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Another Stressful But Fulfilling Day

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Work was slow, which was good...with all the stress that has been going on with the home front...slow was needed... the boss was back to his good mood self... as for son... well... we are getting there... after i get home, i tell ds we are going to talk later... well...he couldn't wait until later...so it ended up a family discussion...i think i handled it well...i did not lose my temper... even when he did... then he got depressed...life sucks...and he just thinks he should leave...this one has always been a hard phase for me to get through... that is when i normally would lose it...but i took a deep breath and explained why running from our problems are not going to solve them...and whether he liked it or not, we were going to work through this together, as a family and ride it out... we were going to learn from this, which we could not do if we ran from it, and that we will be stronger, as a person and as a family because of it... i then repeated (as i did many times before and since then) that no matter what he, or any of my children do, i will still love them...nothing could change that... i will stand beside them...yes, i will let them know when they are dead wrong...yes there will be consequences...but i will still be right behind them and beside them every step of the way....with the girls, these phases were made slightly easier because i was there once myself...but these male phases... oiy... but as i explained to ds...that doesn't change anything...i still love him and while we work on this, together, i will be right there for him... yes, he is still being punished...no, he's still not happy about it...but he's moving through this... it was a roller coaster of a night last night...but all in all...i truly believe he will come out of this... and i did see hopes of the boy i once knew and the good man he will become...hopefully...before i pull out all of my hair or am left shaking in a corner...lol...

  
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KALISWALKER 8/24/2009 11:12PM

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They do grow up and along the way there will be a few bumps. Hang in there!



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MISSBEAR11 8/23/2009 11:39AM

    The teen years can be hard years. I think its God's way of getting us ready for them to leave home. lol Growing up is not easy and sometimes its not easy to be the one who is responsible to help them grow up. But you sound like a great mom and I'm sure your son will be just fine. Try and enjoy the journey. Hugs.

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BLACKCANARYBABE 8/22/2009 9:22PM

    You did great. It is hard to go through the stress of some of these things, but we do make it some how.

BC

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WILDCARD1 8/22/2009 1:23PM

    Good for you for keeping it together. I sometimes get so mad, that I just end up yelling at the kids. I need to learn to stay more in control, but they don't seem to listen unless I am yelling at them.

You will get through this!
hugs,
Bobbi

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DBD398 8/22/2009 9:03AM

    JoDee sounds like you did the exact right thing! Firm, taking no crap but htere is always unconditional love. I have always told my kids the same thing.

Way to go, Mom!

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LINDA! 8/22/2009 8:57AM

    Sorry hon!!! You will get through this but may have a lot of gray hair when you do!! emoticonPrayers for you & your family...

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I Hate Men!!!

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Ok...most of them...lol...why is it they only call when they want something...ggggrrrrr... and then...boss in cranky mood...son...just don't know what is going on with him...it's almost like he doesn't care about his family anymore...just so he gets what he wants...oh...wait... it's the male thing...right??? and i swear...all day, if i was held up...it was by a MAN!!! really... are you serious?? please...somebody tell me that i will find someone that really wants to be a friend...even when he can't get any.... that the boss is just having a bad day (hhhmmm... maybe cause he didn't get what he wanted...lol) and tell me my son will grow out of this and be the loving son i know i once had...one that respects his mom for all the sacrifices and hard work and love that she gives to him.... please...somebody give me hope...cause today... i'm feeling pretty hopeless :(

  
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MOBAYGIRL 8/21/2009 10:49PM

    Playful honey it is the male hormone makes en unbearable at time. Take a deep breath sweetie, drink another margarita and soon all will be well.

Your son will grow out of his phase that you can count on as of the other men...well they will just be men.
Here a couple of chuckles about...you guessed it men.

A man said to his wife one day, 'I don't know how you can be

so stupid and so beautiful all at the same time.

'The wife responded, 'Allow me to explain.

God made me beautiful so you would be attracted to me;

God made me stupid so I would be attracted to you !


WOMAN'S PERFECT BREAKFAST

She's sitting at the table with her gourmet coffee.

Her son is on the cover of the Wheaties box.

Her daughter is on the cover of Business Week.

Her boyfriend is on the cover of Playgirl.

And her husband is on the back of the milk carton.


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LOSINGLINNDY 8/21/2009 2:54PM

    Hi. I am sorry I just found your blog. Hang in there. This stage will pas. It is part of the becoming independent yet wanting to hang on to Mom syndrome. The closer you are to them, the worse this stage will be. My three, 2 boys and 1 girl, finally got through those years and turned back into wonderful, loving individuals. My hair started turning gray before that happened

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WILDCARD1 8/21/2009 2:13PM

    Sorry, my son is just way to little yet to be going through this. He is only 5. Hopefully things will get better!

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MKSATHISH 8/21/2009 11:54AM

    OMG.., I am a man - stumbled across this blog when I was looking in to join the OPOD team., need to have a long talk with my wife today .. lol.., Me and my mom get along really well now but I am sure she often hated me when i was younger (now she just hates my wife, just kidding)

Maybe it's a passing thing.., Hang in there


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DBD398 8/21/2009 10:26AM

    I feel for you JoDee! Both of my 13 year olds are starting . However, my son is the worst out of the 2 boys. By stepson thinks it is a joke but his comments hurt. I keep thinking about my nephew and how mean and terrible he was growing up and now as a 27 year old man he is a wonderful caring respectful person. Don't give up hope! He is trying to figure out his place among all the women in your family. Would your DD1's husband or your brother talk to him maybe? I always find that with my girls if they go to be too much for me I would have my BFF talk to them and then she would listen and give them different advice. Of course, she always told me what was going on but I NEVER told them! This too will pass mom!

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XHASTEDMOMOF2 8/20/2009 11:30PM

    No help here!!! My son is just as apathetic!! Even my cat (male) is plucking my last nerve this evening!! Is it a full moon or something??


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JAYCEE77 8/20/2009 9:05PM

    Kitty, I live with three of them and at any time at least one of them is getting on my last nerve. ds will be fine. He'll grow out of it. My 22 yo ds has finally turned back into the loving son I remember. Now my 16 yo is going through it. Take a deep breath, count to 10 and take Missbears advice and have another margarita!

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MISSBEAR11 8/20/2009 8:37PM

    Trust me, your son will be fine. Its a stage and they all go through them. The "other" men are just men who think with their little brain cause they have NO big brain. lol Its a man thing and you can tell the man THING to take a flying leap! Keep smiling ... or drink more of those margaritas and the world will be a better place. lol Hugs.

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LINDA! 8/20/2009 7:54PM

    I don't have a son but I am sure that he will eventually get back to being a sweetheart again. Seems as though they go through these phases. As far as horn dogs, there really are good men out there. But they are few and far between. Just keep looking....hugs to you.

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PWRHSE2 8/20/2009 7:35PM

    Well I don't know how old your son is but it could just be a stage that he is going through himself, you know, trying to find himself and where he fits in in the world. As for men, I agree with the first post, don't give in to them , those kind of men are only in it for themselves and they are dogs. Save yourslef for someone who is worthy and you will feel better for it.

Good luck to you, stay strong and keep the faith and this too shall pass.


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OREAD_1 8/20/2009 7:31PM

    Hope is here. My son (24) is starting to be the sweet little (now not so little) guy I once knew. I have many years of memories of my son with his eyes lite up running to "Mommy". They have to get surly to find there own way. And you have to let them. Cuz if you don't they don't grow up to be the man you would like him to be.
About the horn dogs that are plaguing your life, that is just life. If you don't give them fuel (any reaction when it comes to horn dogs) they will find some one else to play with. It gets better as you get older. In my case I learn to "shut them down" fast.
I know from your tone that you and your son have a lot of love trust it.


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Margaritaville

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

This week has been employee appreciation week...it's a busy but fun time where our bosses make us feel extra special...this year has been no exception... today our sales rep took the other girl i work with and myself out to dinner...mexican...with margarita's....oh my... i have never had them before...so tried the strawberry ones...they just had the regulars...they were gooooood...lol... and we did have a good time...all 3 of us are single parents...so we shared stories about children and stories about dating...we laughed and then laughed some more... and all in all...felt appreciated....which is what he had hoped to accomplish... needless to say... i'm tired... but it was soooo worth it...and...uh...just for the record... margarita's.... maybe i should limit myself next time to just 1...ok...2...lol.

  
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WILDCARD1 8/21/2009 2:10PM

    I work for a large company, and they do not have any employee appreciation stuff. Glad that your company does!

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CANDYM4 8/20/2009 3:43PM

    I am glad that you enjoyed the margaritas and the company.
Candy

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MISSBEAR11 8/19/2009 10:29PM

    Well sounds like you had an extra good day. Hiccup! lol

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SCRAPPY_RN 8/19/2009 9:57PM

    I love margarita's and totally agree with Jaycee. They are sneaky little buggers.

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MOBAYGIRL 8/19/2009 9:47PM

    Oh Scrappy so glad you had a wonderful time and what a great company to take a week and show their employees that they are truly appreciated, in these times where to many companies employees are just $$$ going out of the bottom line.

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JAYCEE77 8/19/2009 8:47PM

    Oh yes, margaritas are yummy but they will sneak up on you if your not careful. LOL. Glad you had a good time.

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Team Work

Monday, August 17, 2009

I am so proud of the company i work for.... i have always loved my company...which is one of the reasons i go out of my way to be part of the solutions and not the problems...each year, we have an employee appreciation week...all for us, the employee's.... this year we were to keep it cheap, with the economy and all...but even on it's first day, that it's not the money, but the work family...the togetherness and the team work.... first we all were encouraged to send in our favorite recipe...and with that, they made it into a cookbook...a gift for us... by us...team work... they also gave us 2 ribbons...one to us saying that we have made a difference...a second to give to someone else that has made a difference in our lives.... not only team work, but sharing.... our terminal is also hosting a canned food drive... yea... sharing and team work again... this is the 5th week i have been part of... and each one is always special...this year it's one filled with meaning... togetherness and team work...we are weathering what the economy has been doing...but it's not just 1 person... it's not just the owners...but all of us...as a team....i am truly blessed to be part of such a wonderful and caring team and company...

I wanted to share this because as of the last couple years, i have sheltered myself.... from pain...from hurt...from people in general...i kept everyone at an arms length.... and for good reason...or what i thought was good reason...to shield my heart from any further hurt... but through my job and through SP, i have learned that though i may be sheltering myself from the hurt, i am also shielding myself from the love and caring of others... and because i am opening myself up again...yea, i might get hurt again...i might have my heart broke again...but until then and through it, i know i will have a team behind me and beside me....cheering me on... carrying me to the finish.... and i hope you all know... that i am part of your team...i will stand behind you and beside you... to carry you through. hugs to all my friends and team that makes us an internet family.

  
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WILDCARD1 8/21/2009 2:09PM

    Alway happy to be part of your team and family Kitty!

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MISSBEAR11 8/18/2009 3:05AM

    Reminds me of the poem "Footprints in the Sand". I'm glad you have such a great company and I'm glad that you are opening up some. Its good to feel loved and to love back. I'm sure all of us here at Sparks would carry you too girl ... but we would rather make you walk and take us with you on a holiday next year. LOL Hugs.

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CANNOTFATHOM 8/17/2009 9:38PM

    So glad you have such a nice work environment! Best wishes on opening yourself to all the opportunities that come your way!


Penny

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JAYCEE77 8/17/2009 7:41PM

    Kitty, I am honored to be a part of your team and to have you be on my team. Thank you. It really means a lot to know you have someone in your corner. Any time you need something, I'll be there for you. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LINDA! 8/17/2009 6:06PM

    What a great blog!!! I am glad that you have a job you enjoy and you know that you have many friends here that care and support you!! emoticon emoticon

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KALISWALKER 8/17/2009 4:31PM

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You are so right you do have team support here and at work. Also, you have friends who support you and help you reach your goals.

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Sunday Afternoon In The Park

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Well today has been a good day...we started the morning with my dd1 singing a solo at church...her voice along with the beautiful hymn she sung gave us all goose bumps... this is her singing :)


We then had a picnic at Quail Hollow State Park...


We then toured a 40 room manor, full of history... Here is the web site to both the park and the manor which is part of the park.

www.dnr.state.oh.us/parks/quailhlw/t
abid/783/Default.aspx


We then toured the carriage house which is now the nature center. Then took a walk back to the herb garden where we took a mini break before strolling through it.







and after that...we went to the van to collapse...that's alot of walking on a 93 degree day... phew...oh yea...i'll sleep good tonight :)

  
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WILDCARD1 8/21/2009 2:07PM

    Glad you had fun! The park and mansion are beautiful!

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MISSBEAR11 8/18/2009 2:54AM

    I bet you did sleep good. 93 is way way too hot for this girl. Yikes.

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JAYCEE77 8/16/2009 9:03PM

    What a wonderful way to spend a Sunday. I,m glad you had a good time.

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RHALES199 8/16/2009 7:31PM

    sounds like you had a beautiful day, despite it being so hot!

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KALATHIA 8/16/2009 6:28PM

    It sure is a lot of walking on a 93 degree day! But it looks like a GREAT place! Hope you drank LOTS of water and had a great time. Your daughter's beautiful!

Kathy

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