Tuesday, September 27, 2011

How I Spent my Summer Vacation....

School is back in session, Labor Day has come and gone, and we're all back in the rhythm of life after summer vacation.  Since I obviously did NOT spend my summer, blogging, I thought I'd share how I spent my time over the past three months.

You're thrilled.  I can tell.

Honestly, I want to blog about the summer so I can remember.  I mean, that's why I started blogging in the first place.  As a diary of sorts.  It wasn't about pageviews, followers, reviews and giveaways....it was about memories.  So, with that said...

We kicked off our summer just a week or so before school was out by attending the MAAR first annual Charity Golf Tournament for Make-A-Wish.  This was so exciting!  The tournament funded wishes for three kids, but my little one was the guest of honor at the tournament, the only wish kid present to receive his wish publicly.  I posted a snippet about the gifts he received in this post back in May.  It was the coolest party and I want to post a separate entry with all of the details and photos.  I don't want to forget any of the details! 

Two weeks later, we were on our way to Orlando, Florida thanks to MAAR (Memphis Area Association of Realtors) and Make-A-Wish.  Our whole family boarded a plane early one morning (a first for most of us!) and arrived at Give Kids the World Village in time for lunch!  There were tickets for Disney World, Sea World, Universal Studios, Busch Gardens in Tampa, and many other local attractions.  With all of the activities they had planned at the Village, it was too much! 

In a good way. 

My little one's wish was to meet Buzz Lightyear and meet Buzz, he did.    It really was a once-in-a-lifetime trip.  I will be posting more detailed posts about the trip, because I want to remember every last detail.  Not to mention the 1000 photos we took. 

No, I'm not kidding.

Two weeks after that trip, we had planned another family trip to Las Vegas.  This was a cross country driving trip with lots of sight-seeing.  As the time drew near, I came down with a bad cold.  It wasn't super bad, but bad enough that I knew I didn't feel like riding in a packed van for days.  So, I bowed out.  I decided to stay home with my two youngest kids while the others went ahead with the trip. 

And then I got really sick.  That "I can't get out of bed" sick.  Near 104 temperature for 3 days.  Two urgent med visits, an ER trip, breathing treatments, inhalers.  I.mean.sick.  Sick enough that my 10 yr old said he was really getting tired of seeing me in that bed.  I blogged about my hallucinations here.  This illness took over most of my summer.  It took me weeks to recover!  I can't remember ever being so sick.  And so alone.  With two needy little kids.

While I was sick, I watched Hoarders on Netflix.  I needed something to watch that I didn't have to think about.  I watched that show and started noticing little things around my house.  Like the growing pile in the corner of my bedroom, my overstuffed closet and laundry room, the garage...oh the garage....    And I got worried.  I vowed to clean up my act as soon as I could stand up for more than a minute of two. 

And I did it!  Well, I'm working on it. 

Thanks to our tax refund, we made plans to use some of the money for backyard fun.  When the Vegas trip was history, we picked up our new patio table and umbrella set, and our new above ground pool was installed just in time for the 4th of July.  We also built a small deck by the pool.  It was money well-spent.  We have had so much fun playing in the pool this summer.  The younger two boys took swimming lessons and now had their very own pool for practice.  Turns out the whole family loves the water, but I think my little one loves it best.   Seriously....we swam nearly every single day of July and August. 

Putting a halt to swim time a couple of weeks ago was a real drag.  We can't wait for next May!  Next year we hope to add to the deck we built, cover the patio, and plant some flowers and shrubs back there.  I'd also like to have a comfy outdoor sofa.  And the little boys would like a play fort.  We'll see.  In the meantime, it's time to break out the firepit and roast some marshmallows! 

School started here the first week of August.  That seems so early to me, but it has been that way for years.  My boys are finishing up their first 9 weeks grading period already! 

We really did have a summer filled with fun.  The sickness wasn't fun, but we still managed to work around it.  I'm so thankful for family activities and fun-filled summer days. 

Now I'm looking forward to the splendor of Fall. 

Happy Fall, y'all!

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