Quick Take Friday

Up bright and early this morning even after a bedtime of 2:30 am!!  We got some last minute visitors last night. My brother-in-law and his son are here from NOLA to see his nephew's graduation.  (Got that?)  Let's just say that yesterday was spent in a fury of cleaning.
I learned from my lovely daughter that her friends refer to our house as "the burrow".  Now, after wordless Wednesday I was the first to admit that we are casual...I AM going to take it in a positive light.  Because Mrs. Weasly kicks butt and always makes the kids feel at home.
The lazy days of summer are here.  I find it funny that my dear friend Sara's chaos is just kicking off, and my more relaxed time is coming.   Doesn't make me want to homeschool AT ALL.  ;-)
Actually, chaos starts tomorrow.  My two oldest are soon to be co-workers.   Read excitement here.  Hopefully it will force some communal bonding.  I know they are really excited to be working for the City at the newest attraction-- the splash park.  Poor babies will be reinforcing the "pay to play" rule in an attraction that was free last summer.  I am not sure how fun that will be.  Personally, I was weirded out by the requirements for said job-- you know to say "no running" and to sell candy bars in the concession stand. 
  • drug test -- no problem with them peeing in a cup
  • physical exam -- that's right, paper gown and everything - scoliosis screen and "turn your head and cough".
  • agreement to tell NO ONE what they are making -  written in the contract...not co-workers, prospective employees or PARENTS.  If divulged-- immediate termination.
  • the only way to get paid is by direct deposit. Therefore had to front son some money to open an account so that he could earn money...because until he gets a job, he has NO money....
What do you think-- am I falling into Conspiracy Theory madness?
Looks like 2010 will pass without a family visit to the Renaissance Fair :(.  I know we are dorks like that.  The older two are working this weekend and either starting or ending at 2.  Makes that one hour trip to Fairburn look not so promising.  Looks like Claire will have to wear her elf ears somewhere else...
My husband rearranged our furniture AGAIN!  This time he put our old dining room table (read my grandmother's apartment sized hand-me-down) in the family room.  He wanted a game table.  I resisted, thought it looked too cluttered.  But, guess what?  He was right.  It has been used everyday---- scrabble,. Yatzee, cards.  Good idea honey.
This quick takes has become "not so quick"... but at least I am blogging again.
Check out Jen at Conversion Diary for more QT.


Wordless Wednesday

I know, it's supposed to be wordless.  But let's just say... THANK GOD for slip covers, washing machines and being non-anal-retentive.  I would have killed myself years ago if I was. 


Simple woman's Day book

Outside my window... a cool summer breeze which makes me ever so thankful as I have not turned on the A/C yet....

I am thinking... about my huge list of summer projects, which only went from the printer to under my iced tea glass while I waste time strolling through my blog roll.  I actually created it on excel so that my kids could check off on the projects they help me with. (HA)

I am thankful for... that cool early summer breeze and the fact that the dog gate I heard squeaking in the night was just my 17 year old coming to bed LATE and not the ax murderer I was sure it was at 2:30 am.  I love it when my husband travels!

From the kitchen... Finally getting around to baking the ALDI cinnamon sugar pretzels I bought ages ago.  Breakfast of champions!

I am wearing... shorts and a tank top... but I am clean and freshly showered!

I am creating... a digital photo book for my son's rowing coach.  A friend asked me to help her with a scrap book-- and I don't think I am capable of such things.  Digital is so much easier and very professional looking.

I am going... crazy...

I am reading... nothing.  How sad is that?  Unless you count culling the stacks of magazines that clutter my family room or the blog roll that just keeps growing.

I am hearing... The dishwasher, washing machine and the anal retentive whining of Jeff from Flipping Out.

Around the house... did I mention my project list?  It just keeps growing and growing. 

One of my favorite things... the lazy days of summer (do you sense a theme here?)

A few plans for the rest of the week: Finish graduation gift shopping (late as usual), take my kids to the pool, finish this book for Coach Dan, start one project, and tie up the loose ends from my school year volunteer commitments.

Here is picture for thought I am sharing...
 That little boy (look at that juicy goodness) trying to push his sister off the bridge after her 5th grade graduation, has finally crossed that bridge himself. After 14 years the DeBuys kids are out of Northwood.  Kind of bittersweet. 

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