March 27, 2017

March Madness

I can't believe March is almost over! I know I've said it a million times, but life is just flying by!

For starters, Troy and I have been married for FIFTEEN YEARS. And as promised, we are in the midst of planning and prepping for our ultimate Disney Adventure! In fact, I double checked the school calendar for next year, and because of "fall break", my kids would only miss 4 days of school, AND we could potentially extend our vacation a day or two. It's going to be super fun, no matter what! And the whole Ellsworth side of the family is joining us, because my parents will be celebrating 40 years of marriage. Sarah and Jeremy will be married 20 years, come September, and my brother has been married for 15 years. It's going to be so much fun! And my kids are in hard core "Save All The Money" mode. I told them I would buy mouse ears, and food, and that's IT.

Meanwhile, it's spring break here in Los Alamos. It also snowed a few days ago, so, you know, #mountaintoplife. This week we will be deep cleaning one room each day. Except our house is small, so it will only take us 3 days. Less if we can work together without fighting! I told the kids that we would work for a solid hour every day.... I should have just told them I was going to rip out their fingernails, because I'm sure they would have protested less. It never fails to amaze me, the degree of laziness that we achieve.

Ooh! And BIG NEWS ALERT! I got a job! A real! Actual! Full-time! Gig!

Sadly, this means I could not continue to teach my preschool boys. *sniff* They were my favorite! Unfortunately, BECAUSE I have so many health problems, and BECAUSE I met the yearly deductible on January 28, I kind of needed to have a secondary insurance.

And I know what you're thinking! "But Caroline! Won't that be too much for you to handle? Can you even work that long every day?!" And typically, you would be correct.

However.

I am working at the middle school, as an Instructional Aide, in the Living Skills classroom. It's pretty much the most perfect job in the world for me.

  1. Some of the kids are medically fragile. They are all vaccinated. If they have even a whisper of an illness, their parents keep them home. 
  2. There are 7 students, and 5 adults. Everybody helps everybody.
  3. When we venture out into the wilds of the middle school classrooms, we are totally modified. I get to sit next to my student, and help them read, or understand what we're doing. And while we're doing this? I get to sit. So I'm walking more (Yay muscle memory!), but I also get to rest, which is glorious. 
  4. We have a private bathroom, that is cleaned 5 or six times a day. Lysol wipes and Clorox bleach after every use. MAGICAL. 
  5. The kids are so nice! And the parents are so nice too! 
  6. I have the same hours as my kiddos. We leave at the same time, and we get home at the same time. 
In all honestly, it's exactly the job I needed. I really do love it. And it makes me a better human being to be around. I'm just nicer and more productive when I'm working. I think it's because I establish deadlines. Before, if the house was messy, it was okay, because I'll take care of it later. That's what I was always telling myself, "Later. Later. Later." Except that later never came, because I can do it later. Now, I just do whatever I'm supposed to be doing, because later, I'm busy. 

Also, now that I'm working full time, my family is more willing to do their household responsibilities without complaint. Hey! We ALL had a busy day. We're all tired. Now shut up and work! (Except nicer. Usually.) 

At any rate, it's been a really good change for me. We WILL be doing some more summer camps this year. But I think we'll not do quite as many. This summer, we have scout camp, and girls camp, and cousin camp, and I feel like I'm missing something, but I can't remember. I need to sit down at the table and go through the mountain of paperwork my kids bring home from church and school. (It's ridiculous.) 

Oh! And I taught Relief Society yesterday. I think it went alright, but I only got half-way through the lesson! There's always SO MUCH to learn and discuss. My lesson was based on Elder Renlund's October 2016 conference talk titled: Repentance: A Joyful Choice. So, I think it was okay, and that's what I'm going with. 

Another new thing that's happening is Freezer Meal Workshops. A few months ago, I was showing 2 girlfriends how to make tamales, and we started talking about how nice it would be to do freezer meal classes. (We had all individually had the same idea. HA!) So we worked out the details and sent out an email. Every spot was filled in less than 4 hours. 

So NOW, we are doing freezer meal workshops at least once a month. This month, we're having 2 sessions. One on Friday night (Girl's Night Out, ya'll!) and one on Saturday morning. Classes are totally full. People are big fans, because we do all the shopping and lots of prep, and you just show up and assemble. It's a lot of fun. 

And now, I"m off to do some spring cleaning!  










January 23, 2017

To-Do

I am currently ON THE HUNT for children's clothing. You see, my kiddos, for the most part, cannot wear clothes off the rack. Oh no, that would be too easy! We need a "specialty fit".

WHICH IS RIDICULOUS.

Thaddeus and Taylor are the easiest people right now.  For the most part, we can get Thaddeus and Taylor slim fit bottoms, and they almost fit us. Luckily, Thaddeus can just put on a belt and continue on his day. Taylor has a harder time, because her waist is small and her legs are long, which is GREAT if you're an ADULT FEMALE. So there is a lot of the trying on of all the things, which Taylor doesn't mind, which is a godsend. because Hell is: The Trying On Of All The Things And Showing Mom All The Things You Tried On And Not Lying About It And Fighting In The Fitting Rooms Getting Side-Eyed By Other Shoppers And Employees And LET ME SEE THE PANTS. 

Mostly, Taylor wears leggings.

Then we have Blayne. This dear girl is almost as tall as me now, and she is curvy. She can wear the Old Navy brand of jeans, high waisted, curvy fit. Not that they are actually high waisted on her. They sit at her natural waist, because her bum fills out the back end. It's the volume of the person inside that matter! Anyways, they generally don't have her size/style in stock. Which is fine, we can just order things online.

Also, because she is shaped like me, we have a hard time finding tops, because girlfriend is LEGS FOR DAYS. (In fact, she has a longer inseam than her father, who is still 7 or 8 inches taller than she.)  And because she is short waisted, V-necks and most scoop necks are out. (They look a little scandalous, and she is constantly adjusting.) We also try to get long shirts, because we don't want our bum showing every time we sit down. And also, Blayne is going to be tall, and she has the broad shoulders to prove it. Most button up tops look funny, because the darts and pleating are in the wrong spots. It's an all-day, hit every store ordeal to dress this gal.

Then we have Daniel, who will also be tall person. And in true Bingham fashion, he grows out, then up. We are in the growing UP stage, and Daniel, who is 10 years old, requires clothing from the men's section. Except then things are too long. But we want to not look like a stuffed sausage, so we get the clothes, and then I tailor the clothes. I HATE HEMMING JEANS. Without fail, I'll break a needle on my machine, or depending on the cut of the pant/shirt, I have to rework the shape, and it's just a super annoying process! And yes, I could buy things off the rack... a Very. Expensive. Rack.

The hardest part of all of this is ME, keeping a SUPER GOOD ATTITUDE! and smiling and such! Because if I get annoyed, then it trickles down, and everyone is mad at everyone else, and we plunge straight into retail hell. So I'm super annoying and fake happy and run back and forth, bringing more things in, and putting other things back.

Oh! And did I mention that my people wear the same size shoe as me? My boys steal my boots and slides. Blayne steals everything else. This is sometimes a problem, like when I need my sneakers and can't find them anywhere, and I KNOW I put them back in my closet, in my shoe pocket thing, and lo and behold! They are on girlfriends feet.

At any rate, today's to-do list:

  • clothe the children
  • make doctor appointments
  • prep preschool stuff
  • refill prescriptions
  • update resume (more on this later) 
  • wash laundry from this last weekends boy scout ski trip. (ALL the boys went! It was amazing!)
  • put away winter decorations
  • clear all the flat surfaces, where people pile all their junk, myself included. 
  • make visiting teaching appointments
  • prepare Family Home Evening lesson/Family Business