The Many Adventures of April

I have been debating about whether to do my gifts anonymously or not.  I kind of decided today that when the opportunity hits I will do whatever seems best at the time.  Well who would have thought that the opportunity would hit almost first thing in the morning.  I took a baby-sitting job for the day that I have never baby-sat before.  Well I got there about 8:30 in the morning and by 9:15 I took the opportunity.  I looked out the window and saw that there were 2 guys out mowing the grass and whipping the weeds.  I figured since it was 85 degrees out (hello, it’s September in Michigan), they might like a cold bottle of water.  So as they were mowing the grass behind the neighbor across the streets house, I took 2 bottles of ice cold water and put them on the back of their truck.  I didn’t leave a note or anything.  After walking in the house, I had the greatest feeling I have had in a very long time.

Since I am off tomorrow my husband took the time to go and get our girls tonight, which is nice because then we will have a girls day tomorrow.  I all ready had plans to meet my friend for coffee tonight, so I figured they would love to come home to dinner all ready made for them.  So that is exactly what I did, as my husband pulled in the driveway and I pulled out, I told him that dinner was all ready done and all he had to do was a few
prep things.  He really seemed to enjoy that.  He even told me when I got home what a great meal it was, which is kind of surprising since I am not that great of a cook.  As for my friend and coffee it was very enjoyable for both me and her.  She is having some problems with her job and just needs to vent.  I know she is grateful for the time and ideas that I give her.

I am excited to see what tomorrow will being in this journey and look forward to it.

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So I finished the book “29 Gifts, How a Month of Giving Can Change Your Life” today. I have decided that I am going to start my 29 days on September the 1st. Mostly because in my life that is the New Year, everyone goes back to school, church goes back to being with Sunday School. It all just falls into place. The other reason is that way the holidays don’t get in the way of my new spirit and ideas, I will all ready be into the work when the holidays do come around.

29 Gifts is just the way I am starting a whole new idea about life and my happiness. I figure that by starting with the momentum of 29 gifts will lead nicely into “April’s Happiness Project”. That is what I am calling it, for right now. It is based on the book “The Happiness Project.” By keeping up a running list of the gifts that I give and they way it makes me and others feel, I will be able to go back to that when I am having a bad day and see all the good that I have done. Plus, I feel like this will help me to have a better understanding of myself.

Pop is not always my favorite kind of music to listen to, this song really stuck with me.  Ok so the first couple of lines feel like my life right now.  I just can’t seem to get anything to make me happy.  I am having a lot problems with things right now.  Maybe what I need is to find that “Firework” in my life right now. 
 
Thanks Katy Perry!!!  You have summed up my life the last few days.  NOW HELP ME FIND MY FIREWORK!
 
“Do you ever feel like a plastic bag
Drifting through the wind
Wanting to start again

Do you ever feel so paper thin
Like a house of cards
One blow from caving in

Do you ever feel already buried deep
Six feet under screams
But no one seems to hear a thing

Do you know that there’s still a chance for you
‘Cause there’s a spark in you”

 
You just gotta ignite the light
And let it shine
Just own the night
Like the fourth of July

‘Cause baby you’re a firework
Come on show ’em what your worth
Make ’em go “oh, oh, oh!”
As you shoot across the sky-y-y

Baby you’re a firework
Come on let your colors burst
Make ’em go “oh, oh, oh!”
You’re gonna leave ’em falling down down down

You don’t have to feel like a waste of space
You’re original, cannot be replaced
If you only knew what the future holds
After a hurricane comes a rainbow

Maybe a reason why all the doors are closed
So you could open one that leads you to the perfect road
Like a lightning bolt, your heart will glow
And when it’s time, you’ll know

You just gotta ignite the light
And let it shine
Just own the night
Like the fourth of July

‘Cause baby you’re a firework
Come on show ’em what your worth
Make ’em go “oh, oh, oh!”
As you shoot across the sky-y-y

Baby you’re a firework
Come on let your colors burst
Make ’em go “oh, oh, oh!”
You’re gonna leave ’em all in awe-awe-awe

Boom, boom, boom
Even brighter than the moon, moon, moon
And it’s always been inside of you you you
And now it’s time to let it through

‘Cause baby you’re a firework
Come on show ’em what your worth
Make ’em go “oh, oh, oh!”
As you shoot across the sky-y-y

Baby you’re a firework
Come on let your colors burst
Make ’em go “oh, oh, oh!”
You’re gonna leave ’em all in awe awe awe

Boom, boom, boom
Even brighter than the moon, moon, moon
Boom, boom, boom
Even brighter than the moon, moon, moon”–“Firework”  Katy Perry

Unless you live under a rock, these are the things that you have been hearing about on the news.  Even if you never watch TV, the front page of the  Sunday Detroit Free Press had both of these in the headlines.

So to start with the first one, it is March Madness time.  Yesterday was the Selection Show, so my bracket is all ready.  I kinda like Kansas winning it all.  I think that the bracket they are in will show them off to be a good team and I think they can beat everyone in their bracket.  I know that Ohio State is the number 1 overall, but all my Maize and Blue blood could not let me put them winning it all.  Speaking of Maize and Blue, gotta love the fact that they got in.  Plus, you have to love the fact that you can watch every game on TV.

And now on the biggest story of the week, month and probably year!

Nuclear Radiation!!!

I have to be honest, it scares me.  I feel like we are watching a movie, however it is on the news!  I am worried about it.  I understand that this is different from the disaster in Chernobyl but I can’t help thinking that it could be the same if not worse. In Chernobyl in 1986 there was an actual explosion of the nuclear core inside the reactor.  In Japan just the buildings are having explosions.  I understand that they are working as hard as they can to get it under control however, that doesn’t make me feel much better about the whole thing.  I wonder how open the Japanese government is being with the whole situation, they are saying that they seem to have things under control however, they are evacuating people from a larger and larger area around the plants.

I guess another part of me is scared because this is not something I understand at all.  I am a smart person and know lots of stuff but there are still things I am finding I don’t have any idea about.  Nuclear power, radiation and reactors seem like something I would never care anything about and then something like this happens.  Maybe I can find the book Nuclear power for Dummies.

PJ and I were married. 

What can I say?  It was rainy which is better than it being cold (like it is in Michigan in Feb).  However, I can say that it was a wonderful day.  And nothing major happened (which is always nice)

Every wedding has a few stumbling blocks, but I have to say ours was wonderful.  But maybe it was because it was my wedding.  I am sure everyone says it about their own.

So more about that day…

We moved it up from the end of August until Feb.  because of my aunt.  I was nervous she would not be able to be there and that was one of the things I wanted more than anything.  The other being a chocolate fountain (that will come later though).  So the only weekend that PJ would be in town was the weekend of the 17th so we went with that.

PJ’s family came in on the Friday before the wedding and we had fun with them.  Including a UDM basketball game, dinner at IHOP and a trip to Chuck e Cheese. 

On Sunday, we woke up and it was raining (fun I know) but things got off to a good start.  Then PJ’s brother walked into the place we were having the wedding and the tux place had given him the wrong pants size.  My mom saved the day with a quick few sewing skills.  The wedding was beautiful except for the 3 year old who was laying on the floor crying and who keep walking up kissing PJ’s butt. 

The reception was wonderful!  We had more food than anyone would ever have needed.  Chicken Parm, spaghetti, salad, veggie tray, fruit and then we had cake and a chocolate fountain, plus all the goodies that went with it.  We ended up taking most of the cake home and eating it over the next week.  It was AWESOME though.  Plus, I have to say, we had GREAT food at our wedding.  PJ and I have gone back to the restaurant (1 Under in Livonia)

It was a wonderful day!!!

And has been a wonderful 3 years.  I am lucky to have married my best friend and the most wonderful person in the world!

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2011

Posted on: January 30, 2011

Yes, I know that it is the end of January and that I have not written since before Christmas.  Somehow the last month seems to have gotten away from me. 

Oh wait I know how.  PJ working and traveling, the girls are busy, busy at work, book club, crafting, and so many other things that are just to many to mention.  Plus, on top of that add the holidays and people being sick.

The last 2 weeks have been especially stressful.  I am worried about PJ he is going though some pretty heavy stuff in his life right now.  He is not really the person to talk about it and I want him to be ok with it all.  And know that I am here if and when he needs me.  So last weekend the girls and I drove to Youngstown Ohio to spend the night with him.  The girls LOVE to stay in hotels and I think it helped that we had made the trip.  I also love to make these trips with him too.  It shows the basketball team, his bosses and the team coaches that as a family we are behind him.  Plus, it shows the girls what it is like to be a college athlete.  They really like the girls on the team and the team loves the girls. 

Put on top of that the fact that last week I got a cold, and I mean a cold.  I got to Youngstown and I am sure that I was running a fever.  On Weds and Thursday of this week I hardly had a voice.  N loved it!!!  Then on Thursday I was featured in a Nanny blog, so that everyone could read about me as a nanny.  It was so awesome!!!

http://regardingnannies.com/2011/01/meet-nanny-april/

Now on top of being sick still.  J came here on Friday and had the same cold.  I feel so bad because I know that I probably gave it to her.  She hardly slept on Friday night, and that is hard for a mom to deal with.

Hopefully, this week will be better.  Especially since I am sure it can’t go down a whole lot.

So much for that trying to post everyday thing.  Even once a week is seeming to slip away. 

I guess maybe that is because everything has been so BUSY!  I am sure many of you are the same way but I can’t remember things going by this fast even last year. 

So I thought maybe I should post again.  My friend wrote a post on her journal about her first yoga class and that made me miss my yoga class.  I am also reading the book “Eat, Pray, Love” by Elizabeth Gilbert.  I am reading about her time in India.  She is working with a spiritual advisor, and doing lots of mediating and yoga.  So I have decided that I will once again work on my yoga.  I LOVED it so much when I took the class.  But the teacher is no longer teaching, and we really don’t have the money to look for another class, so I am thinking that I am going to work on it with the book that I have and the show I found on Fit TV that has it on.  Or maybe someone would love to get me a yoga tape for Christmas.  Yes, that would be wonderful!!!

Only a few weeks until Thanksgiving and that means a little over a month until Christmas.  I have started to make the list of all the gifts I will be getting.  I am so excited.  I am sure the people will love all of them.  The girls are getting excited and so am I.

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