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school and stuffs


School finally started for the rest of the kids on Monday.

They are loving it.

Charlize actually cried when a bus drove past because she thought it was HER bus and she wanted to go to school!

I have been having serious issues with Liliya, though. She will not get on the bus. Cries, goes limp, arches her back when we try to buckle her. There have been 3 days the bus wouldn’t take her because they had already waited for 5 minutes or so and we couldn’t get her buckled.

This week, Drew is going to come over in the mornings to put her on the bus. I think she’ll behave better for him. And if we can get her used to getting on without much of a problem, things will be much easier.

If another 2 weeks goes by and she’s still having this problem, just as bad, I might have to pull her out.

I’ll post pics when I get a chance, they’re all up on facebook.

We’re planning to move in with Drew next weekend. Or at least start the process. Living with my mom just isn’t the best thing for any of us anymore, including her. The mess and the noise drive her nuts. Driving back and forth so much drives me nuts. It’s too much work. So, we’re moving. We already spend most of our time here at Drew’s, anyway.

I’m having issues with my ear again, thinking a trip to the walk-in might be in order. Feeling pressure in my sinuses too ­čśŽ

Other than that, everything is going well.

I do feel like a chicken with my head cut off, especially in the morning, I get up at 6, and it’s GO GO GO for a few hours, or all day if I happen to be babysitting. Liliya gets off the bus at 11:45 and then it’s lunch, errands, cleaning and laundry, whatever needs to be done. We didn’t even get a chance to nap ONCE last week. And the big kids get off the bus at 3:45, then it’s snack, homework, dinner, cleanup, drive back to Mom’s, and bedtime. That’s when I usually sort and put away laundry until I pass out myself.

The days are crazy busy! But it feels good to have more structure to our days, and I’m sleeping so much better, from being so busy.



The second half of the day went much better than the first half.

I got the downstairs all cleaned up and our appointment went well.

I made the phone call to set up Liliya’s health interview.

We went to Drew’s for dinner.

Did a little picking up.

Went grocery shopping.

Came home.

The kids rode bikes for a while.

I painted the girls’ nails.

Bedtime was easier than it usually is.

I realized yet again how blessed I am.

My kids drive me nuts.

Every. Single. Day.

But I love them sooooo much.

They really are amazing kids.

Rayce is soooo smart, and he can be so helpful. He is sensitive, a budding artist, and passionate about video games and dinosaurs. A Mama’s boy.

Charlize is the sweetest big sister to Liliya, she will give up anything to make Liliya happy. If Charlize wants the pink cup, and Liliya wants it too, Charlize will let Liliya have it. Charlize is sweet and loving, sassy and sensitive, dramatic and diva-licious.

Liliya is my Mama’s girl, my snuggle-bug. She is so sweet and cuddly. She has always had such an incredibly big personality packed into her tiny little body, since she was a teeny baby. Shy and cautious around new people and in new places. Chatterbox once she warms up. “Right Mama?!”

Holden is a man of extremes. Intense, passionate, and stubborn. Confused and angry. He will always be my baby, even though he didn’t grow in my belly. He has always had a special place in my heart, and our bond is complicated but strong.

Dante is shy and withdrawn. Sweet and always wanting a snuggle. He has come a long way and so has our relationship. Dante is a follower, desperate for love and attention and acceptance. ┬áSensitive, quiet until he’s upset.

Serenity is ridiculously sweet and chatty. Her mind is always going and she has a wisdom beyond her years that her family says came from her brother Acen. She is a dimpled darling in every sense of the word, and I am so looking forward to watching her grow and being an important part of her life.

It blows my mind how easily I forget how blessed I am.

The cause of so many of my frustrations is the very reason I am so blessed.



I have been feeling sooo very blahhh the last few days.

It’s that time of the month. Cramps. Among other things.

Haven’t been sleeping well.




Today we have a pre-screening appt for Liliya for headstart. Basically just more paperwork.

So I’ve been cleaning cleaning cleaning since I got up.

Just sitting down now to take a break.

Lower back is killing me.

Must get back to work.

Got kitchen and dining room swept and mopped, bathroom cleaned up and wiped down.

Must do living room and foyer.

And stairway and hallway.

And more laundry.

And bedrooms.

Must go grocery shopping this afternoon.

Must make time to clean up at Drew’s house, too.

Gave Samson a bath and a haircut yesterday afternoon, he’s looking and feeling much better.

Kids have been crazed for a couple days now.

Full of piss and vinegar and LOUDNESS.

It’s like they can sense when I don’t have it in me to do anything about it, so they take advantage of my blahhhness.

Some days I just feel like I’m fighting a losing battle.

Today is one of those days.


I just wanna say


that I hate the Billy Ray Cyrus show Suprise Homecoming.

Because I get so mad, seeing how excited those families are to be reunited.

And I know that Anthony is never coming home, and the kids will never see their dad again.

What I wouldn’t give… to know he’s working oversees and would be home in year. To have the kids skype with him, to know their father. What I wouldn’t give to know he’d be home in several months or even years. To know the kids would have a chance to know him.

What I wouldn’t give, to have what those people have.


I hate that show.

Because my kids will never get the chance…

Operation Overhaul, day 2


Day two was less productive as far as cleaning, but more productive in other ways.

I got four or five loads of laundry washed, three put away.

Did a little picking up.

Taught Rayce how to wash the dishes, which he did with incredible enthusiasm, and asked afterward if he could please do the dinner dishes. Please, child, have at it!

We did quite a bit today, educationally.

Rayce and Charlize each worked in their summer bridge workbooks. Liliya scribbled in hers.

Charlize and Liliya worked on alphabet and number flash cards, Rayce worked on addition and subtraction flash cards.

Rayce helped the girls with an alphabet matching puzzle.

The girls, Charlize especially, are doing REALLY well on letter recognition and sounds. Charlize finally has the hang of most lower case letters, too! She gets confused on n,m,w,v,p,q,b,d, but those are kind of tricky and look an awful lot alike.

Charlize needs to work on letter formation.

Liliya needs to work on tracing.

Rayce needs to work mostly on reading comprehension.

This afternoon, Rayce read for about 45 minutes while the girls took a bath and cleaned up their room.

We headed over to Drew’s house, ran a few errands, and had a yummy dinner.

Overall, great day ­čÖé

Hoping I manage to get some good sleep last night, quality and quantity was lacking as far as sleep went last night!

Operation Overhaul, day 1


Today, we overhauled the kids rooms.

Got rid of one trash bag full of random not-played-with-anymore and broken stuff.

Straightened out dressers and closets.

Cleaned under beds.

Emptied toyboxes and put small toys where they belong.

Stripped beds in the boys room.

Took a nap.

Tomorrow’s plan involves LOADS of laundry.

Loads and loads and loads.

A quick pick up and sweep and mop of the downstairs.

And hopefully emptying the foyer toybox and relocating most of the toys back upstairs.

I’ve been feeling quite BLAHHHH all day.

Tired. Exhausted. Worn down.

Hoping a good night’s sleep helps me feel better tomorrow.

So far, feeling really good about all the stuff we’ve been getting done.

Less than a week into summer vacation and it’s going swimmingly!

chores n stuff


After breakfast

Rayce- clean off and wipe table

everyone get dressed

Mama- put in load of laundry

Rayce- workbooks, practice writing/journal, math facts

Charlize, Serenity, Holden, Dante, Liliya- practice writing names, letter recognition and writing, letter sounds, patterns, click-n-read, workbooks

Mama- switch laundry

After lunch

quiet time for 1 hour, Liliya nap, everyone else lay down with a book

finish laundry, everyone puts away own laundry before snack

After dinner- no anything until chores are done, no tv, games, playing

Rayce- clear off and wipe table

Liliya- put away all shoes

Charlize- pick up any dirty clothes

Serenity- put away any toys

Rayce- wash dishes except for pots and pans and sharp utensils

Serenity- feed and water pets

Charlize and Liliya- clean up bathroom after bathtime

Mama- sweep and mop if necessary

Drewy- take out trash. all trash and recyclables out to curb Monday nights.

Saturday- morning, immediately after breakfast and before any fun

kids each clean own room (everything should be in its place, where it belongs, not just tossed whereever is convenient, toys in proper bins, clothing tucked neatly into closed drawers, underneath bed and closet floor cleared…), bring own bedding down to be washed, remake own beds

Rayce- sweep hard floors, vacuum carpets

Charlize- wipe down bathrooms after Mama sprays everything… sink, edge of bathtub, toilet seat, floor around bottom of toilet

Liliya- take bathroom trash out to big trash can and put a new bag in

Serenity- take toys from extra toy boxes to bedrooms, put away