Monday, September 27, 2010

30th Birthday

To say I had a fabulous birthday weekend would be a complete understatement! Marshal planned a trip to Kansas City and didn’t tell me any of the details about it. It was perfect and wonderful and I could not have asked for a better birthday.

Poor Marshal really has his work cut out for him when planning surprises for me. I am a huge planner and really it just drives me crazy to not have control. So I had been giving him a pretty hard time right up until we got to KC. I wanted to know everything, but he didn’t tell me a thing.
When we arrived late Friday night he took me to Harrah’s. As Marshal likes to tell everyone, I love slot machines. I mean I have only been to a casino five times in my entire life, but I do really do like slot machines. After we lost all of our money, which didn’t take long, he drove us to the hotel in Overland Park. We stayed at the Aloft and it was very nice.

Saturday morning we went down to the Plaza district and went shopping. May I just stop right here and say, they have the biggest Forever 21 I have ever seen, made me pretty happy.

During lunch Marshal told me that someone would be calling any minute to tell us they had arrived in Kansas City to help celebrate my birthday. I had no idea that Ethan and Sarah would be joining us. Having them there really made the trip special and I cannot thank them enough for coming!
After shopping I got to go have dessert at The Cheesecake Factory. Sad to say this was my first ever trip to a Cheesecake factory. Those of you that have been before know that it was an extra yummy surprise.
For dinner Marshal made reservations at Huston’s Steak House. We went to the Huston’s in New Orleans all the time when we lived there. They have very fabulous prime rib. Another thing Marshal likes to tell everyone….”Andrea can put away more meat than anyone I have ever seen”. So as you can imagine I was extremely happy with his choice.

After dinner we went to the P&L, which is a huge warehouse with several different bars and clubs inside it. It was really neat. Our first stop was Howl at the Moon, a dueling piano bar. To our surprise Neil Diamond was there and they invited him up on stage to sing. Who would have thought we would be hanging out with Neil Diamond? After that we went to a dance club and had a blast dancing.
Considering I didn’t get back to my hotel room until 4 a.m. I am going to say I had a wonderful fun filled night! This weekend was just what I needed to help welcome me to my 30’s!!!

Thursday, September 16, 2010

I could lie to you but I won't

What do you do when your daughter is so much like you and it is truly not funny?

I could tell you that I am a sweet, lovable, flexible, woman that always is a delight to be around.

But why lie.

The truth is-I am a spicy, strong willed, lady that likes to get my way. I have a huge heart and I love very deeply, but boy howdy when that spice begins to flare, well there is just no stopping it.

I know some of you out there are just cracking up reading this because your are thinking "she isn't even telling the half of it". precious beautiful daughter is just like me. I mean I have tried to model for her how to be sweet and loving. And believe me she is. It warms my heart to hear her pray for one of her friends, or listen to her lovingly talk to her stuffed animals. I just beam when she talks about taking care of the world's animals and recycling so we can keep our Earth happy. She takes time to make cards for her friends, just to let them know she is thinking of them. All great wonderful things she has learned from me.

Why oh why did she have to pick up the bad things too. Could she have not just stopped at the positive stuff?

Today Ashlynn was eating lunch in the cafeteria. The little boy beside her decided to start messing with her. He was saying ugly things to her, showing her his chewed up food, and just being kind of mean. Well I guess the last straw for Ashlynn was when he took her fork and threw it on the ground. Ashlynn proceeded to then push his entire tray off the table and onto the ground. Well you can see where this might cause a problem. The lunch duty teacher came over to see what was going on and Ashlynn just broke down into tears.

This is where it is hard to be a parent. I want my child to know that we don't take matters into our own hands, and just because we are hurt doesn't mean we should hurt back. And I would love to think that my sweet child would just sit nicely, raise her hand and tell the teacher. But no this is where her mommas spice kicked in. She showed him. And quite frankly I would have done the same thing (although don't tell Ashlynn this but I would have dumped the tray in his lap so he could wear the food a little while. Make him think about it so he would think twice before being mean to me again)!

Anyway, I did the right "teacher" thing to do. I made Ashlynn clean up the food on the floor and miss a few minutes of her recess. I know that won't make any of the spice go away, but maybe she will think about it before she lets it loose at school again.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Sick Days

So if you are wanting a bubbly fun post that is going to be full of happiness and make you feel warm and fuzzy inside you might want to stop reading now.

First, I have not posted in so long because I have been taking care of sick children for two weeks now. Ashlynn got some kind of yucky virus a couple of weeks ago. Ran a temp for two days and just felt bad. Then that weekend Jaxton woke up with a 103.7 and cranky as all get out. We started him on antibiotics, but he didn't seem to be getting any better. So we went back to the doctor. He had an ear infection in his right ear so they gave him a shot and a different antibiotic. Well now a week and a half later he still is not feeling any better so I guess it is going to be back to the doctor for us.

Speaking of doctors...a real funny story.... So in July I got together all of our out of pocket medical expenses to turn in to receive our medical reimbursement. I realized that I didn't have many medical bills and was concerned we weren't going to spend enough to get our full reimbursement by the end of the year. Well I wish I would have never let that thought go across my brain because since then we have had an emergency room visit, $150 worth of doctor's visits, $100 worth of prescriptions, and a minor out patent procedure.

Moral to the story-sometimes you get exactly what you are asking for and then some!

Ok, I have spread enough negativity for one day. Sometimes you just have to vent you know.

Here's a couple of pics of the kids to sugar coat my blah blah blahing.