Monday Mahem

Well it wasn’t exactly mahem but it was definitely Monday. My sister and mom were here over the weekend to lend us a hand. It was great to see them even if I did put them to work. We are in the middle of a move. I finally get to pack up everything in our apartment and move it to our new rental home. We are all so excited we can hardly contain ourselves. We have lived in a two bedroom apartment for the last year and it has taken a toll on our family. It is hard to find a place to cry by yourself in such a small space.

So I am trying to pack up the things in our bedroom while simultaneously doing the laundry so we aren’t without clean clothes. I was hoping that the littles would take a long nap today but no such luck. I was also hoping the bigs would be unusually cooperative and would voluntarily finish packing their room without any problems. Obviously I was delusional in my thinking.

After a few short naps and many hurt feelings I abandoned the dream I had of harmony and accomplishment and decided to get supper together so we could make a trip over to the new house with the few boxes I did manage to get packed today.

On the trip over my 11yo and I had a good conversation. She was able to share with me some of the feelings she was dealing with and I realized that I am too quick to be critical and I need to practice daily on affirming her more than I do.  I was glad she was able to talk with me. I truly wanted to hear how she felt so that we could clear the air and learn where each of us is coming from. I just really felt that I stunk at being a mom today. I take her emotions personaly and I need to learn to disconnect so that I don’t get wrapped up in the rollercoaster. One of us has to think clearly right?

When we arrived at the house our lease was there. Our landlords blessed us by starting our lease on the 15th even though we are moving in this weekend. That gives us some much needed breathing room in the finance department. My husband unloaded the truck and the van and we chatted about what furniture pieces we are going to buy first. We desperately need dining room chairs so that is first on the list. I think I will hit the good will stores to see if I get lucky. Oh and I also ran the idea of painting our end tables in the living room black. When the project gets started I will post pictures as it progresses. All during this time our girls are running up and down the stairs playing hide and seek and having a great time.

Back at the apartment we all get a snack and then start getting ready for bed. I nurse the littles down and come out to the living room to find it empty….for about 15min. Our 11yo comes out unable to sleep. She turns on the tv and I do some surfing. After a little while I suggest we read the rest of A Bridge to Terabithia. We grab a couple of blankets and snuggle down to read the last few chapters. I knew what was coming but I cried anyway and turtle(dd) cried with me too. I would regain my composure only to start crying again. Silly book. Now I will have puffy eyes in the morning.


From Ocean-mama’s page…….

1. A is for age:

2. B is for beer of choice:
 Corona with lime

3. C is for career right now:

mom, keeper of everyone elses stuff

4. D is for your dog’s name?
no dog

5. E is for essential item you use everyday:

6. F is for favorite TV show at the moment?
CSI Miami but I don’t get to watch it

7. G is for favorite game:

8. H is for Home town:

9. I is for instruments you play?

the CD player..that counts right??

10. J is for favorite juice:
orange banana pineapple juice

11. K is for whose butt you’d like to kick:
hmm can I only list one?

12. L is for last place you ate:
living room floor

13. M is for marriage:

14. N is for your full name:
P. JoAnn E.

15. O is for overnight hospital stays:
pnuemonia twice as a child,3hospital births and one prelabor problem

16. P is for people you were with today:
My kids,husband, sister and mom

17. Q is for quote:
“Don’t take life too seriously you will never get out of it alive.”

18. R is for Biggest Regret:

Not having my first 3 children at home.

19. S is for status:
 Happily Married

20. T is for time you woke up today:

21. U is for underwear you have on now:


22. V is for vegetable you love:

23. W is for worst habit:

not putting my car keys in the same spot each time I come home

24. X is for x-rays you’ve had:
teeth, lungs,ankle

25. Y is for yummy food you ate today:

Ugly naked guys from Moes (vegetarian tacos)

26. Z is for zodiac sign?


Some things that make me smile

Pregnant nursing boobette and her free range toddler

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(You can get your’s here)


My girls in red

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Littles put to sleep by mama’s milk


Cloth diapers in various colors

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And last but not least my morning drink

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Today was yesterday’s “Well there is always tomorrow.” And so we made the best of it.

We emersed ourselves in this book


She went to a babysitting job and earned more money toward the adoption of her new cat.



We sang Twinkle Twinkle Little Star complete with hand motions and it was loud and off key!

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And while the littles slept we did some baking




Yes today was better than yesterday and tomorrow may be even better!







After two months and one week of being unexpectedly unemployed I am happy to say that my husband has a new job. I want to first thank God for his provision during this time. Next I want to thank everyone who prayed or thought positive thoughts for us during this time. There is nothing like having the rug pulled out from under you just one week after having your fourth baby. It is hard as a wife to watch your husband send out resume after resume and for the phone to sit silent. It is even harder when the phone rings and an interview is set up only to find that it wasn’t the job for him. We are both excited for him to be starting his job on Monday. It means that now we can look for a house that will give us the room that we need. No more two bedroom apartment for this family! It means that we can actually start putting down roots and let go of the underlying hesitency we have in making friends because we know we get to stay in the area. It is wonderful that I don’t have to move farther away from my family. It is just plain wonderful.

Silly things I think about from time to time

Why is it that I have sooo many plastic lids in my cabinet but not an equal amount of containers?

Why do the lids that I have not fit any of the containers?

Is there a force field around the clean laundry basket that only I can penetrate?

Why are there empty cracker boxes in the pantry? There must be a force field around the trash can too.

Do any other parents think the Disney Channel is a waste of their children’s brain cells?

Why are there self cleaning ovens but not self cleaning toilets?

and last but not least

Am I destined to never step into a bathroom unaccompanied again?


What We Learned Yesterday

1. Georgia’s land area is 57,906sq miles and is the 21st largest state.

2. Michigan’ s land area is 56,804sq miles and is the 22nd largest state.

3. Marie Curie shared the Nobel Peace Prize in 1903 with Henri Becquerel.

4. Parameciums are weird looking.

5. I’m addicted to sugar. Actually I have known this for a while but am just now admitting I need to change my habits.

6. A 2pm appointment is just a suggestion of when you will get your teeth cleaned,not the actual time you will be seen.

7. Our dentist should not give breastfeeding advice.

8. My children don’t like the dentist.

9. I will be looking for a new dentist.

10. 11yo learned about the top 10 lucky Chinese Symbols.

11. I can have a quiet phone conversation as long as I am nursing the 2yo.

Live In the Now

“You accept things as they are, not as you wish they were in this moment. The past is history,the future is a mystery, and this moment is a gift. That is why this moment is called the present.”

                                                                        Deepak Chopra, M.D.


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