Tuesday, July 31, 2012

And so it begins . . .

The good news:  We got an even bigger reprieve than we expected!  Soccer practice doesn't begin until August 20.

The bad news:  They're not messing around.  Their first tournament is the Donatos Soccer Classic, in Columbus, August 25-26.  It's a stay-and-play tournament, so we're basically required to get a hotel room at one of their approved hotels, which is stupid, so I don't know exactly where we're staying yet.  If you have nothing better to do that weekend, feel free to drive on down to see Bren play.  Hopefully we'll get a better idea of the actual play schedule before then and I can tell you when his games are scheduled.

For more info:  http://soccer.sincsports.com/TTIntro3.aspx?tid=DONATO

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Okay, I lied.

Scheduled activities!  Oh well.  At least this is a fun one.  Fishing derby, next saturday the 14th.  Brendan needs to be there at 7:30 to volunteer.  I bet I know a certain Papa who would love to be there and help out :)


Some new photos of my cuties for everyone:

Brendan, having a blast at boy scout camp.

Look!  an orb!  Is Seven Ranges haunted?!?!?!

Getting a merit badge at the scout picnic:

And natey, being a wizard:

That's all.  Also, check out facebook for awesome photos that the camp has been posting of Nate!

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Going to the gym

So, last night we were going to go to the gym after work.  I know, right?  Go ahead and laugh yourself silly.  By the time we got home and made dinner, it was ten minutes until Nate's bedtime, so we couldn't make it happen.  I'm not really too disappointed, because it would have ended our streak of approximately 967 days of not going to the gym.

We're trying again tonight.  The stars are aligned in our favor.  Clothes are packed!  Water bottles bought!  No work or school tomorrow because of the holiday!  Membership cards . . . well, still lost.  That alone is enough to make me throw up my hands in defeat most of the time and sit on the couch eating cookies.  Before we got married, I had a single membership in my maiden name.  After we got married, Mike registered a family membership and mine merged with it and something awful happened to my name.  They have it in their records as hyphenated, and their system is so antiquated that they have to type it in exactly as it's saved (including the hyphen), or there's no chance of ever finding it.  It's the most frustrating process ever. 

Me:  My last name is Bickis, but you have it in the system as Anderson-Bickis.
Her:  Sorry, that account is inactive.
Me:  No, that's my maiden name.  Look under Anderson-Bickis.
Her:  Vickis?
Me:  No, B, as in boy.
Her:  Sorry, no Anderson Bickis.
Me:  No, Anderson-hyphen-Bickis.  You have to actually type in the hyphen.  No, I don't know why.  Yes, I've tried to change it.

All of this, of course, takes place with 40 angry people behind me in line who just want to go fling sweat on people.  But today, I'll brave that.  Who knows - maybe it'll go smoothly? 

Monday, July 2, 2012


So, we're about to embark on the best part of year, where there is no homework, sports, boy scouts, or cub scouts.  Or, as I like to call it, July. 

Seriously.  This is the only month all year long with no scheduled activities, requirements, dates planned months in advance, or obligations.  We're trying to soak it up and not get too used to it, because come August, it's right back to the usual grind.  This weekend we spent Saturday doing chores around the house, and I even got to take a much-needed nap while the kids watched far too much tv.  Sunday we spent the entire day at the lake.  We got too much sun, ate too much junk food, and drank too much lake water.  But you know what?  It was perfect.  I looked back at the kids laughing every time the tube hit a bump and couldn't help but think what a charmed life we live.  I could never ask for anything more.

So, while we're off living the dream, you'll probably not see much here.  I'll try to post some photos of the awesome times we're having, but everyone knows I really stink at that, so no promises.  Don't worry.  In a couple of weeks it'll be back to the usual hubbub of school and sports schedules.  In the meantime, there's always the telephone if you miss us :)