Wednesday, September 01, 2010
Monday, August 02, 2010
We would've loved to gone to Vegas and seen all (or as many as is humanly possible) our friends and family. Oh the places we would've seen:
- The Las Vegas Strip (new hotels and lights)
- The shopping (outlet malls, Big malls, and of course, Target)
- The Restaurants - Macayo's, Metro Pizza, In-N-Out Burger, Settobello, In-N-Out Burger, and many, many more
- The Hoover Dam
- The big Dinosaur on I-40
- Big Brown Mountains
We had great plans to visit our old Ward. To see Cardon and Karen, to see Janae, and Debra, and Jimmie Perry Jones. It was to be a great whirlwind tour of the valley.
Instead, we ate sandwiches, bought a new bedroom comforter set, going to buy paint for the bedroom, we ate peanut butter on crackers, watched movies - the last airbender, Killers, Salt, The Sorcerer's Apprentice, The Hangover, Valentine's Day, A Single Man, Everybody's Fine, and a slew of HGTV, Food Network, and DIY along with some HBO. We ate with the Mock's and the Lackmeyers and had a great visit from Russell for the day.
Princess slept in every day until at least 8:00 AM - she was in Heaven.
We cared for our Sasha, who is making small progress towards feeling better. The vet said it could take up to a month or longer, poor thing.
We are truly blessed and thankful for friends, families, and good times. Tomorrow we are back to work, it's going to be a long hot week here in Central Texas with temperatures above the 100 F mark all week.
I'll post some pictures later from our "staycation".
Saturday, July 31, 2010
We went to the movie theater twice, saw about 6 DVD movies, and even ventured to Austin for a day outing.
Sasha threw up on me on Sunday (insert ewwh gross), then again on Monday, and again last night. We took her to the Vet again yesterday, and we are still watching her, giving her a low fat diet, and monitoring her bodily functions (you know the peeing and pooping parts).
I did accomplish weeding all the planting beds, then turning over the old mulch to add new fresh mulch to keep the weeds at bay. We also settled on a new comforter for our bedroom, now we've got to decide on paint so that we can freshen that room up with the new bedding. We're thinking a bold color behind the headboard, and then a more neutral color for the rest of the room.
While we did miss all of our family and Vegas friends, we're certain that if we would've tried to make the journey home with Sasha ill, it could've turned out worse.
Winding down our Staycation, we are trying to make the most of the next two days, cause then it's back to the grind of everyday living.
Thanks for your thoughts, prayers, and support.
Saturday, July 24, 2010
Like all good plans, life happens while we're making them. Clue Monday night, Sasha, whimpering and yelping in pain, ALL NIGHT LONG! Tuesday - vet visit - keep watching her, Tuesday night - call the vet - Wednesday more tests - Lots of $$$ later - antibiotics, pepcid AC, and a pain shot. Thursday, our d-day (departure day), and another visit to the vet - Sasha had Pooped twice, stomach clear, feeling better. Poor thing has confirmed pancreaitis, caused by too much fat in her diet (Us, we are guilty). Decide to head to home with counsel from Vet.
Us, racing to get gas, then pack the suitcases, car, puppies, prayer, and we pull out at 1:27. By 3:30, we were on our way back down Highway 6 to Waco. Sasha couldn't handle all the motion and bumps, she was too sore. Arrive back home at 5:30, unpack (really a lot faster than packing btw), have some dinner, and collapse in bed. What a day.
Sasha continues to have little bouts of pain and discomfort, but it is less and less. Our little Princess has had a rough week.
Vacation is flying, driving, sailing somewhere. Stay cation is working on projects at home, catching up on work and seeing some movies. Stay cation is not as fun as vacation, but can be a bit cheaper.
And that's our week in a nutshell.
Sunday, July 04, 2010
I spent a little over a week at home in Vegas and one day in SLC for work. I was able to see family, friends, the in-laws, and get work done at the same time. I did however get very little sleep and I'm trying to catch up on that now.
Thursday night, we had date night. Dinner out and then to see Eclipse at the theater. We both loved it and met some new locals, accountants and teachers (shout out to Angela, Jessie, and Angie) while waiting in line for the movie.
Both Princess and I had a ton of stuff planned, but the weather did not cooperate with us. We had rain, more rain, and even more rain again (it did get warm enough today for me to edge and mow the wet grass), so we had a relaxing Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
What a blessed land we live in here in America. Freedom to pursue a job, religion, life, all without the threat of a dictator or other maniac threatening to jail or kill us for how we believe. I'm grateful for all the service men and women who have made this country so great, and those serving today to keep us safe and protect us from harm.
I'm grateful that we can choose to mow on Sunday, or let the weeds take over until we are motivated to mow them (although, that's just not my style).
I'm thankful for family, for good neighbors/friends, for a job that I love doing. I'm thankful that I can fly the American Flag today and any other day of the year just cause I want to!
I'm thankful for a merciful God, A Heavenly Father who loves each and every one of us and who weeps when we weep, and smiles when we smile.
I'm thankful for purple mountains majesty, for great plains, and rolling hills. I'm thankful for piney forests and for gulf coasts. I'm thankful that we have a government that is elected by the people, for the people, and not the other way around.
Happy Birthday America! Let us not forget our duty! Stand tall! Be Brave! Lift up the downtrodden! Work hard! Have Fun! Shake the hand of a soldier in the airport and bless him/her from the God on High!
Happy Birthday America - Land that I love!
Sunday, June 20, 2010
I'm not sure what your wives got you, but I got this from mine! A 64G Wi-Fi iPad! This weeks travel is going to be awesome!
For my Dad:
We wouldn't be here without you, we wouldn't be who we are. For all you do and have done, I give thanks for everything that I am because of you.
The greatest Dad-in-law you could have, even with the white hair and beard, I'm grateful for the things you have taught me.
Miles apart in distance, close in hearts, grateful for my older brother
Distance means nothing, hearts and spirits entwined, grateful for the example you are in my life
Wonderful little brother, great step dad, great future dad.
Have a great Father's Day
Saturday, June 19, 2010
Yeah, I've been in a bit of a funk for the last two weeks with the blog. Maybe that's why it's been a while since I posted.
You see, there is lots going on in our world. First, I've been down two team members since January 1. I've had some help from them doing some part time work, but it's not the same as having a full team to distribute and carry the load. As such, I've really been travelling a bit, and trying to keep peace on the home front at times feels like I'm burning the candle (for the first time) at both ends. (yeah, I know I need some cheese to go with the whine... I warned you).
Also, next Saturday markes the 2nd anniversary of my Mom's passing. I've missed her a lot lately. Pressures from work. Pressures from Church. I could really use her counsel right now. She always knew how to help calm my fears and open my eyes to ensure the I could make choices correctly. I certainly do miss her right now.
I leave for Vegas for a week and a half. I've got some work to do there, taking some time off while there to visit with some friends and family. Hopefully that will help recharge my batteries and get the funk off my back!
Princess and the girls are good. Both the girls had dental cleaning and had to be put to sleep, and Sasha had some moles removed from the back of her head. Poor thing is spotty where they shaved her hair and then had to stitch her up.
We're all doing well otherwise, no health issues, our jobs are good, and I guess that means the world is still spinning correctly.
Saturday, June 05, 2010
A couple of days in the plant working and having people ask who the new associate is (meaning me cause I'm always travelling), then Thursday and Friday off to spend time with Lynn.
We made a B I G Road trip from Waco to Brenham, home of Blue Bell Ice Cream. Yes, we did take the factory tour, well worth the five dollars because at the end, you get a scoop of ice cream of your choice! Education and sweets, now that's what I'm talking about!
From Brenham we made our way to Austin (I did forget one little detail, it rained like cats and dogs all the way from Waco to Brenham to Austin) for a little shopping and some Cheesecake Factory time. After dinner, we headed to Costco to buy some bulk essentials, only to be turned away. Seems they had some problems the night before when lightening struck their transformer. The young man told us it had been fixed, but with the earlier rains, it had gone out again. Rats! Bummer! Yeah, cause we really needed two years worth of Honey Nut Cheerios!
We did make it to Pottery Barn and purchased some drapes for the living room. I like them quite a bit. Princess really loves them. If you want to see, you are going to have to come by and check them out for yourself.
Today it is decorate Sydnee's cake, cupcakes, and then to bake Jenna's birthday cake - these kids need to stop having birthdays and growing up.
Saturday, May 29, 2010
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
I gotta say it, I'm missing my girls, Princess, Sadie and Sasha. It's been a very productive two weeks on the east coast, lot's of good food, great laughs, and a lot of work accomplished. I have had this car for the past two weeks. It drives good and EVERYONE at work has been oogling it!
I can't wait to get home to see the flowers, work on the flower beds with mulching, and just relax in my own chair!
The funny thing is that I'll be back here next week for another series of meetings. Then I'm home for a week cause I've got a couple of doctor's appointments, so I've got to be home! Thank Goodness!
Sunday, May 09, 2010
Friday, April 30, 2010
Sunday, April 25, 2010
The meetings went well. Everyone from both teams presented and we even worked through a crisis that happened while we were together. All week long, I was feeling tender on my upper left jaw. I dismissed it saying to myself "Oh you're just stressed and you're grinding". This went on all week long, and Friday morning came for me to leave NJ and I knew something was wrong - teeth related. See, I inherited allergies and teeth from my Mother. The allergies I've dealt with all my life and I'm currently undergoing allergy treatments on a monthly basis to build up my immunity.
I have also dealt with my teeth all my life and I'm usually much better at realizing that I have one dying...not this time. By the time I got home on Friday and arrived at the Dentist office the only thing they could do was take X-Rays, give me some pain medication, and give me some antibiotics.
Then on Saturday, at 2:00 AM I woke Princess up to this!
Thursday, April 15, 2010
Both Princess and I got up early, showered, dressed, and were ready to have morning prayer with them before they left. We all laughed and we hugged. We checked bedrooms, bathrooms, and kitchen for anything left behind. We said our "I love yous", and we watched as they drove down the driveway and into the early morning light. About now they should be somewhere in New Mexico, exhausted from a day of driving, looking forward to a good dinner and a well deserved rest. They're good folks my outlaws and we're going to miss having them here with us.
I worked from home today. The quiet in the house was uncanny. It's always good to have company come and visit and it's always good to see them go, but always with a pang of sadness that we won't hear the laughter and the jokes, the happy times and the frustrating times.
I've been a bit blue the last week or so. Missing my Mom. I remember last year right after Easter and the ads start coming out for Mother's Day, makes my heart yearn to hear her voice and to tell her I love her. So grab your kids, hug them, kiss them, tell them you love them, don't let a single moment to do so pass you by.
Monday, April 12, 2010
Momma and Poppa had another appointment at the oral surgeon's office and then the dental office. One more check up and if all goes well, they're on their way back home. Now, who's happy and who's sad at my house? Is it me or is it Princess? Is it Princess or is it me? Is it Momma and Poppa? Mmmhhh?!
What's your thought dear reader
A) I"m happy they're leaving?
B) Princess is happy they're leaving?
C) Momma and Poppa are happy they're leaving?
No matter the outcome of the vote. It's gonna suck not having family here after they are gone.
Just so ya know
Saturday, April 10, 2010
I returned home from Mexico and Guatemala with a stuffed up nose, head and chest. The good news is the trip went really well. Bad news is I'm headed back out to Central America on Monday. Oh the fun never stops.
The Old People are still with us. As you recall, I asked for a vote from you dear readers to help me with a new nickname for them instead of the "Old People" that sounded so harsh to my dear sweet mother-in-law. So two people voted for option 6 - dinlaw and minlaw, one for option 3 - momma and poppa, one one for option 5 - Willy and Ruthie (although that vote CLEARLY is biased and therefore does not count. Hence, I get to decide (still my blog, and I can still use words like "hence").
Drum roll please...the winner is none of the above. Henceforth (again my blog, my use of the English Language as I see fit), I'm going to refer to my dear sweet mother-in-law as dsmil and my dear sweet father-in-law as dsfil, they are both abbreviations of the term, and follow along with other tried and true blogging abbreviations I have seen over the past four years I've been doing this.
So - Old Woman is now DSMIL, and Old Man is DSFIL (although I still reserve the right, my inalienable right) to refer to them as Old People which I have done for the past 22.5 years I've been married to Princess and which comes from a very warm spot in my heart.
My parents will be referred to henceforth as DSD and DSSM (Dear Sweet Dad and Dear Sweet Step Mom). Hopefully these resolutions will serve to avoid hurt feelings with my DSIL's!
Oh HOLY CRAP! This is too confusing - In laws are going to be Momma and Poppa, my parents are going to be Dad and Step Mother! Ignore my early Saturday Morning ramblings! I must be out of my mind to try and remember all of this!
Have a great Saturday!
Wednesday, April 07, 2010
1 - Old People
2 - Old Woman/Old Man
3 - Gramps/Grams
4 - Poppa/Momma
5 - Willy/Ruthie
6 - dinlaw/minlaw
The survey is only going to be up until Friday and then the one with the most votes (well, really, ultimately I will decide - JK) will be chosen.
Sunday, April 04, 2010
Seems that my in-laws have taken my calling them Old People as a sign that they are getting on my nerves while they are staying here. This is in fact FALSE! I only use the term Old People, Old Man, and Old Woman so that I am not revealing their true identities. I viewed it as a term of endearment, that has now gone awry.
So dear blog readers, since Princess and I don't have any children, we don't call them Grandma/Nana/Nonna/Abuela, Grandpa/Gramps/Grandad/Abuelo. HELP me here! If there is a name or phrase that will help me identify them without causing harm, I'm all "ears" to suggestions.
Saturday, April 03, 2010
**Warning** Sorry I'm so geeky with this post, and I haven't even began!
Blogger has added some new cool features to their dashboard, resulting in my awesome, soon to be copied by everyone on the net, layout!
Can't wait to play with it some more, but this one kind of suits me what with the travel and all.
Sunday, March 28, 2010
Friday, March 26, 2010
Monday, March 22, 2010
Many of you know that I know absolutely nothing, zip, zilch, nada, zingo, about sports. It doesn't matter, this movie about a young man, his rugby playing, and choices he has made, is awesome! I highly recommend it for everyone (at least 12 and up cause there is some drinking, which helps drive home the point around choices).
It was very well done and very well written. Go rent it. Enjoy!
Saturday, March 20, 2010
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
Yesterday on our drive to the bay of plenty, we drove by the town of Matamata, which is the site of the "SHIRE" from the Lord of the Rings movies by Peter Jackson. We didn't stop, didn't have time, but you could see the hills that formed the rolling countryside.
I went to Church again in Hamilton, this time to the Claudelands Ward, and not the Hamilton East Ward. I met some really nice people, and had a really great Fast and Testimony meeting. Boy can the Saints sing in Sacrament meeting - their voices were bouncing off the walls - it was awe inspiring.
I'm a little sad to go home cause it is so beautiful here, but I'm happy too, cause I get to see my Princess and my girls! It's been a long two weeks.
I'm grateful to my Heavenly Father for safe journey thus far, and for having such a wonderful loving wife to put up with the five minute phone call and the occasional post on Facebook. See you all in the Lone Star State.