While I have been busy Not-Blogging recently, I have been very busy being a wife and mom, or Mother, as the case may be. On one of those days, not too long ago, I was feeling “Mad At The World.” Even after 17 years of marriage, I was having one of those “They Don’t Have Any Idea What I Do All Day!!!” days. I decided to stick it to my family, and write down EVERYTHING I did that day, just to show them. I did, and it was indeed a long list. Two pages in fact. Here is where the story gets a little funny, in my eyes anyway. I showed the list to The Husband at the end of the day, not sure quite how he would respond. Of course, because he is my very own unique The Husband, he loved The List. He said it was fun to know all about what I was doing while he was slaving away at his job all day. Hmmm. Ok. Now what?
As it happened, a habit was formed that day.
I now have been “jotting” down all the things that I accomplish during the day while alone in the world, being Mother In Heels. It has now evolved to being put into my journal, as a kind of keep sake of tasks accomplished.
Today, I thought I would share it with the blog. Enjoy.
The day begins at 5:30 am, as on most school days, we get up that early to make it to Big Brother’s bus at 6:45. This is just a picture of my bag dropped in the chair when I return home to “get to work.”
While we were out this morning, Little Brother and I worked on homework, and got his service hours paper signed by the proper teacher.
This is today’s journal page, with The List, so far.
1. Painted nails (which would haunt me later,) and read blogs. (I don’t want to rush into anything here.)
2. Quick tidy of upstairs living room, entryway and closet hall.
3. Removed Halloween window clings, and tried to keep Fred from eating them. (Was a bit annoyed that this job was the beginning of the “undoing” of my newly painted nails.)
4. Cleaned front entryway glass inside and out.
5. Cleaned glass on family room window doors.
6. Watched cats enjoy the Great Out of Doors.
7. Noticed how bad nails were looking.
8. Watered flowers.
9. Dusted all upstairs wood.
10. Took cute Halloween decorations down to garage.
11. Put away everyone’s junk and cleaned off kitchen counter.
12. Sorted and tossed candy, and kept a big bowl of The Good Stuff.
13. Made the bed, and removed cat fur. The removal of cat fur occurs about two or three times a week here, as you can see why…
It is now 12 noon, and things are coming along, but moving a bit slower than I expected. I have stopped for lunch and a little blogging, but will continue in a bit.
14. Dishes: 2 loads
15. Laundry: W= 1 D= 1 F= 1 P.A.= 1
16. Put away outdoor Halloween decorations.
17. Can’t find Bing.
18. Find Bing in Little Brother’s bed.
Getting ready to pick up kids from school, will continue post later.
First, I will just say, I am sorry to have been away for so long. I thought I would post a few pictures of the things we have been doing.
First, in the time I have been gone, many things have been happening. We had an exchange student for three weeks. The picture above is from a day at Sea World while he was with us. The student still goes to school with Big Brother, but is now living with another family.
Big Brother started high school! Little Brother got to work at 7th Grade.
We went to many high school football games.
I did a little sewing, with the help of my trusty Bing.
The Husband and I went to Chicago for a business meeting for his work, and we had a great time.
Both boys have been busy with their music, and it shows! They are playing really well. 🙂
Here is handsome Older Brother graduating from 8th grade.
Here he is again with some of his very best friends.
A day at Sea World to entertain Younger Brother while Older Brother goes to one of his MANY summer pool parties… And, yes, that is a kangaroo! We don’t get to touch those critters around these parts much. 🙂 He was adorable!
We had a few piano and organ recitals. This one in particular is the American Guild of Organists scholarship auditions for this year.
I know there was so much more, but suffice it to say, I have been focusing more on the Mother part of my title, and a little less on the Heels. Don’t get me wrong… I have worn my shoes, and a few of them even got photographed, but sometimes a girl’s just got to be Mom. 🙂
Brrr! It was pretty cold on the bay at 6am, but it was well worth it to be up with the sun for a sunrise Easter service. I am in my fuzzy Coach boots due to the wetness of the grass. I learned my lesson about 5 years ago when we started going to this service. The grass is very wet at that time of day, thus cute Easter shoes have to wait to make their appearance untill later in the day.
The sun was just starting to peek out.
Later in the morning, my outfit changed to this. The pose is courtesy of “Older Brother” who said, “Mom, hold the bag up by your shoulder like a model.” Well, ok then. Who knew he could have such insight into the pictures. 🙂 I will post this outfit again with more info shortly as a shoe challenge post.
And finally… This was the final outfit of the day, for a lovely lunch with family in Carlsbad. Again, this outfit will appear later in more detail for a shoe challenge post.
We ate at Twenty/20 Grill & Wine Bar. The brunch was delicious! We will be going back again soon to eat out on their great patio.
I have on my comfy black clogs for this early morning outing. They are MICHAEL by Michael Kors. These are my best comfy clogs. I wear them mostly when it is chilly like it has been, because they are lined with cozy warm “fur.”
My outfit was not planned very carefully because the outing was mostly for the kids, but I am happy with how I ended up looking. We were at SDSU for the boys to play piano, and their times were at 7:45 am. Ugh! We made the best of it though. There are many beautiful plants and architecture around campus so Steve and I were able to take some nice pictures.
Here are the happy kids, once they finished playing. 🙂
Last week, the boys and I had a delicious sushi dinner at Zen 5 Sushi. This our go-to place in Pacific Beach for a quick yummy dinner.
This is the delicious sashimi plate we had! Boy, was it as delicious as it was gorgeous.
Steve’s Kirin looks good.
Now that the boys like to eat sushi themselves, our order always comes in a boat. In fact, I have to constantly tell Big Brother to slow down, so I’m sure Steve will get enough to eat. Little Brother is content to sit and munch away on his Crunchy California Roll.
I took about 15 pictures of the boys while we sat there, and this was the BEST one I could get. What a couple of goof balls! In every shot one of them had a goofy face. At least we were all giggling about it for some time.
Today we all had a pleasant time visiting Balboa Park. As you can see, everyone rode the carousel. My family always rides on the animals on the outside, that don’t go up and down, because we want to try to catch the brass ring and win a free ride. Today was Little Brother’s lucky day! He got the ring, and the free ride.
Big Brother was being silly with the horse.
An action shot of Little Brother with his lucky brass ring. I think he is riding on the stork.
I just love this carousel. It has been around for ages. I remember riding it when I was very young and the music is still as original and wonderful as it ever was.
There are so many beautiful places to stop and sit and rest your tired feet. I needed one of these stops today because my little toe has been giving me troubles.
These shoes are by Jimmy Choo. They have a nice 3 inch heel that is easy for walking and the denim color is fun to wear.
While strolling about, we came across this bird, and a few of her friends. She was very sweet and I liked having her on my arm. She was a typical girl, because she was trying to steal my rings and sparkly earrings. 🙂
Here’s Bing brightening my day again. I thought I would begin blogging today with his silly face. I was feeling guilty because it has been so long since I posted last. We have had such a long and busy weekend. Both kids went off to have fun at their Youth Gathering. Steve and I were left at home to figugre out what to do with ourselves. He was on call, so our plans had to be fluid.
The best night was Saturday, when we went to the SDSU basketball game. We rode the trolley so we wouldn’t have to deal with the horrors of parking on campus. Public transportation in our city is neither as useful or appealing as it is in most other cities. It seems that here, the only people who ride the trolley on a regular basis are either too young to drive, or unable to obtain their own transportation. Now, those things on their own are not bad, it’s just that when I ride the trolley, I always seem to end up feeling sad about everyone around me. I see the groups of YOUNG teen aged girls riding all alone. They appeared to be about twelve or thirteen. Where were they going on a Saturday night with no adult? And why do they have to dress in such a scant manner? I also see groups of hard workers looking tired to the point of exhaustion, slumped against the windows next to their seats. Then there are the drunk and drugged out kids. Most of them were well behaved on Saturday, but I have to worry about their safety and health as well as how they might behave and affect my ride.
Well.. I guess this post turned out to be about the trolley ride, more that what we did. 🙂 We did have a great time at the game, and then had a wonderful dinner at the Cheesecake Factory. I was slightly sad that I was unable to wear good shoes due to the fact that I knew we would be walking miles, and we did!