AT&T Lady - How can I help you?
Me - I need to set up Internet at our new house.
AT&T - Ok, let me get your info - that should be out to you by Tuesday.
Me - Tuesday? Like 5 days from now? Is there any way to get a rush on our hook-up?
AT&T - Well, I'd have to check. Is this necessary because you work from home?
(Well, that depends. If you consider raising 5 small children "work", then yes, I work from home.)
(But instead I said this insane, foot in your mouth, foreign to the outside world, statement...)
Me - Well, not really. I just read a lot of blogs...like after I get the kids in bed...you know, just to catch up on what every one's up to...
AT&T - Silence. Total. Silence.
Me - I mean, it's like a hobby...well, sort of, I like to write too...it's more of a community...and we obviously just moved, and I want to post pictures...and I just feel like I would get so far behind without the Internet...and...
(stick foot in mouth!)
(you sound crazy!)
AT&T - I see. I can not do a rush delivery - It will still be scheduled for Tuesday, ma'am.
Me - Yes, Tuesday sounds perfect...
I swear, those words came out of my mouth so naturally. It's normal to not want to be without the Internet, right? No one else wants to miss something on their favorite blogs, right?
It's just me? I'm a little addicted? Alright, maybe.
So that's the deal. Here we are. With no Internet. Till Tuesday. (I'm at a coffee shop.)
The good news? We started moving last Friday, and finally all slept at our new home last night (Thursday). The girls are loving it, and it just feels like Home. Good stuff.
So, pictures? Oh yes, my friends - they're coming. Maybe not till Tuesday, but they're coming :).
Tell me I'm not the only one who really misses their Internet when it's gone?!
Hope you all have an awesome 3 day weekend!!
Friday, May 28, 2010
AT&T Lady - How can I help you?
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
List's are always good when you feel like your mind is a little frazzled, right?
1. We are still moving things in and finishing odds and ends. I'm at the point in the moving process where I'm saying, "we're never moving again!!" I'm assuming everyone reaches that point :)?
2. I promise pictures are coming.
3. I am in love with the fact that we chose a Playroom instead of a 4th Bedroom. Love. It.
4. Sometimes TJ Maxx provides fun, inexpensive little dishes like these that just make me smile...
5. I love cute dishes, don't you?
6. Raya has started to take off her clothes at bedtime. Last night I went to check on them after they went to bed, and I found her with her pants on, but her diaper off. I don't know.
7. I found out at the grocery store that when a gallon of milk is dropped - it busts, and the milk can roll all the way down the aisle. And no, I wasn't embarrassed at all.
8. The girls are loovving all this warm weather, and they are requesting water balloon fights on a daily basis :).
9. Ella will be 6 in 10 days. 6!
10. I am going with some other ladies today to get my 1st Pedicure! The fact that I don't like people to touch my feet because they are ticklish has stood in my way all these years - but today, fears are conquered :).
Hope you all are having a great week!!
Monday, May 24, 2010
We worked like crazy this weekend...
And believe me, I have everything unpacked and put away right where it should go...
Unpacking and decorating while taking care of 5 kiddos comes really easy to me...
And I'm not tired at all.
I could pull another all nighter if I had...
Friday, May 21, 2010
Today is finally moving day for us!
So let's celebrate by having an awesome Giveaway, sound good!? CSN.com wants to give one of you a $60 Giftcard to use on one of thier sites. 60 Bucks!
Wall Sconces, Housewares, Toys, Diapers Bags...
Thursday, May 20, 2010
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
These have become a staple in our home - I love them. So I thought I'd share, cause maybe someone else might love 'em too :)
I have been searching for something healthy to eat while on the run in the morning - which currently is every morning in our family. I wanted to make a healthy, lower calorie, high protein, breakfast wrap.
I love wraps. You wrap it, I love it.
I bought some high protein tortilla shells, Salsa, Southwest Egg Beaters, and some Gimmie Lean veggie sausage. Now listen, I know, veggie "meat" didn't sound great to me at first either - mainly because I am not a huge meat eater. But it works perfect for this recipe, and w/ everything mixed together, it's really good!
I cooked the "Gimmie Lean" and the eggs in seperate pans. Then mixed them together, and added the Salsa to taste.
Then I scooped some on each tortilla, and wrapped it up...
I made about 20 of them to freeze. After I wrapped them, I layed them on a baking sheet to stick in the freezer. After they were frozen, I took them out and wrapped them in aluminum foil, and stuck them back in the freezer. I figured them out to be about 200 calories each - nice, huh?
Yummy. Quick. Healthy.
I pop them in the microwave for about 2ish minutes, and...that's it! Great, right?!
Monday, May 17, 2010
Bike safety can be...
They mean business...
And they rode bikes this weekend right up until the rain came...
Have I ever mentioned that Reese has a great "I'm trying not to smile" pose?
No? Well, she does...
Sheesh, what a stubborn little cutie...
Random, but we only have 16 days till Summer, and the girls are sooo excited. Anyone else having a countdown till the pool opens?!
Hope you all had a great weekend!
Saturday, May 15, 2010
Over and over...
I sat them down, and offered rewards...
Like a special treat, or a later bedtime...
But I don't think they bought it...
"girls sit still...look at mommy...Char, don't push her over...seriously girls, just one picture...Reese, we can go potty as soon as we're done...no no Raya, no fussin'...everyone smile...alright, over here...you're not going to get your treat!"
Does bribing ever work :)!?
There it is, the best shot I could get of all my girls! Sheesh...
Maybe next time I'll get that "perfect" shot, right!?
Friday, May 14, 2010
Thursday, May 13, 2010
Well, you all were right, yesterday was a new day - and today is yet another one. Good thing God's mercies are new everyday, huh? Thanks so much for your encouragement, I sooo appreciate it.
I did get a very nice surprise yesterday...
A move in date!!
I know, it doesn't sound that exciting, but believe me, it is. In 8 days we will move into that home we've been working on since March 4th. Our insanely outdated house will be finished. I will post before and after pictures as soon as I have all the after ones :). All the floors are starting to go in - in the next few days, but tell me...
I should keep this rockin' carpet that's already in the basement, right??
I know - Don't rush to your nearest carpet store to try and find it :).
Happy Thursday, all!
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
I should be fired. Mercy, I was one "mom fail" after another today. Tonight I sit here and replay the way I acted as I reached the end of my rope - I feel awful.
We have been staying with my inlaws for the past (almost) 6 months while we are in "transition." Our new (to us) home is almost ready...but the road has been long & stressful. Eric goes to the house straight from work, so we rarely see him. Our house with the perfect (for us) layout, has needed a complete makeover. My man is handy and dedicated - but it has been a big job...
Easy? No. Worth it? Yes. Patience? Me? Very little.
I have tried my best. And yes, I could try harder. Ahem.
The 45min drive to and from school, not having Eric here at all, and just not being able to go "home", is taking it's toll. I'm exhausted, I'm frazzled, and not myself. I can even see the stress of the situation in the girls...I can see it's affecting them too.
Lord, please help me to be patient - I don't want my little loves affected by all this.
But today, the girls paid for my stress. Tonight was one of those nights when I sat down and cried after I tucked them in, knowing that I have failed today. I feel terrible. So I just wanted to post this poem that I posted a while back...it really says it all...
A Cross Mother
Oh God, I was so cross to the children today. Forgive me. I was discouraged and tired - and I took it out on them. Forgive my bad temper, my impatience, and most of all, my yelling. I am so ashamed as I think of it.
I want to kneel down by each of their beds and ask them to forgive me, but I can't.
They wouldn't understand. I must go on living with the memory of this awful day, and my unjust tirades.
Hours later I can still see the fear in their eyes as they scurried around trying to appease me, thinking my anger and raving was their fault.
Oh, God, the helplessness of children. Their innocence before the awful monster, the enraged adult.
And how forgiving they are, hugging me so fervently at bedtime, kissing me goodnight.
All I can do is straighten a cover, touch a small head burrowed in a pillow, and hope with all my heart that they will forgive me.
Lord, in failing these little ones that you have put in my keeping, I am failing You. Please let your infinite patience and goodness replenish me for tomorrow.
So here we are, it's morning. Today will be better.
Deep breath in, exhale out, right?!
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
Monday, May 10, 2010
Friday, May 7, 2010
Thursday, May 6, 2010
I don't have to worry about public restrooms, or Porta Pottys at the park anymore - know why? Because the amazing and ingenious ladies from Go Girl sent me a package full of these little wonders...
So. I have 3 GoGirl's to give away to you! If you head over and help me break in my new reviews page, you can enter to win! All 3 will go to the winner who will be chosen through random.org this time next week.
So, what are you waiting for?
***Remember - to enter to win, you must leave a comment over at my Giveaway page, Savvy Little Women Reviews, not here!!!***
Wednesday, May 5, 2010
Speaking of good finds -- these yellow polka dot tank tops I got from Target for 6 bucks, I loovve them! Aren't they so sweet?
Tuesday, May 4, 2010
Monday, May 3, 2010