Wednesday, May 30, 2007
I think I can finally say we are officially on summer vacation now that we have been to the pool. I forgot how fun it is. I also forgot how much work it takes to get everything you need in the bag. Speaking of bags, I found the coolest bag at Harris Teeter (yes, the grocery store) for $19.95. Today I put in this bag 5 beach towels, bathing suits for 5 people, 4 Little Swimmers, 2 sun hats, 2 bottles of sunscreen, a bottle of water, a bag of Funyuns (YUM!!) and a barbie doll, and I still had room left over. I love my bag!! Back to the pool, Jonathon, Grace and Charlotte were raring to go. Ella on the other hand, was not so "Gun ho". The water wasn't bad except for that initial BRRR, but Ella wasn't having none of it. She wanted to go no further than the steps. She did get wet, thanks to her brother! Grace has grown and now can touch in 3 and 31/2 feet, which translates as completely fearless. She truly believes that if she has her floaty (the ring I paid less than a $ for) she can go anywhere. I need to be 2 people - one to sit on the steps with Ella and one to follow Grace around the pool. I guess I need to add 2 more to that because I need one to throw Charlotte (did I mention she is part fish and totally fearless). In fact today she said, I wish Mr. Les was here so he could throw her. Last time he threw her, I think she went a few feet above his head. After she hit the water, she came up asking for more. I also need one to play with Jonathon. He loves to play ball in the pool. No matter when we go, he seems to find someone to play with. Today he met a little boy named Dallas. As we were getting ready to leave, the boys grandmother came over to let me know what a nice boy Jonathon was. I told her that I tell my kids to let there outside reflect their inside. It is advice all of us can use. I have said it before and I will say it again, God blessed me with absolutely wonderful children - so much more than I deserved. Then the grandmother asked us about where we went to church and after gathering some info, she said they may see us there this Sunday. I wasn't even thinking about sharing anything about God, but He put such a great opportunity right in front of me. It's funny, I was dreading the trip to the pool, but it turned out to be great. I think if I would relax, a lot of other things would be great too.
Posted by Amanda at 2:39 PM
Tuesday, May 29, 2007
It's hot!! We just came in from playing in the sprinkler and having a water balloon war. Don't you just love an activity that not only allows you to throw things at your kids but actually requires it. :) Having a toddler is a reality check for summer. Last year and the year before that, we just went, but now we have to plan everything around nap time. And this week is even harder because Grace is going to cheer camp from 9am- 12noon. So this week no summer fun activities can even start until around 3pm- after nap. Who has energy to go and do that late on a hot afternoon? Not I said the Mommy!! Next week will be better, because the mornings will be open, so watch out world, cause here we come!!
Posted by Amanda at 12:29 PM
Saturday, May 26, 2007
Today was the last day of T-ball and baseball. My husband and I coach in a league called Victory Sports. I coached 4K t-ball. I think the funniest part of the whole season was watching the coaches try not to get hit with the bat when they were helping the kids hit. It was like they were Elaine on Seinfeld dancing! I had a great team. Of course every year you have a few of the same types of kids. You have the serious ball players, the silly ball players ( like Grace and her friend Draye who were playing London Bridge in the outfield while the ball rolled by them - TWICE), the rather not be there ball players, and the ball players who think the dirt and grass are more interesting than any ball. I think we had a successful season, though, because they learned the order to run the bases, all the players can hit the ball off the tee, and most of them can even field the ball (for those of you without baseball knowledge-SHAME, SHAME- that is when the ball is rolling on the ground and you scoop it up and throw it the 1st). Jonathon's team had their last game today also. He has improved sooooooo much over the last 2 years. When he started playing baseball, he only had 3 hits all season, but now he has 3 home runs a game. I am so proud of him. Thursday night was my last night coaching middle school girls volleyball. I never thought I could become so attached to a team, but those girl really touched my heart. Not only did they learn volleyball ( the improvement over the season was amazing!!), but they grew to be a team. Maybe this is an age group God wants me to explore. I always thought my "thing" was preschoolers, but maybe you can have two "things". I asked Les today what we were going to do with our time, and he reminded me that softball starts in a week. The madness never ends!!!
Posted by Amanda at 11:29 PM
Thursday, May 24, 2007
It is the first day of summer vacation and I think it went well. We met friends at the park for a few hours and then we hit the mall. I know some of you think I am crazy to take four children to the mall, but its old hat to me. Did I mention that my friend has 3 of her own. Here we go, 2 adults, Jonathon, Grace, Charlotte, Emily, Bradley and 2 strollers holding Ella and Julianne. We hit the food court, which actually went very smoothly. Laura and I actually held a decent conversation with only about 6-8 interruptions. Those of you with children know this is pretty good. Then we all headed upstairs, via the elevator, to The Children's Place. I went in for Ella some shoes - they had flip flops 2 for $5. Let's just say we bought more than flip flops. While Laura and I were shopping, the kids roamed the store. Three girls and two boys (who would have rather been anywhere but in a clothing store even though they both got cool new t-shirts) going all over the store. The girls all wanted flip flops and sunglasses. Sounds simple, but it is not. Every time Grace picked up a pair, Charlotte would change her mind, causing Grace to change her mind, causing Charlotte to change her mind and on and on. I think you get the idea. To say the least, it was an adventure! Tomorrow, we are going swimming!! Summer fun at its best! YAHOO!!
Posted by Amanda at 2:01 PM
Wednesday, May 23, 2007
I don't think anything in the world makes me more irritated than having to wait. Whether it is the line at Wal-Mart (which always happens, because there is never more than four lines open and I always pick the slowest one), or in the line at the drive-thru at McDonalds ( which always happens and then the happy meals are wrong because they left out the caramel dip for the apples or the apples all together). But, yesterday, I think I hit my waiting boiling point. As I mentioned earlier, I keep a little girl in the afternoons. She goes to a private school in Rock Hill (which will remain nameless, even though I should name them because they made me that mad!!!) Anyway, back to the story. She went on a field trip to the zoo in Columbia. The class was leaving Columbia at 115pm. School dismisses at 230pm. I know some of you are already seeing an issue with their schedule because it takes a bus full of 1st graders longer than 1 hour and 15 minutes to return. In their defense, I was supposed to call before I left to pick her up to make sure they were on schedule -I forgot! I remembered half way there. Then I realized that I had forgotten my cell phone. I decided just to go anyway, they couldn't be more than 15 or 20 minutes late, right. WRONG! I pulled up in line and was told they were not back and I needed to park in the parking lot. The kids were not happy about this. Did I mention there were 5 kids already in my van? Do you know how much fun it is to wait in the van for any amount of time with a toddler? It is NOT fun!! We parked at 2:30pm. The person who told us to park said they would be back by 240, 245 at the latest. At 300, I got fed up. I asked the parking lot teacher if she knew how much longer. She said they had called the principal, but all she knew was they would be there when they pulled in the parking lot. I left. I had to go get gas and Grace needed to pee (I found this out at 235). We went to the gas station and while I was pumping gas I sent Jonathon in the store with Grace so she could pee. He came back out and said they didn't have a bathroom. I put him in the van with all the kids and took her in myself because I had to get the receipt even though I had used pay at the pump (ironic isn't it!). I asked the clerk for the receipt and asked if my child could use the bathroom. She said they did not have a bathroom. I guess to work at that gas station you have to have a very large bladder. I know you are thinking that this can't get better, but it can. We went back to the school-still no bus, so I sent Jonathon in the school with Grace still in search of a bathroom. I could see him through the glass windows at the front of the school. He was just standing there. He stood there for a few minutes and then they came out. I asked him, as they were walking across the parking lot if he had taken Grace to the bathroom. He said they said no. As this point, I lost it. I asked him who told him that. He said a teacher who walked by them in the lobby. The parking lot teacher saw me freaking out and came over. She asked me what was wrong, so I told her. I'm sure she wished she would have stayed on the other side of the parking lot. She was very nice, unlike the lady inside, and took Grace to the bathroom for me. At 315 the bus finally arrived. By this time Ella is screaming "SNACK!" and my nerves are shot! I guess it pays to always have your cell phone.
Posted by Amanda at 8:54 AM
Tuesday, May 22, 2007
This morning my son, Jonathon, came downstairs to leave for school and said, "the tooth fairy didn't come." My heart stopped. I had forgotten that Grace had lost a tooth last night before dinner. My mind started racing with ways to slip her the $ without being caught and trying to come up with an explanation of why the $ wasn't there when she looked first thing. While I am doing a mental marathon, with a pouting 5 year old at my side, I hear Jonathon call Grace and say, "Grace, she did come. I heard the top of the tooth box ( a little ceramic box that she puts lost teeth in so the tooth fairy doesn't have to dig through the millions of pillows on her bed) rattle and I went to check and there was $". I looked at Jonathon with tears in my eyes. He has to be the sweetest child alive. He saw how upset she was and made it right. I told him he could not tell her that he did that and he said okay. I guess he figured out the tooth fairy, huh! You have moments as a parent that let you know you are doing a pretty good job with your kids, and this was definitely one, big time!
Posted by Amanda at 9:27 AM
Monday, May 21, 2007
No matter how hard I work to get my house clean, it never is! It took me all day to do 3 loads of laundry and clean my bathroom. Granted, the bathroom was really dirty, but not "all day to clean" dirty! I use my children as an excuse for the clutter and they really do their best to help the clutter stay out, but I think I am just a terrible housekeeper. I am all the time seeing something more interesting to do than the dishes or the laundry. I need some motivation! Maybe I should plan a party or some event so I will have to clean the whole house. I don't know. That sounds like a lot of work. I would have to clean before and after. Scratch the event idea. Maybe a reward system like the kids get for doing chores. I think I will have to talk to my hubby about that. If I can clean the house and keep it clean for a certain amount of time, say 2 or 3 hours :) ,then I could have a manicure or an uninterrupted hour of "nothing"time. I think it sounds great, but not really sure if he would go for it.
Mom, if you are reading this, my house misses you!!
Posted by Amanda at 9:05 PM
Sunday, May 20, 2007
I can't believe I forgot to tell you about the funniest thing that happened today. We had a very busy morning, with church and then a SS picnic at the park, and a mad house cleaning because my house was being used as the childcare location for book club. Book club is a group from our church that gets together once a month to discuss a couple chapters in the book we are reading. Anyway, Ella was asleep, Grace was playing at the neighbors, and Les (my husband) and Jonathon left to go to a VBS meeting, softball practice, and the RA banquet at church, so I laid down on the couch to rest at 3:45pm. The sitters would be at my house at 4:45pm. The next thing I know the doorbell rings. I jumped off the couch and ran to the door. It was the sitters. I said, "You guys are early." and they replied, "You said to be here at 445, and it is 445". I immediately went into crazy, run around like a chicken with its head off, mode. I still had to bake breadsticks for book club. Did i mention we spend the first hour and a half eating and socializing and last half hour talking about the book? Its great! Back to crazy woman! I was running around trying to wake up, tell the sitters all the rules, and answer the door without looking like a crazy woman who had just woke up. To say the least, it was comical.
I have three children, the youngest, Ella, is 19 months. She answered a request yesterday with, "Why?". My mouth fell open. Correct me if I am wrong, but isn't that a 2 year old thing? It seems like the older I get the faster my kids grow up. How sad! My oldest, Jonathon, will be 10 in Sept. That is double digits! I can not possibly be old enough to have a child that old. My middle child, Grace, is starting Kindergarten in August. We were talking on the ride home from the store today and she let me know that she did NOT need me to walk her to class on the first day because "her brother knows where all the rooms are and he can take her". Now my five year old doesn't need me! Can you go through empty nest syndrome just because your kids go to school? On top of my three wonderful kids, I also take care of another child, Charlotte, who is 7. God puts people in your life, and Charlotte and her mom were definitely some of those people. As the summer flies by, you will get the joy of hearing all about the adventures we have. I have said it before and I will say it again, there is never a dull moment in this house.
Posted by Amanda at 9:59 PM