Monday, March 28, 2011

I Survived Spring Break

Well, Spring Break is OVAH!  I wish I was one of those moms who was saddened by my children going back to school, but I am not.  I'm gonna par-tay all week long!!  Just kidding...sort of.  Here's the truth.  I love my kids.  I adore them.  BUT, my 13 year old thinks I am here to entertain her at all times.  My 9 year old talks NON-STOP about Mario Brothers games.  My 6 year old is LOUD 24/7.  E is pretty good because she is used to being home with me.  On their own, their pretty good kids, but get them together and they bicker and argue constantly. 

The one trip to the grocery store with all of them had me stopping at the pharmacy and begging for some Prozac, even though I don't have a prescription for it.  I hate to admit it, but I became THAT lady at the grocery store.  You know the one I'm talking about.  The lady at the checkout surrounded by arguing or crying kids.  Her eye is twitching.  She is opening up packages of Goldfish out of the buggy in the checkout aisle to appease them and stop the crying.  She is taking things out of their hands that they have picked up "No, you don't need candy.  You haven't eaten lunch yet."  When she is just about to blow her top and spew a string of obscenities, she notices the people behind her staring and whispering.  She knows that they are saying one of three things:

1.  "Bless her heart!  We have all been there honey.  I am so sorry.  This too shall pass"  They also usually smile and occasionally give you a little wink of understanding.

2.  "She needs to control her children!  My children will NEVER act like that!"  This usually comes from someone who has never had children or has never taken more than one child to the grocery store.   

3.  "Thank God that's not me!" 

Now, I will say that before I had kids, I was one of those women who HATED it when mothers let their kids open packages of food and eat in the grocery store, BUT when you have a screaming autistic kid who wants a cookie and you know the only thing that will shut him up is a cookie, you can bet I'm gonna give that kid a cookie! 

So, needless to say, I didn't get much done this week.  I did laundry and watched the kids jump on the trampoline.  Other than that, I played referee all week.  So, I didn't have time to get very crafty.  My oldest, however, got very crafty.  Look at what she made this week.

She bought this book at GW last weekend when we went thrifting with my SIL and niece.  Didn't it turn out cute?  Wanna see the reason she bought the book in the first place?

She borrowed the exacto knife to hollow it out so she could hide her stuff in it.  Usually this is where people hide their guns or money.  Not my kid (she doesn't own a gun or have any money).  She hides her Altoids tin that she covered in zebra paper and her rock she painted like an apple.  C and my niece had a great time painting rocks while they were visiting. 

This is the matching magazine holder she made.  Can you tell by looking what she made it out of?  Yep, a Cocoa Puffs box.  She might should've painted the front of the box if she planned to cover it in see through paper.  HA!  But, it's cute anyway. 

For my bloggy friends who love fabric as much as I do, look what I got in the mail this week.

SewMamaSew had some of my favorite fabrics on sale.  $31 for 4 yards of fabric and that includes tax and shipping.  WOO HOO!  Score!  E is in desperate need of some summer clothes so I see some sewing in my future. 

Can't wait to see what all of y'all have been up to.



  1. Tanya, I can't tell you how much I relate to this post! I always say about my kids, "happy to have them home; happy to have them back at school". When the three of them are together and cooped up in the house, I feel like a police officer more than a mother! Anyway, I'm glad you survived Spring you need to see some friends and celebrate! Love how crafty your teen is!

  2. Tanya...if it helps any...we've ALL been there! Seems like every time my girls are in the same room, the bickering ensues. What is up with that? I mean, they're 19 and'd think they'd be out of that stage by now, but NOOOO! Maybe one day they'll grow out of it, but I'm not holding my breath! :)

    Sure looks like your daughter is following in her mama's crafty footsteps! I think that's so great! Can't wait to see what you create with your pretty new fabric!

  3. You are a FUNNY mama!

    Thank you for admitting that you used to be one of those people who looked down on moms with unruly kids. I think a LOT of us were that way until we had kids of our own! It makes you humble, doesn't it? But it also makes you have more respect and empathy for others. I'm thinking the world would be a better place if everyone either had kids of their own or spent time babysitting other people's kids (trips to the grocery store required).

    Glad your crew's back in school! I hope this week is enormously productive for you! :)

  4. I love that you are that mom.. it brings wonderful and enjoyable memories(NOW) and I will give you the wink and the "this to shall pass" enjoy that party! I am sure it is well deserved!

  5. Even one or two kids at check out can be rowdy. I can't tell you how many times I left a buggy FULL of stuff sitting where it was, and walked out. I refused to fight with the child in the store, even if it meant no groceries. I didn't have the strength! I'd wait till her Daddy could keep her and go by myself. We'd eat what we could find until then. My sympathies go to you Mom! I understand how hard that was. Oh, and I was always glad when Spring and Summer breaks were over..... ;)

  6. Oh PLEASE forgive me for laughing! I promise I'm laughing with you. I'm the one in the line giving the sympathetic "Bless your heart" face.

    But I'm also the one thinking that I'm glad it's not me.

    Your daughter got your creative gene, didn't she? I love her projects, especially the hollowed out book.

    Welcome back to sanity.

  7. I am *that mom* on a regular basis. I have to take Natalie to the dentist tomorrow to have her first cavity filled, and I am terrified. I'm going to need a bottle of whiskey to get me through. The kid freaks out over a shot, so this can't be good....

    Love your new fabrics!!! So pretty. Whatcha gonna make?

  8. Oh, I am sooo one of those moms! LOVE my kiddos, but playing referee gets old fast!

    LOVE the repurposed book! And way cute magazine holder. Like mother, like daughter, right?

  9. I'm 'that mom' pretty much all the time when I have both kids at the store.

    My son's preschool is moving buildings and they have been out since Feb 23rd!! Yep..over a month!!!