Friday, May 20, 2016

Quote of the Week

At pick-up yesterday, Stinky gets into the car and says, "Mommy, I want to be the kind of student my school can be proud of." *Mic drop*

He'll never fully understand how proud he made me in that moment. Especially after having to meet with his teacher earlier in the week about him being mischievous in class. Please Lord, hear his prayer.

Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. Psalm 37:4

Friday, May 13, 2016

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Morning Rush

Mornings at our house are always hectic. You would think since the kids are eight and six, they would revel in a little independence in getting themselves dressed and ready for the day. Not so. So I decided to come up with a little list they can't help but notice as they wake up and steer them as to what to do next.

It reads:
  • potty
  • breakfast
  • get dressed
  • brush teeth
  • comb hair
The idea is that they can somewhat direct themselves through each step at a hopefully reasonable pace instead of absentmindedly laying on the sofa between tasks waiting for me to tell them what to do next.
We'll see how it goes.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Mother's Day

Since becoming a Mom eight years, we've celebrated Mother's Day in much the same way: Sunday service, lunch at a restaurant then a little sightseeing / window shopping. Because we've been in a whirlwind of travel and extra-curricular activities for the last few months, I thought this year we'd try something different and stay in.

The DH got up with the dog at 6 and the kids sometime after that to let me sleep in. At 8:45, amidst the deepest sleep, they barged in with breakfast-in-bed and cards and presents. I was especially excited to see Blinky's homemade card that she made me wait four days to see. Then we called the grandma's to wish them a Happy Mother's Day and lounged on the sofa to watch a movie.

Sometime after 11 I meandered into the kitchen to start cooking. Since we'd had Bahamian food the week before in Atlanta, I still had a craving for it and decided to go big or go home. I made kidney beans and rice, jerk chicken, corn on the cob and spinach salad. It was so yummy and I didn't even have to fight with the kids to eat it or mash their beans. Score!

After lunch, there was a blur of baseball in the backyard, the obligatory laundry piles, an episode of the Amazing Race and a shower. I felt more rested than I have in years. It was divine and just what this tired, achy body needed.
Later, while browsing blogs, I came across this sentimental post from Dixie Delights, which I could not have written more eloquently:
"Speaking of regrets, I was thinking this morning in the shower how I have lots of regrets on things I’ve spent money on … that dress that never fit right, the shoes that hurt my feet, the expensive bag I never use, the piece of furniture that wasn’t my style, the fabric that didn’t lay right, and the list goes on and on and on.   But, you know, I have never once ever regretted the trips, the outrageously over priced frozen yogurt with all the toppings, staying up late to make an entire breakfast… from a fake ELF, the rollercoaster rides, ice cream dates, late night movie nights or after-school forget-the-homework lets-play-Clue days.  I don’t regret essentially committing career suicide by taking a part time position that has been tenuous at best for the last decade AFTER working tirelessly for years to get the engineering degree and working my way up to the job.  I don’t regret choosing the smaller, older, less expensive home in a neighborhood with a good public school.   I don’t regret buying a used car and driving it in the ground … three times in my lifetime.  And, most of all, I don’t regret the quality time, the family time, the adventures and the memories."
I too have an advanced degree but choose to work part-time to better raise our little ones. The DH and I also buy used cars and live in a smaller, less expensive home to make the vacations possible. While I forget to decorate or somehow commemorate every holiday, I make sure to make a big deal out of birthdays, academic achievements and even being nice to each other. Life is not always easy, and I am far from perfect but I wouldn't change a thing.
Happy Mother's Day to all of you! It was certainly a happy day for me.

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Did someone say competition???

The kids have a recycling competition going on a school. The 3 classes which bring in the most recyclables, win ice cream parties. The kids are stoked about winning ice cream. They had me at competition.

I have enlisted all of my co-workers, friends, their friends and neighbors. For the last 10 days, my car and underneath my desk at work has looked like this:

The deadline is tomorrow morning at 8. Can't wait for the results!

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Quote of the Week
Me:          "Blinky, you look so grown up. You're not my baby anymore."
Blinky:    "Mom, you've got to let that baby stuff go."
Me:           [Trying to keep it together.] "At least promise you'll never leave me."
Blinky:     "Mom, you know I have to go to college. If I don't go to college, I won't get a
                 good education."
Me:          [Internal sobbing] "Ok. Let's get to church."

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Laser Tag Combat Party

For Stinky's 8th birthday, we hosted a laser tag combat party. It was two hours of adrenaline pumping fun! So, what went into planning?

Typically I start with the location for the party. We decided on The Battlefield. Its a bit pricey, but it was great fun for kids and grown ups alike. (Not to mention a week's worth of working out!!!) The Battlefield is equipped with two non-operational helicopters that serve as home base (and awesome picture backdrops), a sniper's nest, dug outs, etc. It's a little boy's dream. Here are a few of The Battlefield's shots for clarity.

Next comes the cake. I found this one on Pinterest:

I had my cake lady swap the fondant helicopter with one of Stinky's actual toys (mostly to save money but also because it matched the helicopters on the field) and she came up with this:

I love her!
Then onto invites. I'm not the most creative invite person so I find one I like then recreate it. Again, Pinterest proved to be a valuable resource.
My version:
In the snack area, the décor was simple: a few army men and helmets I scored at Dollar Tree.
After several scares, the weather cooperated and we had a great time. Stinky couldn't be more thrilled with how everything turned out. I even had a few Dads tell me "BEST PARTY EVER!" on their way out. Total score! Even the DH, who is normally a low-key birthday guy wants one in the fall, but at night. Be sure to keep an eye out for that post. Should be epic!