Saturday, May 23, 2009

The long weekend without cash

Dear Bank,

If your going to cancel my debit card for fraud prevention on a Saturday of a long weekend, please give me a heads up. I don't appreciate going to the store and having my card denied, only to go onto your website and read that some cards are being deactivated as a precaution. Finding out at 5:00 pm on a Saturday of a long weekend sucks. Not having access to cash for a weekend sucks. Being forewarned would have been much appreciated. You will be hearing from me Tuesday morning.

Okay, thanks.


3 am Musings

Here are some thoughts that crossed my mind as I lat awake from 3:30 - 5:00 am this morning. No, I wasn't still feeling sick. I had fallen asleep on the couch and Husband woke me up when he was heading upstairs. He should know by now just to leave me.

* Oh shit, I forgot not one, not two but THREE family birthdays this week. My nephew, my niece and my FATHER. May is Birthday month - I also have another nephew and two really good friends with birthdays. EPIC FAIL!

* With the other school closing and many kids coming to ours, I realized that there is a possibility that my step-sisters daughter could end up at our school. I'm still not sure how I feel about that, but I may need to make some changes to the directory that goes home the beginning of the year to all families (i.e. having our contact info removed from it).

* Not that my parent's haven't sold out my phone number. I'm still getting a host of phone calls it's hugely infuriating. There's a reason we added ourselves to the no call list.

* Whose night time noises are louder, Husband or the Dog?

* I wonder when we'll find the right puppy for us? We've been looking at the local pet finder, but the costs associated with them are almost as much as buying a purebred puppy! We got the Dog for $25 at the pound. We can't see paying $400 for another mutt.

* Man, the bird sounds are nice.

* I should just go downstairs and hop online.

* What am I going to do for Meenie's birthday party? It's a month away and I have no clue whatsoever. I have a theme but that's it. I don't even know when we're having it!

* I hope the kids don't wake up at 5:30 again with their morning antics (they got up later then they normally have been - 6:3- ish, but very very quiet and respectful this morning).

Friday, May 22, 2009

End of the year-itis

There is 3 1/2 to 4 1/2 weeks left of school (depending on the child). The end of the school year also brings an end to soccer and scouts. And end to early mornings (wishfully thinking here) and needing to frantically wash uniforms. And end to making sure homework is done before we can go hiking/play outside/go for ice cream. An end of trying to cram things in between school and soccer (four nights a week :( ). An end to rushing around. An end to obligations. An end to field trips, projects and celebrations. And end to morning school Masses. And end to time constraints and obligations.

I've got end-of-the-year-itis and I don't even go to school.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Mother's Day

Moe was wide awake this morning. And despite her promise of letting me sleep in, I had to shoo her out of my room (and out of my closets) many, many times. She was using every excuse to come in - even bringing me stuffed animals to "help me sleep". Finally, after she was dressed in her "fancy" dress, she and her sisters brought me breakfast in bed. My breakfast consisted of dry cocoa puffs, a cup of milk, a glass of water and a gogurt. Then they retreated downstairs so I could eat my breakfast in peace.

Around lunch time, I took them to the park. We packed a picnic lunch and brought some bread for the ducks. It was cool and windy, but we spent a big part of the afternoon feeding ducks and running around the playground. They found some of Moe's friends so there was plenty of laughter and lots of hide and seek. There was, also, two falls from the balance beam, one resulting in a bumped head and the other a banged up chin and leg. But the tears abated and then there were cries of 'push me on the swing" and "higher, higher". Lastly there was help on the monkey bars.

We came home with hopes of making cookies, but I was out of many ingredients from the brunch last week. So we took some paint out and painted on the deck (and on our paper, and somehow bodies and a bit of our clothes). It was only supposed to be on the paper, but it managed to get everywhere!

We had some Wii time, but that quickly ended when fights erupted over who was playing what character and who was winning what race. I shut the TV and Wii off and told them to find something to do, I was taking a nap! Meenie was mad, I heard her go upstairs to throw a tantrum in her room. I also heard her stop, walk downstairs, see no one paying attention to her and walk back upstairs to continue said tantrum. Once the tantrum subsided, they sat and played their DS's and worked in their workbooks. They colored pictures and let me rest.

And then the question of dinner came up. "what do you want for dinner? We'll make anything you want."

Happy Mother's Day to everyone out there.

Saturday, May 09, 2009

A day for moms

Tomorrow is Mother's Day. All week, there has been the squirreling away of gift's carefully made by tiny fingers. There have been warning of not going near windows, or in certain cabinets and bathrooms. There has been voices filled with glee, remarking as we walk into Micheal's "hey, we came here before, want to show you what e got?" And as the light dawns, my voice replying "not today, let's just get what I need, okay?". There has been words spoken by little girls, who so badly want to tell of their creations, their gifts, yet at the same time want to keep it a surprise. I find my self often repeating "stop right there, don't say anymore".

There is also the promise of letting me sleep in and making me breakfast in bed, which if I may say so, scares me a bit. I hear them conversing with each other, asking if hey should make me eggs, or french toast or pancakes? The only problem with their plan is that tomorrow morning, I'll be the only adult in the house. And while I certainly trust Einey with the toaster or the microwave, making eggs or french toast or pancakes is slightly above her ability. Maybe I'll leave out so precut bagels and peanut butter or a bowl of my favorite cereal for them to prepare in the morning.

So in honor of Mother's Day, I'm sending you over to some of my favorite "mom-blogs". So grab a cup of coffee and relax with my "friends".

Clink is my first blogger turned friend. It's weird to say "oh I met her on the Internet, but it's true". Not everyone out there is a crazy person out to get you. Her daughter is the cutest little thing and reminds me so much of Einey when she was little. Clink is great - even Moe hasn't scared her away!

Binky is the one who introduced me to the blog-world. She has two beautiful children, the Boss and Number Two.

Stimey is great. I can see that if her boys and my girls ever got together, the world would never be the same. Stimey writes everywhere, but is also a great resource at giving away the detritus that clogs our lives. Just be careful about visiting, she may send you home with something.

Karen is another super mom with three boys (seriously, I don't know how you guys do it). I hope she knows she's going to need more batteries now that her boys have a Wii.

There are many, many other mother's out there that I admire. But sadly, I don't have the space to write about all of them. So stop by, check out some links on my blog roll if you have time, and visit my friends.

And tell me in the comments who your favorite "mom blogger is". While I'm sipping my coffee and relaxing tomorrow, I'll stop by and read some of your favorites. besides, the girls promised they'd take care of ALL the housework, from dishes, to laundry to cleaning toilets. So I'm off the hook for a day :P

Tuesday, May 05, 2009

Cheater Cheater

I am a cheater. A liar. A fake.

I was in change of keeping my Daisies seedlings safe from harm. For the first eight weeks they grew and thrived. And then, once we removed them from their greenhouse dome, they withered and died.

So I did what any leader in my position would do. I went out and brought some replacement plants. The girls were very surprised and happy to bring their plants home this week.