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A Haircut…and grounded AGAIN!

I took Bubba to get a haircut today.  This is one of those things I hate about moving-finding someone to cut that boys hair…he has more crowns and cowlicks than a Dairy Queen!  We went to one place and read the signs on the door before we went in…turns out it was a place where they do “ethnic hair”…I didn’t figure he needed a new weave or braids so we looked for another place.

When we pulled up in front Bubba saw the barber pole and decided this was the place for him.  I thought we were in the right place too.  The owner was Korean with very little English!  I had to show him a picture of the haircut we wanted which scared the bajeezus out of me!  But He gave Bubba a great haircut and Bubba declared him a “really nice guy” on the way out the door.

After that we came home and worked around the house some and the kids got in the pool…where they fought the whole time.  Then the monsters went for a bike ride…and fought the whole time.  Later I asked them to gather all of the trash up from the small room cans….and they fought the whole time!  With the use of the term of endearment “shut up”   they earned some time at their newest and seemingly fairly effective punishment-sitting at the kitchen table with the book they are reading at the moment and a notebook and pencil.  While this doesn’t really sound like much of a punishment it works pretty well because of the location…they can’t curl up and read/write and they can’t watch tv, listen to music, or play a video game at their leisure…which thoroughly ticks them off.  So far so good!

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I got a plan

I’m gonna take the kids to Busch Gardens today.  Even though it’s supposed to be hot.  And I am supposed to be super-hydrating Bubba.  Because it is supposed to be super hot today.  And he will probably be practicing in full gear today.  Which will probably get me in trouble.

But, you see, I have this other monster.  This girl monster.  She really likes water.  She loves water.  And not just for drinking or swimming.  She likes to be splashed, sprayed, sprinkled or otherwise inundated.  The look of joy on the child’s face when getting soaked is beyond comparison.

So I will take them to Busch Gardens, where we will stay only long enough to ride three water rides and possibly a roller coaster…just to dry off!

Fall…does it really rhyme with football?

I need STRUCTURE!!!

Today is my third day posting on my blog again! “YAY ME!!!”

It is also day 2 of week two in my attempt to be a better housekeeper.  And it started off with a bang…or maybe a wretch…Claude the Cat barfed twice on my light colored carpet in my bedroom…sigh.

Claude is a big fat beautiful fur ball that eats constantly.  If his bowl, and thus his belly get empty for a period of more than, say, 4 hours he throws up somewhere in the house-this house that has more than half hard wood or vinyl flooring-usually on the carpet.  It’s a darn good thing the boy monster loves him because if he didn’t we might have a problem!

Today on the Momma’s Super Plan for Cleaning is the day to day necessities (wiping down the kitchen) as well as dusting and vaccuuming, and starting the laundry.  I say starting the laundry because I believe my family tried to wear ever stitch of clothing they own this week!

Bittersweet is good for chocolate…

I had one of those bittersweet mom moments yesterday morning.

I took the kids to school but instead of going through the drop off circle, I parked because I had to go in and talk with Bubba’s teacher.

Usually when I walk the kids in, Lullibell reaches down and grabs my hand.  This morning was no exception. Okay, maybe it was.  This morning she reached down and took my hand but then after only a second her hand fluttered away like a butterfly.  As she walked ahead of me I smiled and told her to have a great day.  She turned back briefly and smiled at me.  And then she was gone.

My momma instinct was to grab hold and never, ever, ever let go.  I quickly realized that this was not the way to go.  But, oh, it hurts.

I am caught in that circle of wanting to hold on, keep them babies…and, yet, letting go and watching them grow.  I want to hold their hands and walk with them but I want them to become strong and independent, too.

So for now…I let them walk into the school the way they want.  If they want to be on their own I let them.  If they want to hold on, I hold on too…

All of Creation

Today the monsters went to a one day Vacation Bible School at my momma’s church.  It is a teeny little white church on a windy little road affectionately known as the dam road (no, not misspelled, the road ends up at a hydroelectric power dam).  The morning dawned terribly foggy but the sun rose with such a vengeance I definitely knew it was July.  The fog burned off quickly but there were remnants left as we drove to the church, shimmering under the boughs of the trees and making every thing look just a little greener.

After depositing Lullibell and a very weepy Bubba at the church I headed toward town to drop off some slightly overdue library books.  Another winding path of a road.  In one curve I slowed down for animals crossing the road—a beautiful doe and twin fawns.  The mother stopped and looked at me with all the authority of a crossing guard.  I waited and watched her and the beautiful babies finish crossing the road and scramble up the bank.

On the way back from the library I decided to go back the same way.  A bit further up the road from where the deer had crossed there were 6 turkeys flapping and fussing on the side of the road.  There was one that was at least 3 and a half feet tall. Amazing.

There is a piece of property along the road that I have long admired.  In the front corner of the lot, by the road a stand of turk’s caps lilies grows.  I had slowed to check those for blooms when I realized there was a very large chimpmunk sitting in the one sunny patch on the road looking at me.

I am constanly amazed by the beauty that surrounds me.  I felt truly blessed by the simple show of nature this morning.

Where do I start….

I need to get all of this out so that I can start writing real posts again so here goes…What has the monster family been up to since Momma fell off the map…

At the end of May, most of you know, I packed up my house, put everything in storage and moved in with my momma until something happened with the house in Colorado Springs.  When we got to momma’s house we stepped into wedding planning mode as my brother is getting married on July 19 (their colors are pink and green but I like to quote Steel Magnolias to my sister-in-law-to-be and call them blush and bashful) and my cousin (the baby of all of us) is getting married on December 27.

At the beginning of June I attended the wedding of my dear friends Emmy and Robert,  a lavish and beautiful affair in the style of Last Southern Weddings.  The bride was beautiful, the food was delicious and the groom looked as if he might be happy that the whole thing came off and now they are official!  Some of the groomsmen even serenaded Miss Emmy with “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin'”!

As the month of June wore on we were offered a contract on the house in the Springs.  I didn’t want to mention it for fear of jinxing the whole thing so I haven’t said anything about it.  We were made an offer that was significantly lower thatn what we were hoping to get but decided to accept it because we didn’t think we were likely to get another one that was any higher.  On Tuesday I completed that title paperwork on the contract and the closing is next week on Monday.  I am still keeping everything very low key and saying a little prayer that the outcome will be good for our family.

The weather here has been kind of rainy and wet since the end of the month but the monsters are very dark and tan and still enjoying grandmomma’s pool and playing with all of their little cousins and Virginia friends.  It is really quite humorous to hear Bubba’s little voice taking on a southern accent!

Independence day was a fairly subdued affair beginning with the monsters riding in the little town parade with their Nana.  For the rest of the day we just hung out and waited for darkness.  We went to the fairgrounds to see fireworks and watched an impersonator concert.  The Kenny Chesney guy might have fooled Kenny’s own momma for the most part and the fireworks were magnificent, a 20 minute display by the people who set up fireworks displays for the White House!

Hubby monster left for a conference in Bahrain on the 4th as well.  The schedule seemed to be farily grueling because almost as soon as they got accustomed to the time difference it was time to come  back home!  He is back in the US now and almost back to Florida and to his regular daily grind!

I have been receiving mail for my *snort* 20 year high school class reunion*snortgulpchoke* for a while now but elected not to go because it was looking like such a costly affair and it was the same day as VtHemi’s wedding.  Now it seems that some of my classmates are getting together for a picnic at the park near my momma’s house…at 2pm on the day of the wedding…so I guess I will not go to that one either but I have the cell phone numbers of a couple of the people going so hopefully I will be able to catch up with them at some point that weekend!

I always look forward to the coming of summer and think that it will be a slower time.  But as I read through this to edit it I realized that I am looking forward to fall coming and being able to get into a routine that is slower…bwahahahahaha…