Tuesday, March 29, 2011

In the eyes of a boy

"hush, now, I see the light in the sky...
Oh, it's almost blinding me...
I can't believe I've been touched by an angel of love..."

"All in the eyes of a boy"

I signed my baby boy up for Kindergarten today. 
I thought i had it under control, I don't.

I thought I was handling it well, I'm not.

If your volume is down, turn it up and listen to the words of this song by Celine Dion.  My son was a gift sent from heaven and this song kills me everytime.

This is me, then.

Monday, March 21, 2011

The Real Me

The real me is a city girl that loves the country.  I truly LOVE all things homemade, old, seasoned, stories. I love it!  I want to go to church and worship God and sit back with a cold one by a fire if I want to. I want to be the REAL me, not a certain me on Sunday mornings, but on a Friday night I am someone else.  I don't need constant social gatherings or sitting around talking about how much I just spent on a new pair of jeans or a purse.  I need the 3 people in this house to love me and I need my husband for the rest of my life.  I need to go to our deer lease even though I would really like to be at a Macy's one day sale.  I need to be home baking cookies and watering my plants.  I don't NEED all these crazy things I see people needing around me.  I truly LOVE spending my Friday and Saturday nights with my husband and kids.  I am truly blessed and I thank God every day for those blessings and for taking the glasses off of my eyes and letting me see who my real friends are around me, that want the same things I do.  And friends that forgive me when I stumble, not judge me.  I am so thankful!

We ended our Spring Break with our son at our deer lease. (Our daughter stayed back with a family friend all weekend). We bathed under the stars, watched the Super Moon, road four wheelers, ate at the County Seat Cafe and just had an amazing East Texas Weekend.

This is Me, Then.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Teaching My Kids To Fish

 I found these AWESOME chore charts on etsy.com and found out they have an actual website to go with this system of teaching your child responsibility along with their weekly chores.  We aren't a "chore" kind of family.  We mainly just scream once we are fed up with stepping over shoes or backpacks. 

The two above pictures are my systems that I ordered.  I have not hung them up yet.  We are starting fresh on Monday.  Take a look at the pics below and at the website for the exact system and video details.  I will post more details next week when we get started. OH, and say a little prayer for my mom.  She is having back surgery on Monday.  God Bless!

This is Me, Then.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Spring Break 2011 "A Day At The Beach"

We spent the day in Galveston.  I brought my 2 kids, my niece and picked up my daughters friend that lives on the island.  We had a great time and I LOVE the beach when its cold and windy.  The waves were crashing and I enjoyed just laying on the beach and watching the kids have fun. 

This is Me, Then.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Saturday in South East Texas

I am LOVING the weather lately, my allergies not so much!  LOL!  I am happy to report I received my first paycheck this week.  WOOHOO!  It feels good to bring in a little money.  Our commercial and residential landscaping business is busier than ever and we feel so blessed.  This Spring Break is full of no plans.  Just resting, planting flowers, grilling and taking it day by day.

I hope to bring you lots of blogs...

This is Me, Then.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Lent, Me and Crabs...

Well, it's been almost 48 hours since my last post on facebook and I must say it was easier yesterday when I was up with the most HORRIBLE sinus infection, took some drugs, got my daughter to school, then got my son dressed for western day and dropped off at school,  went to get a copy of my marriage license at the county clerks office, shopped at Marshalls, back to pick up my license where the very nice clerk and I discussed places to buy blouses for under $20, then to the social security office to finally change from my maiden name to my married name so I can actually get paid by my new job as a substitute teacher (by the way I have only worked 1 day this week, but I am not upset and these two offices I speak of were in two different towns) then to a lunch with friends and then to the admin office to give them a copy of the receipt from the social security office so I can actually get paid! I think I already said that.  This was all before 1:00. Wait, let's back up.  Monday my precious baby boy had Kindergarten orientation and I was fine, no tears, no nothing until the very nice "has an accent" counselor mentioned the words "empty nest" and "how many of you will be having your last, first day of Kindergarten with your children" cut to tears, sigh, "mommy why are you crying" you get the picture.  Oh, wait, before the orientation I got called to work half a day so I went by my mom's job and told her she had to pick up her grand boy from school.  She of course said sure, then I went to orientation, worked half a day, then home to my mom and son outside doing my laundry.  yes, my mommy does my laundry when she comes over.  Insert SMILE.  Then sent my hubby and son to the t-ball practice from hell.  Who cares!  My daughter and I snuck away for Dairy Queen.  Don't tell the boys!  Then Tuesday rolled around and I don't really remember what we did except I made a HUGE meal for Fat Tuesday and my son hated it, my husband worked late and my daughter and I devoured it!  That was AFTER she and I went to her Junior High Orientation (insert, my mom kept my son again, she adores my little monster and insert we arent talking about her orientation or I will cry again).  So we are back to my crazy day yesterday that kept me from thinking about facebook and today I have stayed in my PJ's only long enough to change into sweat pants to drop off my work clothes at the cleaners and pick up a prescription.  My allergies are so bad I have resorted to taking 2x my son's prescription Singular.  I gotta get my own prescription. and insert I miss facebook! 

This is Me, Then.

Oh, the crabs!  Look at these dip recipes PW posted!  They look AMAZING! Crab Dips

Sunday, March 6, 2011

This and That

I am giving up Facebook for Lent.  Yes, I am a Christian, no we don't belong to a church and no, we don't even know what denomination we are.  We were both raised Baptist/Assembly of God and we both don't want to be that anymore.  Nothing wrong with being Baptist or Assembly of God, it's just not us.  My husband is a HUGE history geek, me, not so much. BUT, I am becoming one and actually not caring so much who Brad Pitt is or isn't married to, and more about how the Anglican Church was formed and broke off from the Catholic Church and out sprung all these other church's through the years.  It fascinates me!  Which denomination is for me? That's the million dollar question!  We are on a bit of our own Eat, Pray, Love journey except I don't have to leave the country to do it!  (by the way, my father was born near Bali, her Love part, so I kind of feel like I've been there).  As I embark on these 40 days of giving up something that has a hold on me I want to share all kinds of wacky things with you like why I suddenly recite the Lord's Prayer each night and feel the need to make the sign of the cross after I am done.  Also, how I am put off by people posting things on Facebook all the time about "If you believe in Jesus Christ hit Like" and how some people freak when I slip a curse word here or there (its an illness, I cuss like a sailor, I am working on it) and look at me like they are so perfect when none of us are.  These are issues, yes, I have issues!  Ha!  But, this week I am going to start diving into all kinds of neat things about me, life, history, new pics of my house and a contest! 

If I have to give up something for 40 days, you guys are gonna get LOTS of blogging for 40 days! 

This is Me, Then.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Want What You Have

About to head out the door to sub half a day for 3rd grade.  Thought I would share a few quick things:
  • I read ALL the blogs I follow.  I don't always post but I read them!  So keep on blogging!  Its so therapeutic!
  • My horoscope for today: Break out of your usual routine today. Get a little kooky! Be yourself, without apology or explanation.  You've gotta be you, right?  Now when I read this I thought in my head "yeah baby" in an Austin Powers voice!  :o)
  • And lastly, take a look at this blog.  I find her very inspiring and enjoy her posts!
This is Me, Then.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

That Just Doesn't Work For Me

Dear Me,

First of all you look very pretty today, now let's get to the reason I am writing.  I just wanted you to know it's ok to be you.  I know not everyone understands that you don't like to drink or drive after dark.  I know to some that may come across as weak, boring, or stuck up.  But I in fact know you better than anyone else does and I know that is not the case at all.  First off, you enjoy drinking, you don't like to drink and drive in any form or fashion and you are trying to be a role model for your daughter.  And of course you know she's not with you at a Moms Night Out or at a party but she's there when you get home, or she's there when the police call and report an accident you've just been involved in. It doesn't matter if the accident is your fault or not, drinking and driving don't mix.  Secondly, your little joke about "not driving after dark" is not literal but it's so "taboo" to actually love and enjoy your husband and children.  I know that you truly, madly and deeply want to be with them all the time.  You, along with your husband, have created a homelife that is actually fun!  You aren't being stuck up, you are just a bit shy.  You have issues, a chip maybe, that you aren't as educated as others and you are trying to change that.  You want so much from this world that sometimes a trip to Starbucks or lunch with a friend seems like a waste of a precious moment that you might miss at home.  I get you.  Lance gets you and one day your kids will.  That's really all that matters.  They are the ones that will be holding your hand at the end.  No one else.  Make deposits in the accounts that count.  You are SO good at that. And to all those couples out there that live seperate lives and do all these things without the other, I pray that works for them because I know you want to be with your loved ones all the time!  And one day when those kids leave some couples will be left with complete strangers or they will look into their spouses eyes and say "It's about time, lets get this party started". 

Love, You