1. No cooking. Because The Doctor is a high school teacher, he has had the summer off. So he volunteered to take over the cooking. It has been HEAVENLY! To look at the clock at 4:30 and not panic about what I am going to make? Priceless. And he is such a good cook. He doesn't follow recipes, he makes everything up.
  2. Sleeping in. I have trained my children NOT to wake me up. I will sleep in until 8 or 8:30. Which doesn't sound that late, until you realized that during the school year, I get up at 5:25 so I can shower. We then read scriptures from 6 to 6:30. This year, The Teenager is in high school, so he will be leaving the house at 6:45. Then The Artist will leave at 7:15, and The Chocoholic will leave at 7:45. The Princess is in afternoon kindergarten (barf!) so at least I will have more time to do her hair!
  3. Pool time. We have been taking private swimming lessons from a sweet girl in our ward, so we have been going to the pool 3 times a week. And I have been getting in and enjoying the sun too. I have really gotten to enjoy that. I know that we can still go after school, but then it's homework time and almost supper and it's more crowded. This is our last week. Sob.
  4. Projects to look forward to. We have finally had a smidgen of money this year to do some things outside. We got our fence finished off and the kids have slept outside. We got the flowerbeds done in the backyard and it looks awesome. We have a thriving garden, and when I finish this post, I am off to bottle tomatoes! And we are supposed to be getting a sprinkler system put in the backyard soon.
  5. We have done some fun family staycation things this summer. Most notably, we went to Lagoon for the first time. I know, everyone is so shocked when my kids said it was their first time. It was expensive! Even with sweet discount tickets from a new writer in our ward, it cost us $180 just to get in. But it was so much fun! All the princess wanted to do was ride the Merry-Go-Round. That was the first ride she went on and she was so happy, she was crying!
  6. Spending time with my hubby. When he starts teaching again, he will leave the house at 6am and not get home until 5:30-6:00 at night. Monday through Friday. He is also teaching at Argosy University on weekends, and will be teaching an online math class for BYU-I. He will be so busy. I guess I will catch up on my TV!
  7. The rest of the summer. I know that summer isn't "officially" over, but with The Chocoholic starting school this week and The Princess starting next week, it feels like it!
We (The Doctor, The Teenager, and I) did 1.8 miles in 28 1/2 minutes tonight. I am tired! I did create my own playlist so I didn't have to carry a watch. That made it a lot easier.

I am hoping that by giving you all updates, it will keep me motivated to do it. Please leave me comments and keep encouraging me. I need all the help I can get!
Mickey Mouse has a pet dog named Pluto, who can only bark. Yet Goofy is a dog and he can talk and wear clothes and drive. Why?
About a month ago, I started having the feelings that I wanted to run a 5k.  Not walk.  Run.  Those of you who know me, know that I don't run.  I don't jog.  I barely walk!  In fact, I have been known to waddle!  LOL  So for me to want to run, and run in a race no less, is quite bizarre! 
I happened to mention it to my sister last Saturday and she squealed with delight.  Squealed!  She had just signed up to do a 5k using the Couch to 5K program
I went home and looked it up and thought it looked doable.  You are only training 3 times a week, for 20-30 minutes each time.  Not only that, but for the first week, you are jogging for 60 seconds and then walking for 90 seconds. I can do that!
So last night, The Doctor and I went out for Day 1.  I had visions of looking like this:

Unfortunately, I am sure this is how I looked:

It is definitely how I felt!  LOL 
But I did it!  I didn't quit.  I came home wanting to die, but full of confidence.  If I did day one, surely I can do day two.  More updates to come!
Oh, and if anyone knows a good 5K around the end of September, beginning of October, and it is a FLAT course, let me know!  I need to sign up, but I don't want to sign up for one that will be over my head!
In Utah, we celebrate the day the Mormon pioneers entered the Salt Lake valley to settle it. That was July 24, 1847. So every July 24, we have parades and fireworks. It is 2 holidays in July! It's awesome.
The Teenager was asked to be on our stake's float. Why? Because he fit into the army uniform! LOL He looked so handsome. He had to get up at 4:30 and catch a ride downtown. They judged the floats at 6:00. Then they had to sit around until the parade started at 9:00. Then he got to stand and wave for 2 hours in a wool uniform in 90 degree weather!
I didn't go to the parade. I hate the heat. And I don't really care for parades either. But we taped it on TV and they gave him a lot of face time! Then when I went to the TV station website, this picture was there.

My son is on the left, next to the cannon. He is so good looking. And he is a good kid. I can't believe he is growing up so quickly. 3 years to his mission!
...tired of working hard to do the laundry, and then going to the oldest two children's bedrooms and finding it a week later still in the laundry basket waiting to be put away. And the dirty clothes in a pile on the floor next to it.

I make them bring it up and sort it. Then I wash it and dry it and fold it. All they have to do is put it away. I have given them multiple chances.

Many, many, many, many, many, many chances.

I am done. Done doing their laundry. They have to do it now. I taught them how, I stand there and make sure they do it right, but they are doing it.

Do you know how heavenly it is to go from doing laundry for 6 people to only doing it for 4? I feel free! 2 children down, 2 to go.

How will it be to only do laundry for 2 people? I can't even imagine right now!
I don't know why I buy toys for my children. When we get boxes, they become toys and the kids LOVE to play with them!

The Princess is now taking after her brothers. She got these boxes, took a pair of scissors, and made an ice cream stand. It was small, but she did it all on her own! She was so proud!

That was the best ice cream I have ever had!
Every January and February I talk about how much I hate the cold. And I do. I hate being cold, I hate coats and socks and boots and extra laundry. I swear I would rather be hot than cold.

And then July and August come and I remember that I hate the heat. I hate sweating and being cranky and dry lawns. We sleep with the windows open and a fan blowing on us all night long, so that is extra noise.

I have decided that I like spring and fall. I like warm days with the windows open and wearing shorts, and then the nights cooling off and having to put on a sweater.

So I guess I hate being cold, and I hate being hot. I just like being warm.
The week between Christmas and New Years 2008 I had to work.  It sucked.  2007 wasn't bad because my hubby had to work too.  But now he is working as a teacher again, so he had the week off.  So I was the only one getting up and working. 
Little did I know how sweet my hubby would be.  He made the meals and got the kids to clean up and took such good care of me.  He kept asking me if I needed anything or wanted anything. 
Then my sisters called and invited my kids to spend the night.  All 4 of my kids.  With her 3 kids.  Along with my brothers 4 kids and my other brother's 5 kids.  And they ended up staying for 3 days and 2 nights.  Wow. 
So other than working, it was a nice week because I was so taken care of and loved.  It made the week bearable! 
So I stopped blogging so I could scrapbook, then the kiddos came home, so I stopped scrapbooking so I could do laundry. And more laundry. And more laundry. Then I stopped doing laundry so I could go back to work and do taxes. It's quarterly tax month. Yuck.

So the whole point of all this is that I forgot to come back to blogging. I haven't even written in my journal. It's been crazy. But I will do better...I hope. I won't make promises. :-) I will just do my best.

More to come...
So 2 of my kids are with my sisters camping until Friday, and tomorrow my other 2 kids are going on Trek. So I will be alone with my hubby for almost 3 days! I am so excited! I was supposed to go on Trek, so I took the whole week off work. Well, now that I'm not going, I just didn't tell my boss and I am enjoying an entire week without work for the first time since June 2007. It is long overdue!

So what am I doing with all my free time?


I am 4 years behind and I have plenty to do, and plenty of supplies. I am enjoying just being creative. I don't have much creativity, but having done accounting for the past 2 years, it has been building up inside me. I am loving it. I need to make time for it more. I have to have that balance in my life.

Anyway, please forgive my absence. I am so enjoying not working or blogging or doing anything this week! Whoo Hoo!