Saturday, December 31, 2005

Happy New Year

I had started to write a long dry paragraph reminiscing about the last 19 months but I deleted it after I started digging through boxes in my closet for a quilt to work on tonight at work. Something happened that pretty much sums up my life, not that I'm complaining because I am very happy but........

So here I am digging through boxes I have 3 friends that are pregnant 2 due in the next 6 weeks. I am almost finished with one I am hoping I can complete it tonight but I cant find it. Anyway as I am digging thru boxes I find my address book and several other Christmas items I was looking for earlier. I was not able to send out my Christmas cards this year because I couldn't find the damn thing and now low and behold one week after Christmas there it is.

This is a perfect example of my life, It seems like I am always a day late and a dollar short. I know that this is not always true but lately more often then not. I now have to make sure I put these newly found items in a Christmas box this year and not my quilting box, maybe my problem is I am totally unorganized. Naw!!!!!!!

New Years resolution: I will try real hard to procrastinate less, loose more weight and be nicer to my husband. (I have been a little cranky the last several days................)

Too all my family, I love you all and miss the ones that are not near. My hope for you all is happiness and good health for the upcoming year.

Friday, December 30, 2005

Seaworld Adventure and Steven Tyler

I took my girls, my niece, Savannah and a friend Kasha to Seaworld yesterday. We meet my friend Julie and her mother, Olivia at the park. The trip was original Julie's idea. It was going to be her Christmas present to them. It snowballed a little and we had a small caravan before it was all over. The weather was nice. It was cold in the morning and that night but warmed up nicely in the afternoon. I never broke a sweat the entire day.

We had a few glitches on this trip. My cell phone did not want to work. Julie kept calling me and leaving messages but my phone never rang. I would try to call her back but would get a continuous busy signal. We ended up resorting to text messaging. Thank Goodness that worked. I could get addicted to text messaging and that's all I'm going to say about that......

My children are addicted to roller coasters. I don't know where they get it from I only rode the Kraken twice. I was a little upset the first time I rode the Kraken. We were in line for the back row of seats on the ride. We the next car pulled up Erin starts pointing at a man already seated on the back row. She recognized him but did not know his name. I was already looking at him trying to figure out where I knew him from at first I was like Mick Jager? No! Steven Tyler Aerosmith!!!!!!! All four of us standing there looking but trying not to look. I was pissed at first I left my camera in my bag in the locker. Kasha offered me hers but after I thought about it I just did not have the heart to. The man was there with his children trying to act normal, besides by the time I got the camera on and focused he would have been gone. It was so cool........ Erin and Savannah were so excited. Beth was in line for the front seat and missed him. She was not happy.

We all had a good time even with all the crowds. We saw the Shamu Show, petted the Sting Rays, watched the Dolphins play, watched the Seal and Otter show, we experienced the Arctic Adventure, we watched the Penguins, Sharks, Polar Bear, Walrus, and Whale. The children rode the Kraken 4-5 times I lost count. They love that ride. It was the first thing they did that morning and the last thing they did that night.

We left around 8pm and ate a late dinner at Red Lobster. Everyone slept on the trip home. I wanted too but somebody had to drive. We were home by midnight.

Picture Trail

I added a new web site to Blog. I am in the process of saving my family photos to picture trail. It is a work in progress like so many other things I have going on.


Wednesday, December 28, 2005

Blaine and his Cars

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Children Playing Candyland

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These are my children Warren, Erin and Beth playing Candyland at their Aunt Jennifer's apartment in Boca Raton. They tried to get Blaine to play but he was not interested.

Thursday, December 22, 2005

The Day Before Christmas

Merry Christmas! I hope you and all yours will have a great holiday. I am not sending out Christmas cards this year as I have lost my address book and just dont have enought energy to look for it. (Or dig through boxes until I find it.) So here it is Merry Christmas HO! HO! Ho!

We are finally all wrapped and ready to go. I had to make one last trip to Walmart last night but I'm pretty sure I am done.

We are headed down to Boca Raton this morning to visit Jennifer and Blaine. This evening is ours and I plan on driving around with the girls and looking at Christmas lights. Tommorrow I am making a ham and I have invited my family over for lunch. Then for dinner as soon as Fred get's off of work We are going to the Pate's. We have a full schedule and I hope I have everyone covered. I will be calling my dad and brothers tommorrow. As I said before I did not send out cards so I have to make up for it.

We I have to finish and get ready to go. Merry Christmas everyone!!!!!

Saturday, December 10, 2005

We are almost ready for Christmas.

We hung up white lights along the roof line and we have 2 small white deer and a small white Christmas tree out on the front yard. The tree is up with brand new ornaments. I had to throw away most of my ornaments last year because they were covered in mold. I let Erin pick out new ornaments this year. She selected the colors of gold and purple as her theme. I was a little apprehensive at first but once we had all the ornaments up it really came out quite lovely. We purchased a 7 foot blue spruce that was nice and straight and not too full. Most of the trees this year looked off, they were thin on top or patchy looking but then the lower branched would be long and too full. Fred set the tree up in the stand and brought in the house. The girls and I spent at least 30 minutes putting the lights on the tree only to have a short in one of the strands. No matter how many little lights I jiggled and replaced I could not find the short. We had to call Fred in to help. He found the short in no time and we went back to decorating. I made the girls do most of the work. I was very proud when they were done. It was very pretty. We went heavy on the gold with highlights of purple among white lights. I tried to find an angel to match but had no luck so we purchased a gold star. It needs a light but it will do for right now.

We had only one casualty. Erin took pulled out some of what is left of our old ornaments. One of them was an egg I made when I was 12 if not younger. My mother blew the yolks out of each egg and carefully cut oval shaped holes into each egg. Each egg was decorated with little Christmas scenes. We used glitter, ribbon, cotton and dried flowers. I have never seen anything like them since and have managed to keep them all these years. I had 6 at the last count. Cujo found the one Erin laid out and quickly made a mess on the floor. I have five left. Cujo is our 4 month old Rotty/Great Dane mix he also found old Christmas candy and chewed up a few pieces before I could throw it away. He also pulled up the tree skirt and ran off with it. We are going to have fun this year trying to keep Cujo out of the livingroom.

I forgot the most important thing. I picked up my Christmas present today. My husband purchased me a Konica Minolta Dimage 8 mp digital camera. Thank you Fred I love it.

Sunday, December 04, 2005

My Laptop Died

This is how luck works in my house.

My husband went out on black Friday and scored himself the $378.00 Dell computer Walmart was selling. My son who is employed by Walmart gets a 10% discount and was given another 10% discount on any 1 item. My husband purchased to laptop for $321.00. Its a nice little system he is very happy - he better be it is his Christmas Present. I almost made him wrap it and put it under the tree for Christmas Day. I am now glad this was just a hollow threat.

I am now using his computer. The other night at work my computer started locking up and then blue screened on me. I immediately started backing up files. When I came home Fred did a diagnostic and concluded my hard drive was toast, on that same day my 1/2 gig of ram showed up. I did not think this was funny but my husband got a chuckle out of it. My new hard drive should be here soon. New hard drive, new ram and my new chill pad and I should be good for a couple of months.

I was really having a hard time with WOW and Ventrilo. My computer bogs down so bad it locks up and/or reboots. I have a notion that all the problems I have been having are all been related to the hard drive malfunction and I have spent all this money for no reason at all. I guess I should be happy that this is an easy fix but I just don't know how long I can go without my WOW.