Friday, August 19, 2011
Just a quick blog today. I kept myself busy yesterday (first day of school) and I did fine. It seemed the kids were home before I knew it. I got a ton of laundry done and started to organize my kitchen again after a summer of the kids ruling the house. I also got a great workout done with no interruptions. I think I'm going to love that part. Maybe I can finally start making some progress again.
So, everything is good and I'm back to working out again!
Thursday, August 18, 2011
I've been looking forward to, and dreading this day for a few weeks. It's the first day of school. Usually I'm cheering. We've all been there. The kids are squirrelly and bickering frequently. My house has the lived in all summer look. I know the kids need school, and I need it too. This year is different...
Mikey (15) went off to high school. My first baby is almost all grown up and I only have four years to start thinking about college. I'll be a really sad mommy then.
Patrick (13) is big man on campus this year. He's an eighth grader. Mary (11) is moving up to middle school as well. She's in sixth grade, so there's a lot of new stuff for her.
Stevie (9) in off to fourth grade. He'll be my big helper with the twins. Sean and Bridget (6), both my babies, are off to kindergarten. I have an empy house now. We got Bridget to her room first. I almost cried. I really teared up, but I still had to get Sean off to his room. I didn't want him to be scared or sad so I sucked it up. I took a zillion pictures and have to figure out how to upload them. They are all so big. I can't believe they are all in school.
So now, here I am, home alone. I'm starting to get the house back in order. I realize I can't do it in one day. I'll have a lot of time in September to deal with this mess. My new casual pharmacist job doesn't have any allotted hours. They don't have any need for me in September. I also have time to get back into Sparkpeople more. I've plateaued at 170ish due to lots of stress over the last six months (transferring pharmacist license, applying for new job, interviewing, training). Lots of things accomplished, now back to getting in shape.
Tuesday, August 02, 2011
Yesterday it was 100 degrees, I had my six kids with me and we went to Omaha to do the dreaded school shopping. I might have tried Council Bluffs, but Hubby forgot some important papers and we had to also run those to him at work. I have to say, the kids did pretty well for shopping all day with a mom obsessed with getting everything done in one miserable day.
Target was our first stop. We got some clothes. Had the boys in one fitting room, then I was with the girls. I had to keep going back and forth for different sizes. I keep forgetting that Target's clothes tend to fit big. Then we went to the school supplies. I was trying to be organized as six kids kept coming at me, "Can I have this?" I kept trying to make sure we had all the cheap items in the cart. I am not paying $2.50 for a spiral notebook. I laughed at the sign that said, "limit 25 notebooks per customer." I was ready to fight that one if I had to. They obviously weren't expecting larger families to come through.
We survived Target, but I about had a heart attack when the cash register said $500. I guess I have to console myself that it's less than $100 per kid, and we did get some clothes, two calculators, two umbrellas, and some bath necessities.
I next was super cool mom as I took the kids to the mall. The bank clock on the corner of 90th and Dodge read 104 degrees. We ate lunch at the food court so everyone could have what they wanted. I was good and had a gyro salad, very proud of myself for that. Next was shoe shopping at Famous Footwear. They had their sale, buy one get the next half off. I was going to only get four pairs of shoes, but then discovered a fifth child needed them. Okay, so now make it six pairs of shoes to get the half off. I averaged about $45 per kid there. The sales clerks earned their keep, measuring all the kids' feet and testing all the shoes in the toes. I believe there was a collective sigh as we left.
I even made one more stop at JC Penney for some jeans for my oldest girl. It was another good price, but I can't believe how much money I spent on all this.
The sticker shock continued today when I did school registration for all six kids. There goes another $280 in registration fees and putting some money in their lunch accounts. I even went cheap and didn't get an activity card for my high schooler. I'll wait till he asks for one.
So complain with me if you like. I realize that many of you moms out there are suffering through the same thing I am right now.
Thursday, July 28, 2011
Anyone out there have experience with heel spurs? I've had heel pain since last year when I started jogging. Some days worse than others, but manageable. On Monday, I did something stupid. I was trying to be super-fun mom after working six days straight at two jobs. We went to the zoo in the morning and in the evening I took them all to the pool. Bridget (5) is learning to swim and she's adventurous. I decided to take her down the slide, but I have to hold her up so she doesn't go under water at the end. The first slide went great. We went a second time. I noticed we were going a lot faster that time, and I couldn't figure out how to slow down. I landed hard on my feet. I successfully kept her above water, but sacrificed my foot in the process.
Tuesday I went to the doctor and had x-rays. Nothing is broken, but all the soft tissue in my heel is swollen. The x-ray revealed quite a heel spur. I'm betting I have one on the other foot too, but probably not as big. My right foot always hurts more than my left foot. Treatment at this point is anti-inflammatory meds, ice and rest. I'm down to using one crutch, and the swelling is gradually decreasing. I still can't put my weight on my heel and it's driving me crazy. My first day of working in the pharmacy at my new job, I was hobbling around on a crutch. I'm afraid I'll still be hobbling around tomorrow as well.
So, exercise is not happening this week, and I think that's affecting me emotionally. I am able to boss the kids around for the house work. Although, when they fold clothes and put them away, my stuff goes missing for some reason. I'm still looking for my favorite pair of shorts.
Has anyone had surgery for heel spurs? I know they also may be treated with cortisone shots, but that doesn't really eliminate the problem. I'm just starting to do research on this, so any info would be appreciated.
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