coffeepoweredmom

Getting through the day, one cup at a time.

Birthdays (or Where Did The Time Go?)

My newest little baby, Charlotte, is almost 5 months old. Which means that next month I will have a 6 month old, a 4 year old, and a 6 year old as Ally and Kira both celebrate their birthdays. I remember posting back when I was nervous about Ally going into Junior Kindergarten, but she is graduating from Senior Kindergarten now and will be a Grade 1 in September, whereas Kira has done her orientation and will be starting Junior Kindergarten herself in the fall.

Charlotte has TWO teeth and is constantly trying to pull herself up into a sitting position. I am well aware that when Ally and Kira go to school in September that Charlotte will most likely be crawling.

Crawling.

Is that crazy, or is it just me?

 

I am also returning to school in September, of course, mine is entirely online (and this year I’ve even attempted to choose courses that don’t have exams) so I will still be able to walk the girls to school in the morning and pick them up at night.

 

I am going to try to post more frequently now (I’ll put it into HabitRPG to try and encourage myself), but this is not like riding a bicycle and I am very much struggling to find things to post about. Wish me luck!

 

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349 Days of Absenteeism

Hey Everyone (who is still following my blog after almost an entire year of no posts)!

I had a baby! Her name is Charlotte and she is the sweetest little baby (and the easiest out of our brood). That makes three girls in our lovely family, and May heralded the end of 16 consecutive months of school for me. I am currently into my second month of summer vacation, which means that over the last week or so my house has actually been clean.

Weird, right?

I return to my studies in September, pending an approval of this year’s funding from OSAP. I’m anxious to see how much I may qualify for since we are now common-law spouses.

Speaking of spouses: I may or may not be getting legally wed in 2015!

Whaaaaaaaaaaaat?!?!

I know, right?!

The “may not” part comes from this lovely pile of anxiety that I have developed that makes me really not want to get married when my mother-in-law gets pushy with her ideas of a “ceremony”, while all that we want is to sign on the dotted line and then have a nice dinner at a restaurant.

I am trying one more online, google-search-result wedding officiator, but if I can’t find someone who can legally marry us without either of us having to endure a lot of pomp and circumstance then we will take a big, flying pass on the marriage thing and I’ll just get a name change.

So, that rant paused, I am also in the midst of planning our two summer birthday parties for our older two who are going to be 4 and 6 very soon. How does that happen so quickly?

I’ll leave this here for now, because I am currently only powered by 2 coffees.

I’ve missed you all!

-Coffee Powered Mom

 

signature2ALSO, IF ANYONE KNOWS OF SOMEONE WHO IS LEGALLY ABLE TO PERFORM MARRIAGES IN ONTARIO, WHO WORKS IN THE GTA, AND WHO WOULD LIKE TO WORK FOR PENNIES (which are a rare coin now) THEN PLEASE HOOK ME UP!

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THEY GOT MY THING!

Have you ever been so shocked and happy about something that you just plain forget English and start driveling all over the house. That happened to me, just under an hour ago.

I had just put the kids down and sat down at my computer to prepare myself for another night of “estudio muchas Espanol” for school when I decided to check my email (boring blather), and then clicked on my bookmark for my OSAP application. OSAP, for those who don’t know, is the student financial assistance program here in Ontario. In other words, it’s where the money comes from these days. I sighed as I clicked on through and distinctly remember thinking (or saying out loud…shhhh) “Why do I do this to myself? Torture myself like this.”

Why would I say something so negative? Well, because OSAP and I ran into a little hiccup recently. Due to my full-time status, but my only 60% course load, my upcoming second calendar year is still only considered my first academic year by my school. OSAP saw YEAR ONE on a piece of paper, assumed I had failed at my first year, and was all “we ain’t gonna pay you if you’s a stoopid fail head. Wassup wid dis year one bs? You best be explainin’, son”.

I had to write a very detailed letter explaining that although my paperwork said year one, it was only because I am taking 60% of my course load each year, which means my courses for my second calendar year are still considered “first year courses”. I then snail mailed it to OSAP, and proceeded to wait impatiently. Now, the post around here is awesome. The speed at which OSAP processes the paperwork that they receive is much, much slower than my anxiety allows.

So, “Why do I do this to myself? Torture myself like this.”

And then the request for this letter was gone.

And my funding has been approved.

AND I NOW HAVE MONEY TO EXIST OFF OF FOR THE NEXT YEAR, WHICH I DEFINITELY DIDN’T HAVE TWO HOURS AGO!!!

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This is fabulous news because we recently found out that we’re expecting our third. Surprise!

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Hey, Look Who’s Awesome

It’s Melanie from motherofnine9 who decided to tell me that I was awesome.

 

Which is amazing really, because instead of “awesome” I’ve been “absent”.

 

I’ll take it though. Who doesn’t like a virtual high-five?

BecauseURFantabulous      AwesomeBlossom

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THANK YOU MELANIE!!!

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May Update

Hello Everyone! And anyone who is still reading this…..

It is May! Halfway through May, actually. I have been gone for a long time, and I will continue to be gone because HOLY CRUD I’m busy!

My first semester is finished! I had 2 midterms and 3 final exams, along with countless essays, but I have succeeded in passing (and beyond) everything! I’ve started my second semester already, and am already a little bit behind (yay, progress!) so I’ll have to keep this brief.

I don’t even know the last time that I posted, but Ally and I went to the dentist back in April for a check up, and she has super awesome teeth! I, on the other hand, have subpar teeth and have already had a cavity filled ($115) and have an appointment that is up and coming for another two cavities to be filled in one go ($230). Yay for poor hygeine! Seriously, kids, brush AND floss. God, I suck at flossing. Why would I include the cost for these fillings? Why, because I am SUPER without benefits, and this is the actual cost out of pocket for me because I was brushing my back teeth poorly. I suppose.

I have received financial aid for going to school and such, and therefore have budgeted for the entire year. WITHOUT extraordinary expenses, I will have $66.24 left in January of 2014. *crosses fingers for no extraordinary expenses*

Edie (our dog) has just recently been to the vet to have some bloodwork done ($45) that will okay her for heartworm, tick, and flea medication ($190) for this summer, that the vet’s office has been kind enough to call me and let me know that I can come pick up and pay for it at my earliest convenience.

In better (although not cheaper $$$) news, both girls are starting soccer soon (which involves the purchasing of bus tickets for the days that Phil takes the car to work with him), we are planning the kids’ birthday parties for this summer, planning on attending the annual fair that we always go to, and have reservations for a campsite for our family camping trip this summer!

I found out recently that my common-step-sister-in-law is newly pregnant. Yay! Also, *jealous*. True story.

Immediately, Ally is at school, Kira is napping, and I am making flour tortillas so that we can have tacos for dinner. Seriously. If you want to try them, here’s the recipe that I found on the interwebs: http://www.tasteofhome.com/Recipes/Homemade-Tortillas

Other than my wrist hurting from using the rolling pin so much, they seem super tasty and easily roll-able. Wooooo!

I DO still think of you guys!

With love,

CPM

 

P.S. What happened to the Dashboard? Everything has changed!

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