Wednesday, December 22, 2010
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
Monday, November 15, 2010
Friday, November 12, 2010
I hear, "Hmm, well that stinks, figure it out," and Jim settles back on the couch and continues to watch TV. After I hang up I ask "What was that all about?"
"Bryan locked his only set of keys in his truck"
I immediately start to get up, he says "just sit down he needs to figure this out on his own."
I was ready to call AAA or hop in the car and rescue him (sorry can't help the mommy instinct). This never even occured to Jim.
A few minutes later we hear the truck pull in the driveway, Bryan comes in the house all smiles, him and his buddies found a way in and they hoisted a smaller kid in the back side window that won't lock.
That's why boys need a Mom and a Dad, Jim gave him a good lesson in self-sufficiency.
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Thursday, November 4, 2010
It didn't start out on the best note, after 6 full months of anticipation and years of a plan in my mind, we were finally doing it--I was going to have my father give my boys his personalized tour of Notre Dame. Surely a memory they will never forget
My industrious husband found a connection to the near impossible--6 tickets to a Notre Dame football game, we chose the weekend carefully, wanted fall in full bloom and of course it had to accommodate Bryan's football schedule. We were able to get the tickets for his Bye week. All the stars had aligned on this and it was going to happen!
We approached Bryan's coach and explain he will miss just one practice, granted our whole year has revolved around his grueling schedule, which starts in January, monopolizes our entire summer etc., this would truly be the first time he is missing. The coach was furious and decided to punish Bryan by not letting him start for his last home game, I was crazy mad and in disbelief. Bryan being the mellow soul that he is was not that shaken up by it.
As we are driving up in the car we hear a headline come over the radio "Tragedy on Notre Dame Campus". A student was killed in a freak accident and the campus was in mourning. A very sad story for sure. I wondered how it would affect the festivities we were looking forward to. They cancelled the pep rally and coaches luncheon we were planning to attend, at least they didn't cancel the game.
When we arrived the campus didn't disappoint, it is spectacular so rich with history and music at every turn.
My father recounted his days to his grandsons, showed us where he stayed, and how drastically things had changed, he attended 50 years ago, with lights out at 10 pm, dining jackets worn in the cafeteria, no girls on campus and tution, room and board costing $1,900-- now its $52,000!
The highlight of the trip was the marching band--300 best and brightest young musicians in the country -- you have to have some serious chops to be in this band, it was awesome and they really engage the fans. My Dad had been a drummer in the ND band back in the day and that impressed the boys.
A real connection to our family history was made and I couldn't be happier, what a great weekend!
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
Thursday, October 7, 2010
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
Chris and I have a real connection through music, the other night while taking a walk we started a duet of a song we had seen on Glee and went back to the house sat down at the keyboard and tried to figure out the melody, then I downloaded the sheet music on the computer. And played the real song on iTunes, no waiting for the song to come on the radio.
I thought back to the "old days" when I used to have to save up and then walk or get a ride to buy sheet music at the music store, if these kids today only knew how much the world is opened up to them!
Back to Glee, it has a racy undertone that is not appropriate for an 11 year old so I dvr it and we watch the musical parts, which are amazing!
I went to a high school with an AMAZING show choir and music director Ms. Renaletta, who is still wowwing audiences in NY, I went to a show a couple years ago and was blown away by the level of production, costumes and musical talent, they even built a performing arts center at the school and sell tickets to their performances!
Friday, September 10, 2010
Kira gave me a tour of Pier 39, she knows all the hot spots like Chocolate Heaven!
My brother Jon hooked us up with 6th row tickets to a SF Giants game!
Headed down to Cannery Row, beautiful historic area on Monterey Penninsula:
Then took an unbelieveable ride down the 17 mile drive, the Pacific Coastline at its finest:
Packed a lot into 4 days, I miss them all already!
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
Tuesday, July 27, 2010
Thursday, July 15, 2010
I always have a craving to go somewhere I have never been before, but I am also basically a chicken. So whenever the "wanderlust" strikes, I venture to a new place that is home to a friend or family member. Luckily my family and friends have chosen some pretty awesome places to call home.
Thanks to a dear friend (and hopefully someday) relative we just returned from an amazing vacation, she was a great guide and had lots of needed local knowledge. Thanks Rebecca! And thanks to her Dad who guided us down the Nantahala River.
Thanks also to Jon and Laura for great tours of San Francisco; thanks to Stephanie for a blast in Boston; thanks to Paul and Sonia for the highlights of Phoenix; thanks to Wendy for my NYC get-away and Karla for a tropical paradise vacation I will never forget. Thanks to Darlene for planning our trip to Ireland that came complete with a local priest as our tour guide! Julie and Dani were tour guides supreme making reservations in spectacular places in Spain.
Coming soon will be a great guided tour of my Dad's alma mater University of Notre Dame!
Friday, July 2, 2010
Tuesday, June 29, 2010
The latest addition we have had for just under a year, she is adorable and silky and cuddly but "dumber than a box of rocks". We are still having trouble with house breaking her and she is a destruction machine, each day we find one of her little "projects" She is kept in a crate during the day, I don't know when she manages to seek and destroy.
My older dog is so "with the program" she fits right in, I wish she could impart her wisdom to the younger dog, but I think she enjoys being the good girl, when the diva dog strikes.
Monday, June 14, 2010
I never thought anything of it until recently when Bryan came home from workouts with a brush cut, the guys in the weight room had a bet going and he was the shaggiest kid in the room so he lost a bet and they shaved his head. Well it turned out to be a real favor because he loves the freedom of no hair to worry about.
Thursday, June 3, 2010
He was hanging out with friends he checked in as required at 11 p.m. and says"I'll be home in half an hour." I agree and tell him I am going to sleep. I wake up around 12:30 in a panic he isn't home yet! I assume something terrible has happened, since he has been really good about his curfew up to this point. My stomach churning and heart pounding, I call him, he casually says "Oh I decided to spend the night and didn't want to call and wake you up to tell you" I was so furious I couldn't sleep the rest of the night! I suppose its impossible for him to realize how scary this whole thing is from my perspective.
Needless to say, he is having a very boring first week of summer break.
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
Thursday, May 20, 2010
I was so touched to hear about all the young men who came to comfort their friend's poor mother, they all really stepped up and tried to help her through this. Not an ordinary scenario for boys on the verge of careless Summertime days. A true life-changing event in their lives.
Rest in Peace, Connor.
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
Wednesday, May 5, 2010
Thursday, April 8, 2010
Last night I took Chris to his first Broadway production, we saw South Pacific a good G-rated oldie, it was really fun. I wanted him to experience something like this before it is not cool to see a musical with your mom. He hugged and thanked me several times after the show. He said it was better than he expected. I didn't know how a child of the technology age would appreciate a live orchestra and painted sets, but I am happy to report the magic of live theatre must still be alive and well. The Fox Theatre is magnificent, it opened in 1929 and seeing a show there is like a walk back in time.
Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Both sets of bleachers were silent, it was win or lose. Chris got up to the plate and blasted one to the fence which scored 2 runs and the game was over -they won! It was high-fives all around, he was the hero for a night! They presented him with the game ball. We were so proud, all the parents in the stands know how great that feels, when its your kid who comes through in the clutch. What a night!
Friday, March 12, 2010
Well last week I messed up, Chris has joined the school chorus (yeah!) thus adding another obligation and scheduling wrinkle for me. So when I was at my work desk engrossed in my latest project, I was totally caught off-guard when my phone rang and the sweet voice on the other end said "Mom, where are you?" OMG I had forgotten to pick him up, he calmly said "its okay Mom just hurry." It was a full half hour past when he was supposed to be picked up. I flew out of the office and over to the school, they were not happy, they handed me a bill for $12 for aftercare. At this point my calm, cool and collected child burst into tears in front of his classmates. I felt terrible! He was mostly upset because they were penalizing me for forgetting.
I have rarely experienced this type of scenario, like I said I have never forgotten him before! I just kept apologizing, no excuses, just plain forgot.
How do I mend this, I thought. I needed to stop at WalMart to pick up some things, so I let him pick out whatever it was he wanted (within reason) I needed to fix this fast! He chose Flaming Hot Cheetos.
Probably not the textbook version of how I should have handled it, but on the way home he said "I am feeling better now Mom." Thats all I needed to hear.
Tuesday, March 9, 2010
No photo-op for Mom. Maybe when he is a Senior, I can always hope.
Friday, March 5, 2010
Jim and I have different plans for him...
I am ready to sign him up for the military, oh except there is a war going on, not as enticing!
He often notices that my job doesn't pay anywhere near what I would like it too (REALLY)! But I can't let him lose the lesson that I, in fact do exactly what I love to do , it is convenient for my mom duties etc., so I compromise, no exotic vacations, or trips to the salon, but also no dread when I get up in the morning, to fight traffic to get to a job I find boring either.
Here is the website to the magazine I design, http://www.townelaker.com/ click on the covers and you can check it out. I did not design the website itself however.
I hope he can find a career that is interesting, the path to it over the next several years will indeed be interesting and expensive, no doubt.
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
Thursday, February 4, 2010
One of the little boys in class, 7 years old with a distinct lisp, had a night to remember. We were having a class competition, sort of a Jeopardy game about what we have been learning all year. I was totally impressed with how much these children have learned in my class. It came down to a tie and for the tie-breaker we asked if anyone could recite the Act of Contrition, a prayer they have been studying, with many difficult words in it, I even have trouble remembering it. Well little Riley stood up and shyly started to recite it in front of the class, it was so cute and as he got closer to the end and realized he had done it he put his arms up in victory, all the kids on his team cheered, it was so precious! When his mom got there to pick him up he was on top of the world, he said I am the hero of my class. I thought, this may stick with him for life, I am so glad I got to witness it! It certainly made my day!