Monday, August 18, 2014


This weekend we celebrated our sixth anniversary.  Six years together.  Six years of trials, achievements, laughter and tears.  Oh yeah...and two kids and one house...

From a demanding little girl who would never sleep when you want her and the little boy who is one part sweetheart, one part demon - Attractive Al and I have been on a great ride.  

Me and Ladybug on our monthly lunch date (April 2014).  It was during these lunch dates that I learned how groundhogs come up out the kidding.  He goes in and then out...and again.  Yeah I don't want to lose this tradition - spending time with my kids.  

Watching AA and The Fricker walk on Hilton Head (June 2014).  Love these moments.

We have blast from our dinner dates (more like burgers, alcohol, and a movie...but it works for us) to our wacky conversations on everything between movies, race, politics, and sex (you have to be there).  I really didn't do a Father's Day Post this year well because FD last year was such a freaking bust (extraneous family cause shit that really isn't necessary)  - I'm still thanking the Sweet Lord for her not showing up at my sister's wedding.  What I want to say is that I'm blessed with the fact that my husband is my children's hero.  I love the fact that they wait at the window when he arrives home or do a running jump into his arms whenever they get the chance.  Yeah - we don't have an Ozzie and Harriet family (hey neither did Ozzie and Harriet) but what we have works.  Especially when life is always at breakneck speed.  In being their hero, he is mine.  

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

The Difficulty of Catholic Education

In January, we received word that our parish was closing its school.  It was a deafening blow as I was really hoping that we could send Ladybug and the Fricker there until 8th grade.  It closed due to low enrollment and was transforming itself into an early childhood center (at least it wasn't a complete devastation).

Needless to say we were inundated with letters from neighboring schools saying that they were open for new students while other schools were not so accommodating (one school raised its application to ensure that the unwanted students stayed out).1  We prayed on the issue and decided that the central school of the diocese will be our new home in about a year.  Meanwhile, we are hedging our bets with the new early childhood education center(2).

With that decision in mind, we kept going until my husband informed me that the Pastor of our Parish   and the CEO who pulled the plug on the school - the Parish was subsidizing the school and couldn't keep doing it if they were to stay afloat - was basically fired from the Parish and "reassigned" to a small Parish in rural Virginia.  I get where the Pastor was coming from but I don't get the backstabbing that occurred post school closing.  I'm sorry but I am disappointed with my fellow parishioners and school parents.  Not only has the school closed but now the Parish has been thrown into turmoil because people were still salty about the situation only to create a greater crisis - people are leaving by the dozens because the new leadership doesn't fit into the suburban Catholic parish mold of smile and nod - doesn't work with this new guy.  Now I just have to sit and watch and see we are forced to land.

Pray for us.

1) I don't deal with trifling people or businesses to don't worry we don't want to be part of your exclusivity anyway.
2)  Until I got the annual tuition invoice and my children, despite be Catholics with Catholic parents, don't get a discount...say what???

Thursday, July 24, 2014

To my sister...

Bank…well now Teach.

Look at you!  All grown up.  Here all the things I want to say to you but can't (at least not in front of our relatives) about marriage:

  • Duh its hard.  You married your counterpart, your half.  There will be days when you want strangle your spouse because he left underwear and towels on the floor, dishes and the sink and he didn't go to work therefore he could have washed dishes and did the laundry.
  • Its fun.  Duh, you married your counterpart, your other half.  There are days where you want do the very opposite. 1/
  • Don't tell people your marital business.  Its your marriage, the moment you let someone else in…things go south.  Somethings are better left unsaid.  
  • You're busy.  But not busy you can't text, pick up a damn phone, or plan a trip with your mom and sister.  3/  
  • You'll need your "alone" time.  Sounds selfish?  Nope.  Being around someone who is your counterpart is EXHAUSTING.  Give yourself time to go grocery shopping, a Target run, buying a book…something.  But give yourself a "couple break".
  • You still need to date.  No really.  Just because you are married doesn't preclude you from a night on the town 2/.  From a movie night to dinner - plan something fun for each and with each other.
  • Laugh.  Self explanatory
  • Laugh harder.  Especially when you're facing tests, trials, and tribulations.  
  • Pray together.
  • Pray for each other.
Yep that's about it.  Keep it moving.  Have a blast!

1/  See I left it blank, you fill in whatever.
2/  Not just on your anniversary…
3/  Essence, Spa Weekend

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Bruno Mars

How do I explain Bruno Mars….I LOVE This man!  Yep Done.   Not on my hump island but just the same, he makes partying fun!

After seeing that, I was definitely on it for a second leg of his Moonlight Jungle Tour!  The NEXT day after this half time show, I was on Ticketmaster finding tickets in Bristow also known as Jiffy Lube Live!  After hearing my husband talk about buying tickets in the pavilion and Premier parking, I found Section 100 seats and yes premier parking…when the man counteroffers like that, you have to hop on it.

After putting in a six hour day and a very major hurdle (our car lights were out…thank God for Sears), Attractive Al and I had dinner at Elevation Burger (a post on that soon) and gearing up for a dance party for the ages (at least for me).  Tip:  Leave early.  Leave early.  Its one lane roads to JLL.  We got to our space with seconds to spare to see Aloe Blacc.  AMAZING.  Here is AB working his stuff at another concert -

We were so close that we could see the stage without obstruction AND next to the sound engineers.  During AB's set, we got to see his family rocking out.  Kinda fun.

After the opening act, getting more alcohol, and seeing the top of AB's head as he signed merchandise, we were ready for the Main Event which included the following songs:

Drum Solo - on lift

All of them amazing and the Encores!  Well hell, here you go (also from another concert) and yes when  it happened Friday night, all hell broke loose.

People were scooping up glitter as we left.  He doesn't disappoint even my skeptical "I think the 90s had better tunes" of a husband thought it was good.

So enjoy ladies and gents…enjoy!

Monday, July 7, 2014

Beach Vacay!!!

What is a beach vacation without the beach?  A craptastic one.

And here we are…

So much fun!

Friday, July 4, 2014

Happy Birthday America

Best country in the world and its mine.  Love ya and all those who you home!!!

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Beach Vacay!!! Savannah

The only reason I'm here….

Yep, fun and hot, and humid, and damn oppressive, much like DC.  I have been to Savannah three times in my life:

  1. Once because the Government trained me for a month and I got a weekend pass to the city.  I was bored sitting in my hotel like dorm room and was glad to get out.  I took a trolley around the city, walked the river walk, did the local market, and hit target.  Not bad.
  2. My dad was bored the first time we were in Hilton Head and AA was sick from either sun poisoning or dehydration…probably the latter.  We didn't stay long.
  3. My mother in law heard that Savannah was 30 minutes away from HHI.  I didn't have a choice.

I have never really wanted to be here.  Wow.  Well I'm here now and we are making the most of it.  

We booked our trolley tickets online using a deal and parked in the Trolley headquarters (free!  Hello deals).  Based upon visit #2, I just saved at least $10 in parking.  I used my consolidated baby bag (really a VB Messenger bag) and had Sam's emergency meds, pull-ups; portable toilet seats; change of clothes; and a home made ouch pouch.  That, along with a stroller, AA and I were battle ready for the day.  

After parking and a bathroom break, we boarded the trolley for a leisurely day through the City by the Sea.  We were able to hop on and off and walk around the squares that my MIL wanted to look at further.