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  • Tuesday, August 31, 2010

    It Was Wonderful...

    My summer vacation was wonderful while it lasted. Tomorrow, I go back to work, begrudgingly. Who can blame me? I was able to spend my summer with an amazing husband and our four beautiful children. I am going to miss them all so much. I'm also going to miss our jammie days.

    If I stop and think about all the things I'm going to miss out on while I'm at work, I just might bawl my eyes out. So I won't. And I'll try to wake up on time, whether I like it or not. My paycheck is what will keep this family alive, fed, and sheltered. That's how I have to think of it.

    I can't believe my wonderful summer is over. Parting is such sweet sorrow.

    Monday, August 30, 2010

    Two More Days...

    I only have today and tomorrow left of my summer vacation. I am so bummed about it. Schools are one of the worst work environments for office politics. I am not looking forward to it at all. You'd think that in the business of education where the most important clients are the children, people could just set aside their differences for the benefit of the whole. Well, it certainly doesn't happen in my school.

    I'm just going to go to work, do my job, and to hell with the rest. I don't want any part of the "he said, she said" crap. I just want to work with my students, do what I'm supposed to do, and stay in my own little corner of the school. I don't want the bullshit that comes with it.

    Please let this be a better school year. I know it's asking a lot, but I would really like to not feel insane by March.

    Sunday, August 29, 2010

    Gamera...

    This is Gamera. She's a turtle...specifically, a red-eared slider. She was Jack's classroom pet at school and we've been watching her all summer. We're going to have to say goodbye to her soon because school will be starting and she's going to have to go back to her classroom. Sadly, Jack will not be there with her, nor will he be at that same school. His teacher had let us take Gamera home so that Jack could have help transitioning out. I don't know if it helped or not, but we were glad to have her and the fond memories she brought for him. Livie may get to see her even though she won't be in Liv's classroom, but right next door.

    Gamera has become like family to us. We're going to miss her when she leaves. It was wonderful having her in our home. Thanks for the good times, Gamera. We will miss you.

    Saturday, August 28, 2010

    Pshaw...

    This was the best summer of my entire life. In four days, I will be back at work. Ugh. I'm really going to miss my babies...all of them (including my husband). Enough said.

    Friday, August 27, 2010

    Sagging...

    I hate the sight of saggy pants and it seems like all the teenage boys out there do it now. It may be the latest fashion statement or maybe it's just a sign that I'm old now. At any rate, I'll be seeing quite a bit of it when I go back to work next week. Ugh.

    Thursday, August 26, 2010

    Fresh Air...Finally!...

    Yesterday, we had the most beautiful weather. We were actually able to open up the windows in the house and turn off the AC; that hasn't happened since summer started! It was absolutely gorgeous outside.

    Today is supposed to be the same, before the rest of the week heats up again. Yay...just in time for me to go back to work next Wednesday. Sigh.

    I'm trying to enjoy these last few days I have of summer vacation. It seemed to be so short this year. Perhaps it's because I enjoyed it so much.

    Oh, well. I'm off to another beautiful day. Let's hope it's a good one.

    Wednesday, August 25, 2010

    R-E-S-P-E-C-T...

    Yesterday, I vowed to get out of the house for a little while...for myself. I hadn't driven my car in ten days because Hubby did all the driving on vacation, so I could tend to the kids. Plus, I'd been couped up with all of them for just as long. While I love my children immensely, I needed to get away for my own sanity. Target was calling my name, after all.

    I got there and did my shopping, taking my time. I was on my way to the cashier when a woman approached me. She looked like Aretha Franklin without teeth. She asked me if I could help her buy a pizza. Initially, I thought she needed me to get it out of the case for her because she couldn't reach it. At the worst, I thought that maybe she just couldn't read the labels. To my surprise, that is not what she wanted me to do at all.

    She actually wanted me to BUY the pizza for her. I laughed at her. It was my first reaction and it was appropriate for the situation. Here I am, with a cart full of stuff for my babies and a few things for the older two, enjoying my only time away from them in ten days and this woman has the nerve to ask me to BUY her a frozen pizza! I asked her point blank what teeth she intended to eat this pizza with. Call me cruel; tell me Karma is going to come back to haunt me; accuse me of being a racist. I don't care. I was not cruel; Karma has already fucked with this lady (I mean, LOOK at her); I would've said the same thing to a white hillbilly crackhead. Panhandling in a Target is just not appropriate. This woman was not starving; she was a con-artist looking for a sucker.

    I reported it to the cashier and the security guard. And I marched my happy ass out of that store, unable to contain my laughter and my disdain for the whole situation. I drove my beautiful Honda Pilot to my amazing home and hugged my kids for reminding me of the innocence I come home to every time I leave the house, no matter how much they drive me crazy, at times. Karma has, indeed, paid me back for the good things I've done in my life.

    And that woman? Yeah, she can go suck it. Seriously, panhandling in a Target?! Is this the new place for beggars? Honestly. I am appalled...so appalled I'm laughing my ass off right now. She's lucky I didn't belt out "R-E-S-P-E-C-T" at the top of my lungs. And I can sing it. Heh.

    Tuesday, August 24, 2010

    My Ballerinas...

    Liesl, Leia, and Liv were all wearing identical bathing suits at the waterpark the other day. You can't really see their tutus, but they all looked adorable. Oh, how I love my girls!

    Monday, August 23, 2010

    Back...

    We are back from our vacation now. Exhausted is an understatement. Let's just say that THIS is my vacation from my vacation.

    I go back to work next Wednesday, so I'm starting my REAL vacation in 3...2...1!

    It's nice to get away, but it's always nice to come back home.

    Monday, August 16, 2010

    Time For A Little R & R...

    We're all packed and ready to go on vacation. Jack and Liv are ready. Let's just see if Liesl and Leia are up to it. If their colds are still pretty bad, we'll just leave tomorrow. If I don't post anything tomorrow, you know we left without a hitch. Fingers crossed.
    See ya in a week!

    Sunday, August 15, 2010

    With Any Luck...

    With any luck, tomorrow morning we'll be going on vacation again. Liesl and Leia caught Jack's cold, so they've been punky lately. Leia has it the worst, though. She is not a happy camper and does not like being sick. Liesl just rolls with the punches; being sick doesn't bother her too much.

    I'm hoping the five-hour plus ride isn't something we regret. Hopefully, the girls will feel better in the morning and with the help of the booger sucker and some Motrin, we can make our way up to the Northwoods again.

    Cross your fingers that our trip is a great one.

    Saturday, August 14, 2010

    Fun In The Sun...

    Jack, Liv, and I have spent sooooooo much time in our pool this summer.
    It's been the best summer of my entire life!

    Friday, August 13, 2010

    It's Always Going To Be Something, Right?...

    Jack is officially over having these mysterious fevers lately, but now he has a raging cold. Unfortunately, now Liesl has those fevers. And Leia has been very cranky, so I'm sure it's just a matter of time before she gets it, too. Gah! And Liv was sick last week, puking in the middle of the night and/or having dry heaves. WTF?!

    I guess it's good that the kids are getting a head start on being sick before school starts. I'm sure they'll be bringing home LOTS of wonderful germs from school every day anyway. Just think, last year shortly after Jack and Liv had started preschool, the babies were born. By the time Liesl and Leia were a month old, they'd already gotten their first cold and it was really, really bad because they'd only been home from the NICU for two weeks before they got sick! At least I don't have to go through that again this year.

    Preschool and Kindergarten germs are not going to be any fun, but it'll happen every year the kids start school, regardless of what grade they're in. Plus, I'm a teacher, so I'm sure I bring home lots of germs, too. Fun times, I tell ya. At least if the kids are sick now, maybe they won't get as sick later...?

    So, next week we'll be away on vacation and I'm hoping the kids are not sick. It won't be fun being in the car for hours with a bunch of sick kids. If Jack's mystery fever lasted for four days, followed by a cold with bad congestion and coughing, perhaps it'll be the same for Liesl? Oh, yeah...this is going to be a LOT of fun. (*insert sarcasm here*)

    Just waiting for the other shoe to drop. Sigh.

    Thursday, August 12, 2010

    Could This Be The End?...

    Yesterday, Jack was fever-free all day long. By 6pm, though, he was ready to crash. I thought for sure another fever was coming on. I gave him some Motrin and he was asleep in bed by 6:30pm. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that he's done with these fevers. He's had no other symptoms but fevers; no coughing, no puking, barely any congestion, no rashes or bug bites.

    He was hoarse by the end of last night because he'd been singing and yelling a lot. And the more hoarse he would get, the more he liked the sound of his own voice. So, he kept talking and talking and talking. Kids are funny sometimes. They like when their voices sound different.

    So, no fever at all yesterday, but he was exhausted and I could tell by looking at his eyes that he needed some down time. We stayed inside all day and just watched movies, ate popcorn, and vegged out as much as possible. He'd get tired and then would get a second wind; this went on all day. Jack is smart, though. He knows when to just relax and lie down; no one has to tell him to do it because he knows when he needs to rest.

    Hopefully, this is then end of this weird virus. It has taken so much of his energy.

    Wednesday, August 11, 2010

    Out Of Sorts...

    I wrote about Jack's battles with fevers yesterday. He's had a fever on and off since Sunday morning. I called our pediatrician yesterday because Jack had another fever in the late afternoon after not having one all day. The doc said that if he's still running a fever by Friday, I should bring him in to get checked out.

    Jack was fine all day yesterday, until 3:30pm. It's a good thing he takes Tylenol and Motrin without a fuss. The fever responds to the meds, but I still don't know what's causing the fever. The meds are just to keep him comfortable. He's not complaining at all about any pain or aches. He just gets completely wiped out and collapses from exhaustion because of the fever. I wish I knew why he's getting them.

    It's probably just a virus, but it's not a nice one. He's not vomiting, doesn't have diarrhea, has no rashes or bug bites. I don't get it. I'm hoping this passes in the next day or so. I hate to see him so out of sorts.

    Tuesday, August 10, 2010

    Hot...

    Jack's been having fevers on and off since Sunday. Yesterday morning at 4:45am, his temp was 102.6 degrees, which is pretty high to me. No rashes, no puking, no bug bites, no overexposure to the sun. Nothing. Just fevers and a little bit of congestion.

    I'd battled it all day Sunday and Monday by alternating Tylenol and Motrin. It seemed to work, but as soon as it would wear off, his temp would spike again. WTF?! He's eating and drinking just fine, which is a great thing. And he even takes naps when he needs to! Imagine that!

    I'm hoping today is a better day for him. Keep your fingers crossed.

    Monday, August 09, 2010

    Today's Agenda...

    I'm going to take Jack and Livie to Jack's new school to officially transfer him into there today. All of his paperwork is ready to go. In fact, I went there last Thursday to transfer him and no one was at the new school, even though I'd called the day before and was told they'd be there. It was frustrating, to say the least.

    So, I'm going to get there at 9am today and get it done. Hopefully, it'll be successful this time. Jack does NOT want to go there; Livie desperately wants to see where he'll be going because she's sad he won't be going to their school anymore. Even though I told her it's only for Kindergarten, she's still sad about it. I'm sure she'll get over it once she sees her school friends again. I don't like the idea of him switching schools, either, but it's in his best interest. He needs a self-contained Kindergarten program, which his current school did not have. Once he gets into first grade, he can go back to his old school because they'll have the program he'll need then.

    Just going through the motions before vacation next week...tying up loose ends...getting shit done around here. It's a typical day, really.

    Sunday, August 08, 2010

    What Comes Naturally...

    There's a lot to do this week. Next weekend, we leave for vacation again, so I'm pressed for time on some stuff. If I think about how much I need to do, I'll get overwhelmed. So, I'm going to do what I do best.

    I'm making lists and tackling everything one at a time. It's the only way, really. Do you make lists? I find it helpful.

    Now, where's my paper? Oh, wait...Livie must have it. Heh.

    Saturday, August 07, 2010

    Some Days Are Like That...

    I absolutely could NOT wait to get the kids to bed yesterday. Some days are like that; it's inevitable with four children. The older two were going bananas from 2pm until just before bedtime. The twins were fine, but Leia was fussing like mad. She's like that. It seemed as if every time I turned around, Jack was yelling and crabbing about something, Liv was being way too loud and mouthy, and the babies were taking turns shitting out of their outfits throughout the day.

    At 5:30pm, the babies had baths and the two older ones had showers afterward. I had never looked forward to bedtime so much this summer. By 6:30pm, Jack was asleep in bed and Leia went into her crib for the night, as usual. At 7pm, Liv was in bed, fast asleep and Liesl fell asleep in our spare room. She usually takes a short nap in the evening before she goes into her crib for the night at 9:30pm. Sometimes, if I'm lucky, Liesl will just fall asleep for the night in the spare room and I'll bring her to her crib when I go to bed later.

    Whatever. These kids wore my ass out and made me feel old yesterday. Hubby doesn't think it was that bad, but I know better. We don't have too many days like this. They aren't usually so...on. I'm glad today's a new day. We're going to hang out at my Mom's and plenty of adults will be on hand to wear my kids out. That's a great thing!

    Friday, August 06, 2010

    Just Thinking...

    I believe it. I really do.

    Thursday, August 05, 2010

    Disturbing...

    I am on Facebook and there is one thing I see a lot of that totally disgusts me. There are so many people who take pictures of themselves in the bathroom and post it as their profile picture. I don't mean that they're actually on the toilet in the picture. They're posing in the mirror when they snap the photo. It's so...stupid.

    How hard is it to have someone take a picture of you? Why must all these people take pictures in the bathroom? It's just dumb...and gross. Would it kill them to have someone else take a BETTER picture of them, with an actual camera and not a phone?

    Think, people, think! I'm so sick of seeing bathroom tile, shower curtains, and mildew in the background of profile pics. Ack!

    Wednesday, August 04, 2010

    Stopping To Smell The Ro...,I Mean, Babies...

    Okay, so I didn't get my office closet done yesterday. I was busy. (No! Ya think?) I had Liesl and Leia all to myself yesterday morning while the kids were at camp and Hubby was golfing with his Dad. It was wonderful to be able to spend time with my two littlest ones all alone. We had the best time. Liesl and Leia are 10 months old today. I've been enjoying every moment with them because babyhood just doesn't last long enough.

    I was able to have some much needed one-on-one time with Leia before Liesl woke up. Then it was naptime for Leia, so I got to spend quality one-on-one time with Liesl. And then everyone came home, the house was noisy and busy again, and I got nothing done at all with regard to the purging of household clutter.

    It wasn't uneventful, though. Liesl showed us her new trick yesterday evening. She flipped her Boppy bouncer seat over forward while leaning over to get a toy that was out of reach. She wound up landing on her back, not her face, because she'd twisted her body around while still strapped in. That girl is an acrobat! She wasn't hurt; she was more pissed off that she couldn't get to her toy. So, we've put a 15-pound barbell on the bottom of it, behind her, weighing the Boppy bouncer seat down so she can't flip it again.

    There is never a dull moment around here, I swear.

    Tuesday, August 03, 2010

    On A Roll...

    What I thought would take me a couple weeks to do is actually taking less time than I thought it would. Yes, I'm purging again. And it feels soooooo good! I honestly didn't think I'd be able to tackle my office closet until next week, but I'm going to start (and maybe finish) it today.

    I was able to get so much done yesterday. I can't believe how much I accomplished! It makes me want to keep doing it until there is nothing left but the basics. Oh, who am I kidding! I'm still a packrat at heart. I'll keep collecting until I have to purge again, right?

    Well, onto the office closet now. Garbage men will be here in a little while and our cans are packed as it is. Once they empty our garbage cans, I'll be filling them up again. Heh. It's just so liberating!

    Monday, August 02, 2010

    I'm A Packrat...

    We have two more weeks until we go on vacation again and the kids have one more week of summer camp left. That can only mean one thing.

    Serious home organization must get done in the next two weeks. It's not going to be easy or pretty, but it has to happen. We've already rearranged our office to make room for a kickass train table my brother got Jack. Liv's babies and stuff are moving into the dining room in their own area, separate from Jack. Now we have to clean out the office closet...again. It's the catch-all for everything we don't want to look at, really. Now, it's gotta be purged. I do it twice a year and this is the second time this year I'll be doing it. It will make it much easier when we move our bedroom into the office and all the girls into our current bedroom, giving Jack his own room. The room switching won't happen for another year, maybe, but I want to be prepared. I may just wind up making the office closet my closet now, especially since all of our clothes will be in there eventually, anyway.

    No matter how I look at it, I've got quite a lot to do in the next two weeks. It's overwhelming if I think about it too long, so I'm just going to jump in and go nuts. Whatever. It is what it is, right? If I weren't such a packrat, I wouldn't have to do all this purging all the time. Yeesh. It's not like I want to be a packrat. I long to be a minimalist; I just can't seem to part with stuff sometimes and then it overtakes me. I get that from my Dad. (Sorry, Dad! Your secret is out.) Once it's all done, I can sit back and relax for a week or two until I have to start work again in September. I'd feel better going back knowing that what I needed to get done got done.

    I guess I should just go ahead and start my projects right now, while I have the energy. It's going to be a long two weeks, folks. Sigh.

    Sunday, August 01, 2010

    Already? Seriously?...

    Please don't tell me it's really August already. I don't want to think about it. I go back to work in one month. ONE MONTH! It seems as if time has flown by extra fast this summer. Maybe because it's been the best summer of my life, so far.

    Shit. Is it really August? Please wake me up. I don't ever want this summer to end.

    Sigh.