The End OF The School Year

Yesterday was the last day of school.  It was the last day of kindergarten for my little monster B, the last day of preschool for my little monsters M and Z, the last day of the 10th grade for teenage monster M, and this mommy will be embarking on the fall with a first grader, a kindergartner, one still in preschool, and a junior in high school.

To say the end of this year was crazy is an understatement.

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Little Monster M receiving her preschool diploma.  She got best puzzle award which is no surprise to me since she LOVES doing them.
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Little Monster B with his kindergarten teacher.  He got Best Tiger award which translates to best behavior for the school year.  

And the blogging has suffered as it’s always the thing that gets put on the back burner when life gets busy.

I have a white board that I keep all events that are coming up listed on so that I can physically and easily look at it everyday…several times a day.  For the last 3 months it has had at least 10 events at a time listed on it.  I am happy to say that as of right now I only have a dress rehearsal, a recital, and some packing,  and then we are off on our first big summer family adventure!

I will admit that I will miss my few hours of “me” time in the mornings over the next few months but I won’t miss the constant chaos that comes with 4 kids in three different schools who all participate in extra curricular activities and me being utterly exhausted by the time I crawl into bed at night.

I’m hoping to get some writing done as I think it’s been a couple weeks since I even wrote anything.

And even though the kids were up at the crack of dawn this morning, it was still nice not to have to get up and get rushed out the door.  I actually finished a cup of coffee.

Here’s to summer and all the new memories to be made!

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The best $20 I have spent so far this summer.

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Have you ever been in a camper for 12 days with a family of six?  Well I have, and let me assure you that I now have more gray hair then what I had when I left for said vacation.  And my crazy gene has increased at least a level…maybe 2.

crazy kids road trip

Now granted all the kids slept in a tent while the Mr. and I slept in our comfortable bed in the camper.  But there were plenty of times that all 6 of us were piled in the camper at once.  One bathroom.  One toilet.  And lots of

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“I NEED TO GO POOP!”

We could be in the middle of nowhere and one of my 3 little monsters would, sometimes in unison, announce the ever so dreaded phrase.

We did a lot of driving on this vacation.  Over 3,000 miles.  This also means that there were sometimes hours spent with the six of us in one vehicle.  I have listened to “Old McDonald” more times that I can count.  Not to mention the numerous other nursery rhymes that followed.  Even the songs on the radio would seem like they were stuck on repeat, and we have satellite radio. And don’t even get me started on the whining.  All the “he did this” and “she did that” was enough to drive me straight to the bottle of wine nuthouse.

Anytime my husband and I are in the same vehicle he always insists on driving.  This leads to me holding the “oh shit” handle… a lot.

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CAN YOU SLOW THE F%@K DOWN….PLEASE!

He thinks he’s a Nascar driver in a GMC Yukon.

Did I happen to mention that we had our German Shepard on the trip with us too?  That’s constantly shedding.  I swept up enough dog hair to form another dog.  I need a Roomba just for the camper.  Oh wait, I don’t have one of those at home even.  Anyone looking for a gift idea for me please feel free to click the link and purchase.  I do have to say though that she chased off a bobcat one night that had tried to wander into our camp.  I woke up to the sound of her rustling through the bushes and a large “RAWR”.

German Shepard dogs road trip pets

Now of course there were glorious moments about our trip as well.  It was great family bonding time.  Kind of like when gum gets stuck to your shoe or there’s that last little piece of tape that won’t come off of something.  Our family vacations put the Griswald’s to shame.  Not to mention we outnumber them by two and a dog.

National Lampoons Griswalds Road Trip

Here we are trying to take a family photo with the camera resting on top of the Yukon because dumb dumb silly mommy forgot her tripod.  This was about the fifth or sixth attempt at trying to get it right and it still isn’t right.  And no, my husband doesn’t have a mohawk…it just seems to look that way in the picture.

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Now, we are all home, safe and sound, the haze of vacation has wore off, the boredom has set in, and I have lots of future posts about our shenanigans travels.  Including all about the “Trees Of Mystery“, Ocean World Kamp Klamath (a place I would never recommend), Prehistoric Gardens, river rafting, places to eat, beaches, and anything else I can think that we visited along the Northern California and Southern Oregon Coast.

Stay Tuned,

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