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No Batteries Needed

Posted by ab39 on October 31, 2007

“Olivia has one.  Abby got one last year.  ALL my friends have one.  For Pete’s Sake!  Why cant anyone see that I need one!”  This is what my youngest daughter, Leanna, said to me recently. 

She wanted a bra.

Some mothers make a big deal about this occasion in a young girls life.  I know one mom who went out, picked one out, wrapped it up with a big bow on top.  Another friend wrote a lovely letter to her daughter about how this was a milestone…this was a step in becoming a woman….this was a moment to be cherished! 

Are you kidding?  Not me.  I tried to talk Leanna out of it explaining to her that why wear one if you dont have to.  But, she did not see my point of view.  It was clear to her that the time had come!  How could I let her go to middle school without one?  So,…..off to WalMart we went.

She picked one out.  It was the special “training” kind, AA (batteries not included).  It was amazing the confidence that she all of a sudden had….just because she was in training.  🙂 She tried it on as soon as we got home…she was ALL smiles!  Now, she was “IN”!   

“How does it feel?”  I asked her.  “It’s fine…feels good…thank you!”  Now, she can change for gym class, and feel confindent that she has “one” also.  Never mind that the cups look like empty pockets….she is “IN”!  🙂

On the way home, I tried to tell her all about Bra Etiquette.  You know….bra straps dont show…..dont wear a colored bra under a light colored shirt….and most of all,….dont stuff them with kleenex…..we can always buy padded bras if need be.  🙂  She just smiled at me knowing I was joking around with her.  I gave her a quick hug, and finally said it…..”Welcome to womanhood”.  She truly was glowing!

Oh the difference a little elastic can make in a girls life!  🙂

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Oliv..ab..leee..umm…what’s your name?

Posted by ab39 on October 23, 2007

I used to consider myself reasonably smart….please note that I did not say I was intelligent….but, reasonably smart.  🙂  I spoke in complete sentences. I went to college.  I even could answer questions on Jeopardy….o.k…..I answered them only when it was Teen Week, but that counts for something.  Right?  🙂

Then I had kids.  No one told me what would happen to me once I had kids.  Now that I look back on it, the warning signs were there…but, I of course did not recognize them.  With each child….I kissed more of my brain power goodbye!  I now remember occasionally looking at my mom when she was talking to us and thinking to myself….”Has she lost her mind?” 

About a year after Bobby and I were married, I found out that I was pregnant.  True to the nature of God’s laws, I began to loose my marbles.

I suppose it is not so much the fact that I can barely answer any of the questions on Family Fued, let alone Jeopardy.  And it does not really bother me that I have forgotten to buy deoderant and toothpaste the last 15 times I have gone to the grocery store…even tho the last 12 times that I went were for this very reason.

What bothers me most about loosing brain cells is that I can not remember my children’s names.  It’s a curse!  It’s downright sad!

Yes, I do remember them right now.  That’s because they are not standing in front of me.  The problem only occurs when they are staning right in front of me.  This is when I have no idea what their names are…..yes….I know their names….but, I dont know which name belongs to which girl.  I always manage to call out either the whole name of someone else in my family or parts of different names morphed together to make it sound like I am trying to get it right. 

My poor, poor girls.  It’s amazing they even recognize their names at all since it’s always a mess I make when calling out.   I hope this does not put them in theraphy for the rest of their lives. 🙂  Or better yet….put me in theraphy for feeling the guilt of calling my girls…”Olivabbbanna”  🙂

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Three Girls!

Posted by ab39 on October 19, 2007

I have heard it said that God will not give you anything you can not handle. Did He really think I could handle three girls?  🙂

Olivia – she reminds me daily that she will soon be driving!  How can that be?  Is she really old enough for that?  Better yet….am I really old enough for that?  I have been letting her drive in our subdivision and she is doing ok…..just ok…..well, we seriously need to work on the break thing…..and maybe the whole steering thing…..and maybe turning corners tooo…..OH MY WORD!!!!  She is going to be driving soon!  Football season is almost over and she has really enjoyed the whole marching band thing.  I have totally LOVED watching her and have felt these proud mommy moments every Friday night for the past several months!  She is beautiful!  At least to me, and I’m the mommy so of course I think she is beautiful.  She does not think so…..but, I not only think so….I KNOW so!

Abby – oh my WORD!!! The girl is just funny!  She is doing great in school this year and even tho she is in the 8th grade and 13 years old, she is in no hurry to grow up!  GOOD FOR HER!!!  She does take some interest in her appearance, but comes home everyday and is outside playing with all the neighborhood children and loving it!  This is fine with me….I have a feeling that once highschool rolls around next fall, all this will change.  So, I will enjoy her silliness while I can.  🙂 

Leanna has been 20 years old since the day I brought her home from the hospital.  She came out of her room the other night with mascara, eye liner, eye shadow and lip gloss on!  She is 11 years old…..not 14, 15 or 16….just 11!  Her daddy looked at her and said, “Leanna, Halloween is still a couple of weeks away!”  Of course, this did not sit well with her.  Speaking of Halloween, she is going to be a Prom Queen this year.  I’ll be sure to keep you posted on how all this plays out.:)

There are definetly days and times when I think that I just can not do it…..keep up with all the drama and hormones that is living in our house.  But, then I know that if my mom could raise 3 girls….then so can I!  Thanks mom for the inspiration and for not giving up on me, Beth and Amber……and then came Peter……this is a whole other story all together!  🙂

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Sometimes Love Means….

Posted by ab39 on October 19, 2007

The past several weeks have been more than busy.  Today is Friday and all I can think about is that tomorrow is Saturday and I dont have to get up early, get three girls up, fix lunches, get out the door on time, go to two different schools and get to work by 8:00 a.m.  I can actually take it a little easy in the morning….it’s Saturday!!!!  Thank God for Saturday’s!!!  )

As I look back on this week and all it’s craziness, I realize that even tho nothing has been voiced outloud to me…I have been loved on.  Sometimes Bobby shares his love with me in the little things….and those little things mean LOTS to me.  Little things like: putting gas in my car when I dont know about it, coming home on lunch to unload the dishwasher and then re-load it, taking the trash to the curb on Thursday mornings, patience when I am running behind, listening to me when I have a problem without necessarily trying to “fix”it, watching “chick flicks” with me, working hard to provide for us, bringing a stadium chair and blanket to the football game just in case I might want it. 

This week I got two special treats….I came home from work the other night and saw a total fall decor on my front porch.  Bobby had gone out and bought three bails of hay, two HUGE pots of mums, about 6 pumpkins and several different gords.  He placed them strategically on the porch and it looked awesome!  We truly have the BEST fall decorated house in the neighborhood!  I LOVED it!  Then, today I mentioned to him that I had a headache….he showed up 30 minutes later with Excederin and a Diet Dr. Pepper!  I LOVED it!

Thank you honey for all you do for me!  I appreciate it more than you will ever know!  )

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You Know You Are Living In 2007 When…

Posted by ab39 on October 19, 2007

You know you are living in 2007 when….

1.  You accidentally enter your password on the microwave

2.  You havent played Solitaire with real cards in years.

3.  You have a list of 15 phone numbers to reach your family of 3

You email the person who works at the desk next to you.

4.  You email the person who works at the desk next to you.

5.  Your reason for not staying in touch with friends and family is that they dont have email addresses.

6.  You pull up in your own driveway and use your cell phone to see if anyone is home to help you carry in the groceries.

7.  Every commercial on television has a web site at the bottom of the screen.

8.  Leaving the house without your cell phone, which you did not have the first 20, 30 or 40 years of your life, is now a cause for panic and you turn around to go get it.

10.  You get up in the morning and go on line before getting your coffee.

11.  You start tilting your head sideways to smile )

12.  You’re reading this and laughing.

13.  You are too busy to notice there was no #9 on this list.

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T.V. Drama

Posted by ab39 on October 18, 2007

When I watch the “Supernanny” I tend to feel better about the behavior of my girls and my ability to be a mom.

When I watch “Wife-Swap”, I feel a lot better about my personality dis-orders ) because no matter how off centered I am, I could never qualify as a contestant on that show…..I am just way tooo boring!

When I watch “Are you smarter than a 5th grader?” I feel like I am really dumb all over again :), and might need to take 5th grade all over again.

When I watch “Deal or No Deal”, I am sure I could pick all the right suitcases, but also feel somewhat stressed when they are not picking the right case….why couldnt they just stop with what the banker offered them?

When I watch “Wheel of Fortune”, I scream the letter out right before the person on the t.v. does…which makes me feel as if I said it first….but really know in my heart that I didnt.

And when I watch “Family Fued”, I know that with Amber and Peter on my team….we would ALWAYS win the feud!  )

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How To Clean Your House

Posted by ab39 on October 18, 2007

How to clean your house…

Open a new file in your PC

Name it “Housework”

Send it to the recycle bin

Empty the recycle bin

Your PC will ask you, “Are you sure you want to delete Housework permanently”?

Calmly answer “Yes”, and press mouse button firmly

Feel better?

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Sibling Rivalry!

Posted by ab39 on October 18, 2007

The last few months have been rather frustrating and hard for me when it comes to dealing with all the rivalry that goes on in our house.  And I dont mean the rivalry between me and my brother and sister, but between my three girls!

I feel like I have tried absolutely everything for them to stop arguing and get along.  I have tried everything I can think of to get them to learn how to deal with conflict, disagreements, sharing…and much more.

I’ve forced them to be nice.

I’ve separated them from each other.

I’ve sent them and their arguing to the back yard.

I’ve sent them to their rooms.

I’ve threatned their lives.

The biggest problem lately has been yelling at each other when one or the other does not get their own way….or when one or the other infringes on each others “turf”.  It happens all the time, but the scene always looks pretty similar to this….

girls start arguing and yelling

mom waits to see if they will work it out

girls yell louder and louder

mom enters the room

“What’s going on here?” mom yells!

girls all start making their case at the same time

since nobody gets heard because everybody is talking, the yelling begins again….and then comes the tears and “it’s not fair!” line.

Mom feels exhausted with all of it and feels like it is hopeless!

The above pattern of events seems to be repeating itself a lot these days.  Even tho I have told them over and over again that they are family and that God gave them to each other, and that it is important to always watch out for each other and take up for each other….they just dont seem to get it.

Maybe I need to suggest to them that instead of thinking of each other as sisters….they should think of each other as friends.  I’m pretty sure they treat their friends with much more respect than they do to each other. 

I’ll let you know how this new plan of attack works out!  )

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Me, Myself and I

Posted by ab39 on October 18, 2007

I think that I have a multiple personality disorder.  I’m serious.

Dont you think its weird that a person can go to bed as one person and wake up as a completely different one?

Here’s an example…I can wake up on Sunday morning and look like I just woke up.  30 minutes later I can have a completely new face.  And after a glass of Diet Dr. Pepper (which is my cup of coffee), I can have a whole new attitude.

Then, BAM!!!!  I am hollering at the top of my lungs to get moving…get dressed….pick up the pace….get in the suburban!

Then, we pull up in the church parking lot and are greeted with smiles and “good mornings” to which I promptly reply, with a beautiful smile on my face….”Good Morning to you, too!”

It is only 10a.m., and I already have morphed into three or four different “me’s”. 

In church this past Sunday, the preacher talked about the Holy Spirit.  Before Jesus ascended into heaven, after his resurrection, he told his disciples to spread the word to everybody, everywhere…..”go to the ends of the earth”.  He then told them not to worry, because he would send a comforter to help them out.  Then…Jesus was gone.

God did show himself again in the Holy Spirit.  The trinity is made up of God, The Father and the Holy Ghost.  It is pretty difficult to understand…God is the only God…but he has revealed himself through his son and the holy spirit…they are a trinity…a community of three…all wrapped up in one.  All of them real and all of them complimenting each other.

Do you get it?  That’s ok if you dont…Bobby doesnt get me and all my multiple personalities and I’m not sure that I get it either…..esp. when I am p.m.s’ing.  But, in the end…it’s still me.  And I think that Bobby takes comfort in the idea that if one of my annoying personality traits rears it’s ugly head…another mood is bound to emerge at any given moment.  It’s a good thing Bobby has stuck with me this long…he pretty much knows what to expect.

I dont really know what my multiple personality disorder has to do with the Holy Spirit.  But somehow hearing about the trinity in church made me think about me, myself and I.  Hopefully no matter what “me” is appearing before those around me….they will still be able to see the Lord through all of it.  🙂 

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Cheer Clinic

Posted by ab39 on October 18, 2007

Ra, Sis, Boom BAH!!!!

This past Saturday, Leanna went to a cheer clinic that the highschool was putting on.  She was soo excited as she wants to be a cheerleader real bad!  Normally, she wants me to go with her, hang out for a little while and then leave.  This time, I walked in the door…paid her registration…she looked at me and said, “Bye Mom!  See you later this afternoon!”  I said, “Do you want me to go in the gym with you or will you be OK?”  She was smiling soo wide and said, “Nope!  I’m fine!  See you later!” and, off she disappeared. 

Olivia and I along with a friend of mine came back later that afternoon to see a brief show of what they had learned.  They had three different age groups and they were all very cute doing their cheers!  When it came time for Leanna’s group, I noticed that while she was enjoying this, she was also taking it very serious!  She did not miss any of the motions, did all the jumps correctly and loved doing the cheer/dance motions.  I was proud of her and excited for her.

Later that night, she thanked me for having the chance to go to the clinic.  I asked her if she enjoyed it and she could not stop smiling!  This Friday, Sept. 21, they will be having a pep-rally and Leanna has been invited to come and do the cheers that they learned with the cheerleaders.  She has also been invited to join the cheerleaders on Friday night at the football to do a couple of cheers down on the track in front of the stands.  Leanna cant wait!   She is soo excited!

Leanna has been upstairs, downstairs, in her room, in the garage, front yard, back yard, trampoline doing her chants and cheers.  While I am happy for her, all the chanting and cheering is getting a little annoying.  🙂  Of course, my mom would be all too happy to remind me that I did all that when I was her age too. 

It’s great to see your kids excited about something in their lives!  I truly am excited for her!  🙂  Now, if only she would take cleaning her room as seriously!  )

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Feeling Loss

Posted by ab39 on October 18, 2007

The past several weeks, I have had aquaintances and friends pass away.  It brings all those feelings of sadness, sorrow and grief. 

 This morning, one of my favorite people, Stan Hooper, passed away.  He has lived a great life full of excitement, and success.  He was a man that definetly had opinions and was not scared in sharing them.  He helped me out in the kitchen at church for several years.  He always showed me how I could do things better.  🙂  Then there were days when he would just show up in the kitchen to see what I was doing and to talk. 

The past couple of years have been hard for him.  His wife passed away, his son had a heartattack and passed away and his health has steadily declined. 

Thank you Stan for your kindness to me and my family.  I will always remember and cherish all the “talks” we had.  Thank you for your phone calls, your special visits in the church kitchen, for your advice that you gave to me regularly and for taking an interest in me and my family.  You were a little crazy and silly at times, but I loved you for it!  I truly am blessed for having had you in my life.  I can honestly say that I will miss you.

I’ll see you again!  )

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Noise, Noise, NOISE

Posted by ab39 on October 16, 2007

The t.v.’s on in two different rooms. Music is playing in Leanna’s bedroom.  Abby is upstairs on the playstation, and it of course is noisy.  Both the washer and dryer are running.  The air conditioner is blowing.  The dishwasher is washing.  Bobby is in the garage working with his nail gun and saw table….the generator turning on and off in the background. We all even sleep with a fan on at night…not for the air circulation….but for the noise. 

Bobby and I were talking about how noisey we are.  He said he thought it was called white noise.  White Noise…what a strange term….They even have machines out that are called white noise machines that play different sounds….birds chirping, waves crashing, rain with thunder, etc. 

Although white noise carries benefits, I think that I have allowed it to drown out other things in my life.  I can, at all times, let the busyness of my life become like white noise.  My to do list gets longer and longer each day.  Emails at work demand my attention.  Friends ask for favors.  My church needs volunteers.  My children are in need…always!  My house needs cleaning.  The laundry needs to be put away.  And all my body wants to do is take a long nap!  All of this becomes white noise to my soul.  It causes me to become hard of hearing….to just about everything around me. 

Last night, I was trying to watch the news, fold the laundry and help Leanna with homework all at the same time!  I heard Leanna talking to me…but I had pretty much tuned her out.  All of a sudden I realized that she was saying, “Mom, mom, mom, mom, ….. APRIL!”  I looked at her and she said, “Will you please just listen to me?”  I felt bad.  What she had to say what was not earth shaking, but it was important to her and I was not listening….too much white noise on in the background….I had tuned it all out. 

Soo, for today I challenge you, along with myself, to try and have a quiet day.  Of course there is noise all around us and there always will be.  But, take time to listen….really listen to those who love you and that you love!  Take time to talk to God….who loves us more than we could ever imagine.  Take time to listen to what He might be saying to us.  Take time to eliminate some of the white noise of busyness in your life (and in mine) and spend time with your family!…..I know I will!  )

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The Crud

Posted by ab39 on October 9, 2007

We met the CRUD several weeks ago, and he decided to live in our home for around three weeks.  All five us have been sick over the past three weeks and it truly has not been fun.  It started off with Abby, then me, Bobby, Olivia and finally Leanna.  Bobby had it the worst….his lasted for two long weeks with him going to the doctor twice. 

This past week, the girls were on fall break.  I took Friday off work and decided that it was time for Mr. Crud to move on out!  We washed all blankets, towels, sheets and dishes.  We disenfected and sprayed the house with lots of Lysol.  It was a lot of work, but I think it definetly helped!

 Yesterday was Monday….the first day back to school after Fall Break for the girls.  Amazingly enough, all five of us managed to go to school and work!  No body was home sick and I did not receive any phone calls from sick children telling me how bad they feel.  Hallelujah!  We finally kicked the Crud out of the house!

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