We had some free coupons for some Krispy Kreme donuts so we decided to use them before they expired. We are always up for Krispy Kreme and free! We actually bought a calendar from them before Christmas for $5 and it has lots of coupons in it and many of them for free items. Anyway it was a good deal. It blessed our family this morning and we blessed a few customers with some free coffee. Happy Saturday!
This is a new series of posts that I am going to do periodically called "Realistic" Housewives not to be confused with "Real" Housewives. I think that most of us believe that we are the only ones that don't have it all together. We look at our friends, women we work with, women who write other blogs, etc and think "man, I could never do all she does, how does she do it?! She home schools her kids, cooks everything from scratch, her house is always clean, clothes are always washed and put away, she has time to go to the gym, take her kids to all their activities, volunteer at ________, and the list goes on and on!" You know someone like this don't you? If it's you then stop reading and move on to someone else's blog cause this post will not pertain to you. I sometimes think of Bree on "Desperate Housewives." Don't judge - yes I use to watch that show! Anyway, she is the epitome of what we would think of as a "REAL" Housewife. She always had everything perfect. Of course her life was a wreck but from the outside you would never know it! I am not going to get into all that now but really just sticking to realistically what a happens as a housewife in my house.
I am here to set the record straight that most of us or probably all of us if we are honest, don't have it "all together." I guess some of us are better at time management or organizing than others which helps. I use to try and compare myself to others but I have learned that really does no good. Comparison leads down a road of envy maybe jealousy. So I am trying to keep it real as a housewife.
So one of the things I am most realistic about is laundry. Living overseas spoiled me a teeny tiny bit. I guess I never knew how bad I was at it until we moved back to the states. You see while we living overseas I had a housekeeper who came once a week to clean and do laundry. I did the laundry occasionally but she did the bulk of it even ironing! Oh how I miss Sertap! (I do miss her for other reasons as well like her wonderful mercimek kofte.) Ok anyway, I was spoiled. But still I don't think I was that bad until I had kid #3. I think that was the big kicker. Having three kids has changed a lot of things! That's my excuse anyway and I'm sticking to it!
So onto laundry, I suppose a "real" housewife would wash and fold all in one maybe two days. That just never happens at my house. I might get 3 or 4 loads washed in one day but it might take a week (uh, maybe longer if I'm honest) to get it folded. Ever have to dig through laundry to find underwear or socks that match?! Folding laundry is one of chores I hate the most. I would wash all day long but fold...well it could sit and sit and sit. And it does sometimes. It ain't goin' now where. I can't wait for the day till my kids can fold their own clothes! So now you know that I am horrible housewife when it comes to laundry. #justkeepingitreal!
so I know you are wondering how long this laundry will sit here before it's folded!
Here are the words to Jesse's song:
I'm a tex, I'm a tex, I'm a Texas star!
Way down under where the cowboys are (in person it sounds like he is singing - "underwear")
I can ride'm, I can rope'm, I can show'em how it's done!
Billy thought this picture was funny. Me on my laptop and then all the kids on their leap pads. They sat here with me for almost an hour playing. It was so quite! But I guess this is what the future will look like except I guess we'll have to upgrade their leap pads to ipads or something. Thankfully that is a few years down the road!
The kids love getting my phone or Billy's phone and taking pictures. Some are good, some are ok and some well...I won't post those cause they are mainly of me and I don't want everyone to see my double chin. So who knows maybe one of them will be a future photographer!
Because it has been so warm here this winter, reaching about 65 degrees most days with maybe a couple of weeks all winter that it has gotten really cold, we decided to go to Snow Mountain so the kids could play in the snow. Sometime around December the kids started asking when it was going to snow. So they have been waiting for snow! Luckily Stone Mountain has a created Snow Mountain for us snowless southerners. They have snow tubing for individuals and then you can do it as a group, 5 people in a big inner tube. That's what we did (except Jack, he was too small) and it was fun. Then they had a large patch of snow where you could build snowmen, igloos or just play in the snow. They provide buckets (I've never used a bucket for snow before- seems more like a sand thing), shovels, square molds to make bricks for igloos, scarves, hats and little arms for the snowmen. Then they had a couple small hill for kids to inner tube down or ride a sled. Jack loved the sledding! Well they all loved it! Every time Jack would get to the bottom of the hill he would say, "gin momma?" Oh that boy was so ready to go again! And Bailey and Jesse would practically run back up the ramp to go again. And as you will notice in the pictures we do not have our coats on. We had them on at first but after about an hour we shed them because it was warm!
After snowing we watch a really cute 4D Yogi Bear movie that they had at Stone Mountain. Then we rode the Sky ride up to the top of Stone Mountain to take a look. It was really cool at the top looking out over all of Atlanta and beyond. The kids enjoyed it too although Jack made me nervous walking (jumping, crawling, etc) up on this mountain! We are looking forward to going back in the summer for the laser show. If you come to see us we will take you for a visit! The park had lots to do and we would love an excuse to go back!
Stone Mountain...the carving was started by the same guy who did Mt. Rushmore. He started it in 1923 but only worked on it for about a year (I think). He got in an argument with someone over it, packed it up and started another project, Mt. Rushmore. Finally in 1963 some other guy started on the project again but essentially redid everything that the other guy started and then it was finished in 1972 or 74. Don't you love all the details?! And this coming from a history minor! I couldn't remember it all and was too lazy to look it up even as I sit on my computer to type this! Oh well, if you are interested in it google it yourself. :)
This is where the kids played and went sledding. At first Jack and I played in the snow here while we waited on the others ride the big tube. He loved throwing the snow on me! He thought it was so funny!