Sunday, August 29, 2010

A Nice Weekend

I've had a nice, lazy weekend.  It's Sunday morning, and I haven't gone anywhere since Friday night.  I usually like to go thrift-store shopping or yard sale-ing on Saturday morning, but I'm broke right now.  Payday is Tuesday, the last day of the month.  That's the bad thing about working in the school system.  We only get paid once a month (last working day of the month).  It's kinda good in that I can get a lot of bills paid out of one check instead of having to save from one week to the next.  We are still basically at the point where we live paycheck-to-paycheck. I hate it, but we are terrible at saving money.  Anyway, I went to the football game Friday night.  The Aggies won big!  While it was a bit strange watching another kid wear #11 jersey, it wasn't so bad.  The Aggie band put on a great half-time show.  Jordie played bass guitar on the sideline...or "the pit" as they refer to it.  Their show is not complete yet.  It takes a couple of games before they add the closer.  It is sure to please.  They are gearing up to go to California at the end of the year for the Tournament of Roses parade.  I wish we were going, but our finances are not to where they can withstand the $1650 per person price tag.  Jordan will have a blast, though.  He's such a good kid.  I'm trying to talk him into trying out for drum major next year, his senior year.  I think he would be awesome.  Justin has begun to put a bug in his ear, also.  Justin also put a bug in Mr. Lindley's (the band director) ear Friday night.  So, we shall see what becomes of it next year.  And now, I will leave you with a video I recorded of the band's show Friday night.  If you look closely on the sideline, you will see my baby playing his 5-string bass.  Enjoy!

Thursday, August 26, 2010

High School Football Won't Be The Same This Year

Tomorrow night kicks off high school football season around here.  I can already tell that it is going to be different for me.  See, my son Chase graduated last year.  This will be the first time in 7 years that I haven't seen him out there on the field playing football. Tomorrow night, Chase will be up there sitting with us or running around with some of his friends at the game.  But, he won't be out there on that field.  I loved to watch him play.  Many times you could find him standing on the sideline "dancing" (if that's what you call it) when the band played from the stands. 

All is not lost, though.  Jordan is a junior this year.  He plays bass guitar in the band.  So, I will look forward to the half-time show. I always did, anyway.  I am a former band member, myself.  I was on the danceline.  That time in band was some of the greatest times in high school.  The band holds a special place in my heart.  But, the game will be a little different this year.  I still know a lot of the boys on the team, so it will be great watching them.  Many of them are friends of Jordan's and have spent some time in my home.  So, I'll cheer for them and the Aggies, my alma mater.  It will just be from a different perspective.  Life goes on.  Nobody said it would be easy.


Monday, August 16, 2010

Bristol Bound!

If I make it through this week, we are heading to Tennessee Friday evening.  We will be attending the race at Bristol on Saturday night!  We've been to Bristol before, a few years ago...when we really kept up with NASCAR.  It's been quite some time since we've sat and watched a whole race on television.  I don't even know who to pull for anymore.  I used to be a Jeff Gordon fan.  I know some of you will cringe at that, but I loved him!  I think I'll just pull for Dale, Jr. now.  I know he's not on a winning streak or anything, but I just think he's cool.  We had to ask permission for Jordan to be excused from going with the high school band selling stuff for their Rose Parade trip on Saturday, and the band director said it would be okay, if we would cheer for Denny Hamlin.  I told him that we would do a special cheer just for him.  I don't know anything about Denny Hamlin, so what could it hurt, right? 
So, even though we haven't been keeping up with it, I hope the race is exciting.  Jordan and Chase have never been to a race, so I think they will enjoy it.  The reason we are going is that Kevin's boss gave him 8 tickets.  Just flat out gave them to him.  So, it's going to be us 4, Kevin's sister/brother-in-law, Kevin's brother & his son.  With all these people, how can we NOT have fun?!

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Justin Family Update: Good News!!

Justin is working!!  It's a miracle!  Right now he is working through a staffing agency at a factory that makes industrial plastic playground equipment. The staffing agency said that it could develop into a permanent position.  But, today Justin called to tell me that he has a real live interview at another factory on Tuesday.  He is supposed to work that day, so he asked me what he should do.  I told him to call the staffing agency on his lunch tomorrow so that they could make arrangements for him to make his interview.  Yay! Things are looking up.  But, why is it that you can go for months and months without a job lead, and then you have two at the same time?!!  Crazy!  (But in a good way!)

Chelsea is still working at Ruby Tuesday.  She is about to begin attending college again.  That's about all that I know about her...except that she's extremely happy that Justin is working now.

Millie, sweet Millie.  She is jabbering, crawling, pulling up, and Justin told me that she can stand alone now.  She will be walking before we know it!  She is 9 months old now, and Justin started walking at 9 months. 
Here's a video that will make you laugh...

Have a great week!

Wednesday, August 11, 2010


I am overwhelmed.  I am beginning to doubt that I can keep up with all the work that goes along with my job.  I don't know if it's just because it's the beginning of the school year, and things are just happening all at once, or if it's going to be this way for the rest of the year.  I hope not!  Today was the first day of school.  The last two days have really taken a toll on me.  I didn't sleep well last night.  My brain kept processing all the forms, rules, and regulations that I must follow in order to do everything, correctly.  Is it too much for one person.  Probably.  Do I try to stay upbeat and tell myself that I can do it?  Yes.  But, then I get in the thick of it, and I get so frustrated because it's not going as well as my mind tells me it should.  Maybe it's time to step back and admit to myself that I can't possibly do it the way it is supposed to be done.  I just don't know.  Maybe I'm just tired today.  My brain is fried.  I plan to get a good night's sleep tonight.  Hopefully, things will look better tomorrow. 

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Beginning to Stress

Teachers come back this Thursday. Students come back August 11!!  ARGHHHHHH!!