Wednesday, September 30, 2009

The end of the 2009 season

Today is the last day of September, like you didn't know.

For me I always declare the end of September, the end of hurricane season.

And while the season does not officially end until November 30th. I say September 30th is the end.

The past 4 years any and all hurricane issues have been related to the month of September.

And I look at this way, if we can make it through September we are in the clear. Or does Merle Haggard sing it...If we make through December?

I honestly don't think I could have stood another season like last year. You remember all of my drama. I only talked about it for a sweet forever and y'all were so good to listen and let me just put it all out there.


To day is the end of the 2009 season, and I think I just might bust a move and do a happy dance. OK well not bust a move because I just might bust my behind.

But I will do some sort of celebrating. And doesn't celebrating involve eating? Bring on the cheesecake!

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Ortho adventure #3

So R1 hasn't even had braces for a week and we have a problem.

First I have to say that R1 has been very diligent in brushing and flossing extensively every day. And he was really great about the pain that goes with having braces
. He hardly ever complained and he only asked for Advil once.

Yesterday while at school, a wire popped out of the bracket and is now loose.

So this means a trip back to the ortho and more time I need to take off work to get him there.

I see many more visits to the Dr.'s office in our future. Or at least that is what my crystal ball says.

Monday, September 28, 2009

The future Mrs. R2

The boys and I attended a birthday party on Saturday. We all had so much fun!

I need to give you a little background on B, she is such a cutie!

My mother in law, Duh-Duh and Kathy, have been best friends since high school. And Kathy is B's grandma. My mother in law had two children, Hubs and his sister C. Kathy had two children L, B's mom, and her brother T.

Duh-Duh and Kathy have always remained clos
e and once their children came along, the friendship grew even closer. I have many pictures of both families always together.

And while Duh-Duh and Kathy remained close, the kids grew and went their own ways in life.

One day L was dropping off B at the same day care that R2 goes to. I hear the owner say her name and her daughters name. I ask her if Kathy is her mom and then introduce my self.

She couldn't believe it! B had been telling her about R2 for days! She couldn't wait to get
home and call her mom, Kathy and tell her who B had been talking about. Duh-Duh's grandson.

So the kids have attended the same daycare since they were born and we didn't know it. Both my mother in law and Kathy were so excited.

L and I would tell our families stories of what R2 and B did every day. The grandma's loving hearing about their grandchildren playing together.

Secretly I think they liked that their families were still intertwined.

B is the cute little girl I had previously blogged about that R2 had dumped. She wa
s no longer his girlfriend.

So when R2 received the birthday invitation for B's party, I asked R2 if he wanted to go and he said yes because she was his girlfriend.

When I told him I thought he had broken up with her, he replied, No mama, I'm gonna marry her!

So I guess that answered my question, we were going to the party.

Any way we get there and L was so excited to see us and called B to come and see who was there. B comes down the stairs, grabs R2's hand and off they went. It was so stinkin' cute!

About 10 minutes later they come down the stairs and B announces that she is gonna marry R2 and that she wanted to give him a kiss.

R2 wants no part of that kiss and takes off for the door.

Guess B is just gonna have to settle for a ride from R2 on her new pink Barbie 4-wheeler.

And another grea
t part of the day, I got to hang out with my mother in laws best friend, Kathy.

Here we are looking at old pictures from when Duh-Duh, Hubs' dad, Kathy and her husband were all in school.

It was such a fund day! And who knows the grandma's may be family one day! And they may be helping to plan a wedding.

And ssshhh, secretly, I'm OK with that, both Grandma's are awesome people, and I love them to pieces!

Friday, September 25, 2009

Where do I start

I totally missed putting up a post yesterday. Things have been so busy here I am beginning to feel slammed!!

Two HUGE things happened at our house yesterday.


First, R1's ortho adventure took on a whole new meaning. Take a look at what happened on adventure #2

See what I mean.

Second, I know you have heard me mention a time or two or ten about how much we love baseball. And how I usually don't know what to do when the season ends and how R1 would be trying out for a new select baseball team.

Well, he tried out for two and even got an offer to play on a team that he didn't even try out for!

And Wednesday, the team we really wanted him to be on called and let us know that he made the team!

I seriously don't know who was more pumped up me or R1.

But I have to tell the story of how I found out, so hang on, it might be a little long.

I was on my way home from work and I was talking to a friend, when Hubs beeped in and when I clicked over he said, "I don't know who you are talking to but get off the phone with them I need to talk to you about R1."

When he starts off with something like that, it makes me very leery of what he is going to say.

So I hang up with my friend and switch back over and he says again, "Hang on I'm gonna let R1 tell you."

Again, I'm worried and waiting for R1 one to tell the something bad happened at school.

So R1 gets on the phone and says, "Mom, and pauses, I MADE THE STORM!!"

I then yell back at him that I was super excited and so proud of him.

And that moment I looked at the car next to me and they were staring at me. Staring at me with one of those strange puzzled looks.

Guess I yelled a little to loud.

Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Power of prayer

Things have been a little crazy at my job the past few days.

So crazy that I woke up at 3:30 yesterday morning and couldn't go back to sleep.

I lay in bed tossing and turning along with 5 bazillion thoughts running through my head for what seemed like a sweet forever, when finally the best idea made it's self known.

PRAY! Just be still and pray is what I really heard.

And so I laid there, light as a feather, stiff as a board, oh wait wrong age and time period, still as a board and heavy like a ton of bricks, and prayed.

When I finished, I glanced at the clock to see how much longer I had before the alarm went off and realized that I had been praying for an hour! And then the rain started and slept so peacefully for the next hour till the alarm went off.

During my time with God, I asked him to calm me, to settle my soul, to love me, and guide me.

I asked him this again during the day at work and you know by the end of the day, prayers were answered. I left work with a calm feeling, a peaceful feeling that God was in control of everything and all would turn out according to His plan.

I think I have prayed more this year than any other. Things this year were challenging. Character building. And knew I couldn't do it with out God. He made himself and His wishes for me so apparent, it felt as if He was there next to me telling me go here, do this. Say this and ask for that.

And I know with out a shadow of a doubt that God answered my prayers. And things always turn out the way He wants them to!

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Orthodontic adventure #1

I knew when both of my boys were born that they would probably need braces when the got older. Hubs and I both had braces in our youth.

Don't get me wrong the boys had beautiful baby teeth. Perfectly white and straight and did I say white.
I just knew that all the prayers and sacrifices made to the teeth gods would go unanswered.

Just thinking about braces makes my teeth hurt all over again! I mean the ache and that feeling of having your inner cheeks being pulled by wires poking out. And the mounds of wax, who could forget the wax.

So yesterday we started on our orthodontic adventure with R1.

He received the beloved spacers. Ahh the pain of feeling as if something is stuck in your teeth, only knowing what is in there is supposed to be in there.

Any way back to the story.

We got to the orthodontist and 10 minutes later he walks out with blue bands on four of his teeth.

I ask him if it hurts and he says no, he's such a trooper! But I tell him when we get home I am going to give him some Advil just as a precaution.

So we leave the ortho's office and they remind me what he shouldn't eat while he has these spacers in his mouth and they also remind me of his next appointment.

Which just happens to be Thursdays, to put the bands on his teeth and the pallet spreader in.

Yes folks a pallet spreader! The dr. says his mouth is not big enough for all of his teeth.

I beg to differ. Sometimes I think he has a big mouth. So big he sometimes puts his foot in it!

Monday, September 21, 2009

Boyhood right of passage

R1 did a great job for his first time mowing the yard. Hubs and I were so proud of him.

And yes grandparents we did pay him!

Friday, September 18, 2009

Happy Anniversary Hubs!

On Sunday Hubs and I will celebrate 12 years of marriage. It's hard to believe that 12 years have passed so quickly.

This time last year we were dealing with Hurricane Ike and our anniversary kinda took a back seat. Which by the way, Hubs you did a great job taking care of everything, even with me trying to micromanage. I love you and thank you!

12 years ago we stood facing each other, me a nervous wreck and Hubs just as calm as could be, and said we would love each other for better or worse, sickness and health, good times and bad.

And in 12 years we have had them all. But the entire time we have kept God in the fore front and worked hard to make it this far.

You are my best friend! The one I call when something wonderful happens and when something awful takes place.

The one who gives me the best advice and has my best interests at heart.

The one person who I can tell everything to. My dreams, my hopes, fears, concerns, wants, and needs. The one person I am completely safe with.

Thank you Hubs for 12 amazing years, I love you.

Happy Anniversary.

It's been an amazing journey that I hope never ends!!

Thursday, September 17, 2009

I am wearing my hazmat suit

The stomach virus of 09 has hit my house.

Last Friday night R2 came down with it and had it for two days.

Hubs caught it on Tuesday and then it was R1's turn, he got sick on Wednesday.

Around 3:30 AM, Hubs and I were woken up by R2 crying and yelling. Screaming to be exact that R1 had thrown up in HIS bed and on him.

And yes for those of you wondering, 3:30 AM is a terrible hour to be awake!

So I get up and sure enough, R1 had gotten sick and it was all over. I will spare you the details but we stripped the bed and sprayed the room with Lysol. Washed R2 off and got R1 a fresh shirt.

I have to admit I didn't know who to feel more sorry for. R1 because his stomach hurt or R2 because his brother had thrown up on him.

By the time I got back in bed it was 45 minutes later and all I kept thinking about was I had to be up by 5:15.

I tried to relax, closed my eyes, took deep breaths and nothing helped. My thoughts were keeping me awake. I was running through my head all of the things that I needed to do. Like make sure R2 mattress pad was put in the dryer, pick up some crackers, ginger ale, and more gummy coke bottles. I finally feel back a sleep around 5AM.

As of last night R1 still couldn't keep anything down, not even water. So I am taking him to the doctor just to be on the safe side. The good thing is he doesn't have a fever or chills so it will probably just have to run it's course but with the pig flu and people panicking I figured I would join in and rush off to the doctors office.

But in the mean time I am wearing my hazmat suit and packing a can of Lysol.

Wish me luck!

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

I made it in 30 minutes flat

I think I set a new record last night for the fasted visit to the grocery store.

I had to run to HEB because we were out of a few things that just couldn't wait.

You know the usual milk, bread, eggs, Ritz crackers, Gushers and Gummy Coke Bottles.

So while Hubs bathed the boys, I took off on a little adventure by myself. You know to HEB.

I was so excited to be in the car by myself that I broke out my Journey's Greatest Hits CD and turned up the volume.

I pulled in the parking lot and was shocked to see it so crowded. I wondered if they were having a sale on Blue Bell Ice Cream and I didn't know.

So while cruising the parking lot for a spot I saw one coming available on the next isle over and took off to see if I could get it. And the parking spot fairies were shinning down on me for a brief moment as I pulled up and waited for them to back out of said spot.

Like I said the fairies shone down for a moment, when they pulled out and I pulled in the spot was labeled for "Customers with Children".

I thought for just a second and decided to stay in the spot, I have children, they just weren't with me. I even have a booster sit in the back for R2 to prove it.

I quickly looked around to see if anyone was looking and then made a mad dash out of my car and ran into the store, all the while praying a flashing light some where wasn't going off with a camera showing them my car and me getting out without a child.

It was then I decided to see if I could be the Dale Earnhardt Jr. of HEB and fly down each isle at top speed while maneuvering my grocery cart and trying not to hit anyone or anything.

As I made my way down each isle and I do mean each isle, I moved with such speed and precision, I was scaring my self. I swerved to the left and veered to the right with my cart full of stuff.

I slid up to the register like I was pulling into pit row, I looked down at my watch. It was then that I made the best discovery.

I managed to complete my shopping in 30 minutes. 30 MINUTES!! I could have done a happy dance but I was in the middle of HEB and didn't want people to call the police thinking I was Elaine from Seinfeld.

So I settled on a little sheepish grin and listening to the crowd cheering in my head because I had just won the HEB 500! Yeah I know I need to get out more but the crowd, they were cheering MY name.

Ok never mind I'm off to eat some Gummy Coke Bottles.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Open house with a snack on the side

Last night R1 had open house at school.

It is always a rush to get there and see his teachers, look at his work, talk to people I haven't seen in a while. Then rush home to cook dinner, do homework, bathe the boys and get them in bed.

But this year was different.

Hubs cooked tonight's dinner last night because Pasta Bake always tastes better the next day. And I didn't rush from work to get there at 5 when it started.

I took my time. And it was nice to just walk into school and not be completely out of breath for fear of being late.

I saw his projects and then talked with his teachers. R1 and I have known all of his teachers for several years and talking with them was like talking to old friends. So when they said hi to me and then referred to R1 as snack-shack, it didn't surprise me or offended me. Because they know he is a bottomless pit right now.

It was then that I learned his agenda sheet had been signed by one of them for conduct misbehavior.

Apparently R1 and his friend W got into a little trouble. W decided she was hungry and went and got her sandwich from her lunch kit. R1 then thinks this a great idea and goes to get his chips.

They were eating in class. Yes ma'am they were. And they both got in trouble.

I just looked at my child like his brain had been temporarily removed from his head and replaced back in backwards.

Wanna know what he did???

Just smiled his best smile and gave me a grin and said what, I was hungry!

Monday, September 14, 2009

One year ago

One year ago, I was in Gulf Shores, Alabama with all of my family, on a hurrication. We were on vacation due to an evacuation for Hurricane Ike.

One year ago, my house had three trees in it. I had curled up into the fetal position on the floor and cried while my husband and mother-in-law held me.

One year ago, I sucked it up and realized there was nothing I could do 10 hours away and decided to make the most of our hurrication and have fun.

One year ago, I played in the waters on the beach and built sand castles with my boys and collected sea shells to bring home to put in a memory jar.

One year ago, I walked into my house and again sucked it up and cleaned out everything that was damaged, threw it into a pile and just stared at my stuff.

One year ago, our family helped Hubs and I clean up the yard and cut trees down off of the house and haul them to the end of our property. And then I looked at the huge hole in the front yard where a tree had once been.

One year ago, I looked at the blue tarps which covered most of the roof to my house.

One year ago I felt as if my world has been turned completely upside down and it would never again be right.

While the feelings have dulled and bandages I put over that time in my life are still intact, it stills seems as if it just happened yesterday.

All around me still, there are reminders. Like the blue tarp roof on the house down the street. Tattered and torn, but it's still there. The hole in the ground where my neighbors tree was uprooted and hit my house.

Still around me are the friends that had so much damage to their home due to the storm surge, they just got back in three weeks ago. Still around me everyday are the visible signs that Hurricane Ike was here and left his mark.

But one year ago, I felt blessed my family was safe and unharmed.

One year ago, I felt blessed that my house could be repaired and the damage was not as bad as it could have been.

One year ago, my bloggy friends prayed for me and family everyday and I felt those prayers and was so thankful for them.

One year ago today.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

In a funk

I don't know what is wrong with me but I feel as if I have gotten into some sort of bloggy funk.

I have all these things to blog about but can't get a cohesive thought down.

What to do...what to do...what to do.

I'll be back on Monday, and hopefully have some good stuff to tell y'all about.

Until then, have a great weekend!

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

PMS vs M&M's

9-9-9...I just had to type out the date. I know, moving on.

And now I just have to put this out there.

I don't know what is worse.

PMS or eating your weight in Peanut M&M's.

But please don't ask Hubs the first part and I won't tell you how many M&M's I really ate this past weekend.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Redneck water slide

So I mentioned earlier that we were at the lake this weekend.

When we got there, our friends who have a house right next door to my in laws built a water slide.

Yup you heard me, a 130ft to be exact! They designed it and had a company make the slide.

And I don't know who had more fun the adults or the kids.

Just check out the pictures.

Friday, September 4, 2009

Labor Day weekend

Woo Hoo!!! It's a three day weekend.

I am so excited.

We have a football game tonight and then on Saturday morning we are leaving for the lake.

I can't wait to get on the water and ride in the boat.

We also have some friends coming up on Monday, and we love hanging out with them.

I hope everyone has some terrific plans for the weekend that include spending time with family and friends.

And also some awesome food, what is a holiday weekend with out food!

So peace out peeps! See ya Tuesday!!

Thursday, September 3, 2009

My office

So most of you know that I have a new job. Which by the way I am loving!

The perks are endless and just keep getting better!! I mean REALLY better.

But my office is painted what I call institutional grey, which multi grey carpet with maroon flecks.

My desk is wood and other than that there really isn't to much else going on other than my HUGE window.

So what I need is some ideas to decorate my office that will go with said color scheme.

I was thinking of like pear green and black or red or blue.

So please help! My office is in desperate need of a make over.

Thanks peeps!

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

My inquiring mind

So I have to know?

How many of you redo your closet every year for the change of the seasons?

I mean do you switch out your summer stuff and put the winter items back in?

And do you "really" quit wearing white shoes and pants after Labor Day?

Please tell me what you do and then I will share my answers with you.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Best seats ever!

So since I'm on the subject of baseball, back in March when I turned 40, yes I said 40, my friends gave Hubs and I, well really me, but Hubs got to reap the benefits to. A one night stay at Inn At The Ballpark.

This is the 5 star hotel directly across from Minute Maid park where my beloved Houston Astros play.

And as a bonus they were going to keep the boys and the dog overnight!

Woo Hoo.

Hubs and I couldn't book our reservations fast enough and we couldn't hit submit on the purchase of our tickets fast enough either.

So we waited and waited and waited. Finally August 8 2008 arrived.

We packed up the ourselves, the boys, and the dog and headed to D and C's house.

I know y'all are thinking AWESOME friends. And let me tell you they are! But the truth is I have known them almost 30 years.

I used to baby sit for them. And when I started their oldest was two, the middle one was 2 months and the baby wasn't even born yet. I love this family! Their girls are all married now with kids of their own, but we are still close.

So we got to their house, ate lunch, hung out and the blew that Popsicle stand so fast it made your head spin.

Yes, a baseball game with terrific seats, no kids to run to the concession stand for the one millionth time and no bathroom runs right as there are two outs bottom of the inning, winning run on, and the best hitter up to bat.


Hubs and I get to the hotel, check in and hang out for a while. Then walk right across the street to the park.

We watch the Astros and the Brewers and take batting practice. We watched them prep the field and all the major sports networks do their pre-game interviews.

Our seats by the way....12 rows back from home plate! SWEET!!!!

I could see and hear everything. I was in heaven!

Oh yeah, the weekend we went, was Hubs' birthday weekend. And as a surprise to him, I had his birthday displayed on the big neon board.

Bottom of the sixth, we wants to walk around and I say I want to see the birthday's to see if we know anyone. So we stay, of course and he was shocked and loved it!

It said...Happy Birthday Hubs! Love me, R1 and R2. Well not really but you get the gist.

And because you know I have such great camera skillz... my batteries were low and the flash wouldn't go fast enough and I missed the whole darn flipping thing!! I was mad!

But out seats kinda made up for that and because it batting practice was the first thing we did, the batteries were completely charged and working great.

Here are pictures of our awesome seats and some of my favorite Astros!!!

Batting practice

Hunter Pence

The enemy, The Brewers