Thursday, June 6, 2013

Hey, Y'all!

What's up, y'all?  Hope everyone's had a good week.

I thought being off for the summer would make me want to blog more.  So far, that hasn't been the case.  I've been sorta BLAH lately. I'm not sure what it is, but I think it has something to do with the missing structure in my life.  Not having anywhere to be every morning. I know I should be really happy to have a career that allows that -- and truly, I AM -- but it's taking some getting used to.  I'm not gonna lie -- I miss teaching summer school. What's wrong with me?

I have been teaching a little, though -- to my four year-old.  M has missed the last two weeks of preschool (I think she needs a break), so I've stepped in as Mrs. Mommy.  Despite the fact that we have to pay whether she goes every day or not, I'm thinking of keeping her out the whole summer. 

DK and my mom think I'm crazy.  If we're paying, she needs to go at least a couple of days a week, they say.  And I agree to an extent, but I also think she'll benefit from the break. Plus I'd really miss her during the day. We do enough public shows and activities for her to still get that social interaction, and she's not missing anything curriculum-wise since their summer curriculum is more of a review. Plus, I've been working with her a little bit every day to prevent summer learning loss. (I'll do another post on that soon.)

Anyhoo, we'll see. I've managed to keep her out the last two weeks without my husband really noticing.  Fingers crossed for next week. I want my baby home!

So what HAVE we been up to?  Well, I've been making sure she still gets that time outdoors that she gets at school every day. I'm a firm believer that KIDS NEED TO BE OUTSIDE.

On this day, she was making me a salad -- deliciously prepared with leaves, twigs, and tree nuts.

We've also been making use of the free resources at the library.  The room for preschoolers is great -- books, iPads, stuffed puppets (M's favorite), toys, and a small outdoors play area.

And of course the free shows in the library's theater.

This week's show was Dinoman, where M met large (inflatable) dinosaurs, held a real dinosaur bone, and declined the offer to hold real dinosaur poop. Ha!

(She's in there somewhere.)

Speaking of the library...

...we've started our summer reading, too.  We're at about 500 pages now.

I think our summer's off to a pretty good start.  I think she can stand to miss a couple of months of preschool. Don't you think?

So...what has The Mama been up to?  

Well, I didn't finish the Big Library Read before the deadline.  The story seemed good, but it didn't pull me in enough to make me want to read it whenever I got the chance. Maybe next year's book will be a little more appealing to my tastes.  

My next reading goal is to finally finish the God Don't Like Ugly series.  I just checked out Book 5 again, so I'll be digging into that this weekend. 

I've been trying to find a good TV series to watch on my video apps. Something to get me through these four months without Scandal

First on my list was Downton Abbey.  I wanted to see what all the fuss was about.  It took about five episodes to draw me in (it started slow, in my opinion), but it finally did. I'm almost done with the first season and can't wait to begin Season Two. It's different from what I like to watch, but I've fallen in love with the characters. I've also caught myself using my British accent around the house. Ha!

I can't decide what I'll watch after I've finished Downton Abbey. I've added Parenthood, Friday Night Lights, and Army Wives to my watchlist.  Army Wives has like six seasons, and that could probably get me through the summer.  I'm leaning toward that.

My GymPact app has been keeping me on my fitness toes.  I haven't been AS active, but I've been getting my three days a week. I'm just hoping that being home all summer won't push me to eat everything in my house.

I did get a run in for National Running Day yesterday.

With cousins!

Other than that, it's been kinda chill around here. Well, except for the bright idea my child got last night to bite into a glow stick.  Naturally they weren't toxic, but the yucky taste and burning sensation it gave her nose and eyes hopefully taught her a lesson.  (Seriously, who bites a glow stick?  After all the tears, she told me she was "taking her temperature." Never a dull moment, people.)

Oh!  And that playground injury from this morning.  It wasn't The Kid this time.  It was The Mama trying to play with The Kid. I don't even know how it happened -- I just remember stepping out onto a ladder/pole thingy, and either my foot slipped or I totally missed the doggone ladder rung. I ALMOST landed on my...ahem...but landed on my inner thigh, instead.  I'm sure it will be nice and blue tomorrow.  I tried to "run off" the soreness today, but I have a feeling I'll be getting a wake-up call in the morning.  I just hope I can WALK. 

Someone remind me to wear SHOES to the playground and not flip flops.  And to not be so clumsy.  On another note, it would have been SO funny if someone had seen it. Lucky for me, I don't think anyone did.

So, yeah.  That's what we've been up to.  

I'll be back in the next couple of days to tell y'all about our goals for the summer.  It's really more for me so that I don't lose track of how I want to spend my time.  I've already been on Facebook more than usual the past couple of weeks, and that's just NOT where I want my summer to go.  So putting these goals in writing helps ME.  I also pretend that you care. :-) to shower and watch another Downton Abbey episode until my eyelids close.  The hubby is out watching the basketball game, so I get some rare ALONE TIME. Taking full advantage, people.

Have a great weekend, y'all!


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