Friday, August 2, 2013

Get used to it! and other life events

1.  It's HOT in Texas.  No one will deny that.  In fact, it's so hot last year that Jason and I will forever have a memorable moment to laugh about.  He claimed last summer,  "sure, it's crazy hot but you'll get used to it."  You acclimate to it somehow.  I was NOT a believer.  And if you consider the temps in June, you can understand my disbelief.  But as I strolled through the Target parking lot today at noon and a balmy 101, I thought to myself, "Its hot, but I'm getting used to it."  Yep, Houston hot is growing on me.

2.  We have insurance!  This may not be big news to you but after all the run around we had to go through to all be covered under the SAME insurance policy, this is GREAT news.  For the last year we have had 3 policies.  One CRAPPY one for me, a great one for both kids and an ok grad school one for Jason.  If you think dealing with one insurance is fun, try 3 different ones.  Not only is this insurance cover us all, it seems as if it will do a mighty fine job.  Now my insurances standards are not what I'd consider high but this is the kind of insurance that when you have a sick child, you can call and get an appointment the SAME day, without calling into the "appointment lottery" and feeling like a winner if you score an after hours appointment at 8:30 pm!  (I know you Tri-care girls know what I mean here!)  This is a choose your own doctors, everyone accepts it kind of insurance and I'm truly thankful for it!

3.  It's that time of year again.  As a child I loved getting new school supplies.  What I failed to realize is that my mother had to search and PAY for said school supplies that I mostly just wasted drawing and pasting on while learning through workbooks paid for by our tax dollars! I also remember that what I really wanted was glitter pens and they were NEVER on the school supply list! Today I decided that it's something like a grown up scavenger hunt.  You get a list of elusive things to find and collect.  Some are super easy (and cheap) like 24 ct crayons.  I wouldn't even consider purchasing the target brand crayons when everyone knows crayola are the best.  But then you get thing like a 100 ct spiral notebook in light blue.  Well, not even addressing the color issue, have you tried to find a 100 ct WIDE rule notebook?  No?  Well let me tell you , the standard size notebook is 70 ct.  Not sure where they came up with 70 ct but it's a fact and the 100 ct. ones, those are all college ruled.  So do you have to choose?  Then a 10.5x5.5 pencil bag.  They come in 9.5x7 and 10.5x7.5 but if you happen to see one like I need, please inform me because not even Amazon could help me there.  I always wonder, does the teacher actually care?  My mom who teaches 7th graders says I don't care what they have as long as they come with a pencil and ready to learn.  I even have paper if they "forget" it.  So are teachers actually pleased when we come back with a completed list purchased from every store in town and amazon shipping what we couldn't find? Me and my amazon account  sure hope so!

4.  It's consignment season.  Twice a year consignment sales are all the talk in "mommy world".  Its where you can buy gently used children's clothes at a fraction of the retail cost.  I've made a habit of going and overbuying clothes for my boys.  I have BOYS, finding cute clothes is like a needle in a haystack.  I am finding the older Jackson gets, the harder and harder it is to find the kind of clothes I want him to wear.  I do not like character shirts and all sports wear.  Luckily for me he has no opinion and will wear whatever I tell him to.  I usually "work" a shift at the sale in order to shop early.  Better selection, less crowds.  This year I'm doing two different ones, that way I can decide which I like best.  Yesterday my two best scores were a couple of Hanna Andersson pjs, not for my babies but for my niece, Allie Gray and two matching pairs of Sperrys for the boys.  Now they both have some like daddy!

5.  We're going on vaca next week!  Separately.  Yes, we are going on two completely opposite trips next week.  Jason got an incredible chance through work to go to ALASKA!  You better believe his job got a lot better that day!  He's had a couple of "work trips" in his previous career.  None of them were to places one would consider fun, safe or even pleasant for that matter.  It's about time his work send him somewhere nice!  The boys and I will be visiting The Big Easy!  I'm getting the boys back from Camp Nanapawpaw by way of train.  They are taking a train ride from Tuscaloosa to NOLA.  We are staying on Algier's Point and will take the Ferry across to the French Quarter for sight seeing.  I've never stayed in NOLA but I'm pretty sure the food will be divine!  And let's be honest, that's what vacation is really about!  (blog to follow)

6.  How DARE they?  Right before I arrived at the grocery store, they saw me coming and placed 2 tubes of nestle toll house chocolate chip cookies out on clearance, knowing I couldn't turn them down.  I mean I like to save money, who doesn't?  So I bought both tubes.  One was "for Jason" and the other was "for the neighbors".  Ok, I may have had like one (3).  I came home from sushi dinner with girls to find that Jason had only consumed ONE cookie!  Wha?  I made them for him.  He needed to eat them ALL!  So I had to go about putting them away and trying to resist eating another one.  I got these totally cool (thanks, mom) bags at Target this week that are portion controlled.  They have the markings for each 1/2 cup, 1 cup etc.  It's great for the snacks I SHOULD be portion controlling but I had the hardest time making my cookies fit into them?!?!

7.  They say absence makes the heart grow fonder.  I'm totally buying that right now.  It's been longer than I expected since I've seen the kids and I'm finding myself sad and longing as I drive by the local parks and pools.  No, I don't want to go to the pools by myself.  I don't want to ride bikes alone and walk alone to the park.  What I've discovered is kids are a lot of the reason I have FUN.  Sure, adults are fun sometimes but kids are almost ALWAYS fun.  That's all they do is have fun. It's kinda like their job, which makes my job, well FUN!   Now don't think they have had any lack of fun as they have been on fun overdrive with my family.  Nevertheless, I'm ready to get them back so we can enjoy the last of the summer FUN.  We have big plans for pools, ice cream, parks, museums and just FUN!  Don't let anyone fool ya, kids are A LOT of hard work but a whole lot more FUN!

8.  New Fav:  I am a water only at restaurants kinda girl.  I mainly only drink water anyway but Jason almost always gets soda or something and I'll have a drink or two of his if I feel inclined (it's my wifely right!).  At my new fav taco stand, Berryhill, they have a mint lemonade that is a real WOW!  They knowingly make it FAR too sweet for most humans taste so they go ahead and give you an extra glass to dilute it with water when you get ice.  I almost always leave with a to-go cup.  Or two.

9.  As all of my TN friends are sending their kids back to school, I'm a little happy that we don't start back until Aug 26.  That's 3 more weeks at the pool for us.  Sure, I'll be jealous when they all have off two weeks in the fall and spring when the weather is not 106 daily but for now, we'll be keeping it cool in the pool.

10.  I'm off for a lunch date in Houston.  This girl and I have come a LONG LONG way "together".  We met in North Carolina through a mutual Hawaii friend at a "family" Thanksgiving celebration, military style. Since then we've both made some big life changes including one of us traveling to distant worlds while the other was just residing in the home of country music.  Either way, we both ended up here in Houston although I only see her about once every other month.  When you talk about houston, you might as well be talking about different cities.  She in sugarland and I in The Woodlands is about a 50 minute trip (with NO traffic, which doesn't happen) I'm just glad we make the time to see each other when we can!  Our boys fell in love instantly as little boys do and I hope we can get them together again before school starts.  My first thought was to go here.  I decide that may be better left to a "ladies only" kinda lunch.  We are opting for something a little more kid friendly.  I'm thinking Mexican, Mediterranean or Thai.  Good thing they aren't picky eaters.  We have eclectic tastes!

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