Friday, November 16, 2012

Just In Time

It's funny that Todd travels three hours away to sit in a tree in the cold woods every day, from sun up to sun down, hoping to see a deer or two when our own neighborhood is filled with deer.  Almost every night there are half a dozen to a dozen deer eating my pumpkins right off our front porch.  There was even a 10 point buck at the end of the street yesterday, flipping Todd off, as he left for his hunting journey.  Kind of ironic.

Regardless, Todd is up north with his buddies prepping all the deer stands (or more likely playing cards, eating cookies, and drinking some Jack), gathering all the warm blaze orange clothing, and getting ready for opening day tomorrow.   And I am here at home holding down the fort, so to speak.

This past week I was really struggling with my attitude and general grumpiness so I was worried about the thought of Todd being gone.  Luckily, my attitude changed just in time. I'm actually excited for my time with the kids this week(end).

I've been running around like crazy today planning surprises for the kids and special treats and trips for this weekend.  New fuzzy, warm jammies were purchased.  Flannel sheets were put on.  Movies were rented.  Basketball game tickets were reserved for tomorrow. Cookies were made.  Favorite meals were planned.  Heck, I might even take them to the dollar store and let them have at it if they are especially well behaved.  And, we have a fun birthday party to go to, too.

AND!  I just found out that this beautiful wooded park that the kids and I go to in summer has put up winter lights all throughout the park and set it to music.   It is going to be so fun to drive through it with the kids.  They are gonna love it.

If all goes well I am going to take the kids to their favorite restaurant tonight and then afterwards I'll surprise them with a drive though the winter wonderland light show.  So good.

So, don't feel too badly for me.  While Todd is sitting 25 feet up in a tree in 30 degree weather the kids and I will be snuggly warm in our new jammies watching movies and eating popcorn and cookies.

It's gonna be a great week.

Thank heavens I was able to flip my attitude just in time.

  



19 comments:

Hilary said...

It sounds like you have a magical weekend planned. I suspect you create so many fine memories for your kids.

Tabor said...

You will always remember these times and they go by so fast. I just hope that you get a girls weekend away once in a while to just be a girl.

Lora said...

It's always a wonderful thing we we can take a situation and flip our attitude around to make it awesome instead!! Enjoy!

Bijoux said...

Good for you! The park sounds awesome. I would love that. We have deer here too, living off my landscaping.

Mom24 said...

Sounds wonderful! I wish I could bring my kidlets and their jammies and join you. :)

nbrsspot.blogspot.com said...

Glad you were able to switch the tune in time. They need just mom time. Wait till the boys are able to go with him. then it will be just you and Grace.. It will be even more special. My girls leave today to go to grandmas house for until thanksgiving. but since we home school its ok.

Elaine A. said...

Can I come over? Sounds wonderful! Enjoy! :)

chrissy said...

Man, I would love a weekend like that! Have fun!

lime said...

i have to admit, i am glad my husband and kids who hunt don't have to go so far away for so long. they hunt locally so go out in the morning or evening and come back the same day. of course, if tracking something needs to occur one never knows when they may reappear. anyway, glad you are making the best of it and planning for some special things in todd's absence.

Wisconsin Girl said...

Sounds like so much fun! Hope you have a wonderful time and can't wait to hear about it!

Kat said...

Lime- Oh, Todd does that too. He goes out bow hunting a couple times a week in our area (about 20 minutes away) but during gun season he goes up to the cabin which is three hours away, and stays for a week. Good grief. That is a lot of hunting. Good thing we like venison. ;)

Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

I'm glad you ended up enjoying your time home. So when your kids get older, will they head up north with Todd or will Todd begin a new hunting tradition with your kids?

Dawn said...

You're such a fun mom! I hope that the weekend went well. : )

DysFUNctional Mom said...

This post cracked me up, especially the part about the buck flipping off Todd!
My BF hunts twice a day some days, dawn and dusk. I don't get it....
I'm glad you're enjoying this time!

Todd Erriffic said...
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Todd Erriffic said...

Green girl...Todd will bring the kids to deer camp with him (even Grace if she's interested...don't tell Kathryn).

P.S. This message written from 25 feet up in a tree.

Kat said...

Toddie- SOMEONE has to stay with me!!!! ;)

Riahli said...

I knew you would! :)

Krystyn @ Really, Are You Serious? said...

You definitely got the better end of that deal...just saying!

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A new day that you have never lived before.
Twenty-four new, fresh, unexplored hours to use usefully and profitably.
We can squander, neglect, or use them.
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You have done what you could;
some blunders and absurdities crept in;
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