And the bear slept on

Ezra has this story about a bear who is hibernating in his cave and all these little animals come in and they start having this party and the bear sleeps through it. And every time a new critter comes in and they have a new activity the bear sleeps on. It’s a cute story but becomes kind of tedious because the bear just keeps sleeping. This is how our landscaping job is starting to feel. It’s still not done yet.

They have several more modifications to do to the sprinklers, we need more topsoil to be placed, the sprinkler force needs to be adjusted, and then the sod needs to be laid. They are now more than a week behind schedule and we still don’t have our dog with us. In contrast our deck has been demolished and replaced from bottom to top and it is completely finished. It looks great! We are very happy with the end product.

We had a very nice visit with Mom and Jim while they were here.

Mom, Velvet, and I all got pedicures as is our normal treat when we are all together. Mom and Jim stayed at our house this time and we had the boys double up in Ezra’s room for the first time. Leo had a hard time staying in bed and getting to sleep the first night but after that it was subsequently smoother each night.

We finished up our Broadway season tickets last week with the performance of Dirty Dancing.

I think it’s probably my second-favorite performance that we have seen this season. I’m very glad we decided to get season tickets to the theater and that we have renewed them for next year.

Velvet is very excited to see the performance of Hamilton and while I think it’ll be a good performance as well I don’t have as much intense interest in it as she does. We got extra tickets to watch The Book of Mormon this summer and I am very excited to see that!

Our kittens are getting bigger and it occurred to me that this would have been the perfect time to get them both spayed since Benny is not in the house to agitate them during their recovery.

But upon doing a bit of research it looks like they have to have their shots for at least 14 days before the procedure so we’ll have to get that pushed off for a couple weeks.

It has been a very busy summer so far and it doesn’t appear to be slowing down anytime soon! I wish I had more time off on the same days as Jesse so we could do things like go on hikes or go fishing or go drive around in the mountains. But with our days off not matching up it’s a little difficult to spend much quality day time together.

I got a new phone the other day, the LG Stylo 3, and I’m not quite sure that I’m liking it. As a phone it seems to be doing well, much faster processing than my Samsung Galaxy S5 but the camera kind of sucks. So I keep going back and forth on whether or not I want to return the phone and get something more high-tech like the Samsung Galaxy S8 but the problem there is those phones are roughly $700 and I don’t know that I want to spend that much on a phone that I will probably only have for two years. Jesse keeps telling me to just get a small handheld camera but isn’t that the whole point of having a camera on your cell phone? So you don’t have to have multiple electronics? I need to figure it out soon, though.

I recently watched the Batman Lego movie and it is really quite humorous for adults as well as children. Ezra is really into the Lego series like Ninjago right now so I got him the Batman movie and he just loves it.

We went to Taylorsville Dayzz on Friday night and it’s part of a three-day series but we only did the one day because we had the play on Thursday and then on Saturday we just thought it would be too much for Leo; we basically have to keep him strapped into a stroller because he has a runner.

Leo was pretty cute when it was time for the fireworks he just kept gasping in and covering his mouth like he was so surprised. It was adorable!

Ezra and I were talking about how long this new deck should last us and I was telling him that it should last for something like 20 years and he said that it should still be standing by the time that he and his girlfriend Kelsey get married and have a cute baby. I’m like whoa! Cool your jets, kid!

It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood

We are totally pulling up the neighborhood’s value with our landscaping!  It’s all us!

I’ll have to get some more shots.  The front and back and fairly smoothed over now, pipes and sprinklers are all laid out.  It sounds like they are trying to level out the backyard as the middle part is more sloped inward like a fish bowl.  Then they will grade the areas and truck in topsoil and water it over the course of a few days to let it settle, then they will bring in the sod.  They still need to work on landscaping the flower beds and gravelling the front strip area but they have gotten a lot done.  I feel bad for Benny, who has been at MIL’s for a week now, but he’ll probably be excited to come to a yard with grass.

Our deck guy said he should be starting around Wednesday so hooray for that!

Ezra had his Gifted and Talented test the other day.  I wasn’t too sure how he had done because when I asked the woman she said he did “about average.”  I was thinking, average compared to what?  Other first graders?  Other gifted students?  People in general?  But he must have done well enough because we got a call later than day saying his scores were high enough to place him in a Gifted program.  Only problem is all the slots are filled so we’re on a wait list.  It’s not first come, it’s based on how high his scores are compared to other kids on the list, but she didn’t know where he fell on the list.  It seems to me if you have gifted kids they should find a place for them in the program.  So fingers crossed we get into this program, but at least he will be in first grade regarding of which school we place him in.  There are also a few charter schools that have good reviews, need to look into those.


Landscape, ho!

Our yard is finally getting worked on!  I am REALLY excited about it, can you tell?  I took a couple “before” shots and am trying to get in some photos while they are actually working on it.  Right now the front yard is pretty much completely scraped to nothing with the exception of a few plants/trees that we were keeping.  The backyard has been scraped a little bit but still has quite a bit more to go before it’s ready for plumbing and sod.

It’s such a beautiful day this morning, I totally didn’t want to go to work.  It’s about 6:30am and right around 70 degrees!  Perfect weather for a hike!  Of course, if I hadn’t had to come into work I’d still be sleeping right now and missing out on the wonderful morning.  On the other hand, I’m stuck inside a building so it’s not like I’m able to enjoy it anyway…hmm.

Benny is staying over at my in-laws house for the duration of the yard demolition.  Our fencing had to come down so all the equipment can come and go.  It sounds like he is enjoying himself tolerably well.  The kittens are loving a dog-free space and have taken over his huge dog bed.  They are in for a surprise when he comes back.  Jojo kitty still hisses and swipes at the kittens but I have noticed she doesn’t immediately run when they are around and she lets them get closer to her than before.  Baby steps I guess.

We went to see Cinderella at the Broadway at the Eccles Theatre the other night.  It was a fun night out.  Velvet, Laura, Jesse, and I ate dinner at Settebello, a fairly authentic pizzeria.  They fire-brick-oven bake their dishes and their dough is awesome!  We got a Nutella pizza for dessert and holy crap, I could eat those every day.  Friggin’ fantastic.

A proper gent, he is.

The theatre was pretty close by the restaurant and we decided to park in the lot that is right across from the theatre (usually we park in the one about a block away).  It was nice parking there and just a jaunt to the building but leaving was a whole other story and I’m not sure if we’ll end up parking there again.  Maybe just in the winter months.

The Cinderella show itself was ok.

The set design was great and one of the stepsisters was very funny but the lead was just so-so.  I guess I was expecting more twists or something.  During one of the scenes the fire alarm went off and we were told to exit the building.

Sad we are being evacuated

It was crazy, one moment the cast is all dancing at a ball and then sirens and lights are flashing and suddenly WOOSH, no more dancers on stage.  We were waiting to go down the stairs when we heard it was ok to go back to our seats.

They let us back in!

Apparently some of the special effects triggered the smoke alarms.  We all came back to our seats and 10 minutes later the play started up again.  Credit to the actors, they started back up almost right where they had left off.  We have another show at the end of the month, Dirty Dancing.

All the kids are out of school now.  Ezra is pretty happy, he thinks he is going to get to play Minecraft all day, every day.

I keep telling him that is not going to be the case but I don’t think it’s sinking in.  Our yard will be ready soon and I fully expect the kids to spend much of their days outside, playing on the lovely new grass, having squirt gun water fights.

Leo says he is ok with that.