Friday, November 06, 2009


I have so much I want to write and so little time to write it. I considered doing NaBloPoMo, but I KNEW I'd NEVER be able to keep up with it, so I'll just touch on some of it in a condensed post.

*Jacob has really matured this year. We're still dealing with anger issues and that whole meds-wore-off business at the end of the day, but at school he's stellar. Last night was the third grade musical (I made it this time!). It was nice and he did well, but I was more impressed with the new boy who approached me at the end to introduce himself and tell me how glad he was that Jacob was his friend. Last year, his friends hid from him because they didn't want the others to know they were friends. This year, at least five kids made an effort to tell Jacob good-bye or give him a high five and one made plans to meet early today to discuss all things Mario. You know I cried on the ride home. I credit his teacher. She has really boosted his confidence and just boosted him to all those around him. She's making him cool. I love her.

*My MIL arrives on Sunday. Time to get out the Febreeze. I think God has a sense of humor because Hurricane Ida is heading our way also. And don't forget all the swine flu she's bound to come in contact with on her three day train ride. My husband came home with a large bottle of scotch. Enough said. (You can read my past MIL experiences in November 2008 and 2007. Please pray for me)

*My friend is doing okay. She's getting things together and figuring out the next steps. Last night she logged into her husband's computer and found a ton of pictures of him and the boys from a few days before his death and it hit her hard. I want to fly up RIGHT NOW and be there with her, but as she only got three days bereavement leave she had to use the rest of her vacation time and she wants me to wait until she's accrued some more to fly up. I'm just trying to do what I can through the phone and computer. If anyone has any suggestions on what else I can do, pass it my way, because I feel like a useless friend just sitting here.

*I'm having a jewelry party. I hate those things, but my friend is just starting out as a consultant and I wanted to help her out. I am pretty put out, though, at all those "friends" I bought Pampered Chef, Discovery Toys, USborne Books, Stamping Up, Longaberger, Homemade Gourmet, Tastefully Simple, Premier Jewelry, Tupperware, and Creative Memories from who won't even respond to me. So sales whatsoever. Thank you fake party friends.

*This is how Elizabeth entertains herself these days:

I'm just too old and tired to do anything about it. It buys me some floor mopping/bed-making/bathtub scrubbing time. Sure would be nice to win some diapers now.

*Christmas is 49 days away. Any suggestions on a "big" girl gift? I am lost on the whole girly thing. Once I find it, I'll be done with my kid shopping. Of course, my boys changed their lists now, but, oh well. They're just going to have to take what they get.

*We did Halloween without spending a dime. You might recognize the costumes.

And after that picture=taking fiasco, you'll be happy to know that Penneys will be taking our Christmas pictures this year. I give up.

*Next up on my chili tour....Iowa. Tall Corn Pork Chili for Sherry.


Fran said...

I can't really help with the girly gift idea, bit I am in the same boat. We have 2 boys (9 & 6) and our little girl is 2. I was thinking about one of the VTech computer thingys for her. she likes her brother's old Bob the Builder one a lot though and part of me just wants to give her that since he doesn't want it anymore but then what to get her? ARGH!! Girls are HARD

Aunt Murry said...

I would send your friend a care package, with homemade cookies, chocolate, bubble bath and a nice calming CD. James Taylor always has soothed my soul. Something along those lines with a heart felt note that she can pull out and read anytime she needs a boost. Or your can just send the cookies and the note. It will be a nice unexpected gift.

Leslie said...

It's so nice to see that Jacob is doing so much better this year.

As for your friend, maybe send a gift card or care pakage?

Or some cash so she can hire a sitter and then have time to spend sorting things out minus the kids?

kristi said...

I love it when kids are nice to Tc. He was so excited about Halloween and told everybody how great they looked...yet he got a lot of strange looks. It hurt my heart but my heart did a happy dance when I saw how verbal he was!!
I hope you can spend some time with your friend soon.

Sadie said...

Wow, I am so glad that Jacob's teacher is great, and that it's making such a big difference for him. Yay!

For your friend, what about sending her food? Or finding someone to clean her house for her? Or a babysitting service? Hmmm.

sherrypg said...

Yea for Jacob!

Boo for Fake Party Friends (I would totally be there.)

Can't wait for the Iowa Chili!

Tracey - Just Another Mommy Blog said...

For your friend... I don't know how your finances are, but I know you're always watching pennies like me. Perhaps sending her a big envelope of little things, with instructions to open them up, one at a time, when she needs a sweet word? You could put some short notes, memories of times that were lovely, etc. Or her favorite candies and other little, inexpensive treats that she might not be treating herself to much these next few months.

Also, don't forget to send her a Christmas gift of some sort. I can imagine that it will be pretty empty under her tree for her own presents this year. I don't know how old her kids are... Can you call and ask to speak to them and help them purchase stuff online or something? That way Mommy still gets a present, you know?

Mommy Daisy said...

I miss you doing NaBloPoMo. Not as many of the bloggers I follow, that have done it before, are doing it this year.

So glad that Jacob's having a good year. Does my heart good to hear great school stories about him and not bad ones. :D Good for him!

Miss Hope said...

What does it say for our blogging relationship that when I saw you say your MIL was coming, I gasped. Because I remember.

My heart just goes out to your friend. I don't have any amazing ideas to offer you, but I will pray for her and the family because it's just going to be plain rough.

Sorry I keep going MIA. Life has been happening lately, ya know?

Oh and a P.S.

Jacob is amazing.

ChupieandJ'smama said...

Love the update. Glad that Jacob is doing well. He totally deserves it:)
Sorry about the MIL. If I could send you booze, a maid, and airline tickets to get the hell out of dodge while she was there I would.
My heart goes you to your friend. I can't imagine the grief she is dealing with. Prayers going out for her.