Archive for October, 2007

Time Management

Time management seems to be an issue for me.  Like this morning, I got up at my normal 5:30(ish) and began the day.  By 7:00, I should have been getting up the children and preparing for the day, but I was still at the computer.  Do not get me wrong, I had showered, eaten breakfast and had my quiet time….but then, I had a need to check my blogs.  It is a sickness really.  By 7:15, I realized I really needed to hurry so I promised to return later and went to wake up the kids.  We finally got stirring but no one was in a tremendous hurry and so breakfast and eating did not begin until 8:00, when we should be starting school.  We then had to do Morning musts to which I added (or changed) making beds to stripping beds so we could wash sheets.  I KNOW better to do this on a Monday, but at the time it seemed so necessary.  Stripping sheets always requires the building of an elaborate fort on the boys’ bunk bed which made us even later but by this time I had come down just to look at a couple more blogs and got wrapped up in the Fall bloggy give-aways, which I really appreciate, especially because I am entering like crazy and yet not giving away anything myself, but I may have gotten a little distracted.  By 9:15 when we still had not begun school, I realized what I really need to win is a life coach or a time management consultant.  Is anyone giving one of those away?  Because not only were we starting school 1 1/2 hours late, we had dance, I had to go to the grocery store, I needed to make a good lunch because we would be running around at supper.  All three kids needed a special snack for tutorial tomorrow AND I was supposed to make a snack for a teacher snack room.  Mondays are also my biggest laundry day, ironing day and I chose to strip EVERY bed in the house and wash sheets?  A good time manager would not do this.  I NEED HELP!!!!

On the same note, I was running frantically around the house by mid-morning, math was not going at all well with Football boy and everything was falling amazingly behind.  I asked my sweet baseball boy if he would help me by taking the laundry from the dryer up to my bedroom for me.  He said sure and then offered to take the laundry from the washing machine and put it in the dryer.  This is soooooo out of character for the ornery little fellow so I of course bragged about how sweet that was and told  him if he thought he could reach, I would really appreciate the help.  He merrily went to work and the following conversation took place:

Baseball boy (B.B.)-“Momma, clothes are really heavy when you take them out of the wash!”

Me (from the kitchen)-“That is because they are wet, it is okay!”

B.B.-“Wow, this is  hard!”

Me-“I really appreciate you, you are doing a great job!”  (I really cannot see anything he is doing!)

B.B.-“Momma, look how wet I am from the clothes!”  (B.B. walks out of the laundry room DRENCHED! to which I suddenly clue in that something may not be quite right).

Me-“B.B., was the washing machine through running when you took the clothes out?”

B.B.-“Yes!”

Me-“You mean you got that wet just moving the clothes?” (moving toward laundry room to check things out for myself).

B.B.-“Yes, I have to go finish now!” (happily returning to  his self appointed task).

I then walk into the laundry room to find that, indeed, the washing machine was mid-cycle and the tub completely full of water, as was my laundry room floor and the dryer now full of soaking wet sheets sitting two or three inches of water!  What can you do but laugh.  He was so cute, and so sincere in his efforts to help but to add to my mounting time management problems, I now had to unflood our laundry room.  God bless the children! 

Anyway, I have a mountain of ironing and a filthy kitchen that must be taken care of before I go to bed.  If I hurry, maybe I can even enter a few more give aways!  🙂  So I must say goodnight, if you have any words of wisdom for me, or if you know a good time manager that needs a good pro bono case, let me know!

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As promised, I wanted to tell of our adventures at Camp Bluebird.  Camp Bluebird is a camp for adult cancer patients to come and be “pampered” for a couple of days.  The TelecomPioneers help sponsor the event and since Tigerfan is the local president this year, he has begun attending as a counselor.  This was his third trip and I think he likes it more every time.  He wanted me to go this time but with homeschooling, teaching at the tutorial and being 31 weeks pregnant I felt this was maybe not the best time and so we decided to just go visit on Wednesday night.  This year was the twentieth year of the camp and so it was all about remembering.  Each camp, Wednesday night entertainment is reserved for campers (and counselors) to do skits, readings, etc.  Tigerfan came home last time telling how much fun it was, so that is when we chose to go.  And indeed it was fun!  We ate supper with the campers (It was supposed to be a cookout, but several days of non-stop rain drove them inside!)  Then we headed up for the entertainment.  The kids enjoyed it so much and many of the people there later told Tigerfan how much they enjoyed watching the kids get so tickled with all the silliness.  The only bad part of the evening was that the skits did not end until about 9:30 and we had and hour drive home and tutorial Thursday morning!  After the skits, the kids got to help draw names for door prizes so they felt really big!  It was a really great experience and all the campers Told Tigerfan how much they enjoyed having his family there so maybe this will become a bi-annual event for us!

On a completely unrelated note:

I thought I was getting okay at this whole blogging thing until last night when I got on the computer to type my blog and realized that the blog I typed two or three days ago I had never even published.  I went ahead and published it last night–I wonder if this is an indication of the brain cells I have already lost or those that I am destined to lose in the next year as we learn to adjust to baby #4.  I realized with great fear and trepidation yesterday as my nurse measured my belly at 32 weeks that that is just 3 weeks before dancer girl decided to join us in the world.  That is a scary thought, because we are not ready!  I know these injections are supposed to prevent that, but it is still a little unsettling to know how soon it could potentially be.  I guess we should get prepared.

On a third and final unrelated note:

In case anyone is wondering, last night I solved the age old mystery of whether or not it is possible to overdose on peanut M&M’s.  The answer is an astounding YES, yes it is.  And people, it is not pleasant.  I am telling you this as a friendly and loving warning.  When you feel you have had enough, even if there are a few left in the bag, STOP EATING!  I know what you are thinking, how much harm can one more handful do?  It is such a waste to put those tiny few M&M’s back in the cabinet.  It will just make you mad the next time you try to eat them because there is really not enough to satisfy a full blown chocolate craving.  I have used all these rationalizations myself, unfortunately, I used them all last night and while they seem so rational, they just are not true.  It can harm you, friends!  Aside from the extra poundage around the waste, it can be a cruel and awful experience.  Without going into any gory details, let me just say, I slept sat in our green recliner last night.  That was after about two hours of sheer torture lying in bed revisiting those last handfuls over and over and over.  I never thought I would utter these words, but I have absolutely no desire to eat another peanut M&M until at least next Thursday night!  Please, take my advice and be responsible with your M&M consumption.  Someday, you will thank me for this warning–it comes with the wisdom of experience!

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See You Tomorrow

It is almost 11:30 p.m. and the kids and I just got in from visiting Daddy at Camp Bluebird.  I will try to tell you all about it but right now I am ready to call it a night.  5:30 comes early in the morning and I am worn out!  Have a great night and I hope to see you tomorrow!

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Halloween Fashion Faux Pax OR Pizza de Resistance

I have been reading several blogs lately with people discussing Halloween.  Whether they celebrate, party ideas, costumes, etc.  We have never been huge Halloween people.  We usually attend our church’s Fall Fun Fest and the most exciting part, for me is all the bags of chocolate that go on sale for about $1.88 a bag OR if you hit the stores the day after, for next to nothing.  It really doesn’t matter that the children have enough candy to feed a small country.  A bargain on chocolate is not to be taken lightly!

Anyway, my thoughts have gone back to Football boy’s first Halloween.  It is probably the first time Tigerfan and I even thought much about the day because when we first married we lived in an apartment complex with few children, I taught in a Christian School that did not acknowledge the day and really the day just passed by.  By the time Football boy was born, we had moved to Louisiana and I was teaching at a Catholic school.  One of their biggest fund-raisers was the annual Halloween Carnival and it was a BIG DEAL!  One of the events was a costume contest that the teachers were required to participate in.  I had not dressed up since probably Junior High School and was quite intimidated at the thought of having to find a costume and then be judged in it.  My sister in law, however, came to the rescue.  It seemed a girl she worked with had a big party every year and had tons of costumes.  She said I could borrow one and sent a list of possibilities home with my SIL one day.  I do not even remember the other choices but for some reason I chose to go as a piece of pizza.  It seemed like such a creative, unusual costume at the time.  In hindsight, I can now see the foolishness of choosing such a costume sight unseen, but at the time it seemed like a fun idea.

Carnival day rolled around and my SIL brought home the costume and suddenly a thousand “should haves” entered into my mind.  How do you picture a piece of pizza costume?  I do not know what exactly I expected, but this was not it!  I really do not know what I wore on bottom, probably some “tan” leggings representing crust.  The rest of the costume consisted of an off-white turtleneck with a red sweatshirt over it.  On front of the sweatshirt was a giant piece of pizza.  Think back to the style of cutting out fabric, glueing it onto a shirt and then outlining in glitterpaint.  That, my friends, is what I was wearing.  To top it off, it was accesorized by a lovely necklace strung with little plastic peppers, onions, and right in the center like a pendant was a full size pizza cutter.  I know, you think it couldn’t get worse BUT on my head, I actually wore a real Papa John’s Pizza box with a hole cut out of the bottom so it would sit on my head and an elastic band under my chin so I wouldn’t lose the “crowning” piece!  I knew as soon as I saw this ensemble that it was not the winning costume, but what choice did I have.  I was required to participate and I had no other options.  So I donned the outfit and made my way to my humiliation.  That night, I was met with a lot of strange looks.  I never heard, “Wow, what a great costume!” or, “I never thought to dress like a piece of pizza!”  No, what I heard the most was, “Are you a pizza delivery man?”  Strangely, I was beat out of first, second, or third place.  I think the winning costume was a catwoman costume that was surely rented from the local costume shop.  I still think it is wrong–surely I should have at least received the “willing to completely humiliate herself in front of a large crowd vote”.  Well, my days of dressing up ended with that job.  The following years I think I went as a jeannie (yes, I actually showed my midriff!  Yet another moment I am incredibly proud of!), a doctor, and maybe a baseball player.  As you can see, the appeal of dressing yourself from your available wardrobe finally began to sink in towards the end.  I know longer have the need or the desire to dress up for Halloween.  Truly, I am a little of a humbug about it.  I keep trying to convince my boys that dressing up is way overrated (translated: expensive) and you get just as much candy either way.  I can’t take away their fun, though, so I guess with baby #4 coming we will be adorning ourselves for many more years to come.

We will, however, probably stay away from food related themes.

What about you?  Any costume disasters you would like to share?

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No More Braces!

Our exciting news of the day…Football boy got his braces off!  He was soooo excited.  He has a retainer on the top teeth and only has to wear his lip bumper at night.  Far more importantly, however (at least to a ten year old) is that he now has permission from the dentist to chew sugarless gum again!  Oh, the excitement.  He wanted to go immediately to Walmart and buy a pack of gun but his mean mother thought it was more important to go home and get some school done (she really is an unreasonable and difficult woman).  Not to fear, Tigerfan had some in a stash that he allowed Football boy to break into so all was not lost and we managed to make it through an entire school day with no emotional breakdowns (from him or me!) which lately is quite impressive.  Other than being incredibly busy, we had a pretty uneventful day.  It is late and 5:30 a.m. comes early, so that is about as deep, humorous, or interesting as I can manage tonight!  Maybe we’ll talk tomorrow!

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Weekend Wrap-up

Okay, the weekend at a glance:

Friday night:  Nana and Papaw came over to stay with us while they got new flooring laid in their house.  The kids enjoyed visiting and went on to bed pretty early because they wanted to watch a movie in bed and because we had to get up early for Pioneer Day on Sat.  Once the kiddos got settled, the grown ups watched “We Are Marshall”  Nana had rented it for us to watch and we LOVED it!  In fact Tigerfan has assigned Nana the task of finding him a Marshall T-shirt when she goes to West Virginia this weekend.

Saturday, Tigerfan got up with the roosters and headed to the state park where they were setting up Pioneer Day.  Pioneers (for those who do not know) are the telecommunication charity group.  Tigerfan happens to be the local president this year and this was a way to try to encourage telecom families to join the Pioneers and help with some of their activities.  It was really different for the Pioneers because instead of raising money for other groups it was really a day for Pioneers and their families and potential pioneers.  They had a hopper, face painting, pumpking painting, a cookout, etc. 

We left a couple hours after Tigerfan and stopped off at Mrs. Winner’s for a cinnamon roll on the way.  We hadn’t been there since Fall Ball started and were starting to go into withdrawal.  We got to the park about 10:00 and the kids played NON-STOP until about 3:00.  They had a blast!  Out boys’ favorite thing was Mexican Bingo.  It was like regular Bingo but instead of letters and numbers they had pictures and Spanish Words and little dollar store prizes–but that is all it took.  They brought home two stuffed bears, a huge bag of candy, a best mom candle and a $5.00 Walmart gift card.  They also brought home two bags of candy as prizes for bobbing for apples.  Needless to say, the Pioneers have given a charitable donation to our dentist as well! 

When we got the kids bathed and in bed Saturday night, we sat down to the other movie Nana rented: “Premonition” with Sandra Bullock.  I really like her and I really like suspense but this will not be on my favorites list.  It was really strange and really stressful and I am still not sure about that ending.  If you have seen it and loved it, maybe you can enlighten me about it, until then I will probably not be recommending it to the masses!

Today has been a lovely, peaceful day of rest!  Nana and Papaw’s floor is finished and they get to sleep in their own bed tonight.  I cannot wait to see the finished product!  I am so glad we had a nice weekend because this week is going to be crazy!  Football boy gets his braces off tomorrow!  Yeah!  We have dance and Upward Evaluations tomorrow night, Upward Evaluations Tuesday night, we will probably go to Camp Bluebird with Daddy Wednesday night, we have a fundraising banquet for the Christian School I used to teach at Thursday night, we start a new P.E. class on Tuesday and I get a haircut Friday and somewhere in between all that we have to actually do school!  It is amazing to me how other families do it.  Our children are really involved in very little and I am very careful about the outside activities we commit to and I feel like we run from place to place all the time.  I am totally amazed and perplexed at “normal” people who go to school, have homework and are going from activity to activity all the time–I am tired just thinking about it.  Or maybe I am just tired!  Anyway, that is our weekend at a glance, hope you had a great one and can look forward to a great week!

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My Man

Okay, I am going to try this one more time.  I saw this on The Mother Load and thought it would be fun and a good way for you to get to know a little about my Tigerfan.

The Man Meme

1. Who is your man? Tigerfan. Who just happens to be a HUGE LSU fan!

2. How long have you been together? We celebrated our 12th wedding anniversary in June.

3. How long did you date? About 1 year

4. How old is your man? He will “celebrate” the big 4-0 in January.

5. Who eats more? Tigerfan is the bigger eater, especially if the food is spicy or has lots of peppers.  The only thing I can probably out eat him in is chocolate!

6. Who said “I love you” first? Tigerfan.  I think it was during one of our late night discussions sitting in his Explorer in the driveway of the house I was nannying at.

7. Who is taller? Tigerfan at about 5″11′ to my 5’6″.

8. Who sings better? That is a toss up.  I sang in high school and church choir for years and even sang a few solos in my life.  Tigerfan sang in the church choir and overall probably has the greater overall musical ability.

9. Who is smarter? Depends on the subject.  I got the Language Arts-type knowledge and definitely the household knowledge, but he has got it all over me in mathematics and technological subjects.

10. Whose temper is worse? Before children, I would have said definitely him but being home all day long every day with our three little “angels” does not always bring out the best in me, if you catch my drift!

11. Who does the laundry? Me, however Tigerfan can do it and is probably better at it than me (due to extreme OCD tendencies) but I am the one home all day and I feel guilty if he comes home and feels like he needs to do laundry.  The kids also help me out a lot.  They bring their laundry down every MWF and sort it, check pockets and help me get it going.

12. Who takes out the trash? I frequently empty it and take it outside, although he does some.  He takes it to the dump once a week. On Friday morning.  Like clockwork.  Because that is what my sweet man does.

13. Who sleeps on the right hand side of the bed? While this question doen’t seem complicated, it is to me.  Does that mean when you are in the bed or looking at it?  From Looking at the bed, Tigerfan sleeps on the right side at our house, but if we are gone somewhere it totally depends on the bed placement in the room–what side is closest to the phone, the door, the bathroom, etc. 

14. Who pays the bills? He does.  This would be part of the OCD tendencies.  He needs to know what we owe, when we owe it and just the right time to pay it.  If he were to ever die, I would not even know where to find the bills–pitiful, huh!

15. Who is better with the computer? Tigerfan.  I have a very elementary knowledge of computers.  I can get on the internet and my blog, check email, and type in word but I am famous for saving my documents on the windows screen or in some other weird place and then Tigerfan has to come fix it all for me.

16. Who mows the lawn? Tigerfan and recently football boy has begun to help.  We live on almost three acres so it is a long job and Tigerfan is freakishly mildly obsessive about it.  He mows a perimeter aroound the area that Football boy is allowed to mow and he does the rest.  Sometimes he claims he wishes I would help, but the truth is, he would go back and do it over again so I do not even try!

17. Who cooks dinner? Me. Tigerfan claims he doesn’t know how.  I know this cannot be entirely true because he did survive living on his own for awhile and I have heard some of the things he at least attempted, however the kitchen is definitely my domain.  Unless we grill.  I have never even lit a grill before.  I wouldn’t have a clue about how to cook anything on it.

18. Who drives when you are together? Tigerfan ALWAYS drives if we are together.  (Unless he has just had a vasectomy, I think I drove twice during his recent recovery period)  I am not sure if it is a control issue or if I just scare him but in 13 years of driving back and forth to Louisiana and two 3-day trips out west (3 days each way, actually) I think he has allowed me to drive once because he had been hunting the whole weekend and was tired.  I drove for about 1 hour.  I truly do not think I could even drive to the town in Louisiana that we once lived in from where we live now!

19. Who pays when you go out? If we are eating, he does.  If we are shopping it is probably just a matter of who gets there first or who is not preoccupied with children.

20. Who is most stubborn? TIGERFAN, hands down, no question.  Again, there may be some control issues there. (I love you, honey! 🙂 )

21. Who is the first to admit when they are wrong? Neither of us are particularly good at this.  I would say probably me but that isn’t to say I do it often enough only that he rarely thinks he is wrong so he probably would not see a need to admit it. (I really do love you, honey!)

22. Whose parents do you see the most? His.  They live about 10 minutes away and are, in fact staying at our house tonight while they are getting new tile floors in theirs.  Mine live about three days away so we only see them a couple of times a year.  But boy do we have fun when we do!

23. Who kissed who first? Tigerfan kissed me–please, I am a traditionalist!

24. Who asked who out? Tigerfan asked me out.  I think because his parents put him up to it!

25. Who proposed? Tigerfan.  He was sooo sweet and soooo nervous!

26. Who is more sensitive? Definitely me!  I cry at the drop of the hat and worry about everyone’s feelings all the time.

27. Who has more friends? Probably him. He is much more outgoing than I am.  He will talk to anyone about anything.  I am much more introverted than him.   

28. Who has more siblings? Me.  I have two sisters and a brother who isn’t really a brother but we considered him a brother growing up. (Got that?)  Tigerfan has one sister.

29. Who wears the pants in the family? Tigerfan!  Hands down! 

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