Thursday, July 31, 2008
This makes about the 10th time that I have gone to Venice since we moved here over 1 year ago. It's funny, I never get tired of going. And what is funnier, is seeing all of the tourists there taking pictures and etc. and me thinking in my head, wow....I am not a tourist here, I am actually a local that lives here! How funny.......who would have ever thought!
So my friend and I had a wonderful time, we shopped for Murano jewelry(and yes Mom you may get a piece for Christmas or your Birthday), had lunch and the best lemon slush that I have ever had.............it was so warm in Venice today.
So now I am home, tired and ready for bed, thinking about the last day of Camp for the kids tomorrow, Hubby is taking the day off and we are off to Verona for the day.
So move over Juliet, I've got my own Romeo!
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
When you walk in our Commissary, the first thing that you see is the produce(it's like that in almost all Commissarys). So I see a big white sign in front of the PEACHES that says: 4 for $1.00. So I tell the Princess, humm, that is a good deal for the Commissary, so I think that we'll get 8. Got them, put them in a bag and put them in the buggy. Then I see another white sign that says Cantaloupe, 59cents. I say to myself, I know that they don't mean 59 cents, it's more than likely 59 cents a pound. So I grab one and put it in the buggy. So we shop and get a few more things and then we go to check out. Now let me just tell you that ALL of the employees in the Commissary here in Italy where we live are all Italians, except for the two managers, this will help you with the rest of the story. There is a law that says that they have to have so many local nationals working in all American Facilities on Posts in Italy. Anway...
Now we are at the check out. I see the checker scan the cantaloupe then I see that she had already scanned the PEACHES. So I look up at the screen and I see that she rang up the PEACHES as NECTARINES. So I grab the bag of PEACHES and tell her that they are PEACHES and not NECTARINES. She tells me NO they are NECTARINES I tell her NO they are PEACHES.(listen folks, I am from the South I know the difference between a peach and a nectarine, if it's got fuzz on it, guess what, it's a peach if it doesn't, it's a nectarine) She continues to tell me they are NECTARINES I tell her they are PEACHES. I tell her that they are PEACHES and that the sign said 4 for $1.00. Then I ask her what the cantaloupe rang up for a pound, she tells me 89 cents. I tell her that the sell sign said 59 cents. So.......she calls the produce person, whom is also Italian. So she comes to the register and now, the checker, the produce person and oh yeah, the BAGGER are all talking in Italian to eachother about MY produce. Helloooooooooooo, I am standing here, ENGLISH please in a POST STORE!!!
So the produce person tells the checker that no, the sign for the PEACHES says $1.49 a pound, I tell her NO it says 4 for $1.00. Then she says YES, the cantaloupe is 59 cents a pound. So, I tell the checker to keep the PEACHES and rescan the cantaloupe at the right price. Oh yeah and the checker said OK, she'll put the PEACHES back!! Oh but it gets better!
So then the checker goes and says, well I shop here too, so I know the prices, I tell her that I shop at the Commissary weekly and that I am not STUPID that I KNOW what the sign said that I CAN READ!! So I pay and then I go with the Princess to see the white sign that was at the PEACHES and guess what.......it had been removed..............I think that I was right after all!
Oh boy I am counting the days when I DO NOT have the only option at shopping at the Commissary! A place where I can get double coupons and get buy 1 get 1 free items! The Commmissary is a rip-off to us that live over seas serving our country! I will not be shopping at the Commissary where we will be moving too. Less than 90 days till we move from here, you bet I'm counting the days!
Monday, July 28, 2008
FOR TODAY MONDAY, JULY 28, 2008
Outside My Window ...the birds are chirping and sun is shining over the beautiful Italian Dolomite Mountains.
I am thinking...that I really have to get my lesson finished tonight for in the morning!
I am thankful for...a wonderful day of shopping with a great friend.
From the kitchen...there are lots of leftovers to be eaten from the Princess's Luau birthday party such as ribs, burgers, corn on the cob and potato salad and of course birthday cake!
I am wearing...black capris with cherries on them and a green shirt.
I am going...on a date with my hubby tonight to dinner.
I am reading...Frommer's Italy.
I am hoping...that it doesn't get too hot this week.
I am hearing...someone in the kitchen getting a snack!I think they're in the cookie jar!
Around the house...there is loads of laundry to be done!
One of my favorite things....is having my morning coffee sit in my rocking chair on the front porch.
A few plans for the rest of the week...make a trip to the library, go commissary shopping for groceries and go to Venice with another great friend on Thursday!
Here is a picture thought I am sharing...Can't wait til we go camping again in Pisa!
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The Princess and the Bookworm were in the pool for the majority of the afternoon on Sunday while Mom and Dad were inside watching a movie. Dad decided to go and check on the kids. When he came back in the house through the garage door, in darted our cat, Milo, whom is 5 months old and is actually the Princess's cat. Anyway, he darted in and stopped right by the couch. WE ALL looked at him for he had brought us a prized possession, a bird, in which he had just caught! Yes, a little bird in his mouth and in my HOUSE! So, Dad opened up the front door so that Milo could go back out, with the bird! The Bookworm was so horrified that Milo had captured a bird and felt very sorry for the bird. So Dad had to be the Hero and get the broom to make Milo drop the bird. Needless to say the bird was already dead, but we didn't tell the Bookworm that.
Yes, it was definitely a Sunday of Surprises!
Saturday, July 26, 2008
So, the final planning and buying for the Princess's Luau has been done for her party on Saturday. Here is the menu for her party, requested by the Princess. Dad will cook ribs and hamburgers, Mom will fix german roasted potato salad and corn on the cob and bbq style beans in the crock-pot, plus we'll have chips and salsa and lays and a tropical punch that Mom is making for her coconut shell cups, oh yeah and then add the birthday cake and ice cream. I think we have enough food for the party and dinner for the next two or three days!
So for today, I thought that I would share a yummy recipe with you.
BBQ Style Beans
1/4 cup water 1/2 cup honey 1 tsp. vinegar
1/2 cup ketchup 1/2 cup BBQ sauce 1 lb. ground beef, cooked&drained
1 envelope onion soup mix 2tbsp. prepared mustard
3 cans(15oz.)pork&beans 1 can(15oz.)kidney beans
Place all ingredients in the crock-pot and stir. Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours or on high for 3-4 hours. Enjoy!
Friday, July 25, 2008
I awoke yesterday morning and began my journey of cleaning the downstairs. The upstairs was cleaned on Saturday, so all that was left was the downstairs. I began at 8:30 and finished at 5:00! Yes, you read that right! I can honestly say that you will find NO dust anywhere downstairs. I even detailed cleaned the laundry room! And I got all of this done while we had workers here for two different work orders. One was an electrician to fix our ceiling fan in the kitchen which was broke and the other was the painters to paint the upstairs foyer where our upstairs air-conditioner had broke and leaked. Oh yeah, they also painted the Bookworms one bedroom wall where his lava lamp(red) exploded back in the Fall! No more red lava lamp explosion on his wall anymore. I have to admit that it looks funny now that all of the walls are once again the same color! The Bookworm hated to see it be painted over, to him it looked like a paintball fight in his room!
So now I have one whole complete clean house and I am a happy Momma!
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
The only thing that I am finding quit difficult this year is what Curriculum I want to us. In the past years of Homeschooling I have used the Abeka Academy, and that is what I was going to use this year too, but for the past couple of days I have been looking around online, and I am beginning to rethink my decision on using Abeka Academy. I definitely want to use an Accredited Academy or School. So today I checked out SouthEast Academy and Grace Academy. Both of these are accredited and both offer on-line classes, unlike Abeka, Abeka only offers DVD classes. I know for sure that I want to use either DVD or on-line classes for the Princess, she is computer savy and it would really appeal to her. On the other hand, I do not know about the Bookworm, should I still use regular paper books with him....or go online....or DVD, I am not sure.
Oh what to do?!?!?! I know that God will provide the answer to what to do, it definitely will not be in my time, but His.
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
The Princess was suppose to babysit this evening, but it got canceled. She has another babysitting job on Friday evening. She is really starting to make the dough on babysitting. She was really excited, yesterday she was able to put her name on the American Red Cross Babysitting Referral List at CYS on Post!
The Bookworm hasn't been much of a Bookworm lately, he's been vegging on X-Box! Oh well, at least he does read when he gets in his bunk at night. It's how he can fall asleep, reading! He loves days when we do not have to go anywhere, and the rest of the week looks that way!
HighSchool Sweetheart has just really realized that we will be moving in about 3 months! Now he is really in the mode of PCS'ing and all of the "must do's" before we go. Not only the things for us in order to move like car shipping and movers, but things at his work and planning his Change of Command.
Wow....our tour here is almost done....can it be......have we really been in Europe for 5 years.....am I EVER going to see ROME!(you know it's the last place to go on my list)
Monday, July 21, 2008
Of course I left an hour early for our appt. Our appt. was at 9, so I left at 8. Plugged in the GPS and off we went...Mom, cat, dog, the Princess and the Bookworm. We get to our turn and there is a detour. OK, no problem, they are cutting down trees and detouring us. OK, so the detour puts us on a one rut road. Oh yeah, a one rut road! So I am driving the van on this one rut road, and did I mention it's in the middle of a field, and I am praying to God the whole way that I do not meet another car! Thank you Lord for answering my prayer!! So we finally get to the main road that we are suppose to be on, get to the big traffic circle to make our turn and low and behold, it's blocked, we can't go the way that we are suppose to go! Now what!! Good grief!! So I pick up my cell phone, call the Vet and tell them the deal and ask for help for another way. Oh yeah, and I tell them that we will definitely be LATE, it was 8:45 at that time! So I follow her instructions to go back to the round-about at the Autostrada and I take the road adjacent to the road that I took before. Oh yeah, plus I hit detour on the GPS to see what it said to do. We went a way that ended up being a lot better than our regular way! We made it to the Vet eventually, LATE, but only by 10 minutes........go figure! Patience is the key word for today, even though several "detours" were thrown in front of me this morning on the way to the Vet, I knew that there was no reason to get all anxious and in a flurry because we would eventually get there.
"Let us run with PATIENCE the race that is before us." Hebrews 12:1
Sunday, July 20, 2008
Saturday, July 19, 2008
So yes, tomorrow she will be 12. No more getting into the Post Movie Theater as a child paying the kids admission. But oh yes, to getting put on the American Red Cross Babysitting List that she has been waiting to get put on ever since she took the Babysitting Course back in the Fall. Our little girl is growing up, but that is what she is suppose to do. With our love and guidance and a whole lot of direction from the Lord I know that she will grow up to be a remarkable young lady.
"Train up a child in the way he should go, And when he is old he will not depart from it." Proverbs 21:30
Friday, July 18, 2008
Highschool Sweetheart came home at a nice time today from work and he grilled steaks for dinner and we added them to the baked potatoes that I had baked. It was a wonderful dinner. The steaks were so moist and tender and the potatoes were big and so good since I baked them in the oven. I put a little olive oil and sea salt on them and then wrapped them in tinfoil, put them in the oven and baked them for about 2 hours this afternoon.........perfect! I also managed in my day of doing nothing, to make a strawberry cheesecake for dessert. It was divine!
The Princess and the Bookworm, have been faithfully doing their chores lately, which is really nice. Every day they take turns, setting and clearing the dinner table. It really is a big help to Mom. They of course have other chores that they must take responsibility for and do too. Like feed the cat,dog and bird, take out the trash, put up the clean dishes from the dishwasher, etc. It was brought to our attention by the Princess and the Bookworm that they needed to start getting allowances again.(We use to give them half of their age in allowance every week)We informed them that we all live in our house as a family and each family member has their responsiblities in the house in which they must take care of, therefore there is no allowance. We also informed them that they do not need an allowance because generally if they want something, they usually get it, unless it is just a really extreme request for something. Which that really rarely happens, they are very good kids and they do not ask for a lot.
The Princess's Birthday is on Sunday. She is the oldest and will be turning 12! She is really growing up. She recently started kidsitting and has made well over 100 dollars for the same kid. She has a regular sitting job on Tuesdays and Thursdays and gets paid 6 dollars an hour! So, she gets paid 18 dollars a day which is 36 dollars a week. Pretty good! She wants to save her money for her own laptop, and the rate she's going, it want be long before she'll be able to get it! So, tomorrow the Princess has a friend meeting us at the movies and then the friend will spend the night and go to Chapel with us on Sunday and then we will go take the Princess out to one of her favorite restaurants for lunch......Ming Ching. We'll come home and have icecream cake and open presents. Then in the evening I am sure that there will be calls from Grandparents and Aunts and Uncles. The Princess is having a Luau Birthday Party next weekend and has invited 6 of her closest friends over. She wants Dad to grill ribs and burgers, Mom to make my famous German roasted new potato salad and her brother, the Bookworm, to be the little server and serve tropical drinks in coconut cups that we ordered.(they of course will contain NO alcohol!) It should be a fun time, our little girl is growing up!
Well, should go for now, nothing is on TV here tonight as usual, so I am going to take a very long hot bath and then curl up in the bed with a good book, or maybe a sudoku puzzle! Till tomorrow!
Thursday, July 17, 2008
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
I am glad that God made not one person alike and that we are all different......I don't think that the world could handle two of me!
I find myself a lot these days wondering why I do half of the volunteer things that I do. Wait a minute, I already know the answer to my own question.......I just love to do! But lately, I've been praying about my doing, and it has got to be cut, at least half of it. With me Homeschooling again this year and getting ready to PCS in November, the doing has to come to a minimum. Family must come first, after God of course, and that is the way that it has to be. Somethings will not be hard to say no and quit, but others I am not so sure of.
On another note.....moving is always so exciting. When you move, you start all over again. New home, new friends, new Church, new schools(unless you Homeschool), new commitements! When you are in the Military, it seems to never end, the circle never ends. But I wouldn't change it for the world!!
Monday, July 14, 2008
We have lived in Europe for 5 years, and we are all four ready to move back to the states. Alot has happened in those five years. The kids were so little when we moved to Europe, the Princess was only 6 and the Prince was only 4.....now the Princess will be 12 in less than six days and the Prince is 9. We want say how old Mom and Dad are, but I will say that we are 5 years older than we were before we moved here!
As you can imagine, parents and especially grandparents are happy at the announcement of our return. We too are happy and can't wait to shop at all those wonderful stores that we have missed and to eat at our favorite restaurants once again. You can only shop at the PX or order things from online for so long! And not to say the least the food court and the PX and Burger King we never want to see for about a million years when we return! I think I hear Chick-fil-a calling my name now!
As I write this, believe it or not, but I DO have clothes washing! And you ask did I say a prayer as I was putting my kids clothes in the washer? Of course I did. I've gotten so in the habit of doing it, that it just comes naturally for me. Although this evening I did do something different, as I picked up each individual piece of my kids clothing, I named a blessing that each one of them have blessed me with or that I have tried to bless them with. You should try it sometime!
What a long day this has been! We started early this morning with swim lessons, then I had a PWOC Executive Board meeting, then we registered for soccer, then ran errands at the PX, managed to spend some time at the Post Library and eventually we ate lunch! Needless to say when we got home the kids just crashed and spent some time doing things they wanted to do, like play X-Box or watch alittle cartoons on TV. What did Mom do when she got home today......work on things for our PWOC KidzTime Summer Bible Study. I am not yet done, I still have somethings to cut out, but it shouldn't take me long.
With that I will close for now, give my husband a call, and go walk the dog!