Summertime…the struggle is real!

School is almost out and the kids are off for 2 months…yay!!!…right?!? I mean, no more getting up at 5:30 to start the morning routine to get one kid out the door at 6:40, come back and start the routine all over again to get the other one out the door at 8:15 (because a school starting at 9 is a great idea…not!). So now…maybe I can sleep in til 7…or have a cup of coffee and enjoy some peace and quiet on the back patio in the morning. But…wait…now the kids are going to be home…all day! Which means they are going to fight like normal brothers and sisters do…every…single…day! They are going to whine about being bored…the internet going too slow for their liking (because they both are playing online video games while watching a YouTube video on how to beat the next level and Facetiming their friends….all at the same time)…and constantly being hungry and needing a million snacks. Whew! And that’s all before noon!

Don’t get me wrong, I am happy for my kids to be done with school for a little bit. I will enjoy not having to get up as early (even though I will probably get up at 5:30 anyway). And I am a substitute teacher…so I know the teachers need the break. But now I have to be in charge of my kids all day long…and I am not sure if that’s a good thing or bad thing! Only time will tell. Maybe this will be the year that they get along with each other and don’t argue over who ate the last Poptart! If not…at least it’s only 9 weeks and 2 days…but who’s counting?!?


Busy Busy Busy

How has it already been 2 1/2 weeks since my last post?!? I think with my weekends being full of rehearsals for my son, and my weekdays busy with work and school…the days just fly by!

My children are officially in end-of-school countdown mode. Only 8 days left (including today). Then comes the fun part…what to do with them all summer? If I don’t find something for them to do, then they will sit around playing video games and being lazy. My son only has a week off before he starts all day rehearsals for drum corps…so I won’t have to worry about him. My daughter, however, is at the age where the world revolves around YouTube and music video making apps. I have 8 days to figure something out!

At least I have a weekend trip to Vegas coming up. So that’s something to look forward to. Sure, it is for bowling and it falls right in time for my online finals for school…but it will still be fun…right?!?


Mother’s Day

Every year, as I watch people post about their excitement for Mother’s Day, I usually scroll past such posts because Mother’s Day usually gets overlooked in my house. Sure, my husband will buy a card from him and a card from the kids, find a moment for them to sign their names, and leave them on the counter for me to find on Mother’s Day morning as I am making breakfast or washing dishes. Part of this is because my children don’t remember that it’s Mother’s Day, and it usually falls right around my birthday so it seems to get lost in the shuffle. Don’t get me wrong, they usually don’t do anything big to celebrate my birthday either, but I usually hear “there are just too many things to celebrate”…like it’s an excuse from having to do anything.
This year, however, I was surprised and so happy. There was the card from my husband and a small gift that I have been saying I needed for months now. But…when my husband got home from the gym, he brought home stuff for him and the kids to make me breakfast. This NEVER happens! He even woke up the teenager, who probably would have stayed asleep until lunch time, to get up and help. They were all in the kitchen frying up bacon and making the dip for the French toast. I was told to go take a shower and relax until it was ready. The food was delicious…and even sweeter since they all worked together to make it. The best part, they cleaned up their entire mess when they were done. That part almost brought a tear to my eye. I can definitely say this was the best Mother’s Day ever!
I hope any of the mothers reading this also had a wonderful day. We deserved it!!


It’s my birthday week!

Now…I’m really not excited about it. My birthday falls around Mother’s Day every year so it usually gets overlooked. And I’m fine with that…for the most part. I am not a fan of gifts and big celebrations…but a card from my kids or from my husband is what makes me feel especially loved. I’m sure my kids will forget and their dad will buy them a card the night before and have them sign their names. Just for once, I would like my kids to remember and take some initiative. I go out of my way to make sure their birthdays are extra special…so maybe just once they can do the same. I won’t hold my breath, though.

This week started off rough (and it’s not even noon on Monday). I had to take my CSET in Mathematics and I have never felt more unintelligent in my entire life. I’m not even sure the test was written in English. I am good at math, and I consider myself to be pretty dang smart…but this test popped any balloon of self confidence that I had this morning. I already know I didn’t pass…and I will have to wait 45 days to pay another testing fee and do it all over again. Even though I have already taken it, I’m not even sure what to study for the next go around. It’s like they find the most obscure and detailed information and expect you to recall it. I know for a fact middle schoolers aren’t learning what I was being tested on. Oh well…I have to take it and pass it if I want to get my credential.

So here’s to hoping that the week can only get better from here and that this cloud of failure won’t float above me for the rest of the week!


New Month…New Plan

May has finally arrived!! I can’t believe that a third of 2018 is already gone. It feels like it is just flying by. I think now that my kids are more involved in extracurricular activities…time goes by much faster.

However, I did take some time off this past weekend and went to the Stagecoach Music Festival out in Indio, California. If you love country music…this was the party to be at. I got to see an artist that is on my bucket list…Garth Brooks!! I am still giddy when I think about it.

Anywho…so the point of this post was to set out my plan for the month. As each month starts, I try to think of something I plan on accomplishing that month. This month, I want to clean out my office and get it organized so it becomes somewhere I want to be. Right now it is cluttered and in so much disarray that I try not to be in there any longer than I have to be. But that is going to change this month!

What are your plans for this month? Let me know in the comments.