Saturday, 29 September 2012

Forty and Fabulous

Originally this post was to be titled 40 and Don't Give a *^&%, but lets face it, 40 and Fabulous is a bit more ladylike - which I should probably strive to be now that I'm getting up there in years.

Now I know I'm not the hottest 40 year old on the planet - that sadly is someone else's destiny . . . but I think I'm pretty darn fantastic.  Apparently my youngest daughter does as well. In honour of my birthday, she drew a picture of me decked out in my very best.

If you look closely, in  addition to rocking the box dress, I have successfully pulled off the very fashion forward combination of bright pink eyebrows and green blush. Topped off with some super red lipstick and dangly earrings, I am a force to be reckoned with - and let's be honest - not everyone can rock this look the way I do. This, my friends, is the confidence that comes along with turning 40.

Only a few short months ago, I had a completely different image. My daughter and her friend, obviously astounded by my beauty, were inspired to capture it with marker.

As you can see I was still relying on plain jane pink blusher, and apparently, in an effort to look more like Angelina Jolie, had stuck my mouth in the vacuum one day in order to achieve beautiful, full lips. Thankfully I've outgrown this strange habit. I particularly like the focus on my ample nipples cleavage. Indeed, before I had kids, they really did rest just under my neck - seems like they fell to my belly button overnight. Sigh. The good old days.

Not to be outdone, Ben also proudly pulled out the very special drawing he had made of me at school the day before. 

Not gonna lie . . . I sometimes wonder if he has the eyes of a fly . . . and I worry that he will never pass art. But that's my boy :)

Night all :)

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Thursday, 27 September 2012

Goodnight Little Angels aka For Goodness Sake, GO TO SLEEP!

Seriously! Tonight is one of those nights where I would rather be doing just about anything other than putting the kids to bed. They are tired. They are cranky. I am tired. I am cranky. Quickly falling asleep would be a win-win for all involved. So why must they torture me?

It's Thursday night. Premiere night for The Big Bang Theory and Grey's Anatomy. Even though we have a TV outside of their rooms I am not falling asleep on the couch during either of these shows. Instead, I have suffered through the Nature music station offerings for the past hour because frankly, I didn't think the Classic Rock station would help them relax. As I type I am squirming in my seat listening to the waves roll in and out and willing my bladder to 'stay strong' because any sudden movement might trigger the panicked chorus of 'Mom! Where are you going?!?!'. I've already had them all jump out of bed and rush to my side while I did my business once tonight - no sense in having a repeat performance. Sigh.

Please tell me this doesn't just happen in my house - surely everyone else's kids assume that the minute they fall asleep Mommy & Daddy are going to make a run for it to goodness knows where. I could only wish to have somewhere exciting and thrilling to sneak off too - frankly finishing the dishes and making school lunches doesn't really rank very high up there on the 'I can't WAIT to do this list'. Especially when I'm tired. And cranky. 

Silence. Sweet, sweet silence.

I peek in their rooms and see them sprawled out on their beds, slight smiles on their little faces. Such precious babies of mine - I could watch them for hours. And suddenly, I'm not cranky anymore. 

So I will finish the dishes, and make the lunches, and maybe grab a couple jello shots out of the fridge because I didn't have dessert tonight. 

And then I will crawl into bed, grateful for the blessings that are my children.

Thursday, 6 September 2012

One of Those Days

We've all had those days, right? You know, the one's that start in the middle of the night when you are woken by an upset child, bad dream, or simply your brain deciding to pop into overdrive at 2 a.m.  

Or maybe it doesn't even start in the middle of the night - maybe it starts when one kid wakes up early and decides (s)he requires the complete attention of everyone else. Only problem is no one else gives a s&*^ because they are still sleeping. Cue chaos.

I hate the mornings that start like this - mostly because I am most decidedly NOT a morning person. And when one thing starts off poorly, it seems inevitable that everything else decides to bow to peer pressure and follow.

Case in point.  This morning, one of my lovelies decided to conduct a sneak attack at 6:15 a.m. much to the chagrin of his brother and sister. I laid in my bed listening to what sounded a lot like a blood bath occurring upstairs, wondering if I could will myself to leave my bed and intervene. Turned out the answer was no. They soon made their way whining and snivelling downstairs, each trying to win my favour and have the others punished for their heinous ways. After several minutes of pleading with them to please, just be quiet, I gave up and turned on the TV. Cue silence - for two minutes at least.

I hauled my sorry rear end out of bed, and proceeded to stumble to the kitchen and make myself a cup of coffee. The first time I forgot to put the K-Cup in . . . and because I'm high maintenance and want something a little more than just hot water in the morning I tried again.  I put the K-Cup in the second time - however left the cup on the counter. Yeah, that didn't work out so well either.

By the time I cleaned up the mess, all three lovelies were hanging off my legs, begging for breakfast because in their words, I starve them. I started to work on getting their breakfasts ready, contemplating whether or not I might just leave a strand of my hair on their waffles in retaliation for waking me up so darn early.  Thankfully, my third attempt at coffee worked like a charm, and after a couple of sips, I did feel a bit better. Unfortunately for them, I'm getting old and my hair is falling out, so one of them did get lucky and have a little 'extra' with their breakfast. You can use your imagination to decide how that one played out.

I finally got Z out the door for school after much prodding and reminding that he did indeed have school today. He was a little upset with me because I wouldn't figure out 'how many more sleeps it is until summer holidays'. Kinda makes me look forward to the year ahead!

Yes, I can tell already it's going to be one of those days. I haven't decided yet whether I'm just going to crawl back under my covers or drink myself silly - either seems like a pretty good option at this point. Maybe I'll settle for a second cup of coffee and bake some cookies - because a cookie can make any day better, right? 

Have a great day everyone!

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Tuesday, 4 September 2012

Let Freedom Reign aka Back to School!!!

For the past two months, I have been preparing for today. Those of you who know me understand that this is quite a feat. I am traditionally a procastinator at heart, and often feel my best work is done under pressure.  That being said, when school ended last year, I made a commitment to myself to have everything ready to go before the day before school started this year. 

I got pretty close - the only thing I had to rush around doing yesterday was taking the kids to buy 'indoor shoes'. But you see, there is a method to my madness. If you wait long enough to go to Wal-Mart and buy shoes, there is a very limited selection; therefore taking the pain out of watching three kids try to decide just which shoes they will wear for the next two months because their feet grow faster than a noxious weed at this age. This is particularly true if you go to a Wal-Mart in a small town. Needless to say, none of the kids were really 'happy' with their new shoes - but I was in and out in less than 30 minutes, each pair cost less than $15, and because it's all about me, I didn't really care.

We returned home, and I spent an hour of my life that I will never get back labelling school supplies - you know, the ones I had purchased in July (high five!). As I checked and double checked the list, I was thrilled to discover that the only thing I had missed was a hard case pencil box. Well, I didn't really miss it - but apparently, in Central Alberta, if you don't buy that pencil box on July 1, you are S#%@ Outta Luck. Whatever - I grew up using a pencil case and I think I turned out fine - a little weird - but I don't think that had much to do with where my pencils were stored.

Next up was packing the backpacks. My meticulous planning paid off and I was able to complete this step relatively quickly. There was that little issue of some food left in the bag from last year (eeeewwwww!) but thankfully it was in a plastic container and instead of spending the rest of the afternoon yakking in the toilet, I was able to give the kids a quick science lesson (yay me!) instead. 

Z was the only one actually going to school today so thankfully I just had to make one lunch. It would have been helpful if I could have remembered where in the heck I put his lunch kit last year - but we were able to use his brother's Spiderman kit in a pinch. This resulted in a very long argument discussion with B about it being ok to share his lunch kit. After all, he only had a half hour orientation today - and I reasoned that if I couldn't drink a Gin&Tonic while we were there, he sure as heck couldn't eat. Ok - maybe a flawed argument, but he's five and well, he eagerly accepted the extra time on the computer in exchange for seeing it my way.

After their baths, I helped each of them pick out the clothes they were going to wear today. It sounded something like - 'no, you can't wear that', 'yes, you have to wear underwear', 'no, a bathing suit is not appropriate for kindergarten orientation', and so on and so forth. We eventually reached a resolution that was satisfactory to all - and with that, it was off to bed.

I quickly gave B and Z's glasses a wash and set them on the counter. I was officially "Ready for Back to School". I did it!

I gave myself a quick pat on the back, chugged down a Corona in celebration, and went to bed knowing this would be the last day of the school year that I would be organized and ready to go. Sigh.

Oh yeah - one last thing . . . thankfully I checked the backpacks before I sent them to school this morning. Apparently, one of my children decided that my version of inside shoes wasn't 'fashionable' enough as I discovered these bad boys in the backpack . . .

I don't want to name names, but it *might* rhyme with 'wren'.

Happy Back to School Everyone!

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