Monday, October 31, 2011

Just Because.

This one goes out to my husband. For no specific reason, I want to share my pride!

When I have a bad day, I don't clean, I don't do laundry, I serve cereal and milk for dinner.

When Shuky has a bad day, he still goes to school, does his homework/studying, works his two part-time jobs (!!), and helps with the kids when he gets home.

Sometimes, you just need to stop and appreciate the beautiful things in your life and say thank you!

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Curves in my Rearview Mirror

Bella is almost seven months old. I was doing really great with my weight loss and then somewhere, at some point, it all just stopped. I'm going to say it had something to do with all the holidays and traveling but I'll be honest with you, my loyal blog family. It started slowing down way before then! I'm also going to pretend there's just too much going on in our lives right now for me to be making an extreme effort. There isn't. Our life is always this hectic.

At least we are eating MUCH healthier these days!

Here's to hoping I can kick my butt far enough off this chair to look good at my brother in law's wedding in a few months!

Because dress shopping is going to be extremely depressing if not!

The stress of being a curvy mama.

Oh and why can't my dress be as easy to find as Bella's?? I already have like six potential dresses picked out for her!

Check out some of the options I've been eyeing for her:

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Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Pick Him Up!

I'd love for this to be a purely happy, sunshiney place. I'd also love for my kids to be purely happy and sunshiney. Neither of those are reality so let's move on.

I'm not even going to talk about this past month right now. Too crazy, hectic, tiring. We'll talk about that all some other time as there is definitely what to talk about!

Right now, I'm having an internal struggle. I could definitely use an outlet for my thoughts, no need to let them brew and stew in my noggin.

Picking up Benny from school every day makes me never want to take him back. It's not the school. It's not the staff. It's not even his classmates. All of those are fine, great actually! But maybe that's the problem. Benny NEVER wants to come home with me. They are usually playing in the yard when I come to get him. I usually spend 10-15 minutes trying to persuade (read: bribe) him to walk out willingly. Then I end up dragging/carrying him back into the classroom to gather his stuff. All while holding Bella, who sometimes starts out pickup-time sleeping but almost never remains asleep. {I try to put her in my Ergo to have both hands available, it's a real bummer when I forget it at home!} Once we're in the classroom, I have to gather all his things, he's still busy having his tantrum. My safety zone is usually getting him into the hallway and closing the classroom door. In case you're wondering, we've usually hit the 20 minute mark by this point. Sometimes the hallway calms him down, sometimes he just lays on the floor and goes into full-blown tantrum mode. Shrieking. Kicking. More shrieking. Teachers poking heads out of rooms to make sure everything is ok. Oodles of fun.

Once in a blue moon, he just walks out nicely with me. I can probably count on one hand how many times that has happened.

Shuky tries very hard to get him on the days he's available, or at least to come with me. While he does this quite often, and I am extremely grateful for those days, the bad days WAYYYY overpower those times.

So, now my thought process is telling me it is really not worth the money we are spending for the battle I face, for the small amount of time he gets at the school.

Not sure what will come of this but sometimes rants are needed!

Monday, October 10, 2011

Wandering Jews

We knew, going into this, that holidays would be difficult. Without a community here, we would always have to go away. It was understood.

Until you experience the sense of displacement, it's not understood. We live 40 minutes from the nearest community so just going to our 'neighbors' is an ordeal. While we have our own traditions of places we've been going for the past few years, it doesn't get easier. The making arrangements, packing, unpacking, laundry, car cleaning, driving time and readjusting is extremely difficult with little kids. And this month, we have to do that four different times!

Forget about the cost of traveling.

I guess the silver lining here is that when we are done with school and have settled into our own little corner of the world, I will enjoy Tishrei so much more!

On another note, please accept this as my excuse for sparseness lately!