Hey girls! Good morning :) So I'm back, bright and early (ish) to blog! I was SO wiped out last night when we got home after midnight that I just couldn't keep my eyes awake long enough to blog! So here I am, 8am, blogging now.
I woke up yesterday at 7:30, hopped up, and started on birthday party preparations. The cupcakes were already baked and cooled, so I frosted them. And decorated them. I was putting this grass stuff on there, and couldn't resist posing with it first. hehe.
Joe liked it, and that was the important part!And then I sat down and started filling out Ross Middle School registration papers for Tom. And printed out our most current LES from the army. And grabbed our big folder of all important papers. And Jake and Tom and I headed out for our SUPER busy morning of school preparations.
First stop, follow the navigation directions to Austin High School. I'd never been there before, but luckily, it wasn't too hard to find. It's a beautiful campus. It used to be a church, but was converted to a school.
We found a HUGE line waiting to get into the school. I wasn't sure where Jake was supposed to go, but figured that the line was a good place to start. I asked a few different families if this was the NEW freshman orientation place, but no one spoke English. Sigh. I did ask at the front office, and yeah, he was in the right place. Tom and I left Jake in line, and headed out. Needed to be at Tom's school at the same time...
We drove to Ross Middle School, and got in line for Tom's registration. I had most of the paperwork filled out, but forgot a few. I filled those out, and went to the 4 stations that needed paperwork filled in. Tom got his schedule, and we walked around the school finding classrooms. He seemed pretty pleased with his schedule and school. He has all GT classes. Good going, Tom :)
It took about an hour from start to finish to get registered, then we headed back to the house. I dropped Tom off, picked up a missing paper that I needed, grabbed Aunt Sue, and the two of us headed to pick up Jake.
Amanda had dropped by my house at 945 ish to pick up Joe and Eme and take them to piano camp. Jim wasn't feeling great (from his teeth), and was napping in my bed.
We got to Austin High about 20 minutes before the orientation meeting was done. I grabbed a registration packet, and made sure that this was, in fact, the correct High School for Jake. Most people on post feed into Burgess high school. But because of our location, we are Austin. They had his records, and his special ed info, so we were good to go for registration at 1pm.
Finally, Jake's thing got over, and we grabbed him, and headed over to the SKIES building at Logan to pick up the kids. Joe and Eme were both super excited about their recital tomorrow after class. Such sweet kids!
We headed back to post, and I got lunch ready for everyone. I filled out the Austin High School paperwork, and at 1240pm, Aunt Sue and Jake and I headed back to Austin High for registration. And the line was SO freaking long!
We waited for what seemed like FOREVER outside. And finally got to the front of the line. And they looked up Jake's name, gave us a check off list, and showed us the NEW super long line to wait in... Inside the cafeteria. Great. There were about 45 bodies in front of us...
We waited and waited and waited and waited. And finally were the to front of the HUGE line. It had grown while we were waiting. And the closer I got, the more I wondered what exactly the line we were waiting in was for. We got to the front, and it was to check our paperwork and make sure that everything was filled out right. And we had proper documentation. Seriously? So we hadn't actually registered or anything???
We were checked, and told that it was all in order, then sent to another line. Luckily, the next several lines were much shorter. Only about 5-8 people in front of us. We had 8 stations to go through. And signatures to get on the forms. I did pretty good at first. I really did. See, I'm still having fun here. This is Aunt Sue and I excited for the AC. Every once in a while, we'd get under a vent and it would feel SO good.
At least Jake wasn't too embarrassed that his mom came to Freshman Registration looking like this. hehe.
But as the day wore on, and one hour turned into two, my mood deteriorated. I was SO sleepy. And ready to be done. And to not be here. Jake was getting bored, and poking Aunt Sue and I. And I really didn't like it. Aunt Sue handled it better. Logically, I know he does that to be playful, and let us know that he loves us and is thinking of us. But it was bugging me.
The ID station was the 2nd to last, and I went and sat on some chairs when we got in the room. My feet hurt. And check out the dude in skinny pants. Nice, huh? hehe.
Next stop was textbooks, and I was really really losing my patience. I just wanted to go home. I said something about being frustrated that it was taking so long, and Jake replied with "Well, you know it IS your fault mom. You're the one that had SO many children". And I snapped. I looked him in the eyes, and said "Screw you, Jake", then turned away. I know, not the best. He left me alone after that. We grabbed the books, and headed out.
And I realized that we hadn't got the bus pass. So we went back to the front to see where we'd missed it. And I'm POSITIVE that that table hadn't asked us about transportation. So I waited in line again. And got the bus pass, and we headed home.
And when we got home, I wanted nothing more than to go to sleep for a few hours. But I couldn't. We had about an hour and a half until Joe's birthday party at the pool. I got some stuff together for it, then popped the corn dogs in the oven. When they were done, I wrapped them in tin foil. And baggied up the pretzels. And made some orange limeade. It wasn't too bad.
Then we loaded up the truck at 4:30, and headed to the pool. And got everything unloaded and set up, and it was 5pm, and our friends started coming. We had Leigh's kids, and Maggie's family, and Amanda's family, and Liz's family, and Maddie and kids, (Aunt Sue and Jake stayed home), and Kari's family. Terra came a little late and dropped off a gift, but couldn't stay.
We really did a have a fun time. The kids swam for about 45 minutes, then we had corn dogs and cake and presents. Then they swam for another hour.
Joe ended up with a TON of great presents! Thanks, you guys! Our friends ROCK!
At 7pm, we cleaned up, loaded up, and headed back home. I had exactly one hour to load my store and change clothes before our Girls trip to Walmart for price matching! So I had to hurry! I got done after about an hour, changed clothes, got the kids all situated, and we all headed out. First stop, Rudy's BBQ to pick up some take out for Amanda's hubby. I got a little turkey and some coleslaw and a soda. That corn dog at the pool just wasn't cutting it.
We paid, and headed out. And had WAY too much fun on the drive. hehe. There was a MASSIVE thunder and lightening storm that was lighting up the whole sky. It was quite impressive. Aunt Sue didn't think so. She's afraid of it. Kinda like me and manholes... hehe :)
We got to Walmart, and kept seeing people dressed funny. Like this dude in a formal. Yeah, DUDE!
And when we walked in, Aunt Sue got tangled in some invisible cord stretched across Walmart. It must have been fishing wire. It was the STRANGEST thing ever. hehe. It eventually broke, and she got free. ROFL!
We found all the price match items, and a few food things, then headed to pay. I was SO sleepy. And the cashier didn't know what he was doing. So called over the manager. Who, of course, was SUPER strict with the price matching. So we didn't get very good deals like last time. Robert from last time was amazing. Daniel from this time, not so much. I did get a few things for a penny a piece, which isn't bad. But 10 of them would have been better than 5... But beggars can't be chooser, right?
We paid, and headed across the road for a Frosty run. Here's Amanda and I, both posing with our tongues inside of our frostie. ha! And it wasn't even planned!
We were all SO sleepy, that we got the giggles. And had SUCH a great time home. Laughing and giggling and having a grand old time. Amanda dropped us off, and I moved the kids from the couch to their beds (I don't know what they were doing, sleeping on the couch! hehe), and did the bare minimum on my blog. And went to bed. Cause I was SO sleepy!
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LOVIN' this Birthday layout, Sharon! Looks fantastic!