There is an End in SIGHT! I see the light at the end of the tunnel

My first and last summer semester is coming to a close. The semester ends on August 3rd officially but I plan on being completely done with it August 1st since my birthday is August 2nd. My husband and I are going to Amish country overnight and I am extremely excited about that. This week has been extremely rough, long story short: Sick Ollie and finding new care for him and Madison. It has been an emotional week so far to say the least. But there is a light at the end of the tunnel and I can enjoy the last month of Summer with my children and not worry about going to school until January. Ah, Le *Sigh* is it FRIDAY YET!?

NOPE!

Columbus Zoo

This weekend was so much fun! On Friday night Madison’s friend Riley slept over. They had a lemonade stand and ended up making $4.50 a piece. That’s not bad!!!! They had so much fun! They played with their American Girl Dolls, watched a movie and giggled a lot. It brought back memories of all the fun times I used to have at my sleepovers and I’m so glad that she is experiencing this. On Saturday the kiddos had swimming lessons and Madison had a game. We left for Columbus at arrived at our hotel around 6pm. We went swimming for a bit and then ordered pizza and cuddled in bed. My wonderful husband got a king bed for the four of us to share. What was he thinking? We now know that we will getting a room with two doubles or queens in the future. I didn’t get much sleep but the boys slept well. Madison slept ok, she kicks a lot! We headed to the Columbus Zoo around 9:30 and left around 3:30. The kids did so well and we all had so much fun! The kids got to pet goats and sheep, they got to ride ponies and see some really cool animals. This was a nice weekend trip and I’m so glad the kids had fun. We will be traveling to Columbus next summer for either more Zoo fun or Cosi! 

Here are some highlights:

Madison's Pony Ride

Madison’s Pony Ride

Oliver's Pony Ride

Oliver’s Pony Ride

My Love

My Love

#Fourthfest

It was so hard coming into work this morning! The four-day weekend was so wonderful! I took Thursday off to take my Anthropology test and get some solid research in for my paper. Overall, it was a good and productive day. I ended up getting a 91% on my test so hopefully I finish strong with at least a B! Friday morning I played Volleyball with some of my coworkers in the morning and the afternoon we went to my brother’s Fourth of July party. We had so much fun! Madison and Oliver went down the huge slip n slide my brother made and I entered the pie-eating contest! *Gulp* that was SOOO DISGUSTING! I think it will be a long time before I eat a cherry pie again! I didn’t end up winning but as the only girl I think I represented well! Saturday we ended up going to the Zoo for a bit. It is so nice having a Zoo pass because we don’t have to go for a whole day and go as much or as little as we want! Sunday Madison and I went on a little shopping spree. She got to spend the last of her baptism money from last year. We went to Claire’s where she bought a new diary and some really cool jewelry. This weekend was great family time and I am truly blessed. 

HAPPY MONDAY!

#Fourthfest

#Fourthfest

Zoo Fun

Zoo Fun

And this is how I know I’m close to 30:

Ahem, my body is SORE ALL OVER and I can barely walk. I’m exhausted and cannot wait to sleep in my bed tonight after the mountains of homework I have to do. What did I do to feel this way you ask? I played volleyball for my company’s corporate challenge this weekend. Parts of me that I didn’t even think I used to play this sport are sore. My weekend was good but busy and I was never home. Friday night was our usual Pizza night, Saturday I was gone all day playing vball, Madison went to Cedar Point with my mom, stepdad, bro and sis and their families, and Alan and Oliver stayed home. Sunday I had one of my best friend’s bridal shower and since I was co-hosting, I had to get there super early and help with prep. That was EXHAUSTING too. Oh my goodness. But it was a great time and her mom, sister and I did an amazing job. So it was a busy weekend but a good one. This week starts another busy week with school, lots of reading, quizzes and I’m officially starting my research paper that is due at the end of July. Someone save me, AHHHHHH! My brain is going to explode. If I pass both classes, I will be happy. When I took Sociology there was no excuse, I had to get an A. This time I’ll be lucky if I even pass both classes. Taking condensed summer classes is suicide and I don’t recommend it to anyone. What the heck was I thinking?? I am just glad that after August 1st (oh, and did I mention I will be 30 on the 2nd) I will be done and have a break until January (thank the good LORD). Until then it’s all work and little play.

HAPPY MONDAY!

It’s all about Balance right?

AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH! Ok, I feel better! Mondays are my LEAST favorite day because I have to get back in the groove for school and both classes are in full swing! Thank goodness I have Alan that is great support and helps anyway he can with children and housework! It’s finding the balance of things though. This week is going to be extremely busy. I see late nights until at least 1am for homework, studying, research and test taking. All work and no play makes Jenna a GRUMPUS! Hmpfh! However, a good friend told me that with success comes great sacrifice. He was right! I am sacrificing me time and time from my husband and kids. I really try to do school things after they go to sleep but sometimes I need to start before.

This weekend was nice. Friday we had dinner over my dads, Saturday I did Corporate Challenge for my work, we played kickball, while the kids and Alan went to my mother in laws for a cookout and Sunday we went to my dad’s for Father’s Day. I’m very lucky to have a great father. Even though we disagree on things and are similar personality wise, he is always there for me and loves my children and me. I’m extremely lucky to have Alan as Oliver and Madison’s (step) dad. I love watching him with our children and he is so awesome with them. I love watching his relationship with Madison and Oliver grow as they grow! I’m a blessed woman and thank good every day for the great things in my life.

HAPPY MONDAY! Here’s to the start of yet another busy week!

The Summer Fun List: Making it stick!

So I am a huge list person! I love, love love lists! It helps me prioritize so I don’t forget what I have to do and keeps me organized and accountable. Last year I saw this awesome idea on Pinterest about making a summer fun list. So of course, I did it! So this year I did the same thing. This weekend we are planning, weather permitting on going to Kiddie Park. I cannot tell you the last time I was there. Maybe when I was a kid? No idea. The Summer Fun list also serves as a guide for when Alan and I don’t know what to do with the kids on the weekends. We often get lost in housework and by the time we are done there isn’t time left to do something fun. This is a great way to keep us focused on having fun with our children and to always put them first. Who wants to be stuck inside on a gorgeous day? I sure don’t. We have a lot of great things on it and I hope that we can get most if not all of it done.

Here’s to SUMMER/WEEKEND FUN! HAPPY FRIDAY!!

Our List!

Our List!

Baseball, Glasses, Grillin’, Chillen and Yard work:

This weekend was a busy one. Friday Madison’s friend Ashley slept over and we met her other friend Riley at the park to play for a bit. Oliver was running all over the place and made me go down the slides with him at least 20 times. It was tiring and fun. Saturday was busy. Madison had her first baseball practice and then she and I had an eye appointment. She is a bit far sighted but does not need glasses until 3rd or 4th grade. I needed glasses of course because my vision has gotten worse and I haven’t had new frames since 2009ish. I ended up getting cute Badgley Mischka frames that I am SO EXCITED ABOUT!!!!! After that, I came home for a bit and then went out to meet my friend Brenda at Quaker Steak and Lube. That was such a nice restaurant. We sat on the patio and caught up. It was nice conversation. I ended up going to sleep early because I had too much sun and was exhausted. Sunday was a nice day with my boys. Madison went to picnic with her dad for the majority of the day and the boys and I stayed in for the first half of the day while Ollie took a nap. Alan and I got some house stuff done. When Oliver woke up, we went to Gales to get some flowers for our front yard. Alan let me choose and I picked Gerber daises and zinnias. All we have left to do is put down our mulch, divide some hostas and get hanging baskets. Then Alan grilled some yummy chicken and foil packets (golden potatoes, orange peppers, salt, pepper, butter and garlic-YUM) everything turned out great. I am loving our grill. I cannot wait to make skewers full of a variety of meats and veggies. After the kiddos went to sleep, we were able to plant our zinnias. Our yard is looking fantastic. What a nice weekend.

Yard