Monday, August 31, 2009
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Monday, August 24, 2009
Here we go........
The first thing that comes to mind is that my parents have now been married for 50 years. Amazing!!! For the most part this milestone in a marriage does not get reached by very many couples, what with the divorce rate what it is we are all lucky to reach 10 years. Anything beyond that I find amazing, I even know a couple, yes in my extended family, that only managed to stay married for 6 weeks. I know crazy, my oldest son even had to change the date of his wedding to accommodate this couple. I am happy to say that my son and his wife have been married for over three years and are still going strong. There is also death, which most of us in this world would like to put on the back burner of the stove and really not think about at this time, at least that's what I like to do. I have to admit I am a little afraid to die, but that's another post.
Anyways.....back to my parents. Yeah, they have been married for 50 years and we decided to have a little family BBQ and get together to visit and hear alot of stories from their lives together. Nothing fancy, that's just not us. But we have been planning it for a couple of months and we just had it this past Saturday.
Now for the second thing that comes to mind. tailEnd!!! Yup, just tailEnd. Man can that kid keep you busy. He is playing Freshman football this year and also going to Cedar High School for half a day and also going to a charter school, Success Academy, for the second part of each day. And we had to register at both schools this past week, Success was Tuesday with a half day of Freshman Bootcamp, then Wednesday we had to do Cedar High School registration. And please keep in mind that we also had football practice and weights to take care of each day. Now top that off with me myself working a full time job and midMan being gone on vacation this past week. Yup, tailEnd just keeps us young and busy.
Now for the third thing that has kept us going this past couple of weeks. midMan and the fun of Bow Hunting. I know a lot of people just don't get into this but my midMan loves the challenge and the solitude. The quiet of man communing with nature. That is my midMan. Planning all year to be gone for at least one week, by himself, stalking that elusive prey, the great and mighty Mule Deer.
Now for the fourth thing that has kept us going the past couple of months but especially this past week. Papa Munk. A few fainting spells and some not so great readings on his heart monitor and we end up with a trip to the ICU and a heart attack this last Tuesday. Papa is OK and resting and recovering at home right now. He got released Thursday. Wonderful news!!! More on him in a later post.
Actually, more on it all in the next few posts. Again I hope you all will forgive me and please keep visiting me. I also cherish each comment that I receive (I guess I need that recognition, oh just tell me to get out and get a life!!!) heee heee heee haaa haaa haaa. I'm hysterical now! Just teasing, I'll try to hold it all in. Anyways, please come back and visit, I got a few pictures, so many in fact that my computer is now telling me that I am running out of room, I hope I can get that external hard drive soon or my own lap top, which ever comes first. I really love you all.
Love to All,
Friday, August 21, 2009
The past two weeks have been so busy. We have been getting tailEnd to football practice everyday and also getting midMan ready for the bow hunt. Then to add to the chaos my mom and dad have been married for 50 years and we are planning a nice little lunch and remembering for them this Saturday. Then we had to register tailEnd at two different schools and take care of fees at both of the schools. And the icing on the cake was midMan's dad having a heart attack this past Tuesday, and yes, he is going to be just fine, but like I said life has been so chaotic lately that some things just get forgotten.
Yes, I did it, I forgot something in all of that mess. It wasn't anything really major, just money so that tailEnd would be able to eat a little lunch each day. Sooooo, yesterday was the first day of school and it dawn's on me that he has no money and will get no lunch. Now this is tailEnd we are talking about and he is growing into a man. You know how 14 year old boys will down 2 gallons of milk at one sitting and eat the whole package of Oreo's with it, well that would be tailEnd times 2.
So I left work and ran over to his school to get him some money and the girls in the office just sent me to his gym class. Here he sits, listening to his teacher, being such a great kid and in walks, oh no, his mom. He just wanted to be sucked up by the floor. I told his teacher I needed to talk with the kid with the big hair, not even realizing that it may embarrass him. She sent him over to me and I gave him the money that he would need for the next two weeks and explained to him that this was all that he would get and once it was gone there would be no more until the two weeks had passed. He's all serious and say, 'OK, I got it mom.' Then he says in an inaudible whisper, 'No hug.' I said, 'What?', and he said, 'Don't hug me.' He was so cute I really did want to hug him at this point, but I restrained myself, just barely! I realized that the time had come, a little later than normal for most kids, that my baby is embarrassed by his mother. sniff sniff sniff How sad, and doesn't is just make you want to cry. Now that I think about it I should have done cartwheels across the floor to really embarass him.
Just a reminder to all of those parents out there. There will come a time in each of our children's lives when a hug, or holding their hand, or giving them a kiss, is just not cool anymore and we as parents need to resist the urge to just override their feelings. But keep in mind that when they are hurt or sad or just lonely they will always come to you and need that kiss, that hug, or to just be held by Mom.
Love to All,
Monday, August 17, 2009
Sunday, August 16, 2009
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
- old baking soda
- old baking powder
- new mixer
- operator error (this one is still in the running for #1)
- inaccurate temperature
I threw out the old baking soda and baking powder. Still using the new mixer, I paid good money for it, if it's the issue it will look really good sitting on my counter never getting used. Operator error??? Yup it could definitely be that. Inaccurate temperature, well we found a temperature thingy at Ross and are giving it a go. As far as I can tell it's a crap shoot with me trying to get an accurate temperature even with the thingy sitting in the middle of the oven.
As you can see I adjusted the time and the ones on the left turned out a little better.
I can't figure it out. I am a total loss. And if it is operator error then there is no hope for my family. They will just have to live with what ever I can manage to make happen when I bake with my old best friend.
Love to All,
I can remember the day I had my first child quite vividly. I was woken up at 3:30am to the wonderful feeling that something just wasn't right. I wasn't sure what that was but a quick chat with my mother-in-law soon convinced me that I was in labor, plus it was the 7th. My father-in-law had predicted from the very start of my pregnancy that I would deliver my baby on the 7th. You see my husbands birthday is on the 7th, and we were married on the 7th, so it should follow suit that our first child would be born on the 7th. And he did not disappoint.
As this was my first delivery we wanted to be sure to keep the contractions going, so anytime that they started to slow down we would start to walk. I believe that we had to of walked quite a few miles that day. On one walk we were wandering through the park in town, at 5:00am in the morning, and came across a brand new little Tonka truck. This made us sure that our baby was going to be a boy! WhooooHoooooo! You see this was a time in the distant past when ultrasounds were not given during each pregnancy and the majority of new parents had no idea what gender their new baby was going to be. Although I had always had a feeling that I would only have boys the Tonka truck confirmed my feelings.
Moving on with our day, we eventually took a ride the 3 short blocks to the hospital. We wandered up to the 4th floor, that would be labor and delivery, and was quickly given a bed in which to twist and turn and moan and groan in pain. Again, here we are in the distant past and no one even mentioned an Epidural. What?! you say. No Epidural?! And yes I will say it again, I had no clue, I mean no clue what an epidural was, and no one even offered. I didn't even know what one was 4 years later when I had my second child, but that's a completely different story. So here I am, hurting like you would not believe and my poor husband is just holding my hand, being such the good husband as I crush all life out of said hand. Seriously, I didn't even know about breathing to help you through the pain. I just tensed up and made it so much worse. I just have to laugh. Boy was I uninformed and naive.
Finally it's 3:00pm in the afternoon and it's time to push, yes push! Yeah. I push and I push, still with no pain medication at all, and by 3:40pm the doctor is doing an Episiotomy, at which point my husband, midMan, has to step out for moment to regain his balance and his stomach. At 3:48pm, on June 7th, our first born entered into this world with a wonderful head full of black hair, I was terrified to have a bald baby, and yes midMan made it back in time to watch the wonderful happenings. I know, of all thing to worry about, that should have been the last thing, but as I said I was naive! What can I say. He weighed in at 7lbs 14oz and 19 inches long.
I was able to head home in less than 24 hours. We had even managed to pay the complete bill, hospital $448 and doctor $500, before we even went to the hospital. The cost makes it seem like such a long time ago, but seriously it was only 25 years ago and the total bill was $948, it was more than double that 4 years later. We had no insurance and we had no idea what medicaid was. We just did what we had to do.
We have watched him grow into a really amazing young man. And we are so very very proud of him and his accomplishments. (I wish I was more organized and I would have had a picture for you all to see, but you can see him if you go back about 4 postings.)
Love to All,
Monday, August 10, 2009
Thursday, August 6, 2009
Monday, August 3, 2009
I have to share with you all what fun and laughter we have together. While we were on vacation tailEnd and I were riding back to camp, from fishing, with Grandma. Not so exciting you say, but you have never heard this child laugh. It's like half of Beeves and B___head. I am totally serious. This child's laughter is so catching and you find yourself just laughing to keep him laughing to hear it.
Anyways......as we were driving back to camp a vehicle, pulling a boat, decided he needed his side and half of our side of the road to get around a corner. Well Grandma just had to say a few choice bad words about this turn of events and that started tailEnd in on the laughter, I'm laughing just thinking about it. If you could have been there! tailEnd starts to laugh which then starts me to laugh which then starts Grandma to laugh. Here we are, driving down a twisty mountain road, laughing so hard tears are rolling down are cheeks, asking Grandma to please pull over before we get into a wreck, and her saying she can't pull over because there is no place to pull over and we continue to laugh, and laugh, and laugh. We are so lucky we did not die, either from wrecking or from laughing our selves silly. It really wasn't that funny, but tailEnd has that effect on everyone and you just catch yourself laughing along with him.
Anyways, again, as we were driving home Sunday tailEnd and I were laughing and acting like a couple of kids. We had even started to get midMan in on some of the fun when up ahead midMan saw something on the side of the road. (I am laughing just thinking about this.) He points, and can't think of the name of what he is seeing. His hand starts to wiggle up and down as he is trying his hardest to think of the name of what he is seeing, which has now gotten our attention. 'And what is it that he is pointing at?', you ask yourself. Well he never could think of the name so he just popped out with, 'Gobble, Gobble, Gobble!' Any idea about what he had seen?...............
You guessed it, Turkey's, only he really could not think of the name for the mommy and babies along the side of the road. Well as you can guess this really started tailEnd and I laughing. Again, here we are driving down the road and the driver makes us start laughing so hard we are crying our eyes out which then gets the driver, midMan this time, laughing himself to tears trying to drive, at which point he finally figures out what it was that he saw and he says, 'Turkeys!'. ROFLMAO
I know my telling does not even convey how hysterically funny these situations were. But suffice it to say that I love laughter. It gives me hope. It also gives me strength to take what ever life throws at me and find the joy and laughter of the moment, the bright side, and share it with the world. In my mind there is always a bright side, you just have to remember to look for it.
SMILE!!! for the world may smile with you.
Love to All,