Friday, December 5, 2008
Apparently Joe had been coerced into coming to the movie...not sure of his relationship to the girl, but I think he was the odd man out. The movie starts and Joe howls like a monkey. I glare at him and mutter under my breath (of course in the theater seats his ear was 6 inches away) "If you ruin this for me, so help me I'll stick my elbow in your teeth!"
So Joe piped down. He scaled down his attack on my pleasure to a non- vocal approach. Cough, hack, cough, cough, snarkle. Every other minute through the entire movie. And that wasn't all. He took over the armrest and further violated my personal space by spreading his legs and flopping his knee on my leg. Who is this guy Joe? Where is his date? Do I have "snuggle me" written on my forehead?
The movie ends and I'm irritated. Joe distracted me and I didn't get to soak in all the love.
As if that wasn't gift enough from Joe, he also blessed me with the influenza. Blast you Joe!
So that is how I've spent the last week...
Along with the other delightful symptoms, I haven't had a voice for three days. This is a change the kids pretend they feel sorry about, but I can see in their eyes that they are secretly enjoying it. So here I sit, still coughing and aching and cursing Joe for ruining my week. For now, I'm camped out in my recliner, drugged and watching the world pass me by. I'll let you know when all is well again, and if you see Joe, give him a big thank-you elbow in the teeth for me!
Friday, November 21, 2008
Monday, November 17, 2008
Sunday, November 16, 2008
Unfortunately this isn't just any day, it's Anna's birthday.
Anna is the last child in our family to celebrate her birthday in the calendar year, so it has been a long time coming for her. She had two simple gift requests- probably because she knows that they always get two gifts- she asked for a tea set and a Barbie head (you know, a bust of Barbie for practising your knot tying ;)) So I did my motherly job and delivered. I also failed to deliver. Wrong tea set, but the Barbie head was acceptable. This is Anna, you know. She is actually turning 45 this year, but someone failed to inform the rest of the world. I had been feeling bad all week that she wasn't having a party since it was on a Sunday, so I had planned a family tea party. We had tiny sandwiches and cookies, and apple juice for our "tea". I even let them use the teacups from my china. The boys even helped with the preparations. It was a smashing success! She kept telling me over and over again- "Thank you for a wonderful birthday!" this is an amazing compliment coming from Anna!
Chocolate cake with chocolate frosting and grated chocolate on top were tonight's finale. So now I'm in my recliner, head, back and throat aching. The special day is over and it was exactly what she hoped for- thank goodness. Some things must be suffered through in order to be enjoyed. Secretly, I think even the boys are hoping for a birthday tea party...nah.
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Friday, November 7, 2008
I just wanted to let everyone know about the annual Veteran's Program put on by Rusk Elementary. It is a HUGE production at the CAF hanger, every student is involved. Hundreds of local veterans and their families show up every year and it is a very special occasion for them. The are even given a gift and then they 'picnic under the planes' with the students- a free lunch sponsered by HEB. If your are, know, or happen upon a veteran, please let them know about it, we want to honor them!
10:30, Monday, November 10 at the CAF hanger- everyone is welcome, see you there!
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
I love trunk-or-treat. It is a parent's dream come true. All the candy the kids think they need, and the limited space to keep us comfortable. Except for the fully grown women using their purses as trick-or-treat bags...what is that? And not to mention, I refuse to give candy to anyone who is taller than me! My favorite part of the night by far was Leah's impromptu 'candy corn dance' which I will share...Warning! This video may not be appropriate for all viewers, and no, I didn't teach her that!
Monday, November 3, 2008
Sometimes on a Sunday afternoon, when the rush for church is over and the ravenous herd has been satiated, I have these odd little introspective moments. A few minutes when all is quiet and I can hear the little voice of hope that lives deep inside my cynical heart. I talk big- I like people to think that I am tough- sturdy, focused and calm. To be honest, my mind is swimming. It's like looking at a stadium full of fans at a football game- a million things, stories, thoughts happening at once. I suppose it is easy to become overwhelmed by the sheer weight of it all, I know that I would excuse anyone in my own place. I think we all want to be everything. We are encouraged to do so much that we think we HAVE to do so much. I want to make birthday cakes and sew Halloween costumes, volunteer at the school, keep the perfect house, cook wonderful meals, not spend too much, do service, visit a friend, call my sister, read my scriptures, go to bed earlier, run and exercise more, worry less, and, and, and........are you as overwhelmed as I am?
So here is my little bit of revalation. No one loves my husband as much as I do. No one loves my kids as much as I do. The things I want for these 6 people could virtually be endless and they would deserve every one of them. In this thing, I am perfect. The visiting teaching message this past month was special to me. (To sum it up as it pertains to me) The world is full of tough women. It has enough of these ambitious, over-achieving mothers who when their children are raised can't remember a single distinct detail of their childhoods.
Sitting on my couch on this Sunday afternoon I had this moment of perfect clarity. I like Fall. Spring is supposed to be hopeful, but Fall is more like me- grateful for what I have, I am rich today in all the things that matter. It is getting colder outside, but inside you wouldn't ever know it. In here, the complete and total devotion of my family, their willingness to forgive all my short-comings is all the hope I need.
So I did make the Halloween costumes, and I'll still cook dinner, but there are clothes and toys on the floor. Who cares, they don't bite!
Friday, October 17, 2008
A list of fives
10 years ago I...
1. Was finished with my first year of motherhood.
2. Weighed significantly less!
3. Went to homemaking meeting and was actually EXCITED about making the crafts.
4. Lived in an 1100 square foot trailer in Hobbs, and it was wonderful.
5. Was the only one in my family married, or with children.
Things I'm really into right now...
1. Reading- like always, everything in sight. Twilight, The Hunger Games, and biographies of Mary Queen of Scots.
2. Music- like always! Muse, Erasure (old habits die hard), Michael Buble, Sara Bareilles, and (ugh) thanks to my children, a healthy dose of Miley Cyrus and the Jonas Brothers.
3. Running- now lift your bottom jaw back up into position, I'm what they call a Clydesdale!
4. Making things- Christmas gifts and little surprises for later!
5. Reading body language. Don't laugh, it's science! Plus I spot when my kids are lying or plotting from a mile away.
Things I would do if I were a millionaire...
Now this list is definitely pointless because Tod would be standing guard over the stash like a junkyard dog! But if I had my say,
1. Pay off our house.
2 Pay someone to fix all the little crappy things that are wrong with our house.
3. Take my kids to Disneyland.
4. Travel all over the world, especially Scotland, Germany and the exotic eastern coast of America.
5.Walk around in a crowded place, look for the most bedraggled mother I could find and give her a little relief- a gift certificate for a spa day, or maybe just a little cash.
Five places I have lived...
1. Las Cruces, NM
2. Mountain Home, ID
3. Las Cruces...again
4. Hobbs, NM
5. Midland, TX
Five places I have worked...
1. Las Cruces Orthopedic Associates- archival
2. Las Cruces Orthopedic Associates- insurance claims and collections
3. Las Cruces Orthopedic Associates- reception
4. Las Cruces Orthopedic Associates- cashier and billing clerk (are you laughing yet? I was movin' on up!)
5. Lindner, Inc. - steadfast mother of five.
I tag... Danielle, Judy, Jae, Anna and Amy. Go ahead and answer! I'd love to learn your deep, dark secrets
Sunday, September 7, 2008
Saturday, August 30, 2008
Towns are small, but there is a bar on every corner. And bars aren't just for drinking, they are for family dinners, wedding receptions and sometimes bowling! The rolling hills are dotted by little two-story farm houses that peek out from between seas of corn and soybeans. Big red barns, silos and battered green tractors complete the picture. Doesn't that sound fabulous?
It is such a sad thing when it's time to leave. Not only do we hate to say goodbye, but there is the impending weight of the drive home. We stopped in Des Moines to see Tod's mom for a couple days, and it was a nice break in the drive. Tod and I even got to go on a date- we went to see the new Batman movie (a little unsettling, not terribly romantic). When we were driving home we had a blow-out on the interstate in Oklahoma (yet another car problem), and limped home.
The car trouble prompted some serious thinking- time to get a newer car. The ten-year-old model is wearing down and not as reliable as it used to be. We did a lot of Internet shopping and research and finally settled on this:
You like? Same size inside as the Suburban, but a little shorter and better on gas mileage! I wish I could say I could go get in Edward (aah, Edward. The car sparkles in the sun- it seemed like the right name!) and drive somewhere, but he is trapped at the dealership waiting for a new radio. So we are stuck with a little Cadillac crossover for a loaner. It stinks, never buy one! Too crowded! Not to mention, after all this vacation and car buying, we are flat broke, so no travelling for a while, but come on over for Emma's birthday and I'll take you for a ride!
Sunday, August 17, 2008
At the end of July, we made a quick trip to Hobbs. It is always such a great time to see old friends, especially the Neweys. Mika is like my sister. we got such a workout with all the aerobic laughter. I don't think we stopped laughing even in our sleep.
Mika was throwing a Twilight party with our mutual friend June. It was a blast! We ate mushroom ravioli, drank Coke, and even had cheesecake for dessert. Then we hid out in the kitchen while some of the women battled ( and I mean BATTLED) out the question of the night- Edward or Jacob? I'm so glad it's settled now! Then we helped everyone make T-shirts, which was a lot of work, but it was fun to see everyone's personality come out in their shirts. Mine says bite me. Anyone surprised by that?
The kids spent the whole day playing in the backyard on the HUGE inflatable water slide. We may need one.
Paul was SO sweet to babysit all nine of our kids- what a brave man!
The next day we went to see The Water Horse, and then hit the pool. The kids loved the slides and different water toys. I am so glad I remembered the sunscreen, because judging by my burn, they would have fried! It was a very uncomfortable drive home.
Saturday, July 19, 2008
Wednesday, July 9, 2008
Sunday, July 6, 2008
When we finally got there though, it was a great surprise. Mom was thrilled to tears! We did have to go do some grocery shopping that night though.
Sunday we went to church in Bastrop, which is always great because we can really fill up a row! Grammy was so proud! After church Catherine and her kids came over for a visit, and we got to meet baby Maj-Les (pronounced Mylees) for the first time. She is a beautiful, good natured baby and it was a blast to hold her and love on her! The zipline became the attraction once again. It was my turn and it was unavoidable. I had put it off as long as I could, and so at this point in the post, I must recount one of the more embarrassing moments of my life. I dont have many fears, but I am afraid of heights. The zipline is a good twenty feet in the air at the start. I climbed up the ladder and my poor brother-in-law helped me into the harness. We counted to three, and then counted to three again. Then counted again. The kids cheered and Jared tryed to hype me up ( which may have brought out my ugly side) and we counted again, and I clutched the rail. Finally after counting again, Jared gave me a nudge (which he denies ;)) and just like that, I was off. It was over as quickly as it began. I hit the brake at the end and my legs flew up in the air. I drifted back to the bottom to a stop. It wasn't until then that I realized I had been screaming, because at that point it turned into a wail. I was bawling like a toddler. I scolded everyone within earshot for making me do it. I nearly vomited. So shameful.
The kids played in the dirtpile and then took a wild and wet bubble bath in Grammy's whirlpool tub.
Monday we saw Wall-E, which was cute. Grammy fell asleep in the middle of it but woke up when Leah had to go to the bathroom. After the movie we went to the best burger dive in the world, The Road House, and fought the flys for our supper. Anna developed a major allergic reaction to something, and we had to make an emergency run to HEB for benadryl to cure the hives.
Tuesday we went to Catherine's house in Round Rock. After stopping at Sams for Grammy's camera and lunch, we went to IKEA- which was more fun than usual because Leah is finally tall enough, and potty trained, and could go into Smalland with the other kids.Then we went to admire Jared's houses in person. We could move in tomorrow-Beautiful! Leah christened the driveway with her blood when she tripped and cut open her chin, which prompted another emergency run- this time to CVS for steri-strips. Then we went swimming in Catherine's clubhouse pool which is a great family pool, as the deepest part is only 4' 6". The kids all had a great time and hated to leave... except for Anna of course.
Wednesday meant going home, after a stop in Fredricksburg for peaches and cider, and several stops for "peeing on the floor".
Thursday we had a moment of insanity and brought 2 gerbils home from Petsmart. They are called Sam and Carly.
Friday we went to Hobbs for the fourth. We celebrated with Tod's two brothers there, and their families. His sister Lisa came down from Albuquerque and we got a rare opportunity to play with her kids too. My best friend from Hobbs, Mika Newey, came over with her family and it was a wild night. Everyone rode the four-wheelers and played in the water. We ate burgers and watched the fireworks. Tod's brothers set off some of their own, but we halted by a visit from the fuzz! Apparently there is a burn ban in Lea county too? We got home at 2 in the morning.
It was an amazing and emotional experience to see so many people that we love so much. There is just something so fulfilling about watching the kids play with their cousins. It is too easy to forget how much your parents have to offer. It is nice that my dad keeps giving me bear hugs and calling me his little girl. It is fun to go shopping and giggle with my mom.
Even though it was a fast week, it passed all to quickly. Now all I have to look forward to is laundry!
Monday, June 23, 2008
Saturday, June 14, 2008
This week was a fun week for the boys. For over a year they have been asking for a Nintendo DS. Most people know what this is- a portable video game system. Needless to say, it isn't cheap and Santa has yet to come through. The boys have been saving their money and we have been talking about ways for them to get to their goal. I explained that when you are a good person and you do the things you are supposed to do, good things happen. If you do more than you're expected, you can make your own miracles. Thursday there was a mysterious package on the doorstep when we got home from the store. I whipped out my phone and caught it all...
Thursday, June 5, 2008
Sunday, June 1, 2008