Never a dull moment – Monday

On Monday the girl child went off to school as she always does. I spent my morning hours doing what I usually do while simultaneously doing a load of laundry when suddenly, I got a text from her.

My tummy hurts, can you please pick me up!

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children + communication = mom in looney bin

Yesterday I spent most of the day doing this.

It was actually kind of relaxing as my partner prepped the old, original doors by sanding them down and puttying the holes and scratches. All I had to do was use a brush and paint the doors with primer.

The Benjamin Moore down the street recommended we use oil primer to seal the old wood properly. The doors are original to the house (1949) and in dire shape. They look ugly too. So this summer, my partner decided to do something about them. He started but then got called away to work so I offered to do the priming.

It’s messy, painting with oil. I turned off the AC and opened all the windows to keep the air flow going, and luckily it was a pleasantly hot rather than oppressively hot day.

I took one break to walk Jasper, beyond that I was busy with the the doors.

At some point in the afternoon the girl child announced she’s going to her friend’s and she’s bringing an overnight bag because it’ll probably turn into a sleepover.

(Doesn’t it always? 🙄 )

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Living with teens at the end of the school year

I need to get this off my chest. I know I’m not the only one who has these challenges, and I hesitated if I should bother blogging about it all all. But you know what? I need some positive vibes here from you, or at least some commiserating… 🙄

So allow me to entertain you with a funny story first, and an exasperating one second.

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Taking a moment to calm down

Omg I had a morning today I rather I didn’t…

It must be Friday. Or Monday. Or any school day… 🙄

If you consider yourself a squeamish person, stop reading now because I’ll tell you things you can’t unsee in this rant. But such is life for us women; just another issue we have no choice but to deal with.

Sigh.

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Less parenting? Sign me up.

Girl children are so amazing, you know that? My kid amazes me.

So she’s supposed to bake cookies for Valentine’s Day to fundraise for something, but some idiotic rule that baking at home at teacher’s request is *unsafe* has the kids planning a baking event at school, instead.

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The complicated attempts of navigating social tween-aged kids

The other night, the mom of a boy in my daughter’s class reminded me that Friday is a PA day. No school.

Didn’t we just have a long break from school? 🎄

Argh. 🙄

The reason she and I were texting was because our children, along with some others, arranged a movie at a cinema amongst themselves for Friday evening. All the details were ironed out at school and via texts with each other. It was all finalized.

Until they realized maybe they should ask parents for permission. And also they will need a ride. And money. 🙃

Have you ever had to navigate the social life of a bunch of tweens?

OMG. 😁

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Preserving a little Christmas magic

We’re beyond believing here, in all sorts of ways, but I’ll tell you something about childhood magic that perseveres right up to the tween years:

Don’t ruin it.

Just let them be. There’s no harm in it. Especially at this time if year.

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Stretching meat to feed a hungry family

There are days when they barely eat what I cook.

Did you know tweens are fickle?

Teens too. 🙄

They want to eat meat, and meat is expensive, especially reputable meat (pasture raised, for example), so I gotta get creative here.

Today, I started with ground beef.

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More on Instragram: creepy followers

I joined Instragram a month ago in order to keep a closer eye on the kids while they play on various apps. You can read the post here. This is a follow up post on my experience so far.

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There are weird men following me on Instagram.

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