Sunday, July 26, 2009

Good Day

I was really looking forward to being back worshipping at Hope Fellowship this morning. We woke up and got out on time. My daughter was to leave from church for her first ever camp today. One last minute visit to a convenience mart for a disposable camera and a snack for her. The number one highlight of the day happened while I was walking down the sidewalk towards the front door of the church. My daughter voluntarily grabbed my hand and we walked side by side to the front doors. That really hit the spot. One one hand I see my little girl growing up and going off to camp for the first time. In the same frame of time I am reminded that she is still my little girl.

After church we ran and got her a quick snack since they won't have dinner until 5 or so. We came back to church and checked her in at 11:30. The bummer thing is we found out that she will be in a cabin with girls and counselors from another church who have 12 kids going along with our 100 or so. She didn't have any separation anxiety that we saw. We said our good byes and walked away.

We had our favorite lunch, Durkins, with our son. Durkin informed me that the Cardinals were on national TV against the Phillies. After lunch we came home and my son got me to jump in our pool and play wiffle ball with him. Then a trip to the swingset to dry out. I think he is enjoying all the attention since sissy is gone.

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Gym Talk

I went to the gym and somehow got there without my MP3 player so I ended up on the treadmill just having to watch the 3 TV choices. Usually ESPN sports is on so I parked myself in front of the ESPN tv and set the treadmill for 60 minutes. About 20 minutes in 2 ladies(girls, women), a little younger than me, got on 2 treadmills next to me. For 20 minutes I got to hear about relationships, men, dating, children, family, divorce, housing arrangements and so on. It was kind of weird feeling like I was eavesdropping.

So in a weird way I learned that one of the girls started dating her future husband at 15, got married at 20 and had a son a year later. A few years later the husband ran off with the daycare person. She said they were a great couple until they had children and then they grew apart. I heard that men take a lot longer to grow up. I learned that her mom was older than her dad and they divorced when she was 18. Her mom is now dating someone 13 years younger than the mom, but 10 years older than the daughter.

You get the point. It was just weird. I felt like I was violating someone's privacy, yet also felt like they were talking about stuff that should be talked about in a more private setting. I know where her mom lives, her dad lives. I know her mom is into horses and her dad into motorbikes and 4 wheelers. She had a sister and 2 brothers. I was trying to figure out how much older her parents were than me.

I'm glad I ended up with a pain in my rear, really, so I ended up stopping after 40 minutes and 300 calories. Guess I could have stopped and moved to a different treadmill.

Back from Missouri

A friend dogged me tonight about my absence from blogging. It isn't like I don't have lots of time since I haven't worked since June 6th. I guess it is something that I've done regularly for about 5 years or more so for about 45 days I didn't even open blogspot other than a few times to update my blogs about my kids. So I'm back!

Saturday June 19th I took off early for St. Louis with my 2 kids. We really stopped just ONE true time on the way. I got gas and McD's in Waggoner OK. From there we were in the truck for 5 1/2 hours. I did stop at a store right by my dad's so technically we stopped twice.

It was special to make it for Father's Day as we spent the day with my dad who is 69 years old.

Highlights of the trip:
-Father's Day
-I made $365 one day helping detail 20 cars
-Food: Seamus(3), White Castle(3) Cecil's Pizza(3), Ted Drewes custard(2), Lions Choice(3), Gus's Pretzel dogs, eating Ameghettis in Berra Park
-I gained 4 pounds
-I brought back my brother's 79 Jeep CJ-7
-I watched 2 Cardinal games, both wins, both FREE
-4th weekend I saw 3 different fireworks shows
-Six Flags with family, my kids can ride more rides
-bowling 4 times
-mowing my brother's yard 5 times

Why 30 days in St. Louis? Family, friends, food and fun. ALSO, I have been back home for one week and really have a hard time doing NOTHING. I waste so much time when I don't have to do things. That is about to end. My teaching workshops start next week. Not everyday, but here and there.

I hope to get back on a regular basis. While I was away Facebook kept me busy.