Sometimes (okay, often) I find that a few days go by and I realize I haven’t had time to sit down and write a post, or even to think about what I’d want to write about. Life’s busy, you know? So I’ve decided to attempt to start a new weekly post that I will hopefully stick with since I’m going to keep it pretty random. Hence, Monday Minutes, in this case I’m using the term minutes interchangeably with notes, but alliteration is always better right. I will recap the week that was, maybe talk about what I’m planning/expecting for the current week. Possibly share some pictures, but no pressure on myself to have a picture from every single day. So it could be totally random! I’ll start it today and see how it goes.
So…what was happening with us last week?
Jenny got her second quarter report card, straight A’s and the one B we were expecting because it’s hard to get an A if you accidentally get an F on a slightly unfair test. But since I look at her grades all the time online, we weren’t surprised, and it really wasn’t a big deal. She’s clearly angling for an iTunes gift card as a reward for a good report card because she’s already made a list of songs she would buy if she got one.
Jenny wrapped up her week with lots of fun with friends because, as she told me on one of our two million car rides on Friday, she’s just been a lot more social this year. For this weekend, it meant a birthday party at a restaurant followed by cake at a friend’s house on Friday night (if you’re wondering, I think 10:00 is past my bedtime and too late to have to pick up from a party – just have a sleepover at that point). And Saturday night she finally went to see Frozen with a couple more friends.
Reagan (who had already received her straight A’s report card the week before – Jenny’s was delayed due to snow) had a week full of studying, attempting to memorize about 1,200 words, building up to the district spelling bee on Friday. We probably should have started studying a little earlier! This was her first – and probably not last – appearance in the district bee, and we were all excited and anxious to see what it was like. She competed with 56 other kids, ranging from third grade to eighth grade. She made it to the fourth round and went out on the word “rupee” – a tough one if you’re not familiar with it! Here she is looking a little nervous before the bee started.
She was clearly disappointed, but I’m hoping she’ll soon be able to look back on it and realize she did a great job, especially for her age, and we learned a lot about how the spelling bee works at that level. We celebrated her performance on what I think I will forever call the day of constant running around with Wendy’s lunch and frozen yogurt at a local fun yogurt place.
Speaking of the day of constant running around, let me tell you what it involved. I was technically on “vacation” because I didn’t go to work, but I did do the following:
7:55 Left the house to take the girls to the spelling bee to get registered and settled in
8:35 Drove back home to get Lee to take him to the spelling bee to watch
1:00 Left the spelling bee (yes, it lasted forever)
1:25 Went out to Wendy’s to pick up lunch for everyone
2:15 Took the girls (and my awesome sister-in-law who had spent the morning with Brinky so we could all go to the bee) to Yoforia for a frozen yogurt treat
5:30 Went out to pick up pizza for dinner because we decided not to cook dinner at that point
6:40 Went out to take Jenny to her friend’s birthday party
7:10 Went out to pick up a couple things from the grocery store
9:45 Went out to pick up Jenny from her friend’s house
Whew. Vacation, right? And yes, I probably could have combined some of those trips into one, had I known that each one was coming before someone asked about it.
Brinky was busy last week trying to figure out as many ways as possible to not go to sleep at night unless I was in his bed with him. He was very successful. I ended the week with not enough sleep and a crick in my neck. Victory for Brinkley! He also decided there are only about 3 episodes of Bubble Guppies he’s willing to watch these days, and he really wants to watch those. On repeat.
To wrap up the weekend, we finally sat down to watch the opening ceremonies of the Olympics yesterday afternoon. Most of it’s tape delayed anyway, so it’s okay that we waited two days, right? The girls weren’t overly enthusiastic, but we sat through the entire thing with only minimal fast-forwarding. I find I’m not as into these Olympics as I usually am, mostly because there’s not much I can watch live, unless I want to start getting up at 3:00 a.m. every day. Which I don’t.
I almost forgot! We used our spiralizer for the first time, and it is SO cool. Look at my spiralized zucchini “pasta.” It was so good – to me. I can’t say the kids were fooled into thinking it was just like pasta, but they definitely had fun turning a zucchini into noodles. We even spiralized a couple apples last night just for fun, so my girls were probably the coolest kids in school today with bags of apple spirals in their lunches!
I think that’s about it – my minutes from last week. What did you do last week? Anything exciting to share?