Sunday, July 17, 2016

The Sunday 7

1. Last week the Olympic women's gymnastics team was picked. When I showed Olivia the picture of the team she grinned. When I said "what?" She said "two of them are brown like me!" When I told her the girl in front (Simone Biles) is actually the best gymnast in the entire world, her eyes got huge... and she grinned even bigger. White parents of brown kiddos, it's important that your kids know that people who look like them can and do succeed in every area of life. (#representationmatters :))

 Go Team USA! We're on the Olympic games countdown around here.

 

2. The recent events with police shootings have been hard on all of us. One of the hardest things about having a spouse in law enforcement is the ever-present awareness that my kids could grow up without a dad... that random police shooting are a real thing. Dan is an amazing dad and it's hard to live in the tension that, one day, unexpectedly, our kids could lose that, forever.

I know there are bad apples in every bunch, but please.... The vast majority of police officers are really good people who willingly choose to put their lives on the line for you and me every day, for minimal thanks or pay, and truly, all they want to do is do their job well and go home safely at the end of the day. Doing this hard work affects their bodies and brains and families, and, in my experience, the effects of this stress can feel like PTSD. I know racism and abuses of power exist, and I am not here to excuse that behavior-- it is absolutely wrong and should be treated as such. But the law enforcement community is so beaten down right now. They are hurting. The great majority of officers do good work, protect and serve their communities with dignity in the fave of trying circumstances. and they do a darn good job of it. If you see an officer while you're out and about, tell them thanks. Drop cookies or a box of joe off at the station you drive by every day. Please support the men & women who do the hard work of protecting all of us. You have my personal gratitude!

3. Last week the kids went to day camp every day from 9-3. Emily was still in town so we went shopping almost every day ... nothing too glamorous, just the old faves Target, Old Navy, etc. It was so much fun. The kids loved camp and were utterly exhausted at the end of the week. Praise the Lord! haha.

4. Will decided he'd like to try tennis, so we've been knocking a ball around on the local courts. It's funny how none of the kids wanted anything to do with tennis until I got out there with a ball, and then they were ALL all about it!

5. Selina left Friday morning. We are going to KC next month to help Dan's parents with settling in and unpacking, and we fly in and out of Laguardia. We plan to snag Selina on our way home so she can spend another week with us! She's a treat to have around, and we are happy to have the opportunity to have her back again.

6. The weather has been great lately... hot and sunny. We've been at the lake almost every day. The kids are at great ages where they can kayak, hike, play, go off the rope swing, etc. for the most part, all independently. It's really nice... I am loving this stage of motherhood!

7. Five weeks of summer left. MAKE IT STOP.

Sunday, July 10, 2016

The Saturday 7

1. Week 1 with our fresh air fund girl Selina is done! We spent most days at the lake for hours... kayaking, rope-swinging, swimming... you know the routine. ;) Tomorrow all 5 kids head to our local nature day camp for a week of fun! (And my to-do list is getting longer...) Our local paper did a write-up about our experiences hosting Selina; you can see it here: http://citizensvoice.com/news/brooklyn-girl-enjoys-some-fresh-air-in-bear-creek-twp-1.2065169

2. My sister Emily (but more importantly her baby Ethan) have been here for the past week. It's been fabulous.
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3. I literally spent 8 hours at the lake on Weds. I showed up at 10:30 for bible study, ran home at 12:30 to grab lunch stuff to bring back since the kids were having such a great time with their friends... had a friend from church join me with her kiddos, so we spent the afternoon there... we ordered pizza delivery at 6... and I went home around 6:30. What even is my life. haha

4. Found out on Friday that Will is finally going to get braces next month! (We've been waiting for 2+ years for his last baby teeth to fall out!) He also got reading glasses AND turned 13 all in a week. He's such a great kid; Dan says all the time that it is a privilege to be his dad, and I couldn't agree more. He's a privilege to be a parent to. We took him out for dinner (the Melting Pot) and to the Apple store (first device: an iPad!) on Tuesday (his birthday) and had a great time. ...And just like that, I'm the parent of a teenager.

5. After a week of gorgeous hot & sunny weather, this weekend has been cool, rainy and cloudy. And I saw an advance weather report that we will be getting "more-than-average" snow this winter. Come back hot weather, before it's too late!!!

6. I finished reading The Nest this week... it was just ok. Didn't live up to all the hype, in my opinion, anyway. I'm currently reading The Gilded Years, and I really like it so far. Here's hoping it stays good! It's so annoying when a book shows promise and then the plot drops off midway through.

7. Six weeks left of summer... halfway done. Slow down, time. This is the golden season and the golden years and I just can't get enough. <3 p="">

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Saturday 7

posting on a Tuesday, because #longweekends and #thatlakelife

1. Last week we dropped Will at scout camp on Sunday morning. We saw him Weds night for parents' dinner, then not again till we picked him up Saturday morning. He had a blast! He earned 4 merit badges (swimming, riflery, basketweaving & leatherwork) and says he can't wait to go back again next year.

2. Tristan attended Upwards basketball camp M-F last week and he LOVED every minute of it. I heart that kid and his big heart so much... he would come home at the end of the day literally hoarse from cheering/yelling so loud all day long.

3. Tuesday night Tristan & Olivia tested for their yellow & orange belts in karate, a 90 min exhausting process, (which, after 6 hours of basketball for Tristan, almost pushed him over the edge.)

4. Thursday we picked up Selina, the kiddo who stays with us every year for a couple weeks through the Fresh Air Fund. It's been so fun having her back! This is her 4th year with us, and she fits into our family, life & routine perfectly.

5. I got my hair cut for the first time in a year. I've been trying to grow it out and have been entirely unsuccessful in getting it past my bra line. In the past I have pooh-poohed those who say to get it trimmed every 6 weeks but I'm now going to run an experiment and get it trimmed every 6 weeks for the next 12 months and see if I gain any net growth. I'll be 35 this fall so just maybe I am past the point of no return on hair growth. We shall see. ;)

6. The 4th of July weekend was spectacular.  Friends, family, hours at the lake, kayaking, rope-swinging, so many cans of La Croix water, I lost count... I feel so incredibly blessed to live where we do. It's truly summer paradise!

7. Today Will turns 13. He is a smart, funny kid who has a truly compassionate & kind heart. He looks out for the underdogs and the marginalized ...and I love him so much.

Also I'm the mom of a teenager. WHAT.