This Weekend…

This past weekend started off pretty bad.

 I didn’t feel very well Saturday and spent most of the day in bed sleeping.

I ended up having to miss my Little Professors soccer game…not something I like to do.

Thankfully Daddy kept the kids occupied, in between taking apart the lawn mower, so that I could rest – he’s so good like that!

Yes, the lawn still hasn’t been cut…I’m pretty sure the neighbours will be showing up at our door with torches and pitch forks!

Maybe they can just torch the lawn and be done with it! 

Today I woke up feeling just as yucky as I had the day before but I had to tackle my weekend project.

Since getting back from Canada the laundry had piled up and was out of control, so between that and switching out the summer clothes with the winter ones, I spent another day in the house.

The closest I got to fresh air was having the windows open.

The breeze was beautiful and refreshing and I think it actually helped me feel better but not nearly as much as the mother-daughter mud masks courtesy of the Princess.

We sat together on my bed and smeared Chocolate Mud Masks on each other’s face.  She was actually quite good at it and only got it in my eyes once!

Even though the smell made me want to throw up and the mask made my already flushed face an irritated, bright red, it was wonderful spending time with my little girl.  She thought the idea of putting mud on our face to make it look good was just too funny and I could see a light bulb go off in her head…”If mud makes our skin better there should be mud BATHS!”

I told her there were…and that was the most delightful news she’d heard in a long time.  I promised my sweet girl that one day I will take her to a spa so she can have a mud bath and she giggled with excitement.

I love her so much!

A little later as Daddy and I were getting the Milk Monkey ready for bed, the three of us had a really good game of Pee-Ka-Boo.

  

It’s a game he’s really good at…he gets right into it with the expected hiding of the eyes and then the big “Boo”.

He’s just so stink’n cute I could eat him!

As for the Professor, he’s spent Saturday checking on me…buying me flowers and doing a lot of reading.

He’s been into a new book series called Andrew Lost.  He’s really enjoying them, so much so, he sat in the basket part of the buggy at the store the other day so he could continue to read while we shopped.  He even stays up late at night with a flashlight!

He totally takes after his Mummy!!

And now, while I write this, Daddy is doing the thing he’s been looking forward to most this weekend…

watching the season premier of the Walking Dead!

  I can hear the zombies all the way from downstairs!!

Yikes…too scary for me!!!

So that’s our weekend…

What did you do?

The Neighbors…

Every once in a while one of the fat television networks come out with something deliciously original.  Something refreshing that doesn’t fit the typical formats of the routine shows of today.  You know, there’s the typical medical shows where the doctors treat patients with shocking or overly emotional issues all the while carrying on inappropriate relationships with each other and dealing with their own outrageous situations.  Or the detective shows, where the main characters are so exceptionally intelligent that they manage to solve every single crime within the hour.  Not to be outdone by the train wreck trash that we politely label “reality tv” though I’m pretty sure it’s not a reality that is shared with 98% of the human race.  Dare I even mention Honey Boo Boo!  Then there’s the edgy comedies that are based loosely on typical american lives and mask political agendas with humor.  Not that I’m complaining about any of them, I have many favorites in each one of those categories.

Out of all the new shows this season, the funniest one goes to The Neighbors on ABC.  At first even I, a lover of corny syfy shows, found the concept to be a little over the top.  Everybody knows aliens are scary and threatening, not funny!

For those of you who are not familiar with the show, it’s about a group of aliens who buy up a gated community and settle there after naming themselves after profession atheletes like Larry Bird and Dick Butkus.  After living on earth for ten years, one of the alien couples decide to move away from the group selling their home to the Weavers, a human family from New Jersey.  From there the families try to relate to each other as their relationships grow.  They begin to bond while dealing with the unknown and misunderstood behaviors of neighbors from a different race.

The pilot was a little shaky as most are, but it was still funny.  It was entertaining enough to make me watch it again the following week.  The second episode was out right funny…at times I actually laughed out loud.  Tonight’s show was even more hilarious.  Daddy and I laughed through the whole show.  I have to attribute a lot of those laughs to Jackie Joyner-Kersee played by Toks Olagundoye, the main female alien and Debbie Weaver, played by Jami Gertz, the female human.  Both women are great comedic actors.  If you can over look the awkward alien concept, the simple plots and just enjoy the plain, silly humor, then you might want to check this show out.  Maybe you already have.

The only bad thing about the show is my total enjoyment of it because that’s pretty much a death wish for any show!

The Plane Crash…

Last night I had a dream that I was on a plane.

It was a flight to raise money for a charity and I was with a childhood friend and her husband.

As we took off it was quickly evident we were going to crash as we started descending toward a deep, blue river.

I remember looking out the small window and thinking the scenery was so lush and beautiful.

I was in awe of the beauty the earth held, even during such a disastrous moment.

The whole time I whispered “Thank you Lord”, something I do in real life during the especially trying moments.

The ones where I have little control over, the moments where there is little time to form a complex sentence.

Some may call it a crutch but for me my trust in God empowers me, giving me the courage I need for the tough times.

Apparently, it even permeates my dreams.

As the plane descended to the river I was thankful it remained intact as we sliced through the cold liquid.  The water folding over the plane swallowing it whole.

Instead of panic, I was thankful the plane remained dry inside even though we were about 60 feet below the surface.

The plane eventually skidded to a halt ensnaring us in a tangle of steel from a sunken iron bridge.

I looked over to my childhood friend, gripping her hand and told her I loved her.  Of course she was strong, like she is in real life, she reassured me we’d be rescued and would see our children soon.

I knew I had to remain thankful for each small victory and not allow the overwhelming circumstance to let fear overcome me.

I was peaceful.

I woke up to complete clarity and I thought about my dream.

My first thought was to call my friend at a decent hour and warn her not to board a plane but that was the dark, middle of the night talking.

I’m not an Avionics Engineer.  I don’t know if it’s even possible for a plane to remain under water without the water seeping in.  I remained awake for quite a while trying to think of a way out of the situation in my dream.

In the end I knew forming a plan was completely unnecessary because I was safe in bed with the warmth of my little baby next to me, his sweet breath moist on my skin.

Still, the dream felt so real and I couldn’t help but compare it to my every day life.

So often I feel like I’m crashing towards the earth only to be engulfed by waves of life trying to drown me.

Sometimes stress may take over temporarily but overall I am winning.

I’m thankful for the little victories.

“Thank you Lord” remains on my lips.

We are home, we are safe.  My mother is good.

I have a lot of work to catch up on,

we have a lot of things that need to get done,

but we are good.

Thank you Lord!

Unplanned Trip to Canada

This is where we are right now. We are halfway to Canada. I had planned to paint the kitchen and do some yard work this weekend but obviously those plans have changed.

As it turns out, a loved one needed our help so we quickly packed some stuff, made some arrangements and loaded the kids in the car.

The kids were super excited to drop everything and go see their grandparents. It’s something they ask to do often but of course it never happens. Both the Princess and the Professor were very helpful in getting ready to go.

I’ve never packed so quickly before. I’m not great at packing under the best of circumstances but I managed to do a fairly good job for everyone but myself. For some reason I only packed my summer clothes – no jacket or sweater and only my flip flops. Not very smart. I have no idea how that happened when I was able to pack warm clothes for everyone else. Oh well, I’m sure I’ll figure it out.

As you’ve probably noticed I’m being extremely vague about who we are going to see and what’s going on. I’m respecting their privacy for now because this all came on so sudden and I have no idea how they would feel about me blogging about the situation. I’m guessing this person would rather I didn’t. I ask anyone who knows anything not to leave a comment with any specific details.

Everything is ok, however we always welcome any prayers. If I get the ok, I’ll add more details another time.

Sent from my iPhone

What Would Chuck Think?

When it rains it pours!

It’s not my favourite sayings…

it’s a little too cliche for me, however I can’t think of a better one to describe our recent events.

It all started with my sewing machine.  Right before we left for Disney, actually a couple hours before, I was trying to sew something.  The stitches kept dropping and it was very frustrating.  I had a vague memory of the kids knocking over my machine and having it fall to the ground.  I tried turning it on and it worked so I had thought “No problem, disaster averted” but apparently that was incorrect.  I figured I would  put it away and we’d deal with it when we got back from vacation.

Little did I know, Daddy had the same idea with the lawn mower.  Apparently the pull cord had frayed and he decided to set it aside until we got back.  At the moment we are living in a jungle, or at least it feels that way.

I’m sure our neighbors love us at the moment!

Then there’s the computer…

A couple days ago, when Daddy was working from home one of the kids knocked his laptop over and it went crashing to the ground.  The fall shattered his LED screen making it useless until it gets fixed.  Thankfully, he was able to borrow the Professor’s laptop.  Today we brought the broken laptop over to the Geek Squad to get an estimate.  We had already looked up the price for a new LED screen and it was around $90 so we figured it couldn’t be too much more with labor added on.  The Geek Squad quoted us $350 – $400!  I realize they need to be paid for their time but seriously?  $200 – $300 to replace a screen?  I just had major work done on my laptop and the Dell service guy had it done within an hour.

Shame, shame Geek Squad!!  Daddy and I drove away wondering what Chuck Bartowski would think of their ridiculously high prices!  You wouldn’t see the Nerd Herd trying to get away with that.

To top it all off today was the day my hair dryer decided to quit.  I guess it just seemed fitting.

We’re certainly not going to let a few breakdowns get in our way!

We replaced the hair dryer and Daddy’s going to fix his own laptop and the mower.  It’s great having someone so handy around.

As for the sewing machine….I guess I’m just going to have to save up for a new one.

It’ll be rough having to sew on a brand new, fancy sewing machine…

But I’m willing to take one for the team!

On Our Way Home…

This morning as I was packing up the trailer I found this little guy in our bathtub! I was reaching for the shampoo to pack it away for the drive when the frog jumped right in front of me.

I was surprisingly calm about it. Probably because he was so tiny – or she…I’m not really up on my frog anatomy. Also, I knew if I didn’t act fast we’d be chasing a tiny frog throughout the trailer rather than checking out on time. The bathroom door is about 6 inches off the floor, plenty of room for a frog to slip under.

I quickly grabbed a towel and gently placed it in top of our unwanted guest and then called for Daddy. My calm bravery only went so far.

Of course Daddy was our hero and saved us from the frog or rather saved the nickel sized frog from us. More specifically from the Princess who wanted to see it, hold it and I’m pretty sure squeeze it. If she was younger she probably would have eaten it too.

Sent from my iPhone

Hoop Dee Doo Musical Revue

Last night we went to the Hoop Dee Doo Musical Revue and it was definitely a night to remember.

The food was delicious, the show was hilarious and the whole dinner was really loud which was great

because it drowned out the Milk Monkey’s shrieks.  I was able to relax!

We ate, we laughed, we sang along.

The Little Professor was completely captivated by the performance.

He was laughing so hard that he was cracking up the cast members.  They got a real kick out of his enjoyment.

When it came time to pick some people in the audience, one of the female performers made a beeline straight to our Professor.

He played the Texas Ranger and did a fabulous job!

 

He even got a kiss on the cheek from the blond girl which he promptly wiped off…eliciting laughter from the audience.

Thankfully I had my iphone with me and managed to record it all….

We’re Here!

We’ve now been at Disney for 3 days and so far it has ranged from extremely stressful to absolutely amazing.  Thankfully, the stressful parts were mostly at the beginning, when we first arrived and the further we get into our vacation the more fun and relaxing it gets.  I guess we just needed an adjustment period from the long drive and the nightmare campground we stayed at in Georgia.  We will never stay there again!

Our second day of travel went really smoothly, it was uneventful and we made great timing.  When we arrived at the St. Mary’s/Jacksonville KOA the first thing I noticed was the sites were not level which makes leveling the trailer tough but doable.  When we pulled into the site we realized we wouldn’t be able to just pull out because of the huge tree right in front of us, even though it was a pull through site.  Again, not a huge deal but still a pain.  We unhitched the trailer and started to set up and plug things in.  It was at that point I realized we didn’t have a sewer hookup.  After two days of travel I wanted us to be able to take showers but since we were there for one night we could forgo the sewer and just dump before we leave.  When we checked out the dump site it was super narrow and very awkward and would be difficult in the best conditions but nearly impossible at 5am before the sun was fully out.

We ended up having to move sites which involved hooking everything back up.  When we arrived at the new site we double checked the sewer and it was there, so we unhooked the trailer and started setting up.  We realized the electric was 50Amp and not the 30Amp we need.  We again talked to the front desk and they said they’d bring us an adaptor.  They showed up with the wrong kind and went to get a different one which ended up being the exact same as the first, except black so they tried a third time and finally had the right one.  The other issue we had on the second site was with the water, our hose wasn’t long enough.  We decided to just go and buy a new hose.  Thankfully the Walmart in St. Mary’s had a whole RV isle.  Super cool!!!  We ended up buying all sorts of things we “needed”.   By the time we were done getting everything together it was late and we just went to sleep.

When we showed up at Disney we were just so happy to be here but that changed quickly as we tried to back our trailer up into our site.  Since we’re still so new at it, we’re just not very good at it so it causes a lot of stress.  It was at that point I had a melt down.  The stress of the past 24 hours along with parking the trailer became overwhelming.  Then there was the moment when Daddy accidently came very close to running me over with the truck.  We did manage to get set up and we went to the pool and had a good swim and it washed all the stress off of us.  That’s when our amazing vacation began.

Today we went to Animal Kingdom in the morning and Magic Kingdom in the evening.  There weren’t many lines and we were able to walk on to just about all the rides.  It was really nice!  It may be super hot but at least we don’t have to stand in the hot sun in long line ups.  Tomorrow we’re back at Magic Kingdom and we also have dinner at the Hoop Dee Doo Review!  We’re very excited for that!

Big Mickey is Watching…

Every once in a while I have a moment of pure genius!  This weekend I had one of those moments in the middle of an ongoing argument between the Princess and the Professor.

They had been after each other all day, both very snippy with fingers pointing out each others faults.  After many unsuccessful attempts to try and get them to treat each other lovingly and with respect I blurted out “Children who behave naughty are not allowed into Disney”.

The little Princess stopped immediately but the Professor challenged the idea.

“How do they know if we’ve been naughty? Will you tell on us?”

Tattling is frowned upon in our house, so much so, that it’s one of our big rules.  Obviously I couldn’t “tattle” on them to Disney.  I had to quickly come up with a plan and as I searched the kitchen for inspiration my eyes landed on a recent piece of mail we just received from the Disney Magical Express.   The icon has Mickey on it with a set of wings.

Of course Mickey would send a Disney Cam to monitor kids behaviors!

Without missing a beat, I picked up the opened envelope and started looking around the room. Unfortunately we have not been able to pin point exactly where the DC has been hovering, but every once in a while someone (mostly mummy or daddy) detects movement out of the corner of our eye.

Don’t judge me!  

It’s all innocent fun and it’s helped change the climate in the house this weekend, that is until the Princess became overtired at which point only sleep fixes her challenging mood.

My reasoning: Santa has his Elf on the Shelf…Mickey has the Disney Cam.