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The Trials of a Busy Mom

Leaving on a jet plane?

My husband left this morning for Korea. He’ll be gone about 10 days. Considering that he went to Japan about a month ago, that’s two trips out of the country in less than a year. He’s now entered the ranks of world traveler. At least in my book. (I seriously need to find out how many frequent flier miles that equals and how all this traveling can benefit me.) I do not envy him at all, however. It will take nearly a whole day to get there, and then he’ll probably be working so much he won’t get to see much in the way of touristy stuff. Jet lag and weird food, plus working long hours doesn’t sound like much fun. But hopefully he will have a productive and enjoyable trip.

Me, I’m stuck here at home with 5 kids, three softball teams, rehearsal almost every night, and I’m the only driver. I’ve already had to call in some reinforcements. Tonight my sweet niece is coming over to take a daughter to her game. Cole will hold down the fort while I go to rehearsal. Tomorrow I’m hoping to send one daughter to her softball game with my friend, who has a daughter on the same team, and I’ve also had to ask my sister-in-law to take another daughter to her game. I’ll be–you guessed it–at rehearsal. The Wizard of Oz opens up in less than a month, and we’re getting to the point that rehearsals are getting serious. Fun, but a huge time commitment.

We’ll be eating a lot of kid friendly dinners, like mac and cheese and corn dogs, so at least the cooking delicious meals is off the list of things I need to do. Do you do that when dad’s out of town, too?

So I might need a little encouragement. If you could send me a “you go girl” every once in a while or just send happy thoughts my way, I’d appreciate it. Or if you wanted to come over, entertain my children and clean my house while I take a nap, I’d be ok with that, too.

One happy thought that I’d like to tell you about is this…remember that contest I asked you to help me with? Well, if you go HERE you would see that our little number 24 is smack dab in the middle of the list of winners. WE WON! I’m so thankful to all of you who took the time to vote for us, even if you thought it was pointless or even if you thought your vote wouldn’t matter all that much. Each vote does matter, and while I do not know how many votes we collected, I’m super thankful to all of you who support me in my crazy quest to win a vacation! It’s two nights hotel and 3 day park passes for four. Now if only we just had two kids, that would be perfect! Just kidding. We’ll take them all.

Again, I thank you for your support! I love the encouraging comments I receive. And if Ryan’s checking in here, we miss you already.


  1. When Dentist husband isn’t eating with us, dinner consists of eggs or hot dogs or grilled cheese sandwiches.

    You can do it. You really can. Look how long you have survived so far! It was easy. Keep it up.

  2. I’m sorry you have such a heavy load while Ryan is away. Let us know if you desperately need us.

    I am soooo surprised that you won the contest. I looked at all the winning pictures and they weren’t really that good, that is, there are many other good pictures amongst the group. The winners obviously had a big support group. So now you’re going to Disneyland again. Whoopee.

  3. Congrats on the win …. woot! woot! and, yes..when David is gone it’s cereal city around here. We call it “fix-your-owni” you know, it sounds like macaroni 😀

  4. You go, girl!


  5. Congratulations! Do we get a consolation prize for voting? Like, maybe a t-shirt or something? A free iTunes download of “It’s A Small World”? A Pluto poop/gum dispenser? Sour Cream & Onion flavored crickets from Korea? (Try it Ryan, you’ll like it.)

  6. You go girl! We had ramen noodles last night for dinner, and cold cereal tonight. And my husband isn’t even out of town, and we have no play practice or soccer games. So you’re doing great!

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