Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Taking a trip down memory lane

Jennifer Stewart posted on her blog a fun You Tube video from a wedding reception. It got me all nostalgic looking back at my own wedding and reception. So, just for fun, let's reminisce. How long have you been married? What song did you dance to? What were your wedding colors? Anything memorable from your reception? I have been married for 19 years (20 on October 3). My wedding colors were mauve and grey. I wore an Ivory dress (I couldn't find one I liked in white) and Steve wore a gray tux. We danced to a song called "Nothing's Going to Change My Love For You" by one-hit wonder Glen Maderios. The wedding party danced to songs from Top Gun (who didn't love that movie). I am a more soft-rocker/country gal and Steve is Rock and Roll. We had a DJ and the music was all over the place. I remember everyone dancing to "Walk Like an Egyptian" and laying on the floor to "Shout" (from Animal House). One of my favorite memorable songs from when I was really little was by Donna Fargo called "I'm the Happiest Girl". So, I had the DJ play that song. Steve got teased and so much crap from his buddies. He asked me "what the "heck" is that song. I really think I embarassed him. However, he had fun playing the "air guitar" with his groomsmen. I have all this in pictures! And to everyone who said "it won't last" or "we were too young". Haha (I was 19 and he was 22). So, four kids and 20 years later, we are still going strong. We have our ups and downs but I look forward to the next 20+ years! What a trip down memory lane. Thanks for posting that video, Jennifer.

Tomorrow marks the 20 days until school starts countdown. I am so excited to have the kids going back to school. If they hadn't changed the school year calendar, they would have been going back next week! Thanks Florida. I really enjoyed going early (it's too hot to do anything anyway) and I liked getting out earlier than other states. They also took away our long Christmas break--oh wait. I should be PC and say "Winter Break". So instead of getting out mid December, we get out on December 22. Oh well. We are slowly getting all the much needed school supplies and clothes. Mark's is easy. He wears uniforms. I still have last years so he doesn't need much except new shoes, socks and underwear. Now the girls are going to break me. I am glad they are finally at an age where they have "slowed" down in their growth and can still wear last years clothes--except for Emily's who's feet just took off. She now wears the same size as Elizabeth. But, do you think they can share the fashionable shoes? NOPE. Ah, the joys of teenage girls. Greg is easy, basketball shorts and T's. I so wish he would wear the plaid shorts that all the boys are wearing. I love that look! I can occasionally get him to wear khaki shorts and a three button but not very often.

Well, it's raining again here in Florida. I love these gloomy days. I seem to get much needed housework done because I don't want to go anywhere in the rain. So, I'm tackling the cabinet on top of the fridge--you know, the one you need a ladder to get to. I also cleaned off the top of the fridge. I got to throw away a lot of junk. I love these kind of cleaning frenzies! I dug out my planner and almost have it organized for all my back to school stuff. These next three weeks aer going to fly by.

Have a great Tuesday!

Monday, July 23, 2007

I'm back!

In cyber space that is. Last Monday we had a terrible thunderstorm roll through (one of the many joys of living in Florida). I thought the house got struck by lightening but apparently it was pretty close. It zapped my router to the computer. We finally got a new router put in on Friday morning. The nice guy didn't even charge us for a new one. We just had a new one installed back in May when we went to FIOS on the TV. When he plugged it in, he put it into an outlet and not the surge protector that the computer is plugged into. So we are totally lucky it didn't zap the computer or any other appliance. We have so many thunderstorms lately that I am beginning to be afraid of them. We have had enough rain that we have had to drain some of the water out of the pool twice in the past two weeks. I am not complaining about the rain though, I know so many areas need the rain. I remember living in Utah where it was so dry and we would watch the mountains burn. I just wish we could just "share" some of it :)

27 days and counting until school starts. A part of me is sad but a part of me is so happy. I will miss sleeping in until 7 (that's my sleeping in). However, I won't miss the TVs being on, the kids bored because they can't do anything because of all the thunderstorms.

I have really been organizing and sorting through all my scrapbook items. I am donating a lot of stuff that I just don't use to a fellow blogger Stefanie Hamilton. Stefanie was diagnosed with cancer last year and part of her "giving back" is to teach fellow cancer patients to scrapbook journals. The program she is teaching through is called LifeSpring. I have never met Stefanie and I can't even remember how I came across her blog. Having lost my mom to cancer when I was four, I am a huge supporter of any cancer program. Unfortunately, there were no programs back then. I do believe that if they knew about cancer back then, then maybe my mom would be here. Sadly, I don't remember her. How I would have loved to read a journal she kept. So, this is my way of giving back. I have a nice box started to send to her.

As I am updating my blog, Steve and Elizabeth are up at the University of Florida taking a tour. I can't believe how the time has flown (I know I say that alot). Tomorrow she gets her senior portraits taken.

Well, better wrap this up. I have a mountain of laundry to tackle. Steve is on vacation this week so I am hoping to get some stuff done around the house. We are planning on going to the beach at some point-hopefully Friday. I can't believe it's almost August and we haven't been to the beach. That's how busy our summer has been. We only live less than an hour away (mostly traffic).

Have a great Monday!

Saturday, July 14, 2007

This and That

It's been awile since I have blogged. Not much to blog about. Life is kind of chaotic now. Having not one, two but three teenagers is physically and mentally draining. I'm tired!

Mark finally lost his first tooth. He turned seven in June and was so bummed that he didn't get his name on the "lost tooth" chart in the classroom. So, we made a big deal out of it. He was officially diagnosed with CAPD (Central Auditory Processing Disorder). Not a big deal. He's extremely smart but moves at a much slower pace and needs to "be kept on track". He is easily distracted. Now we can get the IEP and he can get some help from the school--which they wouldn't do because we didn't have the IEP. The audiologist doesn't test them for CAPD until they are at least 7. So, one week after his seventh birthday, we got the testing done. Hopefully, 2nd grade will be much smoother than first. Next week he goes in for his allergy testing. Keeping our fingers crossed that he outgrows the egg allergy. Doubt he will ever outgrow the peanuts and tree nuts!

Greg finally finished baseball. I love baseball, but I can only take so much. Living in Florida, there are 3 seasons--Fall, Spring and Legion. At least we have a couple weeks off before he starts conditioning for Fall ball. He's working on getting his driver's permit. Not quite sure I am ready for that!

Emily is having a lazy summer. Not much going on with her. Her BFF is moving away and she is extremely bummed. The good news is that it's only across town and not out of state.

Elizabeth is continuing taking her online summer course-Economics. Yuck. She is also working on her college application to the University of Florida. I can't believe that she will be going away to college next year. We just got her appointment card in the mail and she gets her Senior pictures taken next week. It just makes me so very sad that she has grown up so fast. It seems like just yesterday she was my baby. Now she's driving a car!

Well, it's Saturday which means cleaning and laundry. The good news is that the kids are home and they are going to help me. Yeah. I told them that the TV was to stay off until the family room was dusted, swept, and cushions vacuumed. It looks like it might rain--which I hope it does. Then maybe we can have a lazy rainy day. Steve is golfing over in Orlando so who knows what time he will be home. It's kind of quiet today............