Sunday, October 9, 2016

Autumn Flowers

I have an app that lets me know when Michael enters a certain perimeter around our house, and
whenever it chimes at me, I let the Brookelets know that he's almost home and they run out to greet him as he drives down the street to our house.  On one of those days I noticed that the light was quite nice, and my flowers were looking rather cheerful, so I grabbed my camera to document it all.

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Queen of the Mountain Softball Tournament

A couple of weeks ago was her last tournament, this time an hour away, so I had to pull her out of school a couple hours early so we could make it up there in time for her first game.  That meant hitting a drive-thru for lunch, and lots of reading in the car for her, which pleased her greatly.

Given my back's instability when it comes to long car rides, I decided that we'd stay up there for the night and avoid the extra commuting, and we had such a great time!  I hadn't been able to prepare for our trip because the van's brakes required the van to be in the shop for three days (originally it was only supposed to be one morning, ugh), and I only got my van back about an hour before we had to leave, so I just said, "Forget it, we're going to eat out and not worry about things," and we did.  Penguin had fun, and she was incredibly wired and couldn't go to sleep, so we stayed up until eleven or so just talking and giggling.  Good memories.

Not much in the way of photos because my back was rather on edge and it was hard to concentrate on taking pictures, but that's just how it is sometimes.

It was a fun little weekend for us, and I'm looking forward to future overnighter tournaments!  This was the last tournament for this year, so we'll see what we get handed next year!

Monday, October 3, 2016

Weekly Report: September 10-30, 2016

It's become apparent to me that I'm not getting much "extra" homemaking types of thing done around here, and I really do prefer to mostly talk about the Brookelets, so "weekly report" it shall be from this point forward.  If I do manage to do something astounding, homemaking-wise, I'll be sure to show you because the only other witnesses are the cats, and that's somewhat depressing.  Ha ha.

Things are still crazy here, hence the "September 10-30th" date range.  I am NOT one of those annoying women who enjoys bragging about how busy they are, like being busy is the end goal of life, and the extended craziness has me scrutinizing our daily lives to try to figure out just WHY things are so crazy, and for so long lately.  My best theories are:
  1. I've not truly done a "back to school" before--last year was the first time the kids went through the whole "back to school" thing, but I had a broken foot and a busted back, and Michael was unemployed, so he mostly took care of all of that stuff.  Baptism by lava here.
  2. I started keeping track of how often a "last minute" schedule change popped up, and in the last two weeks we've had ten individual instances.  So...that's a lot of frustration and stress, which is undoubtedly making things feel like they're very off-balance.  I really dislike how our text-happy culture has swayed towards informing at the last minute.'s now October, and my calendar is practically naked, so I think things are going to calm down considerably.

So what's been keeping us busy?  Well, Penguin's softball has been one of the big things going on around here.  She had another tournament, and there's been games.  She really is improving quickly.

Bluebird, Penguin and I went to the Sundance Harvest Festival, which was a good day.  Oh, the drive up there was absolutely gorgeous, and the views at Sundance are always lovely, so it was quite nice.

After that, we snuck up to Park City to visit an animal shelter that happened to have a Scottish Fold cat newly on-site, and we loved her and pre-adopted her.  Michael has commented a few times that he thinks Scottish Fold cats are so hilarious-looking, and he wished we could get one, but they run about $500, and I'm not spending $500 on a cat, so I set up notification searches on various pet adoption websites to email me whenever a Scottish Fold showed up anywhere, and voila, five months later I had a notification, and only an hour and half away from me!

So, we now have Charlotte:

Quesnel hates her, and Charlotte ignores Quesnel.  Great buddies.  Charlotte likes Michael a whole lot, and they watch TV together each evening, which is great because I pretty much found her for him.  She hides under my bed by day, and Michael fishes her out in the evening and carries her about.  It's pretty cute.  (She's not going to like it when I get my room cleaned up enough so that the Roomba can come through...)  Sometimes I just look at her and bust out laughing.

I was released from my calling as Activity Days leader, and Michael was released from his calling as Sunday School teacher for the 14-15 year olds, and we were called to team teach the 11 year olds.  But they haven't called a new Activity Days leader yet, so I'm wondering what I should be doing in regards to that until they do.

I went to Bluebird's Parent Teacher Conferences, and she's doing well, and her teachers all said they liked her...her English teacher smiled big when I said I was Bluebird's mother, and she said, "Oh, I love her!  She's a ROCKSTAR!"  Well, OK then!  The only areas she needs to improve in are turning in her work, which is dragging down her grades in two classes, and to not read other books during class.  It's so funny, but that's what EVERY ONE of her teachers said--"She reads a lot, and I have to ask her to put her books away during class."  Every teacher.  ALL of them.  Honestly, girl...

And I need to get breakfast going, so I'll just pop the extra pictures in here for your viewing enjoyment: 

Oh yeah--I made a hat for Bluebird during Penguin's last tournament.  It matches her new winter coat, which she's not allowed to wear until it gets colder.