January 31, 2009
While I can appreciate the fact that you can see exactly how much money I have, where I spend it, what bills I have and whether or not I pay them on time; I am discouraged that you don't take the time to notice that my 3 year old really doesn't want to be here, that in 5 minutes I will be late to pick up my 8 year old and the fact that I have absolutely no interest in what new service you have to offer me each time I come here.
Feel free to correct me if I am wrong, but I thought the drive through was for days when I am in a very big hurry, can’t get out of my car because I don’t wish to wake my sleeping toddler or simply am not in the mood to come into the bank and socialize with the people who know as much about my finances as I do. I thought the drive through was for speed and efficiency so when I finally get my turn, after waiting in a line 4 deep, and I send my quick little deposit through the tube I would not expect you to start asking me about my day and if I want to open a new low balance money market account on top of the one I already have. When I come to the drive through it REALLY means I am not here to chat.
So I would appreciate it very much if you would just finish what I came for in a timely fashion and stop asking me if I want to pay for annual rewards, if I have savings accounts for my children, how come I never use my visa attached to my account, if I want to move funds into another investment account etc.
Thank you for your cooperation,
You know who I am
January 30, 2009
“can I have a wet wipe for my hands and then my computer”
A wet wipe first huh, guess I am always a bit OCD when it comes to someone being sick in my house. I am at my worst when someone is throwing up. I have been known to literally walk around the house with Clorox wipes in both hands so everything I touch gets wiped and I touch nothing.
My poor daughter will be scarred for life – thinking that germs are the death of a house, computer, door handle, flusher, light switch, remote control, telephone, and the list goes on. I am Terra and I have OCD tendencies…just not in all the right places.
The bright side is she is all better already. It seemed to be a 24 hour dizzy/fever bug. There were only 4 kids in her class when I went to pick up her work today so it really took out the class. But they should all be hopping healthy on Monday ready to make up science tests, spelling tests and give I have a dream speeches!
Thanks for all your kind words!
January 29, 2009
Hailey put so much determination into having a pet she invented her own...
And then, after much begging and waiting, she was able to provide warmth and color for her beloved pet Rocky
Yes Mom, I sewed the rock a pillow - she asked me for 2 days!
and now Rocky has a pillow and a blanky (though Hailey and Riley are having blanky troubles)
Then it was off to paint the house, a must have for Hailey!
Rocky is behind the paint guarding the scene and Hailey has a little poptart on the side....
The artistry of a 3 year old
So, If you ever find yourself feeling a little lonely, or needing someone to hold on to go out and grab yourself rock, give it a name and a comfy cozy home and you too might be as happy as our three year old.
January 28, 2009
November 26th 2003 I was proud enough of this to take a picture, January 26th 2009 I found the photo and laughed at myself. Not because I took the picture way back when but rather because 6 years ago was the last time I made a lemon merangue pie. Hmmm.
January 27, 2009
I learned that in some ways homework is overrated.
Why? Well let me just tell you. I have talked before about how Lauren never has homework and if she does she can almost always finish it between school and home (15 minutes if there is traffic) she gets excellent marks and rarely misses a beat.
This is a bone I have picked with her school since first grade...where is the homework, how are they learning to budget their time against work and play etc. You would not believe me if I told you the response, well perhaps you would - but let’s just say it had something to do with busy schedules and parents complaining and the work not getting done....but then they would always say NEXT YEAR she will have more...then next year would come and I would bark up that same tree again and they started saying "well, she must get her work done in class, good for her" and I would argue not teaching her responsibility etc...
I finally quit barking, counted myself lucky she only has a short time left in elementary school and now we are just biding our time (poor Lauren)
Fast forward to...tonight; Lauren actually has homework. Something to do with Ute Indian Dances...she is supposed to research a Ute dance, make a poster board and potentially be prepared to talk about it in class on Wed. She had dance till 6:30 and came right home to dinner and home work –
She was enthusiastic and ready to go…until she realized that she still didn’t fully understand the POINT to what she was doing. Can you blame her? She is happy to go through the motions and do the work but she questions why she has to spend all this time learning about a dance the Ute’s did…again can you blame her? Some of her comments…Everyone is doing the same project “how silly”, what am I supposed to say about a dance?, I mean I read all this stuff, they use snakes and that is gross but what is the point to the poster-board? I just don’t get this assignment. I could just take some notes and talk about it right?
All that coming from a girl that LOVES to make things on poster board…
Ok…so back to what I learned this week: The moral of my story is - maybe not having homework is a good thing – at least she isn’t wasting time each and every night on pointless assignments.
January 26, 2009
It has never been a problem, just a cute thing Riley does...until this morning at 4:00am when he started barking. He has NEVER barked in the night even when his old buddy Preston (no longer with us) would get to howling at the moon.
January 25, 2009
She has some talent! She offers her skills to both in and out of state clients and can help you turn Major Messes (like the ones we had) into simply perfectly organized rooms! I should have called her before we started at our house!!
Anyway, stop by if you have time and give her some comment love. So far I can tell her blog is going to super helpful and fun to read!
January 24, 2009
So after purchasing a new HP Home server to run our home network that would ultimately make most people cringe (with 7 computers, 3 printers, vonage, wii, direct tv and a sling box) "he" decided it was time to get all those routers, switches and other machines out of the office, off the beautiful shelves and into the broom closet for central location, ease of access etc.
It was time to build some shelves. Not a book shelf, because we don't have a single inch of space to add another bookshelf to the house but shelves in the closet to house the network. As a result two closets actually had to be cleared out (1 so we could cut holes in the wall to pull cables through and the other to make room for the new equipment room). Our living room and entryway became our coat closet for a couple weeks.
In the meantime daddy and Lauren have worked very well together and he took lots of pictures for me!!! Adams Family - this song is for you!!!
January 23, 2009
AND NOW...My kids get to enjoy the Electric Company "Recharged" so they say! It is not starting on my local PBS station until Feb 2nd So I got to set my DVR record the you know what out of it and watch my children
Oh and by the way, to the folks over at Parenting Magazine (just in case you happen to reading - though I know you are not) You know all those silly little cards that all magazines insert, that most of us rip out and throw away before we even start reading?
Just a thought.
January 22, 2009
So, I was off to the Tattered Cover today to look for more books like Georges Secret Key to the Universe for Lauren and imagine my surprise when I found this
The 100% G rated version of Marley and Me. A bit below Lauren's reading level but she can finish it quick and I know she will love it! Still don't know if she can see the movie or not but I can wait for the DVD to find that out.
Then Hailey and I proceeded into the children's section to find a book for her. She was having a horrible time deciding. It is so overwhelming. I finally had to say pick a book in one minute or we are leaving without a book for you today (because you all know I really don't need anymore books in my house anyway)
At that moment she stomped off, looked around and grabbed a book and came back to me with a huge smile on her face and brought me this:
Ok, so now seriously. What a brilliant concept. Marley and Me for her and her and her too (or him I suppose) and the result of course is that we are now the proud owners of all three...
and soon to be owners of the DVD too I am sure. Way to go John...this is a brilliant way to milk it for all it is worth but for all the love you gave that feisty dog...I suppose you deserve it.
January 21, 2009
Well, today she got her pet, on her own terms, on her own accord with no prompting or even approval from anyone.
We were at Lauren's School waiting for her after school French class to end and it was gorgeous out so we were sitting on the picnic table chatting with the teachers. Hailey used my phone to take this picture
Then she started playing with some of things on the ground, then she asked me if she could keep one and in a distracted moment I said "SURE". Then she showed me 10 and asked if she could have them all - I quickly gathered the better part of me and said "Oh, No honey, just one". She pondered, She chose, she put back and chose again...then coerced me into letting her pick one for Lauren too.
I had NO idea at the time what she was up to. It never dawned on me. Until we got in the car. That is when she said "Now I have a pet" to which I replied "you do?" and she said "Yes, My pet Rock, it's name is poodle" "Poodle needs some water, can I give it some water?"
I told her it could have water at home hoping beyond hope that she would forget.
Forget she did not. She watered her rock,
she bathed her rock,
she ate dinner with her rock
and she put her rock to bed in her cradle tonight (in the words of "he" 'so she can rock it to sleep' ha ha ha)
January 20, 2009
January 19, 2009
My next step was to tackle the girls rooms and their clothes. You see having two girls 5 years apart means I have a lot of clothes to save for Hailey..they have taken up many shelves in our basement - tub after tub of shoes and clothes - I went through them and made them a new home in the empty trundle of Hailey's bed, this freed up a lot of storage space downstairs, so then I decided I better gut the girls closets and that just added to my mountain in the basement...But the girls rooms look great and they got a few of the toys removed from the playroom transplanted in their rooms
Laurens American Girl Tree House
Lauren's shelves full of books and doll stuff, oh and Phoenix the fish!
Hailey got my old doll cradle in her room
Along with another displaced bookshelf
Some of her American Girl Stuff
And the new CD player she had to have for ChristmasAfter that I was tasked with cleaning out the unfinished part of our basement, making room for new stuff to be stored. This included clearing a VERY messy floor, emptying tubs and deciding what stays and what goes, plugging in the Treadmil and pretending as though we may actually use it. This part of the basement rarely stays clean for long because it becomes the dumping ground for everything...however after this HUGE clean out I have freed up a lot of space and intend to keep it that way (for a while anyway)
SO, in order to accomplish all the beauty you have seen above I had to go through the mountain I plopped on the basement floor from the playroom and the girls room, I had to clean out tubs, and floor space in the unfinished part and had to decide what stays and what goes. In doing this, the only way I knew how was to just kept throwing stuff in the spare room, kindly referred to as Grandma Mary's Room ...YEP- this is where I am shoving all the stuff I don't want to keep as I go through closets, shelves, tubs etc. I am now referring Mary's rom as "Mount Dumpall" you can't even tell there is a bed, television, quilt rack and nightstand in this room ..
So now I get to empty this very scary bedroom and decide for sure what goes and what stays, who gets what (good will, ebay, garage sale, consignment who knows...) Are you coming to help?
In the meantime - I have a lot of STUFF to do so....hopefully the end result Will be worth it. OH - and we can't forget the trash pile we lugged up the stairs and out to the curb tonight (sorry mother earth)
DIY and major messes part 2
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