Thursday, May 31, 2012
Today I splurged. I was sent to get my mother's day gift. And I came home with it, but I also grabbed this super soft bath rug. I wanted it for my kitchen sink area. I don't know why every rug I've ever purchased for this area before has been un-machine-washable, but that's just stupid. So when I saw this bath rug at Target, I latched on to it for my kitchen. Cause who says a bath rug can't work perfectly fine for a kitchen? And it's already been spilled on and washed once so far. I'm happy. Everything in life needs to be machine washable as far as I'm concerned.
My nieces are so cute. (This is one of them.)
Grocery, Costco, and Errands, Oh My! Then I got home and sat down to this stack of reading material. I call it "job research."
I love my hoodlums.
I love my man. I love that his signature drink is an Arnold Palmer. (Half lemonade, half iced tea.) I had this amazing iced tea, while sitting in a pool of warm sunshine, great conversation, plenty of laughter, and basking in the company of friends and my husband after our marriage retreat. Then they talked me into playing horseshoes and well... I suck.
The smell of freshly mowed grass wafting through the windows sure makes it feel like summer. Ava was sick all day, running a fever, but she wanted watermelon, so I made a special trip for it. I hate it when my babies don't feel good.
In case you didn't know this... the best place to be when you have an awful sore throat and runny nose, is in your jammies, laying on a beach towel, in the back yard. I slathered her with sunscreen and let her just nap in the grass. It would have been the cutest thing if she hadn't been so sick. (Okay it was still pretty cute.) I sat in a chair nearby to keep watch on her and got to finish Insurgent. Not a bad sick day, all things considered and she is perking up, now that the day is done.
Today I had my second round of physical therapy for my back/hip/joint issues. I'm not sure I'm totally digging it yet. I also discovered that I don't like strange peoples hands massaging my rear. Huh. I'm just sayin.'
Projects complete me. There will always be one in the recesses of my mind.. always.
This boy makes me want to pull out all my hair in exasperation and then five minutes later, kiss his little face til he squeals. I think that's a mother's love.
(**Warning, the next several days ahead are tough ones. I make no apologies, it's just real life.)
This was one of those days you wish you could have skipped. Motherhood is not for the faint of heart, I'll tell you that, and there are always surprise phone calls that make your heart sink to your stomach, and then cause you to cry your eyes out once you've said good night to your babies. Days that make you question if you're doing anything right. Days that make you sure you're not. Days you're so embarrassed for choices others make you wish you could crawl under a rock. Days you can't tell anyone the details... but days you have to face.
The truth is that JJ and I are pretty much faking our smiles here. You can kind of tell.
Mother's day. My heart was so heavy as we anticipated dealing with school/kid issues and waiting for my man to do a job interview for a position in his company that he really wanted.
My words at the end of this day, "Well... we made it." Principal/parent meeting that I survived. Waiting for answers to other things that I survived. Anticipating Adrain's job interview that we survived... and through it all, my hub area (my desk) was the only thing I could come up with to photograph for y'all. Real life. Amen.
Suspended and doing chores for me. Will I survive motherhood? Cause yeah... I'm not really sure today.
Summer please come soon.
The longest six days of my life have finally passed, and my boy goes back to school tomorrow. I think we've spent those days with near non-stop, intense, talking... training...instructing...correcting... teaching... and talking some more. I'm mentally exhausted. My man also found out he didn't get the new position in his company today. That means a lot of different things for us. Thankful he has a job currently.... and thankful that this week is winding down. Praying it's a good weekend. We sure could use one!
Friday night relaxing with my man. Uh-huh.
A day well spent. Kiddos helping, neighbors out visiting, getting the yard pretty, BBQing with one of my sis-in-laws and her kids. Just a really good day. Thank you GOD!
Family bike ride day! (And do you also ride your bike in a fur vest like my daughter tried to do?) Oh such a great day today. We have really pulled together through the past week's frustrations, trials and tears. Family is the most important thing and these three people I share my life with each day are more important to me than anything on this earth.
Today might have been the quickest day ever. And yet...I have no idea what I got done today! I'm sure I did something noteworthy.
I am so thankful for the funny moments, especially in seasons where we've had a lot of yucky ones. I want to become a little old lady with plenty of laugh crinkles around my eyes, and I'm pretty sure my boy is going to push me in that direction. (He'll also be held responsible for the many gray hairs on my head too, FYI.)
What is it, about a good walk between friends that makes it feel like you've solved world problems? I love all the different girlfriends I'm able to squeeze in walks with. They challenge me, encourage me, share with me, and we always part with hugs and plans to "do it again as soon as possible." So thankful for that... so blessed with my many sweet friends.
Today was one of those days with many small children (many of which didn't belong directly to me) who were in and out of my house and backyard between the hours of school dismissal and dinner time. Many little faces asking for drinks, or what I was doing (icing cupcakes always draws a crowd) and asking to water my flowers for me, etc. I love being the mama hen to all these children.
There is nothing quite like good friends. There is also nothing quite like my daughter behind a Nerf Volcan. Scary. And funny.
My yard is littered with boards and screws and my boys are working on a potting/outdoor entertaining bench. I can hardly wait til it's done.
I love this sweet baby girl and that we got to spend a day with her family. How is it possible for a four-month old that doesn't even belong to me to have me completely wrapped around her finger? And guess what? She got my blue eyes!! Everyone in my family has brown or green eyes. But I was a freak with blue... and my daughter and little niece got them too. That pleases me for some unexplainable reason.
Poor Ava wasn't feeling very good all weekend. Plus I think she was plumb worn out from sleeping on a trampoline two nights ago, and a cough that keeps hanging on week after week. Bless her heart, she just kept falling asleep in random places all weekend.
My friend Trudy raved about this fresh produce club called Dandelion Organic. I was so excited that I joined up and they delivered my produce bin today! There is nothing like home delivery. It was a little bit like Christmas for all of us as we dug through it all to find fresh, organic, and mostly local peaches, pears, oranges, mint, green onions, carrots, spinach, lettuce, cantaloupe, brocolette, cauliflower, tomatoes, summer squash and grapefruit. I am trying to see if this keeps me from as many grocery store runs (since most of them are for produce anyway and I walk out with ten other items) and spending as much because of that. I figured we'd try it out for a month, crunch the numbers and see what's what. In the mean-time, we'll enjoy a weekly supply of yummy! I'm so excited about this!
I had an absolutely lovely day today from start to finish. It included a bunch of my favorite peeps either in person or on the phone. I even got all of my to do list crossed off in spite of my own wandering, distracted self. (And fresh spinach and mixed greens salad for dinner, topped with shrimp, grapefruit, blue cheese crumbles, tomatoes, and green goddess dressing. Mmmm!)
The weather is conspiring against me. I'm convinced of it. Every single grocery/Costco/Trader Joe's shopping day is a rainy day. Anyway I have devised a cunning plan. I did our "stock-up" shop today and came home, unpacked it, and hid half of what I bought. Out of sight of hoodlums, out of mind? Between this and my new weekly produce delivery, we'll see. Older moms keep telling me this is a necessity if you want food to last for more than a weekend. I feel a little bit like doing the evil laugh. Muwahahahahaahaa!
And that's it for May friends. I was going to do a Linky party... but alas I ran out of time and didn't know how and wasn't sure anyone would link up, so I didn't do it! How's that for excuses?
How was your month??