Thursday, August 30, 2012

Random Thoughts Thursday

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School starts in less than a week.  We are definitely ready.  Well, at least I am.  I can only handle "there's nothing to do!" so many more times before I lose it completely.

I hope the school will be ready to open by Tuesday.  They've been remodeling all summer, and it still looks like a construction zone.

We took Ellie's Girl Scout troop to the Enchanted Forest yesterday.  Awesome fun.

Six 6-year-olds really wear a person out.

Last night Vicki went to a birthday party and didn't get home until 11:30.  I guess it's time to start getting used to that kind of thing.  In a little over a year she'll be a teenager.

And if that's not scary, I don't know what is.

I'm fairly certain I put my home phone on the Do Not Call registry, but I keep getting "very important messages" about my "credit card account".  Often "Rachel" at "cardholder services" calls me.  Or someone with an indistinguishable name calling about my "Windows computer".  The little bit of glee I get from hanging up on them is outweighed by the sheer number of calls I have to hang up on.  I miss the good old days, when we got prank calls from kids who thought it was funny to swear at us.

Why do my kids' feet grow so fast?  I'm tired of buying shoes that only fit for a month.

There is a jar of Nutella downstairs that's crying out for someone to spread it on a banana.  I think I should probably go help with that.

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Thursday, August 23, 2012

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Today I finally accomplished one of the things I've wanted to do since summer began: have a PJ movie party with my girls.  We watched "Hairspray" and loved it!

I am slowly indoctrinating them with showtunes.  Pandora radio helps.  Hopefully by the time the Les Mis movie comes out they'll want to see it with me, because I know Chris won't.

The realization that school starts back up for me in a month has kicked me into high gear, organization-wise.  Not sure why, really, but I'm going with it.  The girls cleaned up their room and we rearranged a little bit of furniture.  The beds, unfortunately, have to stay where they are, but we switched their shelf with their dressers and it helps immensely.  We also cut down the bunkbed ladder and hung it from the side of the bed, rather than having it lean into the room.

I used three different saws to complete the ladder project.  I am woman, hear me roar.

I also cleaned out the playroom, sorted through all the toys, and pared things down considerably.

And then Ellie remembered that, actually, she does play with toys, and set back my plans to give everything away.  Sigh.

I won't be babysitting much this year, but I am likely going to be taking a part-time job at the elementary school as a reading tutor.  I hope I can juggle that, along with my schoolwork, because I have a feeling this term is going to be brutal.

There are certain anatomical words that I said more times before noon today than I normally say in an entire month.  Bless Ellie and the randomness of her mind - "Hey, Mom, what hospital was I born in?" led to a whole lot more than any of us thought we were going to discuss this morning.  I think Vicki and Lexi felt like they were in the wrong place at the wrong time.

It's 3pm - probably too late to change out of my jammies now, right?  Right?

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Thursday, August 16, 2012

Random Thoughts Thursday

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My fridge seems to make ice in quantities that are directly disproportionate to the height of the temperature outside.  Really not cool, fridge.  We're dying here.

Not having A/C in the house isn't a problem for about 51 weeks of the year.  This week, it's a problem.

I just had the following conversation with Ellie:

  • Ellie: Mom, I need a chart.
  • Me: Really?  What for?
  • E: Well, I need it so...actually, I need a kind of a calendar, so that...Mom, I need a calendar for...I need a calendar for one day so...just one day at a time so that I'll know...Mom, I need a list, Mom, I need it for knowing...I need a chart with pictures of...Mom, I need it to show me so I'll know what I have to...I need a paper with some pictures on it of...I need a chart for telling me how...what I have to...I need a chart, or like a, a bunch of pictures to tell me what I need to...Mom, you know when we put stickers on stuff?  Like when we do things?  I
  • M: You need a job chart?
  • E: That's what I said.

My head is still spinning.

Extreme heat and extreme boredom seem to go hand in hand.  It's too hot to do anything, kids.  Here, have another popsicle.

Lexi decided she wants to teach a dance class. She's planning to choreograph something and then teach it to her friends.  Her music of choice?  ABBA.  At least I'm doing something right.

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Thursday, August 9, 2012

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We love watching the Olympics, but the late nights are catching up to us.  All day yesterday I tried to figure out why my kids were so cranky and ornery with each other, and finally, at 8:30pm, it hit me: staying up until 11:00 every night, and then getting up in time to be somewhere by 9:00 every morning (particularly somewhere where you're made to swim back and forth across a pool for 40 minutes) would make me cranky, too.  Probably has.  Needless to say, the girls did not watch any Olympics last night.

I'm looking forward to next week, when we don't have any camps or swimming lessons, no company coming, nothing we HAVE to do.  It will be nice.  Maybe we'll finally make that pajama day happen.

On Monday I went out and got pedicures with some girlfriends.  I couldn't figure out why I was so giddy about it until I thought back and realized that the last pedicure I'd gotten was right before my wedding.  13 years ago.

I really, really enjoyed myself.  It will not be another 13 years, let me tell you that.

My middle girl hits double digits on Saturday.  Today she said, "Mom, I'm almost 10.  I wish you would stop treating me like a kid."

I have blogger's block.  I just can't think of anything to write about anymore.  Do people really want to read about our summer vacation?  Because I have a ton of pictures from that...

I started an Instagram photo challenge - to post a photo based on a different theme each day this month, which isn't all that hard for me considering I already take at least one picture each day.  It's just remembering what the daily theme is that's the challenge.

I have never heard a song by One Direction, and would be blissfully unaware of who they are, except for all of Vicki's friends that have friended me on Facebook.  I'm so glad my girls follow our family's rule: only awesome music allowed.

Bob Ross makes me happy.

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Thursday, August 2, 2012

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I wish I could think of things to blog about on days that aren't Thursdays.

My parents came to visit us this week, and my (not so) little brother came along.  It was a lot of fun to have them here.  There's something pretty awesome about uncles.

We were finally able to fulfill my dad's dream of taking his dog, Riff, to the beach.  Good times were had by all.

Shopping for school supplies is not my favorite activity.  At least I got it over with.

You know you're raising a nerd when the thing they beg for the most in Target is a TI-84 calculator.  I might as well buy the kid pocket protectors.

Actually, I think our brand of nerdiness is pretty awesome.

I love the Olympics, and I love England.  This is the best week ever.  The Opening Ceremonies made me so happy.

There are a lot of commercials they show over and over during the Olympics that I've grown VERY tired of, but the one with the ex-girlfriend who believes all the governments are following her makes me laugh every single time.

Yesterday afternoon Ellie didn't know how to ride a two-wheeler.  Today she rode it to the park.  I guess she was ready.

(It's a little hard to understand her, but at the end she says, "I biked! I biked, I biked, I bi-iked!")

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