Back To School

1502912444754 My two teenagers this morning before school! Time is flying! I have to steal pictures anymore for school days. That is ok, makes for some interesting poses. πŸ™‚ They are both in High School now. I hope their day went well.

IMG_20170816_084332 This was my day this morning! Celebrate with donuts and a Pepsi! I actually didn’t drink much of that Pepsi. I’m getting to where a Pepsi is not tasty in the mornings. Now, I do enjoy my afternoon one. πŸ™‚

gym-equipment (credit to Bing.com images)

Happy to say I did go to the YMCA today and exercised! Now, my treadmill didn’t look like that but that would be kind of fun. πŸ™‚ It felt good to get back. I failed during the summer going. I thought the kids would go with me a lot, nope. Strive for next summer. I am going to stay on track, yes. Yes. Yes. Keep telling myself that. πŸ™‚

IMG_20170816_125815 When I left the YMCA I headed to the supermarket to get me a chef salad and Fiji water! It was yummy. I think that makes up for the donuts and pop this morning, right? πŸ™‚

A pretty good start to my return of a school routine! πŸ™‚

Have a great day! πŸ™‚

Kids Spark Thoughts

IMG_20170722_144608 I believe this bridge was at St. Louis but my memory fades at times. πŸ™‚ I had the joy of driving through there when we went on our trip to see the oldest son in South Carolina in July. I knew I should have labeled the pictures that night. Guess that is what I get for thinking I would remember for sure. πŸ™‚

IMG_20170725_144915 I do know this one! It is at Charleston, South Carolina by the Aquarium.Β  Love bridges. It was a nice day as well. I could sit by the water and watch the ships move about all day long if I was allowed. πŸ™‚

The bridges bring me peace and calmness. I needed that right now after the afternoon today.

Nothing terrible, just the stress of getting two teenage boys their class schedules. Took the youngest one and his friend to the Freshmen school first. My tenth grader decided to wait in the car. πŸ™‚ They have the Freshmen in separate buildings because the High School is not big enough to hold them all. It is in a way neat, because the military kids on base join them because there is no High School on base. This is a way to get to know one another better. I think last year it added about 150 kids to my middle son’s class. Pretty good amount of new students.

The school is three floors. I tried to explain to my son if you find all your first floor one’s at once then go to the second floor, etc., it would be the easiest to do. He wouldn’t listen. He even got grumpy butt with me. Perhaps, his logic was fine with going in the order of his classes, but mine was logical for this old lady to walk three floors in the most logical way. πŸ™‚ I went through the first day of classes but then when he decided to do the second day’s classes I retired to the hallway close to the front doors.

They had really cool rocking chairs that looked like desk chairs. Now, where were those when I was going to school. I even had a great little conversation with a young grade school kid. He was cute. He loved the rocking chair too. πŸ™‚

Then it was off to the main High School to find the tenth grader’s classes. Boy was that fun. Whomever designed that school decades ago made it insane. We had half floor levels before you got to the second floor. Weird. There was no logical movement around the school because you had hallways branching off here and there. I think those were done because they were additions at one time as the population grew. I was lost. At least my son knows where his first class is and a general idea of the other classes. I hope.Β  He is shy so he doesn’t ask many questions. Sigh.

I hope the new school passes this Fall. They need it. Not just because of design problems but it is faltering in many areas. The funding is there but of course you have those that can’t see why spend that much money on a school. It is not an area that is decreasing in population so it makes sense to build a new one.

The middle school the boys went to was built around the earlyΒ  90s I believe and it is so nice. They built it like a half-moon where each grade has its own area and then it opens up into the cafeteria, auditorium, and two gyms. They actually hold all the teacher learning seminars there for the district.Β  Their grade school was new as well and was designed like the middle school. Guess we will see what happens.

Then my tenth grader comes down to my escape room and says I can’t find my class schedule. Really? Not even five hours and you have lost your schedule. Shaking my head. So the hunt was on. He found it in the trash. Shaking my head again.

Here is to hoping the school year goes well for us and everyone in blog land. πŸ™‚

 

Vacation Highlights

Last week I took a vacation from being on vacation the previous week. πŸ™‚ Isn’t that how it works sometimes? I did the minimum I had to do as a mom. I did catch up on laundry. I did not do much work on the computer though. Hubby had to go back to work but he said it was a relaxed week for him, if that’s possible truck driving. πŸ™‚

Our vacation was going to Charleston SC to see the oldest son’s family. They recently had a beautiful little boy named Jayce. πŸ™‚ We needed to see that precious baby. πŸ™‚ Oh, and the son and his wife too. πŸ™‚

Our other two sons and daughter joined us on the long road trip. πŸ™‚ Thank goodness for portable DVD player! They stayed busy watching movies. When you have tall kids and a hubby over 6 feet tall, many breaks were taken. I’m short, but I enjoyed the stretching of the legs too. πŸ™‚

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This is the recap of the fun week:

  • SaturdayBegan the trip. Stayed in TN. TN is a beautiful state. Definitely need a trip out there someday to sightsee. It had the most winding road through the mountains. The cars don’t slow down. Nerves galore!
  • SundayReached Shay’s place. Played with the new baby. πŸ™‚ Nice apartment complex. Beautiful area. Too much traffic for me. Roads were 5 lanes or more. Ugh.
  • MondayBeach Day! πŸ™‚ Hubby sadly had a migraine, he stayed back. Shay, Adric, and Farra in Shay’s car. Maniac driver! Cassie, Jessup, baby, and me in Cassie’s car. They lost us! But we got a better parking spot by the beach, speed doesn’t always win. πŸ™‚ Beach was great! Put up a tent for Cassie and baby Jayce. Wind was a bit of a challenge. Found lots of seashells. Shay had never ate down there so we decided to walk around the beach town. Adorable shops, good thing I was on a budget, no shopping for me. We ate at Washout! Live music was terrific.Β  Baby Jayce slept through it.Β  I had a salmon BLT, it was awesome! We had some ice cream afterwards. I switched places with Farra. She said no more riding with brother Shay. He was a little better with me but it still was scary. Dang sports car! πŸ™‚
  • TuesdayWe went sightseeing! This time the two younger boys didn’t want to go so they stayed at Shay’s. We saw the aquarium, walked through the Ft. Sumter museum, and then walked downtown Charleston. It was cool to see the old buildings. Loved it! Found a place to eat called Sticky Fingers. Yummy BBQ food. Hubby and I shared a plate. πŸ™‚ After we ate back to the apartment. Chilled. Played with baby Jayce. Cassie made Don a cake for his birthday, yummy. Great day.
  • Wednesday – Chill day. Kids found out they got their apartment in Virginia. We had pizza delivery and began packing up stuff in the U-Haul. More cuddles with baby Jayce. πŸ™‚
  • ThursdayPut the final things in the U-Haul. Shay and Jessup went ahead to get to the apartment complex office before it closed for some final paperwork. Don, the truck driver, drove the U-Haul. So, that left me to drive our car, oh boy, city traffic. Farra rode with me. Cassie, Adric, and baby Jayce in Cassie’s car. Oh, forgot, Farra and I had the ferrets in our car. The escape artists almost got out on us. LOL Cassie had the lizard. Yes they love pets of the different kind. LOL. We ate at Outback Steakhouse when we got to Virginia. Yummy.Β 
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  • Friday – Unloaded the kids at their new apartment. The city seems nice. I’d drive there, 2 lane roads. πŸ™‚ Apartment is pretty nice, entryway could use an update. Sad we had to leave after unloading them. So sad. I need to win the lottery so we can visit more. We headed on our journey back home. Stayed in hotel in Kentucky.
  • SaturdayMore driving. Missing the kids. The other 3 slept most of the ride home. Arrived home around 8pm. Good to be home.

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All in all, great week! πŸ™‚ Miss them 3 though. πŸ™‚