May 17, 2016

Busy Little Beavers

Tonight we're having our quarterly "Come to Jesus" meeting about chores and things, on account of people being lazy slobs. Apparently, unloading the dishwasher causes actual physical pain.. and don't even get my started on the book bag, after school nonsense. (All my life, I never dropped my crap right in front of the front door. NEVER IN MY LIFE.) We have a few other items to discuss in our family business meeting as well. These include:

  • brushing your damn teeth
  • making your damn beds
  • possible summer projects (What people WANT to do, versus what I'll allow)
  • doing your chores
  • lying about doing your chores
I'm sure there will be more items added as the day goes on. After all, I can't remember everything. (I have MS) 

Meanwhile, "I have MS" has become an inside joke around here. Forgot to make dinner? Sorry... I have MS. You telephoned? Sorry... I have MS. Friends want to come inside? Can't... mom has MS. It's just the most useful phrase in the history of my life. And I know that I probably use it too much, except that it really and truly is the answer to a LOT of things, especially these days. I am having huge issues with my short term memory these days. HUGE ISSUES. Basically, I don't remember anything beyond the fact that I was supposed to remember something. I write down everything, and plug a lot of things into my calendar. If it's not on my calendar, you can be sure that I won't recall whatever it is I'm supposed to do. This is all fine and dandy, it's just a nuisance to have to take notes all the time. 

I've also acquired a few more hair clients. A gal up the street from me has been doing hair for a lot of people here in Los Alamos, but she MOVED! To an entirely different state! And she asked me if I wanted her clients, and I said yes, so I've been booking a lot of services. It's a pretty sweet deal. Not sweet is the beauty supply being an hour away, especially because I don't have a ton of color on hand. (I mean, I have color, but not exactly the colors I need.) So if I need a particular hair color, I have to drive down to get it. And yes, I could order it online, but I like to see the colors in person. Plus, I love the beauty supply. I could spend all day in there. 

I'm also in the midst of planning our Summer Day Camps. I have so many fun ideas that I need to narrow it down, figure out the timing of the activities, and also get all the items I need for that particular week. And I need to collect some things, instead of tossing them out. For example, gallon milk cartons. I need some to make helmets... for knights. And I need 2 liter soda bottles to make some terrariums. I'm kinda big on re-purposing things, so it will be fun to see what I eventually come up with! 

Ooh! And LAST week, I pulled ALL THE WEEDS from our garden area. My backyard is split right in half, and WAS a garden area once upon a time. But it was overgrown with weeds, and there was nasty old mulch everywhere. As I was pulling weeds, I noticed that in the mulch was. . . TERMITES! So many termites, so much mulch. It was pretty dang gross. So I decided that we don't need this disgusting old mulch, and I raked it all up and bagged it, along with my weeds. The birds were pretty happy with me, because they got to eat a whole lot of bugs. 

I've also got my seeds started. They're in the house, in the window, sprouting away. I think in another week or so, I'll be able to transfer them to the ground. This Saturday we're going to till up the garden area and place some stakes and chicken wire around to keep out our bunny friends. 

This is also our last FULL WEEK of school. The kids have field trips just about every day this week, which is super duper exciting. Next week, we have half days every day. There are award breakfasts, and 6th grade graduations, and ALL THAT JAZZ. Life is so exciting. 

May 10, 2016

Mayday

I feel as if my life is a series of checklists these days.

Taylor. Lion King. CHECK!

Daniel. New glasses. CHECK!

Blayne. Eyeglasses repaired. CHECK!

Thaddeus. Scout Camp registration. CHECK!

Thaddeus. Pioneer Trek 2016 prep. CHECK!

Daniel. Cub Scout Day Camp registration. CHECK!

Daniel. Football Registration. CHECK!

And on and on and on it goes. Thankfully, school is winding to a close, so some of the crazy will be alleviated. I don't volunteer at the school or anything, and it is CRAZY how often we have school related things to do. This very morning we have the end-of-year music concert, which means Thaddeus, Blayne, and Daniel have to be at school an hour early for warm-up and such. Which means I have to have all the lunches prepared earlier than normal. Luckily, I woke up at 5am. (Not on purpose, mind you. It just happened.)

At any rate, we are on the go, all the time, and it is mostly fun.

Daniel had a birthday last week. He is TEN YEARS OLD! This kid, man, he is great. His birthday gift was FOOTBALL! Danny's been asking for years to play on a football team. He is finally getting his wish, because he is registered to play AND he got football cleats AND he got a mouth guard. It's pretty sweet. We all went in to town to get him his new cleats (sidenote: Daniel shoe size is a MENS SIZE 7), and then we went out to dinner... at a real, sit-down restaurant, with a real, actual waiter! It was pretty great. And Daniel got a huge slice of chocolate cake with a giant scoop of ice cream because it was his birthday. He felt pretty special. And because he is in his tenth year, he will be headed to Arizona this summer for COUSIN CAMP 2016! He's going to have all sorts of fun with his cousin Megan.

Meanwhile, a gal in our ward, who just moved out of state, had a LOT hair clients, and she has referred them all to me! So I'm keeping busy with lots of new people and lots of new hair styles, and it is lots and lots of fun.

But the time is now 6am, and I hear people starting to stir, which means I'm up to bat. Hopefully, I can find time to blog more often. I miss it!

Oh, AND if you were interested in my summer camps, there's still room left! We have 8 weeks of super fun activities planned, and we would love to have your little camper join us! Check it out here, Neighborhood Day Camp, I'm sure we'll have something your person would love to do!