Saying Goodbye To Summer

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Hey there everyone, I’m back! I hope you all have had a great Summer. Mine was good but it could have been better. I don’t know about you but I really needed to take a break from the blog.

So let’s just get right into it. This Summer was surprisingly not as good as Summers past. Not that it was bad mind you but I’ll get to that soon. I want to talk about the not-so-great things so that I can end my post on a positive note.

So What Wasn’t So Great?

For starters, I ended up financially strapped this Summer. This prevented me from doing most of the things I wanted to do like take the boys to Six Flags. I was also hoping to finally take them to Salem and show them all the cool stuff there. I also wanted to take a trip to Baltimore and Virginia to see my family. I haven’t visited them in a few years.

What is up with the weather? It was either crazy hot and humid or it was raining and thunderstorms. So, even going to the beach was difficult. Being stuck in the house most of the summer for all of these reasons really put a damper on my Summer plans.

We did get out for the 4th of July thankfully. That was before the weather really started to suck. And both boys were on their devices while waiting so I got bored and…

 

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But I Did Manage to Fight Off Depression

Normally when I’m stuck in the house too much I get depressed. Mostly because I tend to over think EVERYTHING and all the negative thoughts creep up on me. I also need Mother Nature’s help to ground me. The weather prevented that. While some of that did happen, I kept myself from getting seriously depressed.

So Here is Where the Good Comes In

I played video games with my friends. I also started streaming on Twitch which I found surprisingly fun. I started streaming because of a project I’m working on but I quickly got sucked into it. I even met a couple of new people.

I watched a good amount of movies with my boys and Adam and I started cooking together.

That’s right. I have started teaching Adam how to cook more meals and it’s been a great bonding experience for both of us. He really enjoys our time cooking in the kitchen and I have to say, it has made me excited about cooking myself.

My Birthday!

I had a good birthday this year. I turned 41 and instead of having a party or anything (like the unexpected outing from last year), I decided to spend this year with myself. I spent a few hours at the lake and I went for a hike. It was really nice and relaxing. Then I made myself dinner and a cheesecake and Binged Netflix. That was my kind of birthday!

I also got some amazing gifts from my friends. I really do have some awesome friends. Thank you Angie, Jesse, and Beth for these awesome gifts!

And Now I’m Back

While being away was essential for me to take a breath, I miss writing. I didn’t do ANY writing this Summer and I think that was a bad thing. I need to make more time for it because I know how much I love it. However, I am making a few changes this year. I was really hoping to change my blog name but that costs money and right now, well, ya know.

So for now, the name stays but I will not be participating in as many linkies as I was. I’m going to cut back on the Facebook groups too because it takes up way too much of my time and I NEED to write. I’m going to start publishing some more short stories and poetry which I’m really excited about.

I might not be around every week but when I am around I look forward to sharing what I write. I can’t wait to get back into the swing of things and to share with all of you awesome people out there!

Thanks so much for reading!

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Dear June, You Sure Did Keep Me Busy

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Dear June,

You have kept me on my toes this month. Most of it was for good reasons. Such as the Boston field trip I took with Conner. And the Mutton and Mead Festival I went to with Adam. Let’s not forget the Field Day at Conner’s school and oh yeah, Adam got not one, but THREE awards this year!

But Dear June,

You also sent my way some woes this month. The short but very stressful financial crises comes to mind. Boy was that a horrible three weeks. Let’s not do that again, okay.  Oh yeah, and let’s not forget about my car dying. I swear I have the worst luck with cars.

Dear June,

You also dragged on for way too long as far as the kids having to be in school until June 21st. When most of my friends were telling me their kids ended in the beginning of June. It’s not entirely your fault though. That, I blame the school board, or whoever the hell is in charge of making up the school year. Still, you dragged on forever. To say the boys and I were so done with school this year is an understatement.

There were three different field trips for Conner. Then at the last minute I find out about a play his class  put on. I raced to see him in it only to miss him by two minutes. Grrrr!

Three different awards ceremonies for Adam all within one week. Which also happened to be the same week of two of Conner’s field trips. Did you really have to do that to me June?

Then there was my beautiful niece graduating from high school and I didn’t get to go because I didn’t have the funds to travel to Maryland to help her celebrate. But oh, doesn’t she look wonderful in her cap and gown?

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However Dear June,

It was all worth it in the end. I got to go to Boston with Conner. While the kids were supposed to be learning the history of Boston, especially in regards to the Revolutionary War, we managed to have fun. And Shop! Yeah, I spent way too much money in Boston. Note to self: bring more money 😉

I love Boston. I’ve been there twice (now three times) and every time I love it more. So when the teacher said she needed chaperones for the trip, I jumped at the chance to show my son an amazing city – my favorite so far – and I got to spend some much needed quality time with him.

 

Dear June,

Going to awards ceremonies for Adam back to back was definitely worth it just to see my boy get awards he didn’t even know he was getting. He got a Stars to Special Education award – for being an awesome classmate and student – and he got two academic awards: One in Biology and One in English. Yep! I am one #proudmama

Dear June,

We also helped the boys’ dad celebrate Father’s Day this year but I wrote a post on that last week if you want to catch up. It was a good day and he loved his gifts!

We ended the school year with Adam and I going to the Renaissance Festival held every year at this time. It took some finagling with money but I was able to get us there and we had a great time! I loved spending time with just Adam. We don’t get that much anymore and having such a great day out with him is a memory I will cherish for the rest of my life.

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Now I have one more week left of this month and while it isn’t going to be as busy as the weeks before, I still have some stressors coming up. Just get me through Tuesday and I won’t complain again, I promise! Can someone bring me some wine?

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Not to worry though, my birthday month is just around the corner. Both my real birthday and my blog birthday! Bring on July!

Thanks so much for reading!

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FYI to all my readers: I will be taking a much needed break. The Summer is a very busy time for me, especially as how I prefer to be outside with the kids doing fun stuff like swimming. I will still post new stuff but not as often. I will still be active on Social Media though so catch me there 🙂

 

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