Thursday, September 30, 2010
Sunday, September 26, 2010
My alarm went off at 5:45 yesterday,just enough time to grab a shower, lay out clothes for everyone and hit the road in time to make it to the Assisted Living Facility where my mom is the Director of Memory Care. We loaded a bus full of people there (employees and families), climbed back in her car and headed for the St.Petersburg Pier for the Alzheimer's Association Memory Walk.
Meanwhile both kids had Little League pictures starting at 8:30 am and games at 10:00 and 12:00. I love baseball. I love Little League. I love watching my kids play. But I do have to say - it's a lot. Every Saturday basically all morning (usually til 2 or 3 actually), Monday games as well and Wed/Fri practices. But they are learning teamwork. And discipline. And healthy habits. And sportsmanship. Yep that's my mantra as I sit and cook alive in ridiculously hot FL September sun. Especially following the 3 mile walk in which I had already cooked alive!
Then it was off to a birthday party. Followed by date night. Woohoo. We had not had one since moving and it was good to get an evening by ourselves. Of course we went to Ikea...but that is besides the point. Ikea and Red Robin...and still among the most expensive date we have ever been on. LOL! But we did come home with a new desk and chair for Tristan, end table for the office, pillows for the couch and a rug, that has to go back. Todd wanted this rug...but I don't think it matches my decor...
I cannot believe that it was 8 years ago already that you came into the world. I will never forget your first cry, or squeezing your cute little rolls for the first time, or watching your sister fall in love with you in the fraction of a second it took.
You have such a good heart always wanting to help people and are the gentlest little guy when mommy is not feeling good or had a bad day. But you have this mischievous streak that comes complete with the "I-might-have-just-stolen-a-cookie-from-the-cookie-jar" smile and "I-have-no-idea-what-you-are-talking-about-even-though-I-am-guilty" cackle to go with it.
You love to ride bike in the cul-de-sac, play with action figures, read books that are too big for you really, and sleep in. You hate taking showers and talking on the phone. You are playing baseball and loving every moment of it...you're so intense on the field...and you swing your bat, dig your toe and then hold the bat out in front of you like you are stepping onto Tropicana field and not just a tiny Little League field.
Today we will celebrate with your friends and those pictures will come later. But Friday we celebrated as a family. You are much loved kiddo!
Pics below from Friday - dinner at Outback with Papaw and Lolly and then gifts and drumsticks at home (cake is for the party!).
Thursday, September 16, 2010
So I suck at blogging. But I will be back next week with some pictures of the new place inside and some before and after pictures!
In the meantime I leave you with my two random crazy house things of the week!
1) to know me is to know I would love something called pressure washing but I have to say I LOVE pressure washing. Check out the "new" stones by awesome brother found for me!
2)our new neighbor...I think he may have gotten a little lost from his lake home. This picture is taken in my front yard (sorry the zoom lens was not on!)...
Friday, September 10, 2010
And after everything was out I stood looking at the few remaining things and cavernous room where SO much of our life had happened in the last 5 years and despite my excitement at our new house, I cried. I had that moment, you know the end scene of any good long running sitcom - where the furniture has all been taken away and they stare at the set with melancholy music drifting around them and the flashbacks play. Yeah that moment.
And then I locked the door and walked to where my AMAZING friends stood waiting to join us in creating more of our story on our new set.
And to Jonathan and Taylor aka the paint and yard crew - thanks for being my brother and one of my best friends AND bringing to our family the sister I always wanted! Taylor - Couldn't love ya more even if it was biological!
Tuesday, September 7, 2010
A few really great things - love the house. LOVE our friends - who literally came out in droves. I think at one point there were 12 people helping. Awesome. LOVE my bro and his wife who gave up part of their long weekend to help with the giant list of "to dos" above.
Less than great - as excited as I am about the new place it was hard to leave the old. Sure sometimes my neighbors/parents made me nuts but most of the time it was great having them next door. My parents and I are friends and though its just a few minutes drive to the new place it won't be the same and that was a little sad. Oh and the AC broke...new unit comes Saturday. The repair men asked us how long we had been there and we literally had to say 24 hours...so that sucks. But we have learned an important lesson - home warranties are priceless on newly purchased homes.
So pictures will come later in the week...for now I have no internet on anything but this little comp and I cannot edit pics here so I will post some very soon...internet is supposed to get hooked up tomorrow!