Posts Tagged ‘son’
…Columbus Day! (or happy whatever day to whom ever discovered America) Also, Happy Thanksgiving to our Canadian friends.
I thought I’d throw this one out again since this is what the Prince has been doing a bit of lately. He’s much taller though & it shows when he drives. We only let him drive around the property or drive back up from the mailbox occasionally. He’s getting better about actually looking where he’s going (unlike last year when he’d look @ you standing in front of the vehicle while he was backing up. Yeah, good times!) & he’s even gotten a little more confident about what he’s doing. He recently earned his Boy Scout Automotive Maintenance merit badge & has taken over the task of changing the oil in our vehicles. As part of the reward for doing it he gets $5 (I know, it’s not alot but hey, he’s still compensated!) & he gets to drive whichever vehicle it is out of the garage (dad or mom still put the vehicle up on the ramps!).
Here’s the deal. The Prince has to have a B average in school in order to drive plus he must have earned his Eagle scout rank. If he doesn’t then it’s good-bye to any hopes or dreams of driving.
And last but certainly not least, the Prince has been giving me more hugs & kisses lately. AS a matter of fact, I was just outside & he came up behind me, put his arm around me & kissed me on the check. Since we were outside where anyone might have seen it I’m doubly happy to have received it!
Happy Monday, y’all!
… suffering for your sport! The Prince was playing tag football @ school & fell in the grass. Now I use the term “grass” quite loosely here as we really don’t have grass unless you (or someone before you) has spent quite a bit of money, time, effort & well, determination into having what most people would term grass. I could go on like this for quite a while but they say that a picture is worth a thousand dollars so… here’s what our “grass” did to the Prince.
…Would you believe that the Prince now wears a size men’s 14 (FOURTEEN) shoe. Do you have any idea how hard that is to find? I thought 13′s were rough but man! 14′s?! We’re talking a whole nother realm here. Luckily the kid @ Sports Authority who helped us laughed & told us that’s the boat he’s in. He wears a 14 & every once in a while his store carries them but so, apparently, does the Nike store.
We headed up to the mall to find this Nike store but didn’t. Instead we tried Foot Locker & they had 3 (three) pair of 14′s but also a few (same amount!) of 15′s. Even better? The ones the Prince truly loved were on sale for $50! YES, victory is mine!
Oh & of course these stores are not down by me but rather they are up in the big city. Meaning I really have to order his shoes online now or make the trek to the big city more frequently.
@#*$ Crap! He needs new church shoes too!!!!! (good thing I love the big bugger!)
…I am a missin’ this here critter. Don’t know why this time is so much worse from other times he’s been gone but it is.
(he’s @ boy scout camp & will be back saturday)
Today you turn 13 & boy, has it been a momentous time getting you to this age.
You are fun, stubborn, smart, contentious, loving, ornery, much loved, horrible, friendly, kind, mad, helpful, adult-like/child-like, irreplaceable, a joy, a torment but most of all, you are my son. You frustrate me half the time these days w/ your questioning of rules & dislike of doing homework. You are such a teen in most ways that people talk about & yet you still are a child. I love you more than you can possibly understand right now but hopefully you’ll have children of your own (when you are much, much, much, much! older) & then you’ll know. I miss my sweet boy but love the glimpses of the person you are growing into.
My beloved son. You are loved & cherished & I sincerely hope that you will always know this.
Happy Birthday, Prince.
ps – ignore the two year old photo. Couldn’t find my camera plus the Prince is a little camera shy these days.
The Prince & I were walking into Target earlier when he utters a breathy “wo”. I look over across the parking lot & see a very pretty blond girl. I think to myself that he’s just too young! Next thing out of his lips is “That’s a new Challenger!” Sure enough. There was a shiny, bright red Challenger. lol, guess he’s not quite a teenager (or maybe that really is a sign that he is a teen!) after all.
It’s Monday so I think I’d better hurry & update while I get the chance. Between school, my family & the storms that rolled through Arizona last week I’ve been really off my game. Let’s start w/ school. I barely made it getting my essay turned in & I think it’s kinda crap but hey, it is a rough draft & that’s what draft is for. To iron out all the bad. I realized too, after reading everyone else’s that I’d made a crucial mistake in forgetting to double space everything. That kinda bites but this is a draft & I just have to keep remembering that. Anyway what will be will be & I will improve. Maybe my writing here will get better too. That would probably be a good thing. hee,hee
Family. Well, let’s just put that one into the storm category. The storms that rolled into Arizona from California really did a number on us. Thank heavens we weren’t in some of the really bad areas but where we are got hit bad enough. I’m down in the extreme south & somewhat protected by mountains although the mountains didn’t exactly help Flagstaff! They got hit by feet of snow not just inches & lots of roofs on buildings are now leaking including (of course) several that collapsed. Plus there was loss of life north of us. The one that really gets to me is a young native American family who were trying to take their 6 yr old son to the er. They got stuck in the water & were washed out of the truck. The little boy’s body was found the next day.
So. Our damage includes a collapsed section of one of our cinder block fences, a leaky roof & my sanity. The winds on Thursday night were so stinkin strong! I couldn’t sleep in part because I was worried by the fact that we didn’t have heat due to a leaky furnace exhaust pipe & that my husband & son were traveling to Phoenix/Scottsdale the next day to go look @ some cars @ the Barrett-Jackson auction. We were supposed to get even more rain plus snow on Friday & I was very afraid for them to go! Plus we had no heat. Well, they ended up leaving around 4:30am for the 3 1/2 hr drive. (they made it safe & sound there & back but I was not very happy!) Anyway, the bigger storms didn’t materialize until late in the evening & then our mt protected us. So I shouldn’t have been so freaked but that was also the day that my essay was due. OH & we lost power. It was NOT fun. I did keep my dd home from school & we went into town & picked up a space heater. Plus on the way back from the car show/auction (no, they didn’t go to buy just look) Hubby stopped @ Costco & purchased a couple of heaters. AND, big dramatic announcement, when they got back, hubby was able to get the furnace going. So. We did survive & I haven’t even told the half of it but I did tell the big things.
Turns out too, that we can leave the dog in the house alone for a little while. He collected his toys & “guarded” them from the wind while in the house but that’s it. He’s not a mischievous or destructive dog, thank heavens! Just chicken.
That’s whats been going on & I’ll try to get back sooner this time. I know this blog is turning into blah! but life keeps happening. Funny how that works out.
Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Now usually that is said or mentioned in song but today I’m singing it from the top of my lungs! HALLELUJAH! Now, it’s not because I don’t love my children. I actually love them very much. Hard not to when you’ve worked every day of their lives to help them in some way. They are my joy & delight. They are also my life’s torment. If you don’t have kids try to think back to your childhood w/ your siblings (if no siblings I do feel sorry for you – siblings are great for deflecting any kind of trouble headed your way – just ask my sibs!) & if you do have kids but they’re not @ this delightful stage yet, well, don’t worry. You’ll be there sooner than you think!
So back to my Hallelujah! It’s Monday. It’s the first Monday of school in the new year. Nuff said.
We’re still here! Or maybe it’s that my family is still here but my brain has left the building as it were. See I forgot cards to go w/ the gifts for the teachers until about 12:30am last Friday. So I was up until probably 3:30am working on them. Oh & school got out early last Friday after the Princess’s holiday show. Wow! But I made it. 5 homemade cards that @ 3:30 am actually looked great but I can’t vouch for how they actually looked in the light of day. I hurried up & wrote on them & sealed them so I wouldn’t be upset later.
But the Christmas program the kids did (grades k – 2) was great. The Princess was a song leader in that she led all of the 2nd graders in a question song. Well, her & 2 other children. They did a great job! It was great but this also meant that the kids could leave after the program so I collected the Prince as well & they were out of school by 10:30.
Still going frantic to finish off the goodies to send to the neighbors. I think I’ll have to send some to Hubby’s work too. For some reason I’ve been doubling the batches & we only give things to4 neighbors! (that’s all that’s immediately close by). Anybody want some cookies? I think I might have some leftovers.
I thought I was done shopping & then the teenagers across the street gave my kids gifts! I was so surprised & quite honestly a little impressed. The Princess used to be over there most days playing w/ the girls’s younger cousin until she moved to Ohio. My daughter would come home quite frequently w/ her hair all done up by one of the girls. It was very sweet. But this means I need to get them something because I just don’t want to let their kindness go. I’m thinking maybe $10 gift cards to Target or something. That should do, right?
I’ve got to post what my daughter wrote in her letter to Santa but I just don’t have the time. I’m done w/ the shopping (except for the above) but now I need to sort & wrap. Plus make cards for the neighbors plus finish the cookies. I think next year we’re making fruit baskets.
Phew! That was quite a week. It was busy & long but pretty fun. I just heard a huge commotion out of my windows which I’m pretty sure was a javelina.
I’m wondering if that was what I heard because it wasn’t a howl or bark. Instead it was kind of a med-high pitched sort of grunt but very loud & several of them. The pix @ left is obviously not a real animal but instead are statues @ the Tucson Sonoran Desert Museum. The real things are very aggressive & stinky so it’s wise not to approach them. I’ve only seen live ones once & that was by accident in a wash along the side of the highway. Oh & javelinas are not pigs! Might look like them but they aren’t even closely related. Not even to a wild boar. Odd, yes?
A few seconds after the weird grunting noises all of the dogs in the area went nuts. Not unusual. We’ve also heard a mt lion (that was kinda freaky) & my down the road neighbors have actually seen one in the wash behind their house. Yeah, I so want my daughter & her friend outside playing!
Something happened @ church today that is bothering me. I know that this might sound petty but I really don’t mean it that way. I was out finishing my makeup in the van, Prince Valiant was doing his before church duties, Hubby was home w/ some sprained muscles (more about that later) & Princess Diva was sitting in a pew saving us a seat. I was only out in the van long enough to put on mascara (we have to leave for church about 30 min early or there’s no chance of getting a nice soft bench so sometimes I have to finish my makeup in the van!). Anyway, when I came in there was another family sitting in our pew w/ the princess. This wasn’t really a problem as there were only 3 of them & 3 of us but in the 2 1/2 yrs that we’ve lived here & gone to this congregation no one has ever sat w/ us before. My whole thought on this was that the mom was kinda taking advantage of my daughter. Let me explain this better.
I was @ a movie that was really popular & some tweens were saving a couple of seats. Lots of people asked if they were saved & the boys always replied yes. Well this one family came in & sat down & the boys told the dad that the seats were saved. The dad just shrugged & said oh well. I was really proud of those boys because one of them went & got the manager who made the people move (something about tickets already having been purchased). I kinda felt like that woman today was doing the same thing that that other family had done. I probably wouldn’t have felt like this except when I came in my daughter was over in the corner & like I mentioned before, no one has ever sat w/ us before. I didn’t say anything (I did smile though) as I literally crawled over her & her kids. They couldn’t even move a little so that I could sit down! The really odd thing is that there were other seats available in the center pews. I know that I need to let this go but it still bothers me. How would you feel about something like this happening to one of your kids? I have decided that I will make sure my makeup is on before we leave home or that Hubby is in there w/ the kids. I forgot to mention that the princess was actually not upset by this. In fact she was proud of herself for doing something nice which is always good.
I promise that I do have positive things to blog about. Like taking the princess & her friend to a Halloween craft event in which we made the most darling little treat crafts. So stinking cute! Plus, we’ve gone to soccer games, gymnastics, cheerleading things (have I mentioned that the prince is a cheerleader?) & also pick up football in which the prince tried to have his braces taken off the hard way. Let’s just say that he now sports a pretty fat lip w/ canker sores on the inside & out. Not the most pleasant thing but thank heavens for minty flavored wax, good lip balm, yogurt & acidophiles pills!
So I will be back although not certain if it will be tomorrow or Tues. I’ve got to go set up our new gas account since we’re switching companies. Give me a hundred bucks off & see if I don’t switch! Plus I got Hubby a car wash the last time I bought gas & he hasn’t used it so guess who’s van gets a little bit of tlc? Yep, the blue thing won’t have to look so darn dusty & buggy.
I’m off to dream land. Something about having to get two kids up for school & get myself up & out the door too, has me ready for sleep. OH & mom? I will be calling my sibs to see what food we’re each planning on for Thanksgiving. We’ll get back to you ASAP!