Reformed Grits


Limerick Thursday
May 31, 2007, 9:47 pm
Filed under: Limerick Thursday

Limerickthursday My limericks have become a chore

I hate to just sound like a bore! 

I think I am done–

This is the last one

(Unless I come up with more!)

Yes, it’s time for a limerick break.  I don’t know if I will continue or not in the future but for now, I’m done!  Thanks for the encouragement!

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Just like riding a bike
May 30, 2007, 9:51 pm
Filed under: Family, What's she up to now?

Today after Mr. Grits got home he was piddlin’ around in the yard with some man-stuff and a couple of the kids were riding their bikes in the driveway.  I haven’t ridden a bike in years, so I thought the kids would get a kick out of me tearing out of the garage on Sister’s bicycle.  I mean, hey, you don’t forget how to ride a bike!  So we are out there having a good time and I get tired of going in circles (the top of our driveway is flat but going towards the street is downhill) so I head down the driveway and think to myself, "I’ll make a quick little U-ey here and head back up the driveway."  Yeah, um, I forget bikes don’t corner quite like cars do.   And I also forgot that it’s helpful to apply a brake to slow down.  As I’m making a 180 degree turn.  On a hill.  So you guessed it, I went flying in to the neighbor’s side yard and crashed, practically head over handlebars.  I screamed, and then started laughing so hard (through my pain!) that Pooh came flying around yelling, "Mommy!  Mommy!  ARE YOU OK??  MOMMY!"   Mr. Grits came flying around too (unfortunately for him, he missed the spectical of my hiney flying through the air) and said, "KIM.  GET OFF THE BIKES NOW.  NO MORE BIKES.  PUT IT AWAY!" 

Y’all, I really can laugh at myself but I ’bout split myself on that one!  I was SO glad that no one else was heading down the street at that time or I’m sure they would have wrecked laughing hysterically at this 34 year old woman crashing a 10 year old’s pink bike. 

Don’t worry– I’m fine.  Nothing seriously injured but my ego.   

Yerp.  It’s official.  "Just like riding a bike" has taken on new meaning for me! 



I love free money!
May 30, 2007, 3:57 pm
Filed under: Web/Tech

I am unashamedly plugging ebates.com again!  I just got another check mailed to me, according to the website, and I am going to do something vera niiice for myself with it!  I have already, too, started to order uniforms for the kids for school for the fall and I can’t believe it but I actually get a rebate (3%) on that too!  On the things I’m ordering for our Scotland trip (Oriental Trading, 3%), on shoes for the kids (so I don’t have to go shopping! 10% back at Shoebuy and free shipping!), and who knows, maybe I’ll find a rebate on something good for Father’s Day! 

And again, shamelessly here, if you sign up, use my link and I get $5 and so do you! 



Lickin’ it
May 29, 2007, 10:14 pm
Filed under: All things Scottish, Life, What's she up to now?

Not with my tongue, but I AM lickin’ it… all this work!  I have been up since 3 AM and in part because I got to thinking about how I don’t have myself together for this Scotland HBC.   After I let it all go, I had prayed specifically that the Lord would "drop it in my lap."  Well, the other day I met with my good friend Stacy who lent me our church’s Kids’ Time book and at first I just "didn’t want to do that."  I don’t know why, but it occured to me in the night that, HELLO, God had dropped it in my lap and it wasn’t my trip so I flipped through the material and chose 5 plans.  I’m pleased with them and so I emailed Lisa and we threw some ideas around, and of course had to meet at the pool to confirm them!  But first I had all the kids clean their rooms, big time.  How do they get so messy?  It took forever!  So after all that and then lunch, throwing caution to the wind, I took all 6 kids to the pool during nap time and the kids did great!  Bee sat in her stroller for THREE hours happily looking around and playing and I sat in the sun chatting with friends.  Gotta love that pool!  We came home and I immediately set about closing my books for year end for the school.   It’s a lot of work but I’m close!  It’s after 10 PM now and I just finished everything but what I don’t have which are a check from a teacher and the final payroll amounts for the year.  Woohoo! 

Tomorrow we are staying home!  Can I just say I love being home.  I love not waking up early.  I love lying around in my PJ’s.  I love sitting on my back porch watching my kids play, even if I have stuff that "needs" to be done.  This is the first summer in SO long that I’m not pregnant or nursing, and although I almost fell apart watching "A Baby Story" the other day on Discovery Health I do see the wisdom in the "completion" of our family.  Just Monday, David and I both simultaneously had that "feeling" that someone was missing.  That always happened before I got pregnant again.  This time, it was just sad.  Jojo said, "Well mom would be happy but dad wouldn’t."  Mr. G quickly corrected him– of course he’d be happy but he had to do what he could to protect me.  (I’ve had some really dangerous things happen with a few of my pregnancies and he wasn’t willing to risk it again.)   I trust him and I know God uses those things but it still makes me sad.  Yes, I know I’m crazy! 



One down, many to go
May 27, 2007, 8:46 pm
Filed under: Life

I haven’t had the opportunity to mention her here… but I have another daughter.  You may know her, if you know me in the real world because everyone who knows me knows about my KT.  She’s the daughter of my heart and the little sister I never had.  I had the priviledge of being a regular part of her life for about 2 1/2 years until one year ago today when she got married to some boy and moved off.  😉  No, we love her man too and she did good.  And for this year she has perservered even though she has missed her family and friends.  She has learned to be a homemaker and a wife.  She has been content and faithful, and I’m proud of her.  We miss you, KT, but we hope you have many, many more happy years with your boy.  Happy Anniversary!!!!

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I’ve become her….
May 26, 2007, 12:12 pm
Filed under: Life

Before I had children, "she" annoyed me.  I was going to have kids dressed in the cutest clothes and take care of their hair so they wouldn’t look like "her" kids.  My kids were going to be cute and charming, because I cared more than "she" obviously did.  I’m not sure how it happened, and I hate to admit it, but I have become "her."

I’ve become the mom who carries her baby around all day in pj’s with spit-up all over them.  The mom whose baby’s nose runs and she wipes it on the front of the baby’s shirt, or sleeve.  The mom who doesn’t bleach the bibs and they all say dorky things like, "Buy me something.  I’m cute."  The mom who lets her baby often crawl around only in a diaper; and not just a diaper, but usually a soggy one. 

I’ve become that mom whose preschooler goes around wearing turquoise sequined shoes and pink shorts with a long sleeved pink shirt.  In public.  With hair that is very obviously unbrushed.  I’m the mom who buys those tacky underpants with characters on them.  And now they are faded and gross looking.  The mom whose children’s fingernails are all too long and very dirty. 

I’m the mom with towels that are better suited to be rags.  My kids shoes have holes in them.  We have money for these things; just not the time to go shopping to replace them all.  I leave the house with no make up on, and my car is so messy that if we were in a collision that someone would be injured or maimed by the flying debris.

I’ve become that mom who yells, "SHUT THE DOOR!  THE AIR IS ON!" and says things like, "Stop fighting with your sister."  "Clean your room."  and "Y’all go outside and play."  The mom whose child gets in trouble at school for misbehaving. 

How did this happen?  When did it all change?  I started out with such good intentions.   Where did they go? 

I got a snapshot of myself and my life the other day and these were the things I saw.   How did I become her?  What can I do to make things better?  It’s all I can do to hang on now, must less do well.  I hope my priorities are right.  I hope that these things are really just "less" important than the things I am doing. 

All I know, is that maybe I should be a little less judgemental when I see "her" because she is probably hanging on for dear life too!       



Limerick Thursday… but on Friday
May 25, 2007, 10:35 pm
Filed under: Limerick Thursday

Limerickthursday Sorry my limericks are late.

Untimely stuff I just hate!

Tis a Grits’ family crime

T’ Not keep Lombardi time.

(I just ruined my poetic gait!)

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It’s summer!  I don’t wanna wash clothes!

Let’s sit by the pool and just doze! 🙂

Let’s bake in the sun

And have lots of fun

And not write any more foolish prose.  😀

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Sorry, folks.  They didn’t come easy tonight.  Are we SO ready for the pool open?  My kids said they want to be THE first ones in tomorrow.  I’m thinking, no.  But I do plan on going tomorrow sometime.  I hope to see yall there!