Friday, June 20, 2014

Tis The Season of No Complaints & What I Know For Sure

It's summertime.  'Tis the season of lemonade and sunshine and happiness, not complaining.  This past week, the first full week of summer vacation for us, I tried very hard to stick to the "this is the season of no complaints" rule.  

Monday started off without any glitches, unless you count the fact that I was 30 minutes late to pick up JT from basketball camp.  I got the times wrong and was a little embarrassed that I lived up to my flaky reputation.  But no worries and no complaints.  Actually, JT loved the fact that I was late because he got to shoot more baskets while he waited.  He asked me to be late everyday.  I love that!

We hit the pool and played hard because it's summertime and that's what we do.
Lucy totally ignoring her brothers.  

This kind of worn out only happens in the summer.  

Tuesday the furnace started leaking huge amounts of water.  No complaints here.  A simple call to the heating and cooling place and a promise that someone would be out between 1 and 4 p.m. meant no worries.  We played a rousing game of family soccer while we waited.  
Check out Air Bud, I mean Cosi.
She is actually a great defender.

Turned out to be a minor, not terribly expensive repair.  No worries, no complaints.

Wednesday I woke up with a head cold.  I sniffled, but I did not complain.  The kids and I went to the grocery store, which I enjoy quite a bit.  That's no joke.  I love going to the grocery store with all my kids, I think it is hilarious.
Wade doing his best Fonzi "Ehhhhhh."

While unloading the groceries at home, I dropped a glass jar of pizza sauce on my toe.  Not so hilarious.  I cried like a baby.  I think I broke my toe.  I complained a little, through a smile though.  

I rested on the couch as a huge storm rolled in and knocked out our power.  "Good thing we bought candles at the grocery store, " I reminded the kids.  "This will be fun, let's make the best of it!"
War by candle light.

Felt very suburban.  But you gotta do what you gotta do during a blackout and when you have a gift card.

Applebees actually has a decent gluten-free menu.  JT had a steak and no cross contamination issues.

As the night went on and the power didn't, it got harder to make the best of it.  The house was hot.  A couple of the kids were freaking out because they don't know how to live without an iPad.  Another kid was scared of the dark.  One kid giggling nervously because they had no idea what was going on.

Three out of four of the kids decided to sleep on the living room floor because it was cooler than their upstairs bedrooms.  Tim decided to sleep on the couch to oversee the slumber party.  One kid decided to sleep with me.  We all went to bed when it got dark.  But only five out of six of us slept.  

It was too much--the head cold, the broken toe and the blackout. I officially waved my white flag and complained.  

Parts of this week sucked and sucked majorly.  But here's the great thing about summer, I can't stay mad.  The storm clouds went away, the power came back on, the kids stopped fighting, my toe is probably not really broken, I took a five minute nap, it's a head cold not cancer and it will all be okay. Most importantly, throughout all the bullshit this week, I know for sure that I am beyond grateful that I didn't have to have one single homework battle.

Here's what else I know for sure this week:

  • I'm loving One Republic's new song Love Runs Out.  It will be overplayed no doubt, but this week I know I love it.

  • I didn't write a post about Father's Day but that doesn't mean that I don't appreciate dads.  In fact, I am married to a man that is the best father I've ever known.  He always has time, no he always makes time for each of his children.  

Tim is the type of dad that plays make believe with all the kids at the Father's Day BBQ.

  • I've been 40 for a week and I know a few things, so I'm giving out advice on bucket lists and ukeleles.  In case you missed it, check out my blog.

  • I tried to watch Orange Is The New Black last summer and just didn't like it.  BUT since everyone is going nuts over it, I might give it another shot.

  • This movie looks pretty ahhhhhhmazing--The Judge.  I love seeing Robert Downey Jr. doing some real dramatic acting, not the super hero, comedic stuff.  Great cast, great trailer.  I'm in.

  • What do you know for sure this week, right now?  Share it here or on my Facebook page.


  1. Your poor toe :(

    (I love that song, too. And sometimes I change it on the radio, just so I don't get sick of it and can listen to it for four years on my running playlist.)

  2. Your family is so adorable. And you are Super Momma for taking them all to the grocery store WHILE enjoying it. ;D

  3. You are not alone I couldn't get into orange is the new black either

  4. I'm so sorry about your toe! How is it?
    I cannot wait to watch The Judge!

  5. Secret: I love taking my kids to the store, too. They come with all sorts of things to try that I never buy for them. It's always an adventure!

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