Pre-Season Jamboree Game
Monday, August 30, 2010
I was beyond irritated yesterday and the filter that I try so desperately to keep on my mouth - was gone.
In the midst of putting Addie's shoes on so that we could get to football practice, while my husband was in bed incredibly sick, the following conversation took place:
Julien: "Mom, why don't you buy Addie a pair of flip-flops?"
Evil Wretched Mother: "Addie has a hard enough time walking in athletic shoes with inserts, much less trying to walk in shoes that are guaranteed to be a tripping hazard."
Julien: "Well, you need to buy her shoes so that she will fit in."
Evil Wretched Mother with a Snarky uncalled for tone: "She will never fit in. It doesn't matter what shoes we buy her, she will never fit in. People will always find a reason to make fun of her!"
Julien: "I just want her to fit in, Mom."
Evil Wretched Mother: "I know Julien." "We just have to pray to God that she will continue to be surrounded by loving friends like she has now."
Julien: "Can we just put her in her other shoes or buy her some sandals?"
....he didn't want Addie to wear her "special" shoes to his football practice....all the other little girls and Mom's wear their summer shoes and he felt Addie should as well.
Every little detail matters and it's amazing the things that he picks up on.
Evil Wretched Mother grabbed Addie's Lelli Kelly's and out the door we went.
Sunday, August 29, 2010
The little Monkey is taking pity on Julien and giving his bandaged knee lots of kisses.
From the first time that I met him, he had me hooked.
Sweet Monkey was just four months old the first time we met him.
He treated us with respect and he didn't buy into the whole "Wait and See" game that we are forced to play.
He has been wonderful to us, has taken care of Monkey through three surgeries and Chris through one.
In addition to that, he is blessed with the most wonderful wife and children - ever.
He is just such a good person - although Monkey makes it appear otherwise. As much as I can't stand the thought of having his schedule become more crammed than it already is, it is only fair to tell you that if you are in need of a fabulous ENT, he is the man to call. I wouldn't trust any other ENT to care for our family.
Good thing he is young and won't be going anywhere!
Thursday, August 26, 2010
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
Monday, August 23, 2010
Sunday, August 22, 2010
Thursday, August 19, 2010
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
Since last Friday - the 13th - there has been one awful thing after another after another and I'm really just fed up with all the mess.
Today was no exception.
Inside of this little bag are my shoes.
Today was one of those days, rushing from here to there and back again...in heels.
The heels that are comfortable enough when I'm walking around at work, but today was filled with lots of walking:
to the car
back out to the car
back out to the car
down one level of the most disgusting hospital parking deck I have ever, ever seen
into the hospital
down hallway, after hallway, after hallway, in the elevator, down the hallway...reverse
out of the smelly hospital
back up the ramp of the most disgusting park deck ever
That's when I decided that I needed to stop at the bank, but by that time, I had had enough of walking in my heels...so I opted for the drive-through.
Simple enough - my transaction was prepared in advance, I pulled up, rolled down the car window and placed my transaction into the little drawer.
The girl "finished" my transaction, stuck the receipt into the drawer for me to sign.
I retrieved it, signed it and stuck it back in the drawer.
The girl wasn't paying attention and out of the drawer my signed transaction receipt went - proudly displaying my signature and personal information.
The girl asked me where it went and I oh so nicely told her that it flew out of the drawer, but that I would pull forward and retrieve the receipt because she had to scan my signature back in before she would give it to me - along with my driver's license.
I got out of the car in my heels and dress - in the Alabama August heat, tracked down the receipt and as I was turning to get back into my car, someone started to pull in behind me.
So...I walked up to the drive-through window, put the stupid receipt back into the drawer and waited for the girl to scan the receipt and give me back my driver's license.
That is when she informed me that I needed to tell the car that just pulled in to BACK-UP so that I could back my car up...which made zero sense.
I told her just to give me my receipt and drivers license and I would be on my merry way.
Well...wouldn't you know it.
As I was beginning to wish that Calgon would just come swoop me away, along with a vat of Margaritas...EIGHT more cars pulled up.
Ages passed before the girl finally asked me to come inside.
Five minutes later , after three trips back and forth to my car, the girl had finally finished my oh-so-simple banking transaction.
I was mortified and had to look ridiculously inept at banking.
I think it's going to be a while before I visit that branch location again...
Thursday, August 12, 2010
This scenario is oh so similar to one when Julien was much younger than the little Monkey.
We would always pass this house that had a group of deer out on their land.
These deer stood in the exact same place for years - never, ever moving.
Each time we would drive by, Julien would get really excited to see the deer and we would roll down the windows and say "hello" to the deer.
It wasn't until much later that Julien finally asked me why the deer never moved and became a little suspicious over their activity level...
All the dust you see that has accumulated on the dashboard is from my car aging....as we wait and wait and wait...
We pass over this very deep quarry each morning....too bad we can't tunnel through...
oh...a lovely cow pasture - minus the cows.
I think they all died while waiting for their feed to arrive.
Yep....still stuck in traffic...
Thank heavens Chunk wasn't screaming on this particular morning.
I don't think the car ever got up to a speed that upset her equilibrium!
How the heck did he grow so fast?
Before I took this picture and the ones to follow, Julien asked me if I was going to post the pictures on the blog and (in a mocking tone) say something all sappy about his first day of school.
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
Apparently, my presence or the general association of knowing me is causing children to fall and get hurt.
Case #1 - At dance, a little girl fell and got quite the awful, bleeding, swollen, bruised boo-boo on her forehead. It was terrible because we all saw it happen, but it was so fast that none of the parents could prevent it.
Case #2 - One of Addie's sweet little friends fell onto a concrete sidewalk and ended up in the E.R. with a skull fracture - thank goodness he will be okay...
Case #3 - Chris and I were at a local Deli when a little boy was walking to get a drink, lost his footing and slid right into the counter. O-U-C-H.
Case #4 - The little Monkey was sitting on my bed surrounded by six pillows. I turned to go into the bathroom and before Chris could grab her, she fell - head first - off my bed. Five of the six pillows and the extra soft wool rug - broke her fall. She basically landed on a bed of fluff - luckily it was just her feelings that were hurt!
Case #5 - While at an appointment today, Julien and I heard the situation unfold as a baby fell off the exam table (from what we gathered listening to the Mom) in the room next to ours. There wasn't mass panic, so it appears that the baby is fine.
All of this since Saturday.
So...please keep your children safe in your arms or with their feet securely planted on the ground and please make sure to keep them away from any stray banana peels that might be laying around.
Monday, August 09, 2010
Thursday, August 05, 2010
Wednesday, August 04, 2010
Monday, August 02, 2010
A little bribery goes a long way...
Addie and Julien always leave the E.R. feeling like they just won the lottery - most of you will remember one of the most unforgetable prizes that Addie brought home - Big Bertha.
Addie was so amazing this time.
She picked out one little baby as her prize, but when another baby was shown to her, she traded the babies (I would like to think that she knows it's nice to share and not nice to hoard things.).
She immediately declined the blanket because she thought she would have to trade the baby for the blanket, but once she knew that it was okay to have both, she was thrilled.
She "asked" Julien to take baby out of the wrapper for her and then took baby to be swaddled...
She then loved on the baby all the way back to school, took the baby into school with her and placed the baby and the blanket in her cubby.
Since baby and blanket became a part of our family, Addie has carried her into every corner of our house.
Sweet Addie is such a good Mommy.