Monday, January 15, 2018

Oh, January.

Clint had a bit of a sinus cold right after Christmas.  He had been on vacation the last few weeks of the year, and was supposed to return to work January 2.  He woke up that day with a fever, cough, and so on.  Off to urgent care he went where he tested positive for the dreaded flu.  Flu - ugh.  Even with taking Tamiflu, it lingered for days and he missed over a week of work.  He seems to be on the mend now, thankfully. 

During that same week on Thursday, Veronica was invited to attend a Student of the Year awards ceremony at the school board office.  She was getting an award from the parish for being her school's 5th grade Student of the Year, and also the winners who would go on to district would be announced at that time also.  Clint was not well enough to attend, Valerie did not want to go at all, so it was just Veronica and I. 






Veronica did not win Parish Student of the Year, and that is just fine with her.  The next round entails an interview process and a writing assessment also.  The writing she can breeze through, but the interview with strangers is not her cup of tea!

The next day, Friday, Veronica called me from school because she was not feeling well.  Tummy issues.  She seemed fine all weekend, but Monday morning when I woke her for school, she had a 102 fever, cough, sore throat, congestion.   I knew right away it was the dreaded flu.  Her pediatrician started on Tamiflu and I asked for a script for Valerie as a preventative, because it was a big week ahead for her:  Honor Band.  Veronica ended up missing three days of school.  Thankfully, no one else has come down with it.

All this same week, Valerie began her Honor Band craziness.  I don't know WHY it was decided that both Parish and District Honor Bands would be held during the same week.  It is amazing that in just days they learn all this music, but it was just way too much at once.  After school Monday, she had 3 hours of practice.  Three hours again on Tuesday night.  Wednesday it was all day, then the Parish Honor Band concert that evening (3 hours long.)  Thursday, it was on to District Honor Band for 2 hours that night.   When I picked her up Thursday, Val cried the whole way home she was just so exhausted and stressed over learning the music.  Friday went much better after a good night's sleep, and was another all day rehearsal. Saturday morning they had another 2 hour practice.  Saturday afternoon was the concert, which was over 3 hours long.  Keep in mind there was travel involved and also school and homework.  The kids did great and the bands all sounded awesome, but it was just too much crammed into one week.  I was exhausted from all the running, so I know these kids were too. 




So, it's been pretty hectic, and it's only two weeks into 2018!!  More to come, with out a doubt.

Monday, January 01, 2018

The end!



It is ridiculously cold here in the South and it will be this cold all week!  We haven't seen these temps in years.  School has even announced instead of uniforms, the kids can wear warmer clothes when they return on Wednesday.  We are not used to this at all and do not even own warm enough clothes or heavy coats. 
  
Our New Year's Eve was just as cold, but we still spent many hours outside popping fireworks.  Clint kept a fire going in the fire pit.  I made a huge pot of chicken and sausage gumbo and a few of our neighbors came over to hang out with us.  It was a good night, but much too cold!!   We came inside around 10pm and went back out at 11:57 to set off one big firework and were back inside by 12:02.  It was that cold.  We still have a bunch of fireworks that we haven't touched. 

We're not doing much for this New Year's Day.  My Mom always made a big New Year's dinner, and it still feels strange not having that.  We're getting back on the low carb train though, so we've had more than our share of goodies during the holidays.  It's going to be a simple dinner of ham and smothered cabbage for us today. 

And with that, Holidailies comes to an end.  Happy New Year to all....  Wishing you all a wonderful 2018!! 




Saturday, December 30, 2017

I survived the first "teenage party"

Valerie decided long ago she wanted to have a sleepover for her 13th birthday party.  Her birthday party is tough to plan being December 21st.  When she was small, we'd have it the first weekend in December.  That was back when we'd rent a big bounce house and invite everybody we knew to make a whole day of it.  We tried once having it in November, but it was too early Val said.  If it's too close to Christmas, no one comes.  She decided this year she wanted to do it in the middle of Christmas break, so she decided on December 27.

She had an invite list of eight girls at first, then that grew to ten.  I knew from the names on the list that a few weren't likely to come, and I was right.  Six of her friends showed up, then a seventh came a little later.  Seven giggling girls plus my two, we had a house full.  Clint was out numbered, ha!  We borrowed a few air mattresses and set them up to camp out in the living room.  No one slept much, as they were up well into the night/morning.  It was a little chaotic, but nothing too bad.  Val was getting aggravated with all the talking while trying to watch a movie, and actually bailed on her party and went to bed in her room!   I think the others all had a good time just hanging out, eating pizza, cookie cake, and other junk.

After everyone was gone the next morning, Val told me, "I don't think I'm inviting that many people ever again.  Maybe just 5 next time."   LOL!   I'm not going to argue with that.






Friday, December 29, 2017

Obligatory Christmas Post Continued

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Christmas morning we weren't up too early but we were up early enough to get dinner started if we wanted to eat by noon!  Veronica was up soon after eyeing those wrapped presents.  Valerie wasn't up yet though, so she had to wait.  Finally she couldn't stand it any longer, so we dragged Valerie out of bed. 

What was the wrapped gift?  Some were decoy smaller gifts... but the big one.... the hot ticket item this Christmas....


A Nintendo Switch.  Both girls talked a lot about wanting a Switch and Mario Kart.  Darn thing and the games are crazy expensive.  I kept telling them there was no way I was buying that, but of course Santa had one hidden away all along.  It is really neat in that you can play it on the TV like a gaming system, and then it switches to a handheld portable game in seconds.  I tried to play it and can't.  The moving screen makes me nauseous.  Darn motion sickness.  The x-Box does the same thing to me, so I can't play it either. 

We had our Christmas dinner of ham, pork roast, bacon wrapped green beans, sweet potato casserole, corn pudding, rice dressing, cranberries, and dinner rolls.  Then we mostly just sat around all day with "A Christmas Story" on repeat!!

Christmas night we put in the DVD copy of "Monty Python and the Holy Grail"  that Santa had brought.  Neither one of the kids had seen it entirely, and I hadn't watched it in many, many years.  Still just as funny as ever! 

That was pretty much it for the day.  A nice, quiet Christmas! 

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Obligatory Christmas Post

We always have a little 'party' on Christmas Eve.  It's not really a party, but I like to call it that anyway.  We have party type food and open the gifts under the tree.  For as long as I can remember, we've always had barbecue meatballs, sausages, deviled eggs, finger sandwiches, chips/dip, etc. on Christmas Eve.  It started way back when we'd go to my grandma's house when I was a little kid, and my Mom kept it up, and now I do it.  

It was so fun watching Valerie and Veronica open their gifts.  Lots of laughs and silliness!!  The favorites are the super soft blankets I got them, the Japan Crate subscription, and the Akibento Subscription as well.  








I had bought a few things for myself, including a new Fitbit and a duffel bag for our next vacation since the zippers broke on the one I have.  Clint surprised me with diamond stud earrings and a smell good candle from a local shop!!

We had a huge present mess to contend with and then I shuffled everyone off to bed so Santa could pass.  All was quiet, so Santa passed rather early and went to bed.  




Around 12:30 am, we were awoken by an excited Veronica.  Santa had come!!  Some of the presents were wrapped and Santa NEVER wraps the presents, so what was in them??  She wanted to open them at 1:00am.  Uh no...  It took some convincing but she went back to bed.  

To be continued....




Monday, December 25, 2017

Merry....

From our family to all of you...

Merry Christmas!!




Sunday, December 24, 2017

The Big Man in Red is Fading Fast


It's Christmas Eve!! 

Santas, are you ready??  I've spent a lot of time planning, buying, and hiding!!!  There's a pile of presents under the tree, but Santa's are stashed away waiting for the moment.  I have small things under the tree, but Santa brings the good stuff.  The toys.  The games.  The surprises!  The things that they begged for but this mamma has said NO to repeatedly....  Ha!

Valerie hasn't mentioned much about Santa at all this year.  She barely cared much at all last year either.  She did just turn thirteen, so I'm sure she must know.  I've thought about casually mentioning something along the lines of, 'You do know by now that mamma and daddy help Santa, right??"  But I haven't.  She seems to be playing along.  Perhaps she is still holding on to the hope that it might be true, even thought she knows otherwise. 

Veronica is ten and still writes a list for Santa.  She started it way back in July (!) and it is quite a list!!  She is just going to leave it on the table and Santa can pick some of it and she's fine with whatever she gets.  She talked about Santa's toy sack being magic not long ago, so the mystery is still somewhat alive for her.  We have to leave cookies out tonight and she said we need a carrot for the reindeer.  On the flip side, she's said that quite a few people at school say Santa isn't real.  Most of her friends probably know

I know our Santa days are numbered and this year is probably the end. We've had a good thirteen year run with Santa, which is more than most.  It does leave me feeling a little sad knowing that it's over.  It's been work, but it's also been fun surprising the kids on Christmas morning.  I will miss seeing them so excited to have presents magically appear under the tree. 


Saturday, December 23, 2017

Eve of Christmas Eve

I can't believe tomorrow is Christmas Eve already.  December sure has flown by...

Yesterday we were supposed to make a trip to the big Christmas Fest in New Orleans.  We went last year and had a fantastic time.  There's a huge ice rink, ice slide, fair rides, games, and activities all included in the admission.  I got up and got dressed as did Clint.  We got Valerie up and she laid around on the couch playing on her phone.  She said she still wanted to go, but wouldn't even get up to put on shoes.  Veronica.... basically refused to get out of bed.  I tried for an hour and she just would not move.  So, we decided it wasn't worth the fight trying to get out the door.  Clint and I bailed on them and went to the movies by ourselves!!  We saw "The Greatest Showman" and I"m glad we did.  I really enjoyed it and it was a nice outing. 

 Last night we did get the kids out of the house to ride around looking at Christmas lights for a few hours.  My Dad used to take me all over town to see the lights and I still like doing it. 

Today I did some prep work for Christmas dinner.  Valerie and I baked cookies for Santa, and well, us too!!  Veronica had a friend over all day so she was 'too busy' to help.  Tonight, Clint built a fire in the fire pit.  A cold front came through today, so it was a nice night to sit outside by the fire!  It's going to be COLD for Christmas - yay!!






Thursday, December 21, 2017

Lucky 13

It does not feel like I should be the Mom of a teenager.  She's still my little girl.  She'll always be my little girl!! 

 It seems as though we just brought her home and had our first Christmas with our newborn baby girl.


Then she was this happy little girl: 




Sigh. 

I blinked and now here she is, 13, and so grown up. Already.




Happy 13th birthday, to my lovely daughter Valerie!!  How proud I am of the young lady you are becoming.  Love you, always!!

Monday, December 18, 2017

Hello, Dafni, my new BFF

We all see those ads while scrolling through Facebook:  cute clothes, gadgets, amazing products, phone chargers, etc.  I'm sure we all know by now many of them are China knock-offs and it's hit or miss as to what you actually get, if you get it at all. 

Last year the trend was those amazing hair straightening brushes.  Those videos were everywhere and while they looked amazing, I was skeptical.  Most seemed to come from - you guessed it - China.  I've wanted one for a while because if you know me, I hate fooling with my hair.  I have super thick hair that is more or less straight on the sides and way curly in the back.  Weird, wild, hair.  I am not one to flat iron it ever.  My stylist does it when I get it cut and it is so nice, shiny, and soft.  I just don't have the time and I'm too lazy to put forth the effort to do that every day.  Messy hair, don't care! 

When I made a Black Friday purchase at Target, I was sent a 20% off coupon to use on one shopping trip.  It was about to expire, so I did some browsing online and ran across one of the brushes.  I did some research and learned THIS was one of the brushes that was copied.  This was the real deal.  A Dafni Straightening brush.  I found it listed elsewhere at the bargain price of $150. 


Say what?


Target's price was under $30.  Yes....  $150 and $30 for the same item!!?  I used my 20% discount and my 5% RedCard discount and got it for a little over $20, which is about what the China knock-offs are going for.  I figured if nothing else, I'd sell it on eBay and make a few bucks.

This is what my hair looks like after sleeping on it while it's damp. 




Literally I brushed my hair with the Dafni for five minutes.  FIVE minutes y'all.  Just brushing, no sectioning piece by piece.  I just brushed the top, then passed it underneath a few times. 





This is only my second time using the Dafni, so I'm still learning.  I doubt I will do this every day, but it's nice to have an easy option when I'm in the mood to straighten my hair or need to calm it down.  Dafni Straightening brush gets an A+ from me. 

(No, I did not get anything free for this post.  I bought it, I tried it, and I liked it!)