Busy, Busy, Busy

Wow! I have been so busy here lately! Let’s see if I can remember what the heck I have been up to!

On September 11 I took my daughters and my youngest daughter’s friend to go see the Jonas Brothers in concert. I was very impressed with their concert. I think I was up on my feet as much as the girls were! I do finally have my hearing back from all the girls screaming!

My oldest daughter is doing an internship at a Vet’s office for her veterinary class in high school. She is loving it but it is really messing up my schedule! She works Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday from 4-6. This means I get home from picking my youngest daughter up at school at 3:30, pick up my oldest daughter to take to the Vet’s office, get home at 4:15 in time to check youngest daughter’s homework and help her if needed, then at 5:30 I am off to pick up the oldest daughter from the Vet’s office. Then when we get home it’s time to cook dinner, eat, clean up the kitchen and then fall onto the couch! I believe I am going to have to break down and let the oldest daughter get her driver’s license even though she does not have a paying job! My sanity might depend on it!

My youngest daughter has finally decided that she wants to do Girl Scouts. Every year I ask her and she always says no. This year she finally said yes and I am so excited! I was a Girl Scout and I have always wanted to give back what I took from it. So I have signed up to help as well and I even managed to con my oldest to sign up as a volunteer. This will of course add even more to my plate but at least it’s something that I enjoy.

My youngest daughter has also signed up to help the Kindergarten CCE class on Wednesday nights at our church. She needs service hours for school and this will pretty much get her all of her hours for the year. She is very excited about helping out the little kids!

Work is going great! I received a raise just after 6 months of being there and I am taking on more responsibilities. I love my job! Sorry, I am such a geek!

My home life is what it is. I am married to an alcoholic who does not want help. Period. End of story. I have finally figured out I can not change anybody but myself. So I am working on that big time! Since I have figured this out I have actually had a freaking blast in my life! I have taken the girls to the beach and laughed all day. I have taken the girls to concerts and just hanging out around the house has been a lot more fun. I have a ton more work to do on myself but life is getting a lot better!

This has become my favorite song in the past few weeks:

Sara Bareilles

King of Anything

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Homework, Homework, Homework!

My youngest daughter started 6th grade about 2 weeks ago. She has attended the same Catholic School since Pre-K. She has a very small class, under 20 kids and all of us parents talk to each other.

This year we have 2 new teachers that will be teaching our kids. Both of these teachers are 1st year teachers to boot. During “Meet the Teacher” we parents ganged up on the new teachers about homework. We made it loud and clear that we would not tolerate a ton of homework every night. I figure 30 minutes per subject is more than enough per night. That puts us at about 2 hours a night of homework.

This past Monday my daughter came home and jumped right on her homework. She started at 3:30 and at 5:00 I asked her what she had left to do. She told me that so far she had only been working on English and that she had Math and Science to still do. UMMM….I don’t think so!

I went straight up to the computer and e-mailed all the class parents about the complete overload of English homework. I wanted to make sure I was not alone in my opinion before I e-mailed the teacher. I was not alone at all! Each and every one of us sent an e-mail off to the teacher to let him know that this was unacceptable.

The next day we had the same problem!! So we parents got together again but this time we moved on up the ladder to the principal. Hey, we warned the teacher at the Meet the Teacher! You just don’t mess with the 6th grade parents!

I received an e-mail this morning from this same teacher about my daughter’s spelling homework. They had to use their spelling words in a sentence and he said he did not appreciate me giving my daughter sentences to write down. I replied back to Mr. 1st Year Teacher that I do not do my child’s homework and as a matter of fact, I did not even look over her sentences because I was too busy sending off e-mails to other class parents that night! I made sure I copied the principal as well!

The Spelling word was: chaos

My daughter’s sentence was: Too much homework causes chaos in my house!

I love my daughter! I have taught her well!

Do I Have To Have This Conversation?

I swear there is something in the air lately! My girls have been coming up to me and either telling me things I don’t want to know about or asking me questions that I don’t want to answer!

Let me start with my 17-year-old:

17-year-old Daughter: “Mom, my friend Tom is going to ask out this girl out who already has a girlfriend.” 
Mom: “You mean she already has a boyfriend, right?”
17-year-old Daughter: “No, you heard right she has a girlfriend!”
Mom: “Is he hoping for a  Ménage a trois?” (I can’t believe I actually asked my own child that question!)
17-year-old Daughter: “No, he just wants to get it on with the both of them at the same time!”
I didn’t know whether to laugh or cry!

Now for my 10 year-old. (Keep in mind that she is in the 5th grade at a Catholic School and that they have had class room discussions about how your body changes at their age.):

Conversation #1:
10-year-old Daughter: “Mom, guess what we kept doing at lunch today?”
Mom: “God only knows! What did you guys do at lunch today?”
10-year-old Daughter: “We kept going up to the boys and asking them, What comes at the end of a statement? Then they would say PERIOD and we would run off laughing!” (She was cracking up when she told me this.)
Mom: “You shouldn’t do that to the poor boys!” (Then I turned away and chuckled.)
10-year-old Daughter: “Then I went up to Jane and I said, “Hi, I’m Mother Nature and I have a new little FRIEND for you!” The boys told Coach on us so we had to sweep the lunch room!”
 
Conversation #2:
10-year-old Daughter: “Mom do you know what a French Kiss is?”
Mom: “Excuse me?!” (I was in total shock at this one!)
10-year-old Daughter: “Do you know what a French Kiss is?”
Mom: “No, what is it?” (In hopes that she would tell me a really great joke!)
10-year-old Daughter: “No, really, tell me what a French Kiss is!” (She was turning a light pink at this point.)
Mom: “It’s when two French people kiss.” (Now please go away!)
10-year-old Daughter: “MOM! Tell me what it really means! We were talking about this at school and I want to find out if what the other girls said was true.” (She is now a light red at this stage)
Mom: “It’s when two people kiss and their tongues touch.” (Did I just really tell my 10 year-old daughter that!)
10-year-old Daughter: “That’s what they said too. That’s just GROSS!” (Her face is now fire engine red!)
 
Conversation #3:
10-year-old Daughter: “Can my sister take me to see New Moon next Saturday?”
Mom: “It’s rated PG-13 so I might have to go with you if they require an adult to go with you.”
10-year-old Daughter: “My sister can be TRIED as an adult in court doesn’t that count?!”
That kid cracks me up!!!
 
 * Names have been changed to protect the innocent and the guilty!

What I Learned This Weekend…

I happened to have a birthday party to go to this Saturday, by myself! A group of us ladies who used to work in the same office building have remained friends over the last 15 years and one of them was turning 60 so we had a brunch planned at my ex-boss’s house. Well my ex-boss had the power go out at her house for 2 hours due to the rain we got on. So the brunch turned into a lunch. While we were eating lunch her refrigerator water line burst and there was water running all over the place. I went to turn the water off at the wall and the knob broke off in my hand. My ex-boss had no clue where her main water shut-off was, so 3 of the ladies went outside, remember it’s raining, and were lucky enough to find it and turn it off.

On top of all of this fun, my oldest daughter was trying to plan to go to one of her friend’s house on Saturday as well. If you have ever seen two teens try to make plans you know this is a comedy of errors all in itself but my daughter had to throw in her dad which made it just that more complicated! After several phone calls to me, I guess Dad couldn’t figure it out either, they went over to her friend’s house. They only stayed there for about an hour when the girl’s mother drove them over to another girl’s house. I did not know this second girl or her parents but I was assured by the first girl’s mother that she knew them and they were fine.

Remember I am still at the birthday party helping with a now flooded kitchen trying to sort out the whereabouts of my 16 year old daughter and it’s raining outside!

We finished up our lunch and had coffee and cake at the party. It was about 3 in the afternoon when I decided to go ahead and leave. I was going to go pick-up my daughter at girl number 2’s house and then go home.

Well that was the original plan! Remember I said it was raining? Well it was now pouring rain! I have this rule that if while I’m driving it’s raining to hard for me to see I pull over. Well, I got about halfway home and I had to pull over in a drugstore parking lot! Within 15 minutes of me sitting in the parking lot the street was totally flooded! We got 10 inches of rain  about an hour and a half!

I called my husband and he told me to just stay put until the water went down. He was stranded along with my youngest daughter at a local Mexican restaurant. Poor things!

I called my oldest daughter to let her know that I was stranded and to find out where girl number 2 lived. Girl number 2 lives right next to a main creek which was now over it’s banks. Her subdivision was totally flooded and there was a big tree down blocking the main road. My oldest daughter ended up spending the night at girl number 2’s house. Remember, I have never met her or her parents!

At 7 o’clock that night I finally made it home! What should have been a 30 minute trip turned into 4 hours!

So, what did I learn this weekend? It all pretty much boils down to one thing:  “If Mom tries to do anything by herself for once, the Flood Gates will open up and try to drown her!”

Deluged

5 Things About Me…Like It Or Not!

OK, I was tagged by BetMe and because she owns a gun and is apparently very good at shooting this gun so I will play along!

Five Things Found In My Purse:

1: A pack of Marlboro Menthol Cigarettes that has this written on the outside: “February 9, 2007 I smoked my last cigarette. Only 1 missing from this pack.” Just to note, this was not my usual flavor of cigarette, I smoked regular flavored cigs. I figured if it tasted really nasty I would no longer want to smoke. So far it has worked.

2. A Bottle of Pamprin. With a 15 year old daughter this is a must carry!

3. A Wallet with no money in it. With having 2 kids cash no longer makes it into my wallet.

4. Crayons This is for my 8 year old who can not sit in a restaurant without coloring.

5. Voter Registration Card. At least I know where it is when I go to vote!

Five Things In My Bedroom:

1. A Wooden Cross that my 8 year old made out of some boards from our fence.

2. My TV. Of course the kids use it more than I do.

3. Dance Mat that is hooked up to the kids, I mean my, TV.

4. Old Nintendo 64 Game console. I bought this for myself, I mean my oldest daughter when she was 3. It still works, the kids still play with it so why upgrade?

5. Two cute wooden eggs dressed up like a Bride & Groom that my aunt gave to me as a wedding present. She used to call me Egghead when I was a child because I was Humpty Dumpty one year for Halloween.

Five Things You Are Currently Into:

1. Boating – We recently purchased a 17 foot center console Bay boat.

2. Fishing – Because we bought the boat I now enjoy fishing.

3. Cooking – Since I have started eating healthier I have found that I love to cook.

4. Riding bikes – I really enjoy my daily bike ride that I take. It is my 30 minutes a day when I have no kids or husband, just me, myself & I. I really need to work on getting me & I to get along though!

5. Reading – Having been unemployed in the real world for the past year I have discovered that I like to read again. It must have been 15 years since I read a book because I actually wanted to read it not because I needed to find out what was going to happen to me because I was pregnant!

Five Things You Have Always Wanted To Do:

1. Travel to Ireland

2. Grow plants – The only thing green I can grow is the mold in my fridge!

3. Buy a beach house

4. Go to College

5. Scuba Dive

Tag You’re It:

If you feel like doing this go for it! If ya don’t then don’t! 🙂

 

My Name is Mom, And I Am A Webkinz Addict!

It all started off very innocently:

“Mom, if you get on the computer today can you take care of my Webkinz?”

“Sure no problem, Sweety”

It all went to hell in a hand basket after that. On a daily basis I was logging on to my daughter’s Webkinz and taking care of her little White Terrier named Coco. I did all the daily chores that needed to be done and then I found the arcade! I was setting high records at Tile Towers and Quizzy’s Word Challenge. Coco was a very happy virtual pet.

Over the weekend I entrusted Coco to my daughter. She played with Coco for two days without any help from me.

Then it came: I hit rock bottom!

When I picked my daughter up from school on Monday I asked her:

“How could you forget to do your gardening?”

“What gardening?”

“You know, Coco’s garden! I got on Webkinz, this morning and I had to dig up all the plants!”

My daughter then proceeded to laugh at me for the next 10 minutes and then told me that if I yelled at her again for not taking care of Coco, I mean her toy, she would change her password.

I will now suffer in silence when she forgets to do her gardening!