May 30th, 2011
This time of year the days seem to drag by at a snail’s pace in anticipation of summer. The coming week has been one that has been in the works for a long time for many reasons. I can’t even believe that it is finally within a few days away of some of these major events. It seems that everyone around us has change in their future.
- I’ll start with the best one. My husband is retiring. He’s leaving a job that has been great to support our family but has royally sucked when it came to schedules. He has worked days, swing, and graveyard all in a 28 day span. Our family has been unable to have any sense of normal schedule. He has missed a lot of the kids activities over the years and of course, has felt bad (aks: grouchy) when on graveyard. He officially has one more day to work and he is home for good. Now if we can find him a little day job, all will be well in our world.
Packing his lunch on one of his last nights to work.
- Have you heard that Texas is in a bad financial mess? Well, it is. So lots of good teachers are going home with retirement incentives. My friend Susan is one of them. I think she was planning on retiring this year anyway but this made it easier to decide. WAAAHHHHH. The only good thing about this is that she has offered to run errands for me. It may actually work in my favor.
Catchy slogan....I hope it's true!
- I really don’t want to write about this because it makes it real and hold me accountable. I want to keep it secret and then if I fail nobody will know. I like to do that. Not fail, but keep my failures to myself. Anyway, here goes. I’m going to take a college class this summer. It is super difficult and I wake up at night in a panic telling myself that I can’t do it. I’m going to try though. I have to devote at least 6 hours per day, even weekends. That is if you learn at a normal pace. I may need 12 hours per day since I haven’t been on the other side of a desk in a few years. I plan on shutting down my facebook and texts for 6 weeks. (or until I drop the class).
I think I have 6 books for this 6 week class.
There are a few more little things that I’ll try to post about as we go. These are the three main things that will make life so drastically different. Well, all on the heels of Joy getting married. I guess this will be the year of change for our family. While all are good, they will require adjustments. I’ll have to get used to him being home 24/7. And spending less money. And Susan not being across the hall. And having to study. And the last time I was in college my mom helped me with all my projects. I think we can do it. (even though I’m mortified)
May 23rd, 2011
Birthdays today….and past. In no particular order because I messed up!
May 21st, 2011
In less than 24 hours we will have yet another teenager. While we should be prepared since we’ve been down this road before, going down the road with a girl is a little different. Her wish list for her birthday:
- iphone (ask for the two you know you won’t get and then the others have a chance)
- bass guitar
- pink cowboy boots
Since its her birthday she chose the menu for the day. She wanted spaghetti, with a few finger foods. Finger foods include:
- chicken legs/wings
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again….I’m raising my mother. Joy said I needed to explain what finger foods are but Mom is all anxious to get here for ribs and spaghetti. I think it will be dinner and music, as we listen to low soft sounds of the bass guitar.
Tomorrow is her big day but we are busy from start to finish. So today, we have spaghetti and finger foods. Happy early birthday Boo.
May 17th, 2011
Joy began the wedding planning with a certain idea in her mind. Her main goal was that everything look perfect.
This groom’s cake, from The Bakerman, didn’t dissapoint. It tasted like a giant twinkie.
Everything on the groom’s table was LSU themed.
Her wedding cake was made by a friend’s mother. It was exactly as she had envisioned. Everyone was talking about this cake! The fresh flowers added the perfect touch.
Speaking of flowers, that was another detail that came together perfectly. Our brother Chad’s wife has a sister who is a florist. She worked tirelessly to create the perfect bouquets and table designs.
Feathers? Yes, there were feathers and jewels.
While the design of the flowers and the cakes were important, most of the time went to choosing the design for the favors. Joy wanted a cookie buffet and found a way to serve them that went along with her invitation design.
After hours upon hours of cookie baking, my taste testers confirmed that we had hit upon the correct recipes. Now was had look AND taste.
I think it was all a hit. The main hit of the party was the bottled drinks. My sugar free raspberry lemonade “punch” was OK. (Mom had insisted we have punch) The little vintage bottled drinks seemed to be the hit of the party.
Yes, everything came together just as it was pictured. Well, except for the Brittney song “Crazy” on the reception play list. I guess nothing is ever perfect.
I think it was pretty close though.
May 15th, 2011
While I don’t have the pictures ready to share yet, I do have a few favorites that make me laugh. For instance, the one above is priceless. Dad was set to do double duty and walk Joy down the aisle, then stand there and perform the ceremony. When he walked to the bridal cabin to escort Joy down the aisle she looked at me and said, “Why does he look like Janet Jackson in the Rhythm Nation Tour?” Others thought he was in the FBI or CIA and doing some top secret mission.
I think Dad had just mentioned that he wanted to drive one of the golf carts. The wedding venue was an amazing place that was set on a hill and had a waterfall…..and golf carts to assist the people who had trouble getting around and those in wedding dresses. Dad thought he could try to drive one. Someone in the back doesn’t think this sounds like a good idea.
Gosh Darn It! Our little girl has done gone and got herself hitched. Or…someone has once again mistaken him for Justin Beiber. Happens all the time.
I stole borrowed this one from Joy, who got in from her mother-in-law. (want to give credit where its due) Anyway, this must have been around the time that Dad was going over the vows. He had added a little “sumpthin sumpthin” of his own. It was a sweet little speech about betrayal and infidelity. Joy said, “What?” Then she vetoed it.
For some reason, after Dad pronounced them man and wife, he felt the need to shove them down the aisle. Literally. Joy tried to stop the shoving during rehearsal but to no avail. Apparently when he’s nervous, Dad’s reaction is to shove.
Not to pick on Dad. He did a great job under such stress. He’s also glad that his giving away days are over.