Friday, August 28, 2009

Walk for Diabetes

Skowt and I will be participating in the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation's Walk for Diabetes again this year on September 12th.
I can't believe it's been over two years now since her diagnosis. She is doing well and her numbers are under control but it is something that needs to be constantly monitored.

Researchers still don't fully understand the disease and they have yet to find a cure. Your support of our effort would be greatly appreciated. If you are unable to donate monetarily at this time please keep us in your thoughts and prayers that she stays "healthy" and that they finally beat this thing soon. You can make a donation online at either of the links below or you can send us a check made payable to Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation or JDRF.

Thanks for your consideration and all the support you have all given us in the past! Leave a comment or email me if you have any questions.

Skowt's donation page

My donation page

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Still "Live and Kickin'" at 60

Today is Rick Springfield's birthday. His 60th. Wow! I can't believe he's going to be 60 and personally I think he still looks HOT! I can't believe I've been a fan for 28 years! Since 1981 with Jessie's Girl and then General Hospital.

Here are a few photos I took about a week ago when we saw him at the Wisconsin State Fair.

This fall he is guest starring on David Duchovny's show "Californication" on Showtime playing a "twisted version" of himself. I am really looking forward to seeing that. It should be fun. I've started watching the first season of the show to see what it's like. Probably not something I would have normally watched on my own. It's quite dirty......but what can you expect with the word fornication right in the title! lol
Here's a clip of one of the promos. Be careful who you watch this in front of........though this is probably the "clean" version!


Saturday, August 22, 2009

Busy, Busy

The past couple weeks have been a bit crazy! Usually the summer months are pretty quiet around here, but with my daughter starting high school that has changed. I can't wait until they go week from Tuesday! Didn't I just say I couldn't wait until school was out for the summer?

I've been running them around to tennis lessons, tennis practice for the HS team, band practice, cheer leading practice, school registrations, uniform fittings, team photos. Going to multiple parent meetings for all this and working 30 hours a week in between all that! I haven't had the time, energy or motivation to do much else never mind blog about it!

This year they'll both be gone by 7:30am. Time to myself while they are at school is looking mighty good right now!

Saturday, August 15, 2009

August 15, 1995

Fourteen years ago today I became a mom for the first time.

I had worked all day the day before. When I got home from work that night I made myself something to eat and went to sit on the couch. I would usually sit Indian style with my belly resting on my legs. When I went to put up my first leg I felt a little gush. Uh-oh! I thought I had peed myself! Not unusual for someone who is 9 months pregnant. I was at the point where I was going to the bathroom quite often.

So I got up and went to use the bathroom. I thought I was done and was going to head back to eat but I kept feeling something leaking and finally realized I hadn't gone to the bathroom. My water broke! Which I have heard since is very unusual for a first baby.

Anyway, I went over to hubby and told him it was time. "Time for what?" he asked! "Duh, I'm 9 months pregnant, what do you think?" So we headed to the hospital and they had to do a test to make sure that was the case and that my water had actually broke. I was admitted sometime around 8pm. And then a mere 13 VERY LONG HOURS later Skowt was born.

She was stubborn and did not want to come out I guess. Now she is for the most part a pretty laid back kid. Quiet and shy like her mom with a goofy sense of humor. Growing up way faster than this mom can handle!

Happy 14th Birthday!! Love you!

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

I'm not ready for this!

So this year I turn 40. Yeah, I know I've mentioned this but it's bugging me. I've been thinking about it a lot lately. Well, ever since I turned 39 last November. Yikes! That means only 4 more months.

Well, now the past week or so it's been really hitting me that I have a daughter in High School! Ack! I just don't feel like I should be old enough for that.

Where did the time go? How am I at this point in my life already and is this what it was supposed to be like? I've always had a issues with being happy and satisfied with my life and how it was going....battling depression. But lately with the 40th coming up, registering my daughter for HS and not being happy with my current job it seems to be getting to me even more.

I'm really not sure what, if anything to do about it. Do I try to change something in my life and if so what? I feel like I'm going through some sort of crisis. I've discussed it with hubby and he just doesn't get it. He's not bothered at all by the fact that we are 40 and have a high schooler. I wish I could be more like him sometimes. So laid back about stuff.

When I was a kid, that's all I wanted was to be grown up. Become an adult. Make my own decisions. Do whatever I wanted to do. I had this idea that everything would be better when I was an adult. I pictured everything differently.

I don't know exactly what I thought my life would be like at this point. Didn't necessarily have an outline of how things were going to go and what I'd be doing but I think I had this notion that being an adult would be so great and glamorous.

Well guess what? It ain't always so glamorous!

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

I love snail mail!

I love getting snail mail. I always have. Waiting for the mail truck to go by and running out to see if I've gotten anything good. When my husband (then boyfriend) was in basic training we exchanged letters & cards and I would rush to the mailbox before anyone else in my family to see if I'd gotten anything from him.

That's why I've always had some sort of magazine subscription going at all times. Right now I have 2, TV Guide and Popular Photography. So at least a few times a month I get something besides junk and bills.

Around Christmas the past few years I've participated in a card exchange with a Rick Springfield group I belong to. A bunch of us sign up, get split into smaller groups and you send cards to everyone in your group. It's fun!

I've also joined postcrossing. It's a cool website where you send a postcard to a random user and for every card you send that is registered you get one in return from another user some where in the world.

I've actually been doing it for a couple years now. I originally joined with Skowt, but she got bored with it fairly quickly. I continued with it and recently got Tiger interested in it. She was always asking me if she got any mail. What kind of mail did she expect? So I explained postcrossing to her and she was all for it. So far she has gotten 5 cards in the mail. She lights up every time I tell her she's got mail!

I also have another blog where I've been scanning the cards I receive. You can see them here.

So if you like getting snail mail check it out. Let me know if you join. Or if you're interested in exchanging cards, letters, photos, postcards etc. let me know too.

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Saturday Family Time

We spent a few hours at the zoo this morning. We have a membership there so it's a nice place to go once in a while when you're looking to get out without spending much money. Especially since we spent an arm and a leg at Great America last weekend!

We visited the traveling bird exhibit featuring birds from Down Under. They gave you a stick with seeds on it to attract the birds, we were all able to get some on our stick and feed them. Here is Tiger with one of the many that she fed.

She took my old digital camera because she wanted to take some pictures too. She was having fun.....taking after her mom with the photography! She did a great job and actually took more photos than I did. She is also looking forward to joining the photo club at school. Here is a fun one she took of me and hubby.

I was able to catch a few of her concentrating on getting her shot!

After we finished up at the zoo we headed out to the car to eat our picnic lunch in the back of the jeep. Then we headed down to the lakefront in Milwaukee to walk around and take some light house pics. I plan to share those pics (along with maybe some more of Tiger's photos) on my photoblog.

It turned out to be a very nice day. It started off a little cool and rainy but it cleared up and the sun finally came out. It was strange not having Skowt with us the entire day though. She was missed!