7.29.2013

The Signs ...


They're everywhere.  They follow me.  Have you noticed them too? 


If you've seen my Facebook or Instagram posts lately you'd understand.  For quick pictures or one-liners about what's cooking at Casa de Chaos are all I can muster these days.

Over the past eight weeks since Matt's return, I've written at least a dozen blog posts in my head.  Stories about Grady's new school.  My 40th birthday.  Standardized testing, and why the scores really don't matter (with an alternate blog post titled, "Sheridan failed one of hers and nothing happened").  I could have written about the swim team.  And the insanity of the four-hour swim meets.  My in-laws whirlwind visit.  How I was strong-armed, asked to sign up for the Marine Corp Marathon 10k.  How we've been cleaning and organizing every room in the house so we don't have to do it next summer before we move.  If I really wanted to get personal, I could talk about finally getting hired on by the Loudoun County Public School system.  Matt's "adjustment to normalcy", how it has affected him, and how we've managed it as a family.  Or about sending the girls to three weeks of sleep-away camp.  Only to discover when we arrived last Monday that I royally screwed up by not sending in any bunk requests, and Riley was put into a separate bunk without ANY of her friends.  The tears.  Oh the tears.  Mom FAIL.

Aside from letting these words, these stories, these adventures flow through my head, I haven't put them to paper. 

And now you know why.  Because of this ...

... MY 'signs' of a great summer.  In thirty-nine pictures.  No less! 



First swim meet of the season!


Grady with his BFFs


But of COURSE it's another swim meet. 


Celebrating our birthdays ... yes, us gals are 29 again! 


The last time I saw these two ladies together, was in Muscat, Oman, back in 2004.  
We only had 2 kids back then ... look what's happened since then! 


And this sweet girlie?  Last time I saw her was in 2008.  In Tel Aviv, Israel.  When we lived a few blocks from each other.  Now?  She's back from Zimbabwe and will be living just a few miles away!  Squeee!


Take a guess where we are?  Again.


We aren't exactly considered a small swim team ...


Trying to take a few pictures of the kids ... but the ones of the girls photo-bombing each other were far better!


 

Grabbing a quick triple grande caramel macchiatto in Richmond, VA, 
at the State PTA training convention.  Yup ... I'm dedicated!


I'm also finally hired on by Loudoun County to be a substitute teacher.   
Where I am hoping to work 4 days a week!

 

Thanks Heather for making me do this! 


We always love getting together with our DS friends ... 
especially when we get to celebrate MORE birthdays. 


What?  You thought the swim season was over?  Oh no ... you're not THAT lucky!


Taking a little bike ride to dinner.  Our new weekly activity.


One truly can't believe how much cr*p these girls need to pack for camp!


Checking in for summer #2 ...


Dropping Sheridan off in her bunk.


And then dropping Riley.



Signs (of relief) from Riley that she's having a great time.  



 And Sheridan's signs too ...


Organizing the basement for our move next summer.  
Notice all the orange sticky notes.  Yes, we really are this anal.



Thankfully, after we put the little guy to bed every evening, I relax with my BFF ... 
 ... oh, and with Matt too. 




5 comments:

Loukia said...

Look at all your awesome, happy, summer pictures! See, this is why I haven't been able to write a proper blog post in some time, too. There is SO MUCH to say, but... I'm busy really enjoying summer, you know? I do write posts frequently, but nothing as personal as I used to and I really want to get back to that! It is now my goal! Glad to see you doing so well. xoxo

Loukia said...

Look at all your awesome, happy, summer pictures! See, this is why I haven't been able to write a proper blog post in some time, too. There is SO MUCH to say, but... I'm busy really enjoying summer, you know? I do write posts frequently, but nothing as personal as I used to and I really want to get back to that! It is now my goal! Glad to see you doing so well. xoxo

Issas Crazy World said...

BUSY! Dude, you left off the cruise of puke! Heh.

When exactly do you move? I'd love to come out for another long weekend, but I know I can't do it this year financially/time off wise.

amy said...

You look happy, crazy busy but happy so life is good.
Enjoy

Heather Dray said...

I love that I'm "making" you do the MCM10K. Ha! It's going to be awesome and you'll be so proud and then you can say you did it and never have to do it again. Love the photos, love the update. Can't wait to catch up...IRL...SOON!! And we'll cross that finish line together.

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