I’ve fallen off the blog wagon.

I know everyone’s busy in the summer, but this summer has been B-U-S-Y for us! I’ve had numerous blogs I’ve wanted to write and never got around to. Having 3 kids and working part time really puts a wrench in it! I really enjoy blogging and writing and really would like to get on a more consistent schedule with posting. Someday…..But here’s what I’ve wanted to blog about for the past month, all written into one. Here goes:

I had a birthday! I’m now entering the last year of my 20’s. Sad, but true, but really, it’s only a number to me. But I am starting to feel older. I’m now being plagued by mostly physical things that I normally hear about only from my patients…..shoulder tendonitis in the right, shoulder pain in the left; plantar fasciitis in the right foot, heel spur in the left; an uncanny cracking in my feet and ankles every morning when descending the stairs; a lot of instability in my low back. Yeah, I’m going somewhere in that handbasket…… But on a good note, my birthday was phenomenal! J and I took our kayaks out to a lake east of here for several hours while Nana graciously watched the kiddos for us. We grabbed lunch at 100 Montaditos, a new ‘flavors from Spain’ place in the QC that was great! A few days later we had a get-together at my parents with everyone except Mitch, which leads me to my next talking point…..

Mitch has been doing awesome at boot camp. I mean awesome! He’s got almost a perfect score on whatever scoring system they rank the recruits and already passed all of his physical and academic stuff. Something like a 4.93 out of 5 he told me. My parents got a letter that he was even chosen as the ‘Honor Recruit’ for his division of over 80 men (a surprise he still doesn’t know about-shhhhh) that comes with special honors and distinction at his graduation, which was scheduled for this Friday, Aug 8. This past Sunday, Aug 3, he was admitted to the hospital for a bacterial infection in his cheek. It was kind of serious and he underwent 48 hrs of IV antibiotics to get rid of the infection and is now doing oral antibiotics. You can see where this is going…..Mitch has to stay an extra week or 2 at boot camp due to missing the last few crucial days with his division. Bummer. We still don’t know his exact graduation now, but do know he is out of the hospital. The only good thing that came out of it was that he had a free phone in his hospital room and we all got to chat several hours with him πŸ™‚ He’s a tough guy.

The house is coming along….slowly. The electricians have been in and wired the whole first floor in 3 days. J wired all the HDMI and coax cables for entertainment systems and our e-desk. Windows are ordered and should be in sometime this week, along with some specialty ducting. J and co. are working on plumbing on the first floor (not my cup of tea, never has been). My upstairs laundry room/family closet is all plumbed. Once the plumbing and ducting are all in, we will have the entire first floor blown in with insulation. Kitchen cabinets are in the works. We’ve sold some of the vintage/antique wood and windows and doors that we originally removed from the house. So it’s getting there.

We (mostly the kiddos) are looking forward to fall and returning to a ‘normal’ schedule. Gabriel is signed up for 5 day a week preschool for several hours in the mornings, and Lucy is signed up for 2 day preschool in the mornings. Both are really looking forward to school, Lucy in particular. She is such an assertive social butterfly. She picked out her backpack this weekend and it’s all we hear about. Pretty sure she won’t be the shy one in class. Gabriel is going to do soccer this fall (5 Sunday afternoon games) and maybe flag football after that for another 5 wks, and Lucy is going to do ballet ( 4 months of Saturday morning classes). I’m not a big fan of overscheduled kids that are in EVERYTHING from the age of 3, so we let them pick one thing at a time as far as sports/lessons and we can reasonably afford and fit into our family schedule. We’ll see how it goes. G and L will also both be in preschool Sunday school at our church. J goes back for teaching school on Aug 13. As much has he has enjoyed his time off this summer, he’s ready to go back. He really, really enjoys his job and the diverse students that he works with. And he’s very good at it!!

J and I celebrated our EIGHT year wedding anniversary on July 22! Where did that time go?! As we do every year on our anniversary, we watched our ‘wedding highlight video’, as we like to call it. I actually didn’t tear up this year so we are making progress. So fun to reminisce about our wedding day and how far we’ve come since then. The kids always watch the video with us and this year kept asking where they were. Ummmmm…how to explain to 3 and 5 year olds?

I ran the Bix 7 in right at 60 minutes. Not my fastest and not my slowest, but not too bad for me and my post-3-babies-and-almost-30-years-old-body-that-only-runs-two-or-three-days-a-week. I did manage to do the 250-ft slip’n’slide at the turn around too. So worth it! J and the kids cheered me on from the sidelines. I’ve run that race 10 times now (I think) and still enjoy it.

Lucy had another followup xray for her broken arm. The xray showed good healing and she was released from her sling. I had to laugh as I had caught her the week before that hanging from a basketball hoop in the pool and doing pushups on the ground with her sling on. Pretty sure it’s not giving her pain anymore, and the sling was hampering her dress-up ability. We do still have to be careful with it, however, as if she falls on it she will re-fracture it and we will be back to square one. We go back again at the end of August to see if the bone cyst has filled in any more and then will be determined if she has to see a pediatric orthopedist. Hope not…..

Last weekend J and his brother, along with Gabriel took a road trip to Kansas to visit a friend of his. They were gone 4 days. The girls and I packed up and went to see Aunt Mel in Des Moines too. We had a great weekend of farmer’s market, swimming, shopping, pedicures, good food and family. I even got a workout and post-workout swim in! Aunt Mel has just started a new job in a new, much smaller town, so we helped her begin to move some of her things there as well. Lucy cried as we ended our ‘girls weekend’ so I know it was a good time! The boys had a good time in Kansas too πŸ™‚

In our *spare* time in the last month, we went to a pool birthday party, went to the Mississippi Valley Fair, competed in Kiddie Cattle Capers (Costello’s won it!!), went swimming, had some playdates, Amelia got really close to crawling, I mentored a student at work for 6 weeks, Amelia turned 8 months old, slept through the night for TWO nights in a row and also cut 4 more teeth!

That’s all for now, folks!

– The {trying to keep up} Costello’s

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