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June, 2013:

Some updates…

A couple sundays ago I had cubs tickets burning a hole in my pocket.

I tried to get a family member to go.  Unfortunately her response was I would love to go but I have a lot of packing to do.  She’s moving away and we may never see her again, at least not any time soon.  It sucks.  Her response sucked.  Really?  I guess it is what it is but I would have rather been told something else.  Something other than I have to pack instead of hanging out with the kids.  That’s the one response that I just don’t understand.  I really struggle with it.  I just feel like people, especially family, should drop what they’re doing to give a little something more to these kids.

Despite that we still went to the game.

There are only certain places that I feel comfortable taking them on my own.  Like breakfast at Blueberry Hill.

Primarily because I purposely avoid situations that might be stressful or places where I might not be able to easily control them.

Wrigley definitely isn’t on my list of ideal places to bring them on my own … lots of people, lots of walking, entertaining them … the list is long.

But we still went.  I carried him on my shoulders and pushed her in an umbrella stroller.  We came with a bag full of snacks.  Ate popcorn, hot dogs and pistachio’s.  Drank some sprite.  He really wanted to order me a beer but I passed.

We made it to the 5th inning.  They ended up winning (the only win out of 6 games at home).

I don’t know if I’m going to do that again any time soon but at least I can say we did it.

Lately I’ve been seriously addicted to Simply Lemonade.  I would buy cases of it if I could.  It’s really good with some Sweet Tea Vodka … but usually I leave that out.  I don’t know what it is.  I can drink a whole gallon in one day.

I’m also addicted to Breaking Bad.  I’m through Season 3 in just over a week.  It’s hard to watch with the kids because they try to get my attention every five minutes so I end up watching it when they go to sleep.  But then, before I know it, it’s midnight and I’m still up (like tonight).  The show gets your adrenaline going too so it’s hard to go to sleep even after I turn it off.

We had our 4th Cookout for Cari on Memorial Day.  I guess I forgot to write about it.  We had a great showing again.  The weather really held out.  Not a drop of rain!

I met lots of neighbors (I forget most of their names though … oops. I’m so bad at that).  I blocked off the street so the kids could ride around.  A neighbor had a small HS band come play for an hour.  Most of the food was eaten and a lot of the beer too and oh yeah most of a large bottle of tequila too.  I wish more of my friends would have made it, but maybe next year 😉  It was a really nice event.  Next year I’m ordering a pig and maybe some people to cook and serve.

The kids are in swim lessons now.  Both of them are doing well.  The instructors, however, kind of stink.  I’m going to have to find another place to take them.  Ellie had a bad experience with one of them on her 2nd day.  It took a lot of convincing to get her to go back.  He just wasn’t trained.  And a number of other instructors aren’t either.  I had high expectations and they’re not being met.

Anyways, that’s about it for now … just needed a little something to do until I could fall asleep