And I thought boys were bad...

All the dirt of boys, plus the attitude...

Friday, June 29, 2012

Things Not To Do

I told you about the schedule that my girls and I made for the summer a while back.  One of the fun activities that we are doing is bowling!  We have gone a few times now and are really enjoying it.  We are getting better with every game.

The first week we went, though, I decided it would be a good idea to use a ball that was too heavy for me.  Ok, it wasn't a conscious decision, but I guess I didn't think the poundage all the way through.  I hurt my back around the fourth frame of the first game and just kept on trucking through.  Seriously, not good.  Then, I went home and proceeded to try to continue my life as normal.  You know, as though I never hurt my back in the first place.  I would really like for this exercise in stupidity to not be in vain.  I'd like others to learn from my mistakes otherwise I'm just a dumbass who hurt herself bowling.  lol

Here is a list of things NOT to do after you hurt yourself bowling:

- CONTINUE BOWLING

- DISHES You would think this wouldn't be a problem, but really, standing in front of the sink is taxing on a hurt back.  Don't do it.

- MAKE SMOOTHIES see above

- HELP MAKE DINNER see above

- STAND UP just stay put

- SIT DOWN again, just stay put

- SWIMMING well, swimming was ok.  It was nice to be in the water, but getting out was bitch!  It's that whole thing where in the water everything is lighter, but as soon as you get out all the weight(no matter what you weigh), or gravity or whatever, comes rushing back.  Have you ever tried to carry someone out of the pool(you know, other than a baby)?  Like that.

- CLIMB STAIRS if you are like me and your bedroom is upstairs you may think you have no choice.  You're wrong.  Sleep on the couch. lol

- LAUNDRY yeah, bending over and picking up clothes or folding them or anything having to do with laundry is no bueno.  No bueno at all.

- THROW KIDS IN THE POOL yes, no matter how awesome your back feels in the water, no matter how light those children feel in the pool, do not throw them.  It will hurt later.

- MOVE A 125LB SMOKER yep, even if you buy it for a Fathers' Day gift, do not move it from the trunk to the garage.  Ask a neighbor for help or give it to him early.

Ok, so I may not be the best patient in the world.  I may not be the best at taking care of myself, but..................ya know what?...Yeah, I got nothing.  I hope you learned something from this...lol

Monday, June 25, 2012

Some Exciting News!!

So even though I absolutely love, love, love living in Texas, there are a few people who I really, really miss.  I miss my mom, who came to visit last December.  I miss my best friend, who may be coming to visit sometime in the next year.  And I miss my sister.

I've talked about having an ever expanding family due to the fact that my biological father liked to sleep around, and apparently could never find a condom when he needed one.  I'm not knocking him, I am actually super grateful that he was so freaking promiscuous!  It has given me 3 siblings that I would not have otherwise had.  What I haven't talked about, though, is the sister I have had all her life.  The one sibling who shares a mother with me.

I love my little sister.  We don't talk nearly as much as either one of us likes, but neither one of us is very good at the phone thing.  It's alright, though, because when we do talk we catch up on all the stuff in between.  I think we would be able to do that if we talked all the time.

Anyway, my exciting news that I want to share with you today, is that my little baby sister is coming to visit us in just a couple short weeks!!  She will be traveling the country and has found a couple days to spend with her nieces, brother-in-law, and big sis!!  I am so happy!!!  Seriously, she is pretty freaking cool and I think we are going to have a blast while she is here.

My girls are totally looking forward to seeing their auntie!!  They really miss her and have told me all the things they want to tell her when she gets here.  I hope my sister is ready for these girlies to talk her ear off and hug her till she can't breath anymore. =)

I will definitely let you know how the visit goes!  I think this might be the most awesome thing that will happen all summer!

Friday, June 22, 2012

Has It Really Been A Year?

This past week marked one year since moving to Texas.  On one hand I can't believe it's been that long and on the other, it feels like I've been here my whole life.

We moved because we wanted a better life for our kids.  We wanted a better life for ourselves.  We moved because it was a dream we had been talking about for years and we finally decided to make it a reality.

It's funny, I often hear, and have experienced, that once a dream becomes a reality it's not as good as had been hoped.  That is just not the case here.  Moving to Texas really has been everything I hoped it would be.  Maybe it's because this time I had realistic expectations, maybe it's because Texas really is perfect.  I don't know.  All I know is that I haven't regretted moving here once.

We have made a TON of amazing friends.  The girls are doing so much better in school and have made the kinds of friends we always wanted them to have.  This is not to say that there haven't been trials since we have been here.  There have.  My car broke and we had to spend an ungodly amount of money on the rental and fixing it.  We have had issues with the kids.  Miss A and her boy dramaCC and her attitude.  Hubby and I have had our arguments like we always do.  The point, though, is that we got through it all.  The point is that even with all of these issues, normal everyday issues, there has been a lot less stress than there was living in California.

That was a lot of my reason for moving.  Life there was just too stressful for me.  It was too fast.  I always had a place to be and a time to be there.  I always needed to be on the go.  I didn't like it.  I have been able to relax since being here.  I have found time to write again.  I have found time to do me again and I'm a better person for it.

I want to thank all the people who supported us moving and all the people we have met since being here.  You are all amazing and we couldn't have been this successful without you.

Monday, June 18, 2012

Happy Fathers' Day!

With Fathers' Day happening yesterday, I wanted to take some time to thank my wonderful husband for being an awesome dad!

Dear Husband,

I want to take this opportunity to tell you how much I appreciate you.  I want to thank you for all the things you do for us, but there is no way I could list them all.  Here is a starter list:

Thank you for:

getting up and doing your job everyday, even the days that you don't want to, for us
loving our kids even when they misbehave
giving me strength to push forward when I feel like I can't
standing by me through school
listening when I need it and holding me when I don't
giving me the break I need when I feel as though I am going to snap
being the strength our family needs
your amazing cooking skills that keep us not only fed, but happy
the knowledge you share with us everyday
coaching softball this year
always believing in me and our children and helping to do our best
making sure the oil gets changed in the car, cause you know if it was up to me it would break
seeing through our kids' lies when I fall for them
and everyday doing your best to be the best husband and father that you can be.

Like I said, this is not an exhaustive list.  It's just some of the things I can think of right now.  We really do appreciate you, babe.  I love you!

Happy Fathers' Day!!!

Friday, June 15, 2012

Slumber Parties

I absolutely love love love knowing other awesome moms!  I mean, a mom who is willing to have 5 little girls running around her house while entertaining them with make up, nails, a movie, pizza, and an ice cream bar...awesome!!

I had the pleasure of being a part of such a wonderful event!  One of CC's friend's moms invited not only CC, but 2 other girls from their class and Miss A to this awesome sleepover!  I was able to hang out with them and do some make up and nail polish on the girls.  =)  It's hard having other people's kids in your home, and especially hard having that many!

When she asked me to help, I was all for it!  I mean, I don't think I could handle having that many 6-7 year olds in my house for that long!  If another mom is willing to offer up her home and invite my kids?  I will absolutely help out!

Anyway, here are some pics of my girls at the party.





They had a great time!!  How is your summer going?

Monday, June 11, 2012

Personal Space Is Important

We have been spending a lot of time at the pool lately, what with it being practically summer and all.  I really just want to address something.  Well, first I want to brag a bit.

CC remembered that she knows how to swim!!  Yay!!  Seriously, we were at the pool the other day and she just started swimming again!  At the end of the past 2 summers she has known how to swim, but by the time the next summer rolls around, she has completely forgotten.  We spend the whole summer reminding her of what she learned before.  This summer it happened a lot sooner!  Yay!

Ok, now I want to point out something that I have mentioned before.  Kids and personal space.

See, we were hanging out at the pool and there were these two kids there, with their parents, who had obviously never been taught anything about personal space.  They were literally right on top of us whenever we were out of the pool.  It was really uncomfortable.  I think what made it worse was that they just stared at us.  They didn't say a word.

Finally, after trying to ignore them and hoping that their parents would call them away, I got tired of it.  I looked up at them and said, "Hi?"  The little boy said, "Hi." and promptly turned around and walked away.

Now, these were not toddlers.  They were both at least 6-7 years old.  That's plenty old enough to know that standing on top of someone you don't know is freaking rude.  Come on, parents!  Teach your kids about boundaries!

Friday, June 8, 2012

Walmart Madness

Yesterday was the worst experience I have ever had at Walmart!  I mean, don't get me wrong, I don't expect minimum wage employees with no benefits who hate their job to be happy-go-lucky customer service people.  I just don't expect to have to deal with what we had to deal with yesterday.

So, the normal happened.  We were walking around, getting our groceries and there were a handful of employees just generally in the way.  Makes sense.  That is a normal trip.  It was when we got to the register that things got stupid.

The cashier looked up at us when we came to the register and did her little, "how is your day going?" thing.  Nice, right?  For sure!  Except that that was the only time she talked to us during the entire transaction.  Not because she was quiet or because we were talking and not including her.  This was because she was too busy talking with a co-worker about the party they went to, and the boys in their lives, and Facebook.  Ugh.  Super rude.  THEN, one of them(the one who wasn't doing any kind of work) mentioned that she should probably get going because if a manager saw her they would both be in trouble.  Yay, right?  Nope.  The other one said something about how she could just say she was in line for the bank and had some questions about it and that's why they were talking.  "We have an alibi!  We got this all worked out!"  Ha!

Now, I may have been in an incredibly bitchy mood.  I'm not sure.  All I know is that when they started talking about how they were breaking the rules and how they were going to cover their asses, I just couldn't take it anymore.  I mean, I had my kids with me and we really just wanted to get out of there.  The whole conversation they were having was totally inappropriate and was slowing our checker down, A LOT.  Like, I was fixing her bagging mistakes.

Anyway, I went and found a manager.  She listened and promptly took action.  =D  Win.

See, what I realized after this was that there is an entire population in our country who is basically forced to shop at Walmart.  Walmart isn't going to lose those customers.  BUT there IS the rest of the country who has a choice of whether or not to shop there.  Stories like this make sure that those people make the choice to go elsewhere.

What was your worst customer service experience?

Monday, June 4, 2012

Summer Learning

I've had discussions with people over the years about summer vacation and what kids should be doing.  Some parents think that summer vacation should be all about being a kid and having fun, while others feel that their kids need to be continuing to learn. I am part of the latter group.

Yes, summer vacation is for having fun and being a kid.  Kids definitely need a break from school.  I did.  I still do.  I'm in college and I do not take summer classes.  Never have.  The problem, though is that kids forget a LOT over summer break.

I've heard that kids forget as much as 20% of what they learned from the previous year and I've heard that only 1 in 10 kids forgets stuff.  This article, from education.com, says that kids typically test one month lower when they return to school that when they left.

Whatever the amount of knowledge that they forget, the consensus seems to be that they do, in fact, forget at least some of what they learned the year before.  And why wouldn't they?  They spend the summer watching TV, or playing outside, or playing video games.  Don't get me wrong, those things are also good for them, in moderation.

The issue I see is that there are not very many parents that take the time to foster their kids' education over summer break.  I think it's because most parents think that they don't have enough time.  That it's too hard.  I've got news for you.  It's not.

First off, there's asking the teacher, before school is out, for a packet of the next grade's work.  Most teachers have NO problem giving kids work to do over the summer.  It doesn't have to be required and it doesn't have to be turned in.  It's just to keep their minds working over that 3 month break.  I'm not saying that you should have your kid spend hours everyday doing worksheets, just one worksheet a week is enough to stimulate their brains and keep the information up front in their heads.

Here are some links to Google searches I did for some summer work, you can add your child(ren)'s grade to the search to tailor it to your needs:

 Math worksheet for kids

English worksheets for kids

Science worksheets for kids

Social Studies worksheets for kids


Free online math games for kids

Also, don't forget about the summer reading programs going on across the country.  See the comments here for more info on summer reading programs.  They really are a great way to keep your child(ren)'s mind(s) stimulated AND they can usually win prizes!

Friday, June 1, 2012

Scheduling Summer

Summer vacation has been something I dread for the past couple years.  There is never enough to do to keep the kids busy or we didn't have the money to do anything so the kids were bored all the time.  We always had a pool, but where we lived in California, by the time it was warm enough to swim, there was a ton of wind and you were cold the second you got wet.  So, yeah, summer has not really been something I look forward to in the past.

This summer, though, I am pretty excited!  I used the ideas I listed in my Summer Activities For Kids post, which you should check out if you are still looking for things to do.  We are busy 3-4 days a week with fun, cheap/free activities!  I sat down with my girlies and we planned the whole summer.  They know what to expect each day and the calendar is posted on the fridge so we always know what we are doing next.

We have one weekday each week that is set aside for doing nothing or swimming.  The rest have morning plans which means the afternoon is open for swimming whenever we choose.

I found that the biggest issue with our summers was that we didn't have a plan.  Everyday we would wake up and be like, "what are we doing today?"  Sometimes we woke up too late to do any morning activities and then by the time the afternoon rolled around we got lazy, well I got lazy.  See, this schedule is as much for me as it is for them.

If I wake up in the morning with a plan I have no trouble following it.  If I wake up and don't have a plan I have a hard time getting my motivation up to do much of anything.  It's important to know your limits.  =)

Anyway, I'm interested in how you deal with summer vacation?  Do you plan out the summer or just take it day by day?