Monday, September 24, 2012

Thoughts on a Sunday Afternoon

-I missed doing a Daybook this week because it was a busy week so I thought I'd take a few minutes now to get down some thoughts.
-It seems strange but I have 5 kids here now, including Tucker, because his friend William and the three neighbor kids are here.  I'd go upstairs and carry on but I was down here when they came and Nava (the little girl) keeps coming over and talking to me and asking me questions.  The boys can fend for them selves I know.
-I had to laugh when I called William's mom this morning to ask if William could come over.  You may remember William....he and Tucker were inseperable from K- 2nd grade and then drifted as friends sometimes do.  Well they are in the same class this year and when Tucker told me,  I said to Michael I wonder how long it will take before William will be over again.  Turns out it was 3 weeks.  And he just asked if can come over next weekend "I like coming over here, Mrs. Doyle".  So nice to hear!  :)
-We had the annual carnival at Tucker's school yesterday and it was the perfect Fall day for it!  Somehow I ended up doing the Spin Art Booth  and getting splattered with paint! But it was a lot of fun and the kids had a blast!
-Survivor started this week and Blair from the Facts of Life is on it and they are so mean to her already because she is "older".  The ones who are being mean to her are so young they don;t even recognize her as a TV star.  There's one guy who does recognize her and he's nice to her but stuck in the middle.
-Can't wait for Dancing with the stars and Amazing Race to start!  Though I'm not looking forward to Bristol and Pamela dancing around again!  I've started watching The Voice and Glee also.
-I'm still making my way through Gone With the Wind; not really doing a lot of reading mostly because I'm working on Christmas presents and that takes up a a lot of my time.  I'm only about halfway through it. 
-I guess that's about it for now.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Every hour-Sunday

I am copying Jul and Tiffany so here is my version of "every hour" (this time with pictures)
For some reason, I can't write in between the pictures so I'll describe them first!

7:30am  The day always begins with the feeding of Shrek and Fiona
8:30am  Pancakes for breakfast (these were the rejects!)
9:30am  Warming up for the 10am soccer game (Tucker is #21)
10:30am  Still at soccer; Tucker's in the middle on the bench
11:30am   Done with soccer, getting gas
12:30am  Grocery shopping
1:30pm    Trying to finish the Monopoly City game we started yesterday (notice I said "trying")
2:30pm   Folding laundry
3:30pm   cross-stitching (can't show the front because it's a gift for someone who may still read this)
4:30pm   still cross-stitiching
5:30pm   time to make dinner-pork chops it is!
6:30pm   how would you like to eat dinner with this face looking at you every night?!
7:30pm   watching Breaking Amish on TLC

Friday, September 14, 2012

Random Thoughts on a Friday Night (from my mom's house)

-I mentioned in my Daybook that my Mom had her surgery today on her foot; she did very well.  She is in a tremendous amount of pain though so she just she just took two pain pills so she could go off to sleepyland and get a brek from the pain.
-It was only 7 pm when she took the pills so i came up here on the computer and thought I would do a random thought post seeing as how I don;t usually get too much time to myself!
-I may not be far behind her sleeping-wise; we had to be at the hospital for 5:45 this morning so we got up at 4:30 and left at 5:10.  Needless to say, it's been a long day for both of us!
-We had Tucker's Open House at his school this week and they ran it a little differently but it was better, I think.  The kids brought you to the classroom and you met the teacher and you could look around for about 20 minutes and then the kids went to the cafeteria for about 20 minutes while the teacher talked about the what the kids were going to do this year, what to expect, etc.  I found it very helpful, particularly with him getting ready to go to Middle School next year.  His teacher is new to our school and I really like her a lot as does Tucker.
-we just found out Tucker's best friend Gavin is moving to Raliegh, NC next summer.  His dad accepted a new job and will actually be moving next month.  Gavin will be finishing the school year along with his older brother Josh and then joining his dad.  Tucker's already worried about him leaving but we're talking about looking into Skype for them, I think.
-I'm going to try to copy Jul and Tiffany with their Every Hour posts probably Sunday.  I can't do it during the week because of my job but it does look like fun; though I could do it without pictures.  I was thinking today's could look like this (without pictures):
4:30-wake up
5:30-driving to hospital for mom's surgery
6:30-mom in pre-op for surgery
7:30-ortho running late
8:30-ortho finally here; mom goes into surgery
9:30-reading gone With the Wind in waiting Room
10:30-same as above
11:30-mom out of surgery, in recovery, waiting to go back, making phone calls to update everyone
12:30-in with mom, she's napping
1:30-in with mom, going to get car
2:30-home with mom
3:30-at pharmacy waiting for prescription
4:30-at vet picking up cat
5:30-picking up chinese food for dinner
6:30-adjusting pillows/ice
7:30-on computer

Not too bad for a day's "work", huh?!?!? lol

Monday, September 10, 2012


For today...Monday, September 10, 2012

On My Mind....haven't been sleeping well at night lately and need to catch up on some much needed sleep!...hoping to get the Christmas presents actually done in time for Christmas!...proud of Tucker for doing so well on the CMTs (our state's standardized tests); he got "advanced" in Math (actually 6 wrong out of 110) and scored high in reading and writing (not quite "advanced", but close); we are very proud of him!!!
Outside My window...weird that it's dark outside and it's not even 8 pm !  Definitely cooling down at night, have to shut the windows tonight, or at least some of them anyway!

What We're Reading...Still reading Gone with the Wind...  Tucker's still working his way through the The Hardy Boys books.

What I'm Listening to...since I can't listen to audio books I'll have to go with what I am actually listening to....Tucker and Michael playing video games...the dryer running.
What We're Watching...  So You Think You Can Dance, looking forward to the finale tomorrow night...looking forward to Survivor, Amazing Race, and DWTS, even if we have to watch Bristol Palin clunk around the stage again... re-runs of Big Bang Theory and Two and a Half Men, lately anything on HGTV

I am Hoping...that I get some good sleep tonight.

Around the House...dishes waiting to go in the dishwasher... laundry waiting to be folded...the house itself is actually pretty neat.

Coming Up This house at Tucker's school tomorrow practice Thursday night...
soccer pictures Fri night...I'm sleeping over my mom's Thurs and Fri night because she's having her 2nd and final surgery on her foot on game on Sun.

No Picture thought this week (I really need to get back into taking more pictures!!!)

Saturday, September 8, 2012

First Soccer Game of the Season

This year they started the soccer season with little ceremony where all the kids who play soccer in the town marched onto the was actually pretty impressive to see the little ones all the way up to Tucker's age group!  Tucker started playing when he was 4 and I can't believe he was ever that little!  lol!

 He had a game in the afternoon...For some reason, I didn't take alot of pictures, I'm sure I'll make up for it!


Tuesday, September 4, 2012


For today...Tuesday, September 4, 2012

On My Mind....Given that my blog is so dusty from lack of use, there's actually a lot on my mind!...I really want to get back into blogging.  Over the weekend I went back and read over the blog back when I was really into it and documented our life through it much more often and I realize just how much I've missed doing that not to mention the documentation of  what we're doing!  and how I feel about what we are doing !  and while I think Facebook is a much quicker means to an end, if you will, I can't put a lot of detail there and I think that's what I've missed doing so I will be trying to do that more!  okay with all that having been said...we have new neighbors who moved in last week, their names are Ike and Dee (easy to remember, the last syllables of ours, lol) and they have have three kids Malik (11), Izul (sp?) (8), and Nava (sp?) (5).  Nava is a girl and the other two are  boys. While we will definitely miss our former neighbors, we're really excited to have kids next door for Tucker to play with ! ... For those on Facebook (both of you), you probably saw my post about donating my car and may be be wondering what I'm driving these days (or maybe not!).  My mom still had my dad's car and was tired of keeping up two cars so she traded her 1995 in for a brand-new car and gave me the 2000 Subaru Legacy and we donated my 2002 Ford Focus.  The only thing is that it doesn't have a CD player and I got a cassette jammed in there (one Jul made me back in high school) so I can't even get an adapter for it.  We're going to get a used CD player for it so I can go back to my audio books.
Outside My window...we had torrential rain most of the day so no soccer practice tonight....humid tomorrow and then back into the 70s which is how I like it.

What We're Reading...I just finished The Catcher in the Rye (a re-reread) and am now tackling Gone with the Wind.  Tucker's still working his way through the The Hardy Boys books.

What I'm Listening to...since I can't listen to audio books I'll have to go with what I am actually listening to....Tucker and Michael outside in the yard....Shrek meowing because he wants to go out (he's an indoor cat)...the dryer running.
What We're Watching...   re-runs of Big Bang Theory and Two and a Half Men, lately anything on HGTV

I am Hoping...that work stops being so stressful.

Around the House...dishes waiting to go in the dishwasher... laundry waiting to be folded.

Coming Up This practice Thursday night, CT Sun game Fri ngiht, first soccer game of the season Sat afternoon

No Picture thought this week

Saturday, September 1, 2012

First Day of School

I'm almost a week late in posting these but in an effort to get back into blogging, I'm moving forward and posting these today!

Tucker started 5th grade on Monday!  (These was a picture of me and him but even though I have recentley lost 15 lbs, it was horrid!)

The gang from his daycare!

 With his best friend Gavin!


Wednesday, July 11, 2012


For today...Wednesday, July 11, 2012....I had all intentions of doing this this weekly again but I see the last time I did this June 19th so not so much I guess!

On My Mind....Since last writing, my uncle passed away on June 23rd and we buried him today ( he was cremated).  It was bittersweet for so many reasons; he had suffered so much towards the end that it was just a relief that he finally went.  My cousin and her son did a nice job eulogizing him.

Outside My Window...  According to the weatherman, we're expecting some record heat over the next couple of days.

What We're Reading...I just finished reading Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater over the weekend and was TOTALLY addicted; I picked up the second and third books (Linger and Forever) today at the library and am envisioning the same thing happening...Tucker is really into the Hardy Boys and I am having mixed  feelings.  I am glad he has finally found some books he is enjoying and that he wants to read but I miss reading with him.  During the school year, he reads one himself and we read one together but he is full throttle into these himself and I don't want to discourage him in any way; it took  so long to get here!

What We're Listening to...I'm almost finished with Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel.

What We're Watching... So You Think You Can Dance,  re-runs of Big Bang Theory....watched all the Harry Potters on ABC Family this weekend and also Teen Mom and a Hoarding Marathon.

I am Hoping...that work stops being so stressful.

Around the House...dishes waiting to go in the dishwasher...lots of laundry waiting to be folded.

Coming Up This Week...Actually a pretty quiet week...Tucker will probably have a friend over this weekend.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012


For today...Tuesday, June 19, 2012

On My Mind....Still hoping and praying for an easy time for my Uncle Ted who is now receiving hospice services...also an elderly family friend is in the hospital with gallstones.

Outside My Window... Now that the day is almost over, the sun finally came out1  It was cloudy and looking like it could rain at any minute all day!  According to the weatherman, we're expecting some record heat over the next couple of days.

What We're Reading...I'm almost done with The Friday Night Knitting Club and really enjoying it...tucker has just started the first Hardy Boys book...we're having a hard time finding his niche where books are concerned and his best friend's mom mentioned that he loves the Hardy Boys so tucker;s giving them a far, so good....

What We're Listening to...I'm still on my Alic Hoffman kick; I'm listening to "the River King" right now
What We're excited that So You Think You Can Dance is back!  Otherwise, re-runs of Big Bang Theory and Yankee games.

I am Hoping...that my new migraine medication works!

Around the House...dishes waiting to go in the dishwasher...lots of laundry to be's still fairly clean.

Coming Up This Week...Tucker's at daycare all day now that it's summer...Michael and Tucker are going to the beach Thursday...our niece Shannon has her graduation party on Saturday...Tucker's having Gavin over on Sunday

Picture Thought...I posted all of the pics from field day on Facebook but this is one of my favorite of Tucker and Gavin

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Random Thoughts on a Saturday Night

The house is clean and ready for everyone to come here tomorrow for Father's day so I thought I'd sit and catch up on some of my thoughts...there are a lot of them!  I still can't believe Tucker is officially a 5th grader now...he also won an award for excellence in physical education which surprises me to no end , only in the "where does he get it from?' way though, if that makes any sense.  Michael and I are not exactly the sports-minded types though we have certainly managed to keep up with him so far with soccer and baseball....He (Tucker) had the second day of soccer travel team tryouts today and we should find out in 2 weeks time if he made it or not. 21 kids tried out and they can only have 17 on the team; I'm hoping  he makes it (obviously) but it's harder at this new age group because there are so many kids and they are all so good...I finally finished reading the last book of Harry Potter and I know I didn't read it before.  I think I was waiting for it to come out in paperback like I did with the others and then forgot about it.  I have to say I definitely would have remembered it and it also was my favorite of the series.  I also just finished listening to The Host by Stephanie Meyer; I wasn't sure what to expect because I'm not usually into aliens-taking-over-human-bodies but it was really good!  I just started The Friday Night Knitting Club which I have wanted to read for awhile and I picked it up at goodwill a little while back,; I'm about halfway through and it's pretty good so far...On a sadder note, I was hoping you could keep my Uncle Ted (my mother's oldest brother) in your thoughts and prayers.  He was diagnosed with colon cancer 3 years ago and it quickly spread to his liver.  They told him about three weeks ago that they have done all they can and he has started receiving hospice services.  My mom, my uncle John, and I went to say our goodbyes on Memorial Day (at his request).  He;s been in a lot of pain and I just hope for a peaceful and pain-free time for him...I had another visit to the ER this past week with the same facial numbness I had back in February.  This time it lasted about 3 hours instead of 8 though.  I saw my neurologist on Friday and he has started me on Topamax to prevent the migraines and believes this is a new aspect of my migraines for me.  I hope that is all it is and that the Topamax stops it because it is just plain scary when it happens!  One of the side effects of the med is lack of appetite and weight loss so I am okay with that! ...well I think that's going to be it for now; I need to get Tucker going to get into the shower and we haven't eaten dinner yet (it's 6:45 but we ate lunch around 2:30 because of the tryouts).

Saturday, June 9, 2012

A Sports-Filled Day

I'm really going to try to blog more often in an effort to document our lives (since that was the reason I started in the 1st place)

 We started today with soccer tryouts.....

And finished with a baseball game this afternoon. Tucker's team was the 5th seed overall and beat the 3rd seed 5-0!  so we move on to the next game on Tuesday!

Friday, June 8, 2012

Catching up with pictures....

It has been almost two months since I have been on here!  Hard to believe!!!  It's not that I don;t have anything to say but more finding the time and when I do have the time, it seems like I don't have anything to say!

So here is what we've been up to since the end of April...

LOTS of baseball games!

Michael, tucker, his friend Robbie and Robbie's dad went to a Yankees game (FREE tickets again from Budweiser!)


 Tucker had a SOLO in the 4th grade play (yes it was a singing one!)  He did AWESOME!


Our moms toast to mother's day below...Michael grilled steak for for the garden ...we also celebrated Doreen's 48th birthday!



We took Tucker and his friend Gavin to the local racetrack for a demolition derby!

Our niece Cassandra graduated with her Associates degree in Health and Exercise Studies>  We're so proud!


Last but not least, Tucker and I participated in the Cancer Relay for Life last weekend.  We even slept over!