Monday, November 30, 2009

Journey & Van Halen Tribute Concert

This past Saturday night neighbor Jim & Michele asked MD and I to go out with them and other friends to a concert. MD initially said no (thinking that I would not want to go) but Michele found me outside doing yard work and said something about it. Duh, of course I would love to go out to dinner and a concert!
So off to Olive Garden we went. Met up with Jaime, Ron, Sandy, and Jaime's brother & his wife. I love Olive Garden's salads and bread sticks. MD had a Manicotti dish with white sauce that tasted amazing. Needless to say I kept sneaking bites of his meal.

The concert was general admission, we headed for the top (definitely showing our age) it was not AS loud up there. That and the fact that we had so many in our group it was easier finding seats together at the top.

MD being his usual self. Cannot make a straight face when he knows someone is taking a picture. Such a silly man.

Our view.

It seems that every time I attempt to take a picture of Michele she is eating. She hates that. But I cannot help it, it just happens.
After the concert somehow we once again made it to the casino. We didn't gamble much, this time at least. MD & I were just plain ole worn out, plus he had to work on Sunday. So come 1:15 of the am Jim and Michele gave us their keys and we left. I paid for it all day Sunday. Jodi and I laid around the house watching movies. I kept cat napping during the day, waiting for the kids to get themselves ready for school (wishing they would get through it quickly) so I could hit the pillows. I need a vacation from my vacations. Always doing a lot in a little amount of time.
Oh well keeps me young.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Food and Lots of It

Okay dad here you go. My very first Pumpkin Cheesecake. Made by me and not store bought! Mike said it was very sweet, but Jodi and the boys devoured it.


Now I know your drooling as you got the Mother of all Sweet tooth's. But here is a picture of the rest of the food. Jodi said that I cooked enough for a small army. Needless to say we had plenty of left overs even with Jodi taking home enough food for several dinners for her and the boys.


Mike again did his one and only task required (in addition to food tasting), carving the bird. He does it so well and takes such enthusiasm in it making sure he gets every last piece of meet off the bones.


Jodi's boys, Scottie & Sean, and Sean's fiance Casey showed up just in time for desert. It was nice to see everybody enjoying all the food.


Let mom know we had a very nice Thanksgiving here, hopefully next year you two will be able to be here. Audrey spent time at her friends for dinner with Alayna & Kahlen. Now we are getting ready for Christmas dinner. Any special requests?

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Thanksgiving Preparation

I always take off work the week of Thanksgiving. Mainly because I love to cook and it takes me days to make sure I have everything I need. Today I am making pumpkin bread, pumpkin cheesecake, apple pie, and my breads for tomorrow's dinner. Tomorrow will be consumed with the turkey, green bean casserole, stuffing, sweet potatoes, garlic mashed potatoes, and Mikayla's requested corn and peas.

I love cooking and its rather depressing cooking for my family. They are all picky eaters. I have decided to just start cooking for me and what I want to cook, if they eat they eat if not.......there is always cereal.

This year my friend Jodi and her boys will be joining us for Thanksgiving. That also excites me because her boys LOVE to eat! And really nothing makes me happier than cooking for others. That is when I am the happiest.

So now I am off to continue on my self inflicted euphoria of joy. Later today I will be joining my friend Vicky in a viewing of New Moon.

Have to say ....... today is a good day!
Hoping all of you, my virtual friends, have a wonderful, restful, Thanksgiving!

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

The Parrot

A young man named John received a parrot as a gift. The parrot had a bad attitude and an even worse vocabulary. Every work out of the bird's moouth was rude obnoxious and filled with profanity. John tried and tried to change the bird's attitude by consistently saying only polite words, playing soft music, and anything else he could think of the "clean-up" the bird's vocabulary.

Finally,John was fed up and he yelled at the bird. The parrot yelled back. John shook the parrot and the parrot got angriet and even ruder. John, in despiration, threw up his hands, grabbed the bird and put him in the freezer. For a few minutes the parrot squawked and kicked and screamed. Then sudeenly there was total quite. Not a peep was heard for over a minute. Fearing that he'd hurt the parrot, John quickly open the door to the freezer, the parrot calmly stepped out onto John's outstretched arms and said, "I believe I may have offended you with my rude language and actions. I'm sincerrly remorseful for my inappropriate transgressions and I fully intend to do everything I can to correct my rude and unforgiving behavior.

John was stunned at the change in the bird's attitude. As he was about to ask the parrot waht had made such a dramatic change in his behavior, the bird continued,,,,

"May I ask what the turkey did?"


HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!!!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Thyme Out


This past Saturday Jodi and I met up again with some old high school class mates at a little restraunt called Thyme Out.

Jodi has pretty much been my side kick since May. We have been doing a lot of things together. We have found that we like doing the same things. I have been really enjoying Jodi's company and hope to continue building our relationship.

Mindy (second from left) and I use to get in trouble for giggling in math class. How I have missed those carefree giggles.

Kathy (next to me) and I have gotten to get reunited quite a bit lately. I am really glad she came Saturday. I twas a lot easier to talk this time. We had a lot of fun. Kathy and I discussed about getting together with the husbands next time. We found we the same past times.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Another Reunion of Sorts

A few of my High School classmates decided to get together at a local bar. Since it was close to home Jodi, MD and I decided to go. This was almost an entirely different group of people than showed at the reunion picnic.

Some people changed a lot, never would have recognized them in another setting. Such as these two goofballs! The gentleman (ha) on the right, I totally remembered his name but his face.......no way. Even after sitting and talking with him, still nothing. Could have been because he was totally trashed.
Then the fellow on my right, Mark. He looks exactly the same, one of the only guys I have reunited with that looks absolutely the same. It is so funny that he is back at our high school as a teacher and coach. He absolutely LOVES it. And you can hear it when he talks about it. It was good seeing Mark again.

Tracy's husband is in a band, Jodi and I are hoping she lets us know the next time he plays in town. She is always so happy and full of energy.



Jo Ann and I both have boys the same age at the same school. Amazing that we have not run into each other before. But then again her son is in sports to where Devin has chose not. Lindin I have not seen since High School. He married a gal that I was friends with and am so happy that they are still together. My faith in young marriages is strengthened when visiting with Leah & Lindin.


Speaking of Leah (in the middle) she has not changed at all. Still just a beautiful as she was in school. I have seen pictures of her daughter OMG gorgeous must run in the family. Her daughter is freaking model exotic beautiful.



Poor Kim was blinded by MD when he snapped this picture. I don't think she knew it was coming.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Halloween

Mikayla was our only one this year that went trick r treating. MD was a little bummed as he loves rummaging through the kids candy "inspecting" it.

This year it was our house for the GATHERING. We had all these crazy girls getting ready and doing that "girl" screaming around the house. UGH 13 year girls are squeaky loud.

We got a very cute little pumpkin visitor this year. This little guy is the cutest little thing ever. He is the grandson of my very good friend VH.
Felicia snuck home for the weekend, and MD asked her to pick up white soda. What she brought home MD would not touch. You see MD works for Pepsi, has worked for them for 30 years. And she brought home a Coke product. Goofy girl.
I was very impressed with the kids this year. They showed lots of initiation and creativity in their costumes this year.
It was a good night.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Neighborhood Halloween Party

This morning I am playing catch up. I have been dealing with crazy kids,major amount of work hours, and just trying to deal with life in general.

Luckily yesterday the kids and I got the housework done, they are currently still asleep, so I am taking advantage to the QUIET.

The weekend before Halloween one of our neighbors had a Halloween party. Now last year no one dressed up. So MD and I opted our of dressing up this year (besides I was sporting a major headache and only went because MD wanted to go so bad). Well we were definitely surprised when we got there!

Our hosts looked very cute as Bill & Sookie from True Blood. I think Mark enjoyed playing Bill running around "biting" people.
Everyone had very creative costumes this year. My headache subsided a bit, I guess eating helped. They had some adorable food almost too pretty to eat.

See what I mean?

Once again we had a fabulous time with our neighbors and I am looking forward to our next gathering.

Friday, November 06, 2009

I See New Appliances in My Future

As I sit here writing this my dishwasher is making to most awful noises. The sad thing is, is that the darn thing is only 6 years old. I wish builders would put reliable appliances in the house when they build them.

Like we aren't paying ridiculous amounts for a new home in the first place?

I just refuse to go buy another until this one absolutely quits working.

Ah the joys of owning a home.

Thursday, November 05, 2009

Hindsight

After ready my last couple of posts I feel, well I feel bad. Yes I am extremely glad that Dexter is not with us. I believe that he needs to be at home with his mom. But the main reason for that is that she knows his illnesses. The boy had some serious issues. And I think that is what scared & stressed me the most.

He was not up front with us about them. he mom explained a little when I saw here. But when I went to the school, well they scared to crap out of me. The boy was in the hospital for 6 months and missed an entire year of school because of the seizures. In that 6 months at the hospital a good portion of that was in a coma. He had not idea who what and when, when he came out of the coma. And from what the nurses stated there was a whole lot more going on with Dexter.

Of course when I said anything to Dexter he started spinning his stories. Everyone else did not know what they were talking about. And I was wrong for listening to them. I think that is what bothered me most because I could see he had no intentions on following what MD and I would request.

The second and most important reason for wanting him out was Mikayla. She was extremely uncomfortable with him here and did not like being alone with him. I did not want to be uncomfortable in her own home. My responsibility is to her first she is my child not Dexter. This was not conveyed to him as I did not believe he needed to know. But this is her home first.

MD said Dexter came by yesterday afternoon to pick up his medicine that he forgot. MD said that he seemed like he was on drugs or "stoned". I explained that he seemed like that before he left. I asked who brought him here, was it his mom? He said no and he did not know who it was. Dexter said everything was okay. I feel bad for him, but he brings on most of his problems himself, not those around him.

Off to work I must go. The landfill work calls. Man them places are loud, dusty, and stinky.

Wednesday, November 04, 2009

Back down to Three

So Dexter's plans to get a ride to school failed him. At 11pm the very evening he was arguing with MD and I about riding the bus his friend called and said he COULD NOT pick him up. HA lesson learned there, MD & I are usually right.

Yesterday morning Dexter got on the bus, I finished getting ready and started to leave the house to take Devin to school. The phone rang, it was Dexter. He forgot to take his medicine (if he does not take his meds he WILL have a seizure)so that left me responsible to get him his medication. So I got Devin in the car and off the Dexter's school we went. I got there and the nurses refused to accept the medication (knowing full well Dexter needed it) because I did not have a doctors note nor did I have the pharmacy bottle (this I never had). I explained that I did not have the time to wait for Dexter's bus to get to school. They suggested that I go speak with Ms. Principle. Fine I knew her very well thanks to Devin so hopefully she would help me.

I found that Ms. Principle was in a meeting, I did not care. I walked to the door and tapped, politely asked if she could speak with me for a minute. Surprisingly she came out. I explained what was going on and she lifted her eyes to the ceiling and held out her jacket pocket. I immediately took the hint and dropped Dexter's meds in her pocket. She asked how things were going with Dexter at our house, so I briefly gave her a rundown of things going on. She said that when she spoke with him and found out that he was with us she had to laugh. She told him that he went from the frying pan to the fire. He said he did not understand what she was saying. So she told him that she knew me and that I was even stricter than his mother. And that I never take no for an answer. She said she just had to giggle. I explained I had to go and that I was going to be late for work and still had to take Devin to school.

They day went on then Dexter's mom called me to explain that he was trying to leave school early. I was thinking "this is my problem why". She went on to say that if he left he was getting 10 days suspension. She knew that if he did not go to school he would NOT be staying any longer at my house. we talked (rather she talked) of other things and I finally said that I needed to get back to work. Within the hour Ms. Principle called asking if I was still at work? My reply was yes. She asked what time I got off work, my reply 5pm. She went on to tell me that Dexter left school but was still wondering around the school grounds trying to get a ride to my house. I explained that I was NOT going to leave work to get him. He wan walk since he decided to leave early and refused to ride the proper bus. She talked some more then again I explained that I needed to get back to work. An hour later Ms. Principle called again. wanting to discuss the suspension with me (um why? I am not mom), at that point I explained that Dexter was at my home (Mikayla called and let me know) and that I could not discuss him at that moment. She asked if she could call the house to speak with him, I gave her the number.

I had called MD explained everything that went on with my day and Dexter. I am stressed beyond stressed. I have not been this stressed even with everything with Devin and that is ridiculous. While I was running errands with Mikayla MD explained to Dexter that he had to go, that I was a mess and he could not have that. I took Dexter home after we had dinner. His mom I don't think really wanted him to come home but I was not giving either of them a choice. Dexter tried several times in talking me out of it. My answer was work this out with your mom. He repeatedly tried making me feel guilty for making him leave and I called him on it. I told him that it was not helping him that he kept doing that and all that was doing was making me mad. When I got to his mothers she was not answering the door, so I called her, told her he was at the door and to let him in. When she did I drove off and never looked back.

We really need to start saying no in the future.

Monday, November 02, 2009

Never take anything at Face value

In my last post I mentioned that we have let one of Devin's friends stay with us after a police officer asked that we let him stay for a while so he and his mother could cool off.

Well that was 4 days ago and we still have the young man here. I asked that he speak with his mother on Sunday to work things out and make sure he had plenty of medication (this is something I will go into in a bit). When he was brought back again by the police I asked what happened. He said she is crazy and refused to give him clothes and they got in another arguments.

He tried with all his might to get Felicia to side with him in the arguments. I would not budge in this. I tried explaining to him that we as mothers only want what is best for our children. Even if it does not seem like it to the kid.

Needless to say the stories kept coming. I tried to keep giving this confused young man the benefit of the doubt. Plus he somehow got on MD's soft side. For once it is I who is the heavy and MD is the soft one. I don't know what he sees in this kid I mean he is a nice kid and all but there is just something that bugs me. I don't know what.

MD and I had a discussion tonight with Dexter. Asking what his plans are, explaining that this was a temporary situation. Dexter started with stories on how awful his mom is, how awful his life is etc etc etc. MD sucking it up the whole time. Meanwhile I started see HUGE holes in his stories. Things he has told us before not jiving with what he is telling us now. We told him again that he needs to speak with his mom and work things out. He said that he could not she will not let him come home. She will not work things out with him. So I asked if it would help if I spoke with his mother. He adamantly refused that. Said that I could not and should not speak with his mother.

The bug got buggier!

I had to go take Mikayla to dance and on the way back I saw a policeman sitting in his car. I stopped and asked him questions. He said said that my idea about talking to his mom was a good one and I should probably do so. I said I was not exactly sure of where she lived, I just an idea of where. So he did me a favor, first he asked me the last name, I did not have that. So he check the police records of the two days that I mentioned. He found her address and gave it to me and bid me good luck.

I had a nice chat with his mom, found out a lot of the things he said were not true. He told us he had no other family to turn too, his grandmother was dead. That little bit of info crushed his mom. His grandmother is alive and well. Dexter has MAJOR medical issues. More than I am comfortable handling. She did say he was not welcome unless he was willing to follow her rules.

OMG he is doing it again right now, arguing with us about how he is getting to school. We told him to ride the bus he argued with us. I already spoke with his mom she said the principle tried to get him on the bus and he refused. Now he is arguing with us about it. I and starting to get very frustrated. Because now he does not want me to call the school.

His days are numbered I am telling ya. I don't like people trying to make a fool of me.