Archive for August, 2012

Wow.  What a week. I am exhausted. It is 9:30 at night and I’m ready for bed.  The kids are tired.  Having the kids at two schools is going to take some time to get used to.  We haven’t quite figured out a schedule yet.  The mornings have been hard, but the nights have been worse.  I’ve had meetings almost every night this week and the kids had to go to all of them with me.  Which meant late nights for everyone!  We are using this three day weekend to get some sleep and rest up for the school on Tuesday.  Plus next week, we are starting Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, Church on Wednesday and homework.  So I will have to start spending my weekends planning menus, grocery shopping, and cleaning the house so that we can start fresh and ready for the week on the first day.  I’m worn out thinking about it!!  If you add the three doctor’s appointments next week (one of which is at Texas Children’s Hospital again), it is going to be busy.  I’m making Daddy help with the doctor visits at least.  He is taking Madie for the removal of stitches!  At least I can cross that one off the list.  Although, I did try to convince the doctor this week to let us remove the stitches ourselves.  She said no. I begged.  She still said no.  So off we trek to the doctor for that too.

I know that I work from  home.  But as soon as the kids leave, I grab a second cup of coffee and go to work.  I am working until the kids get home.  Lunch is at my desk.  I try to utilize every moment while the kids are at school to work. When there are days that are busy at work, I have to restrain myself from laundry. Focus. Focus. Focus. Try not to let your household chores distract you!!!  It can be really hard on some days.  The upswing is that I can put my hair in a ponytail and wear pajama bottoms to work (Shhhh! Don’t tell anyone!).  And taking the kids to the doctor means you have to work after the kids go down to bed that night.  In the end, it is very positive.  So yes, most often my house is a mess even though I’ve been home all day.  And yes, sometimes we don’t have either milk or bread in the house because I haven’t had time to go to the grocery store because it meant that the kids would have had to go to bed later so they could go with me.  No, I don’t get to read anything for enjoyment unless I’m on vacation at the beach. And yes, I drink copious amounts of coffee/tea/dt. coke/any other caffeinated beverages that I can get my hands on to make it through the day with only 5-6 hours of sleep every night (on a good night!).

So thank goodness for a three day weekend.  Time to rest up, clean the house, spend some time with family and friends, stock up on groceries, get organized, do more laundry, get rid of all of the items that I purged from the house, and find that happy place in order to make it through the next week.  If I have time, I will try to be that more perfect mom and finish putting our family calendar together, make teacher gifts for the beginning of the year, and try to sew patches on all of the scout uniforms.  But luckily, I am ok not being that perfect mom this weekend, so I think I’ll just go to bed and try to pace myself this weekend.  A mom who dies from going insane is no good to anyone!

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After horrible Houston traffic that made it take an extra hour to get here, we are finally here. Ben put on his “fast” shoes today so that he would run fast on the treadmill. He and George are listening to his iPod and the world is good . . . finally!

Now we just have to wait.


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Purging the toys

The kids’ rooms and the toy room have needed a major purge for several years. We haven’t had room for new toys! The new toys have filtered to their bedrooms.

So we purged all bedrooms and the toy room. And this pile was the end result (plus a few more nags of toys that hadn’t come down the stairs).


But from all of that comes order. And a real place for everything!


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Summer sleeping

This summer Ainsley decided she was lonely in her room, so she has decided to take up residence with Ben. On most nights this is how I found them.


After seeing them this way several nights in a row, I decided to take a picture. I can’t decide what is more adorable. Ainsley’s love for Ben by wanting to hang out with him more. Or Ben’s love for Ainsley by not kicking her out each night that she puts her feet in his face!

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First Day of school

Mistake number 1: kissed Ben on the head when I said goodbye this morning in FRONT of friends.

Mistake number 2: insisted I take a photo of Madie at her desk in 5th grade!

Yes. I am that mom. Kids, just get over it and prepare for more humiliation. You can tell your therapist later about how I ruined your life!


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Quote of the Night

“Mom, I’m just too excited to sleep! I can’t wait for school tomorrow. I really want to learn!!!” says Ben.

An half hour later . . . .

“Mom, I’m just too excited to sleep!  I want to learn so much.  I just can’t wait for tomorrow to get here!” says Ainsley.


I just needed to document this night since the scenario will be entirely different on the night before junior high, high school, college, work, etc.

But until then . . . it was really cool to hear the enthusiasm.

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Quote of the Day

“Why is it that I am a gazelle when all of the other kids are cheetahs?” asks Ben sadly.

Ben is wondering why he doesn’t run as fast as the other kids.  I’ve just never heard that concern asked in that way before!  Leave it to Ben!

Even though he isn’t as fast as a cheetah, he is certainly as graceful as a gazelle.  And I love gazelles.


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