Monday, August 31, 2009

Merry Christmas! Happy New Year! It's my Bday!

Today was Christmas morning, New Years Eve, my birthday and the 4th of July for me.
All THREE of my boys were in school today.
Johnny started today, and my two older ones started last week.
It was sheer bliss.
The house was quiet.
I did my grocery shopping without having to say one "No" or "Leave your brother ALONE!"
No one asked me for sugary cereal, which I ALWAYS say "no" to.
No one yelled "SHOT GUN" immediately after exiting the store.
NO ONE loaded my car up for me but... ME...
No one emptied the car for me... but ME...
So I do miss them for that.
I am the WORST mother in the world...
I believe I lost 50 gray hairs today, and they were replaced with shiny black ones...
just from the sheer bliss of QUIET!!!
My kids go to school about 10 miles from home, and we take the freeway, and all that junk...
and after school, my two older boys have after school football practice, and I don't like to go back and forth making 4 trips a day to school, so Johnny and I had a little
"Back to school" celebratory sundae at Chili's near his school. Actually, he had the sundae, while I drank Iced Tea...still sticking like glue to my new way of eating... and loving it...
Johnny started his homework, {which he was soooooo excited to have... weirdo}
and we still had an hour to kill after the sundae, so instead of taking up a table our server could turn, I decided to head on over to the Redlands Bowl down the street. I LOVE IT THERE.
We sat under a shade tree, and Johnny finished his homework, and I listened contently to
a lone saxophone player practicing on stage.
It was fabulous.
He was really great.
After each song, Johnny and I enthusiatically clapped for him.
I felt badly that I didn't have any spare change or paper money on me to give a homeless
man that wandered by and asked for help.
Next time we go, I'll have a sandwich ready and some cash.
He decided to have a seat on a park bench nearby and talk with me a little.
So there we were, my 10 year old, me and a little homeless man, listening to a
lone sax player in the park.
I felt like I should have been writing poetry or something.
So we headed to the High School, to pick up Alex, he was done at 5. When we got home, all the soccer practices and games had been cancelled due to the poor air quality, because of all the fires around us. I didn't smell anything today, but last night was strong.
At 7, I had to head out, back to the High School to pick up my oldest from Football, and we saw the MOST spectacular sunset I have seen in a long time.
I hate fires... but they sure do make for a lovely sunset. The sun looked beet red, and there were deep purples and oranges, and salmon colors all over.
Gorgeous... but sad... that a tragedy was the reason for the loveliness.
I forgot my camera... it would have been a great one to catch.
It was a good day. Quiet, and serene.
When do they get out of school again???


  1.!! Missed you Saundra...arrived home last night, soooo tired and weary, but kinda back... xoxoxo

  2. Such a beautiful birthday!!! Glad it was a great one.

  3. Happy Birthday! It sounds like it was wonderful!

  4. Happy Birthday.....Love your blog....
    Hope you will stop by and visit my new Christmas blog that I launched this week. The button on my regular blog will take you right to it....
    Have a great week

  5. Sounds like a great day. Alone time and quality time with your son on the same day! Wish I could have seen that sunset.

  6. Happy birthday!!!!!
    Sorry to hear about the fires-that is something we never have in Michigan-I think I would be a nervous wreck knowing fires were all around me...

  7. Hi. I was reading about your reasons for putting your children in private school, (which I agree with) and I was disturbed to see a comment about "alternative lifestyles" not being something you want your children to be taught about. Why? Isn't it better that your children learn the facts about different ways to live rather than myths? What if one of your children lives an "alternative lifestyle"? Teaching respect for others benefits everyone.

  8. Ahhhh, the blissful sounds of relaxation!! I would've loved to be parked under a shade tree, listening to a lone saxophone player.

    The sunsets have been gorgeous which is bittersweet.

  9. Sounds like a wonderful day to me. I'm enjoying this new found silence. My baby started kindergarten last week and now all three of mine are in school too. Blissful


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