Yes, Sean, it has been 3 months. Or close to it at least. I think one of my main problems is that I still use Windows Live Writer to blog and it’s on my ancient old dinosaur laptop that is missing the enter key, the mouse pad doesn’t work and it has a corner chipped off that has open wires and screws sticking out. Maybe one of these days I will switch everything over to my other laptop or Ipad.
So how is everyone doing? The weather this year has been fantastic. We have had so much fun outdoors this summer and fall. I got to play some sand volleyball up at Okoboji this summer on Tuesdays while Hubby played some golf on Thursdays. And the kids had plenty of park time and fun time in our driveway (that doesn’t sound too exciting but they seem to love it). The kids really enjoyed the Clay County Fair this year. We live so close to it, so we made it a point to walk over at least 4 or 5 days to see all the sights. Again, Tyler loved the train building. Think he could have spent all week there. He got to go inside and meet the conductor, who gave him a special train whistle. Tyler was in heaven. Hubby and I snuck away to the Little Big Town concert thanks to Aunt Loiy who stayed with the kids. I loved it, but Hubby made fun of their one stupid song about pontoon boats for weeks. I’ll think twice before I make him go to any more country concerts.
Tyler started all day every day pre-K this fall at Sacred Heart. He absolutely loves it there. They get to do all kinds of fun activities and his best friend Coleton goes there, which we hear about every day. He also played soccer for about two months there in September and October. We found out soccer is not really Tyler’s thing. He will play it around the house or with his sister or cousins, but not on a team. To his defense, he didn’t know any of the other little boys, and they were all older than him, even though he was one of the tallest. He ended up hating it, and crying most practices. Games were a struggle too, and since Hubby was the assistant coach, it was a source of a lot of stress this fall. Think we’ll be taking some time off of soccer.
Jenna started a new daycare around the same time that Tyler started Pre-K. It took a little getting used to, but I think she is doing great. It’s an in-home daycare, so it is quieter, calmer and much more stable than the center she was going to. The hours are a little different, so that took some adjusting of our schedule, but in the end it’s worth it. Plus she is only about 2 or 3 blocks from our office, so that helps.
Both kids are just growing and growing, and it’s really scary how fast it is going. They are such great kids, so smart and funny and cuddly (most of the time). We are so so blessed.
I think I can say that Hubby has had a great summer and fall. He got out on the golf course way more than years past, and even got to golf in a couple tournaments. We are both super busy at the office, taking care of patients and always working on behind the scenes stuff. The month of October was very special, as his beloved Royals finally won the World Series. He didn’t make it down to any of those games, but I think he went to one of the Division Series games maybe? Whenever it was, he stayed with his buddy and ended up getting bit by a spider-most likely a brown recluse. That was a fun couple days. I put a picture of it below, before it got really bad and the fever and chills and vomiting and everything else started. Thank goodness there was no necrotic tissue that had to be removed. On to basketball season and cheering on the Jayhawks.
I was busy as well this summer, like always. As I mentioned earlier, I got to play sand volleyball, which was more fun than I expected. Sand is usually harder to play than indoor, but they had lower nets and harder sand, so that made jumping a little easier. I also played a couple games of softball, not as many as I’d like, but at this point in my life I limit myself to one main obligation a week so I can spend more time with the kids. They are only this age once!
I just got done doing a Whole 30 challenge, which felt great. It’s basically 30 days of clean eating, eliminating all processed foods and only eating proteins, healthy fats and fruits and vegetables. Very doable, just takes a lot of planning and cooking. I did the opposite of Whole 30 this last weekend though, had a couple drinks both Friday AND Saturday and had way too many desserts on Saturday. Friends were in town from Chicago on Friday and we had a fundraiser gala for Tyler’s school on Saturday. VERY fun times, but not so fun feeling like crap on Sunday.
I have also been running a couple times a week, which if you recall, I hate doing. Our office is hosting a 5K in next week to raise money for a local charity, and even though I am not really running in it, I decided to do all the training with everyone else. I did do a 5K a couple weeks ago with the girls from our office and did better than I thought I would. Before running, I had been following a lifting program called Strong Lifts 5×5, which is very easy to follow but really increases the weights fast. Switching from power work to endurance work (if you want to call running a 5K endurance work) was a challenge at first, but now I’m in the groove. I’d really like to get back to lifting heavy though, it sure helps on the volleyball court and in the adjusting room!
So there’s a little update of the last however many months it’s been. Be prepared for a massive photo dump- in no particular order. By the way you can follow me at lmm418 on Snapchat- I occasionally post pictures and videos of kids on there. Happy holidays to you and your family!