School's Out For Summer!!!


The story behind this photo is that the weather had been really crappy, but I decided to venture outside anyway. Instead of sitting inside, praying for nice weather, I took what I had and worked with it.  After a little bit of editing, I really like how it turned out though.  The end.

Well friends.  Here I am one week and one day late in publishing this blog post.  I apologize to all of you, or even if its just one person, who has been waiting to see what I have been up to.  With two cups of coffee in me, I'm ready to get this out into the world.  Although yesterday I only had one cup off coffee all day and that was at 6pm.  I don't know how I survived.  Just keep swimming, just keep swimming.  LOL

Every year I forget how busy the last couple of weeks of the school year are.  School activities, field trip, final exams for oldest daughter, and end of year school concert.  I can imagine how busy it was for teachers!  Especially since they were just as eager as the kids for school to end for summer break.  My younger daughter also needed some cookies for a coffee house (sans coffee) for her Grades 4, 5, 6 class at school.  AND, I had to make the chocolate chip muffins I had been promising to make her for the past couple of weeks.  I ended up making rice krispie treats for her to take to school because they are: a) easy for her to carry on the bus b) easy to make and c) a hit with kids.  She brought home an empty container and said the kids ate them all.  She also said, and I quote, "I had one too.  I promoted my brand."  Well then!  I have such a smart kid!!

Here is a list of pretty much everything else I have done in the past couple of weeks(and a bit. Probably not in order.). Boy am I glad its summer and things can slow down a bit!

  1.  Take photos for the SWA Volunteer Fire Department on three different occasions.  Firemen's Social, Family Fun Day, and Firemen's Fun Run.  I must stress though that there is one awesome firewoman in the department as well!  This time spent photographing is all volunteer because these people give up their time to help others in need any time of day or night; for free.  My husband is also one of the members and I am not afraid to say I am very proud of what he does, and what they all do. (Below you will see kids having fun throwing water balloons at three brave volunteer firefighters.)
  2. Take pictures on a foggy day.
  3. Father's Day/Family day on the last day the fair was in town. (See pics below.)
  4. Mother-in-laws 70th Birthday!!
  5. Enjoyed  "An Hour of Traditional Newfoundland Ghost Stories" by local author and storyteller Charis Cotter at our kids school.
  6. Decluttering to make room for a cabinet belonging to my paternal grandparents.  Did not enjoy the decluttering part but it was worth it!!  It will hold some extra quilts and my camera stuff. (See pic of cabinet below.)

Add to all of this, a migraine.  Make that two migraines in the past two weeks. One child with a cold.  Actually, as of this morning, said child is feeling better but other child has been sick with a cold as well.  :(  

I was hoping to publish this blog yesterday but we had an appointment two hours away.  We left at around 9:00 in the morning and didn't get home until 8:00 in the evening.  A very long day with two kids, who by the end of it, just really really wanted to get home.  We were hoping to go to Cape Spear when we got to town but weather and time did not allow.  It was very foggy in places on our drive out.  But we did get to cross one thing off of our summer bucket list.  All four of us got to see FINDING DORY!!!  I really missed Dory.  Our oldest daughter was two when Finding Nemo came out so she only had to wait 13 years for the sequel.  LOL  We also stopped by Chapters while we were in town to get a book.  But of course we got more.  Hey if my kid wants a book(or two), she's getting a book!  Anything to get her off Youtube for a little while.  I saw a couple of coffee mugs that I'd like.  Maybe next time....  

Even though the book "The Swallow" by Charis Cotter is for the 9-12 age group, I plan on reading it too.  I also have plenty of my own books to keep me busy over the summer months. I just finished reading "Murder on Wheels" by Lynn Cahoon.  I just love her Tourist Trap mysteries.  They are quick reads that keep your attention from beginning to end.  I have "Tea Cups and Carnage" on my tablet waiting for after I finish my current read.  A non-fiction book "Rework" by Jason Fried & David Heinemeier Hansson.  

So here I am finishing up this blog post for you all.    Just a little bit later than planned.  And I just realized I already published it even before finishing it!  Oh well... AHHH.  Anyways.  I'm still not sure if Mondays will be "the" blog post publishing day continuing on.   And, I will apologize in advance if my posts for July and August are sporadic as it is summer vacation time and we may be away some Mondays.  I will also be setting up an email newsletter?  So you can sign up and get an email whenever a new blog post is published.  I think there are about 10 of you out there who may want to sign up?  LOL  You can also check out my Instagram by clicking the link at the bottom of the page to see what I am up to.  I post there a few times a week.

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