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September 14, 2009

According to Abbey–The First Day of School

Filed under: According to Abbey,School — my3daughters @ 12:28 pm

The first day of school.  The day almost every kid looks forward toward.

To me, the first day of school really starts the day before when everyone starts running around making sure they have all their school supplies, going through their closet thousands of times picking out the perfect outfit and deciding on the perfect hairstyle hoping to make the best impression.

Then comes the actual day and everyone is buzzing with excitement.  For me, the first day of school is a lot of fun.  Catching up with friends, obsessing over how cute everyone’s outfits look, finding out who is in what class, finding out who the new kids are, and scoping out the cute boys (I’m kidding, mostly :-D).  It’s all part of the first day of school. 

It’s also the day that everyone makes the same promise to themselves. The unkeepable promises of “This year is going to be different” and “No more drama this year”.   But by the time second quarter comes around, those promises are long forgotten.

I don’t really think that the first day of school ends until the second week of school.  That’s when you actually start some work. The first week is just teachers talking and talking and talking about stuff that everyone already knows and have heard about every year since like third grade.

Everyone thinks that the first day is so much more, but when it comes down to it that’s really all it is, yet everyone, including me, finds it so much fun.

Wonder why?

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September 2, 2009

My Shiny Sink

Filed under: Baby Steps — my3daughters @ 2:48 am

A few days ago, I told the girls to clean up their room.  They thought they did.  I thought they didn’t.  I couldn’t figure out how two intellegent girls just shy of 13 and 11 could not get the concept of cleaning their room. 

Today it hit me–just like everything else in life, this is something that needs to be learned.  I had never really taught them this skill.  I had taught my oldest daughter, now 18, but then the divorce happened and life as we knew it fell apart.

More than three years have passed since the divorce was final and I moved out of the house.  I’ve been doing just what needs to be done to maintain, both myself and my home.  It’s time for a change. 

Today I went to www.flylady.net.  I took the first Baby Step and now I have a Shiny Sink.  I have a cluttered counter but a Shiny Sink.  Tomorrow I will take another Baby Step.  Each Baby Step gets me closer to my goal of turning my apartment into a haven for my family, a safe place for us to live and grow.

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