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Saturday, August 29, 2009

It's the Weekend

Hi everyone in my blog world. It is the weekend and man have I been busy. You all know that I started back to work again this past week and I am in the room with 3 year olds. And let me tell you, they are some busy little people. Always on the move doing something. So this week was our first day back to school and we were so excited to be back to work. It was a great week. On Thursday though, I was so EXHAUSTED. I came home from work like by 5:30 after I had a lot of errands to run. I was so tired, I didn't even want to cook dinner, I just let everyone fend for themselves. SO I started reading my book that I have been reading and by like 6:15 I was sound asleep on the couch. Next thing you know it was 9:00pm, I woke up to go to the bathroom and I crawled into my bed and went to sleep for the whole night. I slept so hard till like 5:00 in the morning. That's how tired I was. It has a lot to do with being off for like 4 weeks and then going back to work again it is a big adjustment. But I am ok now. NO, I'm not sick. My body was just getting adjusted to working again.
So now it is the weekend and I am home today doing things around the house. I have my little boy that I take home from school sometimes. His grandmother (who has custody of him) is in the hospital and his grandfather wanted to go up to see her for a few hours. So I told him I would take care of him for a while. Right now, he is taking a nap. So I am able to get on here for a few.

Tomorrow I will post about my weigh in and also post another set of pictures of me because this week was my 13 month anniversary of having my surgery. And I took pictures of me and now I have to put them on here. So look for my posting tomorrow. ok.

WE are still anxiously waiting for Sam to get a job. He has a big lead on something and supposedly it may happen on Monday. The owner of the company is supposed to be calling him to start this coming Monday. LORD I hope so. I will let you all know as soon as I hear anything. UNTIL then please Pray that Sam finds a job quickly because I don't know how much longer we can go without him working. It is really hard financially right now for us.


Monday, August 24, 2009

We are so EXCITED!!!!!

The kids first day of school is tomorrow. AND WE ARE SO EXCITED!!!! Today we were at work and set up our new classroom with all of the furniture and things we need for our students. We worked out a schedule of things we are doing for the days and the specials that we are doing. We worked out our swim schedule etc. We are so ready for our kids to come tomorrow and we are super EXCITED to see their shinning faces. We miss them so much. This year I am working with Joyce again, she is the teacher I have been with for over 14 years now and the other para in our room is Margaret and she is my best friend. All three of us work so well together it isn't funny. It is amazing how well we just click and work fantastic together. So We had a great day today getting ready for our kids. We all said we weren't going to be able to sleep tonight. It should really be the other way around. The kids should be the ones who are excited and can't sleep and ready to come back to school, which I am sure they are, but we are just like little kids ourselves, excited for the first day of school. It is going to be wonderful.

Cody and Tyler start school tomorrow. They are excited too. Tyler is a little nervous though. He doesn't know where his room is and all. But he will be ok. They will be all excited when they get home to tell me all about their first day of school. Little Sam started school last week and he has brought home more papers for me to sign every single day. Don't you hate the first week of school it feels like you are signing your life or you Kid away. LOL. I know they need all these papers signed, different information and all but dang doing it times 3 is a lot. LOL.

Sam did not hear anything yet from that job he applied for. He is going to call them tomorrow. I sure do hope he gets this job, he needs to work so bad we just can't make it on my salary alone. I will let you all know what happens.

I CAN'T WAIT!!!!! :) :):):)

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Sunday's Newflash!!!!

IT is sunny!! Yeah. We have had the most Wicked Storms for the past two nights. It was like Yellow outside all day yesterday and the day before. It was so EERY! The thunder was Rocking my house. It was intense. The RAIN was like Torrential downpours. There for a few minutes I thought for sure we were going to loose our electric. IT was horrible. IT was scary. And the aftermath, holy cow, We have floods like crazy here. Our house is ok, but across the street, their whole driveway and yard is flooded. Down the street is the same way. What a wicked storm it was. It started on Friday night, lasted ALL night into the morning. Then it let up and we thought is was over. Then around 5 pm last night it started all over again. WOW the thunder alone just rocked our world. It was the hardest storm we have had in years. I was a little worried for a while. I think it had something to do with that hurricane that was out in the Atlantic, I think it was hurricane Bill. We didn't have the wind though thank God. But the RAIN oh my gosh.
So when we woke up this morning and it is Sunny and nice and warm and Blue skies I knew it was over and we are all ok. Just dealing with lots of water on the roads and yards. Hopefully by tonight or tomorrow it will all dry up and be ok. Now talk about mowing, that rain just made our grass grow like 6 inches overnight. LOL. So needless to say we have to mow the grass now. But is just way to wet out there today to do any of that. Maybe tomorrow.
So the boys had one of their friends spend the night last night. That was fun, they were up till like midnight. But they had a lot of fun.
I did my weigh in again today because it is Sunday and I have lost another 1 lb so my total weight loss now is 144 lbs. WOW!!! Unbelievable. I feel Fantastic. I am doing so good and now that I am back to work and back to my routine it will be even better. I have to go clothes shopping soon. My sister Lynn gave me some clothes--Thanks Lynn---that helped so much. But I still to get a few more pants. I usually go to the goodwill, you can find some really nice things there if you look really good. So maybe on Friday or next weekend, when I get paid I will have to venture out to the goodwill again.
Sam may have a job, YEAH!!! He lost his about 3 weeks ago, and he has been out putting apps in all over the place. Well he has decided to go back into construction and building houses again. He has over 14 years experience and he really likes it. He is good at it. Well he went to this place that our nephew Rob works at and they are hiring. So the guy asks Sam how many yrs exp he has and when he told him over 14 years, they guy was like blown away and wanted him right away. He told him he will look over his app and call his references and then call him on Monday. So then when Rob got back to the shop, the guy was asking about Sam and the guy told Rob that he will be calling Sam on Monday. SO HOPEFULLY it will all work out and everything will be good and Sam will start working for this company on Monday. Apparently this company is Extremely busy and have lots of work lined up and the pay really really good, so keep praying that this all works out for him and us. CUS being unemployed really SUCKS!!!!
Other then that, we are chilling out here. I am on here listing things on ebay again, emailing, and surfing the net. The boys are all playing in their room, they are getting back into playing with all of their toys instead of just video games. I think it is cool to have their friend here because that helps them not fight with each other and all play together. It is cool. So we are having a relaxing day and getting ready for the work day tomorrow. I have to be to work by 7:30 tomorrow and I can't wait. LOVE MY JOB!!!!!


Friday, August 21, 2009

Back to School!!!!!

YEAH!!!! I am back to work, Back to School. I had such a great day yesterday. It was the first day for only the staff to come to work. We had this huge meeting in the morning where every staff member of the district gathered in one place to listen to the superintendent talk about the improvements that are being made in our district, the expectations of everyone, the future of our district, honor the teachers of the year and so on. It was very nice. Then we met into our own groups of staff. Like all the teachers had their own meeting and all the paras had their own meetings. Well, that is where I stepped in and had to take over. It was a little bit overwhelming at first. There were over 120 people looking and listening to me and paying attention to every word I had to say. Then they were asking all kinds of questions. It all went pretty well though. I was pretty siked up to begin with for it being the first day and I had to address everyone so that when it was over, I just felt like I crashed. I was just exhausted. I guess it was all of the adrenaline leading up to that moment and the preparations making sure that I had everything I needed and I didn't forget anything. So now I can say that we have officially started back to school yesterday. HOWEVER, now we are OFF today LOL! Yeah I know pretty weird huh? Well, the state is in such financial crisis that they had to tell every state employee to reduce their days by 5 days this year, so that they can reduce our pay by 2.5%. So we had to come up with 5 days that we can take off of school that would not interfere with the students and make a staffing shortage. SO in all the meeting we all had, we decided that today would be one of our 5 furlough days to take off of work because there are no students today. SO that is why I am off today. We go back to work on Monday and the students start back to school on Tuesday. I am so excited to see them!!!!!! :) We were there for the rest of the afternoon yesterday setting up our classroom and getting things together for them. We are so excited. It is going to be a great year. Well HONESTLY EVERY DAY OF MY LIFE AT WORK IS A GREAT DAY AND A GREAT YEAR!!!! I LOVE MY JOB LIKE NO ONE HAS EVER LOVED THEIR JOB!!!!!!! And I can't believe this will be starting my 14th year in my school. And it is now my 24th year of working with children with Disabilities. Can you believe it? This is the only thing I have ever done in my life. These children are my life!!!! I love them so much.

SO with today being Friday, I am home doing things around the house and on the computer. Lil Sam is in school. He started yesterday. The other two boys start Tuesday. So now, finally, things can get back to normal. And we can be back to a normal routine. I can be my normal VERY BUSY self and loving every minute of it. The boys can be on their normal very busy routine and loving it and everything will be going great.
Sam is still looking for a job. Yeah it really sucks around here trying to find a job. Yeah he lost his job (long story) almost about 3 weeks ago and we have not had any luck finding a job. But we are keeping our hopes up that something will show up soon. IT HAS TO!!! If anyone knows of anything around here that is hiring, please let me know.


Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Awake and Ready to Go!!

Good morning everyone, it is Wednesday morning and I am up and ready to go. I woke up all excited this morning. I start back to work today. Today is a 1/2 day for training. We all got this new technology equipment in our school and we all need to be trained on it. So we start back today to get trained on it. Then we really start back to school tomorrow. Have to be there at 7 am tomorrow. I can't wait. I have to do a big presentation for all the paras in the district because I am the president. I am excited about it all, but I am hoping I don't forget anything. I have been getting things together for the past few days. Hopefully I don't forget to tell them anything or do all that I am supposed to do. The first day of school is always a little nerve racking. I will over 120 people's eyes on me and I don't want to stumble or forget to say something that they need to hear. Anyway, so today we have this training, tomorrow we start school with the big meeting for everyone in the district and then on Friday we are off. It is one of our furlough days that we have to take this year because of all the state financial problems they are having. SO then on Monday we go in to set up the classrooms and all and then on Tuesday the students start. I can't wait!!!! I miss my kids so much. Even though I worked summer school and only really got like 3 weeks off, that is still such a long time not to see my kids. I bet they have grown so much and I hope they didn't loose a lot of what we were doing over the year. Every year is a new year and every year we have to start over with our kids. BUT it is all worth it because they accomplish so much by the end of the school year. IT is wonderful to see them and see their little faces when they know they have mastered a goal that they have been working on for so long. Man I miss my kids.
My boys start school this week and next week. I can't wait for that to happen either. They have been home and together WAY too much this summer. They need a break from each other. Lil Sam starts school tomorrow and Cody and Tyler start school next Tuesday. They are excited and ready to get back to school too.
Anyway, I did my weigh in again yesterday. I missed it on Sunday because we were not home. And we got home too late on Monday. So I did it yesterday. I lost another 1 lb. So that brings my total up to 144 lbs. I am so excited. I am just doing awesome. I feel fantastic. I feel wonderful. I just FEEL Incredible. And now that I will be back to work and going to have my routine back it is even going to be more exciting. I love being in a routine. It just makes things run smoother and easier.
Sam is looking for a JOB!!! Yeah, he lost his job (long story). But anyway, we are seriously looking for a new job and in today's world that is very hard to do. There is just not a lot of jobs out there. But I keep praying and keeping my hopes up that something will happen soon. I am going to apply for food stamps and medicaid now because we just can not make it on my salary alone. It is just impossible. So if anyone knows of anything out there that can help us, I would really appreciate it.


Monday, August 17, 2009

We're Back!!!!

We are back from Pittsburgh and West Virginia. On the way home from Pittsburgh, we decided to surprise my mom and dad and my sister Lynn and go visit them for a day. That was a lot of fun. But first let me tell you about our visit with Marleen and her husband Rob. We had such a great time. We got there on Thursday night, she had made a really nice dinner for us by the time we got there. She made mini meatballs, cut up veggies, cheese and crackers, etc. all kinds of finger foods. It was so good. She has the cutest little old house. It was built way back in the day. LOL. Anyway on Thursday night we all sat around and played Poker on a real poker table. That was a fun. It felt like we are in Vegas. LOL. Then We all "camped" out in her living room all weekend. We had air mattresses and the couches. Then on Friday, we made this really big breakfast for everyone and then we went shopping a little bit. Then we did my hair, wait to you see pictures of it. I wanted to put a relaxer in my hair because my hair is so dam curly. So we did the relaxer and it turned out really really good. And we painted our nails. It was a lot of girl time that day it was fun. Then we made lasagna and salad and all for dinner. Then on Saturday we made another big breakfast and then we all went down to the pool and went swimming for awhile. We all got pretty burnt but it was fun anyway. Then we bbqed Saturday night and sat around the camp fire. That was fun making s'mores and all. The whole time we were there we played on the drum set that they have in the basement. That was wonderful. Now lil Sam wants a drum set for Christmas, I was like yeah right, where are we going to put it? LOL. And they even have a real slot machine, the boys really liked that too. And their little dog "smuckers" they had so much fun playing with their little dog too. Then on Sunday it was time for us to go home. But because my mom lives on the way home from Marleen's house, we decided to go there too. And extend our vacation one more day. That was fun too, because my mom just got back from Rome and she was so excited to tell us all about her trip and show us pictures and all of that. My sister Lynn made a great dinner for all of us, and we "camped" out in their living room too. So today we got home around 5:00 and honestly it is really nice to be home again. And be able to sleep in my own bed tonight. That is going to be so nice.
Tomorrow I have a few errands to run. Then I have to go to work on Wednesday for a training and then School starts again for me on Thursday. So that is my week in a nut shell. So I am so glad we had the chance to have this vacation. It was absolutely wonderful. We had so much fun and created so many memories. We will have to do it again some time.

Anyway, SO I missed my weigh in on Sunday because we were not home and it was too late tonight to do it, so I am going to weigh myself in the morning and post any updates on here tomorrow.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Leaving for Pittsburgh

Good morning everyone. I am so excited this morning. We are leaving to go to my cousin's house who lives in Pittsburgh. We have been planning this for like over a month now and we are all very excited to be going. So we are leaving around 10 or 11. We got lots of things planned to do and cook and hang out and play games it is just going to be so much fun. I love hanging out with her and her husband they are so fun. And the boys are excited to be able to play in her basement. They are boys and boys will be boys I guess. LOL.
Anyway besides that, it has been so DAM hot out here for the past few days I sure do hope things cool off soon. I had my little boy, from my class, over yesterday. And he came with his two cousins. That was a lot of fun. We took them and my boys and went to one of my friends house and we all went swimming for a little while, had a bbq, hung out there. We had fun. Then we came home and hung out here for a while, played outside, played games and all that. My friend Margaret was with me the whole day too and she was able to help me and that was wonderful to have her be there with all my boys. With my boys and the boys I had with me I had 6 all together so it was great to have her there to help me. Then I made dinner for everyone and then brought the boys home at 7:00. I was so tired by the end of the day. When I got back from taking them home I still had to pack and get ready to leave for today. When I was done, I tell you, I JUST CRASHED!!! But I am awake and ready to go this morning. It is going to be a great weekend. We'll be back on Sunday some time. And then School starts next Thursday for me and Lil Sam and the then Cody and Tyler start on the following Tuesday. That will be great. Cus my boys are tired of spending every single day and night with each other. They all need a break from each other.


Tuesday, August 11, 2009

It's 5:30 and I am awake

Good morning everyone. I have to go to work today and I am really excited. I am on the interviewing team for the new paras in our building. SO I am up at 5:30 in the morning on one of my days off. I have to be there at 7:00. But I had to do a few things on here first before I went to work.
Yesterday I got to spend the whole day with one of my best friends Margaret. I haven't seen here in like 2 weeks. And when you are used to seeing a person every single day and doing things together all the time, 2 weeks is a long time. We went to lunch, then the mall, and then we came here to my house and hung out and played games. It was fun. IT was too dam HOT to do anything else outside at all. But it was cool to see her again. She is being interviewed today for her job, she was on a temporary contract so she has to interview again. She is nervous. I told her to be herself and she will be fine.
Anyway we are doing ok. It has been so dam HOT out to do anything. So we have been in the house hanging around. I start back to work next week so I am excited to get to see my kids and all my coworkers again.
We are going to my cousin's house this Thursday, so I am excited about that too. That is going to be so much fun. We got all kinds of things planned to do together.
Well, I gotta get myself together for work, so I will post again another time.

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Sunday's Newsflash!!!!

Ok so today is not a typical Sunday at my house. First of all, there are a ton of things going on in my head right now, stress, worry, sadness, etc. that I was up at 4:00 this morning and I could not turn my brain off. I was worried about going to my cousin's house and seeing if everything is going to work out that we have planned (LONG STORY). I am worried about Sam getting a new job (ANOTHER LONG STORY). I am worried about not having money to pay the bills that we have to pay because of Sam NOT working right now (LONG STORY). I am worried about my friend Doris's Husband Todd who fell off a three story roof the other day and is in the hospital not doing too well (ANOTHER LONG STORY). I am not a worried bag of emotions and I just hope things work out ok for us. I am just not having a good day. So my mind woke me up at 4:00 this morning and I could not go back to sleep at all. I am just not having a good day. So I got up and went to the living room and read some more of my book I had started reading last night and I actually finished it by 10:00 this morning. I did nothing but READ the entire time. I just wanted to forget my problems for a little while and get caught up in the wonderful world of reading. By the time I finished the book, I was so drained, emotionally and physically that I went back to sleep. And I slept really hard. Thank God I didn't have to go anywhere today. So I slept until 12:30. So then when I got up, half the day was gone already and Now I am up and moving and doing the things that I normally do, cleaning, cooking, doing things on the computer, etc. So I feel a little better but my worries and stress are still there and I just don't know what to do about it all. I know it has to get worse before it gets better but I just hate going through it. But I guess we have to go through what God hands us to make us stronger and a better person.

So when I did wake up and realized it was Sunday, I did my weigh in and I have stayed the same this week. Doesn't surprise me, I have been stressed and not focusing on my food too much. I will do better next week. But I still have lost 141 lbs and that is nothing to be sorry about or worried about. That is something to celebrate.

Well Everyone Enjoy your Sunday!! Mine has got to get better soon!!!

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Look @ our LITTLE DECK

Our Deck is COMPLETE!!! It is so CUTE AND LITTLE. I love it!!!


Saturday's Happenings

I just got off the phone with my cousin Marleen for about the 5th time today. WE ARE SO EXCITED!! We are planning on visiting them this week for a long weekend and we are so excited about it. We got the whole weekend planned out as far as what we are going to be cooking and doing and everything. It is so cute. And I went on mapquest and got all the directions and now all we have to do is Pack and Wait. We are going to leave on Thursday evening and make it a long weekend. It is going to be so much fun. I can't wait. They live right outside Pittsburgh.
Other then that, I am chilling here at home. This is the first day I have not been out of my house in a long time. I am always on the go doing all kinds of things and I did not want to leave my house at all today. I am doing the never ending task of laundry. And I am on here doing a few things and playing around online. Other then that we are all doing ok.
I have pictures of my deck. I am going to put them on here in the next post after I post this one. I am going to make it it's separate post. Before and After pictures of our little deck. It came out really really good. Not as big as we would have liked it but it does it's job. Sam calls it, "glorified steps-not a deck" LOL. Wait to you all see it. I love it anyway, even if it is little. It's cute.
Have a great Weekend Everyone!!!!!!

Friday, August 7, 2009

Where has the week gone?

I can not believe it is Friday already. I have been so busy around the house with things like cleaning out the closets and all that and doing a bunch of stuff that I don't get to do while I am working, that I didn't even realize that it is Friday already. Dang! I only have two more weeks of vacation before I start back to work, I better get a move on with the things I still have to do. I have to go school shopping for the boys stuff and clothes that they need for school. I have to get my para stuff done for work. I have a bunch of things to do. But it will all get done because I am determined to get it all done before school starts again.
I am still the President of all the paras in my district. And I am still loving it. This is my third year doing it. It is my last year of my first term. But I really enjoy doing it and I help a lot of people so I will continue to do it for as long as I can. I can run for re-election at the end of this school year to do another 3 year term. And I don't think I will have any problems with getting elected again. For 1 no one else really wants to do it and for 2 everyone wants me to continue doing it, they say I do a good job at it. Which I think I do too because I keep everyone informed of things going on and I am very active with things. So I am up for another year of being President and love it.
I am looking forward to a new school year. We will be in our room with our own students. We separated our classroom over the summer, we went from 7 adults and 21 students to 3 adults and 8 or 9 students. We are going to be able to do So much more stuff with them and be able to meet their individual needs better. It is going to be such a great year. I am still working with Joyce who I have been working with for 14 years now. Her and I work WONDERFUL together. So I am looking forward to a great school year.
The boys are ready to go back to school too. Tyler is definitely ready, he says he is bored and wants to go back to all his friends and stuff. He LOVES school. He is on the honor roll all year and really does good in school. So he is ready for a new year. He will be in 6th grade this year, yeah I can't believe how old he is getting. HE is 11 years old already. Cody is not looking forward to school this year. He doesn't really like school, he struggles a lot with academics. But he does ok. I am looking into getting him into Polytech High School just like lil Sam. I think that would be a better setting for him vs the regular high school in our district. He would get totally lost in the shuffle over there. They don't tend to the special needs of the individuals as much as they do at Polytech. And with Cody being in Special Education he needs a little more extra TLC you know what I mean. He will be in 8th grade this year. Yeah he is growing up too. He is 13 years old already I can't believe how old they are all getting. Cody is spitting image of me LOL. Sam is very ready to go back to school. He is super excited. He is going into 11th grade and he is so looking forward to GRADUATION already. I keep telling him he still has 2 years left of school but he is looking at 2 less years then he has already gone through. He is such a Great teenager. I got really really lucky with him. He is very respectful, polite, caring, loving, and just an overall great kid with a great head on his shoulders. All my boys are wonderful but as they are coming into adulthood, you realize the type of adult they are going to be and I think Sam is going to make a wonderful responsible adult. We'll see how the other two turn out LOL. Anyway Sam is still into Carpentry at Polytech. He helped a whole lot with us building our deck over the past week. And he did a great job at it too. I can't believe my oldest son is 16 years old already. Driving and very independent. Looking for a job, really really wants to work but no one hires kids anymore unless they are 18 so it has been hard for him finding work this summer. But when he does work, he works hard. He helps out one of my cousins who own their own business doing odds and ends jobs.
Other then that, everything else is going ok. I am still feeling absolutely fantastic. I am really really exercising a whole lot now and doing great. I have this thing going on with my cousin Marleen who lives in PA. We text and call each other all the time and now we work out all the time together and text back and forth as to see how we are doing. It is very fun and inspiring to do it together even though we are miles and miles away. But we do it at the same time and it is fun. So it keeps us both going. And makes us both feel so much better about ourselves.

Well gotta go, get stuff done today. Got a list of things I would like to accomplish today and it is a sunny beautiful day. Windows are open, fresh air coming in, not hot, absolutely gorgeous day!!!!


Thursday, August 6, 2009

Getting Caught Up!!!

So it has been a few days since I have been on here. I have been very busy getting caught up with things around the house that I don't get the chance to do since I am at work all the time. I have been cleaning out closets. We finished the deck. I have to post the pictures on here. I have been making all kinds of cool dinners and different foods cus I have the time to experiment. I have listed a few things on ebay and actually sold some things. I have just been very busy around here. Today I got a million errands to run. So I will be out of the house for a few hours. They just opened up a brand new $1 store right next door to my development within walking distance and I am super excited about that. I love $1 stores. So I am going to check it out today. Monday they just opened up. It has been super hot here so I did not take the boys to the beach like I wanted to because it is just too dam hot to even be outside. Humidity in Delaware really sucks.
Well that is about all that is going on here. I am going to list more things on ebay again tonight and try and get rid of a bunch of things. Since we had our yardsale last month and didn't get everything sold that is what I decided to do with everything post it on ebay. And so far it is working out. If anyone wants to check out my ebay listings it is on purplepattireid on ebay.

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Sunday's Newsflash!!!!

Well it is Sunday and I actually have a chance to get on here. I haven't posted a Sunday's Newsflash in a few weeks it seems.

So I did my weigh in again today and I have now lost a total of 141 lbs. I can not believe it. I feel AMAZING!!! I just can not believe how well I am doing. Thank you to all my friends and family for your support and encouragement. I have been doing wonderful.
We built a small deck yesterday. YEAH!!! I have only been asking for a deck to be built outside our front door for like 6 years now. But we got ahold of a bunch of wood from friends of ours and I picked up a set of steps for sale out of the newspaper. SO yesterday we went to Lowes and bought the rest of the wood and screws and all that we needed to build our deck. It is not as big as we would have liked it to be because of lack of money and the space available to build it but it works. It is enough for all 5 of us to be on at the same time and put a little grill on it too. Now I am on the lookout for a grill. They should be on clearance soon because summer is almost over and they are going to be putting fall things out soon. SO if I can find a grill for pretty cheap, that will be our next purchase. So anyway, I took lots of pictures of us doing the deck yesterday. It was pretty fun, we all worked together. We put the boys to work doing it too. It was a lot of work though, for me anyway. I am not used to carrying all that wood around and hammering in nails and drilling screws in. It was a work out for my arms that is for sure. But it was fun. We are not totally done with it though. We ran out of wood so we have to go back to lowes and get more. All we have to get is the top pieces that cap off the top of the railings and we have to build the railings for the steps. And then we will be done. BUT we can't do any more of it today because of course it is RAINING. Whenever we want to do anything it always seems to rain. But I guess we need the rain too. So when we are all done with the deck, I will put some pictures on here for all of you to see.
Well that is about all that is going on here. I did take the boys bowling the other day and they had a lot of fun. It was good to spend time with them out of the house with just me and them. We didn't go out to lunch though, we decided to eat before we left because everyone was hungry and they all started eating so that saved us some money anyway. Next week, if it is nice, I plan on taking them to the beach one day for the day. Just me and the boys. Next Wednesday I am going to VA beach for the night. I can't wait. My friend has a beach house there and a few of us girls are going to hang out at her beach house all day Wednesday and Thursday. Very cool. NO Husbands and NO Kids!!! My kind of VACATION!!! LOL.