Posted in Job, Me, Professional Organzing

SAHM

I have been a full-time stay at home mom since I ended up pregnant and on bedrest with multiples. I have not regretted this, although sure, some extra money would be nice.

About 6 or 7 years ago I started a part time business wherein I was a professional organizer and helped others organize their homes. I loved (LOVED!) doing it. I loved getting paid for something I loved doing. I loved helping people. I loved everything about it.

But.

I haven’t worked in about a year. Not through a lack of desire, but a lack of clients. I don’t typically work during the summer due to the kids being home. But this fall, instead of all my kids getting on lovely school buses and being gone during the day, two will be home doing cyber school. Making working outside of the home incredibly difficult, if not outright impossible.

We just received the automatic renewal notice on my business’ website. Being that I don’t intend on being able to actually work, it’s time to take the website down. Which ended up being rather difficult for me to accept. It’s the right thing to do, but it’s like saying Good-bye to my business, which I loved.

Someday in the future I may be able to go back to working, but for now I’ll just be a SAHM. And thankful for the privilege to do so.

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Posted in Kids

Why Didn’t Anyone Ever Tell Me?

So. Wow. ::breath blown strongly at bangs::

I have a sucky thing ahead of me.

For about 1 and 1/2 months I have daily gone to the mailbox to check for two letters from PA Leadership Charter School’s Center for Performing and Fine Arts. Every day. And every day I was disappointed. Until today. Today there was a letter.

I sat for a moment in my van, heart pounding. Bennett’s name was on the front, but I’m the mother so I get to open whatever I want.

“Thank you so much, but we regret….” and the pounding heart fell into the shoes. No, lower. Below the van.

I have to somehow break it to my son that he didn’t get in. We don’t know yet about Laura. Can you imagine if SHE gets in? How that’s going to make him feel???

Yeah, that’s where I’ve been for the past hour or so. I was actually grateful when I came home to find him over a friend’s house swimming and having fun. So I can have more time to figure out what to say and how to cope with the fallout. I mean, on the one hand he could surprise me. He could be fine. We’ll definitely be getting him guitar lessons at least to “replace” what he would have gotten at CPFA.

But on the other hand this could kind of crush him. Bennett is definitely the crushable kind of sensitive kid.

God gave him to me to challenge me and make me grow because I am NOT sensitive–I am the kind of person who suffers endlessly with foot-in-mouth disease.

So, yeah. Sucky thing ahead of me.

No one told me that when they could be disappointed that I would hurt too.

Posted in Kids, Vacation

Almost Two Weeks Into Summer

So, wow. As of tomorrow the kids have been on vacation–and sleeping in–for two weeks. It’s been lazy and lovely, weathery and wild, and not-so-surprisingly, the best summer we’ve ever had.

If you are just joining the party, I have 11 year old (almost 12!) triplets and a 10 year old. And yes, in years past that was NOT A GOOD COMBINATION.

But they are getting older. And better behaved, thank you, God! They love their PC’s (with Daddy doing computery stuff, we had extras so they are blessed with each having their own). They love TV. The love the pool. They love their friends and playing and pretending and I’m just so glad they are HERE instead of 3 years old and at each other constantly.

Jim and I talk about how he’d love to go back and enjoy those early days. I say I’d like to be a fly on the wall and watch me. Or be able to talk to myself and say “I promise, it will get better!” because I certainly didn’t believe it at the time.

So, all that said, it’s been a good two weeks. Next week is VBS for the youngest (older ones are too old), the following week Ethan starts Extended School Year (what he calls Summer Camp), the 15th we start Camp Good News and the 22nd they do NASA’s Summer of Innovation.  So July is going to be BUSY!

Posted in 7 Quick Takes

7 Quick Takes Friday

1. IT’S THE LAST DAY OF SCHOOL (for the local kids)!!! ETHAN ONLY HAS 3 DAYS NEXT WEEK AND THEN WE’RE TOTALLY DONE!!!

2. Whew. Sorry about the yelling, but I’m pretty excited about NEVER having to set my alarm for 5:30 again. Well, ok, I’m sure at some point in my life I’ll have to get up at 5:30, but not for 180 days in a single school year. Hail, hail cyber school!

3. We received a very distressing phone call yesterday morning. Bennett and Laura’s principal had passed away. I barely knew the man (I don’t tend to need much interaction with principals as a rule), but for some reason this hit me rather hard. He was my age and had a wife and two young daughters (4&9) that he left behind. Heartbreaking.

4. We are dealing with the “remnants” of tropical storm Andrea. Lots and lots and lots of rain. I only wish we already had our pool up so we could save money on the water delivery!

5. In my last post, I mentioned that I was going to the hair salon for a lighter brown. Hmmmm…..I don’t know if it’s because of what I did with the Color Oops, but it looks just about as dark as before. I wanted a noticeably lighter brown. Once the salon opens I’m going to call and see if I can get some of the color stripped. I didn’t go through all that smelly stuff just to end up where I started!

6. Hey! Neat Product Alert! PB2. It’s POWDERED peanut butter. Hungry Girl recommended it, but 1) I never saw it in the store and 2) she really has different taste buds than me. However, I saw it at my local Super WalMart a few days ago and decided to take the plunge. A) I can’t really eat regular peanut butter because of the crazy-high fat content. My meds just won’t accept it and I get sick. B) It was $4.68, which for a splurge was within the ok range. Guess what? It’s pretty good! Two tbsp powder equals 45 cals, 1.5 grams fat, 5 grams carbs and 5 grams protein. I would definitely put it on a sandwich with jelly. In fact, I just might do it today!

7. I was fooling around on YouTube this morning and found one of my all-time favorite Classic Sesame Street songs. For those of you who watched in the 70’s, didn’t you love this too?

Posted in Me

Adventures in Hair Color

So, ok. I’m 44. I started going gray at 24. Yes, 24. Other than a brief foray into bleaching bangs with hydrogen peroxide in 1986, I’ve stuck to traditional methods. Oh, wait, there WAS henna back in the 90’s too.  Other than those two things, I’ve been pretty much medium brown/dark brown/auburn from a box for about 15 years give or take.  Fairly traditional, except for one time when the color took a LITTLE TOO MUCH and I ended up goth for Catie’s first birthday. Yikes.

For whatever reason (laziness, mostly) I’ve gone quite a bit since I last colored. My roots are two inches long (and yes, I just measured!). My roots are more than 50% gray on the top. Underneath in some places it’s actually 100%. In the back, though, it’s definitely less than 50%. So I’m all over the place.

I wanted to go a little lighter. But the ends of my hair–everything other than those 2 inches–were VERY dark. Lots of years of dyeing. Lots of build up. I was scared to go lighter and end up two-toned. Especially with “color-resistant gray” on the top.

Enter Color Oops.

I got it at WalMart, but read the reviews and instructions in depth on Amazon. I didn’t follow the instructions by the letter (because hey, why should I?), but am still thrilled with th results.

1. Mix up the stuff. (Here’s where I didn’t do the skin test or the strand test.). Shake. A LOT.

2. Put the stuff on your hair. PEEEEE-UUUUUUUU! It smells HORRIBLE. Seriously AWFUL. I opened the bathroom window and left open the door. Set the timer for 18, put on the enclosed shower cap and sat down to read.

3. After the timer went off, hop in the shower and rinse. Wash hair. They said for 5 minutes but sheesh. I have pretty short hair. Rinse for 20 minutes. I washed and rewashed and rewashed with shampoo in this time as well because I just couldn’t stand there rinsing my hair for 20 minutes. I felt stupid.

4. After the timer rang at 20, shampoo again. Sure! I think that was the 5th time. Maybe the 6th. Rinse for 20 minutes. Well, during this time I also conditioned with really expensive and good conditioner and only lasted 10 minutes.  The water was getting cool as well.

Toweled dry. Dried my bangs and damp dried the rest. I loved it. The dark color was definitely gone. I could see gray at the bottom as well as lighter brown hair (my hair is actually pretty dark when it’s not gray).

Tomorrow I’m getting it cut and colored. I think I’m going to stay with the lighter brown color and just color the gray. We’ll see. Either way, I’m extremely happy with my Color Oops venture and would definitely recommend it to people needing to remove dye they no longer want. And Color Oops didn’t pay me a dime to say that.