Thursday, October 17, 2013

There are no words...or post title to explain!

I'm in a funk.  I can't explain it (or maybe I can).  I should have nothing to complain about. Honestly, it's not often that I do complain. I'm a sunny-side kind of gal, cause you know, "Happy girls shine brighter." (one of my favorite quotes, but I'm not sure by who). I have more blessings in my life than many, many people could ever hope or pray for.  I have 4 incredible kids, truly gifted and talented, yet they can still drive me crazy and push me to a point of MEAN mommy. They aren't perfect.  They fight, yell, whine and man, the tantrums from the girls!! Geesh! (OK I probably can be included in that this week...I may have had a tantrum or two myself!)  My stress/grouchiness level is at it's peak.

I have a love/hate relationship with the month of October.  I should really place the blame on the calendar.  Sure, fall weather rolls in and out come my favorite fall decorations.  The house feels so warm and cozy.  Yet the calm here is opposed by the current disorder at school.  October is parent/teacher conference month.  Visualize teaching all day, staff meetings, Tuesday and Thursday choir practice till 4:15 and gymnastics on Wednesday, then throw in an hour worth of conferences, 3 afternoons a week for the last 3 weeks, till nearly 6:00 p.m. I guess being a bit batty right now might be justified.  Last week was Spooky Science and Literacy, which meant:  teach all day, choir, parent conferences, then running a Graveyard Dig activity from 6:50-7:30 p.m.  Tonight started our orchestra season.  Bailey had a performance at O'Connor.  Next Tuesday Bailey and Savannah have a "Hauntcert" at Garcia, followed by Bailey's first YOSA concert on the 27th.  Add to the equation Bailey's birthday next week...14 years old!  14 years of motherhood for me.  One week later Halloween and then November 2, Jonas' birthday.  All this chaos equals one stressed momma. :(

John's been great though.  Funny how he seems to do little things secretly and not so secretly to make life easier.  And gosh, I'm an easy girl to please...who needs roses!  He's been doing normal things, like making the bed (totally a girl thing!), filling my gas tank, grocery shopping, getting dinner...all the little things that just seem so huge when your tired and stressed.  Lots of surprises and sweet comments of praise that just really fill my heart. 

I am grateful, for many things...but I'm mostly grateful that October is half over! ;)


Never can snap a good shot of Bailey at these concerts!

My amazing surprise from John when I got home tonight.  Apparently he hit up Office Depot's Clearance section!
You wouldn't believe how excited the kids were to see cool lunch box containers!  $1.00!!!
Taking deep breaths and obviously drinking lots of coffee to get through the rest of this month!

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