summer 2015: 85/89

yesterday was school supply drop off and the kids finally found out who their teachers will be for the year!

they are so excited about being at the same school together.

i am pretty excited about it, too!

at any rate, yesterday made the end of summer and beginning of school just that more real for me.

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so i took down our summer list, and put up a little back to school vignette.

now i feel like i need to have a back to school party for the kids!

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earlier this summer i picked up some signs from the target dollar spot. they look like street signs, but are for the classroom.

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i added a vintage flash card {and a couple other vintage cards} with a note on it saying:

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{the kids gave their teachers different signs, but i forgot to take photos of them before we went to the school yesterday.}

it was a great way to “break the ice” with new teachers!

the little guy lucked out, and knows his teacher because she taught first grade last year. we are thrilled that she will be his teacher this year.

baby girl has a teacher who is new to the school, but she was so welcoming and friendly i know it will be a good fit.

i am really looking forward to teaching art literature in both classes, and volunteering whenever the teachers may need my help!

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before school starts we have a great weekend planned.

a running race for a great cause.

ryan’s birthday.

a holiday weekend…maybe a back to school party…or an outdoor movie?!

and, on the little guy’s first day of school we will also celebrate baby girl’s birthday!

good times.

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tomorrow is the first day of fall…in meteorological terms.

back in the day, meteorologists split the calendar up by months to distinguish the seasons.

meteorological summer is june, july, august.

meteorological autumn is september, october, november.

kind of logical, huh?

cooler temperatures are finally here in the pacific northwest after out hottest meteorological summer on record!

yesterday, i spent a lot of the day cleaning up the backyard from the windstorm that hit over the weekend. i also trimmed back my hanging baskets and would like to add some pansies and other flowers/plants that might make it through the winter.


i cleaned off the outdoor chalkboard to get it ready for our annual first day of school photos which will happen in one week!

i am also preparing lists of all the projects that i have put off and really need to get done once both kids go back to school. i am sure i will find plenty of ways to fill my days without them!

although, it gets me a bit choked up knowing that i will be alone for almost 6 hours everyday for the first time in over eight years. i have had at least one sidekick with me everyday since july 2007!

the other day i told baby girl that i would miss her when she was at school. she looked at me funny and said, “But you’ll have Oddy and Rainy!”

she is super excited to start kindergarten at the same school as her brother. when i asked her what she is most excited about she said, “Making new friends!”

her brother, on the other hand, is not thrilled about going back to school, but i know he will be once he sees all his friends!

we have school supply drop off ton wednesday. we will also finally find out who they have for teachers. woo-hoo!

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i had a strange dream last night.

i dreamt about the time that i walked in on a burglary in progress at our home in denver.

only this time the kids were with me and ben wasn’t there to keep me from walking in the door.

i woke up right when i opened the door.

i have no idea what it means. dreams are weird.

the little guy went to a park our camp today.

it’s a “survivor camp”, so they break into tribes and have to finish challenges. he earned all 4 of the wristbands he needed and won!

he ate these…

larvetsseriously, he jumps off cliffs and eats bugs. he’s all boy.

just as he is all boy, she is all girl.

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she requested a manicure and pedicure while the little guy was at camp. she even talked me into getting a manicure {which i usually don’t do}.

i also made the time to get my training run in at our health club.

3 hard miles on the  treadmill.

i am so much happier running outside with my running partner {grand river odyssey}, but when i need to get miles in the treadmill works out great.




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in the middle of spring i am usually ready for summer, by august  i am ready for fall, i am always hoping for some snow come december, and when february rolls around i am ready for the rain to stop.

thank goodness i live where the seasons change!

i am getting the itch to fluff the nest around here, but not sure where to start.

i picture vintage thermos’, picnic baskets, afghans and plaid wool blankets mixed with some more modern pieces and pops of color.


i need to get the house cleaned up before i can even think about changing things up.

today was totally lazy.

other than going to yoga, cleaning up the kitchen and doing a few other chores, the kids and i snuggled and relaxed.


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it feels good to be home, but i also miss the lake.

it is my favorite vacation of the summer.

this year was extra special because we were able to stay at my uncle’s beautiful lake house. my grandfather, and other uncles were unable to join us for the week, so my uncle buzz was the only one at the house, and he asked us to stay there instead of the house we had rented.

it made it so nice to wake up and be able to start playing whenever we wanted to.

the kids have had incredible experiences this summer with our extended family.



great grandparents.



great uncles.

great aunts.

second cousins.

life is all about experiences…and family.

so, on this slow sunday morning, we are getting back to normal.

we spent 22 of the last 32 days away from home.

there is a lot to catch up on around the house…and here on the blog.

i will be backdating my daily posts from the lake in the next few days…it was hard to keep up with all the fun we were having!

we still have over a month of summer left and more to be crossed of of our summer list, too!

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lake pend oreille

chris craft ride

rock beach.

cliff jumping

diving off boat.

face paint

swimming in the deep end

swimming out to sailboat with meme



more swimming and dock jumping

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moon rise instead of sun set.

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a rainstorm woke me up somewhere after 3 am.

baby girl also woke up and we snuggled until she fell back to sleep.

by 4 am i figured that sunrise was in just one hour and that i should probably just stay up and watch my first sunrise from sunrise bay.

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so, here is sit, watching the bats catch their last bites of food before heading to sleep and listening to the eagles wake up to start their hunts for the day.

we drove down to bayview so my mom and uncle could bring the sailboat up to the house.

after we got back to the house and went for a swim we took a boat down to see how they were doing.

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{july 25} sailing 4so fun to see them sailing.

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{july 25} sailing 11our ride back to the house was RAINY…quite and adventure.

they followed just 20 minutes behind.

it continued to rain.

so, we hunkered down and just relaxed for the evening.

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spokane/lake pend oreille

first, a #fbf (flash back friday for those of you unfamiliar with the hashtag)…




the kids were in my cousin’s wedding…ring bearer and flower girl.

it was an amazing celebration.

the kids are sleeping great.

me, not so much.

i have been awake since 2:51 am…it is now 4:32 am.

i’m going to try to snuggle back in with them for a bit…

room service was delivered at 6:30.

we had pancakes, eggs, bacon, chocolate chip scones, and coffee.

i had lots of coffee.

between the hours of 4:30 and 7:00 am i worked on trying to get logged into verizon to gain access to our account. i had everything but the last four digits of ryan’s social security number.

at 5:30 am i took a chance and sent him an e-mail in case he had cell phone service.

at 6:47 am i got an e-mail back from him!


by 8:30 am the kids an i were checked out of the hotel and on the road.

we had some things to get at target and then a trip to the verizon store!

by 10:30 we were on the road with new technology!

at noon, this was our view…

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on the road again…

for this adventure we are actually hitting the road…driving north to beautiful lake pend oreille.

we’ve got a stop or two to make along the way…

everything was ready. all my lists were checked. everything was packed.

everything but my phone.

i used it last night.

played a silly game (frozen free fall) that i am addicted to.

the phone died, and i went to bed.

for the life of me i cannot remember where i put the phone before i actually fell asleep.

i turned our house upside down for two hours!

took all the beds apart.

looked in the bathrooms, kitchen cabinets, even the refrigerator.

the battery was dead.

i have no idea why i didn’t just plug it in to charge.

i was a frazzled mess.

in tears.

how was i supposed to drive six hours, alone with the kids, and not have my phone?!

i finally decided that we just needed to get on the road.

we got starbucks and i made the decision that i was going to stop at verizon and buy a phone.

there were 12 people in line ahead of us.

we turned around and left.

we made it to kennewick and found a verizon store.

nobody in line.

they looked up my account, but couldn’t find it.

i figured that it was under ryan’s phone number.

it was, but he has not given me authorization to change anything on the account.

are you kidding me?!

normally, i would just call him and have him give authorization.

the problem is that he is in the middle of nowhere central oregon for a go ruck navigator event.

no cell phone coverage…and even if they did have it they normally aren’t allowed to have their cell phones on.

no new phone for me.

once again, i was in tears.

frustrated that i didn’t just plug my phone in to charge.

frustrated that i didn’t have access to my own cell phone account.

frustrated about the entire situation.

somebody did not want us traveling with technology today.

before we left, i grabbed my ipad and it only had a 35% charge.

i couldn’t find my car charger.

i don’t have a plug in charger.

i sent ryan an imessage, that he probably won’t get until sunday, to let him know i did not have a phone.

the little guy tried to turn on his leap pad, the only electronics we had left, and it was dead.

baby girl had hers, so they very sparingly used her leap pad and my ipad for entertainment on the drive.

we ended up talking, listening to music (at least we got a new stereo put in the car last week), and looking at the scenery.

road tripping old school style.

eventually, after we stopped to get some food at safeway, i got my computer out and they watched jungle book.

that got us within an hour of our destination for the night…spokane.

we pulled into the valet for the davenport hotel ready to get settled and get in touch with my parents. we are meeting them at lake pend oreille tomorrow, and i knew that they were wondering why i hadn’t called or posted something on instagram.

at check in i was informed that we had been upgraded to a suite…things were looking up.

when we got to our room i dropped our bags and burst into tears…again.

these were thankful tears for a large space for us to settle into for the night.

the suite was beautiful.

i called my parents, sent an email to ryan (which he probably won’t receive until sunday), and the kids and i went downstairs to explore.

a few years ago i stayed here for a girls weekend with one of my friends. we went to the farm chicks show and stayed in the davenport tower. we spent the evening after the farm chicks show exploring and reading all the history of the hotel.

the kids like running around and exploring, but aren’t so much interested in the history of the hotel.

the little guy did like this photo of a car being brought up to the mezzanine level in 1915.

after exploring, we went back up to the room to order room service.

we used some of ryan’s marriott rewards points for the room, so i promised the kids that we could order room service for dinner.

with the huge suite, we had plenty of room to spread out and eat.

they were not huge fans of the “fancy food”, but liked the experience.

after dinner we went to explore the basement…where the spa, fitness room, and POOL are.

the kids decided they wanted to swim, so we got their swimsuits and had the whole place to ourselves for a bit.

trying to get to bed early for a big day tomorrow.

hopefully, there will be fewer tears…from me.

summer 2015: 42/89

another perfectly cool and cloudy morning.

i rushed out to get a run in this morning while ryan could watch the kids.

3 miles.

still slow, but getting faster.