Thursday, June 27, 2013

Letting Him Go

So I just realized that I only have a week left with Matthew home!  He'll be leaving on the 5th for his almost 5 week trip to Florida.  Now, for the last 8 days Lucas and I will also be down there.  Even Eric is coming this year but unfortunately he can only stay for four days.

I know he'll have a ton of fun, but I'm still having trouble letting him go.  Again.  Last year we went down to visit my mom for a week and lucky Matthew stayed for an additional two weeks before my mom brought him home.  This year she's bringing him down first and we'll bring him home.

I feel like I'm missing his entire summer vacation, but really what can I offer him?  Mima has a pool, a dog, chickens, an RV park on a lake where he can fish and boat.  A basketball hoop in the driveway.  She even found a bike for him at a yard sale because he was upset about not being able to bring his bike down there.  In the meantime, I'll be adjusting to a vastly different work schedule than we're all used to; I'll probably be too tired to do much of anything with poor Lucas this summer.

And I know he'll be well cared for!  I have no concerns in that department at all.  I'll just miss him!  And Lucas will miss him!  And daddy will miss him!  And he'll be too busy to even call us more than twice a week. 


Tuesday, June 25, 2013


I'm already falling behind on posting.. I don't mean to, but I feel pulled in so many different directions.  I have the blog, promoting my husband's new business, Obssessities, I own a group on Cafemom and admin for two others and trying to keep them active takes a bunch of time.. plus, you know, it's SUMMER!  The weather is gorgeous and we're spending a lot of time outside so.. that cuts my day in half also.

So I apologize.

On another note, I took the boys to the Dr today.  I got some phone numbers for taking Matthew to a psychiatrist for a.. maybe ADHD diagnoses and got the Dr to tell me which ones would be more med-free friendly if it came down to it.  Lucas is definitely knock kneed.  When he puts his feet together his knees are in each other's way.  Also, we might start trying some lactate free milk for him, as sometimes he gets a slight bellyache after having breakfast (cereal with milk) or yogurt, or sometimes even ice cream.

Other than that, I have two healthy boys who are begging to get back outside!

Friday, June 21, 2013


So my husband has always wanted to start his own business.  When we first started dating we talked about opening a store together.. a party store!  We were going to name it Celebrations and it was going to be the best damn party store in the world!  Well...

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Throwback Thursday: Renaissance Fair

Way back when I was just the mother of one!

Even more freaky!
Of course there had to be a juggler juggling fire and balancing on a ball!
This guy didn't really belong, but he was cool.  And TALL.. my mom is NOT a short woman and he's towering over her!

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Guess Who's Getting a Raise

So the other day I was talking about being considered for a supervisory position at my job.  Saturday morning I talked to my store manager and the overnight manager about it.  They'd already decided who they were going to fill the supervisory position with.. and it wasn't me.

But there were TWO positions that I'd applied for!  The other one is still a full time overnight position and I was still very interested in it.  So I had my meeting with the managers and they gave me some very positive feedback.  I left with a strong feeling that I'd be chosen to fill the position.  So, again, this was on Saturday morning.

Don't Make Potty Training Harder Than It Needs To Be

I'm a super laid back type of mama.  I took that same approach to potty training both of my boys.

Now, sure, neither of them was potty trained before three.  If that's a deal breaker for you well.. I guess my laid back strategy won't appeal much to you.  The thing is.. why rush it?  With Matthew I tried to force it.  He was about two and a half and I thought he was already "late" potty training!  So I started taking him into the bathroom.  He had his Cheerios and his potty book.  And we would read and snack and wait.  And wait.  And wait.  Finally, after 20 minutes, there'd be a tinkle!  And a celebration!  He'd get off the potty and I'd put on his big boy underwear and he'd pee them.  And the floor.  Immediately.  I'd clean it up and we'd try again in another half hour or so.

Wordless Wednesday: Rolling Down a Hill

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

First Day of Summer!

Today is the FIRST day of summer vacation!  I know, it's weird that the last day of school was on a Monday, but we had a full week off from Hurricane Sandy plus a few other snow days to make up.

I have no idea what I'm going to do!  I need to settle us into some type of routine, but Matthew will be leaving for Florida soon and I still am not sure whether or not I'm getting this new position.. (signs are looking good though!).

Today we're making sure the boys' room is good and clean.  I think it's just about time for a yard sale and I'd love to get a good inventory of all of their toys and figure out what's broken, what's not, what they still play with, and what I can sneak out of there!

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Saturday, June 15, 2013

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Friday, June 14, 2013

Moving Up the Ladder?

I mentioned yesterday that I was up for consideration for a supervisory position at Kohls.  And if I didn't mention it yesterday, I should have.

So here are the details..

Our store is one of five total in the company chosen to start a pilot program which I probably can't say anything about.. BUT there are some newly created supervisory positions going along with this pilot.

The good news?  I feel I'm very qualified for at least two positions. 

The bad news?  They're overnight positions!

I talked it over with Eric and he agrees that this isn't something I can pass up, so I applied for both positions I felt I was most qualified for.  I spoke to my Asst Store Manager and he explained a little bit more in detail what would be required, asked about my availability and willingness to supervise, explained the differences in the two positions (not quite a whole lot, but then again, they are new and the roles aren't clearly defined as of yet), and asked if I was still interested.

Hell yes!

Working overnight would be a HUGE challenge and I don't know how well I'd handle it BUT I know I can make it work if I get the job.  We're talking about a substantial increase in hours, a shift differential, and --I'm assuming-- a raise for taking on a supervisory role.  I can definitely live a few months with no sleep (duh, I had two kids!) and after that hopefully I'll be able to find a preschool that won't  take my entire paycheck... or at least get on a waiting list for childcare assistance.

I'll be talking to (the haven't formally said it's an interview) the overnight manager at the asscrack of dawn tomorrow morning.  His shift will just be ending, mine will just be starting, so we'll chat in between.  I kinda know this guy, kinda not.  I mean, I've seen him in passing, worked with him last year for a few days during inventory, but I don't *know him* know him.  And he can say the same for me.  So I hope I'll be able to make a good impression.  I'm sure the rest of my supervisors and managers have already told him what a great worker I am.  No, really... I'm a great worker!

It's about damn time I move up from this minimum wage work!  (For the record, I am making more than minimum wage.. I'm just making a point)  I'm tired of this teenager stuff, and I have NOTHING to put on a resume.  Hopefully that will all change very soon!

Wish me luck everyone, this mama has her hand on the ladder!

Thursday, June 13, 2013

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Throwback Thursday

Still my fave pic of Matthew, 3 yrs
Lucas, 7mo

Screw That!!

I've decided to get back into blogging.. and I wanted a fresh start, so I thought I'd go over to wordpress and try things out over there... SCREW THAT!

I'll stick with Blogger, thank you very much, until I'm so freakin popular that I have my own domain!

What's been going on here?  Not much.

I don't do Avon anymore.

I quit smoking last week. 

I'm being considered for a supervisor position at Kohls.

Vacation to Florida is coming up at the end of July

Matthew is home from school today, but his last day isn't until Monday.

I've been spending all of my time on Cafemom.

Annnddd... that's about it.

I'll be working the rest of this week on overhauling what I have here... I need to revise some pages, catch up with whatever other blogs I enjoyed, get things settled again. 

Feels good to be back!