Friday, August 29, 2008

life in flux

I really do not know how moms who work full time outside the home do it all! There are simply just not enough hours in the day to get everything done. Even with four kids in school and working just four hours a day, I feel like my life is in total chaos.

This morning, I managed to get the kids to school in time, just barely. Even though I had lunch money in envelopes in backpacks, Alex still managed to lose his lunch money by the time he got to school. I looked all over the house and was completely unable to find it.

After running the kids to school, I swung by the pharmacy for my Zofran. I wasn't exactly dressed. Just tossed on some clothes and didn't have on a bra. My hair wasn't brushed and neither were my teeth. It wasn't pretty. I didn't care because the pharmacy has a drive up window...and much to my dismay, it wasn't open at 8 a.m. I had to drag my trashy looking self into the store to get my medicine. The only bright spot was finding out that a generic was now available.

I raced home and looked again for Alex's lunch money. I showered, got ready for work, changed Lizzy's clothes, grabbed lunch and out the door we went. I got to work relatively on time, which for me, is always a huge accomplishment. I set the clock in my van 6 minutes ahead to help me get places on time.

After work, Lizzy and I ran to the fabric store where I found some cute fabric for Kari's Halloween Costume.

By the time we left the fabric store it was already 1 p.m. and I had to be at the school by 2 p.m. for Kari's birthday treats. A mad dash home where I ate more lunch, fed Lizzy, sat down for about 10 minutes, changed my clothes and off we went to the school. Cupcakes and juice bags. Kari read a story with the help of her teacher. Kari is so cute and has been desperate to learn to really read for ages. Hopefully the snail pace they are going at school won't bore her to tears.

Left the school and ran three more errands. Made it home with five minutes to spare before the kids got home. Read all the important papers and directed the kids in doing chores. D got home at 3:40. I saw him for all of 30 minutes before he had to leave. He gave me a list of things he needed from WalMart. That was one more errand that needed doing before dinner. We were late picking up Leelee from school because Kari couldn't find her shoes.

Then I realized my ultimate stupidity was heading to WalMart at 5 pm. It's a mad house and the kids are hungry. It made it for a very fast trip since we managed to make it out of the store by 5:30.

Needless to say, I was exhausted and we had TV dinners tonight.

I still have about four sewing projects that must get done this weekend. And if you notice, not once have I done anything today that actually went towards cleaning the house! It's a wreck.

Like I said, I have no idea how moms who work full time manage to do it all. I am in awe. They must have some supermom gene that I am sorely lacking. LOL

Monday, August 25, 2008

Fay Fay Go Away

It seems like Fay is the storm that keeps on giving and giving and giving. Saturday wasn't too bad. Sustained winds of about 30 mph with gusts up to 55. We've been through worse. But Fay just won't leave already!

We had tornado watches yesterday afternoon but it was relatively quiet.

This morning, however, I was nice and snug in bed after hitting the snooze when the tornado sirens started going off. Tornadoes don't usually come on our part of the city, but Ben is freaked out by them ever since we had a bad one come through town in 2006. So I knew I needed to get moving to keep him calm.

Got everyone out of bed and tried to get ready for school. I had this idea that the storms would blow over quickly and I'd be able to drop the kids off and get to work. Boy was I wrong!

The sirens didn't stop for nearly two hours!

At one point the National Weather Service said the radar indicated a tornado that was over our part of town! That is soooo not cool. I herded the kids in to the bathroom and I finally joined them when I saw the rain on the ground blowing *towards* our house. We live on top of a hill. So when the rain is blowing up, it's never a good thing.

Thankfully, the radar indicated tornado never actually touched down. No damage to report so far at home. Just very very wet.

Weather forecasters are predicting Fay will be with us for a few more days as she has stalled over Mississippi. Joy of joys. I guess this means we're not in a drought any more!

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

whole 'lot of nothin'

I don't know what is causing more difficulty in getting things done right now...starting a part time job or being pregnant. I am exhausted pretty much all the time. I work 4 hours a day chasing little kids then come home and nap with Lizzy, We get up for our nap long enough to do a quick clean of the house before the older kids start filing home from school. We get homework done and by that point, D is home and has picked up Leelee from her bus stop. At that time, we're now getting ready for dinner. Once dinner is done, I have enough energy to load the dishwasher and sweep the floor. i then go take a small NAP again. If I feel up to it, I'll fold some laundry and suddenly realize it's time to put the kids to bed. I am able to last about an hour past the kids going to bed before I fall asleep on the couch in a vain attempt to catch up on TV.

I told D that if we could get the house sparkly clean there's really no reason for it not to stay that way since I pretty much spend all my hours sleeping and the kids aren't home long enough to really mess things up.

I've found I ony have enough energy to really get one room really clean. Today, that was the living room. Let's see how long this lasts LOL

It's 230 and I'm feeling like I need to nap again!

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Milk Noodles

I don't know why, but I've been thinking a lot about the foods my grandmother used to make when we were growing up. She came to this country in the late 50s and didn't do a whole lot of German cooking. She made a mean rueben sandwich and an incredible hot potato salad, but there wasn't a whole lot of ethnic cuisine she passed on. I've managed to find a few recipes here and there that grandma has said taste like something her mom used to make, but sadly few family recipes.

One I've been looking for a long time was Milk Noodles. It was something we had for breakfast. Sweet milk and noodles. I don't know what prompted me to look, but the internet is an amazing thing...


1 3/4 pt. milk
A little salt
A knob of butter
9 oz. noodles
2 well heaped tbsp. sugar
1/2 tsp. cinnamon

Put the salt and the fat into a pan with the milk and bring to the boil. Add the noodles and simmer gently until tender. Serve the noodles mixed with the sugar and cinnamon or sprinkled with sugar and cinnamon. Cooking time: About 30 minutes. The noodles may be served with bread crumbs and stewed dried fruit instead of the sugar and cinnamon.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

poor neglected child

Poor Lizzy. Every day this week, when we've dropped the older kids off for school, she's cried. She's especially been upset that Kari is gone. Today she cried, "Ree! back!" when Kari climbed out of the van.

Lizzy has never been without a playmate. She has spent the better part of the school days asking where her brothers and sisters are and wanting to know when they were coming back.

It's been a long time since I've had to entertain just one toddler. She likes music so we've been listening to quite a few show tunes.

We're going to the zoo today before lunch. Sadly that will only take about an hour but maybe she'll take a good nap after!

Monday, August 11, 2008

And so it begins...

The big push to purge! My COPE goals for today are small. I'm tackling one room at a time. Today, it's the living room.

1. pick up stuff off the floors
2. organize computer desk
3. organize closet
4. clean out lizzy's toys
5. wash the floors.

I'm keeping it modest but attainable. I also have to do the regular kitchen/laundry chores.

I'm really anxious to get back in to my rhythm again. but I don't know how that's going to work with little miss lacking a play mate. I may make some playdough and see how long that keeps her occupied.

Friday, August 8, 2008


I got the job! I'll start in about a week.

The other big yay! is Lizzy is potty training herself. She's been going unprompted since Monday.

My big push to organize isn't going as smoothly as I'd hoped. I managed to clean out the front craft closet and my sewing materials and moved my scrapbooking supplies in. All the sewing supplies that didn't have a home (in other words they were stored haphazardly all over the house) fit on the bookshelf with no room to spare. I left enough room for my lightweight sewing machine and my serger. My singer won't fit so it's still under the counter in the kitchen.

I ended up leaving the bookshelf in Leelee's room because it's closer to where I sew and I'm lazy.

Meanwhile, I have major sewing to get done this weekend. I have three grocery bags to sew for a customer, an apron for a swap, and I have a vintage dress cut out for Lizzy.

I should have plenty of things to post over the weekend.

I also have an abundance of pears that need to be baked up. I don't anticipate having a spare moment at all this weekend.

Thursday, August 7, 2008


Today I go for a job interview. I don't normally work outside the home except during the holidays when I take pictures of kids with Santa at the mall. I really love that job, but it's obviously not a year round thing. And, with four of the kids in school this fall, I've been thinking about having something else to do. Poor Lizzy has always has a playmate and I think she will be just lost without Kari.

So, I've applied for a job at the YMCA in the child watch. I know it may seem like a complete waist of my impressive education (BS in communication) but to be perfectly honest, I don't really enjoy sitting behind a desk. I do enjoy children. And, if I'm home I chase after Lizzy. If I go to work at the child watch, I chase after Lizzy and a few other kids. It's not really all that much different than what I do every day anyway; I might as well get paid for it!

Confession: I have this fantasy that if I'm working, even part time, that the house will be more clean and organized. I have nothing really to support this. Maybe it's because there will be less time spent in the house to mess it up? Maybe with me having to be some place every day at the same time, it will help me get everything else organized.

If the YMCA job doesn't pan out, I'm still thinking about substitute teaching.

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Major to do list

It's hump day, which means the week is ending fast and all those things I've been putting off have to get done quickly!

Top on the list is reorganizing the sewing supplies. But like most things, in order to get to that I have about five other jobs that need to get done first. I just wish it could be easy! The big push then today is to get a prioritized list of what needs to get done in order to accomplish the big goal. I also need to put the kids to work doing the jobs that will likely distract me, such as picking up the living room and running the roomba. I will add that having a roomba is wonderful! I want the scooba for will mop my floors for me!

Anyway, my priority list

1. Empty my dresser
2. Empty one of the girls' dressers (not sure which one yet)
3. Move my dresser somewhere, not sure where yet.
4. Clean off small bookshelf
5. Move small bookshelf to kitchen (temporary)
6. Move one of the girls' dressers to where the bookshelf used to be
7. Move my dresser into the girls' room
8. Move the bookshelf from girls' room into my room where my dresser used to be
9. Refill dressers
10. Put sewing items on bookshelf.

I have a sinking feeling all of my sewing isn't going to fit on the bookshelf. Part of me is wondering if I should empty all the sewing FIRST and see if this is even going to work.

I need to develop a new system for storing my fabric. It's completely out of control.

The other problem in this is we're switching the boys' and girls' room at some point. But D wants to refinish the floors and do all the painting before we switch them. I'm just not sure that's going to happen. I may just pick a day and switch it all and do a major purge. They are going to come home from school one day and find their rooms all primed and next day, painted, I guess. It just depends on how much I can get done during Lizzy's nap!

Further complications will occur if I get the job at the YMCA. I'm really hoping things will stay more organized if I'm working part time and not in the house all morning :)

Monday, August 4, 2008

It's almost vacation time!

School starts back in session next week, which means my vacation is about to begin!

Don't get me wrong, I love my children and I do enjoy having them home in the summer for the most part. What I don't enjoy is the utter chaos that happens when you have five children and a husband home all day.

I have a very definite need for routine. If I have my routine, I'm very happy and relaxed and things in my life flow. It's wonderful and peaceful (most of the time). Summer with the kids, that routine goes right out the window. My husband doesn't need a routine and is very anti-routine while he's on vacation.

For me, next week really begins a vacation for the workload of excess laundry, running the dishwasher 2-3 times a day, cleaning the living room extra times, etc. I'm so looking forward to waking up in the morning, taking four of the children to school, sitting down to eat breakfast, surfing the net, and then starting on my daily routine. I can get all my work done in less than an hour! I can't even get one room in my house to stay CLEAN for an entire hour during the summer.

so yay! I get my clean house back in a week!