Thursday, January 14, 2010

Traveling and other items of the week

This has been a fun and packed week! H1 has had 2 basketball games, as usual, and of course practice at night to go along with them. Tonight's game is about an hour away. Ugh! I love living in the middle of nowhere, but the downside is all the traveling.

Last night I had a meeting up at the Rescue Squad. We're supposed to be going to a paperless system within the next month so there's going to be training for that. The new laptops look pretty cool, but from what I understand are a bit of a hassle to get installed. Initially, they're expecting it to take us about twice as long to write our reports after each incident. Most of that will be from trying to learn the new programs and hopefully over time it will make things faster. There are a lot of other benefits for patient care and getting information in order, but it's still going to take a while to get used to. I'll be going for training in a couple weeks.

H3 and I went over to our church today and helped sort clothes for the "Need Stuff" ministry (it offers clothes and food to people in the community). Rather, I sorted and H3 unfolded everything and ran around the room. She loves "helping" with laundry, but isn't the best at keeping everything in order!

Tomorrow morning the three of us plus Peanut are heading down to my grandfather's house in SC. H3 and I went to visit back in November, but H1 couldn't come. Since he has a 3 day weekend though, we decided to take a road trip! I used to get down there 3-4 times a year or more, but since H3's arrival I've only made it down 1-2 times each year. Hopefully that will change as she gets older and can handle more time in the car. I'll post pics and blog about our trip when we get back--should be Monday evening.


Thursday, January 7, 2010

Confession time

They say confession is good for the soul, right? Well, here's mine. I hate filing paperwork. When bills arrive, I open them, write a check for what I need to, then shove the rest back in the envelope and stick it on top of the filing cabinet. Old pay stubs, letters from the insurance company, and receipts from online bills find their way to the pile too. Pretty sad, isn't it? 2-3 times a year, I finally get sick of the huge pile of envelopes staring at me and I go through everything and file them, as is the case today. Today though, I decided to burn all the envelopes and other trash afterwards, which is the picture below. The fire was a lot bigger than that to begin with! H1 finds it amusing that I can be so obsessive about vaccuuming (which I do 1-2 times a day) and can't stand a single dog hair on the floor, but yet I'll let that stack pile up for months at a time. Oh well. At least I know that if I'm looking for something, it's gotta be in that pile somewhere. Maybe one year I will make a resolution to keep that pile at bay and file everything when it comes, but I don't think that will be this year!


Monday, January 4, 2010

Christmas, New Years, and everything else.

Two Saturdays before Christmas, we drove to the Roanoke area to visit our friends, Cate and Shawn. They were having a Christmas party/Open House night to welcome everyone to their new house and to find out together if the new baby, due in April, is expected to be a boy or girl. We all found out when they cut into the cake and there was a ribbon inside--pink!

On December 22nd, we drove to Cleveland, OH, to visit my folks. We stayed until January 1st, which is why there have been no posts until now! We opened Christmas presents in the morning on Christmas day, and H3 spent the rest of the day with a bow on her head!

H3 watches Grandpa remove Christmas lights through the living room window.

Showing Grandma a new toy.

Snow throne!

H1's birthday cake. Yes, it's a little childish, but I had fun! It was a strawberry cake with buttercream frosting. The theme is ducky, yes, but each ducky set also has something to do with an activity H1 enjoys. He used to be a golf coach and loves to play. He's currently a basketball coach. The swimming set is for the camp that we spend each summer at. He has been a waterfront director there for 6 or 7 years now. Not this year though! More to come on that....

Me and H1 at Rocky's, a pizza restaurant my parents took us to for his birthday. H3 made such a mess that we ended up finding a broom and cleaned up before our waitress could. She was so sweet and patient with us, and my parents have seen her there for the past 4 years that they've lived in Cleveland. I was just too embarrassed by the mess of crushed Cheerios and pizza chunks that there was no way I could leave without cleaning up some!

We arrive home at 4:15 Saturday morning. H1 and I took turns driving, so we weren't completely dead when we arrived, but pretty close! Since then, we've pretty much been unpacking and trying to get the house back in order. Sunday morning H1 was playing on the worship team and I was teaching Sunday school for 4-7 year olds. I don't have a lot of experience with that age, so it was a bit of a challenge. That, and the fact that it was the first time the class has ever met! There are 4 teachers and we will be on a monthly rotation. My Sunday is the first of each month. It was fun, but I'll be glad when we get more supplies!

H1 started back to school today. I haven't talked to him yet to see how it was. He's at basketball practice now, trying to get the kids ready for the game tomorrow night. There will be a game each Tuesday and Thursday night this month, and then for the first week in February and the season may end there, depending on whether we go to play-offs, which could extend it a couple more weeks.

It's time to wake up Shannan from her nap and get ready to make tacos for dinner tonight!