Jon has officially been gone 3 days. And guess what? I am still semi sane. (Well, as sane as I ever am.) The good thing is that I haven’t been bored. I’m working on two big projects right now – the Cub Scout Blue & Gold Banquet and a class I’m teaching for a Stake Activity Day for 8-11 year old girls. But, it is very interesting to be all by myself. Here’s just a couple examples:
*Apparently since Jon is gone, I can eat whatever I want and I don’t have to go the gym. I guess if he gets to play, so do I – I just have to drag 4 kids along. Thus far, that has meant a box of valentines chocolates (okay, not a big one), half a plate of cookies, cinnamon rolls (Mmmm, thanks Sharla), Pringles (why do I love those?), and miscellaneous treats for movie night with the kids tonight. I feel nauseous. I wonder why?
*Jon is always the one who gets up first and wakes me up so that we can get the kids ready for school. With him gone, I have to actually get up – not an easy feat considering I am NOT a morning person. To make sure I didn’t oversleep, I set two alarms to go off five minutes apart. I spent about 15 minutes pushing random snooze buttons until it just gets too annoying to try and figure out where the noise is coming from now. Irritating? Yes. Effective. You betcha.
*I have actually cooked all three nights. I don’t do well cooking when Jon is not here. It’s normally a sandwich for the kids and whatever is lying around for me. Tomorrow night is my reward for not losing or otherwise harming any of my children – we’re going out to eat. (Well, as “out” as driving through McDonalds is.)
*My house is abnormally clean. Apparently Jon is the messy one in our house. Or maybe I just more time to clean since the kids go to bed at 7:30.
*Look how neat 1/2 of my bed is in the morning!
*I have awesome friends and family who keep checking on me to make sure I’m okay. I’m not sure exactly what they expect to happen, but I’m grateful they care enough to call or stop by or meet me at Sam’s Club to go shopping.
So, I’m grateful that we’ve survived this far. I know, people do this all the time. I guess I’m a sissy. I’m used to having Jon here. The kids don’t really care to talk to me, and the dog doesn’t talk back. I am REALLY looking forward to Jon getting home on Sunday night!
At this moment, Jon is packing for a snowmobile trip to Utah with all the boys. Yesterday, I came out of our room to see Jon like this:
I could be wrong, but I think he might be excited. As for me, well, I’m excited for him – not really excited about 5 days by myself – but excited for Jon. And just so you know, the girls get our own trip in May – a beautiful beach house on the coast.
In the meantime, I think I may have to do a girls movie night at my house or something. It may be the only way to stay sane . . .
And one last WARNING TO MY BROTHERS – If you do not bring Jon back to me in exactly the same condition I sent him to Utah, you will be in BIG trouble!
This is the best way I can describe my life right now:
Miles on my car
(1 trip to Grapevine, 2 round trips to Arlington – Adam *forgot* his Valentines for his party, and random running around)
. . . I just want to curl up under the covers on my bed and hide. This might have been one of those.
It was not a great day all around. Jon was gone most of the day. Emily spent a good chunk of the morning yelling at me. (If she’s like this now, I am scared spitless about the teenage years.) We didn’t get anything done we wanted to because Jon was gone so long.
The best one of all, though, is that the transmission on the van went out on our way to Wal-Mart. Yep, that’s just the cherry on top. With no van, we have Jon’s car, which seats 5. Wonder which one of my kids doesn’t want to go to church tomorrow . . .
There was good stuff about today too. I bought super cute little honey bees at Big Lots for $0.25. I got to take the kids to the library. We managed to get the van home without having to call a tow truck or walk. We actually have the money to fix the van. But, frankly, I’m way too tired and discouraged to think about those things. I think I’ll just wallow for tonight. I’m sure it will be better in the morning. At least I hope so!
This past Monday, my littlest son, Adam, celebrated his 5th birthday. I haven’t posted any pictures because I don’t have very many. My camera died about 15 minutes into the party, and my SIL took some (Thanks Cassandra!), but I’ve been too lazy to download them. But I figured I have all this time on Sunday afternoon, so I should actually do it.
So, Happy Belated Birthday Squishy! I am having a hard time with Adam being 5. He was the baby in our family for longer than any of the other kids. Even Kelsey hasn’t been the baby (yet) for as long as Adam was. So, I still think of him as little. But he’s definitely not! He’s all growed up! In honor of his 5th birthday, here are 5 things I love about Adam:
1. His ‘butt’ chin – just like his Daddy’s. (For those of you who don’t speak Gee, that means that he has a cleft in his chin!)
2. His two toned hair and two different color eyes.
3. He loves his little sister Kelsey and always takes care of her.
4. Adam has always been my kid who will come and cuddle up to you when you’re sitting on the couch.
5. His smile – Adam has an awesome smile.
In our family, the kids have family parties until they are 5. When that milestone comes, they are allowed to have a friend/family party. Adam originally chose Putt Putt for his party, but I managed to talk him into Chuck E. Cheese’s instead. (You’re all welcome – it was about 40 degrees that day!) He had a great time, although Adam does not really enjoy being the center of attention. He sort of just stood there through all the singing and hoopla. Funny kid!
So, I was listening to the radio the other day, and they were discussing an actor and an incident that occurred at his house. And the reason that they knew about the incident was because he had “twittered” it. This kind of got me to thinking.
I’m on Facebook. I have been for a while. But I have never updated my status. Honestly, I don’t think anyone wants to read inane things like “Aubrey is doing dishes” or “Aubrey is picking up the kids from school.” But, that is what I do everyday. I don’t have the time or energy trying to think of clever ways to state my status – “Aubrey is cleansing the dishes of their filth” or “Aubrey is retrieving her offspring from their educational babysitters.” Just coming up with those two was exhausting.
I figure I could just stop doing all the boring stuff and only do exciting stuff from now on. “Aubrey is skydiving” or “Aubrey is flying to Mexico”. But that is not reality.
So, here’s my question. Do you actually care/take the time to read the status updates from your friends? Do you Twitter? Am I totally missing out because I am not informing the entire world of my every minute? Just something I was thinking about . . . Let me know what you think. 🙂 “Aubrey is done with her post!”
So, when my old blog went away (sniff, sniff), I had two posts ready to go. Jeff has our old one up for the moment, so I was able to recover them! Yay! Here is the first . . .
Robbie loves Cub Scouts. And what’s not to love? He gets to go every week, hang out with all the other hyper 8-year olds, do super cool activities and get treats and awards. Jon has been working pretty hard with Robbie to make sure he gets his awards. Last Thursday at the pack meeting, Robbie recieved his Wolf badge and 1 Gold arrowpoint. He was pretty excited! (You know who wasn’t excited? Me. Cause I have to sew the stinking patch on – by hand. Have you ever sewed one of those things on? I think they’re make of reinforced steel or something.) We were really proud of him for doing it.
I often say that I don’t like change. The honest truth is, though, I actually do. I suppose I’m just a little ADD or something. So, in the spirit of change, welcome to our new blog!
I must admit, I am a little sad to leave the old blog behind. If you scrolled down the side, I had over 3 years of posts there. Unfortunately, the host that we were using with “unlimited” storage space decided that we were using too much space. So, they shut down all of our blogs without warning. My little bro (who has been the one making all of our blogs work for those 3 years) is in the process of trying to get them to let us back on for 24 hours so that we can get all of our data. Not a great way to do business, in my opinion.
I am excited for a new blog. I guess I will have more control over it. I never quite understood how the other one worked. I just emailed Jeff, and he fixed all my mistakes. Plus, this way I can change the background all the time! (Not sure Jon is going to go for this one – I thought I’d have fun while I could.) So, I suppose it’s not too bad of a thing.
But, I need help. First of all, a new blog must have a new name. We’re going with Gee Forces right now, which isn’t too bad. Any other suggestions? I am just not good at the creative/cheesy names for blogs. I’ve been racking my brain all day. I may just have to go back to “The Life of the Gee Family Six”. See what I mean about not creative?
Second, since I can’t get into our old blog, I don’t have any of my blog addresses. I tried to remember as many as possible, but let’s face it, I’m old and I have four kids. I can’t remember my OWN address most days. So, if you don’t see your blog on the side, would you send me your address so that I can continue stalking you? It would be much appreciated! If you don’t want to be stalked, just ignore this! Muchas gracias!