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Smelly Summer Fun

Finally, a day that screamed “YOU CAN REST NOW, WOMAN!” and yet my eyelids popped open without the help of an alarm clock precisely at 5:45 am, the same time I had been waking up all school year long. Coincidence? Probably not. It’s like I’m programmed. Unfortunately, Catholic Hubs was all deep in sleep while I lay there completely awake. So now what? Sound-asleep-guy planned to make his famous gourmet breakfast, but apparently I was the only awake-person in the house. *sigh* Summer is not starting out as smoothly as I’d hoped.

But then came breakfast and all was good in the world again: bacon, eggs, blueberry pancakes with a dusting of powdered sugar, and steamy hot espresso on the side. Dreamville! That fine meal really was worth the 1.75 hr wait. In fact, we polished it off while I read funnies to the Catholic Kids (a tradition, even though they can easily read the comics all by themselves if they really wanted to), then we set forth into our Weekly Planning Meeting, where meals and events of the week were discussed. Coupon cutting and grocery list making ensued, then everyone took off in opposite directions: me to the gym for a Sunday workout, Hubs to the store for power grocery shopping (he beats that weekend crowd like nobody’s business), and CK’s outside for trampoline jumping.

Now that’s the summer I was talking about.

Wait – the day’s not over yet. We rounded it off with a couple hours at the pool and a visit to the library where the CK’s checked out a boatload of books for the Summer Reading Program. Then on returning home, the CK’s and I were pleasantly surprised to be welcomed by the amazing smell of Hub’s famous taco dinner. Wowzas! And the taste? Too scrumptious to put into words. Finally, cleanup time involved vacation planning talk with California’s LEGOLAND being the preferred destination, then peeps took off to do a little book reading and more trampoline jumping as I busied myself with chlorinated-swimsuit-and-towel-washing.

Ahhh, the smell of sunscreen & chlorine… sure beats smelly feet, any day.

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Someone Feed the Cat

First Saturdays of summer vacation should include sleeping in, right? Not at our house! Because more big things were meant to happen today, like Catholic Girlie’s orchestra performance at the local high school commencement downtown in the Omaha Civic Auditorium. And wow was it ever amazing! That girlie played her heart out throughout the graduation ceremony with pieces such as:

  • Stand by Me
  • I Heard It Through the Grapevine
  • Sinfonia in D
  • Lullaby
  • ‘California Girls’ & ‘Fun, Fun, Fun’ by Beach Boys
  • The Muppet Medley
  • Pomp and Circumstance
  • Star Spangled Banner

While I absolutely loved listening to CG play her cello (as the only 7th grade cellist by personal invitation from the high school orchestra director, by the way!), the personal kicker for me was the fact that she performed in the exact same arena where I experienced my own college graduation ceremony from Creighton University. Talk about holding back the tears! I had to keep reminding myself that it’s just not right to have an emotional breakdown while attending someone else’s graduation seated amongst hundreds of people, at least not for me anyway. I pictured myself getting all weepy and having people point and stare at the crazy lady sitting in the arena brandishing a camera, recording the orchestra. Not a pretty picture.

Anyway, the day could get no better… or so I thought before having lunch with the Catholic Family at Subway where the white chocolate macadamia nut cookies were melt-in-your-mouth-delectable. Then the CK’s and I changed clothes and headed over to the pool per Catholic Son’s constant nagging/begging, and I chlorinated those people up good enough to stink up the pew during mass afterwards. I figured, hey, it’s summer and somebody’s got to do it. Why not us? Exactly.

And now, back at home it feels like we’ve been out of the house for a good week. Looks like it, too, with all of the heaping piles of stuff that need putting away. School backpacks still unpacked. Mail unopened. Newspapers unread. Dirty dishes in the sink and on the counter. Laundry overflowing all 3 hampers. The cat begging to be fed. Uh-oh… poor Smokie’s all neglected with our constant running. What kind of pet owners are we?!

All I know is that whoever coined the phrase ‘Lazy Days of Summer’ has a screw loose.

Wii Party Poopers

The Catholic Peeps completed the last day of the 2008-’09 school year and couldn’t be happier. Here’s how I can tell: it’s like I’ve brought home these chatty screaming meamies who are completely bursting at the seams with pent-up energy. And while I’m equally excited that summer is officially upon us, I’m also feeling a little apprehensive about all of the energy and free time these sweet, wonderful people are about to drain from my own personal reserves. But that’s why my nickname is ‘The Energizer Bunny’, right? I can do this! ughs.

Alrighty then! So on with the events of the day. While the CK’s enjoyed a half day of school this morning, off I went to grab a few necessities from the grocery store to help get us through the weekend. Fast forward to pick-up time from school, a quick homemade lunch, then off we go to meet Catholic Hubs at the movie theater where we watched Pixar’s latest sensation, “Up”. (Squirrel! Inside joke.) Next stop: Barnes & Noble, just because. On over to Target to buy a Wii game for our last-day-of-school celebration, then a quick Valentino’s call to order our favorite pizza/pasta carryout feast. Oh man. The ride home never smelled so amazing, let me tell you, but we made it back home without a hitch, or sneak nibble.

Next, quite simply, we chowed. Valentino’s pleasantly surprised us with the best family feast ever – pasta primavera, sausage & pepperoni pizza, both garlic and cinnamon dessert breadsticks, along with a tossed salad. I held back (not an easy feat) and ate a single piece of pizza, scoop of pasta, ½ garlic breadstick, and a small salad drizzled with a light vinaigrette – just enough calories to work off with a couple hours of Wii gaming. And that we did… sadly, ending on a sour note with a hoggy Guitar Hero and sulky tween. Sign of the times. *sigh*

Cue the treadmill.

Summer 2009

Guess what? The Catholic Kids officially start Summer Vacation tomorrow, May 29, at 12:00 NOON, and I’m planning to blog each and every day during the break. My posts might be just a blurb, or even a big ‘ole write-up of what happened that day – you just never know. But I’m really wanting to record how everything goes over the summer, no matter what gets posted.

What’s that I hear? Catholic Son playing Guitar Hero to the tune of…

Schoooool’s Out For SUMMER!

This is going to get extremely interesting. Let’s only hope.

That Annual Thing, 2009

GREAT news! After striving all year to maintain status quo or improve on last year’s girly checkup, I’m pleased as punch to report that I achieved my goal – at least so far, so good. (Still need to get those lab results back from blood work taken.) Here’s what we have: blood pressure 110/76, weight 119.2 (fully clothed even though I offered the alternative), heart/lungs/pelvic all “perfect”. And after all was said and done, along with some IT talk which is always a given while visiting my favorite doctors, I indulged on a McDonald’s sausage, egg & cheese breakfast burrito and hash browns. Oh and a double espresso, since Catholic Hubs was so kind as to brew some up for me this morning even though I couldn’t drink it while fasting. (That guy, I tell you.)

Mushroom swiss burger, anyone?

Summer Almost Here

With all that ‘freakish’ stuff going on in the Catholic Household, things are actually gearing up toward SUMMER BREAK. That’s right. So I’ve been registering my people for all kinds of activities, during which time I’ll either be watching from the sidelines or reading a book in the car. Yay team! The best part is that we’ve renewed our pool membership and will enjoy daily trips to the pseudo-beach for swimming/tanning purposes. Even bigger YAY TEAM!!!

So that’s what’s happening behind the scenes. Meanwhile, off to another Neflix DVD with Catholic Hubs.

Gifts from Students


These end-of-year gifts are from students I’ve taught since 4th grade Catholic Religious Education, and I’m so grateful. How amazing is this? Now I’ll be making sandwiches/toast, purchasing books, and sneaking off eating the truffles that were conveniently excluded from this photo as they rested nicely in a safe hiding spot away from sneaky chocolate predators! Talk about spoiled. 🙂

Freakish Week

Just chipping away on my ‘To Do’ list for this amazingly loaded week; and blogging has always been a good way to get a grip on reality, thus this post. First and foremost, Pizza Parties are ON for my blessed CCD’ers. (Yes, that’s a plural: PARTIES. One today, another tomorrow.) Tonight, Pizza Hut will deliver hot & tasty pizza to the church while Catholic Hubs attends Catholic Girlie’s 6th grade honors ceremony, the one I will sorely miss while breaking bread with Catholic Son’s class. Oh well. Can’t attend everything, right? Anyway, I will be offering up fudge striped cookies and a 2-liter of Sierra Mist, with dancing on the tables completely optional. We’re planning to rock the entire parish foundation! Party like it’s 2009!

Ok, we’ll tone it down a notch. Wouldn’t want Father Chi to show us up with his fancy dance moves, now would we? How embarrassing for us.

Meanwhile, I’ve got another client meeting lined up for Thursday morning, then later that day the oldest will be playing the National Anthem prior to the Omaha Royals baseball game at Rosenblatt Stadium. Can you believe it? I know!! The kicker is that CG’s private cello coach, Mark Motycka, rescheduled her cello lesson just so she could perform, and he might even be sitting alongside us while she plays. Love that guy. Then last but definitely not least, Catholic Hubs and I will head over to Lincoln, Nebraska on Friday to chaperone Catholic Son’s field trip to the Nebraska State Capitol and Memorial Stadium. Who knew?!

Wait a minute… did I just hear someone say ‘Penis of the Plains‘? Stop that.