Monday, March 29, 2010

Hmmmmmm Not sure what that was.

I think I may be working myself out of my funk.  Things were frustrating/overwhelming but I guess it's better now.  I think I need a mega dose of sunshine.

I REALLY need to get my house clean and have it stay that way for more than 12 hours. I think that's what's been getting me down lately.  If the house is in order I don't feel like I'm neglecting something if I do something for myself.....BUT that pretty much means if the house is a disaster day after day then I do NOTHING for myself.

So, I'm working on it.  Working on the house, working on my attitude etc.

Blessings to anyone who might read, C

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Another Busy Day

I'm watching 3 of my grandkids today so their mom can go on a field trip with their older brother.  She never really has a chance to do that.  So, will have to take my two to school first which means me and 5 kids getting out and back into the car. LOL  Then I have to take the 3yr old to his morning preschool class at a different school.  Pick 3yr old up around noonish(will get exact time from his mom this morning), then pick my kids up just before 4....again carting the 3 grandkids inside with me.

Wow, I've done this before......lived it actually with our 4 adult children, but it sure sounds more daunting now.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Frustrated and Pissy

I'm really feeling frustrated and pissy lately. My knee is still not back to 100%.  It's stiff a lot and I cannot kneel down on it. I usually kneel a lot during the day while cleaning or doing stuff with kids.  I'm just not seeing how I'm going to be able to run again.  The surgeon assured me right after the surgery that running again would happen.

So, what do I do if I'm not smoking and not running?  Yep, I'm eating....and continuing to put on  MORE extra lbs.  I think it really really REALLY sucks that I quit smoking over a year ago and it's still running my life.  I have cravings every day still.  What's up with that???  Anyway, I'm see myself sinking into a slump here that I feel like I won't be able to climb back out of.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Kids Coming Out of My Ears

Busy weekend with my little kids, my big kids, and grandkids.

Friday night was fun.  I watched my 24 yr old daughter teach her little brother and sister how to dance.  I think it was called the Cupid Slide?  It was super funny.  They sure do love seeing their big sister every day now.

Last night was more kids and more kids.  We have a problem with Davis, my youngest son, & Jacob my youngest grandson.  Davis is almost 7.  Jacob is 5 1/2. Davis is the uncle & Jacob is the nephew.  They always beg to play with each other and then each time they get together they fight like cats and dogs!  They're so close that I think their relationship resembles one of siblings than just friends.
We are constantly separating them etc.

So, it's now Spring Break and I guess I'll need to find fun stuff to do with the kids this coming week.  By this time next week I may have lost all of my sanity so this could possibly be my last post ever. LOL

I wish I had something more interesting to write about but I don't.  :-(

Blessings to anyone that might read, C

Tuesday, March 09, 2010

The Family Bed aka Why am I Sleeping on the Couch!

When our adult kids were born all in the early 1980's you didn't hear much about the "Family Bed".  I don't think I even knew what it was back then.  I remember that it was considered  bad, wrong, and frowned upon to let your children sleep with you.  So, all of our adult children slept in their own room, in a crib then graduated to a twin bed when they were big enough.  I think we may have kept a bassinet in our room the first few weeks as it made breastfeeding in the middle of the night a lot easier.

I remember one our sons, then 2, laying on the stairway landing crying......because he wanted to come get in bed with us.  We didn't let him.  I DO regret that much now.  That may be because he's an adult now with kids of his own and you always wish you could relive those lost times.  I wish I had dropped to the floor and played every single time he asked me to play legos with him.

So, those kids grew up.  All fairly well-adjusted with good relationships with their dad and me.  I see no lasting ill effects from them not getting to sleep in our bed.

Enter the early 2000s.  After sending our first kid to college, and me always pining for more babies in the house, we reversed our 16yr old vasectomy.  Twice, because the first surgery didn't work.  Along came a baby girl.  She had a beautiful nursery ready for her.   It was right next door to our bedroom AND it had a baby monitor.  She never slept an hour in that brand new crib.  It was just "too far away" and she was just "so tiny".  I had to have her near me at night.....had to.  Hubby was the same.  There really is nothing like falling asleep with a teeny tiny newborn hand grasped around your finger.  When she was almost a year old or so she slept cuddled up to me against my chest.

When she started getting bigger we bought a toddler size bed and shoved it up against our king-size bed.  I would then sleep with my arm draped over the side of our bed, patting her or just touching her hair etc.  By around 3 yrs old she did have her own room with her toys, dolls, a really cute twin bed.  It was an adorable bedroom.  I'll never forget the one evening when she said she wanted to sleep in HER room in her big girl bed. We read her a story, tucked her in, and she was asleep. I laid in bed and cried that night.  At that point we still had our then 1 yr old son in our bed.

Kids are now almost 9 and almost 7.  Both go to sleep in their own bedrooms/beds every night.  All seems normal.  During the night for some reason,  at least one, if not both, climb into our bed.  There's not enough room in the bed for 4 people now so I usually hit the couch with the recliner on both ends.
It never fails that on the nights the kid's DON'T get in our bed, I get run out by hubby because I'm snoring.  I understand that.  He has to sleep so he can get up for work the next day.  I do not.
But, I've started to find that there really is no comfortable spot in this house to sleep.  One kids' bed is too soft, the other is too firm.  The couch is getting old.  

Did I mention how I seem to be tired all the time lately?

Would I do the "family bed" again if given the choice?  hmmmm?

Not sure. Can I get back to you after my nap???

Blessings, C

Thursday, March 04, 2010


Here is a picture of my youngest grandchild.  She is 5 months old.  The big bow is supposed to take the attention away from her bald head I think.

She's a good baby and she and her brothers are living 5 minutes away from me while their dad is deployed to Afghanistan.

I need to find a picture of her sharing her sweet smile.

Wasn't sure what to blog today so figured a baby picture was always a safe bet.

Blessings, C


Ok there she is smiling.  That's just a few hours ago.  Yeah, I know, the bow.  It's just a tad on the large side. haha

This is what happens when you have 3 boys before finally getting that little girl. I had 3 boys before having her mommy so I know how it is.  EVERYTHING must be pink and girly.

Wednesday, March 03, 2010

A Good Week, so far.

Wow, this has been a good week so far.  I've gotten so much done and it feels good.

I did my 40 minute library duty on Monday at school and will do another on Friday. I brought home some computer work I'm doing for one of the kindergarten classes.  I don't mind that sort of stuff at all.  It's easy and quick for me but saves the teacher from having to take work home with her.

I've been cleaning like crazy and both bathrooms got emptied, cleaned and then reorganized.  Yeah, did the cat litter too.  That's a whole other blog.  I love my cat but the litter thing is getting OLD.  Let's see, what else.  There is no dirty laundry.  It's being done a load a day now and that will keep it caught up forever. ;-)

My knee is healing wonderfully.  It's been 19 days since the surgery and I'm barely even limping on it now.  It still has a lot of inflammation in it so am taking Motrin for that.  I did have a "cankle" twice now!  I've had 5 full -term pregnancies and NEVER did I have swollen ankles while pregnant!  I have to admit I freaked a bit when I saw the ankle swollen the first time. Cankles are never pretty. haha

I've been spending a lot of time with my grown daughter, Heather.  Her husband was recently deployed to Afghanistan and she moved back to our hometown with her kids.  It's been a lot of fun.  We haven't had a baby around in a while...not since the 3 little 3yr old boys were babies.  Abigail is a sweetheart.  She's 5 months old now and love to interact with everyone.  The little boys are hilarious. Malachi, at 3, is quiet, subdued, and a huge cuddler. Brayden, at 2, is a monster!  If he starts to touch something and I tell him no, he looks at me while sticking his index finger out very slowly to touch the object....all the while smiling.  He's sneaky as can be.  Reminds me of the movie Kramer vs Kramer when the Billy gets the ice cream from the freezer and dad is telling him "no".  Except Brayden would smile a little devilish grin at you while he took the first bite!.

Midnight and I should get to bed.  I'm hoping tomorrow will be just as productive as the last two days.

Blessings, C

Monday, March 01, 2010

Welcome March, Please Be Kind!

March 1st.  There is something about March 1st that kind of makes me giddy.  I'm not sure what it is.  It could be because, to me, March signals that Spring is near.  I LOVE Spring.  I love everything about Spring. I even love spring-cleaning!

I'm always a bit happier when the sun shines more.  Gray winter days can really get old after awhile.

I'm behind on my housecleaning but I'm so pumped to get caught up.  I'm ready to be back to the place where I am doing one load of laundry each morning and cleaning an uncluttered house.  Yep, it is possible, just check out  :-)

So, I'm off to take the kids to school on this 1st day of March.  I'll come home, maybe have 1 more cup of coffee and then look around and find a place to start.  I may need to make a list.  ahhhh  I LOVE lists.

Blessings, C