Monday, August 17, 2009
Wow! What a weekend!
My hubby and 2 oldest went camping on a "guys only" weekend with their grandfather...the outcome of which was a stressed out husband, a happy grandpa, and 4 happy little boys! LoL My poor hubby declared to his father - "next year...it's just you and me and any other male adult" - sorry kids and cousins..you'll be camping out in the driveway next year. LOL
I kept my youngest son back b/c he would have just been a headache and a 5th wheel amongst the cousins. It worked out grea, even though I did have to bring him to work with me and that was a little but of a chore. I did, however, plan a MOM's ONLY night out at my house for later that night...fun fun fun!!!! Little guy's bedtime was 8pm SHARP!
Let's just say this - the alcohol consumption from that night CANNOT be tallied because there is NO WAY I can account for how many beers were consumed! A party of 8 women was whitled down to 3 and then another later made 4.
Sometimes things happen, and I completely understood why my other friend (who had half the party in tow) bailed on us. You can totally understand why someone wants to rest after having 2 D&Cs in a row from a miscarriage 2 weeks ago. The poor thing...I felt horrible that she had to go thru that..and she felt bad about canceling on us!! God bless her! Now that is a friend.
When the small gathering began on that low note - we all toasted our friend and got to the girl talk. I haven't had a girl's night out in soooooooo long! and mind you, these women are friend/acquaintenances - if you know what I mean. They are neighbors down the road from me and I'm kind of on the fringe. Well, after a night of heavy drinking and sharing - that is when new friendships form and create new bonds.
We had a blast and ended the party at 1 am when a hubby came to pick them all up...mind you, all there hubby's are good guys, just like my guy; which is probably why we get along.
Long story short: I took a chance at a gathering and it worked out no matter how many were there...sometimes putting yourself on the line in a good way is the only way you are going to grow.
Hubby doesn't know it yet...but another Mom's night out will be going on sooner than later...
Monday, August 10, 2009
Lots of little things going on...nothing fabulous, just stuff.
I returned a dress today that was (to me) hideous. I picked it up for my sister's wedding, a black and white thing with a large print and a cummerbund type waist and the top part, well...I could have used it to carry my infant niece in it...that's how much room I had in there with "the girls". It was one of those purchases when everyone there was "OH - that looks soooo nice, you TOTALLY have to get that!" and "Just get a pushup bra, it will fill it in." After I got home, the more I tried it on, the more I HATED it. I was NOT going to walk down the aisle in a too big, ugly zebra dress! It needed alterations, big time.
Taking control of the situation meant, #1 - getting the pushup bra and #2 - seeing if the store had a smaller dress. #1 bra mission - accomplished in 10 minutes. #2 dress mission - more entertaining by far!! The store was great - nice little "Chain boutique" Black Market/White House...be warned though....they mainly have sizes 0, 2, 4, 10, 14 in stock...the othersizes fly off the shelves when they come in. I'm a 12. I bought a 14. DUH!!!! Well, I talked to the lady there, and we went right to the back rack where I got the original zebra dress. ONE SIZE 12!!! but not in the same dress. IT WAS A BETTER DRESS!!!!!!!! Smaller print, no cummerbund. Just right. IT FIT!!!! It literally took 4 inched off my waist visually. That alone was reason enough to buy the dress. AND it was $20 less...so I bought a little silk shrug for the ocean breeze during the night of the wedding. AND I bought a new pair of black patent leather stiletto's...never had a pair of those...very sexy if I do say so myself. Let's just say I added a staple to my wardrobe...glad the other dress is GONE!
What else...it's sticky here. Hazy hot humid. Yuk.
I've been working my muscle groups more...not so much the cardio because of the heat and humidity, but the new routine is kind of fun to do at night while watching tv. I think doing the new stuff has given me some renewed ooomph to maintenanceland.
I've been good tracking and watching the cals. The 4 pounds is still hanging on, but that is OK. My body is toning up and that is more important than a number.
The weekend was busy - entertained or was entertained for 3 straight nights. The kids were pissy by the 3rd night...they were lacking in sleep by that time. My friend Annmarie and her family came over and we had a blast catching up. After 10 years of being away from one another, it's nice to reconnect.
Well...it's late, and I'm pooped. Nighty night to whomever reads this....I wish you sweet dreams!!
Monday, August 03, 2009
We went camping this weekend....a trip that is actually worth writing about because Murphy was with us the ENTIRE time. His law WAS the law. Nothing went according to plan and it includes the following:
- set up camp in the rain
- went to a state park with our friends on the one good day of the weekend they went 1 hour earlier and we got turned away at the gate b/c they were at capacity...friends couldn't even come out even though they had a pass b/c then they wouldn't be let back in....dumb state park
- the river was overflowing it's banks, so we had 36 campers shoved into a tiny spot NEXT to our camper...that was fun
- mud mud mud everywhere
- we spent $200 extra at an indoor water park to kill a rainy day...go figure that one. The kids had fun at least.
- our car battery died right before we hooled up the trailer...had to get a jump from a gearhead next to our site. Thank God they were there... God bless them!!
The best time of the trip, besides spending quality time with our long distance friends was the 20 MINUTE CANOE TRIP we had while our friends were enjoying themselves at a park beach without us. We found the boating pond down the road from the park entrance and decided to just do it. The water was still, the time was right. We needed to get in the boat b/c we trekked the damn thing all the way up there to use it.
We got the gear on the kids and us, and then we got the boat down. Not too bad of a thing to do - in fact, very easy. We got to the water, where I got in first, then my middle son, then my oldest, and behind him (hidden from cameras, but controlled by my husband) was our youngest. Hubby jumped in after push off and away we went!!
SOOooooo quiet. Not a peep from the kids for the first time in DAYS. So still. So wonderful. It was perfect. The ONLY THING that went right the entire trip. No joke.
We spend 20 minutes on that pond, going up and down, around and around. I didn't want to tempt fate & my motherly instincts was saying that this could only last so long, so we turned back and had a perfect landing as well.
This was the best thing we did all weekend. Mission accomplished. Kudos to my husband for getting the canoe. He was right. We needed that canoe, even if for those perfect 20 minutes.
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