Monday, October 29, 2007
Friday, October 26, 2007
My kids' school decided to let the kids wear costumes to school today (why today and not on Halloween I don't know, unless it being Friday was a big deciding factor) as a fundraiser for a group of teachers who are participating in the Three Day Breast Cancer Walk. So each kid brings $2 and is allowed to wear his costume (no scary costumes, no masks or face paint).
I can only imagine the craziness at that school today.
In case you're wondering I sent an old man, an un-scary witch, a cowgirl and a transformer (minus the mask).
Monday, October 22, 2007
Friday, October 19, 2007
This nice little warm spell we've had after the couple days of waking up to temps in the 40s (at least in my neck of the woods)
What did I have to do with that? you ask.
Well, the house started getting cool at night, not really turn-on-the-heater-cold, just the-kids-should-wear-long-sleeves-and-pants-to-bed-especially-since-none-of-them-will-keep-covers-on-cool. Problem was we were severely lacking in the long sleeve jammies department, so I bought new jammies for all the kids (and a jacket and gloves for me for work, cause I nearly froze the week before) and that very night the temp only dropped to the mid 60's and has stayed there since.
I can't promise this will last very long, the universe can only laugh at me for so long, but let me know when the cold is just too much for you and I'll buy new winter coats and hats and mittens for the crew. That should get us a couple of days of moderate weather sometime this winter.
(And as more evidence that the universe loves to tease me, the day the kids woke up and is was too cold for shorts and I realized they'd have to wear shorts anyway because I hadn't updated there long pants wardrobes since last spring, I made trip to the stores to get new jeans for everyone and then we had another week or more of shorts weather. Really it's a scary power.)
Wednesday, October 3, 2007
Thursday, September 27, 2007
Sunday, September 9, 2007
Saturday, September 8, 2007
Monday, September 3, 2007
Thursday, August 30, 2007
Tuesday, August 28, 2007
Friday, August 24, 2007
Tuesday, August 21, 2007
Monday, August 20, 2007
Sunday, August 19, 2007
Friday, August 17, 2007
The next option would be that I continue do the small odd jobs I have been doing for most of the last year. Not a bad idea expect it's very little money for a good bit of work (not that I mind working, but when a job only pays $10 and it takes 3 hours to complete - you do the math.) So while I will probably continue to do those odd jobs, they won't really satisfy the income need.
Another option would have been to ramp up my photo business in hopes of making it more profitable. This is really my favorite option, but also the most costly (I really need some additional equipment, not to mention some kind of advertising, not that it has to be fancy, but something to get my name out there more, and that can be costly.) So again while I will continue to work on the portrait business (as well as the art fairs I started participating in this summer) it will not be my main focus, yet.
So all of this is the long way of saying that I have been seeking employment. I have applied several places (not fast food, I refuse to do fast food right now, we are not that desperate), even received one job offer (which would have really been a fab job in my field, but the hours were outrageous for someone who had hopes of still being able to put her kids on the bus and be there when they got home - and really is that too much to ask? I could totally be the person there before the high school kids got out, okay there might be a couple hours between when I'd need to leave and the high-schoolers could get there, but come on, there's bound to be some kid out of school early on work release - do they still do that?), but so far nothing has really fit the bill.
Until today, and while you might scoff, have you ever tried finding a job when the last entry on your resume is from over 10 years ago and the company has gone out of business, so there's no one to contact for a job reference, you can't remember your boss's name, much less how much you were being paid (and is that really relevant when it was 10 years ago anyway) or the exact dates of your employment? No? Not easy.
But I did find something and my work history or qualifications didn't even enter into the conversation. I think I was hired solely on the recommendation of a friend that works there and the company's recent loss of all the college kids that worked there over the summer. And I do know the general manager, but that did not come up either, but based on the person that recommended me for the position, they know I know the GM.
It's really pretty perfect, just enough to get my feet wet, a gentle transition from SAHM to WOHM, even if the WOHM is only one day a week.
And P will stay home with Nan on the day I work, leaving me with just the teeniest bit of mommy guilt. So yippee for me.
Thursday, August 16, 2007
So way back in January, the adults in the house started on South Beach. We only made it about 3 weeks before gradually dropping back into old habits. The one habit that stuck was using Splenda instead of sugar to make Kool-Aid. This was especially easy because Splenda had introduced these new Quick Packs that are equal to a cup of sugar - perfect for Kool-Aid. (In an effort for full disclosure I must admit that I use three Quick Packs to two Kool-Aid packs).
So I was doing great until I ran out of Quick Packs and couldn't find them at the local store. At first I believed they were just out and in a few days (on the next milk run), I'd be able to pick some up.
I tried another store, again no luck. I checked the Kool-Aid aisle instead of the sugar aisle. Nope.
During this time, I've been using the little packets to make Kool-Aid. I just couldn’t go back to using real sugar.
Today I ran out of little packets and had to use . . . Sugar. So I did the only thing left to me.
I ordered it online.
What a world.
Friday, August 10, 2007
On Monday the kids started school. They were each up well before the appointed time, bouncy and already dressed.
On Tuesday they were again up before I came to wake them. They were not quite as bouncy, but J was thrilled to be riding the bus to school.
On Wednesday, they were awake, but still in bed when I came upstairs to assist with the morning rituals.
Thursday, they were not awake, but the quickly got out of bed when I turned on lights.
This morning was more like the scene in Freaky Friday (okay, not that bad, but it took some definite prodding to get the kids to give up their covers.)
And then when J got home from school, he said, "Today was my last day of school." I hated to burst his little bubble, but I couldn't let him think he was done. I gently informed him that he only had two days off and then would go back to school on Monday. "Okay," was all he said.
One week down. Now I remember why weekends are so good.
Tuesday, August 7, 2007
Wednesday, June 20, 2007
I am not a pushy mom when it comes to potty training. I’d really rather not deal with accidents and I just can’t get behind reminding the kid every 30 minutes – if they can’t take the responsibility to at least tell me when they have to go, then they just aren’t ready.
So my oldest was just over 3 when he trained. The twins were 3.5 (and finally took the plunge because I told them Santa would not be bringing toys to 3.5 year olds who were not potty trained).
So when J, my fourth, turned 3 I started making noise about it being time to put away the diapers, but he wasn’t really interested. So I let it go. 6 months later he still had no interest even though we promised him a great truck and a new bike. Somewhere along the way he’d transitioned to pull-ups rather than diapers, without the desired results.
But a few weeks ago while we were traveling I sensed an opportunity. Regular potty breaks, complete control of the liquid intake, etc. So I bribed him with a car at the end of the day if he was dry. And for 3 days he did great and I thought we had this beat.
Then we got home and he was back to his old ways. And then I ran out of pull-ups and decided we just go for underwear. After a day of accidents I popped his little toosh in a real diaper and called him a baby. (Not the best mothering, but the child was a month away from being 4.)
He cried and said he wasn’t a baby and he wanted his big boy underwear back. I gave him one more chance.
Four down, one more to go, but she’s only 2.5, so I’m not worried . . . yet.
Wednesday, May 2, 2007
Somehow P, now well past 2 and speaking in full sentences with attitude, fell in love with Caillou. I blame it on the little girl my mother baby-sits.
Although not nearly as bad as Barney or the Teletubbies in my book, most mothers would probably agree that Caillou is a whiney little boy and we’d rather not be forced to listen to him. But the tantrum that will be thrown by the 2 year old in love with Caillou is more unpleasant and easily avoidable, so Caillou it is.
Aside from the seemingly constant whining, there are several other things I have noticed that bother me about Caillou.
- Why is Caillou bald? I mean really. He’s 4. Shouldn’t he have hair? And if his parents are shaving his head on a regular basis to maintain this look, I think that ought to be explored in a future episode.
- Why does Caillou wear shorts and a short-sleeve t-shirt when all the adults in his world are wearing long sleeves? Yes occasionally he wears a snow suit or a jacket, but generally he looks a little under-dressed compared to the rest his world.
- What do Caillou’s mommy and daddy do to put food on the table? We’ve seen his mommy in the office a couple of times and a few times Caillou’s daddy has been wearing office clothes, but mostly it would seem they are at home. Or maybe the show is just about what happens on the weekends, because if it’s not, Caillou’s parents have a lot of time off.
Anyone have any answers for me? I’m not going to go crazy thinking about it, but I sure would like to know. Especially that hair thing.
Monday, April 30, 2007
Saturday, January 6, 2007
A few days before Christmas I was wondering a store (okay Target) looking for that one gift that I should have picked up when I saw it the first time, but didn't and now couldn't find, and what to by wondering eye did appear but clothing that looked remarkably springy and pink and covered in hearts and was I imagining it but was that all the winter stuff on clearance?
No!! We hadn't even finished Christmas and they were clearancing it and putting out Valentine's Day and even a little St Pat's green!
And then I was out at the same store earlier this week and I saw SWIMSUITS in the toddler section.
I'm not sure what's worse -- the fact that swimsuits are already in stores, or the fact that I bought TWO!