Wednesday, March 25, 2009
So this is dance team try-outs week. Please, please, please keep your fingers crossed for T and say a little prayer, too! She has totally been working her ass off all week (and her ass really wasn't that big to start!). Monday they learned their jazz routine, Tuesday they learned their kick-line and Wednesday they learned their hip-hop routine. Sunday afternoon T & Katie had a private lesson @ the dance studio. Monday night T had a couple of girls over to practice in the garage. Last night they went to another girls house to practice and tonight I took her & Katie up to the studio to practice w/ Ms. Shannon. Tomorrow is a "mock" audtion and then Friday afternoon is the real deal. Tonight the girls told me that if you make the team, the older girls "kidnap" you and take you back to the High School for a party. It's supposed to be a big secret but they do it every year and that's how you know if you made the team. God, please let my doorbell ring Friday night!
It has been raining cats & dogs all day. Reminds me of a joke my friend Gina used to tell when we were very, very little (like first grade). One guy says to another guy, "It's raining cats & dogs outside!" The other guy says "Oh yeah?? How can you tell??" The first guy says, "Cuz I just stepped in a poodle!" Get it??? A Poodle! I used to think that was the funniest joke I ever heard!
T was supposed to play Vestavia tonight but it was cancelled due to the weather. KJ is supposed to have her first softball game Thursday night and her first lax game Friday. Honestly, I hope it pours the rest of the week so everything will be called off!
P.S. Special Birthday shout-outs to my brother-who-shall-not-be-named. My baby bro's 35 today. I remember the day they brought him home from the hosital.
great article by Jack Cafferty of CNN!
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
We're back from a very nice, very relaxing couple of days on the beach. This was my first time in Destin for Spring Break and we had a wonderful time. Other than to eat, we barely left the beach. We just sat for hours and vegitated.
We drove down in 2 cars on Tuesday and Chris came home Thursday for some meetings he had on Friday. The girls & I drove home Saturday afternoon. Our condo was very nice, right on the beach and the weather was incredible the entire time we were there. The water extremely chilly but KJ didn't care. She was in the water from the minute she woke up until we dragged her out for dinner. There was actually times she was the only one in the water for miles and miles.
Tuesday was St. Patrick's day so we went to Pat O'Brien's for a couple of hurricanes and walked along the water for a bit looking at boats. People were throwing beads at the kids and the atmosphere was fun. We had dinner at the Lucky Snapper and enjoyed an incredible sunset from the restaurant.
Wednesday night we at at Fudpuckers and went to "The Track" where Chris & the girls rode go-karts. Chris left Thursday after lunch and the girls & I went to the Back Porch for dinner and took KJ to have an air brush t-shirt made (gotta have an air brush t-shirt when you go to the beach!). On our way out of the Back Porch T ran into a couple of girls she knew and they made plans to get together on Friday. Friday morning KJ stayed w/ our friends while I drove half-way to Pensacola to pick-up Austin and his buddy Taylor. On the way back I picked up Kate & Brittany. The kids hung out on the beach and had lunch. I drove them back to their condo's around 3 PM.
That night the girls & I had dinner at the Crap Trap. We got up Saturday morning around 9:30 AM, packed up the car and stopped at the Hard Rock Cafe on our way home. We made pretty good time until we hit I-65. Lots of traffic around Pelham so I got off in Helena and made my way home from there. Thank God for the Garmin. I am totally "directionally challenged" and really love my GPS!
Sunday, March 15, 2009
Friday, KJ had a couple of friends sleep over. I was a little nervous about 3 girls (you know the saying -- 2's a crowd, 3's company) but they did very, very well and played great together. T hung out w/ Austin at his house for a while.
Saturday I took T shopping. We started off at the Kohl's on 280. T never buys anything in that store. I bought 2 pairs of capri pants for spring break. We then moved on to Target where T ended up buy 3 bikinis. She actually ended up w/ move than that because she can totally mix & match all the tops & bottoms for many different looks. After Target we went to Francesca's at the Summit and she bought a long maxi dress w/ a gift card she rec'd for Christmas. We went on to Old Navy and T bought some flip-flops to match the bathing suits she found (flip-flops were 2 pairs for $5!). While we were out shopping, Chris & KJ ran a few things up to the lacrosse store, bought KJ a new softball gloves and bought supplies to tie-dye t-shirts. We all met at our favorite Mexican restaurant for dinner (and mango margaritas!).
Last night Chris & KJ tie-dyed t-shirts. At first we thought KJ's shirt was going to just be a big black goop mess because the dye was just dripping off the shirt and not absorbing at all (we somehow missed the part of the instructions that said to wash the shirts first). KJ's shirt turned out great and she'll wear it at the beach as a cover up.
This morning KJ & I were supposed to go shopping but she said she didn't feel like it. Well, as we were trying to pack for spring break she realized she didn't have any clothes or any bathing suits that fit her. Sooooo, we ended up running to Justice @ Patton Creek where KJ bought 3 bathing suits. I also took her over to Old Navy to look for capri pants or shorts but the selection was very, very slim. She bought flip-flops to go w/ each of her bathing suits and a t-shirt.
Chris made an awesome lunch/dinner for us today (on Sunday's we eat a late breakfast and then a late lunch/early dinner). Chris is doing yard work and I'm trying to catch up on my TiVo.
One of my new favorite reality shows of the season is "Running in Heels" on the Style Network. It's kind of "Devil Wears Prada." Three girls are interns at Marie Claire magazine. Although some of their day-to-day is glamours and exciting, a lot of it is total grunt work. This is the industry T would like to be in so this has been interesting for her to watch.
Thursday, March 12, 2009
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Thursday, March 5, 2009
News Flash about Daughter #2: She loves celebrity gossip! It's so funny! When most kids go grocery shopping w/ their mom's they bug them for candy or crappy cereal. My daughter bugs me for "teen" magazines (I think one of them is called "Twist"). She reads it from cover to cover the minute we get home and then casually drops gossip into our daily conversations. I.e., "Miley Cyrus's favorite color is purple." "Michael Jackson is dying." "Zack & Vanessa have been going out for ......" "Selena Gomez & Demi Lovato blah, blah, blah."
Monday, March 2, 2009
JV played at 10 AM and at times, it was almost a complete white-out. It was nuts! A bunch of dads had to keep shoveling the sports grass. I don't know how those kids did it. Had it been any other team, the game would have been re-scheduled. The other team was from Houston, TN (Memphis area) and had driven down for the weekend to play us and Mt. Brook (they beat Mt. Brook Saturday night in the rain but lost to us in the snow Sunday). Both JV & Varsity played great. The Varsity game started at Noon and it had stopped snowing by that time but the wind had picked up.