I’ve wanted to post something all week but I haven’t felt like I could write enough for it to be interesting. So I’m just going to write.
Amanda and Brian came over Monday night for dinner. I don’t want to share too much there because it’s their story, not mine. I think it’s ok if I write about an event though. This was the first dinner with all of us together and I was so thankful for the new table. Everybody had a spot and we weren’t sitting shoulder to shoulder. The storage ottoman worked great since it’s the exact same height as a chair. This one is black though and doesn’t match the table so I might eventually get a brown one. It also makes a really great piano bench. That was two dollars very well spent.
Halle said before they came over that she just wanted it to be Amanda coming over for dinner. Halle is scared of men but likes girls or women a lot. It may be because of deep voices or that a lot of men are much taller than any Button family member, I’m not sure. Whatever the reason, I was hopeful but not optimistic that she would interact with Brian at all. She surprised us all though, when she started playing a Halle version of peek-a-boo five minutes into dinner.
Dinner was great, really. There was a lot of really loud laughing and we didn’t scare or embarrass Brian…too much. Richard stories were shared (my dad if you didn’t know) and those are always good to keep a party going. I told the one about the shotgun at Amanda’s request, oh and about our Schnauzer, Fritz. I refrained from telling the one about the crab, turtle or catfish, since I don’t want to scare him off just yet. We had pie and much fun was had by all.
Then we played the Wii. In typical Amanda fashion her mouth wrote checks that her body couldn’t cash (Trav’s favorite saying). She’s a wee little one. They boxed (oh, so funny) and bowled and played baseball until about 11 o’clock. That’s the longest Amanda has stayed and constantly interacted with us since she moved out. It was really nice. I won’t gush but Brian is pretty cool. We like him.
We’re are in the home stretch of Travis studying to get a CCNA certification. It’s a huge book and a huge test of things that are ridiculous but keep the computer world running. He’s been studying most nights and weekends since February; when life didn’t get in the way. He’s set the test date as a week from tomorrow so the end is in sight. It’s been difficult to not be able to do things as a family and there have been some spots where I’ve sort of had a melt down. Rarely being able to spend time with him and being mostly responsible for all house things and kids has been tough. Having this certification should open doors for him though and that also opens doors for our family, so the sacrifice in the short term is worth it. Or will be worth it. After we celebrate though, he’s so not getting out of doing the dishes 🙂
Plants. It looks like everything I bought has survived. And it also looks like I have a rose bush, strawberry plants, maybe crape myrtles (I’m still trying to identify those), possibly blueberries (it’s still too hard to tell) and maybe a cherry tree. No raspberries, no sugar maple. I did dig a maple out of one of my other trees yesterday and replant it though. I can’t imagine trying to keep these things alive in pots through the winter though so I hope they’re all ready to plant in the fall. And it seems that even though my garden bed isn’t ready yet, I still have time. All the seeds I bought can still be sown, except for the yellow tomatoes. I missed the window on that. But Travis doesn’t really like them anyway. My allergies have been bothering me a bit, although nothing like they have in the past. I should be taking Benadryl like mad this time of year, walking around in a haze. But this year they’re just slightly annoying. I’m thankful. Having said that, as long as I’m not sneezing, I’ll be working in the garden. I bought seeds for marigold, nasturnium, garlic chives, rosemary, jalapeno, cilantro and foxglove. Foxglove is poisonous though so I probably won’t plant it with edibles just in case. Oh, and I really need to get sunflowers in the ground if I’m going to have any this year. And I need to plant some lavender that my mom bought for me. I don’t like the smell of lavender in soaps or lotions or any type of cosmetic thing but I like how they smell outside. Plus deer and rabbits hate them in addition to nearly all of the things I bought to plant. I’m hoping to create a critter barrier around the edibles they do like.
Now I’m off…