Monday, March 31, 2014

Small changes in the garden

I went to the nursery this weekend. It was raining hard when I arrived. It was so great to see the parking lot full of people. Planting in the rain is the absolute best. The soil is soft so you don't have to work so hard. Our clay soil can be very difficult to dig a hole.

All baseball games were canceled on Saturday. It was such a nice day to have a fire and be cozy wozy!

It's hard to decide where to start in our yards. We have a lot of stuff we need to remove and trim! I decided to keep going in the front yard for now. This little area by the driveway has nothing planted and weeds are starting to take over. I bought some structure plants and some salvia- a sage plant. It smells wonderful.

We're going to order some bark and bender board to keep these flower beds clean and neat. So much of gardening is just cleaning and maintaining. 
Yesterday was Casey's last Holy Communion class. While we were at the class, Mor Mor took Erik shopping!! I am so grateful to her for buying Erik some clothes and shoes. My boys always seem to need pajamas, underwear, shoes and clothes-- I am so grateful for those kinds of gifts!!! Thank you, Mor Mor!!!

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Truth strategy

Casey used a calculator to do his math homework the other night. I looked at his work and said, "Did you use a calculator to do your homework?" 

He said, "Yes. The homework said to use whatever strategy you want."

I said, "OK. We'll let your teacher know about the strategy you chose!"

"No, Mom, please don't!" 

OK then, re-do all your homework! Man, it starts early. I confiscated the strategy tool. 
I love this rainy weather. Made me want to sleep in so badly this morning. I'm so glad it's Thursday. Hope you've had a good week!

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

How much cents/sense do I have?

Tuesday morning before school. Erik has a mean Nutella face going on!
Erik and I before his game on Monday. He's almost too big for my hip. Sniff sniff. Erik has been asking me lately, "Mom, how many scents does your phone have?!" I said, "What are you talking about? I think you're asking how much battery I have left?" And then I understood! We always mention the percentage of battery power we have left.  Casey will say, "Hey Mom, you only have 7 percent left on your phone!" Erik heard the cent part-- not the percent. So damn cute!
Gorgeous night for baseball.
Cutest catcher there ever was!
Stopped at Skips Kitchen for dinner after the game Monday.
At Eastern Little League, every player gets a snow cone after a game. So awesome!

Tuesday evening was a rare night. I got home from work and didn't have to run off to baseball or a school meeting or event. I helped Casey with homework, did some laundry and cleaned up. Pedar made dinner and before dinner we walked Curly. Almost felt like a weekend-- but lately our weekends have felt crazy.

Erik asked tonight if he had school tomorrow. I said," Yep. Three more wake-up's and then it's the weekend and no school." He said,"But when do we not have school?" I get it. This kid wants a break, for more than just two mornings on the weekend. I do too, buddy. It's coming. We will take some time off from school and work soon. This crazy pace of work, school, baseball, chores and events is making me a little cuckoo! 

Out of the mouth of babes comes such wisdom. He just wants to snuggle more and slow down. I want that too!
Casey drew the picture and his friend wrote the story.
Pedar and I are getting excited about working on an outside project! We are going to remove the rotting deck off the garage and put pavers in this area. The rest of the area will be decomposed granite and a garden on the left. We still need to remove monster bush and trim a lot of stuff out front, but we hope to get to that this fall.

Monday, March 24, 2014


We noticed the smell on Wednesday. We had been cleaning and preparing to host a family dinner on Friday. I thought the smell was coming from the washing machine.The darn front loader always gets that yucky mildewy smell. 

But after cleaning most of Thursday, the smell was getting worse, not better.We hosted dinner, unfortunately the smell was with us throughout the evening. The next morning we got up, and went to Erik's baseball game. After the game, Erik I took off to run errands, both boys have outgrown their shorts, shirts and pants again. If anyone wants to take my children shopping for clothes or shoes, we would be thrilled!!
While I was out, Casey and Pedar prepared to climb under the house to find the smell. Pedar got a "Breaking Bad' outfit from Emigh's, donned his mask and went under the house. Casey talked to him on a walkie talkie while Pedar was under the house.
Pedar found a possum. The smell started to dissipate, but it still lingers. We're hoping that there isn't another one under the house. If the smell doesn't largely improve in the next two days, Pedar may have to don his suit again and go possum hunting!
For three weeks now, on Sunday afternoons, Casey has been attending Holy Communion class at St. John's. He only has one more class and then he will have his Holy Communion ceremony on April 6. Pedar has taken him to his previous classes, so I took him yesterday. Parents and kids are learning a lot about the beautiful ritual and why we take communion. Pastor Frank answered so many questions on Sunday. He was so patient and loving to our kids. He is such a gem!

We ended our weekend by Skyping with Margery, Art and Rita last night. We got to see her walk and she said, "Hi!"
We love Skyping with you! Can't wait for the next time!!

Friday, March 21, 2014

Happy Friday!

These sentences actually appeared in church bulletins or were announced at church services:

The Fasting & Prayer Conference includes meals.

Scouts are saving aluminum cans, bottles and other items to be recycled. Proceeds will be used to cripple children.

Ladies, don't forget the rummage sale. It's a chance to get rid of those things not worth keeping around the house. Bring your husbands.

Don't let worry kill you off - let the Church help.

Miss Charlene Mason sang 'I will not pass this way again,' giving obvious pleasure to the congregation.

For those of you who have children and don't know it, we have a nursery downstairs.

Next Thursday there will be try-outs for the choir. They need all the help they can get.

Irving Benson and Jessie Carter were married on October 24 in the church. So ends a friendship that began in their school days.

A bean supper will be held on Tuesday evening in the church hall. Music will follow.

At the evening service tonight, the sermon topic will be 'What Is Hell?' Come early and listen to our choir practice.

Eight new choir robes are currently needed due to the addition of several new members and to the deterioration of some older ones.

The church will host an evening of fine dining, super entertainment and gracious hostility.

Pot-luck supper Sunday at 5:00 PM - prayer and medication to follow.

The ladies of the Church have cast off clothing of every kind. They may be seen in the basement on Friday afternoon.

This evening at 7 PM there will be a hymn singing in the park across from the Church. Bring a blanket and come prepared to sin.

The pastor would appreciate it if the ladies of the Congregation would lend him their electric girdles for the pancake breakfast next Sunday.

Low Self Esteem Support Group will meet Thursday at 7 PM . Please use the back door.

The eighth-graders will be presenting Shakespeare's Hamlet in the Church basement Friday at 7 PM .. The congregation is invited to attend this tragedy.

Weight Watchers will meet at 7 PM at the First Presbyterian Church. Please use large double door at the side entrance.

And this one just about sums them all up

The Associate Minister unveiled the church's new campaign slogan last Sunday:
'I Upped My Pledge - Up Yours.'

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Pt. Reyes

Last night I attended the first 3rd grade parent planning meeting for the 3-night, 4-day camping trip to Pt. Reyes. The teachers told us how the kids will be sleeping in tents that Mission Avenue owns, 3-4 kids per tent. Before the trip the kids will be taught and tested on how to put the tent up. The kids will carry their stuff, help cook and clean dishes. They will dress themselves and help others. They will have a three full days of learning: tide pools, birds, landscape, ocean, etc. 

I could see by the looks on the faces of some of the parents that this trip is going to be a huge learning opportunity for both parent and child! I couldn't help but clap in glee!

I am so excited! This is it! This is the trip that we need. And guess what? My mom is going to watch Erik for us so Pedar can come too! I cannot wait for May 13 to be here!!! Thank you, Mom! You've made our day. 

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Need to stop the WANT monster

I have a friend who recently told me that her husband calls her a "Sod type of woman!" Meaning, she doesn't have the patience to clear the soil, plant and fertilize the seeds and wait for the grass to grow. I would prefer to be a sod girl too, especially in my new yards and house, but that takes a lot of money. What we have is energy and vision. We have been in our house for seven months and there are so many projects I'd love to complete--but they will all take time and money. I have to make peace with this. I have to be patient. It is hard. I want to beautify. I want to organize. I want to clean. I want to work on the free stuff that I can accomplish but I need time off of work. I want a vacation. I want money in our savings. I want to dance. I want a date night.

Man, I sound like a two-year-old. 

Get over yourself, Nora. It will all get done when it does. Be grateful and find your damn happy place.
How do you stop the WANT monster? What is your secret??

Monday, March 17, 2014

Lucky 13

Happy 13th Anniversary, my love! We have created a beautiful family and life together. I am so proud of us. I am so proud to be married to my beautiful, loving, generous and super hunky man. I look forward to every milestone because of you, Pedar. You have always felt like home to me. You have always given me your unconditional support and love. I don't how I got so lucky, but damn I'm grateful. Thank you for choosing me. I choose you for another 65 years!
Yesterday morning I ran the Shamrock'n Half marathon with my Cap City Moms and it was so awesome! It was my first half marathon. I am so grateful to Jill for inspiring me to run! I had so much support from friends and family these past eight weeks. It took a lot of work to get from not running at all to running 13 miles, but I did it, and I feel proud and grateful to my body that it can do hard things!
Carina, Jenna and Dagny were waiting to cheer me on around mile 9. Carina had a sign and everything. My first race sign!! Did I start to cry a little when I saw them? Oh yeah! But not from feeling tired, but more from feeling so loved!
I finished under three hours! That was my goal. I ran about 13 minute miles. I now have a new goal, run faster!
Pedar brought the boys to the finish line. Seeing them up in the stands brought me to tears again. I love that they saw me finish. Could I get any luckier?? Just look at them! We went out to dinner last night to celebrate our anniversary. We sat outside and told the boys about how Pedar proposed and how gorgeous our wedding day was. The weather 13 years ago was just like yesterday.

Carina, Jenna and Dagny helped me celebrate at the finish line. Man I love these ladies so much!
My cousin Jeff ran yesterday too! Mr. Speedy as I like to call him, did awesome! Well done, Jeff!!