Sunday, October 31, 2010

Wow, it's really been that long?

I have been extremely computer unfriendly the last several months, but I didn't realize my last post was so long ago!  Yikes!  Sorry to all those faithful followers of mine.  I am hoping to post at the minimum once a week from here on out.

Here's what you've missed these last 5 months:


MAY:  Travis turned 18 (groannnnnnnnnn) and Justin got his driver's permit.  I groan at Travis turning 18 because now, even though he still lives with us and isn't working, he's decided he's an "adult" now and can do what he wants when he wants.  I DON'T THINK SO!  But it's such a battle every day...

JUNE:  Not much happening this month.

JULY:  Hubby and I celebrated our 20th wedding anniversary!

AUGUST:  Just a usual month.  But school started, which gives me a little break! ;o)

SEPTEMBER:  Once again, just a usual month.

OCTOBER:  Justin went to Fright Fest at Six Flags and they told him his season pass wasn't activated.  HUH?  He's already been to Six Flags and used it!  He went to the office and they said he needed the e-mail that confirms the purchase.  Well, I deleted that MONTHS ago after the first time he went!  Fortunately, he got a decent person and he gave them my e-mail and they confirmed his pass is valid.  But here's the best part...they ALSO gave him a 2011 pass for FREE!  I guess there really is some good left in this world!
Also, Justin turned 16 this month, and best news of all!  I was able to locate my cousins and three aunts on Facebook!  I haven't seen my cousins in 17 years, and I haven't seen my aunts in 45!!!!

Saturday, May 1, 2010

My Biggest Pet Peeve

Ok, so my kids do a lot that annoys me, but they are also really sweet kids.  One of the things that really bothers me though is that when I ask them to do something, the answer is ALWAYS "Ok, hang on!"  I absolutely hate that!  I mean in all seriousness, if I wanted them to do it later, I would ask them later, what's so hard to understand about that?

Then there's the expectations. I do a lot for my kids, and I have tried to give them everything I didn't get when I was a kid.  We gave Travis one of our cars for his 16th birthday.  (No, it wasn't a new car, but don't feel too bad for him, it's a 1986 Toyota Supra that he LOVES and thinks is super sexy!)  But if it needs something (like last week it needed brakes) he expects to use my car...doesn't even ask!

And my youngest expects to be taken to Benicia (the town we lived in before we moved here) every weekend.  It's a $4.00 bridge toll and 40 miles each way, times 2 trips (dropping him off and picking him up.)  Or, if one of his friends from Benicia comes out here, he expects me to either pick them up or give them a ride home.  His friends' parents never offer to do that for me!

But my biggest pet peeve with them is how they dress.  I am a pretty easy going mom when it comes to their "styles."  If they want long hair, fine, short hair, fine, I've even let my youngest die his hair blue!  And I remember when I was a kid, the worst thing a parent had to deal with was guys having long hair.  I remember when punk came out and I told my friend "OMG, I hope we won't have to deal with anything like that!"  So now punk has evolved, and all the kids are into piercings, and I am so-so okay with that.

But the PANTS.  The saggy pants.  Even with belts on.  It drives my TOTALLY crazy.  I absolutely hate it.  Now my kids aren't as bad as some of the teenagers around here.  I see some where the crotch is at their knees, the pants are 5 sizes too big, and the kids have to hold them up with their hands as they walk around.  That's pathetic.  What's the point of wearing pants?

My kids look more like this...in fact, this picture could EASILY be of my boys and one of their friends:


I am constantly hounding them to PULL UP YOUR PANTS, and my kids sigh and act like I'm the big green meanie.  But it seems I'm not alone.

This image is from someone on Facebook called PULL UP YOUR PANTS YOU LOOK LIKE A F***ING IDIOT!!
and there are 795,631 peeps that "like" the posts (and counting.)  So all is well in mom world, apparently I am not alone in my perspective of these stupid pants these kids wear.

Friday, April 30, 2010

Visitors!

We had some really cute visitors the other day.  They came back yesterday.  Once was nice, but I don't think I want them returning again.  And they came out of nowhere and decided to visit us.  Not sure why...

I took pictures and videos, but the camera I used isn't hooked up to my computer yet.  I have an older one that I need to uninstall before installing the new one.  Maybe at some point today I can get off my lazy butt and take care of that.

Hard to do though.  Hubby's been home and when he's home I get SO lazy.  Now I have a glimpse into the future of retirement...ugh.  Not a pretty picture.  Seems a little boring even.  LOL!

Well, hopefully I will get motivated later and be able to post the pics.  You're gonna love 'em!

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Check This Out!

Do you have a son, brother, husband, dad or friend that likes drifting?  Then send them to my son's blog "DrivewaysToSideways" @ http://drivewaystosideways.blogspot.com/

He has some great stuff there and would LOVE to have some followers!

Sunday, April 25, 2010

My Baby Isn't My Baby Anymore!

My youngest turned 15 last October.  Tomorrow he is getting his driver's permit.  I know most of you mom bloggers out there have kids a lot younger than mine, so you may not be able to relate.

But do you remember when you got your driver's license / permit?  I sure do. The feeling of independence and freedom was overwhelming.  Not to mention the fact that you "think" you are grown up at 15.

My youngest has always been very independent...he hates it when I say "You are only 15!" when he wants to do something I think is too adult for him (like go to another town for a concert, or whatever.)  But now that he's getting his permit tomorrow, I have to admit I hate the idea that my baby has grown up.  He won't need me anymore.  In six months he will be a free spirit (which is a good thing) but it makes me feel like I am losing my identity as a mom.

I am just praying that my kids see me the same way my hubby sees his mom.  They are very close, and he used to ask me if it bothered me that they were, and my answer was always "HECK no!  Men treat their wives the way they treat their moms."  I want to be close with my kids my entire life, I want them to always want to be in contact with me and always want to see me, just as their dad is with his mom.

But now that the both of them are grown up, it scares me.  I wish they were 2 and 5 again.  I sure miss that age...

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Down Time

I have ALWAYS needed "down time."  Time to relax and unwind.  Time to prepare myself for going to sleep.  When my kids were little it wasn't an issue.  They went to bed a lot earlier than I did.

But now that they are teenagers, I have found getting my "down time" has been a real challenge.  Especially on the weekends and school vacations. Because I don't enforce a bedtime on those nights.  They just aren't little kids anymore, and I have no reason to make a bedtime for them.  On school nights I DO enforce a bedtime, because they are responsible for getting up and making it to school on time.

Anyway, I finally found a way to get down time and prepare myself for bed an hour or so before I want to go to bed.  I change into my jammies and robe and brush my teeth and all the other bedtime things I used to do just before I went to bed.  I find if I do those rituals an hour before I go to bed, it relaxes me and since I've been doing them for so long, my brain automatically signals me to go to sleep.

What do you do for down time?

Thursday, April 22, 2010

To all my loyal readers and followers...

Sorry I have been gone so long...

About 3 weeks ago hubby got really sick, then gave it to me about a week later. Last Monday I went for a followup appointment at my doctor re: my BP and cholesterol. When I got there my oxygen was 89%, and he had me walk around hooked up to the monitor and it dropped to 83% and my pulse was 110. He sent me to the ER and I was admitted to the hospital. I was discharged yesterday. The last question my ER doc asked me was "If you quit breathing, do you want us to take heroic measures to keep you alive?"

I am only 49...that question scared the CRAP out of me. So I really need to change my ways.

Also, at my insistence, Hubby also went to the doc on Monday cuz I told him it was unnatural to be that sick for three weeks. Turns out he had an infection that spread throughout his body. His BP was 103/65. He was also admitted to the hospital and was released today.

I have always said I would die before him, but now I'm not so sure.

Looks like our lives of hard and fast living are catching up to us.

But now that I am better I will be posting again.  If you would like to follow my progress on improving my health, you can do so here @ My Health Quest.

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