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Weekend Roundup...

...DH had a mountain campout with his friends (it's an annual event), and left Friday evening. We spent the day on a paddle boat in Evergreen -- which ended up being a lot more work than we'd planned. My mom came with us (thankfully), and she and I were the only ones who could reach the pedals. Plus, the rudder wasn't working very well, so we mostly went in circles -- until D figured out he could hold the rudder from the back while we tried to steer from the front...which simply made for a bunch of sore muscles! Still, it was an interesting experience and a beautiful day.
d lake
e lake
evergreen lake

...Saturday, my mom called mid-morning and asked if she could take the kiddos for the rest of the day and overnight -- um, YES! :) We had a long and lovely conversation about everything first (we do that about every two months, and I always enjoy it), and then I dropped the kiddos off...and just stayed home and relaxed for the rest of the day. :) Yep, twice in one summer -- what a gift!

...yesterday, I went to my parents for brunch and picked up the kiddos. It was a relaxing time (as my brother and his kiddos weren't there -- I guess there's been some tension between my dad and the grandkids, since my brother doesn't discipline his kids as stringently as my dad would like...and both kids are allowed to act up in ways my dad would never allow -- nor would I, in all honesty). When we got home, we just relaxed. E watched the rest of Anne of Green Gables -- her first time seeing it (it's always fun to share things like that with the kiddos), and D watched HP & the Deathly Hallows Pt 2.

...when DH got home, we hung out and watched the Olympics -- it was really a nice, peaceful weekend.

Today, I had school duties (sigh), but they went faster than the same duties last year, so that was good. I've paid fees now ($300 in bus fees alone!), and we're ready to go, sob. Two weeks from today is the first day of school, and I don't think any of us are truly ready.

Happy Monday!

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boreal_owl
Aug. 6th, 2012 06:48 pm (UTC)
What did E think of Anne of Green Gables?

Has she read all of the Harry Potter books? Has she seen all the movies? Just curious whether you thought some of the later books and movies were too intense for her, or not.
robinellen
Aug. 6th, 2012 09:05 pm (UTC)
E hasn't made it beyond HP 1 in reading. She's seen the movies through 3 (and part of 4) -- but yes, I do think the later movies are too intense for her, and I've told her she'll have to either become a teen or read the books first ;) (It'll be interesting to see which happens!)

She loved AGG -- however, she read the Great Illustrated Classics form. I tried to get her to read Anne of Avonlea (big-print -- she won't do small words), but she only got through a couple pages before she began complaining about all the long words that she didn't know. I've not yet found the GIC form of any of the other books, but I'm going to try.
beachdog
Aug. 6th, 2012 06:51 pm (UTC)
Seems like summer has just started ... then ***wham*** it's over. But you guys managed to pack a lot into your vacation!
robinellen
Aug. 6th, 2012 09:05 pm (UTC)
We've certainly tried - the best part being the peaceful, calm parts (well, for me -- the kiddos would love more activities).
olmue
Aug. 6th, 2012 10:38 pm (UTC)
It sounds like it was a great weekend! And yikes on the bus fees. We've paid fees for two kids, but we still have two more. I'm not excited. Although...after the busyness of this summer, we might all need the vacation that is school to recover.
robinellen
Aug. 6th, 2012 11:31 pm (UTC)
Isn't that the truth? I'm thinking I'll spend the first week of school recovering...
i_amsherlocked
Aug. 7th, 2012 05:35 am (UTC)
Gorgeous pictures Robin! (The kiddos are really getting big!)
robinellen
Aug. 7th, 2012 05:40 pm (UTC)
Thanks :) They grow soooo fast!
writertessa
Aug. 7th, 2012 03:29 pm (UTC)
What an awesome mom you have!
robinellen
Aug. 7th, 2012 05:41 pm (UTC)
She is wonderful -- a great example and a lovely friend!
authorwithin
Aug. 7th, 2012 05:36 pm (UTC)
Bus fees? We don't pay such things here. Well, I suppose maybe we do but it's all wrapped up in our property taxes or sales tax or something. That's a whole bunch of money!!

I was thrilled that I only had to pay fees for J this year (she's in middle school) and it was something like $35 or so (yearbook and agenda fee). Seems like I got off easy!

Glad things are going well and that you got a break. How awesome!!

Beautiful pictures!!
robinellen
Aug. 7th, 2012 05:42 pm (UTC)
It's amazing how pathetic our district is about fees. CO is 49th (I believe -- it's definitely in the 40s) with school funding, so I shouldn't be surprised. Still, every year when we get those fee sheets, we all tense up a bit, waiting to see the damage.
authorwithin
Aug. 7th, 2012 05:59 pm (UTC)
I suppose I paid a little more than the fees for J now that I think about it. I did have to purchase some school supplies--pencils and Kleenex and sanitizing hand wipes. Small things like that. Still, I bet it was under $100 for the supplies (not including the clothes--that's another budget crisis entirely--makes me kind of wish they had uniforms here) for all three kids.

I'm not sure how much funding our schools get here, but I remember when I was in school my parents didn't have to buy supplies--just clothes . . . or we wore old ones depending on how things were in the budget that year. *sigh* This ole world is awful expensive today!
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