Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Who's THAT Girl?

Dr. Liz is hosting a Kids Day America event this Saturday at Rheault Farm here in Fargo, where we are hoping for a turnout of 300 - 500 kids. We are offering free spinal screenings, pediatric dental screenings, Photo ID & fingerprinting by the Fargo Police Dept and heck, I even got Ronald McDonald to make the trip up from Mpls. to be with us....Realizing we'd need extra help, I asked Katelyn and one of her friends to dress up as clowns and help us hand out balloons and act as greeters. So tonite, I picked Kate and Hailey up to do some window shopping for clown costumes...as Dr. Liz also wanted them to walk in the MHS Homecoming Parade on Friday afternoon to hand out flyers about our event! We didn't purchase any costumes, BUT Miss Katelyn made a purchase of her very own!!!! She's planning on wearing her new "do" to school tommorrow, dressed as a boy... hummmm..... I thought Halloween was still several weeks away!

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Tim Jr....

With Mom at the Junk Bonanza and Dad with C & C at their soccer game, poor Kennedy had to settle for old Grandma at her soccer game on Saturday morning. Off in the rain we went, and as she sat in the seat beside me with that hat on I glanced over and saw a glimpse of another person about 16 yrs. ago that I remember hauling to a soccer game..her father! Thinking I'd sit in the car to watch the game so I didn't get wet, Miss Kennedy had other ideas and brought along an umbrella for me! So wet we both got while her team WON 11 - 0....Kennedy spent the 3rd quarter in the goal and did a GREAT job...she scored two of the team's goals so to keep up with her cousins Delaney and Jillian we had to go celebrate...too cold for the Dairy Queen so off to McDonalds it was! I see alot of that type of morning in the future with Sweet Lou...she really has her Dad's love and "form" for soccer!

Junk Bonanza

I took Georgia along on the annual Junk Bonanza trek this year...Wouldn't ya know a squirrel got ahold of a transformer somewhere down in Plymouth and the entire cities of Plymouth and Medina were without power for 2 whole hours! As you can see, it didn't stop us! We're living proof...You CAN shop in the dark :-)

Monday, September 8, 2008

Real Weekend

For the first time in years, I didn't have flowers this summer. So while I striped those living room walls, Richard watched his rain clouds and planted mums in the one whiskey barrel we brought up from the cities. We made some headway in unpacking boxes for the garage storage shelves...(yes mother those are the dishes you wrapped one by one just a few yrs back to get me to Mpls.) and I'm amazed Richard kept his mouth shut about my "having way too many dishes". This move, he was the one that lovingly wrapped each piece in newspaper, cuz he knew my way of doing it would be to just lay them in a box and go. We also took in a Redhawks playoff game on Friday night which was a total bore...although we did sit right next to Ryan Kelly of MOJO 104 so that provided something else for Richie to "watch". She certainly likes to entertain the crowd with her dancing in the aisles and her 2yr old son Elijah creating a whirlwind. I was surprised by one thing, that skinny girl actually does eat. I thought gals like her only ate in private....but she downed two whole hotdogs in a matter of minutes right there in front of us -- I just sat there eating my mini-donuts, feeling them go straight to my hips, and wondering why all women were not created equal.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Lil' Sisters...Ya Gotta Love Em'

I'm amazed sometimes at the things kids will tell me when I start picking their brain. Whether it be my own grandkids, kids on my school bus, or even kids at the clinic,I've heard a lot of things I'm sure parents wish were never repeated. Just last week it was my job to occupy a nervous 5 yr. old while his mom got adjusted...so I started in on my "20 questions" mode. I found out at about question 19 that he had just spent the weekend fishing at his grandpa's, caught a really, really huge fish named a "Sunnie" that had something he called "bright blue gills" and it was so big that his daddy plopped that huge thing in the freezer and said they couldn't eat it cuz he was going to stuff the son of a gun and nail that sucker to a board of wood and hang it on the wall in his bedroom above his bed (his words exactly!). Wow! Anyway, last night I ran into a situation where too much information was presented without me even asking for it! I called Ryan's to talk to Delaney and Jillian about how their first day of school went. Delaney took my interview first and handled it just as only she would....typical first-born, methodical during my questions, great sentence structure in her responses, kept right on subject and I learned everything right down to her mid-morning snack. Next came Miss Jillian... and this is where the trouble began. Now, the one thing about Jillian that has always impressed me is her enthusiasm.... about EVERY single thing in life. Jillian is what I've always called our family "announcer". If you spend time with her, you'll notice alot of what she says is done in "announcement mode". For example, when all the cousins spend the night she'll come running into the room and announce very excitedly "Hey everybody, we GET to go to bed now!"...while all the others whine about it, or announce "Hey everybody, we get to eat supper now" while everyone else crabs about what we're having to eat. I think she became that way from her love of Dora and her Mom tells me that's what you see Dora doing in her DVD's. Whatever, I really love her spirit....this summer when she and I were teamed up in the run around the cabin with an egg on your spoon contest, we sorely lost. She came up and hugged me saying "That's alright Grandma cuz we did our best".... she just melts your heart. She's such a positive kid and I've always thought after spending time with her that I hope she can keep that attitude through her entire life cuz it will sure make her life alot easier. Anyway, back to the phone conversation. She was all over the map with my questions....and all of a sudden she starts telling me about a new desk Delaney got... and that the desk had lots of drawers...some with school supplies in them but one drawer was a private drawer for just Delaney.....which I took that she was not allowed to ever go into since they share a bedroom together. Then she said "I'm sitting at her desk right now Grandma and you wanna know a secret? I'll tell you one thing that Delaney keeps in her private drawer right now Grandma..." to which by the time I told her that wasn't a good idea she had already opened the drawer and spilled the beans! So now not only does Jillian know what's in Delaney's private drawer so does Grandma! And I swear, I didn't even ask!!! I'm sure they'll be alot more of that for these 2 sisters and sorta makes me remember my days at Camp Linda with my little sister Sheri. Dad built us two small rooms out of one larger upstairs room since we didn't get along sharing. He put a bathroom in the middle with a door on each end...and of course me being the older sister, I got to pick the room with the window facing the lake...she got the window facing the road :-(. My best guess is though, she being the more "Jillian" type and me being the more "Delaney" type, my private drawers were gone thru at time as well :-).

It's Been Awhile

Well school started yesterday and for the 1st time in many years I didn't saddle up in the big orange crate on wheels. I started driving when Ryan was in kindergarten and he's now 34, so that's been alot of 1st days of school for me delivering kids. Didn't really miss it a bit...trying to keep the windows defogged from the rainy morning, having sopping wet kids shake the rain off their backpacks in front of me, dealing with mothers who want to get on the bus and hand-pick their kid's seat for them and then stand in the doorway asking me questions I have no answer for since the District makes the decisions on timing and delivery locations......Nope ! Didn't miss it a bit! What I did get to do was meet the kids when they got off the bus....Well, all except for Katelyn, now an 8th grader, who has informed me "Gramma, don't ever do that...like that would be soooooooo embarrassing"! I also got to do what every Grandma wants do for her G-Kids after school... BAKE cookies and share a milk and cookie snack with them....listen to their stories of the 1st day. I've never gotten to do that either...not even with my own kids since I drove bus every afternoon of their entire school careers. It was fun...up until Cooper asked me "So Gramma, whatcha cookin' us for supper then? I want ham and baked beans!".....hummm....better stock up on groceries, find some new recipes and start using my new kitchen :-)

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

My Version of .....

Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus....

Today is our 2nd anniversary (yes, the one Richard responded "5 yrs." when asked how long we had been married) which caused me to reflect on how each of us has changed in the 4 yrs. we've known each other. Ya know the saying how "soon you'll just be like any other old married couple"....well yesterday, I realized how true it had even become for us. Richard is a weather freak. Knows the forecast for each day before it comes by heart. Must come from being a news route man, BUT ever since I've met him, I've never really had to watch the weather. Every single wake-up call he gives me daily at 5:30 AM includes his weather worries/or pleasure. Even Ria called me once on a trek down to the cities to ask what Richard said the weather was going to turn out like. He could be Mike Lynch's right-hand man on WCCO. It's caused a few arguments cuz I'm more of the attitude "Richard, can you do ANYTHING about it? NO.... so just quit worrying about it and get to sleep"....to which he responds "OH Man, I'm going to have to double bag and seal every single paper I throw tommorrow morning"......to which I respond "OMG Shut-up and go to sleep". So yesterday, on our way home from the Flea Market in DL I'm analyzing our conversation...it went like this:

Sandi: Gosh, I'm so confused on how I should paint the living room... should I stripe the walls? If so, how wide do you think the stripes should be?

Richard: Man, look up ahead...see those 4 perfectly formed white thunderclouds? See how even they are spaced apart? Just perfect for the storm we are supposed to get. (Mind you, these clouds are so far in the distance... like way by Bismarck somewhere, yet he can see them... I can't really)

10 mn later...

Sandi: Can we stop at Menards? I want to check out some paint colors for the living room... I'm thinking I will go with those stripes..... maybe in a nice khaki.

Richard: Wow...those thunderheads have really stretched out...see how they are now sorta connected? Sposed to get a couple of inches of rain by tommorrow morning.. wonder if I'll pour cement or not due to the weather.

5 mn later...

Sandi: So...look...Country Furniture is having a going out of business sale...I want new living room furniture...do you think we should just get 4 chairs or do you need a sofa to sit on?

Richard: Man, the upper winds must have switched now..see how those clouds have straightened out now and have points on the end of them? That means the upper winds have switched to the North like they said they would.. yet the lower winds here on the ground are still stiff from the south.. must be gusts up to 30mph.

10 mn later...

Sandi: OK then... so it's four chairs instead of a couch with striped walls in a nice khaki and white to go along with the scalloped wall trim we bought earlier this summer...wow thanks for helping me decided honey (to which he has no idea of what I'm even deciding since he hasn't listened to a word I said while he's concentrated on his "clouds".)

Richard: We better hurry home...the storms are coming sooner than they said it looks like...see how they've changed color? There might be hail in them clouds....

And so life goes on...the old married couple...one planning a living room in her mind and the other still worrying about the weather.

Happy Anniversary to my old married man.