Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Ten on Tuesday

 1.  We are finally making progress on the great garage trim project.  This project should probably take like a day or two, but think it has taken us all month and there are a couple steps left...

 2.  As usual, these items are in no particular order --- here are moments from Sunday's Discovery kids concert.  We all went and had a great time. It was a really good mix of interactive elements, dancing, singing, art, and great fun.  We are definitely singing up for the season tickets again in the fall.
 3.  Tonight was the second game of the spring baseball season.  It went MUCH better for our blue falcons.  B was late in the batting order this time, but it was worth the wait for a single drive down the 3rd base line.  He then stole two bases and was batted home.  This is actually the first time I've seen him score as I was traveling when he scored last season.  I think I might be more nervous than he is when he is base running.  Granddaddy asked him how it felt to touch home plate.  He said it was annoying because everyone was "yelling at me" --- I don't think he gets "cheering" but whatever, he's silly.  The team had one very awesome inning and pulled within one run, but lost.
 4.  We enrolled M for Kindergarten at long last . She is very excited and ready to go come August!  E was a patient attendee for the big event.  I'm a little amazed still that he'll just hang around and color while I fill out paperwork. I don't remember M being quite so patient at this age.

5.  Prepare for many pictures of Easter fun at Grammie and Granddaddy's.  My DSLR had some SD card issues so sadly all iphone photos, but we'll do our best.  

 6 I feel like this should be called subdued M - she is quite and a little hesitant here as she didn't find her allotted 10 easter eggs and Kaedyn was forced to share her excess with M.  A bit sheepish, but I think she'll figure it out before egg hunts end in a week or two.
E of course loved it and is getting so big

7. Here is the whole crew lined up - 1 kid hid, 7 kids hunted and the 9th is a bit too small.  Right now our generation is three families of three kids each. One more cousin will marry in the fall so there may be another couple cousins for this great-grandchild line up. 
 8.  Since B began Kindergarten, we've had lunch at school together once each month (sometimes more).  Occasionally, I think he isn't that in to it, but on Monday he asked whether I would be coming Monday or Tuesday as I hadn't come this week.  I of course came today and brought him Tuckers as an extra treat.  One student I heard call me B's beautiful mommy, so high point of the day for sure.  (And this is a day when I called the President of the NY Yankees direct line and chatted... so that's saying something.

9.  Palm Sunday I attended Sunday School with M's class.  They made some art that involved feet prints and washing people's feet (forshadowing Thursday's mass).  Then they had a mini last supper (tortillas and grape juice), a little venerating the cross that mostly involved hugs (Friday's mass) and then songs and preparation for the very last week of Sunday School, which is a pizza party (and apparently a quiz for the parents that I'm certain to fail).  Sunday School has been great for M.  She loves Ms. Maggie and her class and telling us all about it. I hear less from B, but he seems fine with it and I'm very glad we've done it and will again next year.

10.  Storm season is here.  I loved walking away from the ball park tonight to the smell of dirt and rain in the air.  Our yard looks phenomenal and our new little tree from last year and all the bulbs are blooming.  Ironically, just when our house is coming together we're toying very lightly with moving across town.  We shall see.  It would make for a couple tough months, but when has something being hard ever stopped me from doing it? We'll see if I can work that old magic again and if it doesn't work out.  I'll just enjoy our beautiful soft, green grass on this side of the fence :)

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Ten on Tuesday

Zane at bat!
B's first at bat of the season.
Baseball boys in the excitement of game day!

1.  Little League season is in full swing. (Pun intended).  B and Zane are both playing this season and happened to both have games on the very first night.  Zane's game really made one appreciate how much the 8 yos know about baseball rules, but was completely adorable.  Everyone had a great time and he did seem really glad to see us.  The red fez was a gift from the Blakleys upon their return from Turkey.  And yes, if you want to turn lots of heads set 5 boys loose at little league with red fezs on.  B and Zane were both second up in their batting rotations and both got thrown out at first on at least one of their turns. B's team seems to be doing much better at fielding and his game ended tied 0-0 in OT. It was a lovely evening and great to share it with our family, the Korenaks, Grandma, Granmmie, Granddaddy, and the Blakleys.  LOTS of family support here and I love it. 
 2. On Friday afternoon, we joined Zane, Ro, Grandma, and Audra for some fun in Bricktown to wrap up spring break.  E and I were only along for the canal ride.  I thought it was fun and happily no one threw themselves (or was thrown) into the canal, although E was clearly tempted. Grandma also took the bigger kids to the banjo museum (yes, that's a thing) and on a horse drawn carriage ride.  Very exciting! We ended the outing with frozen yogurt and then I went home and ran for an hour to beat back the crazy :)

 3. After much dithering we have started reading Harry Potter as a family book, even though B could easily read it on his own.  Brent has never read the series and thus reading it together made the most sense.  So far so good, and much more manageable chapters than the Lord of the Rings. Here's hoping he loves it!
 4.  One day last week the kids randomly asked to make and decorate sugar cookies. I acquiesced despite my lack of enjoyment in decorating cookies.  Happily, we discovered that M and B are now quite old enough to do all the decorating and clean up from that activity themselves, which made everyone happier.  B made St. Patrick's Day themed cookies a few days late and they were quite delicious.

 5.  We also broke out a lot of our board games during Spring Break. Friday's choice was Mouse Trap.  Technically, B, M, E, and I were playing, but most of the players lost interest quickly and we "might" not have been exactly following the rules due to a small misunderstanding at the outset.  B did complete the whole thing and got to share his creation with Grandma who stopped by to watch them while I worked.

 6.  Sunday morning, M discovered that the faeries had visited overnight and added new flowers and moss to our faerie garden and a little plant in the front yard as well.  She was, as you would imagine, overjoyed.
 7.  Saturday evening, we all went to the Big XII Gymnastics Championships at OU.  The boys haven't been to a gymnastics meet this year, so M was cluing them in on all the cool parts.  OU won handily and we had a great time.

 8.  Tomorrow, at long last, this little lady will be enrolled in Kindergarten.  It is definitely time, but I'm also so going to miss our time together.  This photo is from a small morning Starbucks date before French.  So cute.  (Yes, I still can't make dog ears even....) I have enjoyed our year together even if it has been a little different than I might have imagined. No clue what I will do without her for those long school days.  Also, no clue what it will be like to have just one kid here in the hours before and after MDO while the bigs are still in school.  Hanging out with one kid routinely hasn't happened in, well, about 5.5 years :)
9. Today was archery lessons, week 3.  B seems to still enjoy it and is working on his aim, I'm told.  Each week, the kids have wanted to play on these "landrun" statues near the parking lot and today they again asked that I take their photo.  Archery days have been pretty fun for everyone as M&E have been playing outside at Y childcare while I run and B works on his archery.  A very engaging use of 45 minutes.

10.  The race is 5 weeks away.  Sometimes I say that and it seems so near.  Mostly it seems so far and I find myself counting how many runs there are between here and there.  (Probably 13ish....)  It looks like I'll be running a 10K leg, which is a little daunting, but I accidentally ran/walked for 6 miles on Sunday and it was OK. I mean it took a very long time and was very slow, but I did it and felt OK.  It was the first time this training cycle that my feet have really hurt though so I remain nervous.  Here's hoping I can keep up the program for another few weeks and that the rest of our team pulls through their various struggles.  Our goal is to finish in less than 6.5 hours, which seems very modest for a marathon,  and I think doable.  I think we'll be able to finish it in 6 hours, but we shall see. I apparently am running the last leg so the later it is when I start the hotter it will be and if anyone has to run past the 6.5 hour mark when the course ceases to be fully closed to traffic it will be me.  So, yeah, I'm nervous about my own body, but also about the timing.  I'm sure it will all work out somehow, it usually does.  

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Ten on Tuesday

1.  The post is late and all the images are our of order.  My apologies.  Above, M, her Cinderella barbie, Grammie, Granddaddy, B, and I went to see Cinderella on Sunday afternoon.  It was beautifully done and we had a wonderful time. 
2.  These two are very entertaining and sat by this fence "talking" and working on the lawn mower for a surprisingly long time. When they are getting along it is the cutest.  We've had a bit of a crazy week with E who has gone from great, to sick, and now moved on to crazy. Yes, pretty much the norm for 2. 
 3.  It is garden time. I am mightily resisting planting things yet as it never works out.  M & Z started turning over the dirt on Saturday.  Yesterday, Brent made a tremendous amount more progress in the most thorough digging and mixing of the garden since its inception.  He is also gradually removing a lot of crab grass roots, which I greatly appreciate.  Things are more lovely in the front yard where one tree on a few daffodils have begun to bloom.  Bring on Spring!
 4.  Home improvement projects have begun.  Zach/Able had agreed to gift me with the present of framing the mirrors in our bathrooms for Christmas.  Able is wandering Europe, but Zach stepped up and put the frames up with Brent this weekend. They probably need some touch up paint before the project is officially finished, but we're very close.  Thanks so much to Zach and Brent for this project!
 5.  On Monday, I went to Rod Gongoll (aka Grant's Dad's) funeral with Audra.  It was a tough day. It was followed by a tough night during which E refused to sleep hardly at all (and therefore neither did I). I used to be able to handle that better. Now I am old(er) and do not. I also seemed to be getting a cold so I was pretty worthless on Tuesday.  We took M to French lessons, but after that Brent worked from home to help out as I was barely functional and eventually went to sleep around 8pm.  Sadly, not much St. Patrick's Day celebrating, but we did break out the awesome shirts!
 6.  In better news, on Sunday, I completed what was likely my longest run to date and did not feel like dying. It was a beautiful day and it all went fine.  Tonight, I ran "short" just under 2.5 miles which is half as long as my planned run for Sunday, which in my semi sick/allergy plagued state seems slightly impossible, but we'll see.  So glad that I at least feel like the running is improving.  Less than 6 weeks to the race!
 7.  After my funeral adventures with Audra, I met up with Brent and several of M's friends for the long anticipated play date.  They had settled on Mitch park, which worked well, but was crazy windy.  In fairness, it is OKlahoma so it is pretty often crazy windy.  To my surprise, E is now able to climb the climbing wall just find with out my assistance.  He's a big guy now or a tiny dog depending on when you ask.
 8.  He also has discovered the Ukulele and is a big fan.  B is helping him a bit and so am I, but he may be a bit young for much instruction beyond keeping the instrument safe :)

9.  After two days of Spring break that only involved normal school week things (French lessons, Spanish lessons, baseball practice) and hanging out at home it seemed like we needed to venture out in to the world even if I had no energy.  So, I noticed the Mexican Folkloric dancers were performing at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum and headed that way.  The kids sat right up front on the floor for the performance and seemed to really enjoy it or at least pay rapt attention.  B tried to parse out some of the occasional random Spanish phrases and the ladies and a few gentlemen did an awesome job.  They were very appreciative performers as several of them came up to us  afterwards and thanked us for coming and being such a great audience.  Hooray!

10.  Yes, my Great-Grandparents and Grandparents to an extent pretty much embody Oklahoma's western heritage, but I hadn't worked up the moxy to take the kids to this particular Museum previously although it has been on the list forever and we have been to the festival on the grounds before.  The kids seemed to enjoy it.  We looked over some art and compared it to Monet and types of art we know. I admired some very nice otter sculptures that reminded me of the Okeene library and then on to the "somewhat creepy" wild west town.  It was meant to look like it was dusk in there, but was kind of spooky and there weren't that many people.  We did see B's sunday school teacher in there though.  Then, we went out to the Children's Corral building.  The favorites were these saddles and a little campsite where they pretended to sleep and feed each other. The grounds were extremely nice including many water features and, to my surprise, quite a lot of horse graves.  We wandered all over outside and were there a solid 2 hours before anyone mentioned leaving, which we consider a success.  Remaining museums in the metro on our bucket list are: Banjo Museum (might go Friday), Oklahoma History Center, and Oklahoma Bombing Memorial... not sure if they or I am ready for the last one yet, but someday. Any other recommendations for exploring our area are appreciated.

Friday, March 13, 2015

Five on Friday

1. OKC Parks and Recreation - Last week, I linked to Edmond's Parks and Recreation, but OKC has a lot going on too.  This link is mostly the garden/nature  related activities but they are awesome.  Fairy tour of an OKC Park and then building fairy gardens, yes, please.

2. Oklahoma Standard - This is that incredible sense of community, reaching out, helping our neighbors, and doing everything we can to be of service to those in need that was seen internationally following the OKC Murray Bombing almost 20 years ago.  In April, as part of the rememberance of that event we're being asked to commit to acts of honor, service, and kindness. I ask you to join me and others in OK in this endeavor.
3. Stitch Fix - (referral link) - Stitch Fix is like a personal shopper service that mails you clothes.  You input your size, style, color, and overall preferences and they send you 5 items.  So long as you buy at least one of them the styling fee is waived.  If you buy everything in the box there is a s25% discount.  Jamie gave me a gift card to Stitch Fix for Christmas and I've been wanting to try it, but barely meet their sizing requirements.  This week, I decided to give it a shot as I really would like to have more put together clothes that I actually like and get rid of those I don't or that don't make me feel good wearing them.  The nature of telecommuting lets me be a bit more relaxed in what I wear, but I do feel better when I am more pulled together.  I will let you know how the test goes and please use that link if you want to try it as I'll get a little referral credit for future experimenting :)

4. Homemade Naan - I admit, I had been buying Naan periodically at Target and cringing at the price for two pieces.  I recently made this crockpot indian butter chicken and took the plunge to making my own naan. I don't think this is a terribly authentic recipe (my mom will I'm sure provide one soon) but it was easy and OH so good.  Try it, we won't be going back to store bought.
Santorini, Greece - via 99traveltips.com

5.Santorini, Greece - My brother and his lovely wife are having a belated European honey moon.  While I'm not at a place where I can jet off to Europe for two weeks at the moment I've been pondering where I would go if I could.  Italy and the south of France are high on my list, but so is Greece.  Looks like I have the Mediterranean on my mind.  Isn't this picture lovely?  Where would you go if you had two weeks to vacation?

Cinq Terre, Italy via kevinandamanda.com
South of France via Audreylovesparis on tumblr

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Ten on Tuesday

 1.  After spice shopping on Sunday afternoon we and the Korenaks had a pizza party at the Wedge, which was also an awesome place for tree climbing. I love the random every day adventures that come with living near our family!
 2.  This guy wants to go see the elephants, but is snuggling and talking about his "giant" elephant a lot in the meantime. We will NOT be making the rookie mistake of going to the OKC Zoo anytime in the next two weeks as it is spring break for OKCPS and that is lunacy. (Yes, I've done it many time before, but I have learned!)
 3.  Home improvement project are back on the radar as they are every March, for some reason.  Last year sometime I broke a small piece of trim on the garage door area by trying to back out with the hatch open.  Fixing that small piece of trim now involves a zillion steps including discovering the need to scrape all the caulk out from around the garage and replace it.  This step is at the beginningz and many steps later the trim will be replaced and all the blue/gray areas repainted.... it will probably take forever even though it seems easy.  Home improvement projects are not our forte.
 4.  This guy was very snuggly when he woke up this morning and I loved every bit of it.
 5.  It rained yesterday and M spent a portion of yesterday and today attempting to rescue the earth worms.  Love that.
 6.  Yesterday, we randomly happened on to the Korenaks at Target which resulted in awesome Big Hero 6 family movie night at the Korenak casa.  Loved it!
 7.  The reading addiction remains strong with this one.  He reads constantly in the car, at night, and anytime he can't have electronics......
 8.  I took pictures at 7am and 7pm today as part of a memory keeping project for the Story class/kit with Ali Edwards.  Here is me at 7am.  My sister hates me because I often am asleep at 7am, but c'est ma vie.  It is an interesting picture to have.
 9.  This evening, B had archery and then baseball practice.  The little kids and I came home after dropping him off with Brent at the batting cages.  M largely taught E how to ride his scooter while I worked on the house.

10. M and I watched the OU v. FL gymnastics meet (sitting right behind the subsequently more famous than usual President Boren).  It was a spectacular night and OU pulled out a win.  Definitely seemed to perform their very best, which is awesome. I also had a very goo time with M.  She is a great adventure companion.  Today, she had adventures with Grandma and the Korenaks so she is having a very good week!


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