Tuesday, April 21, 2015
I really have been SO busy. There are very few hours in a week that we're home without something that needs done or we're not home at all. I dread football AND volleyball. Gymnastics and volleyball have been hard enough...plus weight lifting mornings and track afternoons. Still less running than we'll have in the fall. But, the kids can only be young once!
And tonight, Chelsi's class did their Spring program to Disney. They all could either wear dress clothes or Disney costumes. We still had Pocahontas sitting around. We got tons of compliments!
She is pretty great.
Saturday, March 7, 2015
I can't believe he's 18 already. Every older parent always tried to tell me how time flies by and you really never believe it when your first couple are so young. Then, it happens and you realize how fast it will happen to your other kids. Now, hopefully, it brings maturity, added respect and responsibility. Love you Cole.
Monday, February 16, 2015
Monday, January 12, 2015
Or it seems like an annual trip because all the boys have gift cards after Christmas. Onwards to Bass Pro and CiCis Pizza after. It's the only sit down we can afford. Not bad at $35 for 7 including drinks. This is how we frugal. Would I like a nicer restaurant. Sure. But there are other things to spend that kind of money on. And since we were finally in the area, we hit up the Asian store so we can make chapjae again. Tomorrow it is.
Friday, December 26, 2014
They all had a good Christmas. Jaemin got a little more out of sorts as the days went on, but I think it was just too much stimulation for his system. It was definitely not like him. Today will be a settling day for him for sure. The kids got pretty much everything on their lists, plus some since most of the kids ask for very little. Cole got the stuff for his truck, or some of it, that he wanted. Chase has pretty much gotten a full camo outfit for hunting; from head to toe. Kaelin got her volleyball shoes, but we do have to take them back since they were too small and her volleyball and some other small items. Chelsi got a tablet; which she didn't ask for because she said it was too much. Lucky her momma is a really thrifty shopper and got one for hardly anything. She also got Frozen dolls which she didn't ask for was really excited to see Anna and Elsa as every other little girl was over the week. Jaemin got a ninja turtle doll to sleep with and a tablet which he really wanted....same as Chelsi's.
Brian and I had already spent the money we got from grandma and my dad on a toolbox for him (which he really needed) a splurge of shoes I would never have bought myself and a tv because the one in the bedroom was so small I was starting to have trouble reading the menu. Yes, I'm getting old.
The food was awesome, everywhere we went, as usual. That's my favorite part. Sitting around, talking to family, laughing and snacking on some great food!
Thursday, December 11, 2014
When our kids are little, it's so easy to joke about how are kids will be as teenagers. I think most of us are guilty of saying things like "until they're a teenager and don't listen to me at all". The brutal truth is; those teenage years do come. All of the little things we previously joked about are suddenly coming true, and more, for most of us. However, it's not funny. It's so easy to get hurt by your teenager. It's all to easy to cry at the actions of your teenager; your once sweet baby that you swore was destined for greatness.
To hear moms of young children complain about not sleeping because of a baby or terrible twos becomes the new joke to the parents of teenagers except down deep we're actually envious of the lost, simple, years we didn't enjoy enough. We wonder if we're simply repeating that mistake with our big kids (young adults). The problem with teenagers is the worries are so much bigger. The mistakes they make are consequential to the rest of their lives unlike toddler grievances. Little kids can make you feel bad, but no one can make you feel like a more of a failure of a parent than your young, very independent, adult.
Our jobs now, and its a tough one, is to try really hard not to let it get to you. That's my biggest failure or weakness. Your call.