Wednesday, October 29, 2008


Just wanted to check in and say hi...Hope ya'll are having a good week. Just another crazy week in our house. Nothing especially interesting just normal stuff that my life is made of.

A couple of items of interest...I'm sleeping GOOD for the first time in who knows how long and I have energy I never dreamed of. I'm not tired 24/7 and it feels GREAT!! I'm beginning to accomplish some things around here and I'm able to run errands, exercise and be a normal mom.

Monday morning I got up and went to the gym with my friend and walked 2.25 miles!!! That's the most I've gone since I started exercising again the first of September and I probably could have gone more but since I had not exercised all week I decided that I didn't want to overdo it.

After exercising I went home and got the family organized then went to see Fireproof with my friend. If you haven't seen it yet, HURRY to your nearest theater and see it! It is worth the money to see it in the theater. My friend and I both enjoyed it and were convicted to make changes in how we treat our spouses. Later that evening I went to Lifeway and bought the book Love Dare, which is the premise behind the movie. I'm planning to start putting it into practice November 1 and I'm going to sit back and watch the changes that I know God will make happen!

Tuesday I took That Other Kid to karate class and there was a new little boy who joined class. It was nice to see the Little Dragons welcome a new participant in the class. It's also nice to see someone else join the class, since for the past few weeks there have only been 2 boys in the class. There are 2 more kids that have been coming, but they were absent for a few weeks and they are back now, too. Now we have 5 in class! It's good to have that competition and see how these 4, 5, and 6 year olds naturally compete with each other and work together all at the same time!

Today I helped a dear friend pack a few boxes for their upcoming move. They are moving on Saturday and it was bitter-sweet. I don't want to see this wonderful friend move, but her husband has been living and working in the Houston area now for 6 months so they need to get moved so they can be a family again.....but it was hard to see all their things being packed away. I'm truly going to miss them and I know that That Kid will miss their oldest son, as he was the first friend he made that lived in the area once we moved here nearly 5 years ago. They are planning to get together sometime between now and Saturday....I hope it happens! Diane, you will be missed!!!!! I will be praying for you! I love you!

Tomorrow I am planning to go VOTE since Texas has early voting available!! I don't want to take a chance that I might be busy next Tuesday and forget. This election is too important to skip it!Please make plans to Vote!! Remember every Vote counts!!

Well I guess that covers my week...I gotta go to bed...AND SLEEP, YEAH!!!

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Crazy Busy

That's the best way to describe the last week of my life. So much has happened I didn't even have time to document it! I'll try to give a brief rundown now and then maybe next week it will slow down a little and I can detail it a little...but right now there are no guarantees!

Last Saturday was That Other Kid's last hockey 101 class, which is the last skate class before he could start "actually play"hockey. He passed his class and we signed him up for MINI-MITES, which had already started. They let him join in with a pro-rated price and practice was the next day. Practice is Friday night and Sunday afternoon! So once again I am at the rink 2 times a week! I feel like I'm home again!! I was really missing spending my weekends at the more!

Progressing through my week....Monday I worked out with my friend and then ran errands. Tuesday was Karate.

Wednesday more errands and I got my CPAP mask so I ACTUALLY am able to SLEEP!! It's really a great feeling to only problem with it is that I'm so used to NOT sleeping that I'm having trouble getting to bed early enough to actually get enough sleep. DH has been staying up LATE, too so it has been difficult to sleep while he is still working knowing that he is going to be coming to bed soon and waking me up to talk to me and help him go to sleep. I have to work at going to bed earlier. Of course, I have to get off the computer and try to go to bed before midnight!!! But, I AM SLEEPING and I'm beginning to feel rested...after I wake up in the morning.

Thursday a friend of mine needed a ride to the doctor and it happened to be a couple of miles from the ZOO so I took That Other Kid to the zoo! It was a BEAUTIFUL fall day. Temperatures were ideal and we had a great time! When we were done we picked my friend up and went home to veg!

Friday we went to run some errands and then we went to the park in our neighborhood with some homeschool friends. Once again a great fall day!! I went home real fast and got his bike and he got to ride his bike and play frisbee, and football till he was exhausted!
Unfortunately, he had hockey practice that night so he was TIRED and kept falling down during practice. Oh well...I'll remember not to exhaust him on Fridays!

Saturday....didn't do anything!! It was kindof refreshing!!

Today, That Kid worked all day....I think he worked 6 games today and 6 games yesterday. Busy, busy, busy!!! That Other Kid went to hockey practice and then we came home and went to 2 fall festivals! The first one was a was just down the street at the school and it was a real bummer. The second one was WONDERFUL and it was at a church not too far away! There were bounce houses, candy galore, and games for little kids, not to mention food! and it was ALL FREE!!! I was very pleased!

We came home and he took a bath and went to bed with no argument! I need to do laundry....fold, and hang, but instead I sit here vegging on the computer!! Oh well, now I'm gonna go to bed and SLEEP! YEAH....maybe I'll get close to 8 hours tonight!!

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Tiny Talk Tuesday

Tiny Talk Tuesday celebrates our children and their view of the world. They continually make us laugh and by recording their Tiny Talk we can focus on one of the many JOYS of parenting! If your kiddos made you laugh this week (don't they always), then feel free to share the humor! Check out more Tiny Talks with Mary.

Today was just another day in our house....lots of errands, Karate practice, and a couple of hours of play for That Other Kid and a little veg time for mom at the gym. I just didn't have it in me to exercise, so I didn't! I sat in the locker room and read a great book by Karen Kingsbury. I'll tell you more about that another day. For tonight I want to tell you about the thoughts and conversations going on today with me and That Other Kid. They were quiet interesting...

That Other Kid -- "I got lots magicnations!" (imagination)
That Kid replied -- "No, I got lots magicnations!"
That Other Kid -- "Mommy, who gots more magicnations???"
Me -- I couldn't reply! Why??, cuz I was laughing too much!!

That Other Kid while riding around today told me, "I wanna be a daddy when I grow up, so I can live with you forever and sleep with you forever, like daddy does!"
I had to tell him he would make a great daddy when he grows up, but he would want to live with his wife and kids, not mommy and daddy.
He didn't really like that idea too much....I'll have to remind him of this conversation in about 15 years!

And our last conversation of the day that brought laughter to my spirit....(while he was in the bathroom)
That Kid "Close the door when you use the bathroom!"
That Other Kid, "I can't close the door, I already got my first poop and I can't get off the toilet and get poop everywhere!"

Well that was our day! How was yours???

Friday, October 17, 2008

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month...I'm sure most people in this country know that by now, but my question is what are you doing to help with awareness? Do you ever talk to people about the ways you can avoid Breast Cancer? Do you ever do self-exams? What about the dreaded "mammogram"? It just takes a few minutes of our time....and they BOTH SAVE LIVES!!!

For the past couple of years I have been a supporter of the "Click to Give" Program through the American Breast Cancer Society. It's easy! They send me an email every morning and I click the link and I help women get mammograms who can't afford them. It takes me about 2 minutes every morning. Would you be willing to join in with me and many other women who "click every day"? Here is their link...

you can sign up for reminder emails so you don't forget to click!
Please help someone get a mammogram, who knows it could save their life!! Maybe even your own...just something to think about on this lovely Friday afternoon.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

In The Trenches....

Not literally, but that's the way I feel.

I've been sick this week with the cold/flu that dh so graciously gave me. As I said before, thanks for sharing, dh!

The first 2 weeks of October I ran errands and went to the doctor, or various activites every day, that kept me from exercising, except for 1 day out of 14. Last Monday afternoon I pinched a nerve in my back and that got me so out of whack that there were several days of the week I couldn't even move off the couch or bed without pain and I mean major pain. That got me down in the dumps....depressed.

In September I was really getting into exercise. Actually enjoying it....I know enjoy exercise scary, right?

This week I was planning to hit the gym running so to speak. I was going to meet my friend there and do her entire workout....which is tough, compared to mine! Then I woke up miserable. Achey, tired, stuffed get the idea!

I'm starting to feel pretty good...I would say I'm back to about 80%
of normal, so the plan is to start working out again next week. I'm looking forward to it and I know THAT OTHER KID is looking forward to it. He is sooooo bored at home. He has no one to play with, and all the kids in the neighborhood are older and in "real" school so there is no one to be wild with. He LOVES going to the gym. He gets to RUN, play games, play sports galore, and be with "friends" he may or may not get to see on a regular basis, but he knows no stranger and everyone is a friend so it doesn't matter, EVERYONE is his friend!

So....this is my excuse for being in the trenches of life. I want to pull out of it! I want to get back to my new NORMAL, working out in the morning, coming home to a HEALTHY lunch, and taking care of chores, errands, and working with That Other Kid on his pre-school books. I also want to be available to help That Kid with his classes, should he actually need it.

I want to be healthy enough to be a benefit, not a hindrance to my kids and not feel that I am living in the trenches of life. I'm sure you understand what I am talking about if you are a mom, right??

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Not Worth Much

My blog is worth $1,693.62.
How much is your blog worth?

Apparently my worthless blather is really not worth much in the "blogging business world". Not that I care all that much but I thought my thoughts would be worth a little more than that. Not to mention MY PRICELESS CHILDREN's they alone are worth more than that, don'tcha think??

I found this over at one of my favorite reads A Chelsea Morning. If you've never stopped by you should....I guarantee you'll go back time and time again.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Tiny Talk Tuesday

Tiny Talk Tuesday celebrates our children and their view of the world. They continually make us laugh and by recording their Tiny Talk we can focus on one of the many JOYS of parenting! If your kiddos made you laugh this week (don't they always), then feel free to share the humor! Check out more Tiny Talks with Mary.

When you have 2 children in the same house who are 13 1/2 years apart the little one sometimes feels left out of "grown-up" activities. This has been the case lately in our house....

That Other Kid has decided he doesn't want to be the "second child", he wants to be the "first child", so he has "demoted" That Kid. He now calls himself the first child, so deemed as "That Kid" and our 18 year old is now supposed to be "That Other Kid" is rarely amusing that he doesn't want to be the "other" kid...don'tcha think??

That Other Kid has gone through a major growth spurt the past couple of months and everytime we went somewhere in the carseat he would complain that it was too tight. So since he has met the 2 major criteria for no longer being in a "car seat with harness belt" I removed the harness belts and he is in the car seat/booster seat using just the "grown-up seat belt"! He told me today that he is a "grown-up" when he is in the car now since he has a "grown-up seat belt"!

Well not quiet, little man but the day is coming sooner than I will be ready....that's for sure!

Monday, October 13, 2008

Thank You, DH

Ya know, in marriage you share all kinds of things. The ups and downs of life. You also get to share colds and flus!! Oh, thanks so much.....I now have a cold/flu bug and all I've done today is sit on the couch and blow my nose and surf the internet. What a miserable way to spend a holiday!

On a happier note...I did my sleep study with the CPAP mask and SLEPT ... in REM sleep for a good part of 6 hours Saturday night, Sunday morning. I will now wait for the doctor to order MY OWN MASK, so I can sleep at home in my own bed. Wow!! I can hardly wait for this mask to arrive. I will be able to really sleep, then I will start feeling well enough to exercise and take better care of myself. I'm sooooo excited. And my tech for the night was a Christian and super friendly!! It turned out to be a great night!

Greatest Video Ever!!

Someone on my homeschool list sent this video out this morning. I immediately clicked on it and FELL IN LOVE with it....It is definitely worth the few minutes it took to watch. Make sure you have the sound up....God is GOOD!!

Saturday, October 11, 2008

A Night Away From Home

Tonight I will go for my 2nd sleep study and I'll be tested with a CPAP mask. This mask is supposed to ensure that I breathe and sleep at the same time:) which is a good thing! I'm excited that I will be able to finally sleep and really rest with this mask, but I have some concerns for being gone tonight.

This weekend is a holiday weekend, so that means that there are TONS of hockey games to officiate. That Kid is working tonight and won't be home till about 9:45 and that's if the games are on time and he comes straight home.

That Other Kid doesn't do well if mommy isn't here! He needs his mommy to spend time putting him to bed, reading a story, getting medicine and all the other "mommy comforts". So...I'm going to attempt to put him to bed BEFORE I leave at 8 p.m. His normal bedtime is 9 p.m., so I'm hoping he'll be able to go to sleep an hour early and STAY asleep till morning!

I'm sure I'll sleep GREAT....that is if I can NOT worry about everybody at home!! Prayers will be greatly appreciated!

Friday, October 10, 2008

Pumpkin Patch

I told you yesterday that I am getting into Fall this year. Today was a prime example of that! We went to a Pumpkin Patch that is near our house. We have lived in this house nearly 5 years and I have always wanted to go. The owners of the pumpkin patch are Christians and support a local charity with all their proceeds. Something always keeps us from going....but not this year. My friend and her mom, who is in town on vacation, and I went with our little guys and we all had fun. They had a hayride, pumpkins for sale, bounce houses, a hay maze and a little bit of everything. It was a nice way to spend a fall morning...then we went to MickeyD's for lunch! What a great way to round off the day.

Once again I remembered the camera! I'm on a roll now!! Let's see if I can keep it up....I'm not counting on it, but hey I can dream, right??

I'm so tuff!!

Look at that beautiful clear blue sky!! It's why I LOVE Texas!!

Gosh, the sun is bright!!!

Thursday, October 9, 2008

New Background

I'm not one to really get excited about the changing of seasons usually, but this year seems to be different. Fall is starting to show its colors...slowly! We are able to be outside to enjoy the weather a little more often...and I'm enjoying that! We are in are in North Texas and it's still warm enough in the afternoons to use the air conditioner. By about 7 p.m. we can turn it off, and leave it off till about noon the next day.

I'm looking forward to the cooler weather and the upcoming holidays!
In light of this I decided I wanted something different....

When I saw the new template over at Sarah's I thought it would be fun to try a new blog template for fall. I went through them all and found I like this one.

Hope you like it too!!

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Time to Boast

That Kid has been playing ice hockey now for about 10 years. About 4 years ago he decided he probably wasn't going anywhere with playing hockey so he thought he would try officiating. He started out in the program the fall that he was 14 (4 years ago). He went through a hockey season being "trained". During this training session he officiated with high level officials who had been working all levels of hockey. Once he was finished working this training season, he was free to work as many games as he wanted as long as they were youth leagues, with players younger than he was. Over the past 3 years he has worked hard to improve himself and become a better referee. This weekend his hard work paid off.

He was asked to attend a program, along with 2 other young men, where he met NHL Officials. Not only did they meet them, but they got to have a Q & A with these men. How do they advance? What programs should they seek out to advance?? etc., It was definitely a chance of a lifetime!

He not only got to have this Q & A, but he went out on the ICE with them, during the warm-up between the Dallas Stars and Edmonton Oilers. He talked with the goalie for the Edmonton Oilers and skated with the NHL Officials. After skating the warm-up, they did the National Anthem with the 2 teams and the Officials. After this they left the ice, watched the game, then went down to the locker room with the officials and questioned them about the calls for the game.

What a wonderful opportunity!! And of course, I documented it!!

Entering the ice with NHL Officials

Talking with the Goalie from the Edmonton Oilers.

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Healthy Dose of Reality

This afternoon That Kid got a healthy dose of reality...He has been on our cell phone plan now for about 4 years. He pays us about $30 a month for the privilege of having this cell phone, which covers the Text Message Plan, that he uses almost exclusively. He doesn't like that I monitor his phone use, block some people from being able to communicate with him on this phone, and block the phone from ANY use during the hours he is in his college classes and his math class.

He complains about the fact that he is "an adult" so he should be able to talk to whoever, whenever he wants. My argument is that these are "high school classes" and he needs to be more responsible with his phone usage. This includes NOT TEXTING while he DRIVES....which is why he wrecked our truck, and cost himself $500 to pay the insurance deductible. Basically I am trying to get him to ACT like the adult he claims HE IS!! He may be an adult by age, but he is still acting like a "child", therefore I treat him like a child!

Anywho....he decided he has had enough of all my "butting into his bizness" in regards to his cell phone. He went down to the local Cingular Phone store and tried to get his own cell phone account with a new phone. He came out of there realizing that he doesn't have it so bad. They were going to charge him nearly $1000 to open his own account! Not to mention the cheapest plan he could get with UNLIMITED TEXTING would cost him $60 plus taxes per month! The reason for this outrageous expense? He has NO CREDIT! He is 18, living at home, with a job that he is paid as a sub-contractor! The car he drives, is paid for by us and is from his grandfather!

I realize I should have felt sorry for him, but in reality I was pleased that he wasn't able to open his own account. Not because I don't want him to have his own account, but because it is foolish to spend that kind of money every month, unnecessarily. If he were living on his own, earning a consistent income, and not going to school full time, that would be different. But his reason for getting his own account is so I can't monitor it...well there you go-- a little dose of reality! If someone else foots the bill, someone else gets the privileges and the power!!

I am glad I wasn't the "BAD GUY" this time!! Sometimes reality sucks and sometimes reality is GOOD...this time it was GOOD!!!

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

A Doctor's Report

I went to the Endocronologist this morning....and got some info that will help me feel better so that I can be a better mom, wife, and member of society.

First of all ... I lost 7 pounds since September 4th and he was very pleased about that. I am happy, but it's only about half my goal so I want to do better. That means hitting the gym more, and the fruits and veggies more. The couch, less!!

Secondly, I have a VERY BAD case of sleep apnea. It's so bad that I wake myself an average of 58 times an HOUR!!!! That means I'm getting VERY little REM sleep every night. I have to go back to the sleep study place and get a CPAP mask, which I will do a week from Friday night. Once I have this mask I will actually get a FULL night of sleep! I can hardly wait!! What will I feel like, after getting a REAL night of sleep??? A new woman, no doubt!

The doctor also informed me that I am VERY deficient in Vitamin D, which is also contributing to my tiredness. He gave me a prescription for a MEGA Vitamin D tablet and told me to "go outside"!! So we will be spending lots of time outside this fall, which will make That Other Kid so happy!!

My glucose levels were "a little high", but he told me as long as I continue eating better and exercising and losing weight those will come into line.

I go back in December and he will run another set of blood tests, to make sure things are going good and to see if I am feeling better after the sleep apnea is being treated.

I can't wait!! and hopefully by then I will weigh a lot less!! My goal for October is to work out 4 or 5 days a week and eat 30 grams of fiber per day, with lots of fruits and veggies, and very little JUNK!! If I accomplish theses goals then I should be able to lose between 10 and 15 pounds. 15 pounds is what I really want to lose per month, but I've been told that is kind of a lofty goal! We'll see....

So, my health is slowly improving....and I have some answers!! Yeah!!

How are you feeling?? Please tell me!!!!!!!!