Friday, August 31, 2007

Labor Day weekend

Well, school started for Jaben on Tuesday, and so far so good. I'm a little worried because it looks like his Adderall is going to run out 2 days before his doctor appt, and that would leave him 2 school days without it. I really don't want that. I need to call in an hour when they open and see if we can do something about that.

But as far as the weekend goes, today Kyan and I aren't doing much. I need a blood test, to do laundry, and get the house straight. We also need to make "you got thru the first week!" cookies for Jaben to come home to. Tomorrow, I'm getting new rear tires on my car and taking the boys to the Melon Festival. Saturday night, I need to stop by the bar where they're taking my cousin for her 21st birthday. I really don't have a lot of interest in bars these days so I probably won't stay long, but I want to say Happy Birthday and have a beer with her.

Sunday, we're going to the zoo! I can't wait to see how Kyan likes the animals!! After that, we're going to try to find a hotel with a pool and hide out for the night. We all need a break and to get out of town, and this would work perfectly. Hopefully we'll be able to find something nice, but reasonable, with a decent pool the boys can swim in. That would be lovely!

So Kyan's got a new thing this week... he can't stand tags in his shirts. If there's even the tiniest tag in the collar, he begs me to cut it off. The one I just put on him already had the big tag cut off, but he HAD to have the smaller one cut off too. He is not content until there are no tags left on his shirt. I'm sure he couldn't feel that little tag, but if he sees it - that's it. "Mommy, cut tag off." For now, it's kind of amusing, but I'm sure it won't be if I ever manage to have a garage sale and want to sell a bunch of his stuff... no tags means no sizes!

Oh well -- if it keeps him happy...

Sunday, August 26, 2007

In the past week...

I have...

• had a birthday
• worked overtime
• gotten my biggest paycheck to date from my employer (due to the overtime)
• gone to Jaben's orchestra orientation
• found out Valley Beach is closed for the season (sob)
• chosen the flooring and paint color for our bathroom
• chosen the boys ceiling fans - Kyan's is SO CUTE!
• begun organizing my room for the move
• realized I need a lot more boxes to do the boys room
• bought the boys a GUINEA PIG

I need to upload the pics from my camera so I can fit more on it. Once I do that, I'll post a pic of Nibbles (our guinea pig). She is so cute and the boys just love her to pieces! We're still working on teaching Kyan to be gentle and careful with her, but he's doing okay. He loves having a pet he can pet and hold, and so does Jaben. We're now a 3 pet household - hard to believe for anyone who knows me. Ha! But they're "easy" pets... we have Bella the beta (our first pet), Retro the parakeet (#2, brought by Santa at Christmas), and now Nibbles the guinea pig. I should take quick pics of all 3 to post, but as I said, I've gotta unload my camera first. So... maybe another time!


Sunday, August 19, 2007


Finally the music has stopped.

I was awoken approximately 20 minutes ago by very loud, godawful country music coming from somewhere in the vicinity of my backyard.

I got out of bed and called the police - after one half-asleep misdial to the sheriff's office. They said they were already enroute. Apparently someone else had been woken by the godawful music too.

So now it's quiet, but I'm awake. Who plays music so loudly, in the middle of the night, that several neighbors - at least one from the next street over - call the police to shut you up?

I can't wait to get out of this neighborhood.

At least they didn't wake the boys.

Saturday, August 11, 2007

Yup, we're still alive!

Just really, really, relentlessly busy!! I can't believe it's been so long since I've posted. I hadn't even thought much about it, really. I'm just not one of those bloggers who can post every day, or apparently even with some regularity. I'm kind of over feeling bad about it. If anyone reads the blog I'm sure they're aware by now that sooner or later, a post will come.

So, what's been going on. The new house is underway. Things are more of a mess than we'd first thought, so all the walls in the bathroom have to be removed and some areas treated because of MOLD! Yeah. Oh God mold. Fortunately, we've got a good guy working on it and he'll make sure it's taken care of. Just that it's one more thing we didn't count on. Things seem like they're going to cost much less than originally thought, so yay for that. That's going to help a lot as we continue to encounter the unexpected and hopefully it will all come together so that we can be IN by Halloween. That's the goal, anyway. I took some pictures when they had the floors ripped up to put in the new subfloors, and I need to get back over soon to get pics of the rest of the progress. I'm hoping to eventually post before, during, and after shots. We'll see how that goes.

Last week we went to Cedar Point with the family. My cousin and her boyfriend were visiting from Alaska so the whole group got together to ride coasters and eat fried junk food. It was GREAT! My mom had to work so she brought Kyan over for me for the twilight hours and I got to spend the day riding with Jaben. He was AWESOME!! He's rather short for 11, so this was the first year he was even tall enough for some of them. He finally got to ride the Raptor with me (my favorite!) and he LOVED it! I was worried because he's not big on flips, but when it ended he screamed "THAT WAS AWESOME!!" and set a great tone for the rest of the day. He didn't care for the new Maverick (which I LOVED) but he rode more rides that day than ever, so we had a blast! When Kyan came, I found out how truly fearless my baby is. He kept pointing at the giant coasters and asking, "I ride that?" Too cute! We took him to Camp Snoopy and he rode EVERYTHING! He was so cute on the Woodstock Express (giggled the whole ride!) that we bought the video at the end. I think we've seen it about 85 times now and he never gets tired of it. Just as an aside, the angle they shoot those from is not adult friendly and mommy looks like a sluglump. Niiiiiiiiiiiice.

I'm probably going to be working some extreme hours next week, so rather than wait and maybe miss the Huron County Fair next week, I went ahead and brought the boys to the Erie County Fair last night. We were not impressed. As we got there, Kyan got on the merry go round, then we went to look at other rides for Jaben and they shut them down for an hour!!!! We were so mad! So instead we went to play games (lots of useless junk there) and get something to eat. Eventually the rides started up again and the boys found one they could ride together and they loved it! Jaben got a real kick out of riding with Kyan (he's a blast on a ride), and so they went twice. It was so cool seeing them do this together. Can't wait till Kyan's even bigger and they can do more of that really great stuff together!! We only ended up staying about an hour and a half (small fair) and we were done.

On the way out, we ran into some people from a nearby haunted house, the haunted Hydro (only the best haunted house ever!!) and got to talking to a goul. Yes, he was dressed as a goul and had the COOLEST mouthpiece that gave him screws for teeth! Said he made it himself. Anyway, he told us they're always looking for volunteers and we should contact them!! I've ALWAYS wanted to work at a haunted house so we're definitely looking into it. If Jaben is old enough (website has no age limit listed) we're going to try for it together. That would be so much fun!!!

So, that's it for now. School starts soon and knowing me, I may not write again until then. But, we've been having a great summer, the boys are happy and healthy and things are trucking along.