Besides, I could always use a reason to think about the things that make me smile. I tend to hover over the drama, because that always seems more interesting. I'm going to give it a try though.
Here we go.
My first obsession was with the Twilight books and now I've moved on to the adult Sookie Stackhouse series. Twilight is infinitely more entertaining since I can actually put the Sookie books down without a problem, but both are an enjoyable escape from Mommy life.
I find peace, and a little bit of pride, in the fact that I can't watch the True Blood series on HBO that is based off the Sookie books though. I'm too much of a delicate flower for all that sex and violence. I prefer to read about it, clearly I'm a better person, right? This makes me happy.
Kindergarten Open House Night
Aiden's school has an open house this week and I've booked a babysitter. I plan on attending with my husband and then going out for a romantic dinner afterward. And let me be clear, any type of dinner outside of this house, without our children is a romantic dinner. This is a rarity which should be celebrated.
If you haven't been reading long, I'm nuts for my husband. I crave time with him and am extremely attracted to him. I wouldn't be surprised if Alex and I are making out in the back of the classroom. We have to take advantage of the moments we have.
I wonder if I can sit on his lap in one of those little chairs?
Remember when I went to Walgreens to get Sudafed and the people there were convinced I was purchasing it to make meth? (You can read about it here.) Well, I didn't make meth with it, but I thought about trying to figure it out after I saw how expensive it was since I bet meth makers roll in some good cash.
Wonder why they don't fix their teeth with it?
Then I was at Target, where no one accused me of trying to make meth since I was wearing underwear this time and speaking in full sentences, and discovered there is a generic available for the rock bottom price of $2.75. Amazing. I can be headache free, and I could be making a killing on meth if I just bought the generic. Maybe there is somewhere that I should be sharing this info with the meth suppliers?
Stella has inherited some shoes from my niece that were purchase in Greece by my mother. These shoes are amazing. They slip on her feet easily. She always wants to wear them....and the best part is that I can always hear exactly where she is, which is priceless now that she enjoys hiding from me.
Scholastic Book Orders
Cole's preschool started yesterday and with it came the first Scholastic book brochure. I spent 25 minutes of my alone time pouring over this brochure and calculating exactly what I would like to purchase for my children. There are few joys in life that compare to the arrival of a Scholastic book order. That's just good clean fun.
Currently I have a total of $54 on a variety of books about feelings and emotions for Cole. Scholastic is going to change our life, I'm sure of it.
The School Bus
This is handiest part about kindergarten, other than taking Aiden away for 8 hours a day, and just above school lunches. I had visions of loading the kids in the car for drop off every morning and then waiting in a line after school for pickup, having to wake Stella for both of these trips. Oh that is so not the situation now that we are on the bus.
I am totally baffled by why everyone isn't using the school bus if it is available to them. I can not get over how easy it is, how little effort it requires from our entire house, and how much my child loves it.
I admit that I once had some fleeting thoughts of bullies on the bus or something, but I haven't heard of or experienced anything like that. If we do, we'll reexamine the situation, but for now it means I don't have to do anything more than walk outside with my kid in the morning and wait for a few minutes in my yard in the afternoon. Heaven.
ONE NAP A DAY
We have officially switched Stella to one nap a day and this is life altering. She's been going down without a fuss, probably until right after I post this, and have eliminated most of the nap time drama.
I can run an errand in the morning and she's usually up by the time Aiden gets home from school so we could go somewhere in the afternoon if needed. We are free!!!!
(Totally breaking rules about not talking about sleep in any form. I expect my punishment to be swift and horrid.)
My daughter can be entertained for a solid 45 minutes if given a full box of tampons. Nothing else keeps her busy like they do. She empties them all from the box, spreads them all over the room, and then begins to try to open them...and then the fun just multiplies when she gets one open.
The boys, not mine. This is the two of them immediately after school yesterday. They had nothing left in them, school totally depleted them of even being able to sit and watch a TV show.
This is how I most enjoy my boys right now. They were too tired to even complain about anything.
Stella can not get over my high heels. I thoroughly enjoy her love of the girly things in life, but she is obsessed with me wearing these around the house.
She's really mean sometimes...but it's sort of funny too.
You can read my previous Ten Things To Smile About posts here or here.
Here's one I did on my own before I even knew about Emmy's monthly post, probably because I'm psychic. Did I forget to tell you I'm psychic? Anyway, this one had a not so nice commenter so it makes it extra fun, that's here.
What are you feeling happy about? Or pissed? I'm amused by both.