Lori V.

Oct 252014

This week, this week.  So long.

Sunday – got Patrick home from Chile, drove to Aiken, watched Brayden play ball.  Typical weekend (minus the airport part).  Unfortunately, we got bad news about one of Patrick’s favorite uncles passing away, so the day was pretty somber. 

Monday & Tuesday – work, work and more work.  Longest 2 days EVER.  Katie had a dentist appointment on Monday that I forgot about until I got to work and looked at my planner. Of course, when I pick her up at school, she has no idea why I am picking her up.  Her mind runs from something happened to a family member, or she is getting her teeth pulled.  No, no teeth pulling today, just a cleaning.  No cavities – yay!  Tuesday, normal work day – nothing exciting.

Wednesday – no work, but I went up to Walhalla to be with Patrick for the funeral of his uncle.  It was good to see all his family, even under those circumstances.  I loved hearing all the stories everyone was telling about Uncle June, and everyone had a story or another.  What an amazing life he lived.  I am sorry that I never got a chance to meet him.  We got home around 11pm that night, after the 3 hour drive home.  

Thursday – quite possibly the LONGEST day of work I have had all year.  It was so incredibly slow.  Its fall break, so no students and then most professors take the day off.  However, it was the birthday of three of the most important men in my life.  My daddy, Patrick and my childhood pastor Mark.   All have influenced my life in so many ways, and I am forever thankful for their presence in my life.   Another happy occurrence on this day was, I finally found a house!   Allison went with me and we looked at a house in Lexington.  Quiet neighborhood, clean and did I mention quiet?   Talked with the owner who will be renting it out and its mine.  I am so very excited!   Bought new shoes for Natalee and came home.  

Friday – quiet day at work, nothing major.  Looking forward to a quiet evening at home with the kids.  I have laundry to do, cleaning up from the week.  We will of course watch the Amazing Race to see Katie & Bray’s orthodontist & his wife compete.  Then I will be watching Blue Bloods.

Today (Saturday) we have to do yard work.  The homeowners of our current home are coming to do a walk thru of the house on Monday.  So the grass & bushes need cut, and a run to the dump is needed.  

The thought of packing up another house is overwhelming…didn’t I just move???



Oct 232014


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Oct 102014


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Cause…we all need to laugh at the end of a work week!

10676333_861673507190131_907079406698584488_nKatie – this means you sista…

10639654_869352453088903_5748220601919746815_nand as soon as that one is fixed, the one in the other room broke too…

1610788_855236331167182_2838975672390599902_nand I don’t have the kids this year on Halloween….bring on the vodka!


We are all pretty convinced Chuck hates us anyway…so….totally doing this to him on Monday! 


I cannot stop laughing….. 


Oct 092014

So…I wrote out these questions, all prepared to pepper Patrick with them this last weekend.  Then life happened in the form of rain delaying baseball games, having to play at two ball parks, and a 13 yr old who waited until the last possible minute to work on a school project that was due Monday morning!   So…I asked him on the way to work this morning during our daily morning phone call….and again on Tuesday

Let me preface this by saying, we didn’t get home until 11:30 Sunday night…then up at 6 Monday morning.  He is not a morning person like me, so our morning phone calls are always a little one sided with me being the happy perky one and him still trying to wake up. So when I initially asked these questions…we were both a little lax on sleep!

Here they are!

1.   What is your favorite meal Lori has ever cooked for you?
P - That is hard to say.
*Note, at least this time he didn’t say pork chops – for that explanation see this post**
*Also note – I cook a lot for us…in fact, I cooked spaghetti on Tuesday night!*

2.  What was the best costume you ever wore as a kid on Halloween?
P - I really don’t remember anything I ever dressed up like.

3.  What do you think the perfect gift for a woman is?
P -  This is a trick question.
Me – No it isn’t, why do you think that?
P – It just is.
Me – No, just tell me what you think.
P – Whatever she wants the most, at the least expected time.
Me – What about for a man?
P – something sports related

4. If you could be any animal, what would you be and why?
P - What?  Oh good lord.

5.  What song always reminds you of Lori, and don’t you dare say “fat bottom girls”.
P – laughter followed by “I will have to get back to you on that”
Me – Did you think of a song yet?
P – I don’t listen to the radio”.
Me:  you do too, every time we are in the car!
P – I only listen to the radio when you or Brayden is in the car.  Is it bad if the only song I can think of is Hillbilly Stomp by Kid Rock?
Me – OMG, I am going to have to make up something, I cannot put that on my blog!  Are you serious?
*Note – Tuesday night I asked him one last time, and I said “not even our song?” – he looked at me with a blank stare, so I am not even sure he knows what our song is!   So..enjoy OUR song below!


Oct 032014

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As of today, I have earned a little over $125 in Amazon.com gift cards this year.  Its so easy to do.  I set my phone to run the SBTV while I’m at work (on wireless), and it just runs all day running the videos and earning bucks!

See my old post for more details:    Earning Towards Christmas


Oct 022014

So for a #TBT, I thought I’d go back a few years to before I moved to SC.  These are pics of the kids from October 2011.  These were taken at the State Fair in SC.  They were chowing down on fried oreos (and in Katie’s case, ice cream).  




Oct 012014

So…there we were just walking around campus on one of our daily walks and BOOM – this happened.



*for those that don’t know, its Chris Fowler from ESPN, who was here on campus for Gameday last weekend!*

Sep 302014

Life’s a Zoo and you just live in it.  This is especially true if in fact, you are a monkey.  I’m not a monkey, but I have my own little zoo!  We had some good friends invite us along to the Riverbanks Zoo with them on Saturday morning.  They have a Zoo membership which allowed my kids to get wristbands to be able to do alot of the things that normally cost money (ie:  Merry Go Round, Train Ride, Feed the Giraffes).  It was a great time.  We got there when the zoo opened at 9, and the animals were super active.   That was exciting for me because the last time we went they were not so active, and just laid around.   Also because it was early, the gorilla had no been let out into his normal enclosure, so we really got to spend some up close time with him!  

Thanks to J & M for inviting us along with your family to the Zoo!   







Sep 272014

So I have that stupid “let me take a selfie” song in my head.  Last time I heard it was almost 2 months ago at a bowling alley in Spartanburg.  So…here is my favorite selfie!