Tuesday, December 30, 2008
What do you think? Is it me or what?
Okay its only my new car temporarily! And I would never pick this no offense to those who like it. I was driving home from work today and my van overheated. They think something punctured the radiator. So then I had to wait for roadside service, FHP stopped and I had just talked him into leaving when some nonEnglish speaking visitors came along. Poor guy is a rookie and they freaked him out - so he decided he had to wait the 45 minutes with me until the tow truck came. Then my darling husband, who has now come home to relieve the babysitter who had to be somewhere else, decides I should just ride with the tow truck driver to the dealership where I can get a rental. I am not happy about this - especially since the driver has now commented on whether I am married or not, for how long, how the FHP guy stayed with me because I was "pretty" and I must be smart too to handle this on my own without my husband. Ew! Maybe he was trying to be nice but he was creeping me out! Of course Todd told me he would call the dealer and let them know I needed a rental and was on my way - did I mention he did not do this? Oy vey! Its been a long day...seems like a good reason to go out to dinner to me.
Saturday, December 27, 2008
On Christmas Eve we went to the candlelit service at our church and then picked up pizza on the way home. Its a silly tradition but fun! We also set out cookies and milk for Santa, broccoli for the reindeer (Tristan said they eat all veggies but just carrots) and the kids opened new pajamas to wear to bed.
The next morning everyone checked out their stockings (including Max) and then looked to see what gifts Santa brought. Santa brought Max a huge bone with yummy filling and Tori and Tristan each a Nintendo DS - they were shocked but very excited!
We went to my mom and dad's for a yummy brunch of quiche, caramel rolls and potato bake. We opened gifts there and mommy and daddy were just as surprised as the kids. We got a Wii!!! The kids also got a karoake machine (much to my dismay)! In the afternoon we set up some of our new toys and played. My dad and brother playing darts and the kids singing Camp Rock.
My parents wanted a picture with all their "grands" - kids and dogs! It was a bit of a nightmare getting the pictures but its not half bad. .
We finished the evening with an Italian dinner here at home with Todd's brother Brett and his family. All in all it was a nice day. We were all spoiled and had great fun giving the gifts we had bought for people!
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
You can find samples and patterns here!
Monday, December 22, 2008
Sunday I went to the matinee performance of the Nutcracker. The last time I had seen it I had been in school still, working still, had toddlers and was overall exhausted before I got there. Add exhaustion to classical music and a dark theater and it was all I could do to keep my eyes open. I had seen it has a little girl and then multiple times as a teenager and remembered loving it. So going back it was wonderful to recapture what I remembered loving - the elegant costumes, the beautiful music and the gracefulness of the performers. After taking so many years of classical ballet and then having had nothing to do with it for so long it was wonderful to go back and see it done so well. Add that to lunch with a fun friend and a "no kids" afternoon it was just so relaxing and put me in the holiday spirit even more.
Saturday, December 20, 2008
I finished shopping for everyone but my grandma and picking up my brothers gift and everything is wrapped, hidden if need be, baked and decorated.
We had a lovely lazy day today...yummy Mexican for dinner and now I am gonna hit the couch and watch a big list of shows I DVR'ed all week! Just realized it had been a week and thought I should post that all is well.
Monday, December 15, 2008
Todd and I went out on a date Saturday night - it was so cold! But so nice. We had a leisurely dinner at TGIF's and then went Christmas shopping. I know this sounds like a lame date but it was so relaxing. Even our dates are usually built around a move schedule or meeting friends or being home by a certain time, etc...so this was awesome. We just took our time, wandered around a few stores. I am happy to say we are done!!!
Sunday was Toris musical followed by a lazy afternoon. We did stop by the mall to see Santa (this is probably the last time). Tori told Santa she wanted earrings, so when Todd asked her if he thought she was good and would get them she said "Yeah because they are cheap." Lovely!
All in all it was a busy but nice weekend. I slept in this morning and everyone else if off to school or work. I have to work nights all this week, covering for someone who ended up hospitalized. Blah!
Thursday, December 11, 2008
Monday, December 8, 2008
We have three Christmas trees. We have a 7.5 ft and rather wide tree in my living room, its pretty and matches my furniture. Yes you did read that right. It broke this year (see story below) so we will be replacing it this year with a 10 ft tree but same concept. All the ornaments ares gold and white. Its my "pretty" tree. Or my department store tree as Todd calls it. Much prettier at night but this pic will have to do!
We also have a 7 ft tree in the bedroom. This is a pencil tree (think ridiculously skinny) and has all of our sentimental ornaments on it. I got a round ornament each year (Fraggle Rock, Smurfs, Gators, Barbie, etc) growing up and I get an ornament for each of my kids each year (cruise ships, mickey ears, spiderman, etc). And of course there are all those ornaments the kids make. So this is my nostalgic aka traditional tree complete with colored lights.
Lastly I have my snowman tree. I have collected gobs of snowmen over the years but some are just too tiny to display. So they get there own tree - a tiny 3ft tree Charlie Brown tree, its kind of sad but it has that vintage homespun feel I like, and that most of my snowman resemble.
See dont you feel the need to get another tree now?! Honestly if I thought it was a battle I could win I would put up a sports tree in Tristans room and a "FL" tree in Toris room (you know like flamingos, santa surfing, etc). Pretty sure Todd would say no way so I'll be content with these!
As I posted before Tristan was awarded Character Kid for November for the entire kindergarten class. He had a ceremony and was on the morning announcements(thats what the other picture was) and that was ok to him. He got an article in the paper which he also was ok about it. But this caused yelling, screaming, LOOK MOM MY NAME IS ON A SIGN kind of excitement.
Tori also won an award - artist of the month - for the entire school. She did an etching (think black with colors on top of it). The etching is in a frame in the school courtyard and will be entered in a county wide contest. She also received a paper certificate and some coupons.
Friday, December 5, 2008
Check it out...The Year of Living Biblically; One Mans Humble Quest to Follow the Bible as Literally as Possible by A. J. Jacobs (editor at large for Esquire magazine).
Thursday, December 4, 2008
"It's just not me, I'm more of a girlie girl rock star."
Of course why did I not think of that?! She cracks me up.
Monday, December 1, 2008
Couple of pictures...Tristan putting on the crown of thorns & Tori putting on the star, Todd aiding in both!
My snowman collection has grown to 60+ and I just love pulling them out each year. I love remembering where I got each one or who got it for me. The one on the left Tori and Todd gave me her 3rd Christmas, and Todd wrapped it without putting it in the box and the carrot nose popped right out of the paper, it was hilarious!
Last but not least a funny picture with a funny story. We have a fake tree, this is FL, lots of people do. And ours is pretty real looking but this year the top broke, we've had it since our first Christmas...so we had to rig the top. In doing so Todd decided to just jam the star on top so our tree looked like a triangle with the point cut off (a tall skinny trapezoid for you math people) with a ridiculous star on top. Well I had the giggles and the camera simultaneously and just started taking random pictures of Todd who was getting very frustrated with the tree, and me who was celebrating because this means at the end of this year I can buy the 10 ft tree I really wanted but couldn't justify bc I already had a perfectly good tree - and no I did not break it - so I snapped this picture. I love this face...its the face I get when hes trying to being mad at me and is about to be sarcastic but he can't stop smiling/laughing to spit it out. Shhh, noone tell him I posted it, its not super flattering :-)
Sorry if you are just reading this Todd made me remove the picture so you'll just have to imagine it!
Friday, November 28, 2008
So did you shop today?
Thursday, November 27, 2008
I thought about writing about the things I am thankful for today after reading my friend Jenni's blog. But I decided I have one ultimate thanks that encompasses them all.
I am thankful for my Lord and creator. I am thankful that he has protected my family through accidents, economic crises, illness, and a million other dilemmas. I am thankful for the amazing family and friends he has brought into my life to share each day, each tear and each laugh with. I am thankful for the man he gave me as a husband, the children he gave me to care for, and even the silly puppy that drives me bananas but brings warm fuzzies all the same. I am thankful for the earth he created that I continue to live in and enjoy the benefits of and I am thankful for the strength he grants in abundance as long as I remember to ask for it, and sometimes even when I don't. I am thankful that despite that Thanksgiving is about pilgrims and indians I have the freedom to be thankful for my God without worry of persecution.
I hope that you have a blessed and wonderful thanksgiving!
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
However as the ending credits roled I remember why I hate movie series...now I have to wait - like a year I'm sure - to see the next and I wanted more right at that moment. My inner two year old was stomping her feet screaming now, now, now in my head. Oh well.
So if you haven't seen it - go see it, whether you read the book or not its a good little chick flick with a few vampires thrown in!
Monday, November 24, 2008
Leaving Tampa...pretty isn't it?
Todd and I on the coast in Mexico.
We went on the Trolley tour of Key West - lots of cool information and it was a beauitful day for it. We also had a yummy lunch at a local Cuban restaurant, Le Mason de Pepe.
Pulling into Cozumel...
The kids on the rockwall - at the top ringing the bell, 200 ft above sea.
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Here's a picture of the Maddex boys, this was Saturday - they hung out, ordered pizza, played darts, etc. This is just on the back porch, nothing fancy.
Saturday, November 15, 2008
Todds birthday went great. He was shocked and thrilled to see all of his brothers in one place, had a blast playing poker all night, and is looking forward to a weekend with them.
The fall festival is over. The inflatables are deflated, the hay picked up by a vet friend and the bills all paid. Hallelujah!
Now I need a long winters nap, and a cruise. :-)
Friday, November 14, 2008
Yesterday when I got off work I had been up for about 25 with a tiny nap which is fairly normal for me. Then I went to the kids school and saw Tristan's thing, went and got the hay (which took WAY longer than I had planned, I had forgotten how heavy hay was). Then I had to make one stop at the mall which happened to be right near Todds dad where I was dropping the truck and it just seemed easier. Then I managed to get home and lay down - but the dog had to go out, the pest control guy came, the UPS man knocked and someone dropped an umbrella on the sidewalk so the nice lady walking her dog had to knock and see if it belonged to us! Argh - now I have to go get the kids. Then Tori has a private swim lesson at our pool so I have to walk down there...by this time its 4:30 in the afternoon and Todd will be home in an hour. Of course then I am too lazy to cook so off we go to dinner. Then my AMAZING friend Christie, came and helped me with a crappy project at 9 and by the time they signs we made were done and the paint put away I crawled into bed at midnight!
Anyway I got a good 7 hrs last night and am ready to hit the road running. Wish me luck today as I have tons to do and I have to be done by 5!
Thursday, November 13, 2008
So its 5 am, I have been up since 7:15 yesterday morning with an hour nap and I have about 6 hours to go before I can sleep. Tristan is receiving an award this morning at school so Todd and I have to go see the presentation, then I have to switch cars with my father in law, pick up 10 bales of hay, and switch vehicle back and then I can go to sleep for a couple of hours.
I brought a book, The Shack, haven't started it but heard great things but my eyes are killing me. And I think its the kind of book you have to pay attention too ya know?
I am really excited for this weekend. I hope Todd loves his surprise and I have tickets with Taylor and my mom to go see Phantom of the Opera. I have seen it before but neither of them have. Love it.
Alright back to work, pictures to come this weekend of lots of fun stuff...birthdays, fall festivals, soccer, swimming, etc.
Monday, November 10, 2008
10 days, we've owned the car 10 days. And my toilet is broken and this is the most stressful week of the year.
But Todd walked away again, thank God for small miracles.
Sunday, November 9, 2008
Friday night I went and saw The Secret Life of Bees. It was great, very true to the book. Saturday was soccer ALL morning. We had photos and then a game (which Tristan made 4 of the 5 goals this week). We had a nice day of getting errands done and cleaning up. Dave and Rhiannon invited us down to the beach with them so we all had dinner at the Palm Pavillion and then walked on the beach, for five minutes...it was so windy (translate cold). This apparently did not phase Ty in the least as he army crawled through the freezing sand, too cute.
Today I attended a charity lunch at the Safety Harbor Spa, I was very young compared to the other guests but it was nice. They had Chinese auctions (I won a princess for a day package for Tori - two childrens hairdos, two manicures and a basket of hair junk). They also had a fashion show which was remarkably good, stuff noone else in the room would wear but still fun.
I guess its that time of day, gotta go switch some laundry, pick up after everyone, tuck the kids in and get ready for another crazy week! Hope everyone had a good weekend.
Friday, November 7, 2008
WAIT NO STOP! SHES 8!!!!
Yet Brett has called 6 times in 3 days to talk to Tori. Apparently he has his own cell phone and is allowed to call her on it. Then when I thought it was bad it got worse...she brought him a stuffed animal today without telling Todd or I about it and he brought her a necklace, a hemp necklace but a necklance nonetheless that she is now wearing. I ask her why shes wearing it and she's says "Because its from Brett, he had his brothers girlfriend make it!"
God grant me the peace...
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
"Rosa Parks sat so that MLK could walk, MLK walked so that Obama could run..."
And this is sad to me...Michael Crichton, author of The Adromeda Strain, Jurassic Park, Congo and a boatload of other great books and co-writer of "ER" died today at age 66 of cancer.
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Todays the 4th? 16 days...in 16 days I will be sailing off to Mexico with a drink in my hand, and coming home to thanksgiving and shopping and Christmas decorations...let the countdown begin!
While observing the insane lines on my way to work today I had this interesting thought.
People argue for the "separation of church and state" on a regular basis and yet 9 out of 10 polls I passed today were located where? Yep churches. Funny how we can't let them affect our decisions but we need them as conveniences often...polling places, welfare assistance when the system can't handle one more, aid for those who need it faster than the government can process the paperwork, and prayer for our country when nothing else seems to work.
Okay stepping off of my soapbox for now...it was a long day!
Saturday, November 1, 2008
The last picture he actually proceeded to kick that one into the goal!
Friday, October 31, 2008
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
I think the crazy people are rubbing off on me.
Monday, October 27, 2008
So here they are!
Saturday, October 25, 2008
Of course since we managed to sell the truck days before totaling the Mitsubishi and that car is now smashed to smithereens we are on the hunt again. And it has to be a speedy hunt as we are paying for a rental car in the meantime.
But we want something cheap, cheap, cheap! But of course Todd does not want to drive something hideously ugly or old peoplish which tends to be what is cheap, cheap, cheap. So frustrating. So another day of hunting begins, pray I survive it. And more than that, pray that Todd does, I dont want to have to kill him but I might nonetheless :-)
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Make your own claymation (except with plastic models instead of clay!)
Then this Monday (aka yesterday) I got to accompany Tristan's class on a field trip to the local fire station.
Monday, October 20, 2008
So go rays!
Saturday, October 18, 2008
I have this friend who I used to be very close to. We had a blast together. She is truly one of the funniest people I know. And then she and her husband started a new project/business together and disappeared of the face of the planet. Didn't return calls, RSVP to invitations, no response to emails, etc. Then of course one day out of the blue she shows up, apologizes for it all, and we go out to dinner where she promptly ask me to sew for her. Then nothing for another month or so, then suddenly they have a new baby and she wants to get together again - and she needs something for the baby's room. Now its been a good 3-4 months and the only contact has been an invitation to her kids bday party which we politely declined as the kids had soccer/swim. Found out she was pregnant, called her a couple of times, nope still nothing.
So this morning I wake up to an email from her saying we should really catch up and by the way my kids have something she wants to borrow would that be ok?!?
I don't think she means to be hurtful per se but it really bothers me. I am more than my skills and material items and it bothers me that she treats me like I am not. I hear that not everyone is a pursuer but come on. Its one thing to be bad about returning calls or whatever but its a whole nother thing to make contact every couple months asking for something.
So in these situations what do you do? I dont want to ignore her like she ignores me. I also don't want to be rude and just say no you can't borrow it without a legit reason which I dont actually have, but I also dont want her to think she can keep doing it.
Thursday, October 16, 2008
Tristan is loving kindergarten. Is enjoying soccer though he's a tad older than the other kids and has to be a little gentler that he would like to be I think. He does like seeing his preschool friend Ben regularly though. He is doing awesome at reading and "wrote" his first story yesterday. Three lines regarding Rumpelstiltskin as they saw the play last week. Monday he goes on his first field trip to the fire station, back with pictures then.
Todd is driving a rental still, waiting on the insurance before we come up with plan B. He is still sore but ok. Had an MRI early this week and so far we are of the "no news is good news" speculation. He has a nasty sore on his tongue where he bit it in the accident and it got infected. Only Todd could get in a car accident and injure his tongue.
I am still working regularly. Next week is Red Ribbon Week at the kids school so I have been at the school regularly all week. Nothing yet from the other hospital but he did say the end of the week so I am trying not to worry. Just started training in yet another position here at this hospital, doing chart/criteria reviews with insurance companies. I will learn a lot and build great contacts doing it but its not the most exciting job in the world and has no actual direct patient contact. I will still do some case management, activities, and ER work though so its not a total loss even if I stay here.
This weekend Todd and I are going on our F date, FINALLY! Celebrating my sis-in-law Taylors birthday, and hoping to get some park time while the whether is slightly cooler. Hope everyone has a fabulous end of the week/weekend.
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
"Give us faith to be strong, give us strength to be faithful, this life is not long but its hard."
I needed that reminder right now - between job trouble, car accidents and sick kids!
Friday, October 10, 2008
He is thankfully ok, saw an ER physician's assistant and while sore with some minor abrasions seems to be fine. He'll see a doctor specializing in muscle pain next week for follow up. Our car on the other hand, not so ok. Thankfully the kids were not in the car with him as the backseat was pushed in from the trunk and the front seat, where Todd was sitting, broke and snapped back to laying position with Todd still in it. See our front bumper off to the side? It was across the street when I got there, they moved it out of traffic!
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
This morning I got dressed, pencil skirt and button down shirt, standard interview attire. Trying to crate my dog, have a treat in my hand and he jumps - nice new tear in my hose. No extra pairs of course because I HATE them. So I guess I'll wear pants. But I need to pick a bunch up from the dry cleaners and the others need ironing so the choices suck but I made it out the door looking remotely professional. Of course in that time Max has now managed to get into a nerf football and tear into no less than a 1000 pcs all over the living room floor. So I catch him, spank him, crate him. Leave the mess and fly out the door now feeling like I just ran a marathon.
Get to hospital, ask for behavioral health unit, the front desk gives directions to elevators, which floor, etc...SHES WRONG! Its a lock down unit, you have to use the locked down elevator unlike our hospital where you can get there from the other floors as well. So I have to back track and ask someone else, barely make it on time.
Did I mention the interview itself went well?! It did, in the hospital cafeteria, which I thought odd but was certainly not going to ask about. So finally he says let me walk you to the front door and we start walking. He apologizes for the room but said one of my direct supervisors at my current job was going to be on the unit and he was not sure if that would make me uncomfortable or if they knew I was there today. Ok.
So we walk down the hallway and who is walking right at us? The two people I report to currently. Awkward is not really a strong enough word. But what are you gonna do? I smiled, was polite, stood by while my boss was introduced to the director there, you know my possible new boss, as they had never met. Neat.
Honestly I like what I do for a living and really just need more consistency so its not like I am going out of my way to hide that I am looking for something else but it was definitely a bizarre situation to be in.
Monday, October 6, 2008
The job I have now is ok. I like what I do but the politics have gotten nasty lately. There was a management company change (behavioral health is often contracted out by the hospital to a care company) and it has NOT been smooth at all. My schedule is more erratic than ever and my ability to fill multiple holes makes me a big asset to them but creates a nightmare for myself.
So keep your fingers crossed for me. I am hoping this job pays the same or more, is flexible but also has consistent hours.
Thursday, October 2, 2008
After an interesting discussion with Todd and as I sit here watching the VP debate my question would be what do you vote based on. Please recognize that I am not asking who as I do not want to support a debate between anyone or varying parties, etc. However I am interested to hear what are important issues to you?
Taxation policies? Foreign policies? Environment? Candidiates histories? Womens Rights? Homosexual Marriage? Immigration Laws? The current Iraqi war? Universal healthcare? Medicaid? Social Security?
While I could be wrong about this it would be my guess that no matter what candidate you stand behind you don't agree with EVERYTHING they say but its interesting to hear what takes priority for other people.
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
-My new van's alignment was off but of course you don't notice things like that in a test drive. Then the remote and wireless headphones to the DVD player don't seem to be working. So its in the shop, already. And I have a loaner. But the loaner van does not have rear air and its still hot, this is FL.
-The electric company decided today was a good day to change the electrical box in our neighborhood. So they turned off our electricity for 8 hours today. And again its still hot, this is FL. So I had to stay out most of the day and keep my dog out most of the day on my only day off this week. I had a nice lunch with my dad, my dog got groomed and I got very little else done.
-I stink at saying no. I recognize this and yet I don't seem to do anything about it. And usually I rationalize this is in my head...well its just a little thing, it only take a few minutes, etc. But when you do ten things that take a few minutes it adds up to lots of minutes. So on my new to do list is 25 chair packs for Tristans teacher, the snack/game list for the soccer team, decorate the PTA/Red Ribbon Week bulletin board, cook a meal for a sick mom's family of six, and attend a powder puff football game to cheer for some teenage girls who I love but still don't want to attend tonight.
-I do love the new van.
-We sold the truck and the lady did not even try to offer less. She just bought it. Sweet.
-My dog is so super soft and sweet smelling after the groomer I could just cuddle him all night. Love it!
-Tristan's new bed is built and in his room with sheets and a bedspread and everything. The new room stuff will go up during the weekend when I have time but for now its usable and thats a big deal. He likes it, I like it, all is well.
-I am down a size. A whole size. Its my special, "I am too busy to eat real meals during the day diet and my daughter is on a swim team that forces me to hang out at the gym 3 hours a week" diet. Whatever works. To celebrate, and because I was in desperate need of more work clothes I went to Kohls, and some really cute stuff including a skirt I love that Todd says makes me look like a librarian, I dont think its supposed to be a compliment but too bad - I love libraries.
Private Practice premieres tonight. I love that show. And Life was on Monday, which I also love...and the DVR allowed me to watch it last night when I had time which is just simply amazing. I have no idea why it took us so long to get one.
Sunday, September 28, 2008
Anyway here's a picture of a van like ours, same color and all!