Saturday, August 30, 2008
Thursday - busy, and then.....Ralph called at 4:30. He couldn't get home. There was a fire just outside our subdivision, and the subdivision was being evacuated. They wouldn't even let him in to get the dogs out! He brought Alli in to me, and I picked up Alex at the Y, and we went shopping (retail therapy strikes again!) Alex had a Back to School night that night as well, but he didn't want to go until he knew about the fire and the dogs. Since it was about 107+, with hot winds of 20+ MPH, I know why they evacuated us, but we were north of the fire, and the winds were blowing to the south! It was pretty stressful for a while, but it worked out okay. Alex got a pair of jeans, two pairs of shorts, new swim trunks, and two shirts (all for about $90.00!), Alli was a perfect angel for an hour of shopping at Penney's, and they opened the east side of the subdivision at about 6:45 that night. Dinner was a bit late! Joe (brother-in-law) managed to time it well - he showed up just as we sat down to dinner! (His original plan called for getting to our house around 5:00, drop some tools off, and run some errands. The fire changed his plans as well!)
I'm glad it is the weekend!
Monday, August 25, 2008
Sunday, August 24, 2008
AJ's team (U-Prep JV) took second at the tournament in Quincy. They lost out to Foothill (high school out in Palo Cedro that pulls kids from the East side of Redding, too.) AJ said that the refs were awful - they allowed the game to get too rough. Their goalie was roughed up quite a bit - which isn't supposed to happen. AJ didn't get too injured, but he is bigger than most, so they may leave him alone (our goalie is a freshman, and pretty small.) The goalie was pretty sore when I picked AJ up at 9:30 last night. He caught a couple of hard kicks to his chest (????). All the boys were tired and sore - riding for 3 hours after playing stiffened them all up. AJ hasn't gotten up yet today, so we will see how he is later. He was pretty tired last night!
The VCR for Alli's TV broke last week, and Ralph spent an hour on-line yesterday finding one that would work, and we got it home and all set up (another hour + to get all those wires in the right spot!) and it doesn't work. He is going to take it back today, and order one on-line and have it shipped to us. We have a problem with the newer VCR's because we have an older TV, and they aren't built the same any more. Even this one that he bought won't be able to record from the TV after February nest year! The one that he ordered will be able to, but it looks like I need to start using the DVD recorder instead of the VCR! It will save a lot of space when I get all the VCR's copied over to DVD's! (I know, one more thing on my to-do list!) While we have the VCR out, I need to dust and clean the entertainment center too!
Saturday, August 23, 2008
Thursday, August 21, 2008
AJ made it home just fine on Sunday - though at a different time than originally planned (at least it was still Sunday morning!) He called me Saturday night to tell me they would be in at 11:00 instead of 10:00 Sunday. I didn't tell him that I had already made the trip once, but evidently word made it's way over to him. The boys all decided Saturday night (after Trevor's Dad told them about my dry run) that they didn't want to ride home with me on Sunday, because I would be 'really mad' at them. They almost didn't even make the 11:00 flight - two boys got caught up in a video game, and almost missed the flight. The counselor with them kept thinking....leave the boys, or tell Deni that they wouldn't be there on Sunday either. Leave the boys...tell Deni....Leaving the boys was winning! They did manage to catch the flight, so he didn't have to face the angry mom having to make a third trip to Sacramento.
The trip turned out to be a 'real learning experience' for the boys. Among other things, the company they used to provide their provisions shorted them two full meals, and gave them skimpy rations for the meals they did provide. The counselor told me one breakfast had a total of 230 calories - for teen-age boys that were canoeing all day! They survived the trip, but they were hungry through most of it. The first question AJ had was whether we were going to stop for lunch on the way home (he had three huge burritos and an order of nachos at Taco Bell on the way home.) The boys totaled over 50 miles on their trip - 40 canoeing and 10+ portaging their canoes. I think it turned out well - every boy there made at least one error in their assigned job (AJ didn't have maps in and out of the airports, so they got lost getting back to the airport on Sunday) The kid responsible for communications actually started to laugh at me for showing up one day early - until I pointed out that his e-mail said that the trip would end on Saturday - and most people would assume that he meant the whole trip would end on Saturday - not the canoeing part! He got real quiet after that. Since everyone made mistakes, it was hard to point fingers! They are already planning their next two trips - one winter trip for skiing and snowboarding, and next fall they want to go to Florida and scuba dive.
After this weekend, I was hoping that school would slow things down, but noooo! AJ has soccer practise at 6:15 each morning (except for Monday - but the coach forgot to tell us, so we showed up bright and earlier Monday morning, and no one else was there. I was not a happy camper!) Every night after work - so far - I have had running around to do. Either he needs more school supplies or new clothes (the shorts we just bought in July just 'won't do' - they are too short - we had to get new shorts.) Tonight, we had to go get a sports physical. He did make the soccer team (not a lot of choice - they were short on boys that tried out) and they have a tournament this weekend in Quincy. AJ called me at 4:00 tonight and told me he had to have a physical by 7:00 tomorrow, or he couldn't go on the trip. (He had an appointment next week with our regular doctor.) We spent an hour waiting at the walk-in clinic to get a sport physical. He has to be at the school tomorrow by 6:30. He is a little vague about the details - like where he is sleeping in Quincy - but I guess it will work out somehow!
I did get a new doily done - midst all this turmoil!
Sunday, August 17, 2008
AJ did call in last night and told me they were expected to be in at 11:00 a.m. instead of 10:00 a.m., so I have more time to do thing around the house before I leave. On the way home yesterday, I could almost set my clock by the temperature rising. About every 15 minutes, it went up one or two degrees, after about 11:00. It was 102 by the time I got in at 1:00, and even hotter by the afternoon. I didn't get a lot done yesterday!
AJ didn't have a lot of good things to say about their trip, so we will see if it was any fun at all. The leader got sick after sitting by a passenger that coughed on him the whole way out, and then one of the scouts caught it from him, so they were miserable (and if the leader is sick - how does the trip go?). It sounds like there was a problem with one of the campsites AJ reserved, as well. He said they were scammed on the site, and he hates the people of Minnesota - they are all jerks.
This is the way that our new treadmill is being used in the summer heat!
Koori on one of our walks - 'Did you call me Mom?'
Thursday, August 14, 2008
Sunday, August 10, 2008
Saturday, August 09, 2008
Wednesday, August 06, 2008
Tuesday, August 05, 2008
Monday, August 04, 2008
AJ finally made it off of restriction, and we haven't seen hide nor hair of him since. He and Dallas are bonding again! I am planning on taking Wednesday off to spend some time with him - this is his last week of summer vacation (at home, at least) so we are planning to go to Turtle Bay Museum and to a movie. All the other time I have had off this summer has had to include Allison, since her day care was closed. This will give us one day just us to go play! Turtle Bay has an exhibit of "Bodies Revealed" that should be interesting. Since AJ has expressed an interest in medicine, I thought this could be kind of cool - seeing the insides of human bodies!
Saturday, August 02, 2008
AJ is finally ready for his canoe trip. I found out Tuesday night that he still had to complete three merit badges before he could go on the trip (why? good question - it was just one of the rules the leader made up for them. He had known about it for the last 7 months, but evidently didn't think he needed to hurry.) and he only had until Friday at noon to get them done. We were at the last merit badge counselor's house at 9:15 Thursday night, but he got them done! Now, I just have to finish paying for the trip, and send him off. They are leaving Saturday morning at 2:00 a.m. from Redding and driving to Sacramento to catch a flight to Minnesota, and will come back the following Saturday - just before school starts.
AJ is still limping from his heel injury, and will also be missing the first week of soccer practise for the school team. I somehow don't think it was meant to be for him to make the team this year! He couldn't play at the soccer camp because of his heel, and now will miss the first week of try-outs. I don't know if his heel would be ready by then or not. As long as he stays off of it, he is doing good, but he went in to town shopping with me today, and was limping by the time we finished grocery shopping. We did finally get our hair cut! AJ looks normal now, instead of an overgrown hippy! Because of my schedule changes, we were over three months between hair cuts - and we were all shaggy!