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Happy for the rain!

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Today started out with me wondering, "How on earth am I going to get through today?". I had a horrible night sleep, tossing and turning since 4am. The kids were slow to get out the door for school, and hubby is on a business trip. I try to not let myself get overwhelmed, but it's hard with so little sleep.

A short rest (I don't nap well), some coffee and a workout have helped. Now I look outside, and it's raining. Believe it or not, I'm relieved. When the kids come home, they will have to stay inside. I usually let them play outside as much as possible, which has left many areas of our house messy. Yes, because of the rain, it will be chore day for them! This will hopefully relieve some of my overwhelmed feelings. My messy house stresses me out, and working part time, I don't have as much time as I'd like to take care of the house.

So bring on the rain! Let's get this mess cleaned up, kids!

  
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MAGIC10FINGERS 11/14/2010 9:32AM

    I can't take long naps or they do me more harm than good. Just a quick 20-30 min snooze is good. I may not like it @ the time, but I feel better later. Hope the kiddos did a good job helping U out.
Hugs,
Ruth

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MUSICMOMOF2 11/11/2010 10:39AM

    Way to plan on "cracking the whip" with the kids! Hope you have a clean house this morning!

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MOM-OF-SIX 11/10/2010 3:28PM

    Darn iPad! It posted my blog three times! I want my computer back!

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Woohoo! It's Monday!

Monday, November 08, 2010

Time change, yuk! That has really thrown me off. I was actually on a streak of sleeping well until Saturday nights time change. Now, I'm in a funky mood. It doesn't help that everything is still broken around here. Or that I told hubby to watch his spending on Friday. I was okay with charging some tires at Sams. Charging postpones the payment until his paycheck. My paycheck is this weeks money, not nearly as much. He couldn't charge groceries, that wasn't allowed with this charge card, so he BOUGHT them, a bunch of them.

Yikes! Now, I have to be neurotic about the checkbook until next Monday, his paycheck. Guess what! The computer is still massively infected with some virus. He'll put some kind of temporary fix on tonight, so I can catch up.
I'm typing on the iPad right now, which is better than nothing, but still more frustrating than a keyboard.

In addition, the water softener isn't working, and that's affecting the dishwasher. One thing after another, everything is breaking.

You guessed it, I'm in a bad mood. It's Monday and I'm tired and grumpy. For some reason, habit I guess, I still got on spark people. I'm caught up on tracking and have
posted a few comments. I've even read a positive blog post.

Wow! I feel a little better already. Maybe I can get a few things done around here today. I will get on that elliptical! It seems funny to me how just logging on to spark people helps me get motivated for my day.

Thanks spark people!

Things don't seem so bad anymore. I think I can get a few things done today

  
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TLROYER 11/8/2010 6:55PM

    This sounds like around my house. If it's not one thing breaking it's another! It seems like everything happens at once. Oh well, look on the bright side...when things are good, they are really good! Take care.

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MUSICMOMOF2 11/8/2010 12:30PM

    Hope that your day gets better. There is nothing worse than when everything seems to go wrong. Hopefully you were able to get on the elliptical and burn some of that frustration!

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MOM-OF-SIX 11/8/2010 9:32AM

    I can't edit my blog to delete the last sentence. It's not in the right place, so please ignore it. It's the ipad's fault.

I'm still looking up!

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JOYLJL 11/8/2010 9:28AM

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ERIN4771 11/8/2010 9:28AM

    hey...at least your day sounds like it is turning around!!! go with it chica, and keep the positive thoughts going....and go kick that elypticals *ss!!!!
have a fabulasssssssss monday!! emoticon

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Finally, feeling at peace

Wednesday, November 03, 2010

Over the last several months I feel I've done a pretty good job of improving my physical health. At times, however, emotionally and spiritually I've been a mess. I've been neglecting my spiritual life, basically becoming lazy with it. "Lukewarmness" had set in.

About nine days ago, I finally started doing something about this. I decided to apply some spark people techniques to help me make baby steps. I set a new goal to track, daily rosary. As a family, we have been saying our rosary most days together. On Sunday, we got to church early, and almost everyone made it to confession. Monday was All Saints Day, a holy day of obligation, and we made it early again. A few more of us got into confession, but not me. Yesterday was All Souls Day, not a day of obligation, but they did have an evening mass at our church. Hubby and I went, and I finally got into confession. It had been a while, and the guilt was building up in me. To finally be able to receive God's grace in Holy Communion was wonderful, and I pray that I don't fall into laziness again.

Yesterday, I was overwhelmed by everything. Today, with prayer, I am able to handle things. I feel at peace. I can start attacking the mountains of laundry and my very lived in house. I'm not obsessed with worry over the school curriculum. We moms have met and have a plan of action and I can patiently wait and deal with this situation in a couple of weeks.

I know this blog won't appeal to everyone, but I think it's very important to point out how important our spiritual lives are to our overall well being. My spiritual lif was a mess. It's still a work in progress as I try to keep up good prayer habits for myself and my family. I just feel so good today and I wanted to share that.

  
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SHARON360 11/10/2010 9:06AM

    I think that our spiritual lives are always a work in progress. I'm glad you shared this blog, as I too have been struggling. My grandmother whom I was very close with passed away unexpectedly October 21st. I've found comfort in prayer and I'm trying to control what I can, and dive into the house, keeping active and I started journaling my food again. Thanks for the reminder of 'coming back to the basics'. That foundation is so important in helping everything else go right. emoticon

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MOMMY_MIMI 11/6/2010 5:23PM

    Good for you! I had fallen into the lukewarmness too for quite awhile, but now, I'm getting involved in church again, and even studying scripture on occasion. (not exactly where I want to be yet, but getting there)

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TLROYER 11/4/2010 9:56AM

    The bible and my Pastor are what got me through the past two weeks. I have found great comfort in my bible since Josh died. I'm glad you are finding peace.

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MUSICMOMOF2 11/3/2010 11:29AM

    I think that is wonderful that you were able to find some "peace". I have days where I feel like I need to do more for my spiritual self. I have a few of my Spark friends that are inspiring me to move in that direction. Thank you for sharing this!! Have a wonderful Wednesday!

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Everything's a battle

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

It sure seems this week that everything is a battle.

1. I have to battle to be sure my daughter (5th grade) learns her spelling and social studies despite being put in a split classroom that seems to be a failed experiment. She doesn't get the attention she needs and neither are the rest of the kids in that class.

2. I have to battle to get adequate math back in the elementary school. They've adopted some "new-age" system that is extremely lacking. I can guarantee any math my kids are learning, they are learning from me and the ALEKS computer system, not from their wacko new system.

3. I have to battle my employer. This may not be a battle this year. I haven't heard back from my boss yet if the flu vaccine is mandatory. I have serious concerns about vaccine safety and I also don't believe I should be forced to put any medication in my body. I didn't realize we were in the Soviet Union, Communist China, or Nazi Germany. I mistakenly thought this was the good old USA. I will probably have to get together with other employees who object and get a lawyer involved.

4. I have to battle the bully again. My second son (seventh grade) had to deal with bullying in our old small private school we went to several years ago. He had to deal with bullying last year at the public school. It appeared to go away for a while. The bully is treating him badly again. My son has handled it with the patience of Job, he's a little saint.

All of these battles are taking their toll on me emotionally. I have so much on my plate already. All we moms do. I guess I'll just keep plugging away and doing the best I can. There's only one school system here, and we've already tried homeschooling. There isn't the support system out here for homeschooling, and moving isn't an option. Forced vaccination is something I think we all will have to battle. It's just a matter of time.

I just have to buckle down and fight these battles head on.

  
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MUSICMOMOF2 10/28/2010 8:23AM

    Hang in there! I know what it feels like when there are so many other things going on. It's very stressful. I agree about the flu shot, I never get one, but I make sure the boys get them because of their allergies/asthma. Hope you have a better Thursday!

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JAMARIEHICKEY 10/27/2010 9:16PM

    emoticon Good luck!! I agree with you completely about the flu shot!! I've only gotten one and was sick for the whole winter....never again!

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STACYSMILES 10/27/2010 3:43PM

    Keep your head up !!!! emoticon

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Surviving Slumber Parties

Monday, October 25, 2010

Well, I survived! It was my oldest daughter's second annual slumber party and it went really well. I only let her invite seven friends, so it was much more manageable than last year (14). The girls are all 10 or 11, and it was Mary's 11th birthday celebration. There was occasional drama, as is always the case with this age group, but they all remembered they were friends and everyone left happy. The funny thing is that there were two other slumber parties planned for the weekend. Another one on Friday night which didn't seem to cross over too much with the girls Mary invited, and one on Saturday night which included most of the girls from Mary's party. She had quite the weekend, and also got invited to another sleep over this next week. She's funny though. I was saying that she was so popular, meaning it in a good way. She didn't like that. My kids use "popular" as kind of a bad thing, meaning the popular kids who are so full of themselves. Mary wants me to say that she is just a good friend. That is more accurate for her. She's just a nice girl in a class full of nice girls. We are really blessed that way. She will have stability and friends for life from this class. We live in a small town, so her class is not too large, about 90 kids. I grew up in the Air Force and moved around a lot. I graduated from a class of 360.

So, last week was full of prep time for the party and cleaning the house. The basement is much cleaner now. I still have more stuff to go through, but it's much more organized. The kids even came through and helped quite a bit. All the cleaning and shopping did cut into my exercise time. I only got two sessions in last week, but I was able to keep going when I was shopping and cleaning. I did crash yesterday after mass. I'm glad Sunday is a day of rest!

Now off to get back on that elliptical!

  
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BRANDTSGIRL 10/26/2010 12:26PM

    Yes sounds fun, I stopped doing slumber parts for my daughter her last one got out of control, (meaning some friends were to dramatic) spoiled the party.

I'm glad your came out alright and ALL had fun:)

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STACYSMILES 10/25/2010 9:27PM

    Sounds like a fun weekend! Way to be a GREAT Mom!!!

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MUSICMOMOF2 10/25/2010 6:32PM

    Sounds like a great weekend! I laugh when you say her class is 90. I graduated from a class of 26!!!

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