Monday, August 22, 2011

Hershey, Clean Carpets, Fish, Headaches, etc.

Randomness...that is what I've been up to it seems.  I've been busy, yes.  Nothing terribly new or unusual about that.  Nothing too specific either. 

Tuesday we took the kids to Hersheypark.  Tim was not able to join us and that made me sad, I miss him.  Things have changed so much for our family in the last year.  It's not a bad thing, and I am so happy for the changes in many ways, but it also makes me sad too.  I miss the way that our family was.  The times when we would just say to the kids that we were going to take them somewhere and they would just say 'Great!' or something akin to that.  Now I have to schedule dates with my kids.  It's just different.  Anyway, Michelle and Shawn, Bella and Aiden were able to go and Shawn's parents Della and Rex met us up there.  On the way up it began to drizzle a bit and looked as though it might really downpour, so we were pretty lucky in that it was not terribly crowded at all and it didn't rain.  Michelle, Shawn and Rex rode all of the roller coasters while Jim, Della and I escorted Bella and Aiden on rides that were more suited to them.

At the Boardwalk.
We saw a couple of shows, the kids rode lots of rides, made their very own candy bar, visited Chocolate World and barely made it back to the car.  It was a LONG day and we didn't get back home until 11:45 or so and then I had to be up to get ready for work at 5 AM and that came very early!  It was fun though and by Friday, I was about recovered.

Friday we had all the carpets cleaned in the house.  Yipee!  They sure needed it, especially since Roxie our seven year old lab has recently decided that she is suddenly not housebroken anymore and has choosen to use the dining room to relieve herself!  I am praying that we have cured her of that problem and payed extra to have a black light pet urine treatment done in that room.  So, I spent a good part of Saturday putting the house back in order as there was styrofoam or slips of plastic under all the furniture, and smaller pieces of furniture on top of the larger pieces, curtains were tied up, and the dining room has been blocked off all weekend as that room required 48 hours of drying time.  In other words, the house has been a shambles!  The good news is the carpet looks good and feels great on my feet, the bad news is that according to Michelle and Bella the house has had a 'chemical' odor to it since Friday.  I can't smell it, but I think that it has been affecting me because I've been battling a headache all weekend that worked itself into a full blown migraine by late yesterday morning.  :(

I had intended to get up and go to church Sunday but from what I've been told, I was wandering around the house late Saturday night in more nocturnal ramblings and meanderings and I wound up oversleeping.  When I did get up Bella announced that she and G-Daddy were going fishing and asked if I wanted to go, so I got dressed, grabbed my camera and went along with them to capture some of these precious memories on film.  School is just another week away and she is anxious to go back but says that she is going to miss her 'dates' with her Grand Daddy.  I don't doubt that one little bit!
It was a great morning for fishing and she just kept pulling them out of the lake, one after the other!  The two of them have such a great time together, they are so much fun to watch. 
The sun had gotten to us all a little and Bella had asked to lie down when we got home, but after a rest, a bite to eat and something to drink, she and Grandaddy were both ready to go.  By now Shawn was over, so I could duck out and they would still have a foursome, so that is what I did.  So next on tap was miniature golf, followed by go carts, a bouncy house and a water slide.  I was tired just from hearing about it!

After dinner, we had a visit from our nephew Justin and his sweet wife Carrie.  We haven't seen them in forever!  It is terrible because they live about 20 minutes away from us and yet we hardly get a chance to visit with them.  I guess life just gets in the way, but we are going to have to make time to rectify that situation.  Their son Austyn is playing football and hopefully we will be able to make it to a couple of his games this fall, but regardless, it was really good to see them!

So, that is a catch up on my week.  I am really hoping to be able to get into my room since I have been able to clear the desk top off so that now I can see the desk.  I would love to be able to get to work on something creative, especially since I won a new set of stamps!  That's right I won a set of clear stamps from Inky Antics along with two packages of their Honey Comb paper.  I love their adorable images and stamps and have been dying to try the honey comb paper w/the stamped images and now I can.  I promise to post a picture as soon as I can...

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