Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Kate & Lydia are BACK!!! Sort of.

Dear Mommyland,
Why is the crazy lady crying?

It’s September. How the hell did that even happen? After spending most of the summer looking forward to the first day of school, it came far too soon for me. I’m not ready for my big kids to be gone. I mean I AM TOTALLY READY for ten quiet minutes in a row and the ability to get something done, but I won’t lie. I walked them into the school yesterday, kissed them goodbye and embarrassed myself by sniffling all the way home, wiping away stupid tears.

Because I worry. They’re my babies. What if there’s mean kids? What if their teacher doesn’t like them? What if they fall off the monkey bars and get hurt? What if the school accidentally hired a sex offender? That’s it. I’m going up there to get them right now.

Stop. Breathe. It’ll be fine.

I need to think about something else. I need to think about Mommyland because I’ve been neglecting it recently. Someone left us a comment on Facebook last week that said, “I really like your blog, but I am ready for it to be written by Kate and Lydia again.”

We deserve that. We’ve been running posts every day - but for the past month, they’ve been mostly guest posts and art fails and things like that. Because with the “all kids, all the time” schedule that comes during summer vacation – there just wasn’t any time for me to write. If I’d written what was going on with me, every post would’ve been something like this:

Tried not to yell at kids/let them watch too much TV/feed them junk. Tried unsuccessfully to enrich young minds/fold laundry/clean house/de-clutter/purge unwanted schmidt. Mini peed on the floor again. Walked dog 400 times. Decided that "swimming" and "bathing" were pretty much the same thing. Bedtime was supposed to be 9pm but was more like 10:30pm and then I lost my mind and did a very crude rendition of Samuel L. Jackson’s reading of “Go the F*ck To Sleep”. The end.

So after spending the past two months in a near-constant state of frenetic flapping about accomplishing nothing, I thought I couldn’t wait for September. But now that it’s here, a few things are apparent and unavoidable. Change is upon us. And I sort of hate change, even when it is positive.

I’m moving in a month. Into a wonderful house we’re about to buy. I’m so excited but DEAR MAUDE I’m just not sure I can do the work that is required to get us there. This week, Kate’s youngest kiddo starts full-day kindergarten. Not coincidentally, next week Kate starts a very cool and exciting full-time job. One that will have her travelling a lot and meeting amazing people and doing what she loves.

For the next couple of months, keeping up with Mommyland is going to be a challenge for both of us. We sort of saw this coming and mentioned it earlier in the summer. If we miss a few days here and there, it’s because we’re trying to juggle. And balls are going to get dropped. For example? To anyone who’s written us an email in the past three weeks, I am so sorry for not getting back to you. Our inbox currently looks my garage. It’s horrifying.

Kate and I both have exciting things happening in our lives, separately and together. There is going to be a lot of cool MommyLand stuff coming up in the next couple of month, -  maybe even this week (HINT: that was foreshadowing). I just have no idea how we’re going to make it all work with moving and working and most importantly and always our first priority seeing our kids through a period of change and transition.

So this fall, we may not post as much. But only because we’re trying to get our schmidt together. Yes. I know. Can you imagine me, with my schmidt together? I know what you're thinking - because I'm thinking the same thing: "Good luck with that, Lydia, you're a giant boobstain."

Yes, I am.

xo, Lyd


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43 comments:

  1. take all the time you need, girls! you're WORTH THE WAIT!!! love your blog...and well...life happens! No one is going to leave you. :)

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  2. You ladies take your time, Septemeber and December are two months of the year I would expect any parents routine/life plan to go haywire. Kate have a great time at your new super awesome happy fantastic fun job and Lyd, hope you have a super awesome happy fantastic have yourself a drink before Oprah is over move to your new house.
    Xoxo
    Sarah in Canada

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  3. Which of us moms could blame you guys for taking the time you need for your families??!! The reason we love your blog so much is because we see ourselves - we're overwhelmed too and trying desperately to figure out how to fit it all in! Do what you need to do ladies, we're here for ya!

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  4. I agree, take the time you need to get "organized!" We'll be here looking forward to any and all thing Mommyland!

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  5. Just take deep breaths and remember you will not always be in this place... Sounds like great things are happening and we will be here for you!

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  6. Good luck!! If I lived in the area, I'd come help with the moving. As an "empty-nester", I find I have too much time on my hands these days.

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  7. Congrats on the new house and the new job! Looking forward to the posts whenever you have time. Totally agree with the "swimming equals bathing" - that's what a pool is for after all, isn't it?! ;-)

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  8. You gotta do what you gotta do - we'll be here when you get back!

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  9. We'll be here, checking the blog every day, just hoping and waiting... Good luck getting all yer schmidt done!

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  10. Your family is your first priority. We will still be here.

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  11. kids back to school this week - first time I had a chance to read your blog all summer and that's only happening because I'm fully awake after almost being hit by lightening in car pool!!! Life happens hang in there! I really can not wait to see the posts about the move!!! good luck to both of you!

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  12. Don't worry gals, we have all been there and we all understand when 3D life has to take precedence over the online one. Go do what you need to do- we will all be here when you get back.

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  13. make sure when you pack the uhaul for the new house the LAST thing in is the TBox...cause then it will be the FIRST thing out :) Good luck with the new move and new jobs!! I will keep an eye out for new blogs when posted!

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  14. We completely understand the 50 million things to do all at once...We're Mommies too! We smile and nod knowingly as you pick up those T-boxes to keep a handle on your schmidt. Do what you gotta do, we will all be here waiting when you get back. Just pop in every once in a while to let us know that you're still there :D

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  15. Your kids come first! Post when you can, but take care of yourself and your family first! We'll still be here. Good luck with all of the transitions!

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  16. First, I live in Florida. It's 5 degrees cooler than HELL here right now. this makes me an expert. And the expert says that swimming and bathing are EXACTLY the same thing. It's like rock paper scissors. Water washes dirt, chlorine kills germs. WIN.

    Second, good luck with all the good craziness in your lives right now. We'll be wating when you get back!

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  17. Don't beat yourselves up - you're totally awesome and we all appreciate you for what time you DO give to this blog. Being a mom of two with two businesses I know the feeling of dropping the ball... but you have to step back and give yourselves a pat on the back. You rock. Period. And we love you for it.

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  18. absence makes the heart grow fonder...

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  19. Breathe, Lydia! It'll all be ok! And we'll all still be waiting for you and Kate, here in Mommyland, when you get a few minutes to write. I do the same thing, can't wait for Sept, then when it gets here and the big kids are all gone, I feel lost and worry about every little thing that goes on out there in the great big world that my big kids are in - without me right there to protect them. With my little guy still home, I'm hoping to get a bit more done, but when you have little monkeys, as you know, it's not so easy to do. You will get your move done because you have to. Hey *nobody's* schmidt is ever all together, we settle for "together enough" and keep moving on.

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  20. Like everyone else says - NO WORRIES! I figure the less you post the more your life is giving you things to post about. Eventually. And honestly? It wouldn't be fair of me to need to make me feel better about the chaos of my life then not forgive you for needing to attend to your own chaos. Love you, have fun, wish I could help.

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  21. ok, i think checking in each day for a new post and sometimes not getting one will make the days there are post just that much more special. Love you both and willing to let you get your schmidt together. Because you know all us readers have it totally together!!!

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  22. LOVE the swimming/bathing bit - I have had that conversation in my head so many times this summer. Chlorine kills germs, right? Lake water however, contains germs. One time I realized they had not been bathed with soap in about a week - they're still alive though.

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  23. I've missed you, Hookers. I'm glad you're back. But, don't fret, we'll all still be here, whether you post every day, or only on alternate Thursdays.

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  24. So many exciting changes!
    Maybe its just time to get a tv show, show up, be made up, yack for an hour and wallow in the advertising money ... ;)
    Sounds good right?

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  25. Yes, we love you guys and we love your posts, but you know we'll understand if life gets in the way. I mean, this is Mommyland, life happens! Nobody understands that better than your fellow parents. So sit back, take a deep breath, uncork that bottle (because you can't uncork a box, can you?) of wine, and have a bit of you time. You need it, you deserve it, and Mommyland will survive without you for a few days. Good luck with the new job and new house, respectively.

    p.s. Don't worry about the emails, you'll get to them when you get to them.

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  26. When you guys post something, it's like diet dr. pepper and Dove chocolate and a George Clooney movie all rolled into one...so it's hard to wait, but I will be here waiting!

    :)

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  27. Swimming def = bathing. Isn't that why they load pools with chlorine? To kill germs? LOL Take it easy and keep a t-box on hand.

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  28. I totally checked out as well the last couple of weeks and I actually would growl when I heard my phone chime. And then a big tree fell on my house (literally - it was huge) and of course I posted it on Facebook and all my friends posted that they wanted to help and I realized that it is okay to be gone for a while and it will feel good when you get a chance to check in.

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  29. Hmmm, me too. So glad to know I'm not the only one neglecting things. *sigh* It's always something...

    That being said, I'm more than ready for these little short people to get the heck out of here and get to PDO or daycare or whatever! (small rant here--->) I DARED to close my eyes for a few minutes while barneyelmoathon was on and boy am I paying for it now. Grated Parmasean Cheese. "Fresh" out of a new can. Lots of it. In hair. On clothes. In my freakin' carpet in 7 of 10 rooms. And my baby... she smells like the toilet. Somebody opened the bathroom door for her and she bathed herself in what smells like someone's pee water. Oh yeah, and I'm out of baby wipes. And I called my husband to plead for some butt wipes so I can please wipe their hineys for the rest of my freakin life and he got mad at me because his daddy night might take a 20 minute hit (that I forcasted days ago). OH. MY. FREAK!!!!!!!!!!!! Please TAKE ME to the looney house. Somebody. Anybody. (wimpering)

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  30. I think I would lose my shizz if I had to take care of my kids AND start a new job or move (again). Any time you have for blogging is a gift to us! Here's to you both and the exciting changes on the horizon...

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  31. Haha Rachel. That happened to me last week... the parmesan cheese thing. It was awesomesauce. Not!

    Kate and Lydia, smooches... love your blog

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  32. Welcome to my world hookers. I'm just going to start leaving notes on bathroom walls instead of posting. Love ya. xoxo Jamie

    PS. The crazy mom support meetings are the sixth Thursday of every month. Immediately following the time management meetings.

    PSPSPSPS. This is fourth time I've tried posting this comment. Really, for you it looks like the first time but I've typed this FOUR times now. I'm going to punch something in a minute if this one doesn't go through. For reals.

    PSPSPSPSPSPSPSPSPS. Send a paramedic. I'm going to beat my head on my office desk if it doesn't go through this time. I just tried three more times. It will not let me comment through blogger. Blogger is being a frigid bitch.

    Shit that was exhausting. Here goes nothing...

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  33. I'm going to assume, since we're all mommies, that we totally understand. Happy moving and good luck on the new job. :)

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  34. Where do all you great supportive mommy-friends who don't pretend on occassion a drink will fix thinks and who are soooo supportive!? Move to my neighboorhood - please - i need a drinkin' buddy. And, I just tore (stay at home)DH a new one for yellin' at the kids. PMS + TBOX= ZZZZZZ. Fun for all! And it's my bday - and of course I agree - we understand and we'll be here waiting - snorting from our cubes.

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  35. I discovered your blog this summer and love what you do, but of course understand that you need time to get things together. I promise my family a blog post daily and it seems that instead I only manage a monthly post that always begins "well life happened and here we are..." I have to say you're already doing better than I am.

    Also, you may think the Art Fails are fillers, but they got me through my "no baby this month disappointment." My husband and I were both rolling on the floor. Good luck and the wait for more rants will certainly be worth it.

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  36. Happy to wait around for you guys whenever you can fit some Mommyland time in!!

    Good luck with all the changes and the moving.

    I am cringing on your behalf over the packing and unpacking.

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  37. Some of the best bloggers only post when they have something really awesome to say. Of course, you two always have awesome things to say so you've got much more work cut out for you.

    I think it's great that you two are not letting blogging get in the way of living your lives. A lesson I am in the process of both learning and ignoring.

    xo

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  38. I have tons of time lolz...plus an awesome time difference. So if you ever need to out source proof reading to Istanbul, I'm your girl.

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  39. I have loved reading all the hilarious guest posts but I'm so glad you ladies are back! Take your time, these coming months are always busy ones. I'll still be checking back everyday. Good luck with your move!

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  40. Absence makes the heart grow fonder.

    And to be honest, as a super busy momma, I can't always check in daily, so when my sister and I chat about our latest favorite rants, and she's all, "Did you read the one Lydia wrote about (fill in a hilarious blank here) I almost died I was laughing so hard!" It makes me feel like even more of a slacker because I'm behind! So this works well for me because now I can keep up! Love y'all!

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  41. Being organized... what is that?? Words of wisdom from my hubby: "Have you EVER BEEN organized?? No? Then why wait until you are to accomplish things? Do what ya gotta do, and if somewhere in there, you get organized, great. If not, you're still accomplishing things!"
    Works wonders to not have the lack of organization hanging overhead. Keep on keeping on, and do what ya gotta do!!!
    We'll be waiting for you!

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  42. Just pack a box at a time, and it'll get done. Swear!

    Best of luck to both you fantabulous Ladies!

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  43. Lydia, I pray you're the ones that have bought the house next door to us....I'll be the crazy neighbor that brings the T-box instead of brownies for the welcome gift!

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