Saturday, August 21, 2010

Look, an airplane!

I'm a bit of a nerd when it comes to my job. I can accept that. I get my thrills when I get a lot of traffic in a short amount of time. I like when my adrenaline starts revving up. I may even be an adrenaline junkie. I think controlling air traffic is fun and I enjoy doing it.

There are some people I work with who are anti-nerds; people who think it is stupid to get thrills out of anything to do with our job; people who put down people like me who actually enjoy it. They're just there to collect a paycheck and honestly, I think it's kind of lame. :P

A typical nerd conversation at work goes like this:

A: Have you worked Venus* lately?
B: No, not in a while. You?
A: Yea, it was here a few days ago and stayed for about an hour.
B: Cool! Was it the 7-5?
A: No, it was the 7-4.
B: Sweet. The last time I worked one it was just a Gulfstream. *said with a bummed look on his face*

*Venus is the call sign for all of the Presidential aircraft based out of the 89th Airlift Wing at Andrews AFB, Maryland. They come down several times a week and do practice approaches and touch-and-gos. :)

Welcome to my world of nerd-dom.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010


This week has been a busy one for us. Monday, I started the registration process for Anthony's Pre-K program. Today, we went to orientation. Friday, Anthony gets his school physical.

Open house/meet the teacher night is in 2 weeks and then he starts school the day after Labor Day.

I found out that this program is NOT a half day program like I had read on their website. I am really bummed that now I really won't ever get to see him because of my work schedule and his school schedule. :(

I also found out that they won't bus him to/from the day care he goes to on Mondays and Fridays because he would be the only one at that stop. So, now I have to look for another day care that they WILL bus him to/from for before/after school care. This means he will be going to 2 day cares along with the school. Jeez.

I'm really starting to doubt whether I am doing the right thing by putting him in Pre-K. I know that it would be the only way he gets real school-type learning because the day care he goes to on the weekends is nothing but free time. Outside, inside with toys and TV. Too much TV. I feel like that place is dumbing him down because they don't do anything there. But I am hardly going to see him once he starts school. :(

I just... wish things were different for us.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

The drive home

There are two main roads here that run parallel to one another. Whenever we get ready to go somewhere I will ask Anthony's opinion "Which way do you want to go today?"

Tonight, Anthony spoke up before I could ask the question and he said "Let's take the long way home!" which means going up one of the main roads, past the street we would turn on to go home, loop around a bit and grab the other main road or the highway (which also runs parallel to the two main roads) to go home. Really, it's just a waste of gas and time, but I love going on drives and I think I have rubbed off on Anthony a bit. :)

The drive sparked some interesting conversation. He talked about ghosts and how he could kill them if they were real because he is "a fierce dragon warrior". He talked about all the steps he would have to take to drive the car which then led him to gaze at the light panel and ask about the "jelly fish" (high beam light). Eventually, he decided that I must be lost so I just *had* to make a U-turn to go back home or else we'd be lost forever.

Little did he know we were already on the highway headed back home. :)

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Our first chapter book!

A few days ago I decided I would try reading chapter books to Anthony at bedtime and see if he would get into them or if I need to hold off for a bit longer.

Our first book was "Magic Tree House: Dragon of the Red Dawn"

It was a huge hit! Now I am on a quest to find more Magic Tree House books for bedtime. :)

Mommy guilt #57

I used to be great at taking pictures of Anthony and of all the things we do together. I have slacked on it so much recently that I noticed and decided to take some pictures this morning. When I uploaded them to the computer I realized that these are the first pictures I have taken ALL MONTH. How did I let it go all the way to the middle of the month without taking a single picture?!


Here are a couple recent ones (from last month and today).

He is becoming a pretty-boy. He likes styling his hair and picking out outfits that make him look "handsome". :)

On another note, I decided to delete the two most recent blogs because reading them again just makes me more mad. I am trying to stay out of that frame of mind as much as possible even though some days it gets the best of me. I am only human. :-/

Thursday, August 5, 2010

The imagination of a 4 year old boy

We went to the park for a couple of hours this morning. Normally, there are other kids there for Anthony to play with but today it was just the two of us. I brought a book to read and told Anthony to use his imagination and play. :)

He played on the equipment for awhile, admiring all the spider webs and bugs along the way. Then, he wandered a bit and ended up finding a rather long stick and made up some games to play.

First, he said he was wearing a blindfold and hitting a pinata hanging from a tree. Then, he was a knight fighting evil dragons. Then, he was riding on a horse, jousting another knight. Then, he was on a hike up a dangerous mountain.

After a while, we decided to take a walk on the trail along the shoreline of the reservoir and then headed back to the car to come home. All in all, it was a very peaceful morning. I love days like today. :)

Wednesday, August 4, 2010


Anthony got accepted into the pre-k program! I am so happy for him! :)

Now, for some rants:

1. Anthony's birth certificate has been lost in the shuffle of everything. I have searched through what little is left here in the house and haven't been able to find it. Roy has looked in the few places we kept important documents (folders, the black box, etc) at his place. It is no where to be found. Last week, I ordered some from the Hawaii Department of Health but they haven't arrived yet. I have 2 weeks to enroll him in the program or his slot goes to someone else. *Cross your fingers that these new certificates arrive soon!! **I do have copies and I have a saved scan on my computer but -of course- they want the original!

2. When Roy did the change of address form, he did it for only his self. However, the post office has been sending everything with his last name to his new address. This includes any mail for me with his last name, and of course, anything with Anthony's name -to include the acceptance letter for the pre-k program. -Enter extremely angry pouty face here-

3. Well... I will save some more for another day.