Thursday, August 28, 2008

The Cave is Evolving

The cave is evolving, but not the cavemen. The last few weeks we have been very busy moving furniture and painting.

Tonight the hubby finished putting the final coat of paint in the kids room. It looks really nice! Now we get to go furniture shopping for it. Yay! I love shopping!

We changed the play room into a more grown up recreational room. We got the entertainment center for the TV. Soon we'll be moving our futon into that room.

Yesterday I went shopping at Target and bought new stuff for the bathroom. Goodbye rubber ducky theme! Hello, grown up bathroom. We re-did our bathroom a year ago, so not much to do there except get new bathroom fixtures.

Saturday the 64 inch HDTV arrives! That will go in our basement living room area. The TV and stand that is in that room will move to our upstairs living room area. The TV in our upstairs living room area will move downstairs in the kid's recreational room. Whew! That's a lot of moving!

We are also inheriting some furniture from my husband's grandmother. I am excited to get the bookcase, so I can have room for all the books we own. Which is another thing we did to evolve. All the baby books have been removed from the bookshelves. Well...except Dr. Seuss...but his books are really for every age.

It will be really good when this whole evolving process is done. Now, if I could just get the cavemen to evolve....

Saturday, August 23, 2008

50 Things About Me Post

Ok, I missed my 50th post. But this is post #56, so I didn't miss it by much.

Here goes 50 things about me!

1) I lie about my age.
2) I grew up in Montana.
3) I hate flying.
4) I've never down hill skied before.
5) I'm a very picky eater & I have lots of food rules.
6) I'm a Survivor tv show junkie.
7) I have a major crush on Kevin Costner.
8) My biggest fear is death.
9) I have 2 older sisters & 1 younger brother.
10) I am the Captain of my kickball team.
11) I have lived in 5 states.
12) I have traveled to over 20 states, Canada, and Washington DC.
13) I love garage sales.
14) I still have my tonsils & my appendix.
15) I got my first perm when I was 10 years old. It was a home perm.
16) I still love 80's music.
17) I grew up in a house that was 666 square feet. At one point 8 of us lived there. It was 2 bedrooms, 1 bath. Plus we had 4 cats. CRAZY!
18) I love raising my kids in a cul-de-sac.
19) I was in 7th grade when I ate my first hot lunch at school.
20) I was 12 years old when I learned how to swim.
21) I got married in a lodge in the mountains & didn't have to say my vows.
22) I was 15 years old when I got my first kiss. It was from a college guy.
23) I have a 100 year old grandmother who likes to ride on the back of Harley's.
24) My shortest job was 1 day at a call center taking catalog orders.
25) My longest job was 5 years as a Safety Qualifications Technician.
26) I've worked at my company for 7 1/2 years.
27) I've had 2 job positions at the company I work for.
28) I hate the sound of nails on a chalk board.
29) The movie "The Grudge" completely freaks me out.
30) We have 5 TV's in our house & I'm always fighting to watch one. We are about to get our 6th.
31) Dr. Seuss is my favorite children's author.
32) John Saul is my favorite adult author.
33) My first rock concert was Foreigner. I was a Jr. in high school.
34) I love going to county fairs. The ferris wheel is my favorite ride.
35) I've lived in MN for 21 years.
36) I have never been to the MN state fair, floating down the Apple River, or to Cantebury Downs.
37) I water skied one time. It hurt when I fell, and have never gotten up again. My husband is a good water skier.
38) I was a cheerleader my Jr. & Sr. year of high school.
39) I can trace my ancestors back to 1400s Sweden.
40) I am a member of 5 online forums.
41) I can light a 1 match camp fire.
42) It took my dad 2 weeks to notice I got my ears pierced a 2nd time when I was 16.
43) I've had surgery 2 times.
44) I played the clarinet in band in High School.
45) I weighed 98 pounds when I graduated from high school.
46) My husband & I met at Champps in Richfield, MN.
47) My sister beats me all the time at online backgammon.
48) I send my 1st grade teacher a Christmas card each year.
49) I've worn reading glasses since 7th grade.
50) I moved to MN with a one way ticket on a Grey Hound bus, with 2 suit cases and 1 carry on. Now, I'd need a 53' U-haul to move anywhere.

Caveman discovers the moon

Tonight my husband is wandering about the yard with a big stick after having a few too many cocktails. He is pointing at the moon, asking me questions about how the moon went from a full moon in the southern sky to a half moon in the eastern sky in one week.

He looks a bit like the baboon Rafiki in the movie "The Lion King" with his big stick. I'm sure his revelation is much like when cavemen first discovered the moon and the placement of the moon. He's wondering if the earth somehow got a bit off track or perhaps the moon did. Perhaps I should go out there and lasso it for him. Hurry someone get Galileo on the phone to answer his questions. I told him to go walk around the yard and figure it out. He walked around the yard with his big stick looking very purplexed and wondering if the scientists or the calendar forgot to tell us something.

Silly caveman!

Monday, August 18, 2008

Score on free stuff

In the last month I have scored big time on free stuff. I love free stuff.

One of my friend's kids play baseball religiously. They have played since they began to walk. I asked if they had any baseball bats left over we could buy from them. Her husband came over with 4 baseball bats in hand. We are set for the next few years.

My neighbors had a garage sale a few weeks back. She tried selling for the last 3 years a pair of really cute purple and white down hill skis. No one would even buy them for $5.00 She was bound and determined to get them out of her house. At the end of the sale, they put a lot of things that didn't sell at the end of their drive way with a FREE sign next to it. There lay the skis. Her husband was outside and asked if I wanted the skis. I told him I didn't know what I'd do with them. He said "well, you'd go skiing, and if you don't take them someone else will.". I offered him the $5 for them & he refused. So I now own a pair of pretty downhill skis. The boots didn't fit, but I can get new ones and reset the bindings on the skis.

I have never ever in my life gone down hill skiing. But now when I do go. I will be skiing in style.

A few weeks ago, my work had a golf outing. I had to borrow my husband's golf clubs because I do not own a pair of my own. Why would I? I've only golfed two times in my entire life prior to this outing. As we were headed out to golf, a lady at work asked if I had petite clubs. I told her "No, I'm using my husband's." She wondered how that was going to work, since they were not properly sized for me. She informed me that she had just bought a whole new set of golf clubs and she would give me her old set. OK...sure, I'll take a free set of set of nice women's petite golf clubs. Even though, I have only golfed three times now.

While my caveman was at camp we started re-doing the kids bedroom. We ended up re-doing their play room. One of my friends had just inherited a whole bunch of furnishings from a relative. She was giving away her entertainment center. She just wanted it out of her house, to make room for her new one she was getting. I told her I'd take it. It would make a good addition to the playroom and if she delivered it, I'd give her a case of beer. The deal was sealed.

The kids are enjoying their new entertainment center, and I need to find some golfing buddies and some skiing buddies.

And if anyone else has free stuff for me, bring it on. I'll even accept free money. :)

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

The Caveman Returns

I picked up the little caveman from camp on Saturday. By Sunday evening I was ready to return him back to camp. He tried testing the waters to see if my parenting skills had lightened up any since he left home. To his dismay they have not, so he has settled back into the normal routine of things.

I unpacked his suitcase. He brought home one dirty pair of underwear, two pairs of dirty socks, three dirty t-shirts, one pair of dirty shorts, one pair of dirty long pants, one dirty sweat shirt, one dirty swim suit, and one dirty towel. Yippee!!! He brought home lots of dirty clothes!!! He refused to take a shower on his return. Claimed he'd taken a shower at camp and spent lots of time in the lake. The jury is still out on this one.

He won a camper's award. He won "The Golden Bobber". He won this for having a positive attitude and demonstrating the best sportsmanship during fishing. No one caught any fish, but he helped others hook their bait and showed some of the kids how to cast and reel.

He spent all of his camp store money. He told me "Mom, on Thursday I had $22.00 left in my camp store account, so I bought 2 more t-shirts, and some Skittles. Now I have 75 cents in my camp store account!"

He bought 3 t-shirts at camp. All three have the same design. 2 are burgundy and 1 is blue. Well, I did tell him it was his camp money to spend as he pleased.

I sent him with 3 disposable camera's. He lost one at camp. As we were leaving, one of his cabin mates came running up to us with the lost camera. Apparently, he found it at the beach. At least he took pictures this year.

We are happy to have him home. Even if it means fighting over the remote, the computer, how much dinner he should be eating, and picking up after himself.

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Only 3 days

Is how long it takes us to miss our little caveman. There is definitely a void in this house. It's just too insanely quiet around here.

But we have gotten SO much done! It started out to be just a painting project, but turned into revamping two rooms in our house. We have been very busy moving furniture, spackling holes in the wall, taping, throwing out old toys, trip to Home Depot, taping, and priming. Whew...and that's what we've done since Monday. Won't our caveman be surprised when he gets home and finds that his bed is in the garage.

We are getting an entertainment center (not a huge one) tomorrow. We are getting that for a case of beer. Now that's what I call a trade! My friend is giving it away free, but I told her if she brought it to my house and helped unload it, I'd buy her a case of beer. The deal was sealed!

Sunday, August 3, 2008

One kid down

Today we dropped our oldest son off at his grandparent's house, so that he can catch the bus to camp tomorrow morning. He was excited and sad at the same time. Sad that he was going to miss everyone and everything, but the minute he steps on that big coach bus, he'll forget all about us and his pets.

This year he has instructions:

Bring home more dirty clothes than clean ones. Since I packed a small suitcase with limited amount of clothes to change into, that should be an easy thing to do. We shall see. I'm guessing he'll still bring home more clean clothes than dirty. First thing he'll do when he gets home is take a thirty minute shower. I'm setting a timer too.

Take pictures! The first year he went to camp he blasted through 2 disposable camera's in one evening. The second year, I sent three camera's with him. He didn't take one picture. Not one. This year, I'm returning him with the three camera's from last year. I told him to pass one off to a buddy to help out. He said "I'd rather take your digital camera."....Yeah, I'm sure he would, but that's not going to happen unless I get two new digital camera's. He's too young for his very own digital camera yet. I'm sure it would be lost with in days of him getting one.

Don't spend all your camp store money on candy. He's known as the Twizzler kid at camp. I sent him enough money for a weeks worth of Twizzlers and some fun stuff for him.

Lastly...Have FUN! This one he'll have an easy time doing. We told him to be a bit more adventurous. Since he now knows how to swim and he is experienced camper....

While he is away, we are going to paint the kids bedroom, enjoy the peace and quiet, and watch whatever we want on TV.

The little caveman will enjoy not being bothered by his big brother for one whole week.

Saturday, August 2, 2008

Summer Camp

This weekend we are preparing to send our oldest cave child to summer camp for a week. This will be his third year attending. It's a great camp, and he loves going. He is really looking forward to it.

Each year I send him, his suitcase gets smaller. The first year I sent him, his suitcase was bigger than he was. I packed him like I would have packed for myself. A new pair of socks and underwear for each day, a new shirt for each day, plenty of shorts, long pants, and sweatshirts. I sent him with disposable camera's, pens, paper, self addressed stamped envelopes for home, towels, shampoo, soap, and everything else that was included on the "things to bring" camp list.

He ended up coming home with more clean clothes than dirty. In fact 95% of the things in his suitcase were left the way I packed them. I asked him why I did not receive a letter and he said "what paper and envelopes?"

Hmmmm....the ones that were on top of every thing. The ones he had to move in order to get to his shorts and shirts.

The next year, I packed a smaller suitcase. Containing the same things, but just less. Same thing happened....95% was untouched when we picked him up.

This year....I'm not packing much for him at all and it will all fit into a small suitcase. The size that women pack for an overnight trip. Why is it that a cave boy can pack what he needs for a week in the same size suitcase a woman would pack for an overnight trip?

I'm not sending him with self address envelopes to his mother. I'm not sending a nice beach towel. I'm not sending him with clothes for each day of the week. He'll either a) not use it b) lose it Boys....