Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Karma and Other Funny Things

I don't really believe in the idea of Karma, but if it's out there, this is one of those times when it totally worked.

I took my kids to Aldi to do my weekly grocery shopping today. On the way, we stopped and got them a bite to eat because they were having a great attitude about shopping this morning (probably because we started the morning at the park, but I like to think it was just good attitudes). I got two carts, one for the boys eating lunch, one for my groceries. We gathered up all that we needed, and headed for the checkouts. Of course, being Aldi, there was only one lane open, so we waited patiently. Behind me, I heard someone mutter under their breath, "Ugh! She's got two full carts. We're going to be here forever!" I also heard the man with her hush her. I politely turned around and asked the woman behind me if she and her small cart load of groceries would like to go ahead of me. "Oh, sure. Thanks!" she replied, and she went around us and started unloading on the conveyor belt. Just then, one of the workers came over, put up the closed sign on the line we were in, and invited me over to the next lane to check us out. The rude lady just stared at us, dumbfounded. I ended up walking out of the store before she was even checked out. That has to be Karma, right?

On a funnier note, we saw the most hilarious thing while driving down the road today. There was a biker (man) in full biker gear: black, leather jacket with fringe, black jeans, black biker boots, black helmet and a Harley t-shirt. He even had the face of a biker: beard, mustache, stubble, etc. The best part - he was riding an old-lady scooter. I laughed for minutes.

Friday, June 25, 2010

100%

100% their idea to put on the headbands.
100% friends.
100% crazy, every night, running around.
100% goofy.
100% silly faces.
100% Meyers - can't take his eyes off of the TV.
100% independent - insistent on doing it himself.
100% BOYS. Even with the headbands.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Grandpa's Spot

The other day we went with Jeremy's mom to place a new flower arrangement at "Grandpa's Spot". It is absolutely beautiful; she did a wonderful job creating it.
While we were there I got to have a first look at the bench that was put in at Dad Meyers' grave site. This is the back.
We also took my parents to see the new marker and flowers a few days later. In this picture you can see the front of the marker - it has both Ron's and Karen's names along with a sweet photo of them together.
We tried to get a good photo of the boys at "Grandpa's Spot".
Then we tried to get a photo of the boys with Jeremy. It didn't work well.
I probably would have gotten a decent shot, except that the children didn't want to sit still, and Jeremy didn't enjoy the wisecrack I said about seeing his "balding" spot in the pictures...
The boys did have a good time running around in the grass. I tried to explain to them that it wasn't polite to step on any of the markers, and they were compliant.
By far, the sweetest moment of the evening was when we told the boys that the bench had pictures of Grandma and Grandpa so we could remember Grandpa. Grayson walked to the bench, pointed at the picture of Ron and said, "Grandpa" clear as day.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Decorated

I don't believe my children enjoyed my all-black ensemble today...
Because they decorated me with stickers...
Many, many stickers.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Backyard Drama

Do you remember this mess?
It's finally gone. So is the skunk (we think). While Jeremy bravely dug in this corner that Mr. Skunk called his home, I stood inside our house and "watched" for it to make an appearance. I also took pictures.
It took a couple of weeks (crazy schedules, vacation times two, etc.) but we finally got that corner dug out. While Jeremy and I worked on it (yes, I did finally come outside once it because apparent that Mr. Skunk had moved on), the kids played.
Water and the car made for big entertainers during this time.
I'd fill up the pool every morning (this was back during those really hot days we had in May), and the boys would play and play and get the water dirtier and dirtier. Eventually they would get a snack, and this day, they opted to eat it in the pool.
It was slow-moving, but we did make progress. After we cleared the corner out and dug down about a foot in some places (the compost pile that had been there made for some awesome dirt for my flower beds this year), we filled the corner with sand and created a patio with paver blocks.
While we've been doing all this work, our Shasta daisies that the boys and I planted started growing. The boys are getting a kick out of watching them sprout - since they did the planting and have done some of the watering, I think they have a real sense of ownership.
My flower beds got planted (please ignore the chipping paint - that's on the list of things to be done this summer).
Our new shed. It was a 3-4 week project, but it's done. Now Jeremy is going to build a lean-to type roof thing (like that description?) next to the shed for the kids' outdoor toys. (They are currently covered by a tarp because of the recent rain.)
It's a relief to finally be done with that corner, but truth be told, we have a lot more yard work to do this summer.

It's Been Brought To My Attention

That I haven't updated the blog in over a month.
Done. (More later, I hope.)