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I'm a single mom with two great kids living near Dallas, Texas. This is my life; day to day things that are probably only important to me. This is my record of my ups, my downs and the road that I've taken along the way. For whatever reason YOU'RE here, I hope you find something you can enjoy and/or relate to. God bless.

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Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Day One

Okay, already, I'm sorry for all the tests on the last post. I was up late and got carried away. Seriously, though, this is my favorite thing about my job, not working in the summer. I get to keep kid hours, and I take way too much advantage of it.
This week Casey is at his youth retreat on the gulf in Alabama. I hope he is having the best time and making some wonderful memories. That leaves Charlie and I on our own. As sad as it is true, that leaves Charlie and I without much adult supervision and little voice of reason. Mark and Casey are the adults in this family and Charlie and I are, well...not so much.
Yesterday was our first day with it being just the two of us. We took Porter, our chocolate lab, into Petsmart to get his nails clipped and opted for the whole 9 yards of bath, clipping his nails, brushing his teeth and the breath spray (why, don't know cause that dog's kisses are the absolute best...no breath problems) and whatever else comes with the $50 package. This gave Charlie and I 3 hours to kill. We decided to try one of the restaurants that Tom S had suggested to me, and I did even call to get directions Tom, but we passed by a Pei Wei and well...we do love Pei Wei. Sorry Tom, maybe today we can stay more focused. Anyway, we had a really good lunch. We both love our food so spicy that we have to eat through our tears, so when we ask for 3x spicy, they know us there and go that extra mile for us.
When we're leaving Pei Wei, I asked Charlie if he'd like to go to Guitar Center and look over the guitars. He said, no, not really...LOL, as if. So, we're on our way to Guitar Center. See, in the back of my mind, I hear an adult voice, but I'm just so good at not listening to it. Okay, for those of you who actually read and pay attention to what I write, you might remember that I'd talked about our considering getting Charlie a new guitar. His favorite that he uses most, his electric (a B.C. Rich Warlock) had had all the strings break off inside from the volume knob and were a jumbled mess. Fine, I have absolutely no idea what I'm talking about, but this is as close as I can describe the broken guitar. So, when we're at the guitar store, and Charlie is off looking for his dream guitar, I ask a few of the sales guys about Charlies broken guitar. They tell me that is the main problem always reported with that brand. Well, he's had it about 4 years and it's the first time it's needed repair, it's a year out of warranty and it was a rather cheap guitar (on sale for $200) anyway. They tell me it might be able to be repaired with out costing more than the guitar itself cost, depending on whether it needed a new volume something or other. Yeah, I pay attention. C'mon, it's like a foreign language to me.
Charlie is always researching guitars. He's decided a while ago that he wanted a Jackson Rhoades. Yeah, I don't know either. Anyway, he asked if they had one and they told him they had just gotten the new model in that morning, but they only had one. They showed him the 2005 model that they'd had and it was $299. Charlie was playing on it and I asked the sales guy if he'd bring me the new model that they'd just got in. When Charlie saw the new model, his eyes looked like a 4 year olds on Christmas morning. He started playing it as he and the sales guy talked about all the bells and whistles that it had that the older model didn't. There wasn't a price tag on it yet, as they'd just unpacked it, so the sales guy scanned it for me and when he told me the price, Charlie immediately said, 'Mom, the other one is just fine for me'. I love this kid.

Now I know the general censuses here was that we should let Charlie buy this for himself. Thing is, Charlie has bought his last two guitars for himself without any help from us. The only guitar we ever bought him was his first one about 7 years ago. Mark told me a few nights ago that he wanted to buy Charlie this guitar, that he wanted Charlie to know how proud he was of his talent and that he was behind him 100% in his music. Well, if you knew Mark, you'd know how big this is. Marks always been a big fan of Casey, mostly because of how involved Casey is in athletics. Casey was great in Tae Kwon Do, and has played football since he was about 6 and he's very good. Charlie...didn't like Tae Kwon Do, played football at 6, didn't like it. Tried that baseball for little kids (what's it called?), didn't like it. Tried hockey for 2 years, never really liked it. Went back to football for 2 years, hated it. Tried wrestling this year, and just never really enjoyed it. Thing is, he's good at it all, but just didn't enjoy it. So, this bothered us because it always seemed he had so much talent, but just refused to enjoy it. I know, we were trying to force it on him. So, don't bother telling me, okay? Mark caught on faster than I did and this next year (sophomore year) for Charlie will be the first year since he was 4 years old that we're not forcing him into a sport. But he's always loved music. In spite of our trying to lead him in a different direction, he's stayed his course. And, in spite of his parents, he's really good. So, for Mark to get behind him, and want to support him, is huge. I've always supported his music, and been a fan of his talent, but I just also wanted to keep him in sports. There are scholarships there, people!!

Back to the Guitar Center. So, long story short, we walked out with the brand new model and Charlie still can't believe it. He's played nearly every song he knows on it, tried it with every distortion pedal he owns and has had his amp up loud enough to make the glasses in my cabinets rattle. Good times.

Charlie and I tend to stay up till around 3 a.m., which makes it hard for me to get up at 5 and see Mark off to work, but then I'm back in bed till around noon. I do love working for the school district.


Blogger Leesa said...

wonderful thoughts today. How come I am so proud of your children?

12:53 PM  
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12:53 PM  
Blogger Leesa said...

And I did a guest spot on ddot's site.


12:54 PM  
Blogger Johnnie Avocado said...

Rock on Charlie!!! I think buying him the guitar was a great idea. I just wanted him to keep playing and not be without an instrument.

Let me step up on my soapbox here. I loved music from a very young age, and my parents always encouraged it, although they knew nothing about it. I got involved with Music Theory very early in high school, and ended up going to college to major in music (on a partial scholarship) ...and yes there were guys who got full rides, but normally strange instruments.

My parents never understood how a music major could make a living, but they always trusted me and believed in me, even when I had no clue what I was going to do. ...and look at me now, a 5-Time Emmy Award Winner. (..and worked with some famous bands...DMB, etc) You never know what he's got in him, he will find his way to greatness, and his heart and spirit are in control, and you're doing a great job of letting them lead the way :)

1:57 PM  
Blogger kathi said...

leesa ~ because you are a wonderful and caring person. It's why you're so loved.

johnnie ~ I read this to Charlie. Thanks for your words, you've made a difference in my kids life too. Thank you.

3:44 PM  
Blogger Mike said...

Quite frankly kathi...I'd have done the same thing. And way to be behind the kid on what he loves.

6:59 PM  
Blogger Anne said...

Awh Kathi..you are such a good mom. Charlie is a lucky kid.

10:36 PM  
Blogger sassinak said...

well done you guys. and you did the right thing too.

as for sports? he needs to be active. why not try community centres and swimming or climbing or hiking or other more solitary sports.

all the ones you named have team and interaction involved... i suck at that but i LOVE (just my examples okay?) swimming, pilates, cycling, many forms of golf (don't laugh), climbing, running, canoeing... probably though i've never done them sailing, yoga, surfing, hang gliding... you know?

i'm not saying he has to be a jock but athletics are necessary for the fitness of our bodies and brains and gym class isnt' enough.

props on the guitar you guys, i think you did it exactly right. his response is a testament to that. and i know you don't need us to be proud of you, but i am.

11:58 PM  
Blogger Heart Of Darkness said...

Love tests - will do as soon as I get home from work. No time for as much as breathing at the office on Mondays through Wednesdays, not to mention taking online tests... :)

Thanks for the input on my blog. Yep, I'm a gorgeous blonde! ;D

Loving Evanovich? Got a thing for Morelli myself... :P

4:57 AM  
Blogger kathi said...

mike ~ thanks, I appreciate that.

anne ~ lol, you're biased, you love me. :)

sass ~ I completely agree. He is an active kid. He runs on his own and loves to swim. Plus, we have a work out room with a bag and weights. Thanks, it does mean a lot to me.

heart ~ OMG...baby!! And Ranger too...stuff dreams are made of. :)

6:40 AM  
Blogger LoveLladro said...

I am with everyone else... I am glad you bought the guitar for Charlie... there is nothing like the knowledge and proof that your parents are proud of you and support you!

10:06 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm glad to hear that Charlie and Casey are doing good. You are so lucky to be able to sleep till noon. I have to be at work by 7:30 everyday so I drag all day long and then go home and take me a little nap, it's the best (when my dog doesnt bother me). Enjoy the rest of the summer.


10:08 AM  
Blogger kathi said...

lovelladro ~ I agree, it's very important. I'm gonna have to video the kid and put it up here.

abi ~ I know, I know...I almost feel guilty about it. :)

12:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lovely ! - It is important for young kids to realize the importance of money. When I was a kid, I never had any to buy things I always wanted.


11:12 PM  
Blogger BigBill said...

Your an awesome mom!!! Sounds like the kid deserves the guitar. It also sounds like you have the best of both worlds here with the sports in one child and the music in the other.
It also sounds like your living like a Crackhead!! To bed at 3:00am up at 5:00ish then back to bed till noon!!LOLOL LUCKY!! I wish I could have those hours!!!
Be good!

5:37 AM  
Blogger kathi said...

bill ~ your comment was the first thing I read this morning...THANKS FOR THAT LAUGH!

11:00 AM  
Blogger Shawn said...

Sounds like I need to enlist the services of Super Nanny to get you big kids in line. ;-) There's too much playing on over there. Super Nanny believes in schedules/rules/order.

Good for Charlie.

I love spicy food. I never can find any spicy vegetarian dishes when I eat out.

9:34 AM  

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