Mid-Summer Update

I can’t believe that we are already nearing the end of July. ¬†It seems like just yesterday I was patiently waiting for the kids to get out of school and now I am anxiously¬†patiently waiting for them to go back. ¬†Here’s a little mid-summer update of what’s been going on.

We started off our summer with a two week vacation to northern California which you can read about here.

No sooner than we got back from there and it was off to southern Nevada to pick up our oldest son, monster B, who is now officially an adult (1 down…4 to go), to come visit before he ships off to boot camp next month. ¬†It was a quick there and back trip, spending most of the time in the car. ¬†But did get to spend some quality time at grandpa’s.

It was just a little hot there…

This video ^ still makes me laugh every time I watch it.  With a little help from Snapchat and my silly voice it came out quite comical.

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This is a picture of all the kids in the swim spa which is like a small swimming pool. ¬†Grandpa also has fun things like chickens, an orchard with a pond, and a game room equipped with an old school arcade game that had Pac-Man on it which kept mommy entertained for hours. ¬†It’s also fully stocked with booze that we adults happily helped ourselves to. ¬†I am quite certain the shenanigans lasted until the wee hours of the morning.

I had some fun times with my 16-year-old thinking that my jalape√Īos from the garden weren’t hot. ¬†His older brother and I dared him to eat a whole one. ¬†So of course he did it. ¬†Because he pretty much does anything he’s dared to do.

Afterwards he was caught guzzling a half-gallon of milk and shoving a half a loaf of bread in his mouth. ¬†He still claims “it wasn’t hot”.

We then headed off for our second family vacation to Idaho.  We visited a place called Brownlee Reservoir which to me looked more like a lake it was so huge.  We were off the grid for 5 whole days.  No internet and no cell service.  At first it was a little weird but then I actually liked the fact that everyone was either fishing, boating, riding their bikes, or playing board games.

This was our view for 5 days

Our friends, who have a boat, invited us.  My 6 and 4-year-old loved being pulled on the tube behind the boat.  The 5-year-old not so much.  Which amazes me as she loves speed.

The above video is her riding her bike down a hill, at the campground, as fast as she could go.  She did this at least a dozen times while we were there but unfortunately biffed it once while trying to race her brother.  Luckily she landed in the grassy part and not the pavement and managed to walk away with only a small scrape to the knee.  Mommy on the other hand almost suffered a small heart attack.

My 16 year old’s girlfriend flew off the raft and lost the entire top bracket of her braces. ¬†And even the hubs and I got in on the action. ¬†Needless to say it’s just as fun as when I was younger, only it’s now, days later, and I am still feeling the effects of holding on for dear life and hitting the water hard enough to obtain quite a few bruises on my legs.

We also took a drive across the dam to a place called Hell’s Canyon. ¬†We took the scenic byway which ran along side the Snake River onto the Oregon side, and it’s literally one road in, turn around and come back. ¬†But absolutely breathtaking scenery.

Hells Canyon Scenic Byway Oregon

Everyone did some fishing but the only ones who caught anything were the teenagers.

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Oldest son monster B holding some catch of the day.

Of course that’s pretty easy to do when you don’t have 3 little kid’s poles to keep having to attend to. ¬†Seems like every time I looked, my husband was fixing a pole. ¬†He did get to do some fishing the last night we were there but without any luck.

We stayed at a campground called Woodhead Park Campground which if you are ever in the area I highly recommend.  The bathrooms and showers were the cleanest campground facilities I have ever experienced.

Our friends stayed on the B side but we ventured up to the C side where we found the perfect shaded spot overlooking the reservoir. ¬†Supposedly the camp host on the C side isn’t very nice but we never heard a word out of him. ¬†And the 8 of us could be pretty loud…one night well after 1am.

It was a long ride home yesterday and I was happy to get here and shower in my own shower and sleep in my own bed.

Now just a few days and my best friend will be visiting for a whole week!!! ¬†We will be attending a baseball game in Reno while she’s here and I am sure plenty of other shenanigans to blog all about.

The busy summer isn’t ending anytime soon. ¬†But is quickly flying by.

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That’s A Wrap ~ 2015

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I still can’t bring myself to accept that another year has come and gone. ¬†It seems like just yesterday I was making the decision whether to do something with this blog or shut it down and that was back in March. ¬†My most viewed piece that month was “I Met Him On The Internet” with 296 views. ¬†It’s the story behind how I met my husband.

My best month this year was July with 3,456 views for the month. ¬†The top viewed post was “What Do Bloggers Actually Do?“. ¬†A funny piece that only we as bloggers would understand that brought in 272 views.

But my winning post for the year goes to the letter I wrote to Whirlpool Corporation after my $1500 washer took a crap at only 14 months old. ¬†It was entitled “One Pissed Off Customer” and received 467 views, 324 of them were in one day on June 3rd. ¬†It also got me blocked from their Twitter. ¬†Yes people, a major billion dollar corporation BLOCKED little ol’ me from their Twitter. ¬†But in the end they paid for my washer to get fixed and it wasn’t under warranty.

I uploaded 984 pictures.  I like being visual obviously.

My top 5 commenters were Rockin Random Mom, Cuddle Fairy, Growing Up Kater Tot, Random Musings, and Flop Til You Drop.  So I would like to thank Michelle, Becky, Katie, Debbie, and Sandi for taking time out of their days to leave me such awesome comments!

I also want to give a HUGE thank you to not only all the bloggers who share my crazy thoughts and mayhem across all their social networks but also to my friends (especially Lynn, Shaina, Tammy, and Stacy) YOU ALL ROCK! ¬†Sharing my stuff puts a huge smile on my face ūüėÜ!

My top reference guide for leading people to my blog came from Facebook with 2,222.  Followed by Twitter with 1,726.  Search engines such as google, bing, and yahoo at 1,437.  And the top country in which my views came from was right here in the good ol USA with 14,795 followed by the UK with 5,675.

And at the time I am writing this post there has been 26,952 peeks at my blog and I now have a following of 8,459 peeps.

So what lies ahead for me for 2016?

Bringing back #momsterslink

Monday Music Mantras where I will be sharing what music I have been listening to.

Daily Post Writing Prompts. ¬†I feel the need to challenge my writing skills a bit. ¬†And it’s a great way for networking.

Wednesday Workout Updates 2016 is the year I am getting in shape with no excuses!!!  I will keep you updated every Wednesday and possibly even challenge you with some exercises to try.  Also if  you got a FitBit for Christmas or already have one please add me, for my friends and I are always doing the daily and weekly challenges.

Throwback Thursdays where I will choose a post from the past, revamp it a bit, and post it.

Bringing Back Friday’s Top 5. ¬†But instead of blogs, I will be choosing blog posts instead.

Quotes Of The Week

My Fabulous National Holiday Posts

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And I am also going to start featuring guest posts.  Therefore if you are interested in writing one for me, please let me know at domesticatedmomster@gmail.com.

I am wishing you all a safe, fun, and full of happiness new year! ‚̧ԳŹto you all!

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