Friday, February 29, 2008

Sick Day

Emily caught it. She has the bug. I kept her home from school today because I just KNEW if she went (which she wanted to), I would be getting "the call". Charlie has been next to her all day.

Thursday, February 28, 2008

How May I Help You?

Wow, I know from reading the other blogs, people are busy! As for me, my life is exhausting me! I always manage to put too many irons in the fire. And here I am again. I have so many things going on at once, I can hardly stand it.

One thing that will be finishing soon, is my religious education class. I am in the home stretch. Lately it has been very demanding. It seems that I have been at the church multiple times a week for the past few weeks. Last Sunday we went for the 10 am mass, and stayed until almost 5:30! It was a lot of sitting, but very strange how so much sitting can be so tiring!

This Saturday, I have a 12 hour scrapbook crop at another church. For Laura, Stephanie and I, this is "our thing". Stephanie's sister puts on the shindig and this will be our 3rd year attending. If you have never done something like this before, it is something you HAVE TO BE PREPARED FOR! There is nothing worse than sitting for 12 hours, spinning your wheels!

With so much going on, do you even think I'm prepared for Saturday? Nope. I have SO much to do, as I sit here hammering away at the keyboard, lol.

The whole point to my story is.... that I am Thankful. Today while picking up Greg at the bus stop, my neighbor Steve asks, "Can I get the kids after school today"? (Usually I pick them up). "Absolutely!" I replied.

Then a few moments ago, I spoke to Laura aka "Bonita". I told her that in a bit Greg and I are going to get my check from work. She asks, "Do you want me to drop it off to you after I get out of work tonight?" Is she kidding? ABSOLUTELY!!! This is unbelievable! Now I don't have to leave my house at all for the rest of the day!

So with that, I am so thankful for the nice things people do for me and for each other. I am so thankful that my family has been so patient with me and my craziness lately. I am so thankful that my husband (who is very refreshed from his vacation), hasn't busted my chops about me constantly being on the go. I am fairly certain it is because he knows that this is just "glimpse", and that soon enough, everything will calm down, and we will just.... be.

While you may not have updated your blog lately, just know that I am thinking of you...

Saturday, February 23, 2008

Mumbo Jumbo

I'm sorry it's been a bit since my last posting. I have been "ailing" a lot lately. I think I mentioned before that I had a sinus infection, well long story short, it isn't completely gone, and now I'm on an inhaler. What a train wreck! I guess that goes directly to the comments from Jro and Katrina about what Steroids will do to you! I haven't been able to go visit my Grandma with my photo's either, as I don't want to make her sick too.

Anyway, I did get my photo's and here they are...

Myself, with Cardinal Adam Maida, and my sponsor Donna

The alter of the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament

The view at the back of the church...

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

And the Award Goes To...

I think I deserve the wife of the year award. Dennis has been in South Carolina visiting my brother and sister in law since Sunday. Not too long ago, I realized that he is doing so much... for everyone BUT himself. He has been diligently working at my parents on their bathroom for a couple months now. He works, and works overtime, and NEVER does anything for himself. He's such a wonderful guy.


Everyone needs a break. He NEEDED this break. So I gave it to him. I bought him a round trip ticket to S.C. to go swing golf clubs for the week. He arrived on Sunday to 74 degree weather and has golfed almost every day, including a tournament with my brother. Those two are a piece of work when they are together. My brother jokes that Dennis's driver is a dinner plate on a stick. Trust me. When golfing, if you don't watch his ball leave the Tee, forget it. You'll never see it again. He's the only person I know that can drive the green on a par 4 hole.

It has been a crazy week. While he has been gone, I've been running full speed with Tastefully Simple and decided to "organize" our office in the process. WHAT was I thinking? Now I'm running full speed with a garbage can to get it all back in place! I mean what is the point of sending him away to "refresh" if he's going to come home to the reminants of an F5 tornado? lol.

I miss him so much, but sincerely hope that he got what he needed. He's such an amazing person, and very giving at that. I look forward to his arrival tomorrow.

Monday, February 18, 2008

Rollin' Like a Freight Train!

That's how I feel after attending the Tastefully Simple Regional conference in Dearborn this weekend. I can't express to you enough, how happy I am that I joined this company. You know... you have a party from some other type of company and do you ever hear about the person that started the company? At our conference, not only did we learn more about Jill, the CEO and Founder, but she showed up TWICE! I swear to you, it was like Oprah. One of our team members was up on stage talking (to about 215 ppl), and was going to introduce a man, next thing you hear is, "Wait a minute, I have something to say", and at the same time, Jill, comes bolting out of the curtains. Everyone went bananas!

I joined this company because A. I love their products as most of them are preservative free, B. Most of them are all natural, and C. I love doing the parties. Jill talked to us about so many different things, including why and how she started this business. It was after her husband died suddenly and she was alone with her 5 year old son. She just had an idea, and thought it would help them to get by, and it took off from there! Now Tastefully Simple is nationwide!

I came out of there so jazzed, I can hardly stand myself. I had a party yesterday at a friends house, and we had a riot. It was so much fun, and now I'm working on getting my calendar filled. So this week, while the kids are out of school, I'm devoting some time to "office organization" and to getting more parties on the books for March.

The new Spring/Summer line starts on March 1. I can NOT wait to try the Samba Sangria. Helloooo Lover!


Thursday, February 14, 2008

So Happy to be 36!

Yesterday was my birthday. A few days prior, all I kept thinking was... In four years, I'm going to be 40. I'm the youngest in my family of six... and I'm going to be 40. It was sort of sad, because I realized how fast life is passing by.

Then something happened.

On the 12th, I visited my dentist to have some cosmetic work done. She gave me the novocaine injections then waited for a few minutes. Those few minutes seemed to be the longest minutes of my life. Something happened to me. I felt extremely strange. My arms and legs were numb and tingly. My chest felt heavy and my breathing seemed labored. OMG... am I allergic to novocaine? was all I could think.

I suddenly started thinking about life threatening allergies. Unfortunately when someone finds out they are "allergic" to that degree, the consequences are fatal. I remembered giving Emily and Greg kisses that morning as I sent them out the door for school. Would that be the last time I would see them? Would that be their last memory of me?

The tears started streaming down my face. I was suddenly scared that whatever reaction I was having would take me away from them. I had to sit up and regroup. I felt bad for the dentist because I know all too well, that an uncooperative patient can really take it's toll on you as a health care provider. I told her I felt strange, but in my mind, I also thought... am I that nervous about this procedure?

After a few minutes, the bizarre symptoms had passed, and we got on with it.

Yesterday I turned 36. I can't tell you how wonderful I feel that I turned 36. Suddenly the sun is brighter. I am so happy to be ALIVE, no matter what my age is. Truth be told... I still feel like an 18 year old... so it's all good.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Keep your eye on the ball...

Today after picking up Greg from school, we went to "Mom's Cafe", aka the kitchen. He sat up on the counter while I started to make his macaroni and cheese.

Mr. Man has a loose tooth. It will be the first to fall out. As a mom, it is so sad to see, because it is yet another indicator that your baby, is indeed growing up. He's getting "man teeth".
During our dental inspection, I wiggled his tooth to find it is getting looser by the day. Then I checked out the "man molars" that are coming in too.

Suddenly it became an anatomy lesson. He has the cutest little uvula I have EVER seen. It is so short and pointy.

u·vu·la: the small, fleshy, conical body projecting downward from the middle of the soft palate.

Photo taken from the internet.

I inspected his tonsils (The tonsils are on the R & L of the Uvula) and his teeth too. Then I showed him my uvula. At first he didn't see it, then there it was... "I SEE THE HANGY BALL!".

Sunday, February 10, 2008

I Have A Confession...

Well here it is. Only a few of you know this, but now all of you will know.

Since September, I have been attending the RCIA classes (think catechism for adults) at our church. Out of everyone in my family, with the exception of my baptist mom, I am the only one that has never made my holy communion in the catholic church.

When we were married, we were married by a catholic priest, but did not have a mass at our wedding. Our children are baptised Catholic, and Emily has made her holy communion. It is very strange to sit in the pew and watch your child walk up ALONE to receive communion. It just doesn't feel "right".

I have not spoken too much about this to anyone, because it is very personal to me. It is something I have wanted to do, my entire life. It completes my religious education, and completes a missing piece of my life... to me.

One of the main reasons I have not blogged about this, is because I don't want anyone to think I am becoming a bible thumper or holy roller. It doesn't change who I am to you, but changes part of who I am... to me. Plus I can walk with Emily up to communion. Does that make any sense?

Now you are wondering why I would even choose to tell you this now.... Because today, I had an amazing experience. With my confirmation sponsor, and my entire RCIA class, we went to mass at our church, then went down to the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament, where we were presented to Cardinal Adam Maida.

I can not even tell you how stunningly beautiful the Cathedral is. Never before have I ever seen anything like it. My eyes were as big as baseballs, trying to take everything in, hoping to not ever forget this AMAZING experience.

As if it couldn't be any better, they announced names of people that attend St. Mary's Parish in Milford... where I was baptised. I took it as a "sign" that this is the right time for me.

At the end of it all, we took a tour. Where we learned that an artifact from a saint is embedded into the alters of most churches, including that of the Blessed Sacrament. Finally, we met the Cardinal. I equate this to meeting the Pope, which I may never do in my lifetime. He is a very gracious man, and very warm. He asked a few questions, and I answered. Then we had a photo taken together. The photo is on my instructors camera, so that is why I haven't posted it yet.

For some very odd reason, I have ALWAYS been very uneasy around priests, and nuns. Don't ask why, because I'm not sure of the answer. But I can tell you that meeting the Cardinal and speaking to him, was like meeting the neighbor next door. The man who watches out for you.

I will be making my Holy Communion and Confirmation on the Saturday before Easter, at the Vigil - during a candle lit ceremony. To make things even better, my niece (who is also my god daughter) and my nephew will be making their sacraments with me on that special night.

Thursday, February 07, 2008

Snow Day!

Finally... after watching the children of Livingston County have half a month off due to snow, our kids are FINALLY out for a day. The kids have slept all morning. Plus I awoke to the smell of FRESH brewed coffee... the best coffee I've ever had, made by my dh.

It's the start of a WONDERFUL Day!

Wednesday, February 06, 2008

54 days and counting...

And it ISN'T about spring..... It's coming. The excitement is almost palpable.

Tuesday, February 05, 2008

It's Coming....

You can almost smell it in the air.... 55 Days to go...

Sunday, February 03, 2008

Some Things Never Die...

Mike and Donna are our daughters godparents. We spent Saturday afternoon with them, enjoying their company, and that of Donna's sister and her parents. It was their little girls birthday. For some odd reason, things from 100 years ago always seem to rear their ugly head when we are together.

Last night... Toilet Paper. A while back... approximately 10 years ago, when they lived in another house, I informed them that after using their bathroom, I "fixed" their toilet paper. They had it going under, instead of over. My theory is that you should have it going over so that it is a couple inches closer to you.

Mike swore up and down that it had to go under so that it came off the roll easier or some odd reason that I chose not to remember.

For a long period after that discussion, I would "fix" their toilet paper, and he would "fix" ours. Then last night... It came up AGAIN. It was then that I realized that I hadn't "fixed" theirs in a long time.

So now a poll... and a comment. If you would, please vote your thoughts. Over or Under. And if you want to comment, go for it. I would like to know what you chose and why.

Happy Voting!