Thursday, August 31, 2006

Had a bad day.....

This day sucked. It could have been worse, but it was bad enough. I just hope something good comes out of the events that went on today. There's a chance that it might. Just pray that it does.

I'm soooo ready for bed and ready for a new tomorrow! :)

Tuesday, August 29, 2006

I'm alive....

I'm here. I made it through the weekend. Richard and I had a lovely dinner on Friday night ALONE. Then on Saturday, I took a RPM class and launched Step at one of the gyms. On Saturday night, we went to a party for all of the instructors that launched. That was fun too. On Sunday, I team taught with another instructor and Richard met my sister in Bastrop to get the kiddos. They did fine. They had a great weekend. They got to see a new cousin of theirs. Yesterday (Monday), I took it easy and Richard went fishing. Today, I subbed another Step class. So, I've been busy. I'm ready for a break. I'll get it this weekend. Richard has to work and we aren't doing much. I'll probably take some classes at the gyms in order to keep up with all of my choreography. I need to teach more than once a week! ;)

Friday, August 25, 2006

The surprises continue.....

I have a keyboard and a mouse arriving today to go with my new monitor.

He's also informed me that because he knew the kiddos would be gone tonight, that he took vacation from work to spend time with me.

I'm wondering if he's sick or something. ;)

Thursday, August 24, 2006

When all else fails, complain.....

Guess what my hubby did? He bought me a brand spankin new 19" (shut up, I know it's small) LCD flat screen monitor! I'm looking at it as I type. Boy it's nice. I got tired of HUGE piece of crap one that I had. It started "blinking" at me at random moments within the past month or so. I got tired of it and complained to Richard. But I never said that I wanted a monitor like this one!

By the way, Mr. Hot UPS Man delivered it today. Mia was barking uncontrollably and he left it at the side door. That sweetie. I wish I could have caught a glimpse of him, but he was gone by the time I looked out the window. :(

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Choreography overload.....

Ok, my brain officially hurts. I can't wait to launch Step on Saturday. Let's get this over with! I know this stuff so well! I want to put it into action!

As for Flow, that's another story. I really have neglected this release. I'm not launching Flow this weekend, but I do have to know it by next Wednesday when I have to teach it to my class for the first time. Ugh.

Was it such a good idea to do multiple programs? Well, I might not think so now, but I bet once a few more releases go by, it'll be a piece of cake! Right now though, I'm really stressed out! :(

I bet a lot of people are feeling my pain....especially poor Sheri. Poor girl. She didn't know what she was getting herself into when I talked her into signing up to teach RPM! I'm going to take her class on Saturday and offer moral support. The good thing about teaching new stuff is that the members have no idea what the choreography consists of, so if you mess up, they'll never know! It takes a few classes to work out the kinks. Then all is well with the world again! :)

Oh, and I'm sending the kiddos with my sister this weekend. There's so much going on around here, that I just want to focus on gym stuff. Plus I'll need as much rest as possible!

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

The aftermath....

Well today was the second day of school and it seems like today was tougher on me than yesterday. Richard thinks that I'm totally overreacting over certain things. I probably am. That's just my nature.

This morning I got a call from the nurse at Kyra's school. I let the voicemail get it because I didn't recognize the number. I immediately called her back because I thought something happened to my child. Everything was fine. She just had a question about her shot record. There was a Hep. B shot that should have been spaced out more from the previous ones. She wanted me to call Kyra's pediatrician to have them fax over where it says in her chart that she had that particular shot on that particular day. Honestly, we thought that the nurse just wrote down the wrong date. I did some investigating and ended up talking to Kyra's first pediatrician who was a total a-hole when he was her doctor. He's now in another town (thank God). Like Kyra's current pediatrician, he too told me that it really didn't matter when Kyra got this particular shot. So I called the nurse back and just told her to change the date on Kyra's shot record because I'm 100% sure that the nurse just wrote down the wrong date. Thank God she didn't make me go to Kyra's former pediatrician and make him dig through storage to find her original chart. That would have been a PITA (pain in the a$$). So, whew. Got over that. That alone was enough to send me over the edge.

I love, love, love Kyra's teacher. She's a great lady. She probably thinks I'm looney too because I walked Kyra to the door today. I know that I should have let Kyra walk by herself. Tomorrow I'll stay further back and let Kyra navigate her own way. Once she sets foot in her classroom, I'll wave and leave. Why is this so hard for me? I've always walked her to her classroom. I know, I know. It's time to let go. She's independent now and will find her way around. If she doesn't, then she'll ask someone for help. This brings me to another rant.

Kyra ate at the cafeteria today for the first time. She couldn't get her chocolate milk open, so she just didn't drink any. Now she acted like there wasn't anyone around to help her and of course, I believed her. But I bet there was a teacher or a lunchroom monitor nearby. My shy little girl just didn't want to ask for help. I told her to ask a buddy that knows how to open their milk to do it for her. I'm sure they would oblige. My poor baby.

She rode the bus home today. I took a picture of her getting off. There are a few neighborhood kids on the bus that she knows, so she's totally into that. She's very excited.

When she got home, she explained to me that she knew how to read. I was curious and asked her if her teacher is teaching them how to sound out words. She said, "No, we just copy the words that she reads." Ah, memorization. I immediately go into panic mode and call my mother-in-law (God bless her because I'll probably drive her absolutely crazy this year) and ask, "Is this right? Is this the way that they should be doing things? Should I talk to her teacher?" She reassured me that things would be just fine. Thank God she's a 1st grade teacher. Throughout all of this, Richard is sitting there shaking his head. I'm sure he's quietly questioning my sanity.

After this week, I swear that men suffer from some form of PMS. Or do we just rub off on them? Maybe it's just a fight or flight response from them. Who knows.

I'm so glad to have some piece and quiet right now. Everyone, including Richard, was in bed before 8:00! I could get used to this! :)

Monday, August 21, 2006

Well, it's official....

My baby went to Kindergarten today! She had a wonderful time too! When I took her this morning, she was excited, yet cautious. When I picked her up, she had so many things to tell me about her day. I'm so glad. I couldn't wait to go and get her. Tomorrow, she will start to ride the bus home in the afternoons. I can't imagine her riding the bus to AND from school. I like seeing her school and interacting with her teacher. So, I'm glad that we came to an agreement on that. I'm exhausted, so I really need to get to bed. Here's a picture of her from this morning though. Oh and can I just say how weird it is seeing your child's middle initial on forms now. Kyra M. S______ is just sounds so much more "grown up". I don't like it. :(

Saturday, August 19, 2006

On the other hand, this didn't work....

Richard is sleeping. He has to work tonight. Usually he's a zombie and doesn't hear a thing, but Maeve has been super loud this morning. She's yelling and screaming those high pitched screams (on purpose of course).

Me: "Maeve, do you want to play the quiet game?" (I put my finger to my mouth and say, "Shhhhhh.....")

Maeve: (Nodding head) "Yeah!"

Kyra: "Yeah, let's play the quiet game!"

Maeve: (Does the high pitch scream again...this time even louder. Now she thinks it's a game....her game. Ugh.)

Um yeah, I don't think that worked.

Hey, that just might work!

He *is* nuts....

I don't care what this guy says. He's crazy.

Human bodies aren't made to handle that kind of stress. They just aren't.

Do you think he can do it? I don't.

Thursday, August 17, 2006

"It's a small world after all....."

This evening was living proof that we do live in a small world. We attended back-to-school night at Kyra's school. We walk in and become overwhelmed with sign up sheets, general information sheets, bus info., etc. Luckily, the teacher had a wonderful idea to cover a table with paper, so the kids could draw on the table. Kyra loved that. Maeve did much that Richard had to clean her off with some wet papers towels. You see, Maeve thought that the markers would be quite tasty. *sigh*

Anywho, I see Richard dart across the room and start talking to this guy. I figured that it must be a friend of his from work or something. I thought to myself, "Cool! He'll know another dad this year!" Well, boy was I wrong. The guy was from Victoria (our hometown). He and Richard were in Little League together and played baseball together all throughout high school. But wait, there's more. The guy, his wife, and their three kids are living with her parents just down the street from us. But wait, there's MORE. They are about to move into a house that is behind the one right across the street from us. Because we are on a corner, their street intersects ours. So, we will live about 20 seconds from each other! Weird, huh?

Richard is thrilled. He'll have a buddy to hang out with and someone to come over and BBQ for. He's almost as giddy as Kyra is!

Speaking of Kyra, she met her teacher this evening. Her name is Mrs. Hicks. She's very nice and extremely outgoing. She went out of her way to make sure every kiddo that entered the classroom felt comfortable. She complimented Kyra's pigtails. Kyra was telling me that she wanted to walk up to other kids, but that she was a "little shy". She's always like that until she learns a name. I also had a mom walk up to me and say, "Don't I know you from Hays Hills?" Uh huh! Turns out her little girl is in Kyra's class this year AND she is a teacher out at Hays Hills this year. She was a teacher the year before last, but took last year off because she had a baby. She was asking if Maeve was going to be out there this year. Sadly, no. I'm so bummed. I wanted to wait till she could get a little more out of it. So, she'll be going next Fall when she's 2.5 years old. I think she'll be more than ready. Like I said, she was all over Kyra's classroom this evening!

We also toured the library and the cafeteria! Kyra will eat from the cafeteria a few times during the next few weeks. I'm very proud of my "picky eater" for that!

So it was a success! All I keep hearing now is, "Is it Monday yet?" *sigh*


*yawn* That's what time Kyra would get on the bus if she would ride it in the mornings. The bus would drop her off at 7:20 and school doesn't start till 7:40. So, I think she made a good decision by having me take her in the mornings.

I don't see a schedule for the afternoons yet. She wants to ride it home. That ought to be interesting.

Our visitor....

This is Calli. She's my sister and my brother-in-law's Yorkie. Lisa got her in May of 2001, just before Kyra was born, so she and Kyra are the same age! We are thrilled that we are getting to keep her for a week. She's like a 2nd dog to us. This morning, I brushed her and did her hair! LOL!

She and Mia get along pretty well for the most part. They leave each other alone....except when it comes to food. Mia tries to slyly steal the food that we put down for Calli. I caught Calli trying to steal Mia's food yesterday though, so I guess it works both ways! Mia is soooo much lazier and laid back than Calli is. Calli is fiesty and very active. She was sick in June and has lost quite a bit of weight. So we are making sure that she eats. This has not been a problem so far. Miss Maeve likes to share her food with her! LOL!

In her spare time, Calli likes to show Raider (her "little" brother....a chocolate Lab) who's boss.

Calli has also done some modeling.
Click on "Portraiture" and then click on "Furry Friends".

Calli has also been known to hang out at the lake. Don't worry, she has her own lifejacket!

So she's had an interesting life so far. We are happy that she's here!

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

My fellow bloggers.....

Please forgive me for not visiting all of your blogs lately. I know that you appreciate comments from me every once in a while. Or at least I hope you do. ;) I've just been so swamped lately and don't have a lot of time to just sit here and mingle among the bloggers. I'm sorry. :( Hopefully, things will slow down soon. Here's what's been going on.

-My sister Lisa brought her little Yorkie Calli over yesterday. Calli is staying with us for over a week while Lisa and Nathan go on vacation with some friends. The kids are thrilled to have her and won't leave her alone. Mia is being a b*tch and trying to steal Calli's food. Between the kids and the dogs, it's like a freakin zoo around here! LOL!

-I'm on the tail end of completing my application to be an Assessor for Les Mills. I think after tonight, everything will be done. All I want is to put that sucker in the mail in the morning!

-Oh and I'm on choreography overload. I'm finding out just how fun (insert sarcasm here) it is to learn two programs at the same time. I know tracks 1-10 of Step, but have most of the Flow release to learn yet. And I have to teach it in TWO WEEKS! Ack!

-Kyra starts school next Monday. Back-to-school night is tomorrow evening. I'm taking her school supplies then. I just want the first day to go as smoothly as possible. I can't stay up worrying too much at night about so many "what if" scenarios though or I'll never sleep.

-We moved furniture around in Kyra's room to make more room! What a difference! She's very pleased. I am too. Now if only I could tackle cleaning out her closet and her drawers without Hurricane Maeve making a mess!

-On that note, I'm organizing Kyra's clothes in her closet and ironing all her new clothes for school and pushing them to the side. I've given her a speech about how she should choose older clothes to wear around the house. How June Cleaver am I? LOL!

-Oh and I took Kyra to the doctor yesterday because she had a spot on her belly that looked more and more suspicious everyday. So guess what? She has ringworm! Lovely! Actually, it sounds much worse than it actually is. It's just a fungus like Athlete's Foot that she picked up from another kid, dirt, etc. I have no idea where she might have gotten it from. The doctor said to put some OTC Lotrimin AF on it and it'll go away. So off to the store I went! BTW, Lotrimin AF is specifically for jock itch! LMAO! Anywho, I just didn't want the peeps at school to be freaking out next week if they somehow saw it. Honestly, it doesn't look bad at all. You can barely see it.

-Richard worked his a$$ off in the yard this week and somehow disturbed quite a few ant colonies, so they've made their way into the house. They are feasting on cans that we have yet to take out to the recycling bin. Like Richard said, "There are already cans outside, so why don't they go there instead of coming inside?" D*mn ants!

-Oh and to the dude professing his religion to the other dude who was working at the library today: "EFF OFF!" (I know I'm going to burn in hell for saying that, but COME ON! Get a book and leave. BTW, my personal pet peeve is people who blatantly shove their religion in other peoples' faces. Sorry, but your ramble isn't going to change what I personally believe, so don't waste your breath.)

I *think* that's all. Carry on. ;)

Slowly taking over the world.....

This one opened this morning and is in my backyard! ;)
Now all we need out here is a Gold's Gym and I'll
never have to go to Austin again! LOL!

Monday, August 14, 2006

Can I get an A-MEN?

Click on this.

FYI....Kyra and I are lefties!

Knight in shining armor?

Sometimes I have a read at certain blogs or message boards and have even listened to a friend or two (totally not naming names) and I have to chuckle when I hear what they are looking for in a mate. It seems like the women want a handsome man that rides in on a white horse or better yet, picks them up and sweeps them off of their feet (think "Officer and a Gentleman"). The guys want a Playboy Playmate or a drop dead gorgeous woman with the perfect measurements, blonde hair, blue get the picture.

I'm not saying that it's BAD that they want this in a mate. I AM saying that the chances of them finding one that is "perfect in every way" is slim to none. If you do find Mr. or Mrs. Right and they are the man/woman of your dreams, then Congratulations and Good Luck! ;)

I think that love finds you. I think it happens when you least expect it. There's nothing like that feeling of "new love", but as I tell my friends, that feeling won't last forever. You'll have to get creative and find other ways to make it work. Sure romantic love is wonderful, but is it realistic? I don't know many men that buy their significant other a card or a bouquet of flowers everyday. And women, what have you done for your man lately? I think some of these women need to quit expecting so much from their man. Instead of bitching about what you don't get, try working on your relationship. You might be surprised at what you find.

There are ups and downs. When kids come into the picture, your relationship totally changes. Right now, I'll say that Richard shows me that he loves me by cooking for the kids, bathing them, or putting them to bed! LOL! How's that for romantic? It might not be romantic, but it's REAL. That's what happens in real life.

So I might not get flowers or a diamond ring, but I do get things that a lot of people don't....genuine love and respect. There's two of us in this relationship and we work together. We help each other out. We respect that the other has hobbies and things that they want to do. He gives me a break by watching the kids and I do the same. He calls me from work after I put the kids to be to see how our evening went. It's not much, but it means a lot to me.

It's the little things......

What is wrong with me?

So today I made a trip to downtown Austin to have my favorite exam (insert sarcasm here). My OB/GYN is now at a new office. Talk about nice! I no longer have to park in St. David's garage and pay for parking! WOOOHOOO!

Anyway, I sat in the waiting room for a while and then sat in the exam room even longer. I saw pregnant women come out of the rooms. In the exam room, I saw the ultrasound gel and the measuring tape. I became a little sad. Am I really DONE? It just seems so final. Last year at this time, Maeve was still an itty bitty thing. It's been 15.5 months since having her. Why do I feel this way? We know that we are done having kids. We always said that we were stopping at two. And that's fine. But every once in a while, some "what if" pangs enter my mind.

Financially there's no way we could swing a third. Besides, Richard cannot physically create a human being anymore (you know what that means). But every once in a while for a short moment, I find myself a little down and nostalgic about it. I miss the kicks. I miss the appointments to see how much my tummy has grown in a month's time. I miss hearing that wonderful heartbeat on the doppler.

Then I'm brought back down to reality with a fiesty 15.5 month old and realize that my sanity couldn't possibly handle another one. I think that she makes up for all of the other ones that I could have had! LOL!

Maybe we just need to get another dog. ;)

Sunday, August 13, 2006

Now this is interesting.....

I totally believe this.

After I had Kyra, I was a mess. I cried, she cried and I think after a while, Richard suffered the brunt of it. He was so stressed out. But with time, things got better and the worries subsided. All was well with the world again.

Maeve was a totally different story. She was the angel baby. She was so quiet and since I was nursing, I spent so much time with her. We'd sit on the recliner in the evenings and "cluster feed" till 10 or 11 at night. I remember Richard saying, "She doesn't even know I'm her daddy. I barely get to hold her because all she wants is a boob!" So, I think he was feeling a little left out. A few weeks later, I'd pump and then leave the house and let him give her a bottle. I wanted him to feel important too!

Of course now both girls WILL NOT leave him alone. He went fishing this morning and Kyra was counting the minutes till he got home. Maeve is constantly following him around the house and heaven forbid he walk out the door without her! They are all about DADDY! :)

Saturday, August 12, 2006

Soooooo jealous.....

A friend of mine is in the Czech Republic for the summer. Click here to see their weather.

Can you imagine having 50 degree weather at night and 60's-70's during the day? Ahhhhh! Sounds like heaven to me!

Thursday, August 10, 2006

Thursday Thirteen.....

Jen reminded me that I've been slacking too! :(

13 things that make me absolutely giddy.....

1.) Fall/winter clothes- Now I know that you must be thinking that I'm crazy, but I get so excited when I see the jeans, sweaters, and coats in the stores. Granted, we probably won't have a winter in Texas and actually be able to use them (like our winter last year), but I love seeing them on the racks.

2.) My favorite consignment shop- When I get out of the car in the parking lot, I almost run into the place. I love it. It's clean and doesn't smell like Goodwill. The clothing is awesome. They have name brand items and you get them for cheap! I also sell to them and get store credit. I bought most of Kyra's school clothes there. I seriously am addicted to this place. Richard says that I need to work there! LOL!

3.) Brand new Sharpie markers- I love it when the tip is nice and sharp. We have some blunt ones around the house and I want to throw them out. When I worked with Janet, she got me hooked on them. At home, I love writing on burned DVDs and CDs with them. I think I need help. ;)

4.) Getting in touch with old friends- Within the last month, I've reconnected with two of my childhood friends. My goal is to somehow find one new person per week. I'm so excited to hear from people that I used to hang out with! Many of them have kids too! :)

5.) Getting my new Les Mills releases in the mail- Oh my gosh! It's like Christmas on this day! I come in and immediately pop one into the portable DVD player and start watching it! So exciting!

6.) Buying (and wearing) new fitness shoes- I'm obsessed with my favorite shoes! I need some right now because my feet are hurting. I can't wait to go into Academy and buy a brand new pair! For inquiring minds that want to know, for Body Step, I wear Ryka. For running, I wear Saucony.

7.) Maeve's naptime- Ahhhhhh.....I get a break!

8.) The feeling I get when I leave the gym- My work is done and I gave it 100%. I feel refreshed and rewarded. My body did a lot for me and I appreciate that.

9.) The feeling I get when all of the groceries are put away- I feel like they are in their own, comfortable place and I'm so happy that we have things to eat again around here! As for going grocery shopping, I hate it. :(

10.) Seeing all of the programs that I missed pop up on the DVR- I swear it's the greatest invention ever. Every TV fanatic needs one....especially if you have kids and are constantly interrupted by them!

11.) Taking a shower- I love the shower. I could live in the shower. It's "my time" to unwind. I close the door (and if Richard is home, I lock it! LOL!) and just relish the peace and quiet in there.

12.) Those chocolate yogurt raisins- Damn those things are good! The kids and I fight over them! LOL!

13.) Wednesday nights- Sounds crazy, but I'm pretty much pushing Richard out the door to go to work. When the kids go to bed, it's quiet and I'm here in my own little world. Ahhhhh....I love it.
Body Treadmill, anyone?

Jen, you're gonna love this! LOL!

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

So I'm spoiled.....

We've now lived out here for 3 years. In that time, A LOT has changed around here. Nothing is like it was 3 years ago. This little town has grown and has definitely put itself on the map.

I was talking to my dad tonight and we were discussing the gas prices. I suddenly realized just how many things I have out here at my disposal. Thank God I don't have to drive into town that much anymore. The only reason we drive into Austin is to go to work (that's Richard), go teach at the gyms (that's me), go to the dentist (kids), go to the doctor (kids), or eat out at a favorite restaurant (all of us). Eating out doesn't happen too often....maybe once a month.

So, I'm spoiled. I've made a list of things of cool things that are within a mile of my house.

1.) HEB- It's the grocery store. It's about 1/2 mile down the road.
2.) McDonald's- It's just across 35 on the other side. It's about 3/4 of a mile down the road.
3.) The Catholic Church- It's across Main Street (or Loop 4), which is just across the street from our house. I can see the church from our back porch and hear the bells from inside our house!
4.) Dance Studio- It's about 100 yards from our house and across the street. Kyra and I walk there.
5.) Cabela's- It's behind the other side of our neighborhood. It's probably 1/2 mile from our house. Lucky us! LOL!
6.) Sonic- Not that I frequent this place very often, but slushes are good every once in a while!
7.) Subway- It's in the HEB shopping center, so it's close. What's funny is that I usually find a Subway to stop at while I'm in Austin. I never eat at the one here!
8.) Chili's- They just built it! YAY! This is like the first chain restaurant that we have here!
9.) Cracker Barrel- Well, I was wrong on the last one. Cracker Barrel was here first.
10.) Dan's Hamburgers- This is Austin-based and they built one out here. The hamburgers and good and greasy! LOL!
11.) Taco Bell- My sister's favorite! LOL!
12.) A Nail Place- As in pedicures and manicures! Ahhhhhh.....
13.) Blockbuster- Don't go to this place much though. :(
14.) Jack-in-the-Box- Another place I don't go to at all.
15.) Bill Miller's BBQ- This place ROCKS! I love it! It's based out of San Antonio, but has locations all over Austin. There's like 59 restaurants in San Antonio though, so they are on every corner. Richard used to work at one! :)
16.) Kyra's school- It's about a mile from the house over the railroad tracks in downtown Buda. Not far at all.
17.) Our little public library- A personal favorite of mine. I take Kyra once a week. We get 7 to read each night before bed.
18.) The post office- I LOVE our post office. No long lines. Personal service. It ROCKS!
19.) The city park- It's just over the railroad tracks. It's HUGE and so nice! Kyra knows it's a treat when we get to go there.
20.) COMING SOON! WALMART!- This will be closer than HEB, so it's about 1/4 mile from our house! Good Lord that's close! It should be open VERY SOON! The signs are up! ;)

I can't believe that we wanted to move out here because it's a "small town". It's not so small anymore! But it still has that "hometown" feel to it. My favorite part about living out here is the noise factor. It's so quiet. I feel safe here too. And I'm not just saying that because I have a vicious, mean dog (total sarcasm here) to protect me!

What goes on when mama leaves the house.....

I taught this morning and came home around 11:30. Maeve was sleeping and Richard was sleeping. Kyra was awake and in her room. I guess that Richard took it easy this morning while "watching" them because he was up till 1 am this morning playing games on the computer. Anywho, when Maeve woke up, I noticed two wipes on her bed. Richard just got up and told me that while he was "resting" on the sofa this morning, Kyra changed Maeve's poopy diaper. Lovely. Kyra came and got him when she couldn't get the new diaper on Maeve. She wiped her and everything and put the dirty diaper in the trashcan! LOL!

I asked Kyra earlier why she wanted to change her diaper and she said that she wanted to do it because she's "a big girl". I just can't believe that Maeve held still for that long! LOL!

This story reminds me of this post.

Monday, August 07, 2006

No cavities!

I took Kyra to the dentist this morning. She's still doing very well with her brushing (I still help her) and I'm happy to report that she had no cavities! She chose the chocolate flavor as her flouride and we brought a VHS tape from home so that they could pop it into their VCR. They put some special "glasses" on her and she watched it while she was getting her teeth cleaned! Pretty cool, huh?

She got to pull some prizes out of the treasure chest, so we left with a ring, a sticker, a bracelet, and something VERY slimey. ;)

Saturday, August 05, 2006

Deep breaths.....

Kyra, Maeve, and I went to church tonight. The Catholic church here is right across the street from our house. Now about a month ago, I was talking to my MIL (mother-in-law) and the subject of CCD or catechism came up. She said, "I don't think that they start that till 1st grade." WRONG! Registration is going on right now and I saw that they take Kindergarteners! Oy! So, I need to hightail it across the street and register to be a parishioner there. As far as I know, we are still registered in Austin! LOL! Then I'll get Kyra all signed up because the first Sunday class is September 10th! Why oh why are things happening so fast? My head is spinning! :(

Friday, August 04, 2006

TomKat wedding this weekend?

Thursday, August 03, 2006

Bring on the rain....

I'm so sick of this heat. The yard is parched and my grass is slowly dying....even with watering it every few days. What we need is a good rain. I'm talking 4-5 inches in a week's time. Sadly, the only rain that occurs this time of year usually has to stem from a storm and I DO NOT want a storm to come this way. So God, if you could please send some rain to us, that would be great!

BTW, Kyra prays for rain every night. It's so cute. She says, "Thank you God for the rain that we need so bad." LOL! Everything begins with Thank You God.....

Home remedies....

These are so funny! Thanks Audrey!

1. If you are choking on an ice cube, don't panic. Simply pour a cup of boiling water down your throat and presto! The blockage will be almost instantly removed.

2. Clumsy? Avoid cutting yourself while slicing vegetables by getting someone else to hold them whileyou chop away.

3. Avoid arguments with the Mrs. about lifting the toilet seat by simply using the sink.

4. For high blood pressure sufferers: simply cut yourself and bleed, for a few minutes, thus reducing the pressure in your veins. Remember to use a timer.

5. A mouse trap, placed on top of your alarm clock,will prevent you from rolling over and going back to sleep after you hit the snooze button.

6. If you have a bad cough, take a large dose of laxatives, then you will be afraid to cough.

7. Have a bad toothache? Smash your thumb with a hammer and you will forget all about the toothache.

8. Sometimes, we just need to remember what the rules of life really are: You only need two tools - WD-40 and Duct Tape. If it doesn't move and should, use theWD-40. If it shouldn't move and does, use the duct tape.

9. Remember: Everyone seems normal until you get to know them.

10. Never pass up an opportunity to go to the bathroom.

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Mirror, mirror on the wall.....

I want this mirror! I wonder if they sell it at Walmart or Target?
(Thanks Margaret for the pic!)


This week has been crazy. I've subbed three classes already and the week's not even over with yet! I have to teach on Sunday too. It's ok though. I've enjoyed it and have come across different people in the process. It's always interesting. I also managed to videotape a Body Flow class taught by a friend of mine yesterday. I'm hoping to become an Assessor for Les Mills very soon. I'll keep ya posted on that and tell you a little bit more about that later on.

Richard's mom was on her way home from Dallas on Monday afternoon and got a little sidetracked. So she came here! LOL! She stayed Monday night and last night and went home today and took Kyra with her. Richard's brother and his two kiddos also came in late last night from Sea World. Today they went to Volente Beach. So we've been unusually busy. My dad wants to bring Kyra back up here on Saturday morning. So she'll get to spend a few days with her cousins in Victoria.

I put Maeve down already (8:00) in hopes that she'll go to sleep. She napped till 5:00, but only slept a few hours this afternoon. Plus with the company around, she didn't want to sleep. I'm hoping that she's tired mid-morning tomorrow because I have to go teach a class in the morning and I'd rather leave her here with Richard.

It's so quiet right now. It's almost eerie! LOL!

School is coming up soon. Back to school night is August 17th and they start on the 21st. I think that Kyra has decided NOT to ride the bus, but she may change her mind later on. I don't mind because if I end up taking her to school, we'll still get to sleep a little later. The bus comes around 6:45 and school doesn't start till 7:40. So that would buy me a little time. Kyra is such a morning person, so I don't think she'll be bothered either way. It'll be quite an adjustment though....for all of us.

I did sign her up for dance class in the Fall too. She'll go on Tuesdays from 3:15-4:15, so it will be right after school. The studio is about 100 yards from our house, so we walk there. Sometimes I put Maeve in the stroller too. I had a heart-to-heart with Kyra about this because she went to dance camp this summer and I didn't think she was too "into" it. But she claims that she likes it and wants to keep going. I'm not going to push her into doing something that she doesn't want to do. My parents did that with me and wasted their money. I didn't stick with any of it. I'd rather Kyra enjoy whatever she's "into".

Other than that, I'm just busy learning new choreography for my classes. We launch in a few weeks. I really haven't even looked at Flow yet, so I intend to start on that tonight. I need to get off of here first! ;)