Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Two sides to every story?

They say there are two sides to every story. I think there are actually more.

There is HIS side, and HER side. The RIGHT side and the WRONG side. It all depends on who's side you are on when you look a little closer. Tonight, I guess I actually learned something. There are many sides to the story, and it all depends on how you look at it.

Eight years ago, today, Dennis and I were married. We'd been together for 8 years before we finally said, "I do". So, technically, we are together for 16 years.

All day long, I imagined how the night would play out once he got home from work. He'd come home and get a shower. We'd eat supper and then go out in the back yard to the spot we were married and we'd have our picture taken. Then, Trevor would keep an eye on his brothers and Dennis and I would take a little ride in the country before stopping at the Boulevard for an ice cream. (I'd have a vanilla in a cone, and I just know he'd pick chocolate!) We'd talk about everything and anything, uninterrupted! We'd come home to our lego-scattered living room and watch some tv before he'd have to go to bed. (He has to get up very early in the morning.)

I was not at all prepared for how the night really went..........

Dennis came home from work. I was on the phone with a friend. This was at least the 4th or 5th phone call I got today. I talked to EVERYONE!! When the call ended, he looked upset and asked what he should get from the store for supper. We decided on bbq'd chicken. I asked him to get drumsticks and thighs, since they are on sale at Giant this week.

He came back with leg quarters. Don't ask me the difference between a leg quarter and a whole leg. They kind of look the same, only a little smaller? Of course, I made a face, since I requested drumsticks and thighs. He told me to just cut them in half. So, I did. If there's one thing that really ruins my appetite, it's Giant's chicken legs. EEEWWW!!! They should just label them "Portly Poultry". The thigh part is more FAT than meat! YUCK!!

I cut them all and had them ready for the grill as he talked on the phone. He was all smiles, even after he hung up. I put the chicken on the grill and came back into the house to get the potatoes going. I don't even think a whole minute passed when Collin came running in to tell me the grill was smoking real bad. A second after that, Dennis came in and told me the chicken might be ruined. I went out to have a look.

Well, the drumsticks looked fine. A little charred from the raging fire beside them, but still edible. The thighs, on the other hand,......YIKES!! They were black and burnt beyond recognition. I told him this happened because they were so fatty. He didn't think so. I'm sure, if I would've brought the fatty chicken home, it would've been the chicken, but because he bought it, the fire was from the burgers he made on the grill nights before. UGH!!

He got mad, I got mad. He said he'd eat the chicken, he didn't care. I ended up finishing the drumsticks in the oven to make him happy, even though they weren't making the grill flame up. The whole point in making bbq chicken on the grill was so I didn't have to turn the oven on and make it hot in the house. But, what do I know?

By this time, my appetite was completely gone. He said some things, I said some things. It got pretty ugly. I fed the kids, he ate his burnt chicken. After supper, and a few apologies, armed with my camera and tri-pod, I headed outside for the "anniversary photo shoot". Dennis was filling the kids' pool, and was more worried about how much money was on the debit card so he could go and put gas in his car. I went back in, got the phone and handed it to him. I then went to the back yard and did my solo photo shoot. He saw me down there, knew what I was up to, yet said nothing. I took photos of myself. Yipee. They were a flop, and I really didn't care. The camera wasn't focused right, but so what. A miserable picture for my miserable night. UGH!

Not long after he got back from getting gas, he went to bed. I got online, and went to the message boards where I have friends that always make me feel better. My frown was turned upside down. :) A nice little chat, and I'm feeling much better.

So, then, after all of this, I came to realize that a story does have more than one side, and if you look at both sides, from EVERY angle, there could be something you are overlooking.

I see now that this wasn't the first time, in 8 (16) years , for burnt chicken, and I'm sure it won't be the last. Life is too short to worry about burnt chicken, especially when there's a Burger King just up the street. ;)

I LOVE you, Dennis, and I guess sandwiches and potato chips will be fine tomorrow night. ;)

Monday, July 30, 2007

Tooth Fairy is coming!

The Tooth Fairy is coming tonight, and Corey couldn't be more excited! It's the 2nd tooth he's lost, but this time he didn't lose it literally, like he did the last time. LOL Collin lost his 2nd tooth a week or so ago. We never did find the first one.

**Rewinding just a bit**

When Collin lost his first tooth, he came running out to the living room to tell me that he lost his tooth. I asked to see the tooth, and that's when he told me that he LOST it somewhere under Corey's bed. We had no luck in finding it.

Next, it was Corey's turn. His first loose tooth. We reminded him to be extra careful so it wouldn't get lost like his brother's did. Every day it seemed to get wigglier and wigglier. We went on a trip to Baltimore and it was in the hotel room that he showed us again that it was very wiggly. We went out to eat and then came back to the hotel. It was then that we noticed that Corey's tooth was gone. There was no way we'd find it.

Collin's turn again. His 2nd loose tooth. Again, he comes to me and tells me he lost his tooth and again, I ask to see the tooth. He told me it was on Brad's bedroom floor somewhere. YIKES!! I didn't think the Tooth Fairy would ever get to come here! lol Luckily, it was found and he raked in a whopping 50 cents and he was thrilled.

Well, I did it today. I finally made a call and made an appointment to see Dr. Miller. Just in case there are male family members reading this, I won't go into any details. I've been having some female problems. ;)

Finally, too, I made a call to the cable company. I swore I'd never talk to them people again, but I did it. Did I mention how much I dislike dial-up?? Anyway, I could go back to cable AND have a high speed internet connection for a little less than what we are paying now for the dish! Not only that, I'd get a free modem, too!! Sounds good, until I mention that we have a past due balance to take care of first. Ugh! I am $194.76 away from a high speed connection. It may as well be a million dollars. Waaaaah!!! :(

If only I had enough teeth to pull out for the Tooth Fairy to raise the money. LOL

Sunday, July 29, 2007

Christmas in July?

It's certainly not music to my ears, but for the past few weeks, Corey and Collin have been singing "Jingle Bells". Mom and I have always said that we were born with a little too much of the Christmas spirit, and I do enjoy Christmas songs, but I'm not liking what my boys are singing. Their version of "Jingle Bells" involves Batman, Robin, and the Joker. It also involves Cheerios and peeing on walls. UGH!!!

Thanks a lot, older brother Brad!!!

Saturday, July 28, 2007

A ride in the country

After supper tonight, we decided to just go for a ride in the van. Dennis and I both agreed that this was something we needed to do more often. It was nice. We were in no hurry to get somewhere, no worries about being late. We didn't go very far, and we didn't have to.

As always, I had my camera with, and I guess it's a lot like fishing. There were two "good ones" that got away. The first one was a doe near a corn field, and the second was a young buck. As soon as he spotted us, he darted into the woods. I didn't expect them to "pose" for me, but it would've been nice! ;)
Before we could come home, we had one stop to make. We went to the "little gas station" (that's what we call it) on Mahoning Street and treated the boys to slushees.

Thursday, July 26, 2007

Jumping back in.....again

This is really getting old. I'm not going to make excuses or even talk about how I've neglected this blog. I will shamelessly put the blame on......dial-up!!! I'm so, so tired of this. My online motivations go down the drain because of it!

All has been somewhat well in the Moyer household over the past year. We still have the same daily struggles, and we are still (somehow) managing to get through them. When it's bad, it's bad, but when it's good, it's good.

School will be starting back up in about a month. It will be a first for Corey and Collin, and it will be the last (year) for Trevor. Yes, Trevor is a Senior in High School!! Yikes! Where has the time gone? Brad is in the middle, going to 6th grade. :)

I'm not exactly sure what I'll do? I want the best of both worlds. I want to work and I want to stay at home. So far, my plan is to wait just a bit and see how things go. I will know better what kind of job to look for once I know how much and when I'll be needed by my boys. It's another bridge that we will cross when we come to it.