So, here’s something new. I don’t usually do this, but I’m just in a funky mood today (and maybe want to push that last post down on the page) so here’s what I’m calling a “Friday Music Fun” post. I have no idea if there will ever be another one or not, but it seems like a good idea today.
I discovered the band Rabbit! a while back after downloading the Do Fun Stuff cd for the kids (okay, for me). They are not at all what I would normally listen to, but their music is just so fun. I click them on and my mood is instantly lifted. I want to get up and dance, although I’m pretty sure people would look at me funny if I did that in the office.
This morning, I was in a funk and being rather moody. I clicked a link and found a link to Connect The Dots by Rabbit! in a post and knew that was the perfect thing to pull me out of my mood. For only $5.99 on Amazon, I decided it was worth a little treat to myself. So, that’s what I’ve been listening to all day and now I’m sharing it with you.
I’m going to share a couple of videos of them so you can see for yourself just how fun and quirky they are. Do yourself a favor and give them a listen!
Oh, and if you are my husband, don’t bother listening because you’ll just make fun of my music choices. 😉
Zach’s school had a Winter Music Program this week. Sadly, it was at 3:00 in the afternoon and nobody could make it there but me. Lucky for all of you though, I recorded as much of it as I could with my shaky hands. I ended up sitting on my knees in front of the chairs they had set up for parents as it was the only place I could get a clear view. Here are the four songs that the Kindergarten performed, minus a few seconds I missed at the beginning of a couple songs. Zach is a little hidden by the big hair in front of him, but you can find him at the end of the second row from the top, on the right side.
The best part though, was at the end when the principal announced they had a Christmas gift for every single child, sponsored by Toys for Tots. I’m not sure I’ve ever heard so many kids squeal all at once!
My mind races with things that need to be released. I write post after post in my head, yet lack the time to sit and type them out. My life, it is chaotic. As I whine and complain about how busy and crazy things always are, I also know that this is the life I chose. My choices got me to this place of constant activity, stress, and very little rest. The weekends and evenings go too fast, the weekdays too slow.
There are ups and downs and so many things in between. Some days I sit back amazed at how blessed I am in my life. Other days I wonder just how much longer I can keep it all together. At times I feel like I’m just going through the motions, just to get through one more day. Those times make me feel like I am missing out on so much. I wonder how I’ll ever make it when the kids are older and involved in school and activities and play dates and birthday parties.
This last week was particularly hard. I was still trying to catch up on life as February went and got all crazy on me. My car was in the shop. Grocery shopping got delayed due to the snow and ice the weekend before and we were out of food. Zach had a music program at preschool Wednesday night. I had to get our taxes done because we needed the refund to pay for the car repairs. Zach had to go to the doctor due to some stomach problems he’s been having. I couldn’t find time to work on web site updates that were long past due. I was worried about not having time to get the bills paid before the end of the seemingly very short month. Plus, on top of that, I was trying to fight off a cold. Things just kept piling up and by Friday night I was spent.
Saturday I got up with my own agenda in mind while everyone else in the house had a different one. As much as I’d like to deny it, Evie will be turning 2 in a couple of weeks and I wanted to set up my makeshift photography studio, experiment with some lighting, and attempt to get some good photos of her. I thought this would relax me, but I found myself getting angry at my not quite 2-year-old for wiggling when I wanted her to sit still. I kept getting interrupted by Zach and Hubby kept asking me questions until the point that I lashed out at him.
I finally decided to give up on the pictures because I was getting too frustrated (and so was Evie). Hubby left to pick something up at the store. I took Evie back to her room for a nap where we snuggled for a few minutes and I apologized to her for yelling. Then she asked if we could go take more pictures. If she’s willing, I’m game. I took her back to the playroom where everything was set up and we tried again. This time, instead of getting frustrated, I tried to make it fun. We sang songs, we laughed, and we had a good time until I could tell she was tired of it. I got some great photos of her smiling and laughing.
Sometimes I just have to hit the edge before I can see a situation clearly. The rest of the weekend was better. I still had to do things like pay bills, stress over money, feed my children, bathe them, and all the rest of the mundane daily tasks, but I tried to keep myself in a better frame of mind. I didn’t find the time to finish editing photos, to dig into the photography books I’ve been dying to read, to browse around on the Clickin’ Moms forum like I wanted to. But those things will still be there tomorrow, and the many days after that.
Besides, I did manage to get some gorgeous photos of my little girl and even a few of my boys too.
Rest assured, I’ll be sharing more of these once I have a chance to do some editing. My lighting and exposure wasn’t quite right, but I’m learning.
And, for those of you interested, here’s a small piece of Zach’s music program performance. He was so excited for this and did such a good job. This proud mama was beaming.
This adorable little boy? He got me sick. He looks so harmless, but the truth is he is full of icky germs and likes to spread them to his Mama. He started running a fever just before bedtime on Thursday night but had no other symptoms. The fever was mysteriously gone Friday morning and he didn’t show any signs of being sick. Of course Evie started the fever Friday morning so I ended up staying home with both of them.
Saturday night we went to Disney on Ice (which was awesome except for the part where Evie didn’t want to sit still and I had to take her out to walk around) where we shared our $8 popcorn and $4 bottle of pop.
Sunday morning Zach woke up a stuffy, sneezy, coughing mess (he may have been coughing and sneezing a little Sat. night but I just assumed it was allergies with the crazy weather we’ve had). And so did I, with an emphasis on the coughing. And then I sent him to day care that way today because I already missed work on Friday. Yes, I’m that mom. I know. Chances are he got it there anyway.
Fortunately, Evie seems to have escaped the cough of death. I? Feel like my throat is on fire and I’m pretty sure Zach does too since I’ve been listening to him hack and cough in bed for over two hours now.
The sad part is that I can’t drug up either one of us since I’m still breastfeeding (though rarely these days) and all those reports about kids’ cold/cough medicine scared me away from giving Zach anything. I guess we’ll just spend the night coughing together.
P.S. But seriously? How cute is his hair all spiked up like that? I love it!
P.P.S. Here’s a little bonus video of Evie walking the corridor at Kemper during Disney on Ice. She’s getting awfully good at it!
P.P.P.S. If you haven’t been over there lately, go over to Getting Crafty and see what I’ve been making!