Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Love Of My Life

This day I will marry my friend, the one I laugh with, live for, dream with, love.

Twenty years have flown by, and I am more in love today than I was then. I can't believe how lucky I am.

Monday, June 22, 2009

La Fête Des Pères

We didn't celebrate in grand style. In fact up until the actual day, I had nothing outside of one meal even planned. First off, I didn't know if Hubby would actually be staying home and not going to work, and secondly, I didn't know who was and who wasn't going to be around. So although we love Hubby to pieces, celebrating wasn't a big priority for us.

Instead, we slept in, well, we tried to sleep in. There was all kinds of noise on the street, and we had been up for 2 hours with a thunderstorm during the night, so although it was eight o'clock, the 1 a.m. bedtime, combined with the 2 hours of being up, and the son who didn't bother coming home at a decent hour, didn't lead to a lot of sleep.

On a side note, my daughters who used to fly to my bedroom at the first rumble of thunder, no longer crawl into my bed and tremble. They each checked on each other, they lay in their own beds for a long time, in each other's beds for a while, and then after 2 hours of waiting for the thunder to FINALLY stop, they got up and checked the radar themselves. Finding it was nearly done, they both went back to bed in their own rooms.

The morning was peaceful outside of a wrestling session with Miss 11. Or it could have been 3 wrestling sessions, it's hard to say if they just blurred into each other or if it was three separate times. We made chocolate chip pancakes and juneberry pancakes for lunch. Rather Miss 11 and Hubby made the pancakes. Yes I know he wasn't supposed to work or cook or do anything on Father's Day. But please remember we didn't celebrate Mother's Day this year either since he was working, so I wasn't about to let him out of everything yesterday. (And if you know him at all, you know he can never sit still for 5 seconds anyway, so he might as well be productive!)

We let Hubby open some small gifts. He and I bought a gorgeous bench for our porch in the early spring months, so we didn't exchange Mother's/Father's day gifts. The girls gave him a few things, and he's still waiting on Mr 19's gift. (He said he was taking care of it... still haven't seen it though.) After gift opening Hubby was begged and cajoled into playing Mario Kart for the Wii with Miss 11. So while they careened over hill and dale I made scotcheroos, Hubby's favorite, and sliced up peaches to have with ice cream for dessert, also Hubby's favorite. I put the chicken into a marinade and Hubby took off on a driver's training drive with Miss 15.

After a delicious supper we loaded the bikes up and headed to a park for a long bike ride. It was gorgeous out, and we enjoyed our time away from the house with Miss 11. Miss 15 had a hot date, so didn't join us.

So Father's Day wasn't an extravagant affair, but it was a chance for us to just be together, and we enjoyed it.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Hop Hop Hop

We had the most wonderful time last week with my Niece (who I still need a nickname for) and SuperSister. Niece is a wild woman. We worked hard to make her more wild then she was before she got here. Our biggest accomplishment was to take one of her newest sayings, "OH NO!" and improve on it with tons of voice inflections and facial actions. It worked and she had us laughing until we cried. Next up is "ALLELUIA!" with a big throw of the arms to top it off.

We had a really fun night when SuperSisterinLaw brought Nephew (who also needs a nickname!) over before supper one night. Miss 11 and I giggled at the two toddlers fighting over every toy in the house, and the ones outside. No, we didn't help to separate or distract them, we just laughed at them. Later BabyBrother came over and we all had a great supper followed by some Godiva Liquor. Yum. Miss 11 was an awesome babysitter for the younger set. I was very proud of her!

Miss 15 (nearly 16) was away for the week, so didn't get to join in on the giggling over the little ones, but she had a good time traveling with her Grandmother to see her cousin's in the big city. She especially enjoyed the shopping.

This week Miss 15's friend is staying with us. The girls are having a great time working out, tanning, rollerblading, and hanging out with their male "friends." Miss 15 is sure to comment after that quote... just wait and see. I spend a lot of time stocking the fridge and cooking. That plus driving them now and again.

Miss 11 has had band, volleyball camp, art class and playdates this week. I also spend time driving her to those activities.

I sort of feel a bit attention deficit myself as I hop, hop, hop from one activity to another with little time to do the things that need to be done. Although it's not as busy as during the school year, and I get moments now and then to visit with the girls, so it makes it all worth it.

Monday, June 8, 2009

Bits and Pieces

I've tried to figure out some cohesive post to write for the past week, but there is nothing that creates a long enough story to even bother posting on, and yet there are so many little things that I can't remember them all. Really it's like my day to day life has ADHD and can't seem to focus itself on just one thing. So here are the bits and pieces of our, and I use the term VERY loosely, summer vacation so far.

-Miss 15 is headed out on a mini vacation with her Grandmother tomorrow. I will drive them to the airport 2 hours away and bring home my sister and my niece. I can not wait to see them, but I'm sort of sad that Miss 15 is leaving me for 5 days. I like the few brief moments we get to spend together gossiping and giggling each day. It makes me feel like I have a friend. Thought I am sure my sister and I will giggle a bit, too.

-Miss 11 has bronchitis. She coughs and coughs and coughs and coughs. I am so tired of listening to her cough that I want to yell at her, and I feel so awful that she is sick, it's kind of an anomaly. Yet she still has enough energy to drive me crazy at times. We've been enjoying a little bit of time each day playing Ziggity, a card game by Cranium. She's waiting for me right now to come and play. Today she has a dentist appointment to get her teeth cleaned. I have rescheduled it 3 times due to her coughing, I don't want to reschedule it again, so I am going to take her in and hope and pray that it works out.

-Hubby and Mr 19 have finished seeding! I can't tell you what a relief it is to have that over with. Hubby worked 26 days in a row, 12+ hour days, and spent nearly every other night at the farm instead of home in his bed. I missed just having breakfast with him. I also missed someone else being able to make some of the decisions here at the house. Or being able to say, "Go talk to your father about it!"

-The weather here is driving me insane. I am not going to whine and go on and on about how there has been a frost warning, how our high temps never made it to 50 degrees recently or how sick of moving pots of plants to the garage and covering flower beds. Believe me, you don't want to know what I think of the weather right now.

-In the not so distant future we will be traveling for a doctor's appointment for Miss 15. It will be a ten hour drive. I'm excited to have the appointment over with, but not so much for the drive.

And now, I must go and play Ziggity. For these times when my youngest still wants me around are growing short as evidenced by the fact that my 2 oldest never want me around. I have to beg them for time to spend together. How strange is that?