Friday, May 30, 2008

It's Friday!

We only have one week of school left and it is summer! I cannot wait. I love summertime - no schedules, warm weather, non-stop fun with the kids, and sitting out late at night enjoying the evening air.

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


Our computer crashed again. for the third time. since September. Sigh.

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

Mother's Day Pics with Katie

A local photographer (Val Rothwell) does a Mother's Day shoot each year for Moms and daughters. You all know that I HATE having my picture taken, but for some reason I agreed to go have our portraits done anyway. As much as I cannot stand the sight of myself, these ones didn't turn out as bad as my pictures usually do.

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.

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Happy Mother's Day!

Wishing all moms a very Happy Mother's Day today!!!

This will be Tom's first Mother's Day without his mother. We are planning on taking some gorgeous pink tulips to her grave today. It will be hard for him, I know.

I am blessed to have many fabulous women in my life. I am grateful, especially today, to have my mother. She lives in Florida so I don't get to see her very often, but she always calls to see how we are doing. I am grateful that she is always just a phone call away. My Aunt Linda is an amazing woman and I love and miss her so much. She, too, lives in Florida. But she, too, is always just a phone call away. I am also blessed that my Dad married Patti. She is so kind and loving to my family. I am beyond grateful to have her in our lives. She is not just a "step-mom" to us - she is, truly, family.

The house is somewhat quiet here. Tom is asleep (he worked most of the night), Brendan is asleep, but Katie is up. and bothering me. as usual. I adore that child to no end - but she just doesn't know how to be quiet.

We were going to go to Mother's Day Brunch today, but Tom decided he doesn't want to. He has this "thing" about people breathing on his food. ;o)

Well, have a wonderful day with your families!