Showing posts from August, 2013

He did it! He did it! He did it!

You might be wondering "what in the world is Rachel talking about? "


Sunday morning, my dear Hubby, ran in and completed a half marathon! That is 13.1 miles!!! Running! All the way!!! That is insane!!!

The race was "The Emerald City Half and Quarter Marathon." held in Dublin, Ohio.

Sunday morning, Dear Hubby and I were up at and out the door at 4:45am for an hour drive to Dublin for his first half marathon.

To say that Hubby was nervous would be an understatement. (In truth, he drove me nuts for the 2 days prior because he was so nervous). Upon arrival, we parked and walked to the starting line so hubby could pick up his shirt and bib. Then we stood around and waited for the start. (It actually was delayed by 15 minutes due to traffic on one of the main roads that the runners would be running on....)

There was over 3000 runners there....

Hubby got off to a great start....

While he ran, I went back to the van and sat and read some of a library book. I the…


I was a soccer mom.....

Now I am a softball mom!

Rebecca is playing softball this fall in our community league. She is on a 8 and under team and is having a blast so far. She has had a few practices and a scrimmage, but last night was her first game!

She did great!

She had 2 hits, scored 2 runs and had a RBI! GO REBECCA!!!!

It made for a late night. She was in school from 7:45-2:15; in the afterschool care program with me until her dad picked her up at 5:10 to take her to the ballfield. I went straight from work to the ballfield. Her game started at 6. We got home around 8:10. Then snacks, bathtime and bedtime. She finally got to bed at 9:30. Makes for a long day. Thankfully at this age, there is usually only 1 game during the week, with the other game being on Saturdays.

Overall, though Rebecca did great. She loves playing softball and gets along with her teammates! And it is a great experience for her.
Do your children play sports?

And we have a first grader!

Yesterday was Rebecca's first day of school! It is hard to believe that she is in the first grade! She was nervous and excited!

Well I am glad to say that she said she LOVED first grade and I think she is excited to learn all the new things.

I am so thankful to have a daughter who LOVES school!

Have your children started back to school yet (either in a brick and mortar school or homeschool)? Do your kids like school?

I feel like...

....a chicken running around with my head cut off!

So much to do....getting ready for back to school, trying to eek out the last week of summer vacation, running to and from the softball field for Rebecca's practices, running to and from work when I can get Bill to be home, going through all the motions with potty training a boy (which is going to make me go grey!), and Bill just called to tell me that the transmission is acting up again in the car....UGGHHHH! .....LOTS going on and NO TIME for anything else!!!!

I hope to get back on track soon with blogging....trying to get into some sort of routine for back to school.....

Children's Garden with the Grandparents

I like my in-laws. I really do. They can be very annoying and very opinionated at times, but that is just who they are. I truly believe that our children need to be raised with the opportunity to have a relationship with their grandparents, even if Bill and I don't always see eye to eye with them.

They live over an hour away, are retired (my mother-in-law will turn 80 in November) and we see them maybe 2 times a month if that. Usually, it is easier if they come visit us...since it is hard to pack the 3 kids up for the full day that would be a visit and their house is NOT childproof at all!

Well yesterday, was one of those days. Alot of times they come up, will bring KFC for lunch and we will just sit around the house and talk. Well, I wanted to do something a little different so I suggested that we get lunch (NOT KFC!) and go eat at the Children's Garden. My mother-in-law agreed that that was a great idea! (Surprises do happen! Bill was certain she wouldn't want to do it…

School supply shopping

2 weeks from today, Rebecca heads to 1st grade! (Really, how did I become the mother of a first grader????) To prepare, we had to go school supply shopping of course.

When we picked her report card up for Kindergarten, they included the supply list for first grade so that we could shop all summer if we wanted. Well I wanted to wait until the back to school sales started.

Well, last week we went and did all of her supply shopping. And I found that items were not as cheap as last year, but that I still spent less than $100 on her supplies....

Here is her supplies for this year...

And I spent a grand total of: $67.22.

Not too bad. Some of the items were very specific and thus more expensive. For example the watercolors were $4.97 because the art teacher wants "Prang" brand. I understand because they last longer and are brighter colors. I would rather spend good money up front for supplies to last, than buy the $0.50 container and have them be no good.

One blessing this year…

I went to the movies....

I am not really a movie person. I get in the mood to see one maybe once a year, if that. I have never really been a movie or TV watcher. However, my dear hubby is. He LOVES watching movies, even though he really doesn't have a lot of time to do that.

Well Thursday afternoon, I got a babysitter for the kids and surprised dear Hubby with a trip to the movies. We went to see The Wolverine....

What can I say...Hugh Jackman shirtless!!! I can say that he is an attractive man when he is cleaned up a likes to tease me that I only went to see it so I can see the bathtub scene where Jackman is naked. Not really...

Anyhow, the movie was very good. I thought that there were maybe a tad too many fighting scenes, but it was an action/superhero movie so I should have expected it. I have read reviews on line that were complaining that there wasn't more grittiness and gore, but that is perfectly okay with me. I don't need to see a lot of blood to get the point across th…

Update on Summer Bucket List #2

At the beginning of the summer, I made a summer family bucket list that listed things that I wanted to do with our family. I was doing this as a way to be intentional with how we spent our time over the summer and not just end up watching TV and lounging around. Well it is now August I thought I would do a check-in to see how we are coming with our bucket list and to see what we still need to fit in during the next 2.5 weeks before school is back in session! 2013 Summer Family Bucket List
Visit the Zoo-DONE!
Wash the car/van by hand with the kids' help-DONE!
Play at the park at least once every 2 weeks--went to the park 2 times in June and 2 times in July!
Have a picnic on a blanket on the grass
Go to Chuck E. Cheese---DONE!
Catholic Kidz Camp for Rebecca (Vacation Bible School)---DONE! She had a blast!
Make Smores in the sun
Pick strawberries---DONE!
Eat lunch on the porch
Play tag in the yard
Go to the library at least once every 2 weeks---ongoing, we have been going ever…