Sunday, August 30, 2015

Go Rangers!

Nick took Bill to watch the Texas Rangers beat the Baltimore Orioles 4-3 last night. Some vendor gave him two free tickets for listening to a sales pitch, so they had a father/son evening. Saved me the trouble of going to the game, since I find baseball about as interesting as watching paint dry. They had really nice seats - 16 rows up on the third base side. I made Nick promise to send me some photos for the blog, and he obliged.

Friday, August 28, 2015

Wings of the City

Artist Jorge Marin installed 9 sculptures in downtown Fort Worth back in June, a traveling exhibit called Wings of the City. I have been wanting to go see some of them and have my picture made with the wings since they were put in, but it's been so hot that it hasn't been a priority....and I kind of forgot about them for a while. The other day I was reminded of them when I saw a post about how they were leaving August 31, so I knew my time was limited. I gathered a few of my fellow photographer ladies and we headed down to shoot the wings followed by a girl's lunch date at Salata.
Photo credit: Debbie Robertson
 We didn't get to see all 9 sculptures. They're fairly spread out so we didn't take the time to walk all over the place to find them...there are three down in the Water Gardens and it's quite a trek from Sundance Square. So we managed to find 3 of the 9 that weren't too far apart and took a few photos before heading to lunch.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Happy Birthday Nana!

Nana turned 87 years old today, and we decided to surprise her after school this afternoon. Kate picked out some pretty flowers from Albertsons and insisted that we get Nana a cupcake as well (probably because she knew she would get to help eat it) and we headed to the house to deliver our treats along with our gifts.
 We are blessed to have this lady in our life! I'm so thankful that Kate not only has some great grandparents but a pretty special great grandmother to spoil her as well. She and Nana often play school when they're together. Kate has helped her bake cookies and other treats on many occasions. I pray that God keeps her in good health for many years more (or as Kate said the other day, until she's 100. Because when you turn 100, that's when you're supposed to die.)

Monday, August 24, 2015

First day of Kindergarten!

5:52 am: Roll over, peek at clock. Crap, alarm goes off in 8 minutes.

5:56 am: Give up and get out of bed.

6:02 am: My brother and his kids call, all very wide awake and very loud. I mumble at them for a few minutes and then tell him he has the wrong number. They called to wish Kate a happy first day but I had to tell them that she wasn't getting up until 6:30 so I would relay the message.

6:30 am: Begin the waking process with Kate. She was not pleased. It took me about 5 minutes just to get her to sit up on her cot that she sleeps on when she comes into our bedroom because she's not allowed in our bed anymore. Another 5 minutes passed before she sort of stood up.
6:45 am: Threaten the child to try to get her to eat some sort of breakfast while she makes groaning and whining noises at the table. I explained to her that this is why she needs to go to sleep when Mommy and Daddy say it's time to go to sleep!! Meanwhile Nick has half of his lunch made, his oatmeal is getting cold on the stove and he's got his laptop out trying to fix some major issue at work that naturally had to break on this, of all, mornings. I get her lunch box and backpack all squared away while she eats. Receive a text photo of Kylie and Logan. Awww.
7:00 am: Time to brush teeth, fix hair, and get dressed. Clothes were already picked out so no fighting there. She's finally excited and jumping around. Sometime during all of this I inhale my protein shake.

7:10 am: Run out onto the front porch and take a few photos. Remembered at the last minute to grab the Class of 2028 t-shirt that I made for her to wear on every first day of school until she graduates for a photo op. She wants to take a picture in front of the garage for some reason.
7:15 am: Back out of the driveway in Daddy's car and begin our trek to the school. Lots of walkers and lots of traffic. I had spoken to a friend about the best approach since her little guy was in kinder last year and she gave me some tips. We parked in the appropriate spot and made our way up to the school.
7:22 am: Mandy sends me a photo of Kate when she was somewhere around 18 months old and makes me cry for the first time of the day. Really??? She has payback coming!

7:27 am: We make it into the cafeteria where her class is all sitting in the designated spot. Parents are everywhere, but I am the only one it seems who came dressed in her work out clothes today. Look, ladies, I know about half of you are going to eventually start showing up in your yoga pants and hat hair, I just did it on the first day so as to set the bar where it needed to be. No need for you to all put on make-up today, for crying out loud! Why would you want me to feel so out of place?

Sometime around 7:30 we began the walk down to her classroom, parents and kids and her tiny little teacher, who kind of disappeared as we walked down the hallway. Seriously, she's so little.
7:40 am: Kate has now put her backpack in her cubby, given her tiny teacher a Starbucks gift card to ensure that she will be the favorite (ha ha - that's right, suckers) and it sitting at her table about to begin coloring. I look at Nick and suggest that we just stand right there, off to the side, all day long. He says no.
It's time to go. This is when it really hits me. I have to leave her here now, with this tiny little lady, and let her grow up just a little bit today. So the tears come. I gave her a kiss and quickly turned away so she wouldn't see mommy be upset. My sunglasses came on, and I made my way out of the building looking like Stevie Wonder as the tears built up. As soon as I got outside I had to lean against the wall for a second and Nick gave me a big hug.

"We really just did that." he said.
Yes, we sure did.

He headed straight to work from there and I walked home, adding a few extra streets to get my exercise in for the day. I didn't cry the whole way, maybe just the first quarter of a mile or so. Now I'm home, listening to the clock tick until I can go pick her up!

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Meet the Teacher

Tonight was Meet the Teacher. I'm not going to lie - Kate has gone from excited about kindergarten to really scared, and I had hoped that coming to Meet the Teacher would calm her fears and bring her back to the excited side of things.
 We got to the school and took our place in the long line waiting for them to open the doors. We had a nice conversation with a family in front of us about the school, and I think her nervousness started to subside. She was excited about her cubby and the green box that already had her name on it. We took all of her supplies with us so that was out of the way and she helped us sort them out and put them where they needed to go.
 This is her teacher, Ms. Anderson, and I'm pretty sure that although it would have been a teenage pregnancy, I could have given birth to her. She's a second year teacher and a teeny tiny little thing. I'm taller than her! But Kate loved her and I think she will be very comfortable with her because she is in no way intimidating at all.
The kids' names were already on the jobs board and Nick was super excited that Kate's name was in the Recycler folder. It was fate!
 She left with a whole new perspective and is now super excited to begin school on Monday. She chose to have Jason's Deli for supper after we left the school.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Another day at Holt Fiat of Fort Worth

I know, I said I wasn't going back to Holt Fiat of Fort Worth. Actually I said pigs would have to fly out of the sky playing the Superman theme on a flute before I would go back there. But I had to go back. I had been ignoring this recall notification for an airbag for a while now and the past few days my back-up camera had been acting up so I was kind of stuck. (The airbag under the steering column needed to be replaced because it was defective in the event of an accident IF the driver wasn't wearinga seat belt. Considering that it's the law to buckle up in Texas, I was in no hurry to have such a ridiculous thing taken care of.)

I could have gone to Holt Fiat in Hurst to take care of this, and on any other day I would have...however by the time I would have been heading home I would have had to contend with terrible traffic on 820 and it just wasn't worth it.

I took along my "test drive a new Fiat" postcard that I got in the mail the other day because they promised a $50 gift card for test driving, so I figured it would give me something to do while they messed around with my car. I was assuming that I would be forgotten for a couple of hours by the service department again like last time, so I needed activities planned.

It didn't take long after I stepped out onto the lot before I had a sales guy all over me. I checked out the 2016 Fiat 500X, which is a really nice car. It has a ton of standard features that I want on my 500L, like a keyless ignition and tire sensors if you get too close to something (or as my sales guys said "So if you're texting and driving you will be alerted before you run into something." True story.)  But the darn thing is smaller than the 500L, which for me is a no go. Despite his best efforts, I just could't do it so even though he wanted to go run some numbers I told him no. Of course he then wanted to run some numbers on trading in my 2014 on a 2015 500L.

Nick wasn't with me, so the only person's info they'd be running numbers on was mine. I don't have a job, right? Stay at home income. So I figured if he was that bored and wanted to play then fine, go run some numbers. I wasn't going anywhere anyway.

Would you believe that little old me with no income has some buying power thanks to Mr. Credit Score? Turns out my score was so good that they were offering to pay off my lease and get me out of that without penalty and put me in a 2015 500L for the exact same payment I was making right now.


After talking with Nick, which was not amused or excited when I called, and getting a couple of other opinions, and after making my sales guy swear that there were no hidden catches or surprises once I got to finance....well, I took the deal. Oh, and I still got the free $50 gift card for test driving the 500X!

Here she is, and she's beautiful:
 This one has is a 500L Trekking, which means it has a little bit nicer trim package than my Easy had. Score! Same payments and a step up. Her tires are cooler, and I love the blue. I still have my back-up camera, which I was unwilling to sacrifice. The interior is cooler...I love everything about it! I'm pretty certain than Nick will never allow me to step foot in a car dealership alone again.

Happy birthday Bill!

Wednesday was an interesting day, to say the least. It was Bill's 62nd birthday, so we had a big family dinner with BBQ and ribs, along with Nana's potato salad. Karyn had her friend make Bill a chocolate cake just like the one he made 6 years ago for Bill and Vickie's wedding, which was yummy. Kate spent the day at their house, since she's trying to get in as much Yiayia time before school starts as she can. They went swimming until the wind picked up from the cool front that was blowing in. It ended up being crazy cool for August in Texas by sunset. It really felt like an October day, not an August one.
Speaking of celebrating, I'm just going to throw it out there that Bill has lost a bunch of weight lately and I'm really proud of him for all the work he has done at reaching for his goals. I hope he continues to take better care of himself so Kate will have her Boui around for a while!