Thursday, September 25, 2008


This is an understatement....It has been a busy 2 weeks! We have been running to soccer practice twice a week and last weekend had a garage sale which I earned a whopping $150 which I have spent already on groceries and gas......UGH! I think I have traumatized the girls as they keep asking me if I am going to garage sale this toy or that toy....maybe I had better keep them out of the decision making of what toy goes next.

We finished up with the garage sale at about 2 p.m., cleaned up and headed to the race track in Memphis to see what my dad and Chris had accomplished on the track. Dad has not ran a maintainer (sp?) for 27 years, but Chris gave him the confidence to try and so therefore dad was in heaven. It took him about 15 minutes to remember how (you know when you have not rode a bike forever and then get back on)! When we arrived at the track (mom, Kathy and her kids, me and my kids) dad was just finishing up on the track work. You talk about the biggest grin I had seen on my dad's face. That was the reward of the day!

The kids, mom, dad, Kathy, Chris and I walked around the track trying to find treasures (LOL) and anything that did not need to be on the track (i.e. rocks, pieces off race cars, etc.) I found a wratchet (Snap-On...yeah for me or I mean Chris). We all found all kinds of stuff that had to be thrown off. Rachel found a string and a piece of metal and had to make a pull rope. She was tickled and that kept her busy! Kathy and I then took the weedeater and mower and trimmed and mowed around the inside of the race track in turns 1 and 2. Talk about sore the next morning, we are wimps!

So to this week we have had Girl Scouts sign up, my nephew was in town for a couple of days (he is in the Army, 82nd Airborne and is leaving for Iraq in October..SCARRY...his brother is already in Iraq...UGH). The girls had soccer practice on Tuesday, oh that is Rachel practiced and Haley practice her whining! She states she was thinking about practicing, but then told grandma that I told her she could not practice (think she has an issue?)! She ended up really frustrating me so we headed to the suburban early to wait for Rachel to finish practice. The crying started to get louder and louder as we head to the truck. She had everyone looking and wondering what was going on, it is awful to be in trouble! I hate making them cry, but enough is enough!

So now it is Thursday and I forgot I had a hair appointment (not good when you look like a hairy ape) and we have soccer practice tonight which Haley has stated she is going to participate tonight (I think the walk to the truck did her good, thanks Andrea for the confidence talk with the library incidence as Haley knew exactly what was coming when I started to leave the field on Tuesday)!

Chris has been running all week trying to get sponsors for a race that he is having in October. He is heading to the race track tomorrow to help get it ready for Saturday. I will go over after Rachel gets home from school tomorrow to finish weedeating and mowing what I want mowed to make it look better (since I am a little picky when it comes to making the grass look good.....go ahead and say I am off my rocker, but.....).

Saturday is the race that Chris has been working toward happening and seeing how this race goes so he knows what to expect for the race in October. The anticipation is killing me and Chris said his nerves are on end, but I think all in all things will be fine. I am excited to see what kind of support Chris has for this race (there is always a butt in a group of people that will say/stir up something, but it will be okay)!

Enough rambling. I will update you next week on the race events and see if I can figure out how to post some pics of things happenings in our lives. Have a wonderful weekend! Smile, the sun is shining and it is a beautiful day!

Wednesday, September 10, 2008


It is another Wednesday, the sun is shining, the neighbor is mowing, I am finishing up my day with work still trying to figure out what to cook for supper and waiting for Chris to come home, other than that nothing much on the home front.

Rachel has learned her lesson about taking things into her own hands, school is going good for her and she is ready for soccer to start!

Haley is excited about soccer, but keeps questioning when they are going to go....LOL! Guess she does not realize that this crazy weather has screwed up a lot!

The race that Chris has been planning for this weekend probably will not happen. The rain has taken care of that. It is suppose to rain for the next three days, so that means we will be trying to get the race scheduled on September 27th which is also my sister's (Kathy) B-day. We will have to sing happy birthday to her over the intercom and have a cake for her........she will love me for that....

Hopefully we will get to have soccer practice and the game on Saturday, I have my fingers and toes crossed as I do enjoy watching the kids learning how to do the different things and their competitiveness.

Okay off to figure out what to do for supper......everyone have a wonderful evening!

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Hump Day

Well it is hump day and I am sitting here trying to be good and do my work. It is raining and cold and it is just not thrilling me!

Well so far this week we spent most of the weekend with Kathy and her kids. Kathy took my kids home with her Sunday night and the girls really enjoyed that. Haley has never stayed at Aunt Kathy's and she was thrilled to do it. Kathy said she had a visitor in her bed at about 4 a.m., but that is usual for Haley.

I had to work and Chris had to work on his things for the race.

Monday we spent the morning working and then went to Ottumwa to pick up the girls.

Tuesday was trying to get back into routine, but who knows what routine is. Rachel on the other hand decided that she wanted a friend to come over. I had told her numerous times "NO" and I meant no. Well she decided to call this friend and make arrangements for her to come over without me knowing. Her friend showed up at 4:50 p.m., yes that is way too late for a school night. Me not knowing what to say to the mother told her that I would have her child home at 6. Well yes I should have scolded Rachel right then and there, but I was in denial that she had disobeyed my orders. I did not know at that time that Rachel had made the phone call. Anyway after a call to a mother/teacher (yes thank you Andrea) I decided that she would be punished with no TV and no ice cream because those are our things we usually do after supper. Well I had a meeting to go to for 2nd grade parents/teachers so we could see what the kids are doing in class and what they expect from the students/parents. Anyway Chris was on the phone with race stuff, I cooked supper and had to leave. I had no time to tell Chris what had happened.

Needless to say when I got home after the meeting they were watching TV and having ice cream. Rachel was in the middle of her's and I promptly asked Chris to turn the TV off and Rachel had to give me her ice cream. Her eyes were huge when she had to explain to her dad what she did. He was a little bit surprised at her knowing what the telephone number was to call her friend (thank you to caller ID showing up on the TV)! She had to go take a bath, finish her homework and to bed she went. She was upset about the ice cream, not too bad about the TV, but frustrated she had to go right to bed.

Chris wants me to make her miss soccer practice Thursday, but I on the other hand think the point was made. Any thoughts on that one?

So today is Wednesday and we will see what today brings. Hope everyone has a wonderful hump day!!