First Summer Weekend

Argh. Just found out my hours are being cut at work. Not good AT ALL!! I’m trying to avoid going into panic mode, so I figured I’d update while it is still lunchtime.

(I’m typing this on the iPad…so don’t be surprised if you find weird typos, heh. I wanted to remove the auto-correct deal but my babe finds it useful >_>.)

I can’t remember many of the details from Friday during work (what is happening to me?!) but I went straight to pick up Eenan and we stopped by John’s apartment so that I could throw out his old fridge food and clean up a bit. When we were done, Eenan and I got home and I started on dinner. They all settled down and watched TV and my babe had his friend over. Not exactly what I had in mind for my Friday night, but I gave him his guy time and watched TV with the kids.

I lazied around in the morning, fed the kiddos and just kinda slothed around all day, except for getting a few things at Target, dropping stuff off for Gramma, and stopping for burritos for lunch, a request from the boys of course, hehe.

I was feeling a little down–could have been the Girl Sickness or just the stress of bills–so I snuggled on the Cuddle Chair with Emily and watched Lifetime movies. There was one that got all 6 kids’ attention (about a psycho nanny) and they watched it with me. Emmy was with me, 2 boys sprawled on the rug, and 2 boys flanking Alaethia on the big ottoman. We’d get into discussions about it during commercials and then they’d all shush each other and their undivided attention was on the movie. It was really cute.

All the kiddos played together; tv, wrestling, chasing Ruffles, all simultaneously quieting down and playing on some sort of handheld device. It was wonderful :).

My tiny girl playing Angry Birds :).

My babe got home from work and I grocery shopped. An easy dinner of hotdogs :). We sat outside on the back patio, talking :). I love those nights. All our kiddos fell asleep in the boys’ room…until Emmos woke up of course and we took her to our bedroom :). She has the habit of wanting us to drag her toddler bed mattress to our room and she sleeps there. She says, “I pwomise I’ll go to sleep.” Aww! Who can resist that?

I woke up the next day and made pancakes for all the kiddos while they bathed. We ate, got ready, and then my babe dropped off his boys as my kiddos and I went to church. We went to Sacred Heart, my childhood church, and it was so nice to be back. It is just as I remembered it :). Eenan said he loved the church, Jaylen said he loved that it went by fast (LOL), I loved that the Priest’s readings involved the kids and they all loved being in the Cry Room upstairs, overlooking everything :).

My Chulos after church :)

We got back home and my babe was napping so I took the kiddos out to the patio, where they blew bubbles. I’d bought them some green Crayola ones and OMG, those things are messy! I put them away pretty quickly heh.

I made lunch and later we went outside to just chill out (well, my babe raked up the backyard and I watched, heh). He filled up the kickboxing target and then we played frisbee with the kids. It was so much fun! Even the baby girls got into it. And it was so hot that we turned on the water hose and had a water fight :). Gotta do that again!

I asked Mario to let me keep the kids again but he wanted to see them so I took them back :(. My babe rented a movie and I stopped for Red Mango on the way home from dropping them off and we had a great movie night :). It was “The Mechanic”. I TRIED staying up with all my might, but I crashed out at the end. My babe’s so sweet and just lets me fall asleep with my head on his shoulder till the movie is done. It happens quite often hehe.

Gosh, that was just such a great weekend. I’m so, so grateful for everything in my life :).

Ok, that took much longer than a lunch break! Typed up parts here and there throughout the day. Time to go!

Family Matters

Work was a breeze this week, too. I finished up with stuff from my scholarship event as soon as I got to work on Tuesday (OMG, I just remembered I forgot to pay something *makes mental note*) and helped one of my co-workers with a mail-out. We were all summoned to do it and listened to music and ate pizza :). It was fun!

I fell asleep Tuesday night as my babe and I watched a movie on the sofa. And he passed out Wednesday…on the sofa. It’s something about that darn thing! It’s so comfortable you can’t help but fall asleep!

I went straight to get the kiddos Thursday night, got home, we all played with Ruffles and I got straight to making dinner (chicken tomato/Alfredo). My babe got here, we ate, and I dropped the kiddos off :(.

Our clean-up day at work was yesterday, Friday. Most of us started Thursday afternoon and I’m so glad I did. I organized our section in the storage room…it was terrible! There was old stuff and weird decorations…my boss gave me the ok to just chuck everything LOL. Now it’s nice and neat ^_^.

My boss, myself and two other co-workers were in charge of cleaning the kitchen. It was just my boss and I cleaning, though, but it’s ok. We finished in a flash and then I started in the filing room and my filing cabinets. Another co-worker was nice enough to vaccumm for us since her desk was super clean and she wasn’t in charge of other sections :). I dusted everything before meeting my love for lunch at Kumori. I hadn’t been there in a while! The food was super good, as always, and didn’t take forever even though the place was packed. I veered away from my favorite, the Rainbow Roll and got the McAllen Roll instead. It has raw fish, too. It was insanely good!

I tossed out my recycling box when I got back to the office and we all passed inspection in our area at 2:30! I ran a few errands, got some food at HEB and came home. John was spending the night since I was dropping him off at the airport in Harlingen early in the morning. I hadn’t seen him in a long time already!

I needed detergent because John had to do laundry and I had a few coupons I wanted try out so we headed back to HEB. I got a huge bottle of Gain deteregent (stupid, expensive detergent!), 7 bottles of KC Masterpiece BBQ sauce (were on sale for $1, with a $1 off coupon=free) and buy one get one free Airwick air fresheners. The total bill was $20, came out to $10.80. I basically paid for the detergent only! Not much of a mass purchase, but the Extreme Couponing thing could actually work! John and my babe were impressed, heh. We’ll never run out of BBQ sauce :P!

My first Extreme Couponing" expierience!

We waited for my babe to get home and we headed to Weinershnitzel, John’s treat. I hadn’t been there yet; it was GOOD!

We came back and waited for the rest of our group to get here. John turned in early, Michelle left around 11pm and the rest of us stayed up. I went to bed around 2:30 and still felt pretty good when I got up.

John and I amazingly found our way to the airport without getting lost. He was super nervous. I don’t blame him. I’ll probably be shitting bricks, too, when I finally go on my first flight LOL.

I passed by the Iwo Jima monument and followed the map on my phone.

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I’m driving for what seems like forever and panic when I don’t see anything familiar. Never fails: I got lost after a wrong turn on US 77. I hate that thing. So I call my babe, get frustrated because I don’t know any of the roads he’s talking about and calm my nerves so I can focus and get back on the road. I did pretty good and then came up to a signless 4-way and wasn’t sure where I was supposed to turn. I, of course, went the wrong way and stopped at a gas station to get directions…but it was shut down. GREAT! I collect myself again, and head in the opposite direction and voila!, back on 83!

I was going to pass through Dad’s city and I hadn’t spoken to him since sometime last September so I stopped by. I started to get worried when I noticed the chair he sits in outside was overturned and dusty, his car looked like it hadn’t been moved in a while and nobody answered the door. He’s always home. I called the number I had and got voicemail. My half-brother’s number was now someone else’s. I found it weird that dad hadn’t tried contacting me since that last time we spoke and I began to get panicky. I went around the house and looked through the kitchen window. There was a candle on on the counter, so that made me feel a tiny bit better. I had a feeling I should check the doorknob and sure enough, it was open. I went in and felt creeped out right away. It was super dark and there were 3 wheelchairs. It was strange. He has one leg amputated due to diabetes, but I saw no reason for the types of wheelchairs that were there. I went into his room and my heart sank when I saw a hospital bed in place of his bed…and two prosthetics, not just one. I wondered if they were there because he was in the hospital. I got freaked out and left quietly and quickly. I left him a note on the door, letting him know I’d visited and left my number just in case he didn’t have it. I hoped for a call.

I got home and picked mom up and we visited with Gramma for a while. We came home and I relaxed most of the day. Lazied around like Ruffles, our kitty. Don’t know if I’d mentioned him before. He’s been with us since about two weeks after we moved in.

Ruffles!!

I watched Lifetime movies all day while texting with John and my babe. Didn’t do once ounce of cleaning, heh, which is fine ’cause the house doesn’t really need any heavy-duty cleaning. Just gotta sweep & mop tomorrow (I’ll get my babe to help me again :P) and do laundry.

Dad called around 2:30. He let me know they indeed amputated his other leg up to the knee as well and he’s having dialysis done 3 times a week, hence the reason he wasn’t home. I couldn’t believe it. He just doesn’t take care of himself. He almost died before they amputated his other leg. He just got the 2nd prosthetic done so he hasn’t started walking around with them yet. I’m glad we got back in contact. I really was worried. Mom gave him her cellphone number and they chatted a while LOL.

I meant to finish updating this entry since around 4:30…but I sat down to finish watching a movie and crashed out on the sofa (darn thing…). Woke up, talked to my babe who was on his way home with the boys, and I started on dinner. I made some cilantro dip, and now we’re sitting down to watch “Tron”. Wish my babies were here. They’re going to the beach with their dad tomorrow. I get worried, but I’m praying everything will be fine :(.

Ok, movie is starting!