Wednesday, July 20, 2016

I am here...

I am still here... just struggling to get caught up. We were gone on vacation all last week to the gorgeous Indian Beach, North Carolina area and then back on Monday with a TON to do between work and laundry, etc. Oh did I mention that I also started a new diet on Monday-- carb cycling. I think I am insane!

Friday, July 15, 2016

Different experiences at the BMV


This year both my husband and I have to get our drivers licenses renewed. Hubby's was due for renewal back in May, and mine is due for renewal in July.

Well hubby went to the local BMV a week before his license expired to get it renewed and he was there for 2 hours and came home with no license. Apparently there was a block on his license from the state of Pennsylvania. My husband has never lived in Pennsylvania. Of note is that there was a block 8 years ago when he was trying to get his license renewed and all the BMV had to do was call Pennsylvania and they compared his birthday and said it wasn't him and lifted the block. 4 years ago there was no problem getting his license renewed. Now there is. 

To make a long story short, he ended up at the BMV 3 different times for probably a total of 5+ hours, had to call Pennsylvania BMV himself, had to send a certified and notarized letter to Pennsylvania with his birth certificate, social security card, and 2 forms of id, had to wait for them to mail him a letter saying it was not him, then take that letter back to BMV where they had to fax it to Columbus and get a reference number, before he was FINALLY able to get his license renewed. It was a HUGE hassle. 

Well this morning found me at the local BMV to get things taken care of for me. I needed to get a title put into my name for a van that my parents gifted to me. I needed to transfer the title for our old car that we sold my brother into his name AND I needed to get my license renewed. I figured I would be gone most of the morning...Oh, did I mention I also had all 3 kids with me? experience was COMPLETELY DIFFERENT than my husbands. I got everything done in 23 minutes! I think that that is an all time record. LOL  My hubby said it was because I was pretty and that those who worked at the BMV were uglist and just didn't like him. LOL 

I don't know what it was, I am just glad that it got taken care of and that is one less thing on my to-do list. 

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Jacob attended Reader's Theater Quest!

Jacob also had the opportunity to attend a quest at our local college. I was able to sign him up for a "Reader's Theater" quest. 

(Again the quests are week-long camps, running from 9-noon Monday through Friday at our local college campus. They only accept 20 kids into each camp and they fill up within minutes of registration going live.)

Jacob enjoyed his quest. He learned about play blocking, running through scripts, creating sets and props and using acting voices. 

At the end of the week, the kids put on 3 short skits to show what they had learned. Jacob was a narrator in "Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes." 

It was really cute and Jacob did a great job reading his part loudly and with inflection. 

Jacob had a blast at his quests and he hopes I can sign him up for another one next year!

Monday, July 11, 2016

Rebecca attended art quest!

A couple of weeks ago, Rebecca attended camp at a local university. Each summer, they offer week long quests covering a variety of different subjects, including art, theater, survivor's camp, safari, etc. (Rebecca attended her first quest last year!). They only accept 20 kids per quest and they are filled up within 5 minutes of registration opening. 

Thankfully, I was able to get Rebecca registered for a quest again this summer. She attended Art Quest for grades 3-5! She learned a lot and she LOVED it! 

They did silk paintings, silly string paintings, funky wire sculptures, "Chihuly" inspired sculpture chandeliers, and many other art projects. 

Rebecca had an absolute blast and is hoping I get her into another quest next summer! 

Friday, July 8, 2016

On your mark, get set,...Read!

My kids just finished up the summer reading program put forth by my town's public library. This year the theme was "On your mark, get set....READ!" It had to do with being physically active as well as reading and exercising your mind! 

This is the first year that we have been able to make our schedules work and attend most of the activities that the library puts on. 

The first week, they had a singer Tom Sieling who performed a program called " Take a Tromp through the Swamp." He was entertaining and the kids enjoyed his performance. (I found a youtube video so you can see who he is.)

The following week they had our local Children's museum- SPI Spot- there, with stations of different science activities for the kids to do that were focused on kinetic science. The kids had a blast doing all the different activities.

On June 16, they hosted the Newport Aquarium Wave on Wheels Shark Encounter, where the kids learned about epaulette sharks. (I blogged about it here.)  

The last 2 weeks they have had library day at the movies, where they teamed with our local theater and showed "The Croods." and they had a local magician. We did not attend either activities. The week of the movie we had other plans already in place and the week of the magician, the kids did not get to attend as they were being punished for their behavior the night before. 

We had their end of the program party recently. The library had some stations of exercise set up for the kids to go through including a burpee station, jump rope station, basketball and soccer stations, and a plank station. The kids had fun going through the different stations. 

The kids got to take their completed reading records and they received several coupons (for a free taco from Taco Bell, 50% off camping costs, and $4 off our state fair admission), a sticker and they got to pick out a brand new book for them to keep. Jacob chose a "Paw Patrol" coloring book. Rebecca chose a "Big Nate" book and Benjamin of course chose a "Thomas the Train" book.

Overall, it was a good way to get them reading more (not that I have to force them to read as they all love to read!) and getting out in our community doing free activities. 

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Fun and fireworks

I hope everyone had a lovely 4th of July. We were supposed to have heavy rain all day, but other than a few very light sprinkles we didn't get any rain. 

We went to a friend's house for a cookout and so the kids could play together. We had some yummy food and great conversation. The kids were crazy and got really dirty but it was fun to see them running around just having fun. 

The original plan was to come back to our town for the fireworks display around 10, but before I knew it, it was close to 9:15 and our friends invited us to head to the town closest to them to see the fireworks.

We were incredibly lucky in that there was parking right outside the park where the fireworks were being let off. The boys LOVED the fireworks. Benjamin was startled when the first one went off, but then he realized that they weren't going to hurt him and he enjoyed them. Benjamin only put his hands over his ears during the first part of the grand finale. Jacob sat snuggled next to my friend for the most part. 

It was a really nice way to celebrate being free in our country and enjoying the friendships that make life that much more special. 

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Books that I read for fun in June

Over the last year and a half, I started documenting the books that I read for fun (and not just for review purposes).  I have decided that I need to continue that as reading is important part of how I relax. Books that I read for fun are books that I have not been asked to review and that I have chosen to read, well because I like to read. In 2015, I read a total of 49 books! This year, 2016, I am aiming to read 52 books...

What did I read in JUNE?

Here are the books I read for fun in:

May 2016
March-April 2016
February 2016
January 2016
Books from 2015
Books from 2014

                                                 Have you read any good books lately?
Any series you would recommend?