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.
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.
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!!
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
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!
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.
*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.