Tuesday, January 27, 2009

A Great Weekend

We had another great weekend. In fact, it was so good, Joe decided to take off yesterday. (No, the truth is that he has had to work crazy hours lately. He had his midnight-night recently and he's had to be at work at 6 a.m. many, many mornings, and it's almost an hour and a half commute. And he still has regular work hours those early mornings, making him come home later in the evenings, still. And then he had to work on Saturday, all day, too. We just love the Army. You know, the running joke is that soldiers are issued everything they need when they join the Army. And families and spouses were not issued. We're "optional." Yeah, we just love the Army. But he's less than three years from retirement ...)


On Friday night, Taylor camped out for the annual Boy Scout Klondike Derby. Carter and Jackson spent Saturday (day) at the Klondike. They all had fun. And they didn't freeze too much, which is always a plus.

Saturday night I made dinner and took some to an elderly widow neighbor of mine. I stayed an hour chatting with her. It was so nice. She keeps inviting me over, but I am always strapped for time. I need to visit more often. She has some cool stories to tell. Especially since she has lived in this town for a very long time. And I did not know that our karate-teaching mayor is her nephew. After an hour, Joe came looking for me. Well, Jackson was with me and it was time for his shower.

I almost sewed Saturday night, but I ran five miles instead. Man, it's hard to make those decisions.

On Sunday evening we had some friends over for dinner. We had Belgian waffles with all the trimmings. Homemade blueberry pie filling, cherry pie filling, bananas and honey, all kinds of flavored syrups, powdered sugar, chocolate syrup, molasses, marshmallow cream ...

It was a good time.


The boys had off of school on Monday, so we spent yesterday at the National Zoo in DC. It was cold and a little snowy. Mason is obsessed with gorillas. Jackson is obsessed with pandas. It was so cold that most animals were not out. So we hung out in the indoor exhibits. They were warm and very smelly. We were able to see most of the animals we wanted to see, but no penguins or giraffes.

Last night we packed up Taylor for Outdoor School. He was supposed to go this week, but today is a snow day. I'm waiting to hear if they will go tomorrow (weather depending) or next week. I hope it's pushed back to next week. Outdoor School should last more than two days. (I went in sixth grade and loved, loved, loved it.) I've already emailed the principal to let him know my opinion about this. Oh, and of course, I have an appointment this morning. And all the kids are home. Loveliness.

(Oh, and guess what I finally did? I filed a formal complaint against the neighbor's Pit Bull on Friday. One of the dogs was running loose down the street on Friday as the kids were getting off the bus. Yep. That was the straw that broke the camel's back. I grabbed my camera, as was advised by the Humane Society, took photos and promptly emailed them. They've issued a warning to the owners for now, but at least they know I'm serious. Don't mess with Lera or her kids. That's fair warning. lol)

12 comments:

Karyn said...

Wow! You had lots to say today!

The zoo sounds like fun, too bad it was too cold for some of the animals.

And you KNOW my feelings about that pitbull!!!!!

Brenda said...

Wish I could write like you. I never get tired to hearing about your family. I feel like you are one of my best friends.

Stacey said...

Sounds like fun...except for the dog! Hope the weather gets better~

lisa said...

Good for you about the dog! And I don't blame you one bit, and hopefully the neighbor will get it together.

Jo-Anne said...

IF you are COOL in Tucson, you have a pitbull. We will continue to be UN-cool with the dogs we have. I have nothing against the breed, but I do have a HUGE problem with the people who have them and choose not to train them or take care of them. I also have a problem with people using them as a status symbol and using them for fighting, etc. (Which is a problem here...it's so sad) I will get off my soap box now.
The Zoo looks fun (and COLD)!!

christy said...

too bad my kids will miss outdoor school. guess we'll have to teach them that stuff ourselves or they'll get it in scouts or yw camp. i hate it when people don't keep their dogs in a fence.

Myrnie said...

Your waffles sound amazing- I never thought about putting molasses on top :) And how wonderful that there are only three years left until retirement...great!

laeroport said...

so busy - but good busy.
we had a stray pitt bull on our block last week. thankfully, it only hung around one afternoon. blech....

Diane said...

Sounds like some great family time together.

Way to go on complaining about that pit bull! I'm pro-dogs, but even more pro-responsibility!

Preppy Pink Crocodile said...

What is Outdoor school?

Good for you! You should never feel at risk or in fear in your own neighborhood. You did the right thing!!

amandajean said...

if i were faced with the sewing vs. running decision i would definitely chose sewing. but good for you for running!!!

and also, good for you for filing a formal complaint about the pit bulls. that's just not right to have them running around the neighborhood.

Lucy Jane said...

I totally understand the PitBull thing ( I remember the post a long time ago) but I have a friend that has 3 dogs, one being a Pit, and when we go to her house she NEVER puts the dogs away OR outside. When the Pit knocked my 2 yr old down that was all I could take. Luckily, we are still friends...