Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Time: Part 2

I have a philosphy: early is on time, and on time is late. I like to be early. Work, church, baby showers, events, you name it. When I played sports in high school, my team was always told to get to practice at least 15 minutes early, and be ready to go by the time practice started. I can only remember a couple of times when one girl was late, and we all ran our butts off. In the rain! Uphill!

In my old age, I have come to realize that not everyone thinks being on time is important. Now, I totally understand that things breaks down, baby is fussy, flat tire, traffic, etc. All that has happened to me. But to be late for no reason, all the time? Dang, that's a good way to really get under my skin. I have also learned that punctuality is a quality that must be taught and instilled. I am so thankful I was involved in sports because it taught me that being on time is important, and its a life long quality. It seems so simple, but for some, its so difficult to be ontime. Tardiness is down right selfish, and if you are a cronic tardy person, I say this with all the love in my heart!

So in conclusion, teach your children the importance of being on time. Be the example. Put them in extra-curricular activities that will teach them this quality. And when they become an adult, and its down to two people for that dream job, and your kid shows up first, gets the job, and becomes a millionaire, you will thank me. And you are welcome.

Monday, April 9, 2012


Ever feel like you never have enough time? That is my world. We rush out the door in the morning, rush home in the evening, throw together dinner, bathe the girls, play, and go through the night time routine, and before long, poof! The day is done.

Then there's the weekend. Because I work full-time, I try to spend every minute of every weekend with my kids. I love to be around my kids all the time because they are both really funny in their own special way, and they make me happy. I don't want to miss a thing. (Cue the Armageddon theme song.) If there is any down time, I'm doing laundry, or cleaning, or going to a birthday party, or going to dinner with family or friends. There is always something that fills every second of everyday. It's enough to bring in the clouds and cover up my sunshine.

Lately, I've started a mental list of everything I would like to do, even though I know I won't have time for them all. And now I will tell you all about them because maybe I will feel a little more accomplished if I write about doing them, even if I never get around to actually doing them.

  • Learn to use my new sewing machine. My parents gave me a sewing machine last Christmas and it has still gone untouched. I would love to sew as well as my mom does.
  • Paint the toy box and put it in the toy room. My Grandpa Stokley made a wooden toy box for my brother. It even says, "Jon's Toys" on it. But now it sits in my attic, desperately needing some paint. And some toys.
  • Update the girls' baby books. Eek! This is long overdue. Poor Lexi's book is pretty bare.
  • Paint my fingernails a different color everyday. This one just makes me smile.
  • Take voice lessons. Stop laughing.
  • Start a running club. I love to run, and I love to socialize, so why not do it all together?
  • Finish the book I'm writing for Addyson, and start the one I have for Lexi. I would tell you all about it, but then you would steal my awesome idea.
  • My Do-It-Yourself board on Pinterest: Do it.
  • Have a garage sale.
  • Go to a hockey game. Believe it or not, I've never been.
  • Have a "place." Like 90210 had "The Peach Pit" and Saved by the Bell had "The Max." And go there weekly.
  • Read more classics, like Charles Dickens, or Shakespeare.
  • Go to a winery.
  • Go to more concerts.
I know what you're thinking..."if you would just get off this dang blog and start doing a few things on the list above, you might accomplish something!" Well, its taken me 3 days to write this dang blog, so there.