The mass exodus

I thought the “mass exodus” sounded like a great way to describe the continued flinging and purging of stuff going out of my home to get ready for our baseball player. 

The corner computer desk and lateral filing credenza – gone.  Cute bookshelf that sits atop 3 drawers – moved to corner of living room – cute!  My writing desk (from my Mom, made for her by her grandfather – pics to follow) – moved to the living room next to the TV armoir.  Looks great.  Especially with my fav blue/white lamp and my NEW laptop on it!  And all the junk off of it!  6 foot bookshelf – moved to living room (it will return to the room after bbp departs) – works.  This has all-thing-kids on it, books, playdoo, chalk, games, more books. 

The queen size bed is now in.  I dumped Saw’s clothes out of my grandmother’s dresser and he’ll have 1/2 the drawers under Sam’s captain’s bed.  This might be a good way to teach him to pick out his shorts/shirts.  Today all books in kids room went into a box for me to sort through (again!) and leave some out and store some under the captain’s bed, hopefully in an orderly fashion.  I saw a short shelf item at Hope’s Closet I kept looking at – now I know that I needed it! 

This afternoon Tony is having his Lt. badge pinned on him by ME!  The kids and I are swinging by Walmart to pick up a congratulations cake.  This evening we’ll attend his retiring boss’s party at Bodacious (sweet!). 

Whew!  I’m pooped!  I’ve had a 30 minute nap while putting the kids down and now it’s off to the showers. 

I’ve been concerned as the pressure is on and I keep working towards this mass exodus, that I’ve been mean/grumpy/fussy/unfair.  Sammy wasn’t kind to me and Saw yesterday on several occassions, so I took away our playtime at the spraypark this AM with his friend.  I’ve made him work alongside me this morning and when his attitude has not be right or he has not cooperated, he’s had to run laps.  So later I hugged him and told him I was sorry if mom was mean/grumpy/fussy (I didn’t offer him “unfair” as no use to give him further amunition!) – and he said “Mom, when have you been grumpy/mean/fussy?”  Really?  Whew!  I realized I was being to hard on myself.  He gave me a great big  hug and said I was the best mom ever.  Now that will keep me going!

Celebrating Memorial Day

Yesterday my Sammy kept asking about the soldiers and so Tony begins to explain about those who died so we could live in a free country.  It has sparked many questions with in-depth answers, so I decided to stick with the basics – we live in a free country and people fought and died so we could have that freedom. 

We began our day earlier than usual, which is fine, because I’m in serious need of an exercising body!  So after breakfast we headed to the track for some vigorous walking and bleachers.  Saw was excited when he was finally set free from the jogging stroller to do the bleachers with us and walk around for the cool down. 

So Sammy’s interest in our military lead us to our county’s Memorial Day service at the courthouse afterwards.  It was a wonderful opportunity for us to experience together the flag presentation, the many folks around us who had served our country, a bag pipe player, and the 21 gun salute.  Sammy’s least favorite was the music – which is Saw Wayne’s favorite!  We were even blessed with a Johnny on the Spot! 

We would have feasted at a local outdoor hotdog stand, but it was closed for the weekend.  So we settled for Sonic hot dogs and took the to the Penick Park – that we only had to share with 3 other people!  I was shocked!  Sammy’s request for this park certainly must have been Father’s intervention as I was headed for the crowded Gladewater Park.  We enjoyed our lunch and the cool breeze and shade of the park. 

 I am pooped whenever we don’t get to take a nap – it’s like I hit a wall around 3pm that says “Cannot get past!!”  Unfortunately if I’m not granted some quiet and stillness, I can get rather fussy!  Yuck!  Fortunately Tony intervened (after some coaxing!  He’d been fishing all day and pooped  himself), and he went to get the motor to a water slide some friends had given us.  So this provided some much needed relief to a tired Mom as I had some quiet moments to myself in the kitchen cooking vegetable quesadillas.   This weekend I have almost jumped through hoops to keep from any complex cooking.  I even fed my family sandwiches for Sunday dinner – but they were loaded with veggies, along with a fresh fruit salad, chips and pickles.   Maybe it’s the heat?

So now my kids are in bed and perhaps I’ll end up there before 10pm, which would be unusually early!   The kids are off to Auntie’s tomorrow so I’ve cancelled my organizational help and will either spend some quiet time at home or run some errands alone.  Then I have to head out to Lindale for produce pick-up.  Which reminds me, I may can catch a yoga class on the way in!  Wouldn’t that be splendid?

Family, Fresh Eggs & Buster

This weekend was relaxing…that I can remember! HA! 

I’m still in the deep purging/flinging/freecycling/goodwilling effort to get our office-turned-guest room ready for NEXT MONDAY!  Yes!  June 1 our Pumpjacks Baseball player will be here!  Our whole house is excited, despite the mass effort it is taking.  It reminds me that I respond well under time-pressure and will get it done.  

I’m TRYING to have fun in the midst of the time cruch!  Today the boys helped me put a huge container of pennies into their savings jugs.  Sammy thought it was the best game ever!  So I would consider that a score for Mom in the fun department!

This weekend we met with Tony’s family to celebrate mine and Dad Stone’s birthday (83!).  The boys did great at Ryan’s and Sammy actually didn’t touch anything on the buffet!  Yeah for him!   This is the child that feels compelled to pick up the vegetable sprayer at Walmart….

This week was shopping week and I have started buying farm fresh eggs again.  They just can’t be beat (no pun intended :)) and the “Egg lady” is actually a member of our church!  She laughed when I told her she’s in my cell phone as “Eggs”.  Don’t these look great?  

Farm Fresh Eggs from White Oak
Farm Fresh Eggs from White Oak

It seems to me I’ve been a bit ADD with this purging stuff.  So when I looked out my kitchen window and realized my bird feeder was rotting and missing a few places, AND that I hadn’t fed the birds in MANY months, I told him he could toss the feeder and pull up the post.   Here’s a photo of the kids helping.  The hole it left has become quite interesting to them!  And Tony is quite glad to not have to mow around it!  Don’t worry, birds!  We’ll find another spot to feed you from some time later!

Boys helping Dad pull up a post!
Boys helping Dad pull up a post!

So as I was playing with the boys, we came across Buster.  And Sammy sent him sailing through the air…and this is where he landed. 

Buster on the roof
Buster on the roof

Sammy chose Buster as one of his reward toys.  I couldn’t allow myself to let him choose the snake, but I was ok with this lizardy thing.  The name Buster came from a dog they were able to enjoy at a ML friend’s daughter’s BD party.  Probably about 3 weeks ago I came across Buster…as I was pulling a puzzle box down from a perch.  I was just a little jumpy at the sight of him, not knowing he was “hiding” up there.  That day I won the “Best Mom Award” for finding Sammy’s fav toy.  A few days ago as I was washing dishes, I wondered what this “thing” was in our yard….and then realized it was Buster.  It looks like he weathered the rain last night fairly well.  I love having boys!

Learning from ML members

Yesterday I posted about enjoying learning from other ML members.  Kathleen, one ML friend I was gardening with yesterday, had given me a tip – but I couldn’t remember what it was…until this morning while I was decluttering and was folding up a small gift bag to tuck away.  Kathleen’s tip was to use the grocery tote bags (now out at our local Brookshires and Walmart) to give gifts in – they cost a buck and can be reused to carry groceries (I love my first Brookshire tote – I just don’t always remember to use it  – I need to work on that :))  Anyhow, I liked this idea (although the recent wedding gift I gave of a crockpot wouldn’t have fit…).  But the Brookshire’s bag (now) is a pretty green with artichokes on it – very gift-worthy! 

Thanks, Kathleen!

Friday blessings

What our scenic route blessed us with - a lovely foal

What our scenic route blessed us with – a lovely foal

This morning we took off for the Huber backyard to do some shared gardening.  Dana is sharing her garden with Mother’s League members.  We took the scenic route since I missed a turn – and this was what we were blessed with. 

Sammy and Sawyer learning to garden
Sammy and Sawyer learning to garden
Saw Wayne enjoying the slide off the deck
Saw Wayne enjoying the slide off the deck
Protecting the surviving watermelon plant
Protecting the surviving watermelon plant
I know basically nothing about gardening.  But I want to learn and enjoy this with the boys.  Today we planted squash, peppers (from our neighbors), carrots (per Sammy’s request), and dill.  We’ll be potting some basil, lavender, mint and more dill.  I look forward to the fragrance!
All the kids did well with just a few incidents.  And we started early enough that we endured only about 1/2 hour of sticky-humid-heat.  Father definately blessed us with a morning breeze. 
What I have ALWAYS enjoyed about belonging to our Longview Mother’s Leaugue is the blessing of learning from this beautiful women.  We are all different – having varied interests, talents, personalities, etc.  But I love being with these ladies.  Kathleen taught me something today – now I have to remember what it was! HA!
Thanks, Dana, for sharing your garden space!

Kerthunk, and other such things

There are few things I watch on TV throughout the week.  Who has time when you’ve got 2 kiddos?  So for me, the TV is low, oh, so low on the priority scale.  I used to be a TODAY show fan (in the days of Katie Curic) – gave that up 4 years ago.  And probably about a year or two ago I gave up watching the 5:30 world news. 

But I am an American Idol fan.  Except I don’t vote.  So I guess it doesn’t matter to me that much!  Yet, “Kerthunk” was my response when the winner was announced tonight.  I could.not.believe. Adam did not win.  Could. Not.  Kerthunk.  Big let down.  I don’t care how nice that Kris fella is – hands down, Adam is a better vocalist.  Bummer.

 This week seems to have been a busy week.  Tomorrow we will be home except for a playdate at the Spray Park here in town.  It looks like Friday we’ll be gardening at a ML friend’s home – several of us are planting this and that in her garden.  I’m enjoying our organic produce, but would like to learn and teach my children the art of gardening.  Saturday we are celebrating mine and Dad Stone’s birthday by eating lunch out.

Yesterday was my birthday and it was a breeze turning 42 🙂  Had a leisurely breakfast at IHOP with my boys, then we ran a few “stop and drop/pick-up” errands.  After nap time Sammy, Saw Wayne and I made strawberry cupcakes.  Sw actually got to help out this time.  I really love baking with my boys – but I do need to learn to chill out a bit more!  My mom came over and brought us BBQ and the kids lunchables.  Then I put the cupcakes in a heart shaped pan and put candles in them – Sammy began singing so sweetly all by himself the Happy Birthday song.  They were so sweet to me all day – loving on me.  Saw Wayne, my quiet one, would just come lean his head on me, pat or rub my arm – his way of telling me he loves me.  My Love wrote a sweet card from him and the boys.  And I get to pick out a new camp chair – love those camp chairs.

Several years ago (probably about 8 or so, now), I began to experience “Happy Birthday” gifts from my Heavenly Father.  I’ll never forget the first one – it was on a Sunday morning and I was in Sunday school.  A friend was teaching in Genesis and how they enjoyed the fellowship of God in the Garden.  And how God enjoyed them.  And I got it.  God enjoys me – walking and talking with me.  I truely got it – and received it. 

Ever since then, I’ve looked for Him on my birthday.  A few years ago I thought He didn’t “show up” and was disappointed….until I realized He had shown up in a unique way.  What I remember yesterday in that morning stage of trying to wake up, but not wanting to was that God is GLAD that He made me.  GLAD.  G.L.A.D.  SO GLAD.  He takes great delight in  His creation.  I was grateful for that.  And then He showed up again.  This time to confirm a promise He’d given years ago.  He’s so funny.  I journaled about this personal matter in my journal – part of me wanted to think what I experienced was mere coincidence.  But He wouldn’t have it.  No.  So all I can say is He is faithful – and He will do it.

Finding our happy face

Reading through my post on discovering the letter “S”, it reminded me of a cute Sammy story. 

It was last week sometime and he was having an attitude problem.  I think he’d already had to run laps that morning, probably for a bad attitude about chores.  Anyhow.  Whatever it was, I told him he might want to find his “happy face.”   And since my smile had left me because of his behavior, he thought I might need to find mine, too!

So when he woke up from his nap, he said “Guess what, Mom?  I found my happy face!  Know where it was?  On the snake down the road!  I did!  I went for a walk all by myself while you and Saw Wayne napped, and I found it!”  Died laughing, I did!  So I came back at him with, “Well guess what Sammy?  My happy face was on the squirrel!!!”  (See previous post to understand the humor!)

Yesterday when we were driving through the cave with the windows rolled down, he said “Momma!  I found me some joy!”  He makes my eyes cross sometimes, but I love that kid!