Tuesday, September 17, 2013


Baby Girl and I had no plans today while the boys went to preschool this morning.  But then something happened...

Before becoming a mom I always wondered what stay at home moms did all day.  Now I am one and I still don't know what I did five minutes ago.  Some people think I play all day.  Some people think I watch soaps and eat bon bons all day.  My husband knows I TRY to get a few chores done each day.  Some working moms have said to me how nice it is to run errands and shop when I want to.  Ha!  Errand running and shopping aren't very enjoyable with three kids in tow.  But to everyone's defense, no one knows anyone elses circumstances until they've walked in those very shoes, so individuals will probably continue to think what they will about what stay at home moms really do all day.  

So that something that happened falls right in line with what some people think I might do all day.  I   went   shopping.  I'm not even a huge shopper!  But tops for fall were beckoning me and they were all great deals.  Baby Girl slept and we'd already been to the grocery store.  Maybe I should have gone home and folded laundry, cleaned up the playroom, prepped for tonight's meeting, and started dinner, but instead I lost track of time browsing and trying on clothes (what?!?!).  Come 11:30 I raced to the car and as calmly as any mom on too much coffee and not enough breakfast can, drove to pick up the boys from preschool, only to realize my gas light was practically screaming at me that I had ZERO miles to empty.  Ah, shame on me for unnecessarily spending money and now running late!!!  Yes, the boys were the last to be picked up (tsk tsk) but in my defense I was still within the five minute pick up window...whew!  And I do really like my new finds, which means my next chore is purging the old to make room for the new.
image from www.shop-a-holic.org
On the drive home in between asking the boys about their day, my shopping guilt was really eating at me.  Seriously?!?!  But then within minutes of walking in the door, Garrett was crying because he'd mashed his fingers in the bathroom door.  Gavin was stealing a toy from his brother (even though there's two of the same damn thing).  Katharine woke up to be fed.  While doing diaper duty I hear an "uh oh" from outside where the boys are eating lunch.  I return to the deck to find corn everywhere.  Just as I sit to nurse our littlest, both boys announce they have to poop...  Are you catching my drift?  This is how the rest of my day will look and that's when I let my guilt go out the window.  Those 2 hours of complete un-rushed quiet time to actually spend on me was
p   r   i   c   e   l   e   s   s.  

Joe once wisely told me that if cheap retail therapy kept me sane it was fine by him because it was less expensive than a babysitter! But no worries, babe, shopping while the boys are in school will not become a new habit...

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Preschool Newbies

We made it out the door smoothly, hair combed, new shoes on, bags packed, and on time to their new preschool.  That bold and italicized word should jump off the page just so it's on record that it actually happened at least once for this family.

They'll be with their teacher and 5 other classmates twice a week for three hours.  They're in the same class.  They are so ready for this.

Yesterday I texted my friend that I had the most annoying boys on the planet (ugh, the competition, the fighting!).  And then today while driving home after school drop off I noticed the huge dump trucks, pavers, rollers, and police cars doing work on the road and immediately thought how much the boys would like to watch the action.  But my car was quiet (thank you, sleeping baby).  No fighting.  No demands for songs.  No kicks on the seat.  

Damn, it really does go by so fast.  Preschool today, college tomorrow.  See, there really was a good reason for that lump in my throat this morning as I turned back to see them watching me walk away down the hallway...the one picture that's in my mind and not on my camera.  Their sweet big boy faces knowing they'll have a great time in their new class, but also that unsureness of what school is all about.  I can't wait to hear the stories today over our pizza lunch and playground date.

And me, I just caught up on a little blogging, finished a phone conversation, enjoyed some peace and quiet and coffee, got dinner started, and iced the cake for girls' night tonight.  Preschool is going to rock.

Fall is in the air, which means football is on TV...all the time

It's football time and there's no escaping it.  I'm clueless when it comes to the sport with the exception of how to enjoy a tailgate.  But I do know enough to have the boys ready in their daddy's favorite team shirts and allow all of us to enjoy a 'picnic dinner' in front of the TV for the season opener of Monday Night Football...enter Redskins vs. Eagles.  Even Katharine got on board with some team spirit!

2 months old!!!
Even if they did call Vick 'the old guy senior player' on the field (which also means I'm old since we were at Tech at the same time), it was all smiles for a Philly win in our house last night!

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