Thanks to Jennifer Fulwiler for hosting!
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It's been a crazy week for us in the Hughes household. I'm surprised by the fact it is Friday as it seems the week went by in the blink of an eye. I guess that's what happens when there is a lot of activity in the evenings. This week I had a school board meeting Monday night, Tuesday I made it to Crossfit and then Sarah had a late volleyball game (thank God for friends willing to take her -- Vincent would have been a TERROR at a 9:05 p.m. volleyball game!) Wednesday night didn't really have much going on, but then I got out of work late, so couldn't go to Crossfit until 6:30 instead of 5:30. Thursday I tried (in vain!) to get a little shopping done, but ended up really just taking Dani and Helen out for dinner.
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As for the aforementioned shopping...I need to get Helen her new color leotard for Ballet, so before we left I had Craig check the hours of the Dance Shoppe and it said they were open until 7:30, so we headed there first. Only to find out they run summer hours and they closed at 6:00 and we arrived at 6:05. Boo! So now Craig has to take her today sometime so she has the appropriate color for class tomorrow.
Speaking of Ballet for a minute, I really need to just sit down in front of a YouTube video and practice a ballerina bun over and over again until I can do it easily. I think I should put her hair in the bun for class each week and not simply wait until pictures and/or production and beg Sarah to do it for me. Sarah does a fantastic job, don't get me wrong, but I know there's a way to make them flawless...so I really just need to figure it out, I guess.
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The other shopping we were going to do involved getting some last minute things for Dani to take on her trip. She was planning to head out to SC to visit a cousin and they were going to go to a summer camp together. I say that in the Past Perfect tense because...we found out last night they have to cancel the summer camp! There was a septic/sewer type problem and the Park Rangers said they were not going to be allowed to have the camp on the campgrounds. Oh, Dani was so disappointed!! After her initial episode she reiterated to me that not going to camp wasn't the most disappointing part. The most disappointing part was that she was going to see her cousin and get to hang out with her and now...we didn't know if we were going to do that anymore. The good news is that my sister and I are still swapping kids (the cousin that is Helen's age is coming here for a week while Dani goes there for a week). So, I think we are going to be able to salvage some of the fun. :)
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Sarah got to spend the night at her Grandma's last night so they could go shopping for her birthday. I can't believe my girl is going to be 12 on Tuesday. 12. Twelve. She is such a good kiddo. She's been so helpful for us this summer helping the kids stay on task at home about cleaning their rooms and the bathrooms and all that jazz. She ensured all the kids got done with summer reading and projects that are due the 1st day of school before the end of June. She helped take care of Vincent the week the daycare was on vacation. She comes and talks to me every night before she goes to bed. Sometimes we talk and sometimes we just play Candy Crush and sometimes she just gives me a big hug before she goes down to her room to go to bed. She is growing up too fast and I feel myself getting attached to her in ways I didn't think would be possible for me with a daughter. I am blessed far beyond anything I have ever deserved with regard to my kids.
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