His First Visit To His New School

Kyle starts school in just a few days!  He will be starting 6th grade at a brand new school, in a new school district.  

Friday, May 30, 2008

Awesome Day & Back to Normal

Today was an awesome day for me. I feel like I accomplished so much! First, I did all of my weekly cleaning today -- I usually clean on Sundays. For some reason, I was in the mood to clean. I also did some laundry and vacuuming, which tend to be everyday chores.

I also took the time to write a letter! I was done with all of my chores and decided I had some free time to sit down and write.

Also, I am really proud of myself because I made our bed. I had to wash our sheets for the second time within the last few days. There was a little accident so the sheets needed to be washed. Anyway, since Shannon was at work, I decided to make the bed. I don’t normally make the bed, I do help though. But I made the entire bed. I usually have Shannon make the bed because he does it the same way housekeepers make it at a hotel. He learned how to make beds from his work experience. So we do our bed the same way.

Lastly, I successfully gave Kyle a bath after 2 months of not having a real bath. Shortly after Shannon started his job, Kyle decided he didn’t like taking baths, nor did he like going outside. There were a few times where we had to hold him down just to wash his hair. In the past, I had given him little sponge/wipe downs instead of a bath. But today, I just tried to give him a bath. He cried a little at first, but then he was back to his normal happy self. He didn’t want to get out of the tub.

I have also been taking Kyle out for walks around the complex! He now likes going outside. I wanted to start walking because I knew that we both needed that extra exercise and Kyle needed to start getting outside again.

I was always wondering

My MIL had given me a couple of cuttings from one of her houseplants that was given to her. I never knew what this plant was called and it was bothering me all this time. Well, I finally decided to look it up to see if I could find the name of it. It wasn’t too hard to find out that the plant is called a “Wandering Jew” or an “Inch Plant.” From the cuttings, we started them in water and I haven’t had a chance to transplant them into pots yet.

I am also rooting some of my Jade leaves and steam cuttings and they seem to be doing good. I only have two types of plants for now, and I hope to acquire more!

Juggling Bills

I pride myself on juggling our bills and making sure they are paid on time. If Shannon was in charge of paying our bills, we’d be in trouble! LOL I even use online bill pay through my bank since it’s free to use and it save me the postage, that I could instead, use towards sending a letter to a pen pal. If you can’t tell by the many news stories, the economy SUCKS! Jobs are scarce, while other companies are laying off their staff. So we are very thankful for our good fortune and everything that led us to our current situation.

Our rent is due on the first of each month. So I decided to drop off our rent check a few days early because I didn’t want to go in when “everyone and their mother” was going in. The check was post dated for June 1st. I know that checks are considered “live” and can be cashed anytime, no matter the date on the check. But I assumed the apartment managers would have the common courtesy to WAIT until June 1st to cash my check, since the rent isn’t DUE until June 1st. But unfortunately, they do NOT have the common courtesy and are Money Hungry Whores, and decided to cash my check EARLY! I am just thankful Shannon’s direct deposit was deposited the next day. I am just a little pissed that they couldn’t WAIT until June 1st to cash my check! I have also decided that I do NOT like this place and how it’s run. I know that I want to move out of here as soon as our lease is up, because I am tired of their so-called “professionalism.”

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Peaceful and Rain

Shannon had 2 consecutive days off this week. It literally felt like a very long weekend, it was nice to have him home. We didn’t do much, except hang out at home. Shannon went to Walmart on Tuesday to pick up my steam vacuum. It actually rained for most of the day on Tuesday as well. Even though it was raining throughout the day, it was HOT. It’s been raining at least once a week here. Just perplexing, considering we used to live in the desert!

Shannon also had a chance to spend time with Kyle, which Kyle always enjoys. Shannon had stayed up all night on Monday due to over thinking work issues. He had a chance to see Kyle first thing in the morning, which he NEVER gets to see. I am so used to seeing Kyle first thing that I am used to his smile and cuteness. Anyway, he said he said hi and waved to Kyle and Kyle waved back! I wish I had seen it.

Our friends in Las Vegas had their second child last week as well. They had a baby boy. Since their first one was born via C-Section, their second child was born the same way. Shannon and I are in awe with the idea of having a second child. I think it’s more of a “no way in hell do we want to think about doing that” or “ no way in hell can we see ourselves doing that.” We are ecstatic for them, don’t get me wrong. But for us, we aren’t planning for another child. Perhaps if some of our circumstances change, we can reconsider, just not at this time. But then again, I love my body and I don’t know if I want to have to work again to get it back afterwards. It wasn’t hard to lose the weight, it literally just melted off itself, but other parts of me were being stubborn.

Sunday, May 25, 2008

Memorial Day Weekend

This weekend, there are many families out there taking a nice long weekend to either go on vacation or just spend time with family at home. Well, for us, we never get to celebrate the holidays or special occasions, especially with working in the hospitality industry. Lucky for us, our industry doesn’t close and we are not a Monday through Friday workplace. If we do celebrate, it’s usually a little bit before or after the actual holiday.

Our weekend falls on Tuesday and Wednesday of next week. We don’t really have any plans. Shannon said he’s going to pick up my steam vacuum that I bought for myself for Mother’s Day. It was delivered to the store about 2 weeks ago and Shannon keeps forgetting to bring home the print out (receipt) that you need to pick up your item at the store. So if he does actually does pick up my vacuum, I will be cleaning our carpets!

Shannon is doing really well at his job. He gets along with a majority of the managers there. There are a few managers that I am not fond of. One of them (literally) starts drama and craziness and tries to put the blame on other managers. From what I hear, he yells at the people in his department. Shannon is also close with the Assistant GM of the Hotel Division and the General Manager of the property. They know that they can rely on him to complete any project they ask him to do. He hopes to get back into Training and Safety and Security. Right now, he overseas the Security personnel, but he hasn’t had the time to really watch whether or not they are doing their job, so Engineering is also monitoring them.

Apparently the company he works for will be building a property in a nearby city and the other next door. So, of course, everyone is looking at the opportunities that lay ahead! There will be new doors opening and new opportunities in the future for everyone.

I have also been thinking about enrolling Kyle into a preschool. Awhile back I found a few Church Preschools but there is one in particular that I like. I did email the director to find out more information. There is also a preschool on the way to Shannon’s workplace. Either way, I think it would be beneficial to put Kyle into a preschool so he can meet other kids his age and also stimulate his (always) working mind.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Two days off together

Our Saturday

We had a rainy, windy, thunder, lightning, and hail of a day. We had storms throughout the day. Then around 5:30pm, while we were watching Lost on our DVR, the power went out! We listened to the weather report on our police scanner which was entertaining for a bit. I decided to take a quick power nap too. I was tired and I didn’t get to sleep in until about 1pm, like SOMEONE (my husband) did. The power outage lasted a little over an hour, but it was the longest hour ever. LOL

Our Sunday

Shannon had two consecutive days off this week. We went grocery shopping today at a store we have never been to and unfortunately, we are very disappointed. First, we were over charged for some of the products we bought and she also charged me twice on a few items. I didn’t notice this until we were all in the car ready to go. So, you are probably thinking, it’s my fault for not watching my items being rung up. But, imagine being in a brand new store - I prefer to check out my surroundings, watch my son, and make sure my husband doesn’t need help. We decided not to go back into the store and dispute the bill because there was only one cashier and there was a line forming, and most of all, Kyle was getting antsy.

I was going to email the company but unfortunately they don’t list an email address or even a “contact us” page. Then I thought I would call the store and I can’t even find their phone number. Even when I looked on the yellow pages website, there are no phone numbers listed for ANY of their stores, just the addresses. The ONLY way to contact them is to write them a letter! I am so pissed that I couldn't find a phone number or an email address that I just may write them. LOL Shannon says not to worry about it, but this will bother me.

All in all, we have decided not to return to this particular store. They don’t deserve our business. They advertise LOW prices, but they must get away with doing that by actually overcharging their customers at checkout. When a product is marked at a certain price, I expect to be charged that, not overcharged. Plus, they don't carry some of the poducts that I use, so we only ended up buying a portion of what we normally buy. So, we are sticking with Walmart.

We also shaved Kyle’s head! He didn’t like the whole process but after it was over, he was fine.

Friday, May 16, 2008

Like an episode of Cheaters!

Our bed is here. They delivered it much earlier than we thought. We choose “before noon” for delivery and they showed up at 11am! LOL I was glad that I was all dressed and ready for them but Shannon wasn’t. We had planned to get him up at 11am. Shannon heard the truck door open and it sort of woke him up. Then we both heard the knock on the front door. Like an episode of Cheaters, I saw Shannon run to the back room (our office) with his clothes bunched up in his arms to get dressed! Meanwhile, I let them in and stripped the bed for them to move it. Again, Shannon was going to move our bed before they got here.

They definitely caught us off guard so we were a little embarrassed. Kyle was in a good mood while they were here. He just wanted to play and run around. Once Shannon was dressed, we took turns watching Kyle to make sure he didn’t run out the front door or get in their way.

They were very polite too. They started out calling me “Miss” and then they kept saying “Yes, ma’am” or “No problem, ma’am.” I don’t know if it’s the Southern in them or just being polite.

So our bed is in our room all set up. It smells a little chemical-ly (which is normal) so we have the windows open to air out the bed.

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Work Schedule

Ever since we moved, Shannon has had split days off which hasn't given us much time to spend together. When he does have a day off, he just wants to veg, which is understandable. So I was really looking forward to his weekend this week. However, this morning, he said he only had one day off this week. I guess they are really busy tomorrow, so he has to work. His boss said she would give him 2 1/2 to 3 days off next week.

When I checked my email this morning, there was an email from Walmart saying that my steam vacuum was ready for pick up! Shannon will be picking that up sometime this week! I can't wait to clean our carpets!

Our Dream Bed

We’ve been talking about getting a TempurPedic bed for awhile now and we finally bought one today! This is the bed we‘ve always wanted but never could buy. When we first married, we didn’t think to buy a TempurPedic, we just bought a bed at a store that was going out of business and was selling off their inventory.

When we arrived, we tried out a few of the models in the store. We ended up choosing the one we both loved when we tried it out. We chose the Deluxe Bed and it will be delivered tomorrow morning! We decided to treat ourselves to luxury! We also received two free TempurPedic pillows with our purchase.

Kyle started to get antsy as soon as we got there. Luckily the guy that owned the place had grandchildren and had toys to play with. So Kyle kept himself occupied with the different toys.

We had intended on going to the store today just to LOOK. For some reason, we got caught up in trying the beds and forgot we still had to go grocery shopping. By the time we finished up, we had spent about an hour in the store.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

More Calls

We received MORE called today asking for my husband but referring to him as “her or she.” Or just asking or Ms. F----.

Anyway, I decided to register our home number with the Do Not Call list! Hopefully these calls will stop!

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

My husband’s name

Since we've been together, my husband and I have had several funny incidents with his name. My husband’s name is Shannon and everyone has assumed that it was MY name. For instance, at hotels and casinos, at a hair salon, on the phone, etc. At a restaurant, when they ask for a name, I usually give them my name because we just want to avoid confusion with the hostess. My husband and I take this all in stride and usually laugh about it afterwards.

Today, I just got a phone call asking for Ms. Shannon F----. Well first, this person called our home number, and NOBODY knows this number except my parents, and our friends in Las Vegas. I was a little rude with her because the bitch was like "Heyyyyy" when I answered, like I should know her voice. It was the type of "heyyyyy" you would say to a friend. Then she paused for a few seconds and then I asked her, "Can I help you?" Anyway, I ended up telling her there is no such person as Ms. Shannon. Which is true in this household. She didn’t give me a chance to tell her why, she just said “ok, thanks” and hung up. LOL

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Crazy Weather and Chores

Today is Mother’s Day! I started my afternoon with writing two pen pal letters! I hope to work on more this week. I am a little behind and don’t like to keep my pen pals waiting too long.

It’s been a crazy weather day! I felt like I was back in Northern Nevada! It started out overcast and then a little rain. Then it was sunny, when a huge grey cloud moved over our complex. That’s when it started hailing for a few minutes. Once the hail stopped, it was overcast again. The sun decided to come out and then it started hailing like mad! When I opened our side door, some of the hail came inside! The hail was a little smaller than golf balls. Shannon had called me from work beforehand to say there was a tornado warning in effect. He said it was hailing the size of golf balls. The hail was so loud, we could hear it hit the rooftops and cars. We even heard a few car alarms go off.

After the weather calmed down, I took the time to clean! I cleaned the kitchen, both bathrooms, and vacuumed. I find myself vacuuming a few times a day. I can’t wait to get our steam vacuum! It’s my Mother’s Day gift. I ordered it online about a week ago and it should be delivered to the store soon. Our carpets need to be deep cleaned and I can’t wait to do that. It will be interesting with Kyle running around. He likes to follow me when I am vacuuming.

Friday, May 9, 2008

New toy for Kyle

Shannon went to the store today looking for a specific item. He ended up buying us all a little something. He bought Kyle a new toy! He bought him wooden blocks with the alphabet on them. They were the last set there and we’ve been wanting to get something like this for Kyle for the longest time! Since Shannon opened them up, Kyle has been playing with them non-stop! He loves them. Kyle knew right away that they were for him when his daddy took them out of the shopping bag.

I took out his Elmo Aquadoodle earlier today and he played with that for awhile. I like to keep that toy put away since it has a couple of pieces to go with it. So when I take it out the aquadoodle, it’s more exciting because he doesn’t get to play with it all the time.

We also realized that we haven’t bought a new toy for Kyle since he was about 6 months old. We have received several toys from his grandparents instead. He’s happy with those as well.

I checked out bank account online and saw that our stimulus check is pending! It wasn’t as much as we thought it would be. So I am wondering if married couples get two separate checks? Anyway, we already have plans for the check! We still need a few things around the house.

Commercialization Annoyance

Is it just me, or does it seem like the media is trying to force Mother’s Day down everyone’s throat? Every other television and radio commercial is for a floral delivery company and how you should buy such and such bouquet or buy one get one free for your mom!

Shannon knows that I love flowers but it’s not my gift of choice. Don’t get me wrong, they are beautiful and they smell good. But they last a good week or two. He actually prefers if I pick something out for myself. He knows me so well.

Of course while we were dating, we bought each other nice gifts. Now that we have Kyle, we think more about him, rather than our wants. If Shannon wants something, he’ll usually buy it and the same goes for myself.

I do believe that all mother’s should be appreciated, just don’t feel like you have to do it in way the media says so. If you appreciate and love your mother, TELL HER!

But, I must close with the following:


Good things to come?

There could be some good things to come from his job in the near future! There are some problems with one part of the hotel and they have found out that this department really isn’t doing their job as well as not even showing up for work. Shannon’s been talking to his department manager and division manager about all of this and it sounds like things are being taken care of. Also, Shannon may help update and take over MOD training for the property!

He’s already met two co-workers who had died and were brought back to life! He had a chance to talk with them on two separate occasions and listen to their stories. One of them is writing a book about her experience and what she saw. She said that she was brought back for a reason, and she’s here to help people. The other guy was actually hit by a train and is one of four people in the world to survive being hit by a train. He said after he was hit by the train and as his body was up in the air, he heard his brother’s voice say “don’t lean back,” to which he listened to. They said if he had fallen backwards, he would have been decapitated. They both say that they can’t really describe what they saw “up there” but it was beautiful and peaceful.

Anyway, what are the odds of meeting two people who have died?! At your job, no less! Shannon and I are very open-minded about ghosts, psychics, etc. So to listen to their stories, is amazing.

Burnt Toast

You know the smell, right? My in-laws and husband noticed the burnt toast smell on the day we moved in. I personally couldn’t smell it. They thought it may have been our neighbors who burned their toast. A few minutes later, they said they smelled it again. We didn’t think anything of it. However, I smelled it last night when Shannon came home. I open the door for him and I smelled it outside. Shannon said it’s from the coffee manufacturer, which is right next to our complex.

The burnt toast smell is from them grinding the coffee beans!