08.20.12 | monday we had to be at the middle school around 7:30. madi had her orientation at 8 but she had to be there early for student counsil stuff. kenzie had a yearbook camp she had to be at too. so me and max went and found a seat in the hot gym. (the air wasn't - or hadn't been working) we listened to the new principal talk for a bit and then we all had to get in line to get schedules. i grabbed madi's while she was helping pass out schedules to other students. then max and i went and waited in another long line in the cafeteria to pay fees for pe uniforms and agendas. i took care of kenzie and madi's so i wouldn't have to come back. i went and got madi and then we found her locker and let her practice a few times. they're a bit different than the lockers i'm used to. there's no handle to pull up on, you just have to keep turning the dial like a doorknob and it opens up. weird. we finally ran into kenzie and she took madi on a quick tour to show her where all of her classrooms were and then we got to leave. thank goodness, it was way too hot there. kenzie stayed until about 3:00. she had her orientation and some more yearbook stuff.
08.21.12 | tuesday we went to jen's for a blog meeting. grandma becky hung out for a little while. we had pizza hut for lunch. ended up bringing home two extra kids. luckily, the car eventually started. think the battery is going dead. the whistle song came on in the car. as much as i dislike that song, it cracks me up to see all of these whistling faces. darric worked until around midnight. we had a mod-podge dinner. kids had quesadillas and kenzie and i had greek quinoa salad. she had made some scones while we were away today. they actually turned out pretty good. but, we still ended up going to mcdonalds for some cheap treats. then we watched a bit of lightning before i allowed anyone to go in the house. beckam was worried that the lightning was going to do something to his bum, so i let him inside. max got a postcard from his new teacher. and around ten, the kids all picked a spot in the front room to watch the hunger games.
08.22.12 | wednesday jen came and picked up mason early (ortho appt) and dropped off quincy. it had already started sprinkling for the day. i ran to get myself a bagel. took darric's truck because i didn't trust the battery in my car. had to stop and get a little gas so i didn't run out. i hate that he doesn't have a back up sensor. i rely on that thing for all my back ups. it started raining harder by the time jodie arrived to pick up her kids. i guess spencer already had rolling waters moving down it. the kids played in the rain. later, as the rain slowed down a bit, i took madi and max with me to get dinner at el pollo loco. i was so proud of the fact that darric got his extra flour tortillas AND salsa. but they forget my salad dressing. ugh. spencer was starting to dry up a little, revealing the thousands of rocks from the tree planters. *we received the horrible, shocking news about chuckie floyd today. my heart just breaks for his family.
08.23.12 | thursday as the water from the backyard went down, all of the toys that max had placed in the "flood" came up. full of dried red dirt. now, we wait for the weeds. darric took today and tomorrow off. the two of us went to sears to get him some new work boots. his other ones he bought over 5 years ago were starting to come apart. we had lunch at the greek bistro. a yummy treat (and i didn't even order any baklava) we had max's open house at 4:00. the girls wanted to come with us too. when they finally opened the cafeteria doors at 4:00, we went right back to his classroom. and shortly after, his teacher talked for a little bit. she made little goody bags for all of the kids. the theme is super heros and there will be a student teacher in his classroom this year. while i was filling out a little note for max on his first day, i noticed his teacher had our subway art print on her filing cabinet. i didn't say anything about it, but it made me smile.
08.24.12 | friday i vacuumed the car out today. didn't want to take the kids to school in a messy car. darric worked out twice today. rode on his bike this morning and then weights later that afternoon. a lot of extra clothes for me to wash. ;)
08.25.12 | saturday darric and max went and hooped it up at the park. they've been going for a few weeks now. they're both getting better and every time they come home, max's face is bright red. it stays that way for about an hour. but, so does his happiness high. i went to trader joe's so the kids would have food for their lunches. i hate going on the weekends. that evening, we all went over to the sedillo's for the annual back to school dinner/fashion show. jen made the yummy dinner roll sandwich things, mom cooked up her zucchini/squash stuff, we brought the greek quinoa salad (paisley was not a fan of it) And after eating, the kids got to show us their fancy new clothes. the boys are never that excited about it, but the girls... that's a different story. (especially madi and grace) as soon as the boys showed off their last outfit, they were back in the playroom playing on the wii. we had some nothing bundt cake to celebrate awburn's birthday today. and then headed home.
08.26.12 | sunday darric went for his bike ride and as i showered, he went and got his gatorade and my starbucks. with my first sip, i knew something tasted weird, but familiar. they added caramel. who does that? in black tea? ick. that afternoon, we went to darric's parent's for mozzarella chicken (with the artichokes and sausage). that night, everyone was back to sleeping in their own beds (even madi). max had a stomach ache and madi just couldn't get to sleep. i believe it was after ten that they finally conked out.
• kenzie and madi both got all accelerated classes this year (except for their electives, of course, madi got band and computer/pe and kenzie got yearbook and health/pe)
shirt size: 6/7
pant size: 6
show size: 12
stores we shopped at: tilly's, dillards, gap, target and vans
shirt size: large
pant size: 10
shoe size: 3.5/4 or women's 6
stores we shopped at: tilly's, old navy, american eagle, famous footwear
shirt size: medium adult
pant size: 5
shoe size: 8-9 womens
stores we shopped at: tilly's, famous footwear, old navy, american eagle, charlotte russe, van's
all summer long, we've had cloudy days here and there. sometimes, it would start to rain and less than 5 minutes later it would be over. today was different though. it started to rain and it poured and then rained some more. the kids got soaking wet in the backyard and then again in the front yard. then when the backyard was filled with water, they went back out there. i was so excited when i remembered the plastic boat we had in the beach bag. the water was moving down our street and i thought the kids would have so much fun. they walked it half way down once. and that was it. kobe didn't mind the water too much, it was the thunder that had him jumping around.
08.13.12 | monday don't remember what we did, but it was probably boring.
08.14.12 | tuesday jodie and her kids came over to play. we went and picked up cafe rio. max went and stayed the night with beckam and quincy stayed over with madi. because i had dinner ready on time, darric was more than 30 minutes late. so kenzie and i ran to albertsons to get dessert (while dinner got cold). i baked some zucchini and carrot strips and they were pretty good tonight.
08.15.12 | wednesday we went and saw the new ice age movie out at the cheap theaters with jodie, her kids and grandma becky. we were going to have lunch at ihop. siri told us about it, but it wasn't there. so we drove over to the bread store instead. madi had gymnastics that night. she had a different teacher, coach heck. she liked him. madi was doing really good, so he worked with her on things a little longer.
08.16.12 | thursday the girls wanted to make recycled crayons. we had a big ol' bag of crayons from all the boxes i bought last year. they used cupcake wrappers to make their new crayons in and it was still a pain in the butt to clean all of the wax out of the muffin tins.
08.17.12 | friday madi had to be to silvestri at 8:00 this morning for her first student counsil thing. they got to stuff packets for registration. and they had pizza for lunch. ally was the only person she knew there. (at dinner time, kenzie was asking her about some of the people that might have been there. she named one girl and madi said "the one with the mustache". we got a little chuckle out of that - coming from madi) max and i dropped madi off and then went to target to get him a lunch box and he picked out a new little lego set for him and beckam to play with. then we grabbed einstein bagels. jodie brought her kiddos over while she drove out to summerlin for a doctor's appointment, only to find out the appointment is next week. ;) we had fun at the house. Last night we froze some water in a baking sheet and froze some of max's figurines in water in the mini muffin tin and the kids got to ice skate them around. they did for a little bit, but they mostly crunched on the ice. when jodie got back, the two of us took piper and ate at five guys. we were supposed to pick madi up at noon, but she wasn't ready yet. so we picked up mcdonalds for the kids and took it to them. then picked up madi and ally. and dropped them off at ally's house to hang out and slip and slide. that evening, we had cafe rio for dinner.
08.18.12 | saturday darric had to go to work, so i took the kids and we went to IHOP for breakfast. *note to self: IHOP is not that great and you always leave feeling like crap. from there, we ran into target to grab the hunger games. then over to famous footwear for shoes. the girls each got two pairs. madi insisted on a pair of nikes. she did not want converse or vans. kenzie picked black vans. and they each got a pair of slip ons. we took the girls home and max and i went out to the mall to find him a pair of shoes in the vans store. i had a $20 off coupon. he got some shoes and a t-shirt. then we got a treat from see's and starbucks. and i couldn't leave without going into bath & body works (i should have though). they had the lotions buy 3, get 3 free. i was out of lotion so i stocked up. and then we came home. we watched the hunger games, darric got home about half way through our long movie. he chose tropical smoothie for dinner. kenzie and i went to get it. i got myself roberto's (it was right next door).
08.19.12 | sunday darric went on his bike ride. i got up and dyed my hair. a bit worried that i was going to go bald since i've been losing a lot of hair lately. i'm sure i lost more than i usually do when i dye my hair. darric trimmed the front yard. we got a letter from the association complaining about a pile of leaves out there. so dumb. it's not easy getting a pile of dead leaves out of rocks. i hate our front yard. random trees/bushes everywhere. the kids took turns helping out. we had spicy pickle for lunch. darric went and got himself some groceries from trader joe's and then we forced him to watch the hunger games with us.
tidbits from the week:
• kenzie got her cell phone back sunday night. she went all summer without it. wonder if she'll get any b's on her next report card.
• these days, madi and i usually finish our sentences with "i saw it on pinterest".
• kenzie and i have watched the hunger games twice this weekend. darric and madi watched it with us the second time and max watched about half each time and it must have been the same half each time, because he told us "this part always makes me cry" (i believe it was the part when katniss had been stung by the tracker jacker and she was yelling at her mom after her dad died) he also got teary eyed when rue died.
• kobe's been barking a lot lately and we haven't been able to shut him up. it usually leads to us (mostly me and max) yelling at him to be quite and threatening his life. until darric came up with the brilliant idea to put him in his kennel every time he barks. so i did that a couple times. and after that, i would just threaten him with "the kennel" and he would stop barking and come sit by me. as much as i hate to admit it, darric's ideas usually work.