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So Frustrating, But I Had to Laugh

It’s been a really long and frustrating afternoon/evening of cranky kids and soccer practices. I really got worked up into a mess of tense anticipation over what the next unfocused antic was going to be. I thought I was going to snap, so I packed up my chair, the snacks, the toys and all the [...]

A Few Words For the Ladies

The other night I was with a group of great ladies and we were chit chatting about life.  We got on the subject of organizing our houses and how we like things done and how our husbands are often times clueless about where things go or how we like things put away, folded, organized, etc. [...]

Mommy of Many Morning Short-A Gabi-ism

Oh the things that come out of this girly’s mouth! I caught her with a bunch of the older girl’s stuff and among it was a pouch of money. Me-Gabi!  You can not take the girl’s stuff and you CAN NOT take other people’s money!  Why do you do that?! Gabi-Because I’m 4 years old [...]

A Forgetful, Yet Funny Story

Have you ever done something and immediately thought of what the consequences might be? Last night I took Arianna shopping for some school clothes. While she headed into Old Navy to try things on, I decided to take a few minutes and go into Marshalls to look for some shoes for myself. I wasn’t carrying [...]

Frustration!

I am writing out of sheer frustration right now! I’ve spent ALL DAY on the next show and every time I think I’m done there’s an issue. AHHHHHHHH! Show coming soon! M.O.M.~

Washing Machine Woes-The Final Chapter

Ah, the washing machine. Such a handy tool. Such a relied upon piece of equipment. Well, I can finally say that the adventure that me and mine went on has finally come to an end. It’s a story that involved many characters and while most washing machines and their owners take only short adventures, lasting [...]

The Year That’s Moving Too Quickly

Last night was our first OSC (Officer’s Spouse Club) meeting of the year. We sat with our calendars and mapped out all the events and meetings for the rest of this calendar year. I am usually really good about all the planning ahead that life takes, but lately I feel like I’m standing on the [...]

A Tale to Share

Today’s Tale started two days ago and goes something like this; So the washing machine guy finally showed up (again we are 1 day shy of a week) and let me know (nicely enough) that it will likely be Monday before the parts are in and the labor can be done. He also let me [...]

Dryer Drama

Recently, I had an issue with my clothes dryer. I went to pull a load out and it was still damp. So, I put a little more time on it and restarted it. When it finished and I went back, the clothes were, again, still damp. I checked the lint trap. I checked the hose [...]

Motherhood is Full of Sh*t

*Gasp*! “Jen that is not very nice!” You are right! It’s not very nice, but it’s 100% true. The thought came to me (and not for the first time) yesterday when I was holding Luke-Xavier, ankles and wrists, like a prized pig and running for the bathtub. I was forced to realize that too many [...]

Avoiding The End-of-the-Day Overload

I felt particularly challenged this afternoon! I could feel myself getting snappy and short with the kids (because they were snappy and short with me) and decided I better do something about it, before we ended up in a shouting match. So, I thought of my options and knew I didn’t have to make a [...]

Rec. Center Issues

There is a rec. center in our housing area that is set up for the community to use and enjoy. Unfortunately it is not managed very well and it has become a hang-out for kids from all over the area (not just in our housing). We have lived here for 8 years and for a [...]

My Head is Full of So Many Things!

There are so many topics running through my head! Everything from being so grateful for wonderful people in our lives to wondering if my girls should attend a funeral at their school on Wednesday. I guess I’ll just jump in with both feet and see where I land. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ This weekend, we were fortunate enough [...]

Tip of the Day (and a question)

Using sidewalk chalk in the bath/shower may seem like a good idea when your children are house-bound (2 days of “heavy” rain in So. Cal.) But……………..it’s NOT! While the kids did enjoy writing on the shower walls, it took me over an hour to get the area pictured below, clean. Geesh! The only positive thing [...]

Learning Lessons #5

As I go through each day, giving out instructions and requests, I’ve realized that kids have to be told every detail of the task they are asked to perform. You can’t just say to an 8 year old, “go take a shower”. Instead, it’s necessary to say, “Go take a shower. Take all of your [...]