Hi Friends! Happy Friday! Friday the 13th to be exact. Didn’t we just have a Friday the 13th? I feel like I just wrote about that and taught about it at school.
Oh well, I’m not a very superstitious kind of girl. Unless we are talking about baseball. And then I might be just a little bit superstitious, okay obsessive. But in general black cats, sidewalks cracks and the number 13 don’t bother me at all. Particularly on bright, beautiful blue-sky summer mornings.
It’s been awhile since I last posted an update on all the things going on in our house, so I figured this was a good week for a “What’s Up With Us” post. One of the days I am going to get my act together, or at least together enough, to keep these posts consistent, like on the first Friday or the last Friday of the month. But we are not there yet, so just bear with me.
We are halfway through summer vacation (sob, sob), and a LOT has been going on around here.
The summer started with road trips – near and far.
Kevin and friends paid a visit to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland. A fitting adventure for a bunch of rock and roll boys.
Kelly embarked on a ten day trip to Souther California with her grandparents. She visited the San Diego Zoo, Sea World, Laguna Beach, Disneyland, California Adventure, Muscle Beach and the taping of Disney Channel Show. I sure did miss her while she was gone, and I might be just a teensy bit jealous that she got to explore all those amazing places, but I am so happy that she had this opportunity to see a beautiful part of our country.
We’ve been back and forth to N.J. a number of times and have another trip coming up at the end of the month.
If it’s summer you can bet there are sports, sports and more sports going on here.
Kyle and Kevin are both playing on the Youth Tennis League at our local club.
Kyle and I like to sneak out and play a little tennis ourselves, preferably early in the morning.
Kyle’s farm league little league team won the championship. It is his 3rd regular season championship in a row. That boy is definitely going to have to learn how to be a gracious loser. Actually, that’s not true at all. Although he has had more than his share of good luck when it comes to big games, he is the most well-adjusted player I know. He definitely wants to win and gives every game his all. But he leaves it all out on the field. Win, lose or draw (not an option even in 9 year old games), he leaves the field with a smile on his face and seeks out his friends on the other team for a laugh and a hug, regardless of who secured the victory.
Kyle also made the All-Star team as a 9 year old. He’s a reserve player, and usually just gets one at-bat a game. This is a big change for a boy who has started every game, many at shortstop, for the last several years. But he has made the best of his opportunities with a number of nice hits and rbis. He loves being part of the team, is becoming such a better player for it and knows that his time is coming. This kid definitely knows the meaning of a being a team player.
Oh, and that 10u All-Star Team . . . . They just brought home the District 2 championship!! So far the team is 4-0 and we are off to Sections on Monday.
My primary “sports” are running and aerial. I love the slower-paced mornings so I can get my long runs early on a weekday, thereby freeing up my weekends for family time. And I am enjoying a Nike Run Club virtual coaching program to try and regain a little of my speed.
While I’m usually a solo runner, for me the run is as much for my mental health as it is for physical health and I cherish my alone time, I have managed to sneak in a few runs with one of my favorite running buddies this summer. It’s tricky because he has so many games and practices. But occasionally, he has time for a run with his mom. LOL!
This summer my aerial class has been full of teen girls and I couldn’t be happier. I love aerial and I love kids, so combining the two is my dream. I love all the things that aerial teaches the girls: fitness can and should be fun, it’s super important to take care of yourself, it’s okay to get out of your comfort zone, strong is beautiful and they can do hard things. Talk about female empowerment.
My house has been a downright disaster. Somehow it seems that we started 19 projects all at once. Our backyard is a mud-put/jungle depending on the weather. We ripped off our mold composite decking earlier this year in preparation for the installation of a new, larger patio. And we are still waiting. But we did hear from the contractor so hopefully in the next two weeks we will have a useable concrete pad. Fingers crossed I can post patio-in-progress shots on the next update.
We’ve also finally updated most of the lighting in the house. This meant that my dining room, aka dumping room, was filled with boxes for weeks. Many of those lights are now installed, although I didn’t take any pics yet because the rest of the rooms are still in the middle of redecorating. I’ve got paint swatches on walls, window treatment samples lying around and big dreams for flooring.
And with the help of both boys I am making process on the landscaping.
We did get the landscape lights finished and I must say our home looks beautiful from the street (finally) and I am super excited that we can bring in our landscape rocks next weekend, because frankly, I am sick of weeding.
We celebrated my husband’s birthday on July 1st. It was a pretty relaxing family day with a trip to Boardman for an early dinner to escape the unbearable heat.
Because, of course, our air conditioning unit broke during the hottest week of the year. So, we are now the proud owners of a brand new air conditioner. I know, it’s exciting, But try and contain yourselves.
We also had another excellent 4th of July neighborhood party, complete with our own private fireworks display. Although, I must admit, I am a nervous Nellie around the fireworks. I really wish the kids would back up just a bit because I always fear a catastrophic explosion. Adults who have been drinking all day, pre-schoolers running around with sparklers and tweens who keep edging closer to the display – I mean what could go wrong?
We’ve enjoyed a fun-filled week with my nephew Owen who is visiting from New Jersey. We all absolutely love having him here with us. He is the sweetest, funniest, happiest boy and he fits right into our crazy family. We’ve been hiking, swimming, ice-cream tasting, pizza making, game-playing and of course, there’s been a lot of baseball too. We will all be sorry to see him go. Maybe one day, he will live closer to us.
I’m sure I’m forgetting stuff, but those are the highlights of our summer thus far.
How about you? What’s keeping you busy this summer? Drop me a note in the comments.
Until next week . . . .