A slower life can be sweeter...
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Momma Mia is a rocking movie and I must thank my own mama for going with me to see it. Somehow seeing a mother/daughter flick (yes, there's some romance too....) was that much sweeter seeing it with my own mum.
If you have time, go see it! It is the most fun.
Monday, July 28, 2008
I don't have a plan for the whole week yet, but am planning a complete meal for tonight. It's a big step, I've been out of the cooking mood and relying way too much on carry out! Tonight I'm planning to go to the gym and then to a book study at my church. We are reading"Greater Health God's Way" by Stormie Omartian. Having such a busy night planned means getting dinner together early and eating at 5. By planning ahead, we won't rush out for pizza before I run out the door. A little bit of time put into getting a game plan, and I'm going to be all over it tonight!
Tonight we'll have boneless hot wings (I'll be making some without the hot sauce and crazy spices for the kids), fresh corn salad (a big hit from last summer), and Yummy Peaches. Simple, fresh, and delicious. Not to mention healthy!
I'm back to "trying" on the healthy diet/exercise habits. The goal being that it be a total lifestyle change and not a diet. This summer has been a junk food bonanza, a popsicle haze, and it's time to detox!
Sunday, July 27, 2008
I am excited for the possibilities that a new school year holds. I am happy that we have had an excellent summer break. I'm grateful that I have a career that allows an annual hiatus.
That's the one hand.
On the other?
Thursday, July 24, 2008
I don't even have to clean up after my little man for once, that window is out of here tomorrow! He's a lucky little man, this time!
No more sharpies, mister!
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
It was fun, to see what she had gone around to snap photos of. Very random, very fun.
Here's a few shots from our trip to the indoor water park. I took them, so they are a slight less blurry.
Monday, July 21, 2008
And now, back to the meme:
Think back on the last 15 years of your life. What would you tell someone that you hadn’t seen or talked to for 15 years? How would you sum up your life? You get 10 bullet points. A list of 10 things to summarize about you. At the end of your list, tag 5 more people and send on the love…
In 1993, I was in the second half of 10th grade. Not seeing someone since then, they would probably not recognize me. You could say a person changes a bit from age 16 to 30. (See the picture? I heart big bangs.) I've got the mom hair now and weigh 60 more lbs. I'm not longer a four sport athlete or a chatty teenage girl. What would I say to someone I haven't seen since then? In ten bullet points?
- I graduated salutatorian from high school and gave a speech at commencement.
- I went to college at UNK and graduated in 2000 with a bachelor's degree in social work and a minor in criminal justice. I was living in Lincoln and took a job for the state.
- I got married! To a guy I met in Kearney, at a bar. Yes, in a bar. We just celebrated our seventh wedding anniversary.
- I have two kids, ages 2 and 5. A boy and a girl.
- I moved to Omaha with the family to teach high school special education.
- I changed careers to teach high school education.
- I earned master's degree in 2003. To teach high school special education.
- I spend summers making breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks for aforementioned kids. I do some other stuff, but the feeding portion of our day sure takes a lot of time and energy.
- I like to scrapbook and blog. I spend a lot of time making memories for the kids, so I can think of other things we did together besides eating breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks.
- I'm going to an indoor water park today! And staying at the adjacent hotel. And celebrating my B's 5th birthday! It's a big deal, cuz I said so.
Tagging 5 others - okey dokey.
Friday, July 18, 2008
I am not a very good housekeeper. I keep things sanitary at best. The toys, run away laundry, and popsicle wrappers are what bury me. I declutter several times a year, donate clothes and toys almost monthly, try not to buy excess stuff, etc. I follow the rules in that way. Yet, I'm still constantly chasing my tail. Or toddlers, if you will.
The frustration for me is in the mundane. If I tidy a room, and it's undtidy 6 hrs later. I must do it again? Really?! I enjoy tasks that are not quickly undone. I do not enjoy the repetition of picking up toys, doing the dishes, mopping the floor. I don't know why I detest it so, but I do!
That, and here I sit, loving on my cup of coffee. I've cleaned a bathroom this morning, two to go. I need to switch out laundry, do the dishes (from last night, flylady would be ashamed), tidy bedrooms, mop tile, vacuum carpet, spot clean hall carpet, and so on. We've also got to squeeze in errands today.
What is a girl to do? When she's got such a lengthy list and no oomph?
Back to the coffee, I say. A few more sips and I'm off.
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
She delights in playing with the tone of her whining. She amps it up if no one is listening. She plays it down if she's afraid her father might be in earshot.
Her temper is quick, so is the forgiveness.
She is suddenly pre-pre-teen, at the ripe old age of four.
On Monday, she will be five. There were be fanfare and praise on that day. Today, just an homage to our new little drama queen. Practicing the power of her words and actions.
Our little B. Becoming her own person.
Please let us help you along the way.
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
Monday, July 14, 2008
This week is all of the sudden crazy. I'm trying a water aerobics class at the Y tonight that I signed up for. We're taking the kids to a local pool on Wednesday to meet some friends. We made those plans three weeks ago when July 16th seemed so far off. Hubs is playing in a three-day golf tournament that will eat up the end of the week for him (and leave me flying solo a bit). Then this weekend is B's first friend party for her 5th b-day which is a week from today.
So all in all, I need to be on my A game. And I am so NOT on my A game. I just want to sit down, watch reruns, and eat popsicles. Where in the heck am I supposed to squeeze that into this week?!!?
Saturday, July 12, 2008
What is a good accent color for sage green? The couches came with floral accent pillows, but my dog loved them for some reason and chewed off the corners. I've been looking for replacements for two years and can never settle on anything as good as the first ones.
Wednesday, July 9, 2008
[Hubs was hovering behind, grabbing the punk as soon as she finished. Success! A five second smoke show and no burns. Hooray!]
Then on the 4th, we went to my folks' house, a two hour drive away, in a rural area of central Nebraska. The kids love being there, where there is a huge sandbox, outdoor play kitchen, kiddie pool, and numerous gardens to explore. The men shoot of a big fireworks show after dark, which our little man slept through. My B sat happily in her grandfather's lap, chatting through the entire show. She thought the whole day was fantastic. Cousins and plenty of time to play, what could be better?
[There's nothing like a little freedom in the country. Not to mention, living in a country that's free.]
Tuesday, July 8, 2008
So no t.v. for the kids, no blogging for me.
Here's how it actually went:
I decided (quickly! the very first morning!) that mornings were exempt from this practice, because I really need that first hour to charge the batteries, if you know what I mean. It takes about a cup and a half of coffee for me to get going. So Playhouse Disney and/or PBS Kids were permitted between the hours of 7-9. During that time, I check my email, have a cup of coffee, and read a little news (and sneak on to Google Reader!). I cheated. I totally lurked.
Addiction, hobby, habit, whatever it is...I cannot stop checking in on what people are writing. I read 20 or so blogs regularly, some write daily, most just a few times a week. It is part of my daily habit that I just can't seem to avoid. I don't want to. So I spent the week being a lurker, not commenting, not writing my own posts.
So time spent on internet was indeed limited, it has been any way this summer. But not eliminated. I guess that's the way it goes. I'm hooked.
There are a handful of people that I enjoy checking in with each week. To some (in real life), it is odd. For me, it has been natural. There is a certain isolation for me, in motherhood. Going out is hard. Seeing friends is hard. Friends that I meet for kids' play dates don't actually get to chat. We chase the kids and keep them safe, entertained, fed, watered. It has been difficult to get past the small talk phase with people.
It may only be in print, online, but we're way past small talk, which I enjoy.
So there you have it. Another realization for me that blogging is, to me, more than just a hobby.
Here are the happy folks that I like to look in on, read about, learn from:
4 Reluctant Entertainers
Big Blueberry Eyes
Bub & Pie
Frog And Toad Are Still Friends
Her Bad Mother
I'm An Organizing Junkie
Midwest Beach Girl
Midwest Twin Girl
Mimi On The Breach
Oh, The Joys
One Plus Two
Sweet / Salty
Under The Mad Hat
World of One Thousand Different Things
There is community there. I can see that now.
Monday, July 7, 2008
My poor Hubs is back at it with grad school, trying to get that Dr. put in front of his name. It's treacherous, the working/schooling/husband/father thing, and I really feel for him. I remember the stress and tears and self-loathing that was grad school. There's never enough of you to go around. What makes it great is the end-point. When you make it out the other side alive and you've got some letters behind your name. I'm so proud of him for doing it. I'm not sure I would have it in me at this point.
Today I realize we're at the halfway mark for the break. July is it. I go back on August 7th, officially, though will work for several extra days before the big day.
I was reading through my journal last night. The days of my B's birth and infancy. How enamored I was (am) with her. How magical becoming a mother was for me. Then I read this:
My baby is one month old. I have a daughter and she is already
growing and changing so much! It's all going so fast and I try to take it
all in and savor every minute. My leave from work is 1/2 over and it's hard
not to dwell on that. I really think I would stay home if I could, but we
just can't swing it financially. So I'm going back to work in a month and
I'm starting school in January to become a special ed. teacher. I just
hope that Brenna will always know how much I love her and understand
that I'm doing this for her, so that I can be with her more in the future. I
just really want to be a good mommy - I guess I never knew how important
that would be to me. I love this little girl more than I thought
possible and can't wait to spend the rest of my life knowing her.
That girl will be five in a few weeks.
I'm spending my second summer off with her and our Little Man. Wow.
Things have worked out particularly well, overall.
Now it's time to get dressed. We are off to swim lessons.
Saturday, July 5, 2008
I had a wonderful moment of peace driving back home this afternoon. Since I moved to the eastern end of our state, eight years ago, I have always felt this sense of coming home as we approach the area that I grew up. An exhaling of sorts, where I felt like I was returning to where I belong. The land stretches out flatter, as the trees grow further apart and the spaces are filled with more crops than buildings.
Today, I felt the opposite. As we approached the hillier end of the state, I was excited. Feeling the anticipation of returning home. Suddenly, I was all grown up. I was returning home, instead of driving away from it, going just where I wanted to be. Where I knew I should be.
It's great to visit family, it's wonderful to celebrate a national holiday together, to go back to my hometown. Yet it was a significant milestone for me. This moment of peace, as we approached Omaha.
I am home.