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Wednesday rambles

It’s Wednesday. They are finishing up the work on our yard today! I’m so ready for everything to be done and turned over to us. I’m not looking forward to having to water the lawn and he mud that will result until the backyard grows in, but it is on the final upswing.

The boys and I went to the $1 movies today. We saw Despicable Me 2. I love these movies, they are too funny and they have a good sound track. I did feel like I was struggling to focus on the movie. I thought it was funny that the first comment the boys made was, hey these seats do not recline! The last few movies we have gone to see have been in the premium theaters with the reclining leather seats. Oh the horror of having to sit in real movie seats instead of the fancy ones.

Richard asked me to make 7 layer bars so I made those today. I brought some out to the workers. One said, “These are the best out of all you’ve brought us.” Thanks… the old stand-byes are always a sweet treat. I also go heavy cream to make ice cream this week. Colby asked for peanut butter ice cream with chocolate chips. I’ll have to get working on that tomorrow. I might make chocolate ice cream with Oreos for the second batch, we will see.

I shouldn’t be eating any of this. Richard and I have been doing a good job at getting up and working out. I need to make sure my eating is on point to go with that, then maybe I could lose a few pounds and inches? It is hard when you are a person who loves to cook and bake to not then eat the products you produce. I have been doing a better job with my meals. I am having overnight oats for breakfast and salad for lunch. It’s the in between times that are hard. I have been snacking on veggies chips. Have you tried Terra Chips? OMG they are so yummy. I know they are healthier than potato chips, but yes I also know they are not healthy foods. But, when you want a chip I guess it is a better option?

Well, the boys are home. I should go check on the beef and peppers we are having for dinner tonight. I should mop the floors, but I think I’ll go read the book I got from the library instead.

Hope your Wednesday is going smoothly. What’s for dinner? Have you ever had Terra Chips? What is your favorite salty snack?

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Friday is show day

It’s Friday! This means that the weekend is loading.

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Today is the boy’s last day of of camp. They perform Camp Rock tonight. I still am amazed that they audition on Monday and put on their performance on Friday. This cast was students entering 5th grade and up. This puts them at the younger end of the cast. While it found them both with ensemble rolls, it is such a great learning experience for them. One of the cool/unique parts of this performance is they are having the kids play instruments. Well, those who know how to play that is… so not my boys. So, this means that their are characters who needed to learn lines, songs and memorize the music to play guitar, piano, drums and more. I give them all major kudos.

Next week, they are back at camp. This time they will be doing Peter Pan. This cast is for students entering 2nd-8th grade. They will be on the older side of this cast. It will give them a totally different experience to be on the older end instead of the younger end.  We did the same thing last year.

Tomorrow we are heading to the movies to see Secret Life of Pets 2. (I knew enough to buy my tickets ahead of time this time, read about that life lesson here) We all loved the first one and hope this one lives up to the standard set by the first one. We are looking forward to seeing some of the Disney movies that are out on the cruise. This is one of the perks of Disney Curises is they show first run movies on the ship. We hope to see Toy Story 4 and Aladdin…. hmmm Lion King opens while we are on the ship I wonder if they will show that one too??

Tomorrow I am making another RR recipe. This time is it meatballs with garlic bread. Yes, I will take pictures and share our thoughts. Sunday we are having steak and sweet potato hash, Richard’s choice for Father’s day. Oh and I’m getting ready to make cheesecake bites, yes I can share that recipe too if people are interested.

There have been some big changes to the backyard. If you follow me on Instagram, you’ve got a sneak peek the other day. I will update everyone over the weekend.

Hope everyone has a great Friday

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Reservations needed?

Yesterday, we decided to continue with our “let’s do something as a family” theory for the weekends. So, we headed to the movies. We looked up the times for the Lego Movie 2 and headed to the theater so that we would arrive 40 min early. This was for a show that would start at 10:30 am… yep you read that right, we were up and going early again. We arrived at the theater only to be told that the only seats available were in the front row. Say what?Oh we could sit apart in rows 2 and 3…. that isn’t any better in my opinion! Ok I know we don’t go to the movies very often but you now need reservations for the movies? Oh and we were informed that the next movie also only had front row seats. Ummm no thanks!

So we left and went looking for another theater. We headed to another town. This time the show would start at 11:15. Again we were there very early. There was almost no one in the parking lot. They informed us that we could all sit together in the front row. This time they had pairs of seats a lot further back, like in the section of the theater you actually want to sit in. So we took those tickets and hung out until the movie started.

Granted this was their “luxury” theater room. We had reclining leather seats. Each seat had a cup holder. Each seat was spacious. This also means that there are a LOT less seats in the theater. The seats are bigger. There is a lot of space between the rows, you can walk in front of the chairs when they are fully inclined. So what does this mean? It means that less people can see the movie at one time, and evidently it means that you need a reservation to see a movie. Now we know!

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Weekend update- mother’s day edition

Happy Monday! I hope everyone had a great weekend. We were busy this weekend. Saturday found us at North Park on a bike ride. The boys wanted to show Richard the trails they have been riding in bike class. I decided to skip the ride and go for a hike. I went on a few new paths that I hadn’t walked on before. It was a win-win all around. We then went to Chick-Fil-A for lunch and stopped at the bike store. Blake needed a new helmet and Richard wanted to look at new bike shoes. We were spent a while outside doing a bit of this and a bit of that as well as chatting with neighbors. We originally planned to go out to dinner, but the skies opened with no sign of letting up, so fend for yourself dinner it is! We decided that since we stayed home we should watch a movie. We decided to watch Ocean’s Eleven (2001). Richard and I have been on a kick of showing the boys movies that Richard and I enjoy, but are still appropriate for tweens.

Sunday morning Colby decided he wanted to make me breakfast in bed. Richard told him that wouldn’t work since there was no way to serve it. So instead Colby opted to make me a strawberry peanut butter smoothie. He tried to bring it up to me, but I was already on my way downstairs. After breakfast, we went off to the gym, DiBellas, and Lowes. We had a long list of things to purchase at Lowes. This did not make the boys happy. We can’t win they don’t want to go if we don’t have a list, now they don’t want to go if we do have a list. Get over if… home ownership means trips to Lowes!

When we got home we started putting down seed on the front and side lawns and then were were going to begin putting the bags of top soil on bare spots. The ground here is rocky, loaded with sticks and it is clay not soil. So we are having to work hard to get this lawn looking the way we want it to look. We will get there. While we were working on putting out the top soil it began to rain. It wasn’t bad at first, but then it picked up. We had to head in and wait it out in the garage. We were already partially done and slightly damp so we decided to wait it out instead of going in to change. We then went out again when it let up only to have the sky open and drench us. Oh well… it got done.

Colby came outside when he finally stopped raining and was observing the run off on the lot next door. He has been learning about water and the effects of it on the landscape. It was neat listening to him discuss the erosion he was observing, the tributaries that were created as well as many other terms he learned in science class. School work at it’s finest!

We had homemade pizza and rolls for dinner. We used the Alton Brown recipe again. It wasn’t as good as the first time we made it, but it was still really good.

The night was ended with Google Hangout calls to both grandmothers to wish them a happy mother’s day.

Hope you had a great weekend.

(Must have Monday is still going to appear today…. just later on today. I didn’t post yesterday so I wanted to share the whos and whats of the weekend)

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Wonder Movie

Yesterday the boys had the day off as their lasts day of Thanksgiving break. We decided it would be a good day to go see Wonder. They have both read the book and were looking forward to the movie.

We all agree that the book was much better than the movie, they always are! But, the movie was really good. (If you haven’t seen it, you may want to bring tissues). It did a good job at projecting the message of the book. It showed how the children moved from seeing Auggie as a person with a facial deformity to seeing Auggie as a person.

We as a society need to do a better job at looking at people for who they are and not what they look like. I have found in my years as a teacher that young children are really good at seeing people as people. It is as the years go on and they see how adults react to situations that changes how the older children react to people.

I find myself dealing with this with my own sons. Its hard not to get into the “don’t stare, don’t as questions” mode. I often wonder if we as a society wouldn’t be better off if we’d just speak openly about differences with children instead of trying to teach them to look the other way. Children are naturally curious. Why not say Oh that person just has a scar. Oh that person lost their leg.

If we made less of a deal over the differences wouldn’t the differences mean less?

Have you read the Wonder books? Have you seen the movie? What do you think we can do to help society change to acceptance?