Saturday, May 31, 2008
Friday, May 30, 2008
*I saw on the news tonight that today is the 3rd anniversary of Natalee Holloway's disappearance. When we think of anniversary's we usually think of happy times, wedding anniversaries perhaps. Her poor parents, what they must have gone thru and will have to deal with the rest of their lives.
*In other, non-related parental news, Hulk Hogan disgusts me. Jail recordings have been released and he and his son are despicable. The entire family is obnoxious. Nick is serving 8 months in jail for almost killing his "friend" (who is now comatose) in a drunk driving, high speed car accident. The whiny brat is complaining that his cell doesn't have a window and is smaller than his walk-in closet at home (he's in isolation for his protection -- he's 17 or 18 and if he was released to the general prison population, they'd tear him apart). Anyway, Hulk Hogan was taped saying that the friend John wasn't a nice person and "God laid down some heavy shit on him" (basically saying the friend deserved to be a vegetable) and the Mom, Linda, was heard saying that John's mom isn't suffering as much as she, Linda, is. After all, HER son is in jail for God's sake (Gee, Linda. What about john?). After the academy award worthy performance the family gave at his sentencing, Nick and his dad have been discussing reality show deals WHILE NICK IS STILL IN JAIL!!! Instead of doing the time and taking his 8 months to reflect, repent and think about what he did to his friend, he's working on TV deals. Hulk Hogan's daughter Brooke had a mildly popular dance hit a year or 2 ago, she had the best song daddy's money could buy. Now daddy's buying Nick's TV career. Nice dad.
The girls & I went for a walk around the track @ KJ's school this morning. T & I could have kept walking but "someone" was hot & cranky (any guesses who it was??). We walked around the track 4 times (3 laps = 1 mile so I guess we did 1 1/3 miles). I've already warned KJ that we will be waking up early again tomorrow for another walk. She didn't seem too excited.
KJ finished cleaning her closet so we went to the pool for a couple of hours and visited w/ some neighbors that we only see in the summer at the pool.
Chris brought home hamburgers to grill and he's off to men's' lax practice tonight. I love the summer when we have no where to go and get a chance to chill in the evening and just chat w/ each other.
T's bugging me about driving her somewhere tonight. Whatever.
Thursday, May 29, 2008
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
My cell phone doesn't work here at the house. I took it yesterday to the colonoscopy in case Chris needed it (his blackberry has been acting up and my phone has all of our friend's numbers, the girl's friend's numbers, etc. in case he needed them for an emergency or something). Other than that, I haven't used my phone since Saturday. Unfortunately, I left it on since Saturday. Today I ran around the house looking for the cell phone charger. I finally gave up and called T at her friend's house. She very calmly, very patiently said, "Mom. You don't have a wall charger. Remember? You took the car charger instead." Oops. My bad. Sorry T!!!
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
So the whole colonoscopy is actually no big deal. I was totally knocked out and don't remember a thing. I remember the doctor coming in and talking to me for a minute, I remember the nurse saying "I'm going to give you your medicine now" and that's all I remember. I don't even remember getting my clothes back on, I don't remember the car ride home and I don't remember going to sleep in the guest room when we got home (the plumber was here today installing the new bathroom faucets so I slept off the anesthesia upstairs. He could have used a jackhammer to install the faucets, it wouldn't have mattered; I was out like a light.). I slept until 2 PM and then slept again from around 3:30 to 5:30 PM. Yesterday was much, much worse. Drinking that nasty stuff was horrible and not eating anything but lemon jello and chicken broth made me very weak and tired. So the good news is that the colonoscopy showed nothing. The doctor told Chris they did take a piece to do a biopsy. So I'll call the office tomorrow and find out what's going w/ the catscan, the blood work, the colonoscopy, etc.
That's about it in a nutshell KJ spent last night w/ a friend and they went to the library today while I was sleeping. T spent the night w/ a friend and tonight is a b-day sleepover. Peace & quiet in the house tonight.
Tomorrow the back splash is supposed to be fixed and then the bathroom will be all done!!! Yippee!!
Sunday, May 25, 2008
Didn't think I had a pic of KJ in her dance costume but found one of her in her ballet get-up.
Nice day today. T spent the night w/ friends and Chris & KJ went to the pool for a bit. I joined them for burgers and dogs on the grill. Yesterday Chris bought National Treasure 2 so I watched that while I folded laundry today. I liked it alot. T saw it when it was in the theaters and said she didn't like it and it wasn't as good as the first one. We cooked a big fat steak on the grill, some baked potatoes and the first corn on the cob of the season. That's really about all we did today. Monday we have a few things in the house that need to get done. Chris has to touch up the bathroom walls where they scraped the walls trying to remove the all countertops, etc. It's always something.
Saturday, May 24, 2008
I have a couple pics of T in her hip-hop costume to post but you will not see any pics of KJ. She was being a turd-nugget and changed out of her costume when I specifically told her not to. Therefore, no pics of KJ. Zip. Nil. Zilch. Nada. Nyet.
We went to our favorite mexican restaurant and enjoyed mango margaritas. T & I came home and Chris & KJ went to Best Buy. He bought a new Garmin to replace the one stolen out of his car (she's yet to be formally named) and I think he bought a couple of movies (National Treasure 2 and August Rush) to watch since we have NO video stores in town anymore.
I think tomorrow we'll hang out at the pool and celebrate Memorial Day since I can't eat a damn thing Monday due to my impending colonoscopy on Tuesday. I don't think it would be much fun for me sitting at the pool Monday afternoon watching every one eating burgers and hotdogs so we'll just get some stuff done around the house on Monday. We have some painting and stuff to do and I think Chris has some yardwork he wants to tackle.
Friday, May 23, 2008
Last night we all went to the movies as a family but we didn't actually stay together. We all started off watching the 6:40 PM Indiana Jones and T was supposed to meet friends. They couldn't get into the 6:40 PM show but they got tixs for the 7:20 PM. So, T pulled a fast one and snuck into the 7:20 movie to be w/ her friends. chris, KJ & I walked down to Ben & Jerry's after our show was over. Unfortunately, they were closing. however, the guy took pity on us and opened the store and we sat outside eating our ice cream until T's movie was over. Anyway, I liked the new Indy movie, Chris not so much. There were definitely some great moments, a couple of long dull moments, too. I liked the fact that Harrison Ford acted his age. He wasn't trying to be a 20 year old. Shia LeBeouf was really funny, too.
So, the majority of our Saturday will be spent watching dance. I'm excited; the girls have worked hard for this. KJ, ever the drama queen; wants to know what color flowers we plan to buy her. She expects to be presented w/ flowers for every big occasion in her life for some reason. She's a wanna-be pageant queen deep down inside.
Thursday, May 22, 2008
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
Other than that, not much else is going on. The girls got out of school at 1 PM today; 11 AM tomorrow. Why even bother? T is having a couple of girls sleep over tonight (it's kind of a neighborhood tradition she started in 4th or 5th grade; she always has the girls sleep over the night before the last day of school; don't know why, she just does). KJ had a nice day at school today. They had a luau themed breakfast this morning. The kids planned the menu and told the other room mom what they wanted to eat. There was a sausage casserole, lots of fresh fruit, etc. Knowing she was going to eat breakfast at school, I let her sleep in an extra couple of minutes.
I know tonight is the American Idol finale. Don't really care too much.
While I was gone last night Chris had daddy-duty (that's daddy "duty" not daddy "doody"). He picked the girls up from dance, took them to dinner, dropped T back off at dance and picked her up at 8:45 PM. KJ lost another tooth last night. That's 3 in the span of one week. She lost one on Sunday at the 2nd grade picnic when she bit into a cheeto.
Granite countertop has been installed in the masterbath. Unfortunately they mis-calculated on the backsplash and it's very low and I'm not happy w/ it at all. When we placed the original order in the showroom the salesclerk asked if we wanted the typical 4" backsplash and even when the lady came out and measured we discussed having the backsplash come right up to bottom of the mirrors. Other than that, it's looks beautiful. Now we just have to have the faucets installed.
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
Monday, May 19, 2008
She came home, we went to Zoe's for lunch, we ran to the spa to purchase a gift card for KJ's teacher as an end-of-year gift, we went to Barnes & Noble to buy some books to read on the plane (T bought her 9th grade required summer reading book to get it out of the way). On the way home we stopped at the bank and T ran into Publix w/ a big bag of change to dump in the coin machine. She got back over $40.
She's now down at the pool w/ friends. Technically, she's not supposed to be down there "un-supervised" until she turns 14 (July 1). So sue me. I'm a bad mommy.
Daughter #2 had field day today and is hot and cranky. What else is new? She has her lacrosse end-of-season awards dinner tonight.
Husband will be at tonight's City Council Meeting. The mayor is making a proclamation about the JV and Varsity teams winning the state championship. So, if you're bored tonight and have nothing to do ... go to the City Council Meeting and cheer the boys on!
Sunday, May 18, 2008
Heard from Chris this earlier tonight. He tried to pull a fast one on me and told me they lost today. Not the case. The U15 won their championship game and the Black Elite team won their game also! The Red "Rising Stars" team played their hearts out and lost in a braveheart situation. Sounds like the boys also tried to douse him w/ some gatorade. Chris said the team the U15 beat hadn't lost a game in over 200 games. He said the boys were crying, the parents were crying and the parents kept saying, "don't they know who we are? we're so and so. We can't lose." I'm so proud of the all-star team(s)!!!
In other un-related news, we walked around the Summit a bit last night before the movie started. KJ & the Magster were spraying each other w/ perfume in Urban Outfitters. I asked KJ if they were spraying the Betsey Johnson perfume or was it something else. Maggie said, "no it wasn't Betsey Johnson. It was called Tester."
Saturday, May 17, 2008
We went to Tip Top grill for a bite to eat and had some nice mother/daughter/daughter time. T had the 1 PM game and lost, too. For some reason, even though they lost, she played again at 3 PM. She's so solid at shortstop. She didn't hit great today but she played well otherwise.
After several hours at the ballfield we picked up the Magster and headed over to the Summit for some shopping and dinner at Johnny Rockets. We then went to the 8 PM showing of the new Narnia movie. What a very, very long movie. We walked out the door at 10:45 PM. I wasn't very crazy about this movie. I liked the first one a little better. This one was very dark (both metaphorically and cinematically speaking). There were a couple of good previews: can't wait to see the new Indiana Jones movie, the Hulk movie looks OK, there's also so stupid looking Chihuahua movie coming out by Disney and Kung Foo Panda looks dumb too.
Chris has his big lax tourney this weekend. Sounds like they're doing really well. The U15 played 3 games today and won all 3. The Red "Rising Stars" team played 2 games and one both. The black BamaLax team won their game, too. Not sure what's on the agenda for tomorrow.
Friday, May 16, 2008
Busy day -- joined some ladies for lunch today @ California Pizza Kitchen. Knew a couple ladies, met a couple for the first time. Had a lot of fun; thanks Tracy for the invite! Need to do that more often! After lunch I hopped over to Learning Express to pick-up a gift card for tonight's b-day party.
KJ had a 5:30 PM softball game. She played until 6:30 PM whereas I then took her to the girl scout end of year party at the Fun Zone (by the way, was that the proper use of the phrase "whereas"???). From there she went to Peyton's sleep-over party. She doesn't know it yet but she's got the 10:30 AM game Saturday AM. It's always creepy when Chris & I are on the same page but as I was taking her to the Fun Zone, Chris called and said, you may want to get some aspirin in her to ward off a potential migraine situation. The funny thing was I usually keep some of her aspirin in the glove compartment and the minute we got in the car to head to the party, I looked to see if she had any in there. I was pulling into the CVS parking lot when he called. Crreeeeepppppy.
So, KJ has the 10:30 AM game, T has the 1 PM and possibly 2:30 game. If KJ wins her game, she will also play @ 2:30 PM (highly unlikely -- she may not suck @ dance but her little softball team this year sure does). Looks like I may have my last ballpark chicken basket of the year after all. Yum.
Thursday, May 15, 2008
I'm sure the girls softball games will be cancelled tonight which means they'll try to re-schedule for Friday or Saturday and really screw me up.
I'm scheduled to cover KJ's class today while her teacher goes to a planning meeting. There's less than a week of school, what exactly are they planning for?
I really, really need to go grocery shopping today but I hate loading the car up in the rain in the parking lot.
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
The granite place came out today and measured for the new bathroom countertops. I am SO stoked!! The bathroom will finally feel finished. It looked "ok" to everyone else but we had a vision in our heads and it just never seemed complete. Installation will take place a week from today. New countertops, new fixtures. Whoppee!! Next up: kitchen floor re-do and possibly, just possibly, a new kitchen set. We've had this set since before T was born. Actually, we bought it November 1993 and she was born July 1994.
I haven't seen my co-worker/partner-in-crime since before I left for Cabo so we've made plans to meet for bagels next week before playschool gets out so she won't have to drag Ella w/ her. Personally, I don't care. I love Ella and haven't seen her in a long time. She's such a cutie-patootie! So all my playschool teacher/friends will be finishing up the year. I hope y'all get some nice, thoughtful end of year momentos. We'll have to plan a swim party @ my pool soon!
Busy weekend w/ the girls coming up: Friday KJ has her end-of-year scout party and a friend's sleep-over. Saturday both girls will have softball games and Sunday KJ has a 2nd grade picnic (she's been in the Quest program since Kindergarten and in 3rd grade they will be assimilated w/ the rest of the school so this is an opportunity to meet other kids/parents). T has asked if she could have a bunch of girls over Saturday night (you know how it is: it's their last weekend as middle-schoolers!). Looks like T's jazz class will have a rehearsal on Sunday afternoon. The girls were sucking eggs last night. Not good w/ only a week to recital. It's ok for the little ones to mess up, it's cute. Not so cute when a bunch of 13, 14 & 15 year olds screw up. I asked KJ last night if her teacher mentioned anything about them having to practice this weekend and she said, "No. We don't suck." KJ. KJ. KJ.
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
Monday, May 12, 2008
Watched the Devil Wears Prada last night and ended up sleeping on the couch. I started off in my own bed like a big girl but had a hard time falling asleep. I find if I go to bed and fall asleep before Chris, I'm OK. If I go to bed after him, his snoring and heavy breathing keeps me up.
Sunday, May 11, 2008
Friday, May 9, 2008
Today was Tucker Beam day @ KJ's school. He's a 2nd grader bravely fighting his 2nd bout of cancer. The entire school participated in a HUGE walk-a-thon to help raise money for his medical bills. It was an absolutely unbelievably, beautiful day. The kids began the day in the gym and were able to communicate w/ Tucker via webcam (he's @ Childrens for treatment and was unable to make today's festivities). The children sang to him (KJ's class sang 'This Little Light of Mine' which makes me cry like a baby on a good day), waved to him and proudly showed off their "I walked for Tucker" t-shirts. Each class walked around the track behind a banner they had made w/ sayings such as "Tucker, You'll Never Walk Alone." Parents came out in full force, grandparents, the High School cheerleaders, the High School dance team, the middle school student council, the lunch ladies, the custodians and I even recognized children and parents that attended different elementary schools. The blood mobile was there for donations (I tried but found out I am severely anemic -- which would explain why I'm exhausted all the time and have no energy). I think the original goal was to raise $10,000. I keep hearing they raised around $27,000. The show of support for this little boy and his family was unbelievable and I was very proud to be a member of this community.
Thursday, May 8, 2008
I can honestly say I have never been to a more beautiful, moving service in my entire life. The church was packed and the choir was incredible. It was truly a celebration of this man's life. There were 2 big screens set up and pictures flashed on each screen -- images of Mr. K as a kid, on his wedding day, graduating from college, w/ the girls, his airplane, etc. Friends and co-workers spoke and it sounded like he was a warm, fun-loving, wonderful man. They all had stories to tell and several commented on how much he loved his wife and 3 beautiful daughters.
Those poor girls and their mother. She can only be a year or two older than me. I just couldn't stop thinking about them...not having your dad around to teach you how to drive, not having your dad walk you down the aisle on your wedding day, not having your dad see his first grandchild for the first time. One of the nicest things said today was directed at the girls. A co-worker of their father's said, "one day a man is going to enter your life and he's going to remind you of your dad. That's the man you marry." I thought that was so sweet.
Yes, Chris drives me insane most of the time (and I'm sure he can say the same about me) but I can't even begin to imagine my life w/out him. When the girls were younger, they would get sooooo upset when he had to go on overnight business trips. It just about broke his heart whenever he had to leave.
Today was definitely one of those days that made me stop and think. I mean really think hard.
Wednesday, May 7, 2008
God is Love,
God is Love,
Tuesday, May 6, 2008
Never let other people's opinion hold you back.
Only you know your potential!
Here are some facts.:
Harry Potter was rejected by 12 publishers.
Michael Jordan was cut from his high school team..
Walt Disney was told he lacked imagination and one record company told the Beatles: "WE DON'T LIKE YOUR SOUND."
God is Love,
Not much going on today. Still doing laundry and changing sheets on the beds. Looks like a beautiful day outside. Tonight is our regular Tuesday night run-around. Wednesday's gonna be crazy, too. T has hip-hop, KJ has a softball game and T is supposed to go to her lax team end-of-year party. She's also interested in trying out for the girl's All-Star team that is going to a HUGE tournament in Atlanta. Chris also takes his boys to the Bagataway tourney so it would be fun if T made it, too.
Spoke to my mom & Brandon late last night. They were in their hotel room and Brandon got on the phone to tell me about the hotel pool. Apparently, he stayed awake the ENTIRE car ride yesterday. My kids (and me) would have been out like a light. Wonder how he'll do the rest of the trip today.
Monday, May 5, 2008
Thursday, May 1, 2008
"Kind words are a creative force, a power that concurs in the building up of all that is good, and energy that showers blessings upon the world." -- Lawrence G. Lovasik
So grammie and pop made it safe and sound. We're all anxiuosly awaiting my nephew's arrival tomorrow. Oh yeah. My brother is coming in, too. But who cares. It's all about the nephew. Joe & Laurie are driving in tomorrow and LCM & Dean are driving in from Cincy late tonight. I got my mani & pedi today and T got a mani and her eyebrows waxed. Thank god. They were starting to look like catepillers. The cleaning lady came this morning and I went grocery shopping so we have goodies to eat this weekend and tomorrow is the Mother's Day picnic at KJ's school and we've been invited to stay for some kind of reading thing. I really don't know what it is.
We've got lots going on this weekend. In addition to KJ's communion we've got a lot of lax to partake in. Lotta lax.
I missed the luncheon yesterday for the director of playschool. I still wasn't feeling great but I know the ladies had a good time. I heard Tracy's painting was beautiful and Tricia cried. That means it was really good. Lots of changes going on at playschool next year: Tricia leaving, Shawn moving, I don't think Teresa's coming back.
Tonight was Chris's last lax practice of the regular season. He lets the seniors get "last licks" against the underclassmen. There are a a couple of brothers on the team and the older boy usually chooses to beat up on his younger brother.