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October, 2013:

Really? Thank You!

Dude had a haircut yesterday right after school, so I picked him and Princess up from school, dropped him at his haircut, dropped Princess at swim team, ran back to pick up Dude, then we went to sit at her swim team practice until it was over.

Practice starts at 4:30 and that’s about what time we got there.

At 5:15 Dude got all excited because “it’s almost over!”

Um – no it’s not. Keep on doin’ whatever it is you’re doin’ – practice is until 6:00 and then she has to shower, which will take no less than 15 minutes, probably more judging by the kids who are at practice today.

“Awwwwww!!! Really?”

Yes – really.

Then he had a grand epiphany. “Is this what you do every day she has swim team pratice? Three times a week you just sit here and work on your computer while she’s in there swimming?”

Um – yep.

“So what do you do while I’m at baseball practice since it’s outside and there aren’t tables and internet?”

I sit and watch and chat with the other parents. Maybe take a walk sometimes. But mostly just sit and watch.

“Really? All the time you just sit and watch?”


“Really? Well . . . thank you for doing that!”

Love it when the kiddos get older and start to “get it” :-)

A Little Less

We’ve got about 13 kids at our bus stop every morning. We know all of them well. About 7 of them are in Jason’s general age group – boys and girls.

Every day when the bus comes, I say rather loudly “By Jason! Have a good day! I loooovvveee you!” in a slightly exagerated goofy voice.

For the first week, he just shook his head all embarrassed.

The next week, he looked at me and put his fingers to his lips.

When neither of those things worked, he gave up for a couple weeks.

Last week he said “Hey Mom! Can you love me a little less?”

Um – NOPE! But I will say it slightly less loudly :-)

He’s a teenage boy. I know it may embarrass him a little, but…

I want to make sure he knows every day when he leaves that I do indeed love him. You never know what a day holds, especially for a middle schooler.

I want him to know that it’s OK to express feelings in public, even if you do it in a goofy way.

I want him to know that I’ll always be there for him, and while sometimes I might embarrass him, for the most part I’m content to sit in the background and watch him grow into the awesome young man he is.

**** PS – I totally scored the other day when he unconsciously replied to my I love you with an “I love you, too Mom!” ****

Happy Friday Everyone!

Why It’s 11:00 a.m. And I’m Just Now Sitting Down At My Desk To Work

My calendar has been very empty this week until the kiddos get home from school (then all hell breaks loose and I run around like a crazy person for 4 hours!). So why is it that someone with a calendar free of meetings or appointments or committments from 7:50 a.m. (kiddos get on the bus) until 3:40 p.m. (kiddos walk in the door from school) doesn’t sit down at her desk until 11:00 a.m.?

6:00 a.m. – Wake up and turn on the news to see what the temperature will be today. Princess will certainly ask. Even if she could look outside and see a raging blizzard, she’d ask what the temperature will be just on the off chance she MIGHT be able to wear flip flops.

6:15 a.m. – Take Duma outside to do her business. Duma is 10 days post-op for TPLO surgery to fix her torn ACL. She can’t go outside off leash for another 10 weeks. What a PITA!

6:30 a.m. – Feed dog and give her the last day of her cocktail of meds.

6:45 a.m. – Start making pancackes for the kiddos for breakfast.

7:00 a.m. – Kiddos get up. Princess asks what temperature it will be today (70 – yay, flip flops!). We all eat pancakes.

7:15 a.m. – We all get ready for school.

7:40 a.m. – Walk out the door to the bus.

7:50 a.m. – Kids on bus, I head to gym.

9:00 a.m. – After workout, check my messages. I can go to the school to pick up our coolers anytime (loaned them, full of freeze pops, to the elementary school for field day).

9:05 a.m. – Arrive at Starbucks for a ginormous Iced Green Tea (thank you everyone who gave me Starbucks GCs for my birthday!).

9:25 a.m. – Arrive at school to pick up the coolers.

9:35 a.m. – Decide to run to the grocery store to pick up some ham, bread, colby jack (Dude needs sandwiches – all. the. time!).

10:00 a.m. – Arrive home. Put away coolers and groceries.

10:15 a.m. – Take Duma out to pee – again – because even though she could go an entire day without going out to pee if I were just sitting here at my desk or gone all day, when someone leaves and comes back, no matter how long they’ve been gone, she’s going to absolutely DIE if she doesn’t get out RIGHT NOW!

10:30 a.m. – Finish putting groceries away. Hop in the shower.

10:50 a.m. – Head out to the kitchen to grab my phone and tea to head to my office. Notice the dishwasher is finished and there are two knives in the kitchen sink. I HATE dirty dishes in my sink. So I empty the dishwasher and put the two dirty knives in their proper location in the dishwasher.

11:00 a.m. – Sit down at my desk to start my work day. Look at the clock. Realize it’s already 11:00 a.m. Decide I should write a blog post about why I’m not working before 11:00 a.m.

11:05 a.m. – Finish blog post.

11:06 a.m. – Think to myself, it’s almost time for lunch. It would be CRAZY to start working on something so close to lunch, just to have to turn it all off, then start up again – I’d lose half the work time!

Lunch anyone?