Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Hello, any one out there?

Just a brief note to say, yes I am still alive and kicking. 

I am a long straight of 12 hours shifts and that's why I have been absent.  I know I have promised pictures, but have yet to deliver.  I am working on a day home in bed, like that's going to happen. 

At any rate.  I have been crocheting and cross stitching and do have pictures to load. 

But on a personal note. . . I am pursing a "bucket list" item.  More later, I don't want to jinx myself.  Just keep you fingers crossed for me!

sing, sing a song, make it simple to last your whole life long.  don't worry if it's not good enough. . . keep singing.  I love the oldies, dont' you. 

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Up coming

It is only March but the annual Folklorico sewing has to begin. . .

Elena's needs a new Jalisco top - she's grown
Elyse needs new Sinaloa skirt - she's grown
Elyse also needs Nayarit blouse - she has moved up
Elena needs the sleeves on her Nayarit blouse changed (fuller, bell sleeves)
Elena needs Norte outfit (really!)

Sinaloa blouses - for all the older girls.  I know what I want to put on them but I am not sure he will agree. 
New white blouses for the Signature outfits, (3). 
Possibly new Nayarit blouses for the older girls along with new skirts

I better make sure they have shoes and boots, any broken heels/straps and have their feet grown??  (at $45-60 a pair I need to know now)

At this time we are not sure who will rejoin the group.  He tried to express to dancers that they needed to be around all year and not just the 2 months before Fiesta. Right now we have 3 up coming performances:  May 1st (KC), May 7th (Osage) and Cinco De Mayo (at least 3 as we will not perform at the school this year).  He does make allowance for the college age dancers but high school he asks that they make at least 4-5 practices a month.  I feel this is only fair.  Why should dancers who have practiced all year long have to share slots with dancers who only show up to dance the fiesta.  Yes, if you are away at college and have danced with the group for a few years this is understandable.  But, if you live in town and just don't show because you only want to dance in the fiesta well, you should understand when the better slots go to the ones who have been here all year. 

The girls have also joined an adult Mariachi group!!!  Wow these 14-15 year olds have talent.  My two daughters and their friend Marisol.  I am really excited for them, I wish when I had been young I would have had the same opportunities.  I think that these activities give a girl focus, confidence and sense of "being".  If you feel you have value, you value yourself.  At a young age it is very hard to learn to value yourself if no one has expressed to you that you have value.  I think this is why I made all the detours in my life, no one ever expressed to me that I had value.  Don't get me wrong, I had parents but both were lost in their own "stuff" shall I say in want of a better word. 

The boys are good.  Dom loves SA and says he is never moving back, Seb is enjoying his last year of high school, looking forward to basic training (getting it over with) and learning his job in the guard.  He is also going to take a CNA class that starts the week after graduation.  I called a good buddy of mine and he should have a job as soon as he gets done with the class.  I want him at that facility because I love the people who work there and I love the "culture" there, very family.  I no longer work there but after 5 years it was time to move on and grow in my profession.  I will always consider it a "home" and I speak very highly of this facility when asked about it, they do good work and have awesome staff.  I salute you KRH. 

And me, well, you know I am definately not the calm in the storm but rather the storm in the midst of calm.  Thank you Lord for my loving husband, he is a grounding force in my life.  And praise be he is still working -

I ask that anyone who reads this will pray for our economy and the millions who have struggled with layoffs and unemployment.  My husband a union carpenter has be off more than he has worked in the last 18 months as have many of his union brothers/sisters.  If it had not been for the grace of god steering me to go to nursing school 10 years ago we would be struggling.  Thank you God. 

Happy sewing!

Monday, March 14, 2011

OMG - where did I go?

Well, I went to work!  Yes, the woman who already worked alot worked some more. 

I have come to a better place in my mind though.  We we last left off I was pretty whiney, having a mental pitty party and generally no fun.

Well, I am okay now.  I have gotten over working so much.  Yes, someday I would like to work less but I have a 3 year plan and I am feeling much, much better about things. 

So. . . what has happened?  My eldest moved away.  Broke my heart, spread his wings and flew.  He took a contract job with a major company in Texas.  Luv U Baby.  He is doing good.

My second eldest is graduating high school soon.  He enlisted in the Air National Guard, like his brother.  We don't have basic training dates but we shall all go to watch him graduate when the time comes.

My daughter made Superior Honors for the first semester and is loving High school.  Thanks God.

My youngest, my sweet, evil, short Cow.  Long story about the name but no it is not an insult, and she is okay with the name.  She is beautiful and petite and absolutely intelligent and drama free.  She has working on being more loving to her mommy and is doing more around the house to help the mommy.  (she's 14, what a wonderful age). 

My husband, well after reading some of my posted and unposted blogs (there were some) I can happily say. . . I am over myself.  He is still the most wonderful, supportive husband who only acts like he has no clue because I don't make his life easy and he never knows how I will act so he truly has no clue.  But, given a hint he always does the right thing. 

Life is good and getting better.

Sewing?  Well, I successfully replaced 2 jean zippers for a co-worker.  I was nervous never having tackled anything like this but it went well.  Made a blouse, fixed some things and just well, not much.  I have been cross stitching and crocheting so not all my time has gone to work and rot. 

I am gearing up for my annual fiesta sewing but hopefully it will not be so crazy.  I will be focused this year on costumes for the older dancers.  Here we go!!!