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Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Mugs

My grandpa has collected mugs ever since I can remember and over the past couple of years, he's been letting visitors choose their favorite (or two or three) to take home.

When we visited my grandparents earlier this summer and it was our time to choose, the Nashville mug was kind of a no-brainer. Rory drinks milk out of it nearly every morning. While I will miss seeing that wall of mugs when we visit, I love having mementos from my childhood being used by my own child.

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Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Tuesday's Tidbits

(haven't had one of these in a while!)

We discovered that one of Camden's all-star teammates lives in a nearby neighborhood so they have been spending lots of time together. If you can believe it, this is his first neighborhood friend. Ever. He is over the moon, and it's so cute (I need a better word than cute for a pair of middle schoolers). Camden mapped out the directions, taped them to the front of his bike, and left a note in the other boy's mailbox and it's been all fun all the time ever since. No pictures because hello, thirteen. He is so mortified by the camera these days.

For the first time ever, we were hoping to take advantage of a parent's night out at church (we're usually working at these events instead of getting to be the parents). And then we realized Camden is thirteen and has aged out of the parent's night out. 

Also. Having older kids may mean there are no longer diapers to change, but it also means their bedtime is nearly the same as mine. Those 2 hours after the kids are in bed but before it's my own bedtime have been my favorite hours of the day ever since I became a parent, and now they no longer exist. Which is why I have been staying up until midnight and then cursing the alarm every morning.

We made a trip to Nashville Saturday morning to visit Five Daughters Bakery and McKay's bookstore. Camden declared that the donuts "make Krispy Kreme look like Walmart donuts." 

(growing my hair out might be the worst decision of the summer)
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Our book haul

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Camden and Rory are both very into Starbucks this summer, and it cracks me up. Let's be clear. . . the Lewis adults are not funding this addiction; that's all on their own dime. Camden takes great pride in buying a coffee for us, which is sweet.

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A group from church baked goodies and took them to our local sheriff's office.

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Brian took Rory bowling one afternoon last week. I hear she actually beat him, and this wasn't some let-your-kid-have-a-win situation either.

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Brian and I had one movie on our summer list to see (Free State of Jones). We tried to see it 3 times and all 3 times, life happened. This is so typical for the summer of 2016.  

While the adults have been b.u.s.y., the kids have been busy taking care of themselves, indulging in too much screen time, not playing outside (hello, 100 degree days) and just barely not killing each other. They are so ready for school to be back in session while the adults feel like the break part of summer break never quite arrived.

Speaking of school, the kids go back next week. I am dreading it and ready for it at the same time.

I've read a lot of bad books in the past couple of weeks, but finally found a couple of winners: Peas and Carrots by Tanita S. Davis, Before the Fall by Noah Hawley, and Last Ride to Graceland by Kim Wright. Books to skip include The Girls by Emma Cline, Life Sentences by Laura Lippman, The Bronte Plot by Katherine Reay, and The Progeny by Tosca Lee.

Friday, July 15, 2016

Five on Friday (July 15)

Our household woke up to a 13-year old this morning. How did Camden go from this . . .

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. . . to this so quickly? (I brought him Starbucks in bed for his birthday.)
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Since today is his 13th birthday, this week's Five on Friday is all about Camden.

1. He finished his Little League career this week, and the season certainly ended with a bang. We won our first all-star game 15-0, but games 2 and 3 ended on the last play of the game with questionable calls. Although Camden wasn't in the starting line-up all 3 games, he did get to pitch in 2 out of 3 games and threw a whole bunch of strikes. I have a feeling he will be replaying one not-so-smart play in his head for quite a while, but I hope he also remembers the triple and the impressive number of players he struck out.

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She thought I was taking her picture. ;)
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2. His love for reading and music has not diminished over the years, and I am excited to see where both of these passions take him. His reading tastes are starting to change from all YA fantasy all the time to historical fiction, and he's even read a biography and some Louis L'Amour this summer (which makes Brian quite happy since L'Amour books are the only books he finds worthy of reading). He picks up music harmonies so easily and is doing a great job learning guitar. Sixth grade didn't offer choir for some reason, but he will be in middle school choir for 7th grade and can't wait. Choir has been his favorite "subject" for several years now. Well, favorite subject right after lunch.

3. He's so, so big with boats for feet. Like when I hug him, it's not like hugging a kid anymore. We bought him a pair of shoes in a men's size 8 today. Just this week he decided he wants to start lifting weights so he pulled out Brian's weights from the garage (where they have been packed away ever since we moved here 4 years ago).

4. Maybe because he's a boy (or maybe just because he's my kid), but his compassionate side catches me off guard sometimes but I am so proud of his emerging compassionate spirit. The way he takes notice of the mistreated and under-valued - the world could use a little bit more of this quality.

5. He may be 13, but there's still so much little boy left in him. The teen attitude may be creeping its way in, but he still is sweet and fun-loving and is not too cool for nerf guns, legos, and super hero talk. In fact, nerf guns and legos were both on his birthday list. A Starbucks gift card was also on the list, which cracked me up. (Rory bought him one.)

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My parents were here last weekend so we celebrated a bit early.
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Monday, July 11, 2016

Lewis Family Summer 2016

I came home with 662 pictures from our 4 days in east Tennessee. You can just go ahead and thank me now for not be sharing all of them here, but I did want to post a few favorites.

These two 9-year olds were hilarious. They stayed off to themselves and dramatically started a band called The Shining Lanterns while planning their movie centered around their band mistakes.
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Camden got to fish in Gramp's pond and was pretty excited about this fish - definitely the biggest he's ever caught.
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Camden and the little guys had a blast playing together.
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We spent one day on the lake in two boats - super fun! A few of the adults (including this one) stayed dry, but most of the family (bigs and littles) enjoyed the water.
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Camden was a little hesitant when the other kids started jumping off the boat deck, but he finally jumped crawled over. I can't blame him for being nervous; I sure wouldn't have jumped!
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Brian tried to get fancy.
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All the grandkids. Whyyyyy didn't I notice the big ceiling fan before I took this. Could have been because I was just trying to get 13 kids looking my direction at once.
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Family basketball game. It kind of looks like the kids might be winning.
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There were plenty of babies to play with.
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There were also a few teens to be found.
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And, finally, an impromptu group picture. The kids pretty much lived in their swimming suits/trunks this week (and I did not have on a lick of make-up), but we managed to get all of us in one picture.
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Wednesday, July 06, 2016

Independence Day 2016

We invited family and friends (both old and new) over Sunday afternoon for an early Independence Day celebration. I didn't make the adults jump in the picture and only snapped this quick one of the kids after dark. If you can't tell, it was just a tad hot and humid. Understatement of the day.

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Notice Addison's photobomb
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My original plan for July 4 was to spend it in yoga pants camped out on the couch with my book. We ended up spending most of the day working around the house instead, but it was still good to not have any time commitments. The kids finally got to see Finding Dory (we have heard about this movie non-stop for the last several months) and then shot off some fireworks.

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Not only did I not put them in patriot t-shirts, I didn't even take pictures. My, how times have changed.