Good Day…despite the time change!

I did have a good day today and thought I would take the time to write about it. I was able to start the day out right (despite the whole family getting up late) by attending a new mother’s group I was invited to by my new friend, Sara. We were scrapbooking and I took too long deciding what I would bring to work on and showed up late. But like I say, it’s better late than never. I was excited to meet new moms being the people person that I am. The only problem was upon arriving I felt a little OLD. I was the only mom there with all her children in school. All of the moms there had children at home still. In a way, I kind of felt like an outsider. I certainly hope they did not feel I was an intruder. All I know is…even though my kids are in school, it doesn’t mean I don’t need to be around other stay at home moms. At least I had my kids to talk to during the day when they were home. Now I don’t have anyone to talk to during the day unless I make a call to someone. (or they call me :) ) I’m not trying to sound pathetic or anything…it’s just the plain truth. We all need relationships in our lives and friendship is very important to me.

So I enjoyed meeting the women and was able to eat lunch with my new friend Sara. Sara, thank you for the yummy chicken salad sandwiches you made us for lunch. She has two adorable children. Her youngest is a sweet baby girl, Ainsley, who reminds me of my girls when they were babies. I love both her kids names. Asher is her son’s name. He is a little gentleman (2 years old), he asked if he could be excused from the table after eating his corn dog. I was very impressed!

I only had about an hour after lunch to stop by the new house before picking up the kids from school and see the progress on the kitchen cabinets. I have good news to report…they finished the kitchen cabinets except for the extra bar area and the island! We finally have a kitchen! I am so excited! And even better news…the builder thinks we will be moving in between 30 to 45 days! By the way, Mom, the laundry room is the same blue as our bedroom just couldn’t take a picture in there because it is too dark. The youngest’s room is white. She told her Dad today that her room is not finished until the polka-dots are put on the walls. I will post a picture of her room when the dots are up. :)

After so much fun and excitement, I felt I would crash after returning home with the kids. This time change has affected us all. Even though I am tired, here I am still up writing on my blog. It’s kind of hard to wind down after watching Heroes and Medium. I never realized I would end up being such a sci-fi person.

I know the last few posts have been kind of “downers” so I thought it would be good to have a more upbeat entry for a change. I hope everyone reading this finds themselves having a good rest of the week. Thank you for being a part to my life.

Happy Monday,
Shan

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House Update

I just pulled my SD card out of the camera thinking I would share some updated photos of the house with you. Well, I don’t have many. I realized I haven’t been taking as many pictures as I used to…hmmmm. It could be for several reasons. 1) I have a pattern of NOT taking pictures when I am not feeling good. (I also don’t journal much during these times too – can’t you tell?) The stress lately has been overwhelming. 2) There hasn’t been a lot of activity or noticeable change. (thus the stress) 3) When I’m at the house I forget to take pictures because I am intently observing or thinking about what needs to be done…distracted.

They have painted 99% of the inside of the house now. It looks good, do I have pictures to show, no…sorry! I will do better next time and take a few. They installed one wall of the kitchen today. I totally intended on taking pictures of it, with camera in tow…Oh well!
The dreaded question that people are asking, “When will you move in?” I know people mean well, it’s just that I unfortunately don’t have an answer. I really have no idea. I talked with a friend on the phone yesterday who is also building right now. I told her I feel as if we are never going to move in. This feeling is horrible…like we are spinning our wheels for nothing. The original plan was the house would begin being built a year ago this month. Instead, it began in June. We thought we would be able to move-in in January, then it moved up to the middle of Feb. and well, here we are…no idea! Every time we try to put a date to “it” (meaning the move-in date) well, it seems something else happens.
Sorry to complain…I shouldn’t. God has blessed us and I am grateful for his blessings.
Shan
P.S.: The photo above is of the master bath.

Burning Up!

Last Saturday we took the kids to see the Jonas Brothers Concert Movie. My oldest had it all worked out before she asked me to go. “Mom, it would be so much cheaper for you to take me to see them at the movie theater than it would be to take me to see them LIVE in concert.” She is right. “Besides, Mom, you know we would never be able to get tickets to their concert anyway.” She is right about that also.
As a parent, I like the Jonas Brothers. They have good, clean, fun, upbeat songs that I like to listen to along with my kids. Shhhh, don’t tell them, but I listen to the CD’s sometimes when they are at school. :) (Yes, kids, I know you read this too!) Anyway, I have to say I was not really looking forward to seeing this movie. I think it is because I didn’t think it would be very good watching them at the movie theater versus seeing them live. I have been to many concerts over the years, being a music connoisseur myself. There is nothing like watching a band play live. However, I was pleasantly surprised! The 3 dimensional quality to the movie made it as if you were really there at the concert. It was filmed in NY city and titled, “Burning Up Tour.”
I got a kick out of looking over at the kids and seeing them sitting so still and quiet. The only song I saw my son (who loves the Jonas Brothers) singing to out loud was “Burning Up.” I never once saw either of my daughters singing along. I could never go to a concert without singing, dancing and clapping…including this one. The only difference was that I didn’t stand up to dance…just wiggled around in my chair. I am sure my kids thought I was so crazy, who knows, they might have been a tad bit embarrassed that their mom was scootin around, singing out loud. One time, my youngest asked me to stop singing. I didn’t care, I was having fun and enjoying the music. It was dark and our family was the only people on our row of seats (that surprised me!). I really don’t think anyone was watching.
I finally can now tell you which Jonas Brother is which. Before the movie, I couldn’t tell you which one was Joe, Kevin or Nick. I would always ask the girls, “Now which one is that?” I’m glad we went and would recommend your family to see it.
Enjoy the pics,
Shan

I never know…

…what will come out of my little girl’s mouth. She has the funniest things to say and I wish I could remember them all.

Tonight, before I tucked her into bed I helped her read her phonics book from school. This is her homework. I could never be a school teacher because I just don’t have the patience. She struggles to read so much and I am afraid she might have dyslexia like her older sister. You have to understand, she will read a sentence…it will take a LONG time to get through the sentence. She sounds out every word and she struggles remembering the sounds for each letter. I get frustrated with her because she will read a word in the first sentence of the paragraph and the very same word will be in the next sentence…and she doesn’t remember it. So tonight I was getting impatient, as usual (I hate to admit), and she blurted out, “Mom, don’t get upset with me, I’m just a CHILD!” with this very serious tone and look on her face. I immediately busted out with laughter and she laughed too. I couldn’t help but be more patient with her after that statement! :)

Just had to share,
Shan

Create

I found this video and it touched me so much. I know if you watch it you will feel the same way. I really can’t summarize or add anything to it, because it is so well done; I don’t want to retract from it. I hope it inspires you as it has me.

With Gratitude,
Shan