Wednesday, December 29, 2010

The Gift that Keeps Taking

We must have THE most high maintenance dog! Thank God we purchased the Wellness Plan at the vet's office. To date, our records show we've saved over $1,000 on vet visits. In a mere three months we've had routine visits and shots, spay surgery, an ear infection, two bacterial infections, a wood chip lodged between molars, 2 rounds of antibiotics, ear drops, prescription ear cleaning solution, sulfur baths, and two rounds of prescription dog food. Oh, let's not forget two nights of round the clock diarrhea.
Nothing that I read in my research suggested she would be high maintenance. I'm beginning to think that I'm the one with the problem. Who knew you couldn't just send your dog out into the backyard? After all, that's where dogs lived before everyone thought it was a good idea to sleep with them, right? Little did I realize that, once truly domesticated, their sensitive stomachs couldn't handle a bone or stick from the yard. I guess this means we're back on puppy patrol. No unsupervised play time for Miss Coco. Hopefully this will be over when her puppy days end!

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Two Steps Forward and Three Steps Back

Another Christmas celebration is behind us and we had a great time! I survived Christmas dinner without my full sized oven; everything turned out as planned. The epic fail was my attitude. Whoa, PMS at Christmas is just plain ungodly! The older I get, the worse this issue becomes! Of course it's directly linked to hormones, which are changing as I age, but whoa!!
When you're considering assaulting someone because you hear them chewing, I'd say you're hormonal. Ooh, this sounds like the beginning of a very fun list!
You know you're hormonal when:
*You ask someone to do something and finish the request with "--like 10 minutes ago".
*You get so irritated with cleaning, you throw everything in the trash only to look for it and get mad all over again, because you threw it away in the first place.
*You talk to the wall, door, etc., because nobody is listening to you anyway.
*You park in an 'Expectant Mother' parking space and declare you're expecting to open up a can if people don't get right.
*The only thing stopping you from punching a hole in the wall are thoughts of having to clean up the mess, call a sheetrock repair man, and pay the ER copay for a broken hand.
*All sentences begin with "I wish you would..."
The list could go on and on, but at the risk of sounding like I need anger management, I'll stop.

Friday, December 24, 2010

Countdown to Christmas

On the ninth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me a stainless steel convection oven. I know it doesn't have the same "ring", but what's a girl to do? Last weekend, my oven stopped working. It was likely due to the marathon baking session that we had last Wednesday. Anyway, the service technician came out only to take a look and say he'd need to order the part, which wouldn't come in Tuesday! The only problem with that arrangement is that I'm cooking Christmas dinner. Cooking holiday meals is a big deal-- a really big deal! That's how I know that this test of inconvenience has been passed. Of course, I don't want to celebrate prematurely. I've never cooked Christmas dinner in a counter top oven, so I'll have to make a few adjustments, but it will be okay. Like I said at Thanksgiving, if this is my biggest worry, I've got it pretty darned good!

Our family came in town today and the boys are thrilled. I know they appreciate the predictability. We'll go pick up our two dozen Krispy Kreme donuts (traditional Christmas morning breakfast) tomorrow. All presents are wrapped and hidden. Tomorrow night, the boys will go out with their dad and Papa to see Christmas lights. This tradition is really a ploy to get them to sleep quickly! Once they're in bed, we start bringing out all of the gifts. Some gifts have been underneath the tree since Thanksgiving. A few more were added along the way, but somehow they magically multiply in number. When we add Santa's burlap bags to the mix, it quickly gets out of hand. It's no coincidence that I usually clean out toy baskets in the fall in preparation for Christmas loot.

We'll eat and watch movies while the boys play with their new toys. It will take a few hours, but by the end of the day, they will have opened and tried out each gift. They'll certainly have their favorites. They'll likely end up playing a video game for the remainder of the evening and either fighting over and/or looking for one of their new gifts.

As exciting as this time of year is, I must say I'm even more excited about the new year! I can't wait to see what God has in store for us. Each year the ride gets more interesting, but I think I'm finally getting more comfortable in the passenger seat. Hmmm... did I just say that?

Monday, December 13, 2010

Lame, with a Capital "L"

Once again, I've volunteered to be the class room mom. Honestly, I volunteer and get involved to have "eyes and ears" on the ground in the school. I think I'm pretty observant and catch subliminal clues and gestures. So, this comes in handy in terms of warding off issues and staying proactive. Along with volunteering comes the responsibility, which is the part that I could do without! Because I was the only parent to sign up, another mother (and coordinator of volunteers school-wide) agreed to help me, as needed.
First things first, I accepted the responsibility and will not put my name on crap! The children will not miss out or get a shoddy, half done job. But...I don't work well with people. The jury is still out over whether it's perfectionism or just plain old bossiness. Nevertheless, I'd much rather do it all myself and get $1-2 donations.
Last week, I sent home a notice requesting snack donations. Two, count them, two people responded! I understand that it's still early, but either you're going to do it or you're not. It's simple. As I said earlier, I'm fine with doing it myself. What I don't appreciate is people who come up short when it's time to contribute and are overflowing with comments and critiques.
The party will be successful if I have to go out and buy all the rest of the stuff myself. The whole song and dance is just kind of annoying.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Zoo-Wee Mama

December is here and it's going to get pretty hectic, hence the title Zoo-Wee Momma (Diary of a Wimpy Kid). Christmas cards are stamped and addressed. Angel tree gifts are done. Thankfully most of my personal shopping is done. Next week I have to finish stocking stuffers and teacher gifts. In addition, I'm planning a class party.

I wrote out another to-do list this morning and it was almost depressing. I know I can get it all done, but every year I ask..."Why do I need to do all of this?" I even read an article about getting lost in the hoopla of the season. Every year I vow to do better but to no avail.

The boys are up to their usual antics. I'm trying to show lots of grace because I know they are excited. As a parent, I sure understand why, as children, we got into big trouble before celebrations.

The tree is fully decorated and my mom's Santa collection is on display. I didn't put them all out this year; only favorites. Looking at some of them makes me feel nostalgic, in a good way.

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Gingerbread houses are built. Holiday events are planned and tickets are purchased. The only thing left to do is convince my hubby to climb a tree to collect mistletoe. I've wanted to hang some for a few years, but never got around to collecting it. I guess all in all, we're ready for another week of family and fun.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

With Thanks

Today's menu: Hickory Smoked Turkey, Deep Fried Turkey, Cornbread Dressing, Wild Rice Dressing, Collard Greens, Sweet Potato Casserole with Gingersnap Streusel Topping, Macaroni and Cheese, Yeast Rolls, Cranberry Sauce, Iced Tea, Caramel Apple Cheesecake, German Butter Cake, Carrot Cake, Pumpkin Butter Cake, Pecan Pie

Whoa! One holiday meal in our house usually exceeds the legal limits of butter, sugar and cream cheese. This year was no exception. I constantly reminded myself that gluttony is a sin and surprisingly I didn't overeat. I'll have to remember to say that out loud more often.

I must admit, things were not as "perfect" as I'd like for them to be: the rolls didn't brown enough; I made the wrong carrot cake and had to start again; the German Butter cake was on the lean; I didn't have my casserole caddies, decorative platters and serving utensils on hand... but, it was okay! We have so much to be thankful for! I could have much bigger complaints than having to use a plastic serving spoon for the dressing!

I've thoroughly enjoyed the time off this week and am actually dreading the week's end. With only three weeks until Christmas, I guess we can start looking forward to that break. I've done most of my holiday shopping and the menu for Christmas, although not set in stone, is usually much lighter. This weekend we'll start decorating. Call me old fashioned, but I can't bear the thought of eating turkey and looking at Christmas lights. This is my favorite time of the year!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

You know you're getting older when:

10. Your bones crack and pop when making sudden movements, especially going down the stairs.
9. You've developed an intolerance to a food/drink that you just ate or drank yesterday.
8. You look for something and discover it's in your hand.
7. Mid sentence you forget what you're saying and after trying to remember, you give up and switch topics.
6. You send mail with correspondence and discover (days later) that you forgot to include the correspondence.
5. You're not impressed with the latest and greatest technological gadgets. In part, because you know it will require too much effort to learn how to use it only to have it phase out in a few months.
4. You'd rather deal with a person than computer. No automated recordings, self-check aisles, auto bill pay, etc.
3. You know your doctor and/or pharmacist's first name.
2. You put something away for safe keeping and forget where you put it.
1. When startled, you get so confused you have to stand still and wait for a clue about what you should do next.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Halloween Highlight

What's better than dressing up as a mummy for Halloween? Seeing a real mummy! Today we went to the museum of science and history to see an Ancient Egypt exhibit. It was fascinating! We did an archaeology dig, learned to read hieroglyphs, viewed ct scans of mummies, built a pyramid and learned the history of " Annie", the 16 year old mummy on display.
We also stayed long enough to explore other areas of the the children's area. I felt it was a great way to dispel some of the mystery and spookiness of Halloween. We will definitely be going back for more!

Friday, October 29, 2010

Dog Days

Coco is adjusting to our home pretty well, or perhaps we're adjusting to her very well. She's getting a little bigger, but her personality is gargantuan! She thinks she is a person! She loves sitting in the seat of the car on car rides and tasted a piece of salmon from my lunch one day---whoa! She licked the patio for 10 minutes trying to savor the last bit of fish flavor!
We're still working on "coming when called", not jumping up and walking on a leash. Hopefully by Christmas she'll be trained well enough, so she doesn't disrupt the holiday festivities.

Pumpkins, Pumpkins and More Pumpkins

This has definitely been the week of the pumpkin! We started off carving jack-o-lanterns on Monday. While carved gourds are a fuzzy, disgusting mess after 2 days, I knew that our schedule was chockful of afternoon activities so we dove right in!

Usually I just buy one pumpkin and let the boys hollow it out. I give them a few carving designs for the face and I carve it myself using a few kitchen knives. This year, I thought they'd be old enough to try their hands at carving. I bought them each a pumpkin and they shared a carving booklet and tool set. It was very interesting! They did pretty well on the larger cuts, but I had to help out in the tight spots. They also needed frequent rests for those tiny muscles in their hands. Overall, they had fun and the jacks turned out pretty well. Shhh, I still haven't roasted the seeds!

Mid-week, we finalized design plans for Friday's pumpkin decorating contest at school. MC requested Michael Jackson and JB requested Frankenstein. We played around with a few different ideas and voila! MC won for the second year in a row! I was hoping for a win for JB's Frankenstein, but he handled the loss pretty well. MC agreed to share his winnings: $20 in Barnes and Noble gift cards.

I am so glad that's all over. The next pumpkin that I see needs to be pureed, in a shell, and topped with whipped topping!

Monday, October 11, 2010

Lost My Moe-Joe

Today the boys and I ventured off to the arboretum. We had a nice time looking at all of the different varieties of pumpkins and gourds on display. I thought it was awesome, but the boys were less than thrilled. They went along with the program because they love their mom. That as well as a promise to also visit the neighborhood pumpkin patch, where there will be many more activities, kept them at bay.
We took quite a few pictures and much to my surprise, I couldn't think of any of the cute little creative poses and ideas that I used to. Not one! Most of our pictures were of the two of the boys side by side wearing a tired, cheesy grin. After a few hours, the shots got a little better, but not much. Hopefully I haven't lost my moe-joe.
I even went into the craft store the other day and just didn't have any inspiration. Being a creative person, this is really difficult for me. I've gotta snap out of this. I'm hoping it's just a phase, maybe like the crafter's version of writer's block. The trouble is until things slow down and I have a moment of quiet time, my moe-joe may just be MIA.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

When I Was a Child

As a child I longed for the day that I would become an adult. I couldn't wait to do all of the grown up things that my mother forbade. I wanted to wear red nail polish and have breakfast for dinner. I wanted to buy Magic Shell ice cream topping, shave my legs and watch the late night talk shows.
These days I can do all of those things, but rarely choose to. I prefer a natural buff shine over nail color and rarely eat breakfast for dinner--it's not very filling. Most nights, I'm asleep before the late night shows come on. Today I bought my first bottle of Magic Shell, mainly as a treat for the boys. Of course I still shave my legs. I have to draw the line somewhere. After all, I am a lady.
What I have learned as an adult is that I'd gladly relinquish any adult privileges to have my mother here with me. I have to admit that we wouldn't always see eye to eye. I'd take that.

Saturday, October 9, 2010

For Goodness Snakes!

My, how times have changed!! My boys were invited to a birthday party today. We responded to the cute little invitation and were all geared up to celebrate our soccer buddy's birthday. The invitations hinted to a snake theme. What fun for boys, right!
We show up for the party. I plop down on the sofa, greet the guests and visit with the children that are already there. A few minutes later I hear the words "real snakes". Then I notice the mat spread across the living room floor and the two "guests" wearing shirts with snake logos. Then it starts to set in. The pretty decorative trunks beside the man and woman wearing the snake shirts are holding.....SNAKES!
Fast forward...18 children are sitting around in a circle passing pythons and various small snakes around. They're wrapping them on their necks and kissing them!
Whatever happened to cut and paste crafts, pinatas, heck informing the parents The Snake Man is coming.
The boys had a blast. I'm just hoping I don't have nightmares!

Sunday, October 3, 2010

What a Day!

Every month I read a local publication for mothers. One of my favorite articles highlights the daily schedule of one of its readers. I always imagine what my typical daily schedule looks like. This is what a typical busy day looks like:

6:30 Wake-up and dress
6:45 First attempt to wake up the boys
7:00 Make kolaches for breakfast
7:10 Make sure the boys are awake and dressed
7:15 Call the boys down to eat. Check backpacks for folders and homework; Pack lunches-turkey wraps, chips, juice boxes and fruit roll ups.
7:42 Take the boys to school and notice JB's untied laces flapping in the wind as he crosses the street.
8:00 Feed the dog while watching GMA and drinking my morning coffee
8:30 Fold a load of clothes
8:45 Check e-mails. Marinate chicken for dinner
9:00-10:00 Zumba
10:15 Start crockpot with Caribbean Jerk Chicken
10:30 Shower, Lunch, Play with puppy
10:45 Whip up a pot of homemade macaroni and cheese for MC's lunch
11:00 Lunch with MC
11:45 Laundry
12:30 Pay bills and balance checkbook
1:00 Pick up last minute side dishes for dinner. Searched for Carribbean Rice, but Kroger no longer sells it. I'll have to settle for white rice and mashed sweet potatoes.
2:00 Pick out soccer uniform for MC's game tonight. Record this weeks' practice minutes and collect JB's piano music for today's lesson. Find JB's basketball for today's practice--he should have taken it to school, but forgot it.
2:45 Pick up MC
3:00 Parent Teacher Conference with JB's teacher
3:30 Pick up JB from basketball practice. Go home for quick snack.
4:00 Drop JB off at piano lessons. JB finishes his theory assignment in the car on the way.
4:30 Pick JB up. Go home and prepare side dishes for dinner. MC dresses for his soccer game.
5:00 Homework. JB practices piano
5:45 Leave for soccer game.
6:00 Soccer score: 6-5 we lose for the third consecutive time. The boys have fun.
7:00 Dinner, Baths
8:00 Boys are finally in bed. I watch Grey's while laying in bed, but can barely stay awake for Private Practice.
10:00 Light's Out. What a day!

Monday, September 20, 2010

Fall Back

Pumpkins are scattered throughout my home in an attempt to create a festive fall atmosphere. Despite the summer like temps and five baby snakes we found in our backyard this weekend, fall appears to be on hiatus.
Football season is in high gear. I'm almost a regular in the Starbucks line alternating between ordering my seasonal favorites: pumpkin spice latte and pumpkin cream cheese muffin. I must admit I made one heck of a knock off latte Sunday morning. Yum! I don't even want to know how many Zumba sessions I need to burn off one of those treats!
Where are the crisp fall mornings? When can we "fall back", layer our cozy sweaters and bust out the Uggs and velour pants (not together, of course)?
I love the relaxed schedule of the summer, but fall and spring weather are to die for! Come on fall.....

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Lessons Learned

Mothering two boys has taught me...
1. I do not qualify to receive leftovers. There will be no extras.
2. I must ask the difficult questions: "Did you clean your behind?" and
"Did that come out of your nose?"
3. Don't bother pre-treating any stains. They'll match the ones from last week.
4. Never, ever leave home without hand gel and tissue.
5. Blue jeans are "holey". Literally.
6. Owning stock in Band-Aid is critical.
7. Gross=Funny
8. You won't surprise the doctors and nurses in the E.R.
9. Shopping as you know it will never be the same.
10. The Five Second Rule, unlike many others, gets much respect.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

It Was Good

Be still my beating was a good day! The boys had a good day at school! The dog was well behaved! No stories- Not one! Praise the Lord!

Friday, September 10, 2010

It's a Girl!


Boy, have we been busy! We finally got a family pet. She's an early Christmas present for the boys. They've been asking for years and I'm not sure they knew what they were asking for! It's a good thing I wanted one, too. I've been doing quite a bit of extra work dealing with our new pal, Coco. We're knee deep in housebreaking. Hopefully by Christmas she'll be well behaved!
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Thursday, August 19, 2010

Here We Go...

Today was the day we'd been waiting for. Class lists for the upcoming school year were posted. Much to the boys' surprise they got the teachers they wanted. For the past few weeks, they've been using a strategy similar to reverse psychology. Based on past experiences, they figured if they wished for a teacher other than the one that they wanted...they would get the teacher they really wanted! Go figure. They were tickled pink to see their names listed below the teachers that they really wanted thus proving their strategy was successful. Unbeknownst to them I wrote a letter to the principal last spring requesting the teachers that I felt would be best.
What that showed me in the form of a God lesson was twofold. Primarily, the boys thought they were in control of the outcome. In actuality, there was a whole other dynamic, one that they were completely unaware of, that influenced their class placement. Secondly, their strategy of saying the opposite of what they wanted in hopes of getting what they wanted was manipulation. It led me to search myself for all of the times that I've said, believed and even asked God for the opposite of what I wanted. Though it sounds crazy, it's as if this approach also softens the blow of disappointment.
Food for thought, huh?!
Nevertheless, this year is going to be fabulous! Right where we are, I'm going to learn to enjoy the moment. My word for this school year is: Efficient. I was a little off my game last year as there were a lot of changes, but this year I plan to get back on track. I want to continue some of the outings and experiences that we had in the summer. Ten months is a long time to wait to have fun. 2010-2011 here we come!

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

The End is Near

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This summer we hit the ground running! Our weeks have been jam packed with camps, lessons, roadtrips...and we still have a few weeks left! Well of course, it's (almost) time to face the music. I've decided to get a jump start---I have control over this one. I bought most of the school supplies, clothes and tennis shoes. Backpacks are packed, new lunch boxes are ready and the file crate is cleared out and ready for this year's new papers. This will be a great school year!

I Hate to Wait

Wait---my least favorite word in the English vocabulary! I'm in a holding pattern; a stalemate. Being the control freak that I am, I have never appreciated being without choice. What exactly do you do when you wait? Should I assume a certain postition? I won't go there. I don't want to hear rhetoric. I don't want to be appeased or pacified.
I watch the clock.
I want results. I want proof.
Waiting is so overrated!

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Never a Dull Moment

We're three weeks into summer break and I'm finally coming up for air! As exhausting as it is, I wouldn't have it any other way. We have our summer tans and we're good to go!

So far we've filled the days with, swimming, VBS, soccer camp, and more swimming. I've broken my promise to not cook lunch everyday. I'll try to do better, but that seems to work better with our schedule for the time being.

Next week we will start Manners Camp. Happy Times!

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Time is a Tickin'

I heard somewhere that in order for a blog to be considered a blog, the administrator must post regularly (daily). Well in that case, this is no longer a blog. If I could create another 8 hours to add onto the already 24 hour day, maybe I would be able to reach the goal of posting daily. Unfortunately, I can't; so, I won't!

Nevertheless....time is a tickin'. We're rounding out another school year. Thank God it was better than last year. Hopefully next year will be even better. With both boys in school this year one would think I would have all of this extra time on my hands, since I'm sitting at home. That couldn't be farther from the truth. In addition to cooking twice a day and keeping the house (relatively) clean and well stocked, I've been volunteering at school three times a week, taking an evening (cake decorating class) and purging our house for an impending move. We have so much stuff, I started packing in October and I've just begun to put a dent in it.

I look at other mothers and just when I ask, "How are they getting anything done? With all their socials and getaways, when do they find time to ---?" I notice the kid at school wearing his soccer uniform, or the one at church with his shoes on the wrong feet; the one who is obnoxious, always sick, can't read....the list goes on. This is by no means a judgment, it's just the answer--- they don't! Everyone's priorities are different. Everyone has a different tolerance level and set of expectations.

I have always been a perfectionist. That's not a brag, but a fact. It actually bothers me. I wish I could relax and not get so worked up about things, but I can't. Obviously, I know I'm not perfect. My standards and expectations are just so high, they can't be reached. Setting unattainable goals is a recipe for frustration. I know this, but I can't seem to stop.

At any rate, I'll keep learning to hammer this flaw out. One of my goals is to avoid having my sons on a psychiatrist's couch because I've screwed them up. Wish me luck!

Saturday, May 8, 2010

My Weekend

Mother's Day is always a bittersweet holiday for me. I'm torn between being celebrated as a mom and longing to celebrate my own mother. Ironically, I celebrate her everyday in my commitment to my kids. I'm passionate about being a good mother. Although I miss the mark daily, I get up and try again. My hope is that I leave them with as many happy childhood memories as I have.
I've enjoyed my weekend thus far. Today I got plenty of much needed R&R. Tomorrow I plan to do the same. I'm debating on whether or not to skip the ceremonial M Day dinner because the idea of waiting 2 hours (most places are not taking reservations) for an overpriced, mediocre meal is not relaxing. We'll see how I feel tomorrow.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Me, Myself and I

Using my hands keeps me sane. I've made it a priority to resume my creative projects. I finished two throw pillows for the patio furniture. I finally solved a fabric issue and will be able to work on the seat cushions this week.
I've also started a cake decorating class. This is a hobby that I've had for a while. I bought a few supplies and tried my hand at it. I mastered a lot of the techniques, but missed out on some of the basics. Last night was the first class and I've already learned some pretty neat tips. I'm looking forward to doing some really fancy cakes. I think that will be a pretty neat skill to learn.
I guess it's never too late to make a resolution. I resolve to do more of what makes me happy! Everyone knows "If Mama's Not Happy..."

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Our latest adventure: a trip to the ER and a full arm cast for a broken wrist! Oh the joy of having a boy!

Last weekend we decided to head to the park for some fun in the sun. Five minutes after we got there, JB fell off of his Ripstick (skateboard) and broke his wrist. Technically it's his arm, but it's close enough to the wrist. They refer to it as a wrist fracture. Anyway, he's in a full cast for 3 weeks and a forearm cast for another 3 weeks.

On the bright side, it happened before summer and won't interfere with summer activites; AND he chose a red cast--my favorite color!

Saturday, April 17, 2010

So Close, Yet So Far

I haven't journaled or blogged in a while. Actually, I need a new journal and I just haven't gotten around to buying one yet. That's part of the reason why I've been on edge lately. Writing is cathartic. I've got to empty the tank every now and then. Otherwise, it's just a jumbled pile of chaos!!

I realized today that I've adopted this false sense of acceptance. I actually fooled myself into believing that I've resolved my control issues. The truth is--NOT! I have a major problem with NOT being in control. It makes me schizo. I know that I'm not really in control of anything, but watching that play out day to day is the cruelest form of torture. Knowing something and accepting something are two totally different concepts. Wow, I guess this means I have to go back to square one!

On the home front, I'm gearing up for summer break. I've typed up a schedule, menu, and chore chart. I went to the teacher supply store and stocked up on workbooks for skills retention and enrichment. I've signed the boys up for a few activities. I've researched and planned an outing every other week. They'll participate in the library's summer reading program (as usual) and attend weekly presentations. Throw in lots of time at the pool, grilling outdoors, afternoons at the park and I think we're set! This all probably sounds neurotic, but it's very necessary.

Friday, March 26, 2010

Time Keeps on Ticking

Boy, has this time change totally screwed up my internal clock!! It's been two weeks and I can't keep up with ANYTHING. I look at the calendar to see what's coming up and before I can make any headway, the time has come and gone. They say, "Time flies when you're having fun, so I guess I'm having a blast!"

School is almost over and I'm getting pretty excited. I've researched and planned our summer outings. I just need to plug them into the the calendar. The only things left to do are register the boys for a few lessons and plan logistics, like the daily schedule. This may sound like micromanaging, but for the safety and sanity of everyone involved---it's a necessity!

Over Spring Break, I did lots of Spring Cleaning. They boys were on their own with the common theme for the week being: Find something to do. Well, that works for a week, but that won't go over so well for 2 months.

Anyway, this school year has gone a lot smoother than last, and I'm thankful for it!
Count it ALL joy!

Friday, February 19, 2010

Kids Say the Darndest Things

My boys have entered into one of the cutest stages ever, between farting, wrestling and taking crotch shots at each other (that's another post)!

Every day, at least once, one of them says something that has me in stitches. Most often, they don't realize what they've said. They're still very innocent, so even when their comments should be offensive they're usually very funny!

Just the other day, we were grocery shopping and I answered one of JB's many questions with a sharp-witted response. He paused, cut his eyes toward me and asked, "Are you being psychotic?" Of course, he meant sarcastic, but I had to laugh out loud at that one!

Before bed earlier this week, we were having our ongoing discussion about why we can't have a dog. "Dad's not ready for a dog." I told them for the umpteenth time. MC chimed in "Why don't we just sell Daddy and get a dog?" Before I could even respond, JB began analyzing that suggestion. "Well, that would be crazy, because them we wouldn't have any money. Then Mommy would have to work, and we would have to go to day care. It would be hard choosing a day care for us, because we wouldn't have Daddy to help."

Five minutes later, I couldn't believe we were even having a discussion about selling their dad in exchange for getting a puppy. Now, MC laughed after his original suggestion, but JB is very literal, so I'll probably have to reiterate that the idea was just idea.

Believe me, I'm savoring every cute and innocent moment. I know we'll be moving into the next stage soon enough. From what I've seen around town, that's not to be anticipated!

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Lots of Snow

Too much of the white stuff can be a bad thing. I think we've had too much! It has snowed 5 times in the past 3 months!
The last "snowstorm" brought quite a few inches. As a result, the boys had two snow days just before a three day weekend.
What do you get when you mix two boys, 5 days off school and lots of snow---FUN!! Here's a glimpse...


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Too much of the white stuff can be a bad thing. I think we've had too much! It has snowed 5 times in the past 3 months! The last "snowstorm brought quite a few inches. As a result, the boys had two snow days just before a three day weekend. What do you get when you mix two boys, 5 days off school and lots of snow---FUN!
Here's a glimpse...

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Snow, Snow, Go Away!

It's snowing again!!! I'll post pictures soon!

Thursday, January 21, 2010

What a crazy week! For some reason, four day weeks that begin on Tuesday are always grueling! JB celebrated his eighth birthday over the weekend. On Monday, MC woke up puking. For the past three days, I've been swamped in laundry. An ongoing sinus infection has made an otherwise difficult situation even more blah!
Anyway, enough about me. We're halfway through the school year and I'm extremely grateful that things have worked out smoothly thus far. What a difference a year makes! Soccer season starts next week. We're playing in a new league, JB was lucky enough to get on a team that practices twice a week. MC's team will practice only once a week. So, in addition to my Saturdays being hemmed up on the field we have three practices a week.
At the moment I'm enjoying a perfect "cup of joe" in one of my favorite mugs. My house is finally silent. I'm meeting a friend for lunch. Hopefully, I'll find my groove soon.

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