Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Summer Vacation: Day 1

We drove from Wisconsin to Tennessee with almost no fighting and lots of snacking.  I cleaned the car out before we left, and I was determined to keep it sort of clean. I broke my no eating in the car rule, but I only let the kids eat non-crummy snacks, which meant I sat with a stuffed picnic basket at my feet.  The kids ate:
Z Bars: We went off of these for awhile because of the arsenic in rice flour, but I read the ingredient label, and it was no longer at the tip  So, WHAT THE HECK. Also, they are not crumbly like a granola bar.
Z Fruit: THE BEST road trip snack
Fruit snacks: The Costco ones are both organic and plentiful
Made Good Granola Minis: We bought a YUGE bag of these at Costco
Beef jerky:  This-- also from Costco-- was big hit, but the smell almost killed me
Dum dums
Fruit by the foot
Fruit Roll Ups
(I am not linking to any of those because you can find them anywhere poison masquerading as food is sold)
Cuties, grapes, string cheese
Honest Kid juice boxes and tiny bottle of water

(I am also the only person who ate any of the fruit, and I also chewed all of the gum myself).

Away we goooooooo!
 Happy riders!
 They love unlimited iPad days, and we sprang for a data plan with a super fast hot spot so I could work on my online class in the car, which also meant the kinds could watch TV and movies AAAAALL DAAAY
 They also love unfettered access to food that turns their tongue the wrong color.  Also, do you love Dorothy's headphones?  I really, really, really do
 Lunch stop at Wendy's.
 Everyone was still happy!  Because the TV!
 I ate almost this whole damn bag of grapes.  I also read 5 books.
 And!  We listened to Harry Potter.  We only made it through 3 books total, but now we know what we're going to listen to on our New Year's trip!!
 Dinner in Knoxville! Where we happened upon a well-Yelped restaurant right by our hotel!  And they had trivia!
 The kids had a great time in this silly little pool because they have never met a pool they hated at a hotel.
And then!  We all went to bed happy and full and showered and ready to hit the beach the next day.

Monday, August 20, 2018

A wedding! The kids got to go to a wedding!

The day before we left for vacation, we got to go to a lovely little wedding.  Our friend Eric got married to his gorgeous fiancee Emily.  Dorothy saw the bride and said, "Mommy!  This is Barbie's wedding!"

The kids had the best time ever choosing their wedding clothes and feeling fancy:

 And!  They still looked OK when we got to the hotel!

The open bar!
 The cake!
 The shrimp and fruit skewer pineapple tower!
 The fancy clothes!

It was just about the perfect pre-vacation celebration!

Sunday, August 19, 2018

What We're Eating This Week 34/52

I am so happy to be home and cooking in my own, clean kitchen again!

Tearoom chicken salad with cinnamon rolls, strawberries, and cucumbers (from our own garden!!) with dill dip
Chicken tacos with Mexican street corn, rice, and beans (tomatoes, onions, and peppers from the garden!)
Leftovers! (We have leftovers again!!)
Brats, baked beans, snap peas, brownies
I have a conveniently scheduled dinner time cut and color, so those suckers are ON THEIR OWN
Cheeseburgers, chips and veggies and dip, watermelon
My first day of in-person adjuncting!!! I don't care what they eat!
Grilled chicken salads, green beans, ice cream
Pizza at the pool, I hope

Friday, August 17, 2018

Halcyon Days

Could this summer have been better?

A summer of mermaids.

 And you know what those mermaids meant?  They meant that Dorothy was playing with a revolving pack of 4-6 year-old girls at the pool and I was sitting in the shade with my book.  Amazing.

A summer of slime.
 And! Every time we went to the craft store to make slime, we could get excited for fall because retail merchandising doesn't go with the season anymore ever!
 A summer of ice cream.  So much ice cream.

 This was the first summer I can remember when everyone s a grown up and can pee anywhere by themselves and buckle themselves in the car and find their own shoes every time.  Leaving the house has been a real treat and there are days when we are gone from morning until dinner and it's FUN.

A summer of exploring our town.
 Thanks, in large part, to Bucky on Parade-- talk about a fun diversion!
We are entering the final couple of weeks when Ben and I have to work, but the kids are still at home, and all of us are gearing up for a change in routine.  You know me, over here all giddy with the potential of academias new year.  Fall is my jam, but it's hard to trade wet towels for cozy sweaters this time around. 

Summer, we love you more than craft bear and pizza by the lake.

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Parenting Pro-Tip: Don't Do Fun Things.

And then!  When you actually do the fun things, your kids will be BLOWN AWAY.

For instance.  We have not been to a single Family Float Day all summer (mainly because of sportsball) so we went to one, and it was basically the greatest moment ever.  Seriously, when we told then we were going, the children REJOICED.

 And!  Some of out super old floaties wouldn't stay hydrated, so we got to THROW THEM AWAY.  Score one for decluttering!

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Hey! You! Don't forget about POTY!

Click the link over on the right.  Still being dumb with our mics on.