Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Finanly a day of rest ...... sort of.

This has been one crazy month, but I guess December always is for most.

That with family visiting or going to visit family. Our December also includes birthdays. This was a big one for Felicia, she turned 21. Her friends at school of course held a "drunk fest" for her though she never did make it to 21 shots (epic failure so they say).

She did look too cute even if the "dress" she wore was ACTUALLY a shirt. Goofy kid, lucky she is of small stature or she would have never been able to pull that off.

Then some more friends from high school got together for happy hour. Jodi wanted me to come and I wish I could have but that was a kid running around night.

I do like getting with old classmates and re-kindeling old friendships. Mine and Jodi's friendship continues to get stronger and stronger ever since we reunited back in May. The poor thing, I have drug her to everything and she never complains! Weirdly enough she enjoys it.

Mikayla also had her winter recital in December. This was her first recital, and she was EXTREMELY nervous. She said in practice she fell, but she was amazing when it cam to show time. I told her if your going to mess up then practice is the time to do it! Though she concentrated so hard she barely ever broke a smile, she was soooo serious the whole time.

Their song was to Santa Baby. And they all did a wonderful job. I was so very proud of her. She is in dance and gymnastics now because she wants to be on the high school dance team when she gets there. It is pretty much required that you have taken dance and gymnastics prior to high school. She is hoping that 1 year will be enough. I am too, she has never really shown so much interest in school activities before.

This month MD and I did end up having to buy some new appliances! Our washer decided that it did not want to spin any longer, the dryer decided that building up lint was a good thing, and the dishwasher loudly sang its grievances against washing. So off to Lowe's we went and spent what I later found out was my Christmas present from MD. A trip to Hawaii! Damn appliance knew he was getting ready to buy a vacation away from them so they revolted....all at once! That's okay, little do they know, I will get my trip anyway. I just have to wait a little longer.

MD's sister came in for a visit on the 17th. I love when She comes in because MD actually cleans the whole house......himself! This is the only time when he really dives in and makes sure everything looks just so. I don't know why but the house must be clean for his sister.

It was good seeing my soon to be doctor nephew! We have not gotten to see him in about 4 years or better. School keeps getting in the way. He did an impressive thing....he lost a whole person. The young man has been slowly loosing weight for the last two years and has gone from 350ish pounds to 185. He looks AMAZING. He still eats what seems to be massive amounts of food, it is just different kind of food than before. He is a rabbit, I have never seen anyone eat so much salad. I give many kudos to the kid, that defiantly took some will power to change an entire lifetime of eating habits.

We all took Felicia to the Casino for her birthday. Luck would have it she turned the $100 we gave her into $230. After we got home Casey (Felicia's friend she brought home from school) Felicia and Matt went to a local bar for some fun without the "old" people around.

Then Christmas. We had a VERY good Christmas this year thanks to MD's construction company doing soooo well this year. They kids never grumbled or complained once. Mikayla opened one gift and was good, she needed nothing else! MD and I were amazed!

The kids were well behaved at their grandparents house. Well Devin still gave his sisters and cousins trouble. It just wouldn't be normal if he didn't.

But the food was good as was the company.

Devin was even VERY affectionate giving hugs! Actually it was suprising and I soaked up as much as he would give.

His younger sister was not so into his affection though. She really is not use to that at all and didn't trust him. Kindof fuuny I think.

But Mikayla did like visiting with her cousin Alayna. From this picture you can't even tell that Mikayla is 10 months OLDER than her cousin. That kid is going to a tall one. Both are 13 years old, act and look totally diferent.

If we did not live so far apart they would be the closest of friends.
Whew I think I covered it all, caught up on everything. Long enough post that is for sure.
Hope everyone has a wonderful and prosperous new year!!!

Saturday, December 12, 2009

I am too Old For This

After being out all night (okay so 1:30 am), driving some rather very intoxicated friends home, and crawling into bed about 2-2:30 am, and getting up promptly at 7am I have discovered I am too old to do that more than one night. And even that is too much.

It is now Saturday night, 9pm and can not keep my eyes open.

Man I am getting OLD!


Last night MD and I attended my company's Christmas Party at the Lemp Mansion. If any of you know the eastern side of Missouri knows that the Lemp Mansion in the city, which is about, oh on a good day, 30-40 minutes from my house.

They (the highway dept) just opened Hwy 40 back up, and we thought that would make the trip go faster. You know new, bigger highway. We were wrong because I think everyone else thought the same thing. I guess Hwy 70 must have had no cars on it and it took over an hour for us to get to our destination.

The Lemp Mansion sports a dinner theater type thing. Which was fun. It was not until wee were on our way home that the "WHAT THEY HELL WERE THEY THINKING" happened.

We were going from one hwy to another via the exit ramp. duh. But we (and quite a few others) QUICKLY came upon two STOPPED vehicles in the road. Now it is a good thing we were slowing down to make the turn on the off ramp. Because all of a sudden MD was slamming on his breaks (again as well a others) to avoid the two vehicles as well as avoiding the others that were swerving and slamming on their breaks.

MD missed the car in front (at this point kind of front and side) of us, as well as keeping us from being side swiped from the traffic still on the hwy, as well as keeping us from the vehicles on my side of the road. AND amazingly the vehicles behind us seem to be able to do the same thing as MD. I heard no crunching of metal, no blaring horns, and weirdly enough I do not remember any screeching of tires.

Odd thing, I was clam through the whole thing. Normally MD's drive has me white knuckled and jumpy. But at that very moment I was as calm as a cucumber. Funny thing was my boss was in the back seat (did I forget to mention we were giving her a ride to her car?) and we were just discussing both of our husbands and their driving habits (hers races cars, mine drives like he is on a track) and how they both normally scare us to death.

MD kept apologizing to her and her response was no reason to be and that she was VERY impressed on how he handled it.

I think it was just the Gods smiling down on us saying they wanted us here a little bit longer.

That's my man! Never shows fear even when he is scared to death!

Thursday, December 10, 2009

How to relieve the PRESSURE of the Holidays

I find that This time of year tends to get mind boggeling and gets me totally frazzeled (is that even a word). Over the last few years I have started doing a few things to de-strss myself especially this time of year.

Here are a few things I have found to help give you the excuse to just go CALM and enjoy every day.

1.Haven’t finished (or started) decorating yet? Just say NO. Do you really need to empty all 25 holiday rubbermaid containers and use 132 strands of lights?

Find a small focal point in a couple of rooms to add a festive touch of greenery or a jar of brightly colored ornaments & Christmas balls. There is no need to deck out every shelf and surface with an extravagant holiday display. Give yourself a break and keep it simple.

2.Feeling like an total failure because you don’t have enough time to bake with your kids? Devise a shortcut. There is nothing wrong with using pre-made sugar cookies. It saves some time and still allows your kids the fun of decorating and eating holiday cookies. And isn’t that the point?

3.Need to get the house picked up in a hurry for a holiday gathering? Use a grab and stash method! Take paper bags, label the front with the name of the room you are cleaning and gather up all the miscellaneous clutter from that space. The only rule is no bills or important papers can go in the bag, but everything else is fair game. Put the bags in a closet and set an appointment with yourself in January to sort through it once the holidays are over. If you don’t feel like looking in the bag in January, toss it. You probably don’t need that stuff anyways.

4.Don’t even know where to begin? Put the top three projects that need to get done down on paper. Shut down the computer (yes, the computer needs to be turned off) and tackle one project at a time. It is a lot easier to focus once you break it down. Multi-tasking (at least when attacking chores at home) leads to anxiety and lack of progress.

5.Need to rev up your holiday spirit? Give yourself a break! Pour yourself a holiday drink, turn on the Christmas tunes, read the Christmas story and remember the reason for the season.

Adapted and republished from December 2008
Photo & DIY Pinecone Elves instructions: Martha Stewart

Wednesday, December 09, 2009

Anyone for some Arctic roll?

My cousin Steve posted this article on his FaceBook page. He is a photographer and is always finding interesting pictures. But I will have to say that this one tops the all.

Title of the Article "Mystery as spiral blue light display hovers above Norway."

They say it is unconnected with the aurora borealis (northern lights). It also states that Residents were left stunned after the light show which looked computer generated.

It almost looks like it's being shot up from the hill/mountain. That would be one major light to produce this kind of light show.

Just thought this was too interesting not to share.

Monday, December 07, 2009

Another Drug

A new (to us) drug for Devin. This one is to help with his moods.

We shall see what if anything this one does within 6 weeks.

I am not holding my breath though.

On the upside, Devin is now 5 foot 8 1/4 inches! He has sprouted over 8 inches since April! Weighing in now at 115 pounds. Still gaining weight but no where near the rate that his is growing tall. So basically yes he is tall & very skinny.

It's Definately a Monday

I am sitting on my couch watching the time slowly pass by. I am waiting until it is time to leave for Devin's Neurologist appointment. Why Neurologist you ask? Well basically every other kind doctor has not helped. Devin is now not taking ANY kind of medication. This year he has shot up over 7 inches in height and maybe gain 7 pounds. Yes he is a bean pole. He still has weird mood swings but he has been "happier" since he stopped taking his ADHD meds. from what his Neurologist is saying he is more inclined to diagnose with with ODD (oppositional defiant disorder) than with ADHD. And wait for it ..... here it comes...... there is nothing medically we can do to treat this. His is basically going to have a VERY tough time with school and at home. Since those are the two places that most enforce rules that he must conform to. Oh Joy.

Devin is no longer in traditional school. He goes to a state run school which they call a Day Treatment Center. I will say that his grades are better and they always give glowing reports on his behavior. I am still worried though that when he does go back to his normal high school he will still be too far behind. Devin will come home explaining to us how his day goes. Sometimes the school will start an hour and a half late and then all they did that day was make cookies. I am hoping that it was done like a home EC class and there were life skills taught. They provide lunch for Devin at no cost to us. His lunches have included McDonald's, Taco Bell, Subway, Golden Coral (a local buffet), KFC, and Long John Silvers. The boy eats better at school than he ever did at regular public school. I have no idea how the school affords this. I guess it is not for me to worry about.

This weekend was a bad weekend for Devin and therefor for the rest of us. HE is very moody lately. I still say it has to do with the types of video games he plays. But I get no backing on that one. Everyone else just sees that he is home and not causing "trouble". But then not everyone else is asking Devin to "do" anything around the house. That alone is my blessing. Devin has come to the conclusion that if he does ANYTHING to help around the house then he should be paid for it. That includes cleaning his own filth in HIS bathroom. I am thinking that I should teach him a little lesson here and agree to "pay" him for helping around here.

BUT and oh do I mean a big BUT.

I will start charging him for food and board. Oh and if I have to taxi him anywhere that too will be charged for. Then there are his hair cuts and clothes that he has been asking for. Yes I think that would be a good lesson for him to learn, and learn the hard way. Trouble is I have to figure out how to execute this without having the whole house suffer from what I am sure will be a huge temper tantrum.

Stay tuned ...... we shall see.