Tuesday, August 26, 2008

First Day

Today was the first official day of school for our boys. As far as I can tell all went well. Hunter has a big list of things to whine about but also seems quite content. It's interesting having a 13 year old in the house.

Josiah, after much prodding and leading with pointed questions, leads us to believe that he had a good day and that everything went smoothly.

Isaac says, "My teacher is nice, unless you 'disbehave'." Perfect!

All-in-all I do believe we will survive this year. The only one who really had trouble today was Todd. He had to do some serious talking with himself to let Josiah get on that "big bus" and go all the way to Middle School. What a sweet dad! His worry helped me not to worry so much, know what I mean?

So. All is well. Off to lay out tomorrow's clothes!

Happy Birthday....

....to ME!!

Many of you know that I have been waiting for gray hairs. Seriously. Don't you think I've earned a few silver badges of honor? I truly should have a head full by now. Well, they are finally starting to make an appearance and they're not gray, they're white. I kinda dig that. They are also all in one spot on the right side of my head. I also dig that. Maybe I'll end up with a "skunk tail" like several of my relatives. How cool would that be? If you have to get old, do it with flair!

Monday, August 25, 2008


Copy and paste and place an X by all the things you've done and remove the X from the ones you have not. Answer the 30 questions at the end and post it to your blog. This is for your entire life, not just recently.

( ) Gone on a blind date
(X) Skipped school
( ) Watched someone die
() Been to Canada
(X) Been to Mexico
(X) Been to Florida
(X) Been to the Caribbean
(X) Been overseas
(X) Been on a plane
( ) Jumped out of a plane
( ) Been on a helicopter
(X) Been on a train
(X) Been lost
(X) Been on the opposite side of the country
(X) Gone to Washington , D.C.
(X) Swam in the ocean
(X) Cried yourself to sleep
(X) Played cops and robbers
(X) Recently colored with crayons
(X ) Sang Karaoke
(X) Paid for a meal with coins only
(X) Done something you told yourself you wouldn't
(X) Made prank phone calls
(X) Laughed until some kind of beverage came out of your nose
(X) Caught a snowflake on your tongue
(X) Danced in the rain
(X) Written a letter to Santa Claus
(X) Been kissed under the mistletoe
(X) Watched the sunrise with someone you care about or love
(X) Blown bubbles
(X) Gone ice-skating
(X) Gone snow or water Skiing
(X) Gone to a drive-in movie

1. Any nickname? T or Mama T
2. Mother's name? Diane
3. Favorite drink? coffee, lots of cream and sugar
4. Tattoo? no
5. Body piercings? ears (twice in each) and nose (it's grown shut, though)
6. How much do you love your job? hmmmm, I like it but I'd rather be knitting.
7. Favorite vacation? turn of the millennium in Serengeti Park
8. Favorite TV Program? CHUCK
9. Ever been to Africa? lived there
10. Ever eaten cookies for dinner? YES, and breakfast, and lunch....
11. Ever been on TV? yup
12. Ever steal any traffic sign? NO
13. Ever been in a car accident? Yes, and caused a few.
14. Drive a 2-door or 4-door vehicle? mini van
15. Favorite salad dressing? Honey Mustard
16. Favorite pie? blueberry or chocolate
17. Favorite number? 3
18. All Time Favorite Movie? tough question. Princess Bride and a whole slew of others
19. Favorite holiday? anything involving sleeping late, family time and food. gifts are bonus.
20. Favorite dessert? Tiramisu
21. Favorite food? pasta in almost any form
22. Favorite day of the week? Friday. I'm off work and the kids are in school.
23. Favorite Brand of Body Wash? Bath and Body Works
24. Favorite toothpaste? Colgate Total
25. Favorite smell? Africa.
26. What do you do to relax? Read or knit
27. Favorite Sport? meh.
28. How do you see yourself in 10 years? Older, fatter and right where I am

These last two are obviously from this meme's days as a chain e-mail. I'll alter them a bit to fit our purposes:
29. Furthest place you will send this message?
or Furthest place from which someone regularly reads your blog? Benin, West Africa
30. Who will respond to this the fastest?
or Who will leave a comment first? Geraldine...or Aunt Rita since she's the one I ripped this meme from.

Friday, August 22, 2008

So far so......somethin'

O.K. So today is "Practice Day" where the 6th graders go to each of their classes for just a few minutes to find where they are and learn to work their lockers and all that.The Right Reverend leaves 30 minutes before time to go get a Diet Coke at the gas station, half a block from here....you see where this is going?.....

He gets back out to the truck and it will. not. start. While he's fiddling with it trying to get it started, a lady hits the tow/carrier dealy on his truck and digs a big gouge in her car. Seriously? At least she didn't hurt him or incur any police action. Arg!!!

He tries for 15 or 20 minutes to start it, even trying to jump it, and eventually just walks home, quietly gets the van keys and tells Josiah to wait out front and he'll pick him up like a limousine (so he won't notice the truck missing and panic). God love that man.

They still somehow managed to arrive at the school too early and had to go in search of someone who knew what to do with my baby. Found. Delivered.

Now the waiting without a clue how he's doing begins.

I'm not a basket case. Really I'm not.

More news later.......

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Dry Run

Tomorrow Josiah goes to Middle School for the first time. It's a half-day "dry run" where the kids meet their teachers, find their class rooms and learn to work their lockers.
I have some goals:
I will not panic.
I will not obsess.
I will not drink a bottle of wine before lunch.

It'll be a "dry run" for both of us.

Beach Shots

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Magical Day

Today was a magical day. We didn't plan for it to be and nothing earth-shattering happened to us, it was just little bits of "magical" sprinkled all through the day.

It actually started yesterday when we headed to Virginia Beach, but I'll tell you all about that later. For now I want to tell you about today.

First thing we did today after leaving our hotel and eating at McDonald's was to drive to Portsmouth, Virginia to the Navy Medical Center Portsmouth to see our dear friend Bob take command there. Dr. Bob put on Admiral yesterday and today he took command of NMCP and also Navy Medical East. It's a big, freaking deal folks. Huge. And the ceremony was....well, ceremonious. And pretty cool. (As is Bob and Geraldine's new house, btw.) And seeing good friends being made into big, freaking deals is magic.

After watching, congratulating and hugging our friends we headed to First Landing State Park. The beach there is alright, pretty nice actually as beaches go, but the magical part was the dolphins. We saw dolphins! I even got video but I'm too tired to upload it. You'll have to just believe me for now. We weren't "swimming with dolphins" or anything but it was totally unexpected and really magical.

We stayed at the beach (it was our second day at a beach, remember) until we couldn't stand it anymore and then headed home. Then, about half an hour out from our house, right there on the Beltway, I saw a shooting star! It caught me by surprise and it was magical. Totally magical.

Then when we got home, there was a package from Grandma (my Mom) that was as tall as Isaac! It contained fishing rods, which we had left at Mom's in July, and a few other fun things, including a GORGEOUS quilt she made for Hunter and a pillow case she made for Josiah. The case has minky fabric around the trim so it feels really nice but Josiah only wants it for the smell. It smells just like Grandma's house! He's asleep with his face buried in it. We all know, expected or not, packages from Grandma are always magical.

We arrived home at about 10:30, unloaded the van, dropped everything in the living room, stumbled upstairs (after opening the magical package, of course) and fell into our beds. The only reason I'm blogging right now instead of sleeping is that I didn't want to forget anything. Some days are just too magical to let slip past without documenting them, ya know?

Thank you God for magical days when we see your fingerprints more clearly.

Pictures later.


Sunday, August 10, 2008

S'More Texas

Again with the obligatory "all the grandkids" shot. This is where the difference between having 1 sibling and having 3 becomes very apparent. And again...3 photos, 3 train wrecks. Someone different was mad in each shot. Really funny...you know...in retrospect.

This is my Dad and I talking with Todd's mom. Kudos to my parents for "going with the flow". We had company over at their house at least twice, I'm thinking maybe 3 times. Most of our time at their house was spent sitting around the dining table, which makes for a great vacation but not so much for photos.
And this, ladies and gentlemen, is the real reason we fly back to Texas yearly. Taco Bueno. Never doubt the healing powers of Bueno.

Saturday, August 09, 2008


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Friday, August 08, 2008

Texas Trip 2008

I figured it was high time I showed some photos from our Texas trip last month. Here is the all-in-one birthday party. We have 5 on this side of the family with birthdays in the first half of July.

And here we have Todd's brother, showing off for nieces and nephews, which invariably leads to pain, right?

Yup. Todd's. These bruises were much, much more impressive the next day but I didn't have the heart to make him raise his arms for another photo shoot.

Here's the obligatory "all the grandkids" photo. There's one missing but he lives in Washington State so we let it slide. I got several shots of this and in each one someone different has his or her eyes closed. C'est la vie, eh?

I have more photos from my side of the family but Blogger only lets me put up a few at a time so I'll save them for another post.

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Thursday, August 07, 2008

Sue Likes to Play Too

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I actually played in this round too. The empty side of the board is mine. Is it wrong of me to NOT like Monopoly. bleh. Next time I'll let Sue play instead of just keeping the box warm.