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Mama’s (tardy) Mission of the Month: May 2018

 

Hello May

Here it comes, May 2018’s Mama’s Mission of the Month. Sorry about the delay, but I may have fallen asleep before the prime time line up on the networks made it to their first commercial break. Then, I woke up soaked in sweat. Apparently, the kids felt the need to crawl in bed with mom, and each sleep on half of her. Last time I checked, they have each other in loose choke-holds; silly little cuddle monsters.

If this is your first time reading a Mama’s Mission, you can find out all the details about it here. Otherwise, without any further to do, here is May’s edition.

 

Self-Care (Physical)

  • Boho Berry Checklist *
  • 2,500 steps (minimum) a day
  • 64 ounces of water (minimum) a day

Self-Care (Mental/Emotional)

  • Boho Berry Checklist *
  • Minimum 7 hours of sleep a night
  • Read 30 minutes per day on average

Health

  • OB-GYN appointment to (hopefully) get scheduled for an ablation **
  • Keep INR *** appointments and keep my levels between 2.0-3.0
  • Schedule Landry’s 7 year well child check up (eeeeek)

Parenting

  • Get a routine going
  • Keep/get appointments and couseling as needed
  • Schedule for all the end of year events at school

Household

  • Continue streamlining storage and organization
  • Keep planners up to date
  • List of things to keep a look out for (make lists by room?)

Financial

  • Stick to budget
  • Meal plan
  • Keep registers up to date

Blog/Online

  • Self-Care Challenge
  • Schedule and stick to it
  • Clean up and keep up with social media sites

Miscellaneous

  • Tweak BASS
  • Take/give all medications daily and journal
  • Figure out what kids will need for school for 2018-2019

 

* I’m a member of Boho Berry, so I get free downloads of all manner of printables on the Boho Berry Tribe Free Resource Library. I printed out the May Monthly Tracker and use it in addition to the monthly tracker in my Academia. Feel free to check out Boho Berry here.

** An ablation is basically getting your uterus cauterized. I’m on blood thinners, and have yet to reach even a hint of menopause, so I have some monthly bleeding issues on a horror movie/crime scene level. I can’t do hormone replacement on account of the Factor V Leiden, so a hysterectomy is out, as is anything hormonal, leaving me this as my potential out.

*** INR stands for International Normalized Ratio, which is a measure of how a person’s blood clots. Being that I have Factor V Leiden that has reared its vile head twice, I should be on blood thinners for life. “Normal” is 1.1 or lower. For a person on thinners, its 2.0-3.0. I’m currently flirting with the high side… yikes.

Challenges, First Day, Girl Scouts, Health, Home, Mama's Mission of the Month, Organization, Parenting, Routine, Scheduling, School

Coming back and doing so on a mission…

Life has been interesting as of late, to put it mildly. The new school year is wrapping up its first six weeks tomorrow. Dallas County Schools is still essentially clueless, as the little ones’ bus has yet to pick up or drop off within five minutes of the scheduled times. Things at the school have been better than the were last year, but there are still hiccups and road bumps galore with the transition to being an ACE school. The fledgling Girl Scout troop meets for the first time next week. I’m on two committees at school, plus on the PTO. I’ve represented myself in court and continue to wait for the trial of my dragon. Connor got himself a job. The kids pulled down a few nominations for TAG. I have been constantly running white uniform dress shirts through the wash since August 30, as well as the perpetual hunt for those wayward black socks and white socks.

I will officially be back here no later than Sunday, October 1, 2017. Truthfully, I will try to be back before then to go over what exactly I have up my sleeves for the month of October and onward. It involves more of what you may or may not have come to expect from me, such as Mama’s Mission of the Month, and some fun new little treats in the realm of a blog challenge or maybe even two, and the added gems of me being on all these committees and leading a Girl Scout Troop and everything else.

So, without any further ado, I will now be returning to my scheduled oddity of doing my own laundry so I don’t have to scramble any longer. The kinks are finally getting straight.

Here’s a few pictures from the first day of school. Landry is still loving the uniform, where as Ryli is a bit sick of it.

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Mama's Mission of the Month, Meals, Organization, Reading, Routine, Scheduling, School

I’m BACK! Plus, Mama’s Mission of the Month May 2017

Okay, after over a month off, I’m back. This time, things are settling down to the point where I don’t think I’ll be disappearing like I did for quite some time. I just had a lot on my plate that I needed to do something about. Most of the crap has been dealt with at this time. The rest is in the final stages of being dealt with. I’m still hard at work at slaying my dragons, and the house is finally coming together how I want it to.

Since this is the first of the month, we’ll get back into it with the most regular item from the blog of the past: Mama’s Mission of the Month. I’ve gotten a slightly better grip on everything now, so it shouldn’t be too hard. The topics haven’t changed, but I am relaxing it a bit and not self-mandating that I have three goals per topic. Maybe this way, it’ll go a little smoother, and I’ll get more things done!

Without further ado, May’s Mama’s Mission of the Month.

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PERSONAL

  • Start tracking habits in my bujo
  • Make the most of my new health insurance
  • Read at least six books in May

PARENTING

  • Make habit trackers for all four kids
  • Hold family meeting about expectations
  • Help Connor get squared away with permit, school, job, etc.

FINANCES

  • Make budget without child support and STICK TO IT!
  • Work out allowances; budget for tooth loss

HEALTH

  • For me: doctor, dentist, vision, and OTC allowance
  • Kids to all appointments

FRIENDS & FAMILY

  • Catch up with the Harpies
  • Plan trip to Mom’s

HOMEMAKING

  • Meal plan and stick to it!
  • Purge everything, then inventory
  • Make lists of wants/needs by room or person

BLOGGING/ONLINE

  • Get these beauties (A.K.A. my blogs) up and running again.
  • Post a minimum of two times a week for both blogs
  • Take more pictures

MISCELLANEOUS

  • Practice handlettering
  • All journals (bujo, Passion Planner, Techo, and TN) up to date all month!

 

Hopefully, this time, everything works out and I do better than I have thus far!

Birthday, Home, Organization

“Baby Girl” turned seven this month

Ryli turned seven back on Super Bowl Sunday. There were two things that she begged and pleaded for: a real desk and a Baby Alive. The count of Baby Alives is currently at three, but since she had visitation with her father on her birthday, G’ma-Mom and Dacey chose last Sunday to come up and deliver the only thing she didn’t get the previous weekend.

Originally, my mom, my dad, Dacey, and I were going to go in on a cute pink and white number from Ikea with all the bells and whistles. Then, as luck would have it, my step-sister was ready to get rid of her old desk that she had hung onto since she was probably around Ryli’s age. My mom scooped it up and got to work repainting it and making it Ryli’s.

At first, Ryli wanted to keep it in the livingroom/dining room. After attempting to help her with her homework a few consecutive nights, I decided that her doing homework anywhere near her brothers and the television. It took an average of an hour to get through six spelling words and a math worksheet.

Yesterday, while she was off at school, I moved her desk and chair into the corner of our room. I set up her pictures on the wall as she had them in the other room, plus I added my smaller bulletin board, with a four little Erin Condren Compliment Cards in each of the corners. Ryli inherited my old desk pad calendar, as I can no longer have one on my desk and expect to be able to see much of it. I also divided up my desk set with her, giving her a paper sorter and a pen & pencil cup. She briefly had a coffee mug with a very appropriate Hillary Clinton quote, but swapped it out for one of mine that I got from Living Well, Spending Less that simple states “Love Your Life”. I also hung her two favorite pictures of late, both of Dacey as a baby, along with the canvas quote from her still #1 song to have sung to her at night.  Here is the finished result:

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Actually, I realized that I did add Dacey’s senior pictures hung to the right side of the desk. She kinda sorta worships her big sister. Now, all she needs is a cushion for her chair, because apparently, it hurts her butt. Before she got home, Landry helped pick up the floor around her desk and vacuum the floor. Then we dropped the plugs to her cell phone with no service (A.K.A. her really small, really cheap tablet) and one of my old iPods with all her animated soundtracks downloaded onto it.

Now, hopefully, I can make my closet-office look half as organized this weekend while she and Landry are off with their father.

Home, Office, Organization

One can dream, right?

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I’m sitting here, taking a much deserved break in my new “office”. I needed to be able to think while at my desk, as well as be able to utilize it while munchkins are in bed. They think that I must be within whisper shot, or else, they will be overrun by boogeymen from beneath the beds (or something). I also commented to Nicole the first time I showed her the apartment that my closet was almost big enough to be a third bedroom.

Well, after a bit of rearranging, some removal of shelving, and furniture moving, I have my very own office, tucked away in the corner of my closet. As much as I wish I could put something together like in the picture (someday… sigh), I will take what I can piece together. Right now, that admittedly is a little eccentric, political, campy, and just plain zany, but so far, it works for me, and that really is all that matters.

So far, I’ve got my desk and chair here, obviously. Some of my drawers and files on each side. My sound bar is playing my iPod. One bulletin board is up; the other is still in the living room with my printer, filing cabinet, and everything else that was left behind. I think this will work out nicely once I get everything back here.

An added benefit will also be that I have a place to hide to watch some of my shows. The Walking Dead and Game of Thrones were little ones can’t see (and the big ones can’t be annoying for the sake of being annoying), and my Masterpiece and others that the kids just think are boring. It also frees the television for Connor and Tucker to watch their stuff. Win-Win-Win.

Time to go get back to work. Once I get the office put together and the closet cleaned up, I’ll be back. I like my little hidey-hole already.

Domestic Violence, Home, Moving, Organization

I am beat.

From Thursday at about 5:00 a.m. to about 2:00 this morning, I was almost non-stop go, go, go. Two trips downtown, a trip to the grocery store post-snow, getting the apartment ready for the stuff from storage, and getting the stuff from storage put away, not to mention the regular day-to-day stuff. I went to take a nap last night and the big boys just let me sleep for four hours. Then I woke up long enough to send some emails and get the little ones to sleep, and somehow squeezed in another five hours of sleep. Needless to say, I’m off to a slow start this morning.

It all started Thursday with a trip to the courthouse to change my address and find out once and for all what the hell was really going on with the protective order that was granted back in August. It was cold out, but I warmed up quickly as many places as I was sent to complete the change of address. After handing in the completed form at the court clerk’s office, I stopped by the District Attorney’s office that handles nothing but protective orders, and finally got some straight answers.

Turns out X did get the August protective order dropped almost a month earlier. They attempted to notify me of the hearings (there were two), but I hadn’t changed my address, thinking I was safe to wait until we got moved into the apartment. Clearly, I was wrong. The DA who looked up all the information offered to schedule me an appointment to reapply, but since I knew how to get a protective order pro se, I declined. I bundled back up and headed for home.

Once I got home, it was the normal stuff, with the addition of reprinting and completing yet another protective order packet, then making copies. I got yet another text message on the spare cell that was from X’s mother’s cell, yet sounded an awful lot like him. That was creepy, but it definitely steeled my resolve to get the protective  order sooner rather than later. I got everything (mostly) done, then took myself and the littles out to Dreamland to gear up for another, colder trip downtown.

Friday morning found me hopping off the train at Akard Station so I could head up Akard Street to the Fairmont, where they happen to have a UPS Store inside. It took no time to have the affidavit notarized and then head back to the courthouse. By 10:39, the judge had signed off on the new temporary orders and scheduled it for a hearing. I bundled back up and headed home, with my iPhone going bonkers, I couldn’t go to the store.

On the way back, waiting for my last bus, I saw some of the first snowflakes fall. By the time I got home and ready for a catnap, it was snowing AND sticking. I napped and then Connor and I went to the store. The typical fifteen minute bus ride there was closer to an hour, and the trip home by Lyft was over an hour. All that backup over a dusting of snow.

After all that, we had our stuff brought to us from storage. The good news is there is a lot more storage space and furniture. The bad news is there is even more laundry to be done, and the washer and dryer won’t be delivered until Tuesday at the earliest.

I think I’ve put off getting the rest of the stuff put up, so since you now know where I’ve been. I’ll be back soon enough with all sorts of other updates!

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The Home Stretch

 

We now have a couch again; Ryli has spent a healthy chunk of every day its been here laying on it. Until her bed gets here, she’s even sleeping on it. Come Saturday, friends of mine will deliver the stuff that’s in storage, so, among other things, we’ll have our table and chairs, among other things. Wednesday will be the delivery of my starter kit from the shelter… household things and the two twin beds that we are short at the moment. Then there’s the washer and dryer, which should be delivered any day now.

The shower curtains have been hung. Van Gogh’s Starry Night in the hall bathroom; a zany little owl pattern for Ryli and I. The boys are doing a pretty good job of keeping their bathroom presentable. The worst thing about it currently is the laundry hamper, but I can’t do much without that pesky washer and dryer.watermarked2017-01-04-2206

I already have the layout more or less floating around in my head. I just can’t wait to implement it. Hopefully, I can get enough of it done and get uniforms clean to be able to send the kids off to school for the start of second semester at their new schools looking their best.