About a year and a half ago we made a conscious change in the way we celebrate life in our family.
We decided that instead of buying “stuff” that we don’t need because to be honest, we have what we need and everything else is icing. That we would celebrate birthdays and holidays by doing something. By making a memory.
For Devin’s birthday, we went to spent a weekend away, playing. Doing Devin things. We went to a kids museum and to fun places to eat.
For the boy’s birthday we went to Sea World and to a restaurant called The Magic Time Machine where the waiters are mean and dress up like awesome movie characters and throw things at you, it’s amazing.
Dayde’s birthday has been a little elongated because of robotics but we finally got to the Ranger’s game! The boys had never been to a ball game before and they had a blast!
I love making memories with my three favorite people!

This kid and me waiting for the game to start. He’s already five hotdogs in. Dang!

This kid and me waiting for the game to start. He’s already five hotdogs in. Dang!

enochliew:

Pocket Printer by Zuta Labs

Not only a portable design, but able to print on any size page.

(Source: Engadget, via insidious-effects-of-life)

Phenomenal Woman

Phenomenal Woman

Break time or breakdown.

I  need a weekend, a drink, and a day where I don’t have to do anything. 

This is the truth. It ‘s not one big thing that wears you down, it’s the small things over and over and over again that get to you. 

Robots and stuff.

So it’s Monday and after a marathon weekend of driving and more driving and robots, I am back at work. Although, to be honest, it really doesn’t feel like I have left work since Thursday. 

The lie is that when you take kids out of town you are getting a free vacation. The reality is that you are working for free 24 hours a day because middle school kids at hotels do not sleep. They order pizza at midnight and drink soda and stay awake. They tell you that curfew must be extended just a few more minutes because their pizza will be delivered soon. blah, blah, blah. All they do is eat and be messy. I don’t think they shower often because they think the hotel swimming pool counts as bathing and there were smells… many smells. 

The competition was good. I don’t know how we placed, which is endlessly frustrating and I have huge, HUGE, HUGE issues with TCEA for that!!!! The kids have worked on these projects for months. They deserve to know that day how they did! It’s unfair to them to have to wait on results.

I did end up bailing on my teacher’s and getting my own hotel room the second night. Since I was diagnosed with MS this has been the first time that the boy has not been there with me, which was scary. The exhaustion level was pushed beyond every boundary because of the nature of the events and the amount of time that was demanded from the kids and the competition. My body was not ready for that. When that was combined with sleeping on a sofa pull-out there was no way I would have managed the pain. But it was better Sunday and we made it home.

I am tired today. I am glad it’s a short week because I am ready to crash.   

theclearlydope:

Good try though.
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theclearlydope:

Good try though.

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National Sibling Day!

National Sibling Day!