What's up? The last day of school

May is always super busy for Team Skelley, both at home and work. Let's take a look back.

What I'm reminiscing about: This one was easy because today is my son's last day of elementary school. We went to an elementary graduation cookout Sunday at the home of our friends and celebrated with all of Big's friends and their families.

First Day of Elementary School

Last Day of Elementary School

First Day of Second and Sixth

Last Day of Second and Sixth

I am trying not to get too sentimental and maudlin because I think (hope) middle school will be a great experience for him. He's ready.

What we're eating: I will be completely honest with you: ballpark food. Big's baseball tournament started Monday and it is double elimination. So if you are looking for me, check the tent in the parking lot at the park because that is where I will be living. He plays shortstop and here he is throwing a kid out at first. This was the best I could do Monday night.

What I'm loving: About a year or two ago, Big Kid and his friends aged out of toys, which made gift giving a little more tricky. Most of the time now, we give (and he receives) gift cards. To try to still keep it fun, we started tucking them in singing birthday cards. But we have exhausted that idea so we came up with something new for his buddy's birthday this past Saturday.

I stuck a gift card in a mason jar full of the birthday boy's favorite candy, which was Sour Patch Kids. He had to eat his way to the gift, a worthy challenge for a twelve-year-old boy.

What we've been up to: The kids have taken a newfound shine to doing chores. I am suspicious. Actually, they are looking to raise cash for some big ticket items -- Little, a pair of roller skates and Big, a new baseball bat. 

What I'm working on: We have special issues coming out the wazoo. Our Memorial Day special issue went live today and I think it is one of our best yet. The Redstone Arsenal 75th anniversary has gone to the historian so I am now tackling the Armed Forces Celebration Week special issue. Lord.

What I'm excited about: Last weekend we stopped by our neighbor's yard sale and Little fell in love with her son's bike that he had outgrown. I fell in love with the price tag. So now, Miss Girl has a very nice bike with gears, which she needed as her kindergarten Hello Kitty bike was too small.

What I'm watching: Big and I have a date to see the new XMen movie. I am hoping it is better than Neighbors 2, which his dad and I saw this past weekend. Great Googly Moogly, that was a bad movie. We liked the first one but I do not recommend the sequel.

What I'm reading: I am on an Emma Scott kick right now, finishing both Love Beyond Words and Unbreakable last week. I started Rush, and I am already digging it. If you are looking for romantic suspense, these are your books and they are all free on Kindle Unlimited right now! I also finished Lauren Layne's Good Girl and really liked it. I was starting to feel that I had fallen out of love with Layne's books after not caring for her last few releases, but Good Girl was highly enjoyable.

My verdict: four out of five basset hounds:

Check out my Goodreads page for more reviews.

What I'm listening to: Confession: I am a closet eighties soft rock junkie. I love anything by Christopher Cross, Barbra Streisand, Gloria Estefan, you name it. So when this came on the XM Love station yesterday, I was: YES. Kenny Rogers, Kim Carnes and James Ingram? How can you go wrong?

What are we wearing: See end of school pictures above. Shorts and tees. As for me, clothes-wise nothing that would knock your wig off, I am just happy to finally have my summer wardrobe back out. If you are looking for a new mascara, I am liking Benefit.

Today, I am wearing the latest in paintball party couture, ala JCrew (more below).

What I'm doing today: Hosting eighteen boys at a local paintball range for Big's birthday. Hold me closer, Tony Danza. Pictures and post to come.

What I'm looking forward to next month: It is a big birthday month in the Team Skelley clan. Combine that with Father's Day and we will be celebrating.

What else is new? Okay, this is a little self-serving but I had to share my news with you guys. Friday night, my Work Boo (AKA our special section editor) texted me this:

I'm tater. It's a long story. 

My response was so eloquent, it is obvious why I make my living as a wordsmith. What she was trying to tell me is that I won 1st place in both "Best News Feature Story Coverage" and "Best Feature Story Coverage" in the 2016 Alabama Press Association awards. Altogether so far, the Rocket picked up 25 APA editorial awards and the top ones have not even been announced yet (fingers crossed). Those will be announced at a banquet in Destin, Florida, next month.

I am almost as excited about the Rocket also winning 1st place in the social media category. I feel like Oz pulling back the curtain, but about a year and a half ago I took over the newspaper's social media accounts. We have never placed in that category, which makes this doubly sweet. Every staff member won multiple awards and I cannot express how proud I am to be a part of the Rocket team.

But it wasn't just me receiving accolades Friday, Big Kid also was awarded the Presidential Excellence Award during his sixth grade awards banquet. All the kids dressed up and I tried to get him to wear a button down shirt but no dice. I should be happy that he at least wore his church shoes. I am so proud of him.

So there is big stuff happening around Team Skelley! Thanks for dropping by and have a wonderful Wednesday.

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  1. Love the favorite candy in the mason jar idea! So fun! Nice to find your blog!

  2. Congrats on the awards. If they are like the WI newspaper association awards they are a big deal because they are peer selected. I hope you go to the conference/ceremony to collect your plaques (or whatever they give now).

  3. Congratulations on your awards! I know that they are well deserved! It's something great to post on LinkedIn in the Honors & Awards section. The kids look cute in their first/last day of school pictures. You inspired me to do that with M. Summer is finally here - yay!

    1. Thanks gal! I cannot believe Miss M is already school-aged!


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