Tuesday, August 17, 2004


Tonight we celebrated my oldest boy Gabe's birthday.  My baby is 20!  It was hard finding a gift for him being as he will be enlisting into the Army in a very short while, so we got him a few items we knew he could use in basic as well as a gift card for the PX and a phone card since he won't be allowed to take his cell phone.   I fixed slipper lobster and shrimp scampi for his birthday dinner.  Later he and his dad discussed the joys of basic training.  My piece of advice to my boy... learn how to make your bed!

The rest of the night was spent getting the kids ready for school, making sure school supplies were sorted and packed into (for shame!) last year's backpacks, clothes were laid out, and bodies bathed.  Becca inherited some clothes from a neighbor down the street and it was like Christmas in August for the young lady has very similar taste in clothing as Becca despite the 6 year age difference, and Becca is tall and thin so she has a wonderful new wardrobe.

After her shower Rocky decided to use one of my night gowns for bed.  No, they don't come close to fitting.  She came to me for help with the straps because the gown was hanging so low that her 'boulders' were showing (her words, not mine).  I couldn't help laughing when I informed her that at the age of 10 she was no where near the boulder stage.  Pebbles maybe, but definitely not boulders!  As for me, I have stalactites!

9 more hours until school starts.  I have organized a district wide celebration that kicks off at 8am tomorrow morning.  Members of the PASV (Parents Against Summer Vacation) will kick their children out of the house with a sack lunch and then gather in the streets to celebrate the start of the new school year.  Teachers across the district will hold a moment of silence to mourn the end of their vacation.  We parents will be rejoicing the beginning of ours!


cneinhorn said...

Happy Birthday Gabe!  Dinner sounds
yummy....and your gifts were very
thoughtful.........boulders.........LOL LOL LOL

sdoscher458 said...

Hi Dorn...LOL you are one funny lady. Boy I remember the relief when the long days of summer ended ... I had one child that loved school and the other thought it was a jail sentence....your stories take me back...thanks....Sandi

mzgoochi said...

Happy B-day to Gabe and Happy celebration to you Dorn.

olddog299 said...

Jeez, you're as bad as my wife.  The two of you might be peas in a pod... sitting there with your drink in one hand and the Benedryl® in the other!  

I wish Gabe all the best with Basic and Rocky with making mountains out of molehills.  You're an odd bunch, but I like ya.

mom23nca said...

Unfortunately I won't be able to make it to your party until next week when my kids go back to school.  Hope your party was loads of fun.  

bigalsbaby03 said...

Finally I get to catch up on you and everyone elses jounals , I missed the last three of your entree's because of my alerts not working till today. I must say the way you have been feeling sounds a bit familiar here. As soon as I get my thoughts straight i will be writing about it my entry. Thanks for shareing , and for the laughs too!


sprite1229 said...

Boulders?? THATS a new one..gonna have to steal that one too Rocky! Thanx again :D