Category Archives: Ramblings (sometimes nostalgic, usually just random)

I’m Going Dark…well, sort of…

I’m on the verge of deleting my Facebook.  I’m shocked that I’m saying this because FB is something that I have thoroughly enjoyed, but I’m getting kind of sick of it, to be honest.

Don’t get me wrong, it has been a great marketing tool for my business.  And I truly enjoy being able to keep up with my friends and family on there.  But, know what I don’t like?  I don’t like when I feel obligated to accept a friend request from an “acquaintance” or a “friend of a friend that I kinda sorta know”.

I also feel like I get sucked in to my news feed and quite honestly, I’m tired of scrolling through tons of crap just to get to something that I’m interested in seeing.

I’m also tired of coming across something funny and then feeling the instant need to “share” it.  I’m tired of feeling like I need to post pictures of everything we do.  And that’s all of my own doing – I’m not blaming that on anyone but me.  But that’s the way it feels and I’m just kinda over it.

I miss blogging and the sense that I can post anything I want and only a select few will be reading it.  I know I have the power to unfriend or not accept friend requests on FB, but there’s a whole other side to all of that.  The whole deal where someone will see that you are friends with so and so, so why aren’t you friends with me?  I don’t know…just sick of all that noise.  I’ve been spending more time with the blog lately and going back and reading my old posts from years ago and I’ve been filled with so much joy at all of the memories.  I just can’t get that with FB and I want to preserve these precious memories for my girls.

I will probably keep my Instagram because I like how it’s not so involved.  Plus, there are a lot of fitness accounts on there that I follow and actually want to see what they post daily.

Like I said, I’m on the verge…I haven’t actually taken the plunge yet, but it’s on my to-do list this week for sure.  And it feels really good to say that.  🙂

WE ARE COMPLETELY INSANE…IT’S THE ONLY LOGICAL EXPLANATION

When we moved into this old house 7 year ago (7 years ago!!!), it was with the intention of living here a few years while the girls were little and wouldn’t mind sharing a room and fixing it up a little, possibly make a little money off of it and then buy something newer, bigger, better.  So, fast forward a few years and Brian gets laid off from his job and our world gets turned upside down for a period of time.  Then enter travel softball, which now consumes a huge portion of our lives and here we are.  7 years later.  There have a been improvements to the house here and there along the way, though it’s FAR from where I’d like it to be.  And those girls who were 5 and 2 when we moved in?  Well they are now 12 and 9.   That sharing a bedroom business is about to push this woman over the edge.

Over the years, we have gone back and forth a thousand times on whether to stay or go.  And just recently we had said, Okay!  We are going!

Until…

One day, Katie and I took a walk.  We were talking about all the things we still needed to do before we could sell the house.  And how in the world we were going to make that happen with softball season approaching.  And then out of the blue, my daughter, the one who has said since she was 7 years old that she just couldn’t wait to get out of this old house and have her own room, stopped me in my tracks with this:

I don’t think we should go.

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She proceeded to tell me that she would be so sad if we left.  That she has so many good memories here.  Not to mention a neighbor boy who, though they fight most of the time, has become like a brother to her.  And our awesome sledding hill?  How could she survive a winter without that?  And walking to the library and park and cafe on the corner?  How could we possibly go away from that?

So, I did the best I could to not just bawl and hug her to death because honestly, as mad as I get at this old house and all of it’s inconveniences, she is right.  Those things are so wonderful.  They really are.

And here’s the next crazy thing, when I told Brian about it, even HE said he would like to stay.  And he has been the BIGGEST hater of this house from the day I decided we should buy it.

Now Hannah?  That girl lives in the moment.  She wouldn’t care if we lived in a barn.  She goes with the flow and she’s got way more important things to do than sit around caring about where we live.

Of course, that doesn’t help the bedroom situation at all.  And that’s going to be a big, costly project that I have no idea how we will pay for, but we’ll work it out.

In the meantime, I am breathing easier knowing that at least we have finally made a decision.  And honestly, I’ll be 39 in a few months.  My drive and energy for doing things like buying and selling houses….well that train done left the station.  I’m ready to be settled in and enjoy my old age. 🙂

 

 

I Got’s The Old School Blues

It’s hard being a pen & paper kinda girl in this day and age.  Especially when things really ARE easier with electronics and all.

And eBooks.  Sorry.  Can’t do it.  I tried to get on board with that.  I really did.  But me loves me books.

Yesterday we went to the library to do research for Hannah’s president report.  Yeah, I said it.  The library.  And we actually used books instead of the internet.  Freaky!

I find myself making out lists the old fashioned way and I’ll stop and be like, okay…I have a list app on my phone.  Why am I doing this?  And honestly, the app is better because I’ll just lose the paper list.  Or end up getting mad because it’s causing clutter somewhere.

These are the crazy things that rattle around in my brain.  And then I go and make a blog post about it, because really, this is earth-shattering information I’m sharing here, people.

February. Oh how I loathe thee.

It’s February.  The worst month of winter if you ask me.  I’m a spring/summer/fall girl and winter about kills me every year.  One month of cold weather is about all I can handle.  Which makes for a long, cold, dark, depressing winter. Especially in this drafty old house where one can never be truly warm.

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I am longing to get outside and walk, ride, run, plant flowers, play ball with my family in the yard…anything outside.  This winter has been especially bad.  I don’t remember the blizzard of ’78 (I was 3), but this is the worst winter that I can recall.

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Our days have been filled with reading, playing games (on our phones as well as board games), lots of coffee and watching TV, a little bit of playing in the snow when the temps have been high enough.  But I am absolutely longing for some sunshine and greenery out my window!

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I’m Baaaaaaaack….(I think)

Well after a very LONG break, I have decided to dust off the ol’ blog and let my fingers fly once again.  I really miss the therapeutic-ness of writing.  And Katie has been going back and reading old posts and laughing hysterically for a couple weeks now, so it’s kind of giving me the itch.  Lots has happened since my last post.  The girls have grown huge, I got my personal training certification, Brian is still working hard as always and softball keeps us on the move.  Have no idea if I still have any readers out there, but I’m looking forward to catching back up with all of my old blog pals!  🙂

A Return to Blogging?

Hmmm…not sure if I’m ready just yet, but our schedule is slowing down just enough that I’m seriously considering it.  Been busy with travel ball and busy trying to get an online shop started for my crochet stuff, school started some time ago, though I’ll be darned if I can remember exactly when that happened.  Time is a blur right now.  Welcome to the next several years of my life!

But I’ve been missing the blog a little.  I was talking to a friend the other day whose mother passed away 2 years ago.  She was telling me how thankful she was that her mom kept journals because she and her sisters absolutely cherish them now that their mom is gone.  And I was thinking, Hello!  Get back to your blog lady!!!  Your daughters will cherish it when they are older! Duh!

So, I’m hoping to make a return pretty soon.  Besides, I seriously miss all my Bleeps.  That’s a word I made up just now.  Short for Bloggy Peeps.  😀

Anywho, I’ll catch you Bleeps later, k?

 

Sunday Morning Funny

As we were getting ready for church this morning, I was helping Nanner do her hair.

She belched about 5 times in a row.  Big ones.

*I should probably tell you at this point, that we have no manners in this house.  We save those for the public and my sweet Mamaw.  The rest of the time, we usually laugh and then see who can belch the loudest and longest.  I’m not as good at it as the rest of my crew, but I do try on occasion.*

So after the first couple I laughed.  But then I realized that she was purposely doing it, so I said, “Nanner!”

She says, “I’m just trying to get them all out, Mom.  That way I won’t do it in Sunday school.”

Such a dainty little flower, that one. 😀

I’m Baaaaaaack…

Well, I am back folks.  That is if there are still any folks out there.  I really REALLY enjoyed my bloggy break, but I also really missed it.  It nagged at me each day, the amount of memories that we were making that I wasn’t blogging about.  I don’t know what it is about blogging that I like so much.  I love all you fellow bloggers and readers, but mostly I think it is because I know that someday the girls will get such a kick out of coming here and seeing our memories.  However, it’s not like it’s the end of the world if I don’t blog, right?  I mean, my mother had no access to blogs and yet, I am still alive and well.  But like I said, it was just nagging at me, all of the fun things that were going blogless.

For instance, there was the great “leotard” Scrabble moment (Nag!)…then there was all of the cool crochet stuff I have been making (Nag!)…and how about Katie’s awesome limo ride experience?! (Big Nag!)  Hannah’s 7th birthday!  Katie’s 10th birthday! (Double NAG!)  All of that completely unblogged!  I may have to go back and blog about some of those.  With the exception of the “leotard” incident because that was not actually a big deal at all.  Unless you are a crazy old spinster who thinks that an 8-point word in Scrabble is a big deal, which I’m sure you are not and do not.

I also worked out a lot of things that were sucking my time (and the life) out of me.  I didn’t realize it at the time, but I think I was suffering from a little bit of depression there for a while.  I was doing too much and then feeling extremely frustrated with myself because I was constantly stressed and/or exhausted on top of feeling like a failure because I couldn’t seem to do everything I was trying to do with any kind of ease or at the very least without frustration. For starters, I am no longer subbing.  I found that the money wasn’t really worth the stress.  After a day of subbing I would come home cranky, tired, stressed and not at all in the mood to cook, clean, help with homework or run to practices.  And forget about playing.  Mama had no time for such shenanigans.  I had just spent an entire day with a large number of rude, disrespectful, loud and out of control children.  No way I was doing anything but the essentials when we got home.  How very very sad.  Ick!  I don’t like me then.

I have realized how very easy it can be to get yourself so wrapped up in the doing of all of these “things” that don’t matter all that much.  Top that with the fact that I find it very hard to say no when someone asks something of me.  Not a good combination for me.  I very easily take on too many things.  And it seems that my poor family pays the price for it.

I am still volunteering in both of the girls’ classes, which I truly enjoy.  I love being there and spending time with them and their friends and just knowing what is going on in the school in general.  When you become a familiar face in the school, you get to be in the know a little bit more and I feel connecting with my girls’ teachers is definitely important.  I am still running them to practices and such, but since I cut out the subbing and I decided not to spend tons of time on extreme couponing anymore because even though it saves a lot of money, it requires a ton of time, I am breathing a little easier these days.  I still use coupons, mind you, but I don’t get EVERY deal and I don’t clip every single one in the event that I might score an awesome deal on it at some point in the future before it expires.  No digs on anyone out there that does it, I’m just not right now.  I’ll clip for things we use on a regular basis still, but that’ll be it.

Now that I have a little more time on my hands, I am back to making a lot of our food myself rather than buying all the pre-packaged stuff, which fits in really well with less couponing.  A lot of the food coupons out there are for foods that aren’t quite as healthy as I’d like us to eat.  But because I was away from home so much, that was what I resorted to buying because it was quick and easy. A few months of that and we were all getting really blah.  Did you know that eating blah food makes you feel blah?  Well it does. Not to mention what it does to the ol’ waistline.  I even started slacking off on my walking, something I have NEVER done and that just added to the blah.  And I just decided that, to quote my buddy Barney, it was time to “nip it!”

And since I am back to making real food again, I’m looking forward to posting more recipes on here.  My goal is to do one a week.  We shall see.  Let’s not get ahead of ourselves here.

So that’s it for now.  I’m back and happy to be so.  And because I once said that blog posts with no pictures are big snoozers…here ya go!

This is a pic from Katie’s limo experience.  She won a contest at her ortho’s office and she and some of her friends (and sister, because yes, I am a mean mom who made her take her sister 🙂 got picked up from school in a stretch hummer, driven around town for a little bit and then taken to our local pizza joint.  It was so cool!

 

 

 

Farewell To My Bloggy Peeps

Well, after much consideration I have decided to stop blogging.  It was a hard decision to make, but the girls are getting older and more involved with sports and school functions/groups.  Plus I’m at the school quite a bit during the day every week.  I’m finding that I just don’t have the time to write posts, upload and edit pictures, etc. Having Brian on 2nd shift has been tough because there’s no one to do all the running around to practices and other activities in the evenings, so I’m finding that sometimes I am just running on fumes.  I’ve really enjoyed having my blog the last few years and I’ve definitely loved all the new friends I’ve made.  I’ll still be reading up on everyone else’s blogs as time allows, though I may not always comment.

I’m thinking about maybe printing out one of those picture books each year that kind of highlights the best parts of the year for our family as a way to still have mementos, but for now, the blog just doesn’t fit into the schedule.  I’m not going to delete it or anything and I may come back to it someday, but for the present time I’ll not be updating it.

Thanks to all of you friends out there for making this so fun.

Klutzymama out.  😉

Highlights From the Week

Well, I didn’t do a very good job of getting pictures from the past week, but I did get a few good ones from a very special day in Nanner’s class.

Hannah’s teacher is a fantastic lady.  I volunteer in Hannah’s class all day on Fridays and I enjoy it so much.  She makes learning something that the kids look forward to and is so fun to be with.

She was recently diagnosed with breast cancer (or breath cancer, as Nanner pronounces it) and while a lot of people would understandably be changed in a negative way by such a scary thing, she is her same wonderful self.  She knows that this is part of God’s plan for her life and she is fighting the cancer head-on and keeping her wonderful faith in the Lord first and foremost in her life.

On Friday, we had a surprise birthday party for her.  She is getting ready to go through radiation/chemo and will be out for several weeks, so we kind of added a breast cancer awareness element to the party as well.

All of the kids made her a card and got her a pink t-shirt that says, “Fight Like a Girl” on the back. I printed this sign out on cardstock & framed it.  The lighting in the room made it so that you can’t actually see it in the picture, but it says:  Keep Calm & Fight On with the pink breast cancer ribbon at the top.

One of the other moms brought in sugar cookies with pink icing ribbons on them and pins & bracelets for all of her students to wear to show their support for their teacher.

Katie’s teacher excused her from class so that she could come down & join the party.  Mrs. Eng had her in first grade also & Katie adores her.  She’s going to be coming in some to help the substitute out as she feels able to and is working on setting something up on Skype so she can video chat with the kids while she’s gone.

It was a great party and I have to say that I am going to miss her so much.  I will be praying hard for the cancer to be obliterated and a quick recovery for her!

And hopefully I will do a better job this week on getting some pictures of what we did.

On a totally unrelated note – I am SO frustrated.  I have this great new camera that takes awesome pictures and the quality when I post them on here is so cruddy that it’s maddening.  I’ve asked the forums and have got some good tips, but so far nothing has made much of a difference.  Maybe it’s my lack of photography/computer knowledge that is keeping me from being able to get good looking photos on here, but I am pulling my hair out!  Does anyone have any suggestions?  I know that the photos have to be compressed in order to be put on my blog and that is what is causing the quality issue, but I do not know how to remedy it even though I can plainly see on others blogs that their photos look great.

I was told to try saving them as PNG files.  I did.  It helped a teensy bit, but not much.  I was also told to download them, then resize them in a different program like Gimp.  I did that, but I have no idea how to use Gimp and not a lot of time to learn it.

If anyone has any other suggestions I would greatly appreciate it!

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