Thursday, August 28, 2008
Wow! Time files..
So this year, we are celebrating her birthday with a private party on Friday night after we arrive. She will later have her "girly-girlfriend" party (other little friends are usually not around on because of the holiday, so Emily has her birthday PARTY the first week-end in September)
Decorating dinnerware.. huh,,,sounds fun!
Last year, they all went and got manicures. totally F.U.N
Her Mom, my little-grown-up girl, April, has always done really fun and unique things for the birthday parties.
Cakes with Teddy Grahams in bathing suits, frolicking in a jello-blue pool on top of a chocolate cake..sleep-overs, skating parties, you name it.
So, Happy Birthday Emily...G-ma & G-pa love you very much!!
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Yeah...about me and credit cards....
Not a good combination. Nope. Not good.
For whatever reason, I think "oh pooh. I don't have any cash...........I should CHARGE it!" ("it" being anything from a pack of gum to a ...car...) and with those famous last words, I , ahem, we decided to place me-self on a .................
Money Diet! I get dollars like calories...my alloted amount. I can use them all up in one day...or save (save? Save? what's save??) them and use them .....wisely.
ah huh. You betcha...
Have you noticed I'm not exactally a size 2??! Actually, I am a size 2..........................X!!
So that's how I am with money.
Sing along with me..."I'm just a girl who can't say no.." which explaines why I was married at 17 and had 4 babies before I was 25!!
But I digress. This is a fun award and I do so appreciate all the awards that I receive. And rather than just choosing one or 6 or 72 of you to get this award...I want you ALL to have it!
Now, go out there and charge up some ...good feelings!
PS - Laurie is having a contest! She has done some of the most adorable birdies, paintngs and is all around talented! Stop by and see her at:
Monday, August 25, 2008
As I round the corner into the back of the house, I automatically look toward the nest...
...first..to see MammaSweetieBird..
..then to see the babies...
When I looked at the nest today, I remembered they were gone...and suddenly was I really hit with "empty nest syndrome"..
Odd that I am just now feeling that syndrome.......
.....odd because I have 4 children that have left the nest...flown the coop...moved on with their lives...
And I don't remember being that sad then.....
Maybe if Georgie had cut classes, left full glasses of milk on the counter, stayed out too late and wouldn't pick up his room...
And maybe if Gracie had rolled her eyes when I asked her to do the dishes, and gotten a tattoo on her arm, and communicated by a series of heavy sighs and hair-flips...
Well, then maybe...
Seriously, I do miss my kids.
No seriously. I do. Really.
Guess we all move on with our lives....
...want that "grown-up" feeling of being able to do what we want when we want ...
....not have anyone say you can't have Oreo's and milk for dinner..
...And that would be me.
The kids just thought it was time to move out.
Guess they grew up before I did.
Well, whaddaya know...
Hmmm.. I better get to bed. Can't stay up too late on a schoo..ah..work night.
Besides, my Fruity Pebbles will be waiting for me in the morning! I wonder if my favorite spoon is clean?!
Sunday, August 24, 2008
First off, I wanted to say how extremely humbled I am to have had such an outpouring of support for my big brother, Larry. You have all touched my heart and know how grateful I am.
We spoke tonight and he is in great spirits.
Good for him.
I know that having a good attitude is something we all strive for in our daily lives, and it's easy when things are going our way, but it is so important to try to maintain that positiveness in the trying times.
As I suspected, the hardest part has been telling his children.
I knew it would be.
And that is something, if any of you have friends or Heaven forbid, family that is going or will go through something like this, remember, it's not always for themselves that they are saddened.
Let them know that you understand that that part is most difficult...
What's better to end a week-end that's so full of the unknowns- Gracie & George's first flights, and Larry's news, than to retreat into the "knowns" - watching one of my most favorite films,
My favorite movies are "romantic-comedies" (which is redundant - romance is comedic - or should be.)
Anyway, this movie has it all - Irish brogues, 40's & 50's music, dogs, bicycles with baskets, flowers , gorillas, and love at all ages. Love for friends, for family, for each other and for animals. Love, love, love this movie. Old men, old women, young kids and Bonnie Hunt.
I like Bonnie Hunt. It never seems to me she's acting - just being herself - no matter what I've seen her in.
Anyway, Mr. B made BBQ ribs, I baked brownies, and we had a quiet, relaxing Sunday with our 3 loves, Braxton, Lulu & Bones, Grandma's cat. (Grandma's in San Diego with Mr. B 2.0)
Gracie and MammaSweetieBird have been making their way in the 2 yards today - Gracie is the only one who seems to feel the string of lights is her comfort zone -she lands and perches many times during the day.
Oh, she also loves to sit on the grapes - and she's so tiny, the grapes don't even mind.
We think Georgie's on his mission - yep, to spread the 'good word' and to find a honey of his own.
Who knows, maybe this time next year we'll have great-grand birdies!
Next week-end we are going on a 'road-trip' - me & Mr. B.
We love road-trips!
Driving to Morrison, Colorado to see the kiddos and the grands. DammitAndy's new house with Barb...our senior in Hight School, beautiful Alyssa and our precocious and pretty Emily, who will be turning 8. We'll miss Brian, who is in college in Arizona. But we plan of having a GREAT time!
So, have a great Monday, watch a great movie, hug a great person or furry friend, which I guess could be a man, and hopefully not a woman, (but far be it from me to judge...)
...and be grateful for very day you get to get up smile, and work and love...
I'm going to put all the photos we've taken of MammaSweetieBird and then George & Gracie and make a photo album.
That way, we will always be able to look back and remember this summer - for all the good things.
We can do that you know.
Just remember the good times and choose not to dwell on anything that is not good. Anything that makes us sad. We have such accommodating memories, don't we. And that's probably a good thing.
Lord know I have blocked out years - too painful to remember except on those rare nights when the nightmares come.
But to find the good in a potentially bad thing - like with my brother.
The good is that, while going in for something totally unrelated, they discovered the spot on his lung. Being a 'rough-tough-old-cowboy' (and a man), he might not have known that anything was there to have checked out. No symptoms. So, this is all good. It is.
OK, so George left this morning at some early time after I spotted he and Gracie just starting their day. A few hours later, Mr. B noticed MommaSweetieBird buzzing around the pups laying in the grass. An unusual thing for her to do- she's seen them there before. When we made further inspection, we noticed Gracie, standing on the nest's edge. holding on with all (insert the number of toes baby hummingbirds have) holding on for dear life.
As we watched, we finally saw her flutter up and..............fly! Of course, it was only a few feet out of the nest ...but by gum, she FLEW!
We tried to capture this from a vantage point in the back room so as not to make her any more nervous...so the photos are not a clear as I would have liked.
But, there she was, in all her miraculous beauty - finely flying with MSB to the neighbor's large tree.
So we said. "goodnight sweet Gracie. Say hello to George and your Mamma for us.
So, we close the chapter on "Hummingbird Watch 2008" - but we wll contine to monitor their flight plans!
Thank you all my sweet friend who are praying, thinking about us and celebrating with us. You are all a part of what I consider my "family" and I appreciate you , each and every one.
Friday, August 22, 2008
...expecting life to treat you fairly because you are a good person is like expecting a bull not to charge because you are a vegetarian...
My brother has cancer. Lung cancer. We found out today.
Somehow just typing those words hurts. I'd like to say I can't imagine how he's feeling tonight - but this thing is ...
The hardest part for him was probably tonight. Having to call your children on the phone, long distance, and tell them you have cancer.
Just the memory of what I had to do makes me weep. At that time, Mr. B was my rock. He never wavered. He was always certain, not just positive, but certain I would be fine. That's all there was to it. I would survive and I would be fine. This was just a "speed bump"...
And he's that way tonight too. He knows my brother, the Kindergarten Cowboy, will be fine. We'll get over this speed bump.
And I believe him. I have to. We all have to.
And now that I am on the "other side" of that phone call we never want to get, I understand how my sisters and my brother felt when I had to call them. And I'm sorry my sisters have to re-live a call like that. And I'm sorry my brother had to make that call. And I'm sorry that I know what he'll be facing.
But, I am glad to have Mr. B and my sisters with me as we pray, cry, laugh and celebrate with my brother.
Please pray with us.
Thursday, August 21, 2008
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Yeah. That about sums it up. Not reeeealy thinking. The old brain just a little sludgy.
Sleep deprivation and all..not to mention having to remember all the stuff I was being sneaky about..hard, hard work..being sneaky..
Easy, no? One would think so.
...and you are..??
The phone rings..in my right ear...
"Hello- yadda yadda yadda..."
Well, we - the customer in my left ear and I - have to wait while the computer pulls up something in her account... la la la
And, bad for your brain.
Give your brain a rest today...and go listen to Kenny Chesney a little...in your OWN head..
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Once upon a time, there was this silly red-headed divorced crazy girl with blue eyes and four kids (!), a double-shift job as a waitress, no visible means of support, a junker of a car, a strong Irish family 2000 miles away and in the middle of everything all the time.
Smiling, she nodded yes...and against the handsome man's better judgment and all common sense, and TOTALLY against the rules, they fell in love.
So here's to Mr. B, my best friend, my husband, the Grandfather to my Grandchildren and the best father to a silly red-headed waitresses' 4 kids.....
Monday, August 18, 2008
Well, pretend that you know....humor me....
If you did know, that's what our week-end was like.
Although, it was fun... Jeff & Rachael came over for...uh..not lunch...and not really dinner either.
They had already had lunch and it was too early for dinner and too late for our lunch which we worked through, so when they called we invited them to go eat, and well, they had already had lunch...and it was too early for dinner...so they said they'd come and watch us eat...
The only trouble with that is, when it IS time for dinner, you're still too full from lunch.
Yep, after the whole lunch/dinner thing, we all came back to our house and then decided to go have ...PIE.
Well, gee "thanks....why didn't WE think of that?? "
Yeah, ya gotta love you family to do that ...share germs and all. And ya gotta love pie...
We do. Love pie. And each other.