Saturday, May 31, 2008
My knee's are doable, I'll run and get the other knee brace today.. It is humid and rainy and chance of good storms today....... I love days like this. Kids got up early and helped me clean the house........ i really do have good kids, i just have to remind myself of this.
I have a million and one things to say.......but Sammy and his Friend Devin are patiently waiting to take over the Internet for their XBox 360 game.
So i'll try and update what has been going on later.......
Make it a good one
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
My brother John had to modify my workouts some what.... believe it or not I am too strong!!! yeah that is what i thought. My body gives up way before I do :0), which i guess i don't listen to warning signals too well. Hey Gina, do you remember that evening we walked/hiked 7 miles! What were we thinking??? Yesterday Bill and I walked the trail about 2 miles, My soul wanted to keep walking..... but i knew my body i.e. my legs, feet, knees. would be crying for the rest of the afternoon. But esp on trails that I don't know, i just keep wanting to see what is around the next bend, what is over the next hill..... there were so many canoe's and kayaks in the river yesterday, i am seeing the little town of Saltsburg becoming a little outdoorsy fitness type of town there are so many trails and so many rivers and streams. At the trail head where we parked, it was filled with cars! biking, hiking and canoeing all in one area. Back to the hike now, Bill walks so far ahead of me, but i don't mind. i go my own pace and it gives me time to look and think and enjoy the moment. I am on an appreciate Billy week, so bare with me, but i guess i just really have been looking and seeing what he does for me. from waking up with coffee in bed, to putting away the dishes in the dishwasher, from washing the laundry and bringing it up to me to fold to limit the time I am on the steps with my bad knee. Grilling me a piece of chicken so I can have it as soon as I get home from work. from knowing when I've had an extra busy day, so when i walk in the door, i have a hot tub of water ready and waiting. And lets just forget about me for a second. ....... I watch him with the kids, he makes sure Katie's car has good tires on it. He knows that Andrew's favorite hot dogs are Nathans, so he's sure to buy them for him, he is forever making Sammy evening snacks... ( Sam has an appetite that can't seem to be satisfied right now) I hear him and the kids out in the living room during a Penguin Hockey Night... they have so much fun. ( i am usually in my room reading or watching a movie.. sorry Kim's mom). He is not perfect, neither am I, but I guess having a good marriage takes a lot of work, It seems the first couple of years are the "honeymoon years", and then it seems that many women, speaking about ME!, seem to find every little fault to bitch and complain about, all of the sudden habits we knew our husband always had, suddenly grate at our very nerves.. and we spend years trying to change the habits........ and then If marriage survives that, it seem that Acceptance takes place and a comfort is found, a deeper commitment and a deeper love.... different than the first stage of love when everything is googly and giddy!!!....... Oh i can't seem to explain myself right now.... I have a brother who got married just 6 months before me, and their marriage is so messed up right now....... if they can just get beyond........ the sadness of not talking to each other, when you are around them....... you can see the tension in the air, you can smell it and feel it. Oh well........ i pray that God helps them....... there are two kids involved. and both seems to be leaning on wrong people.. instead of each other...... it all spells disaster to me!!
Okay enough of that. I do have some paper work to take care of at work, I work tomorrow and then I think i have like 6 weeks off, Johnny is NOT happy with my eating...... I am not eating enough, and it seems I'll eat most of my calories *1500 in a period of 3 or 4 hours. usually in the evening. And i am Not drinking enough water... so i have a feeling he is going to really buckle down with me the end of this week. i babysit Thurs and Fri..... and then some Me time,
Monday, May 26, 2008
At work today until 2pm, Bill is off work, so on days that he is off, he likes to bring me to and pick me up from work, I like the curbside service i get. and I don't think work is going to be too busy, as most doctor offices and such are closed, so maybe I'll get a walk in before the rain comes, or maybe some extra reading.....
Have a great week folks,
Saturday, May 24, 2008
Thursday, May 22, 2008
Katie is with Drew while i am here at work. I originally requested today off too. but there was no one to work. So i am here until 9pm. I've been busy with paper work and such, but not many students right now. However i must say it is taking me a long time to write this, I keep getting interrupted. I hate when people think i am working when i am here at Kiski :0), *i am joking of course.
Bill is so sweet, and I think i need to appreciate him more. it isn't right that the people we love the most we tend to take for granted. *lecture from Christina and Drew this week. My kids have always loved Bill but i think recently they've gained a new respect for him. They see how he treats their Daddy. if you remember, Bill helped get Albert(my X husband) a job working with him. and I must say Bill is so good to Albert too. Yesterday was a nice reminder how things work with Us. Bill made sure Al could get off without any problems, Albert came up at to wait with me at the hospital with Drew, and then Al's parents came, and then Bill came. Drew had a private room so we were all allowed to hang there. You could not walk in and know that there was the father, and stepfather sitting side by side chatting away. When my kids become adults....... they will KNOW, and Appreciate the life we gave them. Any other man other than the man God choose for me might not have kept things going so smoothly........ gee, I guess God DOES know what he is doing :0).
Kim's brother Cliff http://faithrevolution.com/ had a really good "writing" on his blog , hard to believe this is the same Man that posted the short bus picture. But since i read his blog.... i keep singing the song "the touch of the Masters hand in my head ......and you just gotta understand, i don't have much room in my head right now to have a song play over and over and over again.
I am in the process of beginning several doctor appointments and such down in Pittsburgh to deal with my stomach and Lungs :0) We will find out once and for all if I have Asthma, Many of the pulmonary tests require you to be healthy, and not have lung issues at time of testing. it has been 3 years in a row that i ended up sick enough to be hospitalized... i do not want to repeat that again.
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
Yes , Sam would Kill me.... one, if he knew i took this picture, and two , if he knew I posted it on my blog........ He's my baby and i think he is so cute :0)! I have this thing about making sure my bed is fixed and "fluffed" just right... i love getting into a nice bed at night. It seems like as soon as i get the bed made, one of my children loves to crawl into it........ mainly i think to just tick me off. well the other evening I was sitting on the chaise in my room, when he came and plopped on the bed and started chatting away...... mid sentence he stops talking..... i look up from my book and there he was..... sound a sleep in MY bed, I let him nap, he is growing so fast and furious right now, and his stomach is a bottomless pit. We have to buy him shoes every 6 weeks. He is 13 years old, He is only 5'4 or 5'5 right now, but he has huge hands and feet he needs to grow into... his shoes, two weeks ago were 13's, and I can see that the 14's aren't far behind!! He is the most mellow of my children. he is so easy going now...... hmmm I wonder if that will change when he turns 16. Gosh I hope not.
Obviously since i am posting twice today, I must not be busy at work, this has been a very very slow day here so far. Actually i am not sure there is life on this campus, where did everyone go? Oh I am not complaining, I've been busy enough to say the least. and I am so tired right now. I am not even close to eating the amount of foods that I am supposed to do. Gee I can't even really walk outdoor right now while I am on campus. I don't mind getting wet, actually my favorite hikes have been in the pouring rain. it's just I wouldn't look vary professional coming back to my office like a drowned rat now would I?
Do you know what? I really love my husband. there are times I will look at him and want to poke his eyes out (remember Kimmie) but deep down, really and truly i adore him. He loves me and supports me so much. it is nice being loved for Me and what I am on the inside. I think it is because of Bill that I am truly happy with myself. there are so many dimensions to who we are. and people need to take the time to look at that.
Now Summer is my worst season, and I hate the heat so I am not complaining too much. Actually I've been too busy working to enjoy the weather one way or the other. Today i babysit in the morning and work at Kiski in the afternoon. Yesterday i was so tired, I came home and crashed.
Andrew has surgery tomorrow to open up the passage way in his nose. He is going to be miserable for a day or two, but i don't think it is going to be as bad as his last nasal surgery.
Katie graduates in a couple weeks, my first to graduate, I know if i blink again the others will follow very quickly, that is how fast time seems to fly right now.
Patti will be here soon........yeah, I am so excited. She is so down to earth, yeah she may like shoes, and pedicures, and shoes, and her nails done, and shoes. She can be comfortable in a Ritz Carlton, or she can be comfortable in a Country Home in Pa. I can be just Me, and i know that is cool too. I don't know i am just excited about seeing her, and i am not fretting about everything being "just so"... maybe i am growing up and learning about what life really is about....... it's about friendships, and laughter, hot tea, and sappy movies, and maybe we will throw in some good food too . Oh Patti and you are coming on the infamous Historical Saltsburg Canal Days. it is so tiny and quaint, with Crafts, and Antiques, and Food and kids, and music and fireworks......... Kimmie is hoping we get our fill of quaintness there, cause she just can't see staring at Amish folks for an entire day yet again :0)....
Well I should get going soon, I've got a long day. Make it a good one folks
Sunday, May 18, 2008
If Dad were still alive, he'd have been 67 years old on Friday! he died 14 years ago on January 4th 2004 During one of the worst snow storms that I remember. it was so hard to get to Mom, many of the roads were closed..... Dad died right after work, we couldn't even get to the hospital where dad's body was, thankfully my brother Chris lives near the hospital and he could get there. Dad had such a hard life, a very abusive mother, who when he was 8 years old,left him home for weeks at a time while she went out "catting" around. And when she didn't leave him at home, she'd take him with her to all of the local bars, Dad became an alcoholic before he was 18 years old. To make a very long story short, He and Mom were childhood sweethearts, married at 17 year of age, 8 children later. Mom the rock, Dad the alcoholic! in 1982 dad gave his life over to Jesus..... and immediate changes took place..... dad stopped drinking and smoking, he started traveling from church to church, prison to prison, from half way houses, and homes filled with troubled boys. talking about alcoholism, and how God changed his life. Mom and Dad had 12 wonderful years together, without the demons of alcohol and abuse! My mom and dad were made for each other, even before he was saved, and even through it all. they stood by each other, i always remembered them sitting on the couch and holding hands, My mom ALWAYS greeted dad with a hug and kiss..... after he was saved, it became even "gushier".!!! but through it all, my dad , never missed a day of work, he never missed a football game, or a softball game, or a choral concert.... and i must say that I was daddy's girl, actually i still AM daddy's girl. And when i had Katie, oh my, what can I even say..... Dad adored her and spoiled her something terrible. Katie was 4 when Dad died, but even she remembers, from the time she could walk.........every Saturday morning was her and "Pappy" day. they'd go to McDonald's for breakfast, and then hit a toy warehouse, or a pet parade, or a local park....... Andrew was two when Pap died, and Sam was conceived right after Pappy died, I've always thought that maybe dad picked out angel Sam and asked God to send him to us, (Sammy was born about a week before the 1 year anniversary death of dad)... I know he is up in Heaven, and I know that God allows him to peak in on us every now and then. I am pretty sure, that He and Mom are pretty good friends there too. I miss him so much, and his life was a Miracle it truly was. I wish i had the words and the time to explain it....... but i can't. Daddy, I love you! You would be thrilled with Bill, and the kids you've got to be so proud of....esp your little princess Katie, you know, i think that maybe you had something to do with the beginnings......of the "princess" thing! but that is okay. She is turning out to be a pretty "cool" young woman. Give mom a hug from me, and tell her I send my love......
Friday, May 16, 2008
This same group of girls, oh they've had their share of problems and fights, and even breaking off of the "girl click" for a steady boyfriend or two. But these girls always seem to come back to each other. Today my daughter left with these same girls from my home for their senior trip, They spent the night together. The changes were....... first of all they couldn't come early, some worked, some had the school concert to attend, some made a promise to her uncle that she'd come and watch the penguin game with him (that would be Katie). ... but at 9:45 last night, they started coming in, and then Katie and Brandi (first girl here) decided to go pick up the other girls so they didn't have to take all the cars in the morning....... you see Katie went, not me........ I went to bed, and didn't fall asleep until i knew they made it back safe...... a trail of duffel bags, and blankets and pillows, quietly went to the game room, put in a movie and chatted with soft voices for an hour or two so they say, They wake up slowly, with innocent faces and messy hair to cinnamon rolls in the oven.... in a rush, they take the rolls with them, wrapped in aluminum foil, i wet a few paper towels and put them in a zip lock baggie, (for their sticky hands you know! )....... and they rush out the door with a trail of duffel bags, blankets and pillows to catch the bus for their senior trip. Katie comes back, and hugs me and kisses me on the cheek, and says "bye I love you mom" ....... okay maybe somethings don't have to change!!!
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
I was on the phone not even sure who I was talking
to, If it was YOU, i apologize. And the reason I am assuming that Sammy took this, is because of the other stupid pictures before and after this shot. some of his goofy pictures he takes........ But this sums me up over the past weekend, don't get me wrong, I had a wonderful weekend, but I am just so tired. And Monday started with me leaving the house at 7:15am, working all day, going with Katie to an awards banquet and coming home at 9:00 pm, that is almost 14 hours, and I think I have my week scheduled pretty much like that. a couple more weeks of double duty :0)!
I did have a very relaxing weekend though, the kids took me out for breakfast of Saturday, did the majority of the housework, and then my brothers came for steak and veggie kabobs on the grill, we didn't have dessert, my brother who L.O.V.E.S sweets was bummed, he thought that there would be cake, since in was my birthday, but no cake !!! He lived, he is the diabetic, he didn't need it. Bill and the kids got me a beautiful weeping cherry tree. And then Sunday morning I had breakfast in bed, and don't get me wrong, I loved it, Katie and Sammy cooked it for me, they are NOT the cooks in the house, ........ i am just saying!........ okay Katie, i gotta tell them. they, meaning Katie and Sam decided to make me my favorite eggs........ hard boiled, they see me making them on most mornings..... well, Katie used my tea kettle to heat water, put the water in a bowl, and placed the egg in the water...... and then set the timer for 2 minutes. ummmm........... let me say this.............. in the nicest possible way........... there was nothing cooked about this egg, nope, nothing. I boil my eggs on the stove for a good 5 minutes on a rolling boil, i never make them the way her and Sammy did...... but they did make me cream of wheat, almond butter toast and jam....... , banana, and a package of fruit snacks, i am not sure why there was a bright yellow tinting around the edges of my cream of wheat, i did eat it though. the rest of the afternoon was very relaxing, watching old movies and doing Nothing.
Well i gotta get going right now.........Christina if you read this early, give me a call........ Kimmie prob talk to you soon, and Patti you'll be here oh so soon....... :0)
Thursday, May 08, 2008
Look at my kids when they were babies, how time flies, i think Sam was 1 1/2, Andrew was 4 and Katie was 6
I have been so busy, i am almost going crazy, it seems like I am always working and then running errands or going grocery shopping, or taking a kid here or there... today I babysat until almost 1pm, and Katie decided to take me out to lunch just me and her, for my birthday combination mothers day......... we went to Olive Garden, and then did a little shopping. She is so sweet and you know what, doing that was worth a million trillion dollars...... because how can you put an amount on time spent with your first born and only daughter? She made me get my favorite thing, and told me not to worry about how expensive it was, i did have the stuffed pasta with shrimp, it was sooooo go and then we met Bill and went grocery shopping....... yoi, i am getting to hate the grocery shopping thing...... but these boys just eat so much......... and they are so active, well most of them, and going through growth spurts, they need all the food they can get :0)!!
Wednesday, May 07, 2008
I was able to see Christina for 1 minute and 10 seconds yesterday, I walked into her house, we spoke, and she walked out :0)! Good thing I am secure in our friendship. But i did get to enjoy Megan's company for a while, what a sweetie, and she is really really looking radiantly pregnant right now.... Gosh i think i love Chris' kids almost as much as my own. Speaking of My own. Katie stopped down at the golf course for a moment.......and stayed all evening. Chris' Mother in law took her out golfing for the first time, and from what I hear.......Katie did really really well... she goes back for a lesson with Maryann on Thursday....... World look out, well at least the golfers on the same course as Katie Look out........ it scares me just thinking about it :0). Katie graduates from high school in a few weeks, where did the time go? I mean I think i just brought her home from the hospital...... I've sure enjoyed the journey though, and look forward to the next phase with an adult daughter......I guess really it isn't that sad, it is a part of life....... and i have been blessed.
Oh Patti comes in a few weeks, looking forward to that, as well as Kimmie hanging here too. we gotta check out Amish country again...... and surely we can manage a walk at one of the beautiful trails........ I know Kellie's life is up in the air, and nothing can be planned in advance........ but oh how nice it would be if she could sneak away for a day or two ....... wishful thinking......... gee it is even wishful thinking that Christina can hang with us at some point..... ;^p
I am really busy at work right now, and it is taking me hours to write this short blog. so i think I'll just "hang up" right now and maybe talk to you later :0)
Monday, May 05, 2008
Silvy~~~ sandi are you coming today?
Me~~~ oh Silvy i didn't know i was supposed to come today, i am scheduled for tuesday.
Silvy~~~ oh my, I forget to tell you, I don't need you Tuesday, Maria can't do it today.
Me~~~ I'll be there in 15 minutes
I threw on old clothes, flip flops, who really cares what my hair looks like, besides, since i've cut it short....it pretty much looks the same out of bed, or when I've spent 10 minutes primping with it, hmmm, not sure if that is a bad thing or a good thing. I tossed in a sugar free pudding and a Kashi Cereal bar( which i rarely if ever eat) so that i don't starve myself. Shut the partially boiled eggs off, and headed out the door......
I love watching this little guy, He is so cute. His mother is originally from Argentina. He speaks both English and Spanish, so he is actually teaching me a little Spanish! He loves having his picture taken with my cell phone, this picture we are lying on the floor looking up, and i "helped" him snap the picture. So although it wasn't in my plans, I do not mind watching him. I was able to run back home, eat something with Protein, pack my food for the afternoon, and change clothes and than return to Kiski for my evening Job.......... just a few more weeks of both, and considering how quickly time seems to go, it won't be long until my crazy schedule slows down some.
Yesterday was my "day off" No exercise or I should say no formal exercise, and no keeping track of what I eat.... and funny thing, out of the blue Johnny asked me last night to think about what I ate..... and guess what, i hardly ate at all, so i am actually NOT eating on my off day. I didn't have breakfast, i think i had a sugar free pudding as a snack and I ate dinner, a few wings on the grill and I had a cup of ice cream with fresh cut strawberries sweetened with splenda., and that was it...... gee that wasn't good. I don't think i even had supper.... hmmm, bad girl, I am a bad girl!!! The day before though, Bill and I went out to breakfast, I ordered a veggie omelet made with egg beaters, 1/2 cup of seasonal fresh fruit, and 1 piece of whole grain toast. it was delicious, and honestly, i didn't feel deprived at all.
I am for the first time in weeks feeling really tired, I am breathing fine, and my stomach is fine, i truly feel that i am just getting burnt out working morning to night and then trying to catch up on household things on my days off.
I haven't seen much of Christina lately........she is getting so busy, and I am pretty sure that she had a busy weekend, you can't even begin to imagine how hectic her summers get. .. i am just remembering last year.......YOI!!!
Well I have a lot to do today at work, make it a good one
Sunday, May 04, 2008
Saturday, May 03, 2008
I was so tired last night, i left the house at 8am and returned at 9:30 pm. it makes such a long day. My entire month of May will be like this.... so it is all about organization and having the family chip in around the home.
Oh and you know what............... it's all green right now.......yup, it seems you go to bed with just the whisper of budding on the tree's in hues of brown and red and then you wake up to 20 different shades of brilliant green, just like that. Spring and Summer were never my favorite seasons, but let me tell you, ever since Larry built me this porch...... I've come to love and appreciate all the seasons a little more.
Well it is time i get ready to start my day. Kellie hope you are doing okay and that you are seeing some improvements with Nathan, hope you are able to jump those little hurdles. you've had such big hurdles lately! Christina enjoy your "girls" they are both so sweet and so different. I may just pop in for a moment, or I am sure you can pop in here to see Louie. He is so sweet ( my brothers dog who he rescued from "death row" at the humane society, where he volunteers to walk/run the dogs) Patti if Jeff has absolutely any of you in him.......... he will not only survive, he will win!
and Kimmie, 2 days of not talk to you......... yoi!!! these long days we are having are for the birds........ speaking of which, i think i'll go on the porch and drink my coffee before the day starts for me