Monday, June 12, 2017

Life With the Lees: A Summer's Week Recap 6.12.17

Hi everyone! We have been soaking up our summer in the Lee casa, so my Monday weekend recaps will probably turn into more week in reviews.

Last Sunday, Ari woke up asking to make a helmet to wear when she rides one of her horses, Secretariat. She designed the helmet, worked with Robert to build it, and then had me cover it in foil to meet her specifications. The randomness that comes from this child is always astounding!


If you ask Trip to go pick out something to wear for the day, you can pretty much guarantee that he'll come back down the stairs in a red and blue combo. I present you with Doodle's summer uniform:



After what seemed to be a never-ending baseball season, we celebrated Ari's last game on Tuesday night. I was trying really hard to be on a diet this week, but Robert talked me into Fuddrucker's. I didn't feel so bad for eating my cheeseburger instead of a salad because the awesome worker discovered we were both teachers and he went to my rival high school, so he gave us our entire meal for free! I thought that was so incredibly kind and very unexpected!


We have a summer schedule that we stick to for the most part during the week, but it includes a movie after lunch when it's too hot to be outside. Somebody likes to move it, move it!


We get a new "guy" every summer, and this year, it's Jack the Alligator. Apparently he wanted to watch the afternoon movie and enjoy the A/C with us. 


The alligator made it into the pool, and then a creeper showed up to watch it!


We've also built in some quiet time to our summer schedule, so after a short-lived game of Jenga, the Roo got to building. 


She then turned the camera on me enjoying my quiet time!


On Wednesday, we had sunscreened up to hit our pool, and the pool guy walked into the backyard to fix our pool light! On Thursday, we had sunscreened up, and the pool guy was back for our weekly cleaning! So, we hit the neighborhood pool before dinner on both nights and enjoyed the slide and diving board. 





In the summer, we finally have enough time to take what the kids call, "night walks." We stopped at one of the 5 parks in our neighborhood. The kids quickly got going on their American Ninja Warrior practice!


We had some swim team buddies come home after practice on Friday morning, so we ended up blowing up the rest of the critters in our arsenal. It's a jungle in that pool!


My librarian friend sent me this post from our friends at Good Steward Global Initiative who are in Africa for the summer establishing libraries. My students held a chess set drive and a book collection to help stock the libraries that are being created in Africa by Good Steward. I'm so proud of my students, and I love that we are able to witness the enjoyment of their hard work an ocean away! 


We had our last regular swim meet of the season on Saturday. And then, on Sunday, my mom and I went to try to make one of my dreams come true. We auditioned for Wheel of Fortune! I went back to my high school days of making random t-shirts and made these for us:



We showed up early for the first game on Sunday with a couple hundred other people. My mom got photographed by some press lady taking pictures!


The Pat and Vanna for the auditions were super enthusiastic and pumped up the crowd!


They pulled up 5 people every 10 minutes to play. 


They did contestant interviews and then played the game like they do on the final spin of the show.


We didn't get our names called, and the second game had at least three times as many people auditioning. People were getting a little too invasive of our space, so we called it a day. There's a chance that I could still be called if they do a random drawing from the forms in a few weeks. Fingers crossed! 


I'm off to a GT workshop today while the kids get a day with their grandparents! I hope you have a great week, and I'll see you back here tomorrow for a double post Tuesday! See you soon!

16 comments:

  1. I am so jealous of all of your pool time- looks so fun and relaxing! Have a great conference today.

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    1. I love that they can both swim now that I don't have to be in the water 24/7. It's nice to sit at the edge and just watch sometimes, too!

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  2. WOW...so cool you got to go to the "Wheel" auditions. I have a friend from New York that won over $25,000 on that show!! I literally think it is the longest running game show of all time! Love seeing your sun kissed face! Wow does that alligator ever bring back memories. My dad would always ride ours like a bull in the pool when I was growing up. He'd jump off the diving board and land on it just like a horse. Happy Monday!

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    1. Oh no, don't give my kids any ideas, Andrea! :)

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  3. As if I wasn't already jealous enough of you having a pool in your backyard, you've got a neighborhood one too?! Geesh...I don't have any pools and I just love pools. Ok, cry baby rant over. Wheel.Of.Fortune! (did you just yell that as you read it??😉) If you get on there I'll be dying! Even if you don't it's a great story that you had that experience. So what's GT? Have a great week. I love y'all's summer schedule❤️

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    1. Robert and the kids have had me in Wheel of Fortune bootcamp this last week, and I've been doing pretty well. They want me to do the puzzles standing though and without talking it out loud to be better prepared! GT is Gifted and Talented. We have to get our hours every year to teach GT students, and our science museum hosts a great workshop each year instead of the boring school ones.

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  4. That's fantastic about the chess sets! My kids train for American Ninja Warrior every day! This usually involves taking all of the pillows and couch cushions they can find and making obstacle courses. Are adults allowed on that pool slide? If so, I'll be right over.

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    1. Oh my gosh- that slide usually is super fast, and Robert will go down with his legs crossed and shoot out to the other side of the pool! The water pressure is a little sad this year, and the kids are plopping out at the end!

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  5. Jack needs to come meet Leonard! And a free meal? That's so kind! I hope they call you back for WOF!!

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    1. Thanks, Laura- fingers crossed! Ha- my pool is being overrun with a blow up zoo!

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  6. Looks like a great summer so far! I love doing out of the box things like auditioning for a game show. It just fun adventures that make life more exciting :) American Ninja Warrior is on tonight!! We are so excited!

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    1. It was fun to at least watch- I think I would've either killed it on stage or totally frozen if I got called up. One lady went up and the guy asked her to tell about herself, and she said, "I'm 38 years old..." and then nothing! Other people were doing Jazzercise on stage and karate! Robert's cousin is apparently besties with that Kacey girl from American Ninja Warrior. It's always weird to see her in Instagram pictures of relatives.

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  7. OMG I LOVE Wheel!! That would be amazing if you were able to go on there!!

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    1. I know! It would be a dream- my friend's friend has been on Wheel, 100,000 dollar pyramid, and Price Is Right!

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  8. That is so fun about the Wheel of Fortune, and it looks like y'all are having a blast with the playground and pool! Have a wonderful week!

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    1. Thanks, Tanya! Definitely loving the lazy days of summer- and swim team is ALMOST OVER! Hoorah!

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