Friday, April 26, 2013

Hi there! Remember me?

WOW!  Hi, old friend!  Just a quick update :)

On April 15th (after 5 months of pain) I had my gallbladder removed.  Laproscopic, yes.  Painful, yes.  Three incisions and three holes later; I am on the mend.

On that Monday, April 15th I decided to give up pop.  It sucked.  It has been hard but not impossible. 

But when you remove your love (pop) and then drastically have to change your eating habits it does make you a little grouchy.

I'll check back in once I am completely healed and have successfully beat my addiction :)

Happy Friday!


Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Mr Fish turns the BIG 40!

Mr. Fish turned 40 today.  Life went on.  There was no big fan fair or any big surprises.  Just life as we know it and I think he is ok with that.

I'm pretty tied up with the Book Fair this week so I haven't had a lot of extra time to shop and create and bake.  So do you want to know what I got him?  Strings for his work boots.

Something in me 23 years ago kept leading me to marry this man.  Even when things got so bad between us we somehow found our way back together over and over again until we decided not to fight it and got married.

I couldn't be married to anyone else.  He knows when to put me in check, when to let me rant.  When to love me and when to leave me alone!  We are a perfect circle, me and this guy.  A never ending circle of love and respect.  Bumpy roads are part of life, I am just thankful I have Mr. Fish to share it with!

Happy Birthday my love!  Here's to many more!




Monday, January 28, 2013

My best brother....





I wish I could tell you about my brother.  The words don't come so easy. 

He was my dad from the time I turned 12.  He was the perfect mixture of dad and friend.  I think he saved my life.  He took an interest in making sure I turned out ok and I did! 

My brother, Tony is one of the best people I know.  He is good at everything he does. 

When I was little he would build me sand castles in the sandbox and then blow them up with firecrackers. 

I am soooo thankful for him!  Happy 50th Birthday Tony!  Here's to some more great years ahead of us both!  I love you more than you can imagine!


Saturday, January 26, 2013

I'm back....

This is a little weird.  It's been so long old friend.

It's Saturday afternoon.  I am putzing around.  Paying bills, doing laundry, blogging.  Welcome back, me :)

I'm going back to work on February 4th.  I started working from home when Fish was 2 months old.  It was long hours and hard work.  I was the mother, the taxi, the baseball helper, the friend, the lunch packer, the napper, the maid, the chef, the everything for 4 plus years.  It's time now to close that chapter.

On February 4th My Little Fish will be heading off to daycare.  He has never been.  We will both cry, very hard.  I will drop him off, then the big kids and head to my office.  I will spend 8 hours a day away from my baby.  I will pick him up and we will all be together every night.  No work.  Just me and my husband and our children.  We will run from practice to practice and grab fast food and there will times that no matter how hard I try to plan, we will all have cereal.

I mastered the working mother (outside the home) gig from 8/2000-2/2009.  I used to have the bigs sleep in their daycare clothes so I could be at my desk by 7:30 a.m.  Now, I am older and used to being with my Fish all day.  I am currently a work from home ninja.  I can play with kids all day and keep a very tidy home only to spend the hours while the kids and husband sleep, working.  Who needs sleep?

I do.  I have been a grouch since I started working from home.  3 hours of sleep a night all summer is no fun for anyone.  This is my plan.  Work very hard for my company all day and love the blessings SO MUCH all night long.  I may even sleep with them a few days until I get used to being away.

This will be quite the transition.  I'm up for it.  I'll be 39 this year.  I need sleep.

Will you pray for me as I start in the office on February 4th?  I'm nervous.  Not used to having people tell me what to do.  Bull headed.  Stubborn.  Great combo for going into an office with 20 other people.

Thanks in advance.  Happy February soon :)

Saturday, September 1, 2012

I guess I will go back.....

Almost 4 years ago my company offered me a work from home position when I was about to give birth to Fish (our 3rd blessing).  I took it.

It has been anything but easy.  Everyone is sleeping in the house and I am working.  Everyone is at the pool and I am working.  Friends want to go out but I can't because I am working.  I want to run and play every day of the summer but I can't because I am chained to my desk.

It has been wonderful!  Beach Tuesday at 11....sure!  Movies tonight at 8....sure!  Going away for a long weekend?  Absolutely!  Watching my babies grow up before my eyes never missing a thing?  Yes, please!

Yesterday it all came to a screeching halt when I was called into the owner's office.  My job is being terminated.  There is no need for a work from home mom anymore.  You can come back into the office (full time, year round) or look for something else.

Our three kids are all enrolled in Catholic school.  We live in a modest home.  We are a one vehicle family.  We have made sacrifices to survive.  We can't give up my income.

So in 6 weeks I will put my nearly 4 year old in daycare full time and head back to the office.

Until then?  I will cuddle my babies and enjoy every minute of them.  It might not be so bad being able to sleep a little :)

If I could just stop crying I could see this computer and finish this post.....


Thursday, August 23, 2012

It happened today....

All of the sudden this....



Became this....


Since this Fish was born on 11/13/2008 he has been a HANDFUL!  Sleeping for 12 minutes at a time overnight.  Crying when someone looked at him.  Hated potty training.  Hit me with a golf club :)

So just this morning I looked at him and realized what it is that makes us "two peas in a pod."  He is me.  Inside and out we are the same person :)  We are loving and kind, defiant and strong.  And that is why he has been such a challenge.  I love this kid.  I have been waiting since the day I brought him home from the hospital for him to start school (not really)  :)  but I have enjoyed our time away from each other.  Our time together just got to be one of my favorite things.

This is the final chapter in the Fish Family Legacy, let him be little for awhile and not grow up too fast.




Wednesday, May 23, 2012

I just keep trudging on.....


I have a few "eye-opening" days in a row.  People aren't always who you thought they were.  Evil still is very much alive in suburbia. 

My kids are growing up too fast.  I am the most impatient person ever.  When did I become the Mom with NO patience? 

Why do I work from home?  I have to be awake sometimes for 19-22 hours stretches.  I'm tired.  I am no longer a compassionate person. 

I don't like who I have become.  I imagine every year about this time, I think like this.  I am tapped out.  But I keep trudging on. 

Another serious medical issue on our home front.  The end of school.  The busy-ness of work.  The baseball fields.  The volleyball courts.  The play dates.  The dinners.  Things are moving in fast forward and I am begging them to slow down.

I was with my friend Kathy today.  I was telling her about how happy I was when the big kids were little.  I was a great Mom.  I did everything for those kids and loved it.  I don't have the time to be that Mom with Fish BUT I know one day in the not so distant future I will be mourning the loss of his childhood and wondering HOW DOES TIME GO SO FAST?

Next week Mr. Fish and I will have a 6TH GRADER!  A 6TH GRADER!  I remember being a 6th grader myself.  So a 6th grader, a 5th grader and a pre-schooler.

Slow down time.  I need to take this all in.

Exodus 20:12 ESV “Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long in the land that the LORD your God is giving you.