So today was a day of "first"s.  Sometimes those "first"s are monumental; first steps, first words, first day of school, etc.  Today's "first"s were not so monumental, so if that is what you are expecting you can stop reading and go back about your business.  No, these are just a series of "first"s that happened to fall all in one day.  Thus, I thought I would share with the bored of the world who may need to be amused.  

I had my first taste of blog envy.  A friend of mine has started a blog, Mid-Life in Michigan, that I love to read because Marie is a friend and because it is so funny!  Then I thought (insert gasp here), my blog is not funny...I am a funny girl...why can I never make my posts funny.  This post, and my life in the dirt section, is my attempts to be funnier in my blog...in reality I know that it will just give some everyday insight into the craziness that life brings to moms everywhere and all attempts to be funny are futile.  In all seriousness, make sure to read Marie's blog, you won't be disappointed!

I had my first "vision" of being a mom who turns to the TV/Wii to babysit.  I realized at 2 pm today that my boys are starting to absorb the Wii controls and the TV remote.  Yes, they are permanently attached to their hands, they aren't eating, they are fighting and that means the unthinkable in my house, I can almost HEAR it knocking at the back door now, summer learning loss!  Thanks to this realization, the boys will now have a schedule of things to accomplish each day for the rest of the summer.  Call me a tiger mom if you will, but I will not have my children become rocks in front of a screen over the summer.  I would have said vegetables...but that is an insult to produce everywhere.  Really, nobody should be called a vegetable...it makes vegetable seem boring and unappealing when they are quite the opposite in fact.  Starting tomorrow a check list with items such as; reading, piano practicing, putting away laundry, journal entries, and others yet to be named will be completed before we can have fun or go to the lake.  Side note: I hope this doesn't become a punishment for me by cutting into beach time because I am really getting to like that break in the afternoon.  

First action shot, on the first "take"...with the camera on my phone because of course I left my good camera at home..  The wonderful picture below is a picture of my boys at the lake today.  After having the "vision", which in reality was a nightmare of the remotes becoming an extra appendage to my boys, I decided it was lake time!  Yes, time to burn off some energy, change the scenery and get some exercise.  The boys played catch and Frisbee, splashed around, counted fish and then had synchronized jumping off the dock, which resulted in the photo below.   

Normally, this type of shot would have been accompanied by take after take because the camera, the boys, or in a majority of the cases, the photographer mom did not cooperate.  This usually created a whole host of issues including but not limited to; a crabby photographer mom, fighting boys, dead camera or phone batteries, water in ears or eyes, crying or heaven forbid an injury.  Yes, these errors resulted in a less than perfect picture (see below).  A horrible picture, no.  Do you get the idea of what they were doing, probably.  But it isn't the gold medal of pictures either, unlike the one above.  Pssst (Insert whispering here)....Did you catch that, my reference to synchronized swimming, an Olympic sport to which you can earn a gold medal...funny right (nudging elbow to the ribs)... never mind, lets move on.
I discovered the first thing I dislike about summer (other than the obvious of mosquitoes...who has heard of someone liking mosquitoes?!?!  If you have, let me know, I want to meet this person and their obvious delusional state).  If you know me, you know that I LOVE summer!  The heat, the sunshine, the fresh produce, spending time on/in the water, fishing, etc.  Today, I discovered the one thing that I dislike about summer almost as much as I dislike snow and any temperature under 55 degrees...smelling, wet, sweaty boys!  I love my boys, they are my whole world.  Their smell and the lingering of it in my car, not so much!  I don't remember this smell in years past and the lake has not moved farther from us, nor us from the lake, so it must be boys and their "growing older".  Deodorant is a must in the morning...I will have to add that to their check list so they don't forget.  I must also remember to get more air freshener for the car...in fact I should maybe double up on the stuff...and leave the windows open at night in the garage.  Wait, I wonder if there is still a mouse in the garage, I guess that would be one way to get rid of it!  On second thought I know the car would be safe as the smell would be too much for him/her to endure for too long.   

I actually was at a loss on what to make for dinner (gasp, horror, women fainting, men crying)!  I know scary, I actually found myself saying, somebody needs to find a new kind of meat or something (sorry vegetarian friends).  And this wasn't the kind of stumped where I knew going to the store and wandering around for a bit would spark some random greatness.  No, this was my cooking brain having a complete meltdown and not the chocolate kind either!  Thank goodness I have brilliant kids, summer learning loss must have found out there was nothing for dinner and ran away, who suggested I work on my recipe for the recipe contest (see below).  Such smart boys, I am glad they did because it was delicious and I finalized everything for the contest.   

That's right, I entered my first recipe contest!!  It was also the subject of Make it up Monday tonight, but unfortunately that recipe will have to wait to get posted until after the contest is over and the results are in.  But if you are a follower of my blog you know it will take me weeks to get around to posting it anyways, so don't worry...it will still be in a relatively timely fashion as far as my time lines are concerned.  I love a good challenge, especially when it comes to cooking, so I took the plunge!  Psst (insert whisper again)...did you catch that one too...reference to plunge and the picture above is my boys getting ready to "plunge" into the lake....Ok, I will stop pointing the dumb jokes out now. 

I am finishing my first product review for the blog!  I am excited that I have had this opportunity of reviewing a Michigan made product and the post will be coming this week!  I really hope that this becomes an exciting venture for me and  you will see more reviews and endorsements in the future on this blog.  When I started my blog a couple of years ago I never thought it would actually take off the way it is currently.  So, thank you to all who read, visit, give me feedback on my recipes, etc.  


All of these "first"s AND a full day of work.  If it weren't for that stinking energy drink that I had at 5:00pm I would be sleeping!  Now, here is the awkward part of my post, and I will blame it on the energy drink and the fact that my brain is probably getting sleepy, I have to sign off but can't think of a good transition.   

So...sleep tight,  don't let the bed bugs bite and I will see you in the dirt tomorrow!


Rachel


 


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