Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Rain, Rain, Go Away . . . Not Really

Hey, folks.

Wednesday is here. Hubby starts his new job one week from today. Praise the Lord!!

He's pretty excited, but I think he's going to miss all the time he was able to spend with the kiddos, and the flexibility of being able to run here and there at will.

Well, it's a rainy, rainy day here. We were supposed to play t-ball on Monday, but the field was still too muddy from rain we had over the weekend, and today looks like another rain-out . . . which is kind of funny because the game tonight was supposed to be a make-up game that was rained-out two weeks ago.

Oh, well.

I guess that's spring time for ya. And while I'm disappointed about missing the games, I'm very pleased with the rain for the crops in our area. Much of the wheat this year was ruined by a late freeze and hail, but some of it is still okay, and I hope the rain helps instead of hurts this year.

Other than that, I guess we've got another busy day ahead of us.

Hope your week is going well.


Monday, April 27, 2009

Taking on the Mountain

Good morning, all.

It's Monday again, and we are off to a busy start, as usual.

Today I have a mountain of laundry to tackle. I went into the boys room last night to grab their pajamas, which they have a tendency to move their clothes from one drawer to another, don't ask me why because I haven't figured it out yet, and I went on the hunt for the elusive bottoms.

But it didn't take long to realize their dresser was almost completely devoid of clothing, save the jammie pants.

What happened to all their clothes?

Well, that's the mountain I'm referring to. Over the last week, and the weekend, they have been getting dressed in their school clothes, then coming home and changing into play clothes.

Yay! They're finally learning.

Except . . . they've been changing play clothes three times a night. First when they get home, then after they've played for a couple of hours, then again after they come in for the night.

Even after the mountain o'laundry formed, I still didn't realize where all the clothes were coming from. But as we've been transitioning into warmer weather, all the jeans and long-sleeve shirts have been joined by shorts and t-shirts.

So that will be my major task of the day . . . tackling the mountain.

Then we've got t-ball tonight, but with all the rain they might cancel, so we'll see.

Anyway, I hope you all have a great week.


P.S. A quick bunny update: the little guys have been moved by their mama, and we wish them well at their new home, wherever that may be.

Friday, April 24, 2009

Busy Little Bees and Birthday Wishes

Hey, folks.

It's Friday. YAY!!!

We are heading into a busy weekend, and also a busy next week.

Tomorrow I have a writers meeting in Edmond, and will be there early to help set up for the guest speaker. Then I have to rush back home for t-ball practice, and an evening of wild 5 year old antics.

On Sunday, we are headed for Bricktown to meet up with my husband's former boss from Arkansas, who is visiting OKC for a conference. It will be nice to see her again. She was always a very kind and generous person while hubby worked at UAMS, and they have kept in touch since we moved back to Oklahoma.

So we'll be spending most of the weekend on the go, and then Monday night we have a t-ball game, Wednesday we're meeting another of Scott's former co-workers (this one from OG&E), and heading to another t-ball game that evening.

And somewhere in there we're trying to clean the house, dig out new flower beds by the front porch, and I'm trying to get a major chunk of a book written.


But, I have every confidence we'll get it all done . . . well, maybe not all of it, but most of it, and we might even be able to keep our sanity in the process. We'll see.

And also, I would like to tell my mother-in-law, Carla Stewart . . . HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!!! I hope you enjoy your special day, and be sure Max takes you someplace wonderful for dinner!

Have fun this weekend, everybody!


Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Bunny Adventures

Good morning, everyone.

I hope you're having a great week, or if not, I at least hope it goes by quickly to get to the weekend.

Well, we had an interesting "bunny adventure" last night. Yesterday our next door neighbors had a service come and mow their lawn for them. And this isn't said in a bad way, but some of the grass on the side of their house had grown pretty tall (and I promise, you should have seen ours before we mowed on Monday night).

Anyway, while the guy was mowing, he uncovered a nest of baby rabbits.

The neighbors found it when they came home from work last night and showed it to our sons, who thought it was one of the coolest things they'd ever seen.

So then we showed it to the other little boy who lives on the other side of us, who thought it was awesome, too.

And I have to say, those little bunnies were SOOOOOO cute. There were at least 4-5 of them snuggled down in this hole, all fuzzy and sweet. Too cute!

Anyway, by this point the nest, which was covered with a HUGE wad of fuzzy, fluffy shedded fur, had been disturbed at least 3, if not 4, times. So being the worry-wart that I am, I began to wonder if the mama rabbit would come back if she smelled so many human scents around her hiding place.

And as a disclaimer, no, I am not an expert (or even a novice) at animal behavior. I don't know if rabbits are scared off by scents, sights, sounds; one or the other of these; or a combination of the three.

So as we all sat outside during the evening, the kids playing on the trampoline, and the adults sat on the patio chairs, a little rabbit appeared near our back fence and started making its way across the yard. We all became convinced this must be the mama coming back to feed her babies, and waited to see if she would go to them.

Unfortunately, another back neighbors' dog caught sight of the rabbit, charged to the fence, and scared the rabbit back into hiding.

This happened three times before the dog finally went in for the night.

By this time I was beginning to wonder if the rabbit would ever get across the yard, but finally she came back out. Most of our family had given up on the Great Rabbit Watch, but Twin A stayed with me the whole time to make sure that mama found her babies.

Only, the rabbit didn't go for the nest. She hopped across the yard, and then headed for a field between two other houses.

This definitely worried Twin A, and me, too. Where was she going? Was she coming back? Would she find the babies? What would happen to the babies if she didn't come back? My son hammered me with questions, and I answered the best I could.

Then we went in for the night.

My son sat at the window in his room, watching the spot where he thought the nest was (by this time it was dark outside so he coudn't see anything), and waited for the mama to come back.

So then I called my mom to see if she knew anything about the habits of rabbits, and finally did an internet search to find out what to do.

A simple and brilliant plan was then formed, which my son wholeheartedly concurred with: place two small sticks over the fur covering the nest. If the sticks had been moved in the morning, we would know the mama had been back to feed her babies. If the sticks were still there, we'd need to take the babies to the vet because the mama had probably abandonded them.

Great plan.

And I am proud to report that as of this morning, the sticks were moved off the cover. YAY!

I was seriously concerned about this. Mostly because I just couldn't stand to let the poor little things starve to death, but also because my son was sooooooo concerned for their well being, too. He has such a tender heart, and I would have been forced to lie to him about what happened to the bunnies before I told him they had died.

But fortunately that didn't happen, and the baby bunnies are just fine.

And so goes another day in our lives.

The crazy things that get us all in a bother. Oh, well.


Monday, April 20, 2009

Hi, everyone.

I hope your week has gotten off to a great start.

All the boys came home last night, and I was surprised how much I missed them. I was VERY glad for the relative peace and quiet while they were gone, with only the Princess and I puttering around the house, but it was great to see the twins smiling faces and to hear their excited chatter about all the fun they had with their cousins.

Poor hubby, however, looked flat and worn-out. I think the expression "hit by a Mack truck" is an understatement in his case. It was a mega-testosterone weekend for them, and I think it wore him down.

But I know they all had fun, they went to see hubby's Grandpa (who is a hoot and a half), and had more adventures than they could tell me in one sitting.

And now, the boys are back in school, hubby is recuperating, and it's back to business as usual at our house.

Hope y'all have a great week.


Friday, April 17, 2009

Hello, all.

It's Friday. Woohoo!

Well, today all my boys (hubby and sons) are headed for the Texas panhandle for a visit with hubby's brother, who also has two boys. It's going to be a testosterone-filled weekend and I am going to be staying home with the Princess to work on a manuscript.

We've also had some good news, that hubby has had a job offer. It's not exactly what we were hoping for, but it's a good company and we're happy our prayers have been answered.

And now, I guess I need to help get the kids clothes packed and the house picked up so it will be an easy weekend for me and the baby.

Have a good weekend and stay safe.


Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Hey folks.

Well, we have so much going on lately, it's hard to know where to start.

My sister-in-law, Allison Garner Stewart, is an auntie. Her brother and his wife welcomed a beautiful baby girl into the world yesterday. Congrats to the happy parents and grandparents!! I know she will be one of the most beautiful, spoiled little girls in the world (as she should be!!).

The twins were supposed to have their first t-ball game of the year yesterday, but the recent storms made the field too muddy. We're supposed to play another game tomorrow, but the weather looks like it might cause more problems before we can play.

And I am going to be very unhappy if we don't get to take full advantage of t-ball this year because I feel like we've spent a small fortune on registration, uniforms, and other t-ball related junk. So missing all these game (which probably won't all be made up) is bothering me.

Today is tax day. Boo. Don't like taxes, but not going to a tea party, either. It's just the way it is.

We're probably going to get groceries soon, and we're also hoping to hear about a job possibility for Scott soon, so keep your fingers crossed.

And I guess that's it for now. Talk to y'all on Friday.


Monday, April 13, 2009

Business as Usual

Good morning, all.

Well, we definitely had a busy weekend.

We left for my mom's house on Friday morning, and it felt like the kids ran circles around us for three days (which they really did).

Easter egg hunts, adventures at the ranch, video games, baseball in the back yard, watching movies, cooking, church, Easter lunch, and on, and on. Whew!

But we are home, the boys are at school, the baby is playing quietly, and I might have a few minutes of alone time today. Which means trying to catch up on writing related issues.

If I want to "unplug" for a while, my mom's house is a good place to do it because she doesn't have Internet access, so I'd have to go up to my brother's house if I wanted to check my e-mail and such. But on the other hand, I feel like I'm missing something if I can't check what's happening.

Very strange, I know.

But anyway, I guess it's time to get busy working on my story. Hope you all have a great week!


Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Busy Week

Good morning, folks.

Wow. It seems like we've had a major upswing in activity at our house in the last week.

Monday night, I'm not sure what happened, but hubby and I both ended up with major headaches, like migraines. So we spent most of the night awake and miserable, but on the plus side, the kids stayed in their own beds all night. Woohoo!

Then, very tired from the lack of sleep, Tuesday we got kids off to school, took care of the Princess at home (who is beginning to move into the temper tantrum stage), hubby had a dental appointment, we had Parent/Teacher conferences, and we found out there is a leak under our kitchen sink that needs to be fixed pronto!

And today feels like it will be just as crazy. We've got a plumber coming sometime this afternoon, which means we need to get the house picked up so he's not walking through a laundry and toy mine-field.

Tomorrow I'm having lunch with a friend whose house was recently robbed, and giving her a chance to vent about it, be there to support her if I can.

And we've got lots of school work to get ready for the boys. Easter projects, reading, practicing our letters and numbers.

Just a busy, busy week all around. So I guess I'll go and get to work.


Monday, April 6, 2009

Hello everyone.

It's Monday again, and we have already been busy, busy, busy.

We spent Saturday rushing all over the state (me in Tulsa; Hubby, the kids, and Grandma in Yukon; and then all of us wound up in Thomas), and then we spent Sunday running around helping my brother and his wife with various tasks.

We rushed home last night, and got in very late, but thankfully the boys can sleep anywhere, so they were able to rest all the way home, and went straight to bed after we got here.

Then we all bounced out of bed this morning, got ready for school, and after getting the kids in the building (and stopping to help a crying little boy who needed his momma, who we did find) it was off to the grocery store to buy all the wonderful new foods for my diet.

And the Princess screamed her way through the entire store. Some of it was happy screaming (yay, look at the pretty balloons at the front of the store) and some of it was angry screaming (wahhhh, I want that toy and I want it NOW!).

She just didn't seem to have any other volume except loud and louder. But we finally made it to the car, where she seemed to calm down, and now it is off to nappy-land for her.

We are finished putting the groceries away, and will be making grilled chicken wraps and veggies for lunch. Yum-yum.

And that is pretty much our day. I'll be writing, and Hubby has gotten ambitious and wants to clean out the car. Woohoo!

I'm sure tomorrow will be just as busy for us. And that's all for now.


Friday, April 3, 2009

Musical Beds

Hello, all.

It's FRIDAY!!! Which for us is just another day, but YAY!

Tomorrow I plan to head for Tulsa for a writer's group meeting, and then we will probably drive over to my mom's house to help at the ranch. My brother called this morning and asked if we could come and help cut trees out of a fence line, and then get all the materials together to start rebuilding the fence.

So we'll see how that goes.

We are re-re-establishing (and no, that's not a typo) the habit of making the twins sleep in their own beds at night. They usually start out there, but at some point in the night, always end up in our bed.

We've had this problem before, and thought it was corrected, but they started waking up and crawling in the bed with us again, which then led to another round of musical beds as we bounced from room to room in an effort to escape all the flailing limbs.

Last night at 4:30am a boy woke up and tried to crawl in bed with us. I made him go back to his room, followed to tuck him in one more time, and went to bed.

30 minutes later another boy, or maybe the same one (I don't know, it was 5:00 in the morning) came in to sleep with us. So I sent this one (or the same one again) back to his room. But my hubby was sweet enough to get up with him this time. He said he'd go in and sit with him for a few minutes.

Well, the alarm goes off, I have no husband in bed with me, and go to check in the boys room to find him half sitting up and half slumped over in our son's bed. The boy is curled along his daddy's side, sound asleep, and so is my hubby.

I have no idea how he could sleep at that angle, but from the looks of it, he'd told the child he would just "sit with him for a minute", and wound up falling asleep himself, in a very awkward position.

So we'll see how this new policy of everybody in their own beds at night goes. The baby seems to be the only one able to sleep through the night on her own. I envy that.

On the exercise/weight loss note, well, there's nothing to report yet. I've exercised at little, not nearly enough, and have lost no pounds in two days. Which is not surprising. I'd probably be worried if I lost weight that fast. Not a good sign.

But I'm also trying to change my eating habits, which is really hard for me. We'll see how it goes.

And that's it for now. Have a safe, fun weekend and stay out of trouble.


Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Not So Great at April Fools

Good Morning. It's Wednesday again. April Fool's Day.

I thought about writing some outlandish tale to fake you all out, but to be honest, I'm just not much of a prankster.

What can I say? Sorry, but it's not my forte.

I read a blog post from an agent this morning that was pretty good, "All the Things You Should Look for in an Agent", with a whole list of the worst things an agent could do. But I ruined the joke for myself by scrolling to the bottom of the page to see if it was a new post or a repeat, and saw her big "April Fools" sign at the end.

But it was funny, if you're a writer and trying to get an agent. Otherwise it was just, huh?

Well, last night the twins asked me if I would go bounce on the trampoline with them, and fool that I am, I said yes.

So I went out and worked as hard as I could for about five minutes to bounce them as high as they could go, which wasn't too high.

And I thought I was going to collapse.

I had forgotten how much exercise it is to bounce up and down for even a few minutes. And I came back in the house breathing hard, sweat pouring off me, coughing like crazy because I still have a little congestion, and overall just worn out!

Which made me realize even more than ever that I am WAY out of shape and need to get my rear in gear to shed a few dozen pounds. Many, many pounds are getting ready to go, and I have a renewed determination to lose the weight.

Because, frankly, if I'm going to be at home all summer with the kids, there is no way I'm going to be able to keep up with them unless I get in better shape. My poor husband will come home from work to find his kids running like wild little animals around the neighborhood, and his wife keeled over in the backyard from over-exertion.

So I will try to keep you informed of my progress, if there is any progress, and hope that I can steadily start to meet my goals.

Now, off to exercise.