Sweet Summertime

Due to the fact that this is Summer and I firmly believe Summer is the best time to focus on family fun, my blog does not have as many updates. You see, I started to feel bad because after all this is my income, but on the other hand, I remembered that this is the last Summer I have before all three of my kids are in school full time. Yes, my “baby” is headed off to full day Kindergarten this year and how that makes me sad in some ways.

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On another hand, I am happy to have the Summer time to enjoy him some more before I only see him during the no school hours and school vacation times. Once school starts I get to ramp up my blogs, get them organized and running strong. Once school starts, that will be MY time for the first time in like near 11 years that I will be able to work from home near full time hours and make more progress, be more productive and have the ability to do customer service call center type jobs from home!

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While I am sad that my baby is off to full day school this Fall, I am happy to say we have been enjoying our summer together, every single one of us … as a family!

My Daughter and her Hair

Every morning I ask my daughter if I can do her hair. I miss the days when she would happily let me do pig tail braids, one big braid or two french braids in her hair but those days have passed usĀ  in our mother/daughter lives. It is now the season for hair brushed and kept down. All. The Time.

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And yes at times she does taunt me with that look of “what you gonna do about it?” when I ask if I can do her hair and she replies no then I pout like a little kid. No. Take that back. I don’t pout. I just sigh the sigh of a Mom who realizes her child is growing too quickly.

The thing is, recently my daughter has started to let me do her hair, granted it’s a pony tail more often than not but one morning I wittingly convinced her to let me do a hairstyle on her head that I haven’t done in ages to her. While I sported this look days prior, she wasn’t home to see it and be reminded of it. I was the wonderful Mama who reminded her that she would be unique with this hairstyle on this day at school.

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Granted my daughter’s hair is super long and difficult to do this hairstyle with, but essentially it is two cute messy buns instead of the cute braid pig tails she used to let me do. I will be happy with any hairstyle she allows me to do in her hair because her hair is so long and beautiful that I want these years left in her childhood to be a Mama who can decorate her daughter’s hair with cool hairstyles.

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I also love that my daughter is occasionally allowing me to do different hairstyles in her hair and she also let’s my boyfriend’s daughter do a waterfall braid in her hair on weekends. While I can no longer do the little girl pig tail braids in my daughter’s hair, she does still give me time to be a Mama and do some hairstyles. For that I am thankful.

Sometimes it’s the small moments that mean the biggest for my Mama heart.

Short Term Shortage for Long Term Happiness

Sometimes life throws me 100 curve balls at once and it’s uber frustrating to try to stay on the happy train, the oh everything will work out just fine thought pattern. Then there are those times when you have 100 things tossed at you and you take the time to separate each into priority. Once you check off one item, you move onto the next. Do not take too much time, but try to just resolve this one thing then the next and the next. Like I wrote the other day, sometimes you have to just take one thing at a time.

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Right now I have to do a lot because I am moving, into another house. The lease here is up and it’s time to move on so that my Mom can move back here with her husband and their pets. There is a lot more land here for the horses and she has her own plans. After about a year and a half it’s time for me to move onto my next chapter, as it is for her too. I am ready, but what it entails is a huge list of things to do.

I have to not only keep up with my three kids who have school, various other appointments and such going on, but I have to pack and keep my work from home stuff going or else I run out of money. There is a lot of upfront costs associated with this move and it’s been a game of “what can wait” and “what can not wait”. It’s a process of just focusing on the one thing but also realizing what is most important to complete first to ensure moving date of mid June.

So far everything has started aligning up great. Each day we take a moment to focus on one thing and that gets crossed off. We are amazed that so much of our plan to move has started to align so well. The only downfall is that some bills are not able to be paid right away, they will have to wait. The upfront costs of moving are really expensive and so while I wish I could pay some of the bills I have piled up, they have to wait and I send what I can or work out deals with those companies or people. It’s just how it is right now.

In the meantime I foresee living on pasta and other inexpensive meal ideas for a month because there won’t be much extra hanging around for normal $100 a week or $150 a week groceries. Tips on cheap meals that can be made and worked out for leftovers would be ideal for me right now.

I have lived in ways where I was so broke that I could only eat mac n cheese or ramon noodles and I was fine with that. I haven’t ever had a ton of money, I live pay check to pay check, well I live pay period to pay period, whenever clients or contracts pay out. It works for me. I just have always lived this way and for me, to give up a little bit for a short period of time, it’s not a huge deal. I just have to remind myself that in a month everything will be changed to be new, better and the start of a new chapter.

Think of hard times as this “it’s a short term shortage for long term happiness”.

Trying to Get Back on Schedule

I have to laugh at myself because I am often saying how I am not routine driven, that I am a free spirit and not a planner but then things happen to mess up my normal schedule or routine that set me off for a loop, taking me a long time to get back on track. It even goes so far as to make me tense, the shoulders get hard as boulders and my mind is completely frazzled. But I am not routine driven like my middle child, nope nope nope!

I lied. I am.Totally. 100% routine driven.

So when the school had a water pipe burst sending water through my sons school and they had no school for a week? I was home with my sons for a week, full time, trying to figure out how in the heck to work around two boys who were with me 24/7 that week, minus their few hour break with Dad a couple mornings.

Next there was Nemo who dumped us with snow. No school happened one day because of that.

Then there has been a change of schedule for the boys Dad, he is training on days for a couple or few weeks. This means the boys no longer are gone for 1-2 full days a week, but rather 1-2 evenings for just a few short hours a week. This is nuts.

I work days. I used to work nights, but I just can not seem to have the focus and drive I used to at evening hours. That is why I switched up my routine and work from home schedule to be morning hours! Now, here I am trying to figure out how to juggle my schedule around since school is back in session but the visits with their Dad has changed …

It’s always something around here, but I know I will get through this. I have been working in between the times the kids are in school, in between activity drop offs, in between sleep hours, in between visits. This all adds up to an hour here and an hour there, but at least it’s more than not working at all.

I can not wait for school to be steady again, but voila there is end of February one week long vacation from school coming up, just when the ex gets his second shift schedule back, my kids will be on vacation.

Every day I’m shuffling…

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Three Winners Announced

Well it is that time, time to announce some winners and while I look back I realize how slow I was to get to Random.org to choose a winner for each. I apologize for the delay, there has been more than I had planned for going on but all has settled now.

PlushRugs $100 Giveaway Winner is…

Nan – who let me know she is a GFC follower

Kill-A-Watt EZ Giveaway Winner is…

R Hicks – who has my button on his site

Chuggington Giveaway Winner is…

McKim – who they are a GFC Follower


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