I'm finally, after 6 months, getting around to uploading pictures. During this process, I found a couple of pictures of projects/activities that we did way back in February. So, here they are, in no particular order.
Disney World. The happiest place on the planet. Whatever. For the past 5 months, Husband and I have been trying to plan a Disney vacation. Happy, we are not. Fighting? Why yes, there is a lot of that. Doesn't make for a "happy" trip, now does it? Husband hates waiting in line. Well then, heading to Disney at the most crowded time of the year is going to be great! Sunshine can't sleep in a room with other people. That should make for a bright a cheery group who have kept awake all night. Monster can't seem to understand that he is not the adult and can't leave us and just run into a crowd to do what he wants. How great will it be to spend the whole time yelling and trying to find him? I don't believe it's worth it to go for less than 3 days because we won't get to see anything. Husband doesn't want to go for more than 2 days. Sunshine isn't big enough for the rides and Monster isn't interested in sitting and listening to Belle read a story. Sunshine would be thrilled with tea parties while Monster would like Jedi training. I won't split up because I will never see my family again with the insanity of all the people. Then lets talk about cost. For 2 days for 4 people, it's two months of mortgage payments and that's just park admission. We'll have to not sleep, since Sunshine can't sleep with anyone, in the van because adding on hotel rates, just for 3 night,s is a whole other month of mortgage. And Heaven forbid anyone actually wants to eat while we are there.
Happy my @$$. Thus far, Disney has been miserable and we're not even there yet. I remember Disney. It was fun, but I had just as much fun at Cedar Point, which is only a hour from here. Epcot Center was by far my favorite place, but Sunshine would be bored to tears and for the amount of money it costs to get in, why take a child who isn't going to have fun?
So I resigned. I refused to talk about and plan the trip. I told Husband if he wanted to go, he needed to plan it all because I was done. Know what? He decided it wasn't worth it either. Our kids will not see Mickey this year. They may never get to see Mickey unless we win the flippin' lottery or start making more money than a starting teacher salary (oh, wait, they make more than us...). When the kids get older, they can discuss the impact of not seeing Mickey with their therapists. At least Mommy won't have to drink now to numb the pain the "Happiest Place on Earth" was causing.
Lately, I've been extremely disconnected from the real world. Why? It's simple, I procrastinated. Me. The person who gets more done before 8 am than some people get done all day. Yes, I procrastinated. I waited and waited and waited to work on my classes for renewing my teaching license. Now, I'm paying for it, in more ways than I can even count. If my classes were interesting, it would be one thing, but they aren't. I finished my one up at the end of May. My goal was to be completely done with the second by yesterday. That didn't happen. I seriously believed this paper was going to kill me. Working on it while the kids were up was useless. Yes, they are great at leaving me alone...for about 10-15 minutes at a time. I also wouldn't do it while Husband was around. Husband surrounds himself with noise. I'm not saying that in a bad way. It's just that when he's home, he has music playing or the TV on. Normally that's fine, but for writing, it's just not. That's not how I work. I need a solid block of time and silence to write a paper. The lucky thing about this particular paper is that it was divided into sections, so I can do one section at a time and not interrupt the flow of things when it's time to stop. I am also super fortunate that we have a "babysitter in training". She has been a lifesaver! I have managed to get a section done for each time she's been over. She came over again and I finally finished my paper. At the beginning of this process, I was scared I wouldn't have enough content. It turned out that I had to shorten my paper to be within the correct length.
Since starting this process, I have neglected my house, my kids, my friends, my husband and pretty much the rest of my life. Laundry is insane. Dishes are crazy. My back is in more pain than it's been in for over a year. Yet, life goes on. It's amazing because I finished my paper a 11am. From 11 until noon, I managed to wash 2 loads of laundry., put 4 loads of laundry away, do dishes, bake cookies and do the dishes from them, take all the trash out, and take my babysitter home. That was an hour. Imagine how the rest of my day is going to go! I can't even tell you how excited I am. I am once again a functional member of society!
I promise everyone that now that I'm done, I will get back to normal. I will call my friends and family. I will pay attention to my children and husband. I will figure out what is going on in the world. My house will once again be in some sort of order. My yard will be dog poop free and the lawn will be mowed on a regular basis (if it ever stops raining). I will run. I will actually cook real meals instead of cooking boring crap because it's fast. I will get children to games/lessons/classes/camps on time. I will be able to help people out rather than relying on them for help. All is once again right in the world.
The Color Run. "The Happiest 5K on the Planet" . It was on my Bucket List. This Saturday, I got to check it off. We rocked Cleveland. We ran, laughed, and got dirty. I mean, my armpits are still stained blue, dirty. We skipped the Zumba, but sang along with Carly Rae Jepsen. If you're a serious runner, this is probably not the run for you. In fact, most people walked it. It wasn't timed. There were no prizes , other than massive amounts of color. People really were happy. I think the most annoyed person there was my friend for making her run with me (you know you love me though, [C])! After, we got to hit Tommy's, which is always a special treat now that we live so far away. Are we doing it again? Definitely!
Though this year is one I would like to forget, we're going to focus on the positives, so here they are...
What is your favorite subject? reading
What is the best part of the school day? recess
Who are your friends? Nick, Ben and Jacob
What is something you learned in science? All plants need sunlight
What is something you learned in math? Geometry
What is something you wrote? My Cereal Box Shrink story
What is your favorite art project? Flower pots
What is your favorite book to read by yourself? Julianne, Secret Agent
What is your favorite book that someone read to you? Harry Potter
What food do you like to eat at lunch? Salami and cheese, my main course
What is your favorite game to play at recess? Ninja
What is your favorite activity after school? reading
What do you like about your teacher? Mrs. P, She's nice. Mrs. D, She helps us
What do you look forward to for summer? Reading