Growing up in Burrwood

Monday, December 26, 2011

I am SO sorry

I had every intention to get on here to wish you all a Very Merry Christmas but time just got away from me. I hope you all had a Marvelous Christmas with your loved ones and that your wishes all came true! Just in case I don’t get back, Happy New Year! I hope the new year brings nothing but many blessings your way.

We had a wonderful Christmas. Every year I make everyone gather around the Christmas tree for a family picture. Here’s this years…

I love my family

Bill loves his new chair. Here he is taking it for a test ride. Christmas 2011 006

The look on his face was priceless when the boys carried it in.

Our oldest son has been in New York looking for work. His girlfriend lives there so he’s hoping he can find something there and hopefully be able to move. They drove home for Christmas and it was so nice to see her again.

The kids really spoiled us this year. Besides helping me with the chair for Bill. They bought us gift cards for our favorite restaurants and you’ll never guess what they got for me!

Kathy and Bill brought this for me from N.Y.

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Yes, it’s a real life genuine Coach Bag! I was shocked when I opened it and just couldn’t believe it. That is something I would never buy for myself so for them to get this for me was a real shocker.  I’ve always admired  designer bags, but I never thought I would own one so when I opened this I was a happy and surprised girl.

Then imagine my surprise when I opened my gift from the other 3 kids who went together and got this for me…

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Bill bought the cover for it.

Once again I was at a loss for words and pleasantly surprised. Just about everyone we know has a Kindle so I guess they thought that I should have one too. They out did themselves this year. They shouldn’t have but I know there’s no use telling them that.

The little ones were happy with their gifts. Devan is turning into a fashionista and loving new styles. Bri is in love with Justin Beiber so that hat was perfect for her, William got a skull head from his dad and money from the rest of us, which he was happy with. Josh loves to draw so we got him a artist draw and sketch kit. Brody loves his new toys and couldn’t decide what to play with first. We got Eric a WWW wrestling ring he wanted. 

We always give the older kids money and a small gift so they were happy too.

So, needless to say our Christmas was wonderful! The best part of course is having them all home with us and being together. My sister’s Rhonda and Jodi and Jodi’s son, girlfriend and their kids came over for awhile and partied with us. Terry and her family got a late start so they weren’t able to come. We missed them but completely understand!

Speaking of Jodi, here’s a family photo we took of them while they were here.

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I love doing that every year. If the rest of my sister’s families were here I would have made them do it too lol. The kids moan and groan and say Mom’s at it again but I know deep down they love it and will appreciate it in the long run. It will be fun looking at them over the years and see the changes from one year to the next.

Ok, I’ve rambled on long enough so I’ll say goodnight.

Once again though before I go…

I do hope you all had a wonderful Christmas! I will be around to see for myself. Until then….

Take care and God bless!


Tuesday, December 13, 2011

The stockings are hung

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Not by the chimney but definitely with care!  We don’t have a fireplace so that’s where I hang them.  I don’t think Santa cares, do you?

Would you believe that I just started shopping last Saturday?  Weekends and nights is the only time I have to do it and I don’t like going out at night anymore so that leaves the weekends for me.  I could go during the week but then I’d have to take Brody with me and I certainly don’t want to do that.

Isn’t it amazing how all these insurance company’s know when you’re turning 65? I am so sick of all of them calling here. The more I talk to them the more confused I get. Thank you Carole, for the advice you’ve given me!  I sure appreciate it!  There are so many different plans with several price ranges that it makes it hard to figure out what the best one is for you. Why can’t they just have one that works for everyone? It would be so much simpler.  There are plans that will cost you zero dollars a month all the way up to outer space lol. The zero dollars plans sounds good but they don’t cover as much. The higher priced ones cover more but costs you more each month.  I have until Feb. and right now I don’t have time to go over them like I want so, I’m going to wait until after Christmas to study them.

The kids and I decided to go in together and buy Bill a new recliner for Christmas. The one he has now has a broken spring and he has a cushion in it he sits on. I kept telling him we should go shop for a new one but old cheapskate says that one is just fine.  I had one picked out and the best part is, it was a $600.00 chair that went on sale for $249.00. Did I get lucky or what?  My son Jesse met me at the store and took it home with him so he’ll bring it on Christmas Eve. 

We find out Friday if Brody will be accepted into the early childhood class at school.  I sure hope (and think) he’ll be accepted.  Every day he asks me if he’s going to school so he’ll be really excited if he can start going every day. I love his expressions when I tell him something he likes compared to something that makes him sad or mad. Here’s a sample.

Brody’s happy face…

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Brody’s sad face…

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Brody’s mad face…

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The last two kind of look the same don’t they lol.

Well, I best get cracking around here. Besides, I haven’t eaten breakfast yet and I’m hungry.  I do hope you all have a great Tuesday! See ya soon!


Thursday, December 1, 2011

It’s about time

That I let you all know that I’m still alive and kicking.  Brody keeps me pretty busy.  I bet I’m up and down a million times a day at least. Did I ever tell you about the day he got a hold of a sharpie and drew on my table, the refrigerator and cupboards? I about died. I was able to get it off the table and cupboard and most of the refrigerator but I could get it all off the fridge. I don’t know why. Some of it came off but in other spots it looked like it bled right into the fridge.  I thought I had the sharpie where he couldn’t reach it but wouldn’t you know, a few days later he found it again and drew a real pretty picture on my bathroom wall. I couldn’t decide if I wanted to paint over it or frame it lol. I think I’ll paint over it.

I have to take Brody to school in the morning to be tested for early childhood. I’m sure they’ll accept him as his speech isn’t the greatest. I can understand most of what he says but those who don’t know him has a hard time.  I don’t know how long after they test him that he will start going but I hope it’s soon. It will be good for both him and me when he starts. Good for him because he’ll learn so much and will have other children to interact with, and good for me to give me a break during the day hehe.

I’m still looking for a supplement insurance for when I go on Medicare. I’ve talked to a couple of agents last week but I still want to check out more company’s. One agent who came told me about a plan that sounded really good. You know the saying, if it’s too go to be true? Well, come to find out, he is a agent for Ill. and the plan he showed me isn’t available here in Wi.  At least that’s what the second agent told me. Who do you believe? I sure don’t want to get scammed. 

Would you believe that I haven’t even started my Christmas shopping yet! I just got the list for Jesse’s kids the other day. I’m waiting for Josh and Devan to tell me what they want. They’re at that age between being a child and a teen so they really don’t know what they want. Brody will be easy. William’s hard too and would probably rather have money anyway. At any rate I better get busy.  We don’t have our tree up yet either but I plan to put that up this weekend. Brody was real good around it last year but for some reason I have a feeling this year will be different lol. He’s into everything I tell ya. That’s why I’m up and down a million times a day. He wears me out some but I love him! He keeps me “young?”

One thing we sure didn’t need right now happened. The fuel pump needs replacing in Bill’s van and we all know those don’t come cheap.  He just had one put in two years ago but it must have been a faulty one as it crapped out on us.  Our mechanic did talk the place where he gets them from to take $100.00 off the price so that will help. They are only guaranteed for a year so we are lucky to get that off. It’s always something isn’t it?

I guess I’ve bored you long enough for now so I’ll say Aloha for now. Take care now ya hear!