Sunday, April 29, 2012

Sunday night/Monday morning

We have just finished our Lacrosse season and our Soccer season. The boys have so much homework. I've been in town but working a lot. I just had to put $2,000.00 in my car for repairs after it didn't pass inspection. We went to church today. Sam stayed home. His allergies have been so bad after being on the Soccer and Lacrosse fields this week. When we got home from church, Alex laid down in his bed. I went to wake up Sam in his bed. I woke up 5 hours later. So for today, Alex, Sam and I, slept in the middle of the day. Chase, on the other hand, painted wood for a project we are doing while watching his new obsession, Dr. Who, on TV. He was so happy with the three of us out of his way. Needless to say, it is 1:20am and I am just now going to bed. We have been a houseful of sleeping beauties for sure here at Fletcher365.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Here fishy fishy....

Alex has always wanted a fish tank in his room.  I keep saying no.  He doesn't need anymore responsibility in my opinion.  But.....he has continued to talk about it, price it, and study about it online.  So he has his own money and we talked about how much he was saving and how he needed to be cautious with his money.

He went out and bought himself a tank yesterday.  He bought live rock (whatever that means) and sand from the fish store.  Okay, he is uber excited and it is nice to see.  He can't put fish in it for a month.  He did find some kind of snail in his live rock.

He put it on top of his dresser and it is what you see when you look in his room from the living room.  Okay.  I kinda like it so far and there are NO FISH in it yet.  I'm proud of him for doing his homework, managing it so it is not an impulse buy, and learning more about it.  I can't argue with that.  So now we have 2 dogs, 1 snail and the anticipation of some cool fish here at Fletcher365.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012


Every once in a while, Chase gets in a mood where he is calm, reflective, and attentive. We have to capture it when it happens. He and I have struck a deal. He needs to have his homework done by 8pm, in bed by 10pm. This boy waits until really late to start his homework and I typically go to bed before he does. He needs his sleep (to be in a better mood) and he needs more time to do his homework (so I am in a better mood). I'm confident the rest of the school year will be smooth. I am just so proud of him. He is so much more mature and so much more responsive to being given direction. He is a keeper....seriously.

Monday, April 23, 2012

We get by .......

I moved furniture around at the office and needed to take our coffee table from home to work.  Chase helped me paint the legs so we could hide the blue.  So easy.  We used our sponge brushes (I get them on sale - 20 for a dollar) and some brown acrylic paint I've had from another project.  The weather has been so beautiful so we did the whole thing today.  Chase even tightened one of the legs for me.  It will look so good in my office and every time I look at it, I will remember how Chase and I did this - with a little help from our friends who all make up Fletcher365.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

A new way to do Easter

I didn't get plastic eggs.  We didn't have an egg hunt.  There were no hard boiled eggs.  We didn't have a fancy dinner.  We DID have rain.  We DID have fun.  We DID go to church.  We DID feel like it was Easter......and there was candy.

This year, I decided to do it a little differently.  As the Easter Bunny, I get to decide don't I?  The boys are big enough that they kind of know what is going on.  But, they are not too old for something fun on Easter.

I bought this machine, that you put in the freezer, and you make popcycles, fudgecycles, and anything else you want to freeze in the shape of a popcycle.  Chase is having a ball with it. We looked up recipes on the web.  The recipe book in the store was $16.  We found some great, healthy recipes and we are trying them all.  It takes less than 10 minutes.  So much fun and so good to eat.  So glad the Easter Bunny thought of it.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Downtime after LAXtime

We had a game 45 minutes away this morning at 8:30am.  Little boy is oh so tired.  When we got home, Chase was still asleep.  Alex was taking the ACT in Frisco.  Before the roar of the day begins again, I walked the dogs out of the neighborhood, up to Parker, past the hospital, and then back down Midway briskly.  Needless to say, they are tired now too.  A little later we are off to the Clines to have dinner and watch a movie at their house with the kids.  We are having a really great Saturday here just like most weekends at Fletcher365.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Marking their Baptism

Last night, Chase and Sam were Baptized.  There were 5 people being Baptized in the chapel.  We had the most guests with Patti and her boys, Corey (Nathan's mom), Buffy and her girls (Stephanie's family) and the boys' dad came with Ben.  My friends have been so supportive of my life with the boys and they know that their Baptism is a long time coming for me.  Still, it is a good thing that they are old enough to understand what it means.  I am proud of them.

The whole youth group for middle school was there and Sam and Chase have a few friends that were there.  I wish they could go every Wednesday night to youth group to be with their friends and make new friends, but that is the night with their dad.

We have talked quite a lot about Baptism, Communion, and the boys are developing a good relationship with Father Clint, Erik and Mike who are the leaders of the youth at church.  They are very likeable family men and I am glad the boys have them as role models. 

After the ceremony, the boys and I went to Corner Bakery with Buffy and her girls.  It was so nice.  Then we went home to plant this tree in the backyard.  It is a Red Maple to acknowledge the day of their Baptism.  I got it at Big Lots for $15 and it is taller than Alex!  Now that is tall.  We all helped dig the hole and put it in the ground.  I am excited to watch it grow.  What it means to me is that the kids are growing into great gentleman (okay, that is a stretch but it is my hope).  I want them to know that they are leaders and to not be afraid.  That is all about being a part of the family in Fletcher365.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

At least he is not on the computer

Alex loves to dabble with his car.  He loses track of time when he is tinkering with something.  Tonight, he went skate boarding with a friend and then came home after running to Target for me.  He started working on his car in the garage about 9:30pm.  Here it is 1:30am and I am finishing up some work, not by choice but by necessity.  I just realized he is still in the garage working on his car.  IT'S A SCHOOL NIGHT!  All others are tucked in their beds.  I gotta be proud of Alex but I'm thinking he should have started working on it earlier......

Sunday, April 8, 2012

There is a reason why I haven't blogged in a while.  Life gets in the way. 

Here is the interview for Channel 33 from Friday night.  The cameraman came to my house to film me for the news that night.  Amber took this picture.  She was already dressed to kill.  As soon as Brian, the cameraman, was done, I changed clothes and then we were both dressed to kill.  My hair looks great doesn't it?  I did not do it myself.  Wish I could.

So as we get ready for school tomorrow, Sam tried to get back into the routine of getting ready for the next day.  He started the shower and then just forgot about it.  So that is why there is so much fog in my bathroom.  Sam doesn't make that mistake too often. It is usually Chase or me.  So we are thinking there is a science experiment in there somewhere. 

I promise to blog more frequently.  I don't travel for three weeks.  That makes it a lot easier to get things done at home and get through my "to do" list which includes blogging every day.   We have had a Happy Easter here at that is what it is like tonight at Fletcher365.