Preschool Selfies

Andy’s new favorite thing to do is take pictures.  He’s figured out how to open the camera app on my phone and will shoot hundreds of pictures – mostly of the floor, the arm of the couch or someone’s backside.  But while I was cleaning out his latest photo session, I found a set that was too adorable and too funny to delete.  Andy’s new favorite subject is himself.

Looks like the selfie craze isn’t limited to just teenagers.  Do you have selfie obsessed kids too?

Splashing the Night Away

Going to dinner at Chick-fil-a is a pretty common Friday night for our family, but this Friday I knew we would need to stay out as late as possible to allow our newly cleaned carpets to dry.  Since Cassie has come home from school early due to a fever, she stayed home with Grandma and Grumple while I took the boys out.

We started at Chick-fil-a as planned, but our stay was drastically cut short when the play place was over run with rowdy older boys.  Ok, where to now?  We headed down the street to the newer outdoor shopping center to grab FroYo and walk around.  I’ve been to the shopping center many times, but only quick trips in and out of the stores.  I didn’t realize what a gem this place is.  Across from the FroYo shop, there is a “gathering area” with lots for benches and water fountains (aka: geysers).  We settled in to eat our treat when we spotted another little boy playing in the water.  Now, you can’t tell a 4 year old to just sit around when there’s water to play in, so they striped off their shoes and headed for the water.

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They had so much fun walking around the walls and sticking their feet into the “geysers”

I eventually took home two very wet, very tired and very happy little boys!  Sometimes, the best moments in life are the unplanned ones.

Quest to Become a Morning Person

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5:30: My ambitious first alarm goes off. If were more awake, I’d chuckle as I turned it off and drift back to sleep. Only crazy people get up this early.

6:00 am: My second alarm goes off and I struggle to find that tiny snooze button on my phone. I HAVE to be out of bed by 6:30 if I have any chance at getting to work on time. Three snoozes – I can do this.

6:09 am: Snooze

6:18 am: Snooze

6:27 am: One more snooze won’t hurt. Do I have a morning meeting?…..

6:36 am: Snooze

6:45 am: Snooze. Who am I kidding – I’m not getting up until 7:00.

6:54 am: Fine, fine – I’ll get up. Crap, I DO have a morning meeting. How bad it my hair this morning? Do I NEED a shower?

One could argue I get an extra hour and half of sleep this way, but is it really worth it? That extra 90 mins means I start my day completely stressed out from trying to get myself and the kids dressed and out the door as quickly as possible. They don’t care about the clock and have no motivation to get out the door beyond getting me to stop yelling like a crazy person.

This is NOT a good way to start the day, yet this has been my morning at least 3 days a week for years!

And this usually comes after a hellacious night of getting the kids to bed.

Every night I sit in the kids room until they go to sleep.  What was once a quick process, can now take 2 hours or more of me continually putting them back to bed.  I’ve come to dread bedtime!  By the time I get them to sleep, I’m ready to collapse into my bed.  (Yes, I need to figure out a better bedtime solution.)

I’m tired.  I’m cranky.  I yell too much.  I’m increasingly resentful of my Mommy obligations.

I need time for myself!

When the kids were little I put them to sleep around 7:30 and the rest of the night was mine.  I was able to watch TV, blog, read – just about anything I wanted.  I needed this time.  It was the only thing that saved my sanity.  I no longer have these hours – and I suffering because of it.

Then a couple of weeks ago I discovered a book called “The Fringe Hours” by Jessica Turner.   It’s about finding little pockets of time in your day to do things for yourself.  It’s been an eye opener – I had no idea I had so much wasted pockets of time each each day.  And, as much as I hate to admit it, one of those pockets happens to be first thing in the morning when I’m trying to squeak out a little more sleep (which doesn’t really do me any good.)  So I decided to try it – Morning Mommy Time. (Yes, I’ve lost my mind!)

It hasn’t been nearly as easy as you’d imagine.  That snooze button is just so inciting.  A week went by, then two with no change.  And then one morning it occurred to me,

I often regret over sleeping, but never regret getting up early.

I can’t tell you how much I hated making this realization – but it has changed things.

So I’ve decided to to become a morning person.  Or an early riser at the very least.  This week my goal has been to get outta bed by 6:00, which I’ve managed to do.  One morning, I actually got up at 5:15 – on purpose!  It’s totally craziness!

But you know what, I’m loving the extra time.  I wrote my first blog post in months.  I’ve completed two month’s worth of layouts for a Photo book – something I’ve wanted to do for some time now but just haven’t made the time to do it.

My goal for next week: 5:45am.  {I think I can, I think I can, I think I can.}

Do you make time for yourself?  If not, why?

Don’t Get Mad, Get Even – Indoor Snowball Fight

When I heard the kids cheerfully exclaim “It’s Snowing” I figured the winter weather they keep talking about had finally moved in.

I looked out the window and didn’t see anything.

Hmm.

I walked into their room to see what was going on, and the floor was covered in stuffing!

“Look Mom, Snow!  Let’s build a snow man”

What did I do next?  Grabbed my camera and joined the fun – of course.

Stuffing doesn’t make great snowmen, so thing rapidly escalated into a snowball fight.

Should I have been mad they killed some poor, defenseless stuffed animal – maybe.

But then I would have missed out on the best snowball fight of my life!