Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Musings on a Mess

I was just thinking today about living in the moment. How can you really be an effective mom and be in the moment? Seems to me that when I try, it’s 2pm and no one has fixed lunch and it’s almost too late for naps…I can’t seem to be fully present and take care of the prep work to keep things moving smoothly. Tonight, at my house, the legos go from here to there, the stacks of recycling boxes are blocking doorways (built by walle), the bubble wrap has booby trapped the dining room, thousands of pygmy army troops are practicing maneuvers on every surface, and the progressive dinner fixed in the play kitchen has progressed upstairs and down. I feel like the chaos is out of control and I’m just grateful we made it through another day, albeit, ungracefully for me. I want more memories of laughter, not yelling, ...I think I will take notes from this mom and try to do better tomorrow.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Wherein Athomia introduces her life.

I had a farm in Africa...only it wasn't a farm, it was a house.

And, it wasn't Africa, it was Texas.

I have one husband, three children, and a house in the woods in Texas.

It is a little known fact (or was to me) that you are issued hats, boots, and a drawl when you relocate to Texas.

I also found out, California names just don't work here.

So, for literary purposes, we are now:
The Italian (one husband),
Athomia (me),
Bubba, Stump, and Samantha Jeanpocket (three children).

Samantha (pictured above) is the only Texas native.

We traveled here two years ago from Southern California by train.

The Italian, Four-months-pregnant me, and Bubba and Stump (then 4 and 2 years old).
And, yes, I did bring my crystal and Limoge, too.

Welcome to my Life With A View Out Of Texas.