Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Todays Question: Kids activities...how much is TOO much? When to let them "quit"?

Good morning fellow bloggers!!

I thought I would start todays blog off with 2 questions that have surfaced in my life in the last week. 1) How many activities are TOO many activities for kids today and 2) When to let them "quit"?

The first question surfaced with both my eldest son, James David, and my daughter, Michaelah. Michaelah is in cheerleading right now, which is pretty time consuming itself! Of course, I am approaching this question from the standpoint also that I have FOUR kids, THREE of whom are extremely active! Michaelah wanted to join dance again this year also. More money (which is a whole other issue), more practices, more commitments! I put my foot down and said cheerleading was enough for now...when it was over we would find something else to do! How would you handle it if you were in my shoes?

This also leads me to my son James David....who is a freshman in high school this year. He has played football all through Junior High and was also in band. This year he chose to do only band and NO football! I was heartbroken at first! I was sooo looking forward to those friday night lights!! But, we had several long talks about it and he thought both would be too much and wanted to do just band this year. He has also told me too that he wants to join theater and try out for the fall production and One Act Play! When he told me that I realized one thing...he is MY son after all!! He is sooo following in my footsteps. So, I gave him a hug and said I was proud of him for making a grown up decision and supported him 100%! I would still be enjoying those friday night lights....and the halftime show is going to rock! In the end, he does still want to play sports...just not football. This year he plans on playing basketball and golf...and possibly baseball. He is old enough to make his own decisions for sure! I guess I need to remember that one......

So, how do YOU make decisions like these in your home?? I am really looking forward to some input on this one as this is something I struggle with everytime the seasons/sports change.

until we blog again!!!
Mommy Mayhem

Monday, August 2, 2010

Crazy Weekend, Manic Monday, and Diet Disasters!!!

Good Morning everyone!! Happy Manic Monday to you all!

So, how was everyone's weekend? Ours was crazy, as usual! Saturday was the BBQ for Michaelah's belated bday party and basically to celebrate the kids being home from their dad's for over a month! My best friend as a teenager, Cindy, showed up with her 3 kids. We had the BEST visit!! We hadn't seen each other in YEARS and had NEVER met each other's children. It was great to reconnect! Thank you Cindy for coming! We will have to do that again soon =)

Saturday was both a success and an EPIC fail...LOL! Michaelah was upset more people didn't show up (everyone had SOMETHING going on Saturday it turns out!!!)...that is just how it goes when trying to plan things like that! She ended up a happy camper though. Her uncle Kolby was here as were ALL the neighborhood kiddos, along with Cindy's 3 kiddos...so in the end, she was happy...and then, so was I!

Sunday was a lazy day for the most part! Hell, here it is monday morning and dishes are still sitting in the kitchen from Saturday! LOL! Yeah...lazy sunday indeed! The little ones played outside and even THEY were complaining how hot it was! We watching most of the NASCAR race which got red flagged towards the end, then postponed due to light rain...so we gave up, loaded up, and headed to Port Lavaca Beach! I had never been there before, but I must say...it is a very family/kid friendly place to go! I have to be careful when I do things like that since I am ONE person trying to keep up with FOUR kids going FOUR different directions! This beach has MY vote! Especially for Dakotah...the soft sand bottom and shallow water made for a reallyyyy good time for him!!! All in all, we had a fabulous weekend!!

Now, to manic monday! Today James David starts 2 a day band practices!! I am so proud of him! I finally relented and let him out of football...if he really didn 't want to play...there was no sense in trying to talk him into it!! How does everyone else handle situations like this? He oculd be sooo good if he would just put his mind to it!! ugh!! But, he wants to play basketball, golf, and baseball...so we will go with that! Jaxon's football practice starts tonight at 6:30pm, and goes every day this week but wednesday and Michaelah's cheer practice starts tomorrow at 6:00pm, for which I am one of the coaches this year! I have never done anything with cheerleading...so I am both SUPER excited and SCARED to death at the same time!!! LOL! We will see how it goes!!!

Hmmmmmm...what ARE my goals for today?? What are YOUR goals for today??

I need to make several phone calls I know, clean house as I start sitting for a friend of mine's son tomorrow too, buy some groceries, set up chore lists for the kids and myself....and OH!! Get back ON my diet and exercise plan!!! I have managed to only gain back 3 lbs of the 21 that I lost...but I am seeing the inches just grow back =( I am back on my Alli pills (so no more cheating!!!), will probably start running again in the morning after JD gets home from morning band practice, maybe working out to one of the exercise videos I have (that are still IN the wrappers!! LOL)

What diet plan are you following?? Exercise plan?? Let's do this together! After all, isn't that the idea behind this blog to begin with?? YES, yes indeed it is...this blog is for other single mom, college student, have too damn many kids, cancer survivors/fighters, dieters...or anyone else that just wants a good laugh....to realize, we are NOT ALONE!!!!

Today Inspirational Quote for the Day:

"Very often a change of SELF is needed more than a change of scene"~Arthur Christopher Benson

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Good Evening and Welcome to My daily Mayhem

Hello everyone! I have been going through so many things and really needed a place to vent! I have a lot of friends, both new and old, dealing with a lot of the same issues, so I thought I would just vent away in a blog to hopefully let others know...YOU ARE NOT ALONE!!!!

I am going to do my best to post in this daily. Lord knows I need a daily venting by the time I get to this point in the day especially! Fair warning! There is no telling WHAT you are going to read about in these blogs so view at your own risk!!!

Today started off as a quite FABULOUS day!! It slowly imploded to the point I was almost in tears. Normally I would vent away, but tonight I feel like I have given todays issues enough venting "air time" and it is time to tuck them away to be forgotten. You just have to do that sometimes you know!! Dwelling on things and holding grudges eats at your soul. I do my best to not do either one!!!!

I am currently studying for 3 tests this week, so I need to get to that!! Just thought I would take some more time to gather my thoughts and get this set up to go for tomorrow! Have lots to do tomorrow so I am sure I will have lots to write about!!!! I also have to get my articles up on www.highspeedmag.com before DJ my editor strangles me!! LOLOL!! Check out the mag...it is really awesome! So proud of DJ for seeing his dream through to fruition...I hope to follow in his footsteps and see my dream of becoming a doctor in genetics at least SOMETIME in teh future....

Speaking of mayhem...Michaelah and Jaxon...who are supposed to be asleep....just spilled water in Jaxons bed!! Ugh...I will post tomorrow about some of the stuff they pulled this weekend..OMGosh I think there must have been a full moon I ddin't know about!! LOLOL!!

I hope you enjoy this blog as much as I am going to enjoy writing about it!!! Please give me some feedback if you follow it...it would be greatly appreciated!!!!

Off for now!!
Good night all...pleasant dreams!!!
Mommy Mayhem