Well, the kids are gone away to camp. It sounds strange, but I started missing them before they even left! Sometimes, they drive me crazy with the tattling and arguing with each other, but when they aren't here, all I can think about is how sweet they are and that I miss them.
Noah's 11th birthday is tomorrow, and I won't even be able to talk to him! The camp doesn't allow phone calls (so that the kids can enjoy camp without being bogged down by phone calls, which makes sense). This morning, I made a card for Noah and tucked it into his suitcase, so hopefully he'll see it when he gets there. I wrote on the envelope that he must wait until Monday to open it.
I included a little coupon inside that says "This coupon is good for one new bicycle of your choosing", so when he gets home, we'll take him to pick out a bike. Eli just bought a new bike using his own money, but Noah didn't want to spend his money on one, even though his bike is getting pretty rickety. I think he'll be excited to open the card and get a bike.
I can't believe I forgot to mention this a couple of days ago, but I cut my hair. I was getting really irritated with it, because it was feeling scratchy through my t-shirt on my back, so I did what any sane person would do--I grabbed a pair of scissors and went to down. I cut off about eight inches, which was really drastic for me; but apparently it wasn't too drastic, because Jerry didn't even notice, haha. Usually, I wear my hair up or braided, so it probably wasn't as noticeable. Here is a photo from March, where it was down and shows how long it had gotten; the pic on the right was from when I cut it a couple of days ago.
Anyway, I'm going to try and stay pretty busy this week. It's supposed to thunderstorm Tuesday, so Kendall (Nathan's girlfriend) and I made plans for an Orange is the New Black marathon at my house. She also just signed up for the Tour de Troit in September, so I'm glad I'll have someone to ride that with! We're going to try and do a long bike ride together this week sometime. Jerry and I are planning to have a date night tonight--I'm not sure yet what we're going to do.
When I was running through the park Friday with the kids, we could hear dogs barking to the right of the park; as I ran by, I noticed that there was an animal shelter there. So, I was thinking about stopping in to see if they need anyone to walk the dogs once in a while. I love that park, so it would be really convenient to pick up a dog and walk through the park. I think I'll stop in there this week.
Lately, I've been thinking about taking a short break from the blog, and this week seems to be a good time to do it. Everything is fine--I'm still on track with Weight Watchers, running three times a week, etc., but I just feel like I need a mental break from blogging. On Friday, Jerry and I are going to NYC for a couple of days, but I'll be home Sunday. So, I'll probably resume blogging on Sunday or Monday. (If the urge strikes me to blog this week, then I will; but if I don't, it's just because I'm taking a short break).
My plan for the extra time is to whip my house into shape (easier when the kids aren't here) and get some stuff together for a garage sale; but if I get sucked any further into One Tree Hill, who knows if that will happen! Jerry and I canceled cable a few weeks ago, and I started watching One Tree Hill on Netflix. Several readers had suggested it to me before, but when I read the description (basketball) I wasn't interested. I wish I had known there is actually very little basketball on the show, and mostly just teen drama! ;)
Well, if I don't write, I hope everyone has a great week!