Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Hit or miss

Gonna be hit or miss for me in July. Have a ton going on. Stay tuned, you never know when I might feel clever or witty!

Behave or not...see ya soon!!!

Napping with toys

Friday, June 25, 2010

Gotta have a plan!

Anytime I am going someplace or preparing for the hubby to go anywhere this is how I feel. Everything must be thought of and must have it's own plan!

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Wanted you to know...

Maddy: (from 4 rooms away)!!!!

Me: (hearing her on about the fourth MOM) What?


Me: (noting that this is not the seizure voice) NOW?

Maddy: YES NOW!!!

Me: *sigh* OK ON MY WAY

Me: (now in the same room) What do you need?

Maddy: I just wanted you to know that I was not paying attention and I spilled my drink. But it is all ok now because I cleaned it up.

Me: Ummm..ok thanks

A new toy

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Things that make me happy

The sound of Maddy blow drying her own hair.

Maddy telling me that I need to stop freaking out and let her do whatever it is that she is wanting to do.

Letting Maddy leave the store I am in at the mall and finding Hot Topic all by herself.

My amazing hubby.

Friends and laughing with them.

The two vacations I am lucky enough to on go this year.

Beer :)

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

How do you eat an elephant?

This is what the hubby asked me yesterday when I was stressing about not being able to get everything done at once.

He and I both (him more than myself) have a lot on our plates right now. Our to-do lists are rather large and they are not items that you can multi-task and get more than one thing done at a time.

If I spend the day taking care of the house, errands and laundry then I don't get the website work done, the research I need for a potential procedure for Maddy, or the filing updated and organized. If I choose any of the other things, then everything else has to be put aside.

I am also starting to mentally prepare to be gone for the month of July. I have two completely different types of vacations I have to get everything done for. I have to pre-plan for my trip to Europe since I will have approximately 3.5 days to get everything ready when we return from the family vacation.

When I start feeling to overwhelmed, I remember how you eat an elephant, take a deep breath and pick one item and get to work. The rest will be waiting for my return.

If you don't know how to eat an elephant it is actually quite simple. One bite at a time.

Friday, June 11, 2010

Where are you???

Yesterday Maddy was supposed to be at church from 11-1 for Hang Time. They open the church for the kiddos to come and hang out and see each other since school is out. Maddy has a friend who was very excited to see her and had spoken to me on the phone about how excited they were to see her at 11 on Thursday.

After her seizure she really needed to sleep so I tried to keep the house as quiet as possible. This meant turning all the cell phones to silent. I knew that the friend would be concerned when we did not show up so I tried their cell phone. When they did not answer I called their grandparents to let them know what had happened.

Around 12:30 when Maddy had finally shaken off the seizure and after effects I went to check my voice mail and the message I had received was priceless.

Friend: Yeah, said you would have Maddy here at 11. Well, um....I have been waiting and you are not here. I am waiting, um....and it is like 11:02 so I was wondering where you are.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Crappiest Week Ever

Ugh..boy have I had a bad week! Been a long time since I have felt like all I have is bad luck.

It is too hot to do anything outside so I have not exercised so I feel like a slug. Since I feel like a slug I don't feel like exercising. I need to break the vicious no work out cycle.

On Saturday my dryer broke and they can't come and look at it till Friday. Typically this would not be a big deal, but it has rained every day this week so I can't do laundry.

On and off during the week I have had to deal with the situation that occurred on Saturday with Maddy. Once I think it is resolved and I can finally move on it pops back up. Go away already!!

While trying to get work done with our website it seems that every grouping of data I am working with has some major issue, problem or oddity. This is bringing my productivity to a halt and that makes me crazy.

Today Maddy had a seizure so I spent the morning helping her with the seizure and the after effects. I suppose in a way I am thankful for the forced nap I had from 10:30 to 12:30. However I am now sit here unable to concentrate on what I need to do, which makes me more frustrated and unable to concentrate.

I have 22 days and 33 days till my vacations and boy am I ready!

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

The magic reset button

Sometimes kids are smarter than we are. They seem to have a magic reset button than makes things all better the next day. Most adults (me) want to hold on to feelings and over analyze them, play them out in different ways and ponder all the "what ifs".

This past weekend Maddy made a really bad decision. We were very disappointed in her lack of judgment and in a rare occurrence she is actually punished. I am still going over, why it happened, how I could have prevented it and basically wasting time on something I have no control over. She is a kid and she is at the age where she is supposed to make these kind of mistakes.

Within a few hours of this happening the person whom the bad decision was directed at was trying to get in touch with Maddy and said all is ok. The next morning when Maddy woke up she stated that she felt a lot better about what had happened and all would be fine.

I need to find that magic reset button these kids have, it sure would save me a lot of wasted energy!!

Friday, June 4, 2010

Techno Techno

Don't worry no one is going to bust out the glow sticks and crank up the techno music. This post is all about technology in our house.

I love my new Iphone. Never did I think you could love a phone, but gosh darn it I do love the silly thing. My favorite application is Words with Friends, my id is Jadavids. If you have the application and feel inclined fire up a game with me. Maddy's reaction to me getting an Iphone has been most interesting.

She has decided that she needs to supervise me and my phone at all times. She is not too sure about Mom having something cool. She will tell me how to work things, and offer to help if I don't get something done in under 5 seconds. When we get in the car I am almost immediately instructed to hand my phone over to her. Her Ipad does not have 3g so she will use my phone to look things up while we are in the car. She feels that she needs to manage my music on the phone and often inspects my play list and makes suggestions.

Maddy is back on a Soul Caliber IV kick. Thankfully she has matured a bit since she last wanted to play the game. I no longer have to play and lose for an hour every day. She has gotten quite good and is now actually playing the Story mode and beating the game with new characters and unlocking bonus characters. Her playing a new character is also a big step since for the past two years all she would play was the character named Ivy.

For those of you who are not familiar with the video game here is a picture of Ivy.

Yeah I dress like this when I am gearing up for a fight as well. *Snicker*

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Goals revisited

Now that we are halfway done with the year it is time for me to look back at the goals I set and see how I am doing.

1. I am going to lose 24 pounds this year. That is 2 pounds a month and if I don't do it then shame on me for being lazy.

I was doing so well on my weight loss and changing my eating habits. Then I went on a 3 week bender of my old bad habits. I am back to exercising and eating right again. Even though I am a few pounds behind, I do believe I will make this goal.

2. By the end of the year I want Maddy to cut her own food 75% of the time. It will be so nice to go out to eat and be able to eat my food when it arrives, not after I have taken care of Maddy.

We are doing incredible with this goal. Maddy will now even ask to cut her own food. We have had a lot of new found independence lately!

3. I will have more patience with Maddy. I have already improved on this and now I need to take it to the next level. There needs to be a lot more of me watching and guiding and letting things take 5 times longer than if I had done it. She will never master anything if I keep doing it for her.

This is still a give and take. We are finding that happy medium. The other day the dryer just had her clothes in it and she was able to unload, hang and fold all her clothes. Progress is being made in this area.

4. I am going to actually follow up and visit people when I say I will. The past year has brought me new friends and lots of good times with them. I need to do that with all my friends.

I can honestly say that I have spent more time with friends this year than I have in the past several years. There are still many places to go and lots of friends to see!

5. I am going to try to be a better person and not fall to the temptation to speak negatively about people. Instead I will find something good to say or offer help for the situation.

This is a tough one, but I do believe I have been more positive than negative when discussing my concerns regarding people and situations. I am having to work with Maddy on this in a situation so it is a good chance to be a good example.

6. This year the blog will have more of my personality to it. I am going to write what I think and not worry about who is reading it. I would also like to get to 20 followers this year. So I better write some darn funny/thought provoking posts!

I have had some blog ups and downs, but I am pleased with my postings so far this year. I need to do less worrying about what I write and do more writing!

7. I will get the things on my list done that have been there for a long time. The Letter of Intent will be done, the complete clean out of the file cabinet will get done and the organization and certificates for all our art will be done. The photo/serial number inventory will get done.

I have completed the Letter of Intent, I am currently cleaning all windows inside and out. Next up is the storage room and then the inventory will be done. Doing great on all my house hold projects.

8. I will cook more and add more variety to our dinner menus. Mostly I will add more vegetables and find a way to have Maddy be a part of the dinner making process. (This goes along with items number 2 and 3.)

We have had some of the most delicious meals this year. We are eating so many more vegetables. I am cooking and baking every week and I love it!

9. I will finish the dog training I have talked about and wanted to do. Bruiser is very smart and we need to put his energy and little brain to work!

This one is the goal that slipped between the cracks. I work with him when he makes me crazy and then we go back to our normal routine.

10. I will live, love and laugh every day and count my blessings. I will not worry about the things I can not change, but concentrate on the people and situations I can impact.

Wow! I am having to remind myself daily right now that I can not change how other people act, I can only make sure that my house is in order.