Monday, June 30, 2014

G's Friday Night Fun

G has had a really big weekend.  She spent the night at a newish friend's home with two other girls.  All of them right now into Harry Potter.  This little girl had a Harry Potter Movie-thon.  They actually watched all of the movies 1-4 from 6pm Friday to 1-ish pm on Saturday.  G said she fell asleep around 2:30am.  She was very tired Saturday and even she stayed longer to swim.  I picked her up around 3pm.

G had a loose tooth with one coming in literally on top of it.  We both agreed that having it fall out at her friend's would not be a good thing.  G said, "I know, if it comes out I will just not believe in the tooth-fairy tonight so she won't come but believe again tomorrow."

When the mom texted to let me know I just asked her to inform G that I contacted the tooth-fairy just in case and she would come when G was ready.  Needless to say, the tooth-fairy made a visit Saturday night bringing G some money to take to her cousin's this week.  Two birds + one stone = killed, heh.

Anywho, she is hanging with my parents today.  I asked my dad to re-teach her how to ride a bike.  She claims to have forgotten.  G said to me this morning that grandad had asked last week if she wanted to learn and she told him no, so he didn't make her.  I informed my dad today when I dropped G off that the answer to his question about riding the bike is not "no" but "get your behind out here and learn it again." thankyouverymuch...

I couldn't believe he didn't make her ride.  That to me seems like a no brainer, every child should be given the opportunity to learn to ride a bike and she is no exception.  She of course complained and said that she doesn't have any siblings to ride with like I had growing up (which we didn't play together) so it isn't fun for her.  I used to ride my bike all around the yard by myself not with siblings.

Somehow G has a theory that my childhood was so very great because I had siblings to play with all the time.  Never mind that the age difference didn't really work in our favor to be friends at any given time and that we didn't really play together.  Mostly, we fought and got yelled at for doing so.  Anyway, I know for a fact that my older sister would have much preferred being an only child, and sometimes I feel like an only child now (I know that is my fault).  Because of her wrong-headed theory, she decides to sit on the sidelines, so to speak, instead of entertaining herself.

Well, this week for two nights, anyway, she gets to be a sister, practically a twin, to my cousin's daughter.  Hopefully they will have a good time.  Next week, if things go well this week, that cousin will come to spend two nights with G at my parents house.  We will see how that works.  I think they will be fine together at both places.  Getting this cousin home though next week might cause a dilemma.  I won't stress about it yet.

So short week this week, YEAH!  Needing sleep very badly.  I just don't do well on 6 or less hours of sleep, never have.  G turns out is a night owl.  Me, totally a morning person.  I think God is having a laugh about this family pairing ; }

About that family pairing?  We celebrate 9 years as a family coming up this July 25th.  Nine years home will be August 5th or 8th.

Sunday Night Fireworks

Waiting for the concert to begin, blocking the sun
Michael W. Smith plays Heroes with the Bellvue Baptist Orchestra
Enough photos please.  She said, "Why do you always have to take pictures?"
Jumbotron picture of MWS

We decided to go watch a free concert and fireworks display Sunday night.  We had thunderstorms and lots of rain Saturday into Sunday morning with flooding and low church attendance because of it.  Lightening struck a section of town knocking out two gas stations' gas pumps too.  But after I got a nap we jumped to it and drove over.  I packed up two pizza lunchables for dinner.  G loves them; I cannot believe anyone could ever like them.  AWFUL pasteboard pizza round, 3 pepperonis, some cheese with a whole lot of sauce, bleh!  And oreo cookies for dessert.  I don't like oreo cookies.  I couldn't find a sandwich lunchable for me though so I made due.

Even though we were fairly close to the stage, it was still like watching ants.  Having an ancient for technology blackberry didn't help get great pictures.  There was a drone filming above us too which really freaked me out.   I try to not be a conspiracy type person but this was at a very large conservative church on the grounds, I just fought to keep my mind from going there.  I definitely felt very exposed.

Getting out of the parking lot I thought would be terrible but it actually wasn't bad and we made it home by 11pm.  Thankful this is a short week.

Happy 4th, America!

Friday, June 20, 2014

So Excited

I have half finalized plans for this year's vacation.  I was looking into legos in Atlanta but something better and more timely for our interests has popped up.  I have put a deposit down on a 2 day park pass and 3 night hotel stay for Universal Studios to go see Diagon Alley and all the other Harry Potter stuff.  G doesn't know yet.  If something major happens to financially distract I can cancel for full refund up to 46 days prior.

All that to say we will not see everything, we will drive down there all 14 hours both ways, and we will do it in 4 days.  I am excited and also dreading the drive.  Flights though were way to expensive and I think I want to have my car there.

There happens to be a deal going on because of the opening of the new section for HP.  I would like to see the minions from Despicable Me, too and I also found out that downtown disney is not inside the disney park which means we can go there as well.

I will not be announcing the when until we are back, but needless to say it will be in the fallish.  If you are a burglar and figure it out, I have nothing worth stealing but you can feed the fish for us...

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

A New Shape

I think it is time for me to get back into shape because the melted blob o' butter shape I am currently sporting is just not cutting it anymore.  So there is a color run coming to our big city in the fall or almost the fall.  I told G about it, and she said she wanted to do it.  I have been trying to explain to G that if I am to do this, I need to start very very slowly and train up. First, I need a new pair of shoes because the shoes I have hurt my calves and numb my toes.  I thought at first the numbing was due to thick socks but after yesterday I decided it is the shoes.

So I think G and I will head out on Saturday to purchase me new running shoes and probably 1 pair for her as well since her school shoes look like a tiny animal has nibbled on them.  I don't know how she tears them up exactly other than never untying them.  She never unties them once she gets a good tie in her laces.  She is so hard on her shoes though they do get her through a full year of school.

The first night we walked, G reminded me how I had lost weight while working at the dr office, but that was due to being in a hostile work environment feeling threatened everyday.  I don't want to lose weight like that again ever.

I used to run before G came home and tried after but she hated the jogging stroller.  I figured I would wait her out and pick it up later.  Of course in the mean time a long struggle commenced and my own genetics fought me.  I also love all the wrong foods, like breads and pastas and sauces.  But even when I did run I was never one of those skinny girls.  I did fit my clothes better, and I could walk up 3 flights of stairs without feeling like my heart will burst.  I also participated in races from 5ks to marathons, but truly came to loathe races.  That was another reason giving running up was easy for me, I came to detest racing.  It was never about truly competing because I never really could.  I just disliked them.

So hopefully G will come to understand that she and I together can live a bit healthier by starting slow and working up to this color run and if I focus on the fun part of it and not the race part of it, we may be fine.  Her competitive spirit might work against us but maybe if we can get this one under our belts she may swing to like running and I will like it again.

Monday, June 16, 2014

Father's Day Post

Well, my dad doesn't read my blog which is all well because we see each other a lot so there is no need.  G and I spent the afternoon with my parents Sunday.  I made rosemary potatoes from some red potatoes my dad had.  I made some on Saturday evening slicing thinly 3 of them which G ate for supper.  Yes she ate all 3 potatoes I fixed.  I forgot to add the garlic to them only remembering it on Sunday at my dad's who didn't even have any garlic.

I have discovered a secret to making crispy potatoes and that is to soak the raw potatoes in ice water over night, rinse and repeat.  If I can get one good soak I will be fine.  I found that tip somewhere on the internet about making crispy French fries like McDs.  If I had the link still I would share it.  I don't, but Bing or Google can always help.

I really think G was more excited about having rosemary potatoes than anything else.  We gave dad the emergency weather radio and after looking briefly at it, it may be more trouble than it is worth.  But all in all this weekend was a successful weekend.  I was able to get the yard mowed and a nap after lunch on Sunday.

My mom's face looks really good, there is some slight bruising which will get worse as the healing process goes on or maybe will look worse not actually get worse.  She is going to stop taking the medicine for Alzheimer's because it makes her sick even now in the low dosages.  If the medicine was holding off the progression then not taking it will obviously allow it to progress.

Today is Monday again, one day of work down, 4 more to go.  Living for holidays and weekends now but at least I have a job!!

Friday, June 13, 2014

Fun Times

Not really but I have to tell this painfully funny tale on myself.  Wednesday I stayed home from work to pick G and her friend up from VBS.  So glad I have a job that allows me to have PTO.  So after feeding them lunch I took about an hour long nap even with all the girly giggles going on.  At 3 or so G put in a movie that was so very loud I had to get up, couldn't sleep with HP roaring in the LR.  I decided I needed a pick me up in the form of coffee because I was still tired and we had evening VBS later.

My coffee maker is a French press which requires boiling water.  So I boiled the water and poured it over the coffee to steep.  I had read somewhere that it really only needs to steep about 5 minutes or so but in the morning when I make the coffee it steeps a lot longer, while we get ready for work/school.

But this afternoon I decided to pour up after 5 minutes.  So I picked up my coffee cup (no handle) and began to pour.  Then I felt something hurting my thumb.  So I put down the press and my mug, picked both back up thinking I was readjusting to pot not to spill out only to do it again, this time for longer and with more coffee spilling out.  It took about a second to realize what was happening and I couldn't drop anything.

So basically, I stupidly, not once but twice, poured hot boiling coffee over my thumb.  I quickly stuck my now on fire thumb under the cold faucet and then put aloe on it. It hurt all night, and it still blistered despite my best efforts. I kept putting the aloe on it and tried to protect it.  I bandaged it that night and yesterday to keep it from bursting.

Well, it burst this morning.  So now I have a band-aid and medicine on it to protect that new skin.  And it is still pretty soar.  Graceful is not my name.

Besides battling boiling coffee, I am battling ants all around the kitchen and bathroom.  I had to get some ant killer but they are still being spotted.  Stupid bugs haven't quite died yet.  We have had so much rain and overcast days that the mosquitoes are really bad too.  Ah, summer weather, it is coming.  We have had a relatively hot spring even with the rain.  It actually causes it to be stuffy, not cool.

G spent last night with my parents.  Today is the last day for VBS.  She has one summer camp, not overnight in July.  Sometime this summer she will go with my parents to visit some cousins.  Hopefully, my cousin and I can arrange a sleep over for a couple of days with her daughter and G.  Keeping both girls busy would be ideal.  Plus, what can go wrong with family?

We may killz the house over July 4th.  We haven't any other plans right now.  I have quite a bit of patch work to do on the walls and not exactly sure I can do it in a weekend.  I am so impressed when people knock out a room in a weekend, it just seems to take me so much longer!  I think we need to get the house killzed before we pick a color since I really didn't like any of the colors I picked last time.

So those are the tentative summer plans.  I get to see my mom for the first time after her surgery.  Have I mentioned that I am squeamish?  I am.  Thinking about her surgery causes my insides to act all funny.  I suppose in a pinch I could manage care, but I am so glad my dad is there to do it.  Maybe it is just that it is on my mom that makes me squeamish.  Getting old with all the ailments just is no fun.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Mom Update

Thank you all for praying.  The biopsy came back with clear margins and she didn't even get sick with this last fairly major surgery.  I spoke with her around 5 pm and she was not sick but was starving.  I think after they came home, she slept some of the drugs off.  Now we are praying that this will heal well and quickly.  I don't think there will be any followup necessary other than a yearly check.

Monday, June 09, 2014

Weekend Ramblings

Managed to get the yard mowed Saturday before the thunderstorms moved in.  G decided she didn't wish to earn $20 so she didn't mow.  We had gone to Freds to purchase a frame big enough for the painting G had done at school but they didn't have one so we bought a cheap framed "art" piece to re-purpose.  Then we filled up the gas can and when we came back home I was in the mowing mood.  G wanted to wait until later but when the mood struck I got to work.

After mowing and resting and fixing the late dinner/lunch combination, I re-purposed the "art" piece framing G's painting.  It is now hanging in the kitchen above the pass through.  Sad thing is the picture fit the frame lengthwise but I had to use strips of construction paper on either side for the width of the frame.  Odd painting piece was 12 X 18 and not easily framed.  Technically, she isn't finished with the painting and didn't take my suggestions as how to quickly finish it using crayons so I framed it unfinished.

Despite G not mowing she still has 7 mosquito bites on her arm/legs.  She got the leg bites from spraying the mosquito spray in the yard.  Ironic, huh?
This is the painting. She has become a HP fan big time. We even found a local Hogwarts summer camp for a week in July.  She decided last night that going to camp would be fun, so apparently her not wanting to go to camp where she didn't know anyone ended when she heard about other friends going to other camps this summer.

She is also a super fan of Minecraft and even of some "superstar" youtube video creators who teach tricks etc for Minecraft.  She found and figured out how to install a  Hogswart Map which I think even has Hogsmeade in it but am not sure.  She was showing me all around it yesterday on the way to and from a family reunion.  I get dizzy looking at Minecraft which is something G just doesn't understand.  Generation gap happening in our little family twosome.  I suspect however my dad would be able to follow her and her minecraft game.

VBS started last night at our church and this morning at my mom/dad's church.  G is going to both.  I am on kitchen/snack duty at ours.  It is good for her to be there, learn about our faith and see her friends.  I think the camp later this summer will be fun for her as well as give her a break from her friends from school for a different perspective.  She will be one of the older kids at the camp.

My mom is having the reconstructive part of her surgery this Wed.  I am taking off work for logistical reasons mainly.  Pray that my mom doesn't get sick.  The last surgery she was under a "twilight" med.  This Wed will be the full anesthesia that makes her sick normally.  Please pray that she will not be sick as that is what she is most afraid of.  Pray for the surgeon's skilled hands to close the hole from the melanoma and that there will not need to be any chemo or other follow up treatments.

I will update when I know something and that may or may not be Wed or Thursday.

Friday, June 06, 2014

70 Years After D-Day

If you haven't heard or don't realize, this is the 70th anniversary of D-day.  Great things going on in the world on the internet.  Twitter has an account currently "live" tweeting D-Day.  Fascinating to read as if it were happening now.

The whole interpretive dance thing was just scary!  WHY???

James Delingpole has a wonderful article about the day and the heroes of the day here.  The Atlantic has a great article about 3 pages long and this link picks up on the 3rd page.

Our most classy president showed himself as the least classy of the day.

Here is the radio coverage of the day. Another great spot about photos to see.

I am thankful for the men and women who played a part in that day for it truly was the beginning of the end for the NAZIS and beginning of liberation for millions of Jews and other people from concentration camps.

Thursday, June 05, 2014

Last Day of 4th Grade

Here is the 1st day of 4th grade post.  And as the wonderful mom I am, I got no pictures of her on her way to school this morning.  She did however want to see what shirt she wore on the first day and wore it again today.  I had my dad take an after the last day of school picture.

And the picture is very blurry so maybe next year.  G wants about 5 inches of that hair cut and I am not really wanting to do that.  She keeps telling me that I can cut it and though I can cut it, it wouldn't be straight. ;}

So she is hanging out with my parents tonight so I can get to work early tomorrow.  Next week is full of VBS, two churches.  My mom's second surgery is on Wednesday so I am taking off to pick G and her friend up from one VBS to let them have lunch and play until another VBS starts.  Should be a fun week for the girls.

Now I am the mom of a 5th grader, how did that happen?

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

Just Got Word

From my dad who said surgery went well and they were heading home in a few.  That was over an hour ago so hopefully they have made it without incident.

So good to have that part behind her.  When she comes 'round she will be glad too.