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Everyday dose of Reality

There are times that you have to dare to be different or in my case wake my family up when they raid the fridge.  I went to bake something the other day and my eggs were all gone, so I took matters into my own hands.  Funny how a Sharpie marker can change a person’s life and egg count.

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Everyday dose of Reality

For a little while now I have been using one of the old chalkboards in the living room as a “Jobs for Hire” board for the kids.  The board is used for jobs around the house or yard that are things not included in their normal chores.  It lists the job needed to be done, what the pay for that job will be and the person who wants the job, writes their name next to the job.  Living in an old school, let me tell you there is never any shortage of things to do around here.  This gives the kids a chance to earn a little extra money to save for a dance, going shopping or whatever they want to save it for.  As the jobs are completed they come get me and I approve or point out things they missed before a payout is made.  So far, the board has worked well for them and me 🙂  If you are considering a Jobs for Hire board, it can be on paper, poster board, a white board or anything you can come up with to post for the kids to see.  Good luck in your hiring process.

Sorry for the horrible picture, clearly I have had too much coffee.  Is that even possible?

Sorry for the horrible picture, clearly I have had too much coffee. Is that even possible?

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Everyday dose of Reality

Boy did I score big at a Home Depot today on an aloe plant.  Poor thing was huge and in a very small pot.  Actually it is 3 huge plants mashed together as will have to be separated just as soon as I get another big pot.  I have 2 but need a third for this poor baby.  It started at 40 buck, was dropped to 20 at some point.  The manager and all the garden crew have watched this poor thing sit or lay on the shelf because it is so top-heavy. I grabbed it today and the manager marked it down to $7.48 for me and the garden people were happy it finally found a home. SCORE ON THE ALOE!!!

The old store pot on the right and new on the left. I have another pot like this but still need to find 1 more before I split the aloe up.

The old store pot on the right and new on the left. I have another pot like this but still need to find 1 more before I split the aloe up.

Very happy aloe now by the window.

Very happy aloe now by the window.

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Everyday dose of Reality

Sometimes the things you see as a parent are strange and scary.  We have a boat load of kids so rest assured I have seen more nakedness than any strip club in the world.  There are times that not only what children say makes you shake your head, but what you see forces you to do a double take.  The other day I was standing out in the kitchen doing dishes and walked out into the dining room to get a forgotten cup on the table.  Amethyst, our deranged fairy came into the living room playing with her remote control car.

The deranged fairy loves her remote control car and plays with it a lot. Once again I had a "moment".  I never thought to question the contents of the car and after all these years, I should have.

The deranged fairy loves her remote control car and plays with it a lot. Once again I had a “moment”. I never thought to question the contents of the car and after all these years, I should have.

Look real close at the car.  Can you see what doesn't belong?

Look real close at the car. Can you see what doesn’t belong?

Yeah, it's not every day you see a toad drive by in a neon pink & yellow car in a living room is it? I can only hope our daughter will get to expeirence the joy of toads driving in her house one day :)

Yeah, it’s not every day you see a toad drive by in a neon pink & yellow car in a living room is it? I can only hope our daughter will get to expeirence the joy of toads driving in her house one day 🙂

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Everyday dose of Reality

I opened an in-house candy store yesterday.  Trying to teach little kids to save or how to spend their money wisely is extremely hard with older kids.  The other day at the grocery store I notice how the kids flocked to the candy machines at the front of the store, before we even shopped.  An idea came to mind!  I bought a bunch of different kinds of candy in bags for the house.  Once I got home I pulled out this cabinet thing I had in one of the rooms.  I filled it with different candies and put it in my office along with my change tin I keep.

I rotate candy or add new stuff, you know to make it exciting for them.

I rotate candy or add new stuff, you know to make it exciting for them.

I was tired of giving them an allowance for their chores and the money just being wasted or flat-out gone.  So the idea is that now they can buy a gumball for a penny or a sucker for a nickel at home.  The money collected from the candy store goes into the tin and is reused for their next allowance … or into their bank accounts split evenly among the kids.  I am hoping that by doing this, when we go to the store they are dulled to items there.  I have noticed over the past few days of running the store, they think more about what they want to buy.  Next trip to the grocery store I will let them pick out the types of candy to put in our home store.  Maybe that will also help, we will see.  So far it has changed them and how they look at money.  You just never know when I might put 2 chocolate bars in the store and they will have to save fifty cents up for one.  At least they are being a bit more strategic and there had been more sharing happening.  This is a good thing 🙂

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Everyday dose of Reality

I can’t believe the sun is out and it is warm, maybe I should call CNN.  Don’t get me wrong I am a Northern gal but come a certain time of year I do expect the snow to be gone.  Now, normally that would have been in the middle of last month, but it seems Mother Nature has a sense of humor this year.  She is just so darn funny that I woke up Saturday morning to fat snowflakes coming down and I don’t mean just a few.

Up here in Northern Minnesota fishing opener was this past Sunday.  I have no clue why they decided to make it on Mother’s Day, but they did.  Don’t get me wrong I love my kids as much as any mother can, but think about it for a second.  Mother’s Day is made to look as if the mum gets pampered and ravished by love from her kids.  Now, in a child’s mind it’s Mother’s Day, so you need to go to mum for every little need or desire the child wants.  Same as any other day, but this one is not the normal week day name 🙂

So … people come up here from all over the place to go fishing.  I guess the state motto, “Land of 10,000 Lakes” implies we also have a butt load of fish and the best angling.  At any rate, I ran the kids down to the little store down the road, and the parking lot resembled Walmart on Christmas eve.  Well, minus the snow and these guys were all in pick-ups dragging boats behind them.  The owner of the store and I had been placing bets over the past 2 weeks.  Let me make it clear, I’m not really a gambler and don’t want to get confused for my Great Grandma.  She was a Vegas/Laughlin staple as she schlepped from slot to slot in her velour joggin suit, green see through visor propped on her head and the trusty plastic margarine tub hanging from yarn around her neck.  Oh yeah, that’s how my Great Grandma rolled.  Fearless and she was packin heat in that margarine tub.  Nickles baby, all nickles!

The question about opener was, do people bring boats or ice augers?  In truth it was a valid question, especially with the knowledge that the ice just melted off the lakes TODAY.  I went with the option of: bring the boat with a plow blade welded on front, wear a life jacket and ice auger hanging off the edge of the boat.  Needless to say, all these fisher-people (yep being politically correct), came, they saw, and they cursed the ice-covered lakes.

A true fisher-person never gives up.

A true fisher-person never gives up.

Today the sun is out, all the way, no hiding behind clouds teasing you.  It is 82 at this moment and I bet this weekend the people pile on the lakes like bees on honey.

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Everyday dose of Reality

Somewhere there is a rainbow and I now have one in my house.

Bet you were thinking of the type with a pot of gold at the end.  How nice would that be :)

Bet you were thinking of the type with a pot of gold at the end. How nice would that be 🙂

Not as colorful as the ones in the sky, much more useful to me.  The other day I gave my tribe of shampoo machines and vacuums a rest.  For roughly 13 years Macgyver has been on me about getting a Rainbow and I finally gave in.  These suckers are pricey, which was also the main reason I have resisted for so long.  I don’t have a grand lying around to spend on a vacuum.  “AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH, but it’s not just a vacuum.  It has EVERYTHING you could ever need” he has continuously said.  I dug through Ebay for a while last week and tried really hard to find one for sale that had “everything” and wouldn’t cost us our first-born plus a goat, a gold-plated truck and a grand to boot.  This one in the picture above is what I came up with and it has “everything” as you can see.  Yep, it has more accessories than 2 Barbie’s with a full wardrobe plus her Malibu Mansion.  Might I add she is the only doll with her own mansion, how uppity is that?

The Rainbow came in the mail and Macygver was like a kid on Christmas morning.  As he pulled each piece out he was explaining to me what it was for and what I could do with them.  He explained that it is not just a vacuum(again, it has everything don’t you know).  No filters to replace because it dumps all the dirt and yuck into a water filled basin under the motor and releases no dust or junk in the air.  Once again I didn’t realize he was that concerned about the air quality in our home and would have thought if he was soooooooooooo concerned, he might spend some time to come up with some new fangled thing to stop the smelly toxic air that seeps from the HIS children’s behinds from time to time.

So it has a couple of miles of hose, enough power cord to circle the globe twice and a water line for shampooing that I figure I could reach Texas if I wanted to.  Once he unpacked the entire thing, he was off and running from room to room.  Sucking, blowing, shampooing and whistling a tune.  Here is what I have learned about owning a Rainbow vacuum for a week now: I have only been able to use it 1 time because he always has it.  I should pay better attention to what type of cooking pots & pans he has mentioned over the years to me.  If I can narrow the brand down, I may never have to cook again.  So in short it may not be the rainbow in the sky, BUTTTTTTTTTTTT there was a pot of gold at the end of the vacuum in the form of Macgyver doing all the vacuuming in the house now.  It’s a win win, right 🙂

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You might think not a lot could go wrong when you have jumbo marshmallows, but you would be wrong.  See at our house some people might take the chance to issue a challenge.  Now, I won’t say who, but the rock was thrown.  It just happen to be also on a weekend that our 11 year old was having a slumber party.  Which means, EVERYONE got involved hahahaha

From front to back and holding up their number packed in their mouths, we have: Minnie (our 4 yr old), left is Breanna, Sierra (our 7yr old) and Ida.

From front to back and holding up their number packed in their mouths, we have: Minnie (our 4 yr old), left is Breanna, Sierra (our 7yr old) and Ida.

Olivia and the manchild (our 12 yr old son)

Olivia and the manchild (our 12 yr old son)

Left is Isabelle (our 11 yr old) and Breanna

Left is Isabelle (our 11 yr old) and Breanna

Here we have more of our pack of kids: the deranged Fairy left, manchild, Minnie & Sierra the drama queen

Here we have more of our pack of kids: the deranged Fairy left, manchild, Minnie & Sierra the drama queen

Comming in at 1st place is Macgyver with a total of 5 packed in his mouth. Proof that he has the biggest mouth in the house. OK, I had to take the pictures so I bowed out of the challenge :)

And in at 1st place is Macgyver with a total of 5 packed in his mouth. Proof that he has the biggest mouth in the house. OK, I had to take the pictures so I bowed out of the challenge 🙂

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If you could go back in time and talk to the little kid you were, a wide-eyed 7-year-old, what would you say?  What would they think of the adult you have become?

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I would hug her, hold her hand and tell her that I loved her.  Expressing to her that although her life may be far from perfect and the fearful and heart breaking times ahead of her, in the end, everything will be OK.  I would tell her, she is stronger than she can ever imagine.  She is the super hero of her own life.  She will know heartache, pride, a sense of accomplishment, failure and feel love with unfathomable depth.  To take the moments to dance in the rain when presented, smile until the tears are all gone.  Be astonished by the beauty nature has to offer, cradle loved ones close every chance she gets and breathe in the sweetness of special moments and exhale until all of the bad life will confront her with is pushed away.  Never be afraid to say no, accept that you are beautiful and try to reach each end of the day with no wonder of “what if”.  I would remind her that with every storm she will and must endure, there are in fact, bright skies that lie beyond.  To look her fears and chaos in the face, laugh and tell it to kiss it.  Lastly, I would Thank her.  For without her giving all that she has and will in the years gone and to come, I would not be who I am today.

me 2013

 

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Everyday dose of Reality

This year for the Father and Daughter Ball, Isabelle and Amethyst are going with their dad. Last year it was Isabelle and Sierra, Nina has to wait until next year and she will finally be of age.  Here is what I have noticed over the last few years while getting the girls ready …Dad is going to have a very hard time with boys showing up for his daughters.  Granted, Isabelle is eleven and a half, in kid world that “half” is extremely important.  I think the man can see truck loads of boys showing up.  We know that is not how it happens, but I guess as a dad you do picture a truck load or bus filled with boys unloading in your front yard.  Once Isabelle was all curled, and dressed she asked what he thought.

He had this squinched eye, furrowed brow and growled, “Too pretty.  HONNNNNNNNNNNNNEY!  Tell me there are no boys there.”

I laughed, ” No honey, there are no boys there. Now remember to get the pictures taken, pick up the flowers for the girls and you have dinner reservations at 5:30.”

“Dinner reservations?  I am taking her out in public like this, in daylight?  You know there are probably going to be boys out at this hour. Tell me why again I can’t take my gun”?

I told the girls to have fun, and gave Macgyver a kiss and to behave.  I can just imagine the ball is filled with pretty girls bouncing around with their friends and at the table sit their dad’s.  Watching their lives pass before their eyes, covered in sweat,spending the evening staving off a heart attack, knowing, dating is just around the corner.

Macgyver and the deranged fairy, Amethyst.

Macgyver and the deranged fairy, Amethyst.

Isabelle, getting the look from dad.

Isabelle, getting the look from dad.

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The girls ready to go dance the night away.  While dad has  mini heartattacks at a table somewhere at the ball.

The girls ready to go dance the night away. While dad has mini heart attacks at a table somewhere at the ball.

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