Happy Friday, everyone. The picture I used this week, is one of my favorite places on Earth. We spend a lot of time on this lake. It’s smaller, so it’s more of a fishing lake. Not very often will you see people out tubing or water-skiing. It’s quiet. We’ve caught some decent size bass in there. 9 out of 10 times we are out fishing, this is where we’re at…and I am itching to get out there!

What are you just itching to get at? The golf course? The lake? Garden?

Any weekend plans?

I am spending some of Saturday with a friend of mine, and Sunday afternoon I have a jewelry party to go to. I’ve never heard of it, Silpada. I promised her I’d go. Not sure why I did that!

That’s about it for me! Enjoy your weekend!

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17 Responses to T.G.I.F.

  1. mssc54 says:

    Real crummy week here. My Mrs. mother had a mini stroke a week ago and my Mrs. has been staying there with her mom since last Sunday! Don’t get me wrong. I completely support her helping her mom. I’m just Jonesing as a single parent for a whole week. She is supposed to be home after lunch Saturday.

    Plans? Roll with it!

  2. skl1 says:

    I’m itching to get someone else to go away so I can have some peace! I’m not mentioning any names, but said individual will be traveling for much of the next 5 days – hooray!

    I’m having a sucky mom moment, so don’t mind me. My kids were so awesome this morning, and tonight they were so bad. The ignoring and intentionally doing the opposite of what I want. I think they just had a draining day and then they had chocolate milk at dinner, which is not conducive to concentration afterward. Miss E would keep doing B every time I told her to do A. Gets really old, really fast! So I sent her straight to bed for the second night in a row. I told her I don’t want to work with her if she’s going to disrespect me. Now I feel like a turd. But honestly, it’s a waste of her time and mine once she gets on that trajectory, and I didn’t want it to build up to the point where I lost my cool.

    My kids’ music teacher had some crisis and sent me a note that she won’t be coming any more. After a couple of days I finally heard from her boss about her replacement – who starts June 1 and doesn’t teach guitar. Oh well, in a way that’s good, because even on a good day it’s hard to fit in four practice sessions, and it wouldn’t hurt us to slow down for a little while. They’ll still practice, just not as much. I also talked to the boss about piano lessons for next school year, and she seemed positive about it.

    My sister called today and says Baby G will be allowed to hang with “other people” (in moderation) after June. So we have a playdate on the calendar. I also hear that Baby G is scooting around and getting into stuff. How cool is that? It’s all relative, right? My sister wasn’t sure she’d ever need to babyproof this time around, so hooray for that.

    It must be boring to read this stuff, but it’s my life right now, for what it’s worth. I do hope that once my kids are more independent, I have the energy to do interesting grown-up things.

    Well, everyone have a great weekend!

    • Laura says:

      YAAY for Baby G!!! So happy for her and your family. What a crisis that was, and now it’s almost past.

      And the kid stuff… we put so much pressure on ourselves, I think. I keep thinking that I’m THE WORST mom on the planet, because (for example) I have to repeat things three, four, five times, before Josh will listen to me. Then a couple weeks ago, he was at his friend’s house (Manservant Jim’s son), and Jim was calling his friend. Once, twice, three times… four… Then I called him. He came immediately. Jim gave me “that” look… -.- like, “you’ve GOT to be kidding!!” It was because a different voice was calling him. Jim then called Josh (I’d been calling him, too. Three times, four…) and Josh came the first time. Jim and I have decided that we need to trade voices, and our kids would listen immediately every time. And then we feel better, because we thought it was just us. But we see it at Scouts, too. ALL kids do it. It’s a kid’s job to annoy their parents. 🙂 So then we feel better that we’re not the only ones.

      So, SKL, you’re not alone. And you’re a good mom. Sometimes we need to hear that, too.

      • skl1 says:

        Thanks. I think the hardest thing about parenting is that it’s never-ending. Three steps forward, two steps back – probably until I leave this earth. Maybe I should talk myself into embracing the “dance.” But ya know, sometimes I just want a smooth, happy evening.

        • Laura says:

          A very wise man once told me to remember… “they’re going to be fine.” We have to remember that we get so very mired in the day-by-day of everything, worrying about these manners, that skill that seems slow… we forget to watch for the things they’re doing right. We forget that we’re in the trenches and CAN’T see beyond them. Our parents (whether they’ll admit (or remember) it or not) will never admit it, but they had the same worries. Will she be ok? Will she ALWAYS be this messy/pokey/stubborn/dreamy? And we all turned out just fine. Mostly.

          That said? I totally get the smooth, happy thing. Except ours usually happens in the morning, when we’re up against a bus schedule!

          • skl1 says:

            All true . . . this morning Miss E was all sweetness again. A little putzy, but sweet. She apologized. Does that make me a bigger turd than I felt last night?

            In other news, Miss A proudly showed me that she could button her back dress button. (I know you moms of boys don’t have to worry about that particular milestone.) They really are getting quite independent in many ways.

            • skl1 says:

              I just have to say that today was one of my best days ever with my kids. Sometimes I think I should complain online about them more often. It seems to straighten them right up.

      • Joy says:

        I agree. Parenting is never over. It’s like doing the dishes or laundry. It’s NEVER done.

    • Nikki says:

      First off, it’s not boring. Most of us here are moms so it’s nice to have that dialog going. None of us really know what’s right and wrong all the time. I have an 11 year old going on 17, attitude and all. He wouldn’t dare disrespect anyone but me or his father. I have to remind myself, all in all-he’s a good kid, and going through hormones and I am constantly reminding myself, it could be worse. It can always be worse. It’s hard to stop yourself and think of the good, when you’re right in the middle of the bad. It doesn’t make you a sucky mom, it’s makes you human.

  3. Laura says:

    I think I’m itching to go to the pool. And to do some outdoor Scout things. I’m trying to turn the Pack toward some more practical skills – hiking, orienteering (I mentioned that), knots, first aid, that kind of stuff. I know it’s “Scoutcraft”, but so many of our boys are so capable, they should be trusted with that kind of stuff. So I’m trying to put together some pack meetings that do that kind of thing.

  4. Joy says:

    We don’t have much planned for the weekend except emptying out the spare room upstairs and putting my baseboards up in the living room. I won’t hold my breath for either task. I will start the bedroom myself today. The Epilepsy Foundation called and said they’d be coming on the 7th so now it’ll be easier for me to just start filling up bags and boxes. I have so many blankets and things I don’t use anymore and they just sit up in that room and Darryl will be coming up soon and the basement is so icky that I want that room done. But I know how the best laid plans turn out.

    It’s so cold and cloudy today. I guess it’s a good day to start cleaning. We’re eating out tonight so it’s nice I don’t have to plan a meal.

    Have a good weekend all.

  5. skl1 says:

    So today I got some housework done. It feels good to clear out stuff! It truly is one of my favorite pastimes. I cleared out the last of the Easter stuff, reorganized some cupboards and shelves, filled a bag with stuff to give to my nieces. Maybe I should set a goal to become efficient enough at work that I could spend one day a week just being domestic (because I really can’t do it while people are home).

    Now I just have a few hours to finish my “work” work, so I’d better get on it!

    • Laura says:

      LOL, you cleaned up the last of the Easter stuff. I still have CHRISTMAS CARDS hanging on my wall!!!!! I keep looking at the string, or walking past it thinking, “I really should get those down.”

      • skl1 says:

        Christmas is different. My tree is still up.

        But I get antsy with too much clutter. You can imagine how much clutter I have even without all the seasonal stuff. And did I ever mention that my kids have about 25 stuffed bunnies? I’m not even kidding. I know they reproduce fast, but this is ridiculous. Down to the basement they go.

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