Whole Lot Of Nothing

Man, it's been quiet around here.

We've been busy, just not with a lot of blog worthy stuff.  Dentist appointments and park days don't make the best reading material.  But my kids have Grandparents that demand a certain quota of kid updates, so here's a random collection of our recent adventures in Scottsdale.

We went to the pumpkin patch.

It's been tricky getting in the Halloween Spirit when we are still hitting the high 90's around here.  But the other day I decided that, with only a week left, it was now or never.  We headed to the Desert Botanical Gardens and had a very festive morning picking out gigantic pumpkins and going on a hayride.  I won't lie, it was hot.  But we survived without one single complaint, which signifies we are one step closer to being real Arizonians.

I've been promised by multiple sources that Halloween signifies the day the temps drop to the 80's and don't climb back up.  We will see.

School is still rolling along.

2nd Grade isn't as fun to blog about, which is a shame because this is the first year that homeschooling looks how I always pictured it looking like.  She's reading and writing and spelling and just acting like a sponge with how she is learning things.  She'll ask a question then come up with her own solutions for finding the answers.  It's kind of awesome.  Even more awesome that it just sort of happened.  I find little people brains to be fascinating.  When they are ready they just explode!  So cool.

Mother Goose Time is doing all of my preschool work for me.

I finally decided it was time to give the monthly letter and sight word flash cards another try, trying to not think about how when Josie was his age she already knew all the letters and their sounds.  I settled in to drill him and the kid got every all 12 right on the first shot.

How'd he learn them?  Beats me, but he did so my job here is done.

My Mom gets here next week so we will be starting our modified schedule.  I'm still working out the details, but it will have lots of field trips and some very basic daily school.  Leaving lots and lots of time for family!  I'm super excited.

I'm still married.

Andrew pointed out that it's been awhile since he made an appearance on the blog, so I assured him I'd put his pretty face up.  His new job is still going great.  They are about to enter their busy season and he had a couple of managers quit which makes his job harder, but he's always up for a challenge.  Well, almost always.

We sneak in a date every week.  Something we both desperately need after how intense our weeks can get.  Last Friday we went to the soft launch of a new restaurant.  We got on the VIP list through a new website I'm getting to write a little for (East Valley Moms Blog).  We had the best time.  I like this guy.

Last but not least, here's a plug for something awesome my brother is doing.

Most of you know he had a seizure a few years ago that lead to us finding out he has brain cancer.  This Halloween marks 3 years since that first seizure.  He made a reprint of the shirt he was wearing that day and is selling them to raise money for brain tumor research.  Here's a blurb from his wife:

One Halloween, Aaron had a seizure. Turns out, the reason for the seizin’ was a brain tumor. Turns out, that tumor was cancer. Turns out, he’s still kickin it in the face. Was the fact that he was wearing this t-shirt during his seizure a coincidence? Absolutely not.
Because this isn’t just a t-shirt. It’s a message to the world no matter what life hands you, giving up is for wusses and mama’s boys. It doesn’t matter whether it’s a brain tumor, a lost puppy or farting in a meeting, you’re still kickin. Because you’re a tough sonofabitch. Who likes to donate to excellent causes.
For every t-shirt sold, we’ll be donating the profits to the Musella Foundation for Brain Tumor Research, funding research grants that make it possible for more people to say they’re still kicking.

The first round raised over $7,000 and broke the record of shirts sold on Cotton Bureau (insert proud sister face).  If there's enough interest, they will do another round, so if you need one (you do), enter your email HERE.  No commitment to buy, just trying to raise enough interest for them to bring it back.

Here's Aaron's Still Kickin site, where you can be inspired by all the people that are Still Kickin.

And that, my friends, brings us all up to speed.  

On deck from here, a couple reviews and the obligatory Halloween Costume Post.  See ya soon!