Thursday, May 29, 2008
In honor/celebration of this special day I have taken off tommorrow (Friday)....now what???? I have to come up with something really cool/memorable to do with the 3 munchkin amigos on this special day of all days...(hopefully their last day of school in Minnesota)
Cody feels good about his finals PRAISE GOD!!!! HALLELUIAH!!! He has a 3.5 grade point average but Algebra is sinking him (literally) the boy gets 100s then Fs...up and down up and down...so getting through this year has been pretty tough...he's been in advanced math classes since 6th grade and has struggled through it but never like this....he is such a smart kid and has not brought home homework but a very few times the entire time he has been in school....and he is now an 11th grader! (as of today) Lucky boy! I always had a ton of homework to do...but I always had something better to do too....he tends to be a lot more serious than I am and takes the straightline approach to nearly everything. He will be taking his final driving course in a couple of weeks to get his drivers license YAY! He'll also be the primary babysitter for us this summer since Jaiden's caregiver is taking the summer off...not all bad because she lives right behind us in case of dire emergency...like a poopy diaper...we are going to start working on potty training though so hopefully there'll not bee too many diapers to contend with.
I've applied for lots and lots of federal jobs in San Antonio...nervously anticipating some callbacks and what will happen then...once the ball starts really rolling...and rolls us right along to our new home...housing situation is looking more icky every day...great anxiety about that...we knew we were taking a gamble to buy a house when we weren't planning on staying but that was last year when the market was nothing like it is today...Its getting scary out there.
Jare bear went on a fieldtrip to the indoor waterpark today with his class...we had gone there two weeks ago and the kiddos LOVED it...definitely gotta go again...maybe tommorrow? Jaiden loved "floating on the boat" that is what she calls the see saw in the kiddy pool area...not sure where she gets that from...maybe it looks something like a boat to her? I have some photos...actually lots of photos and I've been slacking so I have them still on my camera and not sharing them...so bad of me...I will work on that. Its been rainy today...this is why I am finally able to blog again. I've been out digging and planting and enjoying every blessed moment of warmth and sunshine I can squeeze out of a day...and the sun doesn't set until after 9pm so that makes for a wonderfully long afternoon to get outside and just enjoy the bounty of nature :) My plants are surviving and starting to grow now...with the rains we should see LOTS of growth in the next week. I've got a butterfly garden started and can't wait to see it come alive. Right away as I was planting I had my first visitor...a teeny tiny bumble bee! It made me think of the "BEE Movie" which we bought Jared for his birthday so I had to go watch it with him...VERY CUTE MOVIE...I enjoyed it and loved the graphics...although it was a bit "mature" in some parts I thought for children. But I've always been a Seinfeld fan and for him that is to be expected.
What's with the title of this post? I have given my blog some deep thought and since it is so titled the way it is...with the things I love...with things that nourish my soul and feed my spirit...I've decided to start titling my posts with the "flavor" of my mood. That goes along with what I am talking about and thus ties in with the title a bit better. Please share your thoughts and I hope you have a wonderful day! Thanks for stopping by to visit!
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
Thanks for visiting me during this time...its been a rough winter and I am still going through a lot of emotional issues right now trying to sort out what needs to be done and praying that I make the right choices for my family.
The last day of school is upon us (tommorrow) and summer will be here...ok so maybe not summer but summer vacation anyway. Where will we be at the end of summer???? Right now is the best time to move....I need some guidance here Lord....I'm praying that those doors will open if they are meant to open and that I'll have the courage to take the right one or the peace to stay right where we are.
so many decisions....
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
I'm normally very optimistic...but this sucks and I can't think of a single good thing about it
Monday, May 26, 2008
Its been a fabulous 5 days the past week I've been a diggin fool planting my gardens....I didn't realize the sun was so intense yesterday until I came in and saw that my neck and arms were the color of a cherry....I was loving every minute of being outside - today is cold and yuck - tonight we are in the midst of a freeze warning....80's to 20's in mere hours....great...just great
Is it winter, spring, winter, summer, winter??? I'm forgetting what season it is exactly....
How are you doing?
Sunday, May 18, 2008
I owe my friend Dusty a great big THANK YOU! Sooooo without further adoooo....
THANK YOU DUSTY!!!!
Why??? Because she has inspired me to finally get out of my rut and work on Jaiden's page...I've been wanting to give it a special update for a really long time now and just could not visualize what I was feeling. It is now very much Jaiden...and a reflection of my love for this darling child that God has allowed to become my daughter. Please let me know what you think!
Thanks for visiting and may you have a wonderful day!
Saturday, May 17, 2008
We went to Menards again last night and purchased some more plant material - annuals, perrenials, tomato cages...bug spray...the WORKS...or at least as much as would fit into a small trunk of a small car. We will go back today after soccer to get mulch and stuff...
It's starting to look like SPRING!!! Ok, yeah in my mind it is way past time to be SUMMER but hey I take what I get...albeit not happily at times :) the trees are starting to bud out and some actually have leaves, the tulips have made quite a show...mine have no stem, just flower...its very interesting looking indeed! There is asparagus coming up in the garden - YUM! I usually break off the little fingers and munch on them as I am watering...I have lettuce sprouts coming up in the garden and the brocolli that I planted is still alive...its not really doing anything yet but its not dead so maybe it will come along. The strawberries are starting to get their first white blossoms...the hostas are peeping their fat fingers up through the earth...I am going to try to plant a butterfly garden this year...that is my project for the weekend...along with planting lots of pots of various stuff...some I have never seen before so it will be an experiment. I found this really cool plant "smelly coleus" it is supposed to keep dogs, rabbits and other varmits out of the garden...now I am wishing I had bought two because I can't decide if I want to put it in the garden to keep the bunnies at bay or by the mailbox to keep the varmit doggies from leaving their "treasures" in our yard...
And on more deeper rooted thoughts....I am back to the dream world of possibly facilitating a move to Texas this summer...but not Dallas...I REALLY have always wanted to return to San Antonio...I've applied for some jobs there....please pray that if this is God's will for our lives then He will open those doors for us...I am having a really tough time here and it has been rough on the entire family to deal with my constant mood swings...I know you are supposed to just make the best of what life gives you but sometimes you have to make the best of life...I really want to find that "happy place" here...I am trying...but I feel so alone here...I want to live my life, not just survive it...I am really torn as to what to do...part of me wants to try to make it work for another two years here and yet part of me says that two years from now is going to be too much...
Thursday, May 15, 2008
Thurs night Jared had his third soccer game which he scored another goal!!! YAY! He is now 3 for 3!
I took off on Friday in order to get packed up and get things moving along...Jared'd 7th Birthday! I went to Hugo's (grocery store) after dropping the boys at school and picked up a fern (last year I started a tradition of buying a new plant for him on his birthday) and a birthday balloon...all through the store as I was gathering travel snacks Jaiden played with the balloon...punching it, letting it go to the end of its tether and drawing it back in again...up up up up, down, down, down down...she had about as much fun with it in the store as Jared has...and he has had a ball-ooney too. Isn't it amazing how something simple as air can entertain children for hours? One of their most favorite toys...bubbles...I purchased a 3 pack at the dollar store the other day (to take to the ballgame in case of boredom - they didn't make it out of my purse) they have had so much fun with just bubbles...
anyway, back to the trip....got home, got my plants watered, packed, ice cooler etc. Hubs comes home early (mid morning by now) so I put him in charge of dropping puppy at the kennel duty...a few minutes later he calls back...puppy is due a shot and cannot stay at kennel until shot is administered...oh great! Luckily our vet will take her at 1:30 that afternoon...our planned departure time of 2:00 is looking quite dismal by now...but what else can we do? I tried other vets in town but they could not take her until much later. So we get all packed up and at around 1 head to the vets office to wait for the vet to return....seems that the vet assistants cannot administer shots without the doctor being on the premises so even though there was no one there when we arrived we had to wait until 1:30 and the waiting room was full by then so Chloe sets in to barking (she is not a barker...whats up with that, NONE of the other dogs are barking by the way) so soon as the vet arrived the techs were able to administer the shot so we were out on the road at 2 just as we had hoped to be.
Got to Gramma K.s she had baked a cake for Jared and made him a special spagetti supper, which he was too excited to eat...finally got to the cake and presents and let the birthday boy play with his new toys - a transformer and the Bee Movie.
Saturday we got up and headed for the city, met up with Scott's brother and wife in the mall, had lunch, rode some rides with the kiddos then headed over to our hotel to prepare for game time. The boys went to the game while Jaiden and I went to a mall close by.
Sunday the kids took me out to breakfast at Perkins then we came back to the hotel and swam in the pool, warmed up in the sauna and then headed back to the mall of America and IKEA.
The game Sunday night was interesting, it was hard to pay attention because Jaiden was wired and couldn't seem to sit still in the itty bitty space of seating that your allotted...and in between getting up every time someone needed to pass by there was not a lot of attention paid to the game...but just being there was really cool. Cody was very disappointed that he wasn't able to get autographs on either night...and the Socks lost 3 of the 4 games.
Monday we headed home and somewhere in the night Scott caught a virus and woke up very ill. So I spent the night being a nurse...next night was my turn so by Wednesday I was exhausted...took off early from work because I was about to fall asleep at my desk. Thursday felt much much better....and now its finally FRIDAY! :) Yay!
Wednesday, May 7, 2008
when all that fails I'd love to teleport to see my FL Friends :) I will brave the mosquitoes, the alligators, the stuck to the car seat like velcro thighs, all the above just to sit on the beach and listen to the waves and the seagulls while I eat one of those yummy Italian frozen concoctions...aaaah summer!
In an effort to promote positive thinking and sway away from this negative vibe I've been giving off lately...I am going to try to come up with 10 things that are great advantages about being winter....I may need some help from ya'll with this...inputs are appreciated :)
- No mosquitoes...at first I said no bugs...but I kinda like butterflies so had to reword a bit
- Hoarfrost...is it really called this??? When the trees look like they have sprouted feathers?
- oh oh here's a good one...CHOCOLATE doesn't melt :) I'd forgotten how fast it melts until I bought about 10lbs for my father (in November) and he asked me to take it to his house...it nearly melted into a puddle during the 10 min drive because I was not about to turn on the a/c when it was only 85 degrees out! :)
- fireplaces...yes I've ALWAYS loved watching logs crackle and pop but do we have a fireplace? You would think that would be a prerequisit to building a home in the north...or anyplace further north than Missouri...but NOOOOO we don't have a fireplace
- Homeade HOT COCOA when you come in from a good run on the snow covered hills...mmmm with lots of little marshmallows on top
- Christmas is in winter...I wish it would last all year...the feeling of goodness and joy...sharing a smile with every stranger you meet
Ok to be totally Honest...I can't come up with much...am I becoming a negative person or am I already there??? I can think of a lot more negatives...
- lower gas mileage...when its cold we get about 10 miles per gallon...CHA CHING!
- corrosive damage to the underbelly of vehicles from the salt on the road
- sick days go round and round
- overweightness from lack of exercise
- negative thinking is bad for your health...I am going to go get ready for work now
Sorry that I don't have anything fun to talk about this week....Hope you have a nice day! Thanks for visiting :)
Monday, May 5, 2008
...Oh and another thing happened today at work while I was preparing my travel orders for a training workshop I am attending in June...(to Kansas City)the travel agent said "Grand Forks? You know I didn't even know where in the world Grand Forks was until ya'll got all that snow the other day" ...Great! We are now world reknown because of our snow in April...THAT makes me feel so much better
Hope this finds everyone well...thanks for listening to my rambles...I know this too shall pass...just having a "moment" and needed to vent...
Ya'll have a wonderful week!!!!
Thursday, May 1, 2008
I have posted the video to his blog...it didn't come out so great but he is the tiny white dot kinda sorta in the middle