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I am a mother who works full-time but who is also a chauffer, chef, seamstress, fitness instructor, teacher, maid, gardener, runner, organization expert, salesperson, secretary and wife. I love my family and life is always busy but fun! Come along with me for the ride:-)

Thursday, May 26, 2011

3 Things Thursday

Improvement is the name of the game -- this week has been about improvement all the way. Better days at work, less stress, back on the health kick (clean eating & running), enjoying having nowhere to run after work every day. Life is good and destined to continue to improve.

Mother Nature is ticked -- I've heard this for the last two weeks. There is no Mother Nature - only our good Lord in Heaven above. The scientific reason is connected to increasing solar activity and the switch between La Nina conditions to El Nino conditions. How easily we forget from season to season that the weather is a cyclic phenomenon. We've had other years of bad hurricanes, bad tornadoes, bad flooding, etc. It's simply tornado time now. And as far as how bad they are - deaths, destruction - remember that ALL tornadoes cause death, devastation and destruction. Just some more than others. In today's world, we have media-hungry news reporting that provides more pictures, more sad stories, more detail - almost too much. They simply need to tell us what to do to help and what is happening with rescue efforts and cleanup. I do know this - the Lord is in control and it's so easy to blame him or forget that He's still there - always has been and always be. Pray, worship God, love your neighbor (even those three states away) - the ultimate goal is the same - HEAVEN where there will be no death, destruction and devastation. Only the best life that will last forever.

A New Beginning -- next week, the girls will begin staying at home. I have a found a wonderful babysitter (Chloe) who will come stay with them, minister to them and take them to activities. It will take a lot of my stress away. I have spent the last 9 months running......not just for exercise either. Running to schools each morning because the bus runs at 6:40 for a 7:30 school start time. Ridiculous!! Running to work and hoping that traffic is good - usually not. Running to get girls after work (again traffic). Running to activities. Running home to eat, do homework and get to bed - usually too late for a school night. Cassie is now a "tweenager" and so bored at daycare so this is an opportunity for her to mature as well. Personally I am tired of the drama daycare causes and I have become disappointed in several things at the daycare we have used for 6 years. Everything seems chaotic and the quality of after school workers is not what it used to be. Cassie gets blown off when she has a question instead of someone discussing issues and ministering to her and the other girls. Teachers yell at them and the entire class gets punished for things 1-2 children cause or do. There are also some new girls around Cassie's age that I don't really care for her to hang around. To quote Cassie herself - one girl is "inappropriate". Cassie actually told her she was (she's very frank) and the girls response to Cassie was "that is what boys like". Keep in mind that these girls are only eleven!!! Cassie and Bailee will both have afternoon activities in the fall. Cassie even has practices this summer so Chloe can take her. In the fall, she will be there when they get home, get homework done, sometimes get baths, and then take them to the gym. Then we can eat and get to bed without rushing all the time. That means Mommy gets to relax and go to bed at an earlier time too :-) We are all excited to have Chloe !

Friday, May 20, 2011

3 Things Thursday......A Few Days Late!

Whew what a week last week was. I would ask for a do-over but I think I'll just move on past it and it's already this week anyway :-)

1. Compliance - if you work in compliance in any form at your job, you get it ...... "exams / audits". Enough said about this one - but it will all be good in the end. Just a busy, chaotic, unorganized week - and I hate working in those conditions. I am already catching up this week.

2. Do I need to explain that I am an adult? - and therefore I have a right to my own opinion? Even if you don't agree with it? We are all different, from different backgrounds, from different beliefs, from different walks in our life. We were born that way and we will die that way. You can love people and you can like people without agreeing with their opinions, their way of life, or their beliefs. The inevitable lack of personal communication that abounds today because of social media needlessly causes hurt feelings, misdirected anger, and utter confusion. One day, friends won't talk to friends and children REALLY won't know how to have a conversation...except when pushing buttons on a computer. It's already happening. "Friends" are blocking friends, people are making "underhanded" comments to get a point across that they are too chicken to say to someone's face, children and parent don't talk - REALLY talk. Cashiers have gotten angry with me in stores - I stop unpacking my buggy and pointedly have told a few that when they stop texting and start checking me out, I'll continue. I'm not rude - just firm. I've gotten dirty looks but I have gotten my point across. Speaking up no longer embarrasses me.

3. Schools out!! - and it's time to relax and enjoy our brief summer break. I hope that each of you has time to go on a vacation with your families. Even if it's just for the weekend. Our lives are so stressful today with work, activities, family issues, and school. It is so easy to get stuck in a rut and forget to relax.

Thursday, May 12, 2011

3 Things Thursday

1. MCT2 Disease -- It's that time of year again - when teachers stop teaching and start talking about MCT2 until parents & kids everywhere want to scream. You'd think I'd be okay with it since I don't like one of our teachers this year, but they literally stop teaching for the first two weeks of May. My kids have been mentally & physically exhausted every day. Thankfully today is the last day!!

2. Exhausted Until Sick -- My children rarely get sick but this week between whatever is blooming and the exhaustion referred to in #1, Bailee is sick. She sounds like she's drowning in snot - no better way to describe it. No strep thankfully but had to miss her last MCT2 test today to go to doctor with 101 degree fever. NO shot either and will more than likely be back at school tomorrow to take the makeup MCT2 for mat. We are hanging together today :-)

Nothing New -- on the running front that is. With all the school things going on, cheer and ballet - I have only been able to run two days a week. I have not lost any speed or endurance but have not moved forward either. Looking forward to May 23 when school is out and to May 30th when our lives will be changing for the better. My stress level will drop significantly too because of both the positive changes and because I can run 3-4 days a week. Now if I can just get the MS DOT to do construction on I-20 at night so the idiots who won't slow down will stop having wrecks and causing traffic issues every day..........

Thursday, May 5, 2011

3 Things Thursday

Maybe I should say six or nine things.....it's been a couple of weeks since I've posted this on Thursday. Been busy as is everyone with the school year ending and routines being adjusted for the coming 2.5 months.

1. Easter, Pageants & Technical Issues -- those are the reasons I haven't posted lately. Haven't even read a book to blog about but I have a couple to review soon. We stayed home for Easter - it was nice to just relax and chill at our house with the girls. Cassie was recently in the Miss Brandon day pageant. She didn't place but I was so proud of how poised she was. It amazes me how vastly different "puberty" adjustments occur from girl to girl. To me - Cassie has grown so much but beside the 12 year olds who placed, she looked seven. Something to be said about 4 more inches in height and body parts I guess. It was amusing. The young lady who won in the 7-9 year old category was more "growny" than Cassie and was taller by inches!! I will post pictures soon. Our computer has been messed up - final diagnosis....mother board fried. Not fun.

2. Usama or Osama....whatever ! -- No matter what Obama wants the media to call him - he's gone. An evil man is gone and I'm sure he's where God intends him to be. Unfortunately - terrorism is NOT gone and that's something people need to remember. It's here and it's everywhere. The world is evil and it makes me so scared and sad to wonder what type of world my girls are going to grow up in - unless Jesus decides to return as the Bible promises.

3. Mother's Day -- is THIS Sunday. Yes that's right for you folks who may have forgotten. May 8th is Mother's Day. Many people have issues and conflicts with their mothers. If you're one of those people -- my advice is to overlook them for this ONE day & reflect on the good qualities in your mother. She is your mother and she's the only one you'll ever have. My mother died unexpectedly 21 years ago when she was only 5.5 years older than I am now (that really makes you think about mortality). She never got to meet or see her beautiful granddaughters and handsome grandson. Around Mother's Day I always wonder what type of grandmother she would have been.....reserved, thoughtful & quiet; lively, entertaining & "fun"; it really doesn't matter because she's not here. But I do know that she would have been like other grandmothers----loving, forgiving, GIVING (even sneaking to when moms & dads disagree), full of hugs, kisses, etc. As it is - I am SO very thankful that I have a wonderful stepmother, Connie, who is all of those things to my girls and her other 16 grandchildren.

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