Saturday, June 28, 2008
Monday, June 23, 2008
Besides unpacking, we've had to leave town twice in the last 10 days. Neither trip was a vacation either. The first trip was for my grandmother's funeral, and this passed weekend we went back up to Fort Worth to bury my mom's ashes. We got to spend time with our wonderful friends, Mandy and Shane, and our kids had a fabulous time too.
So I think I have the solution to getting any house in order in a hurry-ask friends to come over for dinner. It's our turn to host our supper club and it's happening tomorrow night. Since we were out of town all weekend, that left today and tomorrow to get this house in presentable condition. Oh how I wish I took some "before" pictures. So far today Stephen and I have cleaned the kitchen..that includes putting away all those little odds and ends that end up on the counter and all those crayons that have rolled off the table and into those little hiding places, you know what I'm talking about. There was a storage tub with lots of junk on top that we finally cleared out. Stephen is going to finish putting the hardware on the drawers and cabinets. We've cleared off the dining room table which was the hotspot for all the things we didn't know what to do with. We (Stephen) put out the fancy tablecloth, placemats, napkins, etc...which reminds me, I need to go to Bed, Bath, and Beyond to get some napkin rings. Stephen hung all the new pictures we bought at Garden Ridge on Saturday. There are lots and lots of pictures.
Oh yes, I am so mad at myself. I left our Waterford wedding toasting glasses up on the counter and had a box next to them. Lauren walked by and pushed the box and one of the glasses took a dive onto the floor and shattered. It was heartbreaking. They were a wedding gift from my great aunt and uncle and they are very special to me.
We still have so much left to do. We have to clear out the living room and when I can find the new carpet under all the 'stuff', I'll vacuum. That will be it for downstairs. Now upstairs we still have to hang pictures, clear off dressers, reorganize closets, unpack and set up the Master bathroom, oh what a mess. The playroom isn't staying neat like I thought it would. Those little ABC and 123 rubber mats that snap together and protect the carpet from those sippie cup drops, yeah, they scoot. Does that annoy anyone else?
Makes ya want to move, doesn't it? And that's just inside. We have to order and lay 5 pallets of sod and then get my garden started.
Maybe, just maybe it will all be finished by tomorrow night and I can have the rest of the summer to relax and enjoy it. I will definitely take pictures of the finished product and post them by the end of the week.
Oh yes, if any of you have sent me an email in the last 10 days, I haven't read it yet. Besides being too busy to get on the internet, Stephen has been working on his weddings, talent shows, graduations, etc... and I haven't had the heart to ask him to let me check my email. I need my own computer.
Saturday, June 14, 2008
Uncle Chris: "Now, there's a dead body in the den, you are not here for her! There's another body in the living room, that's the one you want."
As you can imagine, the paramedics were a little bit confused. The ambulance and fire truck stirred up a little excitement for the neighbors and right after they loaded my Uncle John and pulled away from the house, the funeral home arrived to pick up my grandmother. I'm sure my family thought it would be fun to let the neighbors talk a little but they decided to let everyone know that it was not a double homicide or anything like that.
My uncle John will be fine as long as he monitors his blood sugar.
Sunday, June 8, 2008
Patricia Joy Schnaithman
May 20, 1927-June 7, 2008
UPDATED: As my aunts and uncles were going through my grandmother's things, they found her wedding invitation. She was married at 9:00 am on Saturday, June 7, 1947. She took her last breath at 9:00 am on Saturday, June 7, 2008.
Thursday, June 5, 2008
What would you do?
Monday, June 2, 2008
Apparently no neighborhood is immune to chaos.
Saturday night Stephen and I were relaxing on the couch. I was just getting Abby to sleep which was later than normal but we had a busy day. All of a sudden we heard a man screaming. It was so loud we could hear it with the TV on. We heard a few banging sounds but not like gunshots. I told Stephen to check it out and he went out on the front porch. He came back and said we needed to call 9-1-1 because a man was punching the truck across the street. He had body slammed it a few times too. There were women and children out there. I called 9-1-1 and explained to them what was going on. They didn't even have our street in the system so I had to give them directions...isn't that crazy? Meanwhile, the man hit a woman and Stephen thought he grabbed one of the children. This was just like watching an episode of Cops. Then the dispatcher had to patch me through to the Sheriff's office because we're out of city limits. I got up and started watching through the bathroom window and the man went to the house and tried to punch a window. I guess that wasn't enough pain for him because he went to the truck and punched out the side mirror. I kept wondering when the Sheriff's department would arrive.
A car pulled up and the man tried to get in but as the women ran after him, the car pulled away quickly. The man ran in the opposite direction, I think he was going to try to cut the car off as it went up the next street. A woman ran after him...why do women do that? Finally a sheriff's deputy pulled up. I saw that some other neighbors were out so Stephen and I went out too. We talked to the neighbors. We knew that the woman works at our pediatrician's office but what we didn't know was that her husband works at the Sheriff's office and he was on the phone with them when all of this was going on.
The deputies circled the neighborhood a few times and left. We all went inside and Stephen saw a car pull up to the house. About 3 women ran out with lots of small children. They all piled into a small car and went 2 houses up the street. You'll never believe what happened next.
The man came out of hiding and got into the car with them and they drove away!
I just hope that means that none of them live there and it won't happen again!