Friday, August 31, 2007

Just one of those days

So, a lightbulb just went off. After being a mom for 15 years and a wife for 11 years, I figured something out today. Just one of those days now has a new meaning for me. Just one of those days now means a good day. Of course I will probably forget that but oh well. I guess what I am getting at is when you have four kids, a husband, and a needy cat, every day is utter chaos. As you can tell by my posts this week. Take for example the mountains of paperwork required to enroll your child in school. Add in 3 meals a day times 6 people, that's a lot of kitchen time. Driving, laundry, homework, extracurricular activities, maintaining friendships, all eat up a ton of time. Not to mention eating, bathing, breathing etc. All of that takes up a ton of time . It would be a miracle if one day could go off without a hitch. Take for example finally getting to bed before midnight only to be awakened by a cat with not one but two massive hairball "issues". So, if I can remember, just one of those days will be when everyone's happy, no one throws up, the sink doesn't leak, the car runs smooth, etc. etc. you get the point. Praise the Lord it is a three day weekend and TGIF, because this week has been a bumpy ride. Thanks for letting me rant.

Thursday, August 30, 2007

Taxicab Confessions...

OK, I give up! Somebody paint me yellow, stick a checkered bumper sticker on my butt, and call me Taxi. I would love to know why picking Chandler up from football practice turned into an hour-long ordeal? Coach: some people like to have dinner at a normal hour. Ozone layer: I am sorry my giant SUV burned you a bigger hole. Kids: I am sorry mommy yelled at so many people who somehow managed to pass their driving test. Days like today make me wish I drove an Army tank. Or at the very least had my very own road. That leads anywhere I will ever need to go for the rest of my driving life, that only I'm allowed to use. Well, I'm off to the kitchen to make dinner. Somebody slap an apron on me and call me Martha.

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Oh no! Hayden's got the SUDS!!!

If you have kids and they like Spongebob, you've probably seen the episode where Spongebob gets the suds. When a character on Spongebob gets the suds it is sorta like cooties meets the flu. You get green, people run screaming, you sneeze bubbles. Well, the other day while Jon was washing the cars Hayden was riding his bike and the heat index was like 100 degrees. He comes in competely beet red where the only flesh colored spot on his face is a ring around his mouth and he's looking pretty funky. He looks at me completely serious and says "mom, I think I have the suds."

Embarrassing parents...

Hunter and Chloe just got on the bus for the first time ever. And I am embarrassed to admit that me and Jon were on the porch the whole time peeking around the corner. He with a camera and me with binoculars...

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

A little piece of history

We are boat-sitting for my brother, who just relocated his family to New Mexico. The boat is a family heirloom you could say. It is 50 years old and belonged to my grandfather on my dad's side of the family. Well, my brother and Jon have something in common in that they like to tinker around with cars, boats , and motorcycles. They both change cars about as often as I go shopping! Well they have both owned my grandmother 's 69 Ford pickup which we currently own and Jon drives . Now, we are adopting the boat until they have room for it. Which will be never because Jon is not gonna give it back. Sorry Chris! He recently had the boat sanded, revarnished, and tuned up. It has all original parts down to every registration card, the original trailer and brochure. Of course Jon couldn't resist a working boat in the garage without promptly heading to the lake. So, he went not once but twice to Benbrook lake this weekend. And after a few snags got it out on the water for her maiden voyage.

Is it monday all over again?

Wow! Can you say morning from hell? I guess I should backtrack a little ... The drama started yesterday afternoon. It took me 2 and 1/2 hours to make it through three carpool lanes at three different schools plus a 5 minute pit stop for gas. I knew when we got home and Hayden had a plate of spaghetti at 4:30 that I was in for a long night. He fell asleep smack dab in the middle of the living room floor at 5:00. Well, wood floors are obviously not very comfortable. Especially when you're a tuckered out 5 year old after you're first day of school. So I knew things would eventually turn ugly. I had seriously hoped he would sleep until maybe 5:00 am. It didn't help when Jon walked in and yelled out "how are my school kids doing"? Hayden promptly woke up GRUMPY!!! He hated the dinner I made so he cried for 30 minutes about how he needed help because I was starving him to death and I didn't love him and I needed to go back to Wal-Mart and get better food. Homemade beef stew isn't that bad is it? Anyway, that little nap had him wired for hours! He finally fell asleep at 11. So, needless to say 6:40 came pretty darn early. And of course he needed a bath because during tantrum described above I AM NOT TAKING A BATH was repeated pretty often. So he cried through the bath because I was freezing him to death. ( I obviously have more power than I realize) So after drying him off and getting him situated I was feeling pretty good about things. Breakfast was in the oven and Hayden was sipping on a glass of strawberry milk. That is until that glass of strawberry milk decided to spill itself on a freshly bathed woke up on the wrong side of the bed little boy. So back to the tub we went. Eventually Spongebob and a warm cinnamon roll saved the day. So, now I sit here in a completely different state of mind than 24 short hours ago: I am completely enjoying the silence and the fact that all four kids are in school!

Monday, August 27, 2007

First Day Of School!!!!

Me checking on my babies in the back of the car.
Heading out...
Me, Chloe, Hunter, and Hayden at the first stop.

Pose for Daddy.

Well it was a bittersweet morning, for today was the first day of school! I am a little lonely since all four kids are now in school. Chandler is in 10th grade and was off to school at 5:45 a.m. for football practice. The rest of us were able to enjoy our traditional huge first day of school breakfast: eggs, sausage, cinnamon rolls, and o.j, then we were off in a mad dash. We all walked Hayden to his first day of Kindergarten where he promptly went straight to his cubby, put his things away, and started coloring a picture. It was like, "ok family you can go now". We then went on to Sue Crouch Intermediate (5th and 6th grades) for Chloe and Hunter's first day. Things were a little more chaotic over there and will hopefully calm down later this week. Chloe and Hunter both seemed a little sad at the thought of going to a new school and leaving Hayden alone, they even got a little teary eyed! This is the first time since Chan started Kindergarten that there wasn't a big kid to keep an eye out for the little ones. I promptly came home and turned on the tv for sound. I will miss them dearly and look forward to 3:00 when we can have cookies and milk and talk about the first day of school. On another note, although I will miss them I will now have a chance to get some projects done. I have photos to put in albums, an I-Pod to get working, organizing, and have even tossed around the idea of selling Avon. I will be at the schools alot volunteering and having lunch . So here's to a new adventure and an exciting journey as well. We have definitely started a new page in our Book of Life.