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Over Spring Break

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So last week was spring break for us.  I so needed the vacation and wish we had two weeks off instead of one.  Here are some of the things we did over break…

My family arrived from Seattle Saturday evening.  We helped them get settled.  Everyone was stunned to see how the renters left the house.  The renters removed the french doors on the master bedroom.  The ceiling fan was removed from the living room and placed in the kitchen.  It looked like someone ran a car through the  wall in the garage.  You could tell part of the wall had been replaced (they didn’t finish the repairs).  All the wall socket covers were missing.  The walls in all the bedrooms had huge plaster repairs from holes.  The shower door was missing from the master bath.  The garage door openers were also missing.  My brother made a list of things that he needed to get from the hardware store.  So I offered to keep my nephews for a few days so they could work on the house.

Sunday my mom and I took all the kids to see Monters vs. Aliens.  Since we were next to the mall we went shopping after the movie.  That eveing we ordered in dinner and played with the kids before their bedtime.

Monday my mom, sister-in-law, Kierra, and myself went to Massage Envy to get massages.  If any of you have one in your city I suggest you go.  I plan to sign up for their membership.  It’s $49 a month.  You get a 50 minute massage.  Each additonal massage for the month would cost you $39.  If you miss a month your massage rolls over to the next month.  Anyway, since Kierra is under age we were in the same room.  She loved it!

Tuesday we all went shoping again.  Can you tell shopping is one of my favorite things to do besides eating!?  On the way home I stopped by my brother’s to pick up Rock Band.  We ate dinner and played the Wii well into the night.  I started off playing the drums then I moved on to the guitar.  Finally I tried out the singing part.  Let me tell you, I cannot carry a tune but I got 100% singing Roxanne!

Wednesday my mom left to go back to Seattle to finish out her contract.  Husband and I took the kids to Jillian’s to cosmic bowl.  We had lunch there and then played some games.  The kids did not move from the air hockey table.  I kept suggesting the Fast and the Furious driving game.  Finally I left the the kids under Husband’s watch and Kierra played with me.  By the time we left everyone was worn out.  The kids fell asleep in the car on the way home.

Thursday I let Kierra babysit so I could go to my hair appointment.  Then I went to work at the Salon for awhile.  I needed to replace some of  my dwindling “Spring Break” fund.  When I returned home I watched Nim’s Island with Ian and Imani.

Friday I worked at the salon part of the day.  After work I took the kids to Olive Garden for dinner.

Saturday I worked at the salon again most of the day.  That eveing we had family game night.  We played SingStar on the Playstation 3.  The game comes with two microphones.  Two people can battle or sing a duet.  Then one person can sing solo.  Of course we all decided to battle.  The best part is the game allows you to play back what you just sang.  That was so funny.  The very first song was Hey Ya by Outkast.  Two of my friends sang this song.  They were up dancing around, performing for us not even paying attention the TV screen.  It was hilarious.  Then we moved on to Rock Band.  Husband I and let Ian and Imani stay up well past their bedtime.  It was 2:20 a.m. when the last person left out house. 

Sunday was chill day.  Husband and Ina went to the YMCA for a basketball camp.  The girls and I stayed home.  I was so exhausted form the weeks activities and not looking forward to returning back to work. 

So there it is…my weeks activities.  Now the countdown begins for summer vacation!

Happy Birthday Kierra!!!

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Today Kierra turns 15.  She is such the little lady.  I met Kierra about three months before she turned two.  We have grown up together.  I was a fresh 21 then.  (Uh oh…I’m telling my age!)  We connected immediately and I was fortunate to have met her at that stage in her life. 

Last night we went out to eat at Famous Daves to celebrate.  Mmmmmm…..they have the best cornbread muffins!  Ian, Imani, Kierra, and Husband loved tasting the different sauces.  Kierra and Husband got a kick out of the looks on Ian and Imani’s faces when they insisted on tasting the Devil’s Spit sauce.  I tried to warn them that it was really hot.  But these are the same kids that enjoy eating Flaming Hot Cheetos and Flaming Hot Funyuns.  I guess the chips didn’t have a thing on the Devil’s Spit!

On our way home we stopped at Claires to get Kierra a tiara to wear to school today.  She wanted me to help pick it out.   When we got home we discussed possible outfits for her to wear.  This year she is with Christine so we will not see her today.  I told her to send me lots of pictures via her cell phone.

During spring break I scheduled a spa day with her.  My mom and sister-in-law are going along as well.  We are getting massages, manicures, and pedicures.  The Spa we are going to has a resturant so we plan on eating lunch there.   We couldn’t figured out what to get her so I came up with this idea.  Hopefully she has a blast and we all can relax and enjoy being pampered.

The Guilt Trip

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So I was right! I knew there was no way that Christine was just going to be ok with Kierra leaving the hospital with us.

When Husband picked up Kierra for her weekday visit she told my husband about Christine trying to make her feel guilty for wanting to come to our house after she’s released from the hospital.

Christine sobbed to Kierra asking her why she just can’t come home with her and visit us later in the week. Kierra stood her ground and told Christine that was her time to be with her dad anyway for the spring break vacation.

Husband decided to call her to make sure Christine was aware that he would indeed exercise his right for spring break with Kierra. Christine was livid. She asked him why he was springing this on her now and why they didn’t have a discussion about it. Husband said that was what he was doing at that moment “having a discussion with her.” He also said that we just found out about the surgery two days ago and he was more concerned with the surgery than going back and forth with her about his rights.

Then Christine launched into her dramatics saying that he only called her at work because he knew she couldn’t talk. (She doesn’t know how to talk if things do not go her way. She yells curses and then hangs up the phone). Husband told her that if he would have called her at home she wouldn’t answer. And if one of the girls answered the phone she would not accept his call. (She only talks to him when she wants something). So calling her at her job was his only option.

Christine asked him why Kierra couldn’t go home with her. So he asked why she couldn’t come home with us. She went on and on about how she was off work and how she could take care of Kierra while we were at work. He let her know that everything had already been taken care of. He told her that I was off for spring break as well. Christine said that Kierra had went home with her the last time. He replied correct it was your weekend and there was no need to discuss who she was gong home with.

He said in this case you can not give me a valid reason why you want her to go with you instead of me. She just kept going on and on about how he was not right for calling her at work because she couldn’t say what she wanted to say. (In other words, she couldn’t scream profanities at him and slam the phone down in his ear).

Well Christine did just that minus the profanities.  She hung up on Husband after he made it clear that Kierra would come home with us.

Kierra’s Unfortunate Events

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Yesterday Kierra went to the doctor for her scheduled ultrasound.  She has to have another surgery.  The first one was ten months ago.  Kierra is really down about this.  She has had a series of unfortunate events (as she refers to things happening in her life at this point). 

A girl she knows at school stole her IPod Touch from her bag when she went to run an errand for the teacher.  A few of her classmates saw the girl with the IPod.  The girl’s locker was searched but the IPod never turned up.  Kierra said the girl was following her making comments about Kierra getting her in trouble.  I’m happy Kierra had enough sense to keep moving and not feed into her harassment.

Shortly thereafter her cell phone broke and had to be sent away to get fixed.  She went crazy that whole week without it. 

Last week Kierra attended a basketball game at her high school.  Their team hit the game winning shot at the buzzer.  She was trampled as spectators ran from the stands to congratulate the team.  In the process her glasses were broken.  She was pushed into the ropes and received a ropeburn to her neck.   She also suffered from headaches until she received new glasses because she couldn’t see.

A couple days ago she lost her cell phone.  We just used the insurance to replace her broken phone.  We will have to pay more money to  get a replacement.  So she will have to wait.  Husband said she needed to learn to take care of her things. 

Now she just learned that she has to have surgery the day after her birthday.  Kierra is not a happy camper right now. 

The bright side to the whole situation is that she will be with us.  Her surgery falls on the beginning of her spring break with us.  She was concerned that she would not be able to be with us and the posibility that she would not get to see my brother, his wife, and the kids when they arrive in town.  Husband assured her that she would indeed be with us unless Christine forces Kierra to stay with her.

I talked to Kierra on the phone last night for quite awhile.  My hopes were to lift her spirits about the surgery and all the happenings in her life.  We joked about my weak stomach.  She asked me how I was going to be able to take care of her when everything grosses me out.  I laughed and assured her that I could handle it.  If not, Nana (my mom who is a nurse) would be on hand.  Kierra laughed and called me a cheater. 

We also discussed possible ways to celebrate her birthday.  Kierra (who will be 15) wanted to go to Chuck E. Cheese before the surgery was scheduled!  I told her that she could invite some of her friends over to watch movies and hang out with her for awhile and that next weekend we would go to Chuck E. Cheese if she was feeling up to it.

She seemed to be in better spirits by the end of our call.  I’m going to continue to lift her up.