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.


Emily Foley said...

Both Dave and I had 5 siblings growing up so there's too many of us all over to get spoiled. My niece, the first grandchild, gets spoiled up the wazoo (as in my mom bought her a pottery barn crib when she had her baby kind of spoiled) and i find myself all jealous for my kids sake. So stupid. :)

Oh I wish we had a swim team here! It's the one "sport" my kids will do, swimming. Probably because it doesn't require clothes. Ha!

I've gotten rid of everything. I have no clothes! And I love it.

I am bummed for you about Maddy's school, and boy do I feel you on the middle school thing. Ugh.

Oh we're in the first week of summer and I'm really missing the free hours of school. I didn't really have free hours because of the baby but it was a LITTLE quieter and cleaner.

Always broke. We found a house in a neighborhood that we LOVE (right across the street from the bishop and another ward member that I love) over $100k less than other houses on the street because it hasn't been updated like the's just perfect. So I called a lender, because it's MY HOUSE, and we have to have a $40,000 down payment because of our short sale. And we lived with my parents for 3 1/2 years to save the down payment for our condo, which we lost when we had to do a short sale. In essence, we will never NEVER buy a house and I have cried off and on about it for two weeks now. It's devastating to be broke and know there's no end in sight. To live in a trailer in Gallup and know this is my life. It's awful. I try so hard to look on the bright side but I'm having a really hard time with it.

Why am I so honest with you? You bring it out in me somehow.

The lady at church. I can't even imagine having to face her each week. I'm so so sorry. I wouldn't overcome it. I would spit in her drink.

Noah is a sleepwalker and pees on everything. We caught him the other night trying to pee into the drawer of the TV stand in the playroom! It makes me laugh every time, but only if we catch him and get him to the bathroom first. Oh the stories we'll have to tell when he gets married...

luvnmy10 said...

I love this post. I might steal the idea next one I write. I like Emily's comments too, you're both so real and honest. You're awesome.

Kelly said...

Loved your blog post! I will have to call and give you a blow by blow. Can you post about your harry potter thing?