Facebook and High School

March 14, 2009

Facebook should probably be called “High School Reunion”.  I reluctantly started using Facebook because of the kids.  If they are going to be on it, then we are going to be on it monitoring what they are up to.  I did not expect the end result being finding old friends.

Last week I had a wonderful opportunity to get together for a mini-reunion with 6 other friends from High School.  Some I had some contact with over the years, some I had not seen since I left school.  I wish we had had more time to just sit and talk.  I could not believe all of the memories that came rushing back and all of the stupid things we did as kids.

Now I have one graduating High School in June and I just can’t wrap my head around that.  He’s 18, he’s an adult.  He’s making his decisions about his future.  How did this happen?  I know I’ve seen it all and been here to witness this transformation, but it still does not seem at all possible.  In 20 years will he sit with friends from long ago and have the same realizations.  I’m sure he will. 

His High School experience has been very different and in many ways much more stable and successful than mine.  I hope he has enjoyed the ride and looks back on it with some fondness.  But he’s the type that won’t wish for it to be different, he has constructed it to be the way that he wants and I hope that makes him happy.


Sweet Sixteen

March 14, 2009


Sara on her actual birthday!

Sara on her actual birthday!

I was trying to remember recently what my sixteenth birthday was like and it must have been uneventful.  I can not remember it at all.  My oldest daughter Sara just celebrated her day with a big party at our house with a band and a cake that cost more than my wedding cake.  As this party and cake was her gift from me I actually did not mind spending the extra on it.  As birthday parties go, I think it was a big hit. 

Sara helping to set up an hour before party.

Sara helping to set up an hour before party with the cake.

Sara and Versecity (the band)

Sara and Versecity (the band)

I should say that we had only just moved into the house a whole week before and getting it ready to host a party was just about my undoing.  But with Marks help we managed to pull it off 
We only have 5 more to get through their sixteenth.  I think we can do it.  Poor Shea, his sixteenth birthday was the week before hers and he didn’t get a big sweet sixteen.  Boys are so much easier than girls.

I’m going to start offering weekend trips with Mom instead of a party.  I think it will be a lot less work for me!


Where do you reside?

January 13, 2009

Scanning my pictures I’ve noticed that in many instances there are strangers in the background. It made me wonder how many family photo albums I might reside in.

If you’ve seen the Harry Potter movies, you know how the pictures move about and talk. I wonder what I might say to the person in the picture next to me in a random album.

And who knows, maybe I’ve been to far flung destinations and don’t even know it. I’m sure I’ve made it into pictures of random tourists. It would be interesting to see just where I’m at.


The Best Laid Plans…

December 26, 2008

I was determined that for once I would be asleep by midnight on Christmas Eve.  Well that didn’t happen and I didn’t sleep well and was awake at 6:30 in the morning. 

But with that being the only exception…I had a great Christmas.  I think the whole family did. 

Everyone got a little something they wanted.  But, my favorite part was spending the whole with the family and not having the kids running in different directions.  I don’t think anything could have made the day better.

A few tidbits from the day:

Ryan loved his Happy Hooker book.

Shea put his tighty-wighties on like a kid playing Superman (he’s about to be 16)

Sara finally has her own camera and Three Jonas Brother’s Tour books.

Tesa didn’t get a dog, but did get a barking phone.

Santa brought Luke the Lego set that is no longer manufactured.

Cory hopes he’s going to A&M because of the stuff bought for him.

Erin is all accessorized with her Easy Bake oven.

Mark and I are all ready for our Cruise in February!

Hope everyone had a Wonderful Holiday!


Christmas Shopping

December 13, 2008

Yes children we have actually shopped for Christmas! Don’t bother looking, we are hiding the loot well.

I am not a shopper, for the most part I like to go in to a store, know exactly what I am after and get out as quickly as possible. I’m just not one of those women who love to browse, window shop or spend all day picking out the perfect gift. That does not mean I don’t want to get the perfect gift for someone, I just don’t want to spend a lot of time finding it. Thanks to the internet life is a lot easier. I know what electronics to buy and where. I (or let’s be more specific – Mark) can find out where the best deals are and we don’t spend hours upon hours looking. I hate crowds and will do most anything to avoid them. It has become a little easier for me to tolerate crowds, but I still would prefer to avoid them. On occassion I have wished I was more like those people who like to walk around with packages and go into every store. I just don’t think I will ever be that person.

I have only one more stop to finish up my Christmas shopping! I spent only an hour shopping last night and only about an hour and  a half today and I’m done for the most part.

There will be no Christmas Eve rush to get it all done!


I’m in L O V E

December 7, 2008

With this place!

I love to cook and entertain and I see myself spending a lot of time and way too much money exploring all the foodstuffs they have to offer.  It’s gorgeous, are you allowed to say that about a “market”?

I’m totally and completely in love, that’s the only word for it!


SPF Friday – The Best Gift You’ve Ever Received

December 5, 2008

I thought long and hard about this Assignment, the first one I have ever participated in from Random and Odd.  I considered all of the gifts I’ve received that I could remember.  Lots of options, but how do I choose one?  Then all of a sudden it dawned on me, the best gift I ever received was the gift of lifelong friendship, it’s intangible.  It’s not something that you can hold in your hand and look at…it just is.  Unconditional friendship!


So here is a picture of me and my best friend, we are the ones in the middle.  This was taken in October around our birthdays (we are 364 days apart in age) on our first ever real vacation together.   We have known each other about 30 years and have seen each other through all kinds of stuff.


Mark, Carmilla, Gina & Kammie in Cozumel

Mark, Carmilla, Gina & Kammie in Cozumel