Friday, November 9, 2012

A day in the life...

I titled my blog page "A day in the life of a stay at home mom". Pretty boring right?
Here is my day today...
Today is Acacia's 5th birthday, rewind to last night after school (9pm) I am making a run to the store for a present, card, and stuff to make her cherry cupcakes with chocolate icing (her pick).
Anyways, this morning while Hannah is getting ready for school, I am decorating the house for Acacia's birthday. A birthday sign, balloons and a princess tablecloth. Not much, but it was all I can afford right now.
Acacia wakes up, sees the decorations and loves them.
Fast forward to breakfast. (In between all the fast forwards I am trying to do a paper that is due tomorrow)
I make Acacia her favorite breakfast. Sausage. Easy to please :)
So her and her brother start eating sausage and drinking chocolate milk or strawberry milk. I go back to homework. Liam starts coughing, which leads to vomit. Yea, vomit by 9am. As if we didn't deal with that enough last week from Acacia.
So, to sum it up: Acacia's birthday, big clinical paper due tomorrow, cupcakes still to make, vomiting 2 year old. I wish being a stay at home mom was boring sometimes....

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Consideration

We had to get our car worked a couple of time over the last few weeks. The heater wasn't working correctly and its starting to get cold. The place we normally take our vehicles doesn't work on that particular problem so we had to take it somewhere else. We asked around and found a place that was highly recommend. I shouldn't even fuss because they fixed it and gave us a good deal, but...
Both times they looked/worked on it they got grease all over my seats and other places. Now I know that probably sounds petty, but I just had to pay these people hundreds of dollars. Now I have grease on my seats which will transfer to our clothes if I cannot get it all off.
I guess I am just spoiled. Our normal mechanics have never done that and even put a disposable mat down so they don't track grease on the floorboards of the car.

Well, anyways, we have heat now. Bring on the snow!

Monday, October 1, 2012

Picture day

Today is picture day at Hannah's school. As per tradition, last night we searched through clothes until we found the perfect outfit and discussed how she wanted her hair done. This morning after she was all dressed she went to my bathroom to straighten her hair (with her pink leopard print flat iron) and I went to take the dogs out. When I came back in it struck me how much she has grown up. Here is my beautiful baby girl...now 9 years old, straightening her hair by herself.
She is such a fun-loving, goofy, intelligent, caring, artistic child. I call her the 3rd parent because she is there (sometimes faster than me) when someone gets hurt, when someone needs help, and even when someone needs reminding that what they are doing isn't correct (even Josh and I). At other times she is so goofy it almost drives me crazy.
I love her so much and I am so proud of the young lady she has already become.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Awake

Soooo....my last post was about being sad that a book ended. Well, admittedly I was. Quite sad actually. Because I wasn't sure how to deal with such an overwhelming feeling produced from a fictional book, I read them again. Now some might say that was not a wise move considering the emotional state these books left me in, but I thought if I read them again...well, I'm not sure what I thought.
It worked though. I didn't have the sadness when I finished the books like last time. I still would read them again (the book is in my head still) so, knowing my sister wanted to read them, I lent her my Kindle. Now maybe I will get things done.
I wish I could talk about being in the nursing program. I have learned so many things that I would love to share, but they lectured us about privacy and quite frankly I don't really know what is ok to talk about and what isn't.

I feel like I have come awake. I used to be a very independent, motivated, strong person. I feel like I am not that person anymore, until now. Its like I have been asleep for the last 7 or 8 years. Someone once said that I was domesticated. I laughed at them, but they might have been right. Right in the since that all I thought about was my house and kids. Now don't get me wrong, my kids are first on my list, but I have come to realize that I have dreams. Dreams that I have suppressed and almost forgotten about. Not anymore. I feel motivated and determined. I know what I want and I will work my ass off to get it. Period. No more settling. No more just hoping that my dreams will fall into my lap.

Hopefully I can blog about my progress along the way :)

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Lost in thought

Have you ever read a book and got so involved in it you cannot put it down. Its all you can think about. You have to finish it. When you are done you realize your kind of sad its over.
I do that. I get so involved in my books. I picture the characters and places. I feel the emotions. I put myself in the story.
I like it like that. Its my escape.

Now don't laugh....
I just finished reading the Fifty Shades trilogy. Great books ;)
I have neglected my house work, homework, and my family (a little) so I can escape into these books.
The whole time I was reading the books my brain was lost in the story. Even when I had to put them down and do normal day to day things, my brain was in the story. I finished the last book yesterday. They were great and I hope, hope, hope she continues with his side of the story.
Now I am finally done. So many things need to be done. What do I do? Mope around all day. Oh, I tried to do homework. I tried to focus on the things that I should be doing. After an hour or two on homework I felt like I just couldn't focus anymore. So I decided to go ahead and take my shower.
Something about a shower when I feel sad....I lost it.
I am a little embarrassed to admit that I was that sad from a book. Stupid right? I guess I am not ready to leave my escape yet.
Don't get me wrong, I love my life. I just got to spend my last few days in the mind of a woman with a perfect body and incredible adventures going on. Then its done. I am back to my body, no money, and an overwhelming amount of homework to do. I still get a lump in my throat. (So stupid)

My husband is so great. He didn't laugh or tease me. He just held me and reassured me that it was ok. That I wasn't stupid and it was ok to be sad, no matter what it was over.

This last month has been so overwhelming. I hope I can get it together and step up my game.
I guess I better start now. I think I will start with a cup of coffee.

Monday, July 30, 2012

Stunt-man

My son apparently thinks he needs to be a stunt-man. He took a header off the back steps onto the patio last night.

I swear if we survive his childhood it will be a miracle LOL


Saturday, July 21, 2012

Frustration

As a parent of 3 kids I sometimes fell like I have handled many different situations.
My first child had colic, almost bit her tongue in half, and had sleep apnia that was finally taken care of by removing her tonsils and adenoids.
My second child had acid reflux, had a blood infection along with double pneumonia (super scary), and has night terrors.
My third and last is 2 and has already had stitches, has something called nursemaids elbow, and more bumps and bruises than I care to admit.
Of course there are a hundred little things too.

I feel like I can figure out how to handle most situations. But right now my 2 year old is going through severe attachment and now will not go to bed/nap on his own. He wants me to hold him constantly and is super whinny all the time. I am so frustrated.
I am starting a 2 year degree and I know life is only going to get busier.

*sigh*
I hope things settle down. Until then I will just take it one day at a time, I guess.

Friday, May 11, 2012

Break time

I am so glad that semester is over. Chemistry was not my friend. (Although, I managed to pull a B in in...somehow) Now time for a break, sort of. I am trying to do spring cleaning during this week. *sigh* It isn't working out how I imagined. First of all it has been rainy and dreary for a few days and I didn't know how exhausted I was. I spent two days doing nothing (other than my normal day to day mom craziness).
I am reading a book. Ha! Not even a school related book. I need to finish it though, quickly. After my CNA orientation they gave us homework. The first day of school isn't even until next week and I already have homework. Oh, well.

My sister was kind enough to take my children and I to this little traveling petting zoo that came to town last weekend. It was cute and the kids loved it.

The kids got to hold a real live baby lion! He was so adorable, I could have just put him in my pocket and took him home.
This was a really big deal for Hannah because she is a little obsessed with big cats.

My kids and my niece with a monkey.
The monkey was being a little cranky so they didn't get to hold him much.
Liam looks so thrilled LOL. He did NOT like the noise maker they used to get the animals to look at the photographer.


Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Monday, April 30, 2012

Caffeine

My coffee maker broke. Need I say more?

I would love one of these....but would settle for a plain ol' coffee maker.


While I am wishing for things I would also like one of these:

and one of these:

That would be great.

Oh, and my hubby wants one of these:

and to go on one of these:


Ahhh to dream....

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Easter

We did the usual for Easter: went to church, went to my sisters and the kids hunted Easter eggs, and ate dinner with my sister and her family. It was very nice. One thing I love about Easter it that it is a calm holiday. It seems like we run and run on all the other holidays, but Easter we just chill and play. Love it.

Hannah and Acacia (Liam was napping)

Lets go hunt some eggs :)






Lordy, Lordy...look who's 30/40

We had a birthday BBQ for my hubby and our friend. Josh turned 30 years old and our friend Scotty turned 40. It was a blast. The weather was perfect and it was great to have all of our friends together. I think it was a great way to start off the summer.

Scotty and Josh with their cool 30 & 40 glasses

Acacia sporting daddy's glasses





Some of the kids chillin'

Josh & Scotty are getting ready to get attacked by water balloons


Haha! Got him!

Now he is after payback...better run!

Playing toss with the water balloons



Such a fun day.

Where has the time gone?

I thought I was updating my blog pretty good until I realized that it has been weeks since I posted anything. We have been so busy, the time has gotten away from me. So, here is what has been going on.

After our beach trip (actually during our trip) my husbands Aunt Ruth passed away. She had been suffering from a terminal illness for a while and is now at peace. She was a great woman and will be greatly missed.
Ruth with Liam, Christmas 2010

I have been accepted into the Associate Degree Nursing program (aka RN program) starting this fall. I am excited, but there is still so much I have to finish before I can begin the program that I am holding back on the excitment until later. It kind of doesn't feel real. It is going to be a busy next couple of years, but I know it will be well worth it.

We have been trying to excersise more as a family. Josh has been doing little adjustments on our bikes so we can ride them. I really enjoy riding and hope we can get into a good habit of this special family time.

Josh pulling Liam and Acacia in the trailer and Hannah ready to go.

 We have been spending a lot of time outside. The weather has been beautiful here lately.

My silly son pretending he is flying on the porch swing


Monday, March 19, 2012

Beach trip



Acacia is super excited to be at the beach.


After a few minutes and a little coaxing, Liam realized he loved the beach too.


The kids watching for another dolphin.


I love baby feet.


Playing at the playground at the beach.


Pretending they are riding sea animals.


Just about the moment Liam realized that he loved the water and continued to run straight in it, over and over.


Forget sand castles, lets make a big hole.


Liam loved new cousin Tanner.

We had such a blast at the beach. We definitely need to go again soon. Getting to meet baby Tanner was great. He is such a cutie and I loved getting my "baby fix".

Sweet sissy



Liam wouldn't go to bed for my mother in law, so Hannah laid on the couch with him.
Love it! So sweet.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Birthday party weekend

First of all Hannah made A Honor roll again. We are so proud of her.

Second, what a whirlwind of a weekend.

It started of with a surprise trip to the circus for Hannah's 9th birthday. It was fun, not only because the circus is awesome, but because the kids had no idea. We gave them little clues on the drive there. It was so much fun.

The next day we had Hannah's sleepover. Holy craziness. 5 girls between 9-11, a 4 year old and a 18 month old. What was I thinking?!
No... it wasn't bad. The girls had a blast. We played Just Dance, twister, dress-up, telephone and had popcorn while watching a movie. Hannah requested a leopard print cake (which Josh and I made), pizza and chicken nuggets for dinner, and pancakes with homemade strawberry syrup for breakfast.
I think fun was had by all. I know I was entertained LOL

I had to take the PSB test a couple days ago. Wow. I am so glad that is over. I will be even more glad once we get the results back.

Now, I guess I better get this little one down for a nap and start on my pre-lab work for chemistry.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Sadness

Sometime I get sad for no reason. Or stupid reasons. Watching a commercial, reading a book, or even something on facebook will do it.
I have trying to deny how overwhelmed I am. I get up everyday and get Hannah ready and on the bus by 7:15am. Come home fix breakfast, get Acacia ready for school, try to clean up a little bit, deal with the animals, nap time for Liam which equals homework time, then lunch time, pick up Acacia, try to squeeze in more homework, get Hannah from the bus, get ready for and go to school, come home and stay up until midnight or later doing homework.
On top of everyday things I have to take a test to get in the RN program, which of course I don't have time to study for, which equals stress.
Plus, over the last two months (between all three kids) we have had 8 cases of pink eye, stomach bug for everyone, ear infections, and two cases of pneumonia. I am officially exhausted.
Too bad. I don't have time to be exhausted.
I have tons of homework due by this weekend, cupcakes to make for Hannah's birthday - to send to school, fondant to make today so it can set for a day or so before I make her cake for her sleepover. Plus, a big surprise for her birthday (which is hard because I want to tell them so bad) to get together for Friday.
So back to sadness... my hubby and I decided that I should cancel my weight watchers membership. I hardly have time to go to the meetings and have hit a plateau months ago and have been stuck between five pounds. Plus, we really can't afford it.
So, last night I went online and cancelled. Well, I weighed myself this morning and had gained 3 pounds. I just started crying. Of course. Not that it matters because I don't have time to breath let alone write down everything I eat and go to meetings.
But still....
I wish there was a gym at the college, then I could maybe get in some excersise between classes or right after. Sure, like that's realistic.

Ok, I'm done whining...well not really, but I have to go give Acacia her breathing treatment.
:~(

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Feeling fine

Man, oh man, has this fall/winter been quite the season for getting sick.
Between multiple cases of pink eye, the stomach bug, and head colds; sometimes I wonder if we will ever get better. Hopefully, we are all on the mend now. Acacia, Liam, and I all have a cold, but I think we are at the end of it.

School, housework, homework, kids...that is my life ha ha.

Not much interesting has been going on lately. Just staying busy, busy. The next couple of months should be fun though. We have lots of birthdays and other fun things planned.

Our heater stopped working properly the other day. Well, I don't think its been working right for a while, but we noticed troubling signs the other day. This is not good :(  We have a gas fireplace, but it doesn't heat the whole house effectively. It will keep us from freezing to death, just not as warm as I like.
Hopefully it wont cost too awful much to fix. I miss having a warm bathroom LOL.

Such is life.

Well better get these kids up and ready for school. Have a great day everyone :~)

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Update

Here are a few pictures of what we have been doing lately.

Christmas was great, busy of course, but great. We went to the downtown New Years Eve festivities with my sister and my niece. It was cold, but fun.

My kids are growing so fast. I can't keep up. :~)

I started my second semester this week. This semester I am taking Literature based research, Chemistry, and Psychology. I think its going to be fun.

My sister in law ended up having the first baby of the new year in her county. Tanner wasn't due until the end of the month, but was born a healthy 7lbs. Besides being a little jaundice, he is good. We can't wait to meet him in person.

Between birthdays, school, and life in general, the next few months are going to be busy.
Speaking of life and school, I better get this baby down for a nap and then work on some homework.