June 07, 2014

Confessions of a Real Housewife of Marion County

(WARNING: That was just a more interesting title for "this is pure randomness.")


  • My kids eat cereal and pop tarts for breakfast virtually every morning.  I am not exaggerating.  Thaaaat's right, I pump them full of sugar and all kinds of bad things to start the day...well...because it's fast, easy, and they can get it themselves while I am finishing up getting ready for the day.  I am THAT mom.
  • We are attempting to eat less sugar in our house.  Some days are better than others.  We'll leave it at that. (See above comment!)
  • My really-cute-$7-from-Wal-Mart-online-that-from-a-distance-almost-look-like-Toms-shoes shoes don't do well in the rain.  My feet were soaked!
  • I love that Aldi has so many organic products now.  Even the kids enjoy shopping there!
  • Summer's finally here!  And, now it finally feels like spring.
  • Ethan calls Angel Food Cake "Angel Fruit Cake."  It cracks me up every time!
  • I could sit and eat cookie dough all day.  I don't even care about the raw eggs.
  • Sherlock.  Genius.  Amazing acting.  Amazing writing.  I need more episodes.
  • We watched the movie Jobs today.  It's a "biopic" of the life of Steven Jobs.  I am still confused as to why they made the movie.  Did they want us to dislike him because he was a jerk to pretty much everyone he ever met?  Did they want us to be amazed at his change toward the end (even though they left us with huge questions that, in my mind, made that impossible?  What was the point?  Ashton Kutcher did a great job in the film, but the movie seemed a little pointless to me.
  • VBS was a blast!  It was so fun going in a different disguise each night.  It's going to be weird to go to church tomorrow and not be in a costume!  ;)
  • I actually had to wash dishes by hand this week because we had used every fork, every bowl, every plate, and almost every cup and they wouldn't all fit into the dishwasher.  Yeah, I was that lazy this week.  But, hey, it was tennis camp and VBS week, plus there were even some days that were great pool days.  OK, the real issue is, I just don't like doing all the housekeeping things.  Still working on a schedule so I can get better at that.  Still failing at getting that schedule together so I can get better at that. 
  • I finally got most of the laundry done...well...washed and folded...I still have four loads of it to put away.  I hate that part.  Ugh!  Living out of laundry baskets is perfectly acceptable, right?  That way if my kids end up doing something that requires a lot of traveling, they'll practically be used to living out of a suitcase already!  ;)
  • S'mores would be so good right now!
  • I love going to the pool with two children able to play on their own.  I love that I don't have to follow them around.  I love that they will play together or with other children and I can relax and just watch them from a comfy chair or even read a book.  It really is a blessing!
  • The West Wing.  I love it.  I could seriously watch it all day everyday.  Kevin and I have watched all 7 seasons at least 10 times.  I do not exaggerate.  I know.  We need help.
  • I really enjoy Breakout Kings. We found this series o Netflix and have really enjoyed watching it.  But, I have to be honest, the main reason I watch it is the character of Lloyd Lowery, played by Jimmi Simpson.  He amazes me!  The character is written and acted so well I just can't stop watching.
  • In fact, a lot of shows I watch, I watch because of just one or two characters.  Alphas is another show like that.  I watch the whole show for the autistic character.  He is so well done! (Not to mention the fact that the theme song is awesome.  It's my ringtone for Kevin.  Lots of electric guitar!  Listen to it HERE!)
  • I totally just started the dryer again with clothes for church tomorrow because they were wrinkled...and I hate ironing...so I'm letting the dryer take care of that.  Again I say, I am THAT mom!
  • Prison Break season 2 may be the most well written piece of television in quite a while.
  • I love clothes. If we were wealthy most of my money would be blown on clothes that I would probably never need and never wear.  Probably a good thing we aren't wealthy (at least by American standards.)
  • How is it already like halfway through June?!?!?!
  • I've been reading some books so far this summer to see if they are OK to let Sophie read them on her own.  So far, they aren't bad, but nothing spectacular.  Thankful for the fun classics that we've been able to read together so far.  
  • I think I have become the bag lady.  There are so many bags in my van...one bag for Sunday morning, one bag for Wednesday nights, and one bag for drama.  They stay in the van most of the time so that I don't forget to take them to church when I need them (because, yes, I am that forgetful), so now I look like a traveling bag lady.
  • We were able to take Jamarqus with us for a couple days of VBS this week.  It was so fun to listen to all three kids laughing and talking and singing together in the back seat.  It warmed my heart to see that my kids were genuinely sad the days that he couldn't come with us.  He really has become a little part of our family, even if it's just one day a week.
  • I am so excited to get to read to the kiddos next week at story time over at the Centerville St. apartments. We are reading The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe and I love doing the accents!  I am almost giddy!!!!
  • When I get sent a big group Facebook message I can never bring myself to leave the conversation, even when I want to, because I know the sender can see who has left and I don't want to hurt their feelings.
  • I like still like totally have like VBS songs like totally running  like through my head, like totally. (If you were at CBC's VBS, you'll think that's funny...I think.)
  • Sunday mornings are usually disasters for us.  It's the only morning each week that I have to wake up my kids.  And, y'all, my kids are monsters when they don't wake up on their own.  And, even during the week, my kids (regardless of what time they wake up) are not ready to eat breakfast until about 9:00 or 9:30 a.m.  Yep, that's right.  That's right as Sunday School starts.  Oh, Sundays!  We've tried a lot of different things: get everything ready the night before, have a special breakfast, take breakfast to church, etc.  So far, nothing is working.  I think the next step is to just not go to SS and not go to church until time for the worship service.  I would do this in hopes that they could sleep a little longer and have breakfast at a later time.  Hopefully this will allow them to focus better and get more out of church.  This is a last resort and I am really hoping to not do that until summer is over and Family Quest has started back up.  This way it they won't be missing out on as much.  They'll be getting Bible time on their level at home with family devotions and Bible during school, and they'll be getting Bible time with others at Afterschool Adventures and Family Quest, so missing out on SS won't really be as big of a deal then as it is in the summer.  But, we're still praying about just what it is we need to do so that our kids can really be focused and learn as much as possible on Sunday mornings.  Any suggestions would be much appreciated!
  • Did I mention that eating less sugar is hard?  It's in everything!  And it tastes so good.  
  • Can't wait to spend time with the family at our annual Hazelwood 4th of July campout.  It's gonna be lots of fun!!!!
  • I really loved the movie Mother's Day Out.  I laughed so hard!  It was well written, well acted, and just well done. Made me really miss acting.  I love being part of something that can move someone from laughter to tears to frustration to anger back to laughter, etc.  I am so thankful that I get to act, even in small ways, here and there with church.  It really does my heart good!
  • Why is it that the shows Kevin and I end up really liking only last for one or two seasons? (The West Wing and Prison Break being the exception.) 
  • I had one other really funny thing that I was wanting to write...but alas, it's gone.  I have no idea what it was.  

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