Summer Summer Summertime

Happened upon this one evening. That's the best. 

Girls started a pre-K class today. 3 days/3 hours/3weeks. They are thrilled! It's at their school and when I explained that it's their school now, not just Wade's there was great shock and excitement. 

I forgot to get them backpacks, so they wore Wade's. When Blake put it on she kept singing "you can't see my bum"

Wade made a scavenger hunt for the girls when they got home from school (I'm not sure how it went cause I was out getting car parts...hmmm, this feels like a good place to complain about that)

Alternator went out on the Acrua. Well, it was going out. No one was stranded in discovering this. Bryan and I took it out today. I hated it. I really like DIY - the saving money and the sense of accomplishment. But apparently not car DIY. That was not fun. Especially the driving to the auto part store that we called beforehand to make sure a part was in stock, getting there and being told it's NOT in stock so I need to drive to another location. Just hours driving around. I should be grateful I have a husband that can do this stuff and is currently working from home so he was able to help during the day. I should be grateful for the money saved. I should feel accomplished that my slimmer hands were able to get some things loose. But I just see time lost in my garden and money I had ear-marked for a tree go away. Okay, I feel kinda accomplished. And will likely still buy my tree. 

Wade talks all things mindcraft. He apparently needs to. Might die if he doesn't. One day there were no neighbor friends home and Bryan and I had to take the brunt of it. I was weeding and he just kept following me - at least he doesn't require any feedback from me, just a body to talk to. 

Wade lost a tooth on his last day of school! I met him at the bus stop with balloons to run home with and I'm trying to hand him balloons and he's trying to tell me about his tooth. It was exciting chaos. 

Kids have been exploring Jaguar Avenue. It's a street right by our house. There is nothing special or exciting about it, except that Wade decided he wanted to explore it and the girls obviously thought Wade's idea was cool. I think a kid from his class lives on it. Maybe? But they also feel cool riding their bikes on their own!! 

I need GPS trackers for my kids as they run with the neighborhood kid gang. We've got 12 kids 3-10 on our street that play together all day (and have caused us to push back our kids bedtime). Every second. It's been great to say "I've got you kids" so a mom can run an errand without interrupting play (and leaving me to hear about mindcraft). And I buy snack, popsicles, and watermelon in bulk (3 boxes of macaroni is the appropriate amount for the gang). It's what summers are made for. (My strawberries did get smashed by zealous little people. And a few caterpillars have been lost to the love of the gang. And I feel sorry for all the frogs in the vicinity)

It's been wicked hot here, but all my kids have a solid base tan for long summer days. We've been over 100 (heat wave is hitting the whole country, I get it. This is august weather for us. Spring/early summer makes up for crap winters...so I'm not real pleased). But we've been outside so much we're mildly getting used to it. My plants are not. They're all acting a little dramatic in the heat. And I go around in my sunhat watering everything (it's delightful). I've been working on my neighbors yard, I'm like an official, paid gardener. I might need to do another post of my projects. 

Before school let out we went to a Twins game (and got rained on). The school offered cheap tickets, so we were surrounded by Wade's schoolmates. At the game I learned from a kid that Wade has a crush on every girl. Wade shrugged his shoulders in agreement. 

Wade was writing a book all about the 50 states. He got through Arizona and decided to take a break. Then he made a game called "natural disaster" that took a lot of cardboard strewn about the house. Now he's making a book for the girls to help them practice what they learn in school, he's says it'll take a really long time to complete because after each grade he'll have to write what he's learned to share with them. 

Jac is a soccer beast! For motivation we told the kids we'd pay the $5 for each goal. Wade has made some decent money, but Jac, sheesh, Jac is going to make us change that motivator. She's cleaning us out. We didn't pay for two weeks and had to give her $45! Blake. Blake is more interested in the battery fan the coach brings and only cares about goals afterwards when Jac gets paid. 

Jac's excitement over her goal:

Blake's reaction to Jac's goal: 

Money aside, Jac just loves soccer. And she's really good. Wade has definitely improved and is actually really fun to watch now. 

Blake has been kind of a mood recently. I think (hope) school is going to really help her. Here she is on mother's day being extra sour cause it's a holiday just for mom's. "it's not even their birthday! I like the Jesus holidays better."

Correct way to do s'mores:

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