Monthly Archives: October 2009

Last night was full of pizza, pumpkin carvings and candy/caramel apples, yum..

bummer, can’t seem to upload pics today.. will have to try again tomorrow. 


Last night, things suddenly changed and it felt good.  Somehow, I ended up with about 2-3 hours of free time.. first, Angel took a nap, Ethan got picked up, and Anna decided to play in her room.. I just sat here in quiet.  Not having to get up and do anything for anyone.  Of course that was short lived but then after Anna went to bed, Angel declared that he had to work.  Which left me to do whatever I wanted for 2.5 hours before I crawled into bed.  I have to say, it was awesome to do my own thing and not be interrupted.  (although I did volunteer to heat up apple crisp and hot cocoa for us… yum). 

I was also up over an hour before Anna woke up.. so a peaceful morning as well. 

Today we will probably do 1/2 day school.. Ethan isn’t coming today, and I have a huge pile of papers to go through.  We also need to tweak Anna’s costume, carve the pumpkin, and I really must cut Angel’s hair.  I also need to do school prep for next week and get all laundry washed, dried and put away.  Anna must clean her room this weekend.. time for her to be responsible in that area. 

Amazing how much a few hours of relaxation can get you feeling refreshed and ready to start the day. 

My mom asked a question regarding help from my hubby..

First let me say, Angel is wonderful with cooking and laundry.  He will take the laundry downstairs before he starts work and at the end of the day bring it up.  I am the one to fold and put them away.  Angel also cooks a good 3 or more times a week.  However, he isn’t up here during the day when Anna does school, unless he is sharing something or making lunch.  Sometimes he will sit with Anna and have lunch. 

That being said he definitely sleeps more than I do.. most of the time.  I get maybe 6 hours daily.. he sleeps til about 8 most days.  However, he doesn’t always go to bed with me.. His sleep is not consistent.. Last week he was up til 4am and then another day he worked til about 5am.  So he tends to make up for it with naps.. especially on the weekend.  Basically, he gets his alone time.. in the middle of the night..

He always asks me to stay up with him.. and tells me to relax on Saturdays, sleep in, don’t worry about the house.. just rest.. However, as most of the ladies know.. we just can’t always do it..  I don’t like Anna being up alone for long periods of time.. and I can’t handle when things get totally out of order.. I can try to leave it alone but eventually end up cleaning up something.. especially the never ending dishes! 

While I type this Anna is doing Social Studies and Ethan is on his way!  Oops.. time to get back to work! 

I just realized this morning that my day no longer belongs to me.. nor does any part of it.  This is a rundown of my weekdays..

6:30 am – wake and try to do bible study.. anna has been waking up at this time too, so I am also getting her milk and listening to her talk to me.
7 – Breakfast, loading everything on spark, trying to go thru email while getting up after every 5 to do a spot in the main rooms
8 – working on getting anna moving, getting her morning chores started, getting dressed, dealing with bedroom and laundry, prepping school for the day
9 – 12 – Working on Bible, and all Language Arts curriculum (reading, comprehension, spelling, vocab, writing, grammar), during this time I have to be here in her presence, reading, explaining, grading, and prepping folder for the next day.
12 – Making Lunch, cleaning up lunch, writing everything into spark again, doing whatever I didn’t get to finish in the morning..
1 – Math, Science, Social Studies, Handwriting, Extra, Keyboarding (while anna does Math, handwriting and Keyboarding, I am getting reading for Ethan (or try), I must sweep, make juice, possibly continue to deal with laundry, as well as set up science activities, and prep for next days lessons)
3 – Welcome Ethan, keep him busy.. clear out all school stuff, fold laundry (I fail at finishing this every time), prep dinner
6 – eat dinner, at this point angel likes to watch something, I try while also listening to ethan, doing a puzzle with him or setting out toys, or coloring or whatever
8:30  – get ethan ready for mommy, then try to do something with anna before she gets ready for bed
9:00 – daddy reads to anna, and I have a few minutes to do dinner dishes and clean up any messes if I can
9:30 – angel either wants to play asda or we watch an asian show, most recently we have been watching “we got married”.  very funny. 
11:30 – 12:00 – crawl into bed while dwelling  on all the things I didn’t do yet and all the things I have to do again tomorrow. 

Now this list doesn’t include the panic Mondays when Anna needs to be dressed and out the door for ballet right after Ethan’s arrival and I get to play with Ethan all by my self.. Or thursdays when she goes to ballet and tap again and I can either go with them and shop or stay home with ethan..

Then on the weekends I spend either running errands, printing and prepping an entire week of school and listening to Anna tell me how life isn’t fair because I don’t really do anything ‘fun’ with her..

Oh and last weekend I had Ethan overnight from Saturday morning til Sunday afternoon.. So school planning was shoved to the back burner..

Oh to just sleep in and spend the day reading a good book (I have 3 waiting for me to finish them!) 

BTW.. I love having Ethan!  I love that I get to spend so much time with him.  I treasure being home with Anna..
Just once in a while.. I feel the need to have a child-free and possible spouse-free, hour (maybe 2)  to myself. 
No wonder I stew with envy when Angel takes a 3 hour nap in the middle of the day!! 

So if you wonder, why I don’t call anymore, or spend time chatting much, or write long emails..  Just read this blog and maybe you will understand.  You can try to call but expect me to be totally distracted with the sounds of  “Memaw, I want a drink.  Memaw, I see a spider, Mommy, can I have this?  Mommy, I don’t understand this.  Mommy, how do you spell bought?  Linda, are you starting dinner yet?” 

I know about 12 years from now I am not gonna know what to do with msyelf. 

Made apple crisp last night.. it was soo good!

Apple Crisp (from

6 Granny Smith apples
2 tsp cinnamon
1/3 cup sugar
1/4 cup flour

3/4 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 cup quick cook oats
1 cup dark brown sugar
1 T granulated sugar
1 tsp ground cinnamon
8 T cold unsalted butter
vanilla ice cream

large bowl
apple corer or knife
2-quart baking dish
pastry blender or fork

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. In a large bowl, toss 6 peeled, cored and sliced Granny Smith apples with cinnamon and sugar. Add the flour. Make sure all the apples are well coated.
  3. Pour coated apples in a buttered 2-quart baking dish. Set it aside while you make the crisp topping.
  4. For the topping, use your fingers to mix together flour, quick cook oats, dark brown sugar, sugar, and cinnamon in a bowl.
  5. When your ingredients are mixed together, take a pastry blender and blend in the cold, unsalted butter (cut into pieces), to make a crumbly mixture. If you don’t have a pastry blender, you can use a fork. Don’t use your hands, since you want the butter to stay cold.
  6. Sprinkle the topping over the apples.
  7. Bake for 35-40 minutes at 350 degrees, until apples are tender and the topping is browned.
  8. Take it out of the oven.
  9. Serve warm with ice cream.

It’s been a really busy week.. and we are going into another busy week.  I feel the need to not school today and just catch up.  But then I fear we will fall behind with school.  We had a busy boy this weekend.  He is such a cutie!  He loves to make meemaw work too.. So I am totally exhausted.  lol.  I am so thankful Anna has no ballet this week.. They are on a fall break.. yay!  Oh and I should mention, Anna cut her hair.. again!!  It wasn’t drastic but I kept seeing something odd when I looked at her.. tiny bits of hair standing on end in the back of her head.  Come to find out she was trying to take out a pony tail and the little plastic piece was stuck.. so she decided to cut it.. seriously!


Seriously!  How do you hide that??

I love to hear my husband laugh.  It makes me smile. 

Karen Hellier

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