Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Just Mom


This week has been one of the busiest so far this year. Take two teenagers home sick with fever and horrible cold, a party you are planning for a four year old preschool class and an annual Halloween dinner for family with trick or treating on the 31st and you only have time for one job. I had no time to be a blogger, gardener or even turn on the computer. I had to buckle down and bring sick kids home and get games and food together for the preschool.

The party went well, as my four year old said, "That was the best Halloween party ever!" Not that she has been to that many in her life but I will take that compliment. As I was washing dishes thinking of those affected on the east coast I reminded myself of how we need to be thankful for the ordinary days of runny noses, Kleenex boxes, rice krispy treats and over excited four year olds on too much sugar. These are good times of wrapping my arms around my kids under my roof that is solid and fine and I will enjoy the fun of the week and dote on my sickies because I can.

Really nothing else matters right? So I took the last few days to focus on the family and the basics and it felt good to hunker down and do what moms do best. I will have to post some pictures of my SIL's Halloween party from last weekend. I have not had that much fun in years. It was 80s themed and I was a teen in the 80s and all the great music just was a blast. We danced for hours and are still paying for it but it was just the best. I think I smiled and laughed all night just hearing great songs that took me back. That or I really needed  a night off to let loose. It was awesome. She did a great job.

So the bowl is ready full of candy, I will be cleaning and cooking for our guests that will arrive tomorrow night around five and be prayerful for those that are suffering because of that giant storm. Are still suffering for that matter. I will keep you in my prayers and on my mind. Just amazing how life can change in one day like that. Take care my friends.

18 comments:

Cindy said...

It made me smile to hear about the fun you had at the party. So glad the one for your daughter went well too. We are so lucky to be able to be Mom's to our kids and give them just what they need. Hope everybody is well soon!

Sam I Am...... said...

I'm glad you got out and had some fun...you've been really working harder than usual lately with all the illness....your own included. Take care and I agree whole heartedly with your sentiments! Happy Halloween!

20 North Ora said...

Glad you had a good time at the party. We were just talking about how busy we are and how fast the weeks go by. I really thought things would slow down at this stage of our life, but it hasn't. Time flies when you
're having fun. I guess it really is true.

Enjoy Halloween!

Judy

Zinnia said...

Sick children and many things at once. Great to read that the party was fun. Bless you! Zinnia

Melanie said...

Hi Elaine ~ so sorry that you have sick kiddos at home. Sounds a little crazy with all that's going on at the same time. But glad you had a great time at your SIL's Halloween party - can't wait to see pictures!

NanaDiana said...

Elaine- I certainly remember the days of sick kids at home. Now I occasionally have a sick grandchild for a day or two-when Mom & Dad are working. It is hard to get anything done, isn't it?

I am glad that your party was "the best party ever". You are doing a good job, Mom- xo Diana

Chenille Cottage said...

I appreciate your thoughtful post, Elaine. You have your priorities right. Your girls are sick in bed and you have lots and lots to do before tomorrow night...Yet, you know you are extremely blessed. Back in the 1980s as a single Momma of two little boys when times were painfully difficult God seemed to continually remind me that there are always those who hurt more, have less, and are all alone. We have so much to be thankful for!

I appreciate and value your gracious perspective, my sweet friend.
Blessings,
Carolynn xo

Angela said...

After seeing the devastation from Hurricane Sandy all day on the news, it helps us get a 'right' perspective real quickly. I'm glad to be in our warm home, all of us safe & sound. Blessings~

pembrokeshire lass said...

I'm so glad that you had such a good time! It seems to take years off just to laugh and be light hearted...there seems to be so much to worry about these days, doesn't there...? As you said the problems on the east coast put everything into perspective. A houseful of the sick isn't good. Keep yourself safe! Joan

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Sounds like the 80's party was total fun. Take care of the girls and enjoy, it won't be long and they will all be grown and out the door. A week of just family is perfect. Hugs, Marty

lulumusing said...

Sounds like you've been busy doing your mom thing, but that's what we are meant to do as long as kids are around. I'm glad there was time for fun to be mixed in with taking care of sick kiddos.

Carol said...

I think "Mom" is the best role we can have as women. At least for me, it has always been the most fulfilling. I hope everyone in your home is starting to feel well again.

Happy Halloween!
Carol

Patty@Lemon Lane Cottage said...

Can't wait to hear all the stories. I hope everyone is feeling better and that I will see you on Friday. Patty

Cozy Little House said...

You just needed to get out and cut loose, Elaine. Though I know you are like me, love to be home best of all.
Brenda

Our Country Bungalow said...

I'm tired from just reading about your week!
Hope you're all feeling good and enjoying your All Hallows Eve.
~cathy

Leslie @ Farm Fresh Fun said...

Wishing you all well and ready to enjoy a fun night. Yes, it is truly a blessing to be able to hunker down in a warm home. We had that bug here while also tending critters through the storm. Now we're praying for those who have no homes.
On a happier note I'm jealous of BOTH your parties! I'm an 80's girl too and was intending to host a Halloween party but, like you, life got in the way. ;-) You're a great mom. Thanks for sharing!
hugs,
Leslie

❁Velma ~Down Our Country Road❁ said...

I'm glad that you were able to let your hair down and have a blast at the party before you were hit with all the mayhem this week.
I think that we all need to be reminded from time to time, to be thankful for the ordinary, every day things that happen in our lives as there's alway someone, somewhere, who longs to have a day (or two) of ordinary, every day happenings. :)

Ricki Jill Treleaven said...

It was a horrendous week for us, too, Elaine. Trying to recover from it today! :/

Plus the election is killing me....I don't think my heart can take it!

xo,
RJ

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