Zander’s Birthday and Other Fun Stuff.

What an awesome day we had. I was SO desperately in need for a day like today.

I got a call from a friend this morning. Sabrina, aka “Mandy’s Mom” said that she ended up with the day off and asked if I’d like to go get my driver’s license and spend Zander’s birthday with them. Well, I didn’t even have to ask Z! Mention Mandy’s name, and his entire face lights up! So, of course, I said yes.

Now, those who know me, KNOW I am NOT a morning person. Sabrina called at 9, and I was barely moving. So, I told her we’d meet up as soon as I got my shower and got ready.

We got to her house a little while later, left the kids in the hands of her more-than-capable teenage daughters, and Sabrina drove me over to the DDS. (Not dentist – think driving. LOL) We get over there, and it’s the same girl working there that was there on Thursday. GREAT. So, I walk up to the counter, reminder that I was just there, and hand her my birth certificate, social security card, and my Ohio driver’s license. Then she says, “Ok, now I need your marriage certificate!” WHAT?!?!? Because my name is different on my Ohio license and my SS card than it is on my birth certificate, she needs proof that I’m actually married. SIGH. I think I could have burst into tears then and there. I told her she didn’t tell me I needed my marriage license, just a birth certificate, and she actually got really nice. She said it was fine and she’d process it anyway. Then, she asked me what I brought to prove I live here. I told her I had a water bill in my car, and asked if I could go get it. She said yes, and then I turned to Sabrina and realized my car was at HER HOUSE! We drove Sabrina’s over to the DDS. I wanted to crawl in a hole and die. Sabrina laughed, and drove me back to her house to get the water bill, then back to the DDS to finish up and get my license. After all that, I officially became a Georgian. Took me long enough!

After that, we headed back to Sabrina’s to get the kids and headed over to the local swimming hole. We had a little picnic of pizza and chips, and the kids were ready to hit the water. Only,there was a little thunder in the background, so the lifeguard kept kicking people out of the water. The kids played in the sand for awhile, but when they made us stop using the outdoor sprinkler to rinse off, we had all had enough. (And, believe me, I made sure the lifeguard knew what an idiot I thought he was that he wouldn’t let us rinse of in the lake OR at the actual rinse station.)

We headed farther into town, got my Georgia license plates for my van, then stopped at the grocery store to get stuff to make Z’s birthday dinner. He wanted “Chicken on the bone” – or fried chicken – with augratin potatoes and green beans. Rather than pay $10.99 for 10 pieces of chicken, I decided I would fry it myself. I make fried chicken all the time – with boneless chicken breast – but I’ve never worked with chicken on a bone. Thought it might get interesting.

We dropped the chicken off at home to put it in the fridge, then headed back to Sabrina’s to spend more time with Mandy. When hubby called to say he got Z’s cake and was almost home, we headed home and started making the “chicken on the bone.”

It actually turned out really well. Zander told me I’m a better cook than KFC, so I took that as a compliment. After dinner, we headed up to Granny and Pa’s for cake and presents. I took lots of pictures, and I’ll share them soon. I want to take Zander’s 5 year portraits first and share them at the same time.

This was the first really good day I’ve had since I turned 30. I was worried for awhile there. But, today, I discovered that I have a real, true, honest to goodness friend in Sabrina. I haven’t had someone that lived nearby that I could talk to, do things with, etc. since before I moved back to Ohio. It’s been a very, very long time.

So, Ms. Sabrina, THANK YOU for a really good day. Your Mandy is so special to my boys, your daughters are beautiful, Matthew is such an awesome little boy, and you are so dear to my heart. I love you, girl. Thanks for putting up with my over-loaded pregnancy brain, and for the grown up conversation. I have enjoyed every second of today. Love you!

Angie Vinez (2893 Posts)

Angie is a wife and mother to 8. Her life revolves around cooking, cleaning, laundry, and other household duties. She is passionate about her life in Christ and wants to encourage other mothers in their own walk of faith. Angie is active on many social media networks, loves technology, photography, and graphic design, and loves creating blog designs for other mom bloggers.


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    Jewllori by Lori says:

    Hey Angie!

    Thanks so much for your ideas and encouragement about potty training! I went out today and bought some fun stickers and a big sheet of paper. We’ll see how this goes now!! I hope this is the turning point!!

    Awww, it’s so fun to prepare for a baby isn’t it?! I need to sell a TON OF JEWELRY in order for me to afford my new bedding, but I am sure gonna try!! LOL!

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