Monday, December 31, 2007
Have a steady way to make a bit of money
Found a haircut I really like
Made new friends
Turned 40 and flipped my life
Found ways to join in and make a difference
Started blogging as a fun outlet
Made more effort to have less impact
Started reading books again
Entered some photos at the fair
Celebrated one year at our house
Founded Alleyway Allies
and I've just been interrupted...so goes things!
Mahalo to all and a happy new year.
Saturday, December 29, 2007
Friday, December 28, 2007
Monday, December 24, 2007
Friday, December 21, 2007
Thursday, December 20, 2007
I wonder what Santa's going to give me. My stocking's felt a bit light these past few years. Wait a second.
Here's hoping we're all healthy for the holiday, well-slept, well-mannered, well nevermind.
I had a great time tonight. Laughing is good for the soul. Thanks D, M & M.
George Mary Clarence Mahalo
Thursday, December 13, 2007
Is it Christmas yet?
Can I open a present now?
Is Santa here?
Can we go shopping?
I want it to be Christmas NOW!
I'm about to blow my top and there are still two weeks left to go. These two younger kids of mine are quite the pair. Separated each one is mellow, more cooperative. Together they can drive a dead person to drink! I don't drink, I yell. I don't beat them, I put them in time-outs. I don't give second chances, I look them in the eye. I don't allow certain words, I expect apologies. I don't ignore bad behavior, I apologize for my own bad behavior when it happens. I feel like Darth Santa. I give the gifts but I rule with an iron fist!
Anyone have a time machine? Mahalo.
Monday, December 10, 2007
But the love shines through with his hunched-over hugs, Puppy Dog Eyes, You're The Best (insert motherly noun here), Questions About My Day, and Sitting With The Little Ones. The little snicker doodle can play his violin like the best of them and usually it's warranted, only not so dramatic next time, maybe? His company on preapproved trips can be a wonderous thing of updates on games and movie clips, more questions about my day, then important songs come to mind and he plugs in or gets a signal and makes an urgent call after being out of range for a while. As I expect. If I really want his attention I'll let him know, but I'm fine watching him bop his head, singing along while catching strange sights out the window. If he catches me now he may raise his eyebrows and shake his head as if to motion that his taking the time to ask why I'm looking at him is interrupting his staring out the window so... LOL!!! This is where I laugh because right then I'm remembering another look he used to give me, crossing his eyes in order to get me to laugh. Too cute!
I'm a lucky girl. Mahalo.
Friday, December 7, 2007
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
We want to eat it.
Then I can just peel it for you. (peel, hand back)
But we want to share it. I get half, he gets half.
Oh. (finish peeling, break in two pieces and give one to each)
We want to go outside.
Ok but you need to put your shoes on.
But I'm in my socks, I'm fine. It's ok.
Let's go brush your teeth.
Time to get up and get dressed.
I don't want to!
It's getting late and you have to get to school.
I hate school and I'm never going!
Ok, I'll get dressed.
We'll go home and make some lunch.
I want a cheeseburger.
We're not buying a cheeseburger. We have food at home.
I don't want food at home!
How about a PB&J?
Ok! Let's go home!
Pick up your toys all over the floor.
So no one steps on them and they don't get broken.
But I'm so tired and my legs hurt.
Someone else might get hurt if they step on a toy.
But see? You can walk right around it or jump over it!
Let's go to the potty.
I don't have to go!
Here, sit down.
Hurry! I have to go really bad!
Why am I here again? Mahalo if you know.
Monday, November 26, 2007
Saturday, November 17, 2007
Played a hilarious game at a baby shower today. Passing the piggybank for the new baby you put in a coin if you have done what one person says they haven't done, and around the bank goes. Kerplink, coins for the baby is a good thing. Laughing out loud as honesty is required is just too funny!
On the way home from the shower I gave in to temptation. Not TJ's but a garage sale. Hey, they were "open" until 4p and it was only 3 which I took as a big bold sign to head in. I walked away with some great stuff as the previous browsers either had 1) no taste 2) no creativity 3) not enough time to browse thoroughly. Poor them as I made out and will be getting creative with layers of tulle, reading some classic books, drinking from sweet ivory ceramic cups, watching ET, and posting a huge wooden "START" sign for my son's car toy races. FUN!
Tonight's theme is apparently Delicious Fun. Speaking of which the cake at the shower was sweet as can be, covered in marzipan with cream in the middle, mmmmmm. That was after a delicious vegetarian meal of samosas, tomato and cucumber salad with feta, macaroni with zucchini and carrots, a wonderful curry salad, and humus with pita slices. I washed it all down with sparkling lemonade, not too sweet, not too tart. I think most of us had seconds!
My daughter started her list for Santa today. Not good, it was started after a bout of commercials, althought she did include dresses and new pajamas. I love the last couple months of the year. You can quit buying things for the kids and just say "put it on the list." And faithfully, they do. Santa's a frugal buyer and sometimes speaks through me, guiding the kids towards certain items. I'm happy to help, Santa.
Wish me sanity. School's out next week. Mahalo.
Sunday, November 11, 2007
One great laugh that I have been repeating to others is from my friend. She was watching my youngest and took him with her to a Dr appt for her kids. My son insisted that they were not at his doctor, that his doctor is in a different place. For the mom, this was quite obvious but she played along and asked him the name of his doctor. He replied "Insomnia". This is hilarious because Dr Insomnia's is a local coffee shop!! Goes to show you how well he knows my coffee stops and how darned cute it is to be four years old.
Yesterday I spent hours shopping for makeup and one pair of pants. I haven't bought makeup in years and was a bit overwhelmed with my choices and how those choices matched my funds. I used the internet and watched a couple videos on how to apply makeup as I had been self-taught and thought that at 40 I should look less like an experimenting preteen and more like a woman with some know-how. So I ended up buying a couple quality items that will last me a while, should I decide to glam it up again. I had to get the pants because my one other pair of black slacks were too tight. The only bummer to me was that I had take the time and money to shop for another pair. My weight fluctuates so I try not to get down because sometimes clothes fit and other times not. Good news? This same week I had to pull in the waist of a pair of shorts. See? No worries.
A really big step coming up that we have just confirmed is our daughter will be heading to second grade after the Thanksgiving break. Her tests and abilities confirm she is ready for higher education so while her stint in first grade will have been short, it was well worth while. I am so thankful to her first grade teacher who listened to my concerns and addressed them all. Kudos to the school for allowing this movement as it's not standard but it is the best for our daughter who can get herself into trouble if allowed to get bored. May she continue to thrive!
I've been letting some really nice people come into my life recently and it feels good. I am aware of my own potential to shy away from social situations, my hormones which wreak havoc on my emotions and anxieties, but I keep coming back. I can't keep myself down. I don't want to keep myself down. I also don't want to build imaginary scenarios that are unrealistic so being capable of accepting myself, my goals, my current limitations, is a manner of peeling back those onion layers (right, Shrek?) and getting to know my comfort. One comfort is napping when I need to. I tried today but my mind was whirling so up I get, onto the computer, I have the car to finish cleaning out, some work to do, the house is quiet as everyone else is gone. Usually I'm a very capable napper (toddler moms would be so proud of me) but sometimes I have to let my busy mind get it all out. Sleep is good but fulfillment is better.
Sunday, November 4, 2007
What have you been thinking about? Mahalo.
Wednesday, October 31, 2007
Monday, October 29, 2007
Sunday, October 28, 2007
Friday, October 26, 2007
Darn, I keep meaning to do things then next thing I know it's days later. I missed calling my dear cousin yesterday, on her actual birthday, so I will call today but it's just not the same. My love is the same but yesterday would have been better. I need to pay attention! My friend Jess says to not let life come at me but to direct it. She's so right. Time to stand up.
If God had wanted me otherwise, He would have created me otherwise. ~Johann von Goethe
Saturday, October 20, 2007
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
This morning my youngest counted the minutes, intently watching the numbers change on the clock and naming each change. "It's 7:26. It's 7:27. It's 7:28." When you have no concept of time I guess it's fun to watch the display but when you know you should have been up 20 minutes ago and now have that much less time before you have to do all you need to do before leaving to drop off at school and you're tired and you don't want to get up at all...well, then all you can do is smile at the cute little voice being excited at each new number. A couple years ago when my oldest son got to take a bus to school it was like heaven to me. Still in my jammies and halfway back to bed I'd wave goodbye, have a nice day honey. That reminds me, I'm going to call the district office about bussing again. It's "green", ya know.
Mornings haven't really ever come easy for me from what I remember. I had anxieties over clothes in my school years and remember my mom honking form me to get the heck into the car or I'd be late. At work I did well for a certain number of years but if I could shave off a couple minutes here or there, I did. I would stay late at work, not a problem (unless it was my commuting days).
Thank goodness for coffee these days. That little pot of Dark Brown Gold. It smells so good, it tastes so good. Just right for the morning resistor - me. A friend of mine sent me coffee she picked up while on Kaua'i, can you imagine my delight? Hawaiian coffee in my Hilo Hattie coffee cup?? Nuttin' bedda. Karen, Mahalo!!
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
Sunday, October 14, 2007
The thing is, he knows that I fall for the smile, the batting eyes, the hug, "Mommy". How can I be such a mush? That's not me, I don't like sappy movies, I don't like floral drapes, I don't make school lunches (they can buy theirs, thank you very much). But oh yea, the boy can play me. He can calm me with his honesty and lift me with his pride. When he dances or sings, thinking that I'm not looking but you bet I sneak up to watch, my heart goes pitter patter. Sometimes I'm supposed to be watching TV but instead I'm staring at him. If he catches me he'll ask "What?!" but what can I say? He'll have to be a parent himself one day in order to understand. He's my baby, or as we call him "Baby Huey" as he's taller than us. I remember his feet being as big as my thumb and now they're as big as my forearm. The wispy haired independent laughing toddler is still visible to me when I glance his way, as is fun loving dinosaur inspired kiddo of elementary school years. I'm still getting used to the large package that all my memories are jumbled into; he grew quickly over a seemingly short period but once he was close to my height it seemed time sped up and now I can't look him straight in the eyes - I have to look up! He was born with a calmness which has permeated our relationship so that it's never he and I that have problems, it's something on the outside that affects us. I've asked for his help, rubbing my shoulders in bad traffic or letting me have some space when I'm stressed, and he's gladly stepped up for me. If only household chores would be so easy for him! I'll take the teenager back-talk, the messy room, the late homework, the stinkiness, the current lack of enthusiasm for family outings, I will take it all because he's given me years of selfless love, leaning hugs, holding of hands, listening and talking. I have no doubt that his smile has positively influenced my life and those who have ever seen his smile. He's a bright light.....ok, I'm not going to cry, I'm not...
Fine....crying for joy. He got me again! Mahalo.
Friday, October 12, 2007
Tuesday, October 9, 2007
Going to get the pumpkin, whether on the field where it grew or a small lot with hay strewn about, it's always a good time finding just the right one. Those giant squash talk to you, whisper to you from down the way and you have to pick up a bunch to confirm which one it is, and when you find it you both know so then it knows it's going home with you and changing its name to Jack. Happy? Sad? Frightening? The face hasn't been decided just yet, but the name still fits.
It's raining, it's pouring. I don't want to get up in the morning. I love the night life, baby. Yea, you know the one I'm talking about, the one with the keys, the tapping, the voyeur attitude, getting to be whoever you want to be in the great big space. Are you a photographer, writer, artist, researcher, or evil lab technician? Ha! Like that last one? Happy Halloween! Mahalo.
Monday, October 8, 2007
Sunday, October 7, 2007
Thursday, October 4, 2007
"You put gas in the car so it will be un-out of gas." (logical, love it)
"How old am I?" (every day he asks this and every day he smiles and laughs and agrees when I tell him he's four)
"Is it time to go get my big sister?" (he asks as we head out the door to do an errand, having been home for a mere 10 minutes after dropping her at school)
"I'm Superman!" (having put the costume on upside down with his head in a leg, arm in the other leg, his legs in the arms, flapping the extra material around while sitting on the floor because of course he can't get up)
"There's a fish in here" (I handed him a cup of water so I guess that's his new "thank you")
If you don't have a 4yo at home, go hang out at the park and listen in. Get your laugh on! Mahalo
Katie The Scrapbook Lady is having a sale! Please go to her site and support her beautiful creations!!
Check out her blog, too...
My other tat is hardly shown, and it can be like that for the first one. It's hidden or too small. Sure enough! I suppose I would like something added to it, for more of a peek out as it can be a dark circle under some tops and that's just funky looking to me. More! Ink me. Mahalo.