Showing posts with label Birthdays. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Birthdays. Show all posts

84 Months Old

November 19, 2013

And just like that, Troy is seven years old.
I remember writing this post when he turned two, when he turned threewhen he turned five and turned six. And this one about the day he was born.
Troy is 7 years old - November 2013
 We very often live week to week in terms of what needs to be done and what can be pushed off. What do I have to do in the next seven days and next thing you know you're stumbling across Christmas decorations in the store and it's only November. We just concluded another soccer season and are soon to start on basketball for the first time. Next week is Thanksgiving and we'll share it with extended family at our house. Then it's just over three weeks until Christmas. Meanwhile, this little guy gets bigger and bigger and makes me laugh every day. I'm really lucky to be his mom because I get to think about my week to week plans with him.


My Summer Vacation (so far)

August 7, 2013

Since Memorial Day, my summer vacation has been wonderful. It's been full of traveling, concerts, visits from family and time with friends. We've enjoyed a lot of "stay-cation" time in the backyard pool with the grill going and trying to keep Tucker out of the pool. A highlight was a week at an all-inclusive resort in Jamaica for a week in June. It had been 10 years since we were on the island where we got married and we have plans to return next June with the entire family.

We have just over three weeks of summer before school starts after Labor Day. Carson graduated from high school and is heading off to college in a few weeks.
Palm tree in Montego Bay Jamaica - June 2013

Tim in pool with Tucker and Sandy - June 2013

Tim commented in the last week that I have been slack on posting to the blog. With the ease of Instagram, Twitter and Facebook (plus time on Pinterest), a blog seems *so* labor intensive in comparison. With the removal of Google Reader and soon my beloved iGoogle, do people even read blogs anymore? I personally read only a few of the ones I list as favorites on the sidebar on this site. If I have time.

The new job isn't quite so new anymore. It's been a year and a half and I'm still pleased with my decision to leave the healthcare field in its various formats that I had been in for almost 15 years and learn the world of commercial real estate. I like the new company so much that since I've arrived we have been recognized by a state publication for being one of the best places to work and most recently the number one place to work in the local area. It was easy for me to write the nominations and I wasn't worried about my coworkers answers on the required surveys for their thoughts.
Carson's high school graduation - May 2013

More of the Kentucky family
Visiting Kentucky family - Memorial Day weekend - May 2013

Troy will be entering public school as a first grader. He won't have to wear a uniform. He gets to ride the bus for the first time. He's definitely growing up as demonstrated by his additional three inches since the new year. I bought him some new school shirts this past weekend but held off on pants until the weather gets cooler. He says something funny almost every day and I regret not documenting it all on this blog.

In the 10 years we've lived in our house, this year has been the best garden yield we've ever had. We have had dozens and dozens of cucumbers, tomatoes, jalapenos and green peppers. In the last week we have canned 10 quarts of spaghetti sauce and several pints of jalapeno relish.

A cucumber went unnoticed a little too long...
Incredibly big homegrown cucumber

Our garden - August 2013
Backyard garden in August 2013

Homemade pico de gallo
Homemade pico de gallo - August 2013

Tim's birthday was earlier this week and we had the customary sloppy joes and French fries to celebrate. The tradition continues.

This weekend we're off to my parents' lake house for our neighbors and dear friends 50th wedding anniversary. Then the following weekend we're heading back to the Outer Banks like we did several years ago with our Costa Rica friends, Kim, Pat and Emily.

We're determined to squeeze everything we can out of this summer. You're only "young" once.

In no particular order, here are some of the pictures of my summer vacation so far.

 Tucker, black lab, June 2013
Troy and Cary
Troy and Cary in the pool - August 2013

Kym and Deb before the Blake Shelton concert in Virginia Beach
Blake Shelton concert with Kym - July 2013

Backyard fun with Deb, Kim and Nadya (aka The Laugher)
Backyard fun with Deb, Kim and Nadya, The Laugher - July 2013

Learning gun safety and proper shooting techniques at the lake.

Learning gun safety at Lake Anna - July 2013

Monkey in the middle (aka Tim)
Playing monkey in the middle - July 2013

Carson capturing the Endless Summer in Troy's room
 Carson customizing Troy's new room with Endless Summer - June 2013

Black dogs can jump.
Tucker jumping in the pool, black lab, July 2013

Another fun weekend at the lake. Lake Anna - Summer 2013

Enjoying some delicious pizza in the neighborhood.
  Mona Lisa Pizza - Ocean View
Snorkeling in Montego Bay
Snorkeling in Montego Bay Jamaica - June 2013

A lunchtime stroll in downtown Norfolk.
 All American street with flags in Norfolk Virginia

Serious connect four gamers
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Catching lightning bugs
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Enjoying the lazy river in Jamaica
Enjoying the lazy river in Montego Bay - Hilton Rose Hall - June 2013

With my sister before the Luke Bryan concert in Virginia Beach
With my sister before the Luke Bryan concert in Virginia Beach - May 2013

Tucker's favorite spot in the backyard.
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What have you all been up to so far this summer?


And Then He Turned 72 Months

November 20, 2012

When you first have a baby, you describe his age in months. Although I stopped once Troy turned one, he is now 72 months old or for those of you math challenged, six-years old.

Troy's 6th birthday Keeping with tradition, we invited just close friends and family over and their children for his birthday party this past weekend.

Caroline made him cake pops this year and so Chris put icing on a hamburger bun so we had something to put candles in.

Troy's 6th birthday party - November 2012 Troy's 6th birthday Troy's 6th birthday
It worked.

Here is the mandatory shot of my buddies, Nadya, Caroline, me and Kim.

Nadya, Caroline, Deb and Kim

Our fellow Costa Rican traveling partners, Kim and Pat.
Kim and JPK

Their daughter Emily.

The Laugher who has lost 65 pounds since January.
The Laugher

Troy with The Neighbors' two daughters, Alexis and Mo.
Troy, Alexis and Mo

After Troy opened his presents and blew out his candles. He addressed the group to say thank you for coming and for his presents.
Addressing his party guests to say thank you

The day I became a Mom, his second, third, fourth and fifth birthdays.


You Can Have Your Cake and Eat It Too

August 10, 2012

Most of my friends know the sloppy joes and French fries story and how it relates to birthdays in our house.
Mom, Dad, CC and Karen - August 2012 at Lake Anna
This past weekend we went to my parents’ lake house to drop off Troy for the week. My parents friends of 50 years, John and Karen, were coming down along with their kids and grandkids. Karen puts Mrs. Fields to shame so I asked if she’d make Tim’s favorite birthday cake, red velvet with cream cheese frosting.
Red Velvet Cake - August 2012
It wasn’t until we were all in the lake, that I told her that I didn’t think Tim had ever eaten red velvet cake, but I had been craving it.

Then she threatened to punch me in the face.

CC came in from Annapolis and joined in the shenanigans.
So we celebrated with mud slides.
Drinknig mud slides at the lake - - Tim and CC - August 2012

Then it was time to sing happy birthday and Troy was very enthusiastic about it.
Troy singing happy birthday - August 2012

But he was more anxious to eat it.
Troy and red velvet birthday cake

The cake was delicious.
Eating red velvet cake
Happy birthday, Tim!


And Then My Baby Turned 1,825 Days Old

November 18, 2011

Today is Troy's fifth birthday. He was awake before me and when I found him he was sitting on the couch watching Power Rangers with a blanket covering him up.

I asked him, "Did you get taller overnight now that you're five?"

Troy said, "Yes, see, my feet are sticking out of the blanket."

I carefully ignored the fact that he had hiked the blanket up higher to expose his ankles.
Troy on his 5th birthday - November 2011
He had a great week last week at school and didn't have to write sentences mainly because we bribed him with tickets to the monster truck show.

As the old radio ad used to say in the deep voice,

"$10 buys you the whole seat.......but you only need THE. EDGE."

I think everyone had the same idea because all of the seats were sold out, including the edges.

Last Friday when I picked him up from the after-school program, Troy saw his classroom lights on.
I said, "Mrs. C. must be ready to go home and enjoy some peace and quiet."

Troy said from the backseat, "Yeah, she probably is ready to go home, sit on the couch and Drink a Beer!"

I checked with his Pre-K teacher and she said it was actually a glass of wine.

Tomorrow we'll have his fifth birthday party where there will be a lot of people talking at the same time. Cheers to you all.

Click to read about my thoughts on The Day I Became a Mom.


Donate Life; Get a Pen. My trip to the DMV.

March 8, 2011

Donate Life. Get a Pen. My trip to the DMV.
My birthday is this Friday and I’ll be turning 35. I’ve had some memorable birthdays such as the birthday ambush, when I was pregnant at 30 and didn’t know it or the time my husband gave me a necklace to wear when my best friend turned 40 or when I heard my own personal Darwin Award story.

Apparently, when you turn 35 in Virginia you need to renew your license but you can’t do it online but you have to make a trip to hell the DMV to get a new picture.

Since I’m always on top of these types of situations, I waited til it was a week away and went in to the DMV this past Friday. Their website said there was no wait at the location I usually go to while the other nearby one had a 30 minute wait. I went to the one with no wait but it turns out the DMV has a sick sense of humor. I waited in line for 20 minutes just to get a hand written number before being sent to sit in the cattle car.

I came prepared with my fully charged blackberry, headphones to listen to music, a magazine and I was actively emailing and instant messaging with friends. It was still hell.

Finally, my number was called because the system was down and I approached a guy who looked like he was turning 35 this year as well. Here is how the conversation went with the DMV Dude.

Me: I didn’t think you would ever call my number. I’ve been sitting there for 90 minutes trying not to breath the lady who smells of a dirty ashtray on one side and incense on the other.

DMV Dude: How can I help you?

Me: I’m turning 35 in a week and need a new license.

DMV Dude: Stand there and I’ll take your new picture.

Me: (smiling and concentrating on not having double chins)

DMV Dude: Please, don’t smile^.

Me: I don’t know how to not smile. (does stretch exercises to get my mouth to close)


Me: I can’t see. I hope there isn’t a vision test now that I’m partially blind.

DMV Dude: That will be $35 and you’ll get your new license in 7-10 business days.

Me: What do I do with my expired license?

DMV Dude: (shrugs shoulders)

Me: Great, I can post it on Craigslist for an underage college student to pay for my new license.

DMV Dude: (Trys not to grin.)

Me: So, if I don’t get my license by next Friday, will I be driving around without a license?

DMV Dude: Yes.

Me: Crap. I guess I can only drive 19 miles over the speed limit now so it’s not considered reckless and driving without a license.

DMV Dude: ::Crickets::

DMV Dude: Since you’ve selected to be an organ donor, here is a pen to say thank you.

Me: Thanks a lot. I can’t wait to blow this taco stand. Umm… I mean leave.

I’m donating my organs and all I get is this stupid pen.

^Virginia now issues licenses in black and white of non-smiling people. The best part is that they've kept the same height and weight I was at 25 when I last renewed.
I win.


We Pardoned the Turkey This Thanksgiving

November 29, 2010

As has become tradition, we spent Thanksgiving with The Neighbors. What is also part of the tradition on most years, we pardoned a turkey and had a non-traditional Thanksgiving meal.

A few years ago for Thanksgiving we had three courses of fondue that included a cheese appetizer, hot oil with various veggies and meats main course and a chocolate dessert for the third course. Surprisingly, it was much easier to prepare the food for the fondue compared to the year we made our own turducken. This year it was prime rib, ranch potatoes, corn and garlic bread.

Earlier in the day, The Bob-Father, who was visiting from Kentucky, Tim and I took Troy to the neighborhood park to meet up with The Neighbors.
Thanksgiving - Troy at the park - November 2010

The Bob-Father with Tim at the park.
Thanksgiving Day at the Park - November 2010

Neighbors Morgan and Ethan with Troy in the background.
Thanksgiving - Neighbors Mo and Ethan - November 2010

Tim found a new recipe for blood mary's and assembled his own bloody mary toolkit to take with us.

After dinner we celebrated Caroline The Neighbor's "29th" birthday for the sixth time.

What is a "must have" on Thanksgiving in your family?

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