Thursday, August 27, 2009

Today Is the Tomorrow

(As related to yesterday's post)
Well, today was better. There were still tears, debates, complaints, etc. over several issues, but I was better prepared physically and mentally. I was sure to have dinner ready to throw in the oven so I didn't have to prepare it once the boys were home. I had a snack out waiting for them as soon as they walked through the door. I stood unwavering in my decisions, but I showed love. Sometimes I get so wrapped up in being pulled 4 different ways I feel like I almost don't have time to think. There is no allowance for wimps in the world of motherhood!

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

There's Always Tomorrow

Worst mother of the day award? Right here. It was fine until the boys come in from school. From then on out it's pretty much me getting on them the rest of the afternoon. Okay, not straight. And we did have a couple of nice moments. But Colin said it well when he said, "I had a good day at school and soccer and piano (can we say 'full plate'??) but before school and after school weren't good." (That would be the time he was home.)

I'm tired of being asked to explain my reasons for things. Tired of complaining and whining. Tired of being expected to pick up after everyone. Tired of making breakfast/lunch/dinner that at least someone is going to complain about. Tired of neighbor kids coming over and ringing, knocking, ringing, knocking, coming in the backyard. Tired of schedules.

But tomorrow will be better. I'm determined to make it so. Colin asked, "When you're mad do you feel like you want to be happy?" I thought about it a minute and said, "The spirit of contention is of the devil, really. So a lot of times, when we feel grumpy, we want to stay that way." I guess we all needed a change in attitude. A good night's sleep can do wonders.

Side note: Tomorrow I'm getting a red piece of construction paper and am writing on it: No Friends Right Now. I will then explain to our neighbor friends that when they see this on the door they need not knock or ring or help themselves to our backyard because it is not time to play with friends. Sometimes we just need quiet time. Or sibling time. And there's nothing wrong with that. I don't think kids get enough of it much of the time. I don't need to feel like I have to explain myself to anyone. It's just the way it's going to be. Now only if my kids would get that...

Monday, August 24, 2009

First and Third

And they're off! Walking up to the bus stop are Colin and Micah, too excited for words. It was practically medieval torture for Colin to have to wait 1/2 hour until he could leave for the bus. I am glad they get to leave and return together since Micah's going all day now. Nearly 8 hours is a long day for a little 6 year-old. Strange to send him off and not be with him at all that whole time. Chad and I will have to make some time to go in and volunteer in each classroom. You get a better sense of how your child is doing in class and with peers.
The excitement builds! They love to 'race' the bus--they hang back a bit (along with other kids) and when they see the bus crest the hill, they all book it and try to make it to the stop before the bus. Oh, joys!
Bye, sweetie! Make good choices, be a kind friend, and learn all you can!

I got a taste for what the time after school will be like. I don't know how many directions I can be pulled before I reach my breaking point. And today was the first day! I've just got to keep a solid schedule so the boys know what's expected of them: they have a snack, relax a bit, hit homework and piano-- all before going outside with friends. Then, depending on the day: piano, soccer, tennis, scouts. Wish us luck!

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Chris' Visit

Chris has been loving life in Texas and came for a visit this past week. It was so good to see him. I was reminded what a great person he is. He was great to hang out with and really sweet with the kids. The highlight for me was that he joined me at CrossFit a couple of different days. And this dude is strong I realized!
Throwing around the football with Colin in Mom and Dad's backyard.
Chad and Micah going crazy in the grass tackling each other.
Having fun!
Run, Colin, run!!
And here are a couple of extras: The girls have been into getting down the tea set and playing tea party. They'll eat almost anything if I cut it up small and serve it daintily. Here they are with normally rejected pb&j sandwiches, happy as could be!
I had to throw in this one. It's pre-haircut for Ella, but Micah was on a roll with 'polishing'
lots of Ella's shoes. They went on a dig under her bed for a bunch of them, he set up his polishing stand (the underside of a trash can) and went to work with a Mr. Clean sponge...and in his undies. So he made me promise not to get his whole body. Too cute, and her shoes looked really good afterwards!

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Famous...Right

Here is a video taken during one of our CrossFit workouts. The workout is 'Jackie' where you perform: 1000 meter row, 50 thrusters (45 pound bar), 30 pull-ups for time. I was among the first to finish, but you will notice I used a band to assist me in pull-ups. I'm working toward being able to do them solo...that will be some time coming, though. I was proud of myself after that workout! I was so exhausted, there was nothing to do but fall to the floor, which I promptly did after completing the workout. These are some serious chicks I was up against. I'm in the blue shirt, white bandana (if you needed help with that). Here's the video: www.youtube.com/watch?v=azYc6wBwIwQ

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Ella's New Haircut

Ella was due for one. Almost every morning is a 'battle of the hair'. She's tenderheaded and I sometimes forget and then the wailing and gnashing of teeth begins. Sure, I have the detangling spray and wide-toothed comb. But it just doesn't quite cut it. I decided it was high time for a change to make the mornings smoother.
I wanted something cute and super-short. I knew she could pull it off! Look at that smile.
I think she thinks she's a model now. Vogue, girl!
Yet again.
The back is totally cute!
And another pose for the camera. I'll have to be sure she's got in a headband or clip or her hair falls into her face. Tonight, at bedtime she complained because it didn't feel the same as her old hair. She couldn't flick it all abover her head on the pillow. "It just takes a little getting used to, honey. You look beautiful!"

Friday, August 7, 2009

Coeur d'Alene Vacation

Today is our last full day in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. It's been a great vacation. Those fashionable hardhats are from our silver mine tour in Wallace. What a great tour with a knowledgeable guide. What a tough job a miner would have!
This picture brings a smile to my face. Mom and Dad Barnett with the grandkids just before our trolley tour to the mine. Good times!


One day we spent on the beach of Lake CdA. The sun was warm and the water was pleasant. The kids had a great time swimming, playing on the sand, throwing the frisbee (mostly Chad, Blake, Colin, and I). Colin and Micah pose for a split second.
We rented a kayak and the older kids and adults enjoyed it. Here are Chad and the boys.
Where you could find us a good portion of the vacation--in the kitchen! We did all our meals here and it was fun having big breakfasts, dinners, and way too many treats!
Before we made it to CdA, we stayed with Blake and Maren in Pullman, Washington. (And ate them out of house and home!) They gave us the 'grand tour' and we stopped to see the bears at WSU. Here are our kids with little Braden in front of a bear.
CdA has a beautiful beach with a huge grassy area and a terrific wooden playground. It had everything! We were there all day long.
Mr. Micah!
Lovin it: Chad, Colin, Blake, Ella, and Micah.
They insisted on a picture in front of the eagle.
Cute family picture of Blake, Braden, and Maren.
Chillin' in the morning with cartoons before a big day.
Amber is the hobby queen. At the moment, she's into making bracelets and brought up a bunch for us three ladies to work on together. It was thoughtful of her to bring up a fun activity. And now I have 3 smokin' bracelets to wear!
Mom Barnett loved playing with the kids. Here is Mira 'feeding' Grandma...something. One evening she watched the kids so Amber, Maren, and I could go out for pedicures. Thank you!!
There's a good chance you'd find Dad Barnett reading a book or taking off for a walk to discover the sites.
Awww.
On Sherman st. there was an amazing little shop, Figpickles Toy Emporium. I could've spent hours in there! The kids had been saving their money for vacation and they went to town in that place! Here they are with all their goods.
And a pose in front of Figpickles.
Our fam!
I love this. If you look closely, you'll notice Micah's right ear is red and swollen. The night before he'd been out with 'the boys' to golf and got stung by a bee. (Poor kid's been stung his fair share.)

Another one of the whole crew.
And could they be any cuter? Mira and Braden having a lunch break.

I'm so glad we came up here. It was great to see where Blake and Maren live. I actually got a nap during my vacation (bonus!). And we'll bring home some great memories.