I don’t foresee this changing any time soon. I had a long day at work and then came home to a busy time before the girls left with their dad, then more busy-ness while The Chosen One and I tried to finish putting together the pantry. But when we put the doors on the drawers won’t open. Oops!
Today I’m feeling very grateful for my relative good health and that of my girls.
I’m also feeling strong promptings to pray for my brother & sister-in-law and their baby today. I hope everything is ok with them.
In other news I’m tired.
Hufflepuff not speaking until the end of school went well. She had a rainbow ribbon and a rainbow bracelet that says something about everyone having a voice. One boy tried to hassle her and make her talk. He did it right in front of a teacher and got sent straight to the office! I’m very impressed with her school right now. And with her. I hope she keeps learning to advocate for herself in general, but this was one specific type of advocacy that is important to her, and I’m proud of her for that.
We watched HGTV’s smart house show tonight. So cool! There are definitely things we want to integrate into our house, but other things that we didn’t like. The rooms felt really small, and I don’t understand using white upholstery on chairs in the dining room. Hunh? And they said people don’t use dining rooms. Really? Everyone I know does. But, I know Mormons. And people who cook all the time. Maybe that’s the difference?
It also annoyed me that there was a TV in every room. Including the shower. WTF? Can’t we have screen-free zones?
So tired now. Must sleep. And we kept The Chosen One up past his bedtime. Oops.
Tomorrow is Gryffindor’s scholarship interview. Ravenclaw is going to a friend’s house because The Chosen One is at the office, and she’d rather not be home alone with Hufflepuff.
And that’s in a real way. Not the “another freaking growth opportunity” way.
Church was good, and the class I was teaching seemed to go well, despite me forgetting my handouts (including Jacob’s 12 sons’ names) on the breakfast bar. Oops! Gryffindor is the president of her class (the Beehives) for another couple months until she graduates out of the class, so every 2nd Sunday she’s in a meeting for an hour after church. Ugh. Ravenclaw and I had some fun, though chatting with other people who were also stuck there and then nomming on snacks that were there for Relief Society. Hufflepuff had gone with us to church but snagged a ride home from my friend S.
On our way home we picked up Ravenclaw’s friend K. They are auditioning for the “4th grade solos and duets recital” tomorrow. I loathe these concerts. But, I will say, they sounded quite good practicing today. Maybe their concert won’t be as bad as the ones Gryffindor was in (though she sounded really good practicing, too. It’s all the other people that make me cringe). I did learn a lot about the new Taylor Swift song “Eyes Open” from the Hunger Games. I also learned that all of my kids can read music, and they think I’m an idiot for not understanding it. They don’t understand how I could have graduated and passed music classes not knowing this. I’m very grateful for the music program in our schools.
Later, while helping with homework, I learned far more than I ever thought I’d need to know about Bighorn Sheep. Ravenclaw is making a book about them. They’re not all that exciting (unlike the pikas that Gryffindor researched that year), but they are cooler than regular sheep. Gryffindor was doing homework on the computer, too, but hers was a powerpoint about Rafael Nadal, the Spanish tennis player. The Chosen One knew all about him. Gryffindor was impressed, as she knows little to nothing about anything sporty.
In other news The Chosen One and I figured out how to set up the pantries, and they’re all there ready for drawers and doors. I’m so excited! I’ll be able to actually put away all our food! Yay!!
My friend S, her daughter M, and her husband T came to visit us, and we had a nice little visit. They even brought us cookies! We had a nice little chat and we talked about a parable regarding anchors for boats, and things in life that anchor you that are good things (and things that weigh you down that aren’t good things, too). It was a nice chat.
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!
So, after work today I met with the people at St. Mary’s, the school where Gryffindor wants to attend high school. It looks like they might be able to help her attend, they just want to meet with her. We’re going to cross our fingers that the meeting goes well.
We need to work on the girls telling The Chosen One where they’re going if I’m not home. It’s not a good idea for them to leave without telling him. Just as a thought. But once I brought home Ravenclaw she and I and Gryffindor found the bedding they want for their room. And then their dad came for them.
Then I passed out for a little while.
But tonight was date night for me and The Chosen One! Dinner from Qdoba and an episode of Psych (we’re several behind). It was lovely and just like the old days!
Now sleep because I have to drive Hufflepuff to horseback riding in the morning. Yay.
I love that my husband (who is awesome) could be the Adult in Charge while I was gone, and I could be sure that he would have the girls do what I had asked. Unlike when I left Hufflepuff in charge and her sisters were up watching TV at 10pm when I came home. Ugh. I really appreciated that The Chosen One had Gryffindor finishing her shower and Ravenclaw doing her reading homework when I got in the door. Maybe eventually they’ll go to sleep on their own while I’m gone so I can stay later.
Not much happening otherwise. Headache has been hurting since I left book club, so I just barely got lunches packed and me into bed and typing this. Must sleep it off.
And another day of work and life passes. Today was much quieter than last Tuesday, and felt much more fulfilling, but there’s still a sense of drudgery with work. And with they girls’ school. Blah. It also felt weird that The Chosen One had left for work before I woke up. And I woke up at 6:15. Disconcerting.
After getting everyone to school in the rain (and not finding my good rain coat), work went fine. I picked up Ravenclaw and her friend C from school today because I had promised to pick up Hufflepuff. And somehow I forgot that it was Tuesday so she had a meeting after school. Oops!
Anyhow, Ravenclaw had fun showing off the house to C (whose sister has been here a couple times but she hadn’t). They went outside to play for a while and then rode bikes around. It’s so nice to live in a house with a yard (!!) and on a quiet street where they could just ride around without me worrying!
I made a yummy lentil soup while they rode bikes and played. I was the only one to eat it (though I did give some to our friend M when she came to pick up the girls). The rest of the meal I made was scarfed down, it was just the lentil soup that was ignored. Ah well, I had expected it.
I got about 40% of my book club book read tonight while the girls were at their church activities. It meant I didn’t get some other things done, but there will always be more to do.
The Chosen One and I had a nice time watching half of an Addams Family episode. I look forward to watching the rest of it! Maybe after the girls go with their dad tomorrow… It was frustrating that they came home from church in the middle of the episode! But homework does need to take precedence.
Now for me to get back to the book I don’t like and then sleep. Sleep good.
General Conference – irritably parenting while listening to messages of peace and kindness twice a year. For 8 hours each time.
Yesterday’s highlights (since I have my notepad upstairs):
Defending your faith requires courage and courtesy
The road leading to the promised land is rough
We are the Lord’s hands here upon the earth (so do service)
May we all find joy in bearing one another’s burdens
You are infinitely more precious to Heavenly Father than a tree
Spiritual whirlwinds will try to uproot you. The worst whirlwinds are the temptations of the adversary.
Families are the treasures of heaven
Everyone deserves our kindness and compassion
Let the Lord be the leader of your family
Great messages today. We watched the Saturday afternoon session recording, then watched the Sunday morning session somewhat live (we were about 20 minutes behind reality), and finally watched the Sunday afternoon session as it was being broadcast. Note to self – playing it as Airplay from the BYUtv app on the iPad works *beautifully*! So much better than the session we watched on the computer while working on the girls’ rooms.
Great quotes I have in my notes:
50 Million People Can Be Wrong
Loving people is a powerful influence (and if Elder Scott can become an Apostle with a non-member father and a less-active mother, then we all have opportunities available to us)
Be careful who you follow
We must be compassionate even when we disagree
Don’t wait for the rainbow to be grateful for the rain
There are no true endings, but everlasting beginnings
Our mortal life is like the 4 minutes of an Olympic performance – we worked towards it before and will have eternity afterwards. Steer your course
It’s never too late for repentance.
Share your burdens and they will be made light
Blame keeps wounds open, only forgiveness heals
Parenting is a sacred blessing
Live true to the faith
Heaven is being surrounded by family
Obedience is a choice between our limited knowledge and God’s unlimited omniscience
The family is the pattern of heaven
Where your treasure is, your heart is
Faith gives you hope in tragedy and calamity
One should not roam through garbage
The prophet left us with the thought “May our homes be filled with love and courtesy”. He also reminded us to be kind to others who do not share our faith, and to put our faith and trust in the Lord.
After that the kids went nuts a little, I made dinner (Taco Sunday doesn’t have the same ring to it as Taco Tuesday), and then we all watched Frozen. I think The Chosen One really liked it! We loved it. Hufflepuff and then Gryffindor ditched us after “Let it go”, but Ravenclaw and I loved watching it again. I’m glad we bought it.
The Chosen One really accomplished a lot in organizing the mudroom until we can get the pantries set up. I put up a skinny bookshelf in the family room and put the DVDs on it. It looks good. Hufflepuff put up her bookshelf. I hung curtains in both girls’ rooms. I tried to hang the other shelves, but we need help for that. We did put up the giant My Little Pony decals, though, and they look great! So fun!
Which means stress and arguments, plus the very real joy and inspiration of the words from our Prophet and his counselors.
Today started with sleeping in (yay!) and The Chosen One and I working on our mudroom furniture. We got a lot accomplished, and there was much rejoicing. The FedEx truck came with the feet for the pantries right at the right time, too!
I had to run out to get Hufflepuff and her friend P from the stable where they had been mucking out stalls and riding horses. It’s about an hour each way, which meant podcasts on the way there and conversation on the way back. Plus it’s My Little Pony Happy Meal Toy time, so I went in and bought just the toy for the two younger girls, plus buying shakes for the teens in the car.
The Chosen One and I got more done in the mudroom upon my return, and then we realized that one thing wasn’t possible. We need more strong bodies. I suggested the missionaries, so we’ll see if they can come soon, after General Conference.
When the girls got home from their dad’s house we had dinner (polenta & marinara, with meatballs or tofu, depending on your preference) and watched the Saturday morning session of General Conference. I had set the TiVo up to record it, but didn’t realize that we don’t get BYUtv. Grrrr… But, we can Airplay the BYUtv app to the Apple TV, which worked really well. I was totally anxious and stressed while trying to figure out how to make it work, but I calmed down a little after getting git to Airplay. And after “having words” with Hufflepuff about my expectations of her.
It was a good session. A lot of words for bingo, and some good talks for me to take notes on. Some great quotes, too, though my notes are downstairs so I can’t type them up right now. And a good time for Gryffindor to draw characters from Fairy Tail.
Hufflepuff only wigged out on one talk, which is good. The Chosen One retreated to the bedroom to play poker, which only amuses me a lot. We all have our ways to relax. Or he was relaxing while I vacillated between relaxing and stressing. Hufflepuff is a lovely girl, but she freaks out when something she disagrees with is said, which causes me anxiety while watching with her. Plus she had an attitude problem the whole time, which stresses me out. Bah. It’ll, honestly, be nice to watch with her sisters and without her tomorrow morning while she’s at her other church (we’re watching the Saturday afternoon session early Sunday, then going on through the Sunday sessions).
I feel so refreshed after showering, now to finish refreshing myself with sleep before getting up and starting a whole new day.
So, today was spent driving here and there and everywhere.
There was work and school in the morning, and then after work I took a quick nap. I had to pick up the girls after school (and nap) because Gryffindor had a party to go to tonight. I drove her and Ravenclaw out to Lynnfield to drop her off at the party (after finding the best birthday card ever, with Snoopy dancing with flashing lights and the Snoopy dance song).
After dropping Gryffindor off at her party I dropped Ravenclaw off at the Olive Garden with her dad. Then I had dinner solo at Wagamama, which was awesome. A noodle soup with fish, calamari, and shrimp. Plus wakame, scallions, and spinach. Yum!!!
Hufflepuff refused to go out to eat with me, so I brought her home dinner. I’m nice that way. Then I took another nap before going to pick up Gryffindor. She was so happy at that party! She felt totally included and welcome and said it was the best party she’s been to.
She and I stopped at Sonic for drinks, and decided to try the sweet potato tots. Not a fan. Blech. And we both love tots and love sweet potatoes.
The Chosen One was home when I got back and we have had some lovely conversation. We planned to watch Psych, but technology failings and my migraine’s return killed that idea. Now sleep so I can be productive tomorrow.