Author of little things

IMG_4164My kids love to create stories.  I often wake up to small drawings such as the deathly hollows symbol above, as they like to take the drawings and create another story.   My favorite thing to do with my kids is to let them hear new music.  Instrumental music from movie soundtracks are our favorites!  We take the long way home every time we fall in love with a new song. Each of us take turns telling a story to what we see with the music.   They have become experts at creating these elaborate short stories!  So I have decided, this is the year I write their stories down!  I want to make a book for them to keep.  I’ve never done this before and I’m sure I’ll have to have someone proof read and edit it but I’m excited!  To me it doesn’t matter if these books sale or go big, I am doing this for my girls.   I want them to always remember and cherish our time spent together.

The losing battle of the single mom

Restraining kids to their beds isn’t an option is it?  I need advice on how to keep my 4 year old from leaving her bed at night that also allows me to achieve a sane number of sleeping hours.  I told her that she could no longer sleep in her older sisters bed.  I want her to start sleeping in her own bed each night.  I spent an entire weekend painting and remodeling her room for her, I bought a bed, dresser, and a nightstand with a small tv.  The kid has it made, I slept in a sleeping bag my entire 2nd grade year and I didn’t have a dresser until I bought one when I was 18.  But does any of that matter? No.  She sneaks out of her room every night and crawls into her sisters bed.  I’ve tried to guard the door, I caught her twice last night but she is a night owl and always out last me!  I resulted to threats last night, I told her if I woke to find her in her sisters bed she would be punished.

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I woke up, went straight to her room, No Hailee?  Go to her sisters room look in bed, no Hailee?  Small heart attack, as I catch a glimpse of a small people on the floor.  It’s Hailee, sleeping in her sisters room on the floor.  I’m losing this fight.

Mixing pleasure with work 😏

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I’m supposed to be learning about the different structures of the skeletal system.  While taking pictures of each piece of bone to study later at home I took the most epic photo of this Mandible.  I’ve always loved photography and now I want to go around taking beautiful pictures of every piece of bone in class!  Well I’ve got to go back to work, tally ho!

Four year old grown up

Mornings are the busiest part of our day.  As I rush around reminding each kid of what they have left to do to get ready, I try to do various house chores.  I usually clean when I come home from work or school but throughout the night the kids get up and roam through the kitchen, Hailee may have an accident and change clothes, they secretly create a fort… whatever the case, there is always more work in the morning! A few days ago while we were in our morning rush my 4 year old daughter Hailee decided to change her clothes and leave them in the floor.  Fet up, I told her that she needed to pick her clothes up and walk them to the laundry hamper.  Then I continued to lecture her about how she needed to start taking care of herself because no one was going to clean up after her when she got older hahaha, I realize now how crazy I sound.  Well it turned out that Hailee took my words to heart.  Yesterday she made her own lunch, cleaned up her own messes all day and then she decided to make me dinner.

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She calls it lettuce soup.  It has celery, fruit loops, and milk in it.  She stood there with this super excited face just waiting for me to take a bite. So I did, I really did.  Oh my goodness, the things we do to make our children happy.  Needless to say, I won’t be giving Hailee anymore lectures until she learns her way around the kitchen.

The social life of a single mom

img_2006I get two weekends out of the month to myself while my kids go to their dads.  Thankfully I have a pool full of friends to hang out with during me time.  This weekend I’ll be with my pals Jacob and Colton.  They are pretty much the coolest guys you could ever meet!  However that also means I have to clean my house… I don’t realize how crazy of a mess my house gets until I decide to have company over.  I need some quick clean up tips… I’m too exhausted to actually have this social life thing going on.

img_3354         On top of trying to get my house clean I’m running around like a chicken with its head chopped off after my children.  This morning 10 minutes before we were supposed to leave the house for school my 10 year old daughter comes to ask me if she can wear something different.  I asked why and she says, “Well because today is 50s day and I’ve signed up for a sock hop”. So panic mode set in and I ripped through her closet like a maniac trying to piece something together last minuteimg_3355

For a last minute outfit, I’m pretty impressed with my bad self… feeling like supermom at the moment but I’m sure when they come home this afternoon I’ll be brought back down off my high horse during some everyday fiasco.  But for now I’ll live in the moment and applaud my small successes!

Charlie, Eli, and This crazy thing I call life

img_3295My youngest daughter has an imaginary daughter.  Her name is Charlie and she is running my life right now.  Charlie is worse than that elf on the shelf.  She interferes with our schedule and complicates things.  We went out for hot chocolate the other day and my daughter insisted we get a table that seated 5 because Charlie needed a seat too.  I went along with it because I figured no harm no foul.  However she then excepted me to buy Charlie a hot chocolate too… which I thought was overboard so I turned that down.  This morning I was 20 minutes late because Charlie wouldn’t get up and and kept getting into things while we were getting ready.  I’ve had it with this imaginary grandchild of mine, she has to go.

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Eli is a guy I dated a few months ago.  I liked him better than most the people I’ve dated in the past few years and after a few months of dating we went out one night to a movie, afterward we had dinner and then sat in his truck.  He told me he didn’t see things going anywhere between us but he liked dating me…. I know what you’re thinking, “what the heck does that mean” yeah I thought it too.  I thought about it all night, chatted with a few friends and family about it and came to the conclusion that what that mixed message meant was that he wasn’t into me but he’d like to keep dating me until something better comes along.  So I did what any wimp would do, I texted him to tell him I didn’t want to keep dating… yeah I did that shameful thing.  Oh well.  After that I was sad, typically.  But I know it was the right thing to do, I didn’t dwell on it and I moved on.  The following weekend I hung out with a mutual friend of ours, Jacob who also happens to be his roommate.  I tried to avoid any conversation about Eli with him but Jacob somehow flat out said that Eli was going on a date with someone that day.  One week after our non breakup breakup.  We didn’t really breakup since we never actually became that boyfriend girlfriend label. But still we dated for a few months and after ending it a week later he is out dating someone else.  I gave myself a pat on the back because obviously I did the right thing.  For anyone reading this, if a guy is worth your time then this would not be the scenario.  I’ve been dating too long to miss these signs.  Anyways here we are almost 2 months later and he texts me out of the blue to ask how I’m doing.  I was polite and went along with the conversation to keep the peace when I hang out with Jacob.  I’m stressed out wondering if there is going to be  face to face conversation with Eli soon where I may have to explain why I ended things via text.  I love hanging out with Jacob because he is funny, nice and super helpful.  He is one of my few guy friends that I have that are genuinely my friends and nothing more.  But he is also Eli’s roommate.  We are hanging out this weekend and I’m stressed about possibly running into him.  As my dad anyways quoted, “This too shall pass”

Photo shoot in the snow

img_3258For the past several years I’ve been thinking about how to build my children’s college fund while staying financial stable at the same time.  About a year ago I saw opportunities in Atlanta, 3 hours from where I live, for acting and modeling.  My oldest daughter started working as a background artist shortly after.  Then was offered a job doing a photo shoot for the same show as one of the main characters younger version.  It brought it a good chunk of cash to start her savings account and since then I’ve been looking for work for my other daughters.

Our snowy weekend inspired a photographer that was offering model experience to do a snow shoot.  It was a chance to start investing in my middle daughters future so I dressed her in warm clothes then carried a big thick blanket to the shoot.  It only took about 5 minutes for the entire shoot and she did great!  She now has an audition we are going to on Tuesday night! I’m excited to see what the future holds for her and hopefully her college fund will grow!

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