Sunday, April 22, 2012

Thanks for the sweet comments on my last post.  We had fun at my husbands ceremony, and then afterward we were able to enjoy a nice dinner together, so I am glad I canceled on my volunteer shift.  I was able to pick up one after a race I did, or at least I signed up for one, but when I reported no one could give me anything to do, and it got old just standing there so I left to go home and spend time with my family.  Don't know if I will wind up getting credit or not, but hey, I tried.

I ran in a 5k yesterday, and was pleased to do it in under 30 minutes, so that's not awful.  I think I was 7th in my age division, so not bad!  The rest of the weekend was spent at the tball field, and then I joined my husband and some of his friends for camping.  My youngest and I just went to hang out and eat dinner and then we came back home to sleep in our own bed.  That's more then plenty great outdoors for me.  I like outside activities, but I hate smelling  like campfire, and picking off bugs on me.  I picked off a tick last night that had a white spot on it's body which is the type that carries lyme disease.  Oh joy.

I am busy trying to plan my husbands promotion party that I am having at our house next weekend, and that should keep my busy the rest of the week!

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Mommy problems....

Mommyhood is so rewarding, but so frustrating  I am so blessed to have healthy children, lucky to have a job, and not have major problems.  I feel so guilty for being whiney, but some days I feel like being a mom is the hardest job in the world.  

My mommy guilt is running high, as it's hard to make it to every kid activity.  I think I do a good job, and I make it to most everything, but I am feeling it today.  I am struggling right now to see if I want to stay in an organization for next year.  I have honestly struggled with it all year, and now it's almost over and I have to plan for next year I don't know what to do.

I am nowhere as involved as a lot of these women in it, but yet, I find myself stressed out.  It seems that whenever there is something going on with the organization there is always something I am missing out on with my family.  For example, I have to do four volunteer shifts, and have them completed very soon.  It's been very hard for everyone to get them done, and I had signed up for my last one to be done Thursday night.  I was excited that I would be done, and have something to check off my list of requirements.  To make a long story short, my husband has an exciting promotion, and the ceremony is Thursday.  It's before my volunteer shift, and I thought it would be ok.  I even have started planning a party for him to beheld later this month.  However, last night as I was leaving for a meeting (and missing yet again my youngest child's gymnastics class), he wanted to know if we could all go out and celebrate after the ceremony.  I said I couldn't because I had the shift.

I seriously got maybe 3 hours sleep last night, as I was tossing and turning feeling like a bad mom and wife.  I decided to take my name off the list for volunteering, so now I can do something fun with my family after the promotion.  Chances are I won't be able to complete my requirements for the year now, as there are just not many opportunities anymore for volunteer credit.  I was counting on doing this one and being done.

If I don't do it next year I guess it doesn't matter if I didn't do my requirements. I know my family is more important, but I hate the feeling of not doing something I committed to.

Don't get me wrong, I know I need to be with my family Thursday after the ceremony, as it's important to my husband.  Also, this morning I got scared to death as there was a big incident in the city he works in, so I know I should never take any day for granted.

I just wish I could do it all, and keep a smile on my face.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Easter Sunday

Easter Sunday was great.  We got up early, saw what the bunny brought the girls, and got ready for church.  We went to a new church this Easter near our house, that some good friends of ours go to.  It's a Methodist Church, which is what we all are.  I feel funny saying we are Methodist since we are not exactly regular church goers by any means.  But, Dave and I were both baptized in Methodist churches as babies,  Dave grew up going to one, and we both went to Methodist Colleges, and our children have all been baptized in Methodist churches.  We tried to go to his church that he grew up in, but it wasn't that close to our house, and their wasn't much of a younger crowd.  Anyways, our friends invited us to go, this one is really close by, and I trusted my friends judgement that this was a nice place.  We ended up loving it!  Everyone was nice, a ton of younger people, but still a nice traditional feel, and we saw a lot of people we knew.  The girls loved seeing their friends, and enjoyed a egg hunt before service.  I went back this Sunday with the kiddos, and this might become a regular thing for us.... I hope so anyways....

After church, we had an easter lunch with my family, visited his family some, and did another egg hunt with his brothers neighbors, and then we hung out for the rest of the day. It was a great Easter with family and friends.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Egg Hunt Party

I know, my blogging is just not regular anymore.  The kids are getting older and with that we are busier with their activities.  Fun times though!  So the day before Easter Sunday, I had an egg hunt for our children, and our friends kids.  We said we would keep is small, but when it was all said in done we still had over 15 children, and their parents lol.  It was fun though.  I bought a crazy amount of eggs weeks before at the dollar store, and some candy from their as well, so the eggs were all one weeks in advance.  I kept them on top of my beloved pie safe until the day of the party.

Since we were having a crazy amount of people over, and the weather was nice, dinner was good ole hot dogs and hamburgers.  I asked for others that came to bring a side dish to share, and to take some pressure off of me cooking for everyone.  I did make a casserole dish of homemade mac and cheese.

I also did a Easter Sweets display in my dining room.  I stacked an old cake stand from costco, as well as my newer one from a local consignment shop.  Also from the consignment shop, I bought a moss bunny that I put on top of the stands with easter grass.  On the cake stands and on other plates, I had a crazy amount of sweets...

I dipped oreos in white chocolate with easter color sprinkles, and I made home made peanut butter eggs with sprinkles.  The peanut butter eggs were simple, and just basically the same peanut butter balls I make at christmas, but in a egg shape.:

I had seen these bird nests floating around pinterest, and I was familiar with already making them, as my sister has been making them for years and years.  I just added some egg shaped malt balls to them.  I also let the girls dip peeps in chocolate and then putting the wet chocolate in the sprinkles.  All super easy.  I also had purchased some chocolate covered pretzels to just have out on the table.
The table looked really pretty, or at least I thought it did =)
Everyone seemed to have had a good time, and most importantly, the kids had a blast finding the eggs!


Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Catch up post...

*I am exhausted.  I went with my parents, and my youngest two to Lancaster, PA for a shopping trip.  The girls are stocked up now on summer clothes, Easter dresses purchased, and I got a few new things for Dave and I.  New running shoes for the both of us,  ended up getting us his and hers Nike Dual Fusions.  I am still debating over a pair of Sperry's I saw.  Their cute, but not my normal style, but I think I want them... will debate a little longer, and then either call and have them shipped or just forget about it...
I am excited about some stuff I got at Banana Republic and JCrew, and of course some neat things from Pottery Barn.

*We got home around lunch time Saturday.  I quickly unpacked, grabbed a quick pedicure as it's been forever since I have had one, and with the warm weather it was really needed if I am going to show my feet.  Soon after we had a date night.  We went to a fun place called Conch and Bucket.  The food was good, and had a fun atmosphere.  We then went to see the Hunger Games Movie.  I wasn't the biggest fan.  I love the books, and was really excited to see this, but I just wasn't impressed.  I honestly think if I had not have read the book I would have been completely lost and confused.  We had a good time though getting out by ourselves.  I always look forward to those times.

*The next day we headed to Appomattox as my husbands family decided to finally move furniture and items out of the house owned by his grandparents who have been deceased for over 3 years.  I don't have anything positive or nice to say about that experience,  as the whole thing could have been handled better by a committee of monkeys.  They would have had it taken care of years ago.  Ask me how I really feel about that.

*The girls are all on Spring Break this week, I am taking off today as it was the only day I could coordinate with the husband where we could get the girls to Busch Gardens to do something fun with them.

*The girls are excited about Easter.  We saw the bunny yesterday at Bass Pro.  I am having a egg hunt for some their close friends at our house Saturday, and then Sunday we have plans to go to a church with some family friends, and do another egg hunt there.

*We have a lot of fun activities going on this month.  Dave's work gave him tickets to a Tides Game, we have tickets to see Tosh.0 in Richmond later, and then the circus is coming and we have tickets to that as well.  Tball games start this month, as well as Emily's gymnastic classes.  I am running a 5k, and busy helping plan a Junior League event that will be held in May.

*April 1st marked the anniversary of when I started my last diet.  I met my goal by July, and I am proud of how I have been committed to keeping the weight off.  I don't always eat like I should, but I have found as long as I don't over do it every day, and I work out regularly I can maintain just fine.  It truly is about moderation.