Saturday Morning

28 07 2007

I was up half the night last night with Ellie working on her molars.  She was miserable even after the Tylenol should have kicked in.  Finally, around 5:00 a.m. I took her into the guest bed and slept with her there.  She calmed down a bit but I didn’t sleep very well thanks to all her flailing arms and legs.  I ended up sleeping in until 9:00 this morning (I honestly cannot recall the last time I was in bed that late).  When I saw how late it was I quickly got out of bed, got dressed, and asked Conrad if he could stay around a few more minutes so I could run to the farmer’s market.  He said fine, so I grabbed my purse and ran out the door.  The farmer’s market here in town is gaining popularity and I’ve learned that if you actually want to bring anything home with you you have to get there when they open or all the old ladies will buy everything.  It opens at 9:00, I got there at 9:07 and the place was swarming with people (80% were women over the age of 65, honestly!).  I happened to park beside a guy who was just opening his van full of stuff (they sell straight out of their vehicles and some set up tables).  He probably found me totally obnoxious, but I bought a ton of stuff from him before he even had a moment to collect his thoughts.  Corn on the cob, cantaloupe, tomatoes, brown eggs, zucchini, carrots,  green beans and cinnamon rolls all for around $20.  Definitely cheaper than the store and far better produce.  So, now here I sit, drinking a glass of skim milk, eating a cinnamon roll, and longing for a nap (it’s only 10:00 a.m.).

On another note, we’ve been enjoying lots of good food lately thanks to the farmer’s market and my grillin’ machine husband.  Last night was hamburgers, cucumber salad, corn on the cob, watermelon, and blueberry peach parfaits for dessert.  Tonight will be BLT’s, corn on the cob, watermelon, and tomorrow we’ll do bratwurst and lots of fresh fruits and veggies.  I love this time of year.  Meals are so easy!

Okay, this blog entry has been about absolutely nothing.   If you made it all the way through, I’m very impressed.  Off to clean up the kitchen. . .


Back from Michigan

26 07 2007

They say in Michigan there are 4 seasons:  winter, winter, winter, and road construction.  I definitely drove to Michigan in the middle of road construction.  In spite of the many delays, I managed to get to the Detroit Airport in time to pick up my sister who had flown in from Virginia.  The girls traveled very well and overall it was a good trip.

We were in Michigan for a reunion of a music group I was once a part of (as were my brother and sister).  The group is celebrating 25 years of existence so they planned a big reunion.  I saw people I haven’t seen since I was a little girl and I was able to reconnect with a lot of my high school friends.  Some looked the same, and some I would never have known.  After dinner we watched a video that someone put together of all the groups over the years.  It was rather embarrassing to watch.  I was in the group in the early 90’s  which meant really big hair and big, baggy clothes.  Not so flattering.

The rest of the weekend was spent at a benefit auction (my brother bought a cheesecake for $350. . .that better be one yummy cheesecake!), and hanging out with family, including a marshmallow roast on the beach.

Sunday night Kimmie and I drove back to the airport and got a hotel.  She flew out early Monday morning and I drove the rest of the way home with the girls.  I was home by noon so I spent the rest of the day unpacking and doing laundry, etc.   I worked Tuesday and Wednesday and am finally taking a breather today.  It’s pouring rain out today so it’s a good day to stay inside and get some projects done. . .baking bread is on my list today. . .can’t wait to have the house smelling good!

Relaxing Sunday

16 07 2007

We had a guest speaker at church this morning which is always fun (I love it when Conrad isn’t up until the wee hours of the night on Saturday night/Sunday morning putting the finishing touches on his sermon).  After church was our monthly pot-luck, once again  long on over-cooked crock pot concoctions and short on salads.  After that we came home, put all 3 girls to bed (Break out into the “Hallelujah Chorus” here) and took long naps with the Reds game on in the background.  When we all woke up we headed outside where Conrad pushed the girls on the swings and I sat in my lawn chair reading “Little Women” (Meg just had twins, and Jo has no idea that Laurie has the hots for her).  After a while we all decided we were hungry so we headed back indoors for popcorn and chocolate milk shakes.  Now Conrad is in his glory because he just discovered his beloved Philadelphia Phillies are on ESPN and to top it off Harry Kalas is calling the game. . . I have a very happy husband right now. . . let’s just hope they win.  All in all, a very perfect Sunday.

It was fun while it lasted. . .

12 07 2007

Yesterday morning I was lacing up my sneakers getting ready for my morning jog when Conrad asked me a question.  Then he asked me another question and before we knew it we were having a real live conversation (and it was about something other than the kids)!  About seven minutes into this phenomenon, I looked at him and said, “Isn’t this great?  When was the last time we had a conversation this long without being interrupted?”  I kid you not, I am not telling a lie:  I got halfway through the word “interrupted” and a little voice called out, “Mommy, Can I get up?”  And so began another day. . .

When the Kids are Grown. . .

7 07 2007

I am totally, 100% in love with my kids.  However, I have days when I can’t wait until we send the last one off to college and have the house to ourselves.  I’ve compiled a list of things I’ll do when the kids are gone:

I will eat an ice cream cone without sharing a single bite.

I will buy white shirts again.

I will have an organized Tupperware cupboard.

I will put the dvd’s away and they will stay where they belong.

I will drive a compact vehicle.

I will never peel stickers off the hardwood floors again.

I will go down stairs to the basement and not gasp in horror at its condition.

I will never sort through game or puzzle pieces trying to figure out what belongs where.

I will watch Jeopardy without anyone asking me “Mommy, what does that mean?” over and over again.

I will sleep through the night.

I’m sure if I sat here long enough I could think of many more but I’m starting to feel guilty .  I love my kids, I really do. . .

What would you add to this list?

Another Whirlwind Weekend

4 07 2007

We went to Pennsylvania over the weekend for my cousin’s wedding.  We left on Thursday around 11:00 a.m. and arrived around 7:00 that evening.  All 3 girls did great on the trip out although Ellie was good and tired of her car seat by the time we finally got there.  On Friday, we didn’t have any plans so I left all 3 girls with my wonderful mother-in-law and my sister and I went shopping.  I bought a few things for myself but I mostly focused on buying things for B and L for school (boo-hoo!).  There are great outlets in Reading, PA and I took full advantage of them and the fact that you don’t have to pay sales tax on clothing in PA.  All in all, I bought 14 pants, 10 shirts, and 2 dresses all for $150.  If you do the math, that averages out to about $6.00 per item.  I’m downright proud of that.  When I first got to the big outlet (Vanity Fair, Big Blue, for those of you familiar with it), I literally could feel my heart racing at the deals I was seeing!  (Is something wrong with me?).  Jeans for $3-4!  WHAT?!

On Saturday, the wedding was beautiful, the reception had great food (some of the best I’ve ever had at a wedding), and after it was all done we went back to my cousin’s house and talked and played games until 11:00.   We played an aggressive game of “Spoons” with 11 people that included some serious rug burn, bruising, and good old fashioned blood. I laughed so hard I could hardly talk. . .

We came home on Sunday, unloaded the van, put the kids to bed, and started work on Monday morning.  Whew!  Now, it’s the 4th of July and I’m doing laundry and catching up on some very neglected household duties before we head off to a bbq and fireworks tonight.  Off to clean  up the kitchen. . .