Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Time flies!

I remember the days when the kids were younger.  The week was a LONG week... each day was a LONG day, and when my husband would get home I was extremely ready for him to take over with the kids.

It is so different now that the kids are older.  The day flies by.  I find the kids back home from school so quickly and before I realize it, it's dinner time, Daddy's home and then it's bedtime.

I'm not faced with huge messes on a daily basis.  I'm not faced with the physical exhaustion of young toddlers and their unending energy.

And while I'm grateful for that, I relish in the time I can spend with my friends who have little toddlers and are in the throes of parenting from early morning till they collapse at night.

I was searching through my computer and old files, and I came across some old stories of my kids and their escapades... so I thought I'd share some of them here.

Yesterday was just the day from toddlerland! My daughter is 2 and Son is 3 and they did a chocolate powder stunt- dumping Quick powder all over the living room couch and carpet, and then while I was cleaning up the powder I had put them in the shower (I know... not the greatest choice, but I had to get them out of the immediate area while I got some of the mess cleaned up and they were covered head to toe in chocolate powder). I got the vacuum out and did a little bit of vacuuming up the powder. I then thought I'd check on the kids and went into the bathroom to find an inch of water covering the floor. So I get that cleaned up with towels and get them out of the shower and diapers/pull-ups put on. I drag out the gate which I haven't used in months and gate the hallway so they can go to their rooms but can't get to the rest of the house. The minute I turn around my little sweet 2yr old terror kicks the gate down. So I decide that I'll just put her in her crib with some toys and I can get my 3yr old to "help" clean up the mess that he made. Unfortunatly he was more interested in "helping" his sister because she was crying and went and pushed a large toy over to her crib and helped her climb out. At least while he did that I was able to get the bulk of the powder vacuumed up. Then amazingly he asked me if he could take a nap and I of course agreed immediatly and got them both in bed and had some time to work on the stains and calm down myself.

So two hours later I've got rags laying across the stain and weighed down by books trying to soak some of the stain up and my kids wake up. Immediately two year old helps me by moving the pile of books that "don't go there" then I try and get her to sit and color at the table here in the office and the minute I turn my back she is drawing a masterpiece on the file cabinet that is next to the table.

I take away the crayons and as I am putting them away she climbs on top of the table and empties Dh's and I's scripture cases (We keep our Bible and Book of Mormons in fabric cases to make it easier to carry them to church and protects them a little bit) all the papers that were just in them loosely all fell out all over the floor. So while I'm cleaning that up she walks over to the bookcase and starts emptying the shelves with a swipe of her hand. So as I'm attempting to get her to put the books back on the shelves she throws herself down in a screaming tantrum and starts yelling and kicking.

At that point I went and put her in her crib for a few minutes. That calmed her down and I got her back out and she helped me put the books back on the shelf. She never got lunch due to the chocolate powder incident and them asking to go to sleep after it, so I put her in her booster seat, strap her in and give her some crackers and some milk to eat. I turn around to go put some laundry in the washer and come back to find the cracker ground up into fine powder and being thrown all over the dining room and the milk dumped on the table. I clean that up and take her to her room and we were playing with her kitchen and her food and she starts picking up her plastic food and throwing them at my head! She thinks she is hilariously funny at this point. I'm thinking she is possesed!

So the rest of the afternoon went okay but the two year old continued to just be into everything. Hubby got home and I made dinner. Tuesday nights he gets to go play tennis with a friend so he left to do that. I needed to go to the bathroom and alex and ashley amazingly were playing quietly so I just went alone thinking this will only take a minute. I come out to the three year olds diaper having fallen apart and diaper "stuff" all over the room. He saw that his diaper was falling apart and went and "changed" it in the bathroom and left the door open so I went into the bathroom and found the two year old standing on the counter with a whole bottle of baby oil dumped all over the medicine cabinet and counter and a bottle of baby lotion squirted all over the mirror. So... I clean up yet another mess and get the kids changed and ready for bed. Hubby gets home and we have family prayer and he puts the kids in bed. I needed to go get some milk so I went to Wal-Mart and got some milk and a bathtub pillow and came home and went to go take a nice bath. I go to turn on the water and look in the tub and there is another masterpiece that sometime during the day my two year old terror for the day got into a marker and drew a "pretty picture" for me on my tub! lol!!!!!!! At least marker comes right off of the fake marble whatever that my tub is made of.

I do kind of miss those days a bit... :)

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Spring Break!

Well we made it through our week of spring break!  There's nothing like a SNOW STORM to end the week of fun! lol!

We had weather in the 70's yesterday and went to the zoo along with half of the city, and today we woke up to snow on the ground and it is supposed to continue snowing all day long.

We are just hoping that it's all melted away by monday... no one wants a snow day the first day back after a week off of school! :)

Monday, March 15, 2010

Spring Break

I used to cringe at the short breaks from school...

Now that all the kids are in school and we are buisier... I rejoice and love them!  There is no pressure for the kids to get rooms cleaned within a certain amount of time.  They can spend time playing on the computer and watching tv... and the weather outside is still cold and windy and dreary so I don't have any guilt letting them do that and not encouraging them to play outside... :)

Friday, March 12, 2010

Just a question

If it's called a car drop off line... why do people park and get out of their cars to go and talk to the teacher for a couple of minutes- holding up everyone else in the line that just wants to let their kids hop out of the car?

Just asking... :)


Last night I had a mommy moment.  I knew my 6 year old had a new tumbling/cheer class we had signed her up for.  It was on the calender and I knew we were going to it that night.

Then my hubby walked in the door at 6:10 and asked what time her class started... I started saying that we needed to leave in about 10-15 minutes, and then I realized that the class had already started!  Whoops!  We jumped in the car and got there in about 15 minutes so she only missed the first 30 minutes of her class... she still had 45 minutes of jumping and tumbling and cheering...

She reminded me that next time we need to leave for class before daddy comes home from work.  :)

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Just a day in the life...

So... two days ago my 11 year old told me he had folded his clothes and put them away...

This morning I discovered that he hadn't... he just had them strewn all over the floor by his closet and still half in the basket.

So I took his mp3 player and DS and told him he doesn't get them back until the clothes are folded and put in his drawers.

This afternoon he went into his room to fold them... 10 minutes later he calls and says that he is ready for me to check his drawers.

I open the closet and look in the drawers... the clothes are neatly folded, but the drawer isn't as full as I would expect, but he does go through shirts quite a bit, so I didn't think too much about it. I noticed a sock and pair of underwear on the floor in front of the drawer and bent down to toss it in the drawers... and noticed that his science project display board from last year that we had stored in the little area next to the drawers was not up against the wall, but almost right next to the drawers... I pull it aside and found clothes stuffed in there between the drawers and the wall...

He feigned innocence... he doesn't know how those got in there. I told him maybe he had a ghost in his room since he didn't do it himself... and that he still had to fold the clothes and put them in his drawers before he get's the mp3 player back and his DS...

He's not very happy right now.

On the other hand I'm thrilled that my first grader brought home a note saying someone in her class has lice... and I checked her head and she is lice free... :) I still made her wash her hair with the green tea tree oil shampoo and conditioner.  Next week is spring break so hopefully people can get rid of it during that week off of school.  I feel their pain... we had to treat all three girls three times last fall.


All through life growing up when asked what I wanted to be when I grew up, I would answer "a mother".  At times I would also be interested in interior design, architecture, dental assisting, early childhood teacher, and a few other things that I can't even remember.  Through it all though there was such a strong desire that first and foremost I just wanted to be a mom.

Fast forward many years and I am a mom... my kids are finally getting to an age that they are in school.  My youngest is in Pre-K and I have time every single day at home alone.  Many people have asked me what I intend to do with my time now that I have that time each day.  It's only 2 1/2 hours so I reply that just trying to get errands done or workout while she is at school fills my 2 1/2 hours very well.  It has gotten me thinking though about what I will spend my time on when she is going to school full time and not just for a few hours each day.

I've always thought that when that happened I would want to go back to school and finish my degree.  That opens all the doors and windows of thinking what that degree might be in.

I've come to the conclusion for now that I don't really have anything I feel compelled to go and get my degree in.  I don't have anything that I just know I need to go back to school and study.  And for now I'm fine with that.  I'm fine with the fact that I will just enjoy being a mom.  I'll take more time to volunteer at the school.  I'll probably get into a routine and keep my house a little cleaner than I have in the past.  My sheets might get changed more regularly instead of just when it is extremely necessary to change them.

I'll try out new hobbies, and whether they become hobbies I continue and enjoy, or ones that I decide is best left to someone else- I'll have the time to try them.

And there is a great peace that comes to making that decision.  No matter who questions my choices or what I do, I am at peace with that decision and that makes it easier.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Why this blog?

I have a personal blog, in which I share pictures and stuff about the family, with our family and friends.

This blog is going to be more for my musings... I've spent many years trying to find out what I'm good at, or what I can excell at. I've come to the conclusion that I'm no expert at anything, but I am an ordinary average mom, and I am fine and maybe a little bit proud about that.

I'm not an expert baker- but I love to bake.
I'm not an expert cook- but I enjoy cooking.
I'm no expert at computers- but I dable in digital scrapbooking and enjoy spending time with that.
I'm not a book group reader- but I enjoy reading fluff books that I can just sit and escape into a story and read for pure enjoyment.
I'm not a scholar- but I do enjoy learning about things.
I'm not a crafter- but occasionally will tackle a craft and enjoy the process- even when the craft turns out oh so not professional looking.
I'm not a perfect mom- and I never plan on being perfect- but I do feel I have learned a lot through the years with four very unique kids.
I'm not a great housecleaner- but I do still find an enjoyment after going through a cleaning spree and having a clean house- if only for a few hours.

So... I thought I would start this blog.  One on which I feel I can freely share things, yet still have some distance for my family from this.

No time

I got this started, and I now have to go take kids to the Dentist... so later when I have more time I'll be back.