Thursday, October 29, 2009

Funny Bus Stories

I'm not a bus rider. I'm lucky enough to be able to ride into work with my friend Shannon.

But my sister-in-law, on the other hand, gets to tell me funny stories. Chantale commutes from West Seattle to her law firm in Downtown Seattle. We were emailing today and I asked how things were going.

This was her response:

"I had quite an experience yesterday on the bus…I hate the bus.

Okay, so I get up early to get to work early…I have my ipod on at the bus stop but I can tell that the other people are slowly moving and looking away, shifting their feet away from this short little homeless looking man (not sure he was homeless or just messy/creepy)…soooo, I casually turn off my pod to see if I can hear anything and he is making his moaning/zombie/crying noise. I turn up the volume and pretend I did not hear it.

I get on the bus and get a seat about mid way back but before the accordion part (thank goodness). The zombie guy goes to the back. About 3 mins later about 15 people fly from the back of the bus and the first one says something to the bus driver and they all continue to stand in the aisle. I am innocently listening to Neil Diamond (or maybe it was Nirvana) when it hit me. The. Smell. Was. Ungodly. Me, being me had to look to see what was going on. The back of the bus is empty except for the little zombie guy…he had barfed.

And you?"

....... 'Nuff said.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Football & Youth Symphony

I have been up to my eyeballs in kid-stuff.

Should I be complaining?........ We only have one full time and the other on the weekends. I know some of you have 2, 3 and 4 kids - ALL the time!

I give you props. HUGE props.

Cole is in Flag Football, which means practice twice a week, from 5:30 - 7:00pm. Then a game every Saturday.

Anna - I praise her, she is SUCH a good kid! - auditioned and was accepted into the TACOMA YOUTH SYMPHONY !!!!!!!!!

She plays Viola and although we had all talked about it with her last year, her high school orchestra instructor really pushed her to start the audition process.

This is a HUGE honor and she - AND we - are SOOOO excited for her!!!
So she has practice every Saturday for 2 and a half hours. But it also means that we get to see her.... Every. Single. Weekend.

{insert perma-grin from parents here}

Cole's team (3-0) played the only other undefeated team this weekend. They gave it a good try, but ended up losing 36-32.

Cole running the ball

(action shot!)

Cole playing 'Center'

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Happy 1st Anniversary!!

A year ago today I stood in front of our family & friends

and said "I do"

I would say it again and again.

Just as I said a year ago

I do

Every day


I do.

Here's to many, many more Happy Anniversaries!


New job, sicknesses & football

Yes, I'm lumping it all into ONE post. Don't judge me.

I don't have any photos to post with it either. {{sigh..}}

I started my new job last week. (last week?? well, the week before this past week. I've been there for two weeks now, you get the drift.)

I'm working for DaVita in downtown Tacoma. It's a kidney dialysis company business office and I'm working in Payroll - which is the funnest group ever! I was pretty much thrown into my job that Monday. Since I was the only one who could make it to training, they decided to move my training day to the following Monday. Soooo, Miss Lynnae was introduced, warmly welcomed and a tad overwhelmed.

By Wednesday night I had the scratchy, ashtray throat, want-to-crawl-in-bed feeling. Bleh.
I made it through the week, but just barely.

The weekend came - thank GAWD! - and I was still sucking cough drops, but felt better at Cole's first football game. I was thankful to actually stay home and watch the Seahawks on TV, rather than trekking to the game. I just wanted to rest after my first full week of work.

On Sunday, Cole came down with a 24 hour flu.... Poor guy was drifting in and out of sleep on the couch. After taking some Tylenol and forcing him to have some bites of a Ritz cracker, as I'm tucking him in, he says to me, "Mom.. I feel horrible. Just horrible!" Awwww.... poor guy! He even asked me if he had to go to school the next day. "No" I told him, "don't worry". He did get up after I went to bed and got sick. Shawn was still up, so he took care of him and they watched a hunting show together. Shawn stayed home with him Monday and he was pretty much better by the time I got home from work.

I was doing great until Tuesday night when I got another head cold! Aaarrgghh! I'm so sick of being sick! So, I muddled through the rest of the week with sniffles, sneezing, stuffy nose and a constant sinus headache. Bleh.

Cole had his 2nd football game Saturday and they did AWESOME, winning 30 - 6!! You've never seen the Detroit Lions play like this!

Anna had her first high school dance Saturday night, her Homecoming dance with her boyfriend James. She sent me a photo on my phone and Oh. My. Gosh. She looked GORGEOUS!! Haven't got all the details yet, but sounds like they had a very magical night :)

All in all, things are good. I'm so happy to be employed and it's a little surreal to be working where my friends work and have always tried to get me to work.. and so nice to have friendly, familiar faces :)

Sunday, October 04, 2009

Cole's first Flag Football Game!

Cole had his first ever Flag Football game Saturday and let me tell you..
Cole's team - the Detroit Lions (don't laugh!) - beat the Kansas City Chiefs, get this,
40 - 0
Yes, you hear me correctly:
Lions 40
Chiefs 0
Their league, through Metro Parks Tacoma, is all NFL sponsored and each team is an ACTUAL NFL team name with official jerseys! And although the real Lions haven't been doing so well in the past year, he is SUPER excited to be a "Lions", just like his Dad's hometown of Michigan.

Cole getting lined up for a play, he's a runningback!

The team looked AWESOME! They just kept catching balls and running them into the end zone! And in flag, they don't kick for the extra point, so we kept getting the 2 point conversions as well! We've got a quarterback who has played for this team for the past 3 years and who also plays tackle football, so he's very talented. The coach and his team were undefeated last year, so we're hoping for a repeat!
Awesome job, guys!! Very fun to watch!

Heading down the field

It was a beautiful day, sunny but a bit windy and cold - PERFECT football weather! Grammy & Grumpy came to cheer on Cole too and took us out for a celebratory meal afterwards. Thanks G&G!

Team meeting after their win!


One of Cole's runs, I only caught this one on my camera