Friday, June 30, 2017

June

So, here is the rest of June all in one brief (?) post….

We returned from vacation on Wednesday.  The following Monday, Laura came to help me learn how to strip wallpaper.  We finished one room.  I continued for the next week stripping two more rooms – four walls and eight walls with borders taken down total.  Then, I scrubbed off the wallpaper residue, sanded down some of the rag rolled walls, and prepped the room for paint.  With the help of my parents (and single parenting for nighttime by Jeremy while we worked), all three bedrooms were painted – Madison’s purple, Ellie’s pink, and ours a very light beige.  The next two days involved digging out of the mess of rearranging rooms, decluttering, and finally (as of yesterday) having a clean house!  This whole thing was not just a design change, but a room rearrangement as well.  The girls decided they both wanted their own rooms.  So, they are now in separate rooms and figuring that out.  I think it is going well.

At the end of that same week, I took the girls and a few items to Laura’s house for her garage sale.  The girls have been begging to have a lemonade and cookie stand – and get extra spending money – and I figured it would be the perfect venue.  They had fun manning the booth with Laura’s two kids, and they made $8.50 a piece!

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Somewhere in there, Jeremy and I celebrated 11 years of marriage.  I can’t believe how many years we have racked up together.  We have had some amazing adventures.  While it is not always as smooth of sailing as I would like (or I thought it would be), it is worth it.  Jeremy is a good guy.  He genuinely wants to be a good dad and husband.  He has had a hard year this past year losing his father to cancer, and he has persevered and is healing.  I look forward to what is to come for us.  We celebrate officially with the U2 concert later this week.

We celebrated Father’s Day in a low-key way.  The girls made tacos and dirt pudding for supper.  They also made cards, and Ellie designed a crown – which she took a measuring tape to his head before designing for the correct length!

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We have been very busy with dance camp for the girls this week.  Ellie every morning, and Madison every evening.  It is exhausting.  They loved every minute though.  I have no picture of Madison because she didn’t have an scheduled performance, but here is Ellie at teh end of her Beauty and the Beast camp.

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Also, this week, we went to see an Indians baseball game.  Jeremy had won two free tickets, so we bought two more and went out on Wednesday night as a family.  The girls did a better job sitting, watching, and being interested in the game this year. 

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They also enjoyed Dippin’ Dots and the kids play section. 

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We had a number of different views throughout the game. 

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And managed to see Slider up close, but couldn’t stop him for a picture.  (Which Ellie was very relieved by).  We did get a picture with fake Slider. 

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We caught Mustard though!

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Madison finished up softball… Yeah, remember she started that back in late April.  Then, she broke her arm.  She practiced about three times and attended about three games.  She still got her jersey, good memories, a trophy, and supportive teammates.

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And that is June.

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