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Happy New Year 2018

New Beginnings

 

Whew, another new year.  Another set of new beginnings.  Another time of reset and start fresh. I am looking forward to this year. There are a lot of things on the horizon that seems really awesome.

Right now I’m still wrapped up in the excitement of new ideas, prospects, things to do.  It’s hard to not feel good.  It’s gonna take hard work to take the list and ideas and make them into reality.  But for the first time in a while, I feel like I have it in me to do the hard work.

That in itself is really exciting to me.

You might be wondering what is so exciting to me.  Well, one I have these goals and ambitions to learn more.  Just because I’m a college grad doesn’t mean that my learning should stop, and I miss learning.  I miss challenging myself to study.  I have set some goals for myself, like learning French and learning basics from my childhood.

I also have a goal of cutting debt out of my life.  There are things that just need to stop being so expensive.  There is no reason to spend so much money on things that just don’t matter.  So I will be finding ways to save money.  Learn to do more with less.   There is no reason that we are so quick to swipe the card.  I intend to do some yard sales to get rid of clutter, with the intent of all proceeds going to cut our debt.  Phil and I have been very loose with our spending habits.  It’s my goal to cut that.  It’s my goal to take more steps to pay off our debts.  Between credit cards and student loans, we are being strangled.  I intend to change that.  I just do.  While all of this is probably too much information, it’s just a goal that means so much to me.  This time next year I want to report that I have succeeded in getting cutting out all credit card debt.

The reason this means so much to me, is I want a new car.  My car is great.  Don’t get me wrong.  Great gas mileage.  It has been through a lot.  The only issue with my beloved car is that my family of five does not fit into it well.  Now when the hubby is at work, and one of the kids can sit up front it’s fine.  But when all three kids are in the back, it’s very bad.  Poor Haylie is tortured.  So if I can get out of all credit debt.  I could save and get a new car by this time next year.  It’s a long goal.  But I’m playing the long game with my money.

 

Other goals include getting my body to a point that I can withstand daily life.  Due to the health issues, I’ve been through I have every attention to give myself the resources to keep me healthy.  I don’t want to be super strength girl or anything.  Just healthy enough to be able to live a good life.  Yes. I want to lose weight.  I have a number in mind but the truth is I don’t care if I am a size two or twenty.  I just want to be able to run around with my kids.  Go on field trips and have a good time.  So there are reasons I need to get my body in order.

There are a bunch of other smaller goals that I’m excited about, but for tonight.  I’m going to leave it at this.  The year will be full of great things.  I’m excited to for this year.  Are you?

 

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Christmas 2017

Happy Holidays?

Was my Christmas season a good one?  Yes.  It was.  I have to say that I was full of nervous energy as it approached.  But I have to say that when it was all done and over I  was pleased with how it turned out.  

Phil and I were able to get most of the shopping done sooner than we normally do.  Phil wrapped most of the presents, which I have to say was a pleasant change of events.  Christmas Eve started at church, it was a Sunday after all.  Then I took a nap.  It was so nice to just relax and be chill.  Then per family tradition, we went to Justice house for the family celebration.  And while I had my fears about the evening it was nice.  All four kids were there, not all the grandchildren showed, but most of them.  Dinner was completed and the kids opened their presents.   They were quite thrilled especially since uncle Jason bought them the huge Nerf guns with the balls.  I’m pretty sure the kids could perform a mutiny and I’d surrender.  These Nerf guns are massive.   It’ll be a fun day when we have another Nerf war.  

Christmas Day we woke up to find what Santa brought.  The kiddos were quite happy when they saw their gifts.  I have to say Phil really made me happy.  He gave me some wonderful gifts. Including four new pop figures, two new books, two new movies, and two new CDs.  He does know me well.  And per family tradition, we then went to my mom’s where we had breakfast.    Yummy sausage links,  bacon, plain rolls, cinnamon rolls, orange rolls and many many cups of chocolate milk.    Then we went to Gma Knights and I had a good time talking with my cousins.  I think as adults we get along better than we ever did as kids.  Once we left there, we came home to play with our new toys.  Bedtime came and it was nice to just go to bed knowing that the day was good.  

So, all in all, I did have a happy holiday.  Thank God.  It was something I was praying over since years past have proven difficult.   While I know the season is officially over, Merry Christmas to all.

 

 

that is all.

 


December 2017

Where did the Time Go?

Well, it’s finally the last month of the year. By finally, I really mean, what are you kidding me, we just started this year. Where has my year gone? I feel like it was just five minutes ago I was thinking about my 2017 and all the things I hoped to accomplish. Now it’s December and I can’t help but wonder if my year was successful. Truthfully, if I measure the year based on my to-do lists, it’s I’ve most likely failed. However, I will measure the success of my year by the health and happiness of my children, then I’m going to call it all good.

You might want to know what I’ve been up to in the recent days. Truth is, I’m just your average mom who is doing the daily things a mom does. I clean, I cook, I wipe runny noses and poopy butts. I make plans and hear the distant laughter of kiddos who know that I’ll never keep those plans. I fold laundry to see the basket dumped. I wipe the dust then turn and see things flying through the room. It’s just life.

I’m also your average person, I watch TV and fangirl over things I love. Like I freaked over Avenger’s: Infinity War trailer. LIKE FREAKED! I am in love with This Is Us and many other TV Shows. That is why I blog about them. (Shameless plug to check out my blogs AOS Fans and The Television Watcher. ) I’m reading a book called Beautiful Creators. I’m bullet journaling. I’m making list. I’m being my normal crazy self.

I’m struggling though because I, unfortunately, fall prey to the societies ideas of the need to be perfect. I do not meet that category. I’m not perfect, in fact, I think I would classify myself as a hot mess. I don’t like it. But whomp there it is. I am late. I have a stain on my shirt 73% of the time. I don’t get make-up on my face. Though I do love pretty eyeshadow. My hair stays in a messy bun 98% of the time. If it’s down, it’s because I’ve showered and am waiting for it to air dry. My socks, they are mismatched. My purse had the most random thing in it. I swear I pulled a small dino out the other day and was just happy that there was no snot on it.

I am a mess. I’m not even hiding that fact anymore. I am also human, who has feelings. And in the last six months, things have really hurt me. Between having to endure the humiliation of having so-called family and fighting tooth and fighting everything tooth and nail. It’s been a heck of a battle. So I’m just done at pretending that life is this perfect thing. But here is my deal.  I’m not perfect, but I’m trying to live my life to please God and myself.  Everyone else is no longer on my list to please.  So stop trying to pressure me into being this cookie cutter shaped person.  Now, of course, my parents and hubby are excluded from the general they.  Them I’m still wanting to be happy with me.  But other people can shove off a bit.  I’m a hot mess. Take me as I am.  Or LEAVE ME.  I’m just saying.

 

I am gonna do me.  I’m gonna please God.  I’m going to polite and nice.  I’m going to be happy.  I’m going to be good.  Good to my kids.  I’m going take each day as a blessing and find the good in it.  In other words, I’m done with the drama.  I’m done with the wearing my emotions on my sleeve.

 

Wow, this blog took a turn I wasn’t expecting.  I wanted to just kind of be light and fluffy. Tell any and all readers that life is ongoing.  Time is passing so fast, I feel like I’m being left behind somedays.  My year is basically gone.  But I’m looking forward to the next one.

 

 

that is all.

 


September is Just the Start

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Of This Crazy Train

In my last blog post, I said, “My calendar really is already booked.  It’s very stressful.  I’m not even kidding. ” And I wasn’t kidding in any way shape or form.  September is halfway over.  But that just means that I’m getting into my busy season.  I halfway want to screenshot my calendar to show just how busy I am.  And my kids don’t even do sports.  I really don’t know how the mom’s whose babies are in sports do it.

Between Cub scouts, girl scouts, band, school, church and the random birthday parties we stay busy.  I have ten points on my to-do list every single day.  Now to not make myself sound all “oh woe is me” a lot of those to do list points is cleaning things, that I sometimes don’t do.  But should.  It’s a lot of things that just have to be done, no matter how un-fun it is.

I’m glad the birthday parties are over.  Though the backlash from the drama from them is far from over I fear.  But that is another post altogether, one I don’t think I have “in” me to make.  But from now until November, honestly not until January, do I have a free weekend.  Every weekend has something on the schedule that needs to be done.  A lot of it is FUN stuff.

We have the church play, birthday parties, girl scout events, bridal showers, trips to Orlando, weddings, parties, and those are just the things off the top of my mind.

So while I’m stressed about the business of our lives.  I’m excited to be doing and whatnot.  Not just sitting on my couch eating bonbons.  Though I’m good at that too.

for now.

that is all.



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The End to Summer

Not Really, but Close to It.

August has started, so that means while it’s still warm, sunny and summer.  The school year is around the bend and that brings an end to summer. But that doesn’t mean the fun is ending.

I want to report how great summer has been.  But I can’t it’s been dramatic and hot.  Also exhausting.  I can’t remember a summer break that has been this exhausting.  I have a four-page google document cataloging the dramatic part of the summer. The fallout is still ongoing from it as well.  And yes I’m being vague.  I’m sorry about that.  But I really can’t make this blog post all about that.  But this summer is one I’m okay with it ending.

There has been some really good moment in it as well.  Traveling to Wilmington, NC to see my best friend marry the love of her life was one of those moments. Seeing her so happy was a joy.  Seeing my girl friends for the first time in WAY too long was equally amazing.

Hocking Hills trip was awesome.  That trip was rough.  Won’t lie, physically that was the hardest trip this summer. The hiking, canoeing, heat, and sleeping on a crappy air mattress.  It was beautiful and amazing.

Florida was hot and sticky.  The beach was wonderful. That’s all I have to say about that.

Leaving Florida took us to Chattanooga TN (because my parents are amazing; they helped me so much) and that was a fun trip.  My kids and I got to ride the incline and see some fun sites.  But the long trip was exhausting and it took about a week or so to even out back into a routine.  I swear I was so sick after that whole week of being so hot and sun burned.  Plus I threw my back out while in Pigeon Forge.  So it took a bit to recover from that.


Summer was overall good.  Got a ton of housework done.  Cleaned and cleaned and cleaned.   Not that it seems to matter, living in a house with five people means a perpetual state of mess.  There is always at least one room that needs something done in it.  But this is life, and I try really hard to not let it bother me.  I mean there is a constant nag at me like I need to have a PERFECT house.  But I also had fifteen minutes with my son this morning.  Sitting on the stoop, waiting for the bus, hearing about his day.  No amount of clean dishes is worth that.   I rather spend time with my kiddos then with my hands busy folding laundry.

Here lately, I’ve tried to include them with my housework.  But still.  Kiddos trump perfect house.  I’m trying to remind myself of that.

The school year has officially started now.  Things are thrown up in the air and I’m trying to make them all land in a way that doesn’t make anyone crazy.  So now onto the Fall (which doesn’t really start for a month, but whatever.) I really am looking forward to beautiful days.  But I’m also really concerned because the way it looks is that I won’t have a free moment until November.  Every weekend seems to be already booked.

My calendar really is already booked.  It’s very stressful.  I’m not even kidding.  But alas, this is life with three kids and very busy schedules.

So here is my final parting line with this blog.  I’m a busy girl.  I’m trying really hard to keep my head on straight.  Life is good.

I really would encourage everyone to make apologies when you are wrong. Be kind to others.  Do your best to be good.

 



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Independence Day

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Happy 4th of July!
Happy Independence Day
Happy Celebration of National Freedom!

 

 

The Things We Do

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For our Children

School ended a week ago, and I went on an awesome whirlwind of a trip, which I should totally blog about, but anyhoo.  But Monday was the first day of a full week off school.  That wasn’t involved in travel plans.  So because I don’t think my daughter has had a completely cleaned room since 2014, I decided that had to be corrected.

Monday we woke up early and started.  I didn’t even take before pictures, quite frankly, those would have completely embarrassed me. So I took a snap after we had moved her bed out of the room. 

You can see how bad it was.  I mean over the years she’s clean it, vacuum it, put away her clothes.  It wasn’t’ like a cesspool of gross nasty things. But things dump. There were pens and pencils, game pieces, ponytail holders, notepads, and toys scattered about her room.   Her room has never been the priority, due to the closing door, to keep prying eyes out.  So.  It always resided at the very bottom of my to-do list.  )I know, Bad Mommy.(

So we completely emptied it.  Every single item she owned came out of the bedroom.  Making it the hot spot for play in the house.   Oh, my children ran circles in the freedom of the empty room.  They preferred it to the huge backyard they have, weirdos.

 

Once the room was empty, she and I got spray and towels and cleaned the walls, touched up paint and used the dust mop in all the corners and nooks.  Washed the window.  Got a new curtain, (well a friend is fixing it for me).  We made sure that it was clean.  Then she vacuumed.  Then I vacuumed.  She vacuumed again.  Then I vacuumed again.   Then the Rug Doctor came into the room.  It took 16-18 gallons of water through the machine, but we got that carpet nice and shiny.  It was laid in the house new in 2013 and only vacuumed to this point.  But this isn’t the highly trafficked room that other rooms are.  She mostly crashes in here at night.  Though I don’t blame her, whenever she walks into her room, two brothers follow her.

 

You might ask, where all her stuff when while we made her room sparkling clean.  …..

My living room took the hit.  It wasn’t pretty.  Or really walkable.  But we dealt with it for a day and a half.  

 

Once her carpet was dry, and I had a good night’s sleep we started sorting through her things.  Dividing them into sections: keep, trash, yard sale, or relocate.  And slowly but surely we got her belongings back where they belonged.  Bagged the trashed.  Boxed the yard sale stuff, ps I’m having a yard sale really soon.  And put the toys that are no longer allowed in her big girl room, into the play room.  I don’t think she and I have purged her stuff in a long time.  We purged a bit in our big move in 2013, but that was four years ago. 

Now her room is basically finished.  We have to finish weeding out clothes miss, I’m all legs, has outgrown.   We also need to add her bookshelf and books back into her room.  Hang her photos and posters.  But mostly it’s done.  I have whined a lot about her this week.  She’s been thoroughly frustrated with me.  But it’s been a good hard week.  Now that we are at the end of it.  I’m really proud of all her hard work.  She hasn’t really had a break yet.  School ended, travel and now this.  For her summer really hasn’t started.  But I’m so glad that she worked so hard.

She’s growing so fast, that I’m hoping she’s going to learn how to take pride in her space, and that I never have to do this again.  But that normally only truly comes with age.  I’m really proud of her and can’t wait to see who she’ll become and what she’ll do.  But I’m not in too much of a hurry.  For now…

 

…that is all.