Count down till school starts…

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I have one starting school on Aug 8, and the other two on the 10th. Starting the 10th I’ll have some previously unheard of time to get things done…

  • Time to get on the treadmill without worrying about small children sticking their fingers in it while I have my music cranked up…
  • Time to clean things around the house and have it last more than 12.3 seconds.
  • Time to work on my writing, uninterrupted. I have no clue what it’s like to be able to concentrate on what I’m doing without being poked or prodded every 2 minutes for something like “Can I have a drink?” or “Can I go to the bathroom?” cause I make the child ask permission to use the bathroom /sarcasm. 

I’m excited. I’ve never had any kind of time like that. I worked until after both the girls were born and when the boy was born the younger girl was in part time preschool a couple hours three days a week, and she had just started it.

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I’ve lost my mind…

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I signed my kids up for fall sports this morning… 3 kids, 2 sports, 3 teams. How on earth will I manage them all?  I have no clue, but I’m sure I’ll manage.

3 year Blogoversary

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This is kind of a blow my own horn post. I’m looking back at how much things have changed for me over the last three years since I started the blog.

Let’s see… where was I in my life 3 years ago?

  • I‘d moved to the Third Circle of Hell only 6 weeks earlier, while the winters were nice and warm, I missed real cold weather. Shorts in January is nice but not when you have heat so hot you step out into it and your brain bakes instantly and that heat lasts from April through October.
  • I owned and was managing a women’s message board, it was very very stressful and I was not easy to get along with.
  • I had one child in second grade, one in kindergarten and one still in diapers.
  • I was totally obsessed with knitting.
  • I was still trying to get my house unpacked from the move.
  • I was renting my home.
  • I was still putting up with my sister treating me like the mud she didn’t want to track inside her life.
  • I knew no one other than my in laws in my new town.
  • I was reading at a rate of about 200 books a year.

 

How is my life now?

  • I’ve been living in the Third Circle of Hell for over 3 years now, I still dislike it, but don’t totally hate it, except when it’s too hot to think. Having solar panels on the house helps, it means I can afford to set the air conditioner at a temperature low enough that I don’t get heat migraines. (but still not low enough to actually be comfortable.)
  • I gave up the message board and not only don’t I own one, I don’t frequent them either. I’m far less stressed and in general, a happier person.
  • I have one child in fifth grade, one in third and one who will start Kindergarten in the fall. I’m completely through with diapers, can I tell you how happy I am about that? But I’m also –><- this close to hormonal girl stage. Wish me luck.
  • I am still a big knitter, but I’m not totally obsessed, I do other things too. I’ve also designed and sell a couple of my patterns. It’s not much but it is rewarding.
  • I still have a few boxes in the garage, but it’s storage, not waiting to be unpacked. And it’s not the same garage.
  • I’ve bought a house (ok, so Hubster and I bought a house, on his salary, so what?)
  • I actually have pictures on the walls, and my own curtains hung (I have refused to hang things up just to pull them down a year later when we moved, so most of my stuff got put away until we bought the house.)
  • I’ve cut communications with my sister for the most part. If she calls me for some reason I’ll speak to her, I’ll even be nice, I don’t snub her. But I also don’t put up with her talking down to me or treating me badly. I like who I am and my life and I don’t need her approval to be happy.
  • I’ve written two books. One that has been submitted to publishers, and though not accepted I did get some very helpful feedback. The second (which has nothing to do with the first) is still being edited and will be submitted to publishers this year. Book 3 (sequel to Book 2 ) is in the planning stages.
  • I have good friends, both in town and through out the country.
  • This year I plan on reading far less, editing and writing take up much of the time I was spending reading, I‘m ok with the trade off.

Visiting Vacation day 1

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Hubster has a week long National Guard drill, so instead of staying home, in the 115+degree heat, we decided that the kids and I would pack up, and take the trailer to see my family on the eastern side of the state… we know it is still hot there, but it is 10-15 degrees cooler than the third circle of hell, and the eastern side of the state gets monsoon rains, which  cools it off more…

So, this morning, I got up at 6:30, only to discover that Hubster had gotten up at 5, and done nothing towards the last minute loading and hooking up the truck to make the trip.. so I got started..

We didn’t make my 8am departure goal, but I knew we wouldn’t when I set the alarm at midnight last night. We did manage to pull out of town by 9, which worked for me.

We made the 365 mile trip, in just 6.5 hrs, which is really good considering we had 3 kids, towed the trailer (which slows the trip some) and we stopped and ate on the way.

Once we arrived here, we got the trailer all leveled, which is the only part that is difficult for me to do by myself (I can, but all the in and out, in and out, as I jack it up and check the level bubble is a pain in the butt.) I loaded everyone back into the truck and ran the errands that Hubster needed before dropping him off at the armory. His drill this month isn’t here in town, they took him to Phoenix this evening, I won’t see him for probably a week. Then I took the kid to see my sister and niece, where my sister (who is 9 months pregnant) volunteered to keep all 3 of my kids there with her 6 year old daughter.

So I found myself with an evening to myself.. and big partier that I am.. I came back to the trailer and got it all squared away, water and power all hooked up, made a list of the food we need.. (yea, we are at my grandfather’s but I can feed my kids, and not let them eat up all the food in the house) and I hit the store.. After I got back I did a  bit of cleaning up.. put all the food away, and I sat down at my laptop to see if I could get any writing done… I managed to do lots of avoiding, creating playlists, playing cards… But I managed a good start, the beginning of my tale, a general idea of what I want and a full 2 pages of story.

I have found that more than a general idea of what I want in a story, hinders me too much, it keeps the characters from developing personalities of their own as i try to shape them to fit the idea in my head, instead of letting who they are determine how they face a situation.

I will pick up my monsters in the morning, I am just hoping that I get to have some quiet each evening to continue the story, I think it has good potential, and really want to see where it goes.

Some things I have realized..

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yes, even in I have deep moments.

  1. My children are teaching me tolerance ~ I can tolerate them running and screaming through the house for about 3 hrs.
  2. My tolerance is not yet perfect ~ after about 3 hrs, I am forced to find them each separate jobs so that they will be quiet and stop running.
  3. Knitting is teaching me patience ~ I can wait almost forever when I have my knitting with me.
  4. My patience seems  conditional ~ if the kids are with me, or if I don’t have my knitting, my patience is apparently absent.
  5. Knitting has also taught me that time is relative ~ when knitting a sock, those first 8 inches seem to just fly by, but that last inch, though worked at the same pace, can take hours.
  6. There is no such thing as too much yarn ~ just trust me on this one. And don’t ask how much yarn I own.
  7. I love my extended family, and sometimes I love them more the further away they are from me.
  8. In some ways, I am a very old fashioned woman ~ I love cooking, canning, putting up food, making things “from scratch” as in not using mixes, taking care of my family (though the whole washing dishes by hand thing, it is for the birds)  and just in general being a homemaker.
  9. In other ways, I am very modern ~ I love my computer and internet, and I am not willing to give them, or my cell phone up. (mind you, cell phone is our only phone, we gave up a land line years ago)
  10. Knitting has taught me to plan ahead ~ it is easier to use up extra yarn than to find more of the same color and dye lot to finish a project.
  11. I have learned that beauty is relative ~ I have a red circular shawl pinned to one wall, I knitted the shawl, and dyed it myself, I am very proud of it and I thin it is beautiful, I have had people ask me why I have a huge doily on the wall.
  12. I have learned that by the age of 3 children can no longer hear the sound of their mother’s voice.
  13. A child who loves to read is a gift, though sometimes you may wish that she reads slower, so that it is easier to keep her in reading material.
  14. A child who doesn’t love to read, sometimes just hasn’t yet found something she enjoys reading.
  15. Time spent reading is never wasted. Trust me on this one, ignore the rest of my family.

Life goes on…..

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It has been a day so far.

I have worked on sorting out items from a co-op I have co-hosted, still waiting on shipping supplies. but we got some of it sorted. The girls helped, I would sit with a box and my spreadsheet, and tell them how many of what item to bring me, and I would pack it into the boxes. We will finish a soon as shipping supplies get here, both boxes and customs forms, because some of the participants are overseas with military.

We got a movie in today’s mail, it is 2 Fast 2 Furious, which I have not yet seen, mostly because it doesn’t have Vin Diesil in it and what is the point if there is no Vin? But #4 came out on DVD, and Hubster is being stubborn about watching #4 without having seen #’s 2 and 3… *sigh* men.  I am sure that once he gets home we will have a marathon, not only of these movies, but of all the things I have recorded over the last 3 weeks. He will want to catch up.

I have battled the laundry monster. He was threatening to eat my house again. I am always shocked at how much laundry a family of 5 can produce. I have more in the washer but it will have to wait until after 7 to get dry.

I mixed up pizza crust, I talked the girls into pizza pockets for dinner. I will make small(ish) circles of dough, add the toppings each child wants, then fold them up and bake. Great  personalized pizza meals. This way, I can make mine with mushrooms and far less sauce than the rest of the family likes, I swear they want so much sauce your toppings slide off. So we put together 4 pockets… 1 for each kid and 1 for mommy…

I have cleaned up some of the scattered mess that three kids always creates, but I am sure there will be more later.

Maybe after my house apes are in bed I can catch some TV and maybe do some knitting. I am not holding my breath.

silly child…

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This morning I decided it was time to go through my linen closet and sort out towels, placemats, sheets, etc. and put them in the proper stacks, not just where my kids have shoved them, so that we can locate the things I know should be in there. This took me about 20 minutes, as I had to refold several items. Then I moved on to the next job on my list, and did that..

And suddenly I realized that my 2yo is missing… he is WAY to silent to be behaving himself.. so I start looking, I knew he had headed down the hall, so I check the girls room, and his… then PLOP something fell out of the linen closet, it is a table cloth off the second shelf, so I open the cabinet… and there, curled in a ball on the second shelf, is my 2yo.. grinning like the monkey he is. So I pulled him out and told him that was not a play place, if he must crawl into a cabinet use the dirty clothes cabinet, (where he and the girls play regularly) cause there are no shelves in there for him to fall off of or break!

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