Saturday, June 28, 2008

Getting Healthy

I have been on a quest to get healthy! With that will come weight-loss and other fun things, but health is the main thing I'm going for! I need to incorporate a little exercise and better meal plans---and maybe even some Anoretix to help kick the weight-loss into gear! We have a dog that needs to be walked and if I can get that scheduled into the evening hours after it cools down, I should be able to get some good walking time in. I do have a treadmill---it's just hard to get motivated to get downstairs to use it. I'll need to change that too!

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Medical Needs

I need to get my oldest into the doctor to have a look at his spine. Before we lost our medicare insurance he was diagnosed with Scoliosis. We took him to a chiropractor to try to get him straight...long story short (and expensive) we got nuthin'!! So now that he is fully insured again, we need to start looking at just what the problem might be and how to correct it for him. I keep hoping to get it started before his growth spurt I better act soon!

Vay-Cay Or Stay??

Have you started making your summer plans? I know, it's nearing the end of June...but we are still trying to work ours out. Do we take a vacation with the family to somewhere fun for the kids? Or do we drop them off and head to a Hilton Head rental for some "Marriage Therapy" time? I'm happy either way! I don't know why. A vacation of any sort means more of my time will be required. Laundry to go--house to clean before we leave---laundry to do when we get's a never ending cycle! How about we just stay home, and spend the money we would have spent on a maid service once a week??? Sounds positively heavenly to me!!

My Scrapbook Goal In Life

If you've been reading this blog for awhile, you are probably well aware of what I would love to have for my living room. I have four kids and my goal is to have a digital frame for each of them. Each one going in chronological order showing my kids growing up before my eyes (kinda sad to think about it that way). But since I don't keep up very well with my scrapbooking, this would be a great way for them to get to see their lives in pictures! As of yesterday...I'm halfway there! My husband surprised me with frame number 2 yesterday evening. No reason. No special event. Nothing! He was just out at the office supply store for work and saw one on the shelf and thought of me. What a sweetheart!!

Foodie Fest '08

My husband's hotel is playing home base to a big convention coming to town for the food industry. My brother in law will be coming, in a work related capacity. But my sister is just coming to collect the goodies. You know promotional pens, t shirts, food samples! She's talked me into going with her, but since there are no strollers allowed, I will have to sit this one out. I hope she brings me a present from one of the booths---and enters me into the drawing for the wheat grinder...that's what I'm hoping for!

Livin' Large In Reno

My brother in law has been living in Reno for the past 18 months. He's had a lot of trouble in his life with drug abuse and addiction as well as being bipolar and manic depressive--the poor thing. Well this week he finally is moving back into an apartment of his own. He's been living in a variety of reno hotels after losing his last apartment due to not paying his rent. He still hasn't found the help he needs to conquer his demons, so I'm not to hopeful about this newest part of his life---but I really do wish him all the best!

Friday, June 20, 2008

How Times Have Changed

I've been amazed over the past couple of years at the growing rate of different cancers. Ones that I'd never heard of before like mesothelioma and other new ones. My family has a huge background in colon cancer and therefore we have the joy of having Colonoscopies once a year! When I was growing up, I don't remember knowing anyone with cancer--and now I know many who have died from it--or are lucky enough to be counted among the survivors. It's just sad and scary!

Going Home

I just found out that we will be taking turns throughout the family caring for my husband's grandmother who was just released from the hospital. She will need constant care, and with the number of family members there to help, it shouldn't be to hard. Although, I come with 4 kids---I don't think she'll get much rest done while I'm there! They are working on getting a handicapped ramp up to her front door and a walk in tub in her bathroom. She is able to walk, but not without great assistance, so the idea of a wheelchair to help us get her from one place to another will be instrumental in our success with her rehab! I'll let you know how it goes!

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Can't Afford Life

Money seems to be getting tighter and tighter. First with the fuel prices, and now everything else filters down. The only thing that doesn't keep up with the rising...salaries! We still make exactly the same amount as we did before, and slowly, we are losing everything! It's about time to look for a small business opportunity to be able to bring a little extra income into the house. If not, we'll lose it, and we'll be moving home to Utah before too long!

Monday, June 9, 2008

Birthdays Are Coming

My husband's birthday is coming up in a few weeks (after Father's Day) and we've been trying to find the perfect gift for him. The boys want a PS2 game, he needs new video cards, and I want to get him (us) a little get away downtown for the weekend. A weekend with room service and no there a better gift anywhere? Kate really wants to get him his favorite candy bar, Peanut Butter Cups, and I'm not too sure what Brett wants to get him. But before we can focus on birthday gifts, we have to get Father's Day out of the way!!

Poochy Tummy

We spent the afternoon at my in laws house with their swimming pool. I was surprised at how well my kids adjusted back into the "swimming scene", but mostly I was surprised by the little pooch in my tummy that is just a bit bigger than it was last year! Now that is just not acceptable, but understandable considering the fact that we pretty much hibernate during the winter months. But now it's time to find the top fat burners out there, and take care of this problem quickly!

Financial Control!!

June 21st brings the renewal of our car insurance. We've been with the same company for over 5 years, yet every 6 months the husband decides it's time to do an auto insurance comparison. Then inevitably, we renew with the same old company! It's like a little control dance we play every 6 months. I control the finances in the house, I pay the bills. But every so often he feels like he needs to dip his toe in and test the waters. Once he realizes that we are running like a well oiled machine, he takes his leave and the universe returns to it's normal, functioning self!

Still Moving??

We moved in to this house a couple of years ago, and did you know that there are still moving boxes in the basement? Still packed and unopened from the move. What's up with that?? This summer my goal is to get through the entire basement and get everything put together correctly. If the box hasn't been opened in 2 years, we must not need the contents!