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The Rock in Wylie

I live in Wylie, Texas and the best way to describe this city is a fast-growing city that developers are slow catching on to. This means that we don’t have much here so when something opens, it stays packed for a while. Target, Rosa’s, Home Goods, Kroger, and the latest addition, The Rock Wood Fired Pizza are just some examples.

This place opened on December 29th. We tried coming that night but the wait was an hour and a half. With three children, that just doesn’t work. We tried again last night and the wait was two and a half hours. That definitely wouldn’t work! So my strategy changed and we got here this morning as soon as they opened. It worked. We got a seat instantly but the place was packed within 30 minutes. The food did take a little longer that a normal restaurant but I’m not surprised because again, everything is packed when it opens and for a new restaurant, that can be overwhelming.

What I love about this place is that it’s great for kids and adults. The kids got a box of dough along with their menu and crayons. It kept them occupied for a while, which will be great if the adults decide to have a drink. This is the nifty little box it came in….

 

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And this is what they did with their dough:

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Two of my children had the mac and cheese, which was definitely not Kraft. That’s a great thing in my book. My oldest got a pepperoni pizza, which she said was good. I got the Sharp Dressed Man, which is a steak sandwich. It was delicious. The fries are beer battered and tasted okay, but not my favorite, however, my daughters loved them and finished them off. I did like that they had mustard on every table, which is rare. I heart mustard.

I would definitely come here again. Like I said, Wylie is due for some fantastic restaurants, especially restaurants that cater to both adults and kids. Plus the food is pretty great.

Organized Life… In The Kitchen?

With three kids and a full-time job, trying to get/ stay organized is one of my most important goals. I have tried and previously failed (with expensive planners with too little room, here’s looking at you, Erin Condren, and with good, yet impracticable, ideas and intentions on staying organized), however, this is a never-ending goal and with that, I have gone a more practical route. I have decided to stay organized in a heavily used room, the kitchen, rather than a room that is used less often (but really should be as often), the laundry room.

So, here are some pictures of the large kitchen wall, which was empty until yesterday. Please ignore the chipped paint. And the color of the wall. I painted this years ago and loved it at the time, but now I think it’s just too dark, so the color will change. What I do want you to look at are the two items my boyfriend hung up last night. I bought them both at Hobby Lobby. The three sectional wire in-box thing is perfect for my kid’s school papers. I am hoping to prevent the issue with my kids shoving their school papers in my face at the worst times (under the bathroom door right after I get home from work or in my face while I am running around trying to get 4 people ready and out the door in the morning, etc…). Hopefully they simply put their school papers here after school and while making dinner I can work through the papers to keep it empty.

 

FullSizeRender(2) FullSizeRender(1) FullSizeRenderThe chalkboard will be used as a menu. I did this for several reasons. One of which is my boyfriend is the pickiest eater and while I love to work around his preferences, sometimes I want to eat what I want to eat (less meat, lots of cheese and pasta, etc…). This way he can see what we’re having and decide if he needs to pick-up something to eat or fend for himself with what we have on hand. Another reason this board will be used as a menu is because I have two older children who are responsible for planning and cooking their menu, one day a week, each. My son has chosen Wednesday, so he will be in charge of finding a recipe, while trying to accommodate everyone’s preferences, and will cook the meal, with my supervision and direction, of course. My older daughter will chose another day and do the same thing. When it’s their day of the week, they get to write their menu on the board and take pride in what they have picked-out and made.

What’s not shown is what I ordered yesterday:

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This is called, Cups for Days, and you can find it here. I love this because it will free up my two upper cabinets being used for cups (5 people means a lot of cups), kids can easily grab a cup themselves, and it’s gorgeous! This will be going to the right of the metal in-box so it will be closer for people to grab a cup. Because the cups will be in-sight, I will be getting rid of our current cups and switching to mason jars. Luckily my kids are older so using glass jars is possible.

With all of these dark-colored objects, it really makes me want to lighten up the kitchen color and add pops of color around the darker objects on the wall, with colorful frames or artwork. Any ideas on paint colors or fun things to lighten up the kitchen (both in color and seriousness)?

 

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Life gets in the way

It seems every time I make a vow to blog more often, life gets in the way. Right now, my life is like a river (I want to break out into the song, but I will hold it in online), and everything is changing at an almost daily pace.  Some of the big changes happening around here:

Kayla, my 9-year-old, is learning how to walk home from school, and be left alone for short periods of time. She is the most responsible person (adult or child!) that I know, so I know she can handle it. We have been here the past few days that she has come home from school and every day she asks us, “When are y’all not going to be here so I can be all by myself?” She’s ready for some alone time as a responsible tween, clearly.

On the job front, I think I have found my long-term job. I interviewed on Friday, fell in love with the company, what it does, it’s mission, it’s policies, and I am supposed to know something by Wednesday. I can see myself here for at least the next five years, if not more. There is room for advancement and it’s close to home. Not to mention next door to the boss from hell I worked for last year. Literally, right next door. Can’t wait to run into her! *Sarcasm*

As for what I have learned this month, my boyfriend is one of the most amazing people that I know. He is the most generous and kind man that I know. He is a breath of fresh air at the end of the day and the one who makes me need no on else on this Earth besides my children.

Oh, and go see 50/50. Best move I have ever watched. If you have personally see first hand someone die of cancer, this movie might be hard to watch though I still think you should see it. Very real adaption of what having cancer is like and how those people closest to them deal with it. Plus, by far one of  the funniest movies that I have ever seen.

 

Well, I hope to write more often, but you know how that goes…. Life gets in the way and with such a blessed life that I lead, I am okay with that.

My Schedule

This week has been one of the busiest weeks that I have ever had. I started a new job on Monday, my kids had to go back to after-school care, all while taking care of three kids by myself, and still being a full-time student. In the meantime, I cook, blog, sew, and am constantly trying to organize my house.  I wanted to give you a peek into my busiest day this week, Thursday, to show you what it was like.

5:45 A.M. Wake up, shower

6:00 Wake all three kids up, get dressed, organized for the day, drink coffee, make sure kids are presentable, all snacks/ lunches are packed, papers are signed, homework is done, etc…

7:00 Drop kids off at school, head to Starbucks

7:45 Get coffee, head to office

8:00 Work a full 8 hours (I am an Escrow Assistant, meaning, I get the ball rolling on all home purchases and re-fi’s that go through our office, as well as follow-up with any problems along the way)

5:05 Leave work, head to workshop for math

5:45 Arrive 15 minutes early so I do some homework on the computer

6:00  Workshop time

7:30 Left a bit early because I was starving, head home, grab myself a sandwich on the way home

8:00 Arrive home, greet family, look at school papers, change clothes, watch an hour of tv on the DVR that is about to be erased, eat the sandwich

9:00 Tuck the kids in bed, spend 30 minutes picking players for the Fantasy football league that I am in

9:30 Lay down in bed and watch an hour television, fall asleep within seconds.

 

The next morning, I get up to do a variation of it all over again. It is worth it though because I want/ need my education and I want/ need my job to start my career and make some big bucks, which I need/ want with being a single parent to three kids.  My life is going to be hectic for the next three years while I am still in school, but it will all be worth it when I am working for myself, setting  my own hours, and making good money.

 

 

The Results

I know I said that I was going to post yesterday, but life got in the way, as usual. All three of my kids started school and my dog was/ is sick. She has been throwing up almost non-stop plus she hasn’t been biting us, but licking instead. If you knew my puppy, you would know that means something terrible. She once cut her foot and still managed to bite us as she was limping around bleeding all over my white carpet.

Anyways, I wanted to give y’all an update on how the organizational things I added to our household has helped. Let’s start off with the changes in the kitchen. Adding a drawer in my fridge for cold snacks and a container in the pantry to hold the dry snacks has been great. Yesterday and today I was able to get up, pack three lunches within seconds and still manage to make breakfast and have everyone ready early, I might add.

The bulletin boards in the laundry room were great too. All of my children came home with artwork yesterday and all chose to display it on their bulletin board. My son had homework that he tacked up as well. It is so nice not having piles of paper around me on things that I need to look at, sign, go over, and things I better not lose. It’s even nicer knowing that they are not going to get lost and the child learns more responsibility for their belongings and school work.

As for the rest of the day, I am taking my dog to the vet this morning followed by school work and hopefully a nap. It is a special night folks because we have tickets to see the Rangers vs the Red Sox. We went to this game last year and it was the best time I have ever had. It lasted about 13 innings and a Red Sox player even threw us a ball. I am hoping tonight is just as wonderful but with the Red Sox winning this time!

Summa is Ovah!

School starts back tomorrow for all of my children. This is the first and last year, so the only year really, that my kids will be in the same school. I will forever look back on this year as “back when I only had one school to go to!” In order to make my life simpler with three different lunches to make, snacks to put together, water bottles to fill, homework to be done, paperwork to be filled out, and clothes, shoes, showers, I could go on and on; I have done a few simple things that I hope will make my life easier this school year.

 

This is a side shot of a drawer in my fridge. I put cold snacks in here for the kids, such as string cheese, grapes, strawberries, carrot sticks, apples, peaches, plums, and lunchables. These can be grabbed by the kids or me for school lunches or snacks.

 

This shot is a picture of a bin in my pantry. I have divided up 4 different kinds of potato chips, yogurt raisins, cheerios, dried cherries, bananas, blueberries, and raisins in this bin. These are for school lunches or snacks too.

 

This last shot is a wall in my laundry room. I gave each kid a square space of cork board to tack their artwork, spelling words, or forms that need to be filled out by me. I have the big calendar in the middle so we can all fit important reminders on there. The big bulletin board on the right is for me to hang bills that need to be paid or other papers that need my attention.

 

Tomorrow is the test to see if these changes that I implemented are going to be helpful or not. I will post again tomorrow and let you know if I need to make any adjustments.

On a side note: my favorite thing about WordPress is it tells me where someone clicked to read my blog and how many times. So I can tell if someone was brought here through Facebook, their email account, or from someone else’s website and how many times they read my blog. Love it!

For Really?

My four-year old just told me she had to find her Care Bear that she’s slept with her whole life so that she could go to bed. Why would another animal not do? Not because this particular Care Bear has special memories. But because all the other animals have white tags and she doesn’t like that.

This one used to be white before she came along and stuck its tag up in her nose for the last 4 years. I guess I shouldn’t tell her that.

Lots of For Really’s Today

We walked out the door to head to Hobby Lobby and dinner. I didn’t pay attention to what my kids were wearing since they were out the door before me. Big mistake. Getting out of the car, I realize my son is wearing an undershirt. With no shirt over it. He’s also wearing black sweat pants that are gathered at the bottom. They’re a little too short. And he’s wearing loafer type shoes. What does this look like all together? An old man. My 7 year old looked like he was retired and went out in whatever he wanted because well, he’s retired. My 8 year old daughter was wearing a normal shirt and shoes. With a tu-tu skirt that is her sisters. Her four year old sisters. It barely covered her butt and wasn’t helped by the fact that she kept pulling her long shirt down so it was hanging past the shirt. She looked like she wasn’t even wearing anything other than a shirt and shoes. I am not sure which was worse. Only my 4 year old had dressed appropriately, which is a miracle unto itself as she is usually the one in the most out of season, too small, no panty wearing outfit possible.

Hobby Lobby was uneventful. Well, you know, lots of “Don’t touch this, leave her alone, quit yelling!” and all that jazz. Normalcy. We wait an hour to sit down at Texas Road House. An hour. My kids wanted to wait, I wanted to go. After finally sitting down and ordering our food, I receive my salad before our dinner arrived. I try about 5 times to stab a piece of lettuce with my fork, but it wouldn’t go through. I turned over the piece of lettuce to see how thick it was for a fork to not go through. Wrapped up in the lettuce was a crumpled receipt. Like someone had wadded it up with the piece of lettuce on purpose. I doubt it was intentional, but the impact was still the same. I sit there, getting madder by the second, waiting for my waiter to return so I can complain. Five minutes go by before I ask someone else to grab a manager. The manager apologized and offered to discount our food. Another salad was brought out and I would not go anywhere near it, neither would my children. When the check comes, the manager discounted my food half off. I saved only $7.00. I think $7.00 was worth the 5 minute wait I had to endure just to complain about the trash in my food. Not anywhere sufficient enough to make up for the salad having a receipt in it. They were lucky I didn’t take one bite of that salad. I will not be going back to another Texas Road House, that’s for sure.

And I will always check my kids (& my young old mans) outfits before we walk out the door.

Change of pace. Don’t get used to it.

I decided not to bore  you with another essay on the annoyances of people. Or the one person almost every post is about. Though it surely is not for lack of needing to. Instead, I decided to go through the thousand! pictures on my phone and post some of them here. The ones that make you say, for really?

This is my son, Stephen. He just turned 7, though this picture was taken not even 6 months ago. It was taken by his four year old sister. Every time I come across this picture, I wonder why my kids are so darn weird.

This next picture is a worm. Not just any worm. The worm that my boyfriend decided to tell me was there only after I sat down almost right beside it. He casually said, “Hey, look at that worm.” I jumped up faster than humanly possible and plotted the ways I could kill him, casually, of course.

Yes, that is a straw beside it. I Googled it and it actually turns into a luna moth, which are my favorite. But still, go in the woods and scare insects instead of people. This next picture is a screen shot of my iphone taken in January.  What makes this even funnier is that a few years ago and these two people did not like each other.  Now, they’re blowing up my phone at the same time.

This next picture is from South Korea. I lived in New Hampshire once upon a time and never experienced snow like this and I will forever be grateful to God for that. I don’t know how anyone survived.  How did anyone go to the store? Work? School? Where did dogs go poop?

Normally when I write one post, I have no idea what the next post will be about. But, this time I do! I am fascinated by why people cheat. I used to think it was just for lust. But, after Googling it for a whole day, I have discovered, it’s far more complex than that.  And vewy, vewy intewesting!  One post and the word Googling twice. Clearly, I have a Googling addiction that I like to feed every night. Now three times.

What makes us a family

We all have little quirks that make our children uniquely ours. Whether it be the same indention in your chin, the same laugh, or the same facial expressions. It can be cute or annoying, depending upon whether you have accepted the quality / feature in yourself. While only one child looks like me, another one looks somewhat like me. You can tell he’s my son. But, my oldest, she can be passed off as someone else’s child and no one would think that she’s mine. Since my youngest looks like me, we do have a lot of the same expressions (lots of pouting!) and the same sayings (Weave me wone!), but my kids are uniquely mine in other, weirder, ways.

Take for instance, the fight my 8-year-old and I got into the other night. As we were coming in from the garage, we got into an argument about something I don’t remember, but I know it ended with her yelling at me, “That is a statement, not a question!,” followed by me saying in an extremely annoyed voice, “What you asked was a question, which is what I was referring to. What I said was a statement, but I was talking about what you asked, which is a question!” Now this may seem strange, but in my house, this is normal. I am a huge grammar and proper English freak, and I do mean freak! The same daughter once asked me who Lowe was. As in Lowe’s. Lowe’s has to own something and she wanted to know what it was. I have never been more proud. Another common question in our house is, “Are you a person or an apple pie?” By now the kids all know this means they used good & well wrong and they always respond with apple pie because they realize their mistake and of course they’re tired of their mother being so weird.

Another quirky way that they’re mine? My 4-year-old told me she loves the smell of new books. Just like me. My son puts tons and tons of pepper on everything before even tasting it. Just like me. Once, I put pepper in my sweet tea. The best thing about finding these things out is realizing that these cute & weird kids are uniquely mine. And that we are now friends in our own unique club, our family.

“Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another, ‘What! You too? I thought I was the only one”   – C.S. Lewis