Wednesday, January 08, 2014

Sorry! I just have to vent.

When it rains it pours!

I stopped blogging because honestly I didn't have anything good to say and I didn't want to be complaining everyday.

Seriously, I'm stressed.  One bad thing after another keeps happening.

You know when your glass gets so full, that when that next drop comes down, no matter how small it is it still overflows.  Yep that's my life at the present moment.  Except there is a huge puddle under that very full glass.

Todays issue was quite small but just frustrated me to no end.

Tonight is Chick Fil A night.  It's a big deal at our house.  We don't like to miss our CFA night. The whole family can eat pretty cheap on Tuesday nights. The kids had play practice tonight, so we ran out the door, giving us just enough time to go through CFA drive-thru, get our Tuesday night deal and get them to practice.  First, the car doors wouldn't open.  They were frozen shut.  We got 2 of the doors open, but had to figure out how to close the ones that wouldn't open that opened just enough to make the lights go on and the little indicator thingie say a door was open. Then the car wouldn't start. I had to get a neighbor to help.  The hoods of both cars were frozen or being difficult to open. We finally got both open to find that the jumping cables were too short.  We had to push my car out into the street so that he could get his car closer. We got it, halleluiah! We get to CFA wait in a terribly long drive thru line and then they tell me they no longer do the kid's night deal.  They stopped at the beginning of the year. I didn't have time to go elsewhere and I was already stuck in the line and everyone was hungry, so I ordered my very expensive meals.  I got up to the window and the guy asked me how I was doing.  I just told him I was frustrated and asked when they stopped doing the deal.  He told me and then said, "We aren't the first and won't be the last either." I could have done without that comment, but I smiled and took my food and drove off.  Then there were no sauces and no ketchup in my bags.  I didn't have time to turn around but I was quite angry!

Then the rehearsal schedule changed for tomorrow. Problem with that is that I arranged transportation for my kids because I needed to be home.  Well the person who was going to take my kids, her kids are not called tomorrow. Now I'm stuck at 1:30 AM not knowing what to do and not being able to call anyone.

OK...sorry I had to vent!

I better go do the dishes so I can go to bed.

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Christmas party and my massive Buuuuuuuuuuuuuurp

Today's photo prompt from iHeartFaces is Star.  And today's photo assignment from Shimelle is to take a photo and antique it. So I combined the two.
Original photo:

Antique 1:

Antique 2: (might be my favorite antique photo)

and Antique 3:

I don't typically like to make things look antiqued.  However, I did have fun playing with different textures.


Last night was bizarre! In the middle of the night I jumped out of bed, taking off my cpap mask but not bothering to turn it off. I ran to the bathroom.  Greg asked, "Are you ok?"  I said, "I think I'm going to throw up."  I made it to the bathroom. I opened my mouth assuming stuff would come spewing out.  However, what came out was the most outrageous, longest sounding, deep guttural burp that I have ever heard in my life! It went on and on and on! Now to most that is disgusting! (Sorry!) But I couldn't help but get tickled over it. I certainly felt better once it was out.  I have to say I went back to bed with a big smile on my face wishing that Mason could have heard it. He is the burping master in our house. Seriously, he can burp words!  Anyway, in the morning I was telling the kids about my massive burp and what seemed like it had to have been a whole minute. Ashley asked me how many seconds it was. So I asked Greg. I was disappointed when he told me it was probably 8 seconds. Surely it HAD to be longer than that! He did say it was impressive though. :)

Tonight the kids had a Christmas party with church friends.  I remembered in time that they had to be there at 5:00.  They were first going to Walmart to shop for Youth Encouragement Services, so it was important to get them there in time.  They have been collecting money several Sunday's to get toys and clothes for people who are in need.  So on our way there I remembered and said out loud, "Oh boys need to bring a 2-liter".  "Wait, I HAVE 2-liters in the car!"  Then I said, "And girls need to bring a dessert, what are we going to do about a dessert?" I reached over in the passenger seat.  Last Friday we made gingerbread houses in my kindergarten class. I pulled out an unopened tub of Christmas gumdrops.  I said, "This is a crummy dessert, but it is a dessert."  The kids were laughing and Ashley said, "that will do!"  We drive a little further and I say, "Oh crud! $10 gifts. You are each supposed to bring a $10 gift for dirty Santa!" I really don't have time to stop but Ashley suggests stopping at a Walgreens along the way.  I ran in, found a 3-pack $10 gift cards to iTunes. Perfect! Then found a pack of 3 boxes on clearance to put the cards in. Yes! It's amazing how it all worked out in a matter of minutes.

I didn't have time to go through Wendy's like I had promised the kids on the way.  Two of them said that was ok, they would have food at the Christmas party.  I told Aussie that if they didn't have dinner at the party they would at least have junk food.  I know that is not ideal, but it's a CHRISTMAS PARTY! Well they did have dinner.  It was lasagna. Of course Aussie doesn't like lasagna.  Now I know he is extremely picky and it frustrates me terribly. However, there is a time and a place for everything and this was the wrong place for an adult to tell him he couldn't eat any dessert until he ate some lasagna.  She let him have ONE cookie because he was hungry. It's a Christmas Party! Come on! It made me angry, but I didn't say anything.  I did tell Aussie that yes, he makes things very difficult being so picky, but that wasn't the right time for her to do that.

While they were at the Christmas party. Greg and I went to see the new Hobbit movie.

 Greg called me at 5:15. The movie started at 5:30.  He said he had just parked in the parking garage. I said, "WAIT! Where are you?" He went to the wrong theater! Thankfully they were close enough and there were LOTS of previews so we didn't miss any of it. I enjoyed the movie. Any movie that ends leaving you feel like it is unfinished drives me a little crazy and this movie does that. He told me any Hobbit fan KNOWS there are more movies and they expect that. Bah Humbug! Greg and I don't go on many dates, so this was enjoyable nonetheless!


Greg shaved his head! What do I have to say about it?


The kids have auditions on Sunday.  They have been practicing their monologues.  Aussie has his down and he is doing a great job! I picked a section from Bill Cosby's Chocolate cake routine for him to do. I have Mason doing a different section from it as well.  He needs to practice! Ashley is learning a monologue that Greg wrote.  She read it to me and it is really good!  I should post it here if he lets me.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Kitty Kingdom

Today Ashley and I made these crosses.  They were more difficult than I thought they would be to make.  I will use 2 of them as necklaces and the others I made into ornaments to put on the tree.

My cats got an early Christmas present.  I started making it last night and finished it up today.  Two of the cats LOVE it!
I got some carpet samples and put it on each level and then a strip on the side. Ashley calls it Kitty Kingdom.

Izzy staked her claim in the bottom and wouldn't budge. 
 Lucky crawled in the middle, played with the ball and then went out the little window on the side.

Izzy came out for a little to play with the ball, but then went right back into the bottom and has stayed there most of the night.

We picked up Kiki and put her on the top.  She was less than happy and immediately got down. I think she would have tried out the bottom if Izzy wasn't in it.

Then Lucky decided the top was best for her.  She and Izzy stayed in that for a good long time.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Happy Birthdays!

I'm struggling to concentrate tonight. Somehow my kids got it in their mind that ANY break from school means they can stay up late.  As soon as I can get my downstairs cleaned up, I'm going to send them upstairs once it hits 11:30 so I can have some peace.  But unfortunately that might be next Spring. It's impossible to get this place clean! Well next week for sure they have to go upstairs so I can prepare for Christmas.

I don't have it together.  I haven't filled the advent box with activities and I'm not sure that I'll get to it.  Today Ashley asked me what today's activity was.  I told her the activity today is that I have to go to the dentist.  She decided to pass.

I suppose we did have an activity though since it is Tuesday night.  It was extra special since we saw some friends there tonight. They couldn't stay long but we sat with them and visited awhile.  They had face painting there and Ashley got hers painted.

We came home and called Papa because today is his birthday.
Happy Birthday Papa!
And today was another special BIRTHday! My brother and his wife had their baby tonight at 5:52 PM in Colorado. Oliver James- James after my grandpa. He weighed in at 7 lbs. 10 oz.
Happy Birthday Oliver!
One of Shimelle's photo prompt was to create this bokeh background.
I used this ornament because I was having a hard time getting this effect with other ornaments.  This is our 1994 "Our First Christmas Together" ornament.
Here is one of my other attempts.  Cute but not the same effect:
And today's iheartfaces prompt was- Mittens
Gee my journaling today is a bit pitiful. I have a couple more pictures.  I asked Ashley to take a picture of me because I was having a good hair day.  That doesn't happen very often.
Then I got Mason to take another, attempting to get the bokeh affect. Oh well.
Something that made me smile today was that I stopped to buy a Contributer from a woman who had a bright green wig on and a Santa hat.  She was so bubbly.  I wish I had taken her picture.  For those of you who don't know the Contributer is a newspaper sold by homeless people.

  The articles are written by them. At least most of the articles are.  It is a way for them to have a job. They purchase the papers I believe for $.50 then sell them for $1.00.  They get to keep the proceeds and any tips that are given to them.  Today this particular paper made me smile. She had written a note at the bottom.

Say a little prayer for Miss Tina and other homeless people.  This winter is going to be brutal according to news reports.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Trying to catch up a bit

I am terribly behind with no hopes of catching up. I was looking so forward to Shimelle's journaling and photo prompts. Now I have 8 or so emails that I still need to read and I'm feeling overwhelmed.  I'm wondering if I should just not even try to read those emails and pick up with tomorrow's or if I should read them in order and get to them when I get to them.

Wednesday I made 4 more ornaments for myself. I love them! I should make them as gifts, but I'm having a hard time parting with them. Is that selfish or what?  I did make those penguin ones though- all the same thing. I kept one for myself and gave the rest away.

The photo prompts for Wednesday and Thursday were to photograph something with a red background and using the rule of thirds.
This is one of my favorite decorations! I made this several years ago before the kids were born. A bunch of ladies from church got together and made clay angels.  Well #1 I'm not too fond of angels and #2 I can't seem to do anything the same as anyone else. I was so proud of it then and am still proud of it today. I think the angels were intended to be placed at the top of a tree, but my Santa is very heavy.  I'm assuming the angels were too heavy as well. I wonder how many of those ladies still have their angel.
I took 2 more pictures trying to find just the right thing to photograph with a red background.  I've been enjoying some hot chocolate during this cold season.  You know in some of the hot chocolate packets they have those little marshmallows?  I love those things. They've gotten smart and now sell them separately.  Which is MUCH better! One because they always melted before you could enjoy them when you put the milk in the mix.  And also now I can put them in my hot chocolate mix which is much better than the mixes they make anyway.

And this was my last attempt. I just thought this looked nice. I still love and collect snowmen.  I didn't put all of them out this year. I only put a few out.  I'm just a little nervous to put my big breakable ones out with my un-Lucky kitty. She enjoys knocking things off shelves.
Thursday besides getting hurt, Greg received complimentary tickets to a private viewing of Saving Mr. Banks. From the doctor's office I took the kids to McDonalds for some dinner before meeting at the theater. The boys LOVE to climb on the outside of the playground.  I let them, I don't see how it could hurt the playground.  I understand it is a liability to McDonalds, if the child falls and gets hurt.  However, I am not the type of person to sue if it is truly our fault. I don't allow them to do it if there are small children running around.

So there was a conversation at McDonalds.  It went like this:
Ashley to Mason: there are signs everywhere that say do not climb on outside equipment.
Mason: I don't speaky sign language.

Now back to the movie. WOW!  This is probably a movie you will want to see. Check out the preview here.
All three of my kids liked it as well, even though parts were emotional. It comes out in theaters on Dec. 20. (Mom- I know you don't go to the theater often anymore, but this one is worth seeing.)
Here are the iheartfaces photos prompts:
Day 3- boots

Day 4- 9:00

Day 5- Elves
(Drawn by Ashley)

Day 6- Fun
I made hot chocolate mixes for my students.  Wilton makes markers where the ink is edible.  Oh so fun!!! So I drew snowman faces on the marshmallows.

And packaged them in jars like this.  This is so not my original idea.  I found it on Pinterest of course.  I suppose I should link to the original. Here is where I found it. And I used Alton Brown's hot chocolate recipe. The recipe says to use 1/2 cocoa mix and 1/2 milk.  I think that is way too rich!  I think 1/4 cup cocoa mix to 3/4 cup milk works well.  It still might be a little rich.

And Ashley made a few anime ones.

Then on Friday in class we made gingerbread houses. 

It was extremely MESSY!
One thing I didn't mention in my last post was that my kids had such terrible anxieties over what happened during the day that they couldn't fall asleep.  They were up til 2:30 AM and woke up between 5 and 6:00 AM.  Ashley was so scared she slept on the floor in the boys room and asked Aussie to sleep next to her and hold her hand.  I stayed up ALL night. I had so many things I needed to complete for school.
One of the things I had to do was finish making the penguin hats for the performance Friday evening.  I'm not sure if I mentioned on here that all those cute little hats I made, more than half of them were too small.  I had made the hats earlier in the week but still needed to add the faces to them, which of course I put off to the last minute.
I was pretty much a zombie by Friday afternoon.  I got really nervous that I wouldn't be able to make it home safely.  The program was scheduled for 7 PM and I had no time to go home in between school and the program.  Greg had a weekend job and I couldn't count on him to drive us home.  The weather started looking bad- to Nashvillians.  Seriously, it was nothing but I started praying that they cancel the program.  I am SO THANKFUL they did cancel it.  They will reschedule it in January.  I needed to go home.  I prayed all the way home, cold air blowing in my face, music loud, talking to my kids, everything possible to stay awake.  I got home safely and promptly fell asleep on the couch.
And that doesn't catch me up all the way, but enough for now.

Sunday, December 08, 2013

just a little needle.....OUCH!

I need to catch up but tonight is not the night to do it. Hopefully I will have time to get caught up tomorrow.

Let me tell you what happened to me on Thursday. Thursday I had a list a mile long to complete for the last day of school and performance. The last week before winter break is the worst week.  There are always papers due on top of other homework, gifts for teachers and friends, gifts for my students, preparing for my class, and preparing for any party or performances they have.  It is stressful!

So Thursday around 2:30, I was running around trying to get things completed. I had just printed off one of the kid's papers and was heading back to the kitchen with my computer in my hands.  I felt a sharp pain in my foot.  Something must have gotten in my shoe. I put my foot down again to try to sit down and sure enough something very sharp was in my foot. With my hands full and standing on one foot, I started yelling, "help, I need HELP!"  The kids came running.  I handed off the computer and sat down on the stairs. A needle had gone through my tennis shoe and into my foot at an angle.  It wasn't the sharp side either, it was the bigger side with the eye.

 I tried to pull it out, but I couldn't get it out.  I couldn't get my shoe off.  And every time I tried to pull it out I felt faint.  The kids asked if they should call Dad.  I said, No!  I needed help right then.  I told them to go to our neighbor's house and ask for help.  I thought our neighbors across the street were out of town.  We had been getting their mail and newspapers and I hadn't heard that they came back yet.  So they ran next door and got a college student.  Unfortunately, he didn't quite know what to do. But I feeling a bit faint  told him to stay with me. In the meantime, Greg calls to check on us.  I'm starting to panic a bit.  Anyway, Greg is trying to talk to me on the phone, suggesting we cut off the shoe.  I was afraid if we did that the needle would snap and make it harder for me to get it out of my foot. So Greg leaves work and starts heading home.  This particular week has been very hard on Greg at work.

Just then I saw our neighbors across the street come home.  I sent the college boy over to get him.  He came over and tried to get it out with tweezers.  It wasn't coming out.  So he said he needed to go back to his house and get pliers. But he tried one more time and he got it.  He told me I needed to get a tetanus shot.

The kids were scared!  I had them get me rubbing alcohol, wet washcloth and a Band-Aid.  They thought I was going to have to go to the hospital.  They did well assisting me.  But it took a toll on them. Afterall, I take care of them, they are not supposed to take care of me.

I called the doctor's office and asked if I needed a tetanus shot.  I hadn't had one since I been going to him in over 18 years.  So I asked them when they closed.  They said 4:00.  I had about an hour at that point to get there.

  I called Greg who was still on his way home.  Apparently, rush hour had already begun and he was having a hard time getting to me.  I told him that the office closed at 4:00 and he told me I had to leave right then to get there in time.  I didn't hear one very important detail! I yelled to the kids, we have to go NOW!  They are running around trying to get shoes on, coats on, etc.  We get out the door.  I got behind a school bus, then when I finally made it to the interstate everyone was going very slow!  I looked ahead and there was a police car.  No one dared to pass the police car.  I followed him ALL THE WAY to my exit. Then once I got off the exit I hit nearly every stop light.  While on the way, Greg calls. "Do you have the kids?" "Yes, of course I have the kids!" He went HOME! He meant for me to leave the kids at home and he would be there shortly. (That would be the detail I missed hearing.) Anyway, I pulled into the doctor's parking lot a few minutes after 4:00, but I went into the office anyway.  They were ready for me.

The shot...I was expecting the shot to hurt.  It didn't.  It was very much like a flu shot.  She told me it might hurt a bit afterwards.  Ok, but it really didn't hurt the rest of the day or even the next day. But today! DANG! I feel like someone punched me really hard in the arm! Mason leaned on me and rested his head on my arm and I had to tell him to stop it hurt so bad. My entire shoulder is very tense.  I tried to decorate today but it was quite painful.

My hurt worse yesterday more than it did when it happened.  Today it didn't hurt so bad until the evening. I think the more active I am is when it hurts.

OK so that is the major drama that happened. I did have some fun over the last few days as well.  I will have to share that with you later.  I need to go to bed- Church in the morning.  Greg already told me we shouldn't go to class because the roads are supposed to be bad.  So we have an extra hour to sleep.

Wednesday, December 04, 2013

Valued Ornaments/ Packages

 Have you ever noticed many people put their favorite ornaments at the top of the tree?  As I watched Ashley and Mason decorate the tree in the family room I watched as they handled certain ornaments with care.  Their voices got softer and they knew just where their special ornament would go.  I was surprised to see what was their most precious ornament.  They are the Baby's First Christmas ornaments, one pink and two blue from when they were born in 2002.  I noticed they are hung in order of birth.

I doubt they remember that Christmas and yet these ornaments represent life, their life. I'm sure there are much more beautiful ornaments but I love the fact that these in particular hang at the top of our Christmas tree. It tells me that they feel valued.
What was it like for you growing up anticipating Christmas morning? I vaguely remember making paper chains. Each day I would take one chain off. It was a good visual of just how many more days to go. I also remember how difficult it was to fall asleep Christmas Eve and waking up at 3 or 4 in the morning to open stockings.  I think I only saw my Mom one time.  Then I snuck back  upstairs and tried to wait until she went to bed. Nowadays, we do a gazillion things to count down the days to Christmas. Our family has two different methods.  One is a Christmas advent calendar.  I made it several years ago.  We put one day up at a time. And an advent box with 24 drawers, where you open one drawer a day to see the activity planned for the day.  Both are still packed away. Maybe I'll have a chance to look for them tomorrow.  But the kids haven't forgotten.  Everyday they ask what is the activity planned for today. Today (Day 3) I didn't really have an activity, nor did I have the energy to think up one.  So today became Chick Fil A night. (Convenient huh? Since every Tuesday night is CFA night.)

Today was kind of exciting at first though. The delivery men came THREE times today.
It was exciting to open each package to see what arrived.  I locked myself in my room and went through the contents of the boxes.

One of the boxes contained what I am calling my birthday present. it is a 3 inch reversible foam mattress pad.  Apparently one side is cooler than the other, but I don't know which side it is. 
Anyway, I'm not sure if I'll like it, but so far so good.  I took about a 45 minute nap this evening and my body didn't hurt afterwards.  So here's hoping that this is the solution to my sleeping problem!
Today Ashley had a dress rehearsal for the co-op play. The play, in which I made all of those hats.  Guess what?  More than half of them were too small!  I was so frustrated!  Anyway, I have begun to make 10 more.  I only have the basic structure of the hats done.  Tomorrow I will put the eyes and beaks on.

Apparently, I had a migraine tonight.  I'm not positive it was actually a migraine but it was a bad headache.  I've never had a headache where all the lights are turned off, doors closed and when I close my eyes it seems like there was more light coming in than when my eyes were open. 
Greg was a huge help again tonight, as nothing seemed to go as planned today, I got very little done.  I told him I had to lay down and then when I got up I would do the dishes.  When I got up he had done the dishes.  Then I went to read to Mason and Greg said he would do it.  It was VERY MUCH APPRECIATED!!!!
Here is Day 2- photo prompt Furry Faces
Aussie can't fall asleep.  I'm afraid I am not much comfort to him tonight.  He has anxieties. All he can think about is how we grow older and one day we will no longer be here and that we will never be able to have those days back as a child.  I just don't know what to tell him.  My brain is not working very clearly tonight.  I'm off to bed. Hopefully, he can fall asleep sooner rather than later.
Good night!