Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Summer Kickoff

So, I know I said I was on the path to doing better.  Remember some paths start out slow ;-).  This is our first week of no school at the Johannes house.  It is also the week before we head to the outer banks for our family beach vacation.  We are very excited to say the least!!  When I say family trip, I mean family trip also......we have my Mom and Dad, Susan, Chad, Holly, Dylan, Mo, Me, Chip, Kylie, Kiersten, Daisy and Mommom!  We are racing around this week doing laundry and doing our "to pack" lists. 

This is the last summer that Kiersten will be a "pre" schooler.  She starts kindergarten in August, I can't believe it!!  I know it is cliche, but I really want to know where the time has gone.  Kylie will be in the 4th grade, I feel so old.  We won't talk about my birthday coming up and how old I will be.  The girls love each other one minute and hate each other the next, which makes for some stressful moments in the house.  To help control this, I have discovered timers work great for splitting up computer time and other things both girls want to do.  I also had them make 3 lists....one for things they want to learn over the summer, one for things they want to make and one for things they want to do.  I will take the lists when we get back from the beach and create a schedule/calendar.  I think this will work great with our personality types and keep our summer fresh and exciting!  I will keep you all updated on the actual success of this as we go into the summer. 

So to kick off the summer, stay cool, wear sunscreen and enjoy the times!!

Monday, March 5, 2012

I'm Baaaaccccckkkkk....

So apparently, getting a job has made me completely useless at blogging this past year! Never fear, I decided it was time to throw in the towel at the day job and work on my teaching at the college as much as possible. That offers the ideal situation all around. Summers off!! Which not only is it nice to have summer off, but summer camp for two kids is outrageously priced so it eliminates having to take out a 2nd mortgage just to have someone to watch the girls.

There has been a lot of stuff going on since my last post! The coolest thing is Chad and Holly are expecting baby #2 literally any day now!! On the sadder side of things, there has been a lot of sad news and deaths over this year that have hit me kind of hard and made me re-think many things (one of which had impact on leaving the job and spending the time with my girls since that time can be taken away at any moment). I won't make this a sad post, I will move on from that. We also have moved into a house with an actual backyard and a bar in the basement. We are working hard to get rooms painted and get it a little more modern looking but we LOVE it!! We have had some good get togethers here already and as you all know, I love to entertain! I want to be the house that my kids and their friends want to hang out at when they are older so I know what they are doing!! We also lost Jake which was very sad but we added Daisy (a 50 some lb English Bulldog to our family). We chose her because bulldogs are not supposed to need a ton of exercise and are supposed to be pretty calm.......the joke is on us!! ;-).....she is sweet though!! Kylie is doing great at school and absolutely loves the 3rd grade!!

My goal is to keep this up and be a better updater starting today! We'll see how good I do!!
Until next time....