I love to check out walletpop.com. They have lots of info on freebies (scroll down to the freebie blog), ways to save $$, recycling, etc. So yesterday I read if you go by any Krispy Kreme on Nov. 4th and show your "I voted" sticker you get a free star-shaped doughnut. Now I personally prefer Round Rock Doughnuts and I don't have a Krispy Kreme near me anymore and I'm really trying to cut down on my sugar intake, but hey if I happen to be driving by one on Tuesday (and remember to bring my "I voted" sticker since I voted early) then I'll get a free doughnut. I also read that Taco Bell was giving away free tacos to celebrate the first stolen base in the World Series, but I read it after the fact and since I'm not a baseball fan I was like, oh is the World Series going on??? Anyway you can also play the rice game (www.freerice.com) where you take a multiple choice vocabulary test and for every one you get right, grains of rice are donated to the UN World Food Program. I don't think I fed very many people, but I did send it to my kids to help them study for their SAT :)
Last night Kelsie was inducted into the National Honor Society. Nolan was on the planning committee so he handed out programs and ushered the new members. It's really kinda cool that we can go to an event and see both of them which happens often since they are only a grade apart. Of course when one of them leaves for college right after the other, I won't be thinking it's too cool. I think I found the perfect investment for me...Kleenex! Oh well...just think of all that scrappin' time I'll have! OH wait..nevermind. I'll have to get a real job to help pay for those college years.
Anyone who has an almost 13-year old boy can probably relate to my frustration of trying to take pictures of him. I have many pictures of the top of his head or of a blanket on top of his head or the back of his head as he avoids every picture that I try to take. I'm not sure what is going on in that supposedly developing brain of his...I think he's already taken too many hits to the head in football. Maybe he's been playing without his helmet when the coach isn't looking! Anywho, he was chosen as an outstanding student for the first 6 weeks of school and of course they have the little ceremony at school. This year as 8th graders they have earned the pleasure of having the ceremony in the library instead of the loud and lovely gym. Ok now I know he's not smiling...he's even scowling I think, but I did get his face and he is even standing next to one of his parental units!
I know how you all like to gamble with your money! Kelsie's club team is hosting a raffle for a $500 VISA Card to help raise money for their trip to the Final Four Tournament in North Carolina this December. The tickets are $5 each and one lucky supporter will win a $500 VISA Gift Card...that would cover my Holiday Shopping! The drawing will be held on November 22nd. If you want to play, send us a check made out to Lonestar 93 Red and we'll fill out your tickets for you and get them turned in. Also leave us a comment or shoot me an email so we'll know to look for your check. Thanks yall!
OK...most of you reading this know Darlene. Well she and Roger have moved back to Texas and are living in Irving. They are crossing their fingers on job prospects and are just so happy to be back home. Darlene was in town helping to take care of Jordyn while Amanda had thyroid surgery...all went well and Amanda is doing great so that is a relief. She hopes to come back soon and when she does we'll plan for a SBF reunion!
I took two of my friends who had never been to Esther's Follies down to 6th street. It had been awhile since I had been, but with an election around the corner I knew the skits would be priceless and it was as funny as usual. When I was at UT, the Follies was just getting started and you could go watch the dress rehearsals for free...great cheap entertainment for poor college students. Well now tickets are $20, but still not bad for a couple of hours of constant laughter. The highlight is Crazy Carl who is part of the show complete in his bra and thong balancing a rose on his nose seen through the windows that are at the back of the stage. Of course we couldn't pass up a photo op with Carl. Dana took the picture so I had to paste her in to make the photo complete. After seeing my attempt at Photoshopping skills, Kelsie said to me, "Mom, you need a job!" She was not complementing my skills...she was saying I had wayyyyyy to much time on my hands.
Well it's official...Kelsie is 16. We went on her birthday to get her license so now I get to be worried about 2 kids driving around the city. They are sharing the Mustang...that will be an adventure I'm sure but so far so good. At least now the Mustang will be clean...she's already wanting to take it to the carwash. The night of her birthday we took her and 5 friends to the Alamo Drafthouse to watch The Office. Apparently they also show the debates during which the audience plays drinking games like taking a drink every time they hear the word "friend" or "Maverick!" We also celebrated with her soccer team over the weekend on our trip to Oklahoma for soccer. It was eerie being in Oklahoma during TX/OU weekend but we had a great time razzing those Okies in our burnt orange shirts...especially after the game :)
On the days when I'm not monitoring Nolan's college application process, I am taking Kelsie on college visits. Her ambition is to play soccer and that's another story all-together. I have helped her research Texas schools that offer women's soccer programs and we created a spreadsheet with all of the information. Now we are picking throught the list and fitting in visits on weekends inbetween the madness. So far we have seen Texas State and Southwestern and were able to attend their soccer games as well. The whole process has become much more competitive since I went to UT a hundred years ago! Back then it just seems like my friends went to UT or A&M and that was that. If you were a decent student, you got in and figured the rest out later. Such big decisions for my little kiddos!
I am finally getting back into the blogging world. The quote about jell-o fully describes my life at this point in time. I have 3 teenagers and my every day is much like jell-o...mostly sweet, but very messy, jiggly and uncontrollable. You know, my teenagers are somewhat moldable like jello, but nailing them down on anything is next to impossible. My oldest, Nolan, is in the process of applying for college...each day is a struggle and we are digging our way through the sticky process..."Did you ask your teacher for a recommendation letter?" "Did you register for the SAT?" "Did you finish your second essay?" "Do you really want to go to college:)?" "Did you order your transcripts?" I'm like the teacher in Charlie Brown and all he hears is wah, wah, wah! Well I guess we'll know we're really in trouble if we end up with pudding instead of jell-o...that really would be a mess!