Sunday, May 03, 2009
Saturday Tim and I went to a "Derby Day" party... this couple has been having the party for 24 years ( I think I've been going for 19). Guess what new addion this year... the Lady's Hat Parade. And I I won a bottle of champagne! Do I seem like the type that would have a Victorian style had in her closet? Well, I had loaned mine out to a friend and had to get it back, but yes. Our town was established in Victorian Times and we have a Festival every September... yeah I know still doesn't seem like me... but Friday of festival weekend is "3rd grade day" and all the 3rd graders from the 5 schools in the Township dress in Victorian Garb and go to the one room school in the "village area' and play Victorian games... the parent chaperones have to dress up too, now you get it. My last child will be in 3rd grade this fall, )so I still have "the Hat".
Me in "The Hat" added at 11:40 pm for Annie
Restated the Obvious... again... who do you think is going to clean this up since I can't? (SSSSShhhhhhh now it's some can't and some won't.)
Today I walked around the yard and pointed out what needed to be done. I got some "yes dears" from DH til I stooped to pull a few weeds. Then he and Claire and Tommy (Abby was lucky enough to have a Girl Scout Meeting) picked up sticks and pulled weeds for 2 hours. So, I did fold some clothes.
My Mom made dinner in a belated birthday celebration; yum pot roast, mashed potatoes, fresh spinach and broccoli. And of course birthday cake.
I am tired, but happy.
Walked around at church and the yard... so I did some physical... got some chores done around here by myself and others.... many reminders given about how we talk to each other, still, but only one room banishing and several "sorry Mom, sorry (insert name of offended party here)" so we're still working on that.
all goals a work in progrss
I'm a tired girl, so I'm off.
Friday, May 01, 2009
May 1st. I have made a lot of progress, especially when I remember how I felt last weekend. So, my recovery from surgery... almost three weeks out has been good.
My family is making progress. The dish washer was unloaded without my even asking!!!! (I did have to reload it last night as it was jammed with dishes that were too dirty to get clean in there... but still.) The girls helped me fold two loads of clothes and everybody already cleaned up their rooms. ( I just explained... should I have to... that if they just use their hampers and drawers, and make the bed in the morning... I won't have to bother them about their rooms again...)
We all went to Costo tonight... I made it for 2 hours (including dinner) I used a cart to lean on some, but walked. It wasn't exercise pace, but let's not kid ourselves... that's not my pace right now anyway so it was 1.5 hours of moving which is huge. I'm hoping not too huge, but so far so good. I'll probably sleep like a baby tonight.
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Are we noticing a theme here? Lots of "little bits". Abby walked with me we walked a bit farther and she reported that I was a bit faster and straighter! She's a good kid!
As far as axing... I just declared that the rooms should be clean before TV as well as the lunches and homework. I can't say my announcement was met with "JOY" but it was also not met with arguments or surprise so ... PROGRESS!
on a side note... I really hope that my gut is right... I'm feeling very Y2K about this swine flu "pandemic". I think this will give us a good "dry run" in case the countries' medical staff needs to work together and mobilize for something even more deadly. I am hoping that it remains responsive to Tamiflu and that people remain calm.
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
I walked a bit today. I have committed to walking outdoors everyday now that I am recovering well, and past the two week "lay low" period after my surgery. I walked to the "long corner" and back (.25 of a mile or less). I thought I felt great, and I do... but am I slow. My daughter was tactful but I could see it on her face. A friend saw me on the way back and stopped, rolled down the window and said, "What are you doing?" She said "You look good, how do you feel" I admitted to " a little tignt" she said I was "a little bent over".
So, I got some fresh air, did what I was supposed to do, feel fine. And got reinforced that this is going to be a "gradual process". I wish I was more of a "gradual girl". But, I guess I can learn from that, too.
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
We are focusing on two things this week.
One is emotional... we are axing negative tone/words. The axe has been weilding. The girls boss Tommy. Tommy ignores everyone and does what he wants. The girls are 13 and almost 11 so there are times when evidently their father and I are incredibly stupid. These circumstances can provoke mean voices often and mean words as well. I am giving a warning/reminder/explanaion/example when I hear it and then sending people to their rooms if I hear it again.
When Claire was sent to her room while we were getting into the car for the religous ed. celebration (Daddy was in the house... had to go to class later) they were all shocked... Usually I wouldn't want to be late, they also thought I wasn't going to take her(and I told her next time she WOULD stay home), since then all I have to say is TOV (tone of voice) and they reword themselves.
Our other effort is onging from last week. No TV after dinner until all things for school, homework, lunches, any papers needing to be signed, instrument practicing, clothes out for the next day, backpack readied are set. This used to be the rule before Daddy was in charge of mornings, as we had an early, strictly scheduled window to get out... but that eased up, and we did too . Not to all advantages. Now mornings are much calmer and relaxed so that is going in the right direction.
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