Friday, February 20, 2009

Hi! Do ya’ll remember me?

I’m that girl that is living on a lavender farm trying to build my body care empire while also spending 60 hours a week at my real job to pay for my body care empire dreams; the girl that has been living in a house under construction for 3 years who is trying to have that dream home she’s been dreaming about for 40 years; the girl that never knows if she’s coming or going because she has bitten off way more than she could possibly ever chew; the girl that is working on some new packaging design of her lavender products; the one who has a crashed website because she’s been too busy to meet with a web design/host person to get back up and running; the girl that talked her husband into planting several acres of lavender of which we’re still trying to figure what in the world we’re doing; that person that has longhorn cows that are treated more like very large pet dogs that are eating her out of house and home; the girl with 4 dogs, one of which has just had knee surgery (the second one in 15 months), who is going to go broke paying for vet bills…

Okay, enough of that – I’m wearing myself out…

Anyway, I’m back to blogging for a bit before I get off on another project that will take me way off course again. In the meantime, I wanted to tell ya’ll about my wonderful long weekend in Houston. I talked my sister into going on a date with her husband so I could babysit my nieces and nephew. My nephew is 17 months old now and my sister and her husband have not had one night away without kids in – well let’s see…. Ever. They simply don’t do things without the kids so I talked them into renting a hotel room in Houston for Valentines weekend to do – well, you know…. Anyway, they took me up on the offer and my nieces couldn’t shove their parents out the door fast enough. We waved goodbye and then started jumping up and down yelling Par-tay!!!! And then we broke out the junk food.

Let me introduce you to my nieces again:




The oldest one is Jilly Bean and the little one is Miss High Falutin’. I call her Miss High Falutin’ because….




She’s just high falutin'. What can I say?




Jilly Bean is the athlete. And quite the comedian.



And this is the baby…



How cute is that? I made sure to take on the responsibility of teaching him NOW that bubble baths can cure any ailment or any bad moods… He’s taking to it nicely.

I had a great time with the kids and of course was very responsible in my caretaking . I didn’t want the little darlings to get sick on too much Valentine candy, so I rummaged through their goody bags from their school Valentines Day parties and stuffed 49 tootsie rolls in my mouth over a 10 hour period whenever they weren’t looking. I mean, you know – it was what was best for them. I also limited their enriched flour intake by hiding Valentines Day frosted sugar cookies in my suitcase from them. I’m very concerned about any gluten allergies they could possibly have… I would never consider this as stealing food from my nieces. I was simply demonstrating leadership in child-rearing. I'm just still wondering why they kept getting so upset with me when I would lock myself up in the closet with their goody bags…

In all seriousness, I have to applaud once again all you moms out there. Kids are great! But SO exhausting. It’s A LOT of work. I mean, I work hard – you all know my crazy schedule. But keeping kids is a different kind of hard work. When my sister got home on Sunday I had to take a nap before I could venture out on my drive home. I was completely worn out. In a good way, of course… But, I have to tell ya’, I’m not smart enough, wise enough, or athletic enough to raise kids. In fact, the only thing I think I can raise right now is my glass of cabernet to all you moms out there… Cheers!

Last but not least, I have to update you on our new roommate. Remember me telling you that Jack met a cowboy at WalMart and the next thing I knew he was moving in? You just never know who you’ll bump into at WalMart. Anyway, this is who he is:

His name is Damon Rogers and he’s a real bull-fighter. I’m still cracking myself up over the fact that my husband dragged him home. You know – we have 13 animals in total which I think is PLENTY. I warned Jack a while back that he couldn’t bring home anymore stray animals…. BUT, I didn’t clarify that that included stray humans...

Seriously, we are enjoying Damon and are glad to know him. He’s in a transitional phase right now so bunking here for a bit. He’s been our evening entertainment and we will both miss him when he’s gone…. Oh - And he's a darn good horse trainer and farrier. So - if you happen to be in the Hill Country and need shoes for your horse(s) give Damon a call!

Okay – I’m done and going to bed. I’m truly exhausted and the truth is feeling a little puny. I missed a great party in Austin tonight because of it… And you know, far be it from me to miss a good party! Seems I’m paying a price for 49 tootsie rolls and 10 pounds of sugar cookies. Oh – and hanging out with kids with runny noses and coughs. Like I said, I’m just not tough enough to raise kids….

17 comments:

Sir Nottaguy-Imadad said...

Oh what we do to protect the children. LOL.I could just hear you husband when he brought Damon home "He followed me home, can we keep him, huh, huh?

Justine/Justiney/Tiney said...

What beautiful kids your sister has! That was sooooooooooo sweet of you to offer up your weekend so her and hubby could go, do, ya know...

I still can't believe your hubby took home a stray human! OMG, I've got thoughts of being murdered in my sleep with a cow horn. Yikes!!!

Justine :o )

Lori said...

I was so happy to see you around again! I figured you must have been super busy. Your life is full and that's a blessing. The kids are adorable!!!!

Mrs. B. Silly said...

Hi Deb. Or should I say Deb who, I don't know anyone named Deb, wait, I had a vague recollection of someone by that name. lol It's all coming back to me now! We all have to take our breaks from Blogland from time to time. I haven't done a post in over a week now myself.
You and I are the same kind of Aunties. I've always been the fun one! Sparing the children from gluten and sugar is our familial responsibility too.
I want to hear more about what your mom thought of the show. I hope she liked it.

Diane said...

Welcome back Debbie! I've missed your stories, but you have so made up for it! Your nieces & nephew are gorgeous kids and it sounds like you had an amazing time. Loved the 49 Tootsie Rolls & sugar cookie sneaks. Hope you're feeling better soon! ♥ Diane

Greyeyes said...

I can tell you that i am a full time short order cook, laundry service, maid, tutor, fan, driver, science fair consultant, shot put coach, chess coach, teacher/student intermediary, and walking dictionary; and that doesn't count what i do for my wife. Given that, i know what you mean when you say that your sister and her husband never do anything without the kids, that's the way we are as well. I know that when we do trade kids with these friends of ours so we can go out and do, whatever, it's something that you just can't put a price on. You never cease to amaze me in your depth.
As for the sugar and gluten thing i can tell you for certain, since i am the stay at home parent, you had a moral responsibility to protect them...lol try Topo-Chico and Water Crackers, you'll feel better soon. Great seeing you around, The Dave

YaYa's Funhouse said...

I have often said, parenting is the hardest job I ever tried to do, but the reward is undescribable!!!
glad you had a great weekend, makes you appreciate the still...quietness...calmness...those are things you never experience with children!! HA!!!....not so sure about that "stray human"..braver than me....yikes!!!

Dawn-Hydrangea Home said...

Just found your blog. Love the way you write, very funny. Good luck getting the new website going. Looking forward to it! I love lavender!

xoxo~ Meg said...

Hello gorgeous girl! Your sisters kids are beautiful and so are you for taking care of them!

I have missed you! We need to find a time to get all of us together...I love lavendar...hint, hint, lmbo!

As for the stray...kudos to you! He is a cowboy sort, so you should be safe and entertained to boot!

Don't be a stranger YOU HEAR ME?

xoxo~ Meg said...

Hello gorgeous girl! Your sisters kids are beautiful and so are you for taking care of them!

I have missed you! We need to find a time to get all of us together...I love lavendar...hint, hint, lmbo!

As for the stray...kudos to you! He is a cowboy sort, so you should be safe and entertained to boot!

Don't be a stranger YOU HEAR ME?

Jill said...

I am glad you had a great time with your family! they are all so cute!!!!!!!!
So... the stranger is a clown... I am afraid of clowns. LOL that was so nice and BRAVE of you guys to take him in! Are you sleeping with one eye open? :)

Connie said...

What a wonderful sister you are! That meant more than you will ever know. I love the picture of the little one in the bubbles. Glad you had fun time now get some rest! Had In-n-out this weekend and thought of you! Connie

JacQ said...

Welcome back Debbie! Oh, dear... it has been a while. I thought of you today because my friend mentioned lavender and I was wondering how you are doing. We have been on the road full time RVing... it has been good. We are in Austin till March 4th and will be heading to Ann Arbor after that.

I love the new blog design! It looks beautiful!

It is such a bad timing that your website crashed right before V day!

Please feel free to let me know if I can be of any help.

I wish I can be here for this year's lavender festival, but the schedule seems to conflict... :(

Jen r. said...

Those kids are such cuties!

The Pampered World said...

Love your stories. Hope to hear from you soon on a new blog entry. By the way, I tagged you! :-)

Paige's Petals said...

Hey! Stop by my blog as I have tagged you and I want to challenge you!

Hugs!

Boyz3Mommy said...

Miss you when you're gone. Come back!!