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Monday Blues?


A word that strikes fear into the hearts of many. I won’t lie—it is true for me as well from time to time. Perhaps you are familiar with the dread that starts to creep in on Sunday evenings?

I am trying to take a different spin on Mondays and instead of looking at it from the Mamas and The Papas viewpoint (Monday, Monday…can’t trust that day…), I am trying to view Mondays from a “Yay, it’s a new week, fresh start” perspective.


I do so enjoy the freedom of the weekends and hanging out with the fam, but I also enjoy the schedule and routine that the weekdays bring as well.

I had a great time this past weekend dress shopping with my Emma for a gown to wear to the Military Ball. She has been invited by a friend to be his date and she is excited to get all dressed up. I must say, she looked way too grown in some of the dresses she tried on! OY! This mama is not ready for all this grown up business!

I guess I better get used to it.

And yet, she was so silly as we were out shopping having such a blast on Saturday and then we spent most of yesterday afternoon watching an Anne of Green Gables movie marathon on the Inspiration channel. It seems as though she is at that weird place I remember being as a 13 and 14 year old girl—the in-betweens. In between childhood and womanhood. It can be very confusing, as I recall. Wanting to be grown up and still feeling a connection with your childlike self and needing your mama. I hope she never loses needing her mama part or the silly part. I do love it so.

At the same time, I admire the woman she is becoming. One of her teachers told me in an email this past fall that Emma “is a fine student and exhibits a high level of self-respect for a teenager. You should be proud.” He is right. And I could not be more proud of her.

I hope you all are having a wonderful Monday and taking it for what it is…a new day that is filled with blessings and is, like Anne Shirley (Anne of Green Gables) says, “always fresh, with no mistakes in it.”


Filed under Emma, Family, Parenting

Rainy Days and Mondays

No witty quote to insert here, just a little Karen Carpenter today. Yes, it is Monday and yes, it is rainy. And yes, my LCD is kicking up. Sing it. You know you want to. “Hanging arouuuuund…nothing to do but frooooown…Rainy days and Mondays always get meee doooown.”

I find my mental health suffers greatly on days like today. Mondays alone lend themselves to living life in slow motion, but throw a little rain and chilly temperature in there, and I am all but done for!


Add in there a little leaky ceiling, thanks to the leaky shower upstairs, as well as a non-functioning garage door during this morning’s downpour whilst trying to retrieve groceries from the back of the car and you’ve got yourself a great start to the week. Oh! And let’s not forget my vacationing PC. (Apparently the “new” motherboard they gave me a couple of weeks ago was a lemon. Nice, right? Buy the extended warranty, I’m just sayin. It pays for itself.)

Double Waaaaah!!

Moving on. Cause, where does the whining get ya?? Plus, y’all don’t want to hear anymore about that stuff anyway.

We had a busy weekend around here. Well, a busy Saturday is probably more accurate, I suppose, but it feels like we lived a whole weekend crammed into one day! Softball opening ceremonies, first game, band practice, the boys went fishin’ and to a friend’s cook out, also some shopping, Emma went to a friend’s house and finally, dinner in Charleston with out of town friends. That all happened on Saturday. Really awesome day, but it pretty much took all of Sunday to recover.

Saturday kicked off softball season for us. We love softball season around here. Emma is starting her third year.

SIDEBAR: I had another blog post all drafted and about ready to publish when my computer crashed. Oh, it was filled with all the wonderful nuggets of wisdom we have gained from the world of softball. Hopefully, you will get to read that post one day, but let’s just say for the record, that the biggest thing we have learned from softball is how to lose.

Yes, Emma has spent some time in these formative softball years learning that all-important–and humbling–lesson of how to hold your head up after you lose nearly every. single. game. Last year that is what happened; they lost EVERY game. Tough season, I tell ya.

Now, we all know the old adages about how winning isn’t everything and how it is just as important to know how to be a gracious loser as it is to be a gracious winner and all that jazz. So when this year’s practices started, Emma was very excited and we talked about focusing on teamwork and becoming the best ballplayer that she can. We also mentioned that we would like to win maybe just one little game. I don’t care who you are, it feels good to win the occasional softball game!

The girls have worked hard in their practices and Emma is learning to play first base this year, and doing great! Her BFF is on the team and we are liking the coaches a lot, as well. All those things together are making it a fun season so far, but…

Drum roll puh-lease!

I am happy to say that the Carolina Crushers WON their first game 7-3! Woohoo! I told Emma that now she can relax. The black cloud of “are we going to win any games this year” has lifted and now they can just play hard and have fun!

I would be lying if I said that mama wasn’t secretly hoping they win a lot more!!

Is that so wrong? 😉

*whispers Go Crushers*


Filed under Day to Day, Emma, Lessons