Ben and I have decided to purchase a Smart Car for when the girls are teenagers. If any boy wants to take one of them out on a date, they must drive the Smart Car. No back seat, ya know.
I often read about the differing opinions on social networking. You know, Facebook, Twitter, etc. I do have a Twitter and a Facebook account. I enjoy social networking online. It's fun although sometimes it can be very time consuming.
Last month, I posted a quick status update on FB requesting prayers for my SIL, Erin. One of my family members mentioned that I shouldn't have posted something so person on there. My response was that it was a prayer request. I didn't feel I was putting Patrick's personal business out there so much as asking for prayers. As I was driving down to Houston, my iPhone kept dinging letting me know someone had responded to my prayer request. They were praying for Erin. Each ding was a balm to my soul at a very frantic time.
I was grateful each and every one of those responses. I know some of the greatest prayer warriors even if only in cyberspace.
So, social networks? I love them.
Really, I don't have anything to say. I don't know why. I can be quite talkative. Sigh.
My nights are spent silently reading books or watching TV. They're pretty solitary things.
I'm hoping for some inspiration for more things to write or talk about. I feel badly that I'm not posting enough pictures for Ben. That'll be on my to-do list from now on.
Part of it is my fault. I lingered too long in the warm comfy bed. Then we had rush out of the house. My children don't do rushed very well.
Well, actually, I think it's all my fault. My children are acting like children. Bickering. Over every little thing. It's been this way since Ben left. I've let it bother me quite a bit today.
Ballet was a chore for me. The children were not in the best of moods. But, I'm sitting here wondering if it isn't because of me. Maybe I need to set the tone so they'd feel better. Maybe I need to let the littlest one sit in my lap no matter how uncomfortable she makes it. Maybe then she'd feel better. You know, fill her love tank.
One of the biggest things I ever learned from Father Corapi is that love is sacrifice. It sure is hard, this constant dying to self...
What does it say about someone who has a nightmare that the flyer for Joann's Crafts was wrong? That she was an hour late and all the flannel was gone?
No, she wasn't an hour late, but the nightmare seemed quite real.
I'm ripping seams on a party girl dress for Nutcracker. We, Ballet Moms (BMs for short), have been working on this dress for weeks. The party girl is tall and slim but the dress is for a younger girl. There's just not enough fabric to make it longer. So, after trying a few different ways, and discussing it with the teacher, I'm going to make a pattern and sew a new one. The actual sewing won't take long but it will take a bit to get the pattern made.
I didn't get to the two loads of laundry I need to finish. One is in the dryer and one is in the wash. Tomorrow. My mom wanted me to bring my laundry but I won't have room to bring home the clean laundry as I plan on shopping this weekend. Not just for presents, but for supplies. I need to make a Sam's Club run to buy paper supplies like toilet paper. We have 4 girls living here; we go through a lot of toilet paper.
I got some Christmas shopping done today. I still have a whole lot to do. Slowly, but surely, I'll get it done. I hope to get a bunch of it knocked off on Friday. I'm so excited! I hope I remember to bring all my coupons. Did you know Joann's has some awesome coupons? That's where I'll be getting the fabric for the party girl dress.
I started to write a status blurb on Facebook but decided there was just too much I wanted to write. This blog post comes from that.
When I was younger (in my teens) and learning to sew. I came across a contraption and came in those nifty starter sewing kits. I couldn't figure out what it was. When I finally learned it was a needle threader, I scoffed. Why would you need something like that? Oh, the arrogance of youth.
Now, I wish I could find the one that came with the girls' sewing kit. I'm sure the eye of the needle has gotten smaller. It must be. It couldn't possibly be because my eyesight has worsened.
Nutcracker signups are this week. We received the contracts on Tuesday. I am always excited when we first start getting information about the Nutcracker. It can get very hectic in December especially with Advent and Christmas but I do enjoy it. I'm probably more anxious and excited than the girls (Honey gets to perform this year) about finding out what character they get to be.
This year Ben will probably be gone when rehearsals start to get really going. I need to figure out some things to do for Brother. The poor dear will have to sit in that waiting room with us for several hours (I don't like to leave my children when in class/therapy, etc.--I know, it's an issue). He doesn't like to read although sometimes he will. He's very good in the waiting room but 4 hours of ballet might do him in. We have Saturday classes (2 hours 15 minutes) and about 2 hours of rehearsals. I'm thinking about getting a Nintendo DS so he can have something to do. No, not for the full 4 hours but for a bit at a time. I'm still thinking it through. He'd have to share anyway with his siblings so he wouldn't have it all that time even if I let him (which I won't).
Just rambling right now. I have a million thoughts, ideas and plan in mind with Ben deploying soon.
It's been wonderful here, weather-wise. We've had highs in the low 90s these past few days. It's so nice and cool. I know you Northerners probably think I'm crazy, but when the temperature has been in the 100s for days on end, 93 is downright cool.
I've been so forgetful lately. The pulmonology office called today. The younger two girls have an appointment coming up. Tomorrow. At 9:00 am. In Austin. Sigh.
Each year I feel the need to do lessons plans, but am not ever able to get going on them. This year is the same but I'm having a bit of luck in history plans. We will have a set of plans for history this year. For the other subjects, like math, we just go on to the next thing in the book. I think I want to get it all down on paper though. I'll let you know.
iCal. I want to incorporate it more into our lives. I like the free-form days that we have but I also want a sort of routine down. After I typed that I realize we really don't have real free-form days as our days are ruled by therapy appointments and ballet classes. Elizabeth Foss has some links to a couple of blog posts from people who really use iCal quite well.
Birthday season is over as soon as I cook Sister's birthday meal today. Why today? Well, Honey was invited to go to a baseball game last night and wouldn't have been there. Sister agreed to wait on her birthday dinner until tonight. With this cold that I still can't kick, birthday season (2 birthdays in a 5 day span which resulted in several cakes and parties), it's been rough.
Well, I've got to go. Pumpkin asked me to give her one push on the swings. Since it's not too hot, the kids are playing outside again.