The Trials of a Busy Mom

Month: November 2005 (Page 1 of 3)

Sappy Songs

Ok, I’m up for a good sappy song every once in a while. One that comes to mind is by Colin Ray —Love,Me. Or a good rendition of “O Holy Night” really gets me, too. But what I don’t like is contrived sappiness. Like when they play the sad music in the commercial in hopes that it will choke you up and possibly make you buy something. I just don’t think that is right. So, when the song comes on about the kid who wants to buy the shoes for his mom who’s dieing but he doens’t have enough money, it just irritates me and I HAVE to change the station. I just cannot stand that song. And now that every station is playing Christmas music, I’m in danger of hearing it. I heard it today. Yuck. And to make matters worse, right after that, they played “Grandma got run over by a reindeer.” Have you no shame?! It’s Christmas season, for heaven’s sake, not an excuse to play bad songs just because they have a slight connection to Christmas!

Please excuse me now while I take a break from my ranting and raving to explain to my daughter for the umpteenth time why she cannot quit piano lessons. If anyone has any insight on this speech and could give me some help on this one, I’d really appreciate it.


You know those swiffer dusters? They are totally cool! You use the little wand thingy and you can dust the ceiling fans, the tops of the pictures, the door frames..all kinds of stuff. The downside is that my house is pretty dusty and I can fill a whole swiffer duster with dust with just one ceiling fan or one window’s worth of blinds. And those little things are not cheap. Well, I found out that you can toss those babies in the washing machine and use them again! (Dont’ put it in the dryer.) How great is that? Try it! I’ve washed one twice so far and it works great. In fact, if you take it right out of the washer and it’s still damp, it works even better. So, now I can swiffer to my heart’s content! (I’ll probably get bored of it soon, but for today, I’m swiffering!)

We were having a lovely evening reconnecting with old friends, just about to leave, when the cell phone rings.
It’s home.
It’s the 9 year old daughter with words you never want to hear. “People are throwing up here.”
Panic! “Which people? Where? Where’s the babysitter?”
After talking to the babysitter (her first time to tend for us, and more than likely, the last), I found out the horrible details–Natalie threw up on the wood floor, and Jenna made it to the bathroom. I told her to have the kids change their clothes if they needed to, and just put towels down on the floor and we’d clean it up when we got home.
So, then we drive home in white knuckle snow, watching one car fish tail repeatedly (either he was doing it on purpose–and why would anyone do that on the freeway, or he had really really bad tires), and one car spin around a couple of times on I-15, wondering what the scene will be when we get home.
Well, apparantly, John slipped in the throw up on the floor, so he was disgusting, too, so two kids had baths. Needless to say, we paid the poor babysitter VERY well, and we hope to see her again sometime.
Then, in the night, Megan complained of a headache, which Cole also had this morning. Cole and I went to church for sacrament meeting, but then he wanted to come home, complaining of the headache.

So, it’s a wonderful end to a great holiday weekend!

Trade School

We believe in getting the kids in trade school as early as possible. Jenna seems to be doing well in her Dental curriculum, and especially enjoyed her class “Fun with Rubber Gloves”. We have high hopes that she will soon graduate and pay her way through elementary school.

dentist's office


If there was ever a Perfect Thanksgiving to be had, I think we just had it! We had a relaxing day with not so much preparation–we make gobs and gobs of mashed potatoes and pumpkin and cherry pies and a pumpkin maple cheesecake. At 2:00 we left the mess in the sink and went to Spanish Fork to be with Ryan’s family. The kids were well behaved, they ate some dinner (lots of rolls and a little bit of turkey), there was good food and good company, and we had a lovely time. We sat around talking after eating, then ate some more. At 8:30, we left to come home. Yes, there was a pile of dishes in the sink, but I just left them until morning. It was a lovely day, and I’m so thankful for wonderful family and in-laws to celebrate with! My nephew even said he would go to a 5:00 Black Friday sale for me to get a couple of things I wanted–how sweet is that?!

Happy Thanksgiving!

I wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving!

I’m baking a maple pumpkin cheesecake right now, and in the morning we will make a couple of pumpkin pies and maybe a lemon pie. We’re also in charge of loads and loads of potatoes!

I hope you have fun with family and friends!

only two school days

Only two school days this week! All-Right! Getting my kids ready and off to school is not my favorite thing, so I’m excited about that. I don’t know what we’ll do with the kids for those extra days off-but that’s what friends are for! I plan to get my house cleaned up today and take a load of stuff to the post office to be mailed. And think about what kind of pies I will be making for Thanksgiving.

In unrelated news, Oh Holy Night is one of my favorite Christmas songs. I also love The Christmas Song, and right now I’m liking the March from the Nutcracker. I used to love Sleighride, and I probably will again once I work through the hard parts that are giving me problems in bells.

What’s your favorite Christmas song?

I guess I’ve been tagged by Tina

2 Names you go by:
1. Paige
2 parts of your heritage:
1. Mormon Pioneer
2. Welsh
2 Things that scare you:
1. Cancer
2. Car Accidents
2 of your everyday essentials:
1. make-up (not a whole lot, but I must put it on)
2. hugs from the kids
2 Things that you are wearing right now:
1. jeans
2. slippings
2 of your favorite bands or musical artists (at the moment)
1. Maroon 5
2 Favorite Songs at the Moment:
1. Walz from the Nutcracker
2. Dancing Queen
2 Things you want in a relationship (other than true love)
1. Fun
2 Truths:
1. I am happy right now
2. The Book of Mormon is true
2 Physical Things that appeal to you (in the opposite sex)
1. Smile
2. Physique
2 of your Favorite Hobbies:
1. Reading
2. Taking Pictures of my kids
2 Things you want really badly
1. Lose weight and keep it off
2. To be organized (and to get all the laundry done and folded and put away)
2 places you want to go on vacation:
1. New York
2. Germany
2 things you want to do before you die: (only 2?)
1. Lose weight and keep it off
2. Travel with my husband and family
2 ways that you are stereotypically a chick
1. I drink diet coke
2. Chocolate is my friend
2 Things that you are thinking about now:
1. I’m really hopeing I can get through the Christmas season without a nervous breakdown or screaming at my kids
2. Isn’t it nice that my kids are happy to watch The Incredibles on a Friday evening
2 Stores you Shop at:
2. Kohls
2 People I would like to see take this quiz:
1. Melinda

Losing my enthusiasm

Ok, I’ve been on the PTA board pretty much since Cole started Kindergarten, and I really haven’t minded..up until now.
I’m in charge of Dad’s and Donuts and have been for the past year and a half. It’s really only once a month that I have to worry about it. I order donuts, I go in at 7:00 and pick them up, take them to the school and pass them out to dads and kids. Well, this morning I found it particularly hard to get up and do my job.

Last month, I had WAY too many donuts, with tons left over. So, this month I toned it down a little bit and only ordered 16 dozen, because I don’t want a zillion extras at my house.

When I got there this morning, we had a rush of Dads, and I went through 3/4 of my donuts in the first shift (we have extended day, so 1/2 of the kids come at 7:30, and the other half come at 8:45), so I went back to the store, bought more napkins and two more dozen donuts. I had someone else who was going to pass out for the second shift, so I just took them to her house and told her I hope she doesn’t run out. I just saw her as I was dropping Jenna off at preschool, and I’m pleased to report that she had 2 left over. *Whew!*

But my enthusiasm for Dads and Donuts is waning. I’m really glad that I won’t have another one until January—maybe by then I’ll be recovering from the holiday whirlwind that will be my life, and I’ll be enthusiastic about it again.

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