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Sunday, January 30, 2011

May I Just Say......

I have some handsome, intelligent, funny, and super terrific sons.  Really, can I say that!!!

Friday, January 28, 2011

16 Years Ago Today.........

..........Sean had hair.  My lipstick was too dark.

But that didn't stop us!!!!!!  Happy Anniversary!!!!

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Goal Setting

Jackson's teacher gave the students an exercise to complete which involved writing down what their new years resolutions were.  Jackson, who is a perfectionist in so many ways, responded by crashing his head into his desk.  He went down hard on his forehead and he did not get back up.

His teacher knows him well enough now to know that this was just something that was WAY to stressful for him so she let it go.  It made me wonder if I have dropped the ball on this idea of goal setting or at least been too rigid.

I don't do new years resolutions.  I don't like them.  I think of them as my upcoming failures.  Hmm......what can I NOT do and make myself feel like a complete failure?  I know!!!  I'll start on the first of the year!!!!!  Needless to say, if you asked my boys about resolutions made at the start of a year they would probably look at you like you were strange.

I do, however, believe in setting goals. I believe in establishing traditions.  I just pick dates other than January 1st.

Last year I picked running dates.  September 24th was my big one.  I ran 22K.  I  decided that we would have a big breakfast on Christmas morning and anyone who is in attendance must have a Christmas mug.  It was a fun time.  My parents came with their mugs.  I want to carry that on.  We participated in our friends' Boxing Day run and brunch and hope to join in their annual tradition each year.

This year I am setting running dates again, at least three or four of them.  I am setting some professional goals.  I plan to encourage each of the boys to set at least one goal for themselves.

We've done these things before, but sometimes I wonder if we get so rigid in our goal setting that we leave no room for what life throws at us.  I am hoping we can be more flexible this year and adjust when necessary.

I don't want my almost 9 year old feeling overwhelmed by these types of things.  His poor little forehead.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

And I Thought It Was a Girl Problem

Jordan wakes up at 6:30am every school day to get ready for the day.  I realized this past week that he is not wearing his contact lenses so I brought up the issue.  He locks himself in the bathroom for 20 minutes each day and I couldn't understand why the contacts were not on the eyeballs. 

So what does he do in that bathroom, because according to Jordan he doesn't have time to put in his contacts.  He brushes his teeth, washes his face, and edits his hair.  Edits?  Yes, edits.

He does his hair the night before and then fixes it in the morning.  Edits.

My question is, 20 minutes.  Really?  Brushing teeth, washing face, and editing hair?  A boy/man? 

We have the morning line up of others who also need the bathroom who have to wait until Jordan is done.  I've kind of implemented an open door policy unless......you know.

If this is a sign of things to come with the rest of the boys (James doesn't count because he does the same stuff in half the time) I am really going to need another bathroom.

Didn't think I would have this issue with having all boys.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Poor Puppy

Every winter Gracie's skin gets so irritated.  It's like she's allergic to the cold weather.  We always need to keep a close eye on her because she constantly scratches and bites herself in the most unlady-like manner.  Really, have I taught you NOTHING!!!!

We came home from church yesterday to find Sean bathing the pooch.  She'd apparently started biting her bottom and tail and left herself covered in blood.  We are now keeping close tabs on her and using the "cone of shame" when she starts maiming herself. 

We know by the spring Gracie will be fine, but it's a long wait and we need to watch out for infections.  We've tried medications, but they only take away the itch. 

Poor little girl.  The picture of sheer humiliation and sadness.

Sunday, January 2, 2011

A Boy and His Dog

Jackson spent most of the week before Christmas sleeping by the Christmas tree.  He had company one night.

What To Do When You Need a Good Tacky Christmas Sweater

I honestly hate them.....Christmas sweaters, that is.....but they are so fun to create for a Christmas sweater themed party!!!!!

Christmas Crafts

Again.  Why pay a ton of money for something you can do on the cheap a year later.  Very sad that this year you can't buy these types of trees at Michaels.  So glad I bought them last year.

I loved doing these.  I can keep them out all year.  Just flip them around depending on the season!!

The Family Christmas Photo.......Finally!!!!

I ain't gonna lie.  We took it today.  The tree was suppose to have come down yesterday, but I thought maybe I could get the boys without bedhead on a Sunday.  They've had bedhead everyday except Sundays this season.

We thought it would be interesting to see how many takes before we could get a decent shot of Gracie.  You finally get the kids sort of cooperating then you get a dog.  Can anyone say glutton for punishment???

The Last Couple of Months

How the time flies.

Sean was away for three weeks working in cold, cold weather.  I played single mom through all the Christmas concerts and worried with all the bad weather we may not have a dad home for Christmas.  But we did.  Thank goodness.

Our washing machine died.  I only put up one Christmas tree.  I finally cleaned up my bedside table.  I finished my college course with honors (which is funny because I could never find time to work on it).  I fell ill multiple times.  I did the majority of the Christmas shopping and managed to not buy any video games!!!!!!!

We were the recipients of many a Secret Santa and some not so secret Santas.  We got to feel the love of some wonderful friends and we, too, got to share some of our love.  We had the opportunity to be of service to others.  Others were of service to us.  This was the best part of Christmas this year.

Our Christmas was quieter than the past few and it was nice.  I liked that we were more low key.  I liked that I could stay in my PJs all day.  I liked that we only left the house to drive four minutes to my parents' house for dinner.  I liked that after dinner we could drive 4 minutes home and then stay put for a few days and hibernate.

A multi family run around Henderson Lake followed by brunch with those families marked our first day of the year.  Jordan ran with me while Sean, Jared, and Jackson walked.  James wouldn't get up and because he sleeps in his underwear and weighs 170 pounds, I can't drag him out of bed so easily.  I suppose the fact that it was -21C with the windchill would be reason not to drag him outside in his undies either.

Cold or not, it was a beautiful sunny morning and the run was great.  The food was great.  The company was great.

School starts up again in a couple of days and my feelings are mixed.  We have enjoyed sleeping late and lounging around, but I guess we have to get back to real life at some point.

The days are getting longer again.  Our winter has been more mild than the previous two and I hope that it continues to be.

What's up for this year?  James will be 16.  Jordan becomes a teenager.  Jared will leave Primary.  Jackson will leave the junior levels of elementary school (I always feel like there's a huge difference between 3rd and 4th grade).   Aside from that I don't know what is in store for us.  I'm a little nervous, truth be told.

Too bad.  And life moves forward.