Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Super Trooper

Well today I finally passed my test. Despite being sequestered indoors with both boys, unexpectedly, we had a pretty good day. I was prepared to chillax today as I was relieved of my volunteer duties at the school. Well, plans changed and we were all at home. God knows how bad I needed/wanted some "me" time and despite the change in plans, I kept it together. It was as if I expected the unexpected. We had a very peaceful day in spite of things being out of my control.
I've been struggling with this since I became a mother. As my kids get older it gets even harder to accept things that I can't change and respond rather than react. Until today, it's been virtually impossible for me to control my response...I always blow a fuse. Of course I'm not saying that I've got it all figured out, but I certainly succeeded today. Praise the Lord for baby steps!

Saturday, January 17, 2009

All Party-ed Out!

We finally made it through our end of the year marathon that carries over into the new year because of JB's January birthday. The party was this week and much duller than I would have liked, but big boys aren't at all into the fluff! We ordered a cake from a local bakery to match the birthday theme. There was some hesitation on my part because I like the end result of the extra effort that goes into me making homemade themed cakes. Note: I said end result.
Well JB went along with the program, but never tasted the cake. Since he loves junk food, I knew there was a problem. Eventually, he told me that he wanted me to make his cake. I think he went along with it because he knew I didn't really want to. Now of course, I feel a heavy load of guilt. I am a huge birthday celebrator! The birthday guy/gal is the star. So, if he wants homemade cakes....sigh....that is my duty.
Today we didn't have any more birthday parties on the calendar, which is a first. I think I'll just enjoy a lazy Saturday that doesn't involved an overstuffed character, lots of screaming, jumping and running around.

Monday, January 12, 2009

Just For The Heck of It...

I decided to post a list of some of our family's funniest sayings to date.

From downstairs to the shower..."Don't forget your pits and privates!"

"Is our whole house nasty? Cause our room and your room is."

"Mommy, you wear those pants every day." For clarification, I have many pairs of velour pants. I do wear them often...not everyday.

"The next person that leaves a toilet full of crap, is getting a spanking!"--this is a new one only little boys.

"Can we have a kids' margarita?"

At 3 a.m."Mommy, I had a bad dream about a man and a chicken ate his head."
"What?" Laugh. Laugh.
"It might be funny to you, but it's not funny to me."

"Something in my brain is telling me..."

I'm sure I'll think of more!

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Everything Changes

Today I realized that most of the systems that I have put in place to help the house "run smoothly" are no longer working. As the boys get older and we transition to new phases, things have to change. For example, my system for doing laundry. I need a more systematic approach. The way we store toys, gifts and everyday essentials...outdated! I literally spent all day today cleaning and an outsider would never be able to tell. I did, however, see how our systems need tweaking.

This week started out pretty nice. I've made a personal commitment to get more sleep...peaceful sleep. That has certainly helped. I've also tried to continue the lighthearted feel that we all had during the holidays. Well today, public school (never disappoints) threw a monkey wrench in my fun. Once again, I'm forced to stand. I absolutely, unequivocally, positively abhor being in a powerless position without choices. Well, I have a few choices, but...not really. I have to stand! UGGH!

This phase in my life is teaching me some lessons that I've had 30 years to learn. It's teaching me in a way that won't let me miss them. That's no fun!!

On a much lighter note, we're planning JB's birthday celebration. He's so excited! I can't believe he's another year older! I only have a few more things to buy. I'm also NOT making his cake. Whoo hoo! The one we're ordering looks like crap, but that's what they all look like and more importantly I won't be stressed out afterwards.

Monday, January 5, 2009

Another one bites the dust!

Well we're back in full swing. The Christmas break was wonderful! I'm excited about summer vacation already. There's nothing like being on your own time schedule!
2008 was good, but we're all expecting more in 2009. It's time! Bring it!

The boys are hyped up, so I'm trying to be a little more patient. They'll only be kids once.

I stopped making "resolutions" a few years ago. I'd rather work on life changes. I have a few in mind! I'll gladly admit that I'm a work in progress!

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