Thursday, November 08, 2012

Random Thoughts of a Five-Year-Old

I really need to do a better job of recording the musings of my little princess, because they are hilarious.

Tuesday night, she was very upset that Mommy voted without her.  Yesterday morning, we had a discussion about the election, and she was concerned that both candidates weren't able to win.  She didn't think that was fair.

Last night as I was getting her ready to take a shower, she decided that she was ready to get her ears pierced, and I talked her through the process, as we do them at my office.  I explained that we would use numbing cream on her ears, she wanted to know what it was like, and I explained that it was just like lotion.  She then proceeded to rub lotion on her ears and was upset that we couldn't put her earrings in at that exact moment.

Seconds later, she announced that she was going to be a teacher when she grows up, and will have children named Alana Charlie and Darren Toby Skyler.  The first names are mine and her dad's, and Charlie and Toby are the names of the youngest children on the Disney show "Good Luck, Charlie".  I'm not sure where Skyler comes from.

Monday, October 29, 2012

What a day...

Today was crazy at work!  All of the kids got sick over the weekend with the cooler weather we are having, and needed to be seen today.  Besides that, the phones were ringing off the hook all day.

My poor parents, along with my aunt and uncle, took the auto train from Orlando to DC yesterday, and ended up having to leave the city today.  I feel so bad for them; they have been looking forward to this trip for a long time, and my parents don't usually have to worry about hurricanes when they travel.  Now, they're in Charlotte, NC, and will head to my sister's in SC tomorrow until the weekend.

After work, I took the princess shopping for jackets, and for the remainder of my Halloween costume.  I'll be rocking my Jostens Class of '92 t-shirt and a scrunchie in my hair on Wednesday.  I needed appropriate shoes, a skirt, big hoop earrings, and some leggings to complete the ensemble.  I draw the line at cutting bangs, though.

This evening, both of my kids managed to stop up a toilet, and when Darren went to turn off the water to the downstairs toilet (our newest one), the cutoff valve broke off in his hand.  After the bathroom started flooding, I managed to turn off the water to the house, but it kept pouring out of the wall.  We soaked several towels and sucked up some of the flood with the Shop Vac before Darren felt it was safe to leave and go to Wal-Mart for toilet parts.

So, it's now 10:30 at night, we have no water, and we have two toilets full of poop.  I'd love to be able to do laundry or wash the dishes; something useful while I'm waiting on the boys, but instead I'm feeling pretty useless.  Tomorrow has to be better...

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Shocked and sad...

Hans lost his battle with Neuroblastoma on Friday.  He was Zachary's best friend, our neighbor for most of his life, and he fought a long and courageous battle with a nasty cancer for nearly six years.  I wish I could be in California right now to hug his parents and sister! He is one of the reasons why I chose to be a pediatric nurse, and why I choose to volunteer with the Layla Grace Foundation.

If you feel so inclined, Hans' family is asking for people to donate to the Children's Neuroblastoma Cancer Foundation, who made some of Hans' treatment possible, here.  There are many other children like Hans still fighting, and they need all of the help they can get!

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Just Keep Swimming...

I really suck at the whole work/life balance thing. I work more than 40 hours per week, with few exceptions. On weeknights, by the time I leave work, sit in traffic to pick Zoe up at daycare, come home and help Zach with homework, figure out what to serve for dinner/go to Scouts, etc...I am exhausted. Therefore, I do almost no housework during the week, and on the weekends, have to decide between doing something fun with the kids or cleaning/laundry/grocery shopping. There has to be a better way to do this. I don't exercise, don't really socialize, and have no hobbies beside reading. I miss doing things with friends and scrapbooking. Summer starts for the kids in a couple of weeks, and we are going to have babysitter at our house, so at least I won't have to feel guilty about the kids being in daycare all day. They will be able to walk to the neighborhood pool, and Zach will still be able to play with his friends in the neighborhood. Plus, it will save me a 30-minute round trip drive in the evenings, and I will be able to have lunch with the kids on most weekdays. That will be really nice! We are also hoping to take a cruise this summer. We haven't booked yet, but for now, we are planning to take the same Carnival cruise out of New Orleans on the Conquest that Darren and I took eight years ago. This time, we'll have the kids, so I suspect there will be less relaxing, but it will be our first vacation with just our little family. I can't wait! Zach moved up to Boy Scouts in February, and we are having such a good time with it. The troop we joined has a lot of parent involvement, and we were made to feel very welcome. Zach really enjoys it, and has made a lot of good friends. He is going off to camp for a week in June with the boys; that makes me nervous, but I think he will have a wonderful time. I will try my very best to post some pictures soon; hopefully it won't be another 8 months before you hear from me again.