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Thursday, January 13, 2011

Happy Attitude

Good morning, all! Hope your week is progressing nicely :) Can you believe it's already Thursday. Well, Wednesday nite when I'm writing this, anyway. hehe.

You know, since I'm the only grown up around these days (lol), I find myself "blog thinking". Do you ever do that? My head rambles along as it would in my blog. If only I had a way to capture my thoughts during my day and put them down in my blog without waiting until the even to write it. But then, these posts may be SO long that no one would want to read them. So maybe we'll just stick to me "blog thinking" to myself..... *retreats to corner*...

I know at our marriage retreat, Captain America and I learned that the average man speaks about 50,000 words a day, and the average woman speaks 100,000. And that the man uses his before he gets home from work - LOL! Anyway, I wonder if Facebook and Blogging count towards those 100,000? Or if my internal babble counts? Cause I definitely have internal babble going on. It's only when I start vocalizing that babble and no one is around that you need to start worrying - LOL! I have been known to talk to myself while grocery shopping or thrift store shopping. "Wow, that's a GREAT price" said to no one in particular - ha!

OK, so back on track with my day :) I woke up at 6am to the sound of the garbage truck, and a little bark from the dog. I thought maybe Boxer was afraid of the garbage truck, so I went out to look in the living room. And Tom was coming back in from the garage. He must have startled the dog. Tom's chore is to take the trash out to the big trash can, then out to the curb on Tuesday night, and back in on Wednesday morning. And, Jake and I took it out for him on Tuesday night cause he's sick. And I guess we never told him that we did it, and when he heard the garbage truck this morning, panicked and hustled out to get the trash out, only to find it already done. And startled the dog in the process.

Eme had just woken up, and was getting dressed. I told the kids I was gonna go back to bed until my alarm went off, and went back to bed. I read my chapter in the scriptures, and re-set my alarm for 7am, and went to sleep.

And got up, and got the kids ready, and fed, and dressed, and out the door at 7:30am. Tom was still sick, but feeling a little bit better. I was hopeful that he'd go back to school on Thursday. I think I may have gone back to bed for a while (don't know why I was SO tired, since I went to bed before 10pm last nite), and got up and ready for Yoga by 9:30am. And Jim and I headed out to go to the store. I wanted a Howdy's drink, and the Dollar Tree is RIGHT across the store. And we could use more bread.

So we headed out.

And yes, Captain America, if you look REAL close in the background of that picture, you can see that the bed is made. See, I NEVER make the bed. Captain America ALWAYS makes the bed. Because he likes it made, and I don't really care. But, since he's been gone, I've started sleeping on his side, and have found that it wasn't really me who messed up the covers! I can just pull the blankets back where they go in the morning, and it's SUPER easy to make - LOL!

Anyway, we headed to the Dollar Tree, and looked around for a bit. We found 4 loaves of Natures Own Whole Wheat Bread, and a new broom for Jake (we go through TONS of brooms...their handles SUCK), and some gummy worms for Jim, and some energy shots for me (my vice...) and a few other things, and off we went. We drove across the street to Howdy's and got me a 44 oz Diet Dr Pepper. Mmmm, haven't had one of those since Captain America left. And then we headed home.

I got home in time to use the bathroom, grab a coat and backpack for Jim, and head to the bus.

Kari picked me up at the bus stop at 11am, and we headed over to Stout Gym. And yeah, there was a sign saying that our YOga class was being moved to Soto Gym. Whaaaat? Nice for the notice. We had the Stout Gym guy call the Soto Gym guy and tell them that we were still coming, but that we were gonna be late.

I guess that they're remodeling Stout Gym, or something, but t sucks. It's only 5 minutes from our house, and Soto is a good 15. See how big of whiners we are. LOL! Free gym, free classes, and we're complaining about driving 15 minutes. hehe. It just seems that they'd have SO classes at Stout. They've moved almost ALL of them to Soto...

Anyway, we got to Soto, and there was NO parking. Apparently, they built this HUGE gym, and no parking lot. It was still under construction.... So we parked FOREVER away, and started walking. I guess that would count as part of our workout, right? LOL!

So we go to the front desk, and ask where yoga is, and the lady says, "Down the hall, something about a double doors, blah blah blah". So we walk down the hall, and yeah, we don't know where to go. hehehe. I guess I should have listened better. So we have to go back and ask for directions again. How embarrassing - LOL! See how bad we want to do yoga. LOL! And the whole time, we're like, "That bad yoga teacher had better not be here, or we're totally leaving". hehe.

Anyway, got the directions again, and found the room, and WOOHOO, the good teacher was there! I love her! They'd started late, because they knew that people from Stout would be straggling in, but we'd stil missed about the first 5 minutes. So we jumped in, and got with the group.

And it was SO nice! Relaxing, and calming, and strenuous at the same time. My arms and legs were shaking and wobbly, but my spirit was calmed. And that's the REAL benefit from yoga, I think. I loved it! We decided that we would gladly drive to Soto Gym for our GOOD yoga teacher. And yeah, we totally should have asked her her name, but for now, she's the Yoga-ish yoga teacher.

Kari dropped me off at home, and the boys and I had lunch. Left over pizza for them, and my usual for me. Tom seemed to be doing a lot better. He was watching the new Star Trek movie and doing homework (math) on the couch. Works for me :)

I went and took a shower, and got all pretty for the day. Cause I like to be pretty, you know. hehe. AND, I have 15 new skirts and need to wear them all. LOL!

I was just finishing up getting ready when I realized that it was time to get Jim from the bus. I sent Jake to the bus stop, and finished getting ready. And I worked on my computer for a little while, then made French Toast for tomorrow, and for me to put in the fridge/freezer for myself. It's part of my afternoon snack every day. 2 pieces of reduced calorie bread made into French Toast, with spray butter and splenda. SO tasty. I just pop it in the toaster, and Viola! I have French Toast! LOVE it so much.

Jim helped me by dropping the bread into the egg mixture, and I cooked it on my BIG griddle. It hold 9 pieces of French Toast at a time. Gotta love that. I made enough for us all to have 2 pieces for an afternoon snack, for the kids to each have 3 pieces for Breakfast, and for me to have 4 days worth of French Toast as snacks. Pretty "prepared" of me, huh?

I got some emails from Captain America, and a few had pictures! Woohoo for pictures! Let me share a few with you :)

Ping Pong and Pool
The kids thought this was AWESOME that they had Burger King and Subway in a trailer. LOL!
Sweet pool!

I sat back down for some more designing (I've got all 5 for Friday, 2 for next Friday, and 1 for the following Friday already packaged and ready to go, and 2-3 more designing, and 2 in the works, plus a BUNCH of ideas), and then it was time for Joe to get off the bus. And Eme didn't get off the bus, so I assumed that she was staying for AQ. They cancel it at random times. I figure if she doesn't get off the bus, that I got to the school to grab her - hehe.

So I headed out. And waited. And waited. And waited.

Yeah, she didn't look for me in Captain America's car, and with my hair in the sun, it looked Red to her and she didn't recognize me - ROFL! Finally, at 4pm, she got in the car. I had gotten out to go inside the school and look for her, and she noticed me. LOL! I told her to always be on the lookout for Captain America's car :)

Earlier in the Day, Leigh, my neighbor I share a driveway with, wanted to know if I would pull my truck up a little bit, because it was hard to get into her garage with her new van. So, of course, I pulled the Suburban up farther into my parking spot. It wasn't until about 30 minutes later that I decided that she was talking about Captain America's blue truck, not the suburban - ROFL!

So, after I picked up Eme, Jake and I went out to try and move the truck. I'd never started the thing, and knew that there was a trick to it. Jake knew the trick, and got it started. And I climbed in, and figured it out. I pulled much closer to the garage, and got it where Leigh could easily get in and out.

Here's me, proud that I finally drove the blue truck. If backing up counts as driving... hehe.

We came back inside, and it was around 4pm. The kids popped in a movie, and I let them. No chores. No homework. Movie time. And I retreated to my room for some designing. See, I used to HIDE in there from them, because they were driving me crazy, or I wanted to hide from the house work. Not today. Really, I just wanted to design in quiet. I really wasn't hiding. I was just trying to focus. I had them come and get me when the movie was over, and we started dinner.

I cooked the pizza from yesterday, and gave them salad to go with it. I had my dinner, and decided that we were skipping Wednesday night activities again. See, Tom was sick, and couldn't go. Eme didn't have Achievement Days. Joe and Jim didn't have anything. Only Jake had an activity. So, it would have been me crowd controlling way too many people. And a sick kid. So I decided against it. And tried my best not to feel bad about skipping. I hate skipping things...

And Eme and I had talked about going to the Jewelry Box for a little mini shopping trip, and I even got my new green coat on, but decided against it. We stayed home and did chores and homework instead.

I folded my MOUNTAINOUS pile of laundry, and had Jake finish off his laundry from yesterday, and had Tom start his. Tom was feeling MUCH better, so I made him do his chores. I'm so mean, I know.

And it took FOREVER for the laundry to get folded. I hate it when I let it get that far behind. LOL :) Anyway, Eme put hers away, Jake put away all of his, Joe and Jim put theirs away, and I hung up what needed to be hung up of theirs.

I put the little boys to bed at 8:30 (late again!), and sent the big kids to continue with chores. Tom did the dishes, then said that he was feeling a little weird, and wondered if he could take a puke bowl to bed. Sure, I said. And no more than 10 seconds later, he was vomiting into the puke bowl. And dang near filled the whole thing up. SO gross! But he was talking about it like it was nothing. "See, mom, it's a good thing I had this bowl". "Wow, it tastes like pizza". Gross, Tom - hehe.

He dumped the bowl in the toilet, washed it out, and headed upstairs (with the bowl) to bed. Poor kid. Looks like he'll be home again. I may have to call the doctor tomorrow. But I hate taking kids in, and having the doctor say, yup, it's a virus, and it'll have to run its course... Like they said with Emeline...

Jake took Boxer on one more walk for the night, and I sat down to blog. And I facebooked WAY too much. I keep getting distracted :) LOL!

Jake went to bed at 9:30pm. Earlier in the evening, we'd hung up a clock with Captain America's time zone on it. I LOVE it! Now, I just have to send pictures to Walgreens, buy frames, and hang up pictures of Captain America and I and the kids! SO excited to see it all finished!

Anyway, it was after 8am his time, and I was pretty sure he wasn't gonna call. Last time he called at night for me, it was 7:30am his time. I figured he was at work.

But, at around 10:15pm my time, he called! Woohoo! I put down my computer, and had a VERY nice chat with him. He told me all about his day, and I told him all about my day, and we chatted about the kids, and what he wants me to send him, and just stuff. But it was so nice. We chatted for about 30 minutes, and he had to go off to work. And it was almost 11pm, and i needed to finish my blog and go to bed. I've got a busy day tomorrow!

I'm swimming laps in the morning, then my friend, Terra, is "friend napping" me for the late morning/early afternoon. I don't know where or what we're doing, but it's sure to be fun!

Click on the link below to go to my account to download the PNG file, and leave some love if you like my work. thanks!

Awe, thanks Sharon! I am trying to have a Happy Attitude!!!


Monica said...

Love the WA, thanks!!:D
Thanks for sharing about your day :D

Amberlee said...

So cute! I love your hair too, awesome! Thanks!

wesnshan said...

Hi Bethany!! I was a bit behind on my emails. Your family is in my prayers with Brent being deployed. I see that you crochet and I am just getting ready to learn how to do this but thought this might be something you might want to do to help pass the time. http://sendingtroopsprayers.bravehost.com/ these are crocheted prayer cloths for the troops. I am a Blue Star Mother and our group is going to start making these to send to our troops. If you have any questions send me and email wesnshan@gmail.com. Praying for your family.

Sandy_in_MD said...

I am so glad that you've been able to talk to your hubby! Thanks for today's word art. I hope Tom is feeling better today.

Mary said...

Your word art is awesome. Thank you for sharing it. I love the photos of you today. My favorite one is of you standing by your hubands truck. Hard to believe that you have 5 children. :)


Brent said...

Good job on making the bed, Sweetie Pie! I think the bed stays neater now since there is no one to squirm all over now that I'm deployed! :)

So GLAD you all started my truck. I love that pic of you in front of it. My favorite person in front of my favorite thing! Nice layout & WA...I saved it...love you!

benziengirl said...

Thanks Bethany! I'll be praying for all of you! It must be so hard having your hubby deployed. My husband just turned in his resume to a company that sends people to work in war zones. Eeek! But after 8 months of unemployment, there aren't many options. Stay as sweet and positive as you are always!

deb said...

Awesome layouts and super word art! Thank you!