This summer is going at warp speed--the season usual goes fast but this is ridiculous! I think the reason that it's flying by is that we are spending time doing things we all enjoy. No more toddler or preschool venues for us. The boys and I enjoy (mostly) the same things. Oh, they still have meltdowns and seem to enjoy food courts and gift shops more than the actual attraction but that's not unexpected at five and seven years old.
This weekend we took the commuter train to the city. It was the boys' first real train ride. I loved the fact that including parking, it cost $10.25 for the three of us. Of course, lunch and souvenirs in the city added a bit more to the tab but it certainly made for a fun way to spend a few hours.
|Waiting for the 10:08|
|Snacks for the trip back home|
Last week the weather was perfect for Henry's soccer game. He's having fun for the first time in four years. Clearly, a developmental league was the way to go--just wish it hadn't take me this long to find one.
All the time we spend away from home means my food budget is completely off target. We typically leave the house mid morning and stay out for quite a while. It is really, really difficult not to eat out at least once every day but that's unhealthy in addition to being expensive. I've tried packing lunches a couple of times but that only works when there is packable food in our refrigerator. You can't exactly take pizzas to the park...
Speaking of first world problems, I've wasted so much time searching for, then meeting with, different contractors for home repairs. Most frustratingly, nothing has been completed. Nothing. Well, except for the things I took on myself...one can only play phone tag so long before heading the DIY shelf at the library and then Lowe's. Okay, who am I kidding, I don't use how-to books, I use YouTube.
After three weeks of calling, emailing, pleading my case and begging for estimates, the deck/patio project came to a dead end. The concrete guy said he'd have to charge me $6000 extra because it was such a small job (12x12). The deck guy (the one who called back, three others didn't bother) gave me an estimate that was almost 60% more than what Angie's List said it should cost. I don't know how this project could be simpler and that's what is most frustrating. I just have to let it go and buy some more sod.
|The Pinterest picture I fell in love with...alas, it was not to be|