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Ch.ch.ch.changes…..

 

The best laid plans come to a screeching halt when the school nurse calls with a vomiting kiddo in her office.

Fortunately, Popop to the rescue with a quick pick up and chill out time on his couch until mom picks up the little pukey miss on her way to her hair appointment (on lunch break).

Dropped her off at home to rest and then checked on her after hair appointment, set her up with saltines, powerade, water bottle,  TV remotes, telephone and garbage bucket.

Back to work to relieve for lunch and see if I could tough it out, but between the horrendous weather and the very sad panda at home, I left early with my friend’s blessing, picked up biggest boy from the bus stop, was able to tend to sickey girl and then picked up the middle schoolers while dropping of the big guy for work.

Soo…..yeah, the awesome date birthday with the Hubs…..looks like we might have company.

Ah, the life of a parent, eh?  Never a dull one.

Weekends and bon-bons

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Hoping all the Mamas had a fabulous Mother’s day!!!

My weekend was a curiosity of lots of downtime and productivity.  I was without a car most of the day on Saturday at home so I was able to get lots of stuff done around the house (after I grocery shopped nice and early) and had a ridiculous amount of time to read and chill and THEN go to our supper club in the evening.  Nice.  But weird.  It’s hard to slow down, isn’t it???  I mean we are used to going all out, all the time and then when its not…..it’s hard to switch gears.

Mother’s Day was lovely.  Mass.  Sweet kids.  Helpful kids.  Free breakfast at church after Mass. Dinner was made for me by my guys AND cleaned up.   When I think about what a tough day it is for a lot of women, I know that I’ve got it good with no legitimate complaints.

On the flip side of the coin, I bought NO Mother’s Day cards this year.  My favorite Hallmark store closed and well….it’s just not the same.  So, my sister was in charge of flowers for Mom this year (she did a GREAT job!) and I hand delivered flowers to my Mother-in-law (since my Hubby had to work) and my grandmother and called my dad’s wife and my other grandmother…..which I am sure they appreciated more that a card, right?

Today, it’s back to reality…..Monday morning blues…..and looking forward to a 4 day work week because I TOOK FRIDAY OFF FOR MY BIRTHDAY!!!  AND SO DID MY HUBS.  AND THE KIDS ARE STILL IN SCHOOL!!!!!

Enough yelling.  Have a great day!!

Chaos. It’s how I roll.

“How do you do it all?”

A friend of mine asked that question of ME last week.  ha.  Short answer:  I don’t know.  It just gets done.

Longer answer:  But by the grace of God.  By the skin of my teeth and by being in a constant state of chaos.  Controlled chaos, mind you….but chaos.  And my girlfriends…..they are all right there with me whether they stay at home or work outside the home, it’s a constant go…go…go..gooooooo.

Case in point:

This morning, up at 4:30 to hit the 5:15 a.m. Spin class.  Crazy.  yes, I know.  But it’s only twice a week and I just can’t make the p.m. classes.  So.  Up and at ’em.

Come home, get kids going, shower, make breakfast and lunch, decide on dinner and out the door at 7:15.

Work.  or the easiest part of my day…if you call 50 patients between 8 and 4 (who the HECK does our scheduling anyway?!?!?! )…fortunately, I enjoy my patients and co-workers so it makes the day a little easier.

Lunch will be post office, making phone calls to the insurance company (ridic to the Nth degree of how much I am fighting them for reimbursement.  of money I am due.  for a product I have already paid for.  super close to hollering fraud.  super.  close) and any other personal errands I can squeeze in the hour.

Off at 4:30, taxi duty, dinner prep and then the girls and I will sit down to catch up on Once Upon a Time–since they were way too tired on Sunday.

So.  There.  That’s how I do it.  Just like everyone else.  Carry on, people.  Carry on!

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One extreme to another

Friday night we were testing out the waters of empty nesting.   Saturday we revisited the world of 2 kiddos (oddly quiet) and last night,  blessedly we had the whole family back under one roof.  Just the way I like it.

With the return of the girls also came the return of the sun after many days of rain and gloom.  It was awesome.  Low humidity, sunshine, family home, my productivity was through the roof and there was pep in my step.

Somehow we managed to keep the girls occupied and kind until exhaustion took over and one fell dead asleep with the light on at 8 p.m.  The other, had some math homework to finish up in preparation for a test today.  Now, I ask you….”who gives homework on a FRIDAY and a test on MONDAY?!?!?!??!”  Basically, it was a recipe for a meltdown which absolutely occurred.   The child is more afraid of her teacher than her parents.  It was pitiful, heartbreaking and brought out the Mama (and Papa) bear in us…shoot, even biggest brother joined in on the calming.  Finally, we convinced her to go to sleep and we would tackle it in the morning when her brain was rested, recharged and ready for learning.

Somewhere around midnight I was awakened, did a house check, realized the oldest was up to use the restroom, had a brief chat and then back to bed.  And sleep.  Elusive.  Toss.  Turn.  What the????  I didn’t even have coffee yesterday!!!!

Finally settle in and drifting back off to sleep and our younger son started a coughing jag.  Now 1: 30 a.m.  Up with him….water, cough medicine, hug.  Back to bed.

Cough.  Cough.  Cough.  Remove the kid from the room to the couch to keep the other kid from waking.

2 a.m.  I feel like the commercial…”how many more hours until I have to wake up?”

It’s like having a newborn.

From empty nesting to newborn.  OY.  World of difference, folks.  World.  Of.  Difference.

Happy Monday, peeps!!

Empty nesting is weird

Friday night we had no kids.  None.  Zilch.  Nada.  Weird.

The girls had their annual Girl Scout Camp trip for the weekend (first time for one, 2nd for the other).  They were both bone with their troops by 3:30 p.m.  Sadly, it has been the rainiest weekend since I don’t remember when but I am certain they’re having a great time and will be utterly exhausted come Sunday!

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When I got home, our oldest was at work and our youngest son was out with our nephew.

What this couple to do?  Dinner.  That’s what.

Seafood at a local hole in the wall place we’ve never been to and was fantastic!

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Home to listen to some Jack Johnson.

snatched from the web from craveonline.com

snatched from the web from craveonline.com

Crazy weird, huh?  Eerie and awesome all at the same time.

May 2 or #TGIF or #7QT

Happy Friday and welcome to my 2nd day of blogging for the Mayhem blogging challenge (feel free to join in at anytime!).  Today I link up with Jen at Conversion Diary who has had a crazy busy week with the release of her book (link here to buy)——-> Something Other than God (#SOTG) and the start of her book tour and all that.  AND she’s got a fun contest along with the release and I’m all in for freezies so……yeah, let’s just call that #1 on my 7 Quick Takes, mmmK?

2.  I haven’t actually read #SOTG yet, in all honesty, HOWEVER…..it is Jen’s fault because she recommended Melanie Shankle’s book The Antelope in the Living Room and seriously???  HILARIOUS.  SERIOUSLY.  I think we could be great friends irl.  really.  Anyhooo….I’m trying to break my habit of reading 5 books at once and so, I’ll finish Melanie’s and then move on to Jen…so no spoilers!!!  thanks.

3.  My beloved Macbook took a protein smoothie bath this week.  Don’t even ask.  It is on hospice.  I’m now blogging from our PC desktop.  Bummer timing with this whole blog a day in May deal.  Thank goodness it’s the weekend!!

4.  My workout this week has been BOOM!!!  Spinning twice and swimming thrice.  My knee is a little swollen but in all fairness, I walked the bridge last weekend and it started then.  Coincidence?  meh.  Just keep moving.  I must say….I think I love swimming.  Crazy, huh?

5.  Our girls are both off to a weekend of Girl Scout camping.  They are our youngest 2 and I’m excited for them.  Going to be weird though.  And quiet.  Gloriously.  Quiet.

6.  I am a procrastinator and still need to chop a watermelon for one of our girls to take with her troop.  All the other troop food is chopped, separated and bagged so, down to one measly watermelon is pretty good as far as I’m concerned.

7.  Next month is our 20th wedding anniversary.  We’re going to renew our vows.  In front of the whole church during Mass.  My heart palpates faster just typing that.  So pray for me, OK?  oh, and pray I don’t go off on a tangent and make this like a Wedding #2!!!!  Although, I’m pretty sure the Hubs will keep me in check on that one.

Off to chop a watermelon and get a kid to school!

Have a super weekend!!!

 

TGIF!!!! Linking it!!

Bringing it to the 7 QTs with Jennifer Fulweiler and crew….Must be FRIDAY!!!

  1. This week the kids went back to school after Spring Break….can I get a WAHOOOOOO!!⁄?!?!??!?!????  Fine, I’ll give myself one…WAHOO!!!!!  Actually, I’m glad for them to get a little break in the schedule, but I didn’t take any time off so it was a little boring for them, the weather wasn’t all that fantastic, so I’m happy we are all back on schedule and the weather is FINALLY springing up.  Longest winter ever, right?  Even here in Central Florida…gray skies for months.  Boo hoo…I’m certain several people have just clicked away after that comment.  You can always come visit and escape the snow….come on!!
  2. Speaking of people escaping the cold….my mom is here!  She lives in Pennsylvania and has been enjoying the fantastic weather all week!  Of course, she had a rocky start with bad weather  through the southeast mid-trip and was delayed a night in Charlotte, however, she’s been running to and fro catching up with my grandparents, us, and a lot of her friends all week.  We’ve loved visiting and I know she has, too….but man, oh man….it gets exhausting running around visiting, doesn’t it???  Today she and I get lunch together and I am looking forward to our one-on-one!!
  3. I made it back to the gym AT LUNCH this week and I am still sore.  It WAS great to get in a good workout and not be up at the crack of dawn.  This weekend I may have the Hubs get in the pool with me and give me some pointers and add some swimming in on lunch, because it IS getting lovely out!  Although I don’t think I can give up my 5 a.m. spin class which is TORTURE getting up for….but oh, so worth it!!!
  4. This week saw several Paleo-based meals at our dinner table and with the weather changing, I feel I may be emerging from winter time hibernation and almooooooooooost ready to plan and cook ahead our healthy meals and snacks for the week.  The planning and prepping ahead is THE hardest thing for me to consistently stick with and it is also the thing that makes the biggest difference in sticking to a healthy routine or not.  Taking it all one day at a time, and remembering daily that summer’s coming and my bathing suit is waiting.  Motivation?  Um, yes.
  5. Our Yukon needed an oil change this week and it only cost us $465.  Occasionally, when your truck has almost 200,000 miles on its 12-year-old self, service is required.  Painful?  Always.  Grateful for a solid and well-maintained vehicle?  Yup.
  6. Some interesting opportunities are turning up for me in the work arena.  BIG changes and I have been crazy conflicted and praying up a storm.  Must be working because so far, I’m OK with whatever happens.  Of course, I’m not actually at a point where I am making a choice yet; interesting how things present themselves sometimes though.  “Jesus, I trust in You”…..my prayer and my mantra.
  7. Wrapping it up as I bring the first shortie to school #1 and get ready to own this Friday.  Y’all have a great weekend and don’t forget to check back Monday for the Photo Link Up…if all goes well, I’ll have it figured out by then.  How hard can it be, right?  famous last words!!