June 30, 2012

June 2012 in Pictures

Don't forget to check out our June Family Update

On the lake in Knoxville
On the jet ski with Dad. Brrr!!!!
Art Camp, Day 1
Crafting from Pinterest
Paining a box. It's supposed to be a pirate ship, per tLG.
Launching lanterns at our Summer Solstice Party
All the kiddies
Milkshake mania!
My friends gave me this award after learning that I had let Skylar have milkshakes for breakfast AND dinner on the SAME day. :)
Beautiful Sunset
Wearing her tie-dye shirt picking out her new backpack/lunchbox combo for Kindergarten
Big, beautiful, brown eyes. She took this pic herself. :)

Just goofing around
I think Easton wants to go to the lake.

This little butterfly landed on Skylar's toe at the lake.
Standing on her star creation (chalk) at the Dyer Observatory.

Mike climbing
Mike & Neighbor Wade

June 2012 Update

This month has been so great! SO great. I've had weeks and weeks of happiness. Oh my goodness, it has been glorious. Part of it is just because it's summer and I ADORE summer. However, I think one of the main reasons I've been so happy is because I stopped doing medical transcription. Between my new event planning job and trying to keep up with Skylar, I knew some of the irons had to come out of the fire, so to speak. It's hard enough to juggle all three during the school year and I knew there was NO WAY I could keep that up during the summer months. Granted, I've had to come up with some interesting scheduling to get my duties accomplished but we are still having tons of fun. In fact, it's kind of liberating to NOT have a schedule. I try to get dinner on the table in a reasonable time frame and we try to go to bed before 11 p.m. but that's about it as far as timetable goes.

So, on to the summer activities. We celebrated school being out with a trip to Knoxville to visit with some of Mike's family. Here's my post about the whole trip. We've also been going to the lake most every Friday, even this last Friday when it was over 100 degrees! That's hot, even for me. We also made a trip to the Dyer Observatory. I've been trying to get reservations for months. The night we went was perfect. The sky was so clear and we actually got to see Saturn. Up close. It was WAY cool!
Skylar has also taken part in a few camps over the last few weeks. First was Art Camp at Art Life. Oh how she adores Ms. Juli. I was so excited for her to go because art is her "thing." Truly. They made some really cool stuff and she had a blast. My favorite was either the Tie-Dye shirt or her canvas painting. I can't decide. We are waiting for her clay projects to be fired in the kiln so I haven't even seen those yet. She will go back for a mini camp at the end of July and is very excited. As part of art camp, we also got advanced screening tickets to see the new Disney/Pixar film, Brave. She had seen the previews and was excited to see the movie. The only problem is that it was a bit scary for a 5 year old. She's still drawn to the photos we see but she is adamant that she doesn't want to see the movie again. Something about a bear. Still it was pretty cool to have advanced passes.
Next was gymnastics camp at Magnitude. We specifically picked this week because it was "pirate" themed. They run a top-notch camp over there and Skylar really enjoyed it. They also have swimming days and my girl came home O-SO tired so I know they played hard. I'll consider this camp again for next year too.

She has also been to a few vacation Bible schools in the area. This has been a nice change since she was too young to go to many of them last year. Same thing with art camp. It seems that 5 is the magic number so I'm pleased that we have crossed this milestone. Her favorite was at Donelson Heights. This is where she attended preschool and has been back there for a few drop in days this summer. Their theme was Operation Overboard. She really loved the songs. A lot. We've had to look them up on You Tube so she can continue to sing along. How cute is that?

Mike has seemed happier this month as well. Him and neighbor Wade have been doing some camping and rock climbing. To be honest, they are kinda in love with rock climbing. Surprisingly, Mike says it doesn't hurt his knees and, in fact, he feels like it is making them stronger. This is music to my ears because he has struggled with chronic knee pain for so long and I'm thrilled he has found a physical activity that he enjoys. Things are clicking right along over at Bass Pro and we are anxiously praying for him to receive a promotion soon. He's happy there and quality of life is something that is very important. If you aren't happy where you work, then what's the point. Word?!
As for me, I can officially announce that I am a Certified Doula. I completed my training this month and submitted all of my assignments. I can finally put the special letters behind my name and charge for my services. I have no idea how full or part-time this will become but I'm excited at the possibilities. So, if you know of someone who is pregnant, please recommend they have a doula. I feel this is so important for every woman. Maybe you could even point them in my direction over at Nurturing YOU Naturally to learn more about what a doula does.

One last little summer fun detail. You all know how much I love summer, right?! Oh yes, I think I have in fact mentioned that a time or two. Well, early on in 2012 I decided that we would have a little party to celebrate one of my favorite summer days, the longest day of the year. Skylar has been helping me plan our little Summer Solstice Party for months. She had lots of great ideas too. We had some friends over and served ice cream and popcorn and cocktails. (side note: in my early parenting days, dear Kelli Morell told me that it was perfectly acceptable to serve ice cream & popcorn for dinner. If you pile a little fruit on top, you essentially have all of the food groups covered. Bless Her!) Anyway, we had a great time at the party but the highlight of the night was launching floating lanterns into the sky. Just like in the move Tangled! Be still my heart. Once I got over the fear of burning down the neighborhood, it was thrilling and beautiful. That night before bed, Skylar told me it had been the best day of her life! Indeed it was a magical and memorable night.
That's about it for now. Tonight we are headed to a local baseball game, with fireworks (squee!) and then leaving tomorrow for Alabama. Stay tuned for more summer details. *Insert rant about there only being 8 short weeks of summer. Ugh!* Why does it have to go by so fast?

June 16, 2012

School's Out For Summer Trip

We are trying to make this trip an annual occurrence at Casa de Bishop. After all, surviving another year of school is something to be celebrated. Last year, we headed for Chattanooga. This year we headed for Knoxville.

We stayed with Mike's aunt and uncle out in Grainger county. Granted, I don't think I could ever live this far "out" but it made for a nice get away spot. I'm not personally a fan of the mountains but the view from the front porch was very relaxing.
We enjoyed spending time catching up with his extended family. We also spent a day on the lake with his cousin. The week before it had been 90+ but the day we arrived, after some rain, the temps plummeted back into the low 70s. It made for a cold start that morning but warmed up quite nicely before the day was out. In fact, the water temperature was completely tolerable.
We found a little cove to dock at that had a few hiking trails and a rope swing.
We all took turns riding the jetski and tubing down the lake. It was really fun.
One day we also visited a drive-thru safari. I had never even heard of such a place before. It was a close encounter with all types of animals.
The drive is a 3-mile loop, which ends at a petting zoo.
They had tons of different animals and Skylar rather enjoyed this little adventure. You have the option to purchase food to feed them along the way and this is a sure fire way to get a lot of "action".
While we were out of town, Skylar also lost her 3rd tooth. I tried to convince her to bring it back to Nashville but she was convinced that the Tooth Fairy would find her in Knoxville, and indeed she did. :)

Overall it was a great week. I got lots of rest, Mike got to do lots of fishing, and Skylar had plenty of entertainment. Because they stayed so busy, I ended up driving us home.
Now, bring on the rest of summer!