Wednesday, December 31, 2008
I love the beginning of the new year. It's like a fresh start each year and I always look forward to it. I view the beginning of the school year the same way. This year my focus is on getting healthy and fit again. Now that I am mostly recovered from surgery, I plan on working out again. Until I had Brendan, I worked out at 5 am each weekday. I loved it. After he was born, I was tired and worn out so I slacked off - big time. Well, no more. I am determined to get myself in better shape. I may never be back to my old size or former fitness level, but I will be better than I am now. I am looking foward to getting on the treadmill and not having my shoulders ache for days afterwards (that surgery has done miracles for my back/shoulders, by the way). It all begins on Friday. Can't wait.
Tonight we are celebrating the New Year with the kids. We cheat a little though. Each year, the Time's Square show is played live (with the ball dropping at 10 pm local time), then replayed so it drops at midnight local time. We always watch it "live" with the kids. They celebrate by popping poppers, blowing horns, throwing confetti, etc. at 10 pm. Then we put them to bed. One day they'll realize what we're doing, but until then I'm going to enjoy not having to keep them up until midnight.
I made a bunch of cards yesterday. I used up a ton of scraps and got a couple of dozen cards cranked out. I feel like I accomplished so much. I haven't done much scrapbooking since my surgery 8 weeks ago (can you believe it's been that long already?). It felt good to get something done.
I also re-organized Katie's and Brendan's rooms. That was a huge undertaking. Tom helped with Brendan's, but I did Katie's by myself. I only have the closet left to finish, but I couldn't reach up into it yet. Since my surgery, my arms don't go all the way above my head yet (scars reach from the middle of my chest all the way to the back of my underarm on each side so it is still tight). Tom will help me finish her closet - then I'll be done! Whew!
Well, have a wonderful New Year's Eve. Enjoy this time of new beginnings. Cherish each moment with your loved ones. 2009 is going to be great!
Saturday, December 20, 2008
Friday, December 19, 2008
Katie and her "gingerbreads cookies". She begged me for these for a couple of weeks.
Sean and Brendan in their Bronco garb before the game on 12/7. They were so excited to go to the game that day.
Tom and Brendan at the Broncos v. Chiefs game on 12/7.
Katie on the day she earned her tutu. She worked very hard learning all of her foot positions in order to get her tutu. It was an exciting day for her.
Monday, December 15, 2008
I'm still trying to recover from surgery. I've had some internal stitches fail and one part of my right incision re-opened. They are watching it, but it seems fine right now. The dr. thought they might have to re-stitch it, but so far I've been lucky and haven't had to do that. Other than that, I feel great - and I think I look so much better than I did before. Tom bought me a bunch of new shirts because my old ones were too big. I am really happy I did it - even with all of the complications I've had.
Brendan turned 9 on Saturday. I made him his favorite breakfast (cinnamon rolls and bacon - not very healthy, I know). We let him open his gifts in the morning because we were going to be busy for most of the day. We went to Katie's ballet program downtown at the Depot in the afternoon. Then we took him to dinner - anywhere he wanted to go - and he chose..... Godfather's Pizza. Not for the pizza - but for the video games. It was pretty funny. Then we went to see some Christmas lights and came home for cake and ice cream.
Brendan has to go get his top braces on this morning. He isn't looking forward to it at all. After we're done with that, I need to take him to get his birthday treats for school, the drop him off at school, then go to my dr. appt. I have one today and one on Thursday. This is going to be a super busy week.
The kids have one more week of school before Christmas break. I am very excited to have them home for a couple of weeks. I need to get some Cheeseballs made to deliver to the neighbors. Usually I do cookies, but they are just too labor intensive for me to undertake this year. I need to finish a couple of Christmas gifts, print our Christmas letter, address and mail our cards, wrap a BUNCH of gifts, and take time to enjoy the holiday spirit. :o)
Tom is doing well. He'll be in town for the next couple of days, then in Ft. Collins the remainder of the week. He has been such a good care-giver to me since the surgery. I can't even begin to explain how much I appreciate him. He is amazing.
Well, I think that is all that has gone one lately. Take care and Merry Christmas!
Saturday, December 13, 2008
Happy Birthday, Big Guy! Your mom adores you.
Friday, November 28, 2008
However, I hate Christmas shopping. I cannot stand the crowds of rude people in the stores. I don't like how commercial it all is these days. We remedied this with our kids several years ago. They are allowed to ask Santa for 3 gifts. Only 3 gifts. That is all Santa brings. Here is our reasoning: Christ received 3 gifts for his birth (gold, francensense and myrrh). Why should they receive more than HE did for HIS birthday? It works, too. Quite well. Of course they always ask why so many other kids receive more than 3 gifts - and we explained that it is OUR rule and we told Santa that is how we want him to do it at our house. A few years ago, Brendan really wanted 4 things and he just could not narrow his list to 3. He looked at me and asked "Why weren't there FOUR wisemen?". We stuck the 4th gift in his stocking (it was a minor item). Yes, I am a sap. But they still get the meaning and understand. Last week Katie informed us that she gets 4 gifts this year because she's a big girl now. I'm not caving this time. :o)
We had a nice, quiet Thanksgiving yesterday. Uncle Don came up from Ft. Collins so we ate early (he doesn't like to drive home in the dark). Our dear friend, Paul, was going to come over, but wasn't feeling up to it. Paul is undergoing Chemotherapy and is suffering from some side effects. Tom and I took dinner to him yesterday afternoon though. Just in case he was able to eat later. I watched the parade on TV (well, part of it - I was busy cooking). Katie loved the Rockettes and danced with them in my bedroom. It was so cute!!!!!! Brendan hid in his cave until dinnertime. Tom cleaned and helped cook (well, he prepped the turkey and popped it into the oven).
Last night I was so tired, I fell asleep before 9 pm. Then I woke up at 3:30 this morning and couldn't go back to sleep (which is why I'm blogging at 4:30). This would be an ideal schedule if I enjoyed Black Friday Shopping, but I don't (see above paragraph). I did too much yesterday so I plan on relaxing on the couch (or in bed) all day today.
I hope you have a wonderful weekend! Merry Christmas!
Monday, November 24, 2008
I keep telling myself that this will be worth the pain and trouble. I know it will. My back already feels so much better. But all of this itching is driving me nuts. Maybe I'll feel better when I go shopping for new shirts ;o) .
OK. Enough whining. I'd better get back to the laundry and ironing. I am paying my sweet niece to come and clean my bathrooms and floors tomorrow. Stuff I cannot do - and Tom has been too busy to do.
Have a super week!
Sunday, November 23, 2008
Thanksgiving will be a low-key event this year. Sean and Marc can't come home due to work commitments. Uncle Don is coming up from Ft. Collins, and our friend Paul will be here as well. Tom is doing a majority of the cooking (I'll help him with the stuffing, cranberries, green bean casserole and gravy, but he'll do the rest). I enlisted the help of Perkins with pies and will go to a local bakery for the rolls. I will watch the Macy's Day Parade (I HAVE to watch it every year) in the morning. I always try to make the kids watch with me, but inevitable wind up watching it by myself. We will eat at around 1:00 then spend the remainder of the day watching football. I love Thanksgiving.
My mother and all of her siblings are gathering for the holiday in Michigan. My Uncle Butch was diagnosed with terminal cancer earlier in the month. This is the first time they've been together since they were kids. Mom, Aunt Linda, and Aunt Sandy had a heck of a roadtrip from Florida to Michigan. Maybe next time Aunt Linda will take my advice and hop on a plane ;o) .
I doubt I fight the crowds on Black Friday this year. First, I can't lift more than 5 lbs. - which really inhibits my shopping capacity. Second, I am too afraid some over-zealous wacko will run into me and hurt me. I am still in quite a bit of discomfort and don't want to risk getting injured. I'd rather spend the extra cash and avoid the pain.
I wish you all a wonderful Thanksgiving filled with family, food, and peace. Watch the parade! Enjoy the games in the afternoon! Blessings to you and yours.
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
1. Wrapping paper or gift bags? Wrapping Paper
2. Real tree or Artificial? I love the smell of a real tree, but hate the mess so we have an artificial one. I was considering doing 2 trees this year - and having the real one upstairs on the wood floors so I wouldn't have to worry about finding needles in July ;o) .
3. When do you put up the tree? Shortly after Thanksgiving - not a set date though. Personally, I love doing it after Thanksgiving dinner, but Tom complains too much.
4. When do you take the tree down? A couple of days after Christmas - again, no set day.
5. Do you like eggnog? Gag. My oldest two love it though.
6. Favorite gift received as a child? Roller skates with pink wheels and stoppers.
7. Hardest person to buy for? Tom
8. Easiest person to buy for? Sean and Marc - money is their favorite ;o)
9. Do you have a nativity scene? Yes. I always set it up underneath the Christmas tree (the greatest gift we've received was the birth of Christ). I don't put baby Jesus out until Christmas morning. All during December, Katie and Brendan do good deeds to earn pieces of hay to make the manger soft for the Savior. It keeps them remembering the true meaning of Christmas. I also have a stuffed nativity that the kids are allowed to play with. It is set up next to my porcelain one.
10. Mail or email Christmas cards? I make and mail all my cards.
11. Worst Christmas gift you ever received? One year, Sean & Marc's Dad bought me a bunch of stuff that obviously wouldn't fit (waaaay too big for me) - but defended himself by saying that was all the store had.
12. Favorite Christmas Movie? Grinch - classic cartoon version
13. When do you start shopping for Christmas? During the fall.
14. Have you ever recycled a Christmas present? Never
15. Favorite thing to eat at Christmas? sugar cookies
16. Lights on the tree? yes...tons, all clear
17. Favorite Christmas song? Oh Holy Night by Michael Tait - awesome!
18. Travel at Christmas or stay home? Stay home - but we are thinking of traveling next year to someplace warm and tropical.
19. Can you name all of Santa's reindeer's? Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner, Blitzen and Rudolph
20. Angel on the tree top or a star? I collect angels - and used to have one on the top of my tree, but Tom found a really neat brass, lit, cut-out star that we now use.
21. Open the presents Christmas Eve or morning? Christmas Eve - then the kids play with Santa's gifts Christmas morning.
22. Most annoying thing about this time of the year? grumpy people
23. Favorite ornament theme or color? We collect ornaments each year that are a reminder of something we've done together (or someplace we've traveled). I love looking at all of the ornaments and remembering the great times we've shared.
24. Favorite for Christmas dinner? pumpkin pie
25. What do you want for Christmas this year? Some cute new shirts ;o)
I'm not going to tag anyone, because I just did not too long ago. Enjoy! And Merry Christmas!!!
Monday, November 17, 2008
So, here is an update: I had breast reduction surgery on November 7. The doctor removed 6.25 lbs. and I'm really happy with the results. Anything is better than what I was with 6+ lbs. added. It is strange to walk now. I feel like I am walking with my back arched. Tom said I am actually walking straight up and have super good posture now - LOL.
Take care! Blessings to you all! Thank you for the emails, phone calls, and good wishes. Everything is going really well.
Tuesday, November 04, 2008
Lots going on around here. I will be MIA for a week or so - got some health issues happening. Nothing major or worrisome. But I will probably not be around the computer for a while. I will, however, update when things settle down. I have so much to catch up on: my trip to Florida, the kiddos, holidays, etc.
Just wanted to wish Thomas a very Happy Anniversary tomorrow. It has been 14 years since I married that man - and he still makes my heart race. He is my dearest friend, greatest support, and the joy of my soul. Happy Day, my love.
Sunday, November 02, 2008
(The rules….link your tagger and list these rules on your blog. Share 7 facts about yourself on your blog, some random, some weird. Tag 7 people at the end of your post by leaving their names as well as links to their blogs. Let them know they are tagged by leaving a comment on their blog.)
1. I am the oldest of 2 and I married the oldest of 2.
2. I gave birth to the first grandchild and the last grandchild in my family - 20 years apart!
3. I iron everything. always.
4. I am usually very, very happy!
5. I watch sports constantly. When the Olympic opening ceremonies come on, we always eat the food of the host country for dinner (Torino = Italian; Beijing = Chinese).
6. I am a total news junkie
7. I didn't like pink until my daughter was born - now it is my absolute favorite color!
Have fun, ladies!
Thursday, October 30, 2008
She is also wearing her jammies still (she is sick today) and has her pants on backwards so the little bow is on her tushie instead of her Buddha belly.
Honestly, I think she is the cutest little thing I have ever seen.
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Thursday, October 09, 2008
Friday, October 03, 2008
Sean is coming home this weekend and the two of them are going to the Broncos v. Bucs game on Sunday for their birthday gift from me and the kiddos. They are both pretty pumped for this. We tried to get 3 tickets so that Brendan could accompany them, but nobody would sell us 3 - just 2 or 4. I didn't think Katie was up for something like that yet (too much noise, bad language, drinking, etc.) so I told Brendan that we'd get him tickets to go with Dad for HIS birthday in December. He wants to go to the Broncos v. Chiefs game on 12/7.
I took the two little ones to get their hair cut yesterday afternoon. Katie got another 5 inches cut off of hers - and it is STILL below her shoulders.
Well, Happy Birthday, my dear. Here's to 43 more (at least)! I love you more than words can say.
Thursday, October 02, 2008
Things are great here. Katie has had 4 preschool days of no time-outs! We are on a roll now. Hopefully she keeps up the great work. She wasn't bad, or defiant, or mean. She just loves to visit and be social. She didn't understand why she had to sit and be quiet and listen to the teacher. Now she does. The last time she had a time-out (a couple of weeks ago), we were driving home and I asked her about it.
M - Katie, did you have to go to time-out again today at school?
K - Yes.
M - Why?
K - I didn't have quiet lips.
M - (begin long lecture on having quiet lips at school, listening to the teacher, yadda yadda yadda).
K - (in an exasperated tone) But, Mom, I don't have quiet lips. The only lips I have are loud.
Brendan's braces are doing the trick. He hates them - but they look so stinkin' cute on him! School is going well, too. His class is currently making haunted houses, including full lighting. He is pretty stoked. So was Katie and insisted that Daddy help her make her very own haunted house. He is one busy man.
I'll check back later. Super busy trying to catch up on life.
Blessings to you!
Monday, September 29, 2008
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
On a bright note, Katie had her first day of no "time-outs" at school on Thursday. I took her to McDonald's for lunch to celebrate. Hopefully she keeps up the good work. I'll post about her latest exploits later when I feel better.
I'm taking Brendan to get his braces in 1/2 hour. Bottom braces this time, top braces in November. His teeth are already looking better than before. I'll try to get some pics posted.
Saturday, September 20, 2008
Huge football game today. BYU v. WYO. In Provo. I soooooo wish I was going to be there. I live for this game each year. Our friend Steve and I have a fun rivalry over this game. And considering that BYU beat UCLA by such a humongo margin last week, I think I'll win this year. again. I had intentions of going online and ordering a window cling that looked like a football had smashed into your windshield - and it said, "BYU FOOTBALL" on it. I wasn't going to order it for myself. I was going to stick it on Steve's car. Fortunately for Steve, I got sick again and never got around to placing my special order. Maybe next year. He'll love it, I'm certain. Steve, Caroline, and their family are in Casper today so poor Steve is going to miss the game. But, I am a great friend so I volunteered to text him updates of the score all afternoon. I'm sure he is looking forward to hearing from me. every single time that BYU scores. Which should be quite a lot. Of course, if BYU doesn't win, I will be eating CROW served up by my good buddy Steve.
For the record, I don't really like BYU that much. I actually just ADORE
I am blessed to be married to a very understanding husband. One who completely tolerates my mad crush for Steve Young. Gosh I love that man (Tom, not Steve Young). Well, him, too. But mostly Tom.
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
Monday, September 15, 2008
Happy Birthday, my Seanie Bonnie Bear. I love you.
Friday, September 12, 2008
I'll post more later. Just wanted to let you know that we are all surviving this.
Prayers are going up for all those in Ike's path right now. Keep safe.
Monday, September 08, 2008
Brendan is on the mend and actually went to school today. I had to go back to the dr. (went on Friday) again this morning and she said I have a nasty sinus infection. Katie just started coming down with it last night. Stay away from our house. You don't want this. I'm going back to bed now. If I don't update this by the end of the week, call Tom to ask when my funeral is :o)
Tuesday, September 02, 2008
When I got her in the car, I asked her if she had a good day. She replied, "Yes! I wasn't done yet!". She then informed me that they had sung "Itsy Bitsy Spider". Unfortunately, Katie has trouble with some of her sounds so it came out as "Itchy Bitchy Spider". She couldn't quite figure out why I was laughing so hard after hearing that.
Before we left for her first day.
This was her reaction when I came to pick her up from school.
Saturday, August 30, 2008
|What Your Latte Says About You|
You can be quite silly at times, but you know when to buckle down and be serious.
You have a good deal of energy, but you pace yourself. You never burn out too fast.
You have a healthy relationship with caffeine. You're definitely not dependent on it.
You are responsible, mature, and truly an adult. You're occasionally playful, but you find it hard to be carefree.
You are sophisticated and daring, but you are never snobby.
|You Are a Bit Prissy|
You know what you want, and you're definitely not afraid to ask for it.
(Just refrain from having a temper tantrum if you don't get your way!)
There's nothing wrong with having high standards... as long as they're occasionally low enough to allow spontaneity and fun!
Nothing too surprising here.
Thursday, August 28, 2008
I always take his picture outside in front of our tree on the first day of school so that I can see how much Brendan has grown each year. He hates it. He thinks it is unnecessary. Fortunately, Katie still likes posing for pictures so at least SHE is smiling.
Every year, on the first day of school, I make cupcakes. I don't know how or why I started this tradition, but the kids like it so I continue to do it. Another tradition is that Katie always ends up getting into the cupcakes before Brendan even gets home. She is so predictable. I don't know why I don't just put the cupcakes up where she can't reach them! I guess it would break tradition too much.
Katie had to have a small photo album for preschool. Since no "normal, store-bought, plain" photo album is sufficient for me, I decorated this one for her. Her name is on the side on a tag hanging from ribbon. This started out as a $2 album from Michael's. I made one of these earlier in the summer for my "Got Sketch" class. It was quick, easy, and totally inexpensive. Plus, nobody else has one like it. I used the Basic Grey "Sugared" collection (patterned paper and chipboard) and Bazzill cardstock on this one.
Katie begins preschool next Tuesday. She is STOKED!!!!!!!!!! We had her Open House yesterday morning where she met her teacher and some of her classmates. She already found a "best friend" and she was very disappointed that she didn't get to go back to school this morning. She doesn't understand why Brendan goes every day, but she only goes twice each week. I am praying she stays this enthusiastic for school in the coming years.
Well, my darling son will be home soon. Wanting cupcakes. And some attention. I'd better go get ready for him. I hope everyone has a super weekend! The official end of summer.......and the beginning of football season!!!!!!! Woooooooohoooooooo!!!!!!
Monday, August 25, 2008
2. Diamonds or pearls? Diamonds
3. What was the last film you saw at the cinema? Mamma Mia!
4. What is your favorite TV shows? CNN - I am a total news junkie
5. What do you usually have for breakfast? Nothing.
6. What is your middle name? May
7. What food do you dislike? Too many to name - but mainly anything that used to slither, hop, or had 8 legs
8. What is your favorite CD at the moment? Everything on my iPod
9. What kind of car do you drive? Chrysler Concorde
10. Favorite sandwich? Turkey bagel sandwich with cranberry cream cheese (from Mort's Bagels)
11. What characteristic do you despise? People who lie or people who are really snarky and rude
12. If you could go anywhere in the world on vacation, where would you go? Hawaii
13. Favorite brand of clothing? Anything comfy
14. Where would you retire to? Hawaii
15. What was your most recent memorable birthday? I turned 40 earlier this month and 3 of my girlie friends took me out for appetizers/wine/dessert. We hung out and laughed for 3 hours. It was my best birthday ever.
16. Favorite sport to watch? Football or golf
17. Furthest place you are sending this? California
18. Person you expect to send it back first?
19. When is your birthday? Aug 5
20. Are you a morning person or a night person? Morning
21. What is your favorite job ever? Being a MOM! My 2nd favorite was working for an oil company. I was the lone female among 14 men and those guys were all so sweet to me.
22. What is your shoe size? Used to be a 6-1/2, but after having Katie it is a 7
23. Pets? absolutely none
24. Any new and exciting news you'd like to share with us? Not a darn thing
25. What did you want to be when you were little? an actress or model
26. How are you today? fabulous
27. What is your favorite candy? Hmmmm - milk chocolate
28. What is your favorite flower? roses or daisies
29. What is a day on the calendar you are looking forward to? Labor Day - no school and DH doesn't have to work!
30. What is your favorite pastime? scrapbooking, quilting, or reading
31. What are you listening to right now? My kids arguing over crackers
32. What was the last thing you ate? some mint & chip ice cream
33. Do you wish on stars? Nope. I gave up on that a LONG time ago.
34. If you were a crayon, what color would you be? PINK
35. How is the weather right now? cloudy with thunder
36. The first person you spoke to on the phone today? Brendan's school - PTO stuff.
37. Favorite soft drink? Caffeine-free diet anything
38. Favorite restaurant? Capitol Grill (their chicken oscar is heavenly)
39. Real hair color? dark brown
40. What was your favorite toy as a child? barbies
41. Summer or winter? Summer
42. Hugs or kisses? Both
43. Chocolate or Vanilla? vanilla
44. Coffee or tea? green tea frappuccino
45. Do you want your friends to email you back?
46. When was the last time you cried? I can't remember. I hate to cry.
47. What is under your bed? hardwood flooring, probably with a little dust on them
48. What did you do last night? Had a BBQ with friends - then cleaned up and went to bed
49. What are you afraid of? snakes, spiders, moths (ick), etc.
50. Salty or sweet? salty
51. How many keys on your key ring? a kazillion
52. How many years at your current job? 23 (I'm a mom)
53. Favorite day of the week? Saturday
54. How many towns have you lived in? I can't even begin to add them all up. My parents were a little "gypsy-ish" and we never stayed in one place for long. It sucked.
55. Do you make friends easily? No. I'm pleasant to everyone, but I'm extremely private and don't trust easily. I am very selective with my heart.
56. How many people will you send this to?
57. How many will respond?
Brendan begins school on Wednesday. I am really bummed. I love having him home and I am not looking forward to having him gone all day. He will be in Mrs. Holt's class this year - along with 4 of his buddies. He is looking foward to seeing his friends again. We have our "back to school ice cream social" tomorrow night. We go to the school, meet the teacher, eat some ice cream, and then come home.
Katie begins preschool next Tuesday. She will attend on Tues/Thurs mornings. She is super excited. I will be working at the Architect's office on the mornings she is in school. She is also signed up for gymnastics and I need to call the ballet school to register her there, too.
I talked to Marc and Sean today. Marc is enjoying Alaska. He had a grizzly chase his boat last week. Moms hate to hear things like that. Now I am going to worry even more than I already do. Sean is in Roosevelt, UT on a drilling job this week. He emailed me a picture of the site - pretty impressive. He may be there for a few weeks.
We had a BBQ yesterday with a couple of Tom's friends from High School/College (and their families). It was great to see everyone. The kids had a blast, too. They played basketball most of the time, and beanbags (fun game). Katie just enjoyed having everyone there so she could socialize. It is her favorite activity, you know.
Well, I'll post some "1st Day of School" pics later in the week. Blessings to you all!
Friday, August 22, 2008
Have a pleasant weekend! We will.
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Brendan's Coach's "end of year" gift. It is a shadow box for his office wall.
Champ Bailey (grey shirt) having a little conference with a couple of other players. Nice view, huh?
Brendan and Katie in Denver. This little stream ran along the walking path behind our hotel. I took the kids out for a walk while we were waiting for Tom's meeting to end.
Brendan at Denver Bronco's Training Camp. Studying players and stats:
Katie at the Denver Broncos Training Camp. Being her usual self:
Thursday, August 14, 2008
Tuesday, August 05, 2008
Lincoln Brewster has a song called "Today is the Day" and the lyrics go:
Today is the day You have made. I will rejoice and be glad in it. I won't worry about tomorrow, I'm trusting in what You say. Today is the day!
So, without further adieu, here is my "40 things to rejoice about today":
- I still have the next 1/2 of my life ahead of me!
- I am more confident.
- Girlfriends - 'nuff said.
- I am more comfortable with myself than when I was in my 20's.
- I still have both of my parents.
- My firstborn called me first thing this morning to wish me a Happy Birthday!
- Katie picked out a pink birthday card for me - her favorite color, and mine!
- Tom is such an understanding and supportive partner in life.
- Going out with friends and "closing down the place" for my birthday - even if the placed we closed down was the Olive Garden.
- Scrappin' all day today with my beautiful daughter.
- It is cool and overcast today, not hot and sweltering like it has been.
- Tom let me sleep in this morning.
- He got me a pink iPod & and iTunes gift card for my birthday.
- Birthday Greetings in my inbox this morning - even one from Donny Osmond. Sigh.
- My backyard is done - and is gorgeous!
- I'm looking foward to a quiet evening at home tonight with Tom & Katie for my birthday.
- I cancelled my mammogram. It was scheduled for today - who wants to do that on her birthday?!?!
- I am in pretty good health (other than the occasional bout of pneumonia).
- I am joyful. Always.
- I am genuine. Nothing phony here.
- We're planning our fall scrappin' retreat - got some fun things ahead!
- A lifetime (so far) of terrific memories.
- A lifetime (so far) of not-so-terrific memories - but I have learned a lesson from each one.
- My relationship with my Savior is a blessing to me and my family. I used to think that my faith came from a religion - but it is from my relationship with God.
- I'm not perfect. I don't have to be. It's ok.
- Friday lunches with Tom. I work Friday mornings and Tom usually works on town on Fridays. So, we have the babysitter stay for an extra hour while we go enjoy a quiet lunch together. I look forward to those Friday lunches more than he will ever know.
- I have 4 really incredible children.
- Green Tea Frappuccino. Yummo.
- I'm having a chocolate birthday pie tonight!
- My husband still finds me hot even thought I'm 40 & chunky.
- I love being creative.
- My Rowenta iron. Love it.
- We live in a happy and healthy home filled with love, laughter, and nurturing.
- My marriage is strong and happy. That man rocks my world.
- I have a healthy, open relationship with each of my children.
- I am blessed with a very part-time job (mainly from home).
- I am blessed that I am not dependent upon the salary from my very part-time job. I love being a stay-at-home mother. It is the greatest blessing Tom and I have.
- My children all have great relationships with one another. Brendan is with Sean this entire week and they are bonding and laughing and having fun. Love that.
and, (insert drumroll) the final wonderful thing about my life at 40 is...................................
- mineral makeup. That stuff covers everything! It is my friend.
Have a blessed day! I know that I will!!!!
Love to you all!
Monday, August 04, 2008
Then she called back. She and our other friend, Belinda, decided to take me to Olive Garden tonight to celebrate my 40th! Tom will be home at 6:30 tonight so we'll meet at 6:45. We decided we'd either have wine and dinner, or wine and dessert - but wine was definitely going to be the main course ;o) . Not really. We are all responsible wives and mothers - we don't really go "party" or anything. LOL.
The other day, I was down because I thought I didn't have any girlie friends to hang out with. I just forgot to count them. I have so many great people in my life. God has always been so very generous to me in that regard. He has always placed really good, fun, wonderful friends in my life. I need to be more diligent in counting my blessings. You can bet that I'll be doing that tomorrow! I'm going to think of 40 TERRIFIC things to celebrate. Check back tomorrow. I'll post my list.
Can't wait for tonight. I'm taking my camera and will post pics tomorrow!
Have a blessed day!!!
Saturday, August 02, 2008
ps - Yes, I did blog about you ;o) . I think I'm becoming "kinder and gentler" in my old age! Ha!
Friday, August 01, 2008
I'm having a birthday party tomorrow in Ft. Collins!!! Well, not exactly. We're going scrapping at The Treasure Box and I'm passing out gifts for everyone who comes. I spoke with Amanda Probst and told her that I'd do little "party favors" for everyone, plus my friend Debbie Sherman is bringing a cake. It is my birthday and our friend Darci's birthday. She's not 40 though, which is completely unfair! Amanda mentioned making party hats - but I think she may have been joking. If she really made them, I'll get pics and post them! I am really looking foward to a girls' day out and I couldn't pick a more fun group of women to hang with all day. These gals are just such great people - and so very talented. I don't know why they hang out with me ;o) .
Check out the e-zine!!!
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Brendan had to get his Palate Expander last Tuesday and I've been the one in charge of turning the little dial every morning and night. The idea is to break the palate, then let him wait 3 months until the bones heal. After that time, he will get braces on his front top & bottom teeth. The orthodontic tech indicated that we'd be able to tell when the palate was split because he would suddenly have a gap between his two front teeth. It happened on Friday. I felt awful. It needed to be done, but I hate being the bad guy on things like this. I don't even take the kids in for their immunizations, Tom does. That is our deal - I get pregnancy/delivery and he gets shots. Unfortunately, I didn't think ahead far enough to tell him that his part of the deal includes breaking bones, if necessary. Ugh!
But, his gap between his front teeth is expanding nicely and he doesn't seem to be in as much pain as he was on Friday when it finally gave-way.
I talked to Marc today. He hasn't had telephone access until this week (after 6 weeks of being up the river). He is doing ok. He is actually quite distraught. His dog, Kye, died while he was gone. His father told him about it the other day on the phone. Marc is just devastated over it. She was his baby. She was diagnosed with a heart condition this past spring, so Marc knew that she had some health issues. He just didn't expect her to pass away while he was in Alaska.
Other than that, life is just peachy! Brendan leaves on Sunday to spend a week with Sean. Tom has a conference up here next week so he won't be driving to Ft. Collins. Unfortunately, we won't be seeing much of him because he'll be gone from breakfast through dinner every day.
I'm going scrapbooking on Saturday in Ft. Collins. Can't wait! Some of the DT gals will be there, and some of my friends of Cheyenne will be going down, too. It should be tons of fun!!!
We went to the Denver Broncos Training Camp yesterday. I got a super good picture of Jay Cutler. I will post it when I get the pics downloaded from the camera. We had a super time. Katie came home with a cool PINK Jay Cutler jersey and Brendan found a neat Broncos cap. They were both happy with their souvenirs!
I'll post later in the week with the pics!
Friday, July 25, 2008
You see, I turn 40 in less than 2 weeks. Why do milestone birthdays seem to make us evaluate our lives? Why do we start thinking about "where we are" compared to "where we thought we'd be"?
I always assumed that by the time I hit 40, I would:
- have finished my college degree.
- be enjoying a fabulous career in accounting (yes, I know that is an oxymoron because accounting is supposed to be boring - but I've always loved it and that was my goal).
- be more grown up and super confident and oh-so-very sure of myself and life and things in general.
- have a herd of really terrific girlie friends that would help me enjoy being "fabulous at 40".
- be fit, trim, completely in-style, and still have gorgeous fingernails.
- have only taken 2 additional classes since I earned my Associates Degree in 1995.
- have no career whatsoever.
- still feel like I have no idea what I'm supposed to be doing.
- have a couple of casual scrapbooking friends, but no really strong "best-friend", long-term girlfriends who know how to make me laugh and cheer me up and who would call to be sad with me that I am turning 40 and haven't reached any of my goals and dreams. My parents moved too much during my childhood for me to ever have forged those types of friendships so I completely lack that skill.
- am pudgy, wear nothing but capris and tank tops in the summer, and my fingernails are atrocious (I stopped getting them done when I was pregnant with Brendan and I've missed them every since).
I know I've done a lot of things since my 20's, but I am not at all where I expected myself to be. And while I am extremely happy with my life, I can't help but think that my 25-year-old-self would be quite disappointed (on the verge of disgusted) with my almost-40-year-old-self. And that makes me somewhat sad. And the fact that I am sad makes me even more sad because I am typically a very positive person. Does that make sense to anyone but me?
I wandered around Barnes & Noble for a while last night. My little escape after we finished dinner. Tom always encourages me to get away like that because I usually come home so refreshed. Not last night. I wandered around for a while and bought a scrapooking magazine (the only one I don't get as a subscription), and couldn't really find anything that I wanted to buy, which is highly unusual. I love books. I read constantly (although not usually at the pace of 9 books in 8 days). I did find something that struck me as quite odd though: as I was perusing through the Biography section, I realized that Pope John Paul II's biography was located directly NEXT TO some famous porn star, Jenna Jamison's (well, according to her book cover she is a famous porn star). I didn't know whether to laugh or cry. PJP2 must be rolling over in his grave!!!
On a brighter note, look what I got for my birthday from my very understanding, totally amazing, and completely wonderful husband:
He gave it to me early. I love it. It can hold so many more songs than my old iPod did. And it is pink which makes it way cuter than my old iPod, too.
Just so this post doesn't sound overly-negative, I feel like I should add some positive things to it. So, while I am not where I thought I would be, I am blessed because:
- I have focused on raising my children rather than furthering my education up to this point. I can always go back to school, but this time in their lives is so fleeting.
- I have the luxury and supreme honor of staying at home to make sure that my family knows that they are far more important to me than any career I could ever have.
- I know that I have no idea what I am doing in this life, but I guess that is the nice thing about life. We never know what it's all about. It just "is". That's what makes it so darned fun.
- my dearest friend in the world happens to have chosen ME to spend forever with. He is an amazing person and even after almost 14 years, I still pinch myself to make sure I'm not dreaming.
- I am making changes to get back in shape, lose weight, and then I can buy some super-cute trendy new clothes. or not. And although my nails aren't gorgeous any more, they are practical and perfectly fine for my lifestyle right now.
I'd better end this before I go all negative again. Have a blessed day!
Monday, July 21, 2008
Brendan is done with golf lessons for the year. He had a great time at Collindale. They always do a golf tournament for the kids in their Junior Golf program. He'll play in that on August 12. He is pretty excited. We had to go buy him new clubs last Tuesday night - he had outgrown his since our trip to Hawaii! We were lucky to find him a great set on sale right here in town!
Tom played in the Tri-State golf tournament this past weekend. He came in 9th in his flight. He was fairly happy with that. The wind howled all day on Saturday so the scores were pretty high. He is glad that his swing is finally back. Those lessons in Hawaii really paid off for him!
We got the hoop post concreted into the slab last night. Tom will finish installing the basketball hoop tonight. The kids (and Tom) are pretty excited! It is a really nice adjustable one so we can lower it for Brendan and Katie.
Well, I'm going to spend the day cleaning, doing laundry, and trying to catch up from last week. Brendan has his orthodontist appointment tomorrow morning so they can install his palate separator. He will get his 8 braces in the next few months.
Well, that is all from here. I am hoping to get some scrapbooking in tonight or tomorrow. I did a little bit yesterday, but not as much as I'd have liked.
Have a super week!
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
Tom has decided that he is going to try to get on the Board for baseball and we may keep Brendan in Cheyenne Junior League for one more year to see if they get a better handle on the coaches. Hopefully next season doesn't end like this one did. My poor son - he didn't even know the other team's coach (neither do Tom or I - I've never seen him before). I understand that these coaches are volunteers, and that emotions can run high - but what happened to my son was inexcusable. It was a terrifying experience for him. Tom has coached several sports - for several years - and has never seen anything like this either.
So..........we're just going to see how things go next season. Hopefully Brendan still wants to play. If not, I'll just let him focus on his golf (that is his strength anyway) and we'll try to forget all about this. Brendan seems fine today. He has golf lessons in Ft. Collins today and Thursday - then he is done for the year.
The kids are thoroughly enjoying our play set and the back yard. I'll be glad when the fence is up. I'll feel more comfortable having the kids back there alone.
Sean is here until tomorrow afternoon, then he has to go back to Evanston for a dentist appt. It has been so nice having him home!
I'll check in later in the week!!! I hope you have a wonderful and blessed week.
Monday, July 14, 2008
View from the patio. The kids LOVE their playset. It was installed on Thursday and they've been on it ever since.
Lots going on here. Baseball is over, thank heavens. The playoffs were brutal. We hadn't expected to win the first round game, so playing yesterday morning was supposed to be a bonus for the kids. Not quite a bonus, I'm afraid. I arrived at the game to find the other team's coaches yelling about the fact that we had borrowed a couple of kids from other teams because we only had 7 players. Two were on vacation and one was mormon and not allowed to play on Sunday. Our coach called the League President and was told it was fine to borrow from teams of the same level. These kids weren't all-stars by any means - just your average 8 year old player. I am thinking of filing a complaint against the other team's coach because at one point in the game, he was standing behind Brendan - BRENDAN - jumping up and down, pointing at my dear son, and screaming, "He didn't touch second!!!! He didn't touch second!!!" (Brendan had been on first and made it to third - and yes, he DID touch 2nd base). Brendan was terrified. When he crossed (and touched) homeplate, I took a picture - just in case the coach wanted to question THAT. I have never seen coaching quite that bad. What. a. tool. Seriously. It was an ugly game. We lost by 1 run. I was just as happy not to have to play again after that mess. We gladly came home and spent a quiet afternoon together in our fabulous new back yard. I have inquired about putting Brendan in the recreation league in Ft. Collins next year and we found out that he can definitely play down there. It will be a pain to drive there twice a week for baseball, but at least he won't be exposed to situations like that again. His coach this year was wonderful. His coach last year was pretty bad (win at all cost), but not as bad as the opposing team's coach was yesterday morning. I think I'd like him to stay out of Cheyenne baseball from this point on - or at least until he is older. I truly believe that 8 years old is too young to have to deal with a grown man pointing at him and screaming about him like that. To top it all off, parents from the OTHER team were coming up to OUR coach and apologizing for their coach's behavior. It was so unfortunate and not at all what I want my child to witness at such a young age.
Well, I'll update more later in the week! Blessings to you all!!!
Tuesday, July 01, 2008
Brendan goes in tomorrow for his first of three appointments for his Phase 1 Braces! He is 8 years old. He will get Phase 2 when he is 12. Phase 1 is costing us $3,800. I don't even want to know what Phase 2 is going to cost us. Hopefully it helps. The poor kid has some crazy crooked teeth.
Other than the above, life is fantabulous!!!!!! We are having an awesome summer! The kids have had so much fun already. I can't believe how quickly it is going by though. I wish summer was longer than 2-1/2 months.
Marc arrived safely in Alaska. He is enjoying it so much. He won't be home until fall though. I hate having him gone so long, but he really loves his job up there.
Sean is coming home next weekend. Then he will be having Brendan come stay with him for a week in August. They are both so excited about it.
The landscapers are finished with the back yard. The super huge swingset will be delivered on the 10th. And the concrete dude is giving us a bid for our basketball court in one week. Hopefully it isn't too costly. Between landscaping and braces, we are about tapped out.
I will post some pics of some layouts I've been working on. I need to photograph them and download them from the camera.
Talk to you all soon!
Saturday, June 14, 2008
Bren and Katie in their pool this afternoon. It was in the 80's today so they were eager to cool off a little bit.
The Princess Class after their recital. Much fun was had by everyone (especially the proud parents). The teachers were the Queens and the girls were the Princesses. Katie is the 2nd from the left - sitting in the front row (blue hat and blue skirt).
Thursday, June 12, 2008
Brendan had golf school this week in Ft. Collins. They had an awards ceremony this morning after the last class and Brendan won first place in chipping. He was one of the youngest in the class so that is really quite an accomplishment for him.
Katie is finishing up Princess Week at her ballet school tomorrow. She has a recital at 11 am. I can't wait to see her up there! She has enjoyed her week immensely. Very fun program - and she has perfected her "curtsey".
I'll post more after Katie's dance performance tomorrow.
Sunday, June 08, 2008
This week, Tom and Bren go to Ft. Collins until Thursday afternoon. Brendan has a golf school every morning (Mon.-Thurs.) 7:30 - 10 am. Katie begins Princess Week at her ballet school. And our landscapers are due to arrive in the morning!!! Woooooohooooooooo! Can't wait to see how the yard turns out. It should be amazing.
Marc left this morning for Alaska. He won't return until mid-October.
That is all. I need to go to bed, but wanted to update before the crazy week starts.
Thursday, June 05, 2008
Once each year our tree blooms with brilliant pink blossoms. I love it. Unfortunately it is short-lived. It lasts an entire two days. But, while it is in its glory, I thoroughly enjoy the view. This year, I decided I wanted to get pics of the kids amid the pink flowers. So I made them climb a ladder - the same ladder their father used last night to rid the gutters of pine needles. Now, Brendan looks (and actually was) quite relaxed and happy to be on the ladder posing for portraits for his obsessive-compulsive mother .........
Miss Sandy (across the street from us) recently went on a trip to Salt Lake City (to the new IKEA store - I am uber jealous). She, of course, brought gifts for the kids - bubbles/bubble gun/ginormous bubble wand. They were in heaven! She is such an awesome surrogate grandma to the children. They just adore her.
Those were the highlights of the week. Wanna hear the low-lights? Well, we had to cancel our Denver Trip. Didn't get to see Mamma Mia - and didn't get to stay at The Brown Palace. Our darling, beautiful, sweet, thoughtful daughter decided to get sick. She was up all night Friday night with a fever/head cold. We canceled everything (lost a bunch of coin on that deal). By Saturday evening, she was feeling juuuuuuuuuust fiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiine. Go figure.
Tomorrow is the last day of school for Brendan! Yea!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am more excited than he is, I think. Can't wait. Next week he and Tom will be in Ft. Collins all week for golf lessons, and Katie has "Princess Week" at Ballet School.
Tom's Father's Day gift will be arriving on Monday - landscapers. We are having our yard done. It will be our Mother's-Father's Day/July 4th/Labor Day/Halloween/Thanksgiving/Birthday/ Christmas/New Year's/Valentine's/Anniversary gift for the next zillion years. Holy Buckets, landscaping is expensive. I'll take before and after pics though. HOpefully it is worth it. We may have to mortgage our first-born. Or all 4 of them.
Oh, I almost forgot to tell you our big news! Tom is opening an office in Cheyenne. Nolte finally got him an executive suite so he doesn't have to drive to Ft. Collins every single day any more. He'll be up here 2 or 3 days/week - and the other days he'll be in CO. We are very excited! So is our gas card ;o) .
Friday, May 30, 2008
I am the opposite of a lot of moms. I love summertime and I dread the beginning of school. If I had my way, I would homeschool Brendan and Katie and we'd spend every day together. But, it isn't up to me so I relish each day of the summer with the kids. There is nothing better.
My darling husband and I are going to Denver this weekend. All night. With no kids. First time since I was pregnant with Katie - and only the second time since Brendan was born 8-1/2 years ago. Yes, we are a pathetic pair. But, we are packing a lot into our one-night-trip. We are leaving Cheyenne after Brendan's baseball game and driving straight to our hotel to check in. We are staying at THE BROWN PALACE!!!!!!!!!!! Woooooooohooooooooooo! I am a little excited, if you couldn't tell. We will then go to dinner and then to see Mama Mia at the Buell Theatre. So cool. I adore Abba music and I can't wait to see the show. I've heard it is wonderful. Then, we'll come home on Sunday morning. Our niece, Jessy, is keeping the kiddos in Laramie Saturday night for us so we'll have to drive to Laramie to pick them up before getting back home Sunday afternoon.
I'll post more next week - and even get some pictures added finally. I got some great ones of the kids in front of our pink flowering crab apple tree last week. So fun. The tree is gorgeous for about 2 days/year - brilliantly pink and absolutely covered in flowers. Stunning. Then, the rest of the year it is just a plain ol' tree.
Have a fabulous weekend everyone. I'll talk at ya next week!
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
The good news is that this time, Tom spoke with Mike (Brendan and Katie's Godfather who is an ultra-smart, computer techie guy) and he told Tom that it sounded like a bad hard drive. So, off I went to Circuit City to get a new one. We did some research before I left (luckily Tom had his laptop at home so we could check out the internet first). Then I quickly decided that I should be the one to go because women are much more believable at the "playing dumb" bit than men are. This sounds so sexist - but I have found it to be true. Anyway, I went to the store with my little handwritten list of specs that we needed our hard drive to have. I found the geekiest computer geek I've ever met (gotta love those tech-savvy kids these days) and I played dumb. And it worked quite well. I told the kid what was wrong - and what error message I kept getting in place of Windows when I turned my computer on - and he selected the drive that I needed. He also assured me that once we installed the new drive as the "master", the old drive would be a "slave" and would more than likely cough up any and all information contained on it. I came home with a new hard drive - which my brilliant husband quickly installed in our computer. And I got ALMOST all of the information on the "slave" drive - everything except my freakin' emails and contact list!
Smart Mike is on vacation in Arizona/Utah/Nevada right now. I will wait patiently for him to return home to Detroit so my husband can call and get proper instructions for finding my wayward contact list and my old emails. Tap. Tap. Tap. I'm waiting anyway. Trying to be patient. Tap. Tap. Tap.
But, on the bright side, I have a much faster computer now. And I have access to the internet again (which I missed terribly). I even got most of my iTunes back up and running - most of them. I will make Tom figure the rest of them out later.
I'm glad I married someone smart. I can run a computer just fine - turn it on, check my email, surf the 'net, shop (I shop very well), etc. But when it comes to installing things, I refuse. That way if anything goes wrong, my husband can't blame me. Life is happier that way.
So, if anyone wants to shoot me an email, I will add you back to my address book/contact list. hint. hint. hint.
Have a good one! I'll post more later - with pics even!
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
On a side note, my daughter decided she wanted to be the pre-game entertainment at Brendan's baseball game last night. The entire baseball complex was standing at attention for the National Anthem. The music came on. Everyone stood with their hands on their hearts. Except for Katie. SHE decided to do ballet instead. She performed a brilliant dance to the entire anthem. When she was finished, she bowed to the crowd - and they all applauded. I guess we need to work on "how to stand quietly during the national anthem". Well, she was quiet, I guess.