August 30, 2010

First Days

Two went to kindergarten today...can't believe I have 3 school age children, time is going fast.  Two woke up so excited today. She got ready and we took them all to school after yummy eggs for breakfast. 

Today is also Eric's first day of work on Oahu, well not totally but he orginally was asked to do some work for the island of Maui, helping manage their elections. Due to a three alarm fire in Houston, many of the Hart employees were pulled from the Hawaii project.  They called us Friday evening and asked if Eric would be willing to fill a bigger role in the project, basically doing now what he did in 2008 plus the Maui operations till they find someone to replace him.  It means he won't be coming home but for about 4 days til mid-end of november and I won't be going in October like planned because he will be a lot busier. 

Its is kind of funny how things work out.  Two weeks ago, not quite.  Greg approached Eric about buying his partnership out, basically paying us what we invested in to it.  It has been bittersweet for Eric because of the amount of time and effort he put into the restaurant and business. We had fun, great employees and it was always fun to see people we knew come visit. Eric is grateful for the opportunity to help his life long friend start and establish his dream of a restaurant.  Their family will be moving next door to the restaurant and I think it will make it easier for them to manage the restaurant and spend time with their family and truly make it a family business. We wish them all the best of luck and y'all know where you can get some amazing bbq in a fun beautiful setting!

 But with Eric not having to worry about the business here, he can now focus his energy on the next big project that seemed to just land in his lap, shortly after the decision to disolve his part of the restaurant. Its funny how things "just happen."  And with the way things have been the last year and a half, I don't think it will be as hard to have Eric in Hawaii for so long....not sure how I will do church but things seem to happen and work out for a reason. I will get back to you on that in a few days! 

The bonus though is I do get a trip to Maui sometime in Novemeber....a light at the end of the tunnel.

I am grateful for the experiences we have had and for the many things I have learned. 

August 29, 2010

Don't be Shocked or Anything

Three posts in one month!!! Woah!!  But my goodness my kids went back to school!  G-Man and Bee started on Wednesday, 2nd and 4th...hard to believe their that old and Em starts on Monday! 

I love that they are enjoying it so far, and seem to have really great teachers...well G proudly tells everyone that he has Bee's teacher from last year, and so far she is "awesome."

And in honor of the first day, I actually got a picture of them! But can't down load it so here is one I took this month!

August 28, 2010

You're up and you're down...

You're left than you're right, it's black when it's white....oh I never can remember the lyrics but hopefully you are singing a long with me...speaking of singing along..I am the primary chorister (young kids at church) and it just makes me laugh because I have never been one to be able to remember song lyrics instead I say them wrong, and well anyway its kind of funny trying to teach young kids songs and have them remember them better than I do....oh well that was a tangent...

I just feel like that song, in some sort of way. Not that I am totally moody and argumental...well that could be left up to argue later, but it just seems that one minute things seem to be going OK and then the next, wham boom bam....

Lets just start off with the natural aspect of it all....
A few weeks ago, my son in a fit of lets call it "rage" threw a shoe across the room and it went through the front door window,,, we got it fixed and he still has about 10 hours of community service left...we assigned him that to pay it back. 

Then we had the toilet up stairs, keep backing up and not flushing...after about two weeks of plunging...it just stopped working...so I snaked it, see Eric has been in Hawaii since the first of August, coming back and forth but again leaving me the single mom I have been pretty much all year.  Anyway so to my amazement I fixed the toilet. It appears to be working great. 

Well in the mean time, while showering T-Rex joined me and he slipped on some soap and knocked the shower faucet off, water shot out like a fire hydrant.  Leaving me to rinse my hair in it bending down, and lets just say uncomfortably.   Well for about a week we had a broken shower, til the plumber could finally come and fix it. 

Then last Sunday the wind was so bad, it blew over a tree in our back yard, which by the way is still sitting there.  Waiting for today to be chopped up and moved away. Though we don't have a trailer or a truck to haul it away in.

Then this morning I went down to start a load of laundry.  There was puddling on the floor, which Bee said was because Two peed on it...it was quite a bit and all over the washer and dryer...I look up and there is a leak, a drip, a little waterfall....so I sit here once again waiting for the plumber.  I just have to say there sure our some joys to living in a 1922 bungalow...really there are!

I am sure there has been more, hard to remember but all this has happened in August...and it is still August right??  Anyway  last night the wind was blowing hard again, and it slammed our screen/glass door shut and the glass shattered all over the front room.  So we do have another window to fix.  Though I think we can claim renters insurance on that one right???

Well I better get off and get cleaning and fixing.  At least Eric is home today. 

Oh and don't let me get started on my kids teeth, lets just say we saw three dentists this week, and can't get any work done until October!  oh the joys....got to see if I can find someone else to see the kids before the end of the month when our insurance is gone! I am ready to have "real" insurance and income to pay for some stuff done.  At least we found a decent dentist that takes medicaid but he is so popular and busy we have to wait....

August 23, 2010

whole lotta lotta

Whole lotta nada....is more like it.  The other day while walking/jogging with some of my friends, I mentioned to them that I woke up with a personal narrator in my head...and while I was waiting for them to meet me at the track, I kept hearing the narrator speak..."as she two staired it up the bleachers, her shorts rode even higher between her legs. The awkwardness of tugging them down and jogging down the stairs, caused her to lose her balance. Sending her tumbling down the stairs, bump, thump...She lay at the bottom cement stepped, embarrassed more than injured, as the high school cheerleaders from across the field, stood laughing as they watched the poor chubby middle aged women, trip, flip and spill to the bottom of the bleachers."   And on and on went my mind.  Even as we walked and talked, the voice kept narrating my life, and filling in the blanks. 

I had a desire that day to run home and write.  To sit at the computer for hours and finally get my book going. But my computer was dead.  It had been for awhile...about a month now.  Well maybe only two weeks but it has felt like years. 

Though it has made me realize how much I rely on my computer and sometimes take it for granted. I miss writing. I miss jotting down the funny stories of my life.  It feels like its been awhile since I have been able to sit down and make note of the things going on in my life. The simple things. The funny things. The Sad things.  Just things. 

Tonight, laying next to me in bed are my two little ones.  I tried tonight to get them to sleep in their own beds.  I read them stories. I kissed them. I said prayers. I kissed them again. I tucked them in. I gave them water. I tucked them in again. I kissed them again.  I threatened them with shutting the door and tuning off the hall light if they didn't go to sleep.  Then I came to my room and shut my door.  20 minutes later two peeked her head in the door, with T-Rex standing behind her, "Mom, we just cant go to sleep. We tried. We just can't.  Can't we just lay on your bed? How do you get us to fall asleep. It just is easier to fall asleep with you."  So instead of standing firm on my "you are sleeping in your own bed" they are curled up next to me.  They aren't going to want to sleep with me forever right?? 

Plus Eric,  has been contracted out again by Hart to help with the Hawaiian elections. Oh how I wanted to pack up the whole family and go again. But because of the restaurant and Eric not wanting to be away from it too much...(though things have changed with that..another time I will talk about that) and we didn't think the kids would do well having to start and change schools again. Plus Two got into all day kindergarten and we didn't want to fore go that one. So we decided it'd be best to have Eric coming back and forth and not to disturb the kids too much. 

Though I am still unsure that three and a half months in Hawaii would be too disturbing for the kids!?  The funny thing is...and I kind of mentioned it before to a friend when she said that I should go with Eric, we shouldn't be apart, it hasn't felt much different with him there.  And the kids haven't seemed to miss him.  And that is because the last year and few months, he literally hasn't been around, other than Sundays...and well anyway, it just dawned on me how much time he spends away from the family. It humors and saddens me. 

Though this past Saturday we spent as a family, more or less.  I participated in some CPR training while Eric took the kids to the train museum...which they loved. Then we met for lunch. And once we returned kids went here and there to friends, and for a few moments, about an hour, Eric and I were actually home alone on a Saturday!  Then we had a babysitter and Eric and I went out on a DATE! My brother turned 40 and we partied with them, you know old people style, dinner and volleyball and talking and hot tubing. It was one of the best Saturdays I have had in a long time. 

Well minus the me coming home from CPR/First Aid and the house still a mess, so I decided to leave and get my hair cut and my eyebrows waxed....well that part was nice. However while getting my eyebrows waxed, the little Asian lady said "let me wax your lip. Not hurt. Two minutes. You bite your lip. Ok?"  "um..no thanks last time my upper lip swelled up like a balloon and it hurts." 

"it not hurt. two minutes. Okay"

"no really. I don't want my lip waxed."

"it not hurt. bite lip.  just a little here and here. Okay."

"no I really really don't want to do it. its ok."

"okay then"  She pulls out the Popsicle stick. Swipe on my right side, swipe on the left side.  Rip.  Rip.  "see that not too bad. That be $15." 

Ughh...she charged me for both and I wasn't in the mood to fight it. Since I had said no.  Oh well, it looks better right???

Who doesn't want to look better?  I know I do.  Especially since I will be going to Hawaii in a month! Yeah for me!  Instead of Eric flying home for two days, I will be flying there to visit. With out kids! Thanks Mom and Dad, you know you will have fun too! :) 

Of all our years, this definitely feels like a year that I deserve a vacation. Not that I feel like I ever deserve much. But this has been a year and a half that I really would like to forget about.  Though I guess life lessons don't really work that way.  Lets just say, I have learned a lot. Just wish I felt like I am a better person for it.

To be totally honest, with not only you, but myself, I feel like I am just not a better person.  Really, and I hate that.  I feel like I am crankier. Lot LESS patient. And a whole lot more grumpier and quick to react.  And while I am at it, why don't I just throw in the fact that I have been just plain depressed.  Throw in a few months of also being really sick, and you get one heck of a not a fun person.  That's been a hard pill for me to swallow, seeing that I used to be the fun loving easy going person.  I need to find her again.

Maybe I'm a little more mature, maybe I have developed a little more compassion?  Maybe I have just become more "down to earth and realistic." Not sure but am ready to be a better improved me.  Sometimes I look at myself, counting all the new greys, and lines and wrinkles, and realize how much I have aged this last year. How totally worn out I have become. 

But no more.  Too bad I can just donate my worn out body and mind to DI and go to Macy's and buy a new one.  Though with this wearing away, I have become softer too. I guess my rough edges are getting smoother.

Speaking of smooth, I need a little transitional something....and well there really isn't anything smooth about this transition.  Other than I just need to go to sleep.  Gotta a full day ahead of me. 

Bee and G-Man are spending the night with their Nanny and Papa, and since I worked all day at the day care center, I really want to do something fun with T-Rex and Two...even if it starts off with doing the dishes that I have put off doing tonight because I had to write, and I hate unloading the dishwasher! Isn't that why I had kids, to have them unload the dishwasher?  I mean really.  I miss my kids.  But I really miss them helping me with that one chore. Lazy me! 

Well before I start babbling all my secrets, I better go to bed. Though the only comments lately I get on my blog are those of some people from China...and well I can't read their comments, not that I don't appreciate them, just have no idea what your saying, and most likely its just some spam stuff...and if it is not...sorry I can't understand your comments I do appreciate them, because they are like a good dusting of neglected ceiling fans. 

Night y'all....

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