Healthy body, healthy spirit, healthy mothering. This is the journey I have set out on with my two amazing children.

Saturday, April 19, 2008

yes, yes it has.

"She is too fond of books and it has addled her brains."

Louisa May Alcott

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

I need more rope

I am at the end of mine. My kids are making me nuts. My daughter is testing me at every freaking opportunity she can. This is fairly normal I am sure but I just want to scream. Kelen is screwing up in school. He is not doing so good in his math and according to him it is because I do not do flash cards with him everyday. So now, in addition to spelling tests every other day, helping him with his "normal" homework I apparently need to be doing flash cards with him 5x a week. Yeah, cuz I have the time for this.

None of this is their fault. I am sooo freaking busy right now I feel like I am going 90mph and there is no end in sight. I have a chem lab practical tomorrow which is essentially my lab final. I need to study. I have chem homework, about 15 more problems to do, due Monday. I have 30 workbook pages due on Thursday plus a translation for spanish. I have the workbook about 50% done and I have not even looked at the translation yet. Plus I still need to write my portion of a group presentation for spanish (in spanish).

Kelen has a cub scouts bike rodeo tonight which means I am cooking dinner right now (the potatoes just boiled over actually) and the meatloaf is in the crockpot. The scouting stuff will be from 6pm until probably 8pm and then it is time for showers, bedtime stories, taking care of the cats & dishes so I should be sitting down to study by 9:30pm.

I also seem to have an ant problem here in the apartment. Taking care of the little pests takes so much longer when you choose to use non-toxic methods. I pulled out the fridge this am, swept & mopped with ammonia. After it dried I sprayed some white vinegar down and let it dry. I saw another ant by the cat food about 20 mins ago so I watched where the litle bugger went, then vacuumed his entire trail from the catfood to the sink, mopped the floor again & sprayed more vinegar. If I can find where they are entering I will put down some bay leaves, cinnamon or chili powder, they are all supposed to work. I can't use the borax because of the cats.

urgh.

Friday, April 11, 2008

Apoplectic Purple

On days like today I absolutely loathe being a single mom. Nevaeh has been full of piss & vinegar all dang day. She continually acted out in the store (I had several errands to run). She kept touching things...let's see what did she touch? the printers in office max, candy & gum & pillows & bath stuff at K-mart.

She has been arguing with her brother non-stop since she woke up this morning. Actually the booger child woke me up at 6:30am because she wanted her cereal to be poured before his. Now this would aggravate me on a normal day but this morning I did not have to be up that early. The kids didn't have school until 9am. I seriously hate being woken up on days I am supposed to be able to sleep in.

When we got home, we cleaned out the car. I was trying to make room in the trunk for both kids' bikes because my plan was to take them to Bicycle Village to get new tubes put in. This is another single mom annoyance. I don't know how to change bicycle tire tubes so I have to pay somebody to do it for me. Turns out Kelen's bike is too large to fit in my trunk. Dangit! Another little annoyance but not anybodys fault. Nevaeh brought in her bible, one lonely pink bunny slipper, a book she had in the car & her toy keys. When I get into the house I find these items plopped in the middle of my living room floor. "PICK THESE UP NEVAEH GRACE RAMON & GET THEM PUT AWAY. PUT THEM WHERE THEY GO NOW!!!!" 5 minutes later, my precious little blessing is eating her lunch and I go into her room and what do I find?!? I see her bible, one lonely pink bunny slipper, the book & her toy keys IN THE MIDDLE OF HER BEDROOM FLOOR! *now I am a lovely shade of apoplectic purple* This being the color I imagine a person turns when something ruptures in their brain.

Okay I need a break so I go calm myself down (after throwing away said items-well the bible is just put up). I apologize to my daughter for yelling at her and tell her & her brother to go outside and play, Momma clearly needs a time out. 20 minutes later I hear the unmistakable stomping of young elephants racing down my stairs. What has my daughter done now?

She threw a rock at a car. Let me repeat that. She threw a rock at a car.

This is the end of my day and it is only 2:30pm. I quit. By the time I get outside the gentleman has left. Punishments are flying left & right.

1-No birthday party tomorrow. And it is a Hannah Montana party, but as I explained, children that behave like 18 month old toddlers and make crappy choices don't get to enjoy Hannah Montana birthday parties. Young toddlers are not allowed to play with the big kids.
2-She got a spanking.
3-She has no outdoor privileges unless an adult is right there with her. As I do not own a bicycle this means I don't have to spend my money on fixing her bike tire. She can't ride without me therefore she cannot ride.
4-She does not get to spend the night at Grandma's this weekend.
5-She is currently sitting on the floor behind my desk chair. This is where she shall remain until she chooses to apologize & ask for forgiveness. I believe that this will be happening sometime after Hell hosts the next Winter Olympics.

I only wish she had a father coming home to help me deal with this. Well, actually to stay home with the kids while I run away to the nearest Barnes & Noble and/or Starbucks. But woohoo! This is my lucky day! I get to deal with this on my own. Yeah baby! I just love being a single mother today!

Friday, April 04, 2008

Books

I was recently asked how I choose the books I read. It's very simple really. I have no set system. I meander the library and if a book catches my eye, I check it out. I do have favorite authors and if they put out a new book I ALWAYS read it. ALWAYS.

Recently I have been working my way through the 'A' section of the library. Yes. Yes I know this makes me a giant nerd. I am okay with that. I go to the the 'A' fiction section and starting with the first book I lovingly run my finger along the spines, carefully checking each title to make sure I have already read it. As soon as I spot a book I have yet to read I grab it up and put it in my library tote. Yes, I carry the same tote bag each and every time I head to the library. (Yes. Yes I know this also makes me a giant nerd. Again, I am okay with that.) Anyway, my bag is the perfect size over-the-shoulder bag that my mom gave me. She painted two different scenes from 'Anne of Green Gables' on it. That is one of my all-time favorite books. My mom can be awesome sometimes.

I am also currently checking out different books from the parenting section. Why? Because my kids frustrate me and it makes me feel better to know that I am not the only momma that wants to tear her hair out and weave it into a decorative & useful basket. Is the hair weaving just me?!? Oh well I am okay with that too.

Did you know that 50Cent has two books out? I found this out by perusing (great word) the 'A' section. Both books totally & completely suck but I tried to read them. I really did.

The other books I am reading: textbooks for school. Sociology, chemistry & spanish. Woohoo!