Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Hump Day

Today is a very busy day for me. I still have to dust, vacuum, mop and clean the girls' room. Plus, I have to bring all the junk they carried downstairs on Sunday back up to their room. Yes, I know what you are thinking ... make them do it. BUT, I can't wait for them to do it. I have to get it done before I go to pick Bethany up from school. That way when we get home, we can focus on dinner and Bethany's presentation she is going to give at school tomorrow. So much to do. I did get a good bit down yesterday while Sarah was home sick. I cleaned up the laundry room, the guest room, and the living room. At least the living room was clean until Bethany came home from school and took a bunch of junk in there. UGH!!! The joys of kids being HOME!

My parents are coming up today so they will be able to go to school tomorrow to see Bethany make her presentation. She had to do a report on Louisa May Alcott. Tomorrow she will have to dress up like Alcott and tell about her to her classmates. They will also be here to celebrate Bethany's birthday on Saturday. Her official birthday is not until Monday. But we are going to have a little party here at the house on Saturday.

Nana made Bethany's costume. Every time I have talked to her over the last few weeks she has been cussing that dress. Plus, she says she will never do this again. But she will ... I know she will. When I call next year to tell her Sarah has to have a costume, she will jump on the chance to help out. I love my Mother for that. I can do a little sewing but nothing like she can. I am very grateful that she is so willing to help with projects like these.

My parents haven't been up for a visit since last May. They are in for a shocker. Since May, we have almost finished the basement. We are still waiting (can't figure out why though) to finish the columns, but the room is usable. We also got new bedroom furniture which they haven't seen. Lots of changes for them to check out.

Please pray they have a safe trip.

Well, I better start chipping away at that "to do" list. Have a good day!

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Weekly Update

I can't seem to get to this blogger as often as I was. At least I am getting a weekly update in every now and then.

Valentines Day: Myron and I had a date night. Can't remember the last time we had one. I cooked dinner at home ... spaghetti. Nothing exciting at all. Then Myron and I went to the Asheville Symphony. To tell you the truth. I had a hard time staying awake. Anyway, I am getting ahead of myself. We were early getting downtown so decided to get a dessert somewhere. Turned out we could be sat immediately at Carmel's at the Grove Arcade ... very yummy. I hope we can go back to enjoy dinner there one day. The menu looked really good. On our way home, Myron felt something happen to the rear brakes on his truck. He could stop but it took him longer than normal.

Sunday: The girls sang in the choir or at least attempted to. They just don't sing out as loudly in church as they do when they are listening to Hannah Montana or High School Musical. But they did good. They behaved at least. When we got home, Myron went to check out what happened to his brakes. He couldn't get the brake drums off the rear axle. So he gave up ... WHAT?!?! Not my husband. But yes he did. He said he didn't have the tools to complete the job and decided to leave it to the professionals.

Monday: We dropped the girls off at school then dropped Myron's truck off at the shop. Then we had the day together. It was so nice. We went to Target, Kohl's, Best Buy, Lowe's, and a pet store. We also had lunch at Ruby Tuesdays. It was such a nice time just looking and shopping around. We bought a few things and shopped for some big things (fridge and dog).

Tuesday: Myron's truck is still in the shop. The professionals couldn't get the drums off the axle. So we drop the girls off at school and then I drop Myron off at work. Then I go back to work for a few hours; go home to get dinner in the oven; pick the girls up from school; take the girls to horseback riding lessons; and pick Myron up from work. I felt like I spent the whole day in the car driving all around.

Wednesday: Mryon's truck is still in the shop. They did get the drums off but still need to finish up. Wednesday is a very busy and long day for us. Unfortunately, Myron has to be at work before 8:00. We can't drop the girls off at school until 7:30. So Myron drops the girls and I off at my office. We hang out there until I can walk them to school ... oh yeah, in the rain ... on picture day no less. We have plenty of time to get their hair fixed up. When the girls get out of school, they have choir from 5:00 until 5:45 and then Bethany has her First Communion classes from 6:30 until 7:45. Sometime I have to get them dinner ... without a car. Our original plan was to hopefully pick Myron's truck up between 3 and 5. But it wasn't ready. So I humbly request a co-worker to drive me to Papa John's to pick up dinner for the girls while they are at choir. Myron calls right before 5 to say his truck is ready. I told him I could take him to pick it up as long as it was before 6:30. So we leave Bethany at her class and head to pick up his truck. Then he takes Sarah home and I go wait for Bethany. Oh my... it was such a hectic day.

Thursday: Nothing too exciting happened this day. I decided not to go to work and to come home to clean house. Although after it was done, I didn't feel like I had done much. But oh well... I tried.

Friday: I went to work. Bethany's class hosted Mass that day so I went to Mass. Then I had lunch with my very dear friend, Karen. I always say this but I wish we would plan that every month. That afternoon I went to Target to buy HSM3. Can't go without the complete set.

Saturday: We had a meeting with our investment guy. We started college funds for the kids a few years back. Now we are talking about our retirements. Come to find out, we are not saving enough. We went to Wal-Mart to try to get new tires on Myron's truck. But they couldn't get the wheels off because he has out of market rims (custom rims). He was told that if he takes the wheels off himself, they will replace the tires. That night we went to the Catholic Social Services Dinner and Auction. There were a few things we would have liked to win but the prices ended up going over our limits.

Sunday: Well, that is today and it is snowing. It has been snowing all day but not sticking. I guess I should be thankful for that but really I wish it would. We went to church, ordered Bethany's birthday cake for Saturday, and Myron took the wheels off and took them to Wal-Mart to have new tires put on. Bethany finally finished the Famous Person report that was sent home over two weeks ago and is due tomorrow ... nothing like waiting until the last minute. My parents are coming in to town on Wednesday (at least Nana is, I'm not sure about Pop) for Bethany's party. We are not having the big deal this year. Just a small get together with friends.

I look forward to this week. My little girl will be turning 8 on the 2nd. They are growing up so fast. I miss the "baby" days ... sometimes. I have lots to do before Wednesday and then before Saturday. It is like my week is broken up between the time before the Grands get here and then before Bethany's party. Luckily the party will not require a whole lot. Just a few party favors and the cake with supplies. I think I am going to make homemade pizza. Haven't quite figured that part out yet. But there is still time.

I think I have said enough. I hope I can get a post in before the end of the next week.

Have a great week.

Friday, February 13, 2009

Week Recap

Here is a photo from the Violin Recital on Saturday. These are all Holly's students.
Week Recap
Monday was just a normal day. Nothing too exciting happened.
Tuesday was a short day at school which meant we could go to riding lessons earlier. That night I was asked to attend the Lector (Reader) meeting. I was very apprehensive about attending this meeting. The Readers are the ones who have been more vocal about the new scheduling process. They don't like it ... well, some of them don't. But what really bummed me out was the one person I was hoping wouldn't be there ... WAS! The same man who gave me such a hard time at the Eucharistic Minister meeting was at the Lector meeting. Again, what a Pain in the A**!!! I do not like him very much as a person. He is just too ... what is the word ... opinionated. He was asking me all these questions that I know I have answered to the best of my ability. Unfortunately for me, he is not satisfied with my answers. I am not telling him what he wants to hear. Well, there is another person added to the mix ... his Wife. Now understand that I have run two schedules since I started scheduling the ministers. But have only run one schedule on this new program. ONE SCHEDULE. The wife looks at me and says "if the program isn't working, maybe it should be scrapped." How can she even say that? I mean... I have only run one schedule. I told them in the beginning I knew there would be problems, but with their patience and understanding, we would get through it. I guess that was too much to ask. I don't think I will be going to any more meetings. I am not going to subject myself to the "firing squad" again. And that is exactly what it felt like.
Wednesday brought the 100th day of school celebration (although it was really the 101st day of school) in 2nd grade plus Choir plus the start of Bethany's First Eucharist classes. Here are a few pictures from the Celebration.

Thursday was violin day.

Friday was the Valentine's parties. What fun both the girls had today. They couldn't wait to go through all their Valentine's.
Saturday, Sarah has a birthday party to attend and Myron and I have a date night. I am excited that we will finally have a night out without the girls. I love them very much but I need a break.
Sunday, the girls are singing in the choir at church. They seem to enjoy being in the choir.
That seems to be all I have for today. I think less is more for today.
Thankful Thought: Friends ... especially Karen and Kelly. I enjoy their company and beating Kelly at Scrabble ... finally.

Monday, February 9, 2009

Long Over Due

My only excuse: I just haven't taken the time to sit here and type anything out.

Our week (last week) started off pretty good. We knew it was going to snow ... we just didn't know when. It started on Tuesday afternoon. I canceled our horse back riding lessons for that day because the girls were still a little congested and it was so cold outside. But then Bethany and I were hit with a stomach bug. Joy, Joy!!! Although I never was sick, I still ended up sleeping on the bathroom floor. I just didn't want to have to jump up and run should the need arise. Bethany on the other hand had to make it to the bathroom. Unfortunately, I couldn't get off the bathroom floor to go to her. So, poor Myron had to take care of her. I felt bad for him since he had to get up for work the next day.

Bethany and I both pretty much stayed in the bed most of the day Wednesday. Sarah, poor thing, had to fend for herself. She even made her own lunch and cleaned up after herself. I was so proud.

My parents were supposed to come up on Thursday, but when I called to say we had a stomach thing going on, they backed out. Can't say I blame them at all. They were coming up for the girls Violin Recital on Saturday.

We had another snow day on Thursday ... hip hip hooray. The girls didn't enjoy it a whole lot but did get out a little bit each day. That night, Myron shoveled and salted the driveway. He was tired of parking at the bottom and walking up. Friday morning when we left for school, there was still a good bit of snow on the driveway. By that evening when we came home, there was not a trace of snow. That is how quickly it warmed up.

Saturday and Sunday were such beautiful Spring-like days. We even opened the windows to try to air out some of the germies that had accumulated in the last two weeks. It seems like this time of year brings them out full force.

The girls did a lovely job playing in the Recital on Saturday. We were very proud of them. I will try to post one of the videos soon.

I have got to get dinner started. I hope everyone has a good evening.