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Some Female Bonding

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Well, it’s been quite a few days since I posted.  Blame it on the holiday weekend, I guess.  The chickies and I had an event filled weekend, so I’ve been busy.

Wednesday night we went to see Ice Age 3 in 3D.  It wasn’t a cheap evening, though!  $30.50 just to get in (at 5:00, too!).  Seventeen dollars at the concession stand ($6.50 for each kid – popcorn, drink and fruit snacks and a $4 bottle of water for me).  But, the kids liked the movie, and sat through it well.  That was my first attempt at taking the girls to the movies on my own (aside from the drive in, but it’s OK if they’re restless and loud there).

Friday we had ice cream for dinner.  I throw that at them every once in a while.  Usually when I’m craving some fried ice cream with honey.  Yummmmmmmmm.  Later that night, we went to see some fireworks.  The kids really enjoyed them, and it was worth waking Chloe up from her deep slumber on the couch :)

Saturday we went to my Sister-in law’s camp in Pymatuming.  We did the regular gig – head out on the p0ntoon boat, do some fishing, feed the fish at the spillway, eat some more ice cream, cook out and have a camp fire.  Oh, and Becca got her first burn from a sparkler.  I told her that it was a right of passage.  She could cross ‘get burned by a sparkler’ off her list of things to do while she’s a kid.  Here’s a little ditty they did for their Aunt Kimmie:

Yesterday we got to hang out with Tony.  We had a pizza picnic outside and played some kick ball.  I was a little upset that there wasn’t a new episode of True Blood on last night, but I guess I’ll survive.  It was nice to have some chickie bonding over the last few days.  I’m trying to take everybody else’s advice and ‘enjoy them while they’re young.’  I think I managed to do that this weekend.  I will admit, however, that some days it’s hard to just ‘enjoy’ them.

I guess I’ll just continue to walk on both sides of that line.  You know, the line between ‘I’m your buddy’ and ‘I’m the authority figure.’  I’m guessing that as long as I spend equal amounts of time on each side, my kids should turn out OK and not hate me in the process.

I hope.

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Oh, Vacation…How I Miss You.

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Well, we just went through a personal struggle.  Some of the family is headed down to the Outer Banks in July, and we were invited.  Although I’d love to hang at the beach, we had to pass.  The biggest reason?  I’m saving up to take the kiddies to Disney. I can’t wait to see how they handle it!

When Tony and I were dating (well, when we got back together after being apart for a year), I planned a trip to Disney World.  Tony had never been on an airplane (and thus, never been to Disney World.  Or Florida).  We didn’t have a lot of cash back then, so we stayed in a hotel sort of far away, which was falling apart.  We had a great time, but do you know what my favorite part was?  Seeing Tony’s face light up like a little kid when we entered the Magic Kingdom!  Even though he was ‘cool’ and not exactly a huge Disney fan, you can’t help but feel like a kid when you walk through those gates.

We had a blast.  I rushed him to all of my favorites from when I was a kid.  We hit the Haunted Mansion, which was (is) my absolute favorite.  We went to Space Mountain.  Hell, we even rode the tea cups.  We went to all of the parks that year (Animal Kingdom wasn’t open yet).  We ate and drank our way through Epcot.  We loved the Tower of Terror. I think the only thing we missed was buying our own classic Mickey Mouse ears.

Now that I’m planning the vacation for the kids, I’ve got to scrape a bit.  It costs a lot to go to Disney! Especially for four people!  But I’m sure every penny will be worth it just to see the excitement on the kids’ faces.  I’m sure they’ll be blown away! There are some less expensive ways to get to Disney, and you can get Disney Tickets from places other than Disney.  One place is I figure, I’m gonna give enough of my cash to Disney, I may as well try to find some deals!

So, the planning continues.  The kids and I have already talked about the Haunted Mansion. Sometimes the build up is just as good as riding the actual ride!

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Excuse me….

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Just a quick note to say that I traveled with two small children yesterday. They were very well behaved, but it was a CONSTANT stream of questions. I had to have a glass of wine on the plane just to deal. So, I’m thinking of you…but I don’t really have time to post right now. I’ll try tonight. We’re headed to Sanibel Island today to search for some shells.

BTW, the wine made it better. More later!

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It’s All About the Vibes, Man.

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I’m not sure how many people know this about me, but I completely believe in the law of attraction. Many of you have probably either read, seen, or heard about ‘The Secret.’ Now I’m not saying that ‘The Secret’ holds all of life’s answers. But it did open up an area for me to explore a little.

If you don’t know much about the law of attraction, I’ll give you the nutshell version (since I’m not writing a blog to teach this stuff). Basically, it says that whatever you put out there, you get back. You put out good vibes, you get good things back. It really gets a lot more complicated than that, like being grateful for what you have, and making room in your life to get the things that you want. I’ll include some books at the end of this post that I like. Why am I telling you all of this stuff? Well, it’s sort of the intro to a story I remembered the other day. And here it is:

Almost two years ago, we were planning a trip to the Outer Banks, NC. This is a place where we go every couple of years with the Downey family. We were excited about going, and really looking forward to spending some ‘quality’ family time together. There was one thing that Tony had always wanted to do on these trips. He always wanted to go deep sea fishing. He wanted that feeling of being strapped into a chair with that huge fishing rod, reeling in the ‘big one.’ A couple of months before the trip, we were chatting about this in our kitchen before he left for work. He said “I don’t know how I’m going to do it, but I’m going deep sea fishing this year. I’ve decided.”

I thought “Ummmm, OK. I don’t know how we’re going to pay for one big huge fishing trip.” He had attempted to get a fishing trip together about 4 or 5 years prior. The trip that he booked didn’t exactly live up to his expectations. There was a group of maybe 6 guys, and they went out on a boat, but there wasn’t really any ‘deep sea’ involved. They went fishing. Pretty much, regular old fishing out in the ocean. When the first guy started reeling in a fish, he got ready for a big fight. As he pulled back on the rod and started reeling his catch in, the fish literally skipped across the top of the water.

Well, here’s what happened a few days after that kitchen conversation. At this time, Tony worked at a hotel bar at the airport. He was chatting with his guests, and mentioned his upcoming trip to the Outer Banks. One of his semi-regular guests said that he was also going to be in the Outer Banks around the same time. He started to tell Tony about how they charter a million dollar boat every year to go deep sea fishing. Tony, seeing this as his golden opportunity, asked if they had room for an extra guy. He said that he’d definitely pay his way. Matt (his guest) said that yes, he might have room for an extra guy. But they would have to figure out if they were going to be there the same week (Note: Why do guys NEVER know when things are happening. Tony was only semi-sure of the dates we would be there, and same with Matt. Women have to deal with all of the details!).

The next day, Tony told me about what had happened. He was super pumped, and that day we got an email saying that yes, we would all be there the same week. We went on vacation, Tony caught a 65 pound Tuna, and he had one of the best days of his life. (OK, next to marrying me and having the kids–I hope.) The day of his trip, the rest of our extended family had gone out to dinner, and the girls and I waited at the cottage for Tony’s return. He walked in the door with a gigantic smile and a radiant glow. He just looked so farkin’ happy!

The point? Tony decided that the deep sea fishing was happening. He concentrated on it, and put it out there. And sure enough, it happened. I can say this for many things in our lives, incuding the opening of our restaurant. If you want to read up on any of this, check out the books below.

If you think I’m a crackpot, that’s OK, too.

Sometimes I think I’m a crackpot.

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Honey…I'm Home!

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Well, we made it back from Florida. We all had a great time, although Chloe had a fever for three days. So cute seeing that little face looking up and saying “Me sick, mumma.” I felt so bad for her, but better to be sick in sunny Florida than in Pittsburgh. We were able to swim (which helped her fever out a bit), and it was great seeing the connections happening between the kids and my folks.

Then, it was back to reality. At least the weather in Pittsburgh has been OK. We’ve actually gotten to spend some time outside. I’ve been trying to get all of the t’s crossed and i’s dotted for Downey’s House, but there really is a lot I can’t do yet. We’ve been getting applications. More now because I posted an ad on Craigslist. I’ll be going to Jabby Joe’s on Monday and hanging out to see how everything is running now. Tony is convinced that everything will go through on the anniversary of his parents’ deaths (April 28th and 29th, I think). Hey, we’ll take whatever divine intervention we can get.

On a lighter note, I am SO EXCITED TO SEE A NEW EPISODE OF THE OFFICE TONIGHT. I so love that show. In fact, I think that there’s all new stuff on tonight, so I may sit on the couch with the laptop and just indulge in the tv.

Well, have a great weekend. Even though the weather is supposed to be cold and yucky on Sunday, it will still be the weekend.

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