Tuesday, July 21, 2009

What Cha Been Up to?

It seems like when I call someone or write to someone I have not seen in a while, I ask this question, "What cha been up to?" I truly am interested in the details of other's lives. There are those people who like to have a one sided conversation where it is all about them. Sometimes this can be annoying. However, I try to steer away from being self focused in my relationships as well as my conversations and to be reminded that it is a lot more fulfilling to find out what others have been up to rather than ramble about myself and my life.

However, today I am going to list a few things I have been up to. If you are reading this, would you please take time to share a few things with me that you have been up to? I do not intend to get real personal here. However, I want to just share a few things that go on in the day of a life of a mom of many. Here goes.

1.Mothering. Of course this is a given. In all things and on all days I mother. Lately, I am stepping up on the delegation process as we have two babies on the way and a couple of the younger children are going to be promoted in the "chore" department. In the next few weeks, my 8 and 9 year old sons will learn the art of loading and unloading the dishwasher.

We have also been doing a lot of snuggling lately as it is monsoon season here. We are having heavy storms with intense lightening, thundering, and winds. So I have been cuddling little ones when they become timid. What a joy to snuggle these sweeties!

2. Brainstorming.I had to start a brainstorming notebook. There are always so many ideas going through my head. Some I may follow through with and actually do at some point. Some may fly right out the window. But it helps to jot these things down so my head will not be so jumbled.

3.School stuff. We home school some of our children, so I am gathering books, workbooks, chapter books, and school supplies. Lesson plans are in the works.

4. Christmas shopping. Starting early is a must. So I have made a list and doing online research for best prices. Also, I have started buying some of the gifts.

5. Writing. I write on my blogs and also on a site called Stage of Life.

6.. Art. I have been sketching. The latest sketches are templates for Christmas card collages. Hopefully I will complete some of these and have cards made from them.

7. Reading. Reading is one of my favorite pass times. Right now I am reading a fiction novel that is set in a little remote villa in Italy. I feel like I am almost there as the story is so descriptive of the landscapes, the vineyards, the culture and food. Wow, what a dream come true it would be to visit Italy!

Well, I am going to stop here. The list could go on. But I just wrote a few things that popped in my head. As you can tell everything mentioned is being done indoors! It is too hot here to go outside.

So until next time I ask, "So, what cha been up to?"

Take Care!



Karen said...

Hi Ange,

So what have I been up to? Well, I am still visiting family so life is not quite in a normal routine but,

1. I have the 6 youngest with me so I am by myself with child care. My 13 year old is not quite up to handling things on her own.

2. Still have laundry to do, yep, it never goes away!

3. Blogging. I haven't blogged quite as much since being here, but I am trying to keep up with it a bit. I have also been spending today catching up on blogs that I like to read.

My mom went out to lunch with a couple of friends today and has been gone for several hours, so it gave me time to spend on the computer.

4. Cooking. It is almost dinner time so I have to think about what to cook and get it going. No vacation from cooking either. Oh well, at least we get to eat!

5.Keeping up with hubby and 4 kids at home. Yes they still need me when I am gone. I seem to be managing my household from long distance. Very Thankful for phones, texting, emails and facebook!

6. Planning my trip back home. I haven't had plans as to when I would return home, but tomorrow I will be gone for 2 weeks. Hubby is ready for me to come home and I think I am about ready too. I haven't got to spend much time with one of my sisters since I have been here, but it doesn't look like that is going to happen anyway, so I need to get home.

7. trying to spend as much time with my Mom as possible. I ussually only get to see her once a year and she is getting older and has some major health issues.

That's about it! Nothing too exciting, but at least I get to spend time with my Mom!

Blessings to You,

Ange said...

Thank you Karen! I really did not think anyone would take time to comment on this one!!
Yes, I am with you on the laundry. There is always some to do and it never goes away!

I really hope your time with your Mom has been special. I live 1900 miles from my parents and I miss them so much. Have not seen them in 11 months!

I appreciate your sharing your life with me! Sometimes I think we miss out when do not include the seemingly mundane things as part of our lives we can share with others! Somehow picturing you doing these things makes me feel I know you better! Many blessings for a safe trip home.

September said...

As far as the McCarthy Clan-
* Role Playing as Taxi Mom for Sarah as she takes Driver Ed...
*Beach, Sand, and lots of laundry
*Sorting thru paperwork- my least favorite job
*Walking 3 miles a dday trying to lose weight from each pregnancy.
*Soccer Camp for kids
*Painting dining room
Man- I cannot list any more,... It is taking too long, and it is sounding all about me!
Take Care Ange!