My morning prayer with the kids on Fridays as we drive to school ALWAYS includes a prayer of thanksgiving for “Friday, mama’s favorite day of the week“. True story.
Today I’m joining in with Jen and friends with 7 Quick Takes….today, mine are super quick, because a) I have to wake up kiddos and b) I’m trying a timed experiment on myself…let’s see how it goes, K? K.
I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about parenting this week….and blogging…..and continuing Ed points (or my procrastination in obtaining them EVERY year and I thought I’d share a few points with you.
Blogging. I’ve been feeling my blog is about to go in a different direction. I also feel I might have to take some time off to figure out WHAT direction that is. So….just get ready. It’s coming.
My state license is up for renewal at the end of April. I have ZERO CEUs. ZERO. I have all my periodicals out and have been reading and taking tests. Why do I have to perform so well under pressure? It’s a curse I tell you.
Parenting advice I’ve received and taken to heart over the years. (This might not work for YOUR family, but these are things that have worked for OURS). On the birth of our first child….oldest son….still in shock from labor, resting in the hospital a friend said, “Quickly, hurry up and have 3 more.” I told her she was crazy. And then I did. Best. Advice. Ever. Big families are crazy and loud and so very worth it.
One of my dearest friends always sends her children away with “Angels watch over you”….I loved the blessing, but didn’t want to copy her COMPLETELY, so I incorporated a “Sign of the cross” on their foreheads. If we are in a hurry, often the kids will say, “Moooooom, my blessing???” Send your kids out with a blessing.
One year we had a project due and I needed a poster board STAT, my girlfriend said, “Oh, come out to my car, I have some in my trunk.” From that day forward, we have had a STOCKED school supply area. Be prepared. You never know when you’ll need that poster board—for us it’s usually Sunday night.
Put your marriage first. It takes constant effort, tweaking and pruning. The fruit of your efforts is a strong, communicative, partnership, friendship and example for your children. Children that will pick your nursing home one day.
Lastly, and having FAILED at my time experiment and counting as this is now 8 Quick Takes…….PRAY, PRAY, PRAY always over and for your children and take EVERY bit of parenting advice with a grain of salt. Some things you can use. Some you won’t.
Blessings and enjoy the weekend and my favorite day of the week!!!
A day late to the party, but the kids have hijacked the computer this week and I’ve been coughing so much I haven’t cared to be on it anyway….however…..bright and early Saturday morning and I’m feeling fine-ish and they are sleeping so it’s MINE. ALL. MINE. And I’m joining in with Jen and her weekly Quick Takes…she says she might go last first…hmmmmm, that might bode well for me 😉 without further adieu….
I’m working on a “Day in the Life” post. Riveting. I’m sure you can’t wait to see how my day shapes up compared to yours. Funny thing is, it’s a little tedious accounting for one’s day AND trying to make it funny. Clearly I have nothing mind-blowing to talk about if THAT’S my big project, eh?
One week post-flu and I THINK (Oh, please, please, please, please let me not jinx myself here) we are relatively healthy. Except for this nagging cough/sinus infection I’ve had all week. I’ve been eating cough drops by the bagful and have had several nights on the couch trying to breathe/sleep/not wake Hubby all night. I finally broke down and my doctor called me in some antibiotics and cough syrup…hence the early wake up–slept like a baby.
Week 2 of my fitness Groupon and each workout KILLS. Amazing how hard you can work in a 35 minute period doing just a few exercises and opposing muscle groups. Super excited to see how I’ll be at the end of the 6 weeks.
This week our boys had a WWF session in the backyard. By boys I mean including Hubby. Let me say, I HATE wrestling. Someone always gets hurt. It’s loud. It’s annoying. And yet…..so necessary. Hubby had me read (and I probably need to REread) John Eldredge‘s book Wild at Heart and it helped me to understand and appreciate the male “need” to be a male, so I accept it a wee bit more. Wee bit. In the end, Dad still won (he’s still hanging on…). Big brother still won (barely). And the only blood drawn was on Dad’s chin by a stray long nail.
I scored some AWESOME dishes at our church thrift store this week. Service for 12. TWELVE I tell you! 12 dinner dishes. 12 small dishes. 12 bowls. A serving bowl and lid and salt and pepper shaker. $50. Except they weren’t. They were half OFF…..yes, that’s right, $25. S.C.O.R.E. Super cute. AND I saw some fantastic coffee cups that will complement this set from Pier One. Now when we have company….we’ve got enough dishes! So come on over!!!
I have the day off Monday to take our youngest athlete to the County wide Fitness Festival. Little stinker made it to 4 events. Sit and reach. Standing long jump. Shuttle run. 50 yard dash. Should be great weather. I’m sure there will be pictures to follow. And blogging. Especially since I have the DAY OFF!
We’ve been in the refinancing dance for our house and got a sweet low-interest rate with no closing costs and no re-appraisal. It takes a while, as you may or may not know, and yesterday we got the call from the title company….because we were late to our closing….that no one ever told us we HAD. We jockeyed around lunches (fortunately Hubby was working from home that day!) and traffic—-because Bike Week starts this week….but…..it’s done. We celebrated with a Friday night fire pit and marshmallows after our fish and chips dinner. ‘Twas a good day, nice end to the week.
Last night was the Jr. Pee Wee’s Pop Warner play off game. Started @ 7. Miss Cheer had to be there @ 6, Miss Soccer had practice @ 615. Everyone made it where they needed to be on time and I taxied and waited and Miss Soccer and I went to catch the 2nd half of the game–I am a fabulous wife and gave Hubby a pass–however, shooting myself in the foot doing so because it was flippin’ COLD @ that game AND it didn’t get over until 9 therefore putting the little Misses to bed @ almost 10 after dinner and showers. Usual bed time: 830. Good times.
This morning was pretty decent considering they had Halloween to look forward to, so the rousing wasn’t too terrible. And tonight was fun….trick or treating with a friend in an easy ‘hood…those girls BANKED on the candy (Dad and the boys are excited about that share-factor). Holy cow. However, after walking for an hour and a half and enjoying a creepy haunted house (not ME, I stayed on the sidewalk…call me chicken..I don’t care), it was again bed late. Tomorrow morning should be interesting, right? Maybe I’ll just coax them with chocolate….
The Cowgirl and Erkel….(the boys are too big…sniff, sniff)
I came to a revelation of sorts yesterday while I was home with our sick kiddo. First of all, I am not really a patient mother/wife/person when it comes to dealing with sick people, perhaps it comes from dealing with sick people all day; I have no compassion. It’s awful. I know. I try to be kind, but it is forced. The same thing happens if someone is going through a really difficult mental issue. No compassion. I try. Again, it’s forced and impatient. Last night, in talking with Hubby I realized that when it comes to my family and friends and their sickness and struggles I harden because I’m angry. I’m not angry with THEM, I’m angry with the fact that there is NOTHING I can do to “fix it”. I might be able to lessen the symptoms and make them more comfortable, however, for me…..that’s not enough, I want it fixed. Over, done and move on. It is why I am calm in the middle of a crisis (mostly), I focus on the end, the solution and what I can do to get there.
I’m not sure what I’ll do with this information. Mentally, I KNOW I can’t fix anything…and it is a work on growing my faith to do what I CAN do in loving on my friends and family during their times of sickness and struggle and to trust in Him, the Great Physician to take care of the rest. So, I suppose now that I’ve identified my issue I can pray on it and listen for direction and perhaps maybe, just maybe, be a little more compassionate when those times come.
Mark 16:18“And these signs will accompany those who believe: in my name they will cast out demons; they will speak in new tongues; they will pick up serpents with their hands; and if they drink any deadly poison, it will not hurt them; they will lay their hands on the sick, and they will recover.”
Our youngest had another little sore throat sneak up this weekend and being a veteran of strep throat for far too many episodes, I absolutely believe her self diagnosis as she is SPOT ON. EVERY. TIME.
I went ahead and called in to my work yesterday so they’d have time to get coverage and hopefully not shaft my friend and co-worker in my absence..I think it worked out and was far less stressful on me having to jump ship to get our girl to her doctor appointment AND figure out who’d watch her today. It all worked out. In the end, her appointment was at 2 in the afternoon so I had a lot of free time on my hands as a result. Sadly I can’t just chill, nap and read (though I’d LIKE to!) so I tackled some tedious little tasks I’ve been “meaning to get to” forEVAH…
And the cat was truly enjoying snuggling up on humans all day….after he slept off his all-night out and about the neighborhood, that is…
Sleeping off his big night out
he’s snuggling me or my laptop…either way it’s really hard to type like this.
We had several bags of clothes to donate to our churches thrift store, so I went through my closet and dresser and added several more bags AND….delivered them. To the thrift store. I know, right? The delivery is key to purging, otherwise it’s just moving it all around.
I had so much room on my side of the closet so…….I reorganized and color grouped my shirts and blouses. I’m a nerd. I know. However, it looks really good. I might actually be able to FIND something when I need it!!
I did my Abs and Arms routine, 3 sets each. I’ll be walking while our oldest daughter has soccer practice, therefore that makes a good start to Week 2 for Peak 313‘s 5 week challenge. And I DID eat and log my food today which, BTW, is a huge struggle, especially while at home tempted by all the choices. Add a little restlessness in and it’s a potential recipe for disaster. I made it through. Phew!
A month ago we had to cut down a magnolia tree in our backyard (it was diseased and dying) and had to replace it with a new tree. We did that yesterday with an elm in the front yard. I called the city to come inspect it and check us off the list. I hate those silly phone calls. It’s done.
Deleted MANY, MANY duplicate albums clogging up my iPhoto library. Still lots more to do, but I made a HUGE dent today. Tedious, tedious, tedious..Don’t even ask how it happened…it’s still a mystery!!
Then I took the girl to the office and dropped off her antibiotics and then since I was home….the taxi was in full motion…pick up older daughter, pick up youngest son, pick up antibiotics, now to get dinner going and then off to soccer…dang, I need a nap!!
I did manage to give myself and my girl a pedicure….garnet and gold toes for my ‘Noles and pink for her.