A Graduation in Pictures

By | Posted June 10, 2013

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 Passing the time with books and Pokemon

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 Happy Faces

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 Trying to find the best family photo…not so easy, will need to have a friend blend these together.

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A Thought

By | Posted June 4, 2013

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Tonight I was making lunches for two of the boys.  Baby Hulk has decided he is done with school.  Goose was done until he heard they were playing kickball against 4th grade.  Squirt has to finish Senior checkup and pick up his cap and gown.  So despite my desire to be done with making lunches for the year, I was packing lunches one more time.

I made lunches and got out a napkin to write notes for their lunches.

I started writing, but I had to pause.

It’s the last note I’ll put in Squirt’s lunch.

12 years of lunch notes.

That’s a lot of notes.

Sure, I haven’t written as many notes while he’s been in high school, but he loves when I do.  His friends read them.  And just like the younger boys, he brings them home for me to save.

It’s weird to think we’re literally there.

We’ve reached another milestone, ready or not.

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School pictures and cards

By | Posted June 2, 2013

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I finally mailed the graduation announcements.  I didn’t even purchase enough to save one for me.  I tried really hard to keep the list to a minimum.  Sure, it’s a big deal, but sending a graduation announcement is asking for money or a gift.  I hate to do that to all my friends.  I’ll wait until the kids are getting married.  At least, at that point, the recipients know I’ll be giving them alcohol in return.

I did not send a wallet sized picture with the announcement.

Why?  Because I think it’s just a waste of money and resources.  Who keeps pictures of other people’s kids?  I don’t.  I love pictures.  My house is littered with picture frames.  Of my own kids.  I can safely say this will never change.  I love my extended family, but I don’t frame pics of nieces or other family members.  Heck, they barely make the refrigerator.  I feel bad throwing them away, but in reality that’s what happens.  I don’t have anywhere to keep them, and I don’t need another drawer filled with junk.  Not that pictures of family members are junk, but you know what I mean.

So I got a call asking for the graduation picture.  They were just curious, hadn’t seen Squirt in awhile.  (I directed them to the blog.)  I asked another friend if I committed a sin in announcement etiquette.  She assured me I was fine.  In fact, she said she had just tossed her nephew’s picture in the garbage because she certainly wasn’t going to frame a wallet sized picture.  She felt slightly bad, but it is what it is.  Unless you’re a hoarder, people don’t keep crap like announcements and pictures anymore.

I’ll order a picture for my parents, Lance’s parents and Chelsea.  I’ll post a picture on my blog, but that’s it.  If anyone else wants a photo, I’ll send them an email with the jpeg so they can print it themselves.

It sounds like I may be going digital for next year’s Christmas Card.

Speaking of cards…I’m on a homemade card kick.  Or something written on my personalized stationery.  Actually, you’re lucky if you get a card of any sort from me anymore.  If I know I’m going to see you, the kids will make a card.  If I don’t see you, then it’s nothing.  I’m sure to have offended someone the past few years by not sending cards, but I think after a certain amount of time, it’s okay.  Hallmark can only say the same thing so many different ways.  After a point, it all flows together.  I think my heartfelt “I love you” over the phone should be good.  As with anything, this is just my opinion.

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To The Asshole Who Smashed My Car Window

By | Posted June 1, 2013

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A big Eff off to the person who smashed my window and stole my purse today.

And scared my boys.

And had me sweating in the park, cleaning instead of tending to my boys.

Screw you!

And have fun with a target GC totaling 10 bucks and another for Barnes and Noble…do you even read?

What a great decision you made, thief.

You got a bunch of receipts, sure that bothers me, the person who takes back clothes if they tear within six weeks, but I can’t imagine you have any use for them.  Oh and stool softeners.  Have fucking fun with those.

Yes, you got my Christmas Gucci, but you know what, I can deal with that.  Do I like that my new purse is gone?  Not so much.  But here’s a secret  It was the cheapest purse I own, so yes, in the scheme of things, I’m okay with that purse being stolen.

I talked with the boys tonight, and it saddens me, angers me that they are so concerned with you.  They are mad that someone would break into the car, mad you stole my purse.

I was worried about my license and credit cards.  Too bad, so sad.  They are actually hidden and not in my purse.  You were too lazy to search my car.

And my beloved pictures, the brag book?

That was the ONLY thing I was worried about: not the GC’s  or the checkbook from my savings account.

It was the pictures.  The ones I actually print instead of just keeping on the computer.  Those were what I would miss the most.  I can deal with the bank on Monday, get my window fixed on Monday.  But the pictures…the ones when Goose was a baby, when Squirt looked like a completely different kid, Baby Hulk turning 2, Chel with the Dogs…those all are sacred to me.

The second I walked in the door, I found my other purse.

And there they were.  I hadn’t moved the brag book to my other purse.

I was happy.

Then I remembered, the pictures, they didn’t matter either.  Those are things.  What’s important are the kids:  they had been playing completely unaware until we were leaving.

They matter.

And they are okay.

But still, screw you, asshole, who felt the need to break into my car.

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Five For Friday

By | Posted May 31, 2013

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~Today Goose presented his final project.  A research paper for a 3rd grader due May 31.  Not everybody was able to present to the class today, but he did.  Do you know what this means?  WE. ARE. DONE!!!  FINISHED.  We’ll show up for Kinder graduation and 3rd grade awards and that is it!!!  My mind is already spinning with ideas for next week.  Some include slowing the fuck down.

~Today was Baby Hulk’s class party.  A success, I think.  But I am tired as hell.  It’s an interesting group of parents in that class.  Goose’s class was much different and all the parents were really close and helpful.  This one, not quite so much.  Four days before school ends, and people are still introducing themselves.

~Really, Houston, still no Before Midnight????  WTH?

~Speaking of movies, I was talking to a friend who is getting ready to celebrate his significant other’s birthday.  His present (or rather one of them) is to watch The Notebook with the SO.  I can’t think of something that sounds worse right this second.

~Except the fact that it’s Friday after a long week, and I have no alcohol in the house.  Lance is on the air until 7, currently doing the worst hour of radio, so I am screwed until he gets home.

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Daybook~ Almost there

By | Posted May 29, 2013

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For Today:: May 29, 2013

Outside my window:: it’s dark.  And quiet.  Peaceful even.

I am wearing:: a longhorn t-shirt and Snoopy boxers.

I am thankful:: that school ends in a few days.  Well, technically, it doesn’t end until the 6th, but for my kids, it ends soon.  Just one small party on Friday for Baby Hulk, a research paper for Goose to present and his end of year party.  And a K graduation.  Then comes the real graduation.

Speaking of graduations:: why is my Senior graduating so late?  Kingwood already had their graduation and their classes don’t end until June 7th!  I’ve heard several other districts do this as well.  WHY is HISD waiting until the last possible minute on a Sunday evening, no less, for graduation?

Here is another little gem:: K graduation is next Tuesday, and a note came home letting parents know the deal.  Dress your child up, attend and OH…plan to spend the day with your kid.  The letter literally says: CHECK YOUR CHILD OUT OF SCHOOL.  I am not making this shit up.  I can prove it, as my kids would say.  So this week, they can bring bubbles, sidewalk chalk, games, stuffed animals and so on.  And well, next week, let’s just be clear in writing, WE ARE NOT TEACHING as if they were this week.  I almost want to leave Baby Hulk in school just to spite them.  Yes, I know that makes me a bad person, but seriously!  Don’t pretend that K graduation is a special day and that a child is so overwhelmed by it all so take him out and celebrate.  Admit to me, you aren’t doing a single thing at school.  I get it, it’s the end of the year, you’re tired and want as few children at school as possible.  I’m doing my part, taking my kids out of school.

Which leads to a funny, to me at least:: Tuesday the boys skipped class so we could go to Miller’s Outdoor for a play and then see the new Egyptian Hall.  Both were great, and I highly recommend seeing the new hall.  Without kids.  I tweeted my plans, using the words “skipping school” and Miller’s retweeted me.  Someone got all offended and couldn’t believe Miller’s condoned my actions.  They were so offended and ranted about “their tax dollars paying Miller’s employees’ salaries”.  Are you for real twitter person?  Get in line about how offended you are when your tax dollars aren’t spent the way you want.  And honestly, be more offended that last week alone, three weeks before school is out, my son watched two full length Disney movies.  And colored.  At a freaking Vanguard school.  Offended my ass.

Around the house:: We have two weeks and then every single closet in this house will be emptied.  Toys and clothes will be donated.  We have not kept up with being simplistic this year, and it shows.  Snax’s closet is full of clothes he wore two winters ago.   And he still tries to wear some of the church shirts.  Which is nice, they aren’t going to waste, but last week, he wore a Christmas vest.  Bright red.  It’s time to get rid of the clutter.  So tonight, I asked them to quickly find two toys to donate.  I wasn’t clear, I meant to toys that they weren’t playing with any longer.  Baby Hulk found his favorite matchbox cars and started bawling and threw them in the bag.  It took 30 minutes to calm him and explain things.

On the menu:: it is amazing how keeping a menu helps me.  I know this and am finally back on track.  Even if I’m not in the mood for the planned dinner, I can easily switch because I’ve already shopped for what we need.

From the kitchen:: Kale.  I can’t believe how much we love this vegetable.  It makes me feel so healthy as I’m eating homemade cookies.

Intentional learning:: A lot of people have the kids do workbooks all summer to get a head start on next year or to keep up with their skills.  Not me, I don’t want to burn out my kids.  I just want to read to them and with them.  So my main priority for the summer is an hour of read a loud time as well as an hour of quiet reading time.  Each day.  We’ve started with read a louds this week and it’s been heaven.  An hour each night.

I am listening to:: Mad Men.  I’m all about multi-tasking.

I am grateful for:: a little boy who wants me to have lunch with him at school.  I love my kids, but I really love that move.

I am praying for:: patience and grace and lessons to be learned.

To be fit and happy:: We’ve hooked another couple of Lose It!  Kind of lame, but I have to admit it’s a bit of a happy dance when you realize you have calories at the end of the day.  Generally, it means I can have a drink.  I’ve been spinning a lot, doing my pushup and stair thing and I need something a bit more.  I have less than two weeks before graduation and clearly it’s all about my tummy in my dress.

To do:: I have a list in my planner that keeps getting pushed to the next week.  Things include buy baby gifts for babies born months ago, write BH’s birthday blog from September.  For an organized person, sometimes, I get just a bit frazzled.

One of my favorite things:: Snax reading.  I’ve been through it before, but I don’t remember it quite like this.  I guess it’s a new surprise each time.  He just reads and reads.  All. The. Time.  And I love it.  He reads out loud, and he’s good.  Really good.  I look in my rear view mirror and see three boys reading.  Total geeks.  And it’s interesting how you think you know your kids.  This one, he’s a total surprise.  He has learned so much this year and really wants to know more.  Just on his terms.  So yea, school should work out really well, with all that sitting in a desk and all.

UGH:: I have been waiting and waiting for Before Midnight to come out.  And it didn’t open in Houston.  We’re the 4th largest city, why wasn’t it playing here last weekend?

A few plans for the week:: Field trip with Goose’s class, Jungle Book at Miller’s on Thursday and Baby Hulk’s class party on Friday.  It’s a busy week, but all fun.

A picture to share:: Yes, I like to take pictures with my little girl.  I just love her so damn much.  And clearly, I have no problem posing for pictures.

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Mush Brain

By | Posted May 20, 2013

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The other day a friend told me about her hectic schedule, really we were comparing notes.  Hers was pretty similar to mine, while I would be buying gifts and cooking a birthday dinner and making birthday cookies for my son, she would be decorating cookies and cupcakes for her kids’ soccer teams.  I saw the pictures, they turned out fabulous.  When I asked her why she was making them, she joked that she had to let everyone who didn’t really know her think she was perfect.

She was kidding, mostly.  She likes to do special things for her kids.  She has a talent for making nice things look nice.  She is as neat as I am, has several children and runs her household efficiently, which often means she is on the go.

Friday I woke up: did laundry, fed kids, took them to school, went to spin, then BP, then met Baby Hulk for lunch, met Lance to buy Squirt some clothes, went to mass at 12:10, met my father to get Squirt’s Ipad (sweet birthday gift from my parents!), ran home, cleaned bathrooms and mopped two rooms, picked up kids from school, home, made birthday cookies, birthday dinner, showered (yes, it took all day to shower) went to Baby Hulk’s baseball game at 7, home again, then went to Miller Outdoor Theater.

I forgot to wrap my son’s birthday gifts.

Thankfully, he went out and by the time he came home, he forgot about them…he already had the Ipad so anything we were giving him didn’t matter at that point anyway.

Saturday, Baby Hulk woke me up before 7.  More laundry, wrap forgotten presents before Squirt leaves for work, 42 minute workout, home, shower, Snax’s game at 11:30, home again to pack, back up for Baby Hulk’s game at 1:30.

My husband and I left town for the night after BH’s game.

THANK GOD.

And my parents for taking care of the kids.

My last three weekends have been like this.  It’s May, we have birthdays around here, can’t change that.  This year, the birthdays were special, and then it’s just May, activities are ending, school programs, and life.

It’s busy.

Lance says I didn’t have to workout on Friday or go to mass.  I beg to differ.  I need that time for my mental well being.  I suppose we all pick and choose what we think is important regardless of how frazzled we feel at the end of the day.  And frazzled I am these days.

Saturday, I sent Goose with my dad for a 12:30 game.  The game actually started at 12.  This was after I forced everyone to attend Snax’s game instead of letting my mom stay home with the other kids to rest and stay out of the heat.  As soon as we got there, I realized just how dumb that was.  I told Lance I would pack his underwear for our overnight get away.  I forgot.  I sent us in the wrong direction coming back home.  Today, I took Goose to a birthday party at Sky High, except the party was at Sky Zone.

What the hell is wrong with me?  Stacy asked if I knew my kids’ names.

I am definitely off my game.

I loved the 24 hour break we had, we had a great drive, drinks and saw the Old 97’s (!!!) at the coolest place.  We went to brunch and the market before heading home today.

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It was too short.  I am already looking forward to next month.  Four blissful days with my husband and best friends.

Let’s just hope my brain comes back soon.

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A Birthday Celebration

By | Posted May 15, 2013

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Today my dad turns 70.

70!!!

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I can’t believe he’s 70.  My grandmother is supposed to be 70, not my dad.  But 70 he is.  And thankfully, he’s a young 70.  I expect to celebrate a lot more birthdays.

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But since 70 seems like such a big number, we decided to honor him last weekend.  We had a family dinner that was wonderful.  The kids were excited to celebrate grandpa’s birthday, my dad was excited and overall the night was just really great.

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I made a collage of pictures celebrating his life from his birth to first communion to having kids to my high school graduation to my wedding to the national championship to last summer’s vacation.  All great memories.  I loved going through those pictures finding the perfect ones to choose.

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The evening was filled with family and laughter, the way things should be.

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Happy Birthday, Dad.  You’re a wonderful father, truly the most generous person I know and the kids love you.  I can only hope some of your generosity rubs off on me.  Have a great day, I wish many blessings and hope your year is great.  I love you!

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Probably my favorite moment of the night was his blessing.  Monsignor Rossi happened to be dining at the same restaurant and came in to say hi to the kids.  Lance asked him to bless my father.  What a treat.  He is such a great priest, one of the boys’ favorites, (I love that they have a favorite priest!) and I certainly understand why.

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And since it’s your birthday, Dad, here are some more random shots of the kids.

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Mother’s Day

By | Posted May 13, 2013

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Even with my anything goes attitude, I was slightly worried that Mother’s Day would be a let down.  Not for me, but for my mom.  We had my dad’s party last night, and everyone was tired.  I didn’t want today to get lost after last night.

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I should not have worried.  The day turned out nice.

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At least, I hope she thinks it was okay.

While I have lowered my expectations for the perfect day, I want my mom to have a day that lets her know just how much we appreciate her.  Generally, I take her out before Mother’s Day in order to avoid the crowds.

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This year, I asked her to spend the day with us.  Lance made a great lunch of stuffed portobello mushrooms.  We hung out, bought a new picture frame and just chilled.  Hopefully, my mom knows just how amazing we think she is.  Everyone thinks they have the best mom, except for Snax, but I’m pretty positive, it’s mine.  She really is selfless and helps anytime we ask.  The kids love her, and so do I.  Happy Mother’s Day, Mom.

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My day didn’t turn out quite the way I expected.  Due to a scheduling conflict, Lance and Squirt went to mass this morning instead of with us last night.  Not what I like, but sometimes that happens.  Then Squirt had to work all day.  Lance did get me the perfect gift, despite me saying no gifts.  And yes, I really meant it.

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The day was going great until Baby Hulk told me I ruined his day.  Then Snax told me there had to be other moms who were good, even better than me.  And Goose, well he got mad because I said we had to go to the store.  Sunshine was quite the angel today.

I waited until the end of the day to take pictures…I didn’t even have to bribe anyone to to smile.

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Then the boys blessed me.  Baby Hulk more than made up for his fussiness when he prayed over me.  While the others gave me a standard blessing “In the name of…”, which by no means was bad, he prayed over me.  It gives me chills to think about it.  And I’m grateful for his prayers.  God knows, I need all the prayers I can get!

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Five For Friday

By | Posted May 10, 2013

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:: My new favorite find…snickerdoodle ice cream sandwiches.  These things are the bomb.  They satisfy my sweet tooth and aren’t too high in calories.  I’m a little bummed they are only out for a limited amount of time, but I’ll enjoy them while I can.

:: Four baseball games cancelled.  Total bummer.  I love watching Baby Hulk and Goose play.  And while t-ball isn’t the greatest, it’s so funny watching Snax play.  While I am sad about not attending games this weekend, I’m not for extending the season, there’s just too much going on the next few weekends.

:: I am sure I mentioned that I was on the committee for Teacher Appreciation.  I know, the irony.  The lessons I should be learning.  The sickness I often felt last week.  I honestly can’t imagine being pampered like that.  But pampered they were.  And really, all the teachers at each breakfast were so thankful.  Each boy made a special treat for their teacher and Baby Hulk made a card that made me cry.  (Not really, but you know what I mean.)  He is just so sweet.  The teachers were all grateful and hopefully, we scored points, so much so that everyone will be nice to Snax next year.

I won’t go on about how silly it seems to have an entire week for TA, but I do have to share this one gem.  My friend Shea’s school is even worse than our school.  Last year it was: each child bring five cupcakes on Tuesday and five of something for the rest of the days.  Becuase that’s what every teacher needs, five cupcakes from 22 students.  This year: everyone got to bring flip flops for the teacher.  Please tell me what teacher needs 22 pairs of flip flops?  Another friend told me she would prefer flip flops over a ton of baked goods, but seriously?  What is wrong with one small gift a day, like say one pair of flip flops, one treat, one small GC…And why guilt parents who might not have the time, money or inclination to treat the teacher with a mandate on what to bring each day of the week?

:: I suddenly realized that I haven’t been to Austin in 11 months.  11 freaking months!  How in the hell has this happened?  Which also means I didn’t make it to one Longhorn game this year.  We’ve been to New Braunfels a couple of times this year and plan to go in July.  But that’s not Austin.  Austin has so many restaurants and things to do…I guess it’s finally sunk in that it’s just not easy to travel with five kids.   Especially young kids who don’t always sleep well in different beds or adapt to weekend trips lasting less than 48 hours.  Plus, the kids have things going on most weekends now.  We’ve had games almost every weekend the entire spring semester.  We’ve finally hit an age with a few of them that leaving has to be really planned out so that we don’t miss things at home.  I like it.  But I miss Austin so much.  Maybe we’ll go in July since June seems out of the question.

:: So I’ve mentioned that I’m counting calories.  Today, I went to lunch with a friend I haven’t seen in forever.  Like since the Superbowl!  I got a Cobb Salad at the Cheesecake Factory, not in an effort to save calories, but because I like it.  927 calories.  For that many calories, I want a burger with a side of fries.  I can’t even eat the rest of the day.

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