I hope everyone had a nice week! It is officially summer break for us, and I’m looking forward to it. The weather has been so drastically different. Cold, to hot and muggy, to just about perfect and now we’re back to cold. It’s funny how after only a couple days of 90 degree weather can make 65 degrees seem cold. It does to me anyway!

Golf lessons for the kids start today. I know Bailey is excited for it. We looked into the schools golf team and they don’t offer it until high school, he was pretty bummed out. I’m not sure how we’d juggle baseball and golf but we’ll figure it out when that time comes.

Bailey graduated from elementary school on Tuesday. I know, it’s just elementary but if you know me, you know that doesn’t matter. Each and every milestone is hard for me. I love more than anything to see him accomplish something, and take these steps in life. However, it’s still sad for me to face the fact that he’s not little anymore and he never will be…….Okay, enough of that!!!! I’m going to thoroughly enjoy my time with him this summer and deal with the next milestone come September!

So, tell us all about your week! Any plans for the weekend?

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19 Responses to T.G.I.F.

  1. Laura says:

    I feel your pain with the milestones. I personally think it’s harder for parents of “singlets”. We only get those milestones once, so we have to absorb every second of them… there’s no “do over” or “catch it again when the next one comes along”. I got all weepy when Josh finished first grade last week! I cannot imagine what a basket case I will be when he moves from grade school to high school (which, around here, will be 8th grade).

    This weekend, we’re traveling home from the Great North Woods. I will miss it terribly. But we’re heading down through Minneapolis… Josh cannot wait. He brought along his Piggy Bank Money, and plans to hit the Lego Store in Mall of America so he can buy an X-Wing Fighter. The only thing I’m not looking forward to is the drive from the MN border to our home. It’s a wicked boring ride. I don’t know why the last leg of a trip is always the longest. Probably because you’re that close to Home, and you just want to be there, already.

    One of these years, we’ll hit it just right, and I’ll be able to swing West and see you guys!!

  2. SKL says:

    Well, it’s been a . . . week. Not remarkably great or terrible, but with its ups and downs. My girls have been kind of sensitive lately and I’ve had to discipline them a bit. They are at an age where you really have to follow through unless you want to be ignored / disrespected. But we had good times, too. The aunties are out of town for a couple of nights, and yesterday the girls and I just laid around and acted silly. Miss E said “today is SO funny!” Usually we don’t get to just goof off at home.

    The girls joined the library summer reading club, and today after swimming, we went and got their first set of prizes. They were already motivated, but the prizes certainly didn’t hurt!

    Today I got the girls’ progress reports, and I was a bit nervous, as every one I’ve gotten before was frankly BS. (There were only 2 previous ones, each prepared within the first 2 weeks the girls were with a new teacher, thus totally inaccurate). Well, this time I mostly agreed. Miss E got the highest possible rating in almost every item (social, behavioral, academic, etc). Miss A did almost as well, but there are some academic areas where she is behind, and she apparently doesn’t behave 100% perfectly in school. I can live with that for now.

    On Sunday, my kids will go to their first birthday party, for a boy in the pre-K class. They have a pool, so this should be interesting. My sister will have to take them, as I’ll be working. On Saturday I have to somehow fit in shopping for the kid’s birthday presents.

    Today, I held my baby niece for the first time. She is in “step-down,” but her lungs are still not functioning reliably. She may have to go home on “life support” (breathing apparatus). It was interesting trying to figure out how to hold this little person – she did not like the usual positions – but we managed. There is something so sweet about feeling a baby’s breath on one’s cheek. I’m not sure when I’ll be able to hold her again, because once they take her home, she is not supposed to be around anyone who might have germs, for two years, until her lungs develop enough to fight illnesses. They are supposed to set up a quarantine room in their house in case anyone in the family gets so much as a cold. Her 18mo sister will have to be withdrawn from daycare. So this will be interesting.

    Work has been very busy. We hired an “office manager,” and since the other partners are out of town, I had to be in the office from Tuesday through Friday, which is NOT my cup of latte! I’m not getting done as much work as I’d like, but I am getting some done. New unexpected demands keep arising all the time, and by the end of the day, I’m too exhausted to work all night catching up. (Though I may have to do that tonight.) I did find out that those applications we worked on a couple months ago were successful.

    • Phyllis says:

      Awwww, I’m so glad to hear you’re finally able to hold that sweet baby girl! It may seem like life will be a challenge once she gets home, but before you know it, it’ll become second nature for the family. We’ll just have to pray that her lungs develop at a much more rapid rate than the dr. expect and that her immune system will be more than able to fight off any diseases! That’ll be my prayer for her!

      You must be sooo proud of how well your girls did in school. Remember…. none of us are ever 100% in any schools eyes. Sounds like you’re doing a bang up job with them. I hope they enjoy their first b-day party invite, and have tons of fun!

    • Joy says:

      That’s awesome about the baby. There really is nothing like holding a baby. It’s so wonderful.Way to go for your own two also.

      • SKL says:

        I don’t feel like I had much to do with my own two doing well. I have become a pretty big believer in nature vs. nurture. But, that doesn’t stop me from being proud of them.

        This morning they were so sweet. I told them yesterday that if we were running late, they should clear the breakfast table while I’m getting ready, to save me from clearing it and making us later. I figured it would at least encourage them to finish the food on their dishes. But this morning, I came downstairs and they had cleared the table, put everything away, and even washed the dishes. I was very impressed! I would not mind if this became a trend!

        • Laura says:

          Yay for Miss G!! We knew she could do it! I bet she’s loving all the human contact after all that time in the incubator/ICU/etc. And if it helps… I had a friend here who’s little one went through a similar experience as your Miss G. He, too, came home on oxygen, with underdeveloped lungs, many concerns about infection, etc., and now, three years later, he’s a little moose!! He’s a great little guy who just plows through life. You’d never know, looking at him, that he got off to a rough start.

  3. Phyllis says:

    Nikki, CONGRATULATIONS TO BAILEY ON HIS GRADUATION! The time just seems to fly by sooo darn fast, doesn’t it? All we can do is enjoy every moment we’re blessed with!

    It’s been a bit of a challenging week around here. Nothing major, thank God! Just a lot of the little crap that can get to us from time to time, you know? But hey, the week is mostly over and next week coming up fast!

    Be safe traveling, Laura. I’m glad you had a nice time. Thanks for sharing the pics with us on fb.

    Here’s hoping all will have a truly wonderful weekend.

    • Nikki says:

      Thank you Phyllis!!! Way too fast…seems like in a blink of an eye he is grown. And I know i’ll blink again and he’ll be off to college….

      • Phyllis says:

        Oh, I know….. my youngest granddaughter turns 17 in Sept and I can’t believe it! The oldest grandkid is looking for preschools for my great-granddaughter who turns 4 in Aug. That means REAL school next year! I can’t believe it!!!

  4. Sue says:

    Golf lessons went well this morning. Froze our buns off, but the kids had fun and did well. Now I’m off to the races on an even faster horse then I’ve been on all week so we’ll see if I get everything accomplished! I just have grocery shopping and packing left before we leave for Winstock. (Country Music Festival my girlfriend finally talked us into going to) Joy and Paul are watching the kids and they are excited to go for the weekend. Lots of other stuff going on, but there’s nothing I can do about any of it so I’m just riding the waves of stress!

    • mssc54 says:

      Froze your buns off?! We have been having unseasonably hot weather (much like your too much snow). Somewhere between freezing our buns off and 90+ degree heat is the perfect mix.

      By the way, We went to two different grodery stores day before yesterday. At each store our savings with coupons and store discount card was between 44%-48%!

      • Sue says:

        Way to go on the coupon savings! This week we saved $75 at the grocery store! Lots of buy 1 get 1 free items (on things we actually eat). I had no shame handing the cashier my many coupons!

  5. SKL says:

    I am having one of those moments where I want something but I don’t know what. I am not in the mood to do the work I am supposed to be doing right now. I feel like eating a snack, but can’t figure out just what I’m craving. I would love to go for a walk, but it’s been raining. Come to think of it, maybe what I really want is a nap! If only I could sneak one . . . but it isn’t meant to be.

    I set the alarm to wake me up in the wee hours, so I could get some work out in the night. But I was too tired and just kept hitting the snooze for hours. Which means I neither slept well nor got that work done. I hate when I do that.

  6. mssc54 says:

    Well yesterday I had to take my work van in to have the AC fixed. I found out this morning that it’s the evaporator and will be a mere ELEVEN HUNDRED DOLLARS to fix! But I gotta have it.

    On a much HAPPIER NOTE; I was at the hospital this morning for the birth of our FOURTH GRANDCHILD! Our oldest has three now. A boy six, a daughter sixteen months and another daughter today.

    The hospital called her the other night to go over her preadmittance paperwork.
    When was the last time you had a period?
    June of 09.
    You mean June 10.
    No, 09.
    This is 2011 so you mean 10?
    No, I have a sixteen month old and I was nursing her when I got pregnant.

    Maybe I mixed up the month, but you get the jist of it. Lol

    • Phyllis says:

      Michael, CONGRATS to the entire family on the new baby! What a blessing children are! And grandkids are God’s blessing to us for actually letting our kids live through their teenage years!! LOL!!! 😀

    • Laura says:

      I feel your A/C pain. I lived in TX, and the A/C cut out on my car. We couldn’t afford to get it fixed, so I did a lot of open-window driving.

      AWESOME news about the new baby!! Congratulations! Stats, please???

      • mssc54 says:

        Harper Joy (female) 6 lbs, 15 oz, 15.75 inches.

        Went to pick up my van and they knocked it down from nearly $1,100.00 to $863.36. Did I mention that the service desk lady is our son-in-law’s mother? 🙂 I think I’ll get her a $50 gift certificate to her favorite eatery. I had to turn the AC down from MAX on the way home!

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