Holy cow, SUPER busy day today. But it was a good day :) So I can't complain :) But I AM extremely tired now...
Woke up a few times in the night to pee. Yeah, the downside with hydrating yourself. Usually I NEVER do that... hehe. I woke up at 6am and went out and turned the hose back on the pool, and checked on the kids. And tired to sleep until the my alarm went off at 645am, but I was awake. I checked Facebook and played on my phone in my bed for a bit, then went out and joined the kids when the alarm finally went off.
I sat in the back yard in my lovely jammies, and read my scriptures. It was SO peaceful and quite out there. And not too hot, not too cold. Just PERFECT! I absolutely loved it.
Jake left for school at 7am, and Tom and Eme and Joe left at 7:30am. And I got myself ready, and hung out in the backyard for a while longer. Because I liked it out there :) I made sure that the portable DVD/TV was charged for Jim to use during the awards ceremony for Eme, and got my stuff together.
My first of 2- 64 oz waters for the day!
Jim and I got to the awards ceremony at 8:32. 2 minutes after time to start. hehe. Not bad considering I woke Jim up from a DEAD sleep at 8:20. Pretty dang good, in fact. hehe. Poor kid. I'd packed him a sack breakfast, so he was good :)
Eme did SO well in 3rd grade this year. She got tons of awards on a classroom level, got 100% on her Math TAKS assessment test, only missed 1 on her Reading TAKS test (got medalions for both), got a trophy for being on the A Honor roll all year long, and got the 2nd biggest trophy in her grade for getting the 2nd highest AR (accelerated reader) score in 3rd grade. She had 248 points. Well done, Emeline!
We were home at 10am, and I had to pee SO bad I almost didn't make it. Seriously. I'd drank the entire 64 oz at the awards ceremony, and yeah, it wasn't good. I was literally dancing in my seat. It was a close one...
We got home, and the pool was ALMOST done!
I figured out that the filter's intake/output valves were wrong, so I figured out how to switch them around. Kind of. At least it pumps now. hehe. I still think I did it a bit wrong.
I turned off the water right before taking Jim to the bus. It was FINALLY full. I needed to go and get some pool chemicals. I dropped Jim off at the bus and headed to Big Lots. Surely they'd have something there. They sell pools, after all.
Yeah, not so much. Lots of pools, lots of toys, no chemicals. Drat! I did find a few other fun things, though.
I went home, grabbed my microwave steamer dinner thingy, and an apple, and my 2nd 64 oz water, and headed to Terra's house. I ate over there, then she and I and the twins loaded up, and headed to Costco. Amanda came too! It was a good time. Surely Costco sells pool chemicals.
TONS of samples out today, and I resisted each and every one of them. Well, I take that back. I asked if they were sugar free, and if they said yes, then I'd take them. I had some vitamin water that was HORRID. And some fizzy flavored water that was do-able. Barely... I'll stick with what I have already, thanks :)
We dropped Amanda off at her house, and Terra and I and the twins continued on to the commissary. I didn't need anything, but the social time is all good :) LOL.
She grabbed a few necessities, and I ended up with some cheap steaks and a can of re-fried beans. ha!
We headed home, and I had enough time to go and grab Jim from the bus. The pool was DONE! Hip Hip HORRAY! Jim SO wanted to go inside of it and play. And what did I do? No pool until your room is clean and your chores are done. He cried and cried and cried.
So I went into his room with him, and helped him separate his stuff from Joe's, get the shoes, and the dirty clothes, and the clean clothes, and the trash, and everything cleaned and sorted. He left Joe's for him to clean when he got home. And the room looked SO much better when he was done. Good job, Jim! I'm proud of you :)
And then, the pool was open! Jim and I went and played inside of it! And I SUPER DUPER loved it!!!!
Eme and Tom and Joe got home at 3:30pm, and I told them that after chores and rooms were done, they could get in too. I think I was out of the pool by this point. I was FREEZING. Crazy, considering it was 100 today. THAT'S why I got the pool. hehe. To beat the heat this summer :)
They hurried and did their chores and cleaned their rooms, then all went to play in the pool. And we came up with a few simple rules. NO leaning on the blue ring part. NO hanging on the stairs unless you're jumping from them. NO complaining that someone is splashing you (we're in a pool...).
Austin and Amanda came over at 4pm to play. They had to go to a t-ball game at 5, but could play for a bit! Amanda and I sat in the chairs and chatted, and the boys had a TON of fun playing (and Eme... poor only girl. hehe).
I tried my hardest to get a photo of everyone together, but Joe kept ducking his head underwater. And Tom didn't wanna do it. Sigh.
Amanda and Austin left at 4:50ish, and headed home. I got the kids out of the pool, and Tom helped me remove the ladder, and put on the cover. I'm gonna need to top it off with some water tomorrow, and get the chemicals. I love my pool. hehe.
We all got dried off and changed, and it was time to go and get Jake from the youth center. We were eating at Laurie's tonight, so if Jake was gonna get dinner, I needed to get him now. LOL. We started to drive over there, and the wind started to pick up, and it was SUPER nasty out. Where did this come from???
By the time we got to the Youth Center (10 minutes across post), the wind was SO windy, I was afraid I was gonna blow away when I went inside! Good thing I've picked up a few lbs, right? hehe.
Jake had asked to take snacks to his family, so he came out with little bags of chips. SO sweet :) And we headed home. And it was SO windy, and dusty, and nasty, that we couldn't even see the mountains. Usually, you can see them perfectly.
We drove to Laurie's house, and it started to rain. Well, sprinkle. Big drops of sprinkle? I don't even know how to explain it. HUGE drops, but not very many of them. And it was still 90 degrees. Not enough to fully get the pavement wet, but big drips. I did turn on the wipers. It kinda made mud. ROFL!
We made it to Laurie's, and ran inside to avoid the moisture. hehe. Jake wasn't sure about being in a house with 8 kids, and he didn't end up staying long. I let him walk back home. Better than having him be there and be grouchy. He recognized that it wasn't a situation that he was gonna be comfortable with, and asked to be removed from it. Good job, Jake, for self-regulating the environment :)
Laurie and family are moving next week to California. Her hubby is going to Grad School with the Army. So, they had perishable foods that they wanted to cook and get rid of. So we were having a buffet of foods. LOL. My kids had lasagna and ramen and stir fry with rice and smoothies and banana bread. And they were all happy. hehe.
He's got my manners....
They kids played for about an hour after dinner, and Laurie and I chatted. It was a very nice evening. Eme found these sand shovels, and thought they looked like feet. Isn't that funny!
We were home by 7:30pm, and I worked to get the kids to bed. They were a little wound up. hehe. But eventually they went to bed. Jake and Tom and Eme and I sat down on the couches to watch a movie, and I loaded my store and uploaded my facebook pictures. No rest for the wicked...
Oh yeah, Eme told me this morning that she'd volunteered me to bake cookies for her classroom party tomorrow. Really? Well, at least I knew about it a day in advance. So when we'd gone to Laurie's house, we'd left butter sitting in a big bowl on the counter to get to room temperature.
Yeah, we got home, and it was gone. Boxer was out of his kennel, and I thought I'd put away anything he could get into. Forgot about the butter. He likes butter, but not margarine. He ate the 3 cubes of butter, and didn't touch the margarine. That poor dog is gonna have a HUGE tummy ache. Any suggestions??? Can you tell that I'm still not used to having a dog around?
I finally got my store loaded, and pictures uploaded, and blog started, and I went to snuggle with Jake and Boxer on the couch for the last 15 minutes of the movie. Then, I sent the big kids to bed at 9:30pm, and I started on the cookies. It's my banana oatmeal chocolate chip recipe. My most favorite cookies to make EVER.
I baked 10 dozen. 4 dozen for Eme's class, and 4 dozen for Tom's class (because they thought it sounded like a WONDERFUL idea to bring treats tomorrow), and I had 2 dozen left over. For the kids, and for the bus drive. hehe. Gotta keep the bus driver happy, you know :)
It's now 11:44pm. And I'm supposed to be up early for the Post Fun Run. Um, yeah, I'm SO tired. I think I'm gonna skip it. Does the fact that I baked 10 dozen cookies and didn't taste a single bit count? Isn't that exercise by default? Can I count that?
Tomorrow, I'm going with Amanda grocery shopping in the morning (I need some popsicles and a watermelon for our Pool party), helping Shelly, the Autism Support Group Leader design a new flyer at 10am, getting Jim to the bus, Tom's award ceremony at 1:15pm, Jim's bus at 2:30pm, other kids at 3:30, Pool Party from 3:30-4:30 at my house, baseball game for tom at 5, and for Joe at 5:30... Yeah, I think my day is full. Maybe I don't wanna start it off at 6am with a 5K....
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