Outside my Window...It's a gorgeous late summer day. Temps are a bit cooler today than over the weekend and maybe it won't even hit 90.
I am thinking...Jacek needs to practice driving everyday this week, if only for 15-20 minutes each time. I made a sign for my car that says, "Student Driver" so people will be polite and nice to him. Unlike the driver behind him yesterday who honked at him because he was being so slow.
I am thankful...for clean water every minute of every day. A luxury for some in this world, but for me it's just part of my everyday life that I take for granted.
I am going...to order Keaton's Halloween costume today. I bet you can't guess what he wants to be?
From the kitchen this week...Grilling chicken and salmon kabobs tonight. Going to make myself some corn and avocado salsa for lunch. We've been eating a lot of fresh berries and peaches this week.
I am wearing...black sweat pants, white tank and black hoodie.
I am reading...Remembering Wholeness by Carol Tuttle. I bought that book over 5 years ago and I've never read it. I went to her Living Your Truth Center last weekend and received a free autographed copy, so now I have two.
I am hoping...Jacek starts to feel comfortable driving soon. He's still extremely freaked out about the whole driving experience.
I am creating...my first Science lesson for 1st grade co-op. I start teaching next Tuesday after Labor Day.
I am hearing...Cory sneezing four times in a row and then silence. It's been really quiet around here this past week with the kids being in school. And even Asia's not here, which is really weird!
Around the house...Sorting through papers and deciding whether to keep them or trash them.
One of my favorite things...honey whole wheat bagel toasted with peanut butter and jelly.
A Few Plans For The Rest Of The Week...We had to take my car in today to get the leather protectant on and my new license plates installed. Asia's getting a haircut as I type this. Soccer practice tomorrow. Orthodontist appt for Jacek early Wednesday morning, which I can not forget about!!! Another co-op meeting on Thursday, in addition to the school carnival that same night. Jacek has a tuba lesson on Friday and volleyball practice every day after school. We are back in the thick of things again as you can see. And then for Labor Day weekend, we're going to Vernal for Raegen's baptism.
This fall Keaton is now playing in the 8U league for soccer, which means he's still playing up a year. He wanted to play with his buddies Eli, Max and Conner and since we didn't find any bosom soccer buddies in Kindergarten last year, we decided to let him play up again. The soccer league gave Coach Rick and the parents the wrong set of rules. We all thought it would be set up like last year (according to the rules we were given). It was kind of a shock this morning to arrive at a slightly bigger field with real goals, a referee and goalie jerseys.
It was great though and the kids adjusted beautifully and quickly to the new rules and the new pace of the game. There are now two halves instead of 4 quarters. And, instead of corner kicking on an out-of-bounds ball, the kids simply throw it in. I like that rule a lot because it seemed to take the kids forever to set up the corner kick and then execute the play. Plus, the new dynamic of goalies was fun for the kids too.
It was not my favorite thing to have to get up early this morning, but it worked out well weather-wise. The temperatures are suppose to be in the high 90's today, so a cool morning game is better than a hot later game. Even with the cooler temps, Keaton was still sweating up a storm. He played quite a bit today. When he wasn't playing, he was trying to talk to his little friend Lulu, who talks non-stop about Keaton at home, but plays shy and coy when he actually talks to her.
Both teams played really aggressive and the tempo was a lot faster than in previous years. I overheard one of our more "laid back" kids say, "Now this is how soccer is suppose to be played!" He played the best game ever. The score kept going back and forth and towards the end of the game it was 3-2 in favor of the other team. Keaton came down the field and Josh had the ball and somehow tripped and then Keaton kept kicking the ball and scored a goal to tie the game 3-3.
He was stoked! Everyone gave high fives and cheered at the end. And then the best part: cookies and juice box treats. It was a very well played first game of the season.
And all of these photos were taken with my iphone! Even my favorite~ the shadow silhouette shot!
I like to take a line up shot of the kids on the first day of school. Keaton was excited because they got to line up along the wall for Mrs. Grant's class. It usually takes between 8-10 minutes to get to school. I had allowed plenty of time (25 minutes) so Keaton could play a few minutes and then I could take my pictures. But my best laid plans were not to be, as we got caught in a 20-25 minutes traffic jam on our way to school. We were actually late as the 2nd bell rang as we walked into the school. So, instead, I had to take 2nd day of school photos of the kids all lined up. In 20 years, no one else (except me) will even be able to tell that I took them on day 2 instead of day 1. Keaton even wore the exact same green color t-shirt both days. He also didn't have these fancy new shoes on the first day either.
They are Nick Slimer shoes that glow-in-the-dark. He loves them. So, I guess it was meant to be that we took these pictures on this day and not a day earlier.
It looks like Joe is going to punch Keaton's lights out, but they were just goofing around. Same with this one. Zoe looks so sassy here, but she is a quiet little thing.
There were a good mix of faces that i knew from last year (Hi Darby, Jesus, Parker, Adeline and Jane!) as well as a bunch of new friends to choose from this year. Can't wait for the co-op meeting tonight to meet everyone and figure out our jobs for the year.
School starts on Monday for both of my kids, so I thought this would be a good place to show what they looked like last year going into 8th grade and Kindergarten. Man, they have both grown up so much this year. I forgot Jacek still had his braces on last year at this time. He got them off in October. Keaton had not lost any of his teeth yet in this photo, but has since lost three and four more are loose. I'll post photos of my 9th grader and 1st grader on Monday, as soon as I get them both out the door!
As I was thinking of titles for this post, I came up with some clever ones like:
The Mist of Albion
Christmas in August?
But really, I'm just too tired and still thawing out to be cutesy! Plus, all-in-all, the kids really did have fun and that's what matters the most.
So, all I have the energy for today is a bullet point list of all the memories I want to remember from the camp-out of 2009.
Boy, was this year a doozy!
waking up to mist surrounding the forest like a warm white blanket and then that mist rolling up the hill into our campsite. really amazing and unlike anything I have ever experience.
cooking "eggs in a basket" for breakfast saturday morning, which was a new thing we haven't tried before.
finished cooking breakfast and then the sky opened up and dumped hail and snow down upon us.
the mulders' pop-up 20 X 20 canvas tent that protected the picnic table and us from the sleet, snow and hail, while we ate our breakfast.
the kids building a snowman and then using a raspberry for the nose, which made the snowman look like he was bleeding profusely from his nostrils.
7 kids in our tent trying to stay warm by the heater playing 4-way mario kart with keaton's nintendo ds's. I loved that the kids were on teams so everyone could play. jacek-liza, molly-jamie, tristan-skylar and then keaton was his own team.
jacek trying to drain the water off the tarp on our tent and soaking everyone's coats and shoes. oops!
the sun coming out in the afternoon and placing the wet coats and shoes out in the sunshine to dry.
very aggressive pot guts stealing food from the tables.
yummy meals- why does everything taste better camping?
the small hike up the mountain by cecret ski lift and the amazing view as we watched the sunset.
talking and bonding with the girls
the hawk at the top of the tree
jackie's two removable car seats used as chairs around the game table under the red canopy.
keaton and eli playing for three days straight and even a tent sleepover on one of the nights.
little kids jumping rope, frisbee tossing, drawing, stamping and coloring each other's arms with markers
the big kids playing prison camp, capture the flag, hackey sack, poker, uno, telling ghost stories, theorizing about the universe and playing murder around the campfire.
the big boys sleeping in their own tent and talking way into the night.
the girls playing a game called MASH with everyone which predicts your future husband/wife, number of children, future job, etc...
keaton and eli digging two holes and hoping they would connect. eli's dad telling keaton that if he digs far enough, he would meet chinese people. keaton believing him and wanting to get chinese food.
coming home a half a day early because everyone was so sick of the cold.
keaton having issues with the sleeping bag and feeling confined during the middle of the night.
never feeling warm until I got home.
kicking myself for forgetting my camera and cursing when my phone died. these are the reasons I took only a handful of photos the entire four days.