Monday, September 14, 2009


This morning Carrie went to go out the door to the bus. She pulled her water bottle out of the freezer and asked...why didn't my water freeze? It was in there all night. And sure enough, it was barely chilled. My heart sank. We can't afford to buy a new fridge right now! What am I going to do until Tom comes home? Why do these things happen to me when I'm on my own?

I was about to throw all the frozen things into the chest freezer in the basement when a thought hit me....What if the fridge isn't dead? What if the circuit breaker is just tripped. And I ran downstairs. I know the fridge is on it's own breaker. The problem is, none of the breakers are labeled. So I started resetting all of them. I was relieved to hear the fridge humming when I walked into the kitchen! PHEW! I know we should figure out WHY the breaker tripped but it can wait until Tom comes home. I'll just have to keep an eye on it.

So Tom's and Danielle's trip up north didn't start as smoothly as he'd hoped. He took our rowboat up there (get to the campsites by boat) ontop of Pat's car that was just fixed. Except that it broke down on the way home from where he was fixing it Saturday night. So I had to pick him up and then bring him back there in the morning. Needless to say, I didn't make it to church again this week *heavy sigh* They took it back into the garage...this time it was the alternator. Danielle was going crazy waiting for Daddy to get home all day. They finally got on the road about 8 hrs after Tom wanted to. I hope they had enough daylight to get to a site and set up their tent. I had a really hard time last night being at ease over them being gone and I don't know why. I'm usually nervous when he takes the little ones up or goes up alone. This time though I found myself fighting tears throughout the evening. The most upsetting scenarios kept popping into my head. UGH! Ontop of that I kept thinking that one of the kids was lost/missing. Not a good thing to experience when you're in Walmart.

Carrie and Jake have joined the modified soccer teams at school so they needed cleats and shin guards. This weekend is the fall soccer tournament at church so they needed them for that also. We left a couple hours early to pick up Michelle from work and headed to the dollar store and Walmart. One of our friends from church was here and he tagged along too. While we were there we filled our drinking water jugs, grabbed some English muffins, butter, twizzlers (got some to send to Liz too), and last but not least, ice cream sandwiches for the ride home. After we got home the kids got ready for school, watched videos on youtube, and listened to music. Olivia and Eileen went to bed then the other kids decided it was time for a snack. (I think they got the idea from Delandie who was munching out of a bag of cereal lol). I told them it was fine but I'm not making it! I was dealing with leftovers from the laundromat trip and doing general pick up. Carrie started throwing together tortilla pizzas. Next thing I knew, I was standing at the stove crisping them up after they came out of the microwave. Who wants a soggy pizza? I reminded them that they have a nice mom. lol

Someone suddenly realized it was 11pm! I sent the kids to bed and Delandie left. Having had only 4 hours sleep from the laundromat trip and being busy all day I was exhausted! Sean however didn't show any signs of slowing down. I finally convinced him to go lay down and nurse. Luckily once he stopped moving for a few minutes, he started to doze off. It was lonely in there with only him and I. I missed Danielle and Tom. I hope they're having a good time!

Sunday, September 13, 2009

I was gonna....

Days are flying by and as the do I keep thinking....I was gonna tell you all about....

Our awesome trip to the state park during Tom's vacation. We went to the water hole, hiked along the gorges, played on one of the funnest playgrounds I've ever been on and stopped for Arby's on the way home. I had to laugh as we drove through the city closest to the park trying to figure out where to stop for dinner. The kids spied the HUGE Salvation Army Thrift Store, ohh'ed and ahh'ed over it and then begged to come back and go to it at a time it was open. Then at Arby's I was surprised as everyone really seemed to appreciate their meal and thanked Tom and I for such a fun day. It's times like that that make all the hard work worth it. The rest of Tom's vacation was pretty low key. We had a bonfire and a "party" night with snacks and such. Mostly we stuck close to home and just relaxed.

I was gonna tell you about the impromptu trip to Darien Lake we took on the Tuesday before Labor Day. Tom had been back to work a day when late at night we heard the $30 a car load ad on the tv. We checked to make sure there weren't any limitations on it, found out Michelle had the next day off of work, asked Tom to call in sick in the morning (he wasn't going to at first but said ok), and busted our fannies to get things ready so we could be out the door first thing. We had a blast and ended up getting home after 1am. This is the second year they've done this special. I told Tom he's going to have to plan a vacation for the week before Labor Day from now on and make this an annual trip. Sean and Danielle were hilarious on the rides. I wish I had a camera (mine broke) to capture Sean's eyes when we stumbled onto the Bob the Builder show and he saw a huge Bob dancing on the stage. We went to the Survivor Live show. They picked Jake to be up on stage for our tribe (there were 4 tribes) and he WON! He got a cool tshirt for his prize.

I was gonna tell you about how the labor day week was actually a pretty rough one around here. Sunday was the 6th month anniversary of Billy's passing. I was amazed at how many times things around here brought him to the forefront. He's everywhere around here. It's hard. Danielle stayed home alone with Tom while the rest of the kids and I picked up Michelle from work one night. Tom told me afterwards that her mouth didn't stop. She talked about Billy and how much fun he was. All the things he did for her and said to her. She talked about the specific night and details of it. I forget that she was right there amongst it all and it amazes me how much of it she actually took in and understood. It also saddens 3yo should have to go through and have a memory of a night like that. We did make sure we rode his jeep down to his pond. We had a little fire, had snacks, talked and had a good time. I thought I wasn't going to be able to bear being back there but it was actually very calming. I'm glad the kids have only good memories of it.

I was gonna tell you about going to the dusk to dawn show at the Drive-in on the Sunday before Labor Day. 5 movies, starting at 8:15pm and getting us home at 6:30am. Somehow I ended up going with Eileen, Olivia, Danielle and Sean. Carrie, Jake and Luke were at the youth conference. Michelle was working and Val was doing her own thing. My sister met us there with Emily and Jessica. We also ran into our friends who live down the street. Sean fell asleep early but wouldn't let me put him down. Whenever I tried, he'd wake up and then I'd nurse him back to sleep. He did end up waking up fully by the last show which was good since it was Transformers, which he loves. He's always pointing out the bad robock, or the good one. Or telling and showing us how they fight.

I was gonna tell you about Carrie turning 15 on Labor Day. My due date for her was Labor Day (the 5th). I was admitted and induced on Tues, didn't progress and then had her on Wed. Her birth story (along with everyone else's are on The Kids ~ 2009 page which is linked at the top of the page. Again we kind of played it low key. We had pizza, wings and cake. Easy peasy for cooking!

I was gonna tell you about Olivia complaining that she didn't feel good on Labor Day and bad mom that I am attributed it to being exhasuted from going to the drive-in. Then she came down with a fever. By Tuesday morning she was burning up, had a headache, sore throat and was nauseated. She had to miss the first day of school, a first for this house. They've missed the 2nd day but never the first. lol I ran her to the dr Tues afternoon and Wed evening we found out she had strep. We finally got her meds into her and she was feeling well enough to go to school for the first time on Friday.

I was gonna tell you about how I feel about school starting again. But then again you can probably go back in the archives for the last 5 years and read it as I say it each and every year....YUCK!!! I hate having my kids gone all day. I hate having to have dinner done and the kids into bed at a reasonable time. Although things have gone smoothly (minus the sick kid mentioned above) so far. I'm sure the newness of all this will die off very soon and things will get a little rough...I can always hope it doesn't happen this year though.

I was gonna tell you about how we're pretty set on refinancing the house and working to spruce up the place. Today's adventure was into the dungeon otherwise known as the basement. I managed to clear the laundry room floor of clothes although there is bedding and towels there still. I also have the folding table to take care of still. We're almost out of propane so instead of having days of mega laundry....Jake, Eileen, Olivia and I took the basement stuff to the laundromat. I think it was a bit more then they bargained for but they trudged through it and got it done. We got home a little more then half an hour ago. That's why I'm on here so late, trying to unwind so I can fall asleep. It's not happening so far.

I was gonna tell you about my crocheting. How I think it's my new "computer" and I seem to have a mild obsession with it. I have to be really careful about when I work on it as I can get lost in it. I'm still accessible to the kids (even moreso then when I'm on the computer). I can just put it down and jump up although I prefer not to lol. But it seems to be filling a void. Keep a connection alive. And it's surprising me that I'm still sticking with it with no plans to stop. Danielle said to me last week...Mom I wish you'd watched your sewing videos (meaning the crochet ones I watch on youtube...Teresa's Art of Crochet channel...she's very good!) before I was born and you made me a baby blanket. Awwww. Guess I know what to make her for Christmas. Thing is I could have a zillion projects done and it probably wouldn't be enough. I want to make something for EVERYONE and I know I don't have time!!!! Right now the pressing thing is a Ripple baby blanket for a girl in our church who is pregnant with her first. She's not finding out the gender so variegated in pink, blue, mint, yellow and white with not too much of it being white. I'm also doing a granny square blanket with bright bright colors ringed in black. Everyone is asking for it to be their's. Val and my mom have put in an order for hats/beret for Christmas and I need to make some things ahead of time if I'm going to mail them to Liz over in Norway in time for Christmas.

Ok....I'm fighting the urge to pick up my hook and crochet for a few rows. I need to go to bed before the sun comes up (or Sean whichever is first). I'm hoping to get back into the basement and finish things up later today while my allergies are already creating havoc with me. Oh and I can't forget, I'll be on my "own" since Tom is taking Danielle on his preschooler camping trip. She's super excited and won't stop talking about it. They're suppose to leave tomorrow and be back sometime Tues evening. Sean's going to be lost without Danielle!!!