Monday, May 10, 2010


Today is the first day that I don't have anything to do!! My house is cleaned, except laundry, but that doesn't count since I'll ALWAYS have laundry.

My options are endless. The world is mine. Time is not a factor, well, except I have to pick up the big girls at 3 :)

So what have I been doing for the last hour....studying.


Yep, studying.

They posted our Summer I unit guides and I want to get an edge up on the material so I figured I'd have it all read by the time school starts. I don't want to be reading nursing is just what my body knows...muscle memory is what Andy would say. Have a free moment, read nursing books...

Then it dawned on me that I am reading, studying on my very first free day since nursing school started. While my grades would appreciate it, I want a day, a break! So I am closing the the Textbook of Medical-Surgical Nursing. The Management of Patients With HIV Infection and AIDS will have to wait. I am taking the rest of the day! Getting out of my pajamas, or maybe I won't, and doing something just because it is what I feel like....

Lets see what the day brings.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Time has flown by in the O'Neal house. I can't believe it has been almost 1 year to the day since I've been on here. My 1st year in nursing school is over, YAY! I have to go this summer, this fall, and next spring and then I will be ready to sit for my RN licence test! School is wrapping up for the girls and I am so glad that I ended early enough so that I can make it to all the girls end of year stuff.

2010 so far in the O'Neal house:
Madison is in 1st grade and is ready for summer break. She is doing an amazing job in school. At the teacher conference the only thing her teacher could say that she might need to work on is her perfection in hand that I mean she writes so neat and precise that it has taken her a few extra minutes to finish some of her work because she wants her handwriting perfect. She loves to read! By March she had met all of her reading goals for the year. Madison is staying busy with soccer, gymnastics, and loves riding her bike.

Jordan is a DIVA! Diva in that she is into fashion and friends, not that she wants to be the center of attention. She is doing good in Kindergarten and is actually raising her hand and talking in class with all the kids looking at her. That is a big accomplishment for her :) Jordan does great on her school work and her reading skills, but is a little more focused on the socialization of school then the academics of it. When Madison comes home and says what she learned in Science, Jordan tells me who said what at recess and if her and her BFF got along that day. Her favorite past times are playing and gymnastics.

Peyton is keeping us on our toes! She started a daycare this year (TWO different ones), but easily convinced her Daddy she should stay with him. With Andy working nights there were only a few days that she needed to stay somewhere, so Natalie and Donna helped us out. I've had her on the waiting list at an awesome preschool since Aug. and I just found out they will have a spot for her for the next school year so I guess we'll deal with that when it gets here. Peyton tries to run the show! She is very sweet, caring, and compassionate....unless she isn't getting her way...she is 3 ;)

I am going to try and be better about this whole blogging thing.... Not that I am going to make a daily or even a monthly commitment, but I'll promise it won't be another year :)

Friday, May 8, 2009

Hello Summer Break

Summer break has begun...for me at least. Jordan and Peyton still have two more weeks of school and Madison still has until June 3rd. This semester was hard and I am looking forward to this break. I applied to nursing school and now just waiting to hear back. I could take some classes this summer towards my bachelors degree, but I figured this is my last summer just being a Mommy so I am taking it. Next summer I will have to take classes and then hopefully graduating the next May so I will get a job outside of the house. Peyton is only 2, Jordan 4, and Madison 6 so in no way are my Mommy responsibilities even close to being done, thank God, but having three girls-54 birthday parties, 39 school clothes shopping excursions, 3 cars, 3 colleges, 3 weddings, ect..., starting an extra cash flow coming in pretty soon is essential.

I have been full time Mommy for almost 7 years now and have enjoyed every minute of it, well almost :) I thank God every day for being able to stay home and take care of my girls. With the way Andy's schedule has been for the last 8 years I don't know how we would have survived if I had to work full time days and him full time evenings and then some. I know that we are blessed and we are all very thankful for it. We (hopefully) have some big changes in store for us starting in August and we are preparing for them. I will hopefully be starting nursing school, Madison will start 1st grade, Jordan in Kindergarten, and Peyton will stay 3 days at Noah's Ark Preschool and 2 days with Daddy.

Starting June 4th thru August 25th we are going to enjoy our family life as we know it to the fullest. I have several things planned for the girls and I while Daddy is working and another whole set of stuff for when he is off. And very much looking forward to vacationing in Myrtle Beach in July. So bring on Summer time....we are ready!

Friday, March 20, 2009

It Won't Be Like This for Long

Yesterday I dropped the little girls off at preschool and Peyton just walked into her classroom by herself and I thought, "Wow, she didn't even cling." Then she turned around and said "Mommy" and I thought here it comes. But it didn't, all she wanted was another "tiss and hud" goodbye. It was easier to let her go without her, "No Mommy"'s. So I thought... I got back in the car and was headed to school, when the song by Darius Rucker came on, "It Wont Be Like This for Long" Next thing I realize, I am driving down Lake Shore crying like a baby because she didn't cling.
Peyton is going into her class by herself, Jordan is my little helper, and Madison is offering to make dinner. Life is just going by way to fast. I just want to slam on the breaks....I can't find the breaks!!
If you haven't herd that song, listen to it. It perfectly describes the bitter sweet heart break of parenting.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Old Men

Is it the goal of every old man to see how many people they can be rude to and belittle?

Since the death of my grandfather in 2005 I have not dealt with many old men. He was the nicest man I'd ever met, but even he seemed to get a little snippy his last few years, and cancer took him early at age 65. Before that, when I worked at the pharmacy, my day was ruined several times because some old man was unhappy about something and decided to unleash all his rudeness on me.

Now, I have this Chemistry professor, who I can not seem to get along with. He is a mean, grouchy, bitter old man. Probably the better side of 70 and really should retire and put us all out of our misery. My first taste of dislike for him was his anti-cell phone speech. Basically, he said all of the world's problems are because of cell phones. And that if he sees or hears a cell phone you will be asked to leave and be counted absent no matter the excuse. I totally understand that that is his policy and he has the right to make that, BUT I have three little girls all in the hands of strangers while I am in this 55 minute class, which makes this 55 minute class feel like a life time. I can not nor will not be unavailable. Anyway, after that speech was the first time I realized I wouldn't care much for him. Boy, was I ever RIGHT! He is one of those "teachers" who brags about only handing out 3 A's last can you call yourself a teacher if your are not teaching your students anything?? If you ask a question it is his goal to embarrass you and make you feel like you just flunked Kindergarten.

Today, Madison and I were selling Girl Scout cookies with her troop. I personally got permission from the Sprint manager, a friend, to sell these cookies outside the Sprint store in Waco. After about 30 minutes of standing in the cold trying to peddle cookies this older man walked up. First, our little Daisy's, who we had been preaching to all morning to greet everyone and try and get cookie sales, approached and he bit their heads off telling them he didn't want no cookies. He asked if we had authorization to be selling these cookies on this sidewalk. We politely said yes, before he bit our heads off about how we did not and he worked for the owner and we had to get clearance from them. Sprint could let us sell in their store but they had no authority over the sidewalk. We were trying to be nice and asked if we needed to leave and he said no, he'd allow us to stay, but next time make sure we get the proper authorization. He stood there for about 15 min just preaching about his authority and how he was so important. Then, with the Daisy's wide eyed and watching at him, he went to walk off and again made the snide comment "ha, those girls thought they were going to get a sale from me" Sorry, but what an ASS.

Is life that horrible for old men that they have to lash out and attach every person they cross paths with or have I just had the misfortune of coming in contact with the worst?

Friday, January 16, 2009


I can not believe it is already 2009! We have had a very busy start to our new year. We have made several changes to our family routine. First, I started back to school back in August and this semester Andy and I thought it would be better for the two little girls to stay in a Mother's day out a few days a week. This was NOT an easy decision to make! Our girls have always stayed home or with a family member, never with strangers. Madison starting Kindergarten about killed us! Jordan and Peyton finished their first week yesterday! They each had a great week!! Jordan's class actually has a pre-school curriculum which will help her to get ready for next year when she starts Kindergarten. When she got in the car after the first day I asked her what she learned and she said, "Everything Mom, I know it all!!" Peyton had a little more enthusiasm about the day being over and being back with Mommy, however when I asked if she had fun she said yes and that she would come back to play with her friends. They are all 3 growing so fast! I wish time would just stand still for a little while!
I am only a week into this semester and already I am not sure how I am going to survive it. I am taking 12 hours, but those 12 hours consist of Human Anatomy & Physiology II, Microbiology, and Inorganic Chemistry. Although Andy has been great helping more with the kids, cooking, and laundry, I still am trying to fit more hours in the day. I should be studying now, but if I have to figure out how much heat is involved in a dissolution, assuming the heat capacity of the resulting solution is blah, blah, blah my head just might explode. I don't drink, I don't smoke, nor any other type of recreational drug so I figured I would make this blog and take out my mental exhaustion on here :) I am pursuing this nursing degree to give me something to do while my kids are in school and also to provide for them as best we can. Talking about them and thinking about them gets me re-focused...what better way to do that then to brag about them!!

I think this is enough O'Neal info for my first visit so I'll close and talk more soon!!!!