Are you kidding me? It’s September all ready!

The whole month of August seems to be a great big jumble in my mind.

So now what? How do I sort it all out? Where do I start? What do I do?
WHAT DO I DO???
Should I pick up in September? 
OR
 Do I go back to where I left off?
MMMMMMMMM
I think I’ll go back. . . Gee, that really was not as hard as you were making it.
Let’s see where should I start?
The beginning of August. . . Brought us to another birthday. . .  for Anthony.
11 years old
This kid just maybe the easiest kid in the world to please. If he is asked how his birthday went . . He will eagerly reply with a huge grin and even more delight 
“It was the BEST BIRTHDAY ever! “

and we ask
“???EVER???” Better then the last Best Birthday ever?
There is an ever bigger grin accompanied with an even more enthusiastic
“YES!!!!”
and so it was
The Best Birthday Ever!
Of course the usual crowed would never think of missing the “Best Birthday Ever”.

I think these boys can smell cake from miles and miles away!
When “The Amazing Trips and Henry” heard we were hosting the ”Best Birthday Ever” they just couldn’t resist and had to stop by. 
There was Gracie who told me she was the oldest of the children; She said, she was the oldest by at least a year. Strangely enough, she is the baby of the Amazing Trio.
There was Elizabeth who has never seen a camera in her life and just didn’t know what to do.
There was William, who became Mary Elizabeth very good friend.
AND
 Last but not Least, there was Henry….Who does not share his Oh Henry Bars . . .


There was a soccer game and the men were ready to rumble.

The competition was fierce.
In every nook and cranny in the great yard of Graceland there was something going on. 
Ideas and friendships were being formed. 
The celebration was grand.


There was an obstacle course to test the highest skills. 

Testing balance 

Speed
And Endurance
The skills were amazing! 

Until! 

It was Kathryn’s turn.
AND

She got stuck!

Soooo,

Like the good sports they are


the Winners decided to sit on her.

Until…


It was time for cake and Gracie decided it would be best to just roll her away. 


There was cake, fireworks, presents and stuFF and that was the end
 of the “Best Birthday Ever” for  2010.
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And then it happened

There was a comment  left  by One of many cuzzins!

“And where have you been? What’s going on down there? Let’s go girlie, post an update!

~R :)” 

MMMMMMMMMMMM

  ~ Where have I been? ~ 

That’s a good question. . .

Alrighty, here goes. . . You READY?

August was one of those months. . . Those busy months filled with this, that and the other thing! Just one of those “Topsy Turvy” months. You know exactly what I’m talking about. We have all had them. 

To start off with, August is usually the time I get our class room together for school. 



I take all the books we don’t want and put them in a pile. Then I take all the books we do want and put them in a pile AND then. . .  I walk away and I let the pile sit there for days because I think, “Why am I doing this again?”  I also think, Maybe I should just set fire to this room and start over FRESH!

 But, then I think 

No, rebuilding would take to long and the smoke would give me headache.   

I then do the same thing with all our papers from last year: I take EVERYTHING we did,  put them in folders and boxes, I make sure all our important papers are properly recorded  and then  I think. . . WOW! We did a lot of work last year.  I put all this in piles on my desk and then. . . get over whelmed and walk away. 

AND then I think. . . Why am I doing this again? Maybe I should just set fire to this room and start over.

No, that would just be to messy and the smoke would give me a headache.

I still have lots of work to do here. 

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Both cars died! 



But, have no fear!  MacGyver ((A.K.A Mark)) laid the healing touch on them. We are back in business! That man can fix anything. I don’t even worry about these things any more. I usually just say, “Oh, you’ll fix it.” and then go about my life. 
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That’s when August really happened. People and animals were going down all around me. I spent my days taking care of the injured, wounded and sick.

Kathryn fell down the stairs spraining her ankle badly and “tweaking” the growth plate.  

At the orthopedics office we are waiting forever ~ For a laugh, I whip out my phone and take her picture.
 Kathryn was not amused! 
This fall left her on crutches for more then a week. Today she is walking in a boot and seems to be healing quite nicely. 
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But! Wait! I’m not finished.

The very next day I am out running. I am on my fifth mile at a very slow pace. 
I am wondering “Why am I doing this again?” 
I have a little over a mile to go  . . . 
Matthew calls.
I dropped Matthew and Stephen off at 6 A.M. to work up at the vineyards down the street. They were cutting vines preparing for the grape harvest. The phone had one of those panic rings. . . I stopped and answered:  “Hello”  Matthew says “Hi, Mom. What are you doing? I say, “Running.” ” What happened?”

He replies with a cool. . . “How do you know there is something wrong?” I say, “I just do.” “Is Stephen okay?”
 
“Well, Stephen cut his finger and it’s pretty bad.” I tell him, I will be there as soon as I can. 
I was off!  
I ran home,  ran through the door grabbed the car keys, called Matthew told him I was on my way. Pick up my sons. . . take them to my mothers and miss my father terribly. He was the one who always knew what to do in these situations.  

I make some phone calls . . . Our doctor is not in the office today. (( of course! )) I find out the best place to take Stephen is the new medical center down the street. I am told they could handle all kinds of things. I get there, pay my $75 fee ~ they say they will bill for the rest later. 
We see the doctor: She says, “Oh! I can’t touch this.” and sends us to the emergency room.  
I think. . .  Should I ask for my money back or should I just leave right now for the emergency room? 

I left for the emergency room but I think of my $75.00 often.

At the hospital we are waiting forever. . . I whip out my phone for a laugh and take Stephen’s picture. He tried to smile and didn’t mind very much. He even thought it was a little funny. Five stitches later and lots of care, he is fine and his finger has healed nicely. 


The next week, Matthew started his college classes at the local college and I think I am so glad he is still home. I get him settled in his school life with books and supplies.
Both dogs were sicks and the fun still did not end. 

This guy hit us hard! 

Alex

Don’t let that Opie Cunningham face fool you; He packs a mean virus that should be feared far and wide. Rummer has it. . . He even gave his own mother strep throat. His own mother! 


I really shouldn’t say anything. . . because you know, It almost seems like gossip and he is a child and all. . . AND I really don’t like to point fingers  ~ I’m just say’n

THE KID GOT US ALL SICK! 

So, my Dear Cuzzin. . . Here’s your update. . . Thanks for noticing. . . Thanks for asking.
Love! 

16 thoughts on “An August Up Date for "One of my many Cuzzins"

  1. Good gravy girlie….and here I thought you were chillaxin' at the Graceland pool and spa! Sounds and looks like you've had your share of fun and fuss over the past several weeks. So sorry to hear about Kathryn's injury. We love that perfect little lady and hate to hear that anything is making her feel uncomfortable. Mary Kate says, from her experience, the walking boot feels so much better with hot pink toe nails! Hopefully Stephen's finger is okay. He's so doggone long, he can probably manage with a little snippit here and there!! And that Matthew off at college? NOoooooo, he's still a baby with drool on his chin. There's no way that it's his time to move into this phase of his life. Boo hoo! Miss Mary Elizabeth is such a little love. That picture of her at the desk in that awesome bright yellow room is adorable. I'm sure it was a blast for her when the Trips & Henry were visiting. Making friends with new pintsized playmates. It must have been so fun for the adults to watch these cousins bond. I love the collage of photos! Thank you for the wonderful update. We do miss hearing about the goings on down there. Up here in the North we are very (nosey!)interested in the happenings of our Southern Belle's and their offspring!! Love to all,Regina

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  2. Yep. That Opie! Rotten kid. Ain't he the cutest. I see you didn't tell "one of 'our' many cuzzins" about the other thing(s) in reference to you-know-who when they did you-know-what-you-know-where. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Love, Opie Cunningham's Mom

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  3. You know, I am completely surprised you even came back to read the comments. Other wise I would have Thanked Marie for telling me many posts ago she likes this blog. . . I don't know why but I am truly shocked and Thrilled!!! A very late Thank you very much Marie! One of my many Cuzzins'. . . Opie's mom is completely insane and very much a trouble maker. We don't let her out much. She is just stirring the pot! Oh! and by the way! She did it! I will tell you where and to who later! It is all TOP Secret!

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