Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Holiday Weekend Recap.....

Lessons I learned while being a single parent this weekend.......

1) Teenagers will get over not being able to attend the concert they want to go to if you allow them to attend the high school soccer game, have some friends come over to"hang out" for awhile, buy her two new pairs of shoes, some "Bath & Body Works" bubblebath, take her out for Mexican food and a chocolate covered apple from Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory. Oh, and let her color part of her hair purple.

2) When walking the dog be sure you plant your foot directly onto the pavement and do not allow it to slide off the sidewalk resulting in a badly sprained ankle. If you do find yourself lying on the neighbor's lawn with a sprained ankle try not to scare your 6 year old by crying out in pain.

3) Never bring a "Buzz Lightyear" doll into a restaurant when dining out with a teenage girl. It is totally embarrassing!

4) My 6 yr. old gives great ankle massages!

5) It seems that my 11 yr. old daughter is the only girl on her soccer team (and perhaps in the whole soccer club) that doesn't have her own cell phone. This resulted in her commandeering her Dad's cell phone all weekend and sending some crazy messages home to mom.

6) Stairs are not good for sprained ankles!

7) According to my 6 yr. old, his sister is a Drama Queen; and according to my daughter, her brother is annoying. It never fails that the ones who are most alike have the most trouble getting along with each other? If you ask me they are both Drama Royalty and both have their moments of being annoying! I have no idea where they get that!

8) Never expect to arrive anywhere on time when dealing with a teenage girl. And on top of making you late she will make it seem like it is your fault!

9) There is something so relaxing about good music. I rediscovered my Martina McBride "Timeless" CD and played it all weekend! Life slows down when Martina sings!

9) Remember, no matter what Buzz Lightyear says, this is not "an intergalactic emergency!"

10) As soon as the swelling goes down in my ankle I am having a garage sale. There is way too much junk in my house!

Last but not least I learned that absence really does make the heart grow fonder. As much as I enjoyed some down time I also missed the rest of my brood.

I think they missed me too....
My girls haven't stopped telling me all about their time away. They can't decide which is worse, the fact the team lost 3 out of 4 games or that Dad's snoring made it impossible to sleep at night. Even my grown up 17 yr. old son gave me a big bear hug when they returned. And best of all I got some much needed sympathy over my ankle!

As the holiday draws to a close I have to say I couldn't have asked for a better Labor Day Weekend!


Joyful said...

Oh Kelley, life is never dull at your house! Sorry to hear about your accident. Hope your ankle heals quickly and that you're not in too much pain or discomfort.

Glad you're still smiling,
Love & hugs,

Runner Mom said...

Bless your heart! I am so sorry about your ankle! Ice and tylenol! Glad that your family got back safely and that you survived the weekend! Hope that today is a great one! Many blessings!

Love ya,

Kristen said...

((((Kelley)))) Hugs to you... hope your ankle feels better soon.

Your weekend re-cap tickled me and is so precious. Life is good isn't it! God is good!

On Purpose said...

Sorry to hear about your ankle. Just keep it up and let that "massage therapist" do his magic!

Nicole said...

So sorry to hear about your ankle. Lots of ice and rest should help.


linda said...

I'm lovin' #8...boy could I relate to that one!

Glad your family was happy to see you when they returned...especially, your 17 year old!!

I talked to my daughter last night who is away at college. She said she had a hard week last week...SHE MISSED HER MOM AND DAD!!! Who knew!

Paula (SweetPea) said...

Thanks for the smiles today. I loved your warnings to us on the lessons you learned.

Hope your ankle feels better soon. Maybe you can get a clean house, laundry done, and a cooked meal out of sympathy for your ankle?


Laurie Ann said...

Never a dull moment, huh? Bless your heart! I snorted at the "intergalatic emergency" one. LOL!!!!

Kim@Seasons of My Heart said...

WOW...that's all I can say!!! I'm tired just reading your post. lol

Glad you survived the weekend.

I have a little something for you..stop by.

Luanne said...

Gee as I was reading the first part of your blog I was wishing you were my mom. I love those candy apples!

Hope your sprained ankle is better soon.


Christy said...


I found your blog from Kim at Seasons Of My Heart. This is my first time visiting and I love your blog design. I also really enjoyed your list. I too, have a teenage daughter so I could relate to some of the things you were saying. I've learned during these years that no matter what, it is always my fault:) My youngest son had a Buzz Lightyear and he took it everywhere, along with Woody. His would say, "To infinity and beyond!" It was nice to visit and I'll be back!

Jamie @ Purposeful Pursuit said...

Glad you made it through the weekend...and learned a few things in the process. Sorry to hear about your ankle, hope it gets better quickly.

Lelia Chealey said...
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Lelia Chealey said...

Seriously??? I should have taken you to Family Camp with us!! If you ever get left alone again, I'm on my way. :)
Rest dear friend. Oh, and "milk it" for all its worth. With 6 other family members living in your home, you could be getting 24/7 pampering if you schedule it just right! ;)They won't catch on for weeks...
Love ya,

Jami @ livelaughlove5 said...

sounds like a fun!! is Martina's song, "anyway" on that cd? i love it - always makes me think of our adoption journey. especially the line with "dream it anyway"

have a good week!

Christy said...


Just wanted to tell you that I've added you to my blog list. I've just spent some time reading through your older posts this evening. You have some very funny stories! I love coming across blogs that make me laugh:) I guess because I can relate with a lot of what you are saying. I still can't believe you have 7 kids. I think it's wonderful!!!

Anonymous said...

You are too funny! I'm sorry to hear about your ankle and hope it's on the mend.

luvmy4sons said...

Your ankle...my neck...your house is too much like mine. We spend far too much time with "events". I am glad I survived mine. I hope your ankles gets better. LIfe is precious!

Christina said...

Sorry to hear about your ankle but had to laugh at the things you learned about teenagers this weekend. So true, I can vouch for that.

Kathy S. said...

Was "down time" meant to be a pun?
Your writing is so humorous, you make hard things seem like they were fun for you. I will be praying for that gift!

Thanks for sharing your humor!
Love your photos of your family too!