Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Monday, March 30, 2009
Friday, March 27, 2009
The tradition carried over at home. As Easter neared, I'd find boiled eggs in the planters by the front porch. These were colored eggs though. I guess Grandma didn't want to bother with that!! Usually they'd still be warm as if he had just left it. As I got a little older, my best friend and I came up with the idea that maybe if we left a carrot out, it would lure the Easter Bunny to leave a surprise. I think maybe I grew some carrots just for this very purpose. Sometimes we'd make a 'nest' out of grass and leave the carrot in it. We'd watch out the window for a while, then we'd move on to playing and forget, but only temporarily! As soon as we'd remember to go check - sure enough that Easter Bunny had come through!! Sometimes I'd leave a carrot out before leaving for school but I wouldn't tell my Mom about it to see if the Easter Bunny was real. shhhhhh!! And I'd still find a candy or an egg when I got home, so that meant something, right?? It seems I can recall a few times that the Bunny left candy I didn't like - coconut or something with nuts. It was always something my MOM liked, so I guess the joke was on us!!
And now it's our turn. Last year Valerie had a ball with it. I'd hide a treat by the front door and talk her into going check the mail. Val would be so excited, so I'd pretend to look waaaaay down the street and see the Easter Bunny hopping around the corner. Val would yell as loud as she could, "Thank you Easter Bunny!!" He's only come once so far this year. I, er the Easter Bunny, needs to do a little Easter shopping!!
Thursday, March 26, 2009
Then the phone rang, and I knew something had happened. Clint says, "You're never going to believe this...."
About 2 miles from the road to our house on Hwy 90, "something" hit the car. Clint was behind another car, and whatever it was went under the other car and hit Clint's. It was so fast Clint has no idea what it was. It hit pretty hard.... flattened the front driver's side tire, then hit the back and flattened that tire too. AND it was hard enough to bend the rims. What was it?? We don't know! He said it was pretty big. Big enough to have flipped the car. Or he could have lost control and had a bad accident. Traveling 70mph+ and having something hit like that is pretty dangerous!* Thankfully none of that happened! He was able to regain control well enough to pull over and call for help.
Of course he had to wait for the state police to come for an incident report. The call for a tow truck since the tires and rims were busted. It looks like the rims will have to be ordered, so we are down to one vehicle for a while. Luckily my Dad has 3 vehicles so we can always borrow one of his if need be.
But Clint is home safe and sound. The car can be fixed. We have the means to fix it. As always... things could have been much worse.
*Shame on those of you who are making jokes about an accident. You wouldn't like it if it happened to your husband... oh wait, never mind.
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
What was in my package? It was a memento of my Mom. A beautifully framed poem surrounded by pictures of her. I knew what it was when I saw the box. He had told me about it last week. After I opened it, I didn't think I would ever stop crying. For my Mom, of course. I miss her so and it hurts so much still. I was in awe that someone I have never met made such a great effort. Took the time time and money to make this for me. Basically a stranger. Yet my Mom's death was ignored by so many.... When I was completely overwhelmed with grief, many fell silent. A stranger can do all of this, but yet those I know are "too busy" (and I quote) to send a simple email? If I sound angry... I still am. I will never look at these people in the same way again. I wish I could cut all ties... and I just might. I am just blown away at the kindness found in the most unexpected places. I guess it makes up for it.
I am very touched that someone took the time to send me such a lovely gift. Many thanks.... you know who you are.
Sunday, March 22, 2009
It's almost shocking to think just how old this thing really is because that makes me older! I also have another house, a pool, a car, and lots of furniture boxed up as well. Saving those for a rainy day, and this was a snap to put together. Those won't be! The kids had a great time with it.
Then... During a break I was checking Freecycle and had a reply to a message I sent yesterday. Somebody was giving away a fully furnished doll house. I replied right away, but didn't get a response so I figured I was too late. Today she emailed and said the first two takers didn't show, so it was mine if I wanted it. Of course! So we piled in the car and drove across town to pick it up. She threw in a tea set to boot. Not that we need any more toys, but it was free and it is new to them at least until the novelty wears off!
The "relic" was quickly forgotten. Val and Roni played with this house non-stop for three solid hours. I couldn't even get them in to eat, so I served dinner outside next to the doll house. I had to drag Veronica in kicking and screaming when it was bath time. Even then, she put her hands on the glass of my doors crying and crying... No, I'm not bringing it inside!
I think they like it.
Saturday, March 21, 2009
Pics from today.... Valerie convinced Poppi to get in the playhouse with her. What an awesome Poppi he is....
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Then of course I have no medical training, so what do I know?? Hopefully we're on the mend now.
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Veronica has pneumonia!!!
My poor baby. Hopefully we caught it early enough, but I have to keep a close watch on her. We go back at 8:30am tomorrow for a follow up.
Yesterday I had to wake her to take Valerie to school. Veronica felt warm, so I dosed her with Tylenol and we headed out. Went to Wal-Mart, then the gym, and Roni had the saddest look on her face the whole time!
Yesterday afternoon her fever spiked even higher and the puke fest began. She didn't act really sick though. We played outside as usual and she was her normal self. I put her to bed about 8:30 and hoped for an uneventful night. ha ha! She had other things in mind. About 10pm, she woke screaming and thrashing about. I took her out of her bed and moved her to the pack n play in our room. I put on Yo Gabba Gabba for her. She still cried and cried. Poor darling was so sleepy and was crying in her sleep. She was burning up. I tried everything to comfort her and calm her down! I don't know what was bothering her - stomach? throat? ears?? She was trembling and sweating in my arms. Finally about midnight I gave up and gave her a little Benadryl hoping it would settle her down. I guess it worked because by 1:30am she was asleep and didn't wake up until 6am with another round of you know what.
So far today she is doing much better.
No sleep for Mommy last night makes for a cranky Mommy today!! Thankfully Clint is coming home tonight, so he will be here to help out.
Now who wants to wager on who gets it next?? Or I should say first... Me or Val? Sure would be nice to lose 5 lbs, but not that way.