Saturday, November 26, 2011


This years Thanksgiving was nothing out of the ordinary. But it was a nice day! We all gathered at my Mom's for a cozy yummy dinner.  As the years have gone by many things have changed, our family has grown and the grand kids are now having kids this means that we are not always going to be able to be together. This year Melissa and Jeff and their two new baby girls were not able to join us and Cody kids were with their mom! without them we had 15 of us.  I had Tuesday off so Landon and I ran over to help my mom get the tables brought in and set and when Thursday came around it was nice to already have that done. I went over early to help my mom with the last minute preparations for the family feast. Dinner was set for 1:00 pm as many of us had other obligations in the afternoon.  With all that it takes to get ready for this day it is sad at how fast it is all over with!  with that is also such a fun day to be able to be with family to laugh and catch up on every ones lives!  I am so happy that we all get along and can get together without worrying about anyone feeling like they might be left out!  soon after dinner Bill and Tanner headed out the door, they are heading to a bike camp in Boulder Nevada, this is Tanner's Christmas present. I asked him how he was going to feel on Christmas morning with not much to open and he said "Mom this gift will give back to me my whole life" OK I said you remember that on Christmas morning!  then Landon headed off to his girlfriends house, Ron;s family headed over to Shellie's Moms and Gordan and Sandy went home.  This kind of left me stranded but Mom and I go over to visit with Wanda then she brings me home.  I always hate the end of the day on a holiday when my Mom has to go home to an empty house, these are the days that make me miss my dad the most!  My dad was a home body he loved his home and rarely wanted to leave.  He was very content being there and very much preferred people coming to visit rather than he visiting them.  and he loved the holidays even though he tried to pretend he didn't we all called him the Grinch and his favorite holiday saying was "Bah Hum Bug" he would say it trying to look all mean but a smile always crept through!  He is very much missed!  I feel bad that my boys don't remember him much at all Landon was only 4 and Tanner 2 when my dad passed away, it seems so unreal that it has been 14 years since he has been gone. Things seem to go on no matter the pain, so its best we go on with a smile and a good memory or two! and I have plenty which I am so grateful for!  Our family memories are such good ones we had a good childhood and many happy times as adults with him too!  I am happy there are no regrets! and Most of all I am happy to call him Dad!  Happy Thanksgiving.....Remember to always give THANKS!

Thursday, November 10, 2011


I don't know if I will ever truly understand the big hype over video games! My boys can be possessed by them spending far to many hours sitting in front of a TV yelling and carrying on into all hours of the night or should I say morning....
I found out how much these games really mean to them....The first thing that happened was Tanner went to bed on Monday at 7:00PM.. one might think he was not feeling well this is not the case the real reason stands behind this new game......Why? you ask,'s because on Tuesday morning, and when I mean morning I am talking about 12:00am they were already at Game Stop waiting to pick up their new copy of
His whole thinking of going to bed so early is so that once he got the game he would be able to stay up and play it for a few hours before going back to bed so he could a few more hours of shut eye before he would have to run off to school, some might say "Now he is a Thinker"!  Me I just think he is crazy!  He even talked Landon into going with him as he needed someone to go with him that was over 17! I hear them return home around 12:30 and I hear the clomp clomp clomp of him running down the stairs, his going to bed early was working...I ask him in the morning what time he went back to bed and he said 1:30....hmmm some how I don't think that was the real time, but I play along. I now have to go to work to eat "Crow" and say that I ended up agreeing to let him go and get it at the midnight release ( It was something I had stated numerous time I would not allow) the guys at work all cheered !  when they asked how late he stayed up and I said 1:30 they all said BS! so when I come home I ask him what the real time was that he went to bed and he informed me with a big smirk on his face that in fact it was 3:00am with him reminding me that he had already had 5 hours a sleep so he actually got 3 more hours that equalled a full 8 hours of sleep!

Now last night was the night that "Assassin Creed" was to be released at Midnight so the alarm gets set again for 11:30 so that he can get to Game Stop to wait in line for his copy....Sometime after 12:00am Bill wakes me asking why someones alarm clock would be going off?  I advise that there is another game release that they are going to and I roll back over and go to sleep not even checking the time. Now fast forward to this morning when it was time for Tanner to get up for school,he is sleeping like no other when I tell him to get up he is instantly angry and with ME!  What? what did I do?  He is all mad because he thinks that I shut his alarm off so he would not get up to go to Game Stop! I assure him I didn't he will not believe me because he knows he would not have gotten out of bed to shut off the alarm and then go back to sleep!  I tell him I heard it go off and thought that they had gotten up. He is still mad at me when he leaves for school. When Bill gets up he tells me that he heard the alarm go off for another 15 mins after he asked me why it was going off, these means that Tanner slept through 1 hour of a beeping loud alarm going off.....Who can do that?  We inform him of his doings at dinner tonight and all have a GOOD LAUGH!  He is also amazed that he did it!!! The Best part of this story is that "Assassin Creed" doesn't come out until next Monday! Ha Ha Ha! 

Now it is I who is laughing!

                                       Tanner intensely playing MW3 (GAME FACE)

Wednesday, November 9, 2011


Many of you may be in the same boat as me.....It is getting to be the end of the year so I check my balance of my Flex Spending" account and to my surprise I have several hundred dollars left.  My mind starts whirling in many different directions, who needs what? who needs to go to the doctor....I call all of Tanner's doctors relating to his broken shoulder to make sure I am paid in full, to my "surprise" again I am.  I decide I will go get  Mammogram so I set my appointment and ask what my co-pay will be?  That ought to use at least $50.00.....Nope that is preventative so it's paid in full! WOW!  next I call to get the "Yearly exam" guessed it.... paid in full again.... Although I am not using my flex spending I am at least making sure I am healthy! so now what to do, if I don't use it I will loose it! I call and make an appointment for Bill for a physical,..... another preventative. So won't use it there.  I decide to  make Tanner an eye appointment, don't know when he has had one of them.  Go to check in today and I hand them my flex spending card and they to advise this is a preventative NO CO-PAY needed are you KIDDING!!!!  There was an upside Tanner needed an eye drop prescription as he has some allergy,(sad that is an upside) that was $60.00   I am usually not this upset about not paying for a doctor visit, I am running out of options. while at the doctors I remember that Landon is due for a dermatology appointment so I set up his appointment....THAT will use some of my money.  I also remember that Landon needed some dental work that I was putting off until next year. So after all that I think I will use all my money! 
Whew.....who knew spending money could be so hard! 

Saturday, November 5, 2011


Saturday mornings usually start off with a trip to Einsteins Bagels and today was no different, but today Landon was up and went with us. It was a fun change, it is fun to see him as he is changing from a young teenager to a young man. I am amazed at where the time has gone....soon he will be 19 It is so strange to think that I have children that are almost adults! After our breakfast we came home to check the cupboards to see what we need at the grocery store, then we head to Sam's Club....Weird the kids were not interested in coming with us!  So off Bill and I go....Our trip lasted almost 2 hours, and our final tally was almost $300.00 and our basket was not even full!  It is CrAzY how much groceries have gone up. then I stopped and topped off the gas tank then headed home, I hate this part of packing in all the stuff that I have already loaded in the cart to unload to pay for it all then load in the car to come home to unload to the counter to then organize in the cupboard!  Wow that is a lot of touching the same item!  But I am grateful that I can provide for my family!  At Sam's Club they had samples and today's sample included a energy fizz drink the lady that handed them out stated I would have 5 hours of energy if I drank the whole bottle within a 15-20 minutes, I really didn't think that it did anything to me until Bill asked me about 30 minutes ago if it worked, I told him I didn't think it did a thing.....He said really?  What did you do today????  Oh my I went Crazy today I totally cleaned my front room then did some laundry and as I was putting clothes away I started going through my dresser drawers and started cleaning away, I went through my closets....I was throwing things into a pile and before I knew it my bedroom looked like one on the TV show "Hoarders" I was so amazed at how much stuff I have not worn in so long!  I took Bills clothes out to and had him come in and start seeing what he could get rid of?  before I knew Tanner was doing the same the end we had filled 2 very large big garbage bags full of clothes! I had taken about 3 trips to the garbage can and Tanner and I ran everything to the DI it is a second hand store.  I just cannot imagine living in a house that is so crammed with garbage just having it that way for half a day was enough to make me cringe! 

I totally love the feeling of  De-Cluttering!  It feels so good  to be a little bit organized!

For all our efforts...I took us all to Sizzler for a yummy dinner!