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Anyone who knows me and my family will know that I am "Princess Sister" to my three younger brothers. I'm a fairly quiet woman, so when I have something to say, I expect to be heard. I mean no disrespect or place myself on any kind of pedestal. My brothers gave me this name, so I honor them by using it.

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Friday, September 30, 2005

September birthdays

Our family has several birthdays in September. My nephew's is on the 10th; another nephew's is on the 19th, along with my aunt; my youngest brother's is on the 21st, AR's is the 25th, and today, is my sis-in-law's (Blond Girl) 40th birthday! I know several other people, not in the family, that have birthdays this month.

This year was my brother's Golden Birthday, as he turned 21 on the 21st. He is currently in the Army in Iraq. He's actually in the Army National Guard, and was sent to Iraq in May. He should be coming home for a visit in December. Anyway, we, his family, wanted to do something special for his 21st birthday- away from home. Blond Girl and I were brainstorming and came up with "21 reasons we love Tank" video. We had different family members give a reason they love him and some even went on to tell a story. Of course, mom (GranNee) and Tank's fiancee took the longest. Blond Girl and Champs e-mailed video clips of them and Sweet Girl. We even got a video clip from our cousins, aunt and uncle in Arizona. Tank's future father-in-law actually put it all together and burned the CD. BG and I wrote an introduction and I formatted it similar to the "Star Wars" movies, where it scrolls and fades at the top. We included "deleted scenes" and out takes. It was fun to put together. And a lot of work.

My biggest concern was getting it to him in time. As you can imagine, sometimes the mail can take 2-3 weeks for a package to get there. I mailed it 13 days before his birthday and it made it a couple days ahead of time! He loved it! He said the out takes made him laugh! I'm so happy it turned out so well.

So, Blond Girl, I'm sorry, but we did not make a "40 reasons we love you" video. Although, I suppose we could come up with a list. Thank you, though, for all your input into Tank's. I know he (as I) appreciated it! HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Visitors, you can wish Blond Girl a Happy Birthday, too! Just click on her name!

Monday, September 26, 2005

Take me out to the ballgame!

AR was given 4 tickets for yesterday's (his birthday) Milwaukee Brewers and Cardinals game in Milwaukee. AR is a die hard Cardinal fan. He's wanted for a long time to take CJ to Miller Park. When he was given this opportunity, it just so happened the game day was AR's 41st birthday. These were no ordinary tickets. They were in the front row on the third base line, just feet from the Cardinal (visiting team) dugout. I grew up in a Cub household, but I LOVE JIM EDMONDS!!! AR looks a little like him (or visa versa) except Jimmy has a butt! (fanning myself)

Anyway, AR, CJ and I went to Milwaukee on Friday and a friend of CJ's went along. Belle was shuffled between GranNee and GranMum. After going to buy a new digital camera, we spent Saturday dodging raindrops at the Milwaukee County Zoo. It was very nice and we were ready to leave at about the time the raindrops turned to an out and out downpour! We found a Greek restaurant, ate only 1/2 of our food (the portions were HUGE), and went back to the hotel and went swimming. AR found the sauna - twice that day.

AR woke up in the night with a headache. He gets migraines, and he was pretty upset he woke up with one on his birthday. He finally figured out he had probably gotten dehydrated from the time he spent in the sauna! So, he took his medicine, drank a bunch of water and started feeling better by the time we were to leave to go to the game. We had reservations at The .300 Club - an elite restaurant at Miller Park. We arrived in time to get to near the front of the line to gain entrance into the stadium. In The .300 Club, we were seated at a table right at the windows were we could watch the Cardinals batting practice. The boys were a little disappointed that this would be a good time to be down at our seats to get autographs. Anyway, we ate an elegant Sunday brunch. The boys were especially impressed with the chocolate fondue fountain. CJ ate rather well, trying some different foods. His friend, however, is quite a picky eater, so I don't think he appreciated the smorgasboard as much as the rest of us.

We arrived at our seats about 10 minutes before game time. It was awesome to be that close to the players! Soon, the national anthem was played. I was so proud of CJ for taking off his hat and holding it over his heart without being told. Later, we found out there was a close up of him on TV during that time! I was able to purchase the broadcast of the game off the internet ( only $3.95) since GranMum missed that part when she taped the game. So, now, we have a record of it! Is that awesome, or what? I haven't looked through the rest of the game to see if we can be spotted any other time. There were thunderstorms during the game, but thanks to the retractable roof, we were dry. It did leak, though, at the center seam, but we were not affected. We were able to hear David Eckstein yell, "I got it! I got it!" and the balls skirt across the grass in front of us! I just tried to take it all in. I also took quite a few pics - especially of Jimmy! Thanks to his triple, after which he scored a run, and a homer, the Cardinals won 2-0. (sigh)

Oh, and I had a surprise for AR at the end of the 2nd inning. His name was up in lights at the stadium! I had his name put on the Happy Birthday list! Of course, they had to put an ad that read, "For only $15, you can have your name in lights" or something like that. AR turned to me and laughed, "It cost you $15?" Later, I told him that when I ordered it, I used his debit card, since I don't have one and the attendant got a kick out of it when I told him I was using the birthday boy's card. I was actually surprised the attendant let me use it.

After the game, there was a guy next to us that seemed to know the Cardinal catcher for the bull pen. The player threw him a ball, and he promptly turned to CJ and gave it to him. CJ then promptly thanked him and gave it to his friend, who had never been to a pro game before. Throughout the whole game, the friend was saying all he wanted was a ball. Almost made me cry that CJ would do something like that. Later, he told GranNee, "I already have one. What do I need another one for?" I am so proud.

So, we had an awesome weekend. I'm glad we were able to go and take a friend that may never have that kind of opportunity again. Even though it started out rough, I think AR had a pretty good birthday, too.

Friday, September 16, 2005

Football Frenzy!

Friday night football! We typically don't attend the area high school football games. We do have season tickets to our local college season, however. CJ has really been getting into football lately and even wanted to play this year (he's in 3rd grade). He didn't get to play partly because we found out too late to register him. I, personally, am glad of it. He's a scrawny boy that is light as a feather. AR thinks he'd be a good kicker, but CJ wants to play QB like his dad, uncle, and grandpa.

Tonight, AR wanted to go to the big high-school rivalry game. CJ misunderstood and thought we were going to the college game. He was upset that he didn't know any of the players or anything! AR spoke to him about the rivalry and how he, his brother and dad had all played QB for the team we were going to watch. Then, CJ calmed down and agreed to go.

The game started off well. "Our" team scored a touchdown on the first possession. Then came the four turnovers resulting in scores by the other (home) team. Yes, we traveled 20 miles to the game. At half-time, the score was 20 (them) to 7 (us). AR told me the game was over and we ought to just go home. We started for the gate and CJ got upset again, only this time he didn't want to leave! AR was walking up ahead of us talking to an old buddy. I told CJ to talk about it with his dad. He just got more upset and started stomping off. As we exited, I told AR about CJ being upset for leaving. He said if CJ wanted to stay, we could. So, by this time, we are out of the gate and CJ was stomping off ahead of us as if he had a mission. He didn't realize we could go back in. I yelled his name, not once, but three times. Each time, CJ turned around, stomped his feet, turned back and walked on. I finally caught up with him and told him if he hadn't acted that way, we would be going back in. But, since he had such a bad attitude, we would leave. We did.

The whole way home, CJ cried and wailed about it being the worst day of his life (a common phrase when he doesn't get his way). AR quieted him down several times by telling him "enough". Once we arrived home, the stomping, crying, and wailing continued. This time, it was accompanied by door slamming. We continued to talk about the evening's events. We explained to CJ if he had only told AR calmly that he wanted to stay, we probably would have. Maybe he'll consider that next time instead of throwing a tantrum! The night ended with apologies and hugs. CJ even got something to eat, probably to fill the currently hollow leg.

I'm glad we stuck to our guns. I did not like the feeling when CJ acted that way, so rude and disrespectful. The game wouldn't have been very exciting. The score ended up 28-7. Oh, well. Sometimes life's lessons are more important than football. (Sorry, fellas.)

How about you? What would/do you do in this situation?

Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Sorry, folks!

I dunno what happened. We had a scheduled power outage and afterward, I couldn't get logged in here to post a new message. Now, miraculously, I can get in. UGH. This blog world thing sometimes gets me.

I'm too tired right now, but I'll post more prolly Thursday.

See you then!