Friday, December 30, 2005

A Night at Home

Munchkin had a full night of plans for the 2 of us. First he wanted to make a soccer ball cake with all my new baking stuff that Santa brought me. I was fine by this since I got to use my new counter top mixer and specialty baking pans. While the cake was baking the plan was to fill his sea monkey tank and play Disney Scene It. The Sea monkeys are waiting to hatch and I won Scene It. Munchkin did pretty well at Scene It, but a few of the movies he hasn't scenen and he isn't quit able to read all the words. By the time we were done doing this the cake was done cooling and ready for the filling and icing. It all went very well until it came to the time to put hexagons all around the cake. I am sure there is some sort of system that makes everything match together perfectly, but I didn't find it or maybe I just didn't have the patience for it. Probably both. My hand was cramping by the time I traced and filled em all in. The cake turned out cute in the end and it made for fun together time too.

I won't be bloggin again until next year, so I hope everyone has a safe and wonderful New Year.

Thursday, December 29, 2005

I am too old for this stuff

I remember when I could sit and talk til all hours of the night and be fine the next day with 1 to 2 hours of slept. However this morning as I fought to keep my eyes opened I discovered that I am too old for that. Ok not really. It is probably the fact that now I work a full-time job and am raising a 5 year old boy, plus all of these late activities have coordinated themselves with the holidays.
It all started Friday the day before Christmas Eve. I was invited to a party. It was fun, but didn't last late at all, but that was just the beginning. Christmas Eve was spent doing some last minute cleaning for out of town guests. I finished with time to spare so I was able to make it to 5pm mass. Before I left for this however our first guests arrived. My cousin was to stay in a guest bedroom (my sister recently moved to Florida and her bedroom has yet to be converted to another use) and my Aunt was gonna stay in my other sisters room. It worked out great because she has a bunk bed and the bottom bed is a queen. I went to put my aunts bag in my sisters room and to my dismay discovered her room looked as though a tornado hit. The top bunk was filled with junk and I think I saw a little patch of floor. What were we gonna do for a sleeping arrangement? I had to get to church and a x-mas eve family party, so I would worry about it later.

After talking with my sisters later that evening we decided that my aunt didn't mind the messy room cause the queen bed was clean, so she would stay in there and my sister that was being booted from her room would sleep on my son's bed and he would sleep with me. That worked out wonderfully except for the fact that I only have a twin and the munchkin takes up the whole bed. So I didn't get a good nights sleep. And I can't forget the fact either that since it was x-mas eve Santa had to come and deliver the toys, so I didn't get to bed until around 1. Mainly cause I was helping my mom with her last minute stuff.

Christmas was an early night thank goodness and was Monday, but the days were just mass chaos, so I was exhausted both nights and Tuesday I had to return to the early 6:30am work schedule.

Now the late nights start again. Tuesday I received a phone call from a friend who was in town and wanted me to join the group at a piano bar called the Big Bang. I said I would try, but we were doing a dinner for my G-ma who was visiting. 9 o'clock rolled around and I was just putting Munchkin to bed, so I decided not to go, but then Casey called. SHe wanted to know if I would go with her to the Big Bang to meet up with the group. (Now the friends that we were gonna meet up with are friends from highschool and early college. A few are married, but most are single, in school, or just starting to get full time jobs. So Casey and I don't quit always fit in, since we both have full time day jobs and I have Munchkin. Because of this Casey and I tend to plan our time with the group around eachother. If one of us can't go then the other won't. We get excluded, but at least if we go together we have eachother to talk too.) So needless to say I went ahead and went. I didn't even talk to the friend that I was going to visit, so the trip was basically pointless and I didn't get to bed until after midnight.
On weds my G-ma from StL had all her granddaughters spend the night at her house. It just so happened that Munchkin was spending the night at the neighbors house so I was able to participate in the fun. I had a blast playing games and gossiping, but by the time 11 o'clock came rolling around I was exhausted. I managed to keep my eyes open until 1:30, but it was getting pretty hard. I decided to go home that night so that I was home to shower and stuff before work. So by the time I got home and in bed it was after 2 and I had to be up by 5. So today I am exhausted and Munchkin doesn't know this yet, but we are going to bed at 8!!

Hope everyone enjoyed their Holidays.

Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Christmas Baby

Happy Birthday to me, Happy Birthday to me. Today I turn 26. I am getting so old. No not really. I have a fun packed day planned. Earlier was Munchkin's Christmas Party. The head roommother's daughter got sick, so I got promoted. There are only 8 kids, so the parties are pretty simple. The had a snack, decorated a stocking, and made bell necklaces. Sounds boring to me, but the kids enjoy it. To celebrate my birthday, I am going to my friend Juanita's house and we are gonna go out. Her husband works weird shifts so we can go out between 2:30 and 8. Then we have to get home so he can go to bed. Not really sure what I want to do during that time. I figure we will go out to lunch somewhere, but after that I have no clue. I hate having to make plans. I just wish someone would tell me what to do. I am one of those annoying people that says I don't care what we do. My friends always yell at me to make up my mind,but I can't. I am spending the night at my friends house, so we can have a little bit of stay home fun. Except the kids will probably wake us up really early. Either way I will have fun and enjoy my B-day.

Monday, December 19, 2005

The Weekend

I had a busy busy weekend again. I love the holidays, but I can't wait until they are over and I have my relaxing weekends back.

Saturday was my first Christmas party. Since Saturday is usually my laundry day I had to start bright and early to get everything done. The party was ok. I really don't know anybody there, but it is an old family friend's party so I have to go. Munchkin found some other little boys to play with though so at least he wasn't hanging on me the whole time. At one point during the party my mom asked the host to introduce her to some of his friends. When he got to the last guy he exclaimed loudly that he was single and looking and lots of fun to be around. I kept waiting for my mom or the host to chime in that so am I and possibly mention us two doing something. It never happened. I didn't even get introduced. I was a little disappointed and felt a little invisible. After we left I asked my mom why she didn't say anything about me being single too and she said she didn't think of me and she asked why didn't I mention it. Oh yeah that doesn't sound desperate announcing yourself that you are single and looking. O'well.
After the party I went shopping with my mom. I tried to help her finish her Christmas shopping, but we didn't succeed. We did get alot, but she over buys so we didn't finish. A friend of mine comment that I was a good daughter for helping her, but my response to that is that if I don't help my mom gets stressed about getting done and then she gets crabby and living with her when she is crabby is horrible. So in a way I did it for selfish reasons.
Sunday I went to a baptism. It was the first time I have been asked to be a Godmother, so I was pretty excited. I had to start early again though to make it to the 11o'clock mass out in O'Fallon which is about 45 minutes from me. I was doing so well time wise, but I was still about 2 minutes late for mass, but it wasn't my fault. I am blaming the weather. I didn't add more time for snow. My area was nice and dry, but when I got to O'Fallon, they had a nice dusting of snow which slowed traffic. Not to mention I had to walk very carefully on the church parking lot, but I still almost fell 3 times. The baptism was very nice and then we went back to my friends for a little luncheon. It surprised me when the babies grandparents left about 45 minutes after we arrived however. It would have been ok if they had a good excuse, but they left to go shopping. It is their grandbaby's baptism party and they couldn't put off shopping another hour or 2? It was only 1 in the afternoon!! Maybe it is just me, but I am usually one of the last people to be at the parties and I always try to help clean up. After everyone left I hung out for a while cause I was child free and in no hurry. Munchkin was at a birthday party so he was well occupied. Since I was there for a little while I got to feed my Godson. I love babies and haven't been around any for a while so it was fun to get to feed him. Brought back many memories.
As for today I went to work blah blah blah.... Then when I got home I rushed and showered, since I woke up late and didn't have time,and then changed Munchkin and rushed off to his soccer camp. They did some different exercises today. I just love to sit and watch him as he plays. He always has a big smile, so I know he is enjoying himself. Afterwards we went to my uncles restaurant for dinner because the Anheuser Busch Clydesdales(or however it is spelled) were gonna be there. I love those horses. They are huge, but very pretty. The restaurant was packed, but because it is my uncles I have connections and didn't have to wait for a table. Ok really it was because my uncle already had some reserved. Munchkin has very good restaurant manners because I have always taken him out to dinner and he knows the rules and that he has to behave, but the other kids that were there tonight were driving me nuts so I can only imagine how the other customers felt. My uncles were letting their kids get up and wonder around and they were yelling at eachother from table to table. I wanted to get up and yell at the kids to sit down and be quiet cause people are trying to eat, but I am not one to step on other peoples toes especially my uncles since they think they know all. I was so happy to leave. Munchkin was exhausted and fell asleep in the car so bedtime was a piece of cake tonight. I am ready for bed myself. I am always so tired on Mondays. Only one more day of work and then I have 2 days off, so tomorrow won't be too bad, but still not very enjoyable. Someone has to buy presents because they are not made by santa's little elves unlike popular belief.

Friday, December 16, 2005


Today as I was sitting watching TV while Munchkin was cleaning up his toys I noticed that all of a sudden he was extremely quiet and hadn't come out from his toy corner for a while. I thought that maybe he had crawled back there and fallen asleep like he has done on other occasions, but then I heard the faintest sound. Reminded me of someone whittling wood. I knew that couldn't possibly be what Munchkin was doing. I slowly and quietly tip toed to the couch to peak over at him. Right as my head popped above the couch we made eye contact and he knew he had gotten caught. In his lap was his stuffed Picachu doll and he was holding a pair of scissors. He had decided that he was gonna play hairstylist and Picachu needed a different hair-do and tail-do. Scattered on the floor and clinging to his paints was fuzz from the dolls ears, tail, head, and back. It is hard not to laugh at what he was doing. Did he seriously think that I wouldn't think that something suspicious was going on behind the couch? Out of sight out of mind??? That phrase isn't used for a mother of a young child. Out of sight what are they in to is more like it. After a quick discussion about how he knew it was wrong and that is why he hid he picked up his mess and showed off the newly styled hair on his animal.

Kids can be so sneaky.

Thursday, December 15, 2005

Our First Christmas Concert

Tonight we had our first Christmas concert. I found out about it at the last minute however. Actually I read the little bitty announcement on our Friday flyer wrong. I thought the concert was only for the younger kids and Munchkin is in Kindergarten. He informed me though on the way home from school that he had to be there. Since I wasn't aware of this earlier he didn't get a new Christmas outfit to wear, but luckily I had a nice sweater for him to wear. Now that I know that all the kids participate in the concerts I will totally be prepared next year.

The kindergarten and 1st graders sang together. They were so cute. They had little dance moves to go with everything. Absolutely adorable. Although I have to admit Munchkin was the cutest. One funny thing I noticed was how the boys voices drastically changed from the 6th to 7th graders. You could that puberty and the voice change happens between these ages. I had to laugh when you went from hearing the high pitch squeal of boys to the extremely low Ho Ho Ho of the older boys. I am not looking forward to Munchkin going through puberty. I still have a few more years to go thankfully.

Gotta go load the dishwasher. A mother's job is never done.

Wednesday, December 14, 2005

The Holiday Getting to Know You

The holiday rush is here. You have 12 days left until christmas is here. I am virtually done with all my shopping. I only have 3 more gifts to buy and the ones I have are already wrapped. Yeah me. In the holiday spirit, I thought I would attach an email that I received. I am constantly getting questionares from friends, but this is the first holiday version. Hope you enjoy.

Welcome to the 2005 Holiday Edition of Getting toKnow Your Friends!

1. Egg Nog or Hot Chocolate? Egg Nog

2. Does Santa wrap presents or just sit them under the tree? They are wrapped unless they are too big and then they get a sheet over them.

3. Colored lights on tree/house or white? Clear

4. Do you hang mistletoe? No

5. When do you put your decorations up? The first free weekend after Thanksgiving.

6. What is your favorite holiday dish (excludingdessert)? Sweet Potatoes

7. Favorite Holiday memory as a child? Getting to visit my grandparents in Michigan. There was always a ton of snow.

8. When and how did you learn the truth about Santa? I don't remember, but once we didn't believe my mom let us stay up and wrap while the younger kids slept.

9. Do you open a gift on Christmas Eve? No cause santa doesn't bring the presents until christmas.

10. What kind of cookies does Santa get set out forhim? Whatever we have.

11. Snow! Love it or Dread it? Love it.

12. Can you ice skate? If you consider holding on to the side and pushing/pulling myself along.

13. Do you remember your favorite gift? A Big Blue Elepahnt Slide.

14. What's the most important thing about the Holidays for you? Family

15. What is your favorite Holiday Dessert? My grandma always has jello in little crystal glasses with her home-made whip cream.

16. What is your favorite holiday tradition? Sitting around Christmas morning and taking turns opening gifts.

17. What tops your tree? An Angel that is older than me.

18. Which do you prefer Giving or Receiving? Giving to little kids. Adults are hard to shop for.

19.What is your favorite Christmas Song? Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas sung by Judy Garland (she sings it in Meet Me in St. Louis. I love that movie)

20. Do you have a wreath on your door? Nope. There is a sign that says Santa Stop Here.


Monday, December 12, 2005

Soccer Mom

Today was Reese's second night of indoor soccer camp. They are teaching him better control of the ball. This is the first he has ever done the whole soccer thing so I was nervous that he wouldn't like it because he may be a little behind the other kids. My fears were not needed. Reese loves it and is catching on very quickly. I had a friend come and sit and watch with me. She asked me which one was Reese and I said the one over there with the sweat drenched hair. After she noticed that Reese was sweating like it was 100 degrees outside even though the building is maybe 60, she had no problem spotting him the rest of the time. What can I say my kid is a sweater and it is usually gross and nasty, but also funny since he runs up to people and rubs his sweaty head on their bare arms. The faces that the unsuspecting person makes is hilarious.
I am glad that Reese enjoys playing, but I do not enjoy sitting and watching. I am a single working mother and I only have one child, so as I look around and notice that all the other mothers are either holding an infant or scolding a waddling toddler I feel totally left out. I just don't feel that I have met the requisite for being a soccer mom. But as I sit and notice all these mothers my eyes wonder back to the field and I notice that a few of the coaches are younger and pretty darn hot if I do say so myself. So I don't feel so bad about not having to chase around another kid or talk about my sick baby because that would take up my time from checking out the behind of the coaches as they chase after the kids. That sight is well worth the not being a soccer mom.
I am totally looking forward to next weeks practice.


Sunday, December 11, 2005

Snow Day

Remind me never to start a new blog around the holidays. There is just not enough time in the day to do everything that you want.

So here is Missouri it snowed on Thursday. We got a total of 4inches. Luckily it happened on a day that I had already planned on taking off since the kids were out of school. THe little neighbor girl came over bright and early to play with my son, who was still sleeping. After she woke him up and he discovered that there was snow he decided to skip breakfast and get straight to the snowball fights. Now I am one of those mothers that always has my kid wearing a hat, so you can imagine how I bundle him up to go out in the cold and snow. We pulled out the coat, gloves, hat, and snow pants, but searched and just couldn't find the snow boots. So I compromised. We took a few extra pairs of socks and his tennis shoes and some large zip lock bags. Why the bags you ask. Here is what I did. First you put the socks on then you take the bags and put them on like socks and tuck em up into the snow pants and then the shoes go on. This way the socks stay dry. My sister and neighbor were laughing at me, but his feet never got wet, so there. After the kids finally are bundle and go out to play I have to prepare the floor for when they come in. I pulled out a few bath towels and lay them on the floor so there is an area to shed the wet clothing. I also had to pull out the tea kettle and hot cocoa, cause that is what we always had after playing in the snow. It is a tradition. After an hour or so in the snow the kids come in. I help my son take his clothes of and then the neighbor. As I go to take the neighbors jogging/water resistant pants off she informs me she has nothing else on under them. I have a fit. Her pants were soaked and her legs red from the cold. My sister who is teeny lends her a pair of PJ pants. As I continue to scold her, her brother informs me that she can handle the cold after all she is Russian. I just start to laugh at this comment since she is Russian, but was adopted when she was almost a year old, so in no way is she used to the cold Russian winters. What can I say kids think they are invisible and when they become sick it is the parent that suffers to make them well.

It is Sunday now ( like I said busy busy) and the snow is gone and just left mud. Hope everyone enjoyed their weekend and is looking forward to Monday.

Til next time.


Wednesday, December 07, 2005

Introductions are in order

I guess I will start by saying why I have created this blog. I recently found one written by a Stay at home mom. I was funny and made me laugh and I thought I should do that. I have funny enough stories that make people laugh so why not share them with lots of people.

Here is a little background on myself and others you may hear about. I am a 25 year old (soon to be 26) single mother to a 5 year old boy. I still live at home with my parents and 2 younger sisters. I also have another sister who lives in Florida with her boyfriend and 2 older brothers one of which is married. One brother has a daughter and the other has 2 young boys. I have 2 different groups of friends. The first if my friends from highschool/college. This group is sometimes hard for me to fit in with since they are mostly single without kids so they have a more open social life than me. Then there is the other group. I am the youngest of this group and sometimes feel left out since I am not married or in a serious relationship. I guess you could say the 2 groups balance eachother out.

Now to let you know what I will post on my blog. I can't really say exactly. It will just depend on the day and what happens that I think is worthy of writing about. Hopefully I will have lots to write about that others will find entertaining. However only time will tell. Hope to have people tune in. Until tomorrow.