Our Summer – Back to School – I’m Back to Blogging

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 Yeah! I am back, the kids are in school and we had one heck of a crazy busy summer. I am going to attempt to fit all three of those things in one post and get it written in less than 20 minutes. Plus, I am going to include a linky at the bottom of all of my posts so you can share a link to your latest blog post. That way I will visit your site sooner and won’t have to totally rely on my feed reader. So, yeah again we both win!

Part One: Our Summer

We had a fun, busy, fast, but great summer.  It started off with the purchase of a new home closer to the kids school. Followed by a move and a week later an across country trip to California to visit relatives. Here are a few photos from our summer.

June 4, 2015 school let out and we went for a walk. While out on our walk we came across a family of geese.

June 7, 2015 I took Little Bear one last time to the park near our old house.

On June 10, 2015 we said goodbye to Momma Robin, and played in the pool.

I don’t think I am going to get this post done before I have to leave to pick up Little Bear.  To be continued when I return…

I’m back!

June 13, 2015. We closed on the house and said goodbye to the beautiful Angel on the wall of Parrot’s new bedroom.

June 17, 2015. We caught lightening bugs and played by the pond at the Pioneer Center. Kitty started her Animal Art Adventure Day camp at the Pioneer Center.

June 23, 2015. I grilled out for the first time. I think I have used Chris’ grill for a total of four times now. I’m getting pretty good too!

June 25, 2015. We went on a nature walk before the big move.

June 27, 2015. The big move! We moved to our new home. What an adventure! It is a whole mile away from our old home.

June 30, 2015. We celebrated our new home with a fire pit and s’mores treats.

July 1- 12, 2015 we went on a cross country trip to Sacramento, CA to visit Grandma and Grandpa and our cousins

On our way through the mountains. I think this is Utah.

We visited a park near Grandma and Grandpa’s

The boys got their hair cut from their aunt.

Little Bear loved his hair cut so much he started dancing.

We visited the California State Railroad Museum in Old Sacramento.

Little Bear

On the way home we passed through the mountains again.

and saw a beautiful rainbow in Utah

When we drove through Iowa the air was hazy from the Canadian wild fires.

July 14, 2015. We welcomed a fur baby into our family. Glenda is our new kitty and we all spoil her.

July 17, 2015. We celebrated Parrot’s 8th Birthday.

July 31, 2015 we celebrated Monkey’s 6th Birthday.

He wanted to go to the splash pad for his birthday.

August flew by way too quickly here’s the last month of our summer in a nutshell.  (Wait, it’s still August, right?) These photos are in reverse order. We will end with the beginning of the month. 
We visited a local outdoor water park/ public pool for our last summer weekend.

Monkey lost his first tooth the day before school started.
I grilled out again. 

Glenda tried to hide in the bushes. But I found her!

Mmm beer.

Mmmm chicken.

Little Bear walked into a door knob.

We found mosquitoes in our pond.

Had some bad weather pass through Chicago.

I found out that Parrot’s feet are almost the same size as mine.

Kitty selfie

It rained. Again.

I can’t take enough photos of my pretty little kitten.

Selfie with Little Bear.

Glenda in her new pink collar and harness.
Part 2 Back to School
Kitty, Parrot and Monkey started school yesterday. They still attend the same school as last year, but now we live so close to the school that I can see it from my deck.  This week I am walking the kids to school and back. However, with Kitty in 4th grade and Parrot in 3rd, they are a little embarrassed to have Mom escort them to school. This morning they ran ahead and I walked slower with Monkey. Little Bear decided to come along as well. 

With the kids gone for the day it is awfully quiet around here. Glenda is noticing it too. She wanders around the house meowing and looking for the kids after they leave for school.
Today was Little Bear’s first day of Pre-K. He’s attending this day care, after school care, preschool, child learning center about a mile from where we live. I love the convenience of the center being so close and it is only 5 years old so they use the latest technology. The school even has this giant IPad thing on their wall. It’s really cool. 

Part 3 – I’m Back to Blogging!
Over the summer I updated my main blog, The Healthy Moms Magazine regularly, and I also fit in a few social media campaigns for clients,  but I only had time to update this one on Wordless Wednesday with Linky on a Tuesday.  I also failed to find time to read and comment on other blogs regularly. My time was consumed by the kids, vacation and our move.  
Now that the kids are in school I am organised with my blogging and promise to update The Talbert Zoo at least 3 times a week and visit as many blogs as possible.  I even organised my space with a bulletin board that I made with cardboard from an old box, felt and glue. 
I have my calendar, blogging tasks, important blogging events that I am attending and a weekly planner hanging up so I will stay organised. 
I also love my little corner office space in the front of the house. 
I still use feedly to read blogs but I’ve decided to try something new. From now on whenever I update The Talbert Zoo I am going to include an ongoing linky at the bottom of the posts.  I still value your comments and am going to continue to use my feed reader. But, I’ve learned that if I use an InLinkz linky and turn on e mail notifications when a link is inserted, it is so much easier to click on the link in my e mail to visit a favorite blog and leave a comment.  So here it is. My new ongoing comment back, favorite blog post share linky.  Please leave your link and a comment.  I am going to reply to all the comments and visit the blogs that leave their links.  
Leave your link and I will visit and leave you a comment.  Leave a comment at the end of this post and I will reply to your comment. Blogging is all about relationship building. The best way to build online relationships is by getting to know each other better through reading and commenting.

Cascia Talbert is a Catholic mother of five special needs kids. In 2018 she published the book, "Taking Care of Your Family's Health and Well-Being, Saints to Turn to and the Catholic Faith," available anywhere books are sold. She is also a professional flutist and an Avon Independent Sales Representative. You can learn more about Cascia on the following websites, cjsfunandgames.com and avoncrystallake.com. She lives in the Chicago suburbs with her husband, children and Baby, the playful black kitty.

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