Sunday, August 17, 2008

Birthday Surprise!



Sarah and David now have their own apartment! David was about to turn 25 years old. Their apartment is a really cute place and I am so proud of them!

When Sarah asked me what she should do for David's birthday....of course I thought....why not make him a great dinner??? (Then you have to invite the family to your new place!)

Sarah planned the menu, pulled recipes off the Internet and made up a list of the things she would need to buy at the store. Their kitchen is tiny and isn't set up for MAJOR cooking. I offered to let her come over and do the prep and most of the cooking here at our house. She kinda wanted to surprise David with this treat!

The next day, Sarah shows up and does all of the prep work and gets the meal pretty well cooked in advance. The menu was Cheeseburger Meatloaf, Double Stuffed Baked Potatoes, Green Beans Almondine and a wonderful marbled cake with strawberries!

The day of the party, Sarah came over and picked up all the food and finished the cake. We were due to meet her over there later that evening. Unfortunately, David was already home when Sarah arrived with all the goodies so the cat was out of the bag! So much for the surprise.....

Needless to say, the food was wonderful! This was the first birthday party that David had had since he was 13 years old. I think he enjoyed the pampering! This was Sarah's very first dinner party.... for family. Mom, Dad and little brother all enjoyed getting to see their place all decorated and to be included in Sarah's "grown up" life!

I am so proud of who Sarah is becoming! David is a wonderful young man! The seem to go together like peanut butter and jelly. I remember how hard it was to get my own "grown up" life established and I am really pleased to see these two young people make a go of it!

Happy Birthday, David!

PS....Sarah, the cake was WONDERFUL! Hint! Hint!

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Makes me giggle!


This picture of Ben makes me giggle! I long for the days of being with this sweet little boy. I want to speak with the gremlins that stole this cute little baby and left behind the body of a 5 year old grumpster!

I don't care if he is in the process of establishing his independence....I want my sweet potato back! There is a reward in it for the person who can help me locate the kid that made me giggle!

I tried to savor every moment with him as a baby and then as a toddler. I knew those days were precious! How was I to know that the "frustrating five's" would be even more challenging than the "terrible two's"?

Someone tell me that it will get better! I must know that there is a light at the end of the tunnel......someone please.....please tell me this will pass and we will find the "giggle factor again"????????

Okay, fine! I will just have to spend the next 15 years rummaging through the "my pictures" section of my computer dreaming of resurrecting that sweetness like some lonely old lady looking to find the joys of the past! In the meantime, I have a gremlin to remind me that I actually live in the present and presently I am getting more grey hair! Thanks karma! What did I ever do to you?

Saturday, August 9, 2008

Kindergarten to College




Our lives are seldom dull. We have a 5 year old son (Benito Torpedo) and a 20 year old daughter (Sarah Bearah). Yes, we have one child going into Kindergarten and one child going to College! As I told you, we are kinda nuts! It is so strange to be dealing with the issues that go along with each simultaneously....very surreal!

In many ways, it is like having two "only children" at the same time. At times, I think they are both in similar developmental spaces.....Establishing who they are, testing boundaries, exerting independence.

Sarah lives on her own now and Ben misses his "Sissy" a lot. Seeing his sister "all grown up" has been a little tough. Ben thinks the world of his sister but even with the age difference, there is no way to avoid the "sibling rivalry".....it is just the nature of brothers and sisters!

Sunday, August 3, 2008

Sharwon Wenee Wichawrdson


My cousin was so cute as a kid! When Sharon was little she had trouble saying her "RRR's" and they came out with a definite "Wha" sound. Her given name was Sharon Renee Richardson. Life is so unfair!

Saturday, August 2, 2008

Bubble, Bubble, Toil and Trouble




I have this thing for cool old bathtubs. My husband has this thing for taking pictures of me in cool old bathtubs......no, not what you are thinking! Get your mind out of the gutter!

When we closed on the house we are renovating, the first thing I did was climb into to tub to try it on for size! You see, I am short or to be politically correct, "petite" (at least some parts are petite anyway)! Naturally, my husband has to grab the camera to capture the moment!

I love to lounge in a hot bath and treat myself to the occasional soak. However, being short...I mean petite, the very popular Garden Tub does nothing for me! You say..."What?". The current rage seems to be a bathroom big enough to fit a family in (at one time) along with a deep set "swimming pool" and jacuzzi jets where one could do laps and get a massage at the same time.

Despite the fact that I do know how to swim, these gigantic tubs make me feel vulnerable. Yes, I am a control freak! I want my feet to reach the end of the tub! I want the water to come up to my shoulders without feeling like I am going to float away or be carried off down the rapids. I should not need a life jacket or an anchor to take a damn bath! Just a tub full of very hot water is all that I want!

So, a friend of ours offers us a really awesome antique claw foot bathtub that they pulled out of their 1920's house. When I found out that it was only 4 feet long, I jump for joy! Yes, yes! We will take it! (Husband groans!) Like we need 5000 pounds of cast iron and porcelain to store until we get to the bathroom remodel portion of our journey! We could be looking at this thing for years! (Groan again!)

A couple of days later we take delivery of the new "Tiny Tub" and lovingly place it on a furniture dolly for ease of moving from room to room over the next several years while we renovate! (FYI - We do a lot of moving stuff from room to room, it is the nature of living the life of an "Urban Pioneer".....goes with the territory!)

That evening, after I climb out of our existing antique bathtub and put on my nightgown, hubby walks into the room and asks "You wanna take the Tiny Tub out for a spin?" My mind immediately goes to the gutter....yes, guilty as charged! My first thought is that he has some hanky panky in mind (my turn to groan).....then a vision flashes before my eyes. This tub is on rollers at this point....my eyes bug out!

I see images of him pushing this thing (like a soap box racer) around the house with me in it! Eyes still bugging out,
I say "TAKE IT OUT FOR A SPIN?????" thinking he really has lost his ever loving mind!

No, nothing so crazy....he is suggesting that I "try it on for size" as he knows how weird I am about bathtubs. Naturally, he has the camera in his hands!