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Winding Down, Gearing Up

Well, here we are!  I’ve just about finished work for the day, my last day before a fabulous month-long holiday trip with the family to Australia!

But before that, it’s Amy’s High School Graduation day!  Tomorrow at around 9 a.m. we’ll be meeting folks over at Heritage Park and the ceremony will begin at 10 a.m.  Amy’s about 2nd to last, (alphabetically not academically), but you know they always save best for last!  And last is what most people remember!  Then we’ll have lunch and I’m sure Amy will take off for a dizzying whirlwind tour of graduation parties, and much more.

I’ll be heading home to do laundry and packing for our trip!

Follow along with me here, where I plan to blog our adventures as we go along.  I’ll also be posting my pictures at my Shutterfly site, and I’ll have links over to them so you can go look if you want.

We leave bright and early Tuesday morning, and we will spend the day Tuesday in LA with my cousin Lizzie and her family, and will have an opportunity to tour the Disney Studios in Burbank, which I’m really looking forward to.

Hope you enjoy it, I know I will!

Goodbye 2009 — Welcome 2010

I am soooo looking forward to 2010!  I can hardly wait to say goodby to this year, it’s been such a hard year to live through.  Many of our friends and family were affected by the lousy economy and it made me pretty nervous.  Needless to say we survived.  I think I should have a t-shirt made.

2010 holds a lot of promise, and we are eagerly looking forward.  First, Tony retires on January 8th.  He has been working for over 50 years, and he counted that the had 38 jobs.  Some of those jobs he must have held for about 20 minutes, because he’s been with his latest employer for 20 years.  Maybe he’s counting some of the progression within his number, I don’t know. 

Next, Amy is turning 18!  I must say there is no way she can have aged this quickly.  Have a kid, enter a time warp.  That’s all I can say.  Of course with that she will graduate from Osceola High School on May 29.

Then, we are off to Australia!  Watch this space for the Oz itinerary.  I’m working on it now, I should have it done in a couple of days.

In August, Amy moves into her new apartment and starts as a student at University of Central Florida.  Go Knights!

Let’s see, what can I say are some goals for 2010?

  1. Help Tony enjoy his retirement.  I’ll make him a nice long Honey-Do list.
  2. Get some of the excess weight off.  I know that’s a common one, but I really have to buckle down this year.  I really don’t want to have all my Australia pictures done in wide-angle.
  3. Be more creative at work, home, and church.  I know there’s a lot to do, and in order to be productive, I need creative ways to organize, prioritize, and task myself so I can get the most out of the time I have.  That probably starts with more self-discipline around daily schedules.  Early to bed, and early to rise, so to speak.

That’s it for now, have a fun New Year’s Eve, and hope I can update the blog again really soon!!

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Catching Up

I’ve been meaning to write in my blog for a while now.  The last post was at the end of November, for goodness sakes!  I think I should write at least once per month.  So by that standard, I’m only one month behind!  So, to catch up, let’s see if I can fill in some news about December.

I remember there was Christmas… the whole month of December always goes by like a blur because so much is going on.  This year there was not as much, since both KUA and Disney along with most of the rest of the world cancelled the company  Christmas parties.  I didn’t miss those so much.  Usually I get kind of bored with them…but they give a good excuse to dress up nice.

Tony and I decided to give each other a new TV for our bedroom for Christmas instead of giving each other presents.  That worked out ok, I think, we picked out a low-priced LCD and it worked ok, the sound was good, but it had a dead pixel (which means there was a red spot on the screen) and so we took it back.  We bought another one that was $100 more, a name brand, and it looks great.  The one problem was that the sound was lousy.  Go figure.  So I ended up buying a speaker bar from Target for another $100 and the TV sound comes out of that, and now it sounds great.  I get a few HD stations on it, and I guess if I wanted to spring for the extra smart box I could get all the HD and digital channels on it, but for a bedroom TV it’s just fine.

We gave Amy cake decorating lessons (something she is interested in) and I’ll have to fill you in more on that later. Continue reading ‘Catching Up’

School’s Out…It’s Officially Summer

So it’s been an eventful couple of weeks since Amy’s birthday.  Actually almost a month.

First, there was the birthday weekend at Ft. Wilderness.  I must admit, that was fun.  It was the second time we did one, the first was the 10th birthday.  I took the day off on Friday May 23rd and did the grocery shopping for the weekend…supplies for the weekend in a cabin with 6 girls, plus Tony and myself.  I kept it simple, but even so there were a lot of groceries.  I went over to Ft. Wilderness, checked into the cabin, picked up the golf cart (and that was one of the very few times I actually got to drive it) and then went home to pick up the girls and Tony.  I had a pretty full day, just doing that.

The girls arrived at the cabin, and tooled around the Fort for a while on their own, then they got ready for a night on the town at Downtown Disney.  They took the bus over and saw a movie and met a bunch of other friends over there.  Of course, they were late getting back…but blamed it on the bus.  Too funny.

Amy had asked me to make up a treasure hunt game for them to play on Saturday.  So I asked around work and one of my friends gave me a game that had three parts:  a trivia game, a treasure hunt, and a scavenger hunt.  I made some changes to it to customize it for what we wanted to do.  The first half of the game was played at Ft. Wilderness and the second half they split up and one group went to the Polynesian and the other went to the Grand Floridian.  They had to answer trivia questions, and write those answers down.  They had to find things to bring back for treasure.  Things like brochures or kid’s menus.  Then they had to find places and take their picture in that place and for bonus points bring back some information like the names of the three youngest kids in the playground…things like that where they had to interact with people.  The first part of the day was nice weather, the second part was rainy…but they got through it and came back to the cabin with their treasure and their pictures.  We went over the answers to the game and they showed us their pictures which was absolutely hilarious, and loads of fun.  The winning team got movie tickets and coupons for popcorn and a drink and the runners up got movie tickets.  Fabulous prizes!  Of course, bragging rights, too.

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Sweet 16!

Well, we finally made it, Amy turned 16 on Monday.  The day went just as we planned.  I took off early from work and went over to Planet Hollywood to see if I could arrange the table she wanted.  Gina was the hostess and was very nice and said she would try her best to accommodate us.  Amy wanted the round booth at the back that were upholstered in zebra print.  Fun…

Then I went to buy decorations and a giant decorated cookie.  The Baker at Publix was so nice when I asked for a giant cookie, he made me one on the spot.  So when I went to pick it up it was freshly-baked, still warm from the oven.  I went home, put up the decorations and was done by the time Amy got home from school.  The excitement was building…

At around 4 p.m. all the girls were at the house getting ready.  Amy had asked everyone to dress up, so they all had on their LBD’s (Little Black Dress).  They all looked gorgeous, and we headed off to Pleasure Island.  We met up with Deanna, Daniel, Cameron and Erin at Planet Hollywood.  Our dinner couldn’t have been better, and Gina came through with the requests and Amy got exactly the table she was hoping for.  Deanna’s friend Jason was manager that night, so we also got another very nice perk, so to speak. 

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The Countdown to 16

Just about every day Amy lets me know how many more days/weeks it is until her 16th birthday (it’s exactly 2 weeks from today).  I feel so old.  I forget what it was like to turn 16, I hope she holds onto the memory longer than I have.  She’s looking forward to getting her driver license (in June) and getting wheels, as I’m giving her my Taurus.  I’m getting a new car…not sure which one yet.  She’s also making plans to get a job, I’m not exactly sure when she is going to have time for a job, but he’s making plans anyway.  Basically the summer is well shot because we head up to Bethany Beach for 2 weeks smack dab in the middle of the summer.  I’m not sure what summer jobs will still be available when we get back.  We are hoping that she will start some college classes as a Dual Enrollment option when she goes into her Junior year.  So with that I think she might feel a bit squeezed by working as well.  Then there’s swim team, water polo, tennis…we’ll see.  She doesn’t have to work, other than to earn a bit more in pocket money, and pay for the gas for the car.  Phew.

Let’s see, we went to Patrick and Marcella’s wedding weekend before last and it was really lovely.  Congratulations to a very nice couple, hope to see them sometime soon if they visit our area.  My cousin (mother of the groom) looked lovely and it looked like everyone had a great time.  It was very much a college-age crowd and they had a fantastic time dancing.  The day of the wedding, we went down to Palm Beach to walk along Worth Avenue and goggle at the expensive designer merchandise.  I have never seen so many Bentley’s, Rolls Royce’s, Astin Martin’s and other luxury cars all in one place, just parked out on the street as if that’s the most normal thing in the world.  I found out it was also Ivana Trump’s wedding to her toy boy, so that might be one reason there was so much expensive hardware rolling around town.  What a trip, to see how the other half lives.  And they think Disney is where Fantasyland is…  Too funny.

So for Amy’s 16th, we have the following plans:

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Sandy Toes

I have sandy toes this week, and it’s wonderful.  No matter what beach I go to, it will not be the same as Bethany Beach.  Life at Bethany Beach takes on a certain rhythm that we fall into so naturally as if we spend our time like this every day of our lives.  Bethany Beach is a special place where our family has time to kick back and just be together.  We have spent time in Bethany Beach almost every year since I was 6 years old, which means for 44 years.  My mother came here when she was growing up.  Except for a few years here and there, right after college, some of the early years of marriage, and some years when we went to England, we have always come to Bethany Beach. 

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