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24 Jan


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This could be a fun weekend

15 Jan

I am so glad that Friday is upon us.  I have a stack of papers that need to be graded and entered into my gradebook by Monday – 7:30 AM.  I will definitely have to schedule time for that, but the rest of crazy weekend is looking great.  I need some steam blowing off activities.  Tomorrow, after I clean my house, drop my boys off by my brother and my girls off by my dad, J and I are going to our first social gathering with E2 Blue shift.  This is my first time to put a face with the names.  I have met many of them on our various treks downtown – but mainly as they are backing in the truck after grocery shopping, running down to the weight room, heading off to do whatever it is that firefighters do during the day.  They are all kind of a blue blur in my mind.  If they came up to me on the street and said, “Hey, aren’t you Halsey’s wife?”, I would think I had a stalker on my hands.  I am looking forward to figuring out who is who from the firehouse tales I hear every three days.  That and getting to be a grown up instead of Momma or Mrs. Halsey.  Will be nice to see that gal again!  😉

Tomorrow is also the Packer game.  I am a rabid Packer fan.  I have had my shots, so although I will bite if provoked, you won’t get lock-jaw!  So, Jeff has already prepared his crew for the fact that I turn into a guy during the game.  We have not gone to any of our usual Packer games this season – topic for  another day, as we seem to have drifted from some of our closest friends through this transition.  It has been Me, keeping the kids quiet so Daddy can sleep, attempting to keep me quiet so Daddy can sleep or just Me watching alone.  Not my ideal way to spend my NFL time, but c’est la vie, such is life in the big city.  I am so excited to not have to debate calls with myself, be the only set of eyes to look for fouls or trash talk with myself.  (Although I do have an on-going rivalry with an equally rabid Bear fan from La Crosse, whose family is currently stationed in Germany, to help with some of my football isolation.)  I am a guy in drag during football season.  And this year, I am SO glad to not have my countdown to Pitchers and Catcher reporting going, yet.  🙂  I will tell you my ideal scenario – after tomorrow night, not that I am superstitious or anything.

Hard to believe this was 2 years ago.  Liv weighed under 14 pounds for her 1 year check up.
Her outfit in this pic is a 6 month set and she was DROWNING in it.

Sunday – which is why I need a clean house – is the big day for 2 of my muppets.  N will be 11 on the 25th and O will be 3 on the 19th.  We celebrate them together for the sake of our families.  They do get their own cakes.  And luckily N has been okay sharing is day with his baby sister.  I will be so happy to have my family together for the day.  Mind you -we are not the Cleavers and some days I wish to never have a family gathering with them ever again.  This year, we did not have Christmas with that side due to schedules and travel time, so I am looking forward to seeing everyone.  Absence does indeed make the heart grow fonder.

So, now that the baby is already in bed, I should be off to round up the other three stooges.

Amazing How Sleep Changes Things

2 Jan

Two nights of sleep and suddenly my outlook is not so bleak!  Funny how that happens.  New Years Eve was nice – we spent the afternoon/evening with my brother and his family.  Our nephew was heading back to his mom’s on the 1st so it was nice to see him – when he wasn’t in his room texting.  (Joys of a 13 year-old boy and his 14,000 texts per month!)  My firefighter was the grillmaster – made the best rib-eyes I have had in quite a while.  We had fun watching the boys make fools of themselves on Uncle Shaun’s new Wii.  It was a nice night.  After we left their house, we headed downtown to E2 to get my laptop – J was not going to let that go much longer for fear of his life.  Checked in with the cub that was on that night and headed home.  Considering we did not go out – it was a really nice NYE.  Put the Muppets to bed – considering it was 10:30 – everyone was in very good humor!  And we headed to the family room with Netflix and Coke floats. (Jealous – aren’t ya!)  Mind you Ladder 49 was probably NOT the best choice of DVDs considering where my head was at – but it was nice to watch a grown up movie with no kids around.

J’s shift came up today, but luckily it is his PO day.  He could have worked, but it is the last Packer game of the season, Packers vs. Bears and he was not going to miss it.  The OT would have been nice, but I am so glad he his home.  We have Daddy home until the 5th – which makes life so much easier.  I am still not sure of this new life we have chosen, but at least now – I can breathe.  That makes everything so much easier to take!

So, on to the game.  It is do or die time for the Pack – play hard or go home literally.  More than the Post-season spot that is on the line – this is a pride game.  Da Bears – considering I teach 7 miles from the IL border and I have been talking major smack from across the ocean to an Army Wife friend of mine, I need the Pack to go Bear hunting just for my personal pride!  GO PACK GO!