Saturday, April 25, 2009

Date Night

I'm late getting around to my Company Girl Coffee (Tea in my world) but I have a really good reason. I have been on a very long date! But....not with my husband! I know...rumors will fly but I think he will understand. I have been with the other man in my life, my 11 (almost 12) year old son since 4:30 this afternoon........ALONE!!! No sister, No Dad, No, just us!

Jonathon and I haven't been on a date is FOREVER! You know at this age, I've sorta become someone who he LOVES being around at home but has to keep the distance in public! (Of which I see as a great opportunity to give big hugs!) This weekend is his Regional gymnastics meet. Fortunately, our city is hosting the meet this year so it's nice being at home. We had to go tonight to pick up his athletes pass and watched one of the high school stars on our team. Jonathon and I had a blast "people watching". It's funny to me that we could look at each other and know we had the same thoughts! He is my son! After we left the meet, we decided to have dinner together. Oh wow! We told jokes, laughed, talked about some school issues, and just life in general. I love the fact that he still talks to me and I could have listened to him for hours!!! After dinner, we went on another mission. Jonathon has been given $5 by our church to use to make a difference in someone's life. God immediately placed on Jonathon's heart to do something for the homeless. He had decided that he would buy a Bible and a meal for someone. (yeah, I don't think he does alot of shopping!) I told him he wouldn't have enough money for both but that I would buy a Bible and he could by a burger. So, after dinner, he wanted to know where the homeless "stayed" . So we were on a mission to look for them. Understanding that that there are usually several homeless persons hanging around the library downtown, we went that direction. OOPS!!! I forgot there were one-way streets downtown and we found ourselves headed in the WRONG direction! I pulled a U-turn in the middle of the road and do believe I thoroughly embarrassed him! Sure enough though, we did see plenty of homeless people and Jonathon's heart was truly touched. So, now he has decided that $5 isn't enough and wants to pitch in some of his money to buy food for several. Again, he conversation went very deep and we talked about how awful it would be to have no one and no where to go. Jonathon, for some reason, has such a heart for these people and I am so honored to be his Mom. So many people are judgemental and have opinions of the homeless but not him, he simply wants to help them.
We came on home and the night is about to end but it will be one of those evenings that I hold dear to my heart!

Clarissa and Sal made a night of it too! I haven't gotten too many details about their date night except that Clarissa was very excited to have her Daddy all to herself!

This weekend is about to get busy but I'm so thankful that I got to spend some time with the other man in my life! I hope that you'll take time to do something special with someone you love very dearly. The evening cost me less than $20, but I GAINED so much from it! Have a great weekend!

Sunday, April 19, 2009


OH my goodness!! You don't know what you've got until it's gone! My laptop crashed last week and I a part of me crashed with it! No checking email, no blogging (no Company Girl coffee), no facebook, no ordering online, no lot's of things! I didn't realize how connected I was until I was DISCONNECTED! I found myself in the evenings wondering how to fill my time. Don't get me wrong, I found clothes to sort, tables to clean, and dishes to wash but I couldn't communicate. We set out Friday to look for computers and found our new addition last evening. "Huey" officially joined our family today at 2:30 and thanks to him and I reconnected to the "virtual" world! Wow! I've missed you guys!

Clarissa got her top pallet expander put in on Thursday. We are supposed to turn it with a key daily. Well, Friday evening we tried and tried and could not get it to turn. SO, Sal is going to have to take her to the orthodontist Monday so they can turn it for us. I told him that I'd rather go there every day and have them do it and not have to go through that here every day! Bless her heart! She's had the best attitude during this. It has really messed with her speech (they say it'll return to normal in a week or so) so she's having to repeat many things to us. Eating has been a trick! We have found that fajitas and chicken nuggets like to get stuck in between the roof of her mouth and the expander!!! Not fun! She will wear this for a year so I'm sure we'll find many other things that like to get stuck too!

Jonathon has been working hard for his Regional gymanstics competition next weekend. I'm going to try real hard to get some good pictures. He has been asked to join his school's Concert Band for a competition. He's so excited! I didn't know whether he would like band and he has fallen in love with it! This will be his first out of town school trip! :)

Today would have been my father-in-laws birthday. Those "firsts" are always hard. Sal has spent alot of time with his family this weekend. All of the kids accompanied my mother-in-law to church this morning. I know as a Mom, she had to have felt very loved!

The kids and I went on to our church and what a blessing. During one of the Praise/Worship songs, several people came to the front with signs showing what God had delivered them from and then on the back stating what he had blessed them with. Some of the ones that touched me (yes the tears rolled) were, a couple (friends of ours) with their two girls holding a sign that said "Orphaned" and then on the back "Adopted." Well, those that know our story can only guess what the tears were like! Others that really touched me were "Raped" and on the back "Rescued", "Cancer"/"Cured", "Abandoned"/"Found" and a sign held by an amazing woman who is visually impaired "Blind" and on the back "Will See". I wanted to jump and yell! God is amazing and I could think of many signs that I, too, could have made. I left today feeling so blessed.

And finally.....this weeks update......17 pounds!!!!

I hope you all have a wonderful week! I know I will, getting REconnected!

Monday, April 13, 2009

Hmmmmmm.....Good Question

Out of the mouths of babes (or sixth graders)......Today after a massive Easter egg hunt at my mother-in-laws house and after a beautiful Easter service at church:

"Can someone tell me how somebody raising from the dead turned into Easter eggs????"

Good question my dear son!

Friday, April 10, 2009

Good Friday is Good News!

Hello everyone! As I look out the window this morning it appears that it is a beautiful start to this Good Friday. The nasty dust seems to have settled (in my house I'm sure) and the trees are barely moving this morning. I sure hope the wind stays away for a while! But, who am I kidding? This is West Texas!

We are out of school today and I sure am glad! I thought the kids would sleep in this morning but wouldn't you know....they were both in bed with me at 7:50 a.m.!!! Oh well, I love those times! I wanted to spend the morning cleaning house but it looks like I might be running Jonathon to the doctor. I think the dust has gotten the best of him. He is supposed to attend a friend's birthday party this afternoon so Clarissa has decided that we need to have a "girls outing". Hmmmm.....I'm not seeing alot of house cleaning occurring today!

I have to share my good news! I have a new UPDATE.......12.2 pounds!!! Double-digits!!!! Yeah, I know to some this is nothing but to big chic....this is alot! That's 12 pounds gone and done with!!!! Now on to the next goal......getting into the TWENTIES!! It's been along time since I was in the TWENTIES! :)

I also have a "kid's say the funniest things"! Last night, we were discussing chores with the kids and how they were going to have to increase their chores and take more of an active role around the house. The word allowance was brought up and I made the comment that we ALLOWED them to live here, we ALLOWED them to eat the food we bought, we ALLOWED them to play with the toys we buy and so forth. Immediately, Clarissa (age 8) stated: "Hold on, let me just get this straight! If we don't do our still have to let me live here don't you???" I wanted to laugh out loud but assured her that I wouldn't kick her to the street quite so quick!

I hope you all have a wonderful Easter weekend. Isn't it amazing what this weekend stands for. It makes me shudder to think that my Jesus loved me so much that he took what he did on that cross for me!!! I also marvel in knowing that He didn't stay in that grave either!! Take time to enjoy your family this weekend but I hope you'll also take time in praising our Lord!

Until next time!!!!

Sunday, April 5, 2009

UPDATE - Day 14


I saw this cartoon and had to laugh!!!

Total pounds lost - 8.2

Keep praying and thanks for your support!

Friday, April 3, 2009

The Week Around Our House - Anybody need a cup of coffee??

Hello everyone! Thanks for dropping by! I don't have too much to talk about today except for....well, my kids! I think I could talk about them, ALL the time!
Let's start with Jonathon! It seems as though I have been saying often, "A different day, a different drama!" Middle School has sure brought with it some challenges! It has been fun to watch Jonathon enter this stage of his life (I didn't say easy, but fun). I see him daily trying to figure out WHO he is. He's had his share of "lectures" and asked me this week the funniest question (I thought) is how the conversation went:
(In reference to an assignment that he had known about for 5 weeks but decided to begin TWO days before it was due)

J - "I don't think we see eye to eye on this Mom".
Me - "No, I'm thinking we don't."
J - "When will we see eye to eye?"
Me - "MMmmmmm....about 8 - 10 years from now probably"
J- "Oh, grrreeeeeaaattt!
Well, at least we can agree on SOMETHING right now....he's right.....we don't see eye to eye very often these days but at the end of MOST days, he still kisses me good-night.
This was a busy week for Clarissa. On Tuesday we began Phase 1 of her orthodontic work. Her spacers were put in and within the next two weeks she'll have her top expander in place. I dreaded starting this so bad. In fact, I tore off all of my nails Tuesday in anticipation! However, she did great and has such a good attitude about starting this process. Wednesday she went on a field trip to the Windmill Museum and what a day to go! I think the winds were around 30 mph that day. She was quick to tell me "Frankly, I didn't like it!". Then today, she was Artemis. Her class has been studying Greek mythology and she gave her presentation this morning. I was able to slip away from my school and go and watch her and what a blessing it was. Clarissa has had some struggles (educationally and with speech) but she does not EVER let that get her down. She is such a hard worker and I was so proud of her this morning. I even have a few pictures to share.Although busy, I'm sure glad the weekend is here. EIGHT more weeks of of school but who's counting?
Happy Friday!!!!