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Canoeing on the Brandywine

Last Sunday was such an awesome day.  We had our niece visiting from Wisconsin and we decided to enjoy the beautiful weather we've been having and take the kids canoeing.  It was the first time for all of us, except our niece who has canoed back at home.  The weather was beautiful.  The company we rented the canoes from was fantastic.  It was a great way to enjoy the day.

Tom's view from the back of the boat.  He had the job to steer us!

Tom's relaxed!

Cousins contemplating the rocks....

Tommy was enjoying the water

The view on the trip was beautiful!  Pennsylvania does have a lot of gorgeous outdoor scenery.

This is our favorite covered bridge.  We go over it a lot when we are running errands on the weekends. We'd see people canoeing and kayaking when we'd go over it, which is what gave us the idea for this trip.  The girls in their canoe are in this picture.

I love the old stone houses that are in this area.  I need to take more pictures of the houses and barns a…

Boys Last Day of Preschool

Summer is here and the school year is over!  The boys had a pajama day for their last day of preschool as they move to another school in August and onto bigger things.  Their teachers also provided a special spaghetti and meatball lunch to celebrate the occasion (the school has us pack lunches normally).  Tears were shed by the teachers and me both.  Miss Laura and Miss Jennie made the boys last two years so special.

Last time in through the school yard gate, sniff...

We're all excited to enjoy the summer here.  Both the boys and Phoebe's energy level was crazy these few days anticipating the end of the school year.  My anticipation is still waiting as I find out if I'll be moving onto a new role at work.  I'm truly ready to jump out of my skin with anticipation.  Please keep your fingers crossed and say a prayer for me that I get the final acceptance next week and that this role is everything I want it to be.  Little sneak peak on it - it's on the business side an…

The Boys Turned 5 - May 29

This is a long awaited post.  It's been almost a month now since the boys turned five years old.  I can't believe the time has gone by so quickly!!!  I've been so busy lately getting everyone ready for the end of the school year, summer activities, getting a new script for Tommy's epi-pen (he's allergic to bee stings!) and I may have a new job at work that is a promotion, but I'll find out more next week (hopefully!).

I was able to get one good pic of the boys in the morning of their birthday.  They were far too excited to sit still.

We didn't throw a huge party for them this year, as we figure next year we'll be doing a big party with their new Kindergarten class.  However, that doesn't mean we didn't get our crafty on!  I made the boys ice cream cone cupcakes that had sprinkles and a jelly bean on top to make it look like a cherry.  Tom made the boys both a space shuttle and a moon cake as the present theme we had for them was outer space and…

June 2014 Goals

Family One date night per week with DHFind a YMCA class to do with PhoebeWork with the children to have less yelling in the house and more cooperation and listeningPlan for summer schedule with kids at grandparents, doctor physicals, dentist appointments, fittings for uniforms, etc.Home/Garden/Finances Have ice maker installedUpdate the new annual budget fileMenu plans for week/less takeout in the budgetWork Develop processes for managing our workPlan for projects and WRM needsClean up inventory of processes we supportDocumentation gathering on processes in LivelinkPursue other role opportunities in the organizationHealth and Fitness Drop 5 – 10 lbs by end of monthCardio 4-5x per weekYoga on Monday nightsTry 4 new healthy recipes this month (one per week)Personal Post on blog at least 4 times a weekCatch up on reading other blogsHave iPad screen fixed

May Goals Recap

To recap where I ended up with my May goals....


One date night per week with DH  - You bet!Find a YMCA class to do with Phoebe - Took a yoga class on June 2nd (tonight!).  Believe we will do this every Monday.  Good class!Plan the boys' birthday part - May 29th they will be 5! -  Done.  Just family on their birthday.  Next year will be a big Kindergarten class mate party!Try to be more patient with the kids, especially Phoebe (love her - teenagers are trying) - Work in progress some days are better than others. I think I'm getting my patience back after being stressed with school. Home/Garden Mulch front planting bedsReplace burning bush that diedPlant vegetables in garden - tomatoes, zucchini, cucumbers, peas, radishes, what else do we want? Work Submit for approval for two job requisitions - Full time employee staffing done for now.  Moving on to needing project pool contractors.Develop strategy/vision for team this year. - Still working on this.  There's a lot I don&…