Thursday, August 28, 2014

Shake It Off

This made me laugh out loud.




Oh and yes for the record, this 40 something year old likes the new Taylor Swift song.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Birthdays, baseball, and Summer

Well I didn't really intend on taking such a long break. I looked back to when my last blog post was and it kinda shocked me to see June 4th. And while in my head it sounds like I have a lot to blog about when I go to type it out, it doesn't amount to a whole bunch. It's like the days have been on repeat. Which I think is a good thing, it means we have been enjoying our summer.

We've been enjoying our summer so much I totally forgot to post about R1's and Hubs' birthday.


R1 turned 14 in July. We took him out to dinner and then kicked off his birthday week with a few baseball games. As I took R1 to a FCA (Fellowship of Christian Athletes) bible study this week. It dawned on my that in two weeks he will be a freshman in high school. He will play his first high school football game this Friday and it wasn't that long ago we were walking into the elementary school for his first day of kindergarten. SIGH! I love this child with all of my heart. He has made me laugh out loud, so mad I could string him up by his ears, yet so proud by some of his actions my heart could burst with pride. He is an amazing kid! Happy late birthday R1!

 
 
Hubs also turned 40. Yep the big 4-0! We took him out to dinner as well. And I let him off the hook the week before and the week of by cooking most of the meals. I can assure you this won't continue. I'm not a bad cook but who am I to mess with a good thing when your husband is a fabulous one. Hubs' parents, sister, brother in law, and our niece joined us for dinner. My mother in law brought to the restaurant a birthday cake that was yummy! I would like to tell you that we had it the next day however there were two boys who left the cake in the back of my car.  I also didn't realize it until the next day at noon when Hubs called to tell me. All I can say is the coolwhip icing melted right off the cake and right into the seats of my new car. But that is another post for another day. Happy late 40th birthday Hubs!
 
Happy 40th Hubs!
 

Other than the birthdays, we have been playing summer ball. R1 played in the Summer Freshman baseball league this year. He did great and will hopefully make the team when they have tryouts later in the year, so please keep him in your prayers.

R2 has been reading every day much to his disliking. We have really only slacked off these past two weeks. This summer the boys have attended various campus which kept them busy. R2 even went to watch wrestling with my dad. They saw the WWE Monday Night Raw. Lord help me! I'm still trying to figure out where this love of wrestling came from since neither Hubs nor I watch it. But R2 had a great time with his Paw-Paw and that's all that really matters to me.

We are in the middle of getting ready to go back to school. All four of us start back on August 25th. Supplies have been purchased, clothes have been bought too. The only thing we really need is shoes. But last weekend was Tax Free weekend here in the great state of Texas which roughly translates to stay away from the Mall, any other clothing store, and Target. I tried twice a few years ago to shop on Tax Free Weekend but after fighting the crowds that resembled something close to Christmas time shopping, I decided that saving $8.00 per every $100.00 I spent didn't appeal to me. So this is the main reason we still have shoes to buy. But other than that we are ready. I think.

I would like to say we had multiple outrageous adventures but the truth is we didn't. We just really stayed home and hung around town. The kids seemed to have activities they needed to be at everyday or close to everyday so that kept us or should I say Hubs busy. But we do have a vacation planned for the near future. We've had it planned (and paid for) since February. It's been so hard waiting for the time to come. I don't know who is more excited, me or the kids.

So since I'm sure I probably won't blog for another month, Peace out!







Wednesday, June 4, 2014

It's all just a blur

Hello. Yes I realize the last time I blogged was in March. But I think things might be finally starting to calm down a bit that I might be able to get back into this, but I doubt it. Since it's been months and way to much has happened, I'll just start randomly listing things that have been happening around here. I can tell you the past 14 days have been CrAzY NuTs.

R2 had an awesome baseball season.He played third base this year and he killed it! Nothing ever got by him and he made some amazing outs playing this position. He had several assists and his hitting average was great too. My favorite play of the season was his unassisted double play. He caught the ball in the air between third and short and then tagged the runner before he had a chance to tag back up. It was FABULOUS!.

He also passed the STARR test, better known as the stupid standardized testing that the state mandates. I hate this freakin' test for way to many reasons to list here, it could be a post all it's own. But R2 passed and anyone that knows his struggle with dyslexia, this is a huge accomplishment for him. I am so proud of him. So it's on to the next grade. 

R1 is still playing regular season baseball but will begin playing summer ball for the high school. Yep, I said high school. He graduated from 8th grade this year. EEKK!!! I have a child in high school. I'm still trying to wrap my brain around this. I've been having high school anxiety for the past week and we just started summer. Oh Lord please help me. Anyway, he's been playing catcher, third base, pitcher, and outfield. Lets just say he's been all over, but mostly he's played catcher. And he's great at it. My favorite play for him this year was he threw a runner out at second. He came up after catching the ball and fired it right at the second baseman. It was AWESOME!

R1 also will be starting summer workouts for football and in August will begin two a day practices. (Another reason for my anxiety) Southeast Texas means 127 degree weather beginning in June and by August it becomes unbearable. But he's really excited, so I'm trying to be excited for him and not let him see the crazy twitching that has begun in my neck because of this. 

I finished the Spring semester with two A's. Why I ever thought taking Philosophy and Statistics in the same semester was a good idea I will never know. I thought I was going to loose my mind at one point. I didn't even think the Blue Bell ice cream would helped. But it's over and done with now and I never ever have to take those dang classes again. I took my last final on Mother's Day and then promptly downloaded three books that I wanted to read and not what I was required to read. I can honestly say I'm on book 5 and I have no intention of stopping till school starts up in August. I have a lot of time to make up for.

I watched a long time friend say good bye to her mother last week. Her mother had cancer for the past eight years of that she was on chemo treatments for six. Her mother was her best friend and it was very difficult process to watch as she and her husband, and their daughters went down this path. I pray God continues to give them peace. 

The BFF's daughter graduated from high school last Friday. What a bittersweet time it was. I have watcher this child grow for the past seven years and have loved her like she is my own. I was so proud of her and high school accomplishment of salutatorian! Her speech brought our entire row to tears. So in a few short months she will be off to college. Insert BIG SIGH!

The BFF's son is on mission work this summer in Georgia. He's been put outside of his comfort zone more than once but I know with God he will continue to grow and this will be a great experience for him.

We have a few fun things planned for summer but other than I'm hoping it's kind of a low key summer. We have a big vacation planned in a few months. And all I can say about it is that it has something to with a mouse and an amusement park. WHOOP! I'm so excited I can hardly wait. 

So now that I'm finally able to breath and things have slowed down just a bit, I might be able to find my way back to blogging. I really miss it and I enjoyed having a place to put my thoughts down. 

Y'all have a great summer and I just might see you soon!

Friday, March 21, 2014

Hi there. I'm RRMAMA and I used to blog here. I was very consistent about blogging when I first started. And I even managed to keep it up over the years. However I have become consistently inconsistent since I decided I wanted to go back to school.

Yep, me a college student again. So something had to give with all the homework that needed to be done, and you guessed it, blogging was the victim.

Oh don't get me wrong, I still love to write and put my thoughts down here but with working and running a household and all of the boys activities and then my school work, it just became increasing difficult. So as you can see it's been a month since I last wrote. A ton of stuff has been going on too. When something happens I think that will make a great blog post but that's as far as it goes.

But as of right now I manage to complete my dreaded Philosophy class that I absolutely hated right down to the very end. I even shocked myself when I realized I completed the course with an A. GO ME!

Then Spring Break happened and I just needed some down time from reading and writing. And now my next class has started, Statistics, good Lord help me. I have no idea what I was thinking taking those two classes in the same semester.

But the most exciting thing going on right now is, IT'S BASEBALL SEASON! Yes it's my favorite time of the year and the boys have been practicing for weeks and R2 has already started his season, R1 has opening day on Saturday.

All is right with my world again now we are playing baseball. Now if I could just get through this Statistics class.

Monday, February 17, 2014

Marriage


I was reading an article on a blog the other day about marriage.


And this quote jumped off the page at me.


“Don’t look at someone else’s marriage and let it define yours.  The grass isn’t always greener on the other side and your marriage is as unique as your DNA.  What you do may not work for other people, but you’re not married to other people.  Make the choices and live the life that is right for the two of you and let go of your preconceived notions of what marriage is supposed to look like. Trust me, you’ll be so much happier that way.”

This statement could not be more true. It even brought me back to a time years ago when a friend judge my marriage. At the time Hubs was a coach and was gone a lot. And when I say a lot I mean Thursday nights, Friday nights, and Saturday mornings. She made the comment one night when we were all out eating dinner that she didn’t know how I did it with a child and my husband being gone so much and no help from him. She said she didn’t know how she would manage being by herself on the weekends.


At that point in our marriage, Hubs’ coaching wasn’t an issue, it worked for us. I didn’t mind him being gone. I looked at it as one on one time with my child. We had what I called date night on Friday nights. We would go to dinner and then to Toys R Us for him to pick out a treasure or two provided he behaved at dinner. Then as he got a little bit older, we would attend the games Hubs was coaching and more often than not our child was down on the field helping his daddy.


It worked like that for us for years. Then came along our second baby and Hubs and I talked about him retiring from coaching.


What I’m trying to say is marriage is work and it is constantly changing. You have to find what works best for the both of you. But with your hard work comes great big rewards and a happy life.

Monday, February 10, 2014

Put a fork in me I'm done

Hubs and I have been so busy the past two weeks we can't even see straight. Here is a list of things we have done beginning two Fridays ago and in no particular order:

Cook dinner snack and breakfast for 42 teenagers for Hot Hearts weekend. - Done
2 basketball games - Done
4 basketball practices -Done
2 baseball tryouts - Done
6 baseball practices - Done
2 baseball lessons - Done
3 trips to HEB - Done
Work day from 10am-3pm for children's department at church  - Done
Write a paper for my Philosophy class - Done
Take mid term for my Philosophy class (which I made a 93 on- GO ME!) - Done
One trip to the orthodontist - Done
And laundry just about every day - Done
As children's department director deal with the following:
      Budget expense issues - Done
      Moving two classes to a new location in another building - Done
      The ceiling collapsing in on one classroom due to a water leak - Done
      Revising our supervision plan due to a fight on the bus - Done

So as you see the past few days have been very busy but I have completed each task. And now that those tasks are done, so am I.

Friday, January 31, 2014

The Worst Winter Weather Night For Picking Up A New Car


I mentioned in my previous post that last Thursday, Hubs deemed that night the worst winter driving day ever. It also just happens to be the day I picked up my new car.
 
Let me start from the beginning.  Get ready, it’s looong.

Over Christmas break the starter went out in my car. My mechanic, who also happens to work at a Honda dealership, replaced the starter and made a comment about the number of miles on my car. He said that we still had some good miles left on it but that driving back and forth to work every day would begin to take it's toll. (I think it already has, hence having to replace the starter)

So with that information in hand on Martin Luther King Jr. day, we went car shopping. I had an idea of what I wanted. Hubs and I have owned three Honda’s in the course of our marriage. And I kind of wanted another one but I also kind of wanted to try something else. I know Honda’s are great cars and they last. Let me tell you they last. We currently still have two Honda’s and both have 150,000+ miles on them. And my mechanic can work on them at his cost whenever something needed to be done. And because we keep our cars F-O-R-E-V-E-R, I had to think of repairs down the road. Even with all that information, I still wanted something different.

I had my eyes and my heart set on a Nissan Rogue. I’ve had several friends that have owned Nissan’s for years and love them.

So Hubs and I set out to the Nissan dealerships in our area. I liked the features and body design, the 2013 body design. The new 2014 body style of the Nissan Rogue’s did not appeal to me. So it was with this in mind I began to wheel and deal with the sales guys. Yes I said guys. We went to two Nissan dealerships looking for the best price and I began to play them off of each other. I felt like a kid again trying to play my parents against one another to get what I wanted. (Which for the record is never a good thing as a child.)

So when I finally got the price I wanted from one of the dealerships I called my credit union to see about financing the new car. When they couldn’t get my interest rate where I wanted, my loan officer asked me if I had been to the other Nissan dealership in one of the neighboring cities. My reply was, “They have a Nissan over there???” She gave me their phone number and I immediately pulled up their website and began looking at what they had.

Now here is where it gets good. These next events all happened within 30 minutes.

I found the car I wanted and I called the sales guy. I told him to see if they still had the car on the website on their lot. He said he’d check and call me back. He called back in about five minutes and said yes. I said OK I want it and I want walk out price at this. He said walk out, and I repeated myself. He said OK let me check with my manager and I’ll call you back again. Ten minutes later he called back and said OK you’ve got it. Then I asked if they did financing because I didn’t like the interest rate my credit union had to offer. He said yes and I said OK I want my interest rate at this amount. He said OK, I’ll call you back. A few minutes later he calls back and said we got you the interest rate, even more we got you two points lower than you requested. I said OK now I want my monthly notes at this specific amount.  Again he said I’ll call you back. And when he did he said OK we’ve got your walk out, interest rate and monthly payments all set where you want them , now when are you coming to pick up your car.

That’s right I bought a car in 30 minutes! How’s that for wheeling and dealing?

So on the worst driving night of the year, rain, freezing temperatures, and sleet on the way, Hubs and I drove to pick up my new car. A 2013 Nissan Rogue-Special Edition.