Saturday, October 27

The New Normal

So, I'm realizing things aren't going to go back to normal like I knew it when I was a SAHM. Okay, I'm not a complete idiot, I knew things would be different now that I'm working, but I didn't think that things would change this much. Never realizing I ran errands almost everyday, now they're stockpiled for one day a week. Tuesdays don't feel like a day off--LOL. But Sundays do--Sunday's are still "Family Days" : )

The New Normal means I don't get to read everyday. The American Girl Fundraiser was a success, and I figured the evenings would be mine again. Wrong, three of the five nights this week were filled with something... Tuesday--a conference call for work, Wednesday--making Junior's costume for the All Saints Day Pageant (which was yesterday and absolutely adorable, I'll get to that later :) and Friday--making poster for Trunk or Treat.

The All Saints Day Pageant was Friday. Twenty one 1st Graders parade into the gym and up on stage singing "Oh When The Saints Come Marching In..." They were adorable. Each one got up in front of the entire student body, faculty and parents and quoted three sentences about their "Saint" that they had memorized, pretty impressive for 6 year olds. Of course, the grandparents thought Junior was the BEST, of course, they're not prejudice or anything :) He did do a great job, he speaks incredibly well for his age. We still get teachers and other parents telling us this on a regular basis. One of the parents asked if we taught him the inflections and to slightly pause between sentences. Nope, that's our Barrymore, the school really needs a Drama Club. Actually, the only thing we told him was to speak slowly and clearly, the rest seems to come naturally.

Trunk or Treat is supposed to be today in the school's big parking lot, since we're getting torrential rain, it's been moved to tomorrow, in the back parking lot (Sunday Bingo you know). Last year our "Trunk" theme was a haunted picnic. This year's theme is "The Most Sincere Pumpkin Patch" from It's the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown. Junior and I made a big poster for our trunk with lots of pumpkins, Linus, Sally a sign and a glittery moon and stars. It looks cute. We'll bring real pumpkins and I think I'll make a "Most Sincere Pumpkin Patch sign too. Keep in mind the "Trunk or Treat" doesn't have this theme, just us. Mama's a little OCD and likes a theme.

This week I only have one meeting and it's Tuesday night, I should be able to find some reading time and finally get to finish Madeline Hunter's Lessons of Desire. Which I'm not "loving" but will finish.

That's all the news from our little neck of the woods. Hope all are well.

10 comments:

Rosie said...

Our church used to have parking lot trick or treating. We'd have a little service and a sort of potluck dinner and then go out to the decorated cars. There were costume contests, pumpkin patches (for best carved pumpkin)...all sorts of stuff. You brought back lots of happy memories.

Jenster said...

Busy, busy!! Do we get to see pictures of Junior in his All Saints Day costume? And what Saint did he choose?

I still have Madeline Hunter's last book to read as well as the new one. *sigh* I feel as though it's all a lost cause.

Dev said...

I'm glad to hear the fundraiser was a success. I knew it would be.

I've got MH's By series in my tbr pile. Maybe I'll get to them one of these years.....

vanessa jaye said...

Tara, I won't bother listing my own suddenly crazy schedule for the past couple of weeks, but I'm totally with you! I've managed to check in here and there on a couple of blogs, but my tired brain can barely rub 2 cells together to leave a comment much less write a post on my own blog. :-P

At least you're getting a lot of satisfaction from what you're doing, even if it's leaving you very little leisure.

ReneeW said...

Our church did that trunk or treat thing last year and it was a lot of fun. You are a busy girl. I always used to say that a working mom is the hardest job in the world. Plus all that volunteering at church and school. It's a wonder if you have any time to read.

Melissa said...

Trunk-or-Treat was a big hit over here with my church. Tons of kids and way too much candy. I coulnd't wait to get home, help the kids get to bed and snuggle up to my latest read, Coinage of Commitment.

vanessa jaye said...

Hey, girl, I know you're busy, but it's been two weeks (I think) since you've posted anything. Just pop in a moment so we know you're okay. :)

Jenster said...

Yeah. What Vanessa said!

Anonymous said...

it been 2 weeks? and now christmas coming , so it will be busier than ever I suppose. have a great weekend everyone , now back to sookie land .

Anonymous said...

well it time for christmas stuff now, bring on the music! this year for christmas tree is some nice. gold decoration the same as last year but the stuff got that red tint to it to go with the pointsetta theme . and my favorite new modern twist ina tree is the glossy black fir tree decorated in just gold ornaments and ribbon, so gorgous . trivia there were black fir trees or was it pines tree? grew in the black forest in germany. sadly it seem they are extinct, dna , cloning ? et tu sciencist? hint hint