Day One: The Magic Kingdom – The True Melting Pot

Photo Courtesy of Richard Silva Sr

I had forgotten how much I missed living with my in laws; not because of financial reasons, or for extra hands where chores are concerned, but for the company. I get along extremely well with my father, mother and younger sister-in-law, and there is always an easy companionship when we are together. The conversation never seems forced, and when there is silence, it is always a comfortable one. They are great people, and I feel as though I lucked out getting them as in laws. Continue reading

Time away from it all

A few more days, and the Lakeland branch of the Silva clan will be invading Orlando!

For a full week, July 12 though July 18th, seven of us will be slipping away from the daily grind of work, school, and responsibilities to play in Florida’s tourist trap – Disney. It will be our kids’ first real trip there (the oldest, my 10 year old step-son RickyJr, has been before, but doesn’t quite remember the trip as he was young at the time), and I’m very excited to share the experience with them. They are old enough now to fully enjoy the wonders and magic of Magic Kingdom, Epcot, MGM/Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdom, and my inner-child is already jumping up and down at the thought of seeing the castle. Continue reading

>Round ‘Em Up!

>Tonight we took our five year old to her Kindergarten Roundup at the same Elementary school her brother attends. I’m still amazed that she’s old enough to be attending kindergarten already – somedays it seems like just yesterday she was still nursing and learning to walk. It makes me sad to see her grow up so fast, but she’s beautiful and intelligent, and always brings joy into my life even on the darkest days. I’m nervous, as a first time mother always is, but its a really good school, and I have faith in their abilities to educate my child.

>It could of turned out badly…

>After a week now of having a shattered glasstop, we have a new range!

The new one is beautiful and shiny! We can cook things in a skillet again instead of on the grill outside! But getting it delivered could of turned out horribly wrong.

My wonderful father in law brought it to our house for us yesterday while we were both at work. It was very unexpected, and I am grateful for the effort it took. Having to stare at the remains of what was once the centerpiece of the kitchen was depressing. When he arrived at our humble residence thou, he realized the key he assumed was to our front door, was not in fact the key to our front door. I’m not sure what transpired between this thought and the next, but apparently he checked all the windows. Finding our daughter’s window unlocked (something I will make sure never happens again), he preceeded to open it and climb inside.

This was mid day, perhaps afternoon. We don’t have a lot of neighbors (foreclosures popping up to the left and right of us), but the ones we do have we talk to, our children play together, friendly greetings all around. Were they all gone at that time? Perhaps.

No one found it suspicious that a man was climbing through the window in front of the house, in open view to everyone in our neighborhood, and from there opening to door to the garage. With a moving truck in the drive way. Granted, he was putting things inside the garage instead of wiping us out, but a part of me is alarmed at how easy it could of been for a complete stranger to violate the sanctity of our home. Since our dog passed away a few weeks ago, the feelings of security haven’t been the same.

I don’t believe there would of been trouble if someone had reported the suspicious activity as my father in law had every right to be there. At the same time, I would of felt better knowing that our home is safe when we are away.

A few more months, and we’ll be able to get a new puppy, and with it, peace of mind.

>Parenting your spouse?? WTF….

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To understand what my ranting is about, please click on the title to read the article on CNN.com by Fernanda Moore.
Now that you’ve read it….take a deep breath. I know you are upset. I felt the same way. I have to start this with saying that the woman who wrote this article does not in any, way, shape or form represent women in general, or hell – any woman I’ve ever met. Not every woman, stay-at-home mother or not, treats her husband with this much disrespect and contempt.
I honestly cannot believe the audacity of this woman. I understand that this article came out quite a few days ago, but I just recently heard about it. It was painful to read through (or listen to as I was Episode 398 of http://www.nobodylikesonions.com/) How can she expect her husband to respect her when she insists on treating him like a child? Does she not believe in the equality of her spouse? Instead of barking at him like she was a dog (and I imagine something small and that yaps like a squeeky toy) “Baby Gate” “Install”, she should try saying “Hon, do you mind putting up the baby gate when you get home from work?” Or, for once, thank her husband for putting in long hours in an economy where he’s lucky to have a job at all! I work full time, am a full time mother (because that is a job you cannot just ‘clock out’ of, unless you are Casey Anthony), and if I even tried using the same tone with my husband, I would no longer have a home. Her ‘profession’, and I use this lightly, is to use write words for people to read. She can’t spare some for her family in a positive tone? I can only imagine how bad it stung for the husband to have to read her words on the Internet.

Please, Mrs. Moore, open the cookie jar and give your husband his balls back.

Whoa boy…

I’m convinced the planets are aligned against me today. Not that the day is going bad per se, but I’m having one of those dreaded ‘off’ days. After a few days out of work due to Mini Me catching a strain of Captain Micks, its hard to get back into the groove. I’ve caught myself not paying attention at least twice today so far, little things that should of had a stronger grip in my mind.

Need more cowbell…er coffee.

M