Day 166 ~ Colorful Colorado

Wheeeew after a whirlwind of activity over the last 10 days or so I am pretty much beat and slightly behind on posts (I will get caught up at some point).    After spending most of this past year  trying to stay afloat  treading water  while avoiding the sharks it was time to bust loose a little bit.  In the last 10 days there was three concerts, one 5K run, one rodeo, and one 1000 mile road trip across the states.

I am back in Colorful Colorado ready to make the final push until school starts in less than two weeks (I will have everyone in school full-time…happy dance) and then hopefully sail through the rest of the fall until Chris finally returns!

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Day 155 ~ When the Sun Goes Down…

In a nutshell:

Chris you were seriously missed!

Kenny Chesney rocked the stadium again and has probably become my favorite live performer.

Olivia loooooved her first concert and scored a t-shirt from the guys sitting in front of us which made her night.

Overall one hell of a good night and belated Christmas present!

Day 141 ~ Working for the Man

Part of the stipulation of Oksanna going to Panama was that she would return and start looking for a job.  Today she filled out her first job application (happy dance).   It’s been 16 years and the bank of mom and dad is about ready to shut its doors.  There is no need to go into all of the lesson that will be learned by earning your own money anyone who has paid their own way and succeeded and perhaps failed will understand the value of not receiving handouts.  This is a lesson that will be handed down to all three girls starting today July 8, 2012

Day 138 ~ Panama

I just scrolled through about 400 pictures on Facebook of Oksanna’s trip to Panama.  It looks like the group met some amazing people although very impoverished.   Judging by the pictures it looks like the kids feel in love with their group of about 20 kids.  Here are just a few I pulled of Oksanna…

Oksanna get’s home tomorrow. 🙂

Always true to her Nebraska roots! 

Day 137 ~ The 4th

A couple of days without internet does the soul good.  Today I am playing catch up so this will be kept short and sweet.

The little girls and I headed East to Scottsbluff, NE to celebrate the 4th with my grandparents.   It was a strange 4th to say the least.  Chris is in the middle of ocean somewhere protecting the freedoms we celebrate today and Oksanna is in Panama bringing joy to so many who do without daily.

I am so very proud of both of them and all that they are doing abroad.

As always I keep Marching Forward and try to keep life here at home as normal as possible so the little girls and I did some fireworks and partied it up with my  Grandparents and their Great Grandparents.

However, some of us may have had a little more fun then others….

Day 136 ~ Crop Report

Plant, water, love, water, more love, water = We Grow

We have been enjoying our lettuce and sugar peas almost every night…

The cucumbers and carrots should be ready in the next couple of weeks…

Day 135 ~ Thick as Thieves

This Mama has called in for a huge favor in the form of a whole  48 hours with no little people around at the end of the month.   I will be taking a glorious two days and traveling back to the thriving metropolis of Lincoln, NE to see what is sure to be the concert of the year.

I probably would have given away a Kidney to have to whole weekend to myself but luckily I didn’t have to do that and only had to take in these three crazy extra girls for a night or two….piece of cake!

Day 134 ~ With Oksanna also gone….

Olivia and I would like it to be known that although right now we are doing the majority of the house and yard cleaning (Olyse helps in her own special way)  when Oksanna and Chris return we will have no problem integrating them back into the “routine” and relinquish control of all or at least half of all household chores.

It’s going to be hard to give up because you know it’s like Christmas, my birthday and the Fourth of July every time we run of the vacuum, or scrub the toilets but we have come to the conclusion that everyone should take part in the fun and we are fully prepared to make it happen…

Day 132 ~ Positive Letter

We are 132 days in and I am still getting positive reviews….(huge sigh of relief)

With so many days where I feel like I am failing as a single parent it’s nice to receive a positive letter of affirmation.