Friday, August 2, 2019

Right Now: August Edition

Reading: Ironically, my answer to this question in the last Right Now post I did in February is my same answer today! We just tonight finished reading the Captain Underpants books they got for their birthday for the second time. They aren't my personal favorite, but the kids have enjoyed them enough to want to read them again! As stated in my previous post earlier this week, I have not read anything for myself. I need to do that.

Watching: Tony and I have been watching Veronica Mars. I never watched it when it came originally, and Tony had only seen the first season and the movie. We are currently half way through season 2, working our way up to the 4th season that just came out! I've also been watching So You Think You Can Dance.

Listening: I've been listening to the podcast Terrible, Thanks for Asking while out on my walks/runs. It's not the most uplifting, feel good thing to listen to, but it is very engaging and keeps my attention. I've struggled to find podcasts that keep my attention and make me want to extend my workouts, but the stories on this podcast have me walking an extra few blocks at the end of my workouts just so I can listen to the entire episode. I'm also currently, at this very moment, listening to an annoying fly buzz around our living room.

Drinking: Water and sparkling water. I recently purchased a blackberry vanilla sparkling water. It's just okay. Not great.

Eating: We purchased a new barbecue last month. We haven't had one in over 20 years and we are very excited about our new purchase! We have been bbq cheeseburgers about once/week and bbq chicken once or twice/week since we got it. We are also enjoying all the summer fruit: peaches, blueberries, plums, watermelon, etc. And then there's the chocolate coconut covered almonds I found at Costco. I'm eating too many of those. Oops.

Wearing: I am currently wearing my orange homemade (by my mil) Oregon State shorts and a turquoise v-neck t-shirt. They don't go together at all, but I really don't care if I match in whatever I wear to bed.

Loving: That Rylee and Ayden are enjoying their swim lessons so much! They are currently learning how to tread water and how to flip over from a back float to a front float. Tonight they jumped into the pool and were able to swim to the wall with very minimal help. We also recently had photos taken of the twins, and I am loving the end result! I'm having a bit of trouble figuring out how to get them downloaded, but as soon as I get that done, I will be sharing here. In the meantime...

After swimming lessons yesterday.

Anticipating: Our sister visit at the end of this month! Little Sis and her family will be coming for our annual visit (4th year running) for the last week before school starts. I'm looking forward to the new memories we will be making.

Hoping: For a smooth transition into kindergarten. For them to make lots of new friends and to have an amazing teacher.

Following: Job postings for the school district. Even though we have decided that I will start out subbing (hopefully), I do check the job postings regularly. It's become a habit since the original plan was for me to hopefully get a full time job within the school district as soon as the kids started kindergarten. 

Wondering: Who their teacher will be. I've heard that all the kindergarten teachers at their elementary school are pretty amazing, so I'm not really worried about that. We know one of the teachers personally, so it will be interesting to find out if the kids are placed in her class. We are also crossing our fingers that one of their preschool buddies will be in their class. There are three (public) elementary schools in our area, and he is the only friend we know of that will be going to the same school. Side note: this same boy tells his mom almost daily that he is going to marry Rylee when he grows up. It will be fun to watch them grow up and see how that pans out. lol

Trying: To get myself prepared for the Hood to Coast race coming up very, very soon. I ran/walked (I do intervals) 3.5 miles on Tuesday while the kids were at a Superhero Dance Camp, but that's been my longest one so far. I need to up that and be going 4-5 miles consistently and I am running out of time.

Worrying: That I won't be healthy for the Hood to Coast race. My knees and achilles have been bothering me recently. No full on injury, but very tight calf muscles that have been affecting my achilles. I struggled with that last year right before Hood to Coast as well, but I made it through. My knees have also been aching off and on as well, but that is something I've struggled with a lot over the  years. Overall, my body has been feeling very stiff and sore recently. I'm worried I may not be able to pull my load in the relay, which would mean somebody else would have to run my legs, and I'll be damned if I make someone else have to run their own in addition to mine!

Planning: The kids ask me CON.STANT.LY what we will be doing. "What are we doing today? What are we doing tomorrow?" And when I answer them, they respond with "what are we doing after that? and then what?" And on and on and on. It's exhausting. I don't always have an answer because I don't always have the days planned out to the T. Sometimes I just want to fricken NOT HAVE PLANS! Gah!

Contemplating: Hmmmm. At this exact moment, I'm contemplating going to bed. No, actually I AM going to bed! It's way too late, but I wanted to get this post done. Good night!


  1. I am so glad to hear there is hope on swimming lessons. Bowen cried every day except the last and that was only because his dad was there and we got to watch. It was only 4 days but every day he asks if we are going back and when I tell him no he is relieved. haha He will go back next summer so I hope it goes better then. He did learn a ton though just in those 4 days. Hearing about kiddos drowning made me make him go! It's just not worth skipping.

  2. I LOVE Right Now Posts!! Hopefully the kids will enjoy their new book coming hopefully on Sat. to give you something new & fun to read. Jeanette was here & I had her read it as she has a great niece & she laughed & smiled all through it too! I've read it already 3 times myself!!! Glad that you are enjoying the podcasts. I've never listened to one but it's keeping you motivated to go a little further so all is good. Maybe the next podcast will be uplifting!! Can we have bbq cheeseburgers when I get up there next?:) I always LOVE all the kids' photos!! They are so adorable!!! Have you tried Glucosamine? Costco has it, Bob swears by it for YEARS & I have used it when my legs cramp up/get tight after mowing & it helps IMMEDIATELY!! Suppose to "grease" the joints but helps with the tightness & cramps too. The kids are going to ROCK kindergarten & have a blast. Good luck with your job search...I hope the perfect job for you & fit for you family opens up to you!!! You will do amazing as always on the Hood/Coast run!!! ENJOY every moment & HAVE FUN with sister & families' visit!!!! Love & hugs, Aunt D

  3. We are on the Kindergarten train this year, too. I haven’t been thinking too much about it just yet, but I have let some worries creep in. Cause no one can take care of our babies like we can.
    I know I say this on IG, but your kids are seriously the cutest ever. Love seeing pictures of them!!

    1. It's always a little bit scary entering into the next phase of parenting, but the only thing we can do is tackle them head on! And let other people take care of our babies (sad face!).

      Wait a minute!!!! You follow me on IG? Do I follow you? I now NEED to put two and two together and link blogger Charlotte and IG Charlotte. What is your IG name? I feel bad asking, like I should know, but I just did a search and can't find a Charlotte!

    2. Haha, my IG handle is thisfree2blife and my actual real name is on there because at one point I was going to try and use it for a business thing that I didn’t follow through with. I don’t write under my real name because it’s uncommon and I don’t want to be too google-able. I don’t post often on IG I mostly just creep. Lol

    3. Oh, YAY! I'm so happy to link you here to your IG! Totally understand not wanting to be too google-able, lol. I've kind of failed at that myself. Oops.

  4. I rarely match when I'm wearing pajamas. Like right now. :) I'm wishing you the best for your race! I get really bad shin splints (when I was actually running) and intervals helped so much. Now with all the weight I've put on, my knees hurt and it feels like I'll never be able to run again. Oy. And yes, Olivia asks me all the time where we're going is all put out when I tell her I don't know, or worse, we're not doing anything today, honey.

    1. Risa, we'd be great friends in "real" life! And I think our sassy little girls would get along fantastically as well!