Friday, February 27, 2009

Do you hear what I hear?

Today has been quite interesting as we have heard tornado sirens off and on all day.  Don't get me wrong I love the sirens just for the fact that we know it is time to round up the dogs and go to the very small closet.  Why does this house not have a closet in the center of the house big enough for all of us?  Hint to all who move close to tornado alley, buy a house with a large closet in a hallway at the center of the house not close to any windows.

This post will be quite short as the pressure from the front coming through is giving me the beginning of a migraine.  Until next time.......

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Aaron's First Baseball Game


Aaron had his first baseball game yesterday.  They played East Memorial Christian Academy, a much larger school with way more funds coming in and a much larger team.  So at this point we don't have uniforms and had to get the girls softball teams jerseys from last year so that everyone at least had the same shirt on.  We have only had one practice where all 12 players were at practice, most of the time we only had 8 or so players there to practice.  Needless to say we were not expected to win.

Aaron started out on 3rd base, then 2nd base and finally right field.  No he wasn't bad, the coach was just moving people around to see where each person played the best.  The game didn't start out all that great and I had forgotten exactly how long baseball games last.  Aaron batted first for his team and struck out he wasn't very happy about it but honestly if I had to hit first I would probably strike out too, or worse I would probably throw up.

The team played really well together although they still need some more work.  At the end of the game they beat EMCA 13-8.  This is a team they were not expected to beat and I am very proud of the New Life Christian Academy Eagles.  Go Aaron!!!!!  Go Eagles!!!!!

Aaron's First Baseball Game

Aaron had his first baseball game yesterday.  They played against a team that is much larger than our team, has lots more funding and is a way bigger school.  I guess I don't have to say that we were not expected to win.  Every practice, with the 

Sunday, February 15, 2009

He did it anyway....

Dang it, wouldn't you know that Stuart came home yesterday with a stuffed animal, roses and a card.  So our being cheap and creative Valentine's Day was spoiled.  Now don't get me wrong I appreciate the gifts but I think our creative celebration method makes for a much more interesting story.  Anyway Oscar was a little ticked off cause he swore the stuffed doggie was his and was very upset that I had it in my hands.  He is a little spoiled and thinks every time we go somewhere we are supposed to bring him a present back.  Hence we go to the grocery store and he sniffs every package to see if it might be a stuffed toy or a treat.  I had a really hard time convincing him Waylon and Wyatt's Christmas presents weren't for him.

Anyway, we took Aaron to baseball practice and then we went and got some authentic Mexican food that was really delicious.  We reorganized the garage, okay so not so romantic, but we were still spending time together.  As neither one of us can sit still for long we then made our rounds to Target, Circuit City, Publix and later on Sam's.  (See Crystal and Tania we just like to window shop and those good deals just jump out at us.  Send me your lists, for real!!)  Stuart had his heart set on seafood for dinner as it is a tradition for Valentine's Day for us.  One problem we don't live in Florida where you can go anywhere and get fresh seafood.  Believe me it wasn't for a lack of looking but we came home defeated.

Here I come to save the day......I thawed some shrimp from the freezer cut up some sausage and pan seared it, boiled some cheese and spinach ravioli and added some Vodka sauce to it and voila one of Aaron and Stuart's favorite meals remade with shrimp to cure Stuart's seafood craving.  They loved it, I didn't like it all that much, but it was for my two valentine's and well worth it.

Anyway, I hope all that read this had a great Valentine's Day.

Friday, February 13, 2009

My Special Valentine

Okay since both my hubby and I are so very cheap now we are boycotting Valentine's Day or at least the commercialism portion of it. So right now you are probably saying what? Are you crazy it is a woman's right to be spoiled on Valentine's Day. Humbug I say, everyday with the man that God chose for you should be like Valentine's Day. Just so you don't think we didn't do anything special for one another I will tell you what we did.

First we were in Target and I picked out a card and gave it to him and said, "If I was going to buy you a Valentine's Day card this would be the one I would buy." Then he did the same. Then we were at Wal-Mart and he saw a cute teddy bear and said, "If I was going to buy you a gift for Valentine's Day this is what I would buy." It was kind of cool to see his thought process of what he would buy and we both got to see that we were thinking of one another and all without spending a dime. And just think these were only the pre-gifts.

So tomorrow we are both off of work and will spend Valentine's Day together enjoying one another's company (okay so inbetween Aaron's baseball practice, but hey whatever works). There is nothing better than doing suttle things like leaving a love note on your hubby's pillow for them to find when they get home, or having their favorite dinner cooked for them when they get home, or offering to watch their favorite movie with then even though you think it is stupid and hate the movie. In the long run all that really matters is that you have each other, your family, and most importantly you have GOD in your lives. Happy Valentine's Day to all who read this and may the ultimate love of GOD touch each and every one of you.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Aaron Got His Learners Permit

Eeeeeekkkkkkk!! Okay clear the roadways cause Aaron got his learners permit. He has now officially driven 3 times. He drove for the first time on Monday morning to school. When we first started out I got my first case of whiplash. I informed him that he didn't need to stomp on the gas to get the car to go. Guess it didn't quite sink in because every time we started to go my head was thrown back. Man my neck still hurts!!!! (Just kidding.) Now if starting wasn't bad enough then we of course had to stop and my neck was then thrown forward. Man you would think the back and forth would offset one another. Not!!!!!!!!!!!! I just had a really hard time convincing him that he needed to start stopping before he got close to the red light.

So we aren't off to that great of a learning experience by now and of all the luck on your first time driving that an ambulance decides to turn on the road behind you. So I instruct him to pull over to the right and come to a stop. "Why do I have to do that?" was the response I got. Okay so now I am irritated, "because that is what your driving book told you that you have to do and it is the law!!" Okay so all now that is explained. So the ambulance goes by and now we are starting to go again and instead of just pulling into the lane we were in he starts driving in both lanes. AAAAHHHHHHH!!!!!!! So now I am stearnly telling him that he can not do that as there may have been a car in that lane not that he would know if there was because he didn't look!!!!!!!!!! Breathe in, breath out, one, two, three, four, five. Okay, so now we are halfway to school. The rest of the drive was okay until we get to the school. He pulls over into the right hand lane, using his blinker and all (yipee, lookin' good) and I feel the car stopping, keep in mind that we have to take a right to get into the school, we are in the right hand lane and he comes to a stop. WHAT?!! He then asks if the car that was on the opposite side of the road wanting to turn left into the school had the right of way. Are you kidding me? NO YOU HAVE THE RIGHT OF WAY GO!!!! Phew we are at the school, we didn't hit any cars, didn't run over anyone, but man I could really use a stiff drink.

Okay so the next day after school he decides to drive home. What are the odds that we would come upon another emergency vehicle? You guessed it we did. This time there is a cop on the side of the road with his lights on. "What do I do?" he asks. "You have to try to get into the other lane cause it's the law." At this point we are right up on the cop car and he starts veering into the other lane.....THERE IS A CAR IN THAT LANE. So now I explain why you can't do that and you have to pay attention to lots of things at one time when you are driving. Dang, I sure am glad that I am not a driving instructor. The lesson that I have learned....maybe I should leave the driving lessons to Stuart.

Monday, February 9, 2009

Bal Masque Formal was a blast

Stuart and I were invited to the Bal Masque Formal this past month and we went and had a blast. There was a live band, free drinks, lots of dancing and we got to spend time with all our friends. Stuart wore a tux and was absolutely handsome. I wore a red dress and did my hair in an up-do which I did myself cause I am so cheap.





The band was so funny. They played 80's music and sadly enough I knew most of the songs. The guys in the band wore funny outfits and wigs and were really a hoot. They sang really well though and sounded like the original singers of the songs they were singing.



I have to admit towards the end of the night, the redneck in me came out and I had my shoes off dancing barefoot. It must have been a man that made high heels!!!!! All of us girls really cleaned up well from our jeans and t-shirts. Glamour girls!!!!



Well I guess that is the latest from Sweet Home Alabama!! More to come soon........

Bal Masque Formal was a blast!!

Stuart and I were invited to the Bal Masque Formal and we went. It was so much fun!!! There was a live band, free drinks, lots of dancing and we got to spend time with our friends. It was soo much fun!!!!! Stuart wore a tux and was absolutely handsome!!!! I wore a red dress and put my hair up in an up-do (per request from Stuart), yes Crystal and Tania I did do it myself. Girls I am soooo cheap now you would not believe it.

Yipee!! We have found a church.

We have been searching for a church home and have finally found one that reminds us a lot of the church we loved in Florida. We have attended two services and this week tried the Sunday School class (there was some resistance from my hubby, but I prevailed as usual). We liked the Sunday School class as well. Aaron seemed to like the Youth Sunday School class and seems to pay attention during the preaching. We will continue to pray that he makes a decision for salvation!!!! Hopefully between his school New Life Christian Academy and church he will be able to make the decision soon. He has really good friends and I have to say that I really don't worry too much when he is with them. I know boys will be boys and kids will be kids, but I have seen these kids interact with one another both in school and out and they have great traits.

Anyway, I was just so excited to finally find a church that we love to go to and a place that we can seek encouragement and find spiritual support.

Was I this difficult at 15?

Man talk about stress!!! Having a 15 year old boy is not easy. I just have to wonder if I was that difficult at 15 (Crystal and Tania you are not allowed to answer that question). Hee! Hee! I guess things do come back to us two fold. We have been fighting bad grades for a while now and man if we don't get somewhere soon I might need to seek medication soon!!!! The only thing I can think of is man he is certainly in for it when he has kids and I am going to sit back and laugh just like my mom is probably doing to me.

Aaron now has a girlfriend, Gabby, who is absolutely adorable, sweet, makes good grades and is not a psycho. Phew!! That is such a relief, I was beginning to think he only liked the psycho chicks that call 30 times a day (not exaggeratig), forbid him from speaking to any other girls and calling anywhere from 12AM to 5AM not thinking anything is wrong with that. Man, two psychos ago I had to do a federal tracing complaint and contact the Sheriff's Department. That was in Florida so hopefully we left all of the severe psychos there. Anyway, several weeks ago he and Gabby went to the Birmingham Zoo with her mom, step-dad and sister. He had a really good time.

Aaron played football this year and we absolutely enjoyed going to his games and watching him play. It was great to see him take pride in the way he played and in trying to do the best he could. We tried basketball and lets just say he is a lot like his mom and he won't try to play again. Right now we are starting baseball practices and if he can keep his grades up I think he will be a part of a really awesome team this year. I am looking forward to the games starting so I can take pictures and share with everyone.