Thursday, August 30, 2012

Isaac came... with lots of hype.... and stayed and stayed and stayed.  Finally he is on his merrily way.  Lots of wind and rain, but thankfully no damages.  Thirty+ hours with out electricity was the worst of it, and having a generator made it bearable.

Forty also came and went for me.  The big 4-0.  Unacknowledged and forgotten.

I sit here typing through tears because my family forgot my birthday.   I didn't want any gifts or a fancy celebration.  All I wanted was to spend my special day with my family and have them acknowledge my birthday.  When Clint realized today was the day, he mumbled a happy birthday and walked away.  The kids didn't even know.  That was the extent of it.

Even friendly strangers on facebook had kind things to say.  My husband said nothing.

After all I do ... All the time I put into caring for all of us and this house...  it is one day of the year that should be for me, and I get nothing.  Hurricane or not, it doesn't take much effort to say 'Happy Birthday, we'll celebrate once this is over."  Or "when/what would you like to do?"

I am beyond hurt.  Devastated to the core that this is how little they think of me.

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Tuesday, August 28, 2012


Issac is on the way it seems.... the eye is supposed to pass right over us if it stays on it's current track.....  although the predicted path has been all over the place....   At some point  late today into tomorrow we'll get hammered.  Tropical Storm / Hurricane...  either way it's coming.  

Most of all I'm not looking forward to being shut in the HOT house with out electricity.  Our utilities are underground, so the any damage that affects us will be further up the road.  Maybe we will get lucky and it won't go out!  The generator is on standby just in case.  We're all set with food and gas and propane.  

Pretty skies last night.... the calm before the storm! 

Neighbors lost their roof in Hurricane Gustav.  Two tarps and four years later, they are preparing for the storm.  No reason to plan ahead.... Nevermind the 4 years it has been raining in their house....  or the impending winds that will likely just rip those tarps to shreds.  

Oh and it's already raining while they are up there....   but it's fixed!!!  

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Sunday, August 26, 2012

Right on schedule!!

It's time once again for our annual mandatory late August vacation! 

At least in this case we don't actually have to pack up and leave.  I don't expect Isaac to bring us much more than some wind and lots of rain.  The kids have been granted three days off of school.  We're stocked up on supplies and prepared just in case.  There's no guarantee that we'll get any severe weather since no one knows where it will go.  At the best, it may be a category 2...  If it does come our way, we'll just sit tight and wait for the power to go out so we can crank up the generator!!  

Everyone in Issac's path -- stay safe! 

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Monday, August 20, 2012

It's official

It's official.... I am the Mom of two school aged children!  I have no more babies at home. Veronica is off to her first day of kindergarten.  I can't believe my baby is big enough for big school.  Where did the years go?!  How can she be so big already??  I was so happy, yet so heartbroken to see her get on the bus this morning.  At least she was super excited and there were no tears.

I can't wait for Roni to get home to hear all about her day.

My big Kindergarten Girl

She's ready!

Big sis is looking out for little sis

Oh, just a little excited... THE BUS THE BUS!

Blurry, I know...  but there she goes... 

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Friday, August 10, 2012

Back to school

And just like that....  summer is over.  

It seems school just ended, and here we are back at it again.  Today I'm officially the Mom of a second grader and soon to be kindergartner.  This was definitely a summer of ups, downs, and unexpected turns.  Even though we missed out on a few things, I think Val and Roni enjoyed their summer break.  This was the first summer since they were babies that the girls were home.  Usually they attend day camp somewhere.  Overall, we stayed pretty busy.  In spite of all the places we went and friends we saw, I always feel like I should have done more with them to get in as much time with them as I can, while I can...  before long they will be all grown up.  I hope someday they remember and appreciate all of this.

I have to admit I do enjoy the daily routines that school brings with it.  I function better when I have a set pace for every day.  But I am sad because it means my babies are growing up.

My much too big 7 year old second grader waiting for the bus this morning!!


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Thursday, August 02, 2012

Gone 4 years today

It doesn't seem like it's been four years since we said goodbye.  

So many times I have wanted to tell you something that you - and only you - would get.

Many random memories surfaced and I wanted to ask you about it because only you would know.  

And I can't.

Valerie has held onto quite a few memories, for which I am glad.  Veronica mostly only knows what she is told, but every so often I think perhaps she does have a real moment.  She was only 1-1/2 though.  Both girls love watching home movies, so that at least keeps MeMe around.  They sometimes get so excited to see her on the screen.  Wish she were here so they could get excited to see her in person.  

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