Because There is More to Life

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For those of you not on Facebook, I thought I would share a fun moment from the week.  Kids are finding creative ways to ask their dates to the prom.  It is called the “prom posal”.  Samantha was actually dreading this since she is not really the type who likes to draw a lot of attention to herself in a public way.  But her friend, Michael, found just the right way to ask her.  He painted t-shirts for her friends to wear, and they met her by her car after school.  He also had some little gifts for her with thoughtful notes explaining what each gift represented in their friendship.  She was so touched by how perfect it was for her – not splashy and crazy but meaningful and sweet.

xoxo

Robyn

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Because There is More to Life

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I am tired and crabby and stressed.  No one in my family has escaped unscathed.  And it is not for the reasons you would think.  It started with staying up way too late watching the election results Tuesday night, and culminated with a parent/teacher conference at the high school today.  Friday.  at 4:00.  In between there was a tree removal that involved a crane over the house, an electrician who wouldn’t stop chatting with me while I was paying him by the hour, a door that STILL hasn’t been installed, and a car that wouldn’t start.  Bring on the weekend.

We are looking forward to some down time/recovery time, a reunion dinner and sleep glorious sleep.

xoxo

Robyn

The Perfect Storm

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Dave heads down to South Carolina tomorrow.  His college roommate, Jan, is flying in from Sweden with his family to visit.  They will catch up with other college buddies and take in a concert (another friend will be performing) in Charleston.  The kids and I will head down Monday after our weekend of parties, plays, tennis and SAT prep.  The only hiccup in the plan is the impending storm heading our way.  It is being dubbed “The Storm of the Century” or “The Perfect Storm” or even “Frankenstorm”.  I really hope it is going to fade away or head out to sea.  Better yet, let it be one of those overhyped much ado about nothing weather events.

I am also keeping my fingers crossed that we all remain healthy.  There are some not so fun germs going around.  In fact, half of Parker’s class was absent today.  12 kids.  I’d like to think they are all on holiday or celebrating Eid, but I am afraid that probably isn’t the case.

Looking forward to spending next week hearing people reminisce about all the craziness that happened at USC in the late 80s.  (These people are SO much older than me!)  Also, looking forward to letting my brain take a vacation from stress and worry.  It is going to be great!!

xoxo

Robyn

Because There is More to Life

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Things that I am thankful for this week:

Gross flavored jelly beans from a friend who has been there and gets me.

Hearts of palm and purple peppers in my salad Wednesday night.

A daughter who is going to interview at CNU tomorrow – her first choice school

Funny Quotes from the week:

Samantha was giving me a little attitude about something, and Parker witnessed the exchange.  When Sam left the room, I asked Parker if she was going to talk to me that way when she is 17.  She said, “I don’t want to but sometimes instinct just takes over.”

Grant upon returning from the Homecoming Dance informed us that his “hips hurt from all the thrusting from dancing.”  We are just glad he didn’t get kicked out of the dance.

Things I am thankful for always:

My amazing family

Laughing with friends old and new

A job I love with the added bonus of having Tuesdays and Fridays off

xoxo

Robyn

Because There is More to Life

This weekend, we are celebrating the marriage of Dave’s sister, Kris, to Franck.    We are so happy that they found each other.  They are blending their families, and we are thrilled to welcome Franck and his sons, Trevor and Josh into the tribe.  Dave will be officiating so I am sure the ceremony will be both meaningful and entertaining.  We wish them many many years filled with love and happiness.

I can’t wait to spend the weekend with some of my favorite people in the world.  When family gathers together, it is always time filled with laughter, stories and memory making!

xoxo

Robyn

Because There is More to Life

Parker met her new teacher today and seems very happy.  She didn’t recognize too many names on the class list, but I reassured her that she would quickly make friends once school started.  Grant survived his freshman orientation managing to only embarrass his older sister twice during the process.  The swim coach stopped Samantha in the hallway today and told her he expected her to swim this year.  He was excited to learn she has a brother who also swims and instructed her to “send him to me!”

After many headaches, our deck is finally complete.  It only had to be rebuilt once.  The contractor lied to us, tried to get away with using cheaper materials, defended shoddy work, failed to mention items that didn’t pass the inspection, tried to collect payment without ever laying eyes on the “finished” product, the list goes on and on.  So now we have a beautiful deck. The only problem is that we still have to climb out the window to enjoy it.  The contractor wrote the door contract separately from the deck contract, and we weren’t willing to give him another penny to start the door until the deck was actually finished to our satisfaction.  After heated debate, Dave has agreed to cut ties with the contractor and not allow him to do the door.  So, if you can recommend someone who can replace a window with a door, let me know.  We’d like to go on a personal endorsement this time around.

I started my new job this week, and I couldn’t be more excited about it.  The kids are going to have a blast in the STEM lab.  It will be so rewarding to teach a class where there are no testing pressures or grades.  The kids will be learning and exploring for the sheer fun of it.  How great is that?!

We are off to Charlottesville to spend time at the beautiful Awad farm.  It will be great to relax before our lives get even crazier.

xoxo

Robyn

Because There is More to Life

*Great news!  Samantha now has two colleges that she is REALLY excited about – http://www.wm.edu  and http://www.cnu.edu.  She said that if she is accepted into both schools, it would be a tough decision.  Of course I would love to see her at my alma mater, but I was very impressed with CNU and could definitely picture her happy there.

*Since Grant is about to start high school, Samantha took him and his buddy, Rhett, over to the school to look around, find their lockers and locate classes.  Afterwards, she even treated them to slurpees.  It was a sibling moment I wasn’t sure I would ever see!

*Dave looks forward to this weekend all year.  It is the fantasy football draft.  All the guys convene in one location and hold a live draft of their teams.  They have traveled to various locations over the years, and this year it is here.  The boys are flying in from all over the country for lots of football talk, drinking and male bonding.  I can’t say that I really understand it, but I love the friendship and brotherhood.  These are some of the greatest guys you’ll ever meet.

*The last item on Parker’s back to school to do list was to re-pink her hair.  So that is what we spent this afternoon doing.  Turned out pretty well if I do say so myself.

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xoxo

Robyn

Because There is More to Life

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Wednesday was our 20th wedding anniversary so I thought I would just share a little bit about what kind of guy I married.  My husband is the kind of guy who sends one stunning long stem red rose for each year we have been married.  He is the kind of guy who days after receiving life changing news and a day before his first major surgery last August, made sure he stopped at the florist to arrange deliveries for our anniversary and my birthday.  He is also the kind of guy who feels free to share his suggestion for who would be a good future mate for me “just in case this doesn’t work out”.

Samantha and I have been on the college circuit this week.  We will have gone to 4 schools by tomorrow evening (Virginia Commonwealth, Mary Washington, Christopher Newport and William and Mary).  Monday we will head to James Madison.  I have marked her graduation date on the calendar – June 17, 2013.  And we have been pouring over her senior pictures to make our choices.  They are all beautiful!

I have enjoyed some fun friend time this week too.  I spent hours catching up with my friend, Tracie which was long overdue and so needed.  I also had another non-stop talk filled coffee date with my friends, Heather and Michele.  I am going to be so sad when school starts, and I won’t have as much time.

The absolute icing on this week’s cake was the Barry Manilow concert.  I am not a “fanilow” by any stretch, but Dave sure is!  We had such a great time with Jeanne and PJ singing along to the songs and sharing lots of laughs.  The perfect evening really – the weather was gorgeous, Barry sounded amazing, and I enjoyed gazing up at the stars in the clear sky.

Restoration for the soul.

xoxo

Robyn

Because There is More to Life

This has been such a great friend week.  Reconnecting and spending more time with friends has been one of the unexpected by-products of Dave’s diagnosis.  This week I had contact with friends from so many different phases of my life.  I got an email from an old friend who I have known since first? grade.  From across an ocean and many years, it was so great to hear how his life is going.  I had dinner on Wednesday night with a friend whom I met during our college years.  We caught up and shared stories over the yummiest Lebanese food.  Thursday morning I had coffee and lots of laughs with two great gals that I have known since our girls were babies in Gymboree class.  I have plans on Friday with a new friend who is a parent (and so much more) at Dave’s school.  Finally, on Saturday, I am lunching with a friend whom I first met when Samantha was in Kindergarten.  Our sons are the best of buddies which is icing on the cake.  These friendships really nourish the soul.

ImageAlso, we have finally put a deck on the back of our house.  It isn’t quite finished, and since the door isn’t actually in yet, I had to climb out the window to show you the view.  Bet you wish you could have seen that sight!

xoxo

Robyn

Because There is More to Life

ImageIt has been a busy but rewarding week around the Tremaine residence.  We are slowly adjusting to life with a puppy in the house.  Cupcake has stopped looking at me like “Why did you do this to me?” and started to play with and enjoy Winston.  There WAS an incident on Tuesday during a walk when someone accidentally peed on someone else’s head, but Winston doesn’t want to talk about it.  On a happier note, he is becoming somewhat of a celebrity around the court.  Our cute-as- can-be neighbor, Jack, requested that his birthday cake have a train AND Winston on it.  And his awesome mom honored his request.  Can’t wait to see pictures of the cake on which Winston is driving the train.

ImageParker treated us all to a yummy dinner on Wednesday.  She poured over cookbooks all afternoon and made her shopping list.  Then I took her to the store to get ingredients and helped her with the less fun jobs like cutting up the raw chicken.  We all declared her meal a big success – you can’t really go wrong with fruit dipped in chocolate!

I also have big news this week.  I accepted a new job.  I am going to be a part-time resource teacher in my school’s STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) lab.  I could not have dreamed up a more perfect job, and I am so thankful to my friend and boss, Ann, for thinking that I would be the right person for this opportunity.

To quote a line from one of my favorite movies, “My cup runneth over.”

xoxo

Robyn