Wednesday, February 28, 2007

It's beginning to look at lot like...

Prom time.

My daughter is a senior in high school. The prom is quickly approaching. Early June. So, all the sit down's begin:
- booking the limo
- looking for a dress
- where will they go after prom
- where will they go in the day(s) after prom...

Not only is there prom, but, then there is the senior picnic, and senior cut days. Yes, days. Not just one day. argh!

Anyway, the limo booking is underway. We are talking about a group of 17 kids (girls and guys). They were going to get a Hummer stretch, but, the price was $3,260. No go for so many of the kids. It's just not feasable. So, tonight, they found a stretch Excursion, for $2,000, and knocked down the group for 17, to 13. This will be the one they go with, and it will be booked this weekend.

It seems that these 'fancy' cars are the rage...not the usual Lincoln Town car limo, or Caddy limo. The kids want these stretch SUV type limo. I'm just glad that they found something more reasonable...very glad.

Next up - prom dress shopping. Jen and I are looking forward to spending time together doing that. Then, there will be shopping for shoes, purse, stockings....making appointments for hair, nails...etcetera, etcetera, etcetera. :)

Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Lazy

It snowed last night, and was messy this morning. Schools had a two hour delay of start time. By the time the kids were gone for the day (10am) - I wasn't in the mood to go to work. Doesn't help that it's 'that time'. So, I showered, got dressed, and made myself hot tea. I then grabbed the quilt my mom made, my pillow, and the TV remote, and sacked out on the sofa.

It felt nice to just lounge around, in a quiet house. Just me, the dogs, the cat, and the birds. The birds were kind of noisy, but, otherwise, all other life was quiet, and sleeping. I watched some TV trash - Hillbilly Fights on Jerry Springer, then switched to WE (Women's Entertainment), and watched a really lovely movie. Louisa May Alcott's: The Inheritance. It was the kind of movie my mom would watched, and called me on the phone to say, turn on this channel..... I think I need to look for the book and read it. A trip to Barnes and Noble this week sounds good.

Then, the rest of the day just more relaxing, and hot tea. Picked up the kids from school, and then drove Jen to her friend's house later so that she and her friends could go looking at limo's for prom. Made dinner, pork cutlets, veggies, salad, yummy! Watched more TV, logged into WoW to check my auctions, and collect my gold.

Now, I think I'll go to bed. Kind of tired...after doing nothing today. :)

Sunday, February 25, 2007

Several days later

Later never got here the other day. :P

I get busy with things, I work, I have been enjoying mid-winter recess with the kids, and time with Steve. I log in to play WoW....

We've been busy.

Thursday, February 22nd marked the one year anniversary of my mother's death. It's hard to believe it's been a year. Where the heck did that time go? On one hand, it seems like such a long time ago, and yet, at the same time, it feels like yesterday. I miss her so much. A lump forms in my throat, and it becomes hard to swallow. My mom, my light, the one who I looked to, to learn by a shining example of what a real mother is. Sure, she wasn't perfect, but, who is? Though, in my eyes, she was perfect, and then some.

Perfect comes in all shapes and sizes. I can only hope that I reflect and emulate what she taught me over the years.

Maybe I do....my middle child has been a little brat of late. He's going to be 15, and he talks back, and makes smart ass comments, faces, just really ......bratty. On the way back from the cemetery on Thursday, he was being a royal pain in the car, and then at the shoe store, he elbowed me, on purpose, in the chest. When we got home, he was grounded from his beloved PS2, and the computer. Then, I told him he needed to write me an essay on "The Importance of a Mother". He looked at me bug eyed...as if I'd lost my mind, or had 3 heads sprouting from the one neck below.

I did not push the issue of the essay for the rest of the day. But, on Friday morning, while laying in bed preparing to get up, I thought - hmm...did he write the essay yet? Of course, his brother was the one to bring it up - 'mom, did he write his essay yet?" I asked him, if he wrote the essay, and he looked at me, as if it was an unknown thing. I asked if he thought I'd forgotten, and he responded that I never said anything else that day, so he figured I was joking. HA, joking, I don't think so. So, I told him, it was expected to be done by the time I got home from work - and my work is such, that it all depends on how fast, or slow I go, that determines how early or late I am home from work. :) But, I went to work, and since I was in no rush to return home, I took a quick detour to Michael's ( to pacify my mood with a Cricut font purchase.*grin*) That got me home around 3:30.

As I sat down to watch the end of General Hospital, in my nice comfy pj's, with my hot tea - Joey came out with his essay. I have to say, he does get what the importance is...his essay was good, really good. We talked about what he wrote, and if he understands what he did wrong, and he said yes to all. Let's see how things go now with him. The rest of Friday was good, today was good....we'll see how it goes. :) For now, I'm somewhat placated.

Being a mom is tough work. Steve and I have discussed my returning to work full time. But, it always comes down to the fact that even if they are all teenagers, I'm still needed, big time. From the oldest, to the youngest, I'm the one they want. Dad helps, but, mommy is golden.

I wonder how my mom did it.... I should have asked her that question a long time ago.

Friday, February 16, 2007

Ice, and other stuff

I hate ice...

Not the little cubes that you'll find in a glass of soda, or drink at the restaurant. But, the wretched stuff that Mother Nature feels obliged to grace us with in the winter months.

Wednesday morning, there was a thick coating of ice all around. The trees looked beautiful, and made lovely sounds as the branches hit each other - but - that did not come without a price....chunks of ice rained down hitting the windows, cars, and roof top. Branches were broken from the trees...

My front lawn has been turned into a skating pond, temporarily, until the sun warms up the ice to melt during the day, only to turn back to ice again once the sun goes down..*sigh*... wicked cycle. I don't drive in that stuff....so Wednesday was an indoor day. Thursday - I needed to work, so Steve drove me to work. He's not afraid of bad weather driving. Which is a good thing. But, by the afternoon time on Thursday, the roads were clear, finally, and driving isn't so bad, as evidenced by my taking the kids to school this morning. It's a bit tricky in some spots, but, going slow seems to help......good thing, too. Afterall, it's Friday, and Friday means scrapbooking with the girls.

More later.

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Happy Valentine's Day

I wish everyone a very happy day of love....(and candy filled hearts).

:)

Something that I read, and like..(thank you, Ali Edwards)

I will greet this day with love in my heart. And how will I do this? Henceforth will I look on all things with love and be born again. I will love the sun for it warms my bones; yet I will love the rain for it cleanses my spirit. I will love the light for it shows me the way; yet I will love the darkness for it shows me the stars. I will welcome happiness as it enlarges my heart; yet I will endure sadness for it opens my soul. I will acknowledge rewards for they are my due; yet I will welcome obstacles for they are my challenge.
~Og Mandino

Wednesday, February 7, 2007

Home!

We got home tonight from Disney World.

I took *many* pictures.

The weather was semi-cooperative. No rain, but, darn, was it cold for the first half of the trip. :(

Anyway, we're tired. So, it's time to turn in.

I'm sooo glad to be able to sleep in my own bed tonight. *cheer*

Friday, February 2, 2007

Groundhog Day

February 2nd....and it's my father's birthday. I will call him later, to wish him a Happy Birthday, and then I'll have the kids call later. I can't wait to see him next week! I haven't seen him since September, so that's a really great thing.

Outside, it's snowing. I guess the ground hog didn't see his shadow today. No sun, no shadows. So, are we headed for milder weather? It has been unseasonably warm all along, and now, this week, it's been frigid and snowing almost every day, at least a little bit. Next week, when we're away, it's not going to get out of the 20's, with mid teens overnight.

Winter is finally here.....