1. What types of media did I enjoy this month?
I took my boys and my Mom to see Ice Age 4. I recommend seeing this movie especailly if you enjoyed the other Ice Age Movies.
My Mom watched the boys for my husband and I so we could have a date night. We went and saw Hope Springs. It was a cute movie but the part where Tommy Lee Jones and Merle Strep were making out was like watching your parents make out and that's just not comfortable.
Read Stygian’s Honor by Lora Leigh. This is a series I've been reading for years. I really like most of the books but they are getting slightly repetitive.
Morrigan’s Cross, Dance of the Gods and Valley of Silence (circle trilogy) by Nora Roberts. I really enjoyed this series. It's was a different type of book for Nora Roberts because it was fantasy with the romance. The main characters were a wizard, witch, a shape changer, a queen, a vampire and a vampire hunter. The characters were from different times and worlds but had to come together to save all the worlds. It was a very entertaining story.
Run Like a Mother by McDowell & Dimity. This book took me forever to read. It had some good information about running and diet and racing. I felt it was more for the hard core runner and I couldn't really relate to many of the stories the authors told about their own running adventures over the years.
2. What did my kids do/learn this month?
The boys are still taking swimming lessons and they are learning so much. I'm just amazed watching them in the pool. William moved up another level and he has been asking lots of questions about getting on a swim team. I think the Olympics helped with that idea.
Kyle and Logan are still taking piano and violin. This summer we didn't do a great job with practicing so they haven't made a lot of progress but they are doing so great. I love to hear the music being played in the house.
William got his braces off. This was phase one of the braces. He's teeth look great but we have to watch for the rest of the baby teeth to come out before they can do Phase 2 of the braces.
3. What fun things did I do with my family and/or friends?
My mom came in to visit for a few weeks. She is doing so well from her brain surgery last year. It was such a joy to have her stay with us for two weeks. She started to teach the boys how to do needle point and knitting.
We also had a visit from my sister, Marion. She hasn't seen the boys in a few years so it was nice for them to spend some time with her. She is going to be moving down south so it will be much harder for visits.
It was nice to get a family photo with almost everyone. One of my sisters is missing from the photo, but it's been a long time to just get four of the my siblings together with my mom. And it wouldn't be a photo if my brother's didn't give everyone bunny ears.
We had a lot of mini celebrations this month.
I went with some girlfriends to Bar Louie to celebrate a friends birthday. Our whole family and my brother's took my mom to Frankenmuth for dinner. I had a date night with my husband. We had our annual Fantasy Football Draft party. And to end the month we went to a friends house for a pool party.
The big event was the boys school open house. This was new for this year were we could see which teacher they were assigned but we could also go into the school to see the classroom and many of the teachers were there to greet the class. I really loved this and I think the boys had fun seeing some of their friends that they having seen all summer.
Took the boys to the zoo.
Started new semester of classes at MCC – Advanced Photoshop and Digital Editing.
5. What special or unusual purchases did I make?
Needed to buy CS6 Master Suite. I had CS5.5 Design Suite but I needed After Effects for my class.
Signed up for the Project Life class at Big Picture Classes.
6. What were my fitness/health accomplishments this month?
My fitness goals were very up and down this month. While on vacation I only did some hiking. When we returned I planed on getting back into some running so I could do a 5K this month. That plan got tossed out the window when I pulled my back out and was laid up for two days. I had to take it easy for a week just to make sure it was not going to get messed up again. I did start doing the new Julian Michaels DVD Ripped in 30. I was able to get 5 days done this month.
7. What were my accomplishments this month?
My big accomplishment was getting back to school. I'm really looking forward to these classes and the challenges that will come from them.
8. What were my disappointments this month?
When we returned from our vacation we noticed that the freezer door was left open. Everything had to be thrown out which was very sad. At least it made me clean out the freezer.
9. How did I do on my goals for the month?
Get School Shopping done. Finished
Clean and Purge Closet Downstairs. - Finished
Look into new budget software. – Started using Mint.com So far really like it, but it will take a few months before I can use the budgeting feature to the fullest.
Goals for September (in no particular order):
Get an area set up for Project Life. I decided to take the plunge next year and I want to get everything set up now.
Get a meal plan together.
Sign up for Yoga Class
My Photo 365 Project:
My Photo 365 Project:
1. Last shot of the west before the long ride home.
2. Starting our journey back home.
3. Home Sweet Home.
4. Piles of laundry from vacation.
5. Getting ready for this years Lego Robotics.
6. Dirty dishes.
7. New stamps.
8. Celebrating friends birthday
9. Lunch run to Panera
10. Ice Age 4 ticket
11. Halloween town at Bronner's
12. Laundry Hampers
13. Basketball Court at William's camp
14. Favorite bottle of wine.
15. Oma doing Highlights book
16. Lego creations
17. Taped up Freezer. The door keeps opening.
18. Cleaned our workbook cupboard.
19. Working on some cards (post hopefully coming soon)
20. School Supplies
21. Boys School Area. Were we keep papers, lunchboxes, water bottles and backpacks.
22. Last minute reading for the boys.
23. Reading for mama.
24. First thumbnails for project in my Advanced Photoshop classes.
25. Fantasy Football Draft Board.
26. Started Ripped in 30
27. Got hit with a soccer ball during my Monday night game.
28. William without braces.
29. Ken working from home so I can go to my classes.
30. Map of Detroit Zoo.
31. Logan licking mixer paddle after helping me make some cookies.