Monday, September 1, 2014

ten

 ONE

We now have five kids in five different schools. And TWO freshman. I must admit that when people assumed we were at the college to register for me, not Sierra, it didn't hurt my feelings one bit.

We took the annual photo in the Back To School Spot, a tradition started the first year in this house circa 2008.


Jordan and Brendan now have 6 inches on Sierra's 5'5 ("and a half!") height and show no signs of stopping.


Grades 5, 7, 9, 11, and 13(?)

TWO

The one perk of being poor is that said college tuition/books/etc is 100% covered by grants.
Praise Jesus.


THREE

My Father-In-Law passed away this summer. Although Roger didn't talk to his dad daily or see him very often (no cheap way to get to DC with seven people), just knowing that he can't pick up the phone and call whenever the urge strikes is proving to be an adjustment that's harder than we could've ever imagined.


John Wisor's senior photo
The last time we were able to visit in 2009. You can tell how long ago that was - look at itty bitty Hayden!


FOUR

While Roger was gone to help out with the funeral and get things settled with his family for a few weeks, his otherwise strong, self-sufficient wife had to manage all kinds of emergencies/disasters/things that made the children doubt that we'd make it until "dad got back." And then BOTH cars broke down, leaving me with no way to get to what was supposed to be our 19th Anniversary Gift: a Toad the Wet Sprocket / Counting Crows concert. So I sold the tickets. And then wept.



FIVE

When Roger got back to Texas, we *did* manage to sneak a little celebration getaway overnight. It was his attempt to cheer me up and it worked. So what if it was only ten minutes away? So what if we returned home 18 hours later? It was heaven.






SIX

When I look back at photos of us just before we got married, it makes my heart ache with mixed emotion. How much those two kids didn't know they didn't know.
1995 was tragically naive and yet somehow...beautiful

I can only imagine that's what my future self will say about 2014.





SEVEN
The ever delightful Cindy from Cottage Instincts made a trip down to Dallas which means that WE GOT TO MEET. She's lovely. Funny. Doesn't blush easily. Talks more than me, which is not something many can brag about. AND she likes to try on hats in public, which is one of the most important qualities I look for in a friend.

The Dr Pepper-ing must begin young.



Aside from chewing on my straw, all other baby fun was 100% pediatrician approved, 
if not a little blurry.




EIGHT

The lovely kitchen that Cindy transformed was in this summer's issue of Better Homes & Gardens Kitchen and Baths.
See the behind the scenes photos here and the original before and after here.
It's my duty as an American to brag on her because she's practically famous and has used my toilet without judging me, even though we all know it may or may not have been entirely sanitized.




NINE

When bloggers take a break they always come back talking about everything they've been working on, but spring and summer are my dormant times of year. I disclose that without a hint of remorse. Summer is my least favorite season, and the few days we had that were in the 70's energized my spirit just enough to last me until the only season that really matters: AUTUMN.
Walking into stores and seeing them awash with fall colors is an even tie with big fluffy clouds in the Book of Happy Things.



TEN
Speaking of blogging. I've never asked before, but since I'm feeling renewed and refreshed and almost like back to my old self, let's throw it out there: What kind of things would you like to see more of? Sometimes a random email will come in asking about projects that I started but then never talked about again (*cough* master bedroom freshen up that was finished last year *cough*), and the answer is two fold:
       
               a. because it doesn't seem newsworthy

               b. sheer laziness

I have no idea what people are looking for when they read, and for every "can you talk about wrapping with this theme" there's a "tell me when the packaging posts are over" (ALLISON - ha!). Those who know me in real life will laugh, as I ask for advice but then do what I want anyway, but this time I promise to listen. Mostly. Suggest away.

27 comments:

  1. I was just thinking the other day that I miss your posts. Glad to "hear" from you again! Post away, my friend...whatever floats your boat.

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    1. Maybe that's the problem! Either my boat is completely tied up in the dock and doing nothing, or there are SO many stops it's bound to read as schizophrenic. You know, just like me in real life :)

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  2. I’m so about to come off as a creepy blog stalker but you asked so I shall answer… just write. Your posts never fail to make me smile regardless of whatever it is you’re writing about. Whenever I’m having a royally crappy day at work, I check your blog just hoping to find that you’ve popped in and written something. In most ways you and I are complete opposites but for some reason that makes me smile. All my children have four legs and tails (and we like it that way), I’m seriously OCD and can’t handle dirt or clutter, I plan things MONTHS in advance, etc… Your brand of real life chaos appeals in some strange way. It’d be awesome to have you as a neighbor and friend but since I live in Southwest Houston I’ll have to settle on being a creepy blog stalker. ;) Hugs!

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    1. We do sound like complete opposites - can I be you instead? My dirty floors would so appreciate a little OCD!! Houston isn't *that* far away. If you ever find yourself planning months in advance for a Big D roadtrip, you MUST stop by!

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  3. You have been missed and as usual, you brought life and laughter with your post. So glad to hear that your absence has been due to living life and not due to you falling into some abyss! The video? H.I.L.A.R.I.O.U.S. Oldest going off to college? Hang on to your hat Mama - it ain't easy! I'm talking stretching the heart strings to the max and probably a tear... or two... or three.

    As for suggestions for future posts, I can only reiterate what "changingmymarbles" wrote: JUST WRITE. Whether you are sharing packaging (loved this idea but really loved your conversation with the mail lady!: http://www.olderandwisor.com/2011/01/how-to-send-package-that-guarantees.html, a bathroom renu or just plain ole living life and employing your "unlimited supply of child labor", you bring a smile or more times than naught, a belly laugh. And that's why I look forward to reading your blog. Course, if you wanted to get your old job back at the sandwich shop, that would be the icing on the cake - I sure did enjoy your holiday "decorations"! [Still kind of upset with you about that, ya know. :)]

    Just keep doing what you do - I rather enjoy a bit of comedic levity with my coffee.

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    1. Awwwwwww. How can I even respond to that?

      First off, my baby is going to the local college, so that means I get my partner in crime for a few years longer. I don't even know how I'd deal with it any other way.

      Secondly, I lalalalala-love my job now, but there are parts that I miss from Potbelly. My co-workers (I'm in an office now with only two other people), the constant inflow of customers with their energy, and YES. Getting to be all out tacky for every holiday. Although I have heard that a few weeks ago the regional said no more stuff on the wall. Maybe it's just not the same without me? ;)

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  4. Yay! So glad to see a post from you! I agree with the others, write what you want. I enjoy hearing about it all, the kids, the hubby, the chaos, the craft projects and the wrapping. While the crafty stuff is what got me here, it's you I hang around for. That didn't sound at all creepy did it? No, of course not. I'm not weird. It's not strange I call you my friend in conversation with other people. Not at all. (!) Just write and we will love it.
    I'm really sorry about Roger's dad, sometimes it's harder when you're not that close. I hope you're all doing o.k in that regard.
    And love the pics of the kids, oh my, how they're changing!

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    1. "While the crafty stuff is what got me here, it's you I hang around for."

      Best pick-up line ever.

      Also, as your now girlfriend, you have the RESPONSIBILITY to refer to me as your friend as much as possible. Because it's totally true.

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  5. First of all: Happy Anniversary!

    I knew that anyone who stuck a flamingo on their Christmas tree would have some cool wrapping ideas, so I came here today to look for a "Batman" wrapping idea :)

    I figured blogging went by the wayside b/c of life-as it does.

    Sorry to hear about the FIL. My parents have been gone 16 yrs( Mom) and 5 ( Dad). I know.

    Yea for kids who go to Collin County!
    I did, and the twins did, too-some of our BEST college years were spent there.

    Mike and Ash are still on some of the ads, LOL ! ( They were the first twins to go there on scholarships.)

    We're in San Diego now- and loving every second of it. The weather is AWESOME. I'm a summer chick anyway so, hey. It's all good.

    I think if you have something to say then you should. Always. Doesn't matter the subject. Blog away!

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    1. Now my brain is ticking...have I ever posted Batman wrapping ideas? I've done at least a dozen, and literally one last week and did I take a photo?? Course not. Get a comic book, rip out a page, and make a pinwheel topper. Three minutes tops. Maybe you're onto something: a request page for particular themes...that could be fun.

      We got married in La Jolla, and remember that perfect weather as the topping to a perfect day. You are truly blessed to live there, except when it comes time to make the mortgage payment. And drive anywhere in the traffic. And pay all the ridiculous taxes they put on everything in CA ;)

      I'm gonna have to check out those ads - that's awesome!!!

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  6. I love reading your blog and was happy to see a new post. Tell us about your new job. Have you decorated your workspace? Have you helped with any work parties? You always had such fun decos at the sandwich shop you used to work at. I love to see your creativity.

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    1. There's only 3 of us total, so no parties and (mostly) no foolishness. At least not from the others. Maybe the lack of excitement is something to talk about??

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  7. It is wonderful to see a post from you. I have always enjoyed your decorating (especially decorating on a TIGHT budget) posts.

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    1. I haven't done any projects in awhile, but there is tons of stuff that I've never talked about. Coming soon :)

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  8. I know you probably don't want to hear this again, but write anything you want and I'd love to read it. I'm taking a turn on my blog, I've really only done crafty stuff on my blog, but we just returned from Ireland and I'm going to blog about that and share some pictures. After all I have to make good use of the over 1800 pictures that I took.
    Most of the blogs I follow are crafty blogs and yours is one of the ones that isn't total crafts and I love it. I love hearing about your kids, daily life, crafty stuff, wrapping, whatever you want to write about is good for me.
    Now that probably is no help at all as I haven't given you a single 'request' but hopefully it lets you know that I appreciate it when you blog.

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    1. Kristie, you are always so sweet! And IRELAND??? I would love to visit there, but I'm terrified I'd be so smitten with the place that I'd never want to come back. Silly or very probable? Both probably, so it's a good thing I don't have money for a plane ticket. I shall live vicariously through your adventures!

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  9. I love your blog and I love WHEN you blog! My favorite posts are your home makeover projects and the hilarious hand outs you make for church! But I'm not choosy - I'm just happy when you blog at all! :)

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    1. "Not choosy" is my second favorite quality in a friend!!

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  10. I am a huge fan too! (you chose a Weezer song as your jump on bed music!!) I love your wrapping ideas! What do you give as gifts? I know you are a thrifty girl, so what goes into those awesomely wrapped boxes?

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    1. I always say that the wrapping compensates for my lack of budget when it comes to the gift - HA! But I do have some go-to's...and even a post sitting in drafts about one of my favorites. Thanks for the motivation!! ;)

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  11. I loved this!
    Any craft you do is a craft I want to see!
    I know of something you can do and post...
    ...my KITCHEN. ;) Everyone would love to see that.

    (You know I'm totally kidding on that one, right?)

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    1. I thought the hubster wasn't on board with rental spiff-ups? Has he had a change of heart? Have you finally warn him down??? In any case, with or without the bead board, you know I love a good move-stuff-around-no-cost-makeover. And you've got a video camera...hmmm...

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  12. Girl, just write, it makes us smile! And happy belated anniversary!!! I'm impressed that a mother of 5 can jump and stay dry! xoxo

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    1. If you listen really careful at the end, you can hear me saying "that was a lot easier when I didn't have to pee." My bladder can barely handle bending over, much less jumping!!

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  13. Please write about anything, you do it so well. The ideas, insights, observations, projects - I love the way you write about them all. Thanks for blogging!

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    1. Your check will be in the mail, Mary! :)

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    2. Like others, I came for the crafts and stayed for the writing style :-)

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