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 jalapeños 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.

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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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Vacation

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It’s hard to believe that our vacation is coming to a close.  The week has flown by and we didn’t do a fraction of the stuff we wanted to.

I have discovered that vacationing without kids leaves you wanting to do nothing but relax and catch up on sleep.  Oh…and eat at restaurants that you wouldn’t normally eat at because the bill, when you have 4 kids,  would give you a small heart attack.

We only visited with a couple friends which was disappointing as I was hoping to see more but apparently everyone has lives and don’t have the time to take out of their schedules to come visit.  Just in case that sounded bad let me explain myself.

We drove 5 hours to drop our kids off with my mother, then sat in an airport for 4 hours to wait and board a plane for an hour flight.  By the time we got to our destination it was 10pm and our day started at 8am.

I feel that if I spent all that time to get here then anyone wanting to see me could find the time to come where I am rather then me driving all over the place to visit everyone.  Especially since I already took 14 hours to get here.

But on a lighter note, I have enjoyed spending this time rebonding with my husband,  who I have discovered is truly my best friend and the person who I enjoy spending my time with the most.  Well, next to my kids who I have missed like crazy and can’t wait to hug and squeeze them.  

Apparently they have been asking grandma how many more sleeps until mommy and daddy come get them.  I’m quite certain grandma is now counting the sleeps as well.  

I’m not looking forward to getting up at 4am on Sat and starting our journey home again which is actually going to take longer than it did to get here but in the end seeing the friends and family that we did made the journey well worth it.

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So for now I’m going to enjoy our last 36 hours here…I’m going to sit by the pool, consume a few cocktails, eat some more great food, and embrace this time that I have left before the chaos returns. 

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Girl’s Night Out

images-4 I am happy to announce that I finally had my first “girl’s night out” since moving here a year ago!

I also discovered a wine bar, “Bella Grazia” here in my lovely little town that I didn’t even know existed!  And guess what?  Yep you guessed it….I will be returning there.  The atmosphere and the people were fantastic!  If you happen to be reading my blog and live in Winnemucca, NV I highly recommend that you get your ass there and check it out.

As I have blogged before “here” I have had a rather rough time transitioning myself to moving to northern Nevada.  So of course when I was invited to meet a small group of girls on Saturday evening I eagerly accepted. Now I actually consider myself a shy person.  Until of course I get a couple drinks inside me, and then I turn into quite the social aristocrat.  I will talk about anything and everything and usually do!  So imagine my delight when all the girls in our group, and even the ones who weren’t, were so willing to strike up a chatty conversation.

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The surprise of the evening was upon walking to our next destination, when a cop swooped into a parking lot to greet us.  My first thought was “hey, we are walking, why are you pulling over?”  my second thought was “are we swaying too much while walking that we could possibly look intoxicated in public?”  Luckily the ladies I were with work and write for our local police department…it was simply an officer friend stopping to say hello.  Onward hoes!

Now I am usually not one to get too intoxicated these days…cause hell has no fury like 3 toddlers and the dreaded hangover which follows such intoxication.

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And of course they never sleep in on these mornings.  It’s like as soon as my foot hits the floor to use the bathroom, their mommy tracking system is enabled and the day has begun.  Luckily at some point during the night I started drinking a lot of water and also stopped and got a bite to eat.  This is when I learned that daylight savings time was in effect and I had lost an entire hour!  It was time to go!  My pumpkin carriage was eagerly waiting by the phone and answered on the first ring.  And 20 minutes later I was passed out, sound asleep in my bed.

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