Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Spring break is here! So is my new washer and dryer! And so are my birdies!

Spring break starts this afternoon and we are ready.  The kids have been ready since mid-March.  I like a late Easter but that means a late spring break which makes for grumpy kids.

I prefer a first week in April spring break but around here spring break is tied to Easter in the public schools and even if the public schools didn't do it that way, our kids go to catholic school so spring break is always going to be tied to Easter.

They kids don't have to go back until April 29th at which point it might as well be May and then school might as well be over.  At least in my kid's minds anyway. All this to say, it's practically summer vacation!

Last Friday I was doing my daily one load of laundry and as I was getting the clothes out of the dryer I noticed they weren't quite dry.  So I started the dryer again and nothing happened.  It was dead.

When Dan got home he agreed that it was time to get  a new washer and dryer.  The set was 21 years old so I would say we got our moneys worth! So while he and Peter were camping this weekend, Sarah and I headed to Lowes to pick out and purchase the most basic of all washer and dryers because I didn't want anything fancy or flashy and I certainly didn't want a washer and dryer with wi-fi.

They were delivered yesterday.  I was ready with the broom because I knew when they removed them there would be some dust underneath them.  But, y'all, I was not prepared for the amount of filth that has collected underneath them.


The delivery guy assured me that he's seen worse but I honestly don't believe him.  He mentioned that one of the hoses to the washer had a slight leak which we obviously didn't know about.  So the dust that had collected underneath had gotten a little wet thus turning it into mud essentially.

In January the detergent bottle fell from the shelf above the washer and spilled everywhere.  I got all of it up that I could see but I knew there was a little underneath the washer so I was expecting that.

But no, there was A LOT of detergent underneath there and in two months it had "dried".  Maybe hardened or thickened would be a better description than dried and then that dried much was covered in dust.

I had to get the scraper out and scrape the mud and hardened detergent off the floor before I could sweep the rest of the dust and dirt that hadn't yet hardened. 

There was also a pair of underwear, a sock, 18 cents in loose change, 3 bobby pins, a pen cap, and a bottle cap in the sludge.  It was filthy. 

Guess who had never moved her washer and dryer in the twelve and a half years we've lived in this house?  Guess who has vowed to have her husband move them regularly so she can sweep underneath them?  Guess who will forget this sacred vow in about two days?

Here's a lovely picture of my washer and dryer.  As Sarah would say, they are "so basic".  She was hoping for a snazzier model  but basic is how I like it when I'm doing laundry.

In other news, last night was the last regular season home lacrosse game.  Sarah has fulfilled her duties as manager aka water girl.  Well, the playoffs start after break so if any of those are at home she will work those but essentially she's done!

She signed up for something and even though it wasn't what she expected and even though the friend that she signed up with quit, Sarah stuck it out.  She said she didn't want to be a quitter and she wasn't.  I'm proud of her for sticking with it!

Dan and I called her the reluctant water girl because she always looked so uncomfortable out there on the field.  Dan snapped some pictures of her last night and she even smiled for one of them when she noticed him.  But as he kept taking them, she kept mouthing "STOP!"

And guess who's back?

Two weekends ago it was really warm so I put out the hummingbird feeders.  But then we got that weird snowstorm and it was really cold for the next few days.  And then it rained and then it got a little warmer and then it rained some more and nothing.

But finally this past weekend it was really warm and the forecast looked like we were going to actually get some consistantly warm weather so I loaded up the feeders again and ta-da!  Monday morning I had my first hummingbird to the feeder!  I'll try not to put a hummingbird picture in every future blog post but I can't make any promises!

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Last Boy Scout Camping Trip

Peter and Dan went on their final camping trip as Boy Scouts  this weekend.

Peter wasn't that excited about going.  He has his Eagle rank now and already has the merit badge they were going to be working  and non of his friends were going because like Peter, they already have Eagle and are done.

But Dan was excited to go on this trip because it's one they went on four years ago and everyone had a great time.  They camped at the Coast Guard Base on Fort Macon at Atlantic Beach.  Dan loves a trip to the beach, camping, anything military AND they were going kayaking.  It was his dream trip.

Even reluctant Peter had a really good time.

The weather was iffy this whole weekend but the rain stayed at bay and they were able to get all of their activities in without issue.  Here are a few pics from their weekend.

Monday, April 15, 2019

5 years

Rebecca's birthday was last Wednesday. I didn't write about it or really even talk about it.  I guess I was trying to avoid it because turning five is such a milestone.

Or maybe I was trying to forget it about it because I'm still grieving the loss of my dad and I'm just tired of being sad.  Everything just feels very heavy lately. Even Dan said this birthday felt harder than the ones that have come before it. 

And today, April 15th,  is the anniversary of the day she died.

Honestly though, I  wasn't even thinking about it until my Google photo app alerted me that I had memories from this day in 2014.

As soon as I saw that alert I knew what it was.  My heart dropped.  I shouldn't have clicked on it but I did it anyway.

Each morning at the hospital for those 5 days she lived, Dan and I would take our place by her little NICU crib just thankful that she made it through the last few hours while we slept fitfully in a small bed in a room just a few feet away from her.

After we would get an update from the nurses and love on our sweet girl, we would take pictures.  We have hundreds and hundreds of pictures from those five days. Pictures that I'm glad I have but pictures that I don't ever look at.

In the  first pictures we took that day she looks so tiny, so sick. During that week in the NICU (and the entire 9 months before) I prayed fervently for a miracle and was expectantly waiting for one. I just knew God was going to heal her so I guess it's no wonder that I didn't notice how bad she looked.

When I saw those pictures this morning I couldn't stop crying.  She looked purple.  I don't remember her looking purple. I should have known what was coming.

Then there were pictures of us holding her later that afternoon after they had taken her off all the machines. In one picture I'm holding her in my arms and  I've got a sad tired smile on my face. 

But it was the picture of Sarah sitting beside Rebecca sobbing while Peter rubbed her tiny head that broke me this morning. That picture brought back all the pain and heartache from 5 years ago.

I know that God heals all wounds and redeems all things. And just as I prayed for Rebecca's healing, I'm praying for our hearts to heal. It's been five years and I'm still waiting expectantly.

Heal me oh Lord, and I will be healed; 
Save me and I will be saved,
for you are the one I praise. - Jeremiah 17:14

Friday, April 5, 2019

And all the people said, "AMEN!" Well, only me, but still..

Can you hear it where you are??

If not, please hit play because this is what I heard today when I finally FINISHED and E-FILED our taxes!!!

And with that, I can begin my weekend. And it's a fairly calm one but you know that's exactly how I like them.

Peter had a track meet last night and has another one tonight.  He is less than enthused about the one tonight because it is going to take FOREVER - it will include every high school in Forsyth County 1-4A AND it's raining.

I will be dropping him off at the track meet after I pick him up from school.  For some reason, even though the school is roughly 30 minutes away from his school, it is considered a home meet (I am grudgingly assuming it's because it's in the same county) and there is no bus service.  Can you tell I'm a little bit annoyed by this? Because I am.

Anyway, I will not be sitting on the wet bleachers for 4 hours watching my child run for 30 seconds total - that will be Dan.  However, I would like to note that he will most likely take his time getting there from work so he also doesn't have to sit there for 4 hours.  I don't blame him.

Here are a couple of pics from last night:


And look at my tulips:

It may be raining today but they are a nice pop of color outside my window.

I hope everyone has a great weekend!

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Just another weekly update.

Since it's been a week since I last posted, let me update you on all the things....

Last Friday after we dropped Peter off at a friend's house for a party, we took Sarah to school for a lacrosse match.  The match didn't start until 7:30.  It was  over around 9:15 and we hadn't eaten dinner yet so we headed to the Waffle House.

Fridays in Lent while you are trying to eat low carb are the worst.  I am not a huge egg fan but I had no choice but to eat an omelette.  I got it with extra cheese and used a lot of their hot sauce and it was pretty good. 

Speaking of their hot sauce - it's called Senora Jackie's Casa de Waffle Picante.  I had to laugh at the name. I really enjoy it when businesses have a sense of humor.  While I was googling for this image, I discovered that you can buy a bottle on eBay for $17.99.  It was good y'all, but it wasn't that good. 

After we ate our fancy Waffle House dinner we still had time to kill before we had to pick up Peter so we walked around Walmart.  We are living the high life, aren't we??

Saturday morning I got up and baked a carrot cake from scratch!  It was delicious, if I do say so myself.  If you are interested in the making it, here is the recipe I used. There were quite a few steps and I had to drag out my Kitchen-Aid mixer (why you gotta be so heavy?) AND my food processor but it was totally worth it.  I will definitely be making this cake again.  Here's a pic:

Isn't she lovely??

Dan's favorite thing in life is to hike.  And since Saturday was actually a really beautiful day, he and Sarah and I headed to Morrow Mountain State Park and hiked up Hattaway Mountain.  It was only a two mile hike but it was marked as "strenuous". 

I was huffing and puffing as we reached the top but I did it!  I have lost about 10 pounds since November but I am extremely out of shape.  How do I know this? Dan (who runs 3 miles several times a week) and Sarah (who swims weekly)  huffed and puffed zero times. 

Sunday was Mass, lunch at mom's, and while Sarah was at painting class with my mom, Dan and I took a nice long drive together, ran some errands, and grabbed some coffee.

Over all the weekend was excellent. No complaints.

Monday was groceries, yesterday was catching up on things around the house and SNOW! 

We got a two hour snow shower and it was beautiful:

And the best part?  It melted as soon as it hit the ground and today is going to be sunny with a high of  almost 70 degrees!  I will take 70 degrees over snow showers any time!  Other than some rain and low 60s on Friday, the extended forecast appears to be 70s for the next 10 days.  Maybe, just maybe, spring is finally here!

On Sunday, Peter informed me that he had a ringing in his ears that started on Friday morning.  It was very mild and he could only hear it when it was quiet;  for instance when he was trying to go to sleep.  He had googled it and was very nervous that it was tinnitus and that it was the type that would never go away. 

On Monday morning he said he thought it was getting better but on Monday night he said it was still there so we made a plan and he met me after school at our doctor's office.  They have clinic hours that start at 4:00 and you can just walk in.   The PA took one look in his ears and could see a fluid build up due to his allergies (even though it snowed yesterday there has been a ton of pollen in our area) and also apparently he has been using his nasal spray incorrectly. Apparently you are supposed to shoot nasal spray into your nose at an angle.  If you shoot it straight up (as he has been doing) fluid can build up in your ear. 

So he is now taking Sudafed to clear up the fluid and if that hasn't worked in 5 days then we will go back in for steroids. Hopefully this will work and his hearing will be restored and no steroids will be needed because if I'm not mistaken, the steroids will be delivered via a shot in the rear end.  Wanna know who  would rather suffer a ringing in his ears than receive a shot in the keister?  Yep.

And with that you are all caught up. 

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

My thoughts on feet, TV shows and guess what I STILL haven't finished?

Guess what I STILL haven't done. 

Yep.  My taxes.


Procrastinate and still not do my taxes?

Probably, but hopefully not.  I have until 2:45 and it's only 9:00 so I should be able to get them done.  SHOULD being the key word because even though I will have the time today, I still don't necessarily have the motivation.  Although the fact that it is only 3 weeks until they are due should really be all the motivation I need.

Hmmmm....what can I tell you about now so that I can procrastinate a little longer??

Last night we all watched an episode of Hoarders. I've seen quite a few episodes of this show.  I usually turn on the TV  when I'm making dinner or doing something in the kitchen and a lot of times, old episodes of this show are on.  And just like watching My 600-Pound Life, watching Hoarders makes me feel pretty good about the state of my life.

Last night, Peter sat down and watched it with us and Sarah watched some of it with us too. It was a two hour episode which I think was about an hour too long but we thoroughly enjoyed it.  This particular hoarder owned THREE houses in which she kept all of her hoard.  (I'm just left wondering how this 75 year old woman was able to afford THREE houses.)

Her hoarding problem began when she realized she could sell things online that she had picked up on the side of the road for profit. Although it really sounds like she like to go to yard sales and buy junk all of her life and then she divorced her husband and things really took a turn.  (Based on my experience watching this show, there's always some major life event like a divorce or a death that brings out the extreme hoarding.) But things got away from her and now she owed the county $250 a day until she cleaned up the outside of one of these houses.

I always feel bad for these people because clearly they are mentally ill.  This lady had a live-in boyfriend and he would randomly go around with a hammer and start banging on any of her things that seemed to irritate him until they were broken.  And he always did so with a cigarette hanging out of his mouth and he was also usually holding a can of something in a koozie.  Beer?  Not sure but we had a lot of fun watching this character.

The next show up was The Toe Bro.

First of all, what a ridiculous show name.  I get that TLC is trying to come up with something catchy in the same vein as Dr. Pimple Popper but The Toe Bro? So dorky sounding.

I enjoy watching Dr. Pimple Popper and was interested to see what The Toe Bro was all about.,  But after only watching about 15 minutes, I had to leave.

First of all, I hate feet.  I don't care how nice you think your feet are - they are not nice.  You've just looked at them your whole life so you don't realize how jacked up they are.  Everyone has homely  feet but when you add fungus toenails, ingrown toenails, callouses, and just the gross heel skin,  it is not anything that I want to see on an extra large TV screen.

He started digging into a giant blood blister and blood started going everywhere and I began to gag.  I tried to sit there for a bit to watch with the rest of the family who really seemed to be enjoying it but then he started to remove a toe nail and I could literally feel it in my chest. (Is that weird?  It was as if he was pulling off my toe nail.)  Combine the weird feeling in my chest with all the gagging I was doing, I knew I had to go to bed.

I'm not sure how late the rest of the family stayed up watching that disgusting show but The Toe Bro is not for me.  And I find this odd considering that I can watch Dr. Pimple Popper squeeze all manner of disgusting pus and what not out of all manner of large growths on random peoples bodies.  I guess it's just my aversion to feet.

Ok.  I guess I've done all the procrastinating I can do for one morning.  I really should get to those taxes...

And just because I can't leave a post without a picture and I certainly don't want to post any feet pictures, here are some lovely Walmart tulips I purchased on Monday.

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Some pictures, a day and half off of school and some rain after a few sunny days.

Peter had a track meet last night and Dan snapped a few good pictures of him:

I had to take Sarah to swim so I missed seeing Peter run.

The kids have a half day today and no school tomorrow.  It's a teacher workday for the end of the quarter.  Sarah's got a doctor's appointment, Peter has a hair cut, Sarah's scheming to skip swim practice and go to a sleepover, Peter's got a track meet tomorrow night and apparently I need to buy him some running pants and a compression shirt. (Also apparently I should have done that before now but if the coach or my son doesn't tell me things like this, then I have no clue.)  So even though we won't be in school, we will be on the go.

And this cold and windy and wet weather can be gone now for good.  We had a couple of days of sunshine for which I am extremely grateful but I am ready for it to be WARM!

And apparently Google photos is trying to kill me because it sent me this little "Then and Now" it put together:

The picture of little Peter is from the summer of 2014.  Even though he looks like the giant person on the right now, I'll always think of him as the little kid on the left. 💙

Monday, March 18, 2019

We won!!!!

Our little school won the North Carolina State 1A Boy's Basketball Championship !!!!!!

Y'all what an exciting day we had!

The game was at 2:30 at the University of Chapel Hill at the Dean Smith Center.  We left early so we could grab some lunch on Franklin Street and look around the campus. 

As we pulled on to Franklin Street we could see other Bishop McGuinness students and families and that's when we started to get really excited!

We parked and headed to Sup Dogs for lunch.  The menu was hotdogs and hamburgers and everything we had was really good and it was affordable.  I like to keep lunch out cheap and tasty and this fit the bill.

After we ate we walked up and down Franklin Street for a while and of course, we had to stop into a souvenir shop.  The kids both wanted Carolina tee shirts and there was definitely no shortage of UNC merchandise on Franklin Street.

We then hopped back in our car and drove around the campus.  Not sure if you know this or not but UNC is the oldest public university in the country.  The campus is beautiful and we enjoyed driving around looking at everything.

We then made our way to the Dean Dome, parked, and headed in to our seats.  The kids quickly located The Pit (that's what the Bishop students call the student section) and found all of their friends.  Our school showed up in force to support the team:

The Pit is divided by grade levels.  The Seniors are in charge of the Pit and they sit on the rows closest to the court. (A couple of the seniors are the Pit leaders.)  Then the 11th graders are next, followed by the 10th graders, and then the lowly freshman are in the highest rows furthest away from the action. 

Students kept coming so they leaders had to keep having the freshman move up and then everyone else but after three moves they just decided to forget about the order because people were still coming and it was just too much trouble.


WE WON!!!  It was such a great game.  We were down most of the first half but by the end of the first half we were making our comeback.  We definitely went into overtime with momentum.

The second half was neck and neck but we tied it up with A DUNK with just a second left AND the shooter was fouled.  He made the first shot which put us up and then purposefully missed the second shot so that the other team would have only a second to get the rebound and try a Hail Mary.  They missed, we won and  much excitement ensued!!!!

It was such a great game and such a great win.  (I did feel bad for the other team though.  I always do.  I could tell they were heartbroken and I know our team and fans would have felt the same way.  I know there can only be one winner and I was glad it was us but it still stinks for the other team.)

Everyone was cheering and hugging and jumping up and down and I can honestly say I've never been that excited about any sporting event in my life.  And my kid wasn't even playing!  I can only imagine how the parents of the boys on this team feel. 

One other note:  A professional was videoing the game and captured that last dunk and shared it on Instagram.  Right after the dunk he panned to Nassir Little and Leaky Black, two UNC players that were there watching the game, and they were just as excited as any Bishop fan about that dunk.  We watched that video over and over again.   :)

It was a great day and I'm glad we won and and the sun is shining and NO, I still haven't finished my taxes but I'm not letting that get me down.  I'm going to ride this wave of excitement for as long as I can.

Happy Monday!

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

My swimmer girl!

Yesterday, Dan and my mom and I attended the Winter Sports Assembly at Bishop McGuinness.  We were invited because Sarah was going to get an award for swimming!

We had no idea what award it would even be but we didn't care because she was getting something!  :)

She ended up receiving the Coaches Award for the Women's Varsity Swim Team!  Each coach is able to give out three awards:  Most Improved, MVP, and Coaches Award.  We were thrilled that she received the Coaches Award and that it was the entire women's team.  I thought perhaps maybe the award she would be getting would be for freshman.

Sarah was just as shocked and excited as we were. She didn't see us in the audience so she had no clue she was even up for something because we kept it a secret.  

Sarah had a great swim season with her high school team and this award was icing on the cake!  She worked really hard this season, rarely missed a practice, and swam as hard as she could at every meet. 

She just said the other day that she missed swimming with her team every day and is looking forward to next season.  But we've got prep practice now and summer league coming up so there's plenty of swimming ahead for my girl!