Feels like I haven't been here in ages. Life has kept me pretty busy lately - this is the first time I've turned on my laptop in weeks. Thankfully, the mobile app keeps my updated on any big news. I just don't like it for having a conversation
So what's been happening? Well, babysitting mostly. I take care of Russ and Jackson when Amanda's parents are out of town, so I was on call for about a week there. I also take care of the cat when they're gone, so ditto to that. Russ had a birthday party in March (six years old), Jackson has one coming up this month (one year old), and I've got a lot of passes to use up this summer.
I bought a couple of passes on sale to Playtime Pizza for me and Russ, my grandparents bought me season passes to the amazing garden in Hot Springs, and Russ' grandparents bought the two of us passes to Magic Springs for the summer. I've had the garden passes for like a month now and still haven't managed to get down there; hopefully I will soon, cause the roses ought to be in bloom about now.
I did manage to make it to the farmer' market on opening day, even if I couldn't' stay long - opening day was Easter this year, and my family always gets together. Russ and I made seed bombs there and tossed one into the woods at Gram's house.
We do a big egg hunt for the kids with a bit of a twist - while most of the eggs have candy, some of them have scraps of paper with a number on it. The number corresponds to an envelope which might have some money, a lottery ticket, or a gift card inside. Russ made off with a great haul - ten bucks to Chick-fil-A, a few bucks, and a lottery ticket worth fifty dollars Not bad for twenty minutes of egg hunting
Substituting has been off-and-on, but tutoring keeps me running around. The younger two, Newton and Henry, had a piano recital on Sunday that I attended. I also went to their Tae Kwon Do tournament, which was massively entertaining. They also have some sort of acting lesson thing later this month that I'll be going to with them so their Mom can get back to her shop.
Meanwhile, I've been taking to older two, Seth and Noah, out and about while the weather is nice and not too hot. I took them to the river this weekend - the plan was just to get our feet wet, but Seth fell in and after that it doesn't really matter, does it? He didn't even want to get in the water in the first place, but I guess Noah and I were having enough fun to convince him. I'm looking into options to go floating or canoeing sometime this summer - I went once several years ago, and it's ridiculously fun. I got the worst sunburn of my life, but it was worth it
I also took them to this stream that runs along the backside of the UALR campus, and they had a freaking blast there. We got a TON of rain recently - like, knocked the power out level storm - I had to crash at Amanda's apartment that night cause no way was I driving in that mess. I came back home that morning the find a fallen tree had taken down some power lines - anyways, a TON of rain, so the water level was pretty high.
We must have spent two hours exploring that creek. They were picking up sticks and stones, looking for "river treasure" I never would have worn flip flops that day if I'd known how much walking we were going to do.
In news more relevant to my dA peeps, I finally have my own working space for crafts Now I can make bookmarks at my own pace and leave my materials lying around as much as I want. I'm sleeping in that spare room now since we had to get rid of my mattress, but I replaced it with a lovely little rolltop desk. I'm in love
And thus, your monthly peek into my life ends. Gotta go - got lots of relaxing to do
P.S. - Nichrysalis, you keeping up with Season 15? Cause I love it
What can I say? I just love taking pictures of flowers.
Noah, chilling out on the riverbank.
Russ strikes a pose at the farmer's market.
Right place at the right time - I was first in line to catch the train coming in a beautifully dusky light.
Jumping rocks at the creek.
According to Seth, exploring the creek was just as good as video games.
Giving me a heart attack.
My new desk
See ya 'round! Bye!