Dec 14, 2017


We got the news that my hard work has been for nothing.  So I decided to start Christmas at our house.  The girls and I decorated the house and drank peppermint mocha while watching Christmas movies.  After that Prince Charming and went Christmas shopping.  I took a day that could have been disappointing and made it a fun family  day.

Dec 13, 2017

He's Back!!!

Our first kitty is home!!  He is skinny as heck but he is home and I am thrilled!

Dec 11, 2017


It is looking like the project I am working so hard on to improve my life, may not work out.  I am trying to be okay with it all.

Dec 10, 2017


I worked a day shift today.  It was nice to come home and spend the evening with my family.  I am exhausted but at least I am done for the day.

Dec 9, 2017

I am so stupid!

So I have been stressed and yesterday after a particularly stressful meeting, I was driving into work and distracted.  I didn't notice when the speed limit changed and I got a ticket.  I have NEVER gotten one before.  I SO don't need this now.  Another thing to stress about.  UGH!!

Dec 8, 2017

I Want To

I want so badly to get into the Christmas spirit but I have so much going on, I just have no time to get there.  I am tired, busy, and stressed.

Dec 7, 2017


Our first kitty got outside.  We have had him for a year and a half.  The girls are worried and sad.  He has been gone a few days.  We are trying to keep positive and hope that he is just enjoying his freedom here in the country.  I really hope we find our cat, Boots.

Dec 6, 2017


I was called into work on my day off today.  I am super-tired.  I am glad to have the extra money for this busy time though.

Dec 4, 2017


So more crossing of t's and dotting of i's being done today.  I am finding the parts of this that are out of my control very stressful.  I am having bad dreams, I am having heart palpitations, I am nauseas.  I REALLY need this to be over one way or another.

Dec 3, 2017

Next Step

I am working hard to make things happen.  I am on to the next step.  I just hate how much of this is out of my control.  I hate how rushed parts of it are.  I hate that I am rushing and running in to people who make me have to wait.  This is all very stressful.

Dec 1, 2017

Cautiously Hopeful

I didn't get any housework done today, but I did run around getting lots of paperwork done to try to accomplish things to make our lives better.  I am cautiously optimistic that this may work out.

Nov 30, 2017

The Whole Day

I am having a great day with my family.  It is simple but great.  I have spent the whole day dancing around to songs on YouTube and cleaning my house.  It has felt like a blessing to have this day where I had absolutely no demands on my time.

Nov 28, 2017


I love how excited my girls get over their brother's accomplishments.  Today he had responsive conversation . . . Twice!  Princess Belle showed him bubbles and he said, "I know."  And Princess Magpie asked him if he wanted juice and he said, "Yes.  It doesn't seem like much but it is language responding to questions!  HUGE!  And I love how excited h8s sister's were.  They were just as happy as I was.

Nov 27, 2017


It has been a busy day where I hit the ground running before I even had coffee and won't have time to sit down until midnight tonight.  I need a NAP!

Nov 26, 2017


I am heading to work on this dull and rainy day.  In looking for a gratitude, I am reminded how very lucky I am to have a boy who doesn't let his autism keep him from clinging to me, hugging me, and trying to keep me with him.  He is so sweet and squishy and I am so grateful for him.

Nov 25, 2017


I am working hard, trying hard to be positive and upbeat, trying to keep on top of things.  I am just trying to keep my head above water and trying to keep the faith that this will all work out in the end.

Nov 23, 2017

After the rain

Today I am grateful for warm, sunny days after the rain.  I am grateful for beautiful sunsets that I can watch while I work.

Nov 21, 2017

A Lot

I had a very busy day off. I was off to sign some papers in the morning, had the guy come in to get our furnace going, then shopping for a few Christmas presents for the kids, then I made spaghetti, salad, and garlic bread for supper.  It was a busy day, with a lot to do, but it was a good day and now it is back to work tomorrow.

Nov 20, 2017


Today, I am grateful for the fact that I have tomorrow off.  I am glad that I can spend more time with my family.

Nov 19, 2017


As I hear my friends complain about the snow they are getting, today I am grateful for the rain I see outside mine.

Nov 18, 2017

A Little

So today, I am a little down.  I have been trying to be positive and I will keep that up, but yesterday, my family was having a conversation in which they mentioned that they miss the way I used to cook before I was working.  It is hard to be inspired to cook great food when I am always in a hurry, with sixty-seven things to do at once.  I just feel like it is one more reminded of how badly I am managing things.

Okay, now to think of something to be grateful for . . . Okay, I am overlooking my kid's scattered junk, the fact that I need to call the furnace guy to get our furnace going (another expense), the chicken I have NO idea what to do with, and looking for gratitude inspiration . . . I am grateful for a quiet cup of hot coffee early in the morning before the kids get up.

Nov 17, 2017


I broke my favorite mug today.  Boo!!!  It was perfect and I am a little sad.

Nov 16, 2017


I have my hopes up again.  I am really excited about new possibilities.   I really, really hope that I can work this out.

Nov 14, 2017


I am making efforts to be positive even with work being as awful as it is and I am trying to find good things about each day.  Today, I am grateful for hot coffee by a warm, cozy fire. There is something lovely about the smell of freshly lit fire filling the kitchen.

Nov 13, 2017


Another favorite thing about this time of the year is seeing my kids in warm snuggly jammies.  They are just so sweet and cute it makes me smile.


My favorite thing about this time of the year is the Christmas Movies.  I love curling up with a hot cup of coffee, snuggling under blankets, and watching every Christmas movie I can until the season is over.  It just makes me feel warm and happy.

Nov 11, 2017

My Idea

I have this philosophy that when something I want doesn't work out, it is usually for the best.  It is a little like the song "Unanswered Prayers", in the end I will be grateful for the way it worked out.  So most of the time, when things don't work out, I tell myself something better is around the corner as long as I am patient.

That idea keeps me from putting myself in the hope, and stressing myself out for something that isn't going to be positive in the end.

Nov 10, 2017

Oh Well

The thing I was hopeful for didn't work out, but I am hopeful that an even better option is around the corner.  I really feel like good things will eventually come our way.

Nov 7, 2017


Little Prince seems to be feeling better.  He is grouchy, but he is up and around and asking for food (I hope he eats it).  He hasn't gotten sick yet today. So here's hoping he is getting better.

Nov 6, 2017


I lost a friend the other day.  I got to know her
on a parenting board 15 years ago when I had Princess Belle.  It is hard to fathom the kind of pain you can feel from the loss of someone whom you have never met in person.  But Jane was a special person who meant a lot to me.  She was a kind, supportive, thoughtful friend, a devoted mother to her son, and quick to give smart, intelligent, loving thoughts to all around her.

I can't put into words the way it feels like a little light has gone from the world with her passing.  I feel for her son and the tremendous loss he is going through.  I can't find the right words but I can't let any more time go by without expressing my intense sadness at the loss of such a dear person.  I guess, I can sum it up with the words of Lou, another mom from our board, "I swear her heart gave out from working overtime caring for others ... she was one of a kind."

My Poor Boy

This is the face of a sick little boy.  The girls snd I are taking care of him.

He is completely listless.  He won't move, he just lays down, quietly miserable.

Nov 5, 2017

Laugh Now

It's okay, you can laugh at me.  I forgot to change half of the clocks in the house, therefore, I arrived at work over an hour early!!!  Oops!  So I drank coffee, chatted, and killed time until time to start work.

Nov 4, 2017


I was off work today.  I spent the day exploring possibilities and feeling positive.   I hope I can carry this attitude into work tomorrow.

Nov 3, 2017


I am trying, I really am.  I try to have a positive attitude.  I really am.  I put on a happy face and go to work as my kids beg me to stay home.  I bottle up all my stress and be happy, bubbly, and positive.  But sometimes at the most inopportune time, it slips out and I am embarrassed.  At work today I stressed and pushing through and someone said something nice and I burst into tears . . . AT WORK!  I hate that.  SO embarrassing, I am over-tired, overstressed, overworked and constantly in pain.  I guess that is why I lost it.

Nov 2, 2017


I am feeling really hopeful and positive today.  There are good possibilities on the horizon and I really hope some of it pans out.

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Oct 31, 2017


Started my day drinking coffee while the little girls put up Halloween decorations.  They had so much fun!

Oct 28, 2017


I have no motivation to do things today.  I am so tired.  So beyond the regular cooking, cleaning and such, I am doing next to nothing.  I am drinking coffee and enjoying quiet t8me until it is time to leave for work.

Oct 27, 2017


Early day into work today. It was crazy getting ready because the cable guy was in to fix our cable and I had so much to do before my shift.   At least I get to go home early today.

Oct 26, 2017

Taking A Moment

Just taking a moment to enjoy the relationship my girls share:

Oct 25, 2017

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Little Prince is obviously happy to be home.  He played with his sister's for a couple of hours and then went to bed and slept for 14 hours!!  He is a happy, contented boy today.

And as for the girls, I have them working on the messes they made.  While they are happy to have me and my cooking skills home.

Oct 24, 2017


Well, it has been a long day, but we are home and Little Prince and Prince Charming are resting.  I am trying to clear up the disaster that the big girls made while I was gone.  I am on my third load of dishes and my second bag of garbage.

Oct 23, 2017

Today's the Day

Today went really well.  Little Prince didn't sleep that well last night but he handle the surgery super well.  I am so proud of him.

This is him enjoying the hotel room:

In the hospital hiding

Loving the toys the nurses brought him

Medicated and falling asleep.

Eating lunch trying not to worry about my boy 

Out of surgery sleeping off the meds.

Awake but feeling groggy

Feeling better

Watching the lights waiting to leave the hospital.