Thursday, April 3, 2014

So very tired...but it was so very worth it!

For the past few months I have been MIA. I have taken on the job as treasurer of the band boosters...not realizing it was the equivalent of a second AND third full time job. I have spent hours dealing with our accounts - making deposits after football games, dealing with fundraiser after fundraiser for our trip, planning this, doing that. It all makes for a very tired me. I now get to take a small break in the fundraising.

Last week we took our trip to Disney. The kids marched in a parade at the Magic Kingdom. It was amazing. They were (of course) the best band. They played Evil Ways and Eye of the Tiger. They marched all the way up Mainstreet, in front of Cinderella's castle and back into Frontier Land. They got to see what few people see - Backstage Disney. There were about 5 of us crazy moms that watched them come up Mainstreet and (as soon as they passed) went running through the crowd to catch them again in Frontier Land. Yes, running. Me. Anyone who knows me knows that I don't run. Ever. But I did - to see my babies a second time. Yes...all 94 kids are my babies. That night (Friday) we didn't get back to the hotel until after 1 AM...then we had a room full of hungry kids. Yes, at 2 AM we were cooking Ramen Noodles.

We had a blast - we had a group of anywhere from 5 to 7 kids hanging with us at all times. And ALL were shocked that Linda (my parter in SO many crimes...) and I were willing to ride ANYTHING. Tower of Terror? Rode it 3 times. Tried for 4, but it had technical issues. Aerosmith Rock and Roller Coaster? Rode it twice. Keeping up with the kids was work - over 20,000 steps a day, 4 days in a row. I'm still sore. I have blisters on my pinkie toes. Worth it? Yes.

We spent Thursday at Hollywood Studios, Friday at Magic Kingdom, Saturday at Epcot and Sunday at Animal Kingdom. We left Animal Kingdom Sunday afternoon and drove all night, arriving home Monday morning around 4. It was a long drive - not a lot of sleep. We had a stomach bug going around one of the busses...glad it wasn't mine. I had my own issues - a kidney stone hit me Sunday morning. That doesn't exactly make for a pleasant day at the park. It passed on the bus trip home.

We had 94 kids and 57 chaperones. You would think that with that many chaperones we could maybe take turns doing bed checks. Apparently, the other chaperones thought Linda and I could handle it. Oh well. We only had problems with 2 kids, and those were nipped in the bud. Over all, it was a successful trip. Several kids took advantage of all the fundraising opportunities and didn't have to pay a dime out of pocket for the trip. That makes all the pre-work worth while.

As soon as I can figure out what's going on with Blogger, I'll post some pictures. Right now it just won't.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Vent time

This is the only safe place I can vent, so here goes.

I love being a band mom. LOVE. IT. I get to spend lots of time with some awesome kids. I've gone from having one child to having 106 that depend on me during camp, games, competition. They know if they need a dollar for concessions and can't find their parents, they can come to me. If their hem rips in their uniform, they know Ms Lisa has safety pins to get you through the night.  There are several other parents who are just as involved - we have a great team.

BUT. While I love getting to know the kids, some of the parents just piss me off. I am going to have to delete some of the moms from my Facebook page because of status posts like this:

"Wow. If only some of you knew how your children treat their peers when adults aren't looking...or maybe you do, I don't know...either way, it's shameful."

Really?? THIS from the mom of a Sophomore that thought it would be funny to pour Powerade through the bleachers onto a student who was under the bleachers looking for part of his instrument that had fallen. Yes, she was aiming. Yes, he was wearing an expensive uniform that he is responsible to maintain.

Another gem from her:

"PLEASE pay close attention to the girls who are showing attention to your young sons, as friends or other wise. It's a full time job to stay ahead of the danger that's lurking all around."

Really?? THIS from the mom whose daughter can be found (at any given time) huddled in a dark corner with a group of kids, lips locked to whatever guy happens to be closest.

I KNOW my child isn't perfect - she doesn't seem to be burdened with that problem.

OK, I feel better now.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

I'm a happy nerd!

Saw this Saturday at the bookstore - Evan and I were thrilled!

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

The idiot in my life...

God must truly take care of the idiots of this world. Mom’s friend from church relayed this story to her – it happened while Mom and Dad were out of town.


Picture the scene:

First Baptist Church on a Wednesday night

My little sister (let's call her M), her sister in law (she, I will call C), and my sister's 2 kids are at church. The kids are in their class. M and C are in a women’s group class. I should note that C is living with M and her husband because she had a stroke and can't live on her own. Supposedly.) C passes out & starts having convulsions. Ambulance is called. C is awake and alert when the ambulance arrives. C and M go with the ambulance. No one can get in touch with M's husband.

“What happens to the kids? Where are they?” one might ask. Well, they are sitting in their class. No one knows how to get in touch with me. Just so happens that my niece's teacher is there. She takes the 2 kids home with her & later gets in touch with M's husband. She keeps them overnight so M's husband can go to the hospital and talk to the doctors (get the real story).

The doctors tell them that C may have passed out, but she was faking the convulsions. That’s why she can’t get on disability – she’s faking. She has 4 different kids by 3 different dads - and she has custody of NONE of them. She does nothing but sit on the sofa, watch tv and play on Facebook all day.

Now, once again, I HAVE to ask the question: why is it that people like M & C can breed like rabbits, but people who can actually take care of kids and love them can't???

Friday, March 15, 2013

Thank God for Grandparents!

Yesterday I got a call that every parent dreads. I knew when I saw the phone number it wouldn't be good. Evan's principal. Apparently, he tripped over his own over-grown feet and fell FACE FIRST into some asphalt at PE.

Of course, I carpooled yesterday. My parents are out of town, so I called my Mother In Law. She was a nervous wreck, but she picked him up and met me at the ER (a friend from work took me). Nothing is broken, CT was fine. However, he did get 4 stitches in his eyebrow.  This was our first trip to the ER with Evan and he handled it like a champ. His Uncle Chris is a teacher @ his school and heard the gossip from some of his ball players. The told him that Evan got 'mad man points' because he didn't even start to tear up...if this had been me, I would have been ALL tears!

 
Since I had to wake him every 2 hrs (checking for head injury), he's still in bed and I'm working from home. I'm so grateful to have help when I need it! Without my MIL, I would have been lost yesterday!

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

The future. Well, MY future.

Over the years I've read article upon article about the aging baby boomers. You know, the people my parents' age. And how people my age would wind up in harsh situation - looking after our parents while still trying to raise our own kids.

I love my parents. I love my mother in law. I'm very lucky that I have had all three of them living close to me these past 14 years. They have all helped me in any way they could. But now, things are happening to make me face what the future is going to be like. It's going to be hard. I'm noticing things - things that scare me. Personalities are changing. Health is declining.

My mother in law and sister in law H.A.T.E. each other. So, who will take care of her? Her 2 sons? Ha ha ha ha!

My sister is useless. Completely useless. My brother will be glad to handle the financial end of my parents' issues (and I'll be glad to let him), but I'm pretty darn sure I'll be left with the other things that will need to be done.

And what kinds of things will need to be done?
  1. Watching for health/mental issues
  2. Making/attending doctor appointments
  3. Making sure their living conditions are decent
That doesn't look like a long list. And this isn't going to happen overnight.  But when I think about it - going from maintaining one household to 3, all while working a full time job and raising a teenager that is involved in activities.... I start to feel like an Oreo cookie that has had the middle licked out of it. Yuck.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Update

Wow. It has been a while since I posted. It has been crazy busy around our house and I have just let this slide. Football season was a seemingly unending adventure. We had something every single Friday night as well as several Saturdays. And let me tell you - working a consession stand on Friday nights will wear you out for the rest of the weekend. But, I'll do it all again next season because all that work translates into money for the band. And as wonderful as the band has been for Evan, I'll do whatever they need. Which brings me to this weekend. This weekend we have a Queen of Hearts pageant for the middle school girls. 34 girls - grades 6 thru 8. It's a pretty good fundraiser for us, but man, is it work. Last weekend I spent all day Saturday making sure the band room was clean because that is the staging area for the girls. This weekend, I'll spend Friday night cleaning the classroom we will use for a hospitality room for the parents/kids that will be working the pageant. Saturday, I'll be running the hospitality room. Mom and I are cooking so the workers will actually have some protien and not be running on a cookie/cake/chip high.

What shocked me about this pageant is Evan. Yeah, I'm requiring him to work it. But he's doing it with a smile. Last weekend he helped with the stage artwork. I've scratched out a face and a shirt... I don't know those people that well, so I don't want to put anything identifiable... anyway... Evan helped sketch the poster and even directed the older kids on how to draw what they wanted. He spent his whole Saturday working on this and went back after school Monday to help finish.
But for the night of the pageant he is going to usher - get the ticket holders to their seats. And this is how he MAY look...with an adjustment to the tie. And possibly a smile.  He has another suit and I picked up a bow tie today (black with red guitars) so he may wear that... but I'm not sure. I'll leave it up to him. I'm just glad he's vountarily dressing in a suit.


PS - today is our 20 year anniversary. And we are still alive. And not in jail.