As usual, it’s been really busy around here and since you guys are always sweet enough to email me and see what we are up to, here’s the monthly update!
I’ve been working insane hours and there’s been something else taking up a lot of my time (which we will talk about later this week or early next week), but I’ve continued to maintain my stance on “No Work Weekends.” It hasn’t been easy! Just knowing that I have a TON of work that needs to get done makes relaxing on the weekends hard, but I’m determined to remain steadfast in my belief that my priorities are my children and I need to remember that when it comes to deciding where I focus my attention.
Focus your attention on what you most wish to succeed.
So here we are and another month has gone by! First off, Henry has continued to adapt well to the craziness that is our household.
She absolutely loves school and I really like walking her there and back everyday. It’s super, super close to my house, but since I’m gone most evenings I love the few minutes where I get to focus on absolutely nothing other than what she wants to tell me.
And I can’t forget The Boy Child, he started preschool!!!! He is so VERY proud of himself as you can see:
And as usual, we also spent some time on a farm. This past weekend we went with a group of friends to a free event that is held every year at a farm not far from here. It’s an early 1900’s style carnival that has everything from traveling tent exhibits to old-fashioned games, wagon rides, animals, and some really neat shows like comedian jugglers and cowboys doing tricks with a lasso.
The Boy Child trying to pet a chicken.
With summer ending we made sure to hit the splash park before it closed.
As well as spending some time outside before it gets cold! Who says you have to travel anywhere to have a picnic?
Our neighborhood has a path that winds through it and around several ponds and playgrounds. On this day we hopped on the path and were aiming for the playground near the end that has a fire truck climbing structure, but we never made it. #Sidetracked.
Seriously, check this out and tell me it doesn’t look like fun.
(Click the “play” button on the center of the video. It’s a little hard to see)
If you didn’t watch that video yet, WATCH it. You MUST run this at least once in your life!!!
Speaking of having great friends, I finished up the summer at a long planned concert with my “future in-law” friend. The Platonic Husband’s daughter was kind enough to pick the kids up from school and daycare, and then Frisbee Boy’s Mom stayed with them until I got home at midnight just so I could go.
I’m telling you, if you want to save a few bucks, buy a cheap ass lawn seat ticket and go with my friend. She knows how to do it right!
The place the concert was held at is known for their “upscale” picnic-style music festivals and it’s kind of expected that everyone show up early and “dine” on the lawn. We sat in front of the jumbo screen to get a better view (and possibly also so that I had an easier time managing the pan of brownies that I was balancing on my lap… and hoarding all to myself….)
Although at one point I did manage to put down the brownies and wine and walk up to the stage for a better view.
…But then I happily returned to polish off the last of my wine… and by then I apparently no longer felt the need for a glass.
We had a great time! I snapped this little vido clip for you guys when the band started performing a cover song.
All in all, I have to say that this summer was pretty rockin’ and I’m not just making a horrible pun because of the concert. You might have noticed from my monthly updates, but the kids and I had a really great summer. This past year I’ve felt very trapped by the constraints of our extremely limited budget and it was really bothering me that I was spending so much time saying “no” to everything my kids wanted to do. When spring rolled around I was determined not to let our finances (or lack thereof) be a factor in how much fun we had this summer, so I used Google often, checked the neighborhood Facebook pages weekly, and with a little planning we were able to take advantage of all the free things our town had to offer.
I’m going to brag here for a minute, but aside from the Wipeout Race and the concert (which I used coupons for!!!) I didn’t spend any money at all on our summer activities.
Can I get a high-five?
Because of all the money we saved, I figured that the last day of summer would be the perfect day to spend a couple dollars, rent a movie, and relax together on the couch.
The Boy Child was thrilled.
Was it a great summer? Nope. It was an awesome summer.
Am I exhausted?
Sounds like the perfect night to throw a party, complete with The Platonic Hubby, boxed wine, and solo cups fit for a queen.
At least what we lack in class, we make up for in fun.