Monday, July 02, 2012

Going, Going, Gone.
Doing, Doing, Done.

I will go and do
Our family theme for this year was (is) I will Go & Do.  We also have a sub-theme of I Can Do Hard Things.

Since summer started, I have given extra effort into remembering the reasons why I chose this theme for our family and doing what it takes to stay joyful despite the many directions I am currently being pulled.

Today is just a small example:

8:07 Wake up to a phone call from the dentist asking if we were on our way to the 8:00 appointment. Oh crap! I thought the appointment was at 8:30, so I pulled Chloe out of bed, threw her in the car and sped to the office.

8:21 Arrive at dentist's office, wait a few minutes until we are ushered back where Chloe's teeth are numbed up for her extraction. She had to have two teeth pulled on the orthodontist's orders. Fun times.

8:37 The extraction itself lasted about 15 seconds--for both teeth! We received care instructions and were off for home within minutes.

8:42 Stopped at the recycling center to dump off about a month's worth of recycling (I am so bad at doing this on a regular basis). It wasn't open yet. I thought we could wait the 15 minutes, but Chloe was antsy to get home and lie down, and who could blame her?

8:50 Back at home. Helped Bria practice violin. Caught up on some emails regarding the benefit concert I am helping to organize for the end of the month.  Caught up on emails for voice lessons.  Maybe I looked at Facebook for a few minutes, too. Folded some laundry. Helped Sophia clean her room. Attended to Chloe who was freaking out about all of the blood her mouth was producing. Did some dishes. Ate breakfast.

10:45 Headed to rehearsal for the musical I'm currently in. I am having reservations about it, because I'm just a supernumerary (this is for the music festival, and leads are always played by professionals and young artists--locals get chorus and supernumerary roles) and I hardly have anything to do, yet my scenes are spread out enough that I feel like I am at rehearsal all day sometimes. I'm feeling like I'm neglecting other duties for this show, but I'm getting paid and our upcoming vacation needs the money, so I'm considering it a blessing, trying to learn as much as I can from the professionals I'm working with, and finding joy in the process.

12:50 Lunch break from rehearsal, and thankfully I didn't have to come back after lunch today.

1:00 Taught a voice lesson, while simultaneously directing my children in their chores. So unprofessional, I know.

2:00 Physical therapy for my heel. I've had to go three times a week for a while now, and today was my ninth visit.  I really, really, REALLY hate this therapy, though I do know it's helping with the pain a lot.  In fact, as I was walking out of the office today, a cute older gentleman who is subjected to the same awful therapy machine as I am, said, "Look how well you're walking now!"  And I am.  So it's good.  But it is 45 minutes of pure torture.  No pain, no gain, I guess.  And, also, I can do hard things.

3:03 Tried the recycling center again. This time it was just closing! Augh! I begged the guy closing the gates to please let me in, and thankfully, he did. Only because there were still a couple procrastinators in there dumping theirs off, though. At least I got that done!

Yes, I know I should really start remembering the fact that I have a nice camera.
3:30  Haircut appointments for all three girls.  Of course, the salon was running behind, so I caught up on all of my celebrity gossip while we waited.  The girls all have such exact ideas of what they want their hair to be--love how independent and strong they are.  And when it comes to hair, I don't really care too much as long as they don't get mohawks or dye it pink (even though I'm still sad about the loss of Sophia's curls when she wanted to chop it off).  Bria wants hers really super long, and was resentful of the hair appointment.  She even went so far as to say her life would be ruined if they cut off more than 1/2 inch.  So, they cut off 1/2 inch.  Sophia got bangs, and Chloe got an adorable bob and a lot of thinning.  They're adorable, don't you think?  And the stylist even curled Sophia's hair out of pity for the mom who misses her curls.

4:50  Dairy Queen!  None for me, but Chloe had been promised a huge Blizzard because of her teeth.  The other two got smaller treats.

5:15  Home for dinner, dishes, helping Joel with his own music festival obligations, more cleaning.  And blogging.  I'm blogging now, while simultaneously helping the kids and eating my dinner, which is different from everyone else's dinner on account of my gluten free lifestyle.

So now I've gone and done all the livelong day.  And Bria is calling me to help her with a puzzle.  And I really should clean some more.  And I need to read the book for book club.  And I need to figure out how to clean the dog without bathing her, since she is filthy and isn't allowed a bath since she was just spayed.  And, And, And.

There's always something.  Which is why I'm really working on my attitude.  Rather than feel the stress, I'm working on feeling the joy.

And I must say, it's making a difference.

I really can do hard things.

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Lara Neves
Lara Neves

Lara is mom to three daughters—two teens and a tween. She loves to share her parenting and homemaking triumphs and failures here at Overstuffed! She was diagnosed with Lyme disease in 2015 and has been fighting it ever since. When she isn't working on her mother of the year award, you can find her reading, singing, or taking photos.


  1. I'm tired reading all that. You are amazing. Good job having a good attitude as well :)

    Keep enjoying the summer, even though it is busy.

  2. Honey, I am exhausted just reading this. Maybe because I remember those days myself and wonder how I ever got through them. Prolly cause I was younger.

    PS - Happy Anniversary - isn't fun when you know you married the love of your life?

  3. How did your girls get so old? Wasn't Sophie like, a baby just barely?? This is totally blowing my mind. They are BEAUTIFUL, though. Just like their mama.