Busy Announcement

So many things are happening right now, with the end of the school year approaching! I’ve been so busy, that I can’t even think about blogging and for that I’m sorry! Please know that I’m just busy and not abandoning you all again!! ^_^

I’m wrapping up the Awana year next week and I am making books for all 9 students. It’s taking up quite a bit more time than I thought it was going to. Add that to the enormous printing, cutting, taping, gluing and planning of A’s 4th birthday party and I’m a swamped mess!!

End of the year things at school and dance class mixed with follow up DR appointments and I’m lost in life. So take this little blip of a blog post and know that I’m just busy busy!

When I have 2 seconds to think about something other than what else I have to finish/attend/plan, then I’ll give you a good blog. PROMISE!

Chao!
*A*

Happy Sounds from the Kitchen

It’s not the sound of laundry tumbling in the dryer. Nor is it the dishwasher scrubbing all my dishes so that I don’t have to. Although these are all good sounds that come from my kitchen, I’m writing about the sweet sounds of my little Peanut (A) singing as she plays with her Kinect Sand ^_^

“Tomorrow there’ll be sun! Everyday I love ya tomorrow! You’re only away a-way!” The beautiful notes of a soon-to-be 4 year old soar through our small but cozy house as I search Facebook for any missed news on my feed, my mind looking for something exciting to blog about. I hear her small voice belting out this song that she’s heard but obviously doesn’t know all the correct words to sing and it makes me happy. And I want the world to feel this happiness, this sunshine that is shining so bright that it fills the whole house with its carefree spirit.

When any of my children sing, I smile. I don’t care if I can’t understand a word of it or if they are off key. It’s magical to me. I can’t find words to define the reason, but I don’t really feel like I have to. It’s not even a happiness, because even that wonderful word puts boundaries for what I’m feeling. I could sit and listen to them sing all day and be hoping for more when the day is over. I long to turn down the radio when they start belting out a song they know because I’d rather hear them sing it their own, special way. It was awesome to hear her singing, just her voice from whatever she can hear inside her head, thinking that no one else can hear her singing is the best.

Sometimes as parents, we want just a little quiet time. Time for ourselves and we all deserve that! Absolutely! But I just wanted to remind you all to listen during that quiet time. That’s where you can find those magic moments that you want to keep forever.

~A~

The Glamorous Night Life

OK, that was a lie because last night was anything but glamorous. I’m certainly not glamorous after only 2 hours of sleep.

My son stayed home from school yesterday because he has had this bad cough. He started feeling better around 4pm, but his cough kicked in again last night around 11:45pm. I had only been asleep for about an hour, maybe an hour and a half before he woke me up coughing. I sat him up, gave him his inhaler and some cough meds. It took about 10 – 15 minutes to get his cough controlled then propped up to help him sleep better. By this time, I’m wide awake. I check on the girls, get a drink and hope that with a little Netflix, I’ll be able to fall back asleep. No such luck.

No matter what I did, I could not fall back to sleep. My back and head had started hurting so I took some pain meds and got the heating pad to help soothe my back. I figured that would help get me to sleep. Nope. I played on my Kindle, which is said to keep people awake, but I have fallen asleep plenty of times while playing in bed, but tonight was not one of those nights.

I tried music on, music off, TV show, movie, cuddled up to my hubby, on my back, on my stomach, on my sides – nothing. Then, A came into the bed. Well, with my back and head hurting, I wasn’t about to share my bed, so I laid her down in the toddler bed I keep in our room for this exact reason. Within an hour, she was back in my bed, so I carried her off to her bed. This happened 2 more times throughout the night.

*SIGH*

Then it was 5am. My husband’s alarm is going to go off in 20 minutes. I just lay there, waiting for it to go off. When it does, I tell him that I haven’t slept all night so don’t expect much in the way of housework being done today, because I’m going to sleep as much as I can before A gets home from school. My plan was to send M to school with his inhaler because he seems fine until the night time. Again, not so much. He got up shortly after 6 to more coughing and this time he’s coughing stuff up… *UGH!* So, now he’s going to be home all day and I have to try my best to manage with the little sleep I acquired before 11:45pm and then the bit of sleep that finally came between 5:30 and 6am.

I’m stumbling like a drunken woman while trying to get the girls ready for school. My eyes feel puffy and are only half open and if I lean too much one way.. I literally start to fall over. I call my mom and tell her I may be requiring my dad’s assistance due to lack of sleep. I’m hoping that because M didn’t sleep well, he’ll take a nap easily today, which means MOM can get a nap in too.

So, to keep myself awake – and alert – while waiting for A’s school bus, I’m here, typing and yawning. As soon as she’s on the bus, I’ve got a hot date with my comforter and the recliner. *yawn*

Lazy Day to finish the Weekend

Don’t you just love lazy days?

It’s always nice to take a day away from chores and the worries of every day life, just basking in the peacefulness of doing nothing. Ok, I don’t know that I should have said peaceful, I do have 3 kids! But it seems they enjoy the lazy days too, because they are a bit calmer on our lazy days, which makes for a peaceful day.

Luckily for me, I had all my “chores” done on Friday, we weren’t home all day Saturday, so I didn’t have a messy kitchen staring at me the whole day, which absolutely ruins a lazy day. I was able to enjoy the loveliness of the lazy day and even take a nap on the couch! The kids all took naps and Hubby just enjoyed his video games. Delightful!

To make a lazy day even better (hard to do!) Hubby made dinner! I got to play a little bit of Minecraft (yep.. we’re THOSE kind of people!) with K while he made a delish chicken dinner. After dinner, I got to play more with K until it was bedtime (which technically is right now, but since I’m blogging.. the kids are reading a little later than usual).

Now, I haven’t been in the kitchen to check out the damage made from this delish dinner, and I’m sure I don’t want to go in there. But, alas, it’s on the way to our bedroom, so I will see it and spend 20 minutes cleaning it up, which I guess I could do since I didn’t do anything else today. ^_^

Tomorrow I shall start the weekly routine of up at 6:30am, kids off to school by 7:50 then figuring out what to do with my day until A is home at 12:45pm, at which time the TV will have some Disney Jr or Nick Jr show playing while I blog or clean up.. something like that.

until we meet again…

~A~

Sick Day

AAAAAACCCHHHOOOOOOOO! Does anyone have a tissue?

I am so thankful that the kids had NO SCHOOL yesterday! With all the sniffles, coughs and nose-blowing going on in this house, it was sure needed! My son, M, coughed all last week, my oldest, K, started at the end of the week, my husband and I got it Sunday evening and little A got hers yesterday. While M was feeling better yesterday and K wasn’t too bad either, Mommy could hardly get out of bed. But there as mothering to be done, so I pulled myself out of my bed, taking my lovely purple, cozy comforter with me, wobbled through the kitchen, snagging the kids some breakfast along the way, then firmly planted myself on the couch. M took breakfast in his room, which is normally not allowed but if he was happy and content and fed.. I was ok with it! My girls snuggled on the couch with me for a while, until they decided their Kindles were more entertaining than Mommy’s shows.

Eventually, I did manage to pull my butt off the couch and make some real food (ok.. warmed up pizza, but that’s still REAL food!). I ended up back on my butt, this time in the recliner. The kids were content, bouncing between watching TV with Mommy and playing in their rooms. I was happy to watch Gilmore Girls (Thank You Netflix!) and drink water all day. Although my head was constantly reminding me of all my chores that weren’t getting done while I relaxed the day away, I never got any of it done. not one dish washed, not a sock put away. I fed the kids, made sure they weren’t destroying the house (or each other) and kept them happy.

When Daddy got home at 4pm, we were still in jammies, still watching Gilmore Girls and playing on Kindles. He gave his daily round of kisses, looked at me with sad eyes and apologized that I was sick. I told him I was sorry he came home to a slightly messy living room and a more than slightly messy kitchen. That wonderful man just smiled, kissed me, told me everything was okay, then made us all soup for dinner. WINNER WINNER WINNER! I snagged me a good one 😉

By the end of the night, poor Hubby was as sick as I was and went to bed early. I tucked the kiddos into bed, after reading, baths and teeth brushing then slipped back into the chair. It was nice to have that quiet time, even after a lazy, sick day. I finished my episode of Gilmore Girls then headed to bed.

It would have been great had this been the end of my night, but a massive headache and nasal congestion kept me up for several more hours. While waiting for the medicine to kick in, I watched more Gilmore Girls and snuggled with Hubby. So.. maybe the night didn’t end SO bad 😉

*A*

Do what makes you HAPPY

HAPPY EASTER READERS!

I wanted to tell you all about our wonderful Easter. 3 egg hunts, a lovely family BBQ hosted by my brother, spent a little Easter money (kids were lucky enough to get an egg with a few dollars in it from Grandparents). I had a nice little post prepared. Then, I started looking back at the blogs I had previously written. It makes me sad that I decided to stop blogging. I’m always so worried if people are actually reading it. If what I have to say really matters to anyone else. So, I let the doubt take over and I stopped.

I began to feel the need to blog again, because the truth is very simple – I love blogging. My first thought: “I need to start a Blog again”. This time, I didn’t just “start again”, but picked up the one I so willingly abandoned. And here we are. But why blog?  I love writing about the things that mean the most to me and sharing experiences. Whether they are read by someone or just sit there waiting for me to read again in the future, a way for me to look back on all the things I thought were important. And if my blog IS read, followed, liked or I receive a comment, there is a feeling I can’t describe.

I looked back, read the blogs I had written 2 years ago to discover how happy it made me to write here. I had 10 followers (from WordPress, more from Facebook) which may seem like nothing, but for me it’s amazing. I had said something meaningful enough for someone to follow my blog. I’m sorry I let you down. I’m sorry I was here one minute and gone the next. This is what happens when you lose faith in yourself. When what others think of you matters more to you than what makes YOU happy.. you’re going to miss out. It’s as easy as that.

For most of my teenage to adult life, this is how I lived. Always worried about how I looked to other people. Wanting to please others rather than myself. While this isn’t always a bad thing, it is not always good either. One day, it became clear to me. I like to believe that I just ended up hearing what God had been trying to tell me for a while – It’s not about them, it’s about me. Not being selfish or conceited in ANY way, by any means. I simply mean that if I like that t-shirt, it doesn’t matter if THEY like it or not. Don’t make decisions based on what others will think or react. Do what makes you happy ^_^

Have a great week! I’ll be back again soon!

*A*

And what a life it’s been!

Hey There! I’m *A* and I’ve been away for 2 years!! YIKES!!

In case you are just finding this blog, I am a stay-at-home-mommy of 3 (2 girls and a boy) in a small town. I love Pinterest and finding ways to save money. I have a second blog called “Count Your Pennies” all about living low income and how to make the most of it!

In “This Mom’s Life” I just talk about life. I may give a little advice, share info or my opinions and insight on things, but mostly, I come here to let it out. A journal of sorts. My hope is that someone finds comfort in the posts and realizes that there are other Mom’s out there, ready to pull their hair out, but still so in love with their lives ^_^  That’s me! I got one hand in my hair and the other holding the hands of my little creations, gifts from God and loving (ALMOST) every minute ^_^

I promise to not be gone so long, so come back for the next blog!

Chao!

*A*