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Entry 33 ~ June 29, 2009
~ School's Out for Summer!

They're out! All eight of them! My kids' last day of school was Friday, June 26th . . . about a week later than they should've gotten out due to the long winter we had here in Rhode Island. Sadly, we haven't seen the sun in nearly a month! No kidding! We are stuck in some pressure system that is cloudy, drizzly, gray and humid. For those of you that live in the Seattle area, I want to know how you do it? A few days of this weather is fine, but we are now going on a month and I don't know if many people will be able to survive an entire summer like this.

Oh well. Weather is completely out of our control, so I can't spend my time worrying about when it will change. Right now, I have other worries. I have been without my washing machine since last Saturday (that would be nearly 10 days now!) and our hot water tank also keeps shutting itself off, so we are sometimes without hot water to boot. My biggest fear is that things like this break in threes, so something else is surely waiting to go. I just can't imagine what it will be since this past year every single one of our appliances including the flat iron has gone kaput. The part for the washing machine was ordered last Tuesday. Four days for it to arrive they tell me! I've been this route before with our dryer that went on the fritz last fall and that four days turned into three weeks! With summer laundry of beach towels etc., I am trying to remain calm and positive, but the gray, icky weather and taking cold showers nearly every day for the past week is starting to make me a little cranky! (Just a little!)

We are going to have a very low-key summer this year. Last year we went to Disney World, the kids went to various camps all summer long and I just ran from place to place transporting them. This year, only one of my kids is even interested in camp. He will do baseball camp starting next week but that's it. Otherwise, it's going to be the beach, the pool, a quick getaway to New Hampshire and just enjoying our own backyard. Sounds good in theory, but in a couple of weeks I know they will all be bored and I'll have to start playing "Cruise Director" again! Some things never change.

Since it's Monday (and happens to be my son Connor's 15th birthday today) I am going to go do a light housekeeping and then get ready for his party. My son, Austin, has an All-Star baseball game tonight, so that will interrupt our birthday festivities.

My big news is that I'm training for a 10-mile race the end of July. I've been walking at least 5 miles a day every morning and will increase to 8 by the end of this week. I go early in the morning before the kids get up. I have to say, it's quite invigorating and I am really loving it, not to mention loving the pounds that are finally coming off! ha ha

Before I do anything else, however, I must bravely enter the "cold shower" and get rid of my morning walking sweat. The kids think it's gross! I hope all of you are enjoying the beginning of summer and have lots of sunshine in your neck of the woods. Send some to New England, won't you please? Happy 4th of July everyone!

P.S. Getting my camera shutter fixed so I can start sending photos again! Something always in need of repair.

Take care!
~ Cheryl

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