Tuesday, December 27, 2016

It's the most wonderful time of the year (for cleaning!)

Merry Christmas Blog!

I wanted to post on December 25th, but I swear, since last Tuesday I have been running around like a chicken with my head cut off, trying to squeeze every ounce of energy into Christmas and family and friends.

And now it's post Christmas; I lay in bed at night and think about how I can do whatever I want tomorrow, like sew, or look at new projects, or organize my sock drawer, but then I realize I have a messy house with messy boys and it is time.

Time to de-clutter, out with the old, in with the new, go through everything, and make choices.

So, this afternoon I organized the entryway closet.  I was thinking while I was doing that, that if I wasn't a CPA, a fun job for me would be consulting with people on how to clean and organize spaces.  I find it very relaxing to sort out messes, scrub out dirt, and make things sparkle.  And, if we are honest with ourselves, most people really don't know how to organize and clean well.

I blame my mother.  

She was always cleaning.  Always.  After dinner, we would clear away the dishes and she would spend another two hours cleaning.  I always wondered what she was doing, but now that I have children, I know.

Believe me, I know.

(by the way, how do people without kids get messy houses?  Granted, before kids I used to think my house was messy...HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!)

Anyways, my mom was getting the crumbs out of the backs of the chairs, she was wiping down not only the table, but the edges, and the sides of the chairs, where little children put their sticky fingers.  She was wiping down light switches and faucets, taking the toothbrush and the cleaner to the grout, wiping down the mirror which gets splattered all day...it is a never ending job if you see it.

many don't see it.  I would be good at showing people (who wanted my help, mind you) how to deep clean, and how to organize.

Of course, it wouldn't do any good if you didn't keep it up.  I think that is why most professional women I have met who have made it to the top hire cleaners.  Really, they are quite snotty about it.  I don't mind saying that, and if I ever met those women again I would say, "you know, you are really quite snotty about how you hire people to clean your house and refrigerator, and you make people feel bad because they clean (or don't clean) their own houses."

Anyways, I once, through a coworker, worked with a women who was a "Professional Organizer".  I am slightly ashamed to say the only reason I did was to try to impress this female manager at work -- this was her friend and she highly recommended this women's skills.  I paid $75 for something I could have easily done for myself around $45.  Lesson learned.  Plus, the manager I was trying to impress still hated me after...lesson learned again!

Well, I have to order pizza in 10 minutes, as the boys (Nathan, Evan, and Daddy) are on their way home, so I had better stop blogging.

but, maybe tomorrow, I could finish March 2016??

Thursday, December 22, 2016

February 2016

I have decided to do one post for each month of 2016...so this post covers, you got it, February.  Maybe this way I can catch up?  Either way, it's what we get...


On some personal notes, I have been wearing a boot around lately for my left foot due to pain that started in November...things have calmed down, so not wearing the boot right now, but they didn't see a fracture (could still have been one apparently), and based on where the pain is, they think tendons or ligaments.   Or, they said it could be a pinched nerve up in my leg or back...goodie.  I shouldn't jog on it for another week or so according to the doctor, so I am just hoping that soon the pain goes away forever.  I must be getting old --- getting horrible random aches and pains now, because last February I had all those hip and butt problems.  

*sigh*

I get really frustrated when things don't go my way, especially with health issues; so, as an effort to fight the negativity in my mind, I've been praying much more, and opening my bible, reading Matthew.  I have also been reading this book called "One Thousand Gifts" link.  It is a book I purchased last Easter, and I have picked it up and put it down about 4 times, since I struggle with the writing style.  But this fall, I have discovered that I am just like this author....she is always struggling to find the joy, find the good, and wondering why God doesn't give all good gifts?  And why does God gift "bad" gifts?  Or, is it just that we don't see the good in the bad?

Such hard lessons.  Looking for a treasure in each trial seems an almost impossible task for me.  But, lately I have found some comfort in this prayer I say, "Lord, I like things to be perfect.  But you are the only thing in this world that is.  So, if its your way, that must be the best, perfect way.  Even though it isn't fun, hurts, and is painful.  Your way is the perfect way, so I want your way..."

So, as I sit here eating my two dogs from Walkin' Dog, and my BBQ tatoe chips (which are so bad yet so good), I am looking at these pictures and wondering...

Onto the pictures...below is Evan at his kindergarten orientation in February...his face was precious in this picture...taking it all in...

Evan is currently my difficult child.  I find it hard to identify with his personality, and by george, he is going to turn out to be a kind, polite person if it kills us!  He is always making noise and screwing around lately...I can't tell you how many times this one has spilled his milk...

February is an odd month in our house...it is still winter, so there are boots, hats, gloves, everywhere, and I am starting to get busy, but not crazy busy.  Overall, it is kind of a quiet month...

We had our friends over to celebrate Chinese New Year!  We had Pad Thai just because it's good, and Chris makes it well...we also celebrated three birthdays...






Jeffrey continued to grow so fast...

The boys played in the little snow we had...

It was the Super Bowl, so of course, screw watching that!  We watched the Kitten Bowl and the Puppy Bowl, and I laughed out loud when Mystro watched too...

I started on a project that made me so happy...just look how pretty that fabric is!

Jeffrey couldn't take his Christmas present out yet...so he played and sat it in inside...

The boys found a box...

Chris and I played hookie and went fishing again...

It was such a lovely day...


Look at that sunset!!

And then we went to a bar...

Valentine's day is really not my favorite, and I hate how much flowers cost if Chris gets me any for this day.  I always tell him to just get me flowers the week after...so, this year he spent all this time making these:  So sweet!

Trying on my dress for my brothers wedding...I look kind of frumpy here...

This was a January project for Nathan, but he didn't bring it home until February.  It is such a funny thing he wrote, that Chris and I laughed for quite some time...

Jeffrey and I went shopping...

At the end of the month, it was really warm, and the kids could finally take the truck out!


The below picture is why I hate spring...do you see all that mud?  All that water?  Ick ick and double ick.  The kids tromp through that mud, and water, and laugh and giggle and then bring it all in the house for yours truly.  BAH!!

Snacking...you can tell the angle of the sun was changing...

Nathan had his First Communion retreat in February...we did an all day workshop, and I was in charge of the parents making the unleavened bread.  Let me just say, we made rock cakes...it definitely was unleavened...

I didn't think the below picture was February, but it was...again, it got quite warm and the boys got their bikes out...

Evan drew this bunny...uhh, that is supposed to be the tail...

Jeffrey drew a masterpiece...






Sunday, November 20, 2016

WOOT 2016!

Never give up!

Never surrender!

I made it to 2016....and how I shall start?

Well, we rang in the New Years with my brother and sister and spouses, and then the next day, I sewed and relaxed and worked on this....


On the way to one of my many doctor and physical therapy appointments in January for my hip, I ran into the parking ramp.  :-/   

It sounded like a potato chip as I rounded one of those sharp corners...I was so upset!  I just cried all the way to the doctors office, just made at myself.  I've been parking downtown for over 17 years and I know how the ramps are, but I was rushing because I was late, and my Acadia is fat.  Ugh.  Anyways, it is still not fixed, I figure I deserve a dented car...


A few days after that, we went out and got me a new chair for sewing, one of my Christmas presents.  I have to admit, the new chair FELT wonderful and still does...


Here is the project finished...I think I completed it around February, before things got crazy at work.  It is very Christmasy, even though it is not supposed to be...



the boys had skating lessons for two months...it just doesn't come naturally to either of them, although Nathan was close to passing.  We don't have time to do more than one session of skating lessons each year, so it is what it is....at least they have had more training than I ever did (zero!)






We had a little bit of snow in January, but really not much snow at all the whole season, so the few times we had it we really had to enjoy it!








I love how cute the kids are in the snow...they are all troopers out there now!  we will see if Jeffrey has changed much since last year...






Our friends over in early February, late January, and the snow was already sloppy...so they made a snowman!  He didn't last long...

In late December, I had ordered the suits for Kevin and Brittany's wedding.  I could order a complete suit online (excluding shoes) for between $25 to $30 a suit, which was great since Nathan needed one for first communion this year anyways.  Here they are trying them on..what studs!



Haha...Evan and his Olaf socks...



Other randomness...I met Nathan for lunch at school one day...Italian Dunkers!  OMG so good...

I really enjoyed the whole lunch...



Chris and I went ice fishing late January...my ARSE was still  hurting so bad that I remember the cold bucket felt good to ice the pain away....


Jeffrey playing...

so I took the boys to the outside rink a couple times to practice for skating...they both ended up bawling...Nathan couldn't do his "swizzles", and Evan couldn't lift one foot up and glide...although, at their next session, they both magically passed...


Did a little crocheting...

Made this beauty for a wedding shower gift...

Watched the sunrise at work...gosh I miss this view!