Hey there…happy hump day! I had a pretty laid back day today. Atticus has had a little bit of a cough lately, so today we stayed home. I was supposed to go to work, but that’s the joy of working with family! I had a headache when I woke up and just took two Excedrin about an hour ago. I’m hoping I will wake up in the morning headache free!
School was awesome today. We started off with some art. My husband should definitely be our art teacher, but hey…it’s Pre-K/Kindergarten! I can’t be that bad, right? A few years from now, he needs to really take that over. The boys are doing so well with school. Bonus is really catching on and I’m so proud of him for how far he’s come in the last few months. When we started he had trouble with the alphabet and messed up on his counting here and there. Now he is right along side Atticus in every worksheet that we do. I can’t give him enough credit. It’s so sweet to see his face light up when I say “Bubba, you did so good!” It’s just precious. I feel lucky that I am able to see them learning AND be the one who is doing the teaching. When the school year started I was stressing out. I put so much pressure on myself and thought there was no way I could give them the education they needed. Wrong! Home school is awesome and I wouldn’t change it for the world. My boys are smart…I know that. They are learning at their own pace, whether that’s faster or slower. It doesn’t matter. We are learning and we are having fun at the same time as a family. I love it and the boys love it too. Even Bonus said today, “I like school!” When we first started the year he hated it. He hated sitting down at the table…he would rather be playing or something else. Now he’s the first one to the table. That’s cool! I feel like I’m at least doing something right. Thanks to my husband who told me I was capable of doing it when I was crying and stressed out. I almost….ALMOST…put them in public school, which I’m sure would have been fine, but I’m so glad WE decided that home school was right for us. Yes…it takes time and patience (which some days I have more than others) but it’s worth it. I love them boys so much.
Have a great Thursday everyone!
Bloggity Blog Blog….what should I blog about? I have a lot on my mind today. Not sure how to get them down in words…just a lot of things going on around us that I don’t understand. I know it’s not my job to understand, but I get tired of hearing about it all. People love drama. They thrive on it. I’m trying to accept people for who they are…that’s what we should do. But, at some point I just want to shake them and scream “You’re crazy!”
I’m not perfect. People hopefully accept the crazy things I do. I have a bad habit of expecting people to act the way I want them too. I hold them to a standard that I would be willing to do. But do I? Am I the best friend etc. that I should be? I doubt I am 100% of the time.
I have to let go of expectations. I’m only causing myself pain. I set myself up for discomfort because I have these expectations, that aren’t always unrealistic, and when it doesn’t pan out my way I’m upset. Why do I do this and why is it so hard to not be this way?
I pride myself on being honest and feel like it’s the key to communication, but when it comes down to being real with people (that really matter to me) I’m more afraid that I might hurt their feelings. Instead of calling *enter name here* and saying “hey…i need to talk about something that’s bothering me….blah blah blah.” It’s easier to sit around and just do nothing about it.
Have you noticed anything about this post? It went from other people driving me crazy to me! WTF! The truth is….it’s all me. People are people. Like it or not. That’s who they are and I can’t change it. I can only change me and the attitude I’m willing to have. I don’t want to feel this way. I need to release the negativity around me and let it go.
Thanks for listening to me rant.
HAPPY HALLOWEEN!! What a great night for trick or treating. The weather couldn’t have been more perfect…it was 70 degrees outside today! I can’t remember the last time we had a nice Halloween and it wasn’t freezing cold. The boys had so much fun tonight. This was the first Halloween that they really enjoyed running up to the houses, knocking on the doors, and getting candy from everyone. They said ‘trick or treat!’ at every house and even ended with a thank you!!! I was so proud of them. By the end of the night they were saying, “Thanks! Have a good night!” It was hilarious.
I love these little goof balls!
Speaking of goof balls…that would be my granny with a witch hat/wig on and my mother peeking over her shoulder!
Notice Bonus checking out his bag of goodies! They could barely keep their hands out of the sacks. 🙂
We had a great night. Both boys complained of a belly ache. That’s a great sign that we got plenty of candy and should be on a sugar high for the next 12 months. Hahaha
I’m off to do a little work before get my beauty rest. Don’t forget to stop by http://www.diecutcrazymag.com for our blog hop tomorrow!! There’s going to be lots of goodies to be given away! Tell all your friends and check out details on the website.
Ever have one of those days when it’s going really swell and then there’s that one thing that pops up and tries to ruin everything?! That happened to me today.
Everything was going great. Woke up early (not as early as I intended, but early!) had some coffee, made a few phone calls before the kids woke up, and the morning was going great. The kids woke up and we had breakfast and they had a chance to play before we started school. Everything was going really smooth and it stayed that way for most of the day. Jeremy started back at the tattoo shop today and he arrived back home around 4. We were glad to have him home with us. He was home for about 30 minutes before I got a phone call that would ruin my good mood. I won’t go into details, but let’s just say I was a little irritated. Thankfully my husband was here to help me stay level-headed and get me to think about the way I was feeling.
It’s so easy to have one thing happen and it ruin your entire day. But, why do we let it? It’s our decision to feel that way. I told my husband I just needed 5 minutes to feel this way and I’d be done. You know what? It works. Give yourself that allocated time and let yourself feel sorry for yourself or whatever it is you feel. Then make the decision to be over it. That’s it…you’re done. You’d be amazed at what this does for you. No matter how mad I am, nothing is so bad that I should let it ruin the time with my husband and kids. They deserve more than that and so do I.
It’s hard to do this at first, but if you practice it enough it gets easier and you will find that your stress levels go way down. You can’t control everything, but you can control yourself. I know I’ve said it before, but I am so thankful for Jerms. I have learned so much from him and we are continuously growing. (I love that man!)
Maybe you already practice this, but there may be someone out there who needs to hear this. Sometimes I read or hear something and I think ‘Duh! Why didn’t I think of that before?’ Sometime’s you just need to hear it from someone else’s point of view and it just makes perfect sense. Don’t let that one thing or person ruin your happiness. It’s not worth it! Choose to be happy. It’s better that way!
What a day! I feel like since I’ve changed my attitude things are so much better. Who would have thought?
I’m not perfect, although I like to make people think that. My kids drive me nuts most days. You know what has helped me with that? I’ve excepted them for who they are. Kids are kids. Bonus and Atticus are so different. Atticus is calm, quiet (most of the time), and likes to cuddle. Bonus is my little wild man. He is running non stop, loud, and full of life 24/7. It’s hard for me to get Bonus to calm down. Why does he have so much energy? It was a constant battle between him and me all day, until my husband said to me “That’s just how Bonus is. We have to accept him for that. We shouldn’t try to change him.” Why did it take him saying that for me to figure it out? #1 mom here shouldn’t need someone to tell her that. I’ve realized lately I’ve been a little on edge. I can’t snap at the kids because they’re having fun. Maybe they’re being to loud. I’ve realized the kids don’t know why I’m upset if I don’t explain why I need them to be quieter. If I freak out on them they think they’re in trouble for simply having fun! How wrong is that?
Not only has it helped them, it’s helped my attitude tremendously. Thanks to my husband I’ve been able to step back and take a look at myself. I feel less tense. The kids listen better. Overall there’s a better vibe in the house.
Today I took the kids over to play with their friend Foster. Here’s a picture of all three boys. It’s hard to get them to look at the camera at the same time.
The boys had a great time playing with Foster. I think we are taking them to the zoo next week since the weather has been so nice! They will love that. After we left Foster’s house, we had dinner with Pam (mom in law) and headed home. We had a great day today. I love my boys.
Just know if your kids drive you nuts…you’re not the only mom that feels that way. Just take a deep breath and accept it. We’re not perfect and neither are they. No matter what is going wrong, it could always be worse. Being a parent is tough, but I wouldn’t change it for the world.
When do kids start getting along? Ever?! Atticus is 5 and Bonus is 4. I love how close they are in age and I have hope that one day they will be best friends forever. It seems like today has been nonstop with them. They are constantly fighting over something. If Atticus has a toy, Bonus wants it. If Bonus is watching a movie, Atticus wants to watch something else. It goes on and on. How do you make it stop??
Besides the constant bickering, I got a lot of stuff done today. I did a lot around the house, made a great lunch, and helped my mom-in-law rearrange her living room. I didn’t get a chance to do my crafting, but I have all day tomorrow to work on it.
The boys are sleeping in the living room again. They love sleeping on that air mattress. I can hear them watching Funniest Pets and People and they are cracking up. It’s so sweet to hear them giggling together. I’d rather hear giggling then fighting any day!
Even though they test my patience almost everyday, I still love these little cuties more than ever. I can’t imagine what my life would be like without them in it.
While I was over helping the mother-in-law, I snagged a few movies we hadn’t seen yet. I’m off to take a shower and pop some popcorn for a movie night with the hubs.
Remember back a few posts when I went on about life and how I need to stop taking it for granted? Well…I should go back and read it.
I’ve been in a funk the last few days. I don’t know why. I’ve just been in one of those moods where certain people just get on my last nerve. I get tired of hearing people complain…it could be about the simplest thing…they just go on and on. I think to myself “Stop complaining!” (I think to myself because I’m to chicken to say how I actually feel) So, I come home and rant about how everyone’s driving me nuts to Jeremy.
How productive is that? I’m complaining about people complaining!!!
It’s horrible and I catch myself feeling that way, but why can’t I just pull myself out of the mood? If I know I’m just complaining, why do I keep doing it? It’s like a never-ending cycle.
I really need to meditate. I find myself so busy through out the day. By the time I get into bed…I blog…and then I’m ready to crash! I tell myself I’m too busy to take a minute for myself and relax. Calm my mind.
I need to make a change. Probably a few. I need to get in a new frame of mind.
Tomorrow I have to take care of some business. I’m trying to stay positive. It shouldn’t take long, but I have to meet up with someone who I would really rather not see. This is a perfect time for me to practice what I preach. Let’s take care of business, smile, and move on! Luckily, I get to have lunch with my friend from Eureka and Jerms afterwards!!
Oddly enough….writing this blog has helped me. It really puts into perspective of how ridiculous I can be!!
Now all I need to do is put this stuff to use. Tonight…I shall take 20 minutes and relax. I will clear my mind and take a moment for myself.
Thanks for listening!
P.S. I miss Eureka.