Wednesday, July 30, 2008
On that very same night, another local family was not so lucky. Amanda Kordich was killed by a drunk driver on her way home from work at Culvers...I went to school with Amanda's mom and our daughters danced together for 8 years at Forest Hills Dance company. This...hits much too close to home for me as my daughter is preparing to get her driver's license and her first job. Amanda is here today, but very much being missed by her family and friends. Please pray for her family...What a tremendous loss...
Until next time...
Monday, July 28, 2008
I have lots of blog catch up to do...hopefully tonight...
Until next time...
Friday, July 25, 2008
Thursday, July 24, 2008
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Last week I was featured here, (please pardon the gross misspelling of my name:) as I was being interviewed regarding our governors desire to fund up to 36k annually for families of children with Autism to help cover additional expenses incurred as insurance companies deny more and more charges for therapy. At this point, I would be thrilled to be able to get my son more therapy that would help make learning and socializing easier for him.
So...y'all we been real buzy round these parts...with all our celebrity-ness!
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
Monday, July 21, 2008
'carrot'. I tried to convey to the precious one just what hard work corn detassling is, but to no avail. It took her two days to get the message loud and clear. The first day...not too bad. The second day...pouring, I mean torrential pouring rains right before they went into the fields. The second day was a long day 5:30a - 3:30p in the heat, the sweat, and the mud...lots of mud...I only wish I had taken a picture of her legs covered in mud up to her knees. Guess what...today she stayed home. The enticement of the carrot has faded. Tomorrow she has trombone and a game...so no corn tomorrow, but Wednesday...she believes she'll return to carrot chasing.
Finally, weekend update...Saturday...school, then met the hubby for lunch on the dl (that's down low for all you folks without teenagers) for us...that means lunch without kids. We both ate for $20. What a bargain. Lunch for 2 is much less than lunch for 5...go figure. I cut my nephews hair and ran lots of errands...lots. Sunday...played hookie from church and spent my day with this precious one... I was missin her so much!! I finally got around to cleaning my kitchen but have yet to shine my sink... I even got the kids to help...not with the kitchen of course, but with other chores. Ran more errands trying to get Steph ready for her trip with my bubba. Hard to believe that's Saturday already. A week without her...and planning a big surprise. More on that later...
Today....the beginning of a crazy busy week and looking forward to scrap night with the girls on Saturday. Another carrot.
Until next time...
Friday, July 18, 2008
Thursday, July 17, 2008
Onward to the precious one (my baby girl) She has been all set to start Corn detassling any day. The team leader called on Monday to leave a message. She called him back 3 times and he hadn't called back. This morning, precious one's bff called to see why she wasn't there to detassle. WHAT?!?! Because we didn't know it started is why! So...evidently corn detassling is on the agenda for tomorrow. She has to be there at 5:30 and I'm sure a small stroke will ensue if she is late...so I imaging I'll be up at the crack of dawn tomorrow! I really didn't mind that she missed today since it is really hot and humid here...hope she gets through it ok. She's a tough cookie.
The big girl is getting through her lifegaurding classes just fine and plays her first softball game tonight (in the sweltering heat) since the cast removal. I'm super glad she's been swimming this week to rebuild a bit of stamina after the 6 weeks of sitting around. Her hand still hurts when she pitches, so I'm pretty sure that will not be on the agenda. I am a little miffed that it costs me $125 bucks for her to play the last 4 games-- but she wants to finish out the season and who knew she'd break her hand the first week, right?
Finally, weighing heavily on the mother's heart is the thought of my kids moving out. It seems odd to me that a few short moments ago we were overcome with diapers, babyfood, and more baby equipment than I ever thought was possible...now here it is time to look at colleges, ACT prep, driving and the list goes on. I believe serious dating is just around the corner and I surely don't think I'm ready for that. When I see a young couple holding hands or kissing in public I think...what on Earth will I do when that is my daughter or son? At my daughter's age I had already gone through my first heartbreak and was dating a guy I would later become engaged to and move out of state with. I feel TRULY blessed that my daughter has put off the inevitable as long as possible...but I am sure having to come to grips with it (dating) momentarily! She stated to me the other day that she'll be needing a homecoming dress for the dance. Uh...ok, sure. Someone texted her the other night to see if she liked him too. She asked me what to say to him, cuz in fact she doesn't like him. I urged her to use the old tried but true heartbreaking statement, "I like you as a friend." And that was that....She let me know the other day it's 14 weeks until she gets her license. AAARGH!!! Where did the time go? My son starts driving in 8 short months! I must quit now before I work myself into a mommy tizzy!
Until next time...
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
Do you think Keith Urban is considering Daddy Blogging?
Monday, July 14, 2008
Until next time...
Sunday, July 13, 2008
This was one of those weekends when there wasn't a lot on the agenda. What that means is there is a lot to be done, just not a lot on the agenda! I still haven't started day one of the fly lady thing...you know "shine your sink". I could see my sink earlier today and seriously thought about it, but that was as far as I got with that bright idea. Now the sink is full of dishes
We went to a cook out yesterday at our friend's house which was so nice. I'll have to post the pics tomorrow of the precious ones running through the sprinkler and just enjoying summer. I was so nice to show up when I was well rested after my nap, and spend some time with friends. Today, I got up early and did 3 loads of laundry before church! Yup ME! THREE LOADS! Ok, for you regular laundry folk that may not be a lot but for me that is a big accomplishment. I read the paper and got ready for church. We had a great speaker in place of our pastor who is out of town. He spoke on our body's being temples and how to properly take care of them. (He's a personal trainer by trade) It was odd, cuz I was feeling a bit of desperation regarding my weight lately and lo and behold...here is this guy popping into church to talk to us about it. Odd? or God? Anyway...to make a long story short...he gave many helpful hints, but one of which I intend to try first...fix one meal at a time. Pick breakfast, lunch or supper and make it healthy. I think I will start with breakfast, since that seems the easiest to change. So perhaps tomorrow we'll revamp breakfast and go from there.
After church I came home and napped for a bit and then took Brennan to the furniture store to look for his very first non-garage sale bedroom set. He picked out one that I had seen in the sale add that is a bit Urban mod and really not my taste, but I can definitely see him in it. Hubby had a stroke of course since we really need a bed more than he does, but I really feel like he should be all situated before school starts. More on that later...
After the furniture store I decided to try my hand at some much overdue yard work. I finally planted the flowers I bought in May (Brave that I'm admitting that here huh) -- and no they weren't dead. I took very good care of them for two months in their flats on the front porch. Finally, my berm is lined with pretty pink impatience. I am once again suffering from a dead battery or you know there'd be pictures here. After planting and weeding 4 lawn bags full of weeds, I mowed the front yard. During all this garden time...I believe I have FINALLY, after much thought and trepidation made my educational/professional decisions. I have decided to seek a school social worker position while building my private practice. Although this will require me to take two additional classes after graduation, I think it'll be worth it. Here's the deal...since I am the primary breadwinner in our family, there is just no way that I quit my job cold turkey and go into private practice. I can here it now...."Oh look honey! I had two clients this week and here's my check for $100! What luck!" No, that just definitely won't fly around here, we enjoy eating and a roof over our heads much too much for that! So...If I get a school SW job, I can work the cushy 180 days a year from 7 - 3. REALLY? 7 hours? I can't imagine. Anyway that still leaves like 8 hours in the day for me to work to equal the schedule I'm pulling right now! Really what I thought I'd do is rent a space in my friend's practice and work 3-4 hours 2 -3 nights a week until my practice grows. In the summer I thought I could do a lot of group work with kids, since they won't be in school. AND of course, I'll have benefits...health insurance, and retirement. Shheeezzzz! Do I sound old! And really, if I decided to I could just work one job 180 days, 7 -3 with summers off and still make what I make now. Paradise! I think that sounds like the best fit for me. I love the school environment and I love working with kids. I also like to help teachers work with challenging children. So...sounds good to me. It feels better knowing there's a plan. Perhaps the PhD is in the future somewhere, but for now. I need some time for me and my babies...while there still
So, after the large bout of yard work...I did two more loads of laundry and a root beer float and here I sit. I hung up all my work clothes for the week and honestly, I had to dust off my hangers. Hanging up isn't something I appreciate. I usually fold everything, but today...it's a new day! Let's try hangers I thought! Wow right?!? Ok, maybe not for you, but for me...every step in the right direction is a good one.
So...it was a picture perfect day...a lot of thinking, a lot of doing, a lot of goal setting. Hope yours was great too!
Until next time...
Saturday, July 12, 2008
Friday, July 11, 2008
So, mother nature gave us a beautiful show last night with SWF in mind :) These first photos are the beginning of the storm which was fantastic (with the exception of the fact that we were at the ball diamonds when it started) and the last picture is the resulting sunset after the storm. (My daughter took that pic so pardon the bluriness) She (the big girl) also has a fabulous video on her camera of the rainbow that ensues complete with lightning going through it...awesome...I'll try to add that to this post later, so please check back...(I mean really 15 year olds can't be up at 6AM right?)
Thursday, July 10, 2008
Anyway, I have just recently started reading these organization, cleaning, throw all the crap in your house away blogs, and perhaps it will help. Tonite...I'm gonna try Fly lady's suggestion and shine my sink. Certainly my husband will think I've lost my mind...more on that later.
Until next time...
Wednesday, July 9, 2008
Tuesday, July 8, 2008
Fibromyalgia (FM) is a chronic pain disorder characterized by widespread musculoskeletal aches, pain and stiffness, soft tissue tenderness, general fatigue, and sleep disturbances.
Yes, that pretty much describes my day yesterday. Didn't sleep much Sunday night...got through work, with the feeling of a hundred pounds on my shoulders and a pounding headache over my left eye. Could I see myself facilitating Autism groups last night? Nope...called in sick to my intership, went home, took some medicine and went to bed. 4 hour nap later...I felt pretty darn good! Got up, went to the grocery store & got some yummy corn on the cob, pork chops, mushrooms and onions, and red potatoes with homestyle gravy. (Thanks Mom!) Took my beeba to Farm & Fleet to buy every bird feeder and food known to man and headed home to cook dinner. We had a fantastic storm last night (if you are the storm enjoying type of person like me) that REALLY lent itself well to a good night's sleep. Yes, I'm feeling so much better, and thanks for asking :)
For more on Fibromyalgia look here...
Monday, July 7, 2008
Dylan and Gabe...digging for China
We filled up the hole with Brennan! Gabe was helping to make sure every last crevice was filled in!
How on Earth do I get out of here?!?
Oh my gosh! I actually made it into a picture! How odd!
Beautiful baby girl
Handsome baby boy!
What?!? I'm in two pictures? How could it be! (I'm taking your suggestion Catherine!)
There's my housebound boy Brennan...out in the sun with his pasty white skin!
Thank goodness for big, strong, cousins! Buh bye Brennan!
The babies could have played at the beach for days!
Did you taste the sand? What, you didn't? Well you should! It's pretty tasty!
Handsome picture of the honey!
Superstar! Paris has nothing on her!
Did I mention my brother bought himself this pinball game for his birthday?
Ok, get ready for three super handsome photos...I talked him into a smile for me! This ones a keeper!
And so is this one!
And this one...wave dancing!
Sunshine babyLove those cub fans! Even in Wisconsin :)
The mad hatter (birthday boy)
The hostess with the mostess!
Hail, hail the gang's all here!
And really, this photo is not related at all, but we got a new frog for our pond on Thursday, and I just had to share him with you...
We haven't named him yet...any ideas?