Thursday, August 10, 2017

Perfect summer days

The last few days have been perfect summer days.  Temperatures in the high seventies, low humidity the kind of days you want to last forever.  

On Tuesday we decided to head to the beach for maybe the second time this summer.  Sad I know.  The water is so high this year that the beach near our neighborhood has hardly enough shore to set a towel down.   Driving to the beach seems like a pain so we have hardly gone this summer.  Also now that Evan is a teenager he is starting to exhibit the teenage "not wanting to do anything except sit around and play video games" which makes me super sad.   Then if he doesn't want to go Hailey doesn't want to go with just me.  Ugh.  Why can't they just stay little?

Anyway - with the threat of turning off the WiFi, we convinced Evan to come with us to just check it out.  I honestly didn't know if we could sit down or if the water would be warm enough to swim.  Luckily it was a perfect day.  The water was warm and just wavy enough that the floats were fun and you didn't have to worry about an undertow.

In typical teenage fashion - Evan had a blast once he was there.  It is just the getting them to do something that is tedious.

They stayed in the water floating and jumping waves for over two hours.

Evan even decided to make one of his famous sand castles.

Yesterday we decided to cross another item off the summer to do list and bike ride to Frosty Oasis.  Since there was ice cream involved the teenager didn't have any protests.  Hailey was actually the one complaining about her legs hurting.  I think she needs a bigger bike and that would solve the issue.  Evan biked like a champion on my old 26 year old Fuji Thrill.

On the way home we took some detours and went by the school to see the improvements being made to the playground.  We also rode by the house where I grew up.  It looks like it is abandoned and I don't know what it up with the horrible white primer.  It makes me sad to see it.

It was a perfect day to bike ride with a nice breeze and not super hot.

Two quintessential summer days!   I love days like these and it makes me so sad to see the school light at the end of the tunnel.  We are not ready for summer to end!

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Bueller? Anyone?

I'm still here!  This poor blog has taken a back seat for a lot of months.  

We  had an epic July!  We spent most of the first week out west in South Dakota and then headed back east through Wisconsin with a brief stop in Madison to visit with sister and family.  I haven't included any of those pictures in this monthly recap.  There are way too many - I would probably break the blog.  They deserve their own post anyway.  I am sure I'll get on it right away...crickets. 

The day after we got back from vacation Hailey and I headed downtown with Grama for the annual art fair. 

Hailey paid five dollars of her own money to paint her own art.

Trent bought his favorite golf partner a new set of lefty clubs.

While Trent, Evan and Hailey went to the golf course, Spencer and I used his new cookbook to try out a skillet chocolate chip cookie.  Delicious!

The next weekend Trent, Hailey and I checked out Bike Time for the first time ever.

It was kind of loud but a nice festive atmosphere.  Hailey spotted the face paint booth right away.

Poor Dickens didn't know what to think about that.

Hailey and Spencer got into the Bunch of Balloons we have been holding on to since Christmas.

This is the boat that Evan was supposed to sail back from Mackinac Island on.  Due to inclement weather it never happened.  He was pretty bummed.

I love this picture of Evan at the yacht club pool.  It just has a calming sense about it.

Evan and Hailey participated in the second session of summer tennis.  They both did a great job.

The high school coach mistakenly thought that Evan was headed to ninth grade and was disappointed that he had to wait another year for him to join the team.   That was a nice compliment for Evs.   They both seem to enjoy tennis (unless it's 90 degrees out) so I think I will sign them up for fall lessons at the tennis club.

After tennis we all cooled off at the yacht club pool.

Hailey bought a new Popsicle float.  Good for the water or to just sit on and eat popsicles.

I also gave in to her making slime.  She has never really asked before but now she is totally hooked.

Oh and this happened.  He completed the level one class of driver's training.  How is that even possible?

We spent his "real" birthday in Grand Haven.  He wanted to have lunch at Culvers.  Then we headed to Chinook Pier for some mini golf and then to the Pump House for dessert.

Being goofy with our baby boy at the Pump House!

On Friday Spencer invited some friends over to hang out then go to the escape room to celebrate his birthday.

It was quite a month!  I hate that it is August already - August just has an unspoken sense of counting down to it.  I guess we will try not to think about it and enjoy the summer adventures we have left.

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Life lessons on the court

Evan joined the middle school tennis team again this year.  So far he has been loving it and having success on the court as well.

Yesterday he had his second competition and he and his doubles partner from last week were joined again to take on the competition.   His partner is a great kid.  He is a year older than Evan - he is not a super sporty kid but just really enjoys tennis.  I see him leaving practice carrying his cello and tennis bag while wearing his Mathletes shirt.   Neither he or Evan would be considered jocks - if we are assigning labels they would most likely be the nerdy kids - but you can tell they both really love to be on the court and they are both surprisingly good at it.

So back to yesterday.   The school they were playing only sent five doubles teams whereas our school had fifteen.  Evan and Matt were lucky enough to get to play against the other school for their first match instead of just scrimmaging with the rest of their team.    We found out what court they were assigned to and hauled our chairs and blankets over to watch them play.

It was immediately clear that the team they were playing was far below them in ability.  The poor boys had no idea what they were doing.  Matt was trying to guide them along.  You start serving on the right side.  You need to move back.  You get another serve if you miss the first.  He was being very helpful and not mean about it at all because he is just not that kind of kid.  The kids on the other team were not completely horrible.  They had a few good shots but it was obvious they needed a lot more practice.  It is hard to watch matches like that because I just want to run on the court and give them big hugs.  Predictably Evan's team won the match 6-0.

On the way back to the car after his matches I told him that he played really well (in his second match he had a scrimmage and was much more evenly matched - they still won 6-4).  I said how the first match was kind of hard to watch because the boys were not that good.  To which Evan replied - Yeah, and since they only had five teams those guys probably had to play non stop and got killed in every match - they probably feel horrible.  I hadn't even thought of it that way and immediately had a lump in my throat both for sadness for the boys and for the amazing empathy that my boy has for people.  I am so often in awe of him.  He is so much more mature than his almost thirteen years.

I told him that I was proud that he and Matt tried to help them in the match they played.  They were very respectful and helpful. The boys could have easily been given a team that would have been mean and snickered and laughed at how they played.  I hope they didn't have that experience with anyone on Evan's team.  I would like to think they are all better people than that.  I told him that maybe the advice that he and Matt gave them helped them in their next matches.  I hope it did.  I hope they learned something from Evan and Matt yesterday.  I know I did.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Monday moments...the first day of Spring!

I am so excited it is the first day of Spring.  There is nothing I like better than the change of seasons.  I love them all for different reasons but I am READY for warmer weather and to be outside.  

Last weekend was Evan's DI regional tournament.  He purchased a monkey hat. 

On the way back in to the school to watch a DI challenge Hailey spotted a "dinglehopper" on the ground.   It was very apropos since Daddy was at his school directing The Little Mermaid. 

Evan's team placed 2nd.  Out of two teams - but we won't talk about that.   That gives them the chance to go to the State tournament.

Thursday night while Trent and I were attending the Rocket Scholars fundraiser, we snuck out to peek at Spencer in his Mary Poppins rehearsal.

Thursday night Hailey FINALLY got to set up her leprechaun trap.  She had been so excited for over a week.   She didn't catch the little bugger but he left some chocolate coins and some troll candy.

The kiddos all decked out in their green to wish Grampa a Happy Birthday!

Some leprechaun evidence.  I don't know why he always has to use the bathroom when he stops here.

One of the theme days for MIRM (March is reading month) was dress like your favorite book character.  Nothing will ever be as cool as her Amelia Bedelia get up from last year.  We found her Laura Ingalls Wilder dress from her wax museum so she wore that.  We have actually been making a lot of progress on reading through the Little House books so it totally worked out.

Friday was a half day so I took my favorite girl to see the new Beauty and the Beast.  It was really good.  We both loved it.

I feel like I haven't been taking many photos lately.  My ears are still plugged - almost three weeks now so maybe because I am not feeling a hundred percent.  The weather has also been super gloomy and I have found myself in kind of an end of winter funk.   But the sun is out today and it is the start of spring so let's hope things are looking up!

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Monday moments...almost human again

I started this post a week ago.  Before another round of the ickies was upon us.

Last Saturday it was nearly 50 degrees and sunny.  This past Saturday it was side ways snowing.  Something for everyone here in Michigan. 

We took advantage of the great weather last Saturday by having a lunch picnic on the beach.  It seemed a bit early for me, but Hailey begged to do it. 

Saturday evening Hailey was planning to spend the night at Grama's when the flu hit her like a truck.   The poor thing was so miserable.  She does not get sick very often so it is hard to see her like that.

By Sunday afternoon she was feeling a bit better and thought the fresh air might help her air her germs out.  She set up her art studio with the truck blocking her wind.

Oh and no big deal but Trent taught Spencer how to shave for the first time.  My BABY had to shave his moustache.  #pleasestopgrowingup

Spencer also got some good news when he found out he was cast in the civic theatre production of Mary Poppins this May.

Oh and the first correspondence from a college arrived in the mail for him.  Gulp.

Hailey always cracks me up when she wears this outfit.  She calls it her tiny businesswoman suit.

On Tuesday a friend called me and told me they were opening a new block of ticket sales for Hamilton in Chicago.  Since it was in the middle of dinner time/getting three kids where they need to be at the same time I didn't have a chance to look into it.  Fast forward to an hour later when I am texting back and forth with Trent.  Should I do it?   What side right or left?  Partially obstructed?  They won't let me buy an odd lot?  I am so nervous.  Should I do it? 

I went through with the purchase and we are all over the moon about it.  And if for some reason we can't go and have to resell the tickets I will be able to cover the cost of college for one of my children.  Win win.

Then Tuesday night round two of my ickies set in.  I am joking calling it the Hamilton curse because I was fine up until I bought the tickets.  My left ear started killing me right before I went to bed.  I don't think I slept more than an hour all of that night.  The next morning I got into the doctor and they cleaned out my ear with some squirt bottle contraption that hurt so bad I thought I would die.  The doctor thought I must have an infection so prescribed a z-pack. I spent most of the rest of Wednesday sitting in this chair under a blanket.

Occasionally I had a visitor to cheer me up.

So hear we are a week later and my ear is still plugged.  The right one also tends to plug a little but not nearly as bad.  The doctor's office told me that it can take up to three months for ears to clear out.  I seriously will have a nervous breakdown if that is the case. I get little glimmers of hearing hope every now and then and then they are dashed.  Ugh.  Pray for me.