September 21, 2009

Weekend in Review

So, our weekend went a little like this:
We had tickets to Tony and Tina's Wedding. The whole gang was going: CHB, her mom, Moxie, myself, Jessica, Cornhustler, and some other friends and/or co-workers. CHB, Miss EM, Moxie, and I went last year and we had a great time, so of course we wanted to go again! But, this year, the morning of the play, CHB got sick and after visiting the doctor was not going to be able to make it. So sad...... we loaded up the minivan, not mine before you ask, and headed a few miles away to the Comcast Arena. Out for drinks afterward, rolling home about 2:00 am. Good times!
We thoroughly enjoyed the play and if you have the chance to go, you absolutely must! There are not just ladies there you know. Several men were in attendance with their wives/girlfriends and you could see they were having just as much fun. It is an interactive play (read more here)
Side note: Doodle had an overnight birthday party she was invited to, and because she woke up with the sniffles and a runny nose, she could not go. This made her pretty upset and she was in tears when I left.
The day dawned pretty cloudy, and when I rolled myself out of bed at 9:30, called CHB and wished her a happy bday, the first order of business was coffee and Advil. I had been the d.d. the night before, so it was not the alcohol my friends. It was the dancing! I am getting too old to dance the night away like that!
Lil C was to report to the baseball field 30 miles away by 3:00 pm for a double header. We got the email around 1:00pm that the games were cancelled due to rain. We headed to the hood so the kids could play outside for a little bit before the rain returned. This way Doodle could also play with her friends without infecting them AND quit bugging me about it!
We were in the hood for an hour before the downpour happened. We scooted home, watched a movie, ate some dinner and vegetated the rest of the evening.
Today Doodle had a soccer game. She was starting to feel a little better and was excited to go. We lounged around the house until noon, had a bite to eat and headed to the field. This particular field we were playing at usually resembles a pig's pen after a good rain but thankfully there was enough sunshine it dried out. The game was going well, and Doodle was in the perfect position to score a goal. The goalie was out of the box to the far left. Someone passed Doodle the ball and just as she is about to kick it in for the goal, the referee blows the whistle. Time is up. Game over. She missed her chance to get the goal!!! AAAAHHHH Well, anyway, the Bumblebeez won their game!
We went home, made an awesome dinner, watched another movie and got ready to face another week of school and work. All in all, a pretty tame and uneventful weekend for us!

September 17, 2009

Labor Day To-Do-List Take 2

So, I am sure you are wondering if I ever got these projects done, and if so, where the pics are to prove it? Read your mind did I?
Well, most of them were completed Labor Day weekend. However, once placed in the area in the house I thought they should go, I was unsatisfied and have now been in the process of "tweaking" most of them!
I made great headway last night, so I will share with you soon my friends. For now, try not to visualize any of it because I fear you will imagine something much greater than it will end of being.

September 14, 2009


Picture this: relaxing at some spa, wrapped in a fluffy terry cloth robe, your feet propped up and painted the perfect color, your favorite drink of choice next to you, your belly full of good eats, surrounded by your best gal pals and good tunes on the radio. This thought brought to you by: the mother who wanted to kill the boy child.
I got a call from the school on the 3rd day of school. Yep, you read that correctly. The 3rd day. Let's take a moment to hear what the teacher had to say: eating in class, (a definite no-no) goofing off at his desk, playing with a water bottle that was distracting. After the teacher took it away, he tried to sneak back up to her desk to take it back. Finally, it was all so disruptive that she had to send him out of the classroom.
Are you kidding me? Am I being punked? This is the 3rd day of school! What are we to do with him? Some of this crap happened last year and no amount of grounding, taking away the cell phone, TV, or Internet did any good. Well this year a solution was born. You are a snot at school, (notice here where I held my tongue. there are other words that would have fit just as nicely in this spot!) you don't get to play baseball. Guess who had to miss a game on Sunday?
Do not mess with the system kid. It will come back to bite you in the butt. Maybe this will "learn" you, or as a mother you can at least hope. Come on down Lil C, and take the walk of shame, because this post is for you!

September 13, 2009

P.O.S.Part Two

The words to this song say it all:
Go ahead and take your best shot,
Let 'er rip, give it all you've got,
I'm laid out on the floor,
but I've been here before,
I may stumble, yeah I might fall,
IM Only human but aren't we all?
I might lose my way, but hear me when I say,
I will stand back up,
You'll know just the moment when I've had enough,
Sometimes I'm afraid, and I don't feel that tough,
But I'll stand back up,
I've been beaten up and bruised,
I've been kicked right off my shoes,
Been down on my knees more times than you'd believe,
When the darkness tries to get me,
There's a light that just won't let me,
It might take my pride, and tears may fill my eyes,
But I'll stand back up,
I've weathered all these storms,But I just turn them into wind, so I can fly,
What don't kill you makes you stronger,
When I take my last breath,That's when I'll just give up,
So, go ahead and take your best shot,
Let 'er rip, give it all you've got,
You might win this round but you can't keep me down,
'Cause I'll stand back up,
And you'll know just the moment when I've had enough,
Sometimes I'm afraid and I don't feel that tough,
But I'll stand back up,
You'll know just the moment when I've had enough,
Sometimes I'm afraid and I don't feel that tough,
But I'll stand back up.

September 10, 2009

First day of school

It is here! As mom's and dad's across the nation rejoice in this united fact: their going baaaccckkk! The cries of delight can be heard across the world. Ah, school. Grab your backpacks, school supplies and lunch and out the door you go!

Lil' C is in 8th grade this year. He only allowed us to walk him to the gate of the school from the neighborhood.
Doodle and PIA also get their pics taken together on CHB's porch every year:

Now little PIA has been added to the annual tradition:

These girls look so sweet! Off to school we go:

I wish them the best of luck on this school year. They are growing up so fast....... isn't somebody supposed to tell them to slow down?

September 9, 2009

Paella and Sangria

Have you had paella? Well I haven't either; that is, until Saturday. CHB emailed her dad in Texas and asked for the recipe from Spain for paella so all the Hood Hens could imbibe. We also got the recipe for sangria; thanks Grandpa Rick!

CHB and Moxie Crimefighter shopped a couple of hours on Friday for all the ingredients and the party was set for 2:00 pm Saturday. We were instructed on what to bring, and since we were going to be in the kitchen, bring your apron!

Now many things go in to the sangria, but here is the main one:There was also brandy, triple sec, misc citrus fruits and some other yummy goodness. (Wouldn't want to give you the entire recipe now would I?)

I helped in a big way:

But these ladies did most of the work: As you can see, there is nowhere better to store the sangria than in the industrial soup kitchen sized Bubba Keg. Now for the first sip:

On to the chopping, chopping, chopping! There is pork, chicken, all different kinds of seafood, veggies and rice. This recipe requires all hands on deck though.

Miss Em had seen to all the table decorations:

After some time at the grill, CHB and Jessica call the rest of us over to see this:

It was sooooo good! I kid you not! Every last bite! The kids had hot dogs, go figure, and played in the back yard.

After some fun with the votive holders:

and some dancing on the deck:

a kiddie conga line, and games around the table with the campfire glowing in the back it was time to call it a day. Everyone had a great time.

September 4, 2009

My Labor Day To-Do List

These are my projects for the holiday weekend:
Finish the end table
Work on the window board
Hang up 3 pictures in the house
Get the white board and football display up in the kids room
Finish organizing desk area and papers
Take door off pantry and hang curtain over it
Hang chandelier in my bedroom
Look for fabric to recover old desk chair
Think I can get it all done? We shall see. Wish me luck. Will post the pics as soon as I am done making my place picture perfect this weekend!

September 2, 2009


What do these things have in common?
Soccer practice
Sunsets before 8:00 pm
Cool nights
Rain in the forecast
Warmer coats, scarves, gloves

School supplies?

You guessed it! September is here! I really enjoy Fall. Nothing can beat a sunny day, with crisp, cool air and a hot cider/hot chocolate/chai tea in hand. I like to curl up on the sofa on a Sunday with a good book under a warm blanket and relax.

It also makes me think of one of my favorite movies: You've Got Mail. If you like the movie, you know this quote: "Don't you love New York in the fall? It makes me wanna buy school supplies. I would send you a bouquet of newly sharpened pencils if I knew your name and address." Who says that? Probably the same people who don't have kids and have not spent the last 2 weeks looking all over creation for those very same pencils. The school is VERY particular about what kind they want.
Anyway, I look forward to the leaves changing colors, the annual visit to the pumpkin patch, the soccer games that will go from sunny days to a rainy mess, I will enjoy these last days of sun.