I woke up around 6am yesterday. I started cleaning and made beds, washed sheets/pillow cases, cleaned bathroom(cleaned tub, toilette,sink,floor), cleaned kitchen, dishes, sweepted and mopped, did several loads of laundry, vacuumed, cleaned my room and picked up the kids room....all before 9am! Yish! I was working like crazy. Put the baby down for a nap....and took a shower. I was beat yesterday.
Now, baby is napping and I already had a shower early this morning. I have been to the store and picked up a gift for my brother. I am planning on going to Aberdeen to see my parents tomorrow. I will leave the kids home. I know they will miss me but dang I need a break!
I had some pictures of us kids blown up. One is so cute..it's Zach, Steve and I in our under-roos! I am not sure where Justin was at. I am pretty sure they will get a kick out of it. My step-mom was thrilled when I called and beyond happy. I feel so bad for them. Brother isn't doing so hot. He wont get up and move around. Last time the doctors warned him he could get a blood clot and that made him finally get up and start therapy but this time he doesn't care. He has a doctors appointment in about an hour and mom was hoping the doctor could tell her what is going on and what they need to do to get him motivated. Possibly get him on some kind of drug or some ensure. He has no energy. I bet it comes to a point where they have to force him to get up. He's just wilting away in his bed. Anyway, I am praying for him and his recovery. I hope he will open up when I get there. He did the time before and after I left he started to exercise and do more for himself.
I got another field trip notice from DJ's teacher. This time they are going to Washington Park. Ofcourse I can only go if I take Da'rel and this paper says NO siblings. I felt bad. Then again the letter to the zoo said the same thing. I will talk with the teacher again. I swear I wasn't going to do this again. I just don't want DJ to miss out. I am gluten for punishment! I KNOW! LOL!
Gosh, I have been waiting to post a reply....not sure why things are so slow? Anways, I was going to post a picture of me and DH but while waiting my mom just called to say my grandma has had a stroke. She's not doing well. Grandma lives on the coast here in Oregon but it's still about 2 hours or more away from me. Mom and my aunts are on their way. I am going to wait and see what the diagnosis is and go up on Monday. Hopefully mom will call with some GOOD news tonight or early tomorrow morning.
I am praying for you grandma!!
*UPDATE* Grandma is stable. Not knocking on deaths door at the moment. Not sure what the long term is going to be but she's still with us and I am VERY happy*
We met in January 1996....My girlfriend was dating his best buddy. They were on the fritz and she and he were going to Seattle and didn't want to be alone with each other so, she invited me and he invited De'Juan. De'Juan really annoyed me at first. He talked and talked...yack, yack! I kept looking out the car window wishing I had stayed home and went to a party I was planning on going before. Anway, we went out later that night. See when I first met him I was just out of the shower in a sweat suit with wet hair and no make up. Pretty sight huh??!! LOL!! So, he was shocked to see me dressed up Can't judge a book by it's cover...the cover can change
I eventually was impressed with him when I found out we both had worked for the airlines...Him United, me United Express...different airports...him LAX, Me PDX. So, we hung out...enjoyed the sights of Seattle and went home.
I ran into De'Juan and his best buddy in the mall a week later. I was with my twin brother Steve. I said hi. They said hi but looked at me as if Steve was my boyfriend. SURE enough De'Juan did think that. My girlfriend was like...is the guy over 6'7....and De'Juan was like no?? Then my friend said then that wasn't her EX boyfriend...it was one of her brothers.
Once De'Juan heard that then he called me:
He said, "What ya getting into?"....What the hell does that mean, I was thinking?? It really freaked me out. Anyway, we chatted and planned for a date. We went out for our first date...Feb 16, 1996. We had a great time. He comes home and mystep- mom looks at him and says SIMPSON!! She already knew him. His ex girlfriend worked with her. As you can imagine it caused some small problems....his ex would tell my mom all kinds of lies. Anyway, to shorten this story up we fell in love...and made it official April 27, 1996.......Feb 16, 1997...one year from our first date we had DJ I didn't find that out until after I had DJ and I was writting in my journal. I went WAY back to read previous post and found it and noticed the date. I was thinking this must be fate
Here is a picture of us....on a mini vaction to Vancouver, BC (bc...before children...LOL)
Well, weekend was ok. I ended up going to see my parents by myself. Boys stayed home. It was a nice break. My parents are stressed and it wouldn't have been good for the boys to be around all the dang tention. Brother seemed well. Although I called yesterday and mom says they are trying to get him back to the hospital because they think his shunt his starting to fail again....he's getting the symptoms. Not sure what came of it...they haven't called to say what's up. I pray and pray that he's going to get better.
So, yesterday I made over my entire room. I painted the walls white then on one wall painted a color of blue and put new bedding on, made some long curtains, matching new picture frames, new vase filled with lots of pretty (fake) flowers, added a full length mirror. I moved my dresser a bit and it opened up some more space between the bed and dresser. I cleaned up my room the day before. Looks good if I do say so myself. I should have done before and after pics. It only took me from 8am til noon. Painting didn't take that long and made a HUGE difference.
My dad got me TONS of flowers so, I have planted about 9 of them and still have about 9 more left to plant. I have got the front yard flower beds pretty much covered. Thinking the other plants will go in the back yard just off the patio. Who knows. The weather was great yesterday. Low 70's but enough for my shoulders to burn slightly while driving.
House is clean and. I just need to fold some laundry, go to the store and post office. I haven't taken a shower yet. Too busy. Baby napping...so, I should go take care of me while I can
So, I called my parents this afternoon...since when I spoke to mom yesterday they were trying to get Zach back up to the hospital...sooner than his Friday appointment. Turns out she took him back up early this morning. His shunt was draining too quickly. I guess they use some kind of magnets to fix it. Thankfully no surgery! I just pray and pray for my little brother. To be going through what he is at 26 just doesn't seem right.
I fought with DJ for a bit last night. Getting him to finish all his home work has been a struggle lately. De'Juan has been NO help! I say babe can you help DJ tonight...I am just plum worn out...but he wont so, I have to. I feel bad for DJ. He does try hard but he needs a vacation! LOL! He did a great job at soccer practice. No fits and worked as a team That's my boy!
The weather was so awesome today! High 70's so I was outside cleaning up my back porch and potting a bunch more flowers. I must say it looks fab! I have five hanging pots and eight taracotta pots filled with different flowers and varying sizes and it looks great. I edged the grass along the pattio and pulled weeds out of the flower beds and planted some more flowers. My veg plants are finally getting the sun they need. They were looking mighty sad. I don't think we have any plans this weekend but if we do the back yard is in tip top shape.
So, while outside I was chatting with my neighbor lady. I pointed out that most the houses on our streets are rentals so, you can just guess how the folks act and treat the home and property. Like ****! It's disgraceful! She was telling me that since they are tearing down a low income complex called the Columbia Villa the folks on our blocks are leaving their homes and taking steps so they can rent to section 8. We are talking about 4-5 homes on my street alone so, the traffic on this block has gotten crazy. Some people look fine while others make me worry. My neighbor was telling me that she keeps to herself. I said that we do too...aside from her. There are only three people on our block who actually own their homes. We wanted to move but we cant get what we would like for this place. We were hoping/praying that other home owners would start fixing up these house...shoot you can tell none of them have been painted since they were built back in 1980.....but since they are rentals the owners wont put that kind of money into them. Our other neighbor...who DJ plays with her kids just had her second dog stolen from her fenced in yard...her fence is over 6ft. Who knows! I am always uneasy at night no matter where I am at but with the way this neighborhood has been lately you can't be too careful! Boys are sleeping so, now is my time to start the laundry.
I am still so mad right now. We have been members of Costco for over three years now. I HATE going. I normally will not go. It's too much of a hastle and too packed so DH goes. I asked him this morning what time they open. I needed to get diapers for Da'rel. He tells me 9am..I get there and it's actually 10am. We only waited 30mins or so, I get up to the greeter gal and she tells me cuz I am a gold card member I can't get in until 11am. Now, why on earth doesn't the sign on the outside of the store reflect that? We paid 100$ last year for our renewal...we still have NO idea why...but I am not going to pay anymore than the 45$...I wont pay more so I can get into that ****ing store one hour early! It's a bunch of **** if you ask me! I HATE that place I HATE that ****ing place! So, I skipped on over to Target and got what I needed there. I got home and told DH that I plan on NEVER going again.....he can go! I tell you I can't stand that place.
I was paying bills last week...and noticed that I hadn't gotten our Qwest bill....so, I look back to see when I paid it last and I couldn't find April's bill...so, I call only to find we hadn't paid it in about two going on three months...BUT we haven't gotten a bill!!! He said he was sending another copy and I should get it by Friday...man, I don't want to know how much it's going to cost. DH's business phone is on this bill...I bet it's going to be about 500$.....I feel sick!
Yesterday after the baby went down for his morning nap I went outside and did some digging. My flowerbeds blend in with the grass and so I had to dig to get some thick weeds out of the flower beds. I racked up most the bark chips and put new soil down then I put down some perennial wildflower seeds. I sure hope they come up. My other plants are doing well. I need to plant some more flowers I grew from seeds...more dasies...I am going to wait and see for just a bit. I got in after about two hours or more outside and found that I missed the back of my arms when putting on the sun block and now it's burnt and stings badly! I slept with ice on my arms and took some pain reliever. I am miserable but my yard looks awesome! LOL! The neighbors were staring at me. I am sure they haven't seen someone work this hard on a yard before....I wanted to yell....spend less time on your cars and you too can have a nice yard! That'll never happen!
Tomorrow I go with DJ's class to Washington Park...I sure hope I don't end up babysitting kids. I like watching my own but not 10 other kids. I did buy a bunch of snacks and drinks so, I can atleast get their attention! LOL! Bribe them would food...works everytime! LOL! I am looking forward to this trip. I think it'll be fun for everyone. I like being able to spend time with DJ and his classmates. They call me DJ's Mom! LOL!
The weather has been AWESOME! High 80's....there is a nice wind off the Columbia River so, the house is fairly cool at night. We do have our fans going. 30 mins and the boys are in bed! Yahoo! They are finishing up watching Ice age. It is a cute movie. Had me in tears at the end
I seem to be a tiny bit crabby today. The boys just whine about each other. If DJ is near Da'rel he will scream bloody murder...that lets me know that DJ is doing something...could be good could be bad....and they yell and cry non stop somedays. Today is one of those days. DH isn't expected back home until well after they are in bed. I got me some afternoon lov'n' so I am good to go LOL! But I would like his help in getting them ready for bed! I don't always like to do it all myself!
Off to give the baby a bath ......water my plants....give DJ a bath...start some laundry....fold some laundry....pick up toys and etc around the house before I plant my butt on the couch and watch something on tv! LOL!
The park was fun. The people from News Channel 8 were there....I made my way to the otherside of the playground...I wasn't going to take any chance! LOL! The weather has been awesome. Thankfully it's cooler today but suppose to be high 70-80's over the weekend and next week. Perfect weather. Not too hot not too cold and my flowers will thrive.
DH is working from home today so, I have been busy cleaning. Have done most the laudry...weeded the flower beds...scrubbed the bathroom, cleaned rooms...vaccumed and dishes.
So, on to more pressing issues. I have a younger brother who is 19 and my mom called me on Friday to announce that he has been arrested. My heart just sank. Not just arrested but hauled several hours away to a FEDERAL court house! He and three friends have did a very bad thing...thankfully no one was killed but he's looking at doing some serious time in a Federal Pen. I am so disappointed in him but still love him. He is so smart (yet so stupid) he finished HS and got his AA from college the same week. He has had good job and was looking to get an even better one with the city. Ah, I know he's not so much worried about the jail time than he is with if his family & friends still caring for him. OF COURSE! Now, I know what it feels like. You see someone on tv who's loved one as killed/hurt someone and they say they will stand by them and still love them. That's how I feel. With my brother , the three other people sang like birds and it looks as if brother may do the most time. I don't agree with that but agree he has to pay the price. His lawyer, who has skills, just hopes that Chris isn't made the example of . He told my mom that brother is guilty and the FBI/ATF have proof....which he shared with my mom. Oh, that's another thing....my brother was arrested by the ATF. He lives a block from his work and early in the morning(Friday) on his way they jumped out of every place and took him down. Scared the living **** out of him I know. It sure would if it were me!
So, DH is taking this Friday off so my mother and I will drive up to Tacoma for brother's hearing. There is a slim chance he could be released into mom's custody....or not...we have hope but it's slim and we understand if he has to stay. I just want to tell him that I love him and that I will be there for him. No matter what! Oh, 'Fer-fer'(my nick name for him) what have you done!!!!??? I pray and pray that he's in good health and mental health. This will be life altering but he can make it!
Sorry, I didn't go into more details but I didn't think it would be appoprate.