Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Spring is week

I don't feel like words this AM.

So here is everything else

Here is the week
, it is more than a minute.
but worth it.

The did an egg hunt in Rory's class- it was pretty cute. I also hung out there most the morn (because I was unsure of the time/plan) and got to see my baby girl kick butt in the computer math class... Poor nerdy child

Spent the weekend with my fam.. the vid pretty much explains all that...

Lissy did a whole spring celebration thing for the kids, even got Rory a basket full of stuff.
And of course mom got us a big basket of candy !
All is well in the world,
I have chocolate...
Well, I HAD chocolate , until the dog decided to eat a big mouthful of foil covered eggs.
She survived, and she puked up the foil... I am just short a few chocolate candies.
No matter, I have gained enough weight this year.

Poor Ri is still working his behind off at the two jobs.

Jess and Steve are both on vacation - and have spent a few nights hanging out here with me keeping me company, I think they are worried I am going to catch the crazy... but they are late for that.
They have also just fed into my horrible horrible WordWithFriends addiction. It is shameful.

On the subject of my crazy, I signed up for Blogathon2011 .. I have no idea why;
for 1 thing, I find it damn near impossible to post weekly (It's totally Friday, right?)-

and for 2 , I am about as legitimate a blogger as Snookie is an actress...

but hell, if Snookie can get big bucks to speak at a college I can enter blogathon and pic whore daily, Right?

I tend to use blogging as procrastination for laundry,I'll leave you with the thought of how horrifyingly tall my laundry pile must be for me to decide I need to daily blog for the entire month of May..
I'm going to bed now.


(btw- i so totally left stuff out, but I have the whole month to get back to you on it if it was important- now leave me a comment.)

Monday, April 18, 2011

"Every alligator every blackwater swamp Every freshwater spring – everything"

Don't gimme that face.. I know it isn't Friday... it isn't even Sunday- it is already into the new week and I haven't posted...
I have an excuse.

..... um,
I got nothing. I DO have an Iphone of my very own now, and I'd bet money there is an excuse app.
--- Ah well,
here is the vid of the week: (then we'll catch up)


I have been waiting for my upgrade for over a year. - And now that the 4s are out, and they are probably readying for a new iphone the OLD 3gs are cheap, refurbished ones are even cheaper. We are still probably paying less for cellphones than we were the overtaxed landlines. So i am super excited, that pretty much sums up my week , lol unless you want to talk iphone apps.
I do feel a little guilty when people see it. Like it is some huge status symbol of a status we don't actually have.I feel like I have to justify it. ugh. it is dumb.
blah blah blah.

Ri has still been working his poor bum off, trying to fit in time for the occasional bike ride , or surf session,but mostly just trying to fit in a few hours of sleep between the two jobs.. the whole thing has been a bit worse because a few of his coworkers in the seafood dept are having personal trouble and they are short handed.

I did help in Rory's class again Tuesday , they moved their stations around a bit so she was in a different group. She is still with the one boy she works well with , so I am happy for that.

Rory is only a few dollars away from her LaLaloopsy doll goal. She is getting more excited by the day....

She is also excited for Easter. Which other than an occasional egg hunt at a relatives house we've never really celebrated.

School is ruining my non-dom child. She learns about all these weird traditions, and then wonders why the : tradition/pretend elf/ leprechaun/bunny/fairy/lovebug/ creepy nightmare creature bareing cavities , doesn't visit HER house. Oh, I have been meaning to mention, while on the subject- the last holiday such a thing came up.. -flash back
I was unaware people actually did more than wear green , drink heavy beer, or make cabbage/ham for St.Paddy's day. ... then she comes home telling me she HAS to set a trap for a leprechaun to get something from one, She even enlisted the neighbor boys to help her, (they are older and sort of teased her about it)-- but somehow, despite me not doing it, the boys pointed out a trail from the leprechaun and then a knock on our door and there were cute little toys (and clovers from a necklace one of them had been wearing that day ;) ) left out. Rory was so excited she brought them in for show and tell the next day.

Mom , Lissy & Nico came over Thursday bringing a kiddie pool and a sprinkler -

It was super old school style cute. They didn't stay long, but the kids had a good time.

- Pic of my hair, my rosacea has been so so so horrible I haven't wanted to take a pic of my face. I was so so red. it has went down some now. I also need to get my eyes checked as it has started to mess them up too.

Friday afternoon, despite being in awesome health and mood all week, Rory ran a slight fever and got sent home just a bit before the end of the day bell. I still don't know what was wrong with her, all i can think is that she is running slight fevers from her 6 yr molars... but I don't get it?Can't she get a break??
She slept a lot of Saturday morn.. but was fine after that.

The weekend was the bestest. Ri finally had some time off on Saturday, and there was a super awesome festival in town with onE of our FAV performers..
Jj Grey & MOFRO !! ! For five bucks- that is INSANE.

We had went to see them a few years ago with Val and Seth, so she came out with Seth and her Lil sis , and went with us,
we also met up with Ri's sister's

Well, we had to get there 1st.. Ri wanted to walk, or ride bikes - HA! crazysauce..
though, I think the truck didn't want to go either, poor old thing stalled out as we went up the parking garage (which cost more to park than to get into the festival Arg!) Oh, and i stabbed myself deep in my knuckle with a pick thingy that was in the compartment under the window- as I tried to roll my window up... and it stuck so bad it was poking out of my hand and now I have a huge bruise.
But we made it - all the way to the roof of the parking garage

1st , to entertain the kids

I think she was surprised how high the rocket went.
We also checked out a small petting zoo full of the cutest baby ducks.

Now, drinks-
there were HUGE HUGE HUGE lines for everything.. except this soda stand
..I know that guy. he is adorable.
He is cheersing with Val and Seth, and that is Val's younger sis in the background

Seth rode the bull

there were dudes around him betting on which kids could beat their time.

We got a little bit of food and found a spot in the already packed grass around the stage,
and we found Ri's baby sis

She takes pictures..

..... don't ever say I don't post my pic enough

Sari also found their big Sis Mel with the kids, and got us a blanket. Even though the best we could get was the side of the stage we ended up with a pretty sweet spot, that also ended up being in front of the "crazy dancer" zone.

Another thing about Sari..
She rode the bull.
I missed it. I was taking the kid to ride another ride. ...
that's what pictures are for though:
I saw a man in a duck costume ride the bull too- No lie.. but I couldn't get a picture. :(

JJ Grey is AMAZING. Just AMAZING. if you have never heard of him .STOP stop reading this RIGHT now and google him.
.... I'll wait....
how about this song ?

....... Better?

I think from our odd side of stage angle we were actually closer to him than when we went to a concert and slammed ourselves in the front row!

Val got some AWESOME pictures:

The blonde chick is my older Sis in law Mel ..
Ri jumped around soo much he hurt his calf muscles.

.. I wonder if he was the only one:

The crowd (another great pic Val took) .
I spy Sari's hubby too

Rory and I explored a bit while the music played. It was nice to break free of the crowd.
Plus, Pony ride

Then we would come back. Rory cuddled with her cuz a bit- but I couldn't get any decent pic of them without flash.
Me, Ri , Val

Rory was fighting sleep for some reason, we really thought she would boogie all over with all the other dancing kids ( soo many dancing little ones, such a kid friendly event it was awesome)

So I told her we would wait for the last ride to wake her up.
I was far away from the stage while Mofro played my fav song..
but, Rory waited patiently to get tied to a bungee harness over a trampoline.

Wait, what? Are we sure this is safe?!
The child, MY BABY did a flip. Teenagers, and parents standing around were giggling as i shouted. " Good job baby! BE CAREFUL"
and gasped each time
TWICE. she flipped her body completely over, once with a slight tilt. Oh, she was soo proud. She has went on about it to anyone who will listen.

We got back just in time to hear the last song, and head out with everyone. It was amazing. a much needed break . I am really glad Ri got some time off.

Sunday we rested... while poor Ri worked again. Rory did spend some time with the neighborgirl.

And today we returned to the grind. Bike ride to her school and back. Dog walking this afternoon:

Things are still a little up in the air about the coming weekend.
I'll let you know when we figure that one out.

That was a long post. Sorry . Sometimes even once a week ends up a lot to catch up on.

I was reading up on a challenge where you blog once a day for the month of May, maybe I should try. Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm?
Especially now that I have iphone ingeniousness??

Right now though, what I should do is dishes,
Right after this round of WordsWithFriends ...and a few more text messages.
Plus with only 5 minutes until it is officially Tuesday this post needs to be DONE.
Sorry if i left anything out.
Hope your week is starting well


Wednesday, April 6, 2011

I love walking in the rain, 'cause then no-one knows I'm crying.

I should be cleaning ... So , I'll write a blog post.
Been doing a lot of that lately.

I should have cried - but I pushed it off , and watched comedy shows/smodcasts/podcasts and youtubes instead,
I should have recorded some clips of our week... instead I busied myself reading and exercising.
I should have posted a blog AWHILE ago... instead I spent my internet time googling myself and random things.

It has been a helluva week.

I did go out last weekend for the Catfish Festival with my mom. She called me up and suggested we all stay the night at her house and go ( since Ri had to work both jobs anyway and wouldn't be home.)
.. and it would give Rory something fun to do on spring break.
(she was going a little stir crazy for sure)..
Lissy, Amy and the babies all came too- so we had a big family slumber party. Eating and chatting,shopping.. we meant to play board games but never got the chance while chasing the kidlets.
We went to the festival for all of 15 minutes before deciding we were done and heading to a book store.. again.. Have I confessed we are Huge nerds?

-- here is a LONG vid (Instead of my norm week in a minute) of Mostly last weekend.. and I have nothing for this week.
I am cheating.
this counts double.


Yeah, they were pretty wild.
Nico and Allura kept climbing Rory and fighting for her attention.. we would just hear her shout
"HEY! I'm not a jingle jam! "

On a slightly cool note- I was trying to talk Mom and my sisters into helping bleach some of my dreads.. but they didn't seem too keen on the idea.
I was also telling how I had used some loose hair I had to repair an odd part of another lock, and Mom mentioned she HAD a bag of blonde hair from when hers fell out- DUDE! I could totally crotchet that into dreads and add it like i did Ri's hair a year ago!
One late night While Ri was in the factory I started adding and got 7 blonds

So now , I am just a little blonde.. just a little though.

Another reason I have avoided blogging besides plain laziness,
is my lack of words.
I don't know how to say the words to make it better for people.There aren't words to make it ok. I get overwhelmed by my pathetic three person laundry pile... I can't help anyone else.

Monday afternoon I got some terrible news that a relative died. My cousin's beautiful three year old.I knew he had had medical problems, many many times here I had asked you to send prayers, thoughts, energy (or whatever you do) to him...Now I am asking for you to send that to his family.Please keep his parents and grandparents in your thoughts. It is just so so heart breaking, and incredibly unfair.

I spent most of the week trying not to even think about it -- to the point of waking up crying,my nightmares wouldn't let me escape the feelings. I can't even imagine their pain.. and to be honest I don't even want to try.I wish I could do anything to help.

... and See, I don't even know how to move forward from that to continue this post.

-deep breath-

There was a tornado warning Tuesday morning... it passed quickly though - Ri took the kid to school that morning, but being Tuesday I really wanted to help in the classroom.
It was much clearer by noon- so I put on a raincoat and raced there. I had fun and was really glad I went. They are doing soo much math right now, and some kids really struggle with it , some kids are just bored to death with it.
Rory's group seems to like it and still does math problems on the back of their other papers when they get done early. ..
I swear.
I don't know whose kid she is.

Yeah.definitely mine. nevermind.

Despite feeling a little more stable and comfortable, things have still been super stressful and tight. Ri is having a horrible time adjusting his schedule. The little time he gets off ,I have him running to the grocery store, or he is trying to fit in a surf session- but MOSTLY he is passed out COLD.. and hating it. and grumpy.
It sucks. I feel bad for him working both jobs and barely having any time. and he doesn't seem totally in love with the factory job-- but the benefits are great and it is a job that pays.

Despite the fact that I have plenty of time to sleep- I have been having trouble.. the whole week seems a zombie blur, and Rory hasn't done much better staying up too late- darn nightowl child-

Rory did WONDERFUL in school this week- and in her homework... but her attitude, whoa!
She is 6 bucks away from the toy she has been saving quarters and dimes for. Just 6 bucks!
... and she pulls out this monster voiced ,sleepy, grump attitude to DEMAND things/help/attention from me ,
instead of asking nicely,
or even- well, you know, talking to me like a normal person.

I am going to start taking her money..

And Then! then! to top it off she planned a party! This girl. this 6 yr old I gave birth to (unmediated mind you,)she invited her entire class over for the weekend for a unHalloween costume party! Without consulting me..
That is isn't true,Actually.. she did consult me, and I told her "NO!" multiple times
... but Friday afternoon her friends ask about coming to her party..
I'm like "What party?!!" and she threw an all out fit that I just canceled her party.
Um. I didn't cancel a party.THERE IS NO PARTY!
No kids were ever coming, because no parent ever got with me to discuss it! She is way way too young to try to plan a party without my knowledge.

My world.Is it upside down?
jeez. Someone tell my 6 year old to give me more time before she acts 16,please????

At least she got to play with neighborgirl all day Saturday, while Ri worked all day

.. though I was a bit sad I didn't go to support my cousins and her family . Oddly, in my adult memory I have never been to a funeral, I don't think I could handle it. While the whole practice seems very odd to me, I do understand being there to support each other.

I had planned to clean more, and in my moping state I did clean quite a bit , just not as much as i had hoped. Eventually I will need to take Rory's room apart and put it all back together again.
And she had better keep it clean or I am taking quarters!

Despite it all the last few weeks have had some really good moments. Some fun times with me and the kid- some laughs and good food. some love and some great conversations.
Things are improving, even if it is starting really stressful.I hate that when one of us is in "Wow look at all this improvement" mode, the other is stuck at "Wow.Stress-grr" ,but such is life. We'll get there.
Though ,I do think, the only reason I am up writing you at this hour is the fear of another weeks' grind ahead of me.
..Yeah, because staying up always makes Monday's easier?
.. no, I know, but I am just not ready for this next sunrise.it all goes so fast.

Wish us luck.