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Soccer, peaches, and summer

School was officially out on Thursday. Which meant we spent all day Friday in our pjs watching a Jurassic Park marathon. Because what says summer more than watching people get hunted by dinosaurs?

This is Caroline before school on the last day. Yes, she insisted on climbing the tree for the picture. She also does have bangs now, but she’s already pinning them back while I bite my tongue and resist the urge to say I told you so.

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In truth, we needed a day to recover from the last week of school festivities. I think I’ve mentioned before that Caroline has had the same teacher for first, third and fourth grade along with most of the same classmates. It has been one of the biggest blessings of elementary school, but we knew by mid-May that our beloved Miss C. isn’t going to be moving up to fifth grade and so there were a lot of tears and emotion leading up to the last day of school. And Caroline was upset too.

I knew it would happen eventually but it was sad to say goodbye knowing we wouldn’t be back in her classroom next year. She’s pretty much become a member of our family at this point. And I owe her a debt of gratitude I can never repay for teaching Caroline fractions because otherwise I would have had to do it. Which means she would have gone through life not knowing if 2/3 or 3/4 was more.

We had an end of the year party at the pool. And I’m sad to report that it took an hour for us to get our nachos. This doesn’t bode well for the summer. Usually June is the good month for the grill and you have to wait until July before the kids that work there say things like “Yeah, we’re not making any more chicken fingers today because they’re too much trouble” or “Do you mind eating that salad without dressing because we’re out?”

But it didn’t dampen our pool enthusiasm. We stayed until closing time and came home exhausted. And that’s why I felt like we could spend Friday in our pajamas. However, we did stop watching dinosaurs terrorize the earth long enough to shower and put on clothes to go eat dinner with Mimi and Bops and my sister and her family.

On Saturday morning Caroline was playing in a soccer tournament. And by morning I mean we got there at 9:00 in the morning and stayed until 4:00. I made the mistake of declaring early in the day that the weather wasn’t too hot considering it was June. And it wasn’t at 9:30 a.m. But the sun has a funny way of significantly heating things up as the day goes on and by 2:00 p.m. I was looking around to see if anyone had a cooler large enough for me to crawl inside.

By the time we got home I was in need of a shower, some food that wasn’t a concession stand hamburger, and a bottle of wine purely for medicinal purposes. We were all in bed by 9:30 and I can’t speak for P and Caroline but I was asleep by 9:30 and 1/4 seconds.

Look at me! Using fractions!

Sunday morning we went to church then Caroline went to go swim at her Gigi’s house with her cousin. Meanwhile I decided to make a trip to HEB because we were out of milk and it’s summer and that means Caroline is going to expect food to eat during the day.

Of course I forgot to factor in that the Spurs were playing later on which meant all of San Antonio was at the grocery store buying all manner of dips and chips and party supplies. I can’t even explain the chaos and the lines.

But I managed to persevere and foraged for food for my family in spite of the harsh conditions, just like a modern day Caroline Ingalls. You would have been especially inspired by my bravery in the cereal aisle as I dodged all manner of grocery carts and amateur shoppers.

I’d had big plans to bake a cake when I got home, but after my harrowing grocery store experience I didn’t have the strength. So I chose Option B which consisted of passing out in a dead sleep on the couch for two hours. I slept so hard that I woke up and didn’t know where I was, what day it was, or how I got on the couch in the first place.

After I revived myself with a Diet Coke, I found the strength to bake the aforementioned cake. It was a recipe I’d seen a week or so ago on Shay’s blog and Shay knows her bundt cakes. It’s a peach upside down cake and it was delicious. It would be perfect with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. It has the added benefit of not being chocolate which means I won’t be tempted to sit down and eat the whole thing in one fail swoop leaving behind only a few crumbs and deep remorse.

And just in case I haven’t bored you enough at this point, I’ll also report that I accomplished one of my goals for summer. Cleaning out my bathroom cabinet. I threw away a bunch of old makeup, a few hair products that had proved to be a disappointment and a bottle of Nivea Shimmer Tanning Lotion. I can’t remember at what juncture in my life I thought it was necessary to be both tan and sparkly, but it felt like an idea who’s time has passed.

So that was pretty much our weekend. I hope you had a good one, too.

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  1. 1

    I’m so glad you made my Peach Upside Down Cake! It was one of my favorites! Have a great Monday!!

  2. 2

    Yay for Shay’s cake! Yes, she is the master of cakes. Just yesterday I told her that after she gets her house built she needs to host a bloggy retreat or all of us. Which really won’t have anything to do with blogging….but everything to do with us laying by her pool,taking only the occasional break to go out and eat Mexican food, and her baking us bundt cakes all weekend long. :)

  3. 3

    We are on our last week of school, hoping there are no tears! I made Buckeye cupcakes in celebration! I think a Jurassic Park Marathon is a great way to spend the day!

  4. 4

    I am convinced I am a broken woman, because no matter how much of a girly girl i am, I just don’t love chocolate (or Lifetime movies, or bubble baths. see? I am clearly a shell of a girl!), so this peach cake sounds fabulous to me, and definitely one to try!

    Love the recap of your weekend- sounds like a great start to summer to me!

    • 5

      I’m with ya, Kelly, on the Lifetime movies and bubble baths. I also don’t really like shopping Diet Coke, or coffee. As I tell my kids, we’ve each got to be who we are! :)

  5. 6

    Sounds like you’ve got some real heat out your way, our heat here in Southern California hasn’t quite hit us yet as we are enjoying some June Gloom. Love it when school is out and everything gets relaxed! I’ve finished your book by the way, and I just loved it. I’ve recommended it to all my friends for their Nooks and Kindles. Thanks for writing it!

  6. 7

    School is finally out here in Chicago as well and I am finally home and almost caught up on my sleep from my mission trip in Thailand. So, today has been all about vegetation too. I got up early (8:30ish) and took a nap about 10:30 (because I was tired from getting up at the crack of dark!); then my daughter (she’s 20; so no judging) and I have been catching up on the new season of Bachelorette. Oh my, looks like it is going to be a free for all! We are taking a break and having fajitas for lunch. Now, if only it would warm up enough for us to take a dip in the pool. Ah, the life of summer. Bring it on!

  7. 8

    I JUST posted about the first 3 hours of our school vacation :) I hit plenty of emotions :) You are hilarious – I love how you write!!

    Love Heidi

  8. 9

    This is going to sound a little strange, but I promise I’m a 23 year old female so it’s not creepy. (Ok, that sounded even weirder. :) ) Caroline has such fabulous lip color! She always looks like she is wearing some kind of combination lip color/gloss!

  9. 10

    Must. Try. Peach Upside Down cake. Weekends can be harrowing like that – long nacho lines and longer grocery store lines. But, I’m glad you perservered. We reaped the benefits of Shay’s cake recipe!

  10. 11

    This line ” I slept so hard that I woke up and didn’t know where I was, what day it was, or how I got on the couch in the first place.” really and truly made me LOL. And I do hate that acronym, so you can see how much it moved me.

  11. 12

    We’ve been out over 2 weeks now and your day sounds like all of our days! :) But honestly, the fact that you used the word “foraged” re: grocery shopping made me laugh out loud. My husband and I have just returned from a trip to Napa and had eaten a tasting menu (that means it cost more than my car…just so you know haha!) where most of the “edible greens” came from a forager. Yep…FORAGER is a real job. Seriously. So you need to call the guy from Meadowood Resort in Napa and ya’ll can chat. :)

  12. 13

    Bangs during the summer in the South are never a good idea. Personally, I’m waiting until October to cut bangs so I can regret it all winter.

  13. 14

    she did the bangs after all????!!!!
    oh my. i want to see a photo my friend. :)

  14. 15

    Happy Summer! I had that same lotion… No idea why I bought it either: While being tan does make my legs look a little bit skinny, I doubt that sparkling helps any at all.

  15. 16

    Am I the only one that has Caroline’s picture upside down?

  16. 17

    I too chose to revive myself with Diet Coke probably way more than I should. That cake recipe looks delish… wait to try baking it!

  17. 18

    First of all I have to say your daughter is beautiful! She is just a couple of years younger than mine. However I am more than a couple of years older than you so we won’t even go there. I had to laugh at your comment about the bangs and now she is pulling them back. My mother never said “I told you so”, which I did appreciate. Instead she would just say “I kind of thought that might happen”. Or, “I kind of wondered about that”. Now before I had done whatever I did to make her say that she had given me her opinion straight up with no sugar coating. If you asked her opinion you had better be prepared to get it. Your blog just reminded me of her. She was an awesome lady and I am proud to be her daughter. Just wish my kids could have known her better. My son was 3 when she passed and my daughter had barely turned 1.

  18. 19
    Marie M.C. says:

    Fractions? Easy-peasy.
    All day at the pool in 100 degree heat? Oy.
    All day at a soccer tournament? NEVER! You are a brave women.
    Your writing brings me such delight. Thank you!