Tuesday, August 20, 2019

5 Reasons Why My Kids Ride The Bus Even Though I Work From Home

So I was browsing Facebook and I came across a post where buses were discussed. One woman had said, "Since I'm a stay at home mom, I drive my kids to school. If you stay at home there's no reason for kids to ride the bus."

I was like:

Because guess what? I work from home, which means I stay at home, and my kids DO ride the bus.

Here are reasons why:

1. I'm not dealing with all the traffic. I am NOT a morning person. This is Texas. There are people in every damn corner.

2. I'd lose my cool if people didn't follow car line procedures. I am not friendly before I've had my caffeine so if the person in front of me wasn't following the rules, I might get out of my car, march over, and ask what the hell they thought they were doing. For everyone's safety, it's best I'm never in a car line.

3. I'm half asleep since I'm up at 6 so I wouldn't feel safe driving with all the traffic. No further explanation needed.

4. Other people tick me off. This sort of goes along with the top two reasons, but it's true: I have road rage. And people in Texas don't like to do the following: use their turn signals, give a proper distance between vehicles, wave when someone lets you in the line....

5. I just plain don't want to. The bus is there for a reason. I get to save my gas. I had a friend who said she had THE BEST conversations with her kids when she drove them to school but here's the thing: my kids would be fast asleep because hello, we are NOT morning people.

Now, if my kids said they were being bullied on the bus, I might consider driving them. Maybe. What I'd probably want to do is march onto the bus and remind the other kids to stop being assholes. So far the kids are okay though. I rode the bus. I was okay. It helped me get comfortable with public transportation.

Do you drive your kids to school even though they could ride the bus?

Monday, August 19, 2019

Hey, It's Okay

I got this idea from Glamour magazine. You can link up any day of the week. All you have to do is make a list of what you're okay about. Simple! Please do not link up a post that has nothing to do with Hey, It's Okay. It's rude and I'll delete the link.


.....to be both excited and dreading about school starting on Monday. I do love my quiet time because I can get so much done, but it's my son's senior year, so I also want to cry daily. Also, none of us are morning people so waking up super early is not fun. Normally I've been up at 9 AM and the kids roll out about 11 AM. So it'll be an adjustment.

.....to also be dreading the homework. I have to get on my daughter to finish it. She loves to procrastinate, but then again, so does her mother.

....to wish we were going to Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party this year. We got to go last year and had a blast. And yup, Disney World had its first one last week! They start early.

....to have already checked out Spirit Halloween. The store was already open so my daughter and I had a blast checking everything out. We're so ready for the fall.

.....to think this bracelet from SheKnewSheCould.com is fabulous. My daughter is wearing it. The triangle represents a mountain which reminds us that we can do it, one step at a time. Never give up. I tell my daughter this often. I also tell her if all else fails, there's chocolate. You can get one here

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Sunday, August 18, 2019

We'll Keep Her Memory Alive

She was 98.

My son was hoping she'd make it to 100, but sadly, this didn't happen.

My Nana Jo passed away last week, after a long battle with dementia. I knew she was frustrated because she was independent. And even though she had dementia, she'd always smile when we'd enter the room. If the kids were at school, she'd always ask how they were doing. She knew us, even at the end.

There are many things I'll miss about Nana Jo.

I'll miss her love of books. We liked to discuss what we were reading. We both enjoyed Jodi Picoult.

I'll miss how she was feisty. She knew what she liked and didn't like, and wouldn't hesitate to tell you. She was upset when I got pregnant at 19, and rightfully so. But then years later she made sure to tell me how proud she was and that I was a wonderful mother.

I'll miss talking with her. Before dementia really caught up with her, she could be a fun conversationalist. She was an excellent bridge player, and she could play the piano wonderfully. I took lessons as a kid but never caught on. I liked knowing how things were back in the day. She would talk about living through the depression, which fascinated me.

I'll miss discussing what it was like being a military spouse, because she was one. She married my grandpa who I never met--he was in the Air Force and died in a plane crash. Then she married my Grandpa who I DID meet, and he also was in the Air Force. She knew what it was like to wait for the one you loved, though she liked to remind me that it was difficult in her day. She would tell me how it would be months before she knew if her husband was okay in World War 2 or Vietnam. Sometimes the letters she would get were almost completely blacked out.

I'll miss her. The world was a better place when she was in it. And I will keep her memory alive. I will see her whenever my kids smile and their dimples show. They got those from her. So did I. I'm lucky. I was think of her whenever I open a new book. When I hear someone playing the piano.

I am glad that I gave her this to fill out before dementia took over. Now I have something to look through.

If you'll excuse me, I have some reading to do. To remember.

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