Wednesday, April 30, 2008
I stopped in today to order some sandwhich platters for this weekend.
I placed my order and the clerk was like, "OK. Thank you, Mrs. X" and then he wrote down my phone number. Without asking me for it. Weird, huh???
Tuesday, April 29, 2008
I was sleeping pretty good (which we all know is very, very rare for me). I woke up around 3:15 AM w/ really bad abdominal cramps/pain. Went in the bathroom and just about died. I couldn't even see straight the pain was so bad (I never actually went into labor w/ either of my girls so I can't compare it to having a baby; 2 scheduled c-sections for both girls). I crawled out to the hallway and laid on the cold hardwood floor. I was drenched in sweat and was doubled over in pain. My stomach was hard as a rock and really swollen and bloated. I couldn't stop shaking. Chris heard me moaning in the hallway and I told him something was really wrong. This wasn't a stomach bug or food poisoning. He called 911 and they took me to the hospital. Actually, a firetruck came down our street w/ light's a-flashing firsts (no sirens thank God!), then the ambulance came. I felt like such an ass strapped into the stretcher on my driveway. At the hospital, there was blood in my urine so they thought it was kidney stones. Had a catscan, no kidney stones. By this time I'm starting to feel much better and can actually breathe normally. They did some blood work (no, I'm not pregnant!) and my white count is a little high and my pancreatic enzymes are elevated as well. So, they think it was an ovarian cyst that burst. I feel a a thousand times better than I did at 3:15 this morning. I'm still a little sore and tender (feels like menstrual cramps) so I'm just taking it easy today. They said to come back in if I start to feel pain again or run a fever and I have to follow-up w/ my OB-GYN.
Seriously folks. Nothing but fun & games in this household.
Monday, April 28, 2008
Chris's varsity team, on the other hand, beat the snot out of their biggest rival. Yay!
Trying to plan my menu for KJ's communion party Saturday night and figure out what needs to be ordered (cake!) and what needs to go on my grocery list. Since we're having a lot of family & friends in from out of town, I also have to feed everyone all weekend so I'm trying to figure all that out as well.
Friday afternoon/night my brother & nephew will be here, my parents, LCM & Dean and their 2 kids, Joe & Laurie and Britt & Guest. Chris will be @ lax semi-finals (maybe T, too!) and KJ has rehearsal @ 5 PM. Yikes! Looks like we'll be throwing something on the grill!
Saturday Chris's mom, sister and nephew will be driving over from ATL a little early to visit w/ everyone. KJ & Abby Grace are getting manicures and KJ is getting an updo at 11:30 AM. I think she's supposed to be over to church a little earlier than the 5 PM mass time. I'll need to feed everyone lunch while they're here.
Sunday is going to be all lacrosse, all day. Championship games galore, team party afterward.
May is always so crazy for us. It seems like everything is starting to wind down and we're cramming everything in at the last minute. This week is hectic w/ lax, softball and dance as always and Friday is KJ's mother's day picnic @ school. Wednesday the gals from playschool are getting together for lunch to say good-bye to our director.
God help me get thru this week.
Sunday, April 27, 2008
KJ had a make-up game today (yesterday's opponents never showed up; they must have heard how good our goalie was!). Today, no ref showed up. They asked T-bone if she wanted to make a quick $25 bucks. I thought she did a pretty good job. Apparently, the other team didn't think so. One of the mom's didn't know that the ref was my daughter and she was totally talking smack. Give me a freakin break! It's a bunch of 8 and 9 year old little girls. Not the national championships! I couldn't stand it anymore and very nicely laughed and said, "well, she's only 13." This mother gave me an earful on how this game was obviously one-sided and totally inconsistent. Inconsistent? One-sided? Out of sisterly "love" T did her very best to make KJ miserable. Twice T called a penalty on KJ's team for stepping in the crease which results in a free shot. One of those shots KJ missed so the opposing team scored. Then, I overheard another little girl telling her parents, "I heard that Ref is the Goalie's Big Sister!!!!" Again, give me a freakin' break! T was really funny because instead of just calling the penalty, she tried to be really sweet to the girls and she would say, "Sorry! Number 8 but you ...." Chris tried to tell her, just make the damn call!!! She also said some of the girls got really mouthy w/ her. So, all evening KJ's been telling T that she's a "bad ref." Unfortunately, w/ KJ's little speech impediment, it sounded more like she had "bad breath."
Saturday, April 26, 2008
She needs to roll herself in bubblewrap and call it a day. She won't be 2 until August and today was her 3rd trip to the ER. She fell on the bathroom floor and chipped her tooth when she hit the side of the bathtub w/ her mouth and another time she hit her head doing something; I can't remember exactly what. I think part of the problem is the kid just doesn't listen. I talked to my brother last night for a while and we even joked about it then. He said she looks right at you, shakes her head 3 times and says "No" really fast! I told Steve maybe they need to move a little closer to the hospital to cut down on drive time.
Friday, April 25, 2008
I've been doing more & more laundry today and cleaning up KJ's room. She has a terrible habit of not putting her clothes away. Forget about putting them away "properly," she just doesn't even put them away. I threw away a bunch of skanky t-shirts and some shorts that I know for a fact will not fit her this summer.
So last night T had to be sized for her dance team uniforms/costumes. It was a fun and exciting time. However, on the ride home she found out that one of her friends didn't make the drill team. Try-outs were last night and as we walked into the dance team meeting, all the drill team hopefuls were in the hall waiting for their number to be called. So, the friend is on the phone w/ T crying, T started crying, I started crying. T is well aware of how that feels . . . she's tried out for teams and not made it. It's hard. And as a mom, you're heart just aches.
Thursday, April 24, 2008
First look @ t's "game day" costumes. This outfits are not what she'll be performing in, just what they wear to school on game days.
So I just checked my calendar for tomorrow. Guess What! I have absolutely nothing to do tomorrow. No where to go, don't have to drive any one any where. I think Chris has men's practice tomorrow but maybe we can talk him out of it. This weekend should be fairly quiet, too. KJ has a lax game Saturday and Chris has JV & Varsity games Saturday afternoon.
She lived in the house year round and every window had an amazing view. It was still a little too chilly to get in the water so we bought kites and flew them on the beach like a bunch of little kids.
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
Child #1: After the show we had our sack lunches out in the courtyard @ the BJCC. I watched one little girl (who plays w/ the boys on a regular basis) walk up to a boy who was just standing there talking to his friend, she grabbed him by the back of the neck w/ one hand and threw him face down on the bricks. She walked away. Nice. And her mom wonders why none of the other little girls will play with her.
Child #2: Her lunch consisted of a tupperware container of Captn Crunch and a Capri Sun. She walked around and literally begged everyone for their left-overs. I'm not judging. But, if you can't provide a nutrious lunch for your child, maybe you should look into free lunches. KJ told me this was pretty typical of this girl's daily lunches. KJ said the other day she had a package of Nutty Buddy's and 2 Hershey Kisses. I'm trying to be open minded -- maybe the little girl packs her own lunch each day. However, eating healthy and buying fruits and vegetables costs pretty much the same as buying junk food. Margaret & I saw this often in our playschool class -- little 18 month old toddlers bringing in Teddy Grahams, Lucky Charms and pretzels for lunch. That's it. That was their ENTIRE lunch. WTF??? We had one little boy (we had his older cousin a couple of years ago) who never, ever brought a fruit or a vegetable, no cheese sticks, no yogurt. Nothing but crap food. The cousin was the same way so this totally ran in the family. We had one little girl who brought in 2 bottles of Hi-C soda EVERY DAY. Not fruit juice, not watered down but SODA straight out the bottle. I'll be the first one to admit I don't like to cook or bake and I'm not very domesticated. However, my kids had fairly healthy lunches at day care or pre-school. It may not have been what THEY wanted, and sometimes it may have been a day or two before grocery shopping day so pickin's may have been slim, but I always managed a sandwhich, a piece of fruit or carrott/celery sticks, cheese sticks, a go-gurt, etc.
Child #3: (my least favorite child in the entire 2nd grade) This lovely young man screamed at this friends today on the bus and told them to "mind their own 'freakin' business." Which I found incredibly ironic. We had 30-45 minutes to spare prior to show time. The 2nd Grade teachers bought popcorn for the kids to share and handed the buckets to each chaperone to distribute among the kids in their row. Before I even had a chance to start passing out popcorn, this angelic little turd was the first one to say, "No fair!!! KJ is getting popcorn." Last week when I watched the class I bought a can of sprite from the soda machine in the teachers lounge. KJ asked if she could have some. This brat yelled, "KJ! I'm telling! You know we're not allowed to have soda." Dude! I'm her freakin' mom and I'm standing right here! I'm the one who gave her a sip of my caffeine-free sprite. As my husband would say to the girls when they argue: Who's business are YOU minding???
OK. So that's it. I've gotten everything off my chest. God I really hate other people's children.
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
Monday, April 21, 2008
I had a wicked migraine all day today. It's almost 6 pm and I'm still in my pajama's. Pretty sad. KJ got off the bus hysterical crying saying SHE had a headache. Must be something in the air. She laid down w/ an ice cold cloth on her head and slept for an hour and a half. When she has a headache and sleeps it off, she wakes up a totally different person.
She has just informed me that she would like T & I to bring her back snowglobes from our trip to Europe. She said she wants a Big Ben snowglobe from London, the Eiffel Tower from Paris and she said she "doesn't know the name of it, but it's a big round building that looks like it's broken." I'm guessing she means the Coliseum in Rome. I tried to bring her back a snowglobe from the M&M store in Vegas but I accidentally put it in my carry-on bag and it was over the liquid limit (as if I was a terrorist making bombs out of M&M World snowglobes). They made me get off the security line and take it to the post office at the airport and try to mail it. Unfortunately, the post office didn't open until 10 AM, our flight was at 9 AM. I ran around the airport trying to figure something out. The Bellagio gift shop wouldn't mail it for me because I didn't buy there so I ended up giving the snowglobe to a maintenance worker I passed in the airport. Told him to give it to his grandkids or something.
Sunday, April 20, 2008
I love this new song by Kid Rock (you should hear KJ belt it out in the car!). And for some reason I've always loved this Justin Timberlake song (seriously folks! who doesn't love a little JT???).
Last night I took a wonderful bubble bath and really relaxed. I didn't even bother to set my alarm this morning and Chris & KJ let me sleep a little bit. Chris took KJ to church/Sunday school. We picked her up and ran down to Home Depot to buy some flowers. We bought some nice stuff: geraniums for the front porch, sebedum (spelling?), some impatients for the side yard, etc.
Saturday, April 19, 2008
Friday, April 18, 2008
When we came back from the beach I hung KJ's beach bag on the back of one of the dining room chairs. Never thought much about it. It had a pair of sunglasses, a snorkel, her swimming mask, a sun visor, a velcro-mitt/ball kind of thing, etc.
What's that wonderful smell? Is it the smell of a clean house? The smell of fresh linens on the bed??
It's 2:30 PM, cleaning lady just left. She's been here since 9 AM. I probably should have paid her double what we agreed upon! She cleaned her butt off today. My wood floors look gorgeous, the girl's bathrooms are all sparkly, and everything just smells super clean. Everything's been dusted, vaccuumed and wiped down. I got a lot of laundry done while she was here. Great way to start off the weeeknd!
God is Love,
Thursday, April 17, 2008
Your attitude is your thought life turned inside out -- Joyce Meyers.
Have a good attitude all day today! (Remember this!) Your attitude determines your altitude.-- John Maxwell
God is Love
Wow! What a nice day! Lots and lots of sunshine! KJ did not win her softball game (I don't think we've won a game yet this season) but she played well at first and in the "circle." We had a good time at the game and went out for a bite to eat afterward.
T is going to Atlanta in the morning w/ ME and Julie for a volleyball weekend. Looks like it'll just be KJ all weekend. She's got a lax game Saturday AM and a softball game at the same time. She's gonna have to pick one and go w/ it. After tonight's softball loss, I have a feeling she's gonna want to go to her lax game. I think she's looking forward to playing goalie again.
Just catching up on my TiVo. Got a little laundry to do but nothing major. Other than the cleaning lady coming tomorrow, nothing going on. No where to be. Yay!
KJ and I left the lax game and picked up Maggie so she could spend the night at our house. The girls go to different elementary schools so I'm glad when they get a chance to spend time together. Maggie is the oldest in her family of 3 kids. KJ is our baby. Maggie loves when T is around and last night KJ & Maggie kept bugging me to take them "rolling." They wanted to roll somebody so bad. They asked if T could take them rolling the next time she was home.
Picked up T from ME's house and took my 2 girls to lunch and then T got a haircut. She cut 7" from her hair. A couple more inches and she could have done Locks for Love. The salon we go to has big comfy leather chairs and a couch. KJ stretched out on the couch and put her head in my lap. I snoozed for a couple of minutes. The sound of the blow-dryers totally knocked me out.
Now we're off to KJ's softball game. I think she's planning to have a couple of girls sleep over tonight, too. Friday AM the cleaning lady comes! YAY!!! I made each of the girls straighten up their rooms this afternoon. Cleaning lady can't clean around clutter.
Gorgeous day. Lots of sunshine. I can't believe April is almost over. holy cow. I need to get a dress for the communion and T needs something to wear, too. I still need to find a veil for KJ. We made an appointment for her to get her hair and nails done the morning of the communion.
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
Question: is it illegal for me to smack someone else's kid?
If so, how much hard time are we really talkin' here?
How about one of those ankle bracelet things?
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
No. Wait. Sorry. Wrong story.
It was a cold, dark night.
KJ had dance.
KJ had softball and was supposed to bring snack.
T had a dance team new member meeting.
T had dance.
Chris had lacrosse games.
What's a woman to do??
She called on her friends for help and bribed them w/ Chik-Fil-A.
Monday, April 14, 2008
Thanks Julie & ME! You made T's night!
Now daddy just has to write the checks for her costumes.
The main cause of failure is doing too many things in a inefficient manner, and not doing enough things in a efficient manner.
Every action is either strong; or weak and when your actions are strong, you are acting in a certain way which will make you successful. - Wallace D. Wattles
God is Love,
Sunday, April 13, 2008
KJ spent the night at Evvy's, T spent the night at M.E.'s house. Very quiet this morning getting ready for church. No yelling at anyone to hurry up.
Both JV & Varsity beat our biggest rivals today. Great job by both of our teams. I think Mt. Brook is feeling the crunch this year. They're one of the 2 original teams here in B'ham and today was definately not their day. Our boys have been playing together 3 years now and it showed. We had incredible crowd up at the high school and the Lizards and Redhawks youth teams played at half-time. Very cute. Auburn and Alabama club teams played after our Varsity game. Not sure who's winning that game; I left a few minutes into it. I've had just about enough lacrosse today to last me a while. It was a beautiful day to be sitting in the stands.
Saturday, April 12, 2008
Softball photos. Softball games.
The rain has washed everything away, the sun is out, it's nice and cool. Good day to be outside, sitting at the ballfield, eating chicken baskets for lunch. Yum.
Friday, April 11, 2008
KJ is on a field trip today (w/ Joe!) to see If You Give a Mouse a Cookie. I think Monday is another field trip to Oak Mt. and I'm going w/ the class to see High School Musical on Ice on April 23 (cuz' we're all in this together). April sounds like a ton of fun at the elementary school.
No games tonight, no nothing. Yay! I think Chris might have men's practice but maybe it will start raining before then! Saturday is going to be busy: both girls have softball team pics and both girls have softball games. KJ has lax practice later in the afternoon but don't know if her softball game will be over in time.
Big lax doings on Sunday. JV & Varsity play our biggest rivals and afterward Auburn and Alabama will play. During half-time of one of the games the Little Lizards will be play an exhibition game. The weather is supposed to be much cooler on Sunday; hopefully I can sell some of these hoodie sweatshirts!
I slept pretty good last night but I'm still waking up exhausted. Like I haven't had enough sleep. Chris & the girls were very quiet this morning and let me sleep a little longer. He's so good about getting the girls going in the morning. T is fairly self-suffiecent and wakes up really well (always has; even when she was in Kindergarten). The little one is a whole 'nother ball game. I don't know if it's because she's the baby of the family or what but everything is a major production w/ her.
My big bottle of Tide is calling my name.
Thursday, April 10, 2008
As reported previously, Buddy the Crawfish had been living a quiet life in a take-out food container for the past several weeks. A spokesperson for Buddy's family said, "He was obviously a fighter. The family wanted to do the right thing and give him an opportunity to live a wild and free existence. Although they were sad to see him go, everyone understood it was for the best."
Sources close to the family are also quick to point out that at yesterday's freedom ceremony, Buddy the Crawfish quickly adapted to his new environment and seemed quite grateful to be in more spacious surroundings. The family could not be reached for further comment.
Check your local listings for the Discovery Channel Documentary: "Buddy the Crawfish -- On your Plate or Out in the Open."
Secondly, I hate half the kids in KJ's class. Ok. Hate is a strong word. Intensely dislike is a much better phrase. One child in particular is so smug, obnoxious and arrogant. I can not believe it. He lives in my neighborhood and looked right at me and told me today he doesn't have to listen to me. This is coming from a SECOND GRADER. His mother and I are not what you would call "friends" but if KJ ever spoke to his mother like that, I'd smack her (KJ, not his mother). He then tried to tell several other kids that they didn't have to listen to me. Trust me. I'm not strict or anything when I cover the class; I just want them to do the work the teacher left for us.
I have to get T in a few minutes off the carpool line. What a colossal waste of time. Thank god both my girls ride the school bus home. If I had to sit on that stupid carpool line each day, I'd loose my mind.
Wow. I just went back and re-read this post. I sound very cranky and nasty. Sorry!
Wednesday, April 9, 2008
We were all so exhausted from being out late at last night's lacrosse games, we all slept in a little bit this morning and I checked the girls in. I'm sure the school district just loves me.
I met w/ a cleaning lady this morning and liked her. She also cleans a couple of my neighbor's houses so I called and checked up on her. I think I'll give her a whirl. She's going to come out next Friday and the Thursday right before KJ's communion. Anything's got to be better than what I'm (not) doing.
I did a few things around the house, shipped a couple of things for Chris, ran down to Bed Bath & Beyond and bought a bath mat and some candles and a new lettuce keeper. I know, I know. I lead such a thrilling, glamorous, exciting life. I grabbed a salad to go at Chipolte and decided to buy KJ's teacher a gift card for Teacher Appreciation week next week. Kind of killed 2 birds w/ 1 stone. Ran up to the lax store, did some paperwork, etc. Trying to get a couple more loads of laundry done.
Other than T's dance team clinic after school today, we don't have anywhere to go tonight. I think Chris might even be around. Wow!!! What ever shall we do???
Great article in today's paper.
After that crappy piece they wrote about the Dan Anderson Tournament, I'm glad to see they followed-up w/ a much more positive article.
Tuesday, April 8, 2008
Monday, April 7, 2008
Sunday, April 6, 2008
Nice quiet day today for a change. I picked KJ up around 11 AM. Sounds like she had a ton of fun at camp last night. I guess a couple of girls in her cabin got a little scared and bailed. At one point it was just KJ and another little girl. One of the mom's said KJ tried to scare the girls a couple of times but they got even. She really enjoyed archery and she LUV'd, LUV'd, LUV'd horseback riding and hasn't stopped talking about the horse she rode!
Talked to my brother-who-shall=not be named for a while. He made flilghts for him and my nephew to come down for KJ's communion. Can't wait to see my nephew.
KJ & I had a nice dinner, penne a la vodka, her favorite. I took a wonderful, relaxing bubble bath (since I didn't get one last night) and now I'm ready for bed.
Saturday, April 5, 2008
Today's Lax games were cancelled due to the rain and w/ KJ @ Scout camp, I think this is the first weekend since the fall that we haven't had somewhere to be. Unfortunately, I had a splitting headache and laid down from 11:30 AM until almost 4 PM. I was totally and completely out of it. I slept like a baby. Chris caught up on a lot of paperwork and cleaned out the garage.
I dropped KJ off at the school early this morning to meet the rest of her troop. She was so excited this morning. I couldn't believe I was sending my little baby off to sleep-over camp. I know she'll have fun. It just stinks that it rained last night and everything will be soggy and damp. KJ gets an idea in her head and if things change, she's not very flexible. I had to have a talk w/ her prior to her leaving about just going w/ the flow, who cares what cabin she's in, concentrate on the here & now not what could have been, should have been.