Yesterday we cleaned out the garage. We had thrown away everything that wasn't of use anymore about a month ago, so all we basically did was take everything, yes...every single thing (except the spare fridge), out of the garage, sweep and clean the garage and then put everything back in a rearranged and orderly state. It could pretty much be a guest room now (and no, don't take that as an invitation), it's that clean.
The boys and I have decided that once a week, one of them will have 'their' day. One week we will have a 'Casey's day', the next a 'Charlie's day'. Putting to use some of the things I learned at the Parent Seminar. The boys need to have the focus on them and not on the divorce. I try to do that 99% of the time, and to me, I think we're doing okay. But, one thing I learned at the seminar is that even at their age, they're not only children of a divorce, but children...period, and they need to have life revolve just around them sometimes. Anyway, their day could be what we watch on t.v. (together), or have for dinner (together). Yesterday, after cleaning out the garage, it was Charlie's 'day'. He wanted sushi. Casey and I hate (though I don't think that word is quite strong enough) sushi. However, it wasn't about what we wanted yesterday.
There are about 5 - 6 sushi restaurants within a few miles of us, and a new one just opened down the street, which is where Charlie wanted to go. Charlie wanted to sit at the bar, or whatever that area is called that goes around where they prepare the raw, disgusting food. I can't prove it, but there is just something in me that yells "unhealthy" when I see raw meat piled up on top of rice. Casey and I searched and searched for something that was cooked on the menu, and finally had to ask for help. The short version of the story: Charlie had a huge and filling meal....Casey and I, not so much.
For those of you who might be thinking of going back to college or have kids going to college in the next few years, I wanted to tell you about a place on the web where you can fill out your information, profile and such, and it will keep you informed about any scholarships you might be eligible for. It's at www.fastweb.com, and it will inform you about any scholarships that you'd qualify for and keeps you updated on when their deadline is. It's an awesome site for anyone needing financial help with an education...and yeah, that would be us. Casey has his heart set on going to Texas Christian University, $32,000 a year, folks...$32,000 a year! So, pray for many, many scholarships to come his way.
Thanks for all the sweet comments on Butchie (she is NOT posing for kittie porn, you goof's, she's just naturally appealing). She is the sweetest kitten we've had. She loves to be loved on, our kind of cat! However, let me make this perfectly clear (*tom*), she is our last cat. Well...at least for another 11 months. :)