Saturday, July 23, 2011

Oops -- Day 8-13

So, sometimes, you have so much fun that you don't have time to post...not really...but some fun has been had...

Day 8: County Fair -- HOT! Conrad didn't love his life there...BUT...there were tractors/livestock which Conrad does LOVE, and Pineapple Whip -- which is a fair favorite for Ella and I.

Day 9: Got a lot DONE! I realize this totally makes me my father's daughter, but sometimes a productive day is "fun" in its own right.

Day 10-12 -- Went with Ella to church camp for 2.5 days. Initially I dreaded going, only going because she asked me to. Then I realized that, at camp, there is lots of time to sit and watch kids have fun (rather than have to plan/participate in it yourself), no meals to cook, and no laundry to be done. Also, I'm kind of a sucker for a water slide, which this camp has 2 of.

Day 13: Local catholic church festival-- only place you can say "I'm going to drink beer and have the opportunity to gamble...AT CHURCH."

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Day 7

This might sound borderline morbid or insensitive, but, today, my grandpa underwent emergency surgery that they were not sure he would live through. That was NOT fun. Seeing my grandma in a total state of panic; not fun. Watching my grandpa moan in pain after the surgery (which he came through much better than anticipated); also not fun. The silver lining? An unexpected short road trip with just my siblings to be with my mom and extended family while they waited on the outcome of the surgery, and reminiscing about our favorite childhood memories of our grandparents all day long. When my sister was 12, she accomplished a life long goal...she finally beat my grandpa at checkers. My grandpa's response? He wouldn't talk to her the rest of the day.

One Christmas we got a karaoke machine. My grandpa sang "Blueberry Hill" and "Good night Irene", and my grandma sang "Ordinary Average Guy". I would give just about anything to find that cassette.

Day 6

This one is pretty straight forward but fun none the less -- joint birthday party for my now 4 year old nephew and I. Pizza, cake, and a swimming pool.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Day 5

Pat fell in love with these girls on NPR. We saw them live in a little bar downtown last night. SUPER FUN! This song is my new anthem. :)

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Day 4

Sometimes its the little things...

Grocery shopped by myself. Ran three miles on a new trail -- I love new scenery. Snapped green beans on the porch with Conrad while he told me about his day.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Day 3

In honor of 33 years of life (mine), I talked my husband into taking the day off, dropping the kids off at the sitters, and just wandering around downtown with me all day. We stopped for the best sandwiches in town, and feasted on them in their basement with beers and dukkah. Nothing feels more indulgent than beer at lunch on a Wednesday.

Day 2

(This is a day late because the internet was not cooperating last night. Rural internet options = not fun!)

Day 2; a day with good intentions. We set out for renting a bike to ride along the canal downtown. Due to the heat, they opted not to open the bike rental place without warning or even as much as a sign. I just happened to run into the park director who tried to call the bike rental manager who was not answering his phone. Not cool. Then it got HOT, the kids got cranky, and even my "Tour de the Fountains of the Canal" didn't really amuse them because it involved a lot of walking, in the heat.

But we managed a bit of fun...

...and finished off the tour with lunch with Pat at a well air-conditioned restaurant along the canal.

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