Lisenby Week In Review

Hello Friends!  As I mentioned in my last post things have been bananas around here.  Not at the fault of anyone only at the fault that my brain can’t focus on one thing so we have 21 things going on at all times around here!

Teacher Appreciation week was last week and I was super excited to do gifts each day for S’s teacher and K’s on the two days he went.  As I agree with many our teachers are the people that provide our children many of the necessary tools to be successful in the educational journey.  I also think there are teachers out there that are truly amazing, I’m not saying all teachers aren’t great but there are those few that have that special gift.  I truly believe both of the kids have a teacher that has this.  S truly lucked out her teacher is stern but passionate.  She has taught S so much this school year Joe and I couldn’t be more proud.  She’s counting to 60, doing addition, and starting to spell words!  Granted maybe this is totally normal in 4K but I’m pretty impressed.  So I wanted last week to be special for her teacher.  I completely can not claim any of these adorable gifts as I’m Pinterest queen for finding these type of things!  So each day S brought a little something and I will tell you I spent very little money as much of it I had on hand!  I think in total for the week I spent $13!  So here are pics of everything.  The only thing I didn’t get a picture of was Friday which she gave her a potted flower and card saying “thanks for helping me grow!”

S had her 4K Circus play/musical at school which she was an acrobat!  It was great to finally see the kids perform the songs S had been singing daily around the house!  The teachers did a great job as I heard one parent say “how do they get them to do all this?”  I can’t even get mine to get dressed!  I completely agree but then again they are their teachers not their parents!

Soccer has continued and K started his cooking class which he made donuts (he ate before I could take a pic)!  He absolutely loves it.  I barely get in the door with him and he’s saying ok see you later mom!  I have to say he has come so far since the beginning of the school year.  As I used to have to stay with him for a bit each day of school.  Now, I can almost drop him at the door and he is completely happy to go see his friends!  Fingers crossed this continues into next year where he will go to “BIG” kid school with S!  S is definitely progressing at soccer she loves the sport and is doing very well.  Tumbling, well tumbling is different she loves it but it is more of a technique sport (if that’s even how you say it?).  There are a lot of parts to remember in doing just a somersault; arms tight to ears, legs together, butt down, chin tucked…I mean I’m exhausted typing the steps!  Soccer you just get out there and get at it! K on the other hand loves practice but they had their first scrimmage and he didn’t understand why they were taking the ball from him, why doesn’t he dribble the ball to the goal alone.  That whole team sport concept will take a bit of time I think for him!  Either way they are both having fun and that’s what matters!

S’s school had a fun fair which the kids and I went to.  I wasn’t sure going into it how it would be as it seemed like they were going to be short volunteers, short on raffle prizes, etc. by the notes sent home.  I was able to donate two baskets I made up.  As again I thought crap that would be terrible to go and have no stuff to bid on.  We got there and it was fantastic!  They had a ton of donated bidding items, games galore set up and all staffed, face painting, food!  Your typical fun fair and one for our community that everyone goes to and makes a night of!  It was great to see such a great community supported event! The kids had a great time as we of course got our faces painted, played a few games and ate ginormous pieces of pizza!

 

One fun and I say fun today as a few days ago I wasn’t sure they would survive!  The kids had a robin build a nest in their play set which I was not wanting to happen as I thought for sure the mother would abandon them having so much activity in there.  But I am happy to say she has not.  She has been going in there in the evenings to care for her now 4 babies!  The kids love checking in on them and seeing them hatch was quite an experience too!

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Speaking of mothers and babies!  Mother’s Day happened just a few days ago!  I hope all you mom’s out there had a wonderful day!  I spent it with the kids putting in my garden which has kind of become a tradition.  This year they painted rocks for us to label each plant we placed!  I also went to dinner with my mom and one of my sisters the Saturday before to celebrate with them!  The day was beautiful and the time was great!

Ok well I’m finishing up some DIY projects which I’m excited to share so we will talk again very soon!  Have a wonderful Wednesday!  Cheers!

Lisenby Week In Review

Hello Friends!  Well where do I begin things have been completely crazy around here. Between Joe working 10-15 hour days and the kids starting tumbling, soccer and cooking class!  YES, cooking class!  I’m all over the board these days not sure if I’m coming or going and as they say this is just the beginning for my journey of chasing from sport to sport!  I actually enjoy seeing them at these activities the timing isn’t always convenient (right at dinner) but we are figuring out these minor details!

Let’s quick chat about Joe as I haven’t really seen him in a few weeks as he’s been jumping between jobs like a mad man!  If you remember he did a salon last year.  This year they asked him to do their new bathroom.  So this meant late nights which would be fine if that was all he was doing…LOL not my husband still up and out around 630am and off to a residence then heading to the salon in the evenings until between midnight and 2am!  Then back at it the next day, I’m not sure how he did this for a day let alone three.  Then it was on to getting a home up to speed and finishing up another home and another fireplace as well as completing a outdoor spa.  So the long days continued but not until 2am closer to 11pm.  His final big project he is working feverishly to finish up is a home’s fireplace.  Joe was asked to look at this fireplace as the homeowners thought the original mason’s may have as they put it “put too much sand in the mortar mix”.  Joe went to the residence having no idea what he was getting in to.  After sharing three videos of homes that ranged from theirs 8 years old, to a 30 plus year old home and a three month old homes mortar and seeing within seconds of gently scratching the joints with his chisel it was crumbling off Joe knew this was more than a too much sand in the mortar issue.  This was a safety issue the fireplace was not structurally sound.  As he showed the owners the other two homes which took much more time to even get a small amount of mortar to come off from the joints.  They were as expected disgusted but wanted to have it done right.  This was poor masonry at it’s finest.  Joe had to make a decision if this was a job he was willing to take on.  As there is risk setting up scaffolding and beginning to remove stone what if the wall crumbles taking down his scaffolding and those on it.  Joe also felt terrible for these homeowners that someone would provide such poor craftsmanship.  As you might have been able to tell by past post’s Joe is VERY passionate about stone and the craft of masonry.  He wanted to fix it for them.  A few things that also went along with it.  They had a three week window as they were hosting a party at their home.  But within that three weeks they have to also live at the residence first and foremost, next they have to still replace carpeting, deep clean and have the house ready for this event.  So really Joe had two weeks to tear the entire inside fireplace down which is 22 feet tall using care as they wanted to use the same stone to re-do it, fix any issues within the fireplace, then put all the stones back up the right way.  As the saying goes when it rains it pours!  Once they got into the it they discovered a few problems…the hearth was pretty much set on a pile of sand!  Yes, as to concrete placement the amount of sand used under the hearth was so much that the concrete literally crumbled at the touch.  The stones when tapped with the chisel had all mortar drop off them; which I will say made the cleaning of them much quicker than expected! Then for the final NO WAY when the gentleman came to check the gas line he revealed that the line wasn’t put in properly and had been leaking!  Joe said in his career he has never seen a fireplace like this.  He plans to have the inside done by Sunday leaving the homeowners two weeks to get the inside back in order.  Then next week he will move to the outside which is 40 feet tall.  Who knows what this will bring as it has faced the elements of the midwest.  So, Yes Joe has been busy as everyone has a deadline and these one’s all happen to be within a week of each other.  If anyone has discovered how to re-create a person so they can do their exact talent please let me know as I need three Joe’s right about now!

Back to the kids and I!  S & K started playing soccer which S has always had a thing for the sport since I can remember we have been saying she will be a soccer player.  K well he’s getting there.  He’s enjoying running around and learning.  He was so nervous the first day saying “Mom it’s just practice not a game, right?” He was very concerned about this.  So each week I make sure to say we are heading to practice so we can get better and some day play a game!  Last week he said “I think I will stay in the car and watch a movie, I don’t want to play”.  I said “OK” we arrived and he got out sat down and ate an apple and drank water.  As soon as he heard the coaches whistle he jumped up and said “I have to go the whistle blew!”  It made me so happy as I don’t ever want to pressure my kids to do anything especially sports.  When I was a kid my parents didn’t and I tried stuff I stuck with what I felt I was good at and they supported me.  I think sometimes parents get wrapped up too much themselves and forget it’s not about them it’s about the kids.  Anyway, he’s getting the hang of it and last week one of his classmates was there which he thought was very cool!  So now he’s excited for this weeks practice.  S also started tumbling which we are on week two and I’m not just saying this because she’s my daughter but I can definitely see improvement.  She practiced everything she learned from week one to week two and I think that helped.  She so very excited as all she wants to be able to do is a cartwheel!  I’m thinking we will get there but the coach works a lot on form and being a disciplined gymnast.  Which I think is great as it’s a very easy sport to get hurt in.  I also think S loves the cute outfits!!  K will start cooking class tomorrow which he is sooo excited for!  He loves to bake and cook with me and when I saw that our local YMCA was offering this I had to sign him up.  He’s been talking about it for weeks so I will let you know what my little chef whip’s up!

Other than all this which after I read it I guess maybe it’s not that much.  It’s more the kinks of figuring out when to feed the kids dinner on sports nights as of course they are or when to keep the kids up late to visit with Joe.  As that is one thing we have gotten back on schedule with.  BEDTIME!  Joe almost always let’s them stay up later than I so since he has been working late bedtime is back to 7:30/7:45 and you know what they pass out in minutes and stay asleep until 7 the next morning unless of course S hears Joe then she sneaks down to have breakfast with him!  Or like last week we surprised them by getting up and all going out to breakfast together.  It’s the little things that matter and you really realize that when schedules in life get crazy.  I wish you and yours an amazing evening and we will talk soon!  Cheers

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