Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Things that STINK

When somebody says, "That stinks" so many things come to mind. Poopy diapers, rotten milk, expensive French Cheeses, the spray of a skunk, coffee (it stinks to me), mildewy clothes, my Hunky Hubby when he comes home from work after a long hot summer day, little boy "stink", burned microwave popcorn and many more!

Yesterday, we received an Email, telling us that the house that we just moved from, that I'm still cleaning (since they decided to charge us for another month, due to a technicality in the lease, I'm taking my time). DUH!!! The dishwasher hasn't worked since MAY. We have called several times about the issue. Told them that there was a smell, that there was stagnant water in the pipes...they told us to put bleach in the dishwasher and we did, yet they are suprised to find that the house has a not so pleasant smell. HELLO PEOPLE!!!

I am the mother of 3 very rambunctions boys, and as a previous blog has reported, they are MESSY...but that doesn't mean that my house is gross. When a tenant calls, over and over to tell you that there is a stink and that there are little bugs all over the place, maybe FIXING the dishwasher should be a priority??!?! I'm just sayin'.

So, I am off to the other house, to spend time cleaning and trying to figure out a way to de-stinkify the situation. If anyone has any suggestions, I'm all ears.

BTW, there are some STINKY CHEESES that I enjoy and having the Hunky Hubby come home sweaty and stinky isn't also such a bad thing. : )


Monday, September 6, 2010

Paradise Moved

So, we moved Aug. 28 2010. In thinking back, it was exactly a year ago that we made the trek from Southern Utah to San Antonio, TX. A lot has happened this year, it's not likely to be forgotten.

90% moved into the new house, still have a few things to bring over and then the REAL work will begin. I'd gotten things pretty organized, or so I'd thought, then my Hunky Hubby brought more things over and the paradise I'd managed to create vanished right before my eyes. (I'm thinking that if I could figure out a way to market the TALENT that my Hubby and boys have for making my house go from company can pop in status to like Katrina hit I could have them audition for America's Got Talent and have their own show in Las Vegas...scratch that, that would mean another move!!)

I have become more determined than ever to make a PARADISE for my family. In this crazy world that we live in, there should be a spot where there is peace and respit from everything that is thrown at us.

We went @ 10 days w/o internet and @ 5 w/o television. In that time, I was able to reflect on the good and the bad of the blessing of technology. I am on a mission to find a stronger balance in how technology plays into our family.

Must go, sorry if this doesn't flow smoothly, have little people excited for haircuts and a Hunky Hubby anxious to get things done. Thanks to those who read and leave comments. I'm busy making PARADISE in my part of the world and certainly appreciate all the help I can get.

Friday, August 27, 2010

Entry #4-- Just another day in....Paradise

Things are progressing in the area of moving our little piece of paradise...I am nowhere near, where I picture SUPER MOM/SUPERWOMAN/MARTHA STEWART would be in the process, but whatcha gonna' do? I am indebted to the SUPER WOMEN that have come to help me this week and can't tell thm enough how much their sharing of their time to help has helped me. THANK YOU LADIES!!

Onto something slightly different. My #2 son, who is smart, funny, kind, strong, creative, athletic and friendly, has decided the past 2 mornings that he didn't want to go to school. I was able to get him to go yesterday and this morning, when he said the same thing, I felt SURE of my ability to once again to "nudge" him into the right choice. BOY WAS I WRONG!! ( I didn't really dress, pretty much was still in the jammie/big tee and yoga pants, w/ flops. ) This amazing young man, started crying and wouldn't get out of the car...the other two had long ago exited said vehicle. Well, after a bit of hollering (which was warrented, not as loudly as I did it, but that's another topic) he got out of the car and went to school. I know that as a family, we are looking forward to the move, but perhaps it's more stressful on him than I know. Any Moms out there have similar experiences? I'm open for ideas.

When I have to turn up the volumn of the Mom Voice, it makes me sad! I feel that I have failed my children and myself and that other options should have been taken into consideration. 20/2o vision after the fact, wish I could see it before hand...I'm getting better at that, but still.......?? : (

Tomorrow is the big day. Paradise in a new location, with a different view of the Tender Mercies that are ours. Perhaps, when we are settled and we start the second week of school, # 2 son will be in better spirits and the Mom Voice can once again stay in soft and docile tones. Yeah, right! lol

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Entry #3 Packing Paradise

Paradise is where you make it and this here family is taking it on the road...okay, seriously, only moving like a mile away, but still...have you ever moved PARADISE before? lol

Okay, I have come to the conclusion that there is a Wizard that turns the treasures I had to have into junk when it's time to pack and move! I don't buy junk, so how in the world do I now possess so much f it? It's a puzzler, that's for sure.

Today, the goal is to clean the fridge, get the boys bathroom cleaned and get my room packed away...AGAIN, that is the goal. I have been told it's good to have goals, most of the time I agree w/ that statement, but this week the goals have not been a self esteem builder...nothing is going as planned and if it hadn't been for the 3 amazing ladies that have helped me thus far, I'm afraid I'd just be doing my Goldie Hawn impression from OVERBOARD, ya know the one where she is just sittng in the chair, rocking back and forth and repeating, "bah-bah-bah-bah-bah!"

Now, it's time to put on that jersey and kick some butt.....(that would be a World Cup ref. which would then go back to the whole GOAL thing.) lol ( ;

Monday, August 23, 2010

Paradise and the first day of school

Today I have the house all to myself! I have been up since 6am. Got the kids up @ 6:30, they got dressed, ate, fed the dog/cat, brushed teeth, did their hair, took "first day of school pictures", read scriptures, had prayer, drove to school, took Taylor to his Kindergarden class...there was playdough so he was all good! Have scrubbed the floor around and under the fridge (yes, I moved the fridge), cleaned cabinet doors, scrubbed counters, cleaned under the dishwasher--the kick plate--, dealt w/ the A/C and the nice man that came to check it, have another hour before it's time to go and pick-up the munchkins and then it's off to the library to pick up books for D.E.A.R.s during the first 25 mins of school ( Drop Everything And Read ), then it's home to check HW, make dinner, baths, story, prayers, fold laundry, sort laundry, do some more laundry, make sure lunch is made for the Hunky Hubby and that I have something to wear that won't make my kids pretend that they don't know me when I take them to school again in the morning!
It's been a pretty productive 4 1/2 hours since returning home. I am looking forward to what this new adventure holds for my AMAZING little family! I think that it is gonna' take sometime to get used to the quiet though...
I feel like this is my first day too. I have many Tender Mercies all around me.
Today I am grateful that Kidlets #1, #2, and #3 are eager to learn and are excited for school. I am grateful for the power of prayer and the peace that it brings to me and to our home. I am grateful for the smiles that will be awaiting me @ 3pm today and for the DETAILS of their day. I am grateful that I have been able to scrub and get some cleaning done and grateful that I have a place to clean.

On a bit of a side note. I had an experience this weekend that was, well sad. I just want to make a few things known. I know God lives. I know that Jesus is the Christ. I know that the atonement is REAL and that it works for each and everyone of us. I know that I am known! I know that I am loved by those far greater than myself. I know that I have a purpose as do each of us. I am grateful that during times of struggle, heartache, sorrow, loneliness, sadness I can turn to my God and my Savior for comfort and peace. There have been small moments when I have been overwhelmed by burdens, but then I remember, that I have been told that I can hand those burdens over to another. WHAT A BLESSING that is. I want each of you to know that you are loved and known. That each of you have brought something to my life that has helped me to become the woman I need to be in order to fulfill my purpose here on this Earth. We are NOT alone. We are CHILDREN of GOD! What a gift it is to know WHO we are!!

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Is Paradise Messy?

I don't know that anyone would mistake San Antonio, TX for paradise. Nevertheless, this is where I am. I have heard that paradise is where you make it, I am working out the details of getting the surf and sand here... lol

I am the Mom of 3 boys, ages 10, 7 and 5 ( soon to be 6 ). They are handsome, smart, funny, energetic, creative, athletic, curious, stubborn ( I like the word determined better ) and MESSY! My husband, is also handsome, smart, curious, quirky and MESSY. I am also the human Mom of a Springer Spaniel named Mister and a cat named Buddy...I am surrounded by males and MESSES!!!

By nature, I am a fairly neat person, but I have been out "manned" for years and have given into the fact that MESSES happen. I get that life is messy and I need to roll w/ that. Today is the day I have decided to STOP rolling!!!

I can no longer tolerate the MESS. The boys were given their job assignments when waking up this morning, they were told that if they finished, they'd get compter time, we'd go to the library and they could go swimming. Did they do their chores? Depends on who it is you ask. The Hunky Hubby said they'd done good, but I couldn't even make it down the hallway. I mean, clothes are EVERYWHERE but the closet and drawers. How hard is it to hang up a towel when getting out of the shower? When you make a sandwhich, put things away and if you make trash, throw it away!!! Seriously, is it just a boy thing?

I don't think that paradise should give me a headache, or that I should have to become a mean, yelling Mom. Isn't paradise peaceful, calming and beautiful? I'd be happy w/ a paradise that was semi-organized and quiet for a few minutes at a time...see, I'm willing to look into options. : )

I read a great blog that talked about things and moments that will be missed as the kidlets grow, but I am confident, that I will most assuredly NOT miss the MESS!