Although it seems as though I have disappeared off the face of the earth, I have not, I am still here. I’ve not been doing well at keeping up with these post as you can clearly see. There really is not much interesting happening around here. I have done some painting but mostly on furniture. I did get some time to paint this. It is a 36 X 36. It took me six and a half enjoyable hours to paint this.
I have this one hanging in my bathroom over my bathtub. I’m really enjoying it there although I’m not sure it has found a permanent home just yet. Truthfully, I would love to spend every moment of every day painting, writing, or drawing. Unfortunately, I cannot quit my day job. Not to mention, when I’m not at my day job, I am doing my other job(s). I spend most of my time cleaning, picking up after my husband and daughter, and taking of care of the animals.
Speaking of animals and I am not sure why and against my better judgement, I let me husband talk me into getting our daughter a ferret. She named him Marvel. Being the humorous person that I am, I call him Marvel Redenbacher. Like Orville Redenbacher. You get it? You get it? Go ahead, it is perfectly acceptable for you to laugh at my dry humor. I guess you can imagine how hard it is for me not to go in there and clean the cage. It is so hard that I have had to do it. Although, I really try to restrain myself I find some days it is almost impossible. I told her if she was going to have this ferret she was going to be the one keeping his cage clean. I’ve questioned myself as to why I did not get her the dog she wanted instead of the ferret she wanted. I guess I thought the ferret would be easier for me to take care of if she didn’t. On a serious note, she is doing pretty good at taking care of him but she sometimes lets her laziness overcome her desire for her room to not smell like ass. I think she knows that before it gets to bad mom will come to the rescue and clean some shit up. Guess what, I sure do. How can I not? Could you resist this adorable little face?
Talking about cleaning makes me think about how my daughter tells me that I am OCD all the time. The other day I cleaned all the glass tables and of course she comes right out in the living room with a nice sweaty glass of “I’m going to jack with my mom” and sets that sweaty thing right on my glass table. She sets it not on but next to the coaster. I repeat, right next to the coaster. Of course it is completely driving me nuts and I find that I can’t even focus on the movie until she puts the damn glass on the coaster. I look over and she is just smiling at me. She tells me, “It’s okay mom, just watch the movie”, and proceeds to laugh while I sit there and squirm. I’m laughing but trust me it is making me crazy and she just laughs. She finally realized that if she wants to watch the movie without interruption, she had better but the glass on the damn coaster. She messes with me like that but little does she realize that she is just as messed up as I am. I caught her re-arranging the place mats on the kitchen table because the designs were not all facing the same direction. Ha! Not to mention the time I put something else other than popcorn in the bowl that had the word popcorn stenciled on it. I thought she was going to pull her hair out. Don’t screw with me child, I love you enough to screw with you back. Do your kids screw with you? I’d love for you to share how your kids screw with you in the comments section. All this talk about how my daughter screws with me brings me to this video clip. I think this sums it up.
I think I’ll end this post on that happy note.
Have a great day!
My weekend was jam-packed which leads to my posting late on this Monday night. I started organizing my bedroom closet Friday along with allowing four girls spend the night at the house. Needless to say I was not able to get it finished. I’m still working on it and look forward to sharing before and afters. I had no idea that things in my closet could fill up my master bedroom. The great news is that so far I have 6 large bags full of clothes and shoes that we are donating for disabled veterans.
Now to the four girls spending the night. That was actually a breeze. It really is a lot less crazy now that their a bit older. The girls were pretty behaved. It wasn’t until the next day that things were crazy for a bit. We had plans to take our daughter to get a new bat, bat bag, new glove, and anything else we though she might need for softball. I let the girls know that we would have to take everyone home soon so that we could get some things done. It was then that things got crazy. My daughter came to me to let me know that I couldn’t take one of the girl’s home. Something about she couldn’t go home without her sister. I was just a bit confused by that. The sister didn’t spend the night at our home. I asked my daughter if her friend could call her parents and see if it would be okay if I take her home. It seemed to be a huge deal. So then I recommended that this girl call her parents to see if it would be okay if she went to another one of the girls houses so that we could run our errands. That didn’t seem to be an option either. At this point I have to admit that I am getting a little suspicious. My daughter said that her friend was going to be picked up by an older sister who would come get her when she woke up. I explained to my daughter that we cannot wait for her sister to wake up and come get her. We had to get errands done and it was already afternoon. Finally my daughter tells me that if I pick up the other sister that I could take them both home. It wasnt that I didn’t want to pick up the other sister but the other sister was not at my home. She was not my responsibility. I felt as though the situation was a bit odd. My daughter was so upset that I wouldn’t pick up the other sister that it caused a huge fight between us. I tried to explain my concern and why I felt the way I did about this but all my daughter couldn’t understand. The girl told us that her sister was on the way. We waited for a bit and I decided to take the dog for a walk. Next thing I see is this girl and another one of the girls that spent the night tell me they are walking to the house where the other sister is at so that they do not inconvenience their dad, who now is apparently the one picking them up, and didn’t want him to have to drive two places. At that moment I felt like someone slapped me in the face. Did they really just tell me that they were walking to where her sister was and that they didn’t want to inconvenience the person coming to pick them up. Why couldn’t I have just drove this girl over to the house that her sister was at? Is this bizarre to anyone else? Are teenagers just that inconsiderate? Was there something else going on?
Sunday came quickly and our daughters ball practice was cancelled due to rain. My husband and I decided to take my daughter and her friend to the batting cages for a couple of hours. There were only two time slots that I could get back to back so we really had to rush to get there. Would you believe that half way there I realized that I had forgotten my purse and my husband his wallet? We rushed around and forgot money. You have to have money to pay for the batting cages. We got there and they allowed us to go ahead and get started while my husband ran home to get his wallet and my purse. At least we didn’t forget the kids. I had to laugh. The girls had a great time and they came away from batting practice more confident.
This was also the weekend for setting our clocks forward. Although it was daylight a bit longer , Sunday night came quickly. I hoped to go to bed early and get a good start on the week but because of the change in time I found myself up until after two in the morning. I fell asleep tonight watching a movie with my daughter. I think it was around six thirty. I woke up around nine thirty so here I am at twelve thirty and I’m not sleeping.
I better call it a night. Just a reminder that I am still running the $25 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway. It will end this weekend so be sure to enter everyday.
Goodnight or Good Morning, which ever.
Being a parent is hard and our children do not come with manuals. Being a teenager is hard and we parents do not come with manuals either.
The problem with being a teenager is that it is like a roller coaster. It is a bit exhausting being a teenager and just as exhausting for parents who have to live with one. One minute they are happy and the next minute they want to scream at the world. I recall seeing a television program that talked about teens and the program explained in-depth that the teen brain is still “under construction”. The impulsiveness, the mood swings, and all that other crazy stuff is an important process in the brains development. I am sure glad to know that there is a reason for all this madness. I have to laugh when my daughter tells me that I don’t know what it is like to be a teenager. Good lord, do you think I could forget. I remember it starting out all awkward and stressful but I also remember it getting better. That is what I want my daughter to understand. It gets better!
I asked my daughter to share some thoughts with us. Things that us “Parents” should know. If she feels this way I’m sure there are other teens that feel the same. I’m proud of my daughter for being a voice. Asking her to do the video is one more way for me to understand and to continue to stay connected with her. Parents talk to your teenagers and teenagers talk to your parents. We parents are not as lame as you think we are and we love you more than you could ever imagine.
Here what my teen has to say:
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