So what has been going on? Well besides normal everyday life adventures, we have been beach bums during the day before I head out to work. Brooklynn is in Tennis and Swimming Lessons, and about to start Soccer with Andrew! They are doing so well this summer and so excited for school to start. Can you believe we have only a month before we are going to bed earlier (well the kids anyway!) packing lunches, and doing homework! I am going to miss not living by a schedule and hanging out at the park or the beach with the kids. Brooklynn told me the other day, "mom, I love our life" made me feel so good about what we were able to do together.
All the stores are gearing up their back to school shelves. I love the smell of new crayons, and crisp paper. I am sad but excited that both of my babies will be in school this year. Andrew is so excited, he is more pumped to go to pre-school than I am to send him. It's a new chapter in our life, now both will be in school, and this will be our life planning around school schedules.
We had a yard sale a couple weeks ago now, and my let me tell you, I purged a lot of things! I was able to put the profits towards a new grill, a big boy bike for Andrew, a dinner date to Chuckie Cheese, a trip to Sam's with lots of goodies, and a few other miscellaneous things! If you are having a yard sale or want tips on how to do one, I have had a few and don't mind lending out tips/plans! This last sale went down like a science and we made out pretty well for what I took out! Two boxes left over went to goodwill!
What else has gone on? Oh yes, we had a couple look at our house, and yes we are working with a realtor. (No I don't think it is a house for them, as they have to sell one too) Now is when I really need to de-clutter and get rid of all the little keepsakes. Get rid of kids clothes and remember all the fun memories that I had with the kids, not the clothes~ I am making strides people! I am in no way a hoarder, but I have trouble getting rid of my babies coming home outfits, some of Brooklynn's dresses....two of them are still hard for me, one was worn to my Grandma's funeral, and the other one was worn to my Uncle's funeral. Neither event does my daughter remember, but I do, I remember thinking I should be here in Elder Beerman buying these dresses. I have been thinking about them a lot these last couple of weeks. It definitely comes in waves, missing and thinking about those we love that are now living in Heaven. So yes, back to the clutter, I have a goal for getting that out of the way too, maybe I need a coach to talk me through all of it...lol!!! So the realtor didn't need to tell me our house was consumed with kids things....not necessarily her words, but she laughed with me and said I know you know you need to go through things.....umm yes, we have a three and five year old. They have taken over the house exactly five years ago! :) But I love it!
Oh Chip and I have started trying to eat better and "diet". Chip has cut out sodas and watching his, portions, and has lost 26lbs in about three weeks (AWESOME!)I haven't lost 26lbs, wouldn't that be amazing, but I have lost seven. Seems so small compared to what he has lost! For me life is settling down now and I'm ready to re-start my weight loss adventure... and maintain it this time! For good. I'm done having children and I'm ready to start the next phase of my life: the healthy, fit, and energetic mom and wife! I'll keep you up to date on this new journey too!
Other than just hanging out and doing crafts and playing games this has been our summer! Brooklynn is a Bronze Babe, and Andrew is slightly tan (I really lather him up!) I have been burnt badly only once, yes this is an ongoing battle with me getting burnt, and we have had a blast! This week I am packing for my brother's wedding, and the plan is to start packing for our vacation (the last week of August)! I have my lists made out and I am getting SO excited!
Hope you all are having a wonderful summer! I will be posting more this week!