Friday, November 30
Oh and in case you needed to see a picture of me while I am driving in the rain:
Oh and also - I found out today that I need glasses. "Keep your eyes on the road, Gini".
Thursday, November 29
8:30 - get awakened only because I have to bring my sister and brother to school
9:00 - get back home and eat an ooey-gooey cinnamon roll that my mom is drooling over but is testing her ability to JUST SAY NO.
9:30 - watch a few cartoons, play with trucks, let Lucy in and out
10:00 - help mom prepare home made spaghetti sauce, whine to help her with the onions, and then cry because the fumes have over taken my eyes and nose
11:00 - follow the bug guy around the house with bare feet while he is spraying
11:30 - happily put on my bathing suit and wetsuit for my swim lesson
11:55 - fall asleep just as mom is pulling into the pool parking lot
12:00 - swim lesson
Wednesday, November 28
I am obsessively cleaning my bathroom and bedroom this morning, while Garrin is going from room to room playing. While cleaning I am thinking about the fact that my kids have every toy under the sun and am not sure what to get them for Christmas. As I leave my bathroom heading into my bedroom here is Garrin busy playing.
Tuesday, November 27
1. somebody doing something for pleasure: somebody who does something for pleasure rather than payment, a competition open only to amateurs
2. unskilled person: somebody with limited skill in, or knowledge of, an activity. Whoever fixed your car must have been an amateur.
Monday, November 26
Sunday, November 25
We flew to Parker to spend Thanksgiving with our friends who high-tailed in out of Vegas about 6 months ago. We were excited to catch up, eat some good food, maybe see a little snow, and see if they are gonna move back here anytime soon.
Here is their pretty house, that MaryBeth so fondly calls the "pea green" house. I like it, actually. This is a picture of some snow they had gotten a couple of weeks ago.
Check out how tiny she looks compared to Makenna's team mates. They are all 11 and 12!! I must say, that Hannah kept up for most of the two hour work out. She only took a couple of "I can't breathe up here" breaks!!!!
Matt wasn't around for the picture above, because he was already dressed and out the door before anyone knew it!!
On Saturday, the girls skipped workout, and instead we drove around checking out Parker and its wildlife.
The weather was clear and sunny and we got a good look at the Rocky Mountains which are all snow covered. There was a ton of deer everywhere. We were also looking for the perfect picture spot to get a family picture for Christmas cards.
Me and my friend.
Wednesday, November 21
In all of life's hectic-ness lately, I had heard a news story pertaining to a girl who had committed suicide and it had something to do with myspace. I was sitting with the kids this morning while they ate their breakfast and was reading the paper when I came across this article. I learned the details of that story.
Editorial: An Internet tragedy
A girl's suicide after cyber hoax shows that children aren't the only ones who can be cruel
Megan Meier was three weeks away from turning 14 last year when she hanged herself after an online relationship with a boy named Josh Evans ended in a flame of Internet vitriol.
Her world crashed suddenly, within the course of a day, as even her friends joined in on the cyber dumping, trashing her on the social Web site MySpace.
What Megan never knew is that she was the victim of a vicious cyber hoax. There was no Josh Evans. He was made up by a woman - a mother, making her actions all the more despicable - who lived four doors down from Megan's home in suburban St. Louis. The woman told police she wanted to monitor what Megan said about her daughter. The girls had been close but had had a falling out. The woman involved her daughter and others, but she was the mastermind.
She had Megan pegged, creating the perfect lure for a girl she knew struggled with depression and low self-esteem - a cute, sympathetic 16-year-old boy. In online conversations "he" complimented her. He said she was pretty.
And after six weeks of niceties he unleashed the terror of the Internet.
He wrote that she was mean to her friends and that he wanted to end the relationship. A chorus of people she knew quickly joined in to agree. An Internet poll appeared. Was Megan fat? A slut? During that single day of online piling on, Josh wrote that the world would be better off without her.
Megan's parents said they closely monitored her Internet use, but in the hyperspeed of the Internet, it all happened too fast. Prosecutors say no laws were broken because the law doesn't cover such online behavior.
Megan's tragic death is a sobering lesson for parents. Bullies aren't just in the schoolyard but also in their victims' homes via the Internet. It is up to parents to teach their children how to deal with bullies, and to teach them the sad reality that it isn't only children who can be cruel.
I was hit hard by the details of this story. I am ashamed to share a label with this instigator - MOTHER.
It made me think: Aside from the obvious things I am thankful for - first and foremost, my husband, and then my beautiful children, I am most thankful for being given the opportunity to be a mother. To be in charge of teaching someone how to be a good, honest human being. To live life with love and respect. I am the first to say - that sometimes on the exterior, with everyday pressures to live life in high gear - I may not always come across that this is an easy,fulfilling job. The underlying reality to all of it is - I am very, very thankful for all I have in my life.
I made it a point to read this article to the kids this morning. It has and will continue to be important to teach our kids what bullying can do to others. I was sad to have to tell them, that mothers can fall into that category as well.
Tuesday, November 20
Monday, November 19
Today I have decided to make the commitment to stop taking my HRT (hormone replacement therapy). I have been see-sawing about this decision for a couple of weeks now, totally screwing my body up - I am quitting - I am not quitting - I am taking a lower dose - no, I am quitting. Anyhoo. Today I quit - for good. (I feel like a "stop smoking" ad). Why am I quitting? Because I have blamed my sudden, slight but uncomfortable weight gain on the meds. So this means that I am going to have to try to deal with my hot flashes, moodiness ('cause I"M NOT moody EVER), and night sweats on my own. If anyone can relate - whatever I have to encounter to lose a couple of pounds is worth zipping up my jeans without cursing! I am not kidding when I say - A Muffin Top is a Muffin Top no matter what you weigh. A 129 lb person with a muffin top is just as uncomfortable as a 200 lb person with one!! I mean it! And I must say now is a perfect time to try this little experiment of foregoing HRT, because it is fairly cool outside and I can just open every single solitary window in this house to stay cool. That's what cozy blankets are for - Bill, Hannah, Connor, Garrin, and Lucy........
Life is Great.
Sunday, November 18
Friday, November 16
Thursday, November 8
Wednesday, November 7
So driving the kids to school today, I actually took time to enjoy the moment.
How much better could an anticipated busy day start out, then with a nice hot cup of Dunkin Donuts coffee that my brother brought by, driving the kids to school with the radio blasting the new Seal song, windows rolled down enjoying the amazingly beautiful sunny fall day, with Hannah and Connor actually NOT fighting at all this morning, and my awesome baby boy? I can't think of another morning, a mom of three, could love more than this!!!!
Monday, November 5
Today- Fair, high 80
Tues - Clear, high 81
Wed - Clear, high 81
Thurs - P.Cloudy, high 77
Fri - Cloudy, high 74
Sat- Fair, high 74
Sun - Fair, high 72
The State Championships -
Today - Clear, high 67
Tues - Clear, high 67
Wed - Clear, high 68
Thurs - PMClouds, high 63
Fri - Clear, high 61
Sat - Sprinkles, high 59
Sun - AM Rain, high 57
My sister's baby shower -
Today - Fair, high 58
Tues - Showers, high 54
Wed - PM Clouds, high 48
Thurs - Fair, high 47
Fri - Cloudy, high 40
Sat - Scattered Flurries, high 44
Sun - PCloudy, high 50
How come the temperatures are plummeting where I am going????
Saturday, November 3
We were up at both out by 8:30 this morning. Poor Garrin who may have slept in today, had to be woken up to throw on some clothes, throw some food in his mouth, and thrown in the car. He came with Hannah and I - she had to be in the water at 9am for workout.
Bill and Connor headed to the soccer fields, and I had hopes of speeding to the game after dropping off Hannah. I cannot stand being late. Garrin and I arrived about 10 minutes into the game - we were up 2 to 0 already. Right On - It's gonna be another blowout - I can feel it. Scorpions played awesome as usual - final score 11 to 0. With the energy pumping (the caffeine, really..) I glance around the soccer fields on my hasty retreat to the car, to see if I can see any friends/their kids playing (Hello Jer, Hello Gail......) didn't see anyone so I headed straight back to the pool to pick up Hannah.
Arriving right before 11, I got to chat with some friends and watch the kids - in the water for another 1/2 hour. They are on what is called a "taper" - meaning the yardage they swim is cut back day by day to get their (in Hannah's case - little) bodies ready for a big meet. So let's say they typically swim 5000 yards a day (which by the way is totally incomprehensible to me, I lose count after about 10 laps) - day by day, yardage gets cut down to, let's say, 3000 yards. Which that too, is incomprehensible to me because I can't swim 25 yards without the lifeguards calling 911 - hence the size of my butt!! Anyhoo....after Hannah swimming 2 1/2 hours, we head home.
After my sitting at the pool, and Bill standing on the sidelines yelling at the boys at the game, we decided we really, really, really...
needed a NAP.
Two hours later.....we wake to the kids "high" on candy and soda that they have been enjoying while watching Disney Channel. Candy wrappers are everywhere, Garrin is dirty, and naptime for us is OVER.
Because the weather is just perfecto right now - we played outside with the kiddos, took down Halloween decorations, rode bikes, etc etc.
The big boys are off to a quick birthday party and then a hockey game. Us girls - we are going to pop some popcorn, get an on-demand movie and put Garrin where he needs to be - IN BED.