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Photo Friday: Birthday & End of Summer Fun

Seems like we’ve been busy pretty much every weekend this month. Motorcycle rides, birthday parties, picnics, and trip to the water park. This is the last weekend before school starts for the kids, and the boy has a friend’s birthday party to go to. Then, the weekend after that, we have a wedding then labor day & the boy’s birthday. After that, things should settle down.

Ready for our first motorcycle ride of the month.

Ready for our first motorcycle ride of the month.

gift from one of her school friends

gift from one of her school friends

birthday cupcakes

birthday cupcakes

playing with the new doll we got her

playing with the new doll we got her

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new helmet

new helmet

She definitely takes after me

She definitely takes after me

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Minion hat he made at K-4 orientation

Minion hat he made at K-4 orientation

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Sunday Summary: WeWriWa – “Just a Boy”

Time for another installment of Weekend Writing Warriors, the blog hop for everyone who likes to write. I am, once again, writing this up on Friday. But, as I’ve finished everything for the week, this counts as my weekend, right? Anyway, I have 10 sentences following shortly after last week’s snippet. The three men are talking away from Trace, but he can still hear them.

   ”Think he’s trouble, Cap’n. Or it could follow him.”
“He’s just a boy.” Icarus’ voice, still soft, but with steel behind it. “And there’s something ’bout him.”
That had my stomach twisting in knots. Did he see it too?
“Looks like he could use a few good nights sleep,” a rumbling voice said. “And extra meals.”
“God, he reminds me of someone.”

So, who does Trace remind Icarus of? Is he going to bring trouble? Just what are they planning? Come back next week, and you might find out. 😉

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We had my daughter’s 8th birthday party yesterday. 8, really? How did that happen?(Yes, I know how it actually happened, but still…) It went well, and she got some new toys, clothes, and books(and notebooks and pencils, of course).

gift from one of her school friends

gift from one of her school friends

Today, Daddy is taking her out for breakfast and possibly bringing pizza home for dinner tomorrow night for her actual birthday. And then, 3 1/2 weeks until the boy’s birthday.

playing with the new doll we got her

playing with the new doll we got her

Since I’m starting to write this on Friday, it’s probably obvious how this week has gone. 😀 I really thought it would take longer to do revisions on Demons Rising. I didn’t rewrite as much as I thought I’d have to. I still may end up rewriting those scenes, for now I reworked a few things. And I threw one scene out entirely(well moved to a ‘cut scenes’ folder in my scrivener folder in case I want to put it back in).

  • Demons Rising: Round 1 Revisions – DONE!! Added over 7800 words to this. Now, sitting at just under 95k. That’s long for one of mine, usually they’re between 80-85k or even under that.
  • Into the Sun: Try to finish Edited: forgot about this – have added 1525 words this weekend. Getting close to the finish & having ideas for more stories with these characters.
  • Read: GMC: Goal, Motivation, and Conflict(Debra Dixon) – 25% – got this done
  • Read: Scratch(Rhonda Helms), Pivot Point(Kasie West), & Love the Way You Lie(Skye Warren) – I had these done by Wednesday’s check-in. Have also read Curious(R.G. Alexander) – really enjoyed- and finished No Limits(Lori Foster) yesterday. Liked it. Although there are tie-ins to a series I haven’t read yet(have it on my list now, though). Also finished listening to Hidden(Kendra Elliot) and really liked it. Apparently I should have listened to these before the Callahan & McLane series, since they happened before and we see some of the same characters. But…*shrug*
  • Knit: Hive Dishcloth – Finished this on Friday.IMG_0774

For next week:

  • Demons Rising: Read Through on my Kindle
  • Guarding the Heart: Work through Chapter 17(this will be early morning project)
  • Into the Sun: finish 1st draft
  • Read: GMC: Goal, Motivation, Conflict – 50%
  • Read: Debt Collector: Season 1(Susan Kaye Quinn), Murder by the Seaside(Julie Anne Lindsey), & Everly After(Rebecca Paula)
  • Crochet: Spring Training Cap

Family Friday: Field Trips, Birthday Parties, & Riding Bikes

Last Friday, Hayleigh went on her first field trip. It was to the Pymatuning Deer Park near Jamestown, Pa. I swear this is about all she talked about for a whole week before she went. It was also the first time she’s been away for a full school day since pre-k is only half a day. She was so excited to go on the field trip. I was nervous because I didn’t know how she would do being gone all day. Shouldn’t have worried. She always does good out somewhere. It’s at home that she has meltdowns and fits.

As soon as she got home, she started telling me about the trip. In fact, she must have been so excited to tell me all about it, that she almost forgot her bookbag on the bus. Another girl had to get off and run across the road to give it to her. One of the first things she told me was that the other kids screamed when the train went through the tunnel. She also told me about feeding the deer crackers and seeing monkeys and a tiger(not what I expected at the deer park). And of course about playing on the playground with her boyfriend(the kid she shares a cubby with at school). And then she wanted to know when she could go again. So, I guess she did have a good time.

On Saturday, Hayleigh practiced riding her bike. We got this bike last year from my sister. It had been my oldest niece’s, but she had moved up to another bike. Last year though, Hayleigh could barely even reach the pedals. So, she obviously did not do any riding then. This year, she has really wanted to ride it. But, when she sat on it, she could not get the pedals to move. Either she doesn’t have the leg strength for it, or just isn’t exactly sure how to make them work. I’ve been having push the pedals around to show her how to do it. But, I can’t keep an eye on Nathan when I’m doing that.

So on Saturday, while Nathan was taking a nap, we went outside to practice riding her bike. And I realized that if I steered, she could work the pedals once she got going. So, that is progress. Now, we just need to work on the steering.

Ready to ride her bike.

Then, on Sunday, we had my youngest  niece’s first birthday. It was the second one this month. In June, there will be three birthday parties(another niece, and two of Cory’s cousin’s kids). None in July, but 2 in August and Nathan’s will round out the busy birthday season at the beginning of September. It was a really warm day and they set up a sprinkler and filled up a little kiddie pool for the kids to play in.

She actually surprised and impressed me. She played with the other kids in the sprinkler. Well, she didn’t really play with them, but did play around them. Normally if other kids were playing there, she would have stayed away from it. So, it made me happy that she’d still go around the other kids. She has definitely made progress there since starting school even if she’s still not as social as other kids.

Sliding down into the pool

Running through the sprinkler

Eating some cake

And just because he’s a little ham.

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