Thursday, February 28, 2008

I'm slackin'....

There for a while I was doing so good at posting on a more regular basis and now I feel like I've been slacking. Of course I know a couple people that haven't posted on their blogs since last November (ahem, bee and veni ;) ), so I guess a few days in between my posts is no big deal. But I was so hoping to be better about doing this. Real life has a way of getting in the middle of my best laid plans sometimes.
Actually I think the break could be blamed on the flu we all had last week. I don't think I spent much time posting and then this week I got my butt out of the house after being stuck here all last week. So since I stayed home to clean the house today (boy oh boy did it need it) I thought I'd take a break and post. I just put some chicken quarters in the crock-pot to cook. I've never done this before so keep your fingers crossed they come out okay.
Also I've been mulling it over in my mind whether or not I want to post current pictures of my kiddos on this blog. I'm not sure if the only people viewing it are people I know or if total strangers are checking things out. And the thought of giving out too much information about the most precious beings in my life on the world wide web kind of scares me. Hence the reason I only refer to them by nicknames. I know some people who do post pictures and even videos, so maybe it's okay to do it, but I have this huge, humongous actually, fear of one of my kiddos being kidnapped, so I still can't quite get there are far as total exposure. However I have thought of posting current pics but still referring to them by their nicknames and not disclosing my actual location. I guess that will help those at a distance keep an eye on the kids as they grow, but will still kind of keep their anonymity. Does that all make me sound paranoid??? Maybe so, but when it comes to my kids I don't take any chances, they mean far too much to me!

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

This says it all about women..

A wise friend of mine sent this to me and I thought I'd share with you all. Enjoy...
Time passes.
Life happens.
Distance separates..
Children grow up.
Jobs come and go.
Love waxes and wanes.
Men don't do what they're supposed to do.
Hearts break.
Parents die.
Colleagues forget favors.
Careers end.
BUT.........
Sisters are there,
no matter how much time and how
many miles are between you.
A girl friend is never farther away
than needing her can reach.
When you have to walk that lonesome valley and you
have to walk it by yourself, the women in your life
will be on the valley's rim, cheering you on,
praying for you, pulling for you, intervening on
your behalf, and waiting with open arms at the
valley's end.
Sometimes, they will even break the rules and walk
beside you...Or come in and carry you out.
Girlfriends, daughters, granddaughters,
daughters-in-law, sisters, sisters-in-law, Mothers,
Grandmothers, aunties, nieces, cousins, and extended
family, all bless our life!
The world wouldn't be the same without women, and
neither would I. When we began this adventure called
womanhood, we had no idea of the incredible joys or
sorrows that lay ahead. Nor did we know how much we
would need each other.
Every day, we need each other still.

Sunday, February 24, 2008

Awww the sweet smell of Lysol....cough cough

You know, I think I've inhaled probably half a cans worth of Lysol in the past week and I just have one thing to say.....DO THEY MAKE SCENT FREE LYSOL?????? Seriously I can't stand any of the scents they have in Lysol, but since I want to disinfect the house after everyone has been getting sick I have to use something, so I go with the least stinky Lysol I can find. I suppose there are other products out there that could disinfect like Lysol that probably either smell better or have no scent at all, but I've always used Lysol when it came to killing germs, so why switch now???
Thankfully today is a nice day out temperature wise so I can open the windows and get some fresh air in the house, so that should help the Lysol smell disappear some. 'Cause I don't know what's worse, the smell of fresh yak or the smell of stinky Lysol on top of fresh yak????? Icky!

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Sanctuary!!!

(think The Hunchback of Notre Dame when you read the title ;))
You know how all those decorating shows tell you to make your master bedroom your little place to go to get away from it all??? Well my master bedroom is more like the place I stick everything to hide it away from it all. Anytime I have to clean the house for guests to come over I pile all the stuff I don't have time to put away in my room and then slowly but surely my bedroom became a huge disaster area which can be hazardous to navigate in the middle of the night! Well last Saturday after Tinkerbell's birthday party I decided I was going to take Sunday to clean my room out and reclaim it as my own again. LOL!!! Turns out I spent a lot of time in my bedroom on Sunday, but I pretty much just kept the mattress from floating to the ceiling. Then Monday I had no energy to speak of and Tuesday was spent doing laundry and cleaning up after Tinkerbell and Little Man as they were now sick. Wednesday was spent doing yet more laundry and taking care of all three kiddos as Peaches was sick now too. So today was the first day I could actually work on it.
Granted my room is not perfect, still have some boxes of stuff I want to keep but don't know what to do with, but it's a heck of a lot better. I was even able to use the vacuum cleaner in there today!!! And Peaches made comment that it felt bigger without so many boxes lining the walls. I'm hoping to paint at least one wall an accent color here soon and who knows maybe get some actual artwork on the walls, all I have now is a iron art piece thing and my great-grandparents' framed marriage license. We have a ton of family photos that still aren't hung up anywhere so maybe I should just hang those, but I almost prefer to have family photos in other rooms, as well, okay maybe TMI here but when things get intimate who really wants their grandmother's picture staring at them from across the room??? Not me!
Anyway, I'm hoping I'm on my way to getting my room to look just how I want it, a soft calming space where I can go and actually unwind at the end of the day, not curse my way from the bathroom to my side of the bed, stubbing my toe on 10,000 toys or other unnecessary objects on the floor!!! LOL!

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Oh what we take for granted...

In life there are a lot of things we take for granted but for me there is none quite like taking my children's health for granted. Now don't get all freaked out, no one is seriously ill, but a stomach bug can sure take down a 5 year old and an almost 3 year old. I have to say it's been a relatively quiet day with the both of them laying around like boneless chickens.

You see it all started with me on Sunday morning. I got sick and had to spend the whole day with all three kids as my dear sweet hubby had to work. Monday afternoon I was starting to feel better and was amazed that none of the kids got sick. Boy did I think that too soon! Monday night shortly after my dear sweet hubby put the kids to bed, Tinkerbell got sick. She did a few more times before we even made it to bed ourselves. Then round about midnight, Little Man, who was sleeping in Peaches' room, got sick. So Peaches moved into our bed and we left Little Man on the floor in her room. I kept watching Peaches all morning to see if she was going to go pale too, but nope. The only thing she complained about was her nose and that it was running. We are unfortunately caught without cold medicine for the kiddos, so she had to go to school with tissues and the instructions to wash her hands after every time she wiped her nose.

Here at home I have inhaled more than my fair share of Lysol spray, as I have been cleaning and disinfecting my whole house. I'm also doing laundry ad nauseum, but I'm afraid I'm gonna run out of detergent here soon, so I'm only doing what I think is important, like the towels and sheets, as those seem to be the ones being used the most. Just keep your fingers crossed we all have enough clean underwear until I can make it to Wally World again. LOL

On a sort of side note I had been fretting all morning about tomorrow, as that is when Caroline's preschool was to finally have their Valentine's Day party. You see her teacher got sick last week and they didn't have school on Wednesday or Friday. Then with yesterday being a holiday, again there was no school, so the party was going to take place tomorrow. However Miss Elaine's sister called this morning to say Miss Elaine has pnuemonia and that they wouldn't be having school until Friday to make sure Elaine was really better. So now I guess I don't have to worry about keeping Tinkerbell home tomorrow and her missing the Valentine's Day party.

The downer though is that again I'll be stuck at home, as I want to make sure she and her brother are completely better before I go anywhere. Then of course we have the oldest, Peaches, she could still very well get sick and I'd be home bound even longer.

Oy vey bagels.......

Saturday, February 16, 2008

Tinkerbell turns 5 today!!!

Hard to believe they grow so fast!!! It seems like just yesterday that I was staring at that sweet face above! And now she's gonna be starting kindergarten in about 6 months! Sniff sniff.
Today we had her Alice in Wonderland birthday tea party. Only 4 out of 7 girls invited showed up but a good time was had by all. We played "Pin the Grin on the Cheshire Cat", Hot Hat instead of Hot Potato, musical Mad Hatter hats instead of musical chairs and we even painted our own roses red (crayons were used instead of actual paint).
My sweet Tinkerbell (I have been asked to call her this instead of Stinky) is such a wonderful combination of my dear sweet hubby and myself. Tink looks more like her father and his side of the family, but she most certainly acts more like me. Oy! Doesn't every mother wish that their difficult daughter have a daughter just like them as payback??? Well my mother must have asked for that exact thing as I certainly got it! But you know I wouldn't change a thing about her, well okay maybe I'd give her more patience than she has right now, but that could come with time. Since both she and I are younger sisters with an older sister, I can totally relate to her and her yearnings to be just like Peaches.
And while I can't wait to see what direction Tink takes her life as she grows, I also don't want to miss a minute until she gets to that point. She continually surprises me so I get the feeling that whatever I may think is gonna happen with her, won't. But that's okay it's the surprises that make life interesting, right? And life with Tinkerbell is always interesting to say the least!

I love you tons and bunches my sweet sweet girl!!! XOXOXOXO

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

I'm so excited and I just can't hide it!!!

I got word today that my sister, Yuppie girl, and her family are going to be coming out to visit us in July!!!! YEAH!!!! YAHOO!!!! YIPPEE!!!!! Oh I'm so dang excited! Yuppie girl and her daughter, the future Meryl Streep, came out in December of 2005 for about 2 1/2 days with our mother, Bwana. It was a very short but sweet trip. However my brother-in-law, Dodger and my nephew, the wanna-be Jedi, didn't come out, so they've never seen the beauty that is my hometown now.
So far today I think my sister and I have sent like 10 emails back and forth about what fun activities we can do while they are here. We have things like the Zoo, the Rocky Mountain Nat'l park, some museums down in Denver and of course the local parks and pools. I mentioned going on a day trip up to Mount Rushmore, as it's about 4 1/2 hours away, which is doable but would make for a long day. Then I suggested camping out one night to break up the driving, but Yuppie girl doesn't do tent camping, trailers only please. LOL
Ooohhh it's gonna be so much fun, I cannot wait!!! The best part is that my dear sweet hubby is going to take that week off too so he can be apart of all the fun. Most of the time, okay scratch that, all of the time we've had guests he's had to work still. So this will be so much fun having him there to enjoy everything too. Plus they'll all be here for his birthday, so we can have fun doing a birthday party for him.
So let the count down begin........5 days and 5 months to go!!!! WOOHOO!!!!

Sunday, February 10, 2008

Cleaning.....yuck!

If there's one thing I dislike it's cleaning. Don't get me wrong, I like a clean house and can't stand it when things are out of place and messy, but I sure as heck don't want to be the one to clean it up. Or maybe I should rephrase that and say I don't want to be THE ONLY ONE to clean it up. No matter how hard I try I can't seem to get into my children's thick heads that mommy would be a whole lot happier if they would just pick up after themselves. It's almost like a broken record around here, there's a mess, I ask them to clean it up, they get about a third to half way done and get sidetracked, I spend numerous hours riding them to finish it up, they don't so I explode and clean it up myself. Most of the time there is tears when I explode and after I start to get rid of some of the toys that have been left in a big heap, they start to help clean up. I hate that it takes me exploding to get them to clean up and I hate that I don't have enough time and memory to get them pick up every night before bed. Most nights I'm in a rush to get them fed, bathed and then read to before tossing them into bed so I can relax. The last thing I need is to prolong the bed time to get them to clean up.
This morning I sighed heavily when I saw the heaping mess that is supposed to be our loft. My dear sweet hubby saw me do this and said "Well maybe if you got them to pick it up daily and not monthly it wouldn't be such a problem!" Oh so easy to say for the man who hasn't been around at night since Thanksgiving! Plus it's a bit odd for him to be giving me advice on this subject since he's as bad as his offspring in this area!!! I can't tell you how often I have to actually put his dishes in the dishwasher after he's left them sitting on the kitchen counter. He claims he didn't know if the dishwasher is clean or dirty. This is the point where I remind why humans have eyes and how they work in helping us determine if the dishwasher is clean or not. I rinse my dishes before I put them in there but not enough to remove any and all traces of food, so it should be pretty easy to tell if the dishes are clean or not! Then there is his clothing that he tosses IN FRONT of the laundry room door. He can quite seem to make it into the laundry room and the few times he has made it into the laundry room, he seems to think the floor is closer so he tosses the clothing there instead of on or in the washing machine!!! Ugh!
And Heaven forbid if I decided to take a day or two off from cleaning!!! This decision always ends up being one I regret, as I have an even bigger mess waiting for me when I finally decide to get my butt in gear again. With 5 people the laundry really adds up, the dog seems to shed half his coat on a daily basis and the 4 children in this house (dear sweet hubby is included in this number) can't seem to figure out how to throw things away, put dirty dishes in the dishwasher or clean up their own spills. Someone once said that trying to keep your house clean with children at home is a lot like trying to bail out the Titanic and boy do I believe that!!!!!!!

Friday, February 8, 2008

Oy! I'm feelin' old

Now granted I'm not as young as I used to be, but I'm not THAT old yet, so why do some days I feel like I'm twice my age??? It seems like ever since I dislocated my right knee cap back in January of 2006 I've been going down hill. Now not only does the right knee hurt, but the the left one has sympathy pains for it. Then there are my wrists, I have carpal tunnel in both of them which is truly odd since I don't spend like 8 hours a day doing repetitive work. But I have it and now those flare up and that effects my elbows and hands too, what fun! Then my asthma has decided to act up again as well, so now I'm on a daily medication for that and after seeing my doctor today about it, I doubt I'm going off the daily medicince any time soon. Ugh!
I guess with all that is going on with me that I should be grateful that nothing is life threatening. Okay, well, asthma is not to be taken lightly, but at least I can control that with a daily medication. You know, I wonder if my fear of suffocating has anything to do with my having asthma???
Of course my dear sweet hubby is not much better off than I am, so I guess we can be old and decrepid together! We joke often that we'll get matching scooters to get around in later on in life. I guess in a way I should be glad that we are both falling apart as now I don't have to worry about him running off to find some young thing who is more spry than I am!!! 'Cause he wouldn't be able to keep up with her!!! LOL!!!

Sunday, February 3, 2008

We did it!!!

We moved the kiddos around! So now Peaches has her own room and Stinky gets to share with Little Man. Last Friday I just had Peaches sleep in her brothers room while Little Man slept in Stinky's bed and Stinky slept in Peaches' bed. And that first night I had to go in and tell Stinky and Little Man to be quiet and Stinky tells me "MOM!!! He won't stop talking and let me sleep!" I just giggled and said "Well now you know what your sister felt like with you!" Then the next morning Little Man made sure he woke his sister up nice and early. If I have one child that can sleep until noon it would probably be Stinky, but not any more since she has the human alarm clock in her room, aka her brother. After two nights of no real complaints I decided to just bite the bullet and do it. So we moved Peaches' stuff out of her room with Stinky and moved it into her brother's old room. It took ALL DAY LONG!!!! And it's still not done completely as Peaches' clothing is still hanging in her old closet and her brother's clothes are still hanging in what is now her closet. And we haven't taken down all the car decorations from Little Man's old room, but that will come in time.
Peache is so adorable already planning what color she wants to paint her room and wanting to hang a Wal-Mart ad that has all of it's Hannah Montana merchandise and looks like a poster on the front. I can't say I blame her as I am already coming up with ways to decorate her walls myself. Of course as excited as Stinky is to be sleeping on the top bunk, she's also wanting her own room now. So I stopped her continual questions by saying in our next house she can have her own room. Of course who knows when that will happen, but it satisfied her enough to drop the subject. So now time will tell how a 5 year old girl and an almost 3 year old boy can handle sharing a room!!! Then next comes a HUGE purging of all the toys that are now in the loft. I've decided after cleaning out from under beds and dressers that my children have entirely too many toys that they DO NOT play with. So I will have two bags, one will say trash and the other will say donate and at least half of the schtuff we have up here will go bye-bye........FINALLY! LOL!