babycatcher33: (christmas lights)
2011-12-24 09:37 pm

Christmas Eve

I wanted to carve out some time for Abby this season so this morning I went through all of my 2011 pictures and selected pictures that I'll use in her memorial album.  Cemetery pictures, her birthday and angelversary pictures and such.  We looked for the Christmas flowers that we usually take to Abby but couldn't find them, and that led to the decision to go do a quick shopping trip.  Yep, we braved Walmart on Christmas Eve and it was surprisingly quick and painless! 


And now, a picture post to start off my mom's Christmas morning with a smile )

babycatcher33: (Kim)
2011-11-14 09:58 pm

a surprise for Kim

On a whim, Jack suggested that we go visit Kim, so with some "casual" probing questions I figured out her work and class schedule for this weekend and we hit the road.


Surprise! )

babycatcher33: (iPod)
2011-09-01 06:59 pm

2nd shift is in full swing

With Kim gone and Jack working nights, almost everything else is left to me.  Since I got off work at 4 o'clock.....

* picked up Kim's paycheque from one of her summer jobs
* picked up Charlotte at the sitter's
* got the mail
* smooched with my husband while I changed into Mom clothes and he got ready to leave for work
* took out bread, turkey sausage and a loaf of zucchini loaf from the freezer
* gathered, sorted and started laundry
* made supper (french toast and turkey sausage)
* made supper for tomorrow so that Jack can eat before he leaves for work (right about the time I get HOME from work).  On the menu for tomorrow: maple mustard pork chops in the slow cooker, rice with peas (cooked and cooling now), and some kind of vegetable.
* turned up FloRida and BEP on the radio while supper cooked
* got the Littles to do dishes with me after supper
* supervised Julia while she made her own lunch for tomorrow, and I made mine as well
* flipped laundry
* checked Julia's school dayplanner for homework or teacher notes
* from the kitchen window and back step, watched and praised Charlotte's skillz at "running FAST!", swinging, picking up ladybugs and twirling like a ballerina
* discussed how many books Julia could bring home on her weekly library day; 12 is just....too many.  She doesn't agree.
* opened bills, went through grocery store flyer and made grocery list for the weekend
* reminded the girls to feed and water the pets

* finally grabbed my iPod and retreated to LJ land after I broke up *another* fight about who gets to play with the dog/who gets to play in the bedroom alone/who gets to carry the cat/who is whining the most.

It's just past 7 o'clock now, and I need a hit of ...... something ;-)  Preachin' to the choir here, I know.

me to Charlotte just now: "I choose not to listen to you right now.  Leave Julia alone.  Go find your crayons."  LOL.  Back to Mom Duty.


babycatcher33: (bittersweet)
2011-08-30 09:42 pm

a bittersweet day

* I worked a half day this morning.  Feeling slightly more competent every day, but I still don't feel like I could do this on my own.   I guess I'll be jumping in the deep end by the end of this week.

* While I was at work this morning, Kim finished packing and loaded up her car.  She was out for lunch with friends when I got home and when she got back, we said our good-byes and she was off.  Tears and hugs all around.  Charlotte doesn't really get it and was her usual chipper self as she gave Kim a hug and skipped away, not understanding that Kim has moved out and we won't see her for a month or more.

* As Kim drove south to school, the rest of us drove northeast for a quick trip to the city.  I cried for the first half hour then distracted myself by reading a midwifery novel followed by some retail therapy.

* We printed enlargements of Kim's grad pictures as well as the couple's pictures Jack and I had done in April.  I bought frames and will hopefully get them up tomorrow.

* A few last minute things to pick up for the Littles for school and dance; Julia declared it "an awesome day, except for Kim leaving."  Charlotte is *so* excited that she's doing ballet this Fall; she tells everyone and anyone who looks her way, "I'm doing ballet!"

* I've put aside Game of Thrones for now - just can't get into it.  I'm reading The Birth House instead.

* Julia goes to her first day of Grade 5 tomorrow.  Grade 5 !?!?  When did THAT happen!?  I wonder if she's going to want her dear ol' mom to walk her to school this year; she still did last year.

* It's so strange to see Kim's room so empty, to know she won't be here every night.  She's been packing up her room bit by bit all summer....


GOING.....



GOING.....



GONE.


Her room will look much different the next time she's home - new paint, different bed, less furniture - hopefully it will be ready by the time my family comes to visit in October.



Julia was excited to go through her school supplies, label everything and pack her bag for school :-) 



And this afternoon, Kim climbed in her car, waved, and headed off to university.  *sniff*  I'm so proud of her and I know she'll be ok, but it's hard to let her go.

babycatcher33: (focus)
2011-08-29 05:42 am

crunch time

I've been awake since 4:30 this morning - so much on my mind.

My MRI is today.
Kim leaves tomorrow.
Julia starts school Wednesday.
And I only have a couple more days of orientation this week for my new job, then I'm on my own.
September is right around the corner, then summer is over. 

And a little further down the road, it's 2 months tomorrow until I leave for Vegas. Will my OM be under control so that I don't have horrible stabbing pain behind my eyes when I fly? And it'd be nice if I could lose a few pounds and have some non-FatOldLady clothes to wear.  Just sayin'. 

Thoughts of my future as a midwife keep bubbling to the surface; not sure what to do with them just yet.  We need more midwives here and there are job openings here (temporary ones, for now).  If I'd been able to get into some kind of assessment program I could be working as a midwife right now instead of a Health Records Clerk.

Yep, my mind is sure buzzing right now.  But, my feet are cold and I'm going to climb back into bed to warm them up for a while before this crazy, busy day (and week!) gets started.
babycatcher33: (I scrapbook)
2011-08-27 12:19 am

time to recharge

What a week!  Four days of work including three days of cramming for a new job - my brain is mush. 

I christened my scrapbooking space tonight - it's soooo nice to have so much table/desk top space to work on, to have everything I need within reach - it's great!   

This weekend will be spent catching up on domestics such as laundry, changing bed sheets, getting groceries, vacuuming, and washing floors.  Exciting, I know.

Hopefully Kim and I will have some time to finish getting her ready to leave for school - finish packing, tidy up her room, fill a few grocery bags for her...

Right now, I'm looking forward to the clean sheets on my bed and not having to wake up before 8 or 9 a.m :-)
babycatcher33: (hamster binge)
2011-08-23 09:03 pm

it's a good thing they're cute

The girls all seemed to enjoy their supper of spagetti with meat sauce and whole grain garlic toast.  Charlotte was the last one to finish and as she walked away from the table she left a trail of parmesan cheese behind her, stuck out her belly and gave it a pat, then said, "That feels so much better!"

LOL!  What a funny little girl.


babycatcher33: (I scrapbook)
2011-08-21 11:57 pm

ta-da!!

After lots of paint and shuffling of furniture, my former office area has been transformed into my new scrapbook area (aka the "mom cave").  I had thought about taking over Kim's bedroom once she has left for university, but I like being out here where I can talk with Jack and the girls, watch tv, etc. 


Before and after pics! )