Wednesday, January 25, 2017

if you give your daughter a wardrobe

she's going to want a bed to go with it.

It all started because Ruby wanted a new dresser, specifically, a wardrobe.

When the kids were babies I got them nice dressers at Target...nice for me.  They were roomy and lightweight.  They were Sterlite.  :)  (and, after googling them, they aren't made anymore but some Amazon sellers have them and have priced accordingly.  gulp.  I paid around $60, I think?)

Fast forward 10 years and my little girl isn't feeling the plastic dresser anymore.  (I, on the other hand, still love them.  They are 10 and 12 years old and going strong!)

She's actually been saying this for a while so I've been saving for it and told her I'd go to Ikea after Christmas.  Then she asked for a matching bed, please, and James was down for a new dresser, too.

We ended up selling Ruby's old Ikea bed and that covered most of the cost of her new one.  She also ended up getting a nice wardrobe.  James got a dresser, said he didn't want a bed.  (now he also wants a bed, naturally.)  I also thought, hey, I've wanted a bed for YEARS.  So I got one.  On Amazon? yes.  And I love it!

So this started this big ball of taking beds apart, selling on facebook and craigslist (hashtag nightmare), sorting through every toy and dresser in the house, going to ikea, putting all the ikea furniture together, moving other dressers around, new curtains, re-organizing all of my ebay inventory storage, painting dressers*, putting Amazon bed together, moving big sections of the basement around, painting our bedroom* and oh, buying a new to us TV.

*still not done

This was all last week.  There were also 2 days off and 2 days I had to be at school for other commitments and then early release on Friday. I was so looking forward to this being a normal week with a break from the organizing and everything else (kids).  ha.  Monday I did get to work all day.  Yesterday morning James was in the spelling bee (3rd place!!  Yay, James.  He did so well, I love watching his process.) and then Nick had a ENT appt.  Today school was just cancelled.  hahahahahha.


Turns out Nick's adenoids are HUGE.  Like, really big.  The photo below shows "enlarged" adenoids.  I call bullshit.  Nick's are like 3 times that size.  Not even kidding.  The doc couldn't see around them.

They are recommending surgery to remove them which really stinks BUT I am hoping the benefits will be great.  Poor Nick with his nasally little voice and reduced nasal breathing.  Who knew???  (His speech teacher suggested I take him to get checked.  No one else has ever wondered why he has always sounded like he had a cold...even me!  We just thought it was speech related.  She discovered that when she had him speak without using certain letters, he sounded totally different.  Pretty impressed with her.)  These hulking adenoids definitely affect his speech, breathing, sleep and more.

Before I go, I would also like to mention how envious I was of Ruby and her new wardrobe and organizers.  She spent the whole day in there going through all of her clothes, getting rid of stuff and sorting everything else.  She has little baskets for her socks, etc.  It took ALL I HAD not to jump in and help her but I didn't.  She gets it.  She feels it.  She is a natural at organizing.

James, on the other hand, grabbed everything from his old dresser and smooshed it into his new one.  Including taking the pile that was on top of the old one and plopping it onto the new one.  He is such a 13 year old boy.  (I love 13 year old boys.)

I love seeing how they all are so different.  Through all of this, Nick doesn't care at all.  He said he doesn't want anything new, not even curtains.  He cried when I switched his dresser to a bigger one.  :)  (but he did come around.)

So, that was my last week.


p.s.  none of these links are affiliate links because I don't have my shit together.  xoxo

Friday, January 13, 2017

taking stock, mid-January

I am going to join (copy) Maggie who joined her friend in filling this list out, to catch everyone up on just about everything. 
Making :  We just got a new sheet set and never use the top sheet, I normally donate them.  On the other hand, we never have enough matching pillowcases for all of our bed pillows.  (we have 5) (do you see where this is going?)  Today I realized I could take that flat sheet and make MANY more matching pillowcases.  I am so excited!!
Cooking :   We are making paninis like crazy.  I am the Panini Queenie.  We had them for dinner last night and will probably have them again for lunch tomorrow.  Breakfast paninis, dessert paninis, standard paninis.  We love them all.  Cranberry mustard is a game changer.
Drinking : coffee.  
Reading:  The Memory of Lemon  (I love books involving food, particularly cake.)
Trawling: Thrift stores, always.  Earlier this week I went through the clothing racks at Goodwill, which I normally do not do.  I found All Saints, Johnny Was and Commune de Paris...brands I don't normally find.  It was an hour well spent.
Wanting: storage totes for my summer clothes that actually fit under our bed.
Looking: in all of our closets to find stuff to get rid of.
Deciding:  on Spring Break plans.  Or, at least starting to think about them.
Listening:  to Joyce Meyer podcasts.  I really love her.
Buying:   I have to get groceries today.  Trying to find the joy in that.  :)
Watching:   Alone on History Channel.  We love it!!
Marvelling:  at how quickly the day goes.
Cringing:  that we still have our outdoor Christmas decorations up.
Needing: to wash our van.
Questioning:  If I should start paint a dresser in mid-January.
Smelling: um, nothing.  My nose is almost constantly plugged.  I'm a little worried about it.
Wearing:  pajamas.
Selling:  Not much!  It's been a slow ebay week but I am plugging along on my listings...I'm over half way through my monthly goal and it's just the 13th.  (I know that is only a day or two ahead of schedule but I'll take it.  :)  )
p.s.  Patrick is giving Milo a late night snack and he isn't waking me up in the morning.  This is BIG NEWS.  So happy!!

Saturday, January 07, 2017

saturday morning

I am normally an early riser.  I love those morning hours, I particularly like working and having coffee during them.  There is something cozy about it.

But then we got Milo.

the cat.

Milo has been waking me up at 4:30 to feed him and it is killing me!!  I am bitter and angry instead of happy and peaceful.  haha!  It's true, though.  Way to ruin my life, Milo.

If we shut our door, he just wakes up the kids.  

So, anyways.  Patrick has promised to start giving him a night cap, so to speak, and this morning he didn't get bossy until 6:15.  I could have kissed his furry face.  I hope this works.

I want to go back to getting up at 5 or 5:30.  ON MY OWN, Milo.

In other news.  So, I got way off track health wise when Janelle went into Hospice and then passed away.  I was sad and had a lot on my mind and just took exercising and eating right off of my to do list.  And then it was Christmas and then our trip to the lodge.  Now I need to get it back and it is so hard.  It is always hard, every time.  And then once it clicks, it is so good, I love it so much.  It's bizarre, really.

After thinking about why I avoided it every day this week, I determined that I think it's because I love these early hours at my computer too much.  It makes me sad to give them up to go to the gym.  And so I decided that I will work in the morning and then go to the gym at 8am right after I drop the kids off and then come home and work some more.  (MWF are my home work days, T TH are shopping days.)  I am out anyways so it's almost perfect!  I will throw another visit in on an evening or on the weekend.  I'm excited to try it next week and see how it goes.  I love solving problems.  :)  Or, actually, trying to come up with solutions. 

After that awful math night, Ruby came home with 24 more problems.  There was a minute where it almost went south but we held in there and she did so well.  Thanks, Mim, for the reminder.  :)  This too shall pass.

Nick only allows me to kiss him in the morning and the evening now.  He still likes to cuddle but the kisses?  He just cannot.  Last night he crawled into our bed at some point because of a nightmare.  When I scooted over (we have a Queen now so there's not as much room) he put both of his little hands on my cheeks and gave me a big kiss.  (If I could, I would insert a heart eyes emoji here.)

As far as work goes, it's been good.  I am trying to increase my listings, always a struggle, and I have a neat chart (naturally) that is working out well.  My goal is 200 listings this month.  That is probably 75 more than usual so it's a big jump.  

We did have a very nice Christmas.  We went to church and my mom's house Christmas Eve and then everyone came to our house on Christmas Day.  On the 27th we met my brother and Erin and my Dad and Mari (they came a day later) at a resort.  We stayed in 2 connecting lodges and it was a lot of fun!  It was good to get home, too, and we had a quiet weekend before the kids went back to school.

Well, quiet in the sense of no plans.  It wasn't really quiet.

On New Years Eve we tried to go for a walk in the woods by our house.  Nick, almost immediately after getting out of the van, put his foot through a non-frozen ice rink.  We drove home and got him dry shoes and pants (no more boots) and headed back.  The woods were off the list due to no boots so we just walked around the park until Nick took the snowboard down a small hill and crashed.  He told me he was bleeding and I was like, "Whatever!" but he really was.  hahahha.  We ended up in the van while Patrick and the big kids played on some ice.  Then we went home for game night and snacks.  Scrabble first.  It was...interesting.  And Nick spilled my pop all over the table.  Then one of our kids didn't want to play.  Then another didn't want to.  It was pretty funny, really.  But, we were together and that's all I wanted.  Checkers was a little better.  We were all happy when it was time to watch a movie, I think.  :)  

On a different note, something just made me think of this.  

Have you gotten to a point in your life where opinions you once really valued start to not matter as much anymore?  They might almost become something that you have to work at ignoring graciously?  (or pray about, really.)  It is so interesting to me to see this happening with myself.  It must just be part of getting older and, I think, part of trusting God more.  Not that I don't value other people's opinions still but sometimes I just don't.  It's kind of freeing.  Also, it's like I have this little secret in my head.  heehee.  :)

Well, I hope you have a good day!!!  I hope I do, too.  xoxoxox


Thursday, January 05, 2017

poor Ruby

Last night Ruby came home with 30 (THIRTY) math problems.  I made the mistake of letting her do some electronic time before she started.  Then she needed my help but Nick had a couple of friends over and then when they left it was time to start dinner so I was helping her in between doing other stuff.  She worked on those problems on and off for 3 hours.  By 8pm (her bedtime - go into her room time) she was DONE.  I was also done.  She was laying on the floor by me and just writing down whatever, like she didn't even care.  (um, she didn't.) I totally YELLED at her.  about DIVISION.  ugh.  It was awful.  She started crying and ran up to her room.  I followed a minute later but she wasn't ready to forgive me yet.  ha.  Thankfully, it didn't last long.  We hugged and I told her how sorry I was.  We agreed she should get some sleep and try again in the morning.  Everything is better in the morning.

She just came down, it's 6am.  She had done the rest of her problems and got them all right.  I squeezed her and apologized again.  I told her I will never be perfect but I will never stop trying to be better.




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