Sunday, September 30, 2007

50% Done & Leader's Weekend

Sept. 30th. I reached the half way point of on #7 on my list 40 things before I am 30. I am super shocked that I have made it this far. It has been a rough 30 days. On days, 28, 29 and 30, I was away at leader's weekend. Leader's weekend in Girl Scouting is a weekend where only leaders only to camp. At camp with learn new and old things to bring back to our troops. This year I had to travel up to camp in Patterson, New York by Metro North and got picked up at the station. I wish it was as simple as that. I had a crazy stressful day at work and it was a little craziness at home. I left home to go to the Fordham station at 5pm. I was suppose to get on the 5:56pm train to Wassic on the Harlem Line(the blue line) to arrive at Patterson at 7:30pm. Lucky me, I got the 5:52pm train to Stanford on the New Haven line(the red line). Those if you who don't know like me, Metro North break into two lines before the Fordham station. One go thru upstate New York and the other goes to Connecticut. So, I was going to Connecticut. I got off the train at New Rochelle, got on the beeline bus 61 and road that until White Plains. When I got to White Plains, I just missed my train to Patterson by 6 minutes. Yes, SIX minutes. I wanted to cry. I told myself, that next next train going south I am hopping on. I called the camp and they told me to got on the 7:35pm train to Southeast and they will pick me up at that station. When everything was said and done I got to camp at 9:21pm. Craziness. I am happy I made it.
Camp Kaufmann is a great camp. This was my four time there and every time I go, I love it more and more. This year I pick Advanced Outdoor Cooking. This was an all day Saturday workshop. The trainers for this course and great. Most people don't like them because they are tough cookies. I love them because they are not flaking and they know their stuff. While taking this course I met Betty(pictured below). Betty is awesome. She was so fun to chat with. She made the work we had to do fun. She is roughly 75, roughly. From Staten Island, she has been in Girl Scouts since is was 10 years old. She is going strong. She doesn't have a troop anymore. She handed it down to her daughter just a this year. During our course we cooked a ton of food. We cooked two types of meatloaf in this garage can.
At the end of the day we retired an American Flag.
Saturday evening we sang Girl Scout songs by the camp fire.
I enjoyed myself at camp. I was super tired when I got home. I can't wait until the next leader's weekend.

Sunday, September 23, 2007

Sunday is a Fun Day!

Today was a great day. It's been a few weeks since I've been back to work and good and great days are hard to come by. Stress has overcome my world. Today, things were great, I made sure of that. Big Bea had two days with her paternal grandparents. I went to pick her up from them.
On the way back home, we stopped off to pick up a gift for Chris's birthday party later on in the day. After done shopping, this colorful treat caught Big Bea's eye.
"Mommy, I want the Rainbow one."
"Mommy, I am soooooo happy." " It's super duper yummy."
We got home.
Packaged the gifts.
We were off to have more fun.
Chris is officially 3.
He is the baby of my sister's bunch. He was super excited because it was finally his birthday. He had the last birthday out of all the kids.

Finally, birthday cake for Chris. This super sweet cake was the center of this Sponge Bob fueled party. It was fun, fun. So fun I am super sleepy as I write this blog.

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Light Fun with Big Bea

Big Bea and I had lots of fun with her flashlight. A few days ago I saw one of those sprint commercials and wanted to do that same effect.
It was fun fun. I set my camera on manual, on the longest exposure and had fun with the flashlight. Becky was jumping around. I did the great star.

Sunday, September 9, 2007

September 11, 2001

On September 11, 2001, the unthinkable was done.
Rebecka was six months old.
I was not Mrs. G. I didn't even know Mr. G.
The events of my day seem so unimportant compare to Mr. G's.

My husband, Aston, is apart of the F.D.N.Y. under the E.M.T. division. His station is located on the west side of the Bronx. Bat. 19. At work he is known as Guomba. He is a very hard working man.
The days that followed 9-11-01, Aston was apart of the recovery campaign. He was apart of recovery for two days. I thank God it was only two days.
Being apart of recovery doesn't make my husband safe from the fallen buildings.

Right now he is well.

In the future, he will be well (I'll make sure of that).

No one can forget that day. He will never forget the recovery.

Aston is my hero.

Thursday, September 6, 2007

3.6% Done

I am 3.6% into 60 consecutive days of photos. After a hard day of work, I completely forgot about today's photograph. So grabbed my camera and had no clue what snap. I looked up and saw this.
Big Al seem to think that the living room looked better with toys everywhere. Big Al, you are wrong my dear. So I snapped my photo for the day. Don't you just love the "I didn't do it face."


Wednesday, September 5, 2007

Back to Work :-(

I have been back to work since the 30th.
I hate every second of it.

I am homesick. I miss my kids. I miss the fun and the laughs.
When I leave work I feel empty.
Big Bea attended the school where I work for 3 years. Now, she attends other school.
Its a better environment for her.
I miss leaving work with her.
I miss afternoon naps with Big Al. Now nap time is work time.
I can't wait for summer vacation again. 178 school days to go.

Tuesday, September 4, 2007

First Day of First Grade

Big Bea started first grade today. She loved her new school, her new teacher and her new glasses.
So do I.
I am very happy that I changed her school.

Sunday, September 2, 2007

#7 & #36

Today I decided that I am going to working on #7 on my list 40 things before I am 30.
#7 says take one photograph a day for 60 consecutive days. So I figured, I took pictures yesterday and this morning, why not for the next 58 days. Those pictures are going to be post in a set on my Flickr page.
#36 says go to bed no later then 10 pm and wake up at 6 am everyday, even the weekends.
I am getting close to that goal. Last night, I fell asleep around 9:30pm. I woke up at 7:30am. This morning, I took the kids to Pete's Diner on Fordham Rd. & Hoffman Ave.
The waitress got our order wrong. We wanted pancakes and eggs no bacon. Big Bea and I were cool about it. We ate the wrong food. It was yummy. Big Al tossed bread and eggs everywhere. It was fun. Cheers!

Saturday, September 1, 2007

September is Here.

The sky was so clear today. It was a trying day. I made the most of it. I took the kids to the playground. My sister and her kids joined in on the fun. This park was just renovated and completed a few weeks ago. It is on 188th Street between Arthur and Hughes Aves.
This is my second time in this park and I forgot my chess pieces.
Next time, I guess.