Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Kayla (10) Kiera (13) and silly Bella (5)
Kayla and Paris
Kiera, Bella and Kayla
Bella (AKA - Drama Queen)

These are my latest editions..lol..
I think I mentioned in a previous blog that my daughter and I are reconnecting with my step-daughter Nickie...Her dad and I split when she was about 16 years old..
We had a few visits after the divorce but really lost touch after that..I didn't see her again until her brother Philip killed himself in 2005..

She is not a blood sister to my daughter Shannon, but for the most part, they were raised as sisters..They both want that connection again..
I have been in Nickies life since she was born..(another long story,lol).

I have longed for a relationship with her and her three girls..and that time is finally here...I couldn't be more pleased..

My daughter wanted to treat them with a trip to the Dells..at one of the water parks..
I was nervous on the way to pick them up on Sunday..I had already met the two older girls a few weeks back when we took them bowling..but I had not seen Nickie or met the little one..

Nickie and I hugged and all of the nervousness was gone....
Her 10 year old, Kayla ran out of the house and asked me if she could call me grandma...I told her that she would have to ask her mom first..she had already asked and Nickie said it was up to me..lol..of course, I said that was fine..

With in a few hours, the little one, Bella was calling me grandma too...

I'm not trying to take the place of their other grandma's place for sure. but if Nickies dad and I had stayed together, the girls would have always called me grandma..so, it seems like a piece of the puzzle has been put into place:)

Paris was the only boy in our group..lol..but he was fine with that..We had seven people on this trip, but my daughter had gotten a suite so we had plenty of room..we just had to double up for sleeping..
Bella made it known right away that She was sleeping with her "bestest" grandma...lol..how can you not love that?

We were only there for one night, but we got our monies worth..the kids went on all of the BIG water rides and even got me to go on two of them..I will only say this...NEVER AGAIN...lol...I thought my heart was going to stop...Kiera (the oldest) thought that was the funniest thing...
Come on now, the ride was called the HURRICANE...need I say more??

When we dropped them off on Monday, Bella said her foot hurt, so I carried her to the door..a minute later, she was at the door again saying goodbye to me...(no one else)..lol...five minutes after we left Nickie called to say that Bella was crying saying she didn't get to say goodbye to me..
I talked to her for a few minutes and promised her I would see her soon..

Now all we have to do is KEEP the relationship going..with all of our different schedules we will have to MAKE the time to spend together..
As it turns out, Nickie lives so much closer to me than I thought she did..It will make it so much easier to get together..I'm glad about that...

Now all I have to do is explain this new development to Cameron and Destiny..Mason also, but I don't think he will be as affected by my having three new grandkids in my life..I want to incorporate my time with all of the little ones..I think Destiny will like spending some time with Bella, but she might have a hard time sharing me with another little girl..especially when her mom is having another girl..I do not want to have any of the kids think that they will lose time with me..

As I always tell the kids, we have a lot of love to give...so, I'm sure it will turn out for the best..I don't think kids can ever have too many people to love them:)

Happy Valentines Day!!

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Sunrise: South Padre Island..

Lisa, Tessa and Collin: Going for a walk on the beach..
View from the patio where we had dinner: It was wonderful
One of the turtles at: The Sea Turtle Rescue Center
Tessa and baby Collin
Collin: Guess who taught him how to stick his tongue out..lol
Sunrise: Tessa's backyard
The Alamo:
ME and Lisa at the airport:)

Good morning!! Happy Super Bowl Sunday!!

Yesterday I spent some time doing a post..pictures and all...only to lose it when I hit the publish button..WHAT?? I don't know where it went..I guess it is now in cyber heaven....RIP..
I was NOT a happy camper.
Let's try this one more time:)

We had a very nice time on our vacation..but it was very hectic..We spent a lot of time in the car and then with the baby..I almost needed a vacation from my vacation..lol..
Collin is a very good baby..he really only cries when he wants to eat. But he is a baby and they are a LOT of work..lol..

We spent 2 1/2 hours one way to take him to see the doctor in San Antonio...It rained the whole time. After the doctors appointment we went for lunch at Crabby Joe's Crab Shack..VERY good food..Then we went to see the Alamo..that was interesting to see..
We also went to the River Walk..in the rain..lol..and it wasn't stroller friendly so we didn't spend much time there..
Back in the car for another 2 1/2 hours...

The next day it was off to South Padre Island..that was a 4 1/2 hour drive..although this time it wasn't as bad because Lisa had rented a van..We wouldn't have been able to go otherwise..do you remember how much STUFF you have to have for a baby?? Oh my gosh, the van was full...lol..and for some reason, I again ended up sitting in the back seat with the baby..( I really thought his grandma would be the one sitting with him)..
So, although he is a great baby, I still spent a lot of time entertaining him and giving him his bottle..Oh well, small price to pay to see a good portion of Texas..

While in S. Padre we went out to lunch and dinner, walked the beach and went to The Sea Turtle Rescue Center..
Some of the turtles were HUGE..Most of the larger ones will never leave the center..some of the smaller ones will stay until they are healed and then be released..it was a nice experience..

We did get some time in the hot tub..with our pina' colada's ...it was so windy out though so we had to keep fixing the little wind break that we made to protect C0llin..
I even braved one lap in the wonderful swimming pool...lol...

Lisa and I did wake up early one morning to walk the beach and watch the sunrise..That's always one of the things I like to do..I did get to walk through the waters edge..and didn't freeze my feet..I love,love the water. I could listen to the waves forever..

All in all it was a nice trip..

During this trip, I did make the decision to talk to my boss about not wanting to be a supervisor anymore..It's not even about the restaurants anymore..it's about not wanting to deal with all of these different people..it's just too darned frustrating..

I approached him with the idea of my going into the specialty end of the business..He actually thinks this is something worth considering:)
The two guys that are doing it now are not doing the best job and my boss ends up going to redo a lot of the jobs..He wouldn't have to do that if I paired up with one of the fellows..

Before that could happen, I would need to get a car..so that is what I will be working on over the next few months..and then we could move forward..
The best part of that deal would be that when I am done with a job, I could walk away and be DONE for the day...NO Calls...no on call 24-7..
I just want to do my job and go home....lol...

We'll see how it turns out...

Well, today is super bowl Sunday..MY team is not playing..I have to decide if I want to go to the bar to watch the game..I have a few bucks on the line..lol..
Lisa told me that my ex is going to be in town..he is actually going to a friends house to watch it and has asked Lisa's husband to go along..he is going to go because Lisa has to work..the problem being is that at half time they might go to the same bar that I would be at..Now I have to admit, I am a very stubborn Scorpio at times..lol..and feel that this is MY town..and I shouldn't have to stay home..but on the other hand, I really have NO interest in running into him..(to be honest, I think that is part of his plan)..He knows that I hang out with Joe and Lisa..he knows that KJ's is where we hang out...So he should stay away..
I guess if I go, I'll just leave before halftime...Just makes me mad..lol...

The weather here has been GREAT..I can't even believe that it is February..Spring jacket weather...It has been so darned nice..it is making it very easy to get through this winter in Wisconsin:)

Well, I guess that's about it for now...time to get this day going...