Thursday, November 02, 2006

Thursday Thirteen

Thirteen things going on in my world lately that have kept me from blogging much the last few weeks.

1. Early in the month (as I posted about earlier) we were dealing with all the car issues, right at the same time as Joe's birthday and our Anniversary.

2. Brendan has been having behavior issues at school. Not listening, not following classroom rules, refusing to participate in some activities, getting mad easily if he can't do something just right, and so on.

3. We went to Joe's 15-year reunion. It was fun.

4. Joe's youngest sister got married. Joe was an usher, so I had to try to deal with both boys on my own. I spent most of the ceremony outside with Adam because he was being too loud. Ugh! Thank goodness a friend of ours let Brendan sit by him while I was out with Adam. Then between the wedding and the reception Brendan got sick. So my dad and his wife (who luckily live close to the town the wedding was in) said they'd keep the boys at their house while I went back to the reception. It was a nice break, and Joe and I had fun. Then we stayed until almost 3am helping them clean up the reception afterwards! Finally got back to my dad's house, fell asleep, and at 5am the boys woke up. So, I got less than 2 hours of sleep that night.

5. Adam started climbing out of his crib, so we moved him to the toddler bed. We don't have a room for him, so we put him in Brendan's room for now. The first week was horrible, he was screaming and wouldn't stay in bed...took forever to get him down at night, and then he'd get up very early each morning. And this was the week immediately following the wedding, so I was already running on less than 2 hours sleep when this all began. I was NOT a happy camper.

6. Even though he is now going down easier at night now in his toddler bed, he still wakes up around 4am every morning, comes upstairs to wake me up, and insists he wants some milk. Since I get up around 5am-ish anyway, I usually end up just staying up after Adam wakes me.

7. Big deadline at work was during this same time period too. But I did get it done! Yea!

8. Joe was sick with a stomach thing. I was sick 2 different times (before and again after Joe). Now Joe is sick again. Ugh! He thinks this time maybe he was just dehydrated though.

9. We had parent-teacher conferences with Brendan's teacher. All the others just met with the Kindergarten teacher, but when it was our turn, in walked the gym teacher, art teacher, and music teacher too. *sigh* They all had similar things to say about Brendan, and his behavior (not listening, not participating, not following rules, etc). I felt like *I* was in trouble. lol On a good note, his Kindergarten teacher did have a lot of good things to say too, about how incredibly smart he is, and how advanced he is in writing, drawing, reading, etc for his age. Now if he could just behave, all would be great!

10. Adam's 2nd birthday was last week! Brendan's 6th birthday is next week! We are having a birthday party for them both this Sunday. I'm not ready yet! Yikes!

11. My mom and her bf took Brendan and one of my nephews to the circus last weekend! They had a great time. Brendan thought it was awesome!

12. Halloween was okay. (See photos of the boys in my Wordless Wednesday post below). As usual, I had to work at a Halloween event that night. I love Halloween, so it really bums me out that I have to work entertaining other people's kids and I can't even take my own kids trick-or-treating.

13. We started on building our garage/workshop! This is what it looks like so far, as of this morning (sorry for the bad quality, it was still mostly dark when I left for work this morning)

Now that you're done reading my list, go wish Veronika a Happy Birthday!

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Mama Kelly said...

wow --- just rading about how bz youve been has made me tired

i think ill go bk to bed now

mama kelly 2 cents said...

Sounds like you have been very busy!!

I hope you all get well and stay well, soon! Being sick is no fun at all.

Your kids looked adorable dressed up for Halloween!!

Laura said...

lots of birthdays in your house now.
i hope adam settles back in a good sleep pattern for you very soon and that the school issues with brendan also settle.
hang in there.
thanks for visiting my tt this week and yes i knew what you meant about my list. :)
have a great day!

Norma said...

OK, you're excused this time. Don't let it happen again! ;-)

I'll bet you get a sitter for the next wedding so you can enjoy the festivities.

Thanks for visiting my TT.

Twyla said...'re a busy lady. I thought my life was hectic. LOL

Anonymous said...

awww, your kids pics are adorable. i only have one that is still trick or treating, my son, whose name happens to be brendan!!! is in high school and my oldest is away at university. she went trick or treating on the weekend for liquor;)

Brony said...

You have been busy. Glad you took the time to post today. Happy TT!

Amanda said...

Wow! You sure have had a busy go of it lately..hope it calms down a bit! Sounds like you need a bit of down time.

Slackermommy said...

You need a break!

My kids don't listen or follow directions either. I have no clue how to improve it. Seems like it's part of their personality. It does get a little better as they mature.

Denise said...

I know few kids in Kindergarten that behave perfectly. He's just a kid.

My two year old sleeps with me. I'm not even going to attempt the toddler bed for a while. I like getting sleep. :)

monica said...

Dont be hard on yourself about the boy. They all go through hard times. ALL. Hugs.

Veronika said...

Awh, how embarrassing about Brendan not behaving at school - don't take it personally. I think that when kids are like that, they're just expressing their own indivuality.
Thank you for the birthday wishes!
Hopefully you can catch up on your sleep-

Chaotic Mom said...

We had a very rough week, too. I finally gave up on blogging the last few days as well. Man, that lack of sleep can be the worst. But YEAH for you for making the work deadline, anyway! AND for being a great mom, making the school meeting as well. ;)