Wednesday, February 22, 2012

When Life Gives Me Lemons I Should Not

Shop online for stuff we don't really need. Even if I have a coupon. Even if I love getting boxes of goodies on my porch.

Eat fast food for lunch every other day. Even if I don't feel like cooking.

Surf petfinder looking for super cute adoptable dogs. Even if they need homes.

Stop seeing and talking to people. Even if it's hard to put on a smile.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Be Gone Foul Clutter

Life is still crazy. My Mom is still in the hospital. It's been over a month now.
And I have no idea if/when she will be well enough to go home.

Both of the kids have birthdays to celebrate in the next week.
And I'm in charge of a sleepover, making Angry Bird cupcakes, and a huge bouncing party.

And my Husband has been/is traveling a lot.

I'm at my non-pregnant heaviest and I feel not so great.

But, I did get rid of a bag of clothes from my closet.
I finally don't have to scrounge for hangers. That and my kids playing nicely together is the best part of my day.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

I think this might be the longest I've gone without blogging.

Blog ennui has set in. I just have nothing interesting to share. Or anyway, nothing that I have actual time to sit down and blog about. Life has been busy. My Mom has been very sick. I have been very preoccupied.

I have been:

Traveling quite a bit to my hometown to visit my Mom in the hospital. She's been there for about a month and endured two major surgeries. She still has to heal and then she will have to endure more chemotherapy. She is not doing well and I am trying not to dwell on the negative. Nobody but God knows that will unfold but I can't help but think about the likely possibility of being without parents and grandparents. Without my Mom here I seriously worry about what will become of my family. She is our glue.

Cleaning the house. Just about daily. It's to a level of cleanliness where we are regularly hosting play dates. I will never have a magazine spread beautiful house. And there are still piles of things that I have to deal with. But, I'm getting there slowly. If only I could train the dog not to shed and the cats not to vomit.

Planning birthday parties. Every year I say we aren't having big birthday parties and every year I have them anyway. I am a big softie for my kids. Right now we can afford their birthday craziness. My big problem will be what to do with all the new presents they bring home. We donated a bunch of new birthday gifts that we rediscovered in the basement a few months ago. Toys 4 Tots benefited from our forgetfulness. Perhaps we could do that again.

Decorating my daughter's room. This is so not my forte. But, she wants to transition from a little girl's room to a big girl's room so out goes anything too girly or babyish. Goodbye pastel butterflies, flowers, and Ariel. Hello to the color red and zebra print. I'm not repainting her room. I just can't handle that right now. But, I redid a framed picture of Ariel with black and white scrapbook paper, rose appliques and her initials in red. It looks great. I also bought a red valance at Goodwill and hot glued zebra print ribbon to the bottom of it. She already has a red comforter but I found a new red and white flowered sham for $2.99 at a discount store. I still need to redo the seat of her desk chair with some sturdy zebra fabric. I also bought her some dry erase wall pops. She wants a bunk bed set too but it might take a while for us to shop around for a good quality one. I refuse to buy anything made of pressed wood or particle board anymore.

Celebrating our 15th anniversary. My in-laws stayed with the kids while we went to a hotel for a night away. We also took the kids out for a nice dinner. My husband has been my rock while I deal with my Mom's illness. I am so lucky to have him.

And that about sums up everything that's been going on.