Celebrate!

This morning started quietly. Gryffindor and I were the only ones going to church, and because it’s Fast Sunday we didn’t have breakfast. The Chosen One was already working on an island that had come yesterday, so we skooched by him out the door.

There were some lovely testimonies shared (and one very long rambly one with a strong accent that made me wish there was music to play people off the stage like at the Oscars), but I got distracted by the Girls Camp form, which specifically said that the kitchen wouldn’t accommodate gluten-free campers. It made me frustrated and I felt hurt and like my kids were being excluded. I might have baggage about this, though. (note the Youth Conference trip last year when Hufflepuff was given hummus and chips for 3 days. Yes, that was it. Just hummus and chips.)

Then I overheard someone in Relief Society talking about gluten-free. It turns out they’re having a gf cooking class. Led by some random non-member. No one asked me. No one thought of me. I’m hurt. They said “oh, you can come”, but I don’t want to foist myself into someone else’s lesson. I should’ve been invited to participate. Seriously. It’s been 11 years, I make money from hosting a gf recipe blog. I’ve got this covered.

And then the Bishop wouldn’t sign Hufflepuff’s Girls Camp form without meeting with her.

And then I had to wait an hour for Gryffindor’s meeting to be over.

I was in a lousy mood when I got home! Thankfully I was able to turn it around.

I made lasagna (Hufflepuff’s favorite dinner) and sushi (Hufflepuff’s other favorite dinner) for her birthday dinner with the family. My parents came over (only 30 min late!) and we toured them through the house (many things have been improved since their last visit). Then we sat and ate for hours. We had sushi and edamame for appetizers (shrimp California rolls, avocado rolls, and cucumber rolls) while the AppleTV played pictures from our Florida trip from last April. Then we had a yummy lasagna dinner, opened gifts, and ate cake. It was lovely.

A little later, while Hufflepuff and Vovo were hanging her fairy lights, Nani and the younger girls started eating some fruit salad. Gryffindor picked up a piece of watermelon and said, “what’s on this?”

“It’s just a piece of rind”

“No, it’s not. I think it’s an inchworm.”

“It can’t be. Maybe it’s a leaf.”

“No, I think it’s an inchworm,” Gryffindor insisted, and handed me the watermelon. I poked it with my finger and picked it up.

“Yup, it’s an inchworm,” I agreed, and put the watermelon and inchworm into the disposal.

Gryffindor shrieked like crazy and flapped her arms. It was awesome. She refused to eat any more of the fruit salad, as did Ravenclaw. My mom said, “it’s just added protein,” and finished eating hers. I wish I had pics or a video of her reaction. It was fabulous.

And now, with homework done, girls in bed, The Bonus Child in his bed, and The Chosen One asleep next to me, it’s time for sleep.


The day that was killed by the migraine

I hate days like this. I want to just chop my head off.

I got home from work and was a little grouchy. My head didn’t hurt, but I had this weird feeling that is the precursor to some of my migraines. And The Chosen One can see when I’m feeling off. He’s really amazing like that. It can be a little annoying, honestly, but he is very perceptive.

It was a pretty normal Tuesday after work – Ravenclaw went to her friend’s house, Hufflepuff had Gay Straight Alliance and had me drive her and her friend home afterwards, and Gryffindor got a ride home.

I remembered to put dinner in the crockpot, so we had the ribs. They were good. So were the baked beans, the rice, and the artichokes. I was hurting during dinner, but it wasn’t horrible. Hufflepuff and Gryffindor didn’t have a YW activity, so I just got Ravenclaw over to my friend SB’s house for a ride, and I was done with my obligations for the night!

So when I got home I went upstairs and took my meds and went to bed. I love that I’m married and can leave someone else in charge of my kids! Admittedly they’re old enough to take care of themselves, but it was nice to not worry. Hufflepuff (surprise surprise) went upstairs to Skype her friends.

The Chosen One and Gryffindor watched Disney channel for an hour or so while I was curled up in a ball in pain. Yay. I love that I could hear a little bit of sound (I could tell when they were talking, but not what they were saying) but the TV isn’t really audible upstairs. The sound carries really badly from upstairs downstairs, but not vice versa.

When The Bonus Child arrived for the night, he and The Chosen One had a great chat. They both sounded happy! And The Bonus Child wasn’t monosyllabic and grunting! It was a miracle! Apparently he was also giving Ravenclaw the wrong answers on her homework when she got back from Church, but that’s his normal behavior, so I’m happy to hear it. She shouldn’t be asking for help, anyhow. :-P

I’m hoping that there will be more days when The Chosen One and The Bonus Child can bond.


Monday Monday

So, I just love the first day of the week. The Bonus Child is monosyllabic/grunting in the morning, which is what I expect in a teenage boy (though he is saying no to food, which is weird for him and weird for teenage boys in general). My girls aren’t much more talkative on Mondays. Everyone wants to go back to sleep. And, yes, it is even worse on the first day back from vacation.

We got through it, though, and I got through my work. It was fun to see D again, she had been off the whole week with her son, so we had a lot to catch up on! It was nice! Too bad we had some actual work to get done, as that got in the way of our chatting.

I almost had a revolt at dinner – I had forgotten to start the ribs in the crock pot in the morning, so we had to have something else. Ravenclaw was beyond disappointed into rabidly upset. I moved the crock pot into the middle of the counter so I won’t forget tomorrow. That slightly mollified her, along with me making her a pizza bagel in addition to the tamales & taquitos everyone else ate.

After a lovely family dinner (it’s so nice when The Chosen One’s food is done at the same time as ours is!) we had a little Family Home Evening game night. Gryffindor had gotten a game called “Crappy Birthday” for her 12th birthday (the Harry Potter birthday party of awesomeness), and we had never played it. It’s kinda like Apples to Apples, but a little different. We loved it! It was so much fun! Hufflepuff even liked it enough to play a couple rounds before disappearing to her room to chat with her friends. Gryffindor slaughtered all of us at the game, though. Good thing to remember. She’s crazy good at it.

I’m wishing The Bonus Child came a little earlier so he could hang out and play with us, but he was having a fight with his brother and mom. He did finally arrive a little late, and more monosyllabic than usual.


Easter was awesome

Until it wasn’t.

We got to sleep in a bit (8:30 for baskets) because it was Stake Conference and I didn’t feel comfortable driving into Cambridge. We went to my mom’s church, and it was quite lovely.

Then we went to my mom’s house for the traditional egg hunt, with a pieced-together non-clue clue for the treasure (bunny for Ravenclaw, Fennikin for Gryffindor, emerald earrings for Hufflepuff).

We had steak and eggs (grilled steak tips and a frittada) plus artichokes, asparagus, roasted potatoes, and a bunny cake for dessert. It was delicious!

As a bonus, Gryffindor had us all singing Feliz Navidad. Until we learned Spanish for Easter, and then we sang that.

We had a nice visit with my dad & step-mom, too. Another hunt, this time for Peeps and a $5. :) Their deck was incredibly warm. So warm that Gryffindor dozed off and Hufflepuff & Ravenclaw went down to the beach. Hufflepuff took a great pic of Ravenclaw in the water. Lovely.

Unfortunately, I started to have a crummy tummy at the end of the celebration and went home to go to bed and the bathroom. I’m not a fan of GI troubles. Other than that, though, it was fabulous.


Memories and making more

One year ago today we were in Orlando at Harry Potter World. We went for dinner at the Three Broomsticks, had butter beer, and The Chosen One proposed to me! Squee!

Today was less exciting, but we did make more memories. I drove for 4 hours (taking Hufflepuff and her friend to horseback riding, then going grocery shopping, taking a quick nap, and then going back to pick Hufflepuff up from horseback riding again. Ugh.). I ended up feeling irritable after all the driving, but we had all agreed to go to see Rio 2 tonight, and I needed to get out of the bad mood and go see that.

We had gone about 3 years ago to Rio 1. My friend J had just lost her husband to lung cancer, and we met up with her and her two sons at a movie theater and then went out to eat at Rainforest Cafe. It was great, we laughed so hard at the movie! It was so cute! And it brought back so many good memories to see the sequel.

Overall the second one was a lot of fun. We were almost the only ones in the theater, and it’s so comfortable! Awesome. I got to hold my sweetie’s hand, too. The kids ditched us and sat away from us, but we coped. I like having my husband as my movie buddy! :) And I love making new memories and adding on to old memories!


Another stellar day

It was so nice to wake up in our house with my husband, knowing that he was working from home that day. It’s wonderful that he can work from home three days a week! So grateful for that!

Meanwhile, after dropping the girls off at school I came back to get my stuff packed up and the trash & recycling put up (at the old house trash & recycling were picked up on Tuesday, I’m still not used to having it picked up on Mondays). And then I went to Hufflepuff’s IEP meeting.

Her father was there. Which surprised me. It was a lot of fun to sit there while she doesn’t want to talk to him, but he keeps trying to talk to her. I was telling her to be polite, but that’s as good as she could do. I wanted to hit him when he said he wanted her in all “normal” classes. Ugh. And then also insisting that she should be taking Spanish.

On the plus side, we basically ignored him, and I got what Hufflepuff and I wanted. She’ll be mainstreamed for next year in a College Prep English class, with curriculum support periods and other supports while she’s in the non-Language Based English class. Here’s hoping it goes well.

Work went well.

After work I came home and was doing laundry, then came up the stairs from the basement laundry area. When I got to the top of the stairs Yuki (the cat) raced up the stairs, passed me, and jumped into the front window. Only a moment later Ravenclaw and her friend passed the window! Wow! That was freaky! I’ll admit that I think my cat is awesome and part dog (she regularly follows me from room to room and greets me at the door), but this was very cool.

Then we had an orthodontist appointment for the older 2. Yay. They are grouchy. I bought them off with McDonalds shakes and Happy Meal toys (it’s still MLP time) while I went grocery shopping for soft foods.

I was irritable when we got home – some noise that Ravenclaw was playing in the car made my headache peak badly. Ow.

We did have FHE tonight, though. We did a quick song, prayer, and chat about treating other people’s property nicely, and then played Family Fluxx. I love that game! I need to get more versions, though. Hufflepuff tantrummed and left the game, but I made her come back. Of course she had “things to do”, but some things in our family are non-negotiable, and FHE and family meals are two of them.

I got some nice cuddle time with my husband before finishing packing lunches and getting everything ready for tomorrow. Now to sleep, and read a bit more of the book for book club which I am not loving. Maybe my attitude will change as I read more.


Birthdayified

It was a lovely day. I woke up to my husband wishing me a happy birthday. And then we went and packed up stuff from his house. He was trying to save money and use Budget rather than Uhaul, but the Budget rental place was actually closed. Yeesh!

I, rather honestly, would’ve preferred to go to my niece’s party, but we did what was necessary rather than what was fun. I did get sushi and a Limonata soda out of it, so it wasn’t all bad.

Came home and my cousins got me a gift (wind chimes) and ordered me a cake! So nice! And so yummy. So unnecessary, but so lovely.

We had dinner at the 99, and everyone was happy. The Chosen One had steak, Hufflepuff had steak tips, Gryffindor had a salad and a loaded baked potato (hold the bacon), Ravenclaw had a bacon cheese burger, and I had a special – buttered lobster roll! (without the roll). It was good.

Then we saw Muppets Most Wanted at the local theater, and that was both good and fun. There was much happiness.

It was a good day. Oh, and I got a lovely new ice cream maker from my parents. And flowers! A good birthday for sure.


Sunday, Stressful Sunday

I was proud of myself for getting the girls and myself to church today. OK, so Ravenclaw’s shoes were too small, but we all had church clothes on and got there at the appropriate time. We were even a couple minutes early and got our favorite pew! I had swapped assignments with my co-teacher so she was teaching this week and I’ll teach next week, I knew I couldn’t pull together a lesson with the move and everything.

During church I got a text from my cousin offering to help us this afternoon. Given that we have a bazillion things to put together (thank you Ikea), I accepted the help.

My cousins and their kids put together the bookshelf for Ravenclaw and Gryffindor, 2 shelves we’re putting up for their American Girl dolls, 2 nightstands, and most of Gryffindor’s bed. We need to build the 3 drawers that go inside her bed, but she is able to sleep on it tonight.

Meanwhile, The Chosen One and I had a major test of our marriage by putting together something from Ikea. We definitely approach things differently, and he is slower than I am. I could tell that we both frustrated each other at times, but we got it done. This was the first of 2 wardrobes. The second one should go quicker. We also have to put together the pantry, but that has so many pieces I wanted to attack the wardrobe first. That was a good choice. The wardrobe was stressful enough.

The Chosen One, upon seeing me totally freak out with stress and have another anxiety attack where I felt like I couldn’t breathe, took pity on me and ordered us take out. As much as I don’t like to have restaurant food on the Sabbath, and I wouldn’t order it myself, I was not turning it down when he ordered it! There was much rejoicing! It was good, filling food, and now Hufflepuff and Ravenclaw have leftovers for their thermoses tomorrow.

Someday I’d like to go to bed at the same time as my husband. And cuddle before we pass out. But for now, I’m happy to be in the same house and the same bed.


Crazy day

So the beginning of the day was pretty normal. We (unlike the day before) didn’t have to stop back at the house even once! Yay us! Work went normally, too. Nothing unusual.

Until I got emails from the school saying there was a bomb threat at the high school and kids had been sitting in the cold in the field for an hour while the school was checked. And then it happened again. Wow.

This is in our little town north of Boston. Where no one has even thought about having metal detectors. Where we don’t really have crime unless someone steals a car that has been left running and unlocked at the curb. Where the police report is about loitering teens and dogs barking. Two bomb threats in one day.

Tomorrow the high schoolers are to bring everything in clear plastic bags. No backpacks. No lunch boxes. Everything in clear plastic. No phones or iPads or any electronics, either. The threat was made using an app called Yik Yak, a social networking app that posts things anonymously. I read that it’s possible to determine what phone sent the threat, but that’s a rumor at this point.

If Hufflepuff goes to school tomorrow she will be carrying everything – we don’t magically have clear bags. We have every other kind of bag, but not clear ones. She’s of the position that the school isn’t safe. I’m on her side, but don’t let her know I said that. I don’t see how putting the kids in the field outside the school protected them from a bomb. They still would’ve been hurt/killed in the field. They should’ve been excused. And by the time the 2nd threat came, they really should’ve been excused.

I am fully of the belief that it’s better to be inconvenienced than dead. So I don’t have a problem with the no backpacks/lunchboxes/phones thing. It’s the not sending the kids home thing that is irking me. And not telling the parents until it’s over. On the plus side, they did tell the parents. Some schools have had similar problems with the app and didn’t tell the parents. Yeesh.

In other news I got some boxes packed, the girls had fun with friends, and life goes on. I’m not sure what Ravenclaw did at church tonight, but Hufflepuff and her friend and Gryffindor played toilet paper dodgeball, a perennial favorite. It’s a great one to bring a friend to, too.

While they were having fun I took down all the blinds at the new house. I was planning to get blue tape (my mom ran out today while taping in preparation for painting the trim), but the hardware store was closed. I’ll have to get it after dropping the girls off in the am.

Tomorrow is more of the same. Well, no more bomb threats, I hope. But more packing and house stuff, more kids and more stress. But we had take out pizza. And the lunches tomorrow aren’t very cute. I’m losing my drive to do fun baking, etc, as I stress over the move. I just want to be in the new house before my birthday. I want to live with my whole family, including my husband! I just hate packing and hate moving. Bah.


Taxi mom

I got out of 5 years of taxi-ing by not driving. That is feeling brilliant today!

My mom’s cousin came to the house today to see it and meet The Chosen One. It was a lovely meeting, got to eat yummy muffins my mom made and show off a bit. Lots of fun. My dad & stepmom also came over and saw the painting we had done, and were mightily impressed.

We went to Home Depot and got more paint (yay!). We needed a couple more gallons of paint for the family room and the dining room, and then we had to replace the crummy paint we were using for Hufflepuff’s bedroom and the bathroom.

The I drove an hour each way to get Hufflepuff and her friend home from horseback riding. I brought muffins, and they were quite happy. Hufflepuff rode bareback today! I never did that, and always wanted to. Very cool.

I dropped Hufflepuff off at the house and picked up Gryffindor from her dad’s house, then swung back around to grab Hufflepuff again so they could go to the Imagine Dragons concert.

I came back to the house and my friend SB was painting, and The Chosen One, who had planned to drive the girls to their ride a 40m drive away, wasn’t there. So… I drove to and from again. Yay.

I finally got back to the house around 3:45 to start painting. There are second coats on all the walls! Touch ups and trim are all that’s needed. Phew!

I took Ravenclaw out for dinner tonight, just the 2 of us. We planned to go to Outback, but there was an hour long wait, so we went to the 99 instead. Ravenclaw was thrilled to have steak, though she had planned to have ribs, so all was well.

Now I’m watching the Hobbit with Ravenclaw waiting for the call to come pick up the older 2. Miles to go before I sleep.