Monday, March 17, 2008

Old People and Kids

Someone recently asked me what was harder...taking care of children or an elderly parent.

I have to say they are both difficult.

Dealing with my mother (age 69) is sort of like being in a class of preschoolers. They can't do things for themselves...but they really really want to.

Dealing with my children is like being the ringmaster at the circus. You have to keep your eye on everyone or the entire program can be a disaster.

Over the past few years I've watched my mother slowly change from the person I grew up knowing, to a person who is very much dependent on me. Her favorite thing to do is cook, but now it's hard for her. The new stove confuses her. Recipes confuse her. Her creations just don't turn out like they used to.

As frustrating as it is for me, I know it must be hell for her.
To be a prisoner of your own body and mind.

The kids love to do things for her and when they are home she doesn't have to lift a finger. They wait on her hand and foot.

And when she's not here (hospitalized) they miss her intensely.

But I miss her even when she is here...because now the roles are different. Now I'm the caregiver and she is the child.

I cherish every moment we have together, becacuse I know how fleeting time can be.

Book We're Reading At Bedtime - The Best School Year Ever By Barbara Robinson (Chapers 3-4)

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Throwing Balls in The House (And other Sunday fun)

Today was great. After MONTHS of bickering and daily fighting between kids, we had a NICE quiet family day. It was so peaceful and relaxing. No one had to go to time-out, there was no arguing at all.

I fixed breakfast for everyone this morning and then we were off to Target for some Easter shopping. They had some games on sale , so I picked up Connect Four and Cosmic Catch.
We played it together and had so much fun. Definitely not for parents who spaz at the thought of a ball being thrown in the house, but everyone was calm and a good time was had by all. The game itself is really cool, it comes with six handbands and a ball. Each band is a different color and the ball recognizes each color. The ball speaks each color and you lightly toss the ball to the player who has the handband that matches.
After playing the game we sat down together and watch Bee Movie and ate popcorn. Daisy was excluded from this movie, because of the way she behaved during the last movie. Everyone else was nice to each other and enjoyed the movie.
By the end of the day I felt rejuvenated. Life is not perfect, but today felt like a wonderful dream.
Things had been really stressful around here. The littles just weren't responding to redirection or discipline. The name calling and fighting was insane. It's been pretty intense around here.
Book We're Reading At Bedtime- The Best School Year Ever By Barbara Robinson

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

The Ebay Socks Update

Just got my order for 25 pairs of socks today. They are excellent quality. Very soft, thick and warm, I was actually suprised.

I was expecting dollar store quality...but these are 100% better.

Total price ending up being about $25 including shipping.
Also I've noticed on the auctions that you might not get the same brand of socks everytime.

Saturday, March 8, 2008

Oh, The Weather Outside is frightful....

Snow-Covered 'Cole

Pinky making her cold face.

Pickles was attacked by a snow drift.

Daisy jumped head first into a drift.

And Since There's No Place To Go....

Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it snow !

It's been 30 years since we had our last blizzard and lo and behold we've got an almost-blizzard this weekend. The snow looks absolutely beautiful. I'll take some pictures later. (I have to find my camera) There's about 10-12 inches in our area with some nice 2 and 3 foot snow drifts.

The kids are itching to get out in it.

Last night the kids did arts and crafts in the kitchen. Later today I might pull out some board games.

This looks like a day for just relaxing and watching the snow fall.

Saturday, March 1, 2008


With four kids in my house you know how hard it is to find/keep socks.

I found an e-bayer that sells SOCKS !! In bulk ! (we're talking 36 pairs of socks with a starting bid of $5.97 !!!) I'm so excited I can hardly contain myself.

You know you've been a mom too long when the thought of bulk socks gets you excited at 7:50 am.

Here's the link

And I'm off to win some auctions. :c)