Team Teaching 

There’s this class that I know

They invited me in with open arms from the get go. 

We have a lot of fun 

While still getting the job done. 

There’s this class I know. 

This class is dedicated, mature and intelligent too

It’s like they are a puzzle and they still like glue. 

They all go together and work well as a team 

It’s so natural to them, or that’s what it seems. 

So thank you to Ms. Geijer’s 8th period girls and boys

For making my afternoons with you be such a joy! 

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My World

There’s this little boy I know. His eagerness to learn is extraordinary. His questions and curiosity never cease to amaze me. His memory is out of this world. His determination is never ending. 24/7 this child always surprises me with something new that he has learned. Sometimes, I don’t know where he learned it from. He’s simply a sponge that absorbs everything at this point in life.  He’s my little man… He’s my Spanish speaking (at the beginner’s stage) hijo……He’s my world…… He’s my JP!

Get Better Soon! 

Dear J.P. and Olivia,

Please get better soon. Mommy hates to see you sick. If I could, I would take the pain for you. JP: I pray that you outgrow this asthma. Today as we were bowling, I could hear you wheezing. It makes me mad. You shouldn’t have to worry about bresthing at such a young age. And Olivia: I know you just have a cold, but I can see how miserable you are and I wish there was something I could do to stop this yucky cold you have. I really pray that you are both healthy and happy soon. I miss not seeing those smiles on your faces. After all, those smiles are my everything!!!! Get well!! 

Love , 

Mommy    

HELP!!!!

This is my week:

  • Get up at 4:45 A.M.
  • Make breakfast for me and Olivia
  • Get ready
  • Get Olivia and JP ready (JP only on Tuesday and Thursday, the other days he sleeps in and Daddy takes him to school)
  • Be in the car and on the road by 6:00
  • Drop Olivia (JP sometimes) off in Woodridge at Nana’s
  • Have my tea and have a quick 15 minute conversation with my mom (I actually love this moment!)
  • Jump in the car and head to work in Midlothian
  • Work
  • Leave right at 2:55 and head back to Nana’s in Woodridge to get Olivia (or JP too)
  • See how her day was and head right back in the car to sit in traffic and drive home to the North side of Chicago)
  • Make dinner
  • Try to get “me” time (work out)
  • Put Olivia to bed
  • Play for a little with JP
  • Put JP to bed
  • Momma is lights out!

SO, this is my day from Monday-Friday. My problem is that I am starting to have horrible anxiety because I feel like I’m getting nothing else accomplished. My to-do-list continues to grow and grow. I’ve tried to prioritize, but to me I want everything done as soon as possible and everything is important to me! I try to get things accomplished on my weekends, but at that point I am feeling so guilty that my children and I spend most of our times traveling in a car that I feel bad and drop everything to play with them and come up with fun activities for us to do together. I also try to make time to go out with my husband because during the week we hardly see each other.

O.K. so here it is…. The dreaded to do list…. Are you ready?? Be prepared …..

  • Clean the house (a deep clean!)
  • Laundry (lots of it!)
  • Move the toy room downstairs
  • Line all of the drawers in the new toy room to start putting things in
  • Mop the floor in the new toy room
  • Get cameras for the new toy room
  • Organize the toys in the new toy room
  • Clean carpet in old toy room
  • Paint old toy room (Old toy room is becoming a spare bedroom)
  • Go and look at new bedroom sett that a  co-worker sold to me
  • Pick up bedroom set by next week
  • workout
  • clean sheets
  • taking bedding o dry cleaners because JP just got sick on it
  • Have a skin care party Saturday (I promised my friend I would do it for her)
  • Order cake for Rich’s party
  • Thank you cards for JP’s birthday party
  • Coaches meeting for JP’s tee ball team (yes, they suckered me into being head coach!)

O.K. I am finished (for now!) and I am now currently taking applications for an assistant 🙂 Seriously though, I know we are all busy with being full time mom’s and working full time. So, if anyone has suggestions on how to tackle this the most effective way please let me know! The only thing I have tried so far is wine…. lots of it!! 🙂 Just Kidding!

Parade 

Sunday was the day i took my lil man to his first parade. We have never taken him before because he has sensory issues and loud noise really affects him. His doctor at occupational therapy told me that we should start talking with JP about loud noises and how they arent always bad ans scary. I am so glad that I decided to take my son to this parade. His smile on his face never left and it was so contagious. He was having so much fun running and catching candy, and even a little boy named Jude that became his friend. Yesterday I wrote about how I got nothing accomplished that was on my to do list because I decided to do other things. Well, this was one of the other things and I wouldn’t change it for the world! That smile is what I wake up for in the morning, and that smile is my everything. That smile…. Oh that smile!! 

Spring Cleaning 

So many plans, never enough time in the day! This weekend I had planned to do a lot of spring cleaning. I wanted to reorganize around the house, do laundry, and do a deep clean. I wanted to switch out our clothes and we are moving the toy room downstairs and putting in a spare bedroom. Well, guess how much of that I got done? You guessed it… Zero!!!  I have so many other things that I did instead. I went to a concert, I took the kids to a parade, we had dinner at my mother-in-laws, I worked out and I did some work I brought home with me. So, tonight in yoga my instructor was talking about how great you feel after a nice spring cleaning. I didn’t feel good at all, because I didn’t do any spring cleaning. I actually felt extremely stressed because I didn’t do any of it! I decided I really need to prioritize and get these things accomplished. So, I’m dedicating an hour each night (plus the weekend) to getting all of those things done. I will update you next week and let you know how it went. 😄

Tonight… 

Tonight, my stomach aches for a friend. Tonight, she had to wake her son. Tonight, she had to say goodbye. Tonight, she had to talk to countless people. Tonight, she cried. Tonight,  she gave hugs and kisses. Tonight she left the funeral home without her son.   Tonight, she won’t get sleep. Tonight, she may get to cuddle with her granddaughter . Tonight, she may have to explain to her why daddy is gone. Tonight, she will put on a brave face for her!! Tonight, a piece of her has died.  

 Tonight, I think of this friend. Tonight, I cry wondering how anyone could handle burying they child. Tonight, I think how precious life is. Tonight, I think of my children. Tonight, I hold them a little tighter. 

Good night and remember that your life can always be worse!! 

Another party… Another tired Mama… Another Happy Baby Boy 

JP’s real birthday was today. We had one last party for him. And boy, I am beat! ! And once again, it was so worth it!!! This picture says it all.  We had delicious food, amazing cake and he got to open a ton of presents. Overall, I would say it was a successful day. I would like to say that I don’t know how us mom’s do it.  But, I know we do it for our babies.  Happy birthday JP!!! Now, no more birthdays until next year please 😉

Seeing the face… 

Earlier this year someone broke into my car and stole many personal things. That whole entire week was awful. One bad thing after another kept happening. Then, I came home to a package full of items to help me relax and to pamper myself (different teas, lotions, soaps, lip balm, etc.)  There was a letter telling me that this person was following my posts on Facebook and that she is sorry about my week and hopes it gets better. I was Facebook friends with this person because she went to highschool with my husband and all his friends, yet I never met her face to face. I finally met her today and decided to dedicate my slice to her. This poem is titled Seeing the Face..  

I never met you in person.

But you were there for me when I was down. 

You left a care package on my step. 

For a minute I lost my frown. 

I immediately gained respect for you because of that act of kindness on that day.

I promised to pay if forward and help another like you helped me in such a kind, thoughtful way. 

I was always curious what you were like face to face.

Today, I I saw you for the first time when you walked by  my place. 

It was weird, but I automatically knew who you were and you knew me too. 

I said it then and I’ll say it now, thank you, thank you,thank you!!!

Thank you for that bag of things to make me relax.

Thank you for thinking of me, when you hardly knew who I was.

Thank you for reminding me there are good people in this world!

Happy Birthday JP!! 

Saturday was a very special day for my family.  My son had his 4th birthday party. Leading up to this day,  I was so stressed about everything being perfect. I was stressed the day of and I was stressed at the party. I told my husband we would never have a big party again. I said from now on it would just be family over at the house. Then, my mood changed in an  instant when I saw my little boy’s face when we sang happy birthday to him. He was so happy and could not stop smiling. He got to play with all of his friends and really enjoyed himself. All of the stress from planning was so worth every minute. It truly is  the best feeling to see such an innocent child glow from happiness. We have one more party on Tuesday and I will probably stress just like I always do, but I cannot wait until we get to sing happy birthday and I get to see that smile one more time!!! Happy birthday JP mommy loves you!!!