Project 365 {week 29}

This week was pretty dumb.

I got nothing for Sunday, July 13. I read in church and then I think we slept the rest of the day.

July 14: After a rough day with the boys, my church book club meets at a yummy restaurant for the $5 burger/beer special.

July 14: After a rough day with the boys, my church book club meets at a yummy restaurant for the $5 burger/beer special.

July 15: Strep throat hits this guy.

July 15: Strep throat hits this guy.

July 16: After an AWFUL day that included the doctor's office and the ER, this guy get some meds that make him feel much better.

July 16: After an AWFUL day that included the doctor’s office and the ER, this guy get some meds that make him feel much better.

July 17: but now this guy is sick.

July 17: but now this guy is sick.

And I have nothing for July 18 because I fell victim and only got out of bed to go to the doctor’s office. Cort stayed home from work because I cried at the thought of moving.  It. Was. Rough.

July 19: The boys are all feeling fine, so they join family up north at a cottage. I stay home and feel miserable.

July 19: The boys are all feeling fine, so they join family up north at a cottage. I stay home and feel miserable.

As I go to hit publish on this, I have been back to the ER. No strep for me, but horrible bad virus giving me a sore throat. Cort is falling to it as I type.

I leave for BlogHer on Wednesday.

I’m not sure how much I will be around as I try to get 100% (ok even 90%) better so travel doesn’t suck.

I also need my family to be healthy because I will cry the entire 5 days if I abandon sick boys.

Also my house is a mess and I can’t leave it this way or it will be worse when I get back.

And I have laundry to do.

And I have to pack.

And I have to cuddle with those boys because I am getting anxiety about leaving.

So.

If you’re going to BlogHer…find me! I will be getting in Wednesday night, but ready for civilization on Thursday. I’ll have info about blogging opportunities with Imagine Toys.

If you’re NOT going to BlogHer, it might be quiet around here this week.

Isn’t summer sickness the worst thing in the world? Yes. yes it is.

Project 365 {week 28}

The week…

July 6: Sometimes they get along.

July 6: Sometimes they get along.

July 7: A little quality quiet time with the big one.

July 7: A little quality quiet time with the big one.

July 8: Clay fun during quiet time...he was so proud that he spelled his name.

July 8: Clay fun during quiet time…he was so proud that he spelled his name.

July 9: Newest read

July 9: Newest read

July 10: Again it's craftiness during quiet time. Today = sidewalk paint

July 10: Again it’s craftiness during quiet time. Today = sidewalk paint

July 11: Meeting my new nephew, Harrison

July 11: Meeting my new nephew, Harrison

July 12: Annual reunion with the college buddies/roomies. We figured out we have been friends for 18 years.  And have 13 kids between the 6 of us!

July 12: Annual reunion with the college buddies/roomies. We figured out we have been friends for 18 years. And have 13 kids between the 6 of us!

How was your week?

Project 365 {week 27}

Holy crap!

It’s JULY!

June 29: It's summer. That means Pants Optional if you are under 3.

June 29: It’s summer. That means Pants Optional if you are under 3.

June 30: Moving day! On to a new classroom and new adventures!

June 30: Moving day! On to a new classroom and new adventures!

July 1: Just reading a book to daddy.

July 1: Just reading a book to daddy.

July 2: A morning at the zoo with daddy.

July 2: A morning at the zoo with daddy.

July 3: Bird High by the fourth of July.

July 3: our garden is Bird High by the fourth of July.

July 4: park in the morning, lazy afternoon, dinner and sparklers with friends, and then daddy's fireworks show in our jammies. A great holiday!

July 4: park in the morning, lazy afternoon, dinner and sparklers with friends, and then daddy’s fireworks show in our jammies. A great holiday!

July 5: This is exactly what summer should look like.

July 5: This is exactly what summer should look like.

Hopefully all of my American readers had a great holiday.

I know we did.

You know how I can tell? Everyone could have realistically gone to bed at 8pm tonight.

Boom.

Project 365 {week 26}

So this week was pretty awesome.

June 22: Grocery shopping with this guy.

June 22: Grocery shopping with this guy.

June 23: Happy birthday to our FIVE YEAR OLD! Look how excited to get a Nintento DS!

June 23: Happy birthday to our FIVE YEAR OLD! Look how excited to get a Nintendo DS!

June 24: I made cake, frosting, and ice cream from scratch for Eddie's big day. And now we are eating it every day. There are no complaints.

June 24: I made cake, frosting, and ice cream from scratch for Eddie’s big day. And now we are eating it every day. There are no complaints.

June 25: Because sometimes you need to wear Turbo eyes and mardi gras beads.

June 25: Because sometimes you need to wear Turbo eyes and mardi gras beads.

June 26: I tried to wake this kid up from nap for 30 minutes before he pulled the blanket up and told me to "go way". Summer makes a boy sleepy.

June 26: I tried to wake this kid up from nap for 30 minutes before he pulled the blanket up and told me to “go way”. Summer makes a boy sleepy.

June 27: Now this guy is helping me at the store. One at a time is key. Both at once? NO.

June 27: Now this guy is helping me at the store. One at a time is key. Both at once? NO.

June 28: beach and cook out in the morning, fun with friends playing outside and then cards and a meat/cheese tray while the kids crashed. This day = perfect.

June 28: beach and cook out in the morning, fun with friends playing outside and then cards and a meat/cheese tray while the kids crashed. This day = perfect.

This week Eddie turned five, I saw my new classroom, met with my therapist, had a day absolutely alone with nothing to do but watch TV, and ended with a fun-packed family fun day.

I’d say summer is maybe looking better to me.

Just in time for July!

Project 365 {week 25}

I took pictures of the good stuff this week.

But behind the good, there was some very hard stuff.

June 15; Happy Father's Day to this guy!

June 15; Happy Father’s Day to this guy!

June 16: I like the age when they can go out and play without needing much from me. The week starts out Ok.

June 16: I like the age when they can go out and play without needing much from me. The week starts out Ok.

June 17: I have three for breakfast today since cousin Lilly is here. I also get the phone call telling me about my job transfer to 8th grade ELA. This day is hard.

June 17: I have three for breakfast today since cousin Lilly is here. I also get the phone call telling me about my job transfer to 8th grade ELA. This day is hard.

June 18: Happy anniversary to us! nine years strong!  (I also had a pre-cancerous spot frozen off my face).

June 18: Happy anniversary to us! nine years strong! (I also had a pre-cancerous spot frozen off my face).

June 19: Even though I have a very hard day, this one knows when I need a smile. He put on my glasses and said, "I Momma!!"

June 19: Even though I have a very hard day, this one knows when I need a smile. He put on my glasses and said, “I Momma!!”

June 20: It's birthday party prep day! Eddie is excited for cousins and friends to come play in the pool!

June 20: It’s birthday party prep day! Eddie is excited for cousins and friends to come play in the pool!

June 21: This guy is still 2 days away from turning five, but we celebrate with a FIESTA today.

June 21: This guy is still 2 days away from turning five, but we celebrate with a FIESTA today.

I’d like to say I am facing all of these challenges and emotions with remarkable aplomb.

I’d like to say I am proud of how I am handling it all.

But I am not.

So.

I’m not sure what to do other than just keep breathing.

Project 365 {week 24}

This week was the height of our transition.

There was a lot of push and pull.

And crying.

I was looking through my Instagram feed and I realized it looks like this week was SO MUCH FUN.

But that was just what I took pictures of.

In between there was a lot of frustration.

And questions (from the boys AND me) about when they can go back to daycare.

June 8: Charlie "helps" with yard work.

June 8: Charlie “helps” with yard work.

June 9: He calls this his "animal house". I think he needs a sweat shirt that says "college".

June 9: He calls this his “animal house”. I think he needs a sweat shirt that says “college”.

June 10: Reading over some note my aunt took so I can write my grandfather's military years in narrative form.

June 10: Reading over some note my aunt took so I can write my grandfather’s military years in narrative form.

June 11; Private tour of the new Verizon Smart Store in Grand Rapids, Mi.

June 11; Private tour of the new Verizon Smart Store in Grand Rapids, Mi.

June 12: All three boys quiet in one spot. I think this is the first time all week.

June 12: All three boys quiet in one spot. I think this is the first time all week.

June 13: Although the weather was chilly (mid 50's), we braved the park for an hour.

June 13: Although the weather was chilly (mid 50′s), we braved the park for an hour.

June 14: one of our favorite things to do all month: cards with great friends because it means family fun for all of us!

June 14: one of our favorite things to do all month: cards with great friends because it means family fun for all of us!

The truth of the photos is that we found fun.

The untruth of the pictures is that there was a lot of tension and stress and time outs around the fun.

That is parenthood, though, right?

We’ll get there.

Project 365 {week 23}

It is JUNE and it is SUMMER.

OFFICIALLY.

June 1: Open house for a very special graduate.

June 1: Open house for a very special graduate.

June 2: The boys are still in daycare, so I whip up some marscapone. No big deal.

June 2: The boys are still in daycare, so I whip up some marscapone. No big deal.

June 3: The homemade cheesecake ice cream with raspberry sauce I made with yesterday's marscapone.

June 3: The homemade cheesecake ice cream with raspberry sauce I made with yesterday’s marscapone.

June 4: Date Day! This guy was my date for pedicures, lunch, and some shopping.

June 4: Date Day! This guy was my date for pedicures, lunch, and some shopping.

June 5: I get to go as a guest to the Make A Wish Michigan The Fault in Our Stars Premier event. It was amazing.

June 5: I get to go as a guest to the Make A Wish Michigan The Fault in Our Stars Premier event. It was amazing.

June 6: Home with these two goobers trying to figure out our new summer groove.

June 6: Home with these two goobers trying to figure out our new summer groove.

June 7: The boys come to Indiana with me for a reading Three Minus One.  I was super nervous to read my piece, but Eddie told me he would like me even if I messed up, so I was good.

June 7: The boys come to Indiana with me for a reading Three Minus One. I was super nervous to read my piece, but Eddie told me he would like me even if I messed up, so I was good.

I will admit that there were parts of the week that felt stressful and I definitely battled with some anxiety.

The boys and I have NOT found our groove yet, but we will.

Cortney reminded me that this is just the transition. It will be Ok.

And it will.

I mean, we have perfect weather this week, and this is just transition?

I’ll take it.

Project 365 {week 22}

Well, well, well.

There you are, summer.

May 25: I sit back with a beer and my book at watch the "help" wash my car.

May 25: I sit back with a beer and my book at watch the “help” wash my car.

May 26: Memorial Day sprinkler fun. Except sprinklers were not Charlie's idea of fun

May 26: Memorial Day sprinkler fun. Except sprinklers were not Charlie’s idea of fun

May 26: A freshly laundered Bird

May 26: A freshly laundered Bird

May 28: Last #teacherstyle shot of the school year.

May 28: Last #teacherstyle shot of the school year.

May 29: Finished grading all exams and feeling darn good about it.

May 29: Finished grading all exams and feeling darn good about it.

May 30: Celebrating the last day of school looks a lot different than it used to.

May 30: Celebrating the last day of school looks a lot different than it used to.

May 31: Eddie and I had a date to Barnes and Noble for new bed time books and a treat. He chose Cricket in Times Square and Stewart Little. He also chose fruit punch and a vanilla cupcake.

May 31: Eddie and I had a date to Barnes and Noble for new bed time books and a treat. He chose Cricket in Times Square and Stewart Little. He also chose fruit punch and a vanilla cupcake.

School is out.

I repeat: SCHOOL IS OUT.

Project 365 {week 21}

More lasts, which lead to more firsts.

“Tis the life of a parent and teacher.

May 18: cuddles with the small one.

May 18: cuddles with the small one.

May 18: my seniors are all done. Work is odd now.

May 19: my seniors are all done. Work is odd now.

May 20: He has always crossed his toes...since birth.

May 20: He has always crossed his toes…since birth.

May 23: This guy is now officially a Kindergartner!

May 23: This guy is now officially a Kindergartner!

May 21: Graduation night.I am really REALLY going to miss this group of seniors. Especially this one.

May 22: Graduation night.I am really REALLY going to miss this group of seniors. Especially this one.

May 22: The books man, they keep coming. And I LOVE it! #classroomlibrary

May 23: The books man, they keep coming. And I LOVE it! #classroomlibrary

 

May 24: As per Sluiter tradition, the flowers have been purchased and planted on this Memorial Day weekend.

May 24: As per Sluiter tradition, the flowers have been purchased and planted on this Memorial Day weekend.

And just like that I am on the cusp of my last week of school.

Summer, I see you.

Project 365 {week 20}

This week was a killer.

Not because it was so busy, but because all my feelings leaked out of my eyes.

May is a tricky month because not only is it filled with busy, but it always brings the end of something too.

May 11: Happy Mother's Day! Eddie made me this beautiful necklace!

May 11: Happy Mother’s Day! Eddie made me this beautiful necklace!

May 12: The sweet REM poster the boys got me for Mother's Day

May 12: The sweet REM poster the boys got me for Mother’s Day

May 13: fuzzy family selfie...er...usie?

May 13: fuzzy family selfie…er…usie?

May 14: I may have gotten out of control with my new "Property of Sluiter Nation" stamp at school

May 14: I may have gotten out of control with my new “Property of Sluiter Nation” stamp at school

May 15: on the way home from the Scholastic Book Warehouse Sale: five baby cows in a camo jeep. WHAT?

May 15: on the way home from the Scholastic Book Warehouse Sale: five baby cows in a camo jeep. WHAT?

May 16: Seniors' Last day. They made me cry. Jerks.

May 16: Seniors’ Last day. They made me cry. Jerks.

May 17: Eddie's last swimming lesson for this year. He rocked it.

May 17: Eddie’s last swimming lesson for this year. He rocked it.

Lasts were everywhere this week.

And we face some more lasts this coming week.

We also got lots of good news this week:

Eddie is going to our first choice of elementary schools in the fall for Kindergarten,

and I get to go to BlogHer ’14 in July!!!

WOOT!

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