Tuesday, August 26, 2014

It's Okay Tuesday

Each Tuesday I join one of my favorite bloggers in "It's Okay Tuesday"!

Airing My Dirty Laundry

It's Okay....

..........That I refused to do any back to school supply shopping before school started. I gotta have the list of demands/must haves before I go. 

............That when I blog I forget sometimes to edit and schedule my post ahead of time. So, that means that I may forget to post something that is ready to be posted, on time. 

............I am ready for summer vacation to come back. It went to fast. 

............That I love the recent rain storms we keep getting. Our grass is finally green and some of our plants are looking good again. 

.............. that Brad needed his shaggy hair cut or shaved off for the first day of school. So, when it was time for him to get his hair cut. The gal turned to ask me how I wanted it done. I told her to ask him. I am OKAY, with letting my children decided how they want their hair done. Because, it always grows back. Color fades or washes away. Brad wanted his hair shaved off, but she managed to talk him into a short cut. Which he seems fine with. 

Monday, August 25, 2014

A Moody Birthday

Emily's 20th Birthday caused me to be a tad moody. Melancholy is a better word. My baby girl is growing up. At her age, was all I could think of throughout the day. What I was doing at her age,  and where I was at her age?  Crazy, I know! Anyways, we had a fun day shopping. That's what she wanted to do for her special day. We went all over in three different outings. She started school and needed to attend the first day of class. Then Brad was getting out of school, needed to get him. Little things like that broke up our shopping spree.  My favorite store to shop was H&M. Great store. Found Emily a really cute shirt or maybe I say a stylish and sophisticated shirt, to wear. We went all over to many different stores. We found some really nice jewelry and both still agree that we find Kohl's confusing to shop. Will explain later. Best part of the day, was seeing her smile and blow out the candles on her cake! 

Happy 20th Dear, Sweet Daughter! 

Sunday, August 24, 2014

French Toast Sunday

Today I am off from work today. I can't re-call the last time I had a Sunday off. It has been nice to sleep in and  have a quiet day to reflect on what is important to me. To also find myself pondering upon things I believe in. 

At this moment on thought that keeps coming to mind is making time for myself. A day to do whatever I want to do. A creative day to accomplish a talent that I have been pushing aside, something I really want to do.  But, as it is when I do get a true day off from work, it ends up being filled with things the family needs done, errands runned, or house cleaned. Today is very different. I have no plans, no obligations, no one truly needs me to take them anywhere, or there aren't any projects for others that are a must get done.  So, of course as I already mentioned, I slept in. It was blissful or at least restful. Then I told myself that I deserved to have a day off. So, I would keep myself from doing house work, and laundry, which I ended up doing 2 much needed loads anyways. I have to say it has been wonderful. Hubby (Robert) made me a really nice treat for breakfast. French Toast. I haven't eaten french toast in years, it's been  like 11 years. Since learning what my food allergies are, I discovered that I am not allergic to eggs. Had a Dr. years ago tell me he thought I was allergic to milk, eggs and cheese with yellow coloring. So,I avoided milk and scrambled eggs.  My french toast was made with homemade bread and covered in homemade syrup. Yummy, yummy, yummy!!! Then I did something that everyone commented on, laid on the bed and watched TV. Shocker! Brad kept telling me, "Mom, you never lay down in the middle of the day, it's weird." Still smiling as I share this with you. I also did something I have been wanting to have time to do for a looooong time, re-design my blog. With all the changes going on in my life right now, it's fitting that it should change as well. I also had time today to talk with Hubby, Robert about a few things. We don't get much time as of late just to talk about goals we are working towards. Married couples should have time for this. Awe, what a blissful day!  

This day has reminded me of how important as a full time working mom it really is to make time for myself. It is so easy to give away my time to my family whom I love, to friends, good causes, work, but, it is worth it to feed my soul with things I enjoy doing. Re-fill my giving tank, my bucket as many people say. Today, my soul feels refreshed. As I started to feel refreshed I am reminded of a phone conversation that mom and I had a few years ago. I was complaining that I never had time for myself. I was asking her how she survived being a full time working mother. She told of  how she loved to go to the local fabric store by herself and sit at the pattern book table and flip through the pages looking at things she could sew. Sometimes she would find a small piece of fabric to make something with. Then she suggested I do something that she admired of  dear friend. One day she saw her dear friend calendar.There was a star on several different days of the month. The friend would put a star on those days as a reminder that they were her days to do things she wanted for herself.  So, I gave it a try. I started putting a star on my on a few days during the month that would be my days. The star meant that I was unavailable for the day. I use to do this faithfully.It really help me make time for my sewing, crafting or baking projects. It was such a great idea. This is something I need to start doing again. I stopped doing it when I went back to school last year. But, now I am ready to start doing this again. Today, has been a good reminder that I need time for me.  The thing that triggered this thought was my niece recently posting on Facebook a message letting everyone know that she was busy between the hours of 7 am to 4pm for the whole school year. She is making room for writing a book, and doing things with her children when they get home from school. I loved her message. It was put in such a great way that as a mom you truly understood what she was doing. She is so wise to start making time for herself now, while the children are young.

This day has me looking at my calendar a little differently. Starting this week I will be working on a new routine and in that routine I will be making time for me. Do you make time to re-fill  your tank, or giving bucket? Happy Sunday! 

Monday, August 18, 2014

Good Smells & Blessings

As I walked through the front door, the smell of homemade bread assaulted my nose. I went searching out my Hubby right away. Normally on a Sunday afternoon, after a long day of work. I would come home to find him taking his Sunday afternoon nap, while Brad plays a video game  and everyone else hangs out in their rooms. The quiet is something I appreciate on a Sunday afternoon. But, not today. It was a very different. Emi was gone to church, a singles ward. The girls were busy on their computers, and Brad was the only one doing the usual gaming. Hubby was in the kitchen making bread. Wonderful tasting homemade bread. Then he delighted my heart with sweet news. He figured out how to make a pizza that I could eat. I haven't had pizza (one of my favorite foods) for going on 7 weeks now. Oh, how it delighted my heart. Such a simple thing. It tasted really good. Didn't even take the time to take a photo. 

 Today, Death has given me reminder of where my priorities are at. It also reminds me of how much family means to me. Death is the hard part of my job. To walk in my front door after a death at work and find fresh homemade bread, makes me feel very blessed to have such a wonderful husband. Who does so many wonderful things to help me. I have a heart full of gratitude right now. 

Friday, August 15, 2014

Taking A Boy School shopping.

Just spent my Friday night back to school shopping with Brad. I would have done better to have just gone to the pool to relax, and sent him back to school in whatever clothes are currently in a pile on the bedroom floor. Because, he hated shopping. We only found one pair of shorts for back to school. Seems like every other kid in the valley wears the same size he does. As for shirts. Well, Old Navy had some shirts on sale. We grabbed 5 random shirts off the rack that he promised he would wear and called it good. Nope, no trying on. Thank heavens I saved the receipts. Maybe tomorrow he will try them on. But, for now he doesn't really care about how he looks. All boy! Good news for me, some of the shirts rang up for $2 bucks. As a thrifty shopper and mom who likes a great deal. I am happy about the nice surprise at the check out. Made up for a Brad's lack of enthusiasm when shopping. 

Truth is he hates the crowds, the noise bothers him and for a kid with autism those two discomforts are enough to make any back to school shopping trip a real pain in the butt. Just telling it how it is. Feeling grateful that he has his hair cut and has something nice to wear for the first week of school. 

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Bread Maker

Look who got a really nice bread maker, me! 

Bonus! Hubby has already whipped up two fresh loaves for me. Yep, I am loved, pampered and well taken care of. It was very nice to finally have some fresh bread to eat after 6 weeks of being bread free. I ate mind with honey and a little butter. Yum, Yum! 
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