t stay at drop off.  However we now have space for our kids and can continue to just offer T-Th practice!  Go me. :)

Felt: Overwhelmed and thankful. On Tuesday night, it just kind of hit me about how much stuff I needed to move by Thursday morning to have everything ready to go for the movers. There was still so much to move. Jack doesn’t understand why life can’t be like it usually is and I kind of freaked out on him when he didn’t get it. On Wednesday we had dine out night at Freddy’s and then wrestling practice. After practice got over at 8pm, I knew we still had at least three more loads to go. Jack mentioned something to Rylan at practice and Rylan said he’d come help. I was so desperate for help, I’d take the kind even an 11 year old could give me.  Even though Ryan should have continued to work, he came and brought his truck and helped me.  It was nice having another strong, hard working adult to help me. When he saw the new place, he saw that we needed stuff done and he came the next night and helped too.  It was great that the boys didn’t have school on Thursday or Friday so we didn’t have to worry about bedtimes. 

Planned: On this move being easy. I mean I knew we had lots of little stuff, but I didn’t realize how much we had until I pulled it all out. As you can tell by the theme of this blog, this move has been really hard on me.  I also thought I could just bring the little things over and put them away. I didn’t account for the fact that this house has an entirely different layout and things wouldn’t just fall into place.  Hopefully we don’t move for at least 8 years and I can forget this lesson. 

Loved: Having movers to move the big stuff from our home. As mentioned above, I’m really struggling with all the work the move brings and these guys just made it look easy.  If you ever have to do any sort of a move, a highly recommended looking into the cost of movers. These guys were even nice enough to stay and hook back up the electronics so that Jack could play Xbox and it could feel instantly more like home to him. 

Here are the pics for the week:

A Week in Review (October 8-14)

A Week in Review (October 8-14)

Watched: Snow fall!  Snow!!!  It hasn’t even been 5 months since it last snowed. The weather tanked and was just really cold and wet. Luckily none of it stuck around, but it didn’t make a great day for wanting to be productive.  I know the upcoming time will be busy so taking a day off to recharge my batteries seems okay.

Read:  I tried to read The Bone Clocks, but it's just not calling to me.  It's a pretty deep science fiction book and it just doesn't call to me right now.  Hopefully I will be able to get more into next week as I am falling behind Sarah. 

Listened: Kids work on their Math Facts.  Jack's teacher has made me a math fact checker and I just love how excited the kids get when they get to pass from one set of facts to the other.  It's super exciting for them.  She doesn't seem to need me in her room as much this year (and I know this happens more and more as they grow), but I am glad that she makes a little niche for me.

Made: The house officially ours. We closed on Friday afternoon. With Jack’s last game being on Saturday followed by a banquet, watching the KU game, and car diagnostics, we didn’t get the house really moved into. We did get the carpets cleaned and that had a nice fresh scent. I know next week will be almost solely about getting our stuff over there. Good times!

Felt: Lucky to be able to join Jack and his classmates as they rode the cog railway to the top of Pike’s Peak. To think that we were riding on some of the original track laid over 120 years ago was incredible. Enjoying the scenery that inspired America the Beautiful was amazing too. I was worried about it being really freezing at the top, but must have bundled up because I could have spent the entire time outside. 

Planned: To use my village to get Jack to and from football practices. On Tuesday, I had wrestling while he had football. Thursday, I had PTA while he had football and Friday, we were closing on the house.  Coach ended up canceling practice on Tuesday, so that made my life a bit easier.  The other two days, my village came through.  All my days of paying it forward have come full circle.  It’s so nice to have people who care enough to help my boy and I out. 

Loved: That Kyle and Jess were able to drive down for Jack’s last game.  It was a good thing they were able to get out a bit earlier than they thought because their car ended up breaking down just about 5 miles away from the house. So around 11pm, I headed out to pick them up. Jess went up to bed and Kyle and I stayed up and chatted. We hoped it wa something that maybe was caused by the car getting too warm so we headed out there to try again. No luck!  We woke up a few hours later and watched Jack have a great game for his last game of the season. He got to play every single play. His only break was halftime!  They did end up losing by two points, but the team had good energy. After the game was over, he needed to conduct a science project that he created for school which was based on who could throw the baseball the furthest. His hypothesis was that Tio could and he was correct. We had just a few minutes before the banquet so they played a bit of two hand touch, Dad and Jack vs Tio and Aunt Jess. Then we headed to Fargo’s for the banquet. It’s definitely not a place I’ll be returning too. However, Jack’s coach had some nice things to say about him. You can see it HERE.  After the banquet, we headed to the car. It took a Fair amount of trial and error to figure out that it was the transaxle that had went out which was causing all the problems. Thank goodness that Firestone had the parts in stock and that it was a reasonable fix. We got the car over there.  We had some dinner and debate followed by a hilarious game of HeroQuest. At the end of the night (2:30am), Jack was going to play Tio in chess while everyone else was going to bed. Apparently Tio took too long because, not even 5 minutes after the game started, he fell asleep at the chess board! 

Here are the pics for the week:

Sunday, 8 October 2017

A Week in Review (October 1-7)

A Week in Review (October 1-7)

Watched: Butterflies flit all around. I couldn’t believe how many painted ladies made their way to town. So many came into the area that they actually showed up on the weather radar.  I’m hoping that they all successfully finish their migrations before our day of projected snowy weather. 

Read:  I finished up The Lying Game.  Definitely the best Ruth Ware book that I have read. It hooks you from the beginning. I didn’t think that there were really any big surprises, but it was a good story nonetheless. If you like suspense novels, I’d recommend picking this one up for a quick read.  Next, I checked out a book on a Rapid Read system called Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine.  This book is absolutely delightful. Great characters and character development. A bit of a mystery to pull you along as well. If you were a fan of either The Rosie Project or A Man Called Ove, I’d highly recommend that you pick this book up!  I am starting on a buddy read with my friend, Sarah, called The Bone Clocks.  I didn't get very far into it as it is very long and Nick got home so I enjoyed my time with him.

Listened: To some Dr Seuss books. Jack was looking for some books to read to practice his oral fluency and found his collection of Dr Seuss books.  While they are way to easy in terms of vocabulary, they do an excellent job encouraging expression while reading the text.  It’s also good to see that he’s finally making huge strides in nonsense words. They used to really fluster him. 

Made: My first couple of deposits for the wrestling team.  It's been interesting being a team mom and being in charge of funds that are so critical to so many people.  I think I am more detail oriented than the couple of people have been before me.  We are talking about wanting to create a detailed report to parents of where their funds go and I know it will be easier to account for things now than go back in late February and try to remember what each item was for.

Felt: Grateful to my village. With Nick not at home, I’m really reaching out to my friends for help with getting Jack and I to and from all the places we needed to be. Wrestling and football practice really overlap and I feel I need to be there at the beginning of the season to get started on the right foot.  It’s been amazing to have people who are so willing to help out our family. 

Planned: Outfits for both of Jack’s October events-his musical performance and Halloween. He has decided to use the colors in the Italian Flag as inspiration for his musical outfit. They are singing songs in other languages and I’m guessing the Italian one is favorite.  For Halloween, he has decided to go as Greg Heffley, the main character from The Diary of a Wimpy Kid novels. I think we have come up with a pretty good costume. I’ll make you wait until Halloween to see. 

Loved: Flowers delivered from Nick to brighten my day. We really miss each other over these long days. We are starting our fourth month of him traveling frequently, where we don’t communicate often when he’s working, so I really love these little reminders that he is thinking of me and misses me like I miss him. 

Here are the pics for the week: