Wednesday, January 30, 2008

3 Seasons in Day

In St. Louis you should always bring a change of clothes and a coat with you every where you go. You can never dress appropriately for the weather here.

Wind, storms, roller coaster temperatures and snow are all in the forecast this week.

At Noon yesterday we had a record high temperature of 73 degrees in St. Louis . This breaks the old record of 67 set in 1988.

By the 2:30 the temperature dropped to 50 degrees and we got smacked with a hail and sideways snow storm.

and by 8:00 pm the temp dropped to 13 degrees.

(This is not a picture of mountains or large hills this is a storm front on its way in).

Now we are anticipating a developing winter storm which will move into the region during the day on Thursday spreading snow across the St. Louis area by the evening rush hour.

By the way all the news stations keep at it you would think we are going to get buried. "The St. Louis area is bracing for what could be a major winter weather event. Most areas will see 4-8 inches of accumulation".

Right now northern state are laughing at us saying "you big babies, that is not a lot of snow".

Let's Give it up for St. Louis Weather.

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Thought of the Day

My Co-worker has deemed in necessary to send us a "Thought of the Day" so I thought I would pass them along... ENJOY!Almost nothing immunizes you from day-to-day frustration more than a healthy sense of humor

particularly the ability to laugh at yourself.

Happy Tuesday!

Monday, January 28, 2008

Parents Night Out

For those of you who have small children or even older children know...... you do not get to go out much ..........that is until they go to college and/or leave the "nest". The MD house is no EXCEPTION. We rarely go out of the house without the kids in tow, and even then it is to another house with children. We have found creative ways to have our "adult" fun....we have found cards and dominoes....When we play cards it is anything from different types of poker games, Texas Hold 'em, to Hand & Foot, Up & Down the River, and such. But no matter what you play it must .....
include some alcohol.........
and must include food.............
Then we start

We played "Mexican Train" now someone please explain to me the name. I understand the train part but where do we get the Mexican part?

This does not take a Rocket Scientist to figure out, you just match number of dots to number of dots, and build long lines called trains......
This I have been told is best played while drinking, and for those of you that do not drink (as I do not) you can take advantage of those that are.

You keep building your train until you are out of pieces then you win! And get gloating rights.....

And the rest of us have to just sit there and watch you gloat, that is until you spill you drink all over the floor as RD did. Note to self....if you are going to gloat do not trough your arms in the air very fast.

Sunday, January 27, 2008

Do You Ever Wonder if You Are Doing It Right?

When I was a first time mom many many years ago. I was always unsure if I was doing things right or if I was going to screw up my daughter for life. And there are always plenty of people out there giving you their version of how to do it right. Then we got pregnant again and had a boy, well the unsureness of everything started all over again. Do you let your son play with your daughters dolls, stuff like that. Again you do not want to screw up your kid for life, right? By our third child (and a girl) we figured we were old hats and she pretty much had free reign , then we thought again, will this freedom screw her up in the future. We believe that with the girls we have done pretty good, they are adventurous, confident, well mannered, and for the most part an all around joy to be with. Our son, well he is kind of a loner and likes it, not adventurous at all, not very confident. I am not sure why he has turned out this way, the girls LOVE roller coasters he hates them. The girls wanted to sky-dive with me when I went (they were not old enough yet) he hid under the tar mack and refused to even watch. They have tons of friends and they are with them all the time he has friends (some I am a bit leery of) but he enjoys their company and they seem to stay out of trouble but does not see them as much. I have allowed my son to do things that others think I am crazy to do and listening to them makes me feel I am wrong to let him do some of tese things. Well I found a blog that said Dangerous Things You Should Allow Your Children to do. Yea! finally someone who has said it is OK to let boys be boys and it is OK to deconstruct the toaster, play with pocket knives, have a fascination with fire. He did have interesting parenting advise, if nothing else it made me feel my parenting skills are at least satisfactory and I am not screwing up my kids. Check it out, interesting stuff and if nothing else it makes a good read.

Saturday, January 26, 2008

We got a Suprise and Dissapointment

MD and I have been so excited that our oldest was a very ambitious and independent young lady. She always had wondrous goals and wanted to do many things before she ever settled down. So we encouraged her to be this independent adrenalin junkie girl. MD and I never went to University when we were young (I am doing it now), we never went out of the country by ourselves as she plans to do this summer (which I hope she still does). She had big plans for a career. So I guess you could say we lived vicariously through her and her adventures.

Well I guess you can tell that I am leading to something, something that.....well I am not sure about the rest of you out there in virtual world...but I was not looking forward to this until well after she graduated university and was working and enjoying life as a young person should.

She has announced that she is engaged to be MARRIED! Yes the boy did come ask MD permission, but that was just, just, I do not know... fake is the only word that comes to mind.
I have been told they would not have gotten engaged without our permission. WELL, they did not have my permission. As a matter of fact, this young man asked ME a year ago and I told him then that he needed to wait until they graduated college then come see us. BUT no, they (he) could not wait so he came over to speak with MD when he knew I would not be home, and of course MD did not say no. He said that they would do it anyway, but he did say that he did not want to see anything happen before they graduated.
So needless to say we lost all our excitement regarding her future. It is not that we do not like her boyfriend (but he is making it harder and harder all the time) it is just that she is only 19! She is giving up her youth, her time to be reckless, carefree, unattached. I wish that she would at least wait until she was in her mid 20's.

I know every parent wants better for their kids than they had it. Hind site is always 20/20 as they say. MD and I both say if we had it to do over there were parts we would do differently (me, would have been get my education completed sooner rather than later).
And all we want for her is not to have regrets. We have always supported her in any endeavor she has taken on. This should have been an exciting joyous time for her like engagements usually are (mine was fantastic), and now, it will not. It makes my heart ache to listen to her speak of University now. She does not like her classes, school is boring, this is not what she wants, etc. Our hearts and stomachs twist every time we hear her speak about it. It is like she is trying to prepare us for something else, and that ..we can not support her on. We are hoping this is just a phase that she will get tired of and come back to the overachieving, goal minded, independent and strong young lady we know and love.
I am trying my darnedest to be open about it, and I am willing to hear ANY suggestions. I am lost and spinning out of control on this one so any suggestions would be appreciated!

Good-Bye Old Friend

Meet old reliable.....

While this is no fancy car, it has been my mode of transportation to every child activity, work, and vacation for the last 10 years. It has been very reliable and given no reason to sit in an auto shop for least until now. My old reliable is now in need of quite a bit of work, work that I fear will not really prolong its use and life in our care. We are donating it to Charity on Monday, where it will hopefully do someone some good.

I have not been looking toward this day with any kind of excitement, I totally despise shopping for new vehicles (I leave that to MD), I guess you could say I do not do change well. AND I do not like having car payments. For the most part I believe that cars are WAY over priced and think it is ridiculous how much they depreciate as soon as you drive off the lot. I will miss my old reliable.

Now meet my new ride.........

well it is not really new, we bought him a few years ago in 2004, but it will be new for me. It is MD's baby. And when I say baby I mean his pride and joy, his little toy, his ...... what ever it is you men call it. But it is his ride. The reason that I get to drive it is because trucks are notorious for sucking up the gas. And MD dives a lot, he has a hour one way commute to his "territory" and then drives all day to different restaurants, stores, etc. then has the hour drive home. Well in the truck he was filling up twice a week and anyone who has driven a truck knows how much that costs. So it is left to me to drive my little 20 miles a day with it.

Now it would not be so bad except that within a month or two after purchasing this brand new truck he went and had modifications done to it. Again I will never understand men. He had it lifted 4 inches and had monster tires put on, duel exhaust, changed out the grill (what was that about) and chromed out pieces of it here and there (again what was that about). When asked why to duel exhaust MD's reply was.............."all for me the boom boom boom". I lovingly refer to it as his "D&%#" truck, all testosterone.

I am not really a small person, 5'4" at a respectful 130 pounds, but I look totally ridiculous next to this monster size truck, while MD has to drive the small Corolla.

Saturday, January 12, 2008

In the News

You can file the Interstate 40-64 closure alongside the Y2K predictions as one of the most over-hyped stories in recent years, at least so far. January 2, 2008 was supposed to mark the official beginning of a two-year long migraine for motorists in the St. Louis Area.
I do not work but 10 miles from where I live therefore I do not travel on any highway in any TRAFFIC. But my beloved MD does, and he absolutely hates traffic. He turns into this short tempered, lane switching, road raged maniac every time it gets bumper to bumper. This I just do not understand. When I have had to be on highways in traffic I usually turn up the radio (to hopefully drown out my own singing) and enjoy my time as I use to get so little of it. But then like I said I do not sit in this day after day anymore. With the impending closure of a major Highway you were sure to get all kinds of opinions about it. I am sure that would be because you could not turn on the news without listening to stories of the upcoming closure. People wanting to know why we have to close the highway... Chicago rebuilt highways and never shut one down...and other stories of the same. I mean really, how could one really speak for months night after night about the same topic.But from what I am hearing from friends that do work across the bridge the traffic has not really been much different than normal.
I have read that traffic on side roads have taken twice as long to navigate than normal. Still it does get tiring hearing people consistently talking about the shut down, maybe now that it has actually happened and it is not as they had feared they will find a new topic to talk about.
One can only hope.

Friday, January 11, 2008

Another Year Done

Well 2007 is well and gone, the Christmas tree is down and all decorations are put away. And I though that it would be a shame to just put the pictures we were sent for christmas in a box, where they would not be seen by anyone.

We enjoy our friends and family as company, receiving letters and phone calls. So I thought I would share with you if nothing else some of their friendly smiles. We love getting pictures and letters in our cards and seeing how everyone has grown.

Hope that all are having a good first week of the new year!

Tuesday, January 01, 2008

It is Officially 2008

First and foremost I need to say HAPPY BIRTHDAY DAD!

Is this not the most adorable picture of a little boy you have ever seen? If you were to see my dad now you would say he looked rather like Walter Mathow from Grumpy Old Men. Sorry dad but it is true, you tend to act like Walter Mathow's character at times.


Though it is officially January 1, I have not gotten to bed after our New Year's festivities (of playing Nintendo Wii, playing cards, and eating at a friends house)as I am awaiting the arrival of our eldest daughter. The time 1:08 am and I am still waiting.... and waiting...and waiting. Now she will tell you that she is 19 years old and should be allowed to return home at her discretion. What she does not realize (and neither did I at her age) is that as long as she is living at home there will always be someone waiting on her to get home safely. So I sit here babbling to all of you waiting for her, instead of sleeping. Which I so wish to be doing.

This year I have made NO New Year's Resolutions. I rarely ever keep them anyway, and they are usually the same year to year. You know the ones, get organized, finish this or that, get out of debt (does anyone really ever do this), and/or start this or that.

1:20 still waiting, so I decided to Google "2008" and the first thing that popped up .....

Description of the book: From now until the latter part of 2008, many prophecies are going to begin to be fulfilled, especially the Seven Thunders of the Book of Revelation, which the apostle John saw but was restricted from recording. Those thunders are revealed in this book, as well as detailed accounts of the final three and one-half years of man's self-rule on earth, which are recorded in the account of the Seventh Seal of Revelation. Some of these prophecies concern the demise of the United States over the next year, which will be followed by man's final world war. This last war will be the result of clashing religions and the governments they sway. Billions will die! This time will far exceed even the very worst times in all human history.As these events unfold, the world will increasingly become aware of the authenticity of the words in this book and realize that Ronald Weinland has been sent by God as His end-time prophet.

Kind of scary to think the world will com to an end....maybe I should not worry about FD and let her have the time of her life since the world is going to end............nah not tonight.

Time 1:30 and she came home (and in one piece) so good night and here is hoping all of you a very Happy and Prosperous New Year.