Monday, August 25, 2014

Monday Morning Coffee

I'll have my coffee with a side of cold medicine and tissues please.

Yep, a summer cold is trying to rain on my parade.  I've been taking Zicam for the last 2 days in hopes of keeping the worst of it away.  Dream Boy started it last weekend and I woke up on Saturday with the tell tale signs.

But alas, the clock keeps ticking and time keeps moving forward.  So I'll suck it up and move along.

Dream Boy & I headed to the park yesterday for the last of the summer concert series.  We were treated with TWO performances.  The 1st wasn't originally scheduled, but when The Verve Pipe was stuck in Memphis and couldn't get there on time, they pulled this duet out of Grand Rapids to fill the gap.

They were very good.  A little bit on the Ingrid Michaelson/Jay May side.  Loved them really.

The Verve Pipe finally arrived and the show continued on for another hour. Most of these concerts last 1 hour, but we didn't leave until almost 7:30 --- and they start at 4!

Friday night was the last of our summer wedding series as well.  D1's older sister got married and we were invited.  She had a very small wedding, but a very large reception.  It was a wonderful time and this girl has had a good fill of dancing for a while too. 

Saturday was a finish up editing kind of day.  I managed to finish editing the wedding I shot 2 weeks ago.  Now to put their package together & send it off in the mail since the couple lives in Baltimore!

Today - well, today I head back to school.  There.  I said it.  Not at all ready for this.  Not at all.  Students don't report until next Tuesday, but staff has the annual breakfast this morning & staff meetings this afternoon.  Tomorrow is training, in which I will be helping with the training.  Hah!  Me, training the teachers.  Yep.  Me.

So - I hope you have a wonderful week & will stop back around.

Have a great day everyone!

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Ice Bucket Challenge

On Monday night S2 nominated Dream Boy, amongst other's, to the Ice Bucket Challenge that is bringing MAJOR awareness to the awful disease of ALS.  You get nominate by someone else who was nominated and so on and so on.  You have 24 hours to donate $10 and do the ice bucket challenge OR donate $100 to the ALS website.  

As of this morning, this challenge has raised $41.8 million in donations compared to $2.1 million during the same time period last year (July 29-August 21).

So on Tuesday night, a friend of mine nominated me & I took the challenge yesterday.  Much to Dream Boy's delight as you will hear...
It's amazing how something so simple has brought such awareness to something so dreadful.  

I, for one, was honored to be a part of it.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Landslide - Songography

Climbed a mountain and I turned around
And I saw my reflection in a snow covered hill….

Can the child within my heart rise above?
Can I sail through the oceans changin' tides?
Can I handle the seasons of my life?

But time makes you bolder,
children get older,
I'm getting older too.

How and when did I reach this age?
This stage in my life where so many years have passed and maybe not as many remain?

Wasn't it just yesterday when my sister and I were fighting over Barbies?  
Or helping mom bake Christmas cookies?
Or having first dates………getting married…….having babies……..our babies getting married……babies moving away……

My child like heart still says I'm very young.  My mind says the same thing most days.

But the reflection in the mirror - the knees that can't bend as well - the few gray hairs that grace my head tell me differently.

Like a landslide, it passes all too quickly.

I've learned and am still learning, to embrace who I am and where I am in my life at this point and time.

I'm living every day as the gift it was meant for me.  Opening my eyes more & more to the beauty that surrounds me in many forms, big & small.

Joining up with Kathy today at You'll Shoot Your Eye Out.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Monday Morning Coffee

Good morning everyone!

I slept in this morning after a busy, busy weekend.  I have 2 children still sleeping as well at this moment and a Wonder Dog rolling around on our bed at this very moment.  Her morning routine.

Dream Boy took the day off Friday and we started it out by picking up Son #2 and D2B2 at the airport mid-morning.  Ahhhhhh --- SO exciting.  Even my nieces made a quick trip in to see their cousin's, whom they haven't seen since last Christmas.

Since they had flown in on the red eye - they were not quite so bright and bushy tailed and we headed home.  But they were wide awake by the time we arrived, so we spent the next few hours just catching up on life.

S#2 was in a wedding on Saturday and he soon had to take off for Holland for the rehearsal festivities and do the "best man" thing, so D2B2 stayed with us.  I took her for an exciting trip to the grocery store!  But we laughed, rather, she laughed at me because I kept forgetting what to get because we were so busy talking.  We made many circles around the store before completing, um - almost completing my list. A quick stop at the local farmer's on the way home to pick up fresh sweet corn, tomatoes and flowers finished out our little excursion.

By the time we got home, we all changed and headed into town for dinner.  D2B2 loves bar-b-que, so we ended up at the new Arcadia Brew Pub for dinner.  We feasted on ribs, pulled pork, brisket and sausage, accompanied by potatoe salad, beet salad and a kale salad.  What D2B2 really wanted was on Oberon from Bell's, but since we were at Bell's main competitor, she tried their version of Oberon.  Dinner was delish!  The beer wasn't half bad either.

After dinner we headed over to Bell's store and picked up some fresh brewed beer to share at our family dinner on Sunday.

We headed over to D1's then to watch a movie - S1 was gone to a bachelor party in Ohio for the weekend.  D1 loved the company, as did FMBM.

Saturday found us all getting ready for the wedding that afternoon and heading up to Holland in the morning.  D2B2 had scheduled a walk through at the venue for their wedding reception next spring.  We arrived right at 11:30 and spent about an hour checking the place out, asking lots of questions & I took some pictures for S2 to see later.  

Oh - the ideas are just a rolling in our heads now that we've really seen the place.  S2 & D2B2 are coming back in a month, along with her parents, and we are going to plan the wedding as much as possible that weekend - so it was great to see the venue now and start our lists of questions to be prepped when we go back.   We will be doing the taste test for the dinner menu then as well.

After our tour - we headed into downtown Holland.  The memories came flooding back to D2B2, as this is their college town.  She hasn't been back there for almost 2 years and she was just filled with emotion and excitement to be there again.

We did some shopping, she bought 2 dresses, I bought my summer special - Dark Chocolate Salted Caramel apple and Dream Boy hung out and patiently waited for us to "do our thing".   D2B2 was laughing because Dream Boy isn't used to this format.  Having raised 2 son's, it was always me waiting on them, as they combed the sports stores for soccer shoes/apparel/boot's and whatever else they could find in the local sporting goods store.

We soon were off to the wedding at Hope College.  This is also where S2 & D2B2 will be getting married.  The church, Dimnent Chapel, is absolutely beautiful.  We were making mental notes of what we could do for their wedding.  The church is, as I said, beautiful, so we won't do much to deter from the natural beauty, but we talked about what we could do up on the stage to decorate. 

Oh the excitement that filled D2B2 as the reality was starting to set in that in just over 7 months she & S2 will finally be getting married!!!

The wedding reception was about a 1/2 hour away and didn't start for another 1 1/2 hours, so we took D2B2 out to the beach to see the monster manson being built by the parents of one of their former classmates & then we headed back downtown for a beer.  I know, I know, lots of beer in this weekend - but ya do what ya gotta do to entertain the kiddies, right?

Soon we were off to the reception, getting slightly lost along the way as my map on my phone had us ending up in the middle of nowhere.   D2 googled the country club and we discovered that the address in the wedding program was missing a 0.  They sent us to 1700 and it should have been 17000 = so we did a little loop & were soon at our destination.

Dream Boy and I hung around til about 9pm, but he wasn't feeling too well and it was almost a 2 hour drive back home.  We left the kids' behind and headed out.  They, on the other hand, arrived home around 3am.  They said the reception ended at 10, so a whole crew of them headed into downtown Holland together and just enjoyed the night!  

Needless to say, Sunday morning I was the only one up and out the door to church.  Dream Boy was still not feeling his greatest - coming down with a summer cold, and the 2 partiers were still in bed.  Between the late night and the jet lag/time change - they were zonked!

After church I came home and we began to prepare dinner, as my family was all coming over to eat with us.  Everyone arrived by 3:30 and by 4 we were feasting on our Low Country Boil.  A favorite of all of ours!

Libbi The Wonder Dog tried to feast on a bee and was promptly stung in the lip.  She had a swollen lip last night, but seems to be fine this morning.  My sister's tried to tell her no - but she ate it, or attempted to, anyways.

S2 & D2B2 had to be to the airport by 6:30, so everyone said their goodbye's shortly after 6 and we all headed off in our different directions.  

But NOT before capturing this...
We dropped them off at the airport, and as usual, I had my cry in the car on the way home.

But, Dream Boy & I were home barely 15 minutes and S2 called us back to the airport to pick them up.  Their flight was delayed and they would never catch their connection in Chicago - so the ticket agent rebooked them on a flight out this morning!

Bonus night!   We headed back in & S2 made plans with S1 to head over to their house for pizza and a movie.  

So this mama had a house full again this weekend and is living on the joy that we were surrounded by with everyone.  I will be heading off to the airport again shortly to drop off my precious cargo, but also know that they will back in about 4 weeks to work on their wedding plans!

I hope this is a great week for all of you - I am cherishing this time as the start of school is fast approaching.

Thanks for stopping by!