Monday, May 10, 2010

Back to the grind

Mother's Day is over. I can tell, because the kids are back to their old bickering selves.
For one reason or another, Sarah and Jason brought William to tears over his cereal this morning. Don't ask me why, because I have no idea.

Evie was awake by 7:15, but couldn't manage to get dressed & downstairs for her breakfast until 7:40. Once again, we were rushing into the van at 8:02 to get Evie and William dropped off at two different schools before 8:10. Thankfully we live in a small town and the schools are about a mile apart.

The one bright spot of our morning was when Sarah, first one up, came downstairs at 7 to announce that she'd used the potty. All by herself, with no prompting from anyone. Yay Sarah! Of course, she hasn't used it at all today since then, but the ball, as they say, is in Sarah's court on this one.

My Mother's Day was lovely. I slept in while Matt cooked breakfast for everyone, then flipped through some magazines & sipped some coffee. Matt took the family to church & I played hooky at home & enjoyed the silence! At nap time I tried to read but fell asleep (darn!) and then we ran a few errands & picked up take out from Olive Garden. My dreams of spending the afternoon reading on the deck were foiled by the 60 degree temperature and 15-20mph winds, but you can't have everything :)

It was a busy weekend. Friday evening after soccer practice and dinner, the kids had movie night and Matt and I went outside for my first motorcycle lesson :) I can now start it and turn it off, and go from neutral to first gear, and I actually let out the clutch and rolled forward! Of course, the first time I tried this the bike (and me) almost tipped over - thankfully Matt was there to help keep it and me upright. No more mishaps occurred though, and I'm anxious for my next lesson! (Yes, I am taking a safety class - in July - and yes, I will be very careful.) It's a lot to absorb, this learning of a new trick, and I'm glad I'll be able to practice before the class.

Saturday was filled with soccer in the morning, and then my afternoon was filled with volunteering at our PTO's 'bookfest' fundraiser. They really did an awesome job - used books were collected by donation for weeks leading up to this and then organized and sold for a fantastic bargain. There was a BBQ lunch, a raffle and live auction, moon bounces, face painting and more. It was a ton of work for the PTO and as a parent, I really appreciate all their effort!

So that was our weekend! I don't know if I've mentioned this here before, but I think Mondays are my favorite day of the week - after the craziness of the weekends with everyone home and busy with this and that, Mondays are just kind of 'chill' days for me and the little ones - Matt goes into the office (or on a trip, as is the case today) and the big two are in school, and it's just low key and quiet here. It's the one day of the week where I don't make any big plans :) And now I'm off to enjoy my last half hour of nap time before the big kids come home!


  1. I love Monday's, too. I dig routines. I also have done what you did for Mother's Day. This ywars Mother's Day was so great. Lot of rest time. Did have a sick you can't have everything.

  2. I like Mondays too. I mean, they're not my favorite, but they're not the worst either.
    It sounds like you had a great Mother's Day and I'm so happy you got a bike! :) I couldn't ride one, I'm not coordinated enough.
    Love the pics, as usual. :)

  3. I know what you mean about Mondays. I shouldn't have tried to fix the faucet. Thanks for dropping by.

  4. Mondays are a favorite of mine too. We don't have dance classes or soccer practices. We kind of just get back into the groove of the week. I like it. And mine are bickering today too. Sigh.

  5. Yay Sarah for using the potty! I know that just made your day despite all the craziness you had to contend with this morning.

    Sounds like Matt made your Mothers Day fantastic...he's a keeper! lol.

  6. At least yours took the day off from bickering for Mother's Day?? Mine didn't. AT.all. And hubby was out of town for my brother in law's bachelor party {what a great weekend for that}. AND I was down the entire day. :(

    But yes, Mondays for me are not that awful for me either. Kind of a break since Maddison goes back to school. Not as much bickering. :)

    And you go with the motorcycle! And yes, I'm sure you'll hear one meeelion times, be careful. :)

  7. I'm just happy there is only 3 weeks left until summer- for once, i am totally looking forward to it!! Of course, mid July, I am sure I'll be complaining and wanting school to start back up!!!


  8. I like Monday's too. It's my laundry/cleaning day and I just kick around in comfy clothes.

  9. At least you look or seem somewhat life on the otherhand is chaos. It's not just one's probably twenty. Satan always strikes when your hubbys know how that goes. Top that one I was rear-ended for the 3rd time in four months....I kid you not. It's enough to make a preacher cuss...I'm just sayin. I said a bad word to my boss at the radio station....and the funny thing is that I don't remember saying it. He told me later he knew I was mad. He said I made him laugh...but I was on the other hand crying. It's just crazy.

  10. Sounds like you had a lovely Mother's Day! Olive Garden take-out sounds yummy...makes me want some pasta. I love the pics of the kiddos!

    Hope you're having a great week!♥

  11. Jen! Get off the motorcycle. Back away slowly.
    Go read a book. Go take a nap. Go join the circus... anything but get on a motorcycle.

    Glad you had a nice M-Day.

  12. Yes, I agree - sometimes Mondays are wonderful! Although my house is such a wreck from the weekend that I think I like Tuesdays better :)

    I am jealous of your cool new ride!


  13. Glad you got a little peace and quiet on Sunday! And even if they are being little turkeys, your kids could NOT be cuter Jen.


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