The Past Week…

We had a very busy first week of school.

Delylahs bus in the morning was late everyday! Sometimes not arriving until 8am and school starts at 8:20. I was taking her to school, which I usually don’t do. To top that off, it was late every afternoon. One day she didn’t arrive home until 5pm! The bus is supposed to have her home by 4pm. It was quite ridiculous. We are hoping for a better bus schedule this week.

Levi has off campus swim everyday and I have to pick him up at 3:30. My goal is to be back home by 4pm or sooner to get Delylah off the bus. Luckily her bus has been late but it makes for a lot of running around. We have been fortunate to have made friends and are able to take turns getting the kids from swim so I don’t have to pick them everyday and neither do the other moms. It’s been working out quite well. I don’t know how that will go while Travis is at work but I’m sure I will figure it out. I always do.

We spent the weekend hanging out. I took Delylah and her girlfriend to the mall and Travis and Levi had Daddy/son time. Us girls made Build-a-Bears for National Teddy Bear day and treated ourselves to some candy before coming home to play some more! That same night Levi got to head to the movies with the neighbor boys for one of their birthdays and had a great time with his buddies.

Sunday was all about Travis’ buddies. But not before we got our flu shots. I’m sure everyone could hear Delylah screaming “You’re hurting me, Just let me go,” all through the CVS inside of Target as we tortured her with a flu shot!

Travis’ buddies were also transferred from California to here and this was my first time meeting any of them. The kids weren’t asking constantly to leave and the weather happened to be beautiful. It was surprisingly not humid at all! The kids were catching butterflies while most of the grown ups watched football and gabbed.

The weekend and first week of school were a success!

We started Monday off right by buying a car! Travis’ car has been very good to us and is still good to us but is getting older with a lot of miles (300,000) and it was time for an upgrade! I am so happy for him to have a new, reliable car to get to and from work!

I got my workout in. Leg day! The house and pool are clean and I’m blogging for the first time in a week!  We have taken Monday by the horns and shown it whose boss and it’s only 11am!

It might be Monday but if you get up, get started and keep going, it’ll be over before you know it!

Happy Monday My Friends

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Be The One Who Smiles

98% of the time Travis doesn’t make it to school functions. Usually because he is at work or working on things at home. But more often than not, it’s because he is at work. (There is a point to this, trust me)

Today was the kids’ first day of school!

They go to different schools. They always will because of their age gap. 4 and a half years is longer than high school. Maybe they will see each other again in college.

Levi was up at 5 am and surprisingly chipper for him. He was dressed and ready to go. He had 2 breakfasts because he is a growing boy and out the door by 6:10 to catch the bus. (I can’t take them both to school) I now have a 7th grader!

Delylah was up at 6:15 dressed but crying about socks. (I knew she would cry about clothes) I was driving her to school though so we didn’t have to rush. We arrived to school at 7:50 and began the walk to find her class, yet again. She is now in 2nd grade!

It was during this walk that I noticed it. Without Travis with us. Just the 2 of us girls. She wasn’t holding my hand, we were walking side by side, chit chatting our way into school. The looks. The “you’re a single mom” looks. The “look how she’s dressed” looks. The “you can tell she doesn’t have a job” looks. The whispers….

The things these people (it wasn’t just women giving me these looks) don’t know is that I just don’t give a shit what they think of me. I was having a fantastic conversation with my daughter on her first day of school. I was dressed appropriately, which is not always the case for me. I was not in yoga pants. Who cares if I was? You can stare all you want at my style. It’s a mix between hippy and grunge. I was wearing some shorts with lace and flowers, a t-shirt with a hand throwing up a peace sign filled in with mandala and some old school, high top vans.

I never once stopped the conversation with my daughter to let these people get to me. Or let her know that people were looking at us.

I am dressed like I don’t have a job and you are in your heels, dress suit and appear to be frazzled. Which is OK. It’s hard to get your kids off to school when you have a schedule. But who is to say that I don’t have a schedule? I do have a job. My job at THAT moment required me to be right where I was. After I was done there my job required me to pay bills, clean the house and take care of things at home, including myself.

When I am going anywhere, with or without my kids, the last thing I am doing is accessing the people around me. I don’t care if they have a job or not. Or if they are half-naked or not, even if my kids are there. My kids know the difference between right and wrong and know how to be polite. Homeless, jobless, stripper, business person, stay at home parent. Be who you are and don’t be afraid of that because of the looks or whispers you receive.

Delylah and I had the best conversations this morning while other parents were busy accessing our situation. They missed out on their own children because they were too busy wrapped up into a world of what is beautiful and strong and right in their own minds. We are all beautiful and strong. If you are living your best life, you are living it right.

Don’t let other people get in the way of your happiness by their looks and whispers. Smile at them. Give them something to be happy about. Maybe that’s what they are missing.

I hope my kids will learn something good from me and my rambling.

Happy Tuesday My Friends

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It Doesn’t Feel Like Summer Is Over

It is the last day of my kids summer vacation!

While I am jumping for joy on the inside I know this means homework, exhaustion, attitudes and a lot of crying. From them, not me. At least I hope I don’t lose my shit so soon in the school year!

So today, being the good mom that I am, I ask them how they want to spend their last day of freedom. How do they answer? They don’t care! Picking up dog poop and doing chores it is then!

Not really.

I made suggestions. Science Museum. Aquarium. Zoo. Kayaking. Hiking. They couldn’t decide or said no to everything I threw their way so now I am deciding for us. Bowling, possibly followed by the movies and by the time we get back home they will have enough time for a quick dip in the pool, dinner, showers and bed!

Hallelujah! Summer vacation will finally be over!

Alas, the dreams of vacation will quickly be forgotten and forcibly awakened by the piercing sounds of the alarm at 5 am tomorrow morning. Quickly followed by the growling of a pubescent tweenager of how he hates mornings, school, Texas and people. Shortly after I will hear the whining of a terrible princess claiming to have gotten zero sleep and how she hates all of her clothes! Unable to dress, unable to function. What will they do!?

My goal is to get them out of the house on time. Levi on the bus and Delylah out of my car and off my leg as I leave her school.

It is possible. I can and I will accomplish this and then maybe, just maybe, go to yoga! Or clean out more rooms. (Have I mentioned lately that I am cleaning rooms, closets and cabinets out again? I do it a lot)

Yes, summer vacation is about to end. But this first day back into reality is going to be an arduous one. With unwavering children and their head strong attitudes.

I don’t have to think about that until my alarm goes off. Right now it’s all about today. Today is going to be magnificently grand. I say this with a maniacal smile across my face. Wish me luck!

Happy Monday My Friends

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Dumb Shit My Kids Have Said Recently

Kids are repetitive.

My kids have had the longest summer vacation ever! For one, we moved to Texas a year ago where they have longer summer vacations to begin with and then we were hit with a hurricane which delayed school even longer. My kids are sick of each other and frankly, I am sick of my kids being sick of each other. They are like broken records with the things coming out of their mouths!

I just know that when school starts in 2 days they will be different. I will be different. We will all be exhausted! For now, get a load of the crap that is coming out of the mouths of my beasts…I mean babes.

Levi

Just give me a minute. (for everything)

What the heck?

What the Frick?

She told me to do it.

This is the new age and you just don’t know.

You don’t care about me.

You don’t care about what I like.

Curse this primitive life style!

Ugh, God.

But Mom!

It’s your job to feed us.

You’re always drunk….

Video games are my life!

RRRAAAAWWWWRRRRR!

Delylah

What the heck?

I didn’t do it!

Shut Up!

I literally didn’t do it.

Literally.

You have a lot of grey hair.

It wasn’t me.

UUGGGHHHHH!

He won’t stop touching me.

I always pee in the pool. You put chemicals in it for a reason.

You always say we don’t have money.

I know that these days will soon be gone and they will soon be filling my days with other ridiculous versus and words. But right now, today, at this very moment even, I can hear them in the other room telling each other to stop touching the other one. Delylah is saying “literally” at the beginning of every sentence and Levi is cursing his players existence in the game. I can’t wait to hear what they say when I tell them to turn it off and come hang out with me…..

The joys of summer vacation!

Tomorrow is the very last day!!!!

Happy Sunday Night My Friends

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