August 30, 2008

Happy Birthday Jawjie (JR)!

Wow! It's hard to believe that JR is 23 years old today. I remember so vividely the day she was born. I went into labor on her Grandad Walter's birthday and was convinced that if she were a boy I would have to name her/him Walter Howard. Ugh. But, tada.... she was a girl! I was so happy. You are probably wondering was I really excited to have another girl? Oh yes, I was thrilled to have my two little girls and then 3 little girls, and so on.... That sounds a little crazy, doesn't it? Oh well, happy birthday Jawjie! You have grown in to such a beautiful young woman, inside and out. I am so very proud of you! Much love, Mom

Hip, Hip, Hooray for Sarah Palin!

I have been dreading the upcoming election. I know that the Republican Party seems to be in trouble. Try as I might, I just cannot get behind Obama. I am in complete favor of a black president, we as a nation are over due for some color in the White House and every where else for that matter. I hope that is not an inappropriate remark. I know that my generation says things that can sometimes be offensive because we just don't use the right lingo. And if I offend, I apologize. The election was starting to feel like the Republican Party didn't have a chance and then.......Sarah Palin joins the team. I am suddenly so pumped! I mean I am seriously considering becoming a McCain/Palin volunteer, roadie, groupie, whatever. I think this just might work. I don't know everything about her yet, but when I read her press release after the birth of her 5th baby, I was hooked. Regardless of who wins the election, this is going to be a monumental, historic election..... a white guy and a MINORITY in the White House! Woohoo!

August 26, 2008

Last First Day...

Yesterday was JB's first day of her senior year. As we were driving to school she made the comment that this was her LAST first day of school. Wow! I guess it is. I hadn't thought of it that way before. Then it hit me, I have been driving children (my children) to school for 20 years straight. That makes me.... ancient. Well not really, but it makes me feel old. I started thinking about when JB was little. Since the distance between JM and JB is 3 school years. I had a lot of time alone with JB. It was just the two of us. She was my little sidekick, my partner in crime, my alter ego. She was always my girl.

I remember when I was pregnant with her and people would ask why I was having another baby? (Sometimes people can be so rude.) I would jokingly say that I wanted one of my own, one that preferred me over JP. They always loved JP and still do, but JB is my girl. Finally, I got one! Probably only because everyone else was at school, and I was her only choice. Oh well, I still got her... even if it was by default.

Good luck with your senior year 'SweetPea', you have a wonderful future ahead. I can't wait to see all the things you'll accomplish. XOXO Mom

Olive goes to school, TOO!

JR signed Olive up for obedience classes. She was suppose to start last Monday, but it rained all day. So her first class was last night. JR came home an hour and a half later exhausted. Olive misbehaved and they were sent to the back of the class. But, we have high hopes. I'll keep you posted on her progress.

August 19, 2008

August 11, 2008

Home Again...

JR moved back home yesterday. Hold the champage, we can't celebrate, she has not graduated college yet. I think she is just burnt out and needs some time to rest. I am glad she feels like coming home can do that for her. JR is still going to North Texas, she will just be commuting 2 days per week. You see... she has a new love in her life. Olive. Olive, the veloci-raptor!

This dog reminds me so much of those creatures in Jurassic Park. Any how, Olive cannot live in an apartment, so JR has decided to move back home and commute rather than do with out her puppy. I hope we survive it. Not the JR moving home part, the Olive living in the backyard part. Hopefully, with a little obedience training she will calm down. Right now, she is just a tornado with legs. Aside from that... Welcome Home JR. I've missed you!

PS- JR just came in from taking Olive for a walk. The first thing Olive did was wiggle out of her collar and leash. JR had to chase and catch her to put it back on because Olive thought it was a new game. Then she (Olive) tangled herself around a passing jogger. See what I mean? Attack of the Velociraptor!

August 8, 2008

Foot Fetish?

I am starting to think that my husband has a foot fetish.

These are the two cards that I received from him recently, in fact just 8 days apart. One for my birthday the other for our anniversary. Coincidence?

I think it has more to do with the fact that our little grandgirl is obsessed with shoes! She checks out your feet before she lets you pick her up. It's like... I don't know if you can hold me, are you wearing cute shoes?

Oh my goodness, are we in trouble! She loves shoes. But she comes by it honestly, her mother and aunts are shoe crazy, too. I can remember one time we went on vacation and I counted more than 30 pairs of shoes in the hotel room!

Watch out Imelda Marcos, here comes VK!

ps - do you think I will get any unusual visitors to my blog because of the title of this post? :)
(PSS- yes I did! see previous ps.)

August 7, 2008

Blogging... cheaper than therapy?

This is a copy of the email that I sent to my friend Shan yesterday.

Dear Shan:
Ok, I have been keeping a secret. I have a blog. A stupid blog. JL begged me to do it and so now I have one. I have no clue what I should write about, as I myself am boring. But, here it is... my blog. I am certain that I will live to regret it. :) I feel like an idiot, but I have a blog. Like anyone cares to read about me or what I think. I have a dumb blog.

As you can see, I signed it with hugs and kisses as I was subconsciously trying to convince her not to ridicule me. And being the good friend that she is, she didn't. Thanks Shan. If you write a dumb blog I will encourage you too. That is what friends are for, besides misery loves company. I think I need some company in the dumb blog department. So come on over. I am certain this blog thing is going to be cheaper than therapy, so I am giving it a try.

ps - I also think blogs are a lot like chia pets, everybody secretly has one.

August 6, 2008

Feeling Blue

VK looks how I feel. Blue.

Today I am just feeling blue. Why? Lots of reasons. I know that God is in control of all things. I know that He knows that I am blue, I know that He cares, so why am I still blue?

I am disappointed in someone and that really stinks. Someone that should be behaving better, but isn't. I was reminded by a couple of friends that we all make mistakes. That people will disappoint us, but God never will. That is encouraging, that is life changing, but, I am still blue. When I am like this it takes more than just a little pep talk to bring me around. I have had a problem with severe depression in my past and some days are just harder than others to shake stuff off. This is one of those days. Right now I feel pretty weary and exhausted from it. I just really want to tell this person off, but alas... I cannot. So, this will be a lesson in self-control for me. Just let it go, say a prayer for that person. And let it go. That is easier said than done, afterall I am a person that makes mistakes and disappoints, too. I am glad that Jesus doesn't, aren't you?

August 5, 2008

My Wild Child

JB is my 'wild child'. I don't mean that she is bad in any sense of the word. I just mean that she marches to her own drum. She is a Vegetarian. She is a Tree Hugger, PETA Supporter, Defender of the Under Dog, Pro-Peace, Anti-War. Artistic, Compassionate, Smart & FIESTY. She is my little hippie. She is also a contradiction. She is flashy and flamboyant and yet Mother Earth all at the same time. She wants to act and be treated like a grown-up and yet she will still wants to climb into my lap like she did when she was a toddler and watch tv. I guess she will always be my baby.

JB has an unusual assortment of friends, too. I think some people are put off by these kids. I am just being honest here. I too was kind of suspicious of them at first. They have multiple piercings, tattoos, wear chains on their pants, wear alot of black clothing and crazy hair. I think maybe in the beginning I was a little afraid of them too. I just wasn't into that 'look'. I didn't understand it. I associated it with a certain type of person, you know...the kind of person you don't want your baby to hang out with. But over the past few years, I have come to love these kids. They are just like everyone else. They want the same things everyone else wants. To be happy, to be loved and to be accepted.

Sometimes I'll come home from working at the church and find them all piled up on my sofa. It is the funniest sight. Here are all these rough and tumble looking kids watching 'Seven Brides for Seven Brothers' or something like that. What I am trying to say is, these are just kids and if someone is prejudice against them because of what they look like, then they are missing out on an opportunity for a relationship with some really great people.

I worry that people will judge my girl because of how she looks or who she hangs out with. I get all caught up in what people will think of her and I guess, truthfully I am afraid they will judge me too. But when it gets right down to it, we only have one Judge and His name is Jesus. And I know this to be true... Jesus loves all people. He offers salvation to everyone, no matter what they look like or how they dress. And at the end of the day, I want these kids to know that this 'church lady' loves them and so does Jesus. And I want them and my girl to know that they are valued as human beings and deserve to be respected. I know my girl already knows this. I tell her frequently. This post is not for her or her friends. This post is for every 30+ person that might be wary of a teen that looks a little different than what society says is innocence. They might look rough and tough, but they are still just babes watchin' 'Seven Brides for Seven Brothers'. They are just kids, some with experiences and heartaches way beyond their years and through no fault of their own. They are children...our future...don't ever forget it.

August 3, 2008

Roughin' it at Lake Texoma

JR and I went to Oklahoma for a 'camp out'. Ok, I confess. We stayed in a cabin, complete with cable tv and air conditioning. But we were 'roughin' it'. There was only one bathroom for 5 women! It was a get to know you weekend for an online group that JR belongs to, and me being the over-protective mother that I am. Well, I couldn't let her go to another state and stay alone with complete strangers that she met on the internet! We had a good time. It was an interesting mix of women. There was JR, the 20-something, incredibly smart, beautiful, adorable college student. Me, well... you already know about me. Shannon the 30-something divorcee, lab worker & nudist. Linda, the 30-something, tiny closet dancin', blue grass playin', mother of 2. And Laura, the quintessential Wisconsin girl, single, tattooed & transplanted to Austin, TX, aptly named Miss RockABilly. An interesting & diverse group. We spent one day and one night at Lake Texoma making small talk & trying to get to know one another. We had a good time, after all we had to eat and we all have that in common. Did I say this was a weight loss support group? Well it was. Guess what mine and JR's contributions to the meals were? Strawberry Cream Cheese Pie. Peppers stuffed with cream cheese and wrapped in bacon and Brie with apples and crackers. Bad, bad, bad girls... aren't we? I think everyone had a pretty good time. JR and I actually left before the rest of the group. JR had to work the next day and there was another group of ladies coming in the day we left. They were planning a huge BBQ for later that day, but we missed it. Shucks. I had to get home too. After all it was mine and JP's 28th wedding anniversary! I made it home for a late supper. JP is a good sport, he cooked up a terrific meal on the grill. Rosemary Chicken, Asparagus wrapped in Proscuitto, and Summer Squash. Delicious. JP is a really good cook. There is a joke at my house. I cooked for the first 20 years, he gets to cook for the second 20. However, I have already seen a flaw in this plan. The first 20 years I spent cooking for 6 people, 4 of them extremely picky on a really tiny budget. He cooks for 2 maybe 3 people and has probably triple the budget. Sometimes life just isn't fair! ;)