Sunday, January 24, 2010

Up, Up and Away.....

So this weekend I took the kids to see my grandmother and other relatives in Florida. We left the house around 5:45am and off to the airport we went.

I wish I could have taken a picture of Trent's face when he realized that he had to take his shoes off going through security. He did not want to walk in his socks on that floor. lol.
As we arrived at our terminal I had a bad feeling that our flight to Orlando may not happen. People were sleeping on the chairs and our flight looked completely booked. Soon Brett's phone call confirmed it. Because of the weather the night before the flight and all flights for the day were over sold. So change of plans..... we ended up flying to Tampa instead of Orlando. No big deal because Grandma lives in between the two. So mom and dad picked us up in Tampa instead. After switching our tickets we waited for the flight which was an hour later than the first.

Our 757.

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Little Perks.... As we boarded the plane Trent really, really nervous. I guess the attendants could tell and asked if it was their first flight. When I said yes they swiftly escorted us to the cockpit. The pilots were so nice. The captain was a huge TECH fan so that scored extra points for us. They let the kids actually sit in their seats and placed their captains hats on them. Trent was in ALLLLL.... Trent said to the pilot, "This is just like the video game!" The pilot thought that was hilarious. They trusted Alyssa with all of those buttons.

At the end of our tour they asked Trent if he had any questions. Trent wanted to know how they could fly the plane with all of the fog. (Trent was very worried about that on our way to the airport) The captain showed him all of the navigation buttons etc and Trent was at ease with his answer.
We finally took our seats and were on our way.
The flight was so short. The shortest I've been on. As soon as we got our drinks we were landing.
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Happy 40th Anniversary Uncle Dan and Aunt Barbara

My Uncle Dan, Aunt Barbara and their children.

My mom, Aunt Linda, Grandma and Uncle Dan

This is Grandma and all of her "Great Grands" that were there!

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Thursday, January 21, 2010

Alyssa Rides Again

Alyssa continues to amaze us!  Brett called me at work the other day and asked, "Did you know that Alyssa is riding a bike at Danny's?" (Danny is his brother)  I didn't know it would be such a big deal because they ride the bus there everyday. "Yeah, I guess I just assumed she was." "Why?" I actually thought he was making a big deal about it because they have a huge hill in their back yard. Brett replied, "Yeah, she is riding a bike WITHOUT TRAINING WHEELS!"

What.... that's crazy. Trent was in the latter part of second grade when he finally learned.

Yep... I guess she just got on it and taught herself. Brett sounded alittle dissapointed. I was alittle releived that it happend this way. We always worried about her riding a bike because of her brittle bones. But she's been doing it so it makes it eaiser to let that go.

~Tomorrow the kids and I are taking a weekend trip to see my grandmother and my mom's side of the family. Pray for me! They will be flying for the first time. (Sad, I know.... Brett works for Delta and we never fly.... anywhere.)
Alyssa was all for it from the beginning. Trent... well not so much. He is so worried about "The Bad Guys" I finally talked him into flying, but he is extremely nervous about it. He is very close to Grandma, who is 86 and not doing so well. So we are on our way to Orlando!

Monday, January 11, 2010

Our Knight Rider

So as you know Alyssa got a new bike from Santa. She has been riding non stop. Last weekend around 7:30 or so Brett decided to take Alyssa and go over to his uncle's house who lives down the street from us about 1/2 mile.
Brett got a phone call as he was getting ready to go. When he got off the phone he realized that Alyssa had taken off into the darkness on her bike. Evidently he was taking too longob the phone and she went to Uncle Stan's on her bike. Brett jumped into the car and I called Uncle Stan. Yeap! That is where she went to. That landed her into some serious trouble and gave her the nickname The Knight Rider.

Fast forward to today..... I received an email from her Teacher titled A FUNNY  for the DAY.
As I read her email  my stomach started to drop.

It said....
The students were learning about Black History and fair and unfair laws.   (I thought oh no.... remember last year the mess with Trent and his teacher...great)

Our student teacher was explaining that Dr. King  tried to have laws changed so that everyone was treated equally and fair.
Alyssa’s comment was just priceless—“ I wish Dr. King could come to our house and change the rule about not being able to ride the bike at night time.”

Too cute,

Mrs. C
Oh man... It could have been much worse. I laughed until I cried.
Last week during our heat crisis......Trent fell alseep during class. After waking him up several times that day she finally asked why was he so sleepy. He told her that we had no heat and it was so cold he couldn't sleep. Great.... should I be waiting for a DFACS call or donations from the school.  He failed to mention that he couldn't go to sleep that night because the TECH game was on and his father was screaming at the TV until midnight.

Wednesday, January 06, 2010

Propane... What a Pain.

Propane is a three-carbon alkane, normally a gas, but compressible to a transportable liquid. It is derived from other petroleum products during oil or natural gas processing. It is commonly used as a fuel for engines, oxy-gas torches, barbecues, portable stoves and residential central heating.

When used as vehicle fuel, it is commonly known as liquefied petroleum gas (LPG or LP-gas), which can be a mixture of propane along with small amounts of propylene, butane, and butylene. An odorant such as ethanethiol or thiophene is added so that people can easily smell the gas in case of a leak.

What a way to start a week back to work! To come home to find that we have no heat, no gas. How pi$$ED am I..... not at the fact that we have no heat but the fact that we had just spend $288 on gas on DECEMBEDR 19th! Not even a month ago....  What the heck???????

For years I have been telling Brett that we need to switch over from that god awful tank... but its eaiser said than done.
Besides the money involved........ the worst part is that they are telling us it could be Thursday until the gas comes.......

So last night we all snuggled in one queen sized bed, clothed in layers, with our electric blanket and a heater watching the Orange Bowl... with the TECH Quarter Back #9, being a ball hog... getting sacked ...doing "Flush and Run" plays until midnight and laughing thinking about poor Jeff who drove all the way to Florida to freeze on the metal bleachers watching the pitiful game. On the bright side he did get to see Cool and the Gang perform live....

Tonight I am going to the in-laws......

ps.... Where did the spell check go?