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August, 2015:

Coolest Mom Evah!

I’m gonna go ahead and say it . . . because Dude is “thinking” it, but won’t say it.

One of his buddies got his permit the week before Dude did.

Dude was telling his buddy how he gets to drive everywhere and has been on the busy streets during lunch hour and on the interstate and has driven at night a few times and has driven to school in the morning.

Buddy was all like “My mom won’t even let me drive hardly at all. Barely down the driveway. And totally not on the interstate. She’s making me wait until I get my hours in with the instructor at Master Drive.”

Yesterday when I picked Dude up from baseball, I let him drive to the Sky Sox game (cars, traffic, event parking lot – OMG!). Buddy looked at me sitting in the passenger seat and mouthed “Good luck with that.”

I know what he really wanted to say was “You’re the coolest mom evah!”

At least that’s what I’ll tell myself 😉

Dude is driving very well. Getting better. Still has issues with speed control (eh hem) in busy traffic and judging when to pull out in front of people. But overall, totally trust him to drive pretty much anywhere. Woot!

What’s That Face For?

If I had a nickle for every time I heard “What’s that face for?” followed with this expression . . .

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. . . I’d be rich. Oh. My. Gawd. The boy’s got some ‘tude lately!

Anyhoo, we took first day of school photos . . . actually second day of school photos because I forgot on the first day. I know, crazy, right?! Me! Forgetting a photo!!! But here they are in all their glory. They’re out to discover!!! Oh wait – maybe that was Scuttles. At any rate, they’re off to school for yet another year :-)

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A couple things about this picture.

1. He looks like he’s just been caught doing something rather than putting up 10 fingers for 10th grade.

B. Princess is very worried about next year’s photo since Dude only has 10 fingers. How will he ever show that he’s going into 11th grade? She’s decided that she will hold up an extra finger for him. Then she got all worried about the NEXT year because she’d be in 9th grade and he’d be in 12th grade and that’s 21 fingers which is one more finger than the two of the have together.

Maybe she’ll learn something this year to help her with that problem.

The struggle is real.

Got Summer?

With less than one week before the kiddos start school, I’m kinda sad that it’s over! We didn’t do crazy travel for baseball this summer, but I still somehow managed to log only 12 hours of work over the past 9 weeks! I also realize I didn’t manage to blog much. At first I thought maybe it was because we didn’t do much . . . but then I browsed through the photos from summer and realized it was because we were always doing something :-)

My summer recap in pictures – and a few words (it is me, afterall!).

 

Cowboy came home! And Duma spent a couple days sitting there watching him, wondering what the heck was going on :-)

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Our awesome friend let us borrow her horse, Angel, for the summer as a pasture pal for Cowboy until we got in the groove of this whole horse at the house thing. It didn’t take them long to become friends and learn to relax together. Love watching them from my office window. I’ll probably love it even more starting next week when I’m actually sitting at my desk working during the day!

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Dude played baseball with a local high school team (his school’s team merged with another for the summer). He’d been working on pitching through spring, and his coaches gave him a shot. He did AWESOME! Here he is getting one of his many strikeouts (he either strikes them out or walks them – something we have to work on for sure).

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We spent the first week of summer break up in Breckenridge. It was a nice relaxing time! A bit of a bummer that it rained almost every day, but we still made the most of it and had fun.

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We tried to do some hiking, but there was still a bit too much snow at the higher elevations.

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Princess had a friend join us for half of the week while Dude wasn’t with us. They were both really good sports about the weather and the cold and snow :-)

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While were hanging out in Breck trying to hike, Dude spent the week at Woodward at Copper Mountain for snowboarding camp. He had a blast!

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Princess joined a summer swim team. She had a great time! We really liked the club . . . they coaches were awesome and she learned a lot about improving her strokes and entry into the pool. This is the first meet. She dove off the blocks, but still needed to work on her angle of entry (first one in the water is not a bonus here). By the end of summer she was rockin’ the dive entries!

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We bought a truck to pull the trailer that we bought to transport the horse :-) Our rig is complete! I think. Horse people keep telling me horses are a lot like tattoos – some sort of addiction 😉

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Princess rode Cowboy in their first parade! They both did great . . . most of the way 😉

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Princess started taking Western lessons in addition to her English Jumping lessons. She and Cowboy went to a small low-key English and Western show. The more you know, the more time you get to spend with your horse :-)

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Dude left us for a week and went to summer camp in Yellowstone for a week with the Scouts. He was the Senior Leader on the trip. He had a lot of responsibility, but also had two of his buddies for support. They had a great time!

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The kiddos ditched us for a long weekend and went to MN to hang out with Noisy Grandma and Monster Grandpa. They had a blast with awesome seats at the Twins vs Yankees game.

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They spent a day at the lake with my Aunt and Uncle having a blast tubing.

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And learning to water ski!

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Nice tan, Dude!

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Hubby and Dude spent a week in Northern MN at the Boundary Waters Canoe Area with 6 others from the Scout troop. Canoeing, fishing, camping, hiking . . . they had an awesome time!

Princess and I spent the week together going to movies, riding Cowboy (lots!), hanging out, shopping, and doing whatever else we felt like doing for the entire week. Including lots of rides in the Audi with the top down, making giant skid marks on the pavement when a dump truck pulled out in front of us as we were heading toward a green light.

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And last but not least, Dude got his permit! He’s officially allowed to drive out of the driveway :-) He’s doing well! Now to make it through the next year so he can get his license and I don’t have to be in the car with him all the time.

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School may be starting, but that does not mean summer is over for The Boedies. Dude is playing fall baseball with a club team that we’re very excited about! Princess is starting her show jumping season this weekend. Hubby and I are looking forward to some relaxing nights on the deck with a beer in one hand some food in the other :-)

What To Do?

The guys are gone for the week on a canoeing/camping trip.

Summer swim team ended last week.

Western riding lessons were cancelled for today.

This means that the only things on my calendar this week are to take Princess to her 30-minute trumpet lesson Tuesday and her 1-hour English riding lesson Friday.

After a crazy fun-filled summer, what does one do when suddenly confronted with a BLANK calendar – for an entire week?

Maybe, um WORK?! I think I’ve logged 7 hours this summer. No joke.

While I’m sure I will work some, a more likely scenario would include:

Going to a movie with Princess.

Going to the pool with Princess.

Purchasing fleece and making blankets with Princess.

Contacting the animal rescue about fostering a horse starting this fall.

Going for a walk.

Going for a bike ride.

Sitting in the hot tub.

Clearly we will not be bored . . . just a little more free with what we decide to do on our week “off” :-)

Happy Monday everyone!