Monday, December 30, 2013

It's been a while...

Oh, I have a blog. I forgot! I bet you did, too!
So we are in our groove here now.  Moving and shaking.  Life just passing us by every time we blink.  It's happening to all of us, I know.  No surprise.   We've been warned by those older than us, that this is how it goes down.  What are we to do?  We can not stop it.  We can't change it.  We can only change ourselves and how we view things.  That leads me to New Year resolutions.  Hmmmm.  I have plenty on my list this year.  I might be trimming that down a bit. I don't want to overwhelm myself. That's no good!  I am going to try to live a healthier lifestyle.  You know, the usual...eating better, exercising, more peaceful mindset, that type of thing.  Yoga mats are just flying off the shelves right now. You might want to hide me on your Facebook now. My positivity may get out of hand.

Julia is now is 6th grade and going to middle school. She loves it!  She tried out for the girls basketball team.  Although she did not make the team, she was asked to be one of the team managers.  She is super excited about this.  The same day, we found out that she has an extra bone in her foot that has caused her some discomfort.  She is wearing a boot on said foot and will be in it for a couple more weeks.  One would think this boot would interfere with her gymnastics, but no.  It has not. Crazy kid jumps on the trampoline and still does flips.  Probably not recommended by the doctor.

Maggie is riding horses.  She fell off a couple of weeks ago and gave us quite a scare, but like the old saying goes, she jumped back on the saddle. I think that is how it goes anyway.  Falling has caused her to be a bit nervous now but she still feels that this is her "dream sport".  Maggie is in 5th grade and this is her last year at our elementary school.  Sniff, sniff.

Dave has been "busy" at work but loves it. I have to put the word busy in finger quotes because he gets to do some pretty cool stuff.  Selling beer for a living is his "dream sport". Oh, guess what! Drum roll. I have a J to the O to the B. Yes! I watch a sweet, precious baby part time on a very flexible schedule AND I get paid.  My "dream sport".  Still doing my pottery, too.

Well, this looks like a Christmas update.  My apologies.  I do hope that you all had a very Merry Christmas and hope that 2014 brings you much health and happiness.  I will leave you now with a positive quote ...just kidding!

Friday, October 5, 2012

County Fair

This past weekend was an eye opener for me! We went to the Calvert County Fair (I say that with a southern drawl, go ahead say it).  It was a huge event with beauty contests, Calvert Idol, best hen, best cow, games, rides, tigers, bear carvings....I could go on and on.  Maggie took a beautiful picture of 2 cows just resting.  They look like the are in love.  Check it out to your right. Maggie performed with her gymnastics group. She loved it!  They did a great job!  So, after the performance we ventured off to see what the hype is all about!  This fair has been around for over 100 years. It was quite impressive as far as the livestock goes.  I was not so impressed with the $$$ racket it became as soon as we walked in the gate.  There was a $5 cover charge and then the rides were $4 and $5 each, for each kid!  Anyway, it was a fun experience.  I'll post a pic of Maggie in her leo (as she refers to them now). We also worked the festival at church.  That was fun.  I absolutely love our church here! Not sure if I said that before.  The kids sang in the chorus, well Julia did, Maggie just moved her lips (and she thought we wouldn't notice).  I'll post a couple of pics from that day as well.  All else is well here in the land of Mary.  Missing all of our family and friends everywhere. Hope everyone is well and enjoying this beautiful fall weather and foliage!

Friday, August 24, 2012

Not So Bummer Summer!

Well, I haven't blogged all summer long! We have been on hyper mode. In the 8 weeks of summer we hosted 6 different families and went on 2 trips. You do the math...pretty much nonstop!The girls also took a trip to New Orleans by themselves. That's a story for another day! The flight attendant calling me AFTER their scheduled departure time was not what I was expecting! Anyway, we were able to see LOTS of old friends!  Yeah, one might say we were kind of busy. I really do enjoy company, good thing! The girls do, too! We have plenty of room and now with the pool we have constant entertainment. We have beaches close by, so looking for shark's teeth on the beach has been a new fun hobby of ours. AND of course there's the Museum of Natural History! My kids have been in it a few (dozen) times. It's one of the best Smithsonians in DC so I really encourage everyone to go while they are here. Well, Maggie has had enough of the big elephant! I understand. Some of our company even helped us with some much needed yard work! That's always nice too, right? Company is also fun because we get to do a lot of sightseeing and eating out. We plan our day around the food we eat! Nothing's wrong with that! We even steamed our own crabs, like they do in this part of the country. They were pretty good, but being from the parish and a fisherman's daughter, I have to say I rather them boiled.

So the girls are back at school and are doing GREAT! I'm so happy for them! Mags was a bit nervous about 4th grade but I think she's alright now. Julia is excited to be a 5th grader. That is the  highest grade at the school so she thinks she is bigtiming it! She has her glasses and will soon have her braces so she's transforming into nerd mode and is very proud of it!  I miss them during the day. I guess it's time for me to get a life. I am awaiting my Maryland teaching certificate, so I have future plans for that. As for now, I'll stick with laundry and dishes. I'll post a few pics of the girls this summer....

Monday, May 28, 2012

So Close I Can Taste It

Summer is just around the corner. This was our first really hot weekend. I was pleasantly surprised by how long our spring weather lasted. It was nice having the chilly mornings and nights. The girls were lucky enough to swim at a friend's house today for a Memorial Day cook out. We have had a busy weekend between yard work and parties. Back to reality tomorrow, but just for a couple more weeks anyway. School gets out mid-June here and let's back in mid- August.

We have been hosting 2 bunnies for the weekend. Milkshake and Hopper are their names (see picture).  I think naming them has brought on more attachment which will make letting them go harder. They drink water out of a barbie suitcase. We told the girls that they can keep them for a few days but they will have to be let go back to the wild. I think we may have to get a dog sooner than planned. They are animal lovers. Our fence is almost finished. Skipper would have really loved our yard. We miss him.

Thanks to all servicemen and women who have given up so much so that we can have so much. The ultimate sacrifice. Thanks to their families as well.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

March Madness

Oh my! We have been super busy around here.  Julia was in her school production of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.  It was awesome! Of course I think that!  She could have stood up there picking her nose (like some kids did) and I would have not been more proud!  Honestly, I was just so happy that she was a part of something bigger than herself.  She got to see what it was like to work with a group...a large group.  Her part in the play was being a member of the stage crew.  Last week, someone, the director or someone decided they needed 4 impromptu robots.  Julia was selected, or volunteered, to be one!  This whole experience has been so great for her.  I could see in her the sense of pride she felt about the play.  She took her job seriously.  As part of the stage crew, she had to dress like an oompa loompa.  See pics.  I've seen the movie (both old and new) several times, but it wasn't until I watched the play that I understood what moral it was trying to convey.  Don't be gluttonous!!! Don't be a brat!!! And Don't spend all of your time on electronics!!! Well, that's how the play went anyway. Did the kids get that from participating in this whole experience for 8 months? Probably not.  They are going to remember the chocolate boogers and Violet blowing up (fat suit under her dress). But that's okay. I think it's an event that I know my kids won't forget. Oh, I did forgot to mention this part....Maggie ended up on stage for the curtain call for Friday night's showing. Ooops, guess I lost track of my kid for a minute. Don't know how that happened.

We also had a lacrosse tournament.  The kids played in the rain, in the cold rain.  It, too was a great learning experience. Gave them good practice for our upcoming games.  We traveled almost to Delaware for it!  I used to hear about these parents traveling all over for ball games.  I guess that's what you do!

Oh, how could I forget.  My JOB.  Well, it has been rough.  I won't say much to protect the privacy of the school (not that anyone is reading this!)  I'll get it.  I think I can, I think I can, I think I can.

Well, that's my update of family stuff.  I have a few final notes.  I have been reading a couple of blogs...Want What You Have and Momastery.  Check those out if you have time.  I would link them right here but that is way beyond my technological skill set. The former focuses on living a simple life, being frugal, organization among other things.  The latter is about a woman that has battled alcoholism and has come out with a new take on life. She focuses on helping others, loving others and living peacefully.  Take a look at her blog and become a monkee.  So many blogs, so little time.  Signing off with light and love to all.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

He Came and They Believed

Top of the morning to you! Last night before bed Julia almost tried to convince herself that leprechauns are not real.  Maggie convinced her otherwise.  Julia, so very innocent at heart, wrote the leprechaun last night and asked for a signature.  This morning Maggie mentions that Lucy the Leprechaun sort of writes like mom, but it couldn't be mom, she was sleeping when they went to bed and was still sleeping when they woke up.  Wink, wink.  Lucy came and made a huge mess in our living room. To be honest, the laundry was already on the sofa...just needed to be thrown on the floor.  Tip over a few things, move a little furniture and voila, a short green person came in the night and you were none the wiser. Wishing you all much luck today!

Friday, March 16, 2012

St. Patty's Day

So, work is going well. I love the hours. Another positive about having a job is that it keeps me out of the stores. I have been going straight home after work to eat (because really how do you eat anything with a class of 3 year olds?). The kids are a little challenging but it's just going to take some time for them to understand my expectations. I have to do some lesson planning this weekend, which will be fine. We have a pretty slow weekend. Dave will be out most of it doing St. Patty's Day promotions. People, drink your beer! It feels like spring and it's a major drinking holiday! Lift your red solo cup!
In the past I have always made some type of mess in the house and said that the leprechaun did it! I'm not sure if the kids are going to buy it this year now that they are getting older. I'll try and see. I hope so. I'm really not ready to give up the Easter Bunny and Tooth Fairy! Julia is 10. At what age do they figure it out? I'd love to freeze time right now, but I also have to say I'm looking forward to the day when the can watch themselves! Now that I think about, I'd rather pay a babysitter forever! Leaving them alone will make me a nervous wreck!
I just realized we missed the Way of the Cross tonight at church. They also have simple suppers on Fridays during lent. We LOVE our church here. There are a lot of activities for us to get involved in. We got a letter from our priest today asking us if we wanted him to come bless our house and welcoming us to the church. I thought that was nice.
This morning I woke up to the sound of banging metal. A house s being built across the street from ours. Please tell me they are not working on weekends! I'd like to sleep in tomorrow. Yes,those little ones wore me out this week! Wishing everyone a beautiful weekend! Light and love!