Tuesday, May 18, 2010

So here is a crazy recap of my weekend and why I usually only blog once a week or once every two weeks.

Friday and Saturday a street garage sale ran from 8 am- until 5pm. 4 neighborhood house participated, but let's be honest because garage sales don't just happen they take weeks of prep time.  So I have been a busy little bee cleaning and gutting out the toys and clothes.

After averaging around 5 hours a sleep a night since mothers day, I was insane the day I committed to taking  the girl I babysit for at 6:30 am instead of the usual time of 7:15.  Getting up early and going to bed late generally do not go well together.

So Friday morning I got up around 5:45 to finishing pricing garage sale items. At 7:30 I single handily moved a couch, a fridge and a tv console out onto the driveway all by myself.  I ran the garage sale all day long by myself until 4:15 when I proceeded to move everything back into the garage all by myself.

At 6pm I left to go to work at the restaurant.  It was a special night....I was the cook for a rehearsal dinner.  The down side, the party didn't begin till9pm.  I worked until 11:15 pm and got home at 11:30pm. Came home to a messy kitchen, so proceeded to clean until around 12:45.  Facebooked and emailed until 1am, up at 6:15am to repeat the garage sale.

Saturday's garage closed down at 1:30, I then took my 2 oldest daughters to a choir concert at the local high school at 3 and then went to work once again at 5:30pm.  Saturday I waited tables and it was busy!  Home by 9:45 pm.  Saturday night I watched a little hula in bed to unwind.

Sunday I slept in until 8:45am.  We went shopping at Lowes to buy outdoor flowers, and mulch.  Home by noon.  The entire day was spent trimming bushes, planting the garden and working in the yard until 6pm.

I think I crashed around 8pm and was asleep by 9:45.

Monday was back to normal.  I did around 7 loads of laundry and worked at D1 school from 11-2, outside pulling shrubs and digging holes.

Yept this is my life as a stay at home mom, but don't forget to add that I work 2 nights a week at a restaurant and I babysit 2 hours a day 5 days a week, plus I am on swimteam board and president of the PTO !
Most days I love it....but these days I am feeling a tad overwhelmed.  This is my life....I'm tired, but to busy to realize it!

Here are some pictures of my Friday night at work.  I love it when I get called into the kitchen to cook.
Somehow, the world just disappears and I get to live in fantasy land in my head when I am cooking..

I think my grandma would be proud that I am capable of cooking these meals without a receipe.

This is the bruschetta I whipped up.

This is the spaghetti with vegetables I made.

The cooking of the veggies...

The final plated dinner...

When the kitchen slowed down I went into the pizzeria to help with the pizzas and sandwiches.

Yummmy....doesn't that look amazing?...

The brick oven doing it's magic to the food!

I always wanted to own my own restaurant, so it truly is a treat for me to get to play cook for the night.

Here are a few pictures of Sundays yard projects...



So how do you spend your weekends?????

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Thursday, May 13, 2010

Happy Mother's Day?

Mother's Day....
I want to try and stay focused on the positives of what should have been a marvelous day, but instead turned more into a wonderful made up consumer holiday.  So bare with me for um, I would say the next  paragraph or two.  I mean a blog is for venting, right?  And venting is just what this mother of three need to do. 

Let me start with the disclaimer that I love my kids, dearly.  They are my world, really they are.  I would never have given up my career and job to stay home and raise them if I didn't want to be involved and get messy.  If you work or worked, good for you, your job is probably just as difficult because you still have all the household duties after a full day of working.  For me staying at home has always been what I want to do.  The whole point of having children to me is raising them a teaching them each step of the way.  This is the hardest job I have ever had or done.  There is no time off or vacation/sick days.  It is hard, hard work filled with frustration, worry and second guessing if I am doing a good job.  My paycheck is love and daily messes.  
Is it so wrong to want one day, that literally no finger is lifted?  I don't really think it is asking for much...really I don't.  There are 365 days a year, so I think that it would be nice if on 1 stinking day, I could have a break. It is not my kids fault, they try to behave and do nice things, really they do.  D1 must have told me 100 times happy mothers day.  She was super helpful, which was so nice, but D2 and D3 just aren't old enough to fully grasp the concept.   So all that ends up happening is one frustrating, disappointing day for me. 
It happens every year and each and every year I swear I am not going to let it bother me, but I always do and it will never change.  This year was no different.  I started the morning with a load of laundry and then cleaned the house so my mother and mother in law wouldn't have to dine in a messy home.  Next up I gave D3 a shower.  I was 15 minutes late to my own party because I had to clean myself up.  While my husband grilled the food, I made the salad and set the table.  All the while the men folk drank beer and hung out around the grill.  After the meal and grandma gift exchange came meal clean up.  My mother and mother in law washed the dishes and dried them, while I swept the floor up and put all the food away.  The men....oh yes there was a baseball game on that needed to be watched.  The kids, outside playing.

My parents were first to leave.  Hubby's stuck around to help carry a few bigger items up from the basement for my garage sale next week.  Apparently the couch and entertainment center just wore that sweet husband of mine out....because as soon as it was carried up he was right back on the couch watching that stupid ass baseball game.

I on the other hand decided to use the sunny day to work on the yard.   The bushes were over grown and the grass looked like crap because of all the rain we have had over the last few days.  I think you all know where this story is going....yep....I trimmed the bushes and pulled the weeds, I edged the yard, I swept the drive way, I did everything.  Let me tell you something, I wasn't the only mother on my street working.  Across the street my neighbor planted her flowers and pulled bushes out.

So my questions is why have a "holiday" to honor mothers when in all actuality it is just any other Sunday?  Isn't Mother's Day....a day to love and honor your mother for all their hard work, dedication, love and support?  Apparently it is just a consumer holiday to buy a card and a gift and make then feel appreciated for about 20 minutes.   I am here to tell you what really happens is it just becomes another ordinary day in which your children attempt to shower you with love, but only end up upsetting you at days end because you put way to high of an expectation on the day to start with. 

I guess it is just another day in my life as a house of five on cambridge drive, and in all honesty I probably wouldn't change it for all the gold in the world. 

So enough with the negatives....sorry....I'll focus on the good/fun next....

On Saturday I took my girls to a local grocery store that was promoting Mother's Day cake.  You could come buy a 8" frosted square cake and they would supply the frosting and tools to decorate your own cake.  It sounded like a cheap, fun indoor outing. So away we went.  It was only about 37 degrees and pouring rain.  So this was a great thing to go do.

When we first arrived.  They were out of cakes.  So we had to wait for the next shipment to arrive.  To help pass the time, they feed the kids sugar cookies with lots of frosting.  Here is the crew waiting patiently for the next batch of cakes to arrive.

After about a 20 minute wait, the real fun began.  D1 made a cake for my mom, D2 a cake for my mother in law, and D3 made a cake for me. 

D1...picked the banana cake, because grandma always makes those.

D2 picked chocolate, just because she wanted what no one else picked.

D3 picked white, cause she knows nothing beats a good old white on white cake!

I think they had more fun licking their fingers then actually decorating the cake.

Here is my cake.  Isn't it perfect, looks like a pure work of a soon to be 3 year old.

Here is the chocolate one.  Perfect and exactly how she wanted it to look, with her ideas of hearts and crowns on the bottom.

Here is the banana.  Not exactly what she wanted it to look like, but she discovered how difficult it can be to work with the icing bags.  She now has a new appreciations for pretty looking cakes.

The grandmothers love this as well as the hand painted art canvas of the girls hand prints interlocked with multi colored paint.  ( I can't believe I forgot to take a picture of it)

All in all another a great weekend,  a typical weekend in my household.  Crafts, food, yard work, fighting!  I guess I look forward to celebrating Father's Day.  Another consumer holiday in which Dad can leave and go play golf for the day and I can trim the bushes...... 

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Monday, May 10, 2010

Thanks You Teachers....

I know it was Mother's Day yesterday, but I am to lazy to post those pictures this morning, and these pictures were already loaded into blogger, so the mother's day post will come later in the week......

Last week it was teacher appreciate week. Did you thank a teacher?

It's OK if you forgot, but it not to late to still thank them.

Our PTO whooped it up for our wonderful educators. This is the one week each school year we can really show them how much we appreciate all they do for our children and the school.

Here is what we did.....
Monday: cupcakes

Tuesday: candy bars with a one special golden ticket. (the golden ticket was a free 19" LCD Flat Screen TV)

A first grade paraprofessional won.  Her son is going to college this fall and her husband has been out of work for about 18 months.  She was so excited. 

She works hard each and everyday.  It felt great to be able to give and not receive in return.

Wednesday: Breakfast and free facials after school

Thursday: Coffee Bar with donuts

Friday: Lunch and a Raffle. (every teacher went home with something.  cause that is how we roll.)

Here is one group of teachers enjoying the lunch two great parents put together.

The flowers in the middle were part of the raffle and two awesome people got to take them home.
Check out this food spread that was put together. 

Baked macaroni, salad, bread sticks ice tea, water and a cheesecake bar for dessert.

Here is the table of goodies.  It contained gift cards to local restaurants, free donuts, coffee mugs, and the grand prize a free 1hour full body massage. 

Here is a happy 6th grade teacher showing off her free gift card. 

On going all week: Free massages for anyone who signed up for one during a special or after school.

I hope every teacher felt appreciated.  As a former teacher myself, I know how much of your heart and soul goes into your job.

This year were decided to also give every teacher a $100 to buy supplies at the beginning of the school year, and every teacher was also given a gift card to Starbucks on their birthday or 1/2 birthday for those who had summer birthdays.

I had such an awesome time being the one to give those gifts out.  What an honor to be the PTO president.

If your on facebook, check out our PTO profile page: Ox Bow Elementary PTO (Concord Community Schools)

We love our teachers. They are over worked and under paid.

Now go thank a teacher.....

Monday, May 3, 2010

Oh happy day....

D1 had a huge weekend. On Saturday she made her First Communion at church. The weekend was all about her.

It started by my sister flying in from LA to help celebrate. Friday after school, my mom, my sister and I took her to get a manicure and pedicure.  She was loving it.

Saturday Morning, I took her to my hair place to have her hair curled.

It was a humid rainy morning, so extra hairspray had to be applied.

After a quick lunch the dress went on. 

Doesn't she look so pretty and grown up?

Daddy and his first born.

42 children made their first communion today.  Here is a group photo from the side.

The rain held off long enough to take some pictures of the family outside.

Do you know how difficult it is to take one good picture? 

Bella with the men in her life.  Gramps (my dad) on the left, Daddy in the middle and Grandpa (hubby's dad) on the right.

My aunt, my mom's sister came to celebrate.  Can you believe she is in her 70's?  The older she gets the more I think she looks like what I remember my grandma looking like.

Last but not least, the girls, and my sister (kiki).

What a great weekend.  It was jammed pack full of events and memories. 

Congratulations Gabby, welcome to the body and blood of Christ.....we are so happy for you.....

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