Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Good, Bad, Ugly, and a Farmhouse

Thought I'd pop on to say hello. I'm feeling sort of too scattered to write anything well thought out. So I think I'll steal an idea from one of my favorite blogs and do The Good, The Bad, the Ugly.

The Good

1. We had John's parents over for Memorial Day weekend. They spoiled the kids, and the kids are finally at the age where they realize it, which makes it awesome. Grandma bought Maddy and Grant both a toy from Toys'R'Us (elves lego set for M, nerf bow for G--that he promptly lost after shooting me in the eye) hahaha, good thing I wear glasses and they mostly deflected the arrow. Foam is way more dangerous than I originally thought. We also went to a ranch where you ride around in a wagon and feed animals off the side, including giraffes and asian water buffaloes. It was really cool! We watched lots of mystery t.v., ate some great food, and John's mom Jane and I had lots of long talks. It was excellent.

2. I've been proactive with having my preschool fella out of school for the summer. We've been doing Mom school (workbooks I found at the dollar store) and sticking to our chore chart. It adds some necessary structure without costing money or being too strenuous for me. I'm pretty terrible with routines, but my guy really thrives with them (it's a sensory processing thing). So I'm really trying for his sake to be better. I've noticed a great change in his attitude and defiance, so I think my preparation and work is paying off. Too bad I'm exhausted by the end of every day. Waah poor me, I know. :)

3. Swim team is going great. Maddy has gone from barely being able to go a few strokes without panicking and stopping to swimming more than half the length of the pool! I'm so glad we did it! She LOVES it. It's a lot of commitment for the parents, but it really is awesome for kids. I see now why swimming teams are such a big deal in the South (or maybe everywhere? I didn't really notice it much anywhere else I've ever lived?)

4. Just finished watching a season of Next Food Network Star on netflix. I really want to cook with liquid nitrogen now. I also really think that's a bad idea.

5. I went through my closet and got rid of a bunch of clothes that didn't fit/were stained/were maternity clothes. My closet looks really empty now. But it feels good. I am slowly but surely adding pieces back in as I can afford them. It's making me feel a lot better about myself. I know...what a shocker. I'm slow people.

The Bad

1. I'm not 100% thrilled with Maddy's school. I had such high hopes, and maybe that's why I'm less than thrilled? I don't think that's entirely it. I'm struggling to figure out whether I should give the charter school another year or just put her into public school. Our elementary school is great, but the middle school we are zoned for is pretty terrible. I wouldn't put her into that middle school, I would homeschool her if I couldn't get her into a middle school charter school that is excellent nearby. I'm leaning towards giving her current school another yet just because I hate to move her again. But I'm frustrated.

2. I'm missing my writing time that I had while Grant was in preschool. A lot. It was only two half days a week, but I cherished those hours like they were golden. I know I'm just supposed to love every single second that I have my kids because the time goes by so quickly. I know. But, listen folks, I think a lot of moms get their downtime by going to the gym or whatever. I have decided I would rather be chubby and be a writer. But unfortunately they don't have writer gyms where they watch your kids while you break a sweat over your latest plot line. So...that's a little tragic.

3. I'm broke. Pretty perpetually. You?

The Ugly

1. There's a lady I don't like at church, because she was cruel to me right to my face (not sure if that's better or worse than behind your back?). It wasn't just a misunderstanding (just in case you thought I might be jumping to conclusions or haven't talked to her about it). I'm working on overcoming it. But it's hard. Real hard. It's real life you know? I'm not perfect. She's not perfect. It's a work in progress. But it does hurt, doesn't it?

2. Somebody peed on the floor next to the toilet. I'm not naming names.....Grant.

and to end on a good note again, I'm pretty sure I need to start a regular "series" where I show you my latest farmhouse obsession that is on sale around here. Here's this week's lovely, complete with 7 acres and lots of outbuildings (and wallpaper up the wazoo!). Oh boy do I ever swoon over old houses.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

good things

Time for something a little bit lighter on this blog, wouldn't you say?

Man there has been enough bad news lately at our house. I've decided that what is needed is a fresh start. Funny how when you decide on something as arbitrary as a "fresh start" how much is actually helps your mindset. I decided it on Monday, and this week has been much easier for me to handle. Must be that whole idea of what you put out into the world comes back to you? I actually hope that's not true because that means that before now I was putting out the vibes that made our hot water heater and van and air conditioner break amongst other bad occurrences. That's bad juju.

Anyway, how about some things that are going well/that I'm enjoying/wishing for currently.

1. I still really like my phone case. Small and simple things count right?

2. My sister bought her first house! They've had such a long road to this day, and I'm SO happy for them.

view from their new backyard, isn't it beautiful??

3. I have accepted spinach as a necessary and even delicious part of my life. My body thanks me.

4. I am almost finished with the massive re-writing of the beginning of my book. That means that very soon I will be back to writing original content. I just may actually finish someday! (whether or not it's good or sellable is a whole other ball of wax).

5. Taylor Swift. I like her songs...just like everyone else.

6. Just discovered the plus sized clothes on this site. I already want about $759 worth of stuff. Most especially I am wanting a new dress for Maddy's baptism in July. I'm saving up.

7. My sister sent me some earrings from World Market to cheer me up this past week. Made my whole week.

8. This cleaner really works great in bathrooms.

9. I found this house and want to move in tomorrow. But seriously, I'm pretty sure those doors were painted yellow just for me! (and 16 acres!)

10. We've been doing this chore chart and it is working really well! (I had to add a few of my own chore cards that they didn't have, but it was worth it). I even bought the same pocket chart. That thing is amazing.

That's all I've got. What's been going on in your neck of the woods?