Sunday, June 12, 2011

A Little Sunday Catch-Up

What a crazy week we've had here.  The kids have all been a little bit more unruly than usual (more tantrums and fits), but I think it is because we are still adjusting to our summer schedule...which can be more accurately described as a complete lack of schedule.  The earlier sunrise in the morning also has everyone waking up FAR earlier than normal and the later sunsets have the kids struggling to fall asleep at night.  Not having preschool or ECFE has definitely left us with a lot more free time, which we all enjoy, but I haven't been as good about making sure to direct the kids' free play time (so as to avoid  the petty sibling fighting as much as possible) and enforcing quiet time/nap time.  Basically, dealing with sleep-deprived kids who are used to a schedule and now all of a sudden don't have one really hasn't been very fun for anyone.   

The week started out with extremely HOT weather.  I'm pretty sure we set a record-breaking day on Tuesday when the thermometers topped out at 102-103 degrees.  Monday, although not as steamy, was still pretty warm, so I decided at the last minute to spend the day swimming at the pool in my parents' neighborhood.

Tuesday was Ben and my 8th wedding anniversary!  And, what did we do to celebrate 8 years?  Well, Ben brought home some beautiful flowers...


...and then we went shopping and out to eat at Cheesecake Factory.  Yes, we went shopping.  And, yes, we very much enjoyed the peace and quiet of shopping minus the three kiddoes.  My mom stayed with the kids at our home where we discovered that, on the hottest day in 20-some years, our power went out.  Thankfully, with all the blinds closed, it only reached a cool 80 degrees inside the house and the power was restored by 8:00 that evening.

Unfortunately, I'm pretty sure when the power went out and came back on, something did not reset accurately on our basement freezer.  When I went down there later in the week to grab some veggies for dinner, I found close to 25ish pounds of chicken, pork, and ground beef in the middle of thawing.  Needless to say, we spent the rest of the evening making meatballs, cooking chicken and ground beef for taco filling, and grilling chicken breasts marinated in a variety of flavors (I didn't really know what to do with the pork chops, so I tossed those).  Thankfully the freezer is not broken, so now instead of it being filled with frozen raw meat it is full of frozen cooked meat.  And, looking on the bright side of things, I don't think I will have to cook meat now for a good month (probably more). 

In other news, Allie lost her second tooth today...and this time she pulled it out all on her own!  She looks pretty cute with both bottom teeth missing; however, she is lamenting the fact that she can't really eat corn on the cob!

Olivia also learned a new trick this week...clicking her tongue!  She is so proud of herself and she does it all. the. time.  Ben joked that she should have been born a dolphin because her tongue-clicking seems to be her main form of communication at present. 

I also turned the big 3-0 yesterday.  But, that deserves a post all of its own...stay tuned.

2 comments:

KellyMellyBoBellyBananaFanna said...

happy birthday! (and anniversary!)

kelly

Jen D said...

Thanks, Kelly!