Summer Check-In

It’s mid summer and I am equal parts blissed out and worn out.  It never goes quite like I imagined it; there are not long afternoons where we sit around looking at each other, swinging lazily in the hammocks and wondering what to do.  There are fewer sleepovers and no spontaneous road trips because our schedule is like one of those toy baby bottles that just seems to fill itself up when you shake it a bit, you have no idea how.

Here’s the condensed version of the past few weeks, which feel like they’ve gone by as quickly as this blog post.  Together and/or collectively, the family has…

Visited the oddest looking puffins ever:

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Dug fancy holes:

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Got this guy glasses:

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Told this guy no.

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Almost ate this little pet my sister sent over in a head of lettuce:

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Had one day with five minutes of down time:

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Wallowed in the ocean:

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Wallowed in the sand:

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Wallowed in a gravel lot:

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Bought a floppy hat:

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Killed the ZomBoss:

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Killed the ZomBoss some more:

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Found Waldo:

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Forgot to shower:

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Invented a cookie recipe:

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Wrote down said cookie recipe, you’re welcome:

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Got wet:

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Got arrested:

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Perfected our poolside look:

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Went on a hike:

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Didn’t fall:

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And climbed anything that would stand still long enough for us to climb it:

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How can I tell summer I don’t ever want it to end when I know it’s summer that has ground me down to a little nub?

WHAT’S COOKIN’ 2NITE:
Grilled fish tacos
Black beans
Rice
Lemon asparagus
Nanaimo ice cream bars

14th Anniversary

Today is our 14th wedding anniversary.  I think the 14th one is bee themed because today this showed up out of the blue:

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It’s times like this that I am more thankful than ever that I am still married.  As much as I’m for gender equality, spraying the hornet’s nest is definitely a man’s job.

We’re not all that bad off, though—we did spend the weekend celebrating. This year, instead of having someone come watch the kids while we went out, we sent the kids away so we could stay at home and do nothing.  It’s been an exhausting 14 years and frankly, we’re worn out.

For a weekend staying of at home doing nothing, though, we weren’t home very much.  We spend Friday doing something for Kevin and Saturday doing something for me.  Kevin’s choice:

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Shopping, eating, and drinking.

My choice:

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Hiking.

Some girl took that picture of us and spent awhile getting into just the right position to get it right.  I complimented her skillz and she shrugged and said, “It’s the younger generation—we know how to take Selfies.”

So maybe this anniversary is the Snarky Millenials anniversary.

Also, this just in:

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Who knew??!

Oh wow.  I just looked up what the 14th anniversary gift actually is, and you’ll never guess.  It’s ivory. 

Does anyone know when elephant hunting season begins?

WHAT’S COOKIN’ 2NITE:
Orange-tamarind chicken
Brown rice
Edamame
The Cooke a la mode

Mah Boys

Summer brain drain in full effect.  Whole sentences hard.  Only pretty pictures today.

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Happy boys.  Happy me.

WHAT’S COOKIN’ 2NITE:
Kalbi flank steak
Purple potatoes with caramelized onions, and shiitake mushrooms
Buttered green beans
Cherry charlottes

First Week of Summer

One week in, and school feels like an eternity ago.  All the bigness of Vincenzo’s promotion and Leo finishing preschool seem like a tiny blip on life’s radar.  Here are some highlights from our first week:

We kicked off summer with a weekend at the beach with McStreamy & Co. 

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We almost got chased off the beach by this four-armed sea monster with backwards legs and a foot coming out of its butt.

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The things the tide can wash up!  The boys ran around the beach, picking up any creatures they dared to pick up and trying to find sink holes.

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After a whole day of that, the boys decided they needed a nap.

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Just kidding!  Nap time actually looked like this:

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Kidding again.  Naptime was just a mythical concept for us that weekend.

On the way home from the beach we stopped at another beach. 

Me: Leo, take your hand away from your mouth so I can get a good picture of you.

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Leo:

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But I always win, so here’s an actual good picture of Leo.

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Later in the week we hit up the terracotta warriors at the PSC.

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They got photobombed by that  terracotta warrior behind them.  He totally stole the spotlight, too.

While at the PSC the boys and their auntie spent a lot of time and energy on the exercise bike where you pedal until you have burned off all the calories in a soda.  That made the kids thirsty, so we went to the cafe.

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Something tells me he missed the point.

This week Rocco also completed his entire library reading chart

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Then he made a new one with his own prizes listed and had me photocopy it, just in case.

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In between all that there were hot dog roasts, swim lessons, Farmer’s Market, dinner on the beach, sleepovers, jam-making, video game playing, play dates, a whole day spent at the beach, card games, a trip to the zoo, doctor’s appointments, speech therapy, and a ton of other things that aren’t even on the summer list, which is hard to believe when you see my summer list.

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And my other summer list.

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And my third summer list.

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We might just have to take next year off of school.

WHAT’S COOKIN’ 2NITE:
Crab cakes
Prawns & bay shrimp
Pasta salad with tomatoes, cukes, and perline mozzarella
Greek rice with Feta
Fresh fruit