Just can’t get enough

August 11, 2008 at 7:45 pm (Uncategorized)

As one with a fondness for both Rick Astley and Barack Obama (yes, even though I’m voting for Bob Barr, I do love Barack Obama), this was too much to resist.

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August 10, 2008 at 5:37 pm (Uncategorized)

I got a Wii Fit and didn't even have to skip Sunday School. I went to Best Buy with 5 kids and got my ticket. Yay!

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August 10, 2008 at 4:04 am (Uncategorized)

I think I have bronchitis or something. I am supposed to lead in Sunday School tomorrow and I am sore and cranky and coughy. Whimper.

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Five hundred bucks

August 8, 2008 at 9:55 pm (Uncategorized)

I had to take my dog to the vet on the first day of school. Once the kids were out and I had showered and stuff, I drove her out to Dr. P’s and dropped her off. A few hours later, Dr. Abbitt called and said they needed to get a bigger urine specimen to do a culture, she needed some injections, etc. So she stayed overnight.

Today, before I left to get her, I called Karen at Companion and asked what the bill was. I was wondering if I’d need to transfer more money to our checking account. Yes, she said the bill amount and I nearly fell over. “Are you serious?” I asked. She said, “Yes, ma’am.”

Just a couple dollars shy of five hundred bucks. Does she think money grows on trees?

You’ll remember my dog is chronically ill with canine Cushing’s. She also has a lazy urethra (similar to Hank Hill’s narrow urethra on King of the Hill). This leads to severe urinary tract infections, which in turn get complicated and lead to things like last summer’s paralysis and extended hospital stay.

As if I weren’t already gonna be in trouble for my eBay clothing spree…guess we will be eating noodles for the next week!

(There is good news: Audrey got to come home today and is back permanently on the Propaline to prevent some of her Cushing’s-related problems. She is snoring on her bed right now, while my kids and the neighbor’s kids watch Nick.)

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And a big yellow bus carried my babies away…

August 7, 2008 at 11:55 am (Uncategorized)

This morning I put all three of my kids on the school bus. We were soooo excited, and I noticed my kindy girl looked a bit nervous but she was sitting next to a “big girl” (fifth grader) who lives across from us, so that helped. She was sandwiched between her and my first grader.

Everyone got up on time. I only wish it were this easy every day of the school year.

Sad? Yes, a little. They drove me insane most of the summer but we had some really good times, too, and they’ve matured a lot since May.

But I try to remember I’ve done a good job raising them so far, and now I don’t have to hear “noggin” uttered during the day! I don’t have to hold off on more complex errands until my husband is here or I can find someone to watch them.

Heck, I can even go see Pineapple Express tomorrow if I want! During the day! Woo hoo!

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August 3, 2008 at 6:53 pm (Uncategorized)

I'm headed to the meet and greet for Hal Woodman, hosted by the Brelands in Old Cahaba.

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Bloggerskating….and I’ve Been Fired.

August 3, 2008 at 2:42 am (Uncategorized)

Today I just knew I’d see Leigh from Bloggeritaville at the skating rink, and I did…as I was turning in my skates. Sigh. Yes, I skated, and didn’t fall once! I only had seven or eight random kids grabbing at my gauchos to keep themselves up and still managed to stay upright (can’t say much for the kids, though, poor tykes).

But I am blogging because I have been fired from my job. Wednesday is my last day. I am still a mama, but I will no longer have a preschooler at home with me. I know, I know, I get all the stuff about how my kids shouldn’t be my identity and stuff, but truly, if you had kids like mine, you’d want them as your identity, too!

When I first started blogging in, oh, 2004 or so, I blogged as Insane Preschool Mom. I had this great graphic banner that had a woman pushing three kids in a shopping cart looking like she was about to lose her mind–but she still had fabulous hair. Someone, probably SJ The Mom of Give Me the Booger, reminded me that I would only be a preschool mom for so long. At the time my kids were 3, 2, and 1. So I quit blogging for a bit and came back as Miss Bossy Pants. That’s the nickname my middle child–the true Miss Bossy Pants–gave me and uses it with such disdain that it’s almost cute.

My baby, who is not even five years old as of the start of the school year, is starting kindergarten on Thursday. Even when she was in preschool five mornings a week, we hung together. She’s been my shopping partner, grocery assistant, movie buddy, everything. She’s the kid who would let me take a nap because she knew it meant at least an hour of uninterrupted time watching Noggin. My older two are great, and I’m close with them, but in a different way. When Cutehead was born, the other two went off to mom’s day out and preschool a few hours each week and it was just the two of us. I’m really, really going to miss having her around during the day.

This has pushed me to make lots of plans for the first week or two of school. Firstly, I am going to prime the three bedrooms upstairs and paint them. Then I am going to mud the kids’ bathroom walls with drywall, prime them, and paint that room. Then I am going to rearrange all the furniture in the house.

Thoughts?

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Shop ’til you drop…or until you start threatening your kids with starvation for claiming they "need" forty dollar madras shorts

August 2, 2008 at 4:48 am (Uncategorized)

I don’t buy into the whole “sales tax holiday” thing but I do sort of like sticking it to the man. I’d feel better if there was a week of salary that the government didn’t tax but hey, we take what we can get. The state, county, and city sales taxes actually help us all out but I guess a few days with no tax revenue on select items isn’t going to bury a city like Helena. Unless you are purchasing your wedding gown at White Room this weekend or buying out Consignment Classics (hi, Michelle!), there’s not a lot of places to save on computers, clothing, or school supplies (other than Walgreens, Dollar General, and Publix). You get my point.

Still, today happened to be pay day, which means shopping day. While we are blessed to no longer have to live paycheck-to-paycheck all the time, my husband likes to pretend we do so he can get after me for buying frivolous items like socks with monkeys on them. So I left each daughter with a different friend for a few hours–boy, did those girls need a break from one another!–and took my son shopping.

When I asked where he wanted to go, I honestly thought he’d say Old Navy or Target or T. J. Maxx. No, no, no, he wanted to go to the mall. Our mall is the Riverchase Galleria, a never-ending maze of stores, some of which are actually still in operation. We shopped Sears, J. C. Penney, K B Toys (birthday party for friends this weekend)…stops in other places offered nothing. I am so disappointed in the Gap Kids store now. I find much better GK merchandise at the Alabaster thrift store.

In the evening I took the girls out, which in my defense was an honorable idea.

First we had to exchange jeans for my son at J C Penney. That led to the purchase of two pairs of bermuda shorts, two plaid skorts, and six tops for the girls (all matching, which was totally not my idea), not to mention a $3 Penney’s catalog. some of my best memories of childhood involve lying on my babysitter’s living room floor and going through big catalogs, dreaming of someday having a Garfield bedroom. Afterward we headed to Justice because I had a killer 20% coupon and they let you use that on an entire purchase, even Webkinz (we bought no Webkinz, and my girls informed me that I am indeed awful and never say yes). We got another birthday gift for the other birthday friend–on clearance, cute as can be–and other clearance items for the girls. Their hair accessories were all buy one, get one half off or something. Socks were on clearance, but I didn’t get any more monkey socks. That would give away what the whole evening was about.

At Target I had to get actual household items, like Shout Stain Remover Advanced Power, Peanut Butter Cap’n Crunch, Pop Tarts, and these polo-style shirts my son loves (they don’t wrinkle) that are the Target brand and only $4.99 each.

Now they’re in bed asleep, no doubt stoked about the roller skating party that will happen in ten hours. Oh Leigh, I don’t know if I can put the skates on. my feet hurt from shopping, and I didn’t even get a new lipstick.

(Why do kids think they “need” things? You need food, you need water, you need something to cover your body, you need someone to hug and kiss you and tell you they love you….nobody NEEDS another frakking Hannah Montana shirt, or shorts that cost more than my running shoes. I want my kids to have nice things but at the same time I am fighting their feelings of entitlement. We talk about how lots of people have less but sometimes I think the only way they’d learn a lesson is if all our stuff disappeared and we only had each other. Sigh.)

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