Saturday, June 26, 2010

August 2011

Q: What do you do with the knowledge that in 13 months your husband will be leaving you?

A: I don't know.

Clint will be working and living 350 miles away from us. Leaving me and the kids all alone, all the time.

Even if I wanted to move, I can't. And I don't want to at all. But I can't. Due to extenuating circumstances, moving is not possible for me.

Unless we can pay it off, we'll probably lose our house. The house we designed and built. It's far from perfect, but it's our home. The kids and I could never afford to stay here alone. Not with having a second mortgage/rent in Texas. We'd have to move to a smaller house in a less expensive neighborhood.

I wonder how long I can stay married to someone who doesn't live with us?

I can go back to work. But I'm not sure what to do with the kids. Valerie will have to be in after school care. Veronica can stay in preschool full time. Most of what money I would make would pay for that though. So then what? And I would have so very little time with the kids. Who will be raising them? They would spend 10 hours a day under someone else's care.

How do single moms do it?

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Landscaping!

So I've been looking around online for suggestions and ideas on what to do with our flowerbeds. I posted on a gardening forum and put pictures of my house hoping that somebody would take pity on poor me and say this is exactly what to plant!!


I did get a few great suggestions and I think I know what we are doing now.

But anyway...

The general consensus was that my home is nice, but too "busy," and I'd be better off ditching the landscaping and planting grass. Busy as in having brick, stucco, and siding (?) so plants would take away from the overall appearance. My house looks "fine" though. All we need is grass. The only reason to plant anything in front of a house is to hide the house because it needs to be hidden.

Huh? Really?? Um, that's news to me!

I don't know where these people live, but down here I see gorgeous mansions with lavish yards. Professionally landscaped and maintained... and it doesn't take away from the beauty of the home at all.

I don't want to 'hide' my home. I'd like to give it some curb appeal.



Sunday, June 20, 2010

Happy Father's Day to all the Dads


Hope all the Dads enjoyed their day.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Weekend

Well, our day date in New Orleans didn't happen as planned. In lieu of our date, we spent the day getting dirty in the heat -- working in the yard (what were you thinking?!) It was past time to do something about our ugly flowerbeds. The weeds have been out of control for a while. Clint rented a tiller and we pulled all the plants out, moved all the bricks, tilled up the beds, reshaped, put down weed mat, and a ton of mulch. Since we had the tiller, Clint decided to get a start on landscaping the backyard while we were at it. Man, it was some HOT but we managed to get a lot accomplished. It's not quite finished... I have nicer looking flower beds but no plants!! I have to decide what to plant to replace everything we pulled out. Any suggestions - something not too large and evergreen - besides azaleas?? We had small azaleas lining the porch but they didn't do well at all. I plan to put a few hibiscus plants in. We left our gardenias but I need some other anchor plants... help!!

Last night we went to the free Better than Ezra concert downtown. What a great night!!! We really needed a night out. My friend had a sitter for her three children, so she offered to have mine over too so we could all go out together. We had dinner, stopped at a bar, and listened to the band. It was so fun just to hang out with a group of adults. And of course the kids had a blast together. Win win situation!

Happy Father's Day to all the Dad's out there! Tomorrow my Dad is coming to visit. We have plans for lunch and then we'll probably just hang out at home.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Here I am!

Where have I been? (Other than the obvious dealing with stupid people and their drama.)

Well, we've been staying pretty busy doing fun summer things!! We've hosted a couple of barbecues with friends. The kids are thoroughly enjoying their pool (me too.) I've taken them swimming at the YMCA several times. We've visted the spray park (totally cool even for moms!)

Val and Roni are loving summer camp. I mean loving it. By the second day, Veronica ran in the door and never looked back. I didn't get a hug or a goodbye or anything. Yeah, it does make me a little sad that my baby isn't such a baby anymore!! I won't lie though, having those two days to myself is a wonderful reprieve from the daily routine. It has been nice being just me. I shopped for me and I've seen a few movies. Two days sounded like a lot at first, but I actually don't have much free time. By the time I go to the gym, stop at the store or other errands, come home, do my daily housework, shower, eat, etc. it's usually after lunch. Then it's time to start thinking about what to cook that night. There's always something to do. And that leaves a few hours of quiet before going across town to pick up the kids. (Moms you know how it is!!) It's all good though.

Clint is home and on vacation this week. Thursday we're taking the whole day for US. We really need to spend some time together. It has been so long and everything is always about the kids. I'm looking forward to it.

Tuesday, June 01, 2010

Off to camp

Starting today, I am child-free two days a week! I don't know what to do with that much time to myself. Although today I did go on a movie date with my husband - that was nice! Anyway, Val and Roni started summer camp at preschool today. I'm a little nervous about leaving Roni, but I know she will adjust and be fine. I just hope I adjust and do fine as well. Ha.