Sunday, July 31, 2011
Actually, there was a "public health emergency," which is just code for "someone pooped in the pool." Apparently, it was quite a doozie because the entire water park was immediately closed. All guests were issued rain checks to come back another time. I have to say, that was pretty awesome customer service. We were gong to be leaving soon anyway, so this was a nice bonus to get passes for me and the boys to return again before summer ends. Kudos Aquaport!
Later, the boys were telling the story to Chris about how awesome the pool was, but how disappointed they were about leaving early. One thing led to another, and pretty soon the conversation turned into all of us "suggesting" that we should just get a pool of our own. This is not a new topic of conversation in our house. I'm pretty sure I ask, well maybe beg, for Chris to get a pool for us at least once a week. Never mind the fact that we actually can't afford a pool right now (as I'm sure it would be upwards of $40,000). The pool idea is based on the idea that we would win the lottery or become independently wealthy. Chris's argument is that our yard isn't big enough for a pool. I think he needs his eyes checked, but that's beside the point. I think he's gotten sick of us "asking" for a pool because last night on the way to dinner he said very firmly, "WE WILL NEVER GET A POOL."
Needless to say, the car fell silent. After a couple of minutes Andrew replies, "Well if you and Mom take a detour to Heaven then Joey and I can get a pool." That is a solid argument Andrew. Once we are dead, I guess you can do what you want.
I'm not giving up, nor am I ready to take a "detour to Heaven." I just want some relief from the heat and to swim in a pool that we don't have to worry about a "public health emergency." So, I guess I better start playing the lottery to help fund this pipe dream. Oh, and here is a picture of the back yard, which is TOTALLY big enough for a pool.
Tuesday, July 19, 2011
I have been a U2 fan for most of my life. I remember listening to U2 with my parents as a young girl and even got to go see their Rattle and Hum movie with my mom back in the late 1980's. I've only been able to see them live only once before, during their Pop Mart tour. It was a good concert, but it didn't rank as one of the best show's I'd seen.
When it was announced last year that U2 would bring the 360° to Busch Stadium I was ecstatic! I bought tickets the day they went on sale, heck, the minute they went on sale! Then the waiting began. I'd never bought tickets to a concert 8 months in advance, and it felt a bit silly at the time. However, I knew if I didn't get to this show, I would regret it later. I surprised Chris with the tickets at Christmas, although I'm pretty sure he had an idea...
As the big day approached, so did my excitement. Chris was able to score a room at the Hilton Ballpark which meant we could really enjoy ourselves and not have to worry about driving home and dealing with all the traffic. The hotel was "sold out" but because of Chris's Diamond status with Hilton, we got a room. One of the great perks of having a husband that travels a lot! The show was sold out with over 52,000 people expected to attend, so I had a feeling navigating Downtown traffic after the show would be a nightmare. My friend Candace confirmed that it indeed was as it took her quite some time to make it home that night. But back to the awesomeness of the concert...
|Friends for nearly 20 years!|
|The view from our seats|
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
Friday, June 17, 2011
Monday, May 16, 2011
For those of you who know me well, I am a bit "Type A" especially when it comes to cleaning my house. So, I'm sure my expectations were high on the quality I expected. When the cleaning crew arrived, I was surprised to see just one woman. She took a look around and said she would get started. She estimated that it would take 3 hours, which concerned me since I'd previously been told it would be 4 hours.
After 3 hours of cleaning she was done. The house looked good, but if you looked too closely you would think otherwise. She didn't sweep or mop under the kitchen table, she didn't sweep or mop the bathroom floor of the boys bathroom, she didn't move picture frames and dust behind them on my entertainment center. Nor did she dust my dining room table. Also, she didn't vacuum my stairs, which needed it BAD. The exposed wood treads of the stairs were also overlooked. If you've ever been to my house, you know I have dark cherry wood throughout, so it shows every speck of dust. I myself have to dust every 2 days because I can't stand it.
When she finished, she mentioned that she was going to be cleaning houses anymore because she was starting a catering business and asked to leave some of her business cards with me. I said sure, because at the time I didn't realize all of the areas she had missed. Obviously, I won't be calling her for my next event!
So, here is my dilemma. Do I tell the owner of the cleaning company about my experience or do I just chalk it up to "I got what I paid for?" After all, I only paid $50, which is probably 1/2 of what it would have cost full price. Since this person isn't working for the company anymore, it probably won't affect their business in the future. What would you do? I'm not one who likes to cause a ruckus, but it was frustrating to have to go back and clean after I'd just had someone "clean." Tell me what YOU would do! Thanks and cheers!
Sunday, May 8, 2011
Our crazy weekend started on Friday with all of the final preparations for Joey's First Holy Communion. For the first time ever, I hired someone to come clean my house. Thanks to a recent deal on My eWOW, I was able to get a 3 hour house cleaning for only $50. It was a great deal and worth it. Since the cleaning was (mostly) done (another post to follow on that), I was able to get all the food prepared on Friday evening. This allowed me to get a good nights sleep and I felt well rested on Saturday.
Saturday was absolutely gorgeous! Andrew had an early morning T-ball game. Its so sweet watching them play at this age. Their hearts are so into the game and it is really enjoyable to watch.
After the beautiful Mass, we celebrated back at our house with a party with family. It was so relaxing and enjoyable! Plus, the weather was amazing. We went into the day with a 60% chance of rain, and God blessed us with a short rain shower in the morning and not a drop of rain the rest of the day! Our only small hiccup was that Joey and Andrew both woke up with some "rosy" cheeks on Saturday morning. Fifth's Disease has been going around their school, and I think they both have (or had) it. Usually the children run a fever for a couple of days and then a rash appears that looks like the kids have a sunburn on their cheeks. They never had a fever, but both have the tell tale slapped cheek look. It is a common childhood virus that isn't contagious once the rash shows up, but the rash can last for 3 weeks, yikes! I was so worried that Joey was going to look he had blush on in all his pictures, lol! Luckily, all was well and he looked great.
Sunday, today, has been all about relaxation. We started out the day at Mass giving thanks to God for all of these amazing blessings! The afternoon was spent chatting with my mama on the phone (one of the major bummers of my family living 800 miles away) and then reading on the patio. I even managed to get a little sun to give some color to my start white legs!
My in-laws treated us to dinner at K Pub and Grill. We were planning on Outback Steakhouse (boy that steak sure sounded good) but unfortunately our 6 pm call ahead seating time was actually going to be closer to 7 pm upon arrival because they weren't turning tables as fast as they thought they would. I think my hubby was starving because he wasn't too keen on the idea of waiting that long and suggested we just order pizza. Not exactly my idea of a mother's day dinner, but I was just so happy I didn't have to cook and clean I wasn't going to say a word. Luckily my father-in-law spoke up that he didn't want pizza and saved the dinner. It wasn't the NY Strip I was looking forward to having, but my burger and onion rings at K Pub were mighty tasty :-) Plus, the company was wonderful so it ended up being a great night out.
Thanks to everyone who shared in our special weekend, we are so blessed!
Thursday, April 28, 2011
Wednesday, April 27, 2011
We went to a beautiful Easter Mass at 12:30. After Mass we hosted Easter dinner at our home. My in-laws came over and we had yummy pork steaks! Finally, it quit raining long enough for the boys to shoot some hoops on their new hoop!
|Presents and money from Grandma and Grandpa in Colorado|
Before I go on I should back up. During the initial renewal weekend, I actually questioned if I was going to go on to formation. I spent much of the first day of the retreat asking God why I was there. I really felt like I was just in a different place with God and that I didn't "need" healing like I was witnessing from everyone else. At the conclusion of the first evening of the retreat, I asked God for a sign if I was supposed to continue on with formation or if I was being called to do something else. At that exact moment, I turned my head to the left and I saw 2 Stations of the Cross. Station 13 and 14. What were the chances? I got my answer. What was the answer exactly? To surrender. This CRHP wasn't about me or what I wanted or needed. It was about God. It was about what HE wanted for me. You see, I was now a sister of the CRHP 13 team, and if I continued with formation, I would be part of the team giving the next renewal weekend to the sisters of CRHP 14.
Back to the Evening of Discernment...I KNEW God was calling me to be the Lay Director of CRHP 13. Lay Director would be a "big" one on the commitment level. I would need to be at every meeting, every activity and every CRHP activity. Chris travels so much I knew this was going to be impossible. I was in complete denial and wouldn't admit it to myself or anyone. I wanted an easy job, one that wouldn't have a lot of responsibility or time commitment. Since both boys are in school full time now, I was ready to be selfish and spend my days exercising, scrapbooking, reading and decorating the house. All things I had been neglecting. God sure has a sense of humor, that's for sure! So, because I was in such denial about the call to lead, I was physically ill. The entire day of the discernment I was sick to my stomach and couldn't get more than 2 minutes away from a bathroom. (Sorry TMI.) While at the actual discernment, I thought I was going to be sick. However, when the time came, I made a deal with the man upstairs. I told Him that I was just going to write down "Lay Director" on my sheet. I thought for sure there was another one of my sisters better suited for the job. As soon as I wrote the last "r" in the word director, I instantly felt better. It was as if I had imagined my entire day of intestinal "distress." Talk about an instant reward for surrendering! I wish I would have figured it out a little earlier in the day. I was ready at that point to get going and head out for fellowship. I was ready to celebrate that I was able to surrender and I truly felt free!
As it would turn out, no one else in the team felt called to be the Lay Director. 6 months later, I am able to look back and see God's plan for me and how beautifully it all worked out. He called me to do HIS work, and because I trusted Him and Fully Relied on Him, He made it all work out. I didn't miss one meeting after I discerned the role of Lay Director. AMAZING! I did have to sacrifice time with my family and friends, but I knew it was what God wanted me to do at that time. I grew so much over the past 6 months both spiritually and personally. I practiced patience (although I've not mastered that virtue yet), acceptance and compassion. I learned to Let Go and Let God. It was a life changing experience. It didn't happen all at once, but little by little and day by day. My heart will always carry a soft spot for the 18 women I now call my sisters. My life will NEVER be the same. It has been forever changed, but in the most amazing way possible.
As I sit back and reflect on the past 6 months, I am in shock and awe that I almost missed out on this whole experience. I shudder to think if I wouldn't have done formation. If you ever have a chance to go thru CRHP, do it. Yes, it is a Catholic program, but I'm sure other denominations have something similar. I promise you, it will be one of the best gifts you can give yourself. God will give you so many blessings in return. Remember surrender it's not up to you and never was" - Sara Groves.
So, what's next? Rest. Lots of rest. And time with my family. I'm catching up on all the things I put off the past few months and I'm enjoying reading and running! Until God calls again, I'm going to enjoy this time to focus on myself and my family.
Here's a picture of my CRHP 13 Sista's. Aren't we a beautiful bunch of ladies!
Thursday, April 21, 2011
Wednesday, January 5, 2011
Monday, January 3, 2011
Wow, another year has come and gone. I know I've been horrible at updating this blog, but I'm hoping 2011 will be the year that I can stick with it! Usually at this time of the year, everyone is so focused on looking ahead that it is easy to overlook all of the accomplishments of the past year. So, as we embark on 2011, let’s take a minute to look back on 2010. Personally for me, 2010 was a pretty great year. In January 2010, I set 3 goals for myself. I really don’t like the term “resolution” because that has such a finite meaning. A goal on the other hand is something that I can constantly be working towards. So my 3 goals of 2010 were: 1) to finish the Go!
Well how did I fare? Not only did I finish the Go!
Now, as I look ahead to 2011, it’s time to set a few more goals for myself. I want to challenge all of you to do the same. I like to set 3 goals, one that will challenge me physically, one that will challenge me mentally and the last one that will benefit my family. Goal #1: This year I want to focus on eating better. I plan to do this by cooking more so my family is eating better. It’s time to ditch the drive thru! Last year I was able to eat pretty much whatever I wanted because I was running so much. I still plan on running, but I don’t see any long distance races in my future. My body doesn’t seem to fare well with the training. Goal #2: Spend less time on the computer. I love technology and all it affords, but come on; we all know that it can be a major time waster! I plan on using my extra time playing even more with my boys. Goal #3: Get back into scrapbooking. I didn’t scrapbook one page this year, not one! I have a closet full of scrapbooking supplies just waiting for me. I want to create heirlooms that my family will treasure for years.
So,I challenge you to set 3 goals for yourself this year. They don’t need to be anything over the top, just goals that are attainable and that will help you to be the best person you can be. I have one friend who made only one goal for herself this year, to reduce the amount of yelling she does at her kids! Whether you have one goal or ten this year, write them down and make an action plan of how you will attain them. Good luck and I can’t wait to hear all of YOUR success stories. Here’s to the best YOU in 2011!