Five for Friday

01.) Annelise had the BEST time at her friend Grace's birthday party/sleepover this week. Her mom deserves a medal, like seriously, for taking four girls to Galveston and not losing her mind or a child. They went on the Duck tour, which is a newish thing down there, following suit I'm sure of the success of the ones in Boston and other places. She said she didn't really pay too much attention to the tour because, you know, she was talking to the other girls and eating Sweet Tarts, but she does vaguely remember talk of the 1900 hurricane and Jean Lafitte (the famous pirate) so she did absorb a tiny bit of history. They also went to Stewart Beach for a good long while, see beach jumping photo below.
You'll have to imagine three other girls also jumping off to the other side of Annelise, I didn't think I should post bikini clad girls to the web without permission. They finished the day back at the birthday girl's house for more food, a glow in the dark Nerf war and then at some point they finally slept.

02.) Because of all the fun and the late night Annelise wasn't too keen on going to her last day of basketball camp. Mean mom that I am, I made her go. The nerve.

Oh look...she got most improved player!

If she hadn't gone she'd have missed out on that, wouldn't have gotten her camp shirt and missed out on the last three on three and five on five games. I know, I'm so mean.
I'm always setting miscellaneous items on the stairs or banister for her to take up and put away or whatever she needs to do with them. I am always finding Nerf darts in all kinds of nooks and crannies around here so they are often on the banister for her.

03.) I'm also such I mean mom that I made Annelise go to the pool (at my dad's house) with me this afternoon instead of letting her stay home by herself. As if I've ever let her stay home by herself (although I might at some point eventually, she is almost 12 and all). 
Even though she wasn't all fired up about going to the pool (it's BORING, mom!) she settled in with popcorn and a book (required summer reading for sixth grade, Wonder; she read it last summer but is re-reading to refresh her memory). She did eventually swim but not for long and still managed to pester me with "When can we go home-isms" left and right. Joy.

Sidenote: Since Annelise is a full-fledged moody tween and there's often, um...drama, I've recently resorted to responding to her complaints by singing a few lines from Linda Ronstadt's Poor, Poor Pitiful Me.
Because I am nothing if not sympathetic.

Another good one is Tragedy by The Bee Gees.


04.) I blocked her moans and groans out as well as I could by escaping into this delightful book.
Seriously, it's got me all wrapped up and I could hardly put it down to type this post. It's a carry-on of sorts from Life After Life (amazing!) but focuses more on Teddy. I also highly recommend her Jackson Brodie series.

Honestly though I've been a quite off my reading game this year. I always set a goal to read at least my current age (46 for January 2015 when I set it) and keep track of things on Goodreads. I've always surpassed my goal but Goodreads informed my I'm currently 14 books behind schedule for 2015. Oops!

05.) I'm slightly embarrassed to admit this, but we are totally hooked on American Ninja Warrior.
(Monday nights, set your DVRs!)

Are y'all? Do y'all eat Oreos while you watch? We do and then of course feel shame and guilt...but...you know, Oreos!

Happy Friday, y'all!


Life Lately.

Annelise finished up her soccer season Saturday with a tie, which after a few clobberings by teams with bigger kids earlier this season, this was much appreciated.
We sat along the sidelines and tried not to melt into the grass (fail) and think cool thoughts (not really that helpful) while cheering her on. The team celebrated their season with a pizza party afterwards under the shade of the bleachers. Her team has had the same groups of kids, along with a few newbies here and there, for several years now and it's really great to see them grow in their skills and abilities. There are two girls that have been on Annelise's team for a couple of seasons now (here she is with Cadee) but the rest have all been boys.
Scott's brother Ron and his sister Karen came down for a visit Saturday and to see Annelise play, which was totally an act of love because it was HOT out there y'all. We retreated to Jimmy Changa's after the game to cool off and stuff ourselves with yummy Tex-Mex, as you do.
Annelise is going to a girls' basketball camp at my old high school four mornings this week which has been fun. Well, fun might be stretching things a bit since she's not a fan of getting up and out of the house earlyish (it starts at 9:00, whoa) but she likes the skill practice and the three on three games they've been playing so it's all good, yo'.
Girl's got her sleepy game face on here, watch out.

In non-sports related news, we went shopping for a new dish rack (after 20 years--it was a wedding present--ours broke) at Bed Bath and Beyond (I don't normally like to shop there but it was convenient at the time) and ended up getting Annelise a new comforter set instead (they didn't have any dish racks that met my criteria, as in, super cheap).

I told her we could look since she's been begging for something updated for over a year or longer and she's had the same one since transitioning out of her toddler bed somewhere around age four or five. I know. But in my defense her old set was from Land of Nod and was super cute and therefore hard to part with (at least for me). We had almost given up hope because everything was either too mature or too expensive but then as we were almost out of the bedding area there was a table with bed-in-a-bags for dorm rooms and there was something there that we actually both liked and more importantly, it was not expensive. Winning! It's a classic black pattern with grey and mint accents, in other words, really, really cute. She has an antique style iron frame twin bed that has a trundle bed underneath but I think as she's gotten older she wishes she had a full or queen size, even though that would cause her to lose most of the room in her room...so we're twinning it a while longer. Like maybe until college.

While I'm too lazy to go upstairs to snap a photo I'm not too lazy to show you what it looks like on their website. You're welcome.

Of course a new bed set led to the rearranging of her bedroom furniture which led to the rearranging of some of her wall decor which led to the hunt for a cute chalkboard or cork board (we found the former at World Market) which also led to shopping for accent pillows (still looking) and a cute side table or ottoman pouf for her incidentals (iPod and water bottle, you know) (we found a cute wire flower table at Kirkland's, which, yay! but their potpourri almost knocked me out).

In other news, Scott hammered the two nails back into my dish rack and I'm good to go for possibly another 20 years, so there's that.



Miscellany Monday

Hi there.

It's been a while.

I'm making a Herculean (or possibly a Hail Mary if you prefer sport references) attempt to catch up on the ol' blog. Brace yourselves.

Last weekend The Girls and I, along with two not so little girls, went to see Newsies with a group a ladies from church. I missed the craze over the movie back in the early 90s so I didn't know too much, if anything, other than there were some dancing boys selling papers in New York, so I couldn't really sell it to Annelise based on that shallow summary, but spending an afternoon with Macy (the adults were just transportation and monetary sources for things like lunch, Starbucks and such) was a highlight for her.
The good news is she ended up liking it. Not, mind you, on a Wicked level, because hello, WICKED, but she enjoyed it just the same.
We had great seats smack dab in the center on the second level. After the show we had to pose for pics in the newspaper cutout, I mean how could you resist an opportunity to be on the front page?
In awkward yet related news, Annelise and I missed our Diehl family reunion over at my Dad and Peggy's house that afternoon. I thought we might be able to catch the tail end of it but...nope. I had gotten our Newsies tickets months before the reunion was even planned and it was a matinee so it turned out to be smack dab in the middle of the reunion. We didn't pop over before the show because no one had arrived before we were leaving for lunch downtown and anyway, dress clothes and full hair and make-up don't mix well with the HEAT. 

The Girls (and the kids and the dudes) had a get-together on Memorial Day at Pat and Robyn's house for lots of eating, lots of ping-pong, lots of swimming, lots of hanging out chatting and lots of basketball. I was a dud (remember sometimes I am a selfish curmudgeonly hermit?) and stayed home but Scott and Annelise went and had a great time. 
In related news...I bought Annelise her first bikini. She's always been a tankini girl, and still is, we got her one of those too, but she's been lured in by the siren call of bikinis and I caved. As far as two pieces go it's very tame with a halter style ruffled top and not too skimpy bottoms. Modest two pieces might be an oxymoron and I fear we've started down a slippery slope, but I was also afraid there'd be some sneaky rebellion when she got older if I made a huge deal out of it and never let her wear one. So...here we are.
Last week was also the last week of 5th grade for Annelise.

They had Field Day on Tuesday, which was definitely a highlight for my sporty sports girlie. The rain even held off (the Houston area had been flooded the night before, Scott worked from home that day because so many roads were under water) so they could have most of it outside. Winning!
We simplified our end of year teacher gifts this year since she had three teachers, which I hated to do, but my wallet sang a different song, and didn't do the summer beach bags like we've done in the past.
We did cute mason jar mugs filled with Crystal Lite packets, candy, nail polish and Sonic gift cards with tags that said "Hope your summer is cool and colorful" because we're cheesy that way.
Wednesday I picked her up early and we hit Sonic happy hour because the last week of school is kind of dumb. Thursday was only a half-day so we celebrated with lunch at Panera and a brief shopping spree at JC Penney.

Sidneote: I had a mild anxiety attack while trying to shop for her in the JUNIORS department.  What the what?!?! She's at an awkward stage where the kids' sizes are not quite big enough but she's not quite old enough for junior clothes. We did find a few t-shirts and one pair of denim bermuda shorts (a size 3---seems so weird). We looked for shorts in between bermuda (mid-thigh) length and the very popular denim underwear, but to no avail. She doesn't need a ton of summer clothes since her preferred outfit consists of Nike tempo shorts and a t-shirt, but she does need a few things, so we'll have to keep hunting.

The first day of summer dawned Friday and several hours later we got up and went to breakfast at Cracker Barrel.
And yes, she ate almost all of that.

She played one of her last two soccer games Saturday while we baked and sweated profusely on the sidelines. I really don't know how she can run around in this heat when I can barely sit in it. After schlepping from the parking lot over to the fields and getting our chairs set up I was a dripping mess. I looked around longingly for a pool to jump into and sadly there wasn't one.
Sunday was our Senior Celebration at church, which is always a treat (well at least for the handful of times we've gone), but this year was even more special because Troy and Heather's son Reid is graduating.

He was gracious enough to pose for a photo with all the birdlets and it really hit me that we'll be celebrating them in only a handful of years. Stop. It!

Since we had a potluck after church (I made the obligatory taco soup and lemon cake because that's just what I do) we didn't get to go out for Scott's birthday (we're going tonight instead, all is well).
We did manage to fit in cherry dump cake and vanilla ice cream (not Blue Bell---yet) yesterday afternoon which promptly lead to a sugar coma. His R2D2 birthday card also inspired epic Star Wars quoting, but that's okay. We figured it would.

And that's a (long) peek at life lately.
Happy Monday, y'all!

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