Monthly Archives: February 2009

Back on track – sorta

All three kids went to school this morning!!  Woo-hoo!  The fevers are gone but of course they still have that lovely cough that lingers.  I was a little worried because last night I had a headache and felt a little achey.  After getting some sleep I feel better.  What I need now is some coffee 🙂 

The hubby is still doing the spring re-sets.  Only three weeks left….  bleh.  I’ve always admired the strength and stamina of single parents but after these last few weeks… I have a whole new appreciation.  I am really looking forward to the end of the re-sets and getting back to our normal routine.  We might even take a trip during Spring Break this year.  We’ll need to celebrate being all together again 🙂 

This is one of the few quiet times I get…. the kids are at school, A-man doesn’t come until noon on Mondays, staff meeting isn’t until 10.  Sigh….. great way to start a Monday!



Yea!  Yesterday didn’t turn out as horrible as I feared it would…  whew!  Thanks for all the prayers friends. 

In about two hours my hubby will be home – actually more like one hour and 50 minutes but who’s counting?  I’ve been working hard this week with various home stuff so that when he gets home he can enjoy his three-day weekend.  It feels so good to have gotten so much done.  That in itself is rewarding but the bonus is going to be seeing my hubby be able to chill and hang out with the sickies – I mean, kids.

In other news, our church is having an open house this Sunday.  We’re all inviting friends to come check us out.  We’ve all been busy sprucing up our Sunday school classrooms and making things more welcoming.  I’ll admit I’m a little biased but I think our classroom rocks.  We’re the only adult classroom with a couch, armchairs, paintings, music….  I know that it’s not all about the physical building but if that’s one step to making a guest feel comfortable so they can focus on the bigger picture then I’m all about doing it up big!

In still in other news…. my son is infatuated with time – specifically his watch.  He loves to run around the house to the different clocks and compare the time with his watch.  He’s amazed when his watch has the correct time.  Imagine that… a timepiece that you can strap to your wrist that KEEPS time!  wow.  I’m trying not to let it drive me batty that he constantly wants to tell me what time it is or how long until XYZ event or that the kitchen clock is one minute slower than my computer clock.  He has a couple of cheap watches that don’t keep time very well at all and he’s finally figured out how to re-set the time on his own – probably because his mom got tired of doing it for him every 9.3 minutes.   I think I may invest in a nice watch for him for his birthday… an indestructible, waterproof, satellite aligned time keeper.  So you know, if you have any suggestions for a good brand….

Deep cleansing breaths…

Deep breath… focus… it will be okay, it will be okay, it will be okay.

Where do I even start??  My hubby is in NC today.  It is raining today.  Remember my basement woes??  Hasn’t started yet but I’m keeping my eye on it.  Oh, did I mention that two of my kids home sick today?  That the youngest, Beans, is crying that her body hurts… flu???  The oldest, Chickie, is woozy, coughing, and has a sore throat.  Oh, wait, not done yet.  I’m also babysitting TWO 2 year olds this morning.  And they’re boys.  With energy.

So.  I tried calling the kids’ doctor this morning to set up appointments for the girls.  Guess what?  They aren’t a pediatrician so they can’t see the girls.  Sigh.  I called the insurance company to change their PCP.  Guess what?  The kids’ old dr. office doesn’t have any of the same doctors there and I can’t switch their PCP without a doctor’s name.  Called the office and, no surprise, got voicemail.  Finally got through, got a doctor’s name, called the insurance back…. and they couldn’t find that doctor in their records but this gal was able to look up the pediatrician office and just picked a doctor for me.  Whatever.

I think it’s just going to be one of those days…. breathe…. breathe….

** Yes, it’s one of those days…. I wrote this entry an hour ago but when I hit publish I got an error message.  Luckily it saved my entry as a draft.

The day after…

Hope you all enjoyed your Valentine’s Day – or Singles Awareness Day!

We spent morning at basketball games.  Both games were extremely close in points and so much fun to watch.  The Boy’s team lost their game by one point – scored at the buzzer.  Chickie’s team won by two points and the other team almost made a basket at the buzzer.  I love close games; they are so much more exciting to watch and cheer for.  I’ve said it before but I’m so happy with Upwards basketball.  From the coaches, to the refs, to the parents… everyone has been so encouraging and supportive of these kids. 

After the games the kids said they still wanted to play some more so we headed over to the church’s parking lot to play a little basketball of our own.  I challenged the kids to a game of Around the World.  I beat’em but just by a hair!!  I’m either that bad or they’re that good!  Probably a little of both. 

The hubby and I didn’t do anything romantic.  We usually don’t.  This year our gift for each other was an air popper and a jar of popping corn.  Mmmmm!!!  Tonight there’s a dinner at the church that’s a fundraiser for the youth group.  We have tickets to go but this afternoon Beans has come down with a fever.  She’s curled up with her head on my lap.  I think we’ll be taking our dinner in a to-go container. 

So how about you?  How did you spend the big V day?

Is it just me or has there been a lack of posting lately?

Yeah, sorry about that.  I don’t really have an excuse.  Unless being really busy counts.  But then again, when am I not busy?!

I have started babysitting a little 2 year old boy that really keeps me on my toes.  The first week was quite the adjustment for both of us.  He had a hard time being left behind in a new place.  Each day got a little better and by Friday he had pretty much stopped having meltdowns.  Of course by Monday we had to start over.  He’s getting more comfortable here which means he’s starting to test the boundaries.  Fun stuff. 

I am having fun watching him.  And the extra income doesn’t hurt 😉  Beans has been trying to figure out how she can stay home from school and play with him.  She gets mad that he’s taking his nap when she gets home from school.  She keeps asking if we can wake him up.  If she’s smart she’ll learn that you always leave sleeping babies alone! 

He enjoys her company but he really has a crush on Chickie.  Come to think of it… all the little boys at church have a crush on her.  They’re always wanting to hug her, asking her to sit by them or asking me where she is if she isn’t with me.  She’s going to be a popular babysitter some day.

Okay, so that’s where I’ve been… And until I can get used to this little boy sucking up all of my energy I’m not sure how frequently I’ll be posting.

* completely random but something I want to record… The Boy and Chickie are playing Upwards basketball.  This past Saturday Chickie made her first basket during a game.  I have never seen her smile so big!  I am proud that she plays her little heart out and overjoyed that she made a basket.

Limbo, limbo, lim-bo!

I feel like I’m in this really strange holding pattern.  The hubby is off working in Greensboro so I’m playing single parent.  I’ve also taken on an almost two year old boy during the day.  He and I haven’t settled into a routine yet.  It’s mostly me just trying to keep him entertained or at least distracted enough that he will stop crying because he’s been left with this strange lady all day.  That doesn’t leave time for much else.  And with no hubby… if I don’t do it – it doesn’t get done! 

Today is a little better than yesterday.  I managed to get him down for a nap fairly quickly.  I’m still not sure of his napping habits so I don’t know if I have 15 minutes or 3 hours.  I did get the pile of dishes done and the floor swept.  I’m a little leary of trying to take a shower….

It’s more than just the day-to-day schedule that feels like it’s on hold.  Our overall schedule hasn’t changed…. church, school, basketball, meals, chores…. rinse and repeat.  Something feels like it’s missing though.  Can’t quite put my finger on it.

Maybe I’m just ready for spring!