Friday, February 28, 2014

Happy Birthday Zachary

Wow! 
19!
19 candles sure puts a lot of wax on the cake.
I suppose wax is better than toddler spit.
Eww! Toddler ...What? 
Happy Birthday Zachary
from your friends and family!
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Thursday, February 27, 2014

Tweet Tweet

We've gotten a huge amount of snow this winter.
I don't know how the little birds can stay warm enough to survive.
I have a birdhouse hanging from a tree in my front yard.

Look closely. Do you see the little bird perched on a branch?
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Tuesday, February 25, 2014

If you really knew me, you'd know...

I'm a sucker for kind eyes.

I brag a bit too much about my kids.

I love the ocean but I am afraid of drowning.

I had my first kiss at five years old.

I don't dance…. ever!

I don't faint at the sight of blood but you will hear me scream loudly at the sight of a spider.

I melt at the sound of a scottish accent.

My youngest son was named after Colonel Brandon from the movie Sense and Sensibility.

My favorite book is Outlander by Diana Gabaldon.

 I like to believe I can sing.

My first favorite song was "Benny and the Jets" by Elton John.

I am a HUGE control FREAK!

I am at peace when surrounded by nature.

I embarrass my son when I bang on the glass during his hockey games.

I watch The Walking Dead.

 I am shy on the inside.

I'd like to hear about you!  Join us at Time Out For Mom.
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Monday, February 24, 2014

Nor'Easter hits my neighborhood

Normally I get excited to see a few flakes falling from the sky.  
The ground coated in a blanket of white snow is so pretty.
This winter we have had a total of 54 inches (and rising) total accumulation of snow.
The first snow storm gave us about 7 inches of snow.
I can deal with that.
Then the snow blower broke and the entire family had to dig us out.
After we dug out, the snow plow came along and blocked our driveway.
We had to shovel again, especially around the mailbox.
Our mail lady gets mad if she can't reach the mailbox.
A few days later (after the 7 inches), another storm hit.
We got an additional 10 inches on top of that!
Once again, we dug out and the snow plow blocked our drive way in again. 
 It was at least, a four foot wall of snow.
The snowman the kids and I made from the first storm was covered up by the next.
It took six of us to shovel out the cars.
Lucky for us, Brandon's friends spent the night.
We had a few extra hands to help us.
Our neighbor came over and helped with his snowblower.
I am SO over SNOW!
Since then, we have had two more days of snowing.  Another 8-9 inches.  
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To my dear friend in Australia who thinks I am lucky to get snow.
  Kerry, I'd gladly trade places with you right now!
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Friday, February 21, 2014

Sledding with Brandon

 What better to do on a snow day than go sledding!
Brandon was off from school and went out to play with the girls.
I found a sled hidden in the back of the garage, full of cob webs.
It's been for quite a few years that is was used because we haven't had huge amount of snow fall in six years.
All my day care girls love Brandon.  They laugh and screech at his playful antics.
He is very good with them.
 I'm surprised the girls were able to hang on for so long. =)
 On a side note: these pictures were taken the day after his hair dye misadventure.
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Thursday, February 20, 2014

Leaving the nest

Zachary is leaving today for Full Sail University near Orlando, FL.
5 days before his 19th birthday.

He will be studying… an 18 month program… straight through… without many breaks…

1,071 miles 

19 hours away

At first we were going to take two cars and drive the distance.  Since it is far away from our home we decided to take that AutoTrain.  Amtrak has a train we can take from 30th Street Station directly to Orlando.  Zachary's car will travel with us on the train and we won't have the stress of driving. 

I have been keeping myself busy by making a list of things he will need.  (It's a long list!)  Not only will he need small things like utensils, pots and pans, bathroom towels, etc… We will need to find him a bed, couch, dinning table, desk, chairs and TV stand.   A friend had a morbid great idea to look in a consignment store.  He had a good point when he said that a lot of elderly people live in Florida.  When they pass, many families do not want or need the furniture and we may be able to find good, cheap furniture.

The housing department of the college is looking for a roommate.  That will help cut the cost of rent.  I didn't realize how expensive an apartment is in Florida.  Zachary has been working and saved up quite a bit of money.  Unfortunately that won't last long.

As the date approaches, I can't help but cry. I know I should be excited for him. In a way I suppose I am.   I realize that it's a natural part of life for your children to leave the nest and lead their own lives.  It doesn't make it any easier for a mother. I am having a difficult time letting go.

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Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Wave the White Flag {Wednesday Hodgepodge}

1. What's the biggest change since your childhood in the way people think or act?
Inter-racial dating / marriage.  When I was in high school, Caucasian girls who dates african american boys were considered (pardon my language) whores.  Unfortunately racism still exists but I do see more people and the younger generations viewing inter-racial as two people who love each other, not something wrong and dirty.

2. The Olympic Biathlon involves cross country skiing broken up with either two or four rounds of target shooting. Which part of that would stress you out more? Or would you love them both equally?
Skiing scares the crap out of me.  I tried it once as a teenager and had a panic attack.  Target shooting sounds like F U N!

3. February is National Canned Food Month...what is your most often purchased canned food item?  What was in the last can you opened?
I do not purchase a lot of canned food.  I prefer to eat fresh food from the produce section.  I do buy Campbell soups.  Last can I opened was tomato soup.  I love tomato soup and grilled cheese on a cold winter day.

4. What river (anywhere in the world) would you most like to cruise?
I suppose the Colorado River at the Grand Canyon.  I live on the east coast of the USA and have never traveled to the west.

5. It's the middle of the night and you can't sleep...what do you do? Count sheep? Toss and turn? Watch television? Or do you get up and do something productive?
Read.

6. How important is keeping your cool?
Oh my.  Very important.  I take medication for bi-polar.  If I forget to take it, I begin to rage.  It's not very pretty and I feel like crap.

7. I've got white stuff on the brain so why not run with it? White lie, wave the white flag, white knuckle it, white wash a situation, or white as a sheet...which phrase could most recently apply to your own life in some way?
Wave a white flag.  We have so much snow and our snow blower broke.  I wave the white flag to mother nature.  I give up trying to keep the driveway clear!!

8. Insert your own random thought here.
Zachary and I leave for FL on Thursday.  He will be attending Full Sail University.  I can't wait to be in 85 degree weather, feel sunshine on my face and wear flip flops!!


 Join my friends and Joyce at Wednesday Hodgepodge.  It's a fun way of getting to know your blogger buddies!
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Monday, February 17, 2014

Steel City Cup Tournament

We drove 5 hours to Pittsburgh for a tournament Brandon's travel team participated in.
I wish we would have had more time to tour the city. 
There were a lot of sites I would have liked to see.
Photo Credit: Todd Miller
Brandon's team played in the consolation game (3rd vs. 4th). The consolation game was on the same day as Super Bowl night.  Todd wasn't happy about going away the weekend of the Super Bowl.
Even though Todd was grumpy about the Super Bowl, he did admit that he had a great weekend with the other parents.
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During one of the games, Brandon hit his head pretty hard during a boarding penalty (which is a penalty on the other player).  Brandon was having severe headaches. I wouldn't let him play during one of the games and let him sleep.
Brandon is a defenseman and captain of his team.  He was upset that he couldn't play.
I like when Brandon knocks another player over as if they weigh like a butterfly.
 He is really good of helping the goalie keep the puck out of the net,
 and is not afraid not knock a few kids over.
That's Brandon's rear end sticking up. ;-)

 He was not happy with the call the ref made.
In the end it didn't matter because his team won 3rd place!
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As far as the Super Bowl is concerned, we made it home before kick off.  
Me?  I didn't care one way or the other.  
Now if it was the Stanley Cup…. we'd have a serious issue!

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