Monday, March 17, 2014
Posted by Xazmin at 12:31 AM
Thursday, March 13, 2014
So here's how my day went yesterday:
Wake up, get kids ready for school.
Drive kids and Hubby to school (hubby is driving the 6th grade to the McCullough space center for a space simulation field work).
Get back home.
Answer email and shop correspondence while Baby Girl attempts to feed herself oatmeal (yeah, she's at the whole independent stage).
Clean up oatmeal from table, chair, floor and Baby Girl's face, belly, arms and hair.
Attempt to clean up in my bedroom while Baby Girl naps (yeah right - she napped for 14 minutes).
Get in the shower while BG plays on the bathmat, waiting her turn to get in and get cleaned. Hey it worked the last time I needed to have a shower and I was by myself with Baby Girl so don't you judge me.
Get all lathered up when I hear a huge crash followed by instant wailing from Baby Girl. I jump out of the shower, dripping wet and sudsy to see my poor baby flat on her back on the tile. She had attempted to climb up something. Not sure if it was the toilet or the drawers or what. I remember that last time we did this she hadn't started walking or climbing yet. Idiot.
I have now soaked the entire bathroom floor with my dripping hair.
Put her on the bathmat (still wailing) and plead with her to just let me hurry and rinse off so I can hold her.
Step back into the shower and don't even have the curtain pulled when I hear a THUD! And even more earnest wailing. She has tried to run to the bathroom door because she wants out of there. Immediately upon touching the wet tile her feet went right out from under her and she is flat on her back again.
Scoop her up and bring her back to the bathmat where she realizes is the only "safe" place for her to walk in the now water-logged bathroom. She stands on that mat, still as a statue, afraid to move - just sobbing while I try to finish up in the shower so I can pick her up.
Do the fastest washing job of my life and then pick her up and bring her in to have a shower. At this point she is NOT interested. So she cries and fights me the whole time I am trying to get her washed. Which of course causes me to nearly drop her. I grip her so tight as she's going down that I'm surprised boogers didn't pop out her nose!
Save her from falling, but in the process she is positioned face up RIGHT under the shower spray. So now she is sputtering and coughing and panicked and crying even harder. I'm pretty sure that was the end of our showering together days.
Manage to get dried off and dressed without further incident. She nurses and falls sound asleep. I was exhausted too after all that! I lay her on my bed while I get ready to go. You see our day hasn't even really begun.
Get my hair and make up done and everything ready, and she is still sound asleep. Look at her sweet little face and it takes everything I have not to climb into bed next to her, curl up to her warm little body and go to sleep myself. But there's not time. Reluctantly pick her up and get her loaded into her car seat, and head off to the post office.
Get to the post office, unbuckle BG and haul her in to check the p.o. box. Hoping for a large check we are expecting from one of our customers. Try not to say a bad word as I open the door to an empty box.
Lug BG back out to the car, buckle her in and head to the dry cleaner to pick up Bookworm's tux. He has a Regional Solo and Ensemble performance on the violin at 3:30.
Get to the dry cleaner, once again unbuckle BG, haul her in with me and find that they charge TAX (WTHECK?), which of course leaves me feeling stupid since I only brought in cash in my pocket to pay (because of carrying Baby Girl and all) and I was $.61 short.
Lug BG back out to the car with me while I dig through the ash tray for $.61. Go back in and dump a pile of dimes, nickles and pennies onto the counter. I am so ghetto.
Get back into the car and get ready to head to the high school to give Bookworm his tux when I realize I left his cummerbund and bow tie at home on the dresser. This time I don't resist saying the bad word.
Head back home, but forget I am 1 block further north than I think, so I turn north in stead of staying on the road that I was supposed to be on. Have to take a bassackward way to get back home. Grab the stuff and run back out to the car. At this point Baby Girl has had it again and is making her displeasure known.
Race over to the high school to give Bookworm his crap, then head back toward home where my brother is waiting with a present for BG. As soon as I pull out of the parking lot, phone rings and it's Bookworm, "you didn't bring my shoes and socks". Another bad word.
Get back home, dump BG off with my brother, search the house for church socks, and church shoes, throw them in my car. Now it's a race against time because before Bookworm performs I still have to go pick up my girls and husband from their school. We only have 1 family car. Our other vehicle is Hubby's work van and it only fits one passenger.
Debate whether to pick up girls and hubby first, or drop off shoes and socks. Confer with hubby over the phone who says go take the shoes first. Get to the high school right as school is getting out and ALL THE TEENAGERS are trying to get out of the parking lot. Get caught in a huge teenage driver traffic jam and take forever to get out of the parking lot after delivering the shoes.
Race to the other school and get Hubby and girls, race back home to drop girls off. Hubby and I race to the HS to watch Bookworm perform for the judge. Listen, clap proudly and tiredly shlep back out to the car. Get home and collapse on the couch ready to fall asleep. Only to get a phone call that reminds me I have a church engagement in 20 minutes. Sigh exhaustedly and muster up my energy to head over to the church.
In the end it was worth it because Bookworm scored a 1 and moved onto State Solo and Ensemble! But what a day!!
Here's his performance:
) In other news, tomorrow we are starting an "Unplugged Weekend" family experiment. I'll let you know how that goes next week! I won't be back tomorrow, so have a wonderful weekend!
Posted by Xazmin at 1:29 PM
Tuesday, March 11, 2014
We shall see about that .
I recently decided to take the 4 Weeks to a More Organized Home Challenge from Money Saving Mom. I didn't start up when she did, so I'm not really part of the "group" who is participating and linking up and all that jazz. I intended to, but I just couldn't get started last week for various reasons.
But I did start this week and I'm a little excited. I feel like I have a WAY bigger monster to tame than what her challenge will fix. Like a lifetime of being disorganized + a husband who is equally as disorganized + 5 kids. It's an equation that equals basically a whole lot of chaos to reign in. And every time I determine that I am going to tackle that chaos, I just don't know where to start. Bringing order to one area of my life or home or family is dependent on something else being brought to order first, which itself is dependent on another aspect being in order and I just feel overwhelmed with the hugeness of the undertaking.
I read through MSM's challenge (it's a downloadable little booklet) and although I have a lot more to accomplish than what the 4 week challenge covers, I felt like it was a way for me to get started - to focus on bringing a few things slowly into order, and then hopefully build on that after the challenge is over. I thought I'd give you updates along the way! Feel free to join in if you'd like. We don't have to be on the same week to share our progress with each other, or to encourage each other!
So this week I set the following goals, which I am trying to accomplish along with the daily assignments from MSM:
1 - Blog 3 times.
2 - Exercise 4 times.
3 - Finish reviewing and providing feedback for a large policy document that needs finalization as part of my Charter School board member responsibilities.
4 - Get 1/2 of all the backed up laundry done. Yes, this is shameful, but that is how much laundry I have to catch up on, that 1/2 finished is a lofty goal.
5 - Get my Mind Organization for Moms system back up and running. It was going fabulously when I was implementing it before, but then I made a mad dash trying to prepare for awesome out of town visitors and totally neglected keeping up with the system. I miss the order it brought to my daily tasks and projects.
6 - Get Activity Days up and running for my new church calling.
7 - Finish getting my craft room completely cleaned and organized (this is already about 1/2 done as I started working on it over the weekend).
8 - Create 3 new jewelry designs for our family business.
Now that I'm typing it all out, it sorta seems like a lot. I'll let you know if I'm able to get it all done by the end of the week!
Here's what I'm feeling good about today:
I consumed a healthy amount of calories and fat today.
I did 6 loads of laundry.
I completely cleaned out and scrubbed my refrigerator:
Posted by Xazmin at 11:22 PM
Monday, March 10, 2014
(Cough, cough), it's a little dusty in here...
I guess when you neglect the blog for like 7 months, it can grow a few cobwebs. I'm going to try again to get my blog groove on. So much has happened since I last blogged. Perhaps I can get you caught up a little bit at a time over then next little while. Hopefully. Maybe. Probably not. And by "you" I mean the imaginary people I'm pretending to write to since I'm not sure anyone remembers about this ole blog of mine. That's what happens when you disappear for
ever a while.
A few highlights from the past 7 months:
This girl turned 13! I can't even stand it. She is growing into such a lovely, thoughtful young woman. I'm not really sure what she's doing in this picture. Goofing off with friends, I guess. I never said she wasn't a dork!
Posted by Xazmin at 9:24 PM
Tuesday, August 20, 2013
Are you ready for the end of summer? I totally am. I have thoroughly enjoyed my summer with my kiddos. It's been so fun having them all home along with their new baby sister. I've enjoyed no bedtimes, the sleeping late, the few (but more than normal) lazy days, and even the busy days. It's been nice, now that Baby Girl is older, to be able to jump in the car and leave the older kids in charge for a short time, while Hubby and I run to the grocery store for a few minutes, or to fill up with gas and grab a couple of drinks at the gas station. I've loved the flexibility of pushing something I was going to do on Wednesday over to Friday because we decided to take the kids to the park, or go shopping with grandma. BUT....my late nights and sleeping in, and putting off until tomorrow, has led to an increasingly messier house (okay, that's putting it mildly - it's a disaster!), lots of to-do's being left undone, and basically a growing feeling of chaos hovering over me at all times. It's definitely time to change it up!
My girls go back to school tomorrow and couldn't be more excited! Bookworm starts High School on Monday and although excited, I think he's a little nervous too. I'm not gonna lie - I'm a little nervous for him. I mean, I know he'll be fine, and I couldn't have asked for him to have a better experience with his first 10 years of public education. But he's been with the same group of kids pretty much since 3rd grade and is going from a school of 500 (K-9) to a High School of just under 1800, and most of his closest friends are going off to different high schools. I so want him to have a great first week and meet lots of new great friends! Okay, I'm getting all anxious again. Time to move on.
With all the kids back in school it will be just Baby Girl and me, and sometimes hubby. I'm kinda looking forward to it. She is getting so fun and even chubbier than before! And I am looking forward to getting back into a routine, and getting up early (okay not the actual getting up part), and getting a jump on my day. Getting more done, and hopefully restoring some order to our household!
Am I the only one who feels this way about back to school?
I'm ready for the season change as well. I'm looking forward to fall. The smells and sounds and colors! I love that I live in a place that has 4 distinct seasons. By the end of each season I am so ready for the next! The only one that lasts a little long for me is winter. But we've been over that before.
In other news - Baby Girl went to her very first RSL game last week! We weren't sure how she'd do, but she LOVED it! She was good the whole time and just loved being outside and watching everything going on around us. Plus we won, so that made it an even better night! It was Hubby and I's first soccer date since the season began. We went to nearly every home game last year, and we've really missed our date nights!
Here are a couple of fun pictures of my cute soccer girl. Okay, me, my cute husband and 2 of my other cute kids are in them too. But let's face it, it'as all about the chubby baby girl right now as far as pictures go!
So, are you ready for the end of summer? Or are you hoping to stretch it out just a little bit longer?
One more thing. We're having a giveaway over at Sweet Adornment! If you want to be entered to win a $25.00 gift certificate, just click HERE!
Posted by Xazmin at 1:59 AM
Tuesday, August 13, 2013
This is the story of how a plain, boring brown pair of thrift store boots became a fabulous pair of dazzling go-go boots!
You may recall that last year Bookworm and Cowgirl were in our school musical, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat. Cast members were responsible for much of their own costumes. For Cowgirl's part, one of the costumes needed was a go-go costume.
After scouring the store racks for any leftover Halloween costumes on clearance (because I wasn't about to pay full price and order a costume online), and having no luck, I realized that I was going to have to put together a costume myself. So it was time to hit my favorite thrift store, Deseret Industries. It took going back a couple of times (luckily it's near our house), but we finally found a shirt and skirt that fit the bill. I was hoping for brighter colors, but you take what you can get, right?
I was still having a hard time finding a pair of go-go boots. I wanted white ones. Then I got to the point that I would settle for any color that were the right style. I figured I could spray paint them white. After many "drop ins" to the DI while out and about on my errands on different days, I finally found "the pair"! They were the right size, and the right style (and only $5)! It was time to pull the outfit together!
As I was talking to one of the moms at rehearsal one day, she mentioned the word "glitter". And the heavens opened...and the angels sang.....
So after looking at some different ideas online, and determining the drawbacks as well as the benefits of each of the methods suggested, I came up with a plan.
I first took the boring, plain brown boots and coated them well with a couple of layers of metallic silver spray paint. I stuffed newspapers inside of them to keep them standing upright and filled out. I let them dry overnight.
I painted my first layer of glitter podge all over the boots, being careful to try and avoid the zippers so they wouldn't get glued shut. After they had time to dry for a little bit I could see the spots that were a little bare of glitter. I went over the boots another time, paying special attention to the bare spots.
I decided that Cowgirl needed some go-go accessories to tie the whole outfit together. So we made a belt and some big earrings by cutting circles out of poster board and repeating the spray paingint/glitter podging process used on the boots. I LOVED how her costume turned out, and we got so many compliments on the boots and the accessories!
It's like I always say, "Everything is better with glitter!"
Have you transformed anything from drab to fab lately? I'd love to hear about it!
I'm sharing this project over HERE today! Check it out to find more fabulous projects!
Posted by Xazmin at 1:18 PM
Monday, August 12, 2013
Today I'm linking up with Kenlie for FMM - it's how I first started making friends in the blog world, years ago. Those friendships are still in place today, and some of them are with friends who don't even blog anymore! So it's definitely a great link party to be involved with!
So here I go...Have you ever...
1. Jumped out of an airplane? Nope.
2. Lived alone? Nope. I got married at 19. I went from living with my parents to living with hubby.
3. Met a celebrity? Yes I have. When I was 17, my High School's Senior Dinner Dance was held at the Marriot Hotel. It was durning the NBA playoffs and the Houston Rockets were playing the Jazz, and they were staying at the Marriot. My girlfriends and I saw a golden opportunity and we jumped into an elevator with Hakeem "the dream" Olajuwon! He was actually very nice and down to earth. Friendly, and interested (at least he acted that way) in our school, and our basketball team and was just very nice (not in a creepy old man hitting on teenage girls way).
Of course I have met many members of Real Salt Lake. Not celebrities to some people, but our goalie Nick Rimando, and our team captain Kyle Beckerman (I have met both) played on the U.S. Men's National Team that just won the Gold Cup a couple of weeks ago.
4. Said something to someone that you immediately regret saying? All. the. time.
5. Had a manicure/pedicure? Yes, but it's actually not my favorite thing.
6. Gotten a hickey? Um, what?
7. Owned a pet that was not a dog or cat? Yes.
8. Been outside of your home country? Well, when my family went to Disneyland, we also visited Tijuana. I'm not very well-traveled. :/
9. Kissed your best friend? Every day.
10. Eaten food that fell on the floor? I'm a mom. What do you think?
11. Met someone online? Yep. All my blogging friends!
12. Been on TV? Nope. But my kids have.
13. Had braces? Yep.
14. Gone skinny dipping? Nope.
15. Been to the Opera? Yep.
16. Been caught making out by a policeman? Not that I can recall.
17. Sung in public? No way.
18. Handed out candy on halloween? Of course.
19. Been snowed in? Surprisingly, no.
20. Fallen in front of other people? Who hasn't?
21. Cheated on a test? Never. I hate cheaters.
22. Regretted saying "I love you" to someone? I guess I probably said it to a loser or two, so yes.
23. Finished a meal in a restaurant and realized you didn't have your wallet? No. I almost never pay - that's the Hubby's job!
24. Shot a gun? Yes. It was for a simulation I got to participate in that was through the FBI and taught by a SWAT sniper. It was super cool!
25. Heard a song that was written for (or about) you? Um, in my imagination...
So there you go. Want to play along? I'd love to read your answers! Go link up if you want to play!
Tomorrow I'm going to show you how I turned a pair of plain brown thrift store boots into some FABULOUS glittery go-go boots for my daughter's role as a go-go dancer in the school musical! You won't want to miss it!
Posted by Xazmin at 10:31 AM