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Much Smoother Today

Thursday, March 03, 2011

Hubby and I didn't stay mad at each other too long yesterday. He's been really sweet and understanding about how sick I feel. I'm glad we don't ever stay angry long. That's helped us stay together for over 16 years and raise six kids.

I was stressed about Freshmen registration for my oldest. Some of the high school requirements were getting in the way of his schedule. For Freshmen year, PE was the big problem, required one semester every year in high school. The counselor was fantastic to speak with. She told me he can waiver out of PE with a full academic schedule. Mikey will be able to continue with both band and choir. He's made Honors Choir twice now, and had a superior rating with a solo competition. He has a fantastic deep voice and the choir really needs him. Hopefully, they will add an eighth hour so he can take Spanish too.

So, much less stress today. The morning went smoothly. Patrick wasn't coughing as badly. Hubby didn't holler to me that he couldn't find such-and-such.

Now, if I could only shake this sinus/chest congestion!!!!

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FREELADY 3/9/2011 1:14AM

    I hope you are feeling more like yourself! Keep guarding your rest time!
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    Blessed to hear your day was better! Pray you feel better soon. Spring come sooner, we all need a break with these colds. :)

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ASMPP1 3/4/2011 6:36PM

    emoticonGlad to hear things are better. Get some rest, take care.

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WALKFIT 3/3/2011 11:44PM

    oops-not sure what happened!
Have a great Friday!

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WALKFIT 3/3/2011 11:44PM

    Feel better soon!

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WALKFIT 3/3/2011 11:43PM

    Feel better soon!

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SANDIK9806 3/3/2011 8:37PM

    YAY to smoother days!!! :) Glad to hear things went good with the highschool stuff! Hope you get to feeling better fast!

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MUSICMOMOF2 3/3/2011 4:32PM

    Glad to hear that your day went better too! Feel better soon!

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Mom (or Honey), Where's my _____ ?

Wednesday, March 02, 2011

Okay, I have to vent. I lost it this morning and snapped at Hubby pretty bad. In my defense, he snapped first.

You moms know how mornings are. I have six kids, seven if you count my husband, to help get out the door on time. This week has been filled with permission slips, scheduling parent/teacher conferences, and now Freshman scheduling for my oldest. My second oldest has missed three days of school due to his asthma acting up and I was trying to remember all his meds and get him to stop coughing so we could get him to school. I was getting breakfast for the twins, cleaning up the kitchen (no one helped clean up after dinner last night and I had to go to a meeting), making lunches for the two kids in elem. school and all before I had even had my coffee, let alone my own breakfast. This is pretty standard for my mornings.

Hubby shouts out from the computer he's been sitting at all morning, "I can't find my Visa card!" I have my own card. I never go in his wallet. He continues questioning me, "Did we get new cards and I haven't activated it?"


He snapped back at me and I continued:


He snapped again like this was my fault.

We never fight. We've both been sick, so I'm sure that didn't help the situation. We hugged and made up, him apologizing first (I wasn't budging). Before he left, I gently pointed out that after our "snapping" he had called out, "Where are my shoes?"

I hope he got my point.

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SHARON360 3/3/2011 3:21PM

    I feel that way many times and I only have two kids, one dog and a husband! emoticon You are a strong gal and you keep it together pretty well! Give yourself credit. Illness has been horrible this winter in our house, hopefully everyone is feeling better soon. Hang in there!

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KTACKEBE 3/3/2011 2:41AM

    And girls...this is why I postponed my wedding!! Sounds like you need a mommy breather, I say leave him with the kids and go for a long walk one morning and let him see what its like. emoticon

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ASMPP1 3/2/2011 9:10PM

    emoticon emoticonI know how that goes with just 2 plus hubby.

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    I have those morning with mine ( I only have 4 though) breaking point is usually " Mooooooooooooom! Where are my mittens??????????????" emoticon

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MOETR345 3/2/2011 5:31PM

    I joke that I am my hubby's external memory. He is ADD and misplaces EVERYTHING. For christmas I got him locators for his wallet, keys, phone.

Hope everything works out!

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DAPHNE_RUNS 3/2/2011 4:56PM

    I know how you feel and I only have two children (three if you count my husband). My husband is always forgetting where he leaves his stuff. And the world stops until I stop what I am doing, including sleeping, get up and help him find whatever it is. So I say to myself "If I was ..... where would he put his wallet or keys, etc....". All I have to do is walk around and look in high spaces or underneath a magazine to find his missing loot. I don't know what my husband would do with me. Lol!!!!!


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LNSYLVSDOGS 3/2/2011 2:27PM

    Omigosh, I know how you feel! No one ever puts anything away after themselves and then when they can't find it....who do they think has to know and be able to find it for them???? Sometimes, one wants to just _______ (fill in the blank there, please). LOL LOL LOL emoticon emoticon

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CMPEARL 3/2/2011 1:41PM

    Unfortunately, I know those kinds of mornings...I have them too often. I hope the rest of your day goes better! emoticon

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MUSICMOMOF2 3/2/2011 12:44PM

    Sounds like a bit of a stressful morning. I probably would have done the same thing! Hope your day improves!

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LADYIRISH317 3/2/2011 10:19AM

    He needs to get off his dead tail and find it himself! My ex was like that.

I saw a sampler kit once that sums it up. It had a lot of buttons you sew onto the sampler. The saying is, "For maid service push button. If nobody answers, do it yourself."

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Christmas Cookie Weight is Gone!

Tuesday, March 01, 2011

169.2 lbs!!! I'm in the 160s now!! You would think I'd be jumping around hooting and hollering.

The bad news: the reason I know my accurate weight is because I went to the doctor yesterday. I'm so congested and coughing a lot. Both hubby and I are under the weather. Hubby missed three days from work and I haven't done much since Friday. I also haven't slept much in two nights. I can't sleep when I can't breathe through my nose. It's a strange infection. It hit my chest first, then migrated to my sinuses. No sore throat, only congestion, coughing, and plugged sinuses.

Patrick, my 13 year old asthmatic son, has also been sick. We kept him home for a third day of missed school. He has a horrible cough and has started on Prednisone now. We're even trying to go to the next step in asthma treatment, an Advair diskus.

I look at March on the calendar, and I have no time to be sick, so I'm really taking good care of myself for a speedy recovery. Tonight is Freshman orientation for my oldest. Envision me sobbing as my oldest is growing up too fast. Later this month is the meeting for kindergarten for my twins, the youngest kids in our family. Again, envision me sobbing as my youngest are growing up too fast. We have an Elementary school spring concert for Mary (11) and Stevie(9). Mikey (14) made honor choir for the second year. Patrick (13) made honor band. Both those concerts are out of town. These are Southwest Iowa Middle School events, huge choir and I imagine a huge band. These concerts are also scheduled for the two nights of parent teacher conferences. I guess Hubby and I will have to divide and conquer. This is just a partial list of all our events for the month.

So, I guess if I'm going to be sick, this is the week to do it. I'm resting, drinking lots of fluids, and still eating pretty well. I've got my antibiotics and should be on the mend soon. I'll try not to be so hard on myself about missing workouts. Judging by my latest weight, what I'm doing is working. I just need to take it easy this week, so I can get back to it by next week.

Stay healthy everyone!!

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MUSICMOMOF2 3/1/2011 12:32PM

    I agree with the Yay for the 160's and boooo for the cold! I wish I could get the scale to move again. It's slowly creeping up, but I think it's more "retention" than actual weight gain. Hope you get to feeling better quickly!

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NYS_EMT 3/1/2011 10:24AM

    Feel better soon!!! But congrats on the new weight bracket! How exciting!

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CMPEARL 3/1/2011 10:02AM

    YAHHH for the 160's...BOOOOO for the cold :( With your busy schedule, make sure to take some time for you. I hope you and your family start feeling better soon! emoticon

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Cinnamon Toast

Thursday, February 24, 2011

This week is going pretty well. I worked Friday through Sunday, and it was insanely busy. It really wore me out, especially since I did the single mom thing last week. Hubby went to Atlanta for a business conference. Monday was a recovery day. I did nothing. When I say nothing, I mean nothing. I can't tell you all the TV I watched.

Tuesday and Wednesday, I got going again. I got outside for walk/jogs. Wednesday I did a total of 3 miles jogging, one mile walking. That's a little further than my usual and added up to 60 minutes of cardio. My eating has been good and I go to the doctor some time next month to see if I'm making progress.

Now, two kid's stories. Mikey (14), my oldest, participated in a singing competition for Southwest Iowa schools. He sang a solo, "Joshua Fit the Battle of Jericho." We really enjoyed hearing him practice with his deep, bellowing voice over the last few weeks. He got a superior ranking! I'm so proud of him.

Cinnamon toast: Stevie (9) was making cinnamon toast for breakfast one morning. The kids do this by making toast, spreading butter on it, then sprinkling with sugar and cinnamon. He sat at the table and made a funny face as he bit into his toast. "Mom," he said, "I think the cinnamon has gone bad." We looked at the spice rack to see which bottle he used. I never realized how similar the words cinnamon and cumin were, until this incident.


I've since moved the cumin to the cupboard, and cloves now sit next to the cinnamon on the spice rack.

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MRSBENNETT2 2/24/2011 8:08PM

    Oh my! Your poor son! That would have been a shocking thing to bite into....
I smiled when you wrote about your older son's singing contest. I remember that song from when i was a kid.

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BRANDTSGIRL 2/24/2011 8:02PM

    emoticon for sharing this:)

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MAGIC10FINGERS 2/24/2011 7:50PM

    ROFLOL! Poor kid, cumin instead of cinnamon! Sounds like something 1 of my boys would do!
Sometimes U just have to have a day to regenerate. We ALL do it!

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MUSICMOMOF2 2/24/2011 1:29PM

    That is too funny about the toast! Sounds like you've had a pretty good week.

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JOAN_HEO 2/24/2011 9:59AM

    LOL Ewwww! Talk about a disappointing breakfast! Yuck!

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LIGHTHOUSE0403 2/24/2011 9:39AM

  Too cute!

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WCSTATEN 2/24/2011 9:25AM

  Spread peanut butter 0n t0ast, then add cinnam0n! GREAT!

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Sunny Thursday!

Thursday, February 17, 2011

I am so glad we've gotten a break from winter. Last year was brutal, with no melt until the end of Spring. I've gotten outside for walks and jogs every day this week! Today, I walked with my five year-old twins in their stroller. Holy cow! They've grown over the winter. I believe they must be 90 lbs together. I didn't jog any, didn't want to hurt myself. Those hills were challenging enough!

I love living in a small town. I was 3/4 of a mile away from home when Bridget cried, "I have to go potty!" Thankfully, I saw a man washing his car in his driveway. I've walked by this house hundreds of times on my walks and jogs. I quickly introduced myself and begged to use their bathroom. He and his wife were retired school teachers. They were very nice, and I got to complete my walk without running home for Bridget.

So, lesson learned. Don't believe the twins when they say they don't need to go. I have six kids. You'd think I would know that by now.


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ELISADENK 2/21/2011 12:38AM

    I have lived in 2 small towns. Love 'em.

People walking by my parent's house would ask to use their bathroom! LOL

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MAGIC10FINGERS 2/19/2011 7:24PM

    LOL! I love that about believing your kids when they say they don't have to go potty!
I too live in a small town & U can do the same here, MOST places.
It WAS nice here in the midwest. I hope we get the thunderstorm here 2nite they say we could get, but it's suppose to get cold again, with possible snow mixed in 2morrow night in2 Mon. Is that your 4-cast too? I 4get exactly where U live.

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JAYEACTS 2/17/2011 4:34PM

  Yay for spring - it'll be in the 60's in NYC tomorrow and then cold on the weekend...of course!!!!

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MUSICMOMOF2 2/17/2011 3:17PM

    I wish that I could go outside! It would probably be okay for Jacob to go out, but I don't want to risk it. Glad that you enjoyed your walk and I agree about making sure the kiddos actually go before hand even when they say they don't need to. That is a struggle some days with Jacob. Enjoy the rest of the day!!

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CMPEARL 2/17/2011 2:39PM

    It definitely feels like spring today outside of the QC...will hopefully be walking to get my guy from school today. I love being out in the sun!!

As far as toddlers and potties go...well, that one will always be a mystery to me as well LOL Glad you enjoyed your stroll!

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