Saturday, March 26, 2011

the GOOD, the BAD, & the UGLY

Okay, so I'm borrowing this post idea from a new blog that I follow called  Many Waters.  I just think it is a neat way to sum up my week!

  • It rained!  And I love the rain!
  • Alex got 100% on his math test!
  • I got on the treadmill and worked out for 30 minutes - got my heart rate up!
  • I took a power walk with Rich for 20 minutes - again, got my heart rate up!
  • I lost 2 pounds -- woo hoo!
  • Rich was off work 4 days in a row!
  • Both Afton and Alex made it onto the club soccer teams they were trying out for!
  • I learned how to download iTunes onto my new iPod!

  • Andrew has a stuffy nose.
  • I had to pay Alex's club soccer dues.  Ouch! $$
  • My hair is in desperate need of a haircut but I have no time for an appointment.
  • My hair is seriously getting thinner!  In some angles, I think I see scalp.
  • Rich was off work 4 days in a row - next paycheck is gonna suck!$$
  • I spent $126 on downloaded music from iTunes.

  • Our master pretty much destroyed.  There was a leak.    It is now all torn up being repaired, and we cannot use it.  It's been weeks now.  Can't use the toilet, can't use the bathtub, can't use the sinks or the shower.  I can barely make it in there to get the clothes out of my closet.  We have been having to share the upstairs bathroom with all the kids.  Yes, ALL the kids.  Oh yea, it's been quite the adventure, let me tell you.  But it's all a matter of perspective, you see.  Although I categorize this under THE UGLY, let me tell you that compared to what's going on in Japan right now....I have NO room to complain.  None.  Zero.  In fact, I should be grateful that we at least have a bathroom to use.  It's a bit crowded and chaotic, but we are all safe under one roof.  And we have food,  heat,  and running water.   Nope, I have nothing to complain about.  
 Just to prove my point, let's do a little comparison, shall we?

Here is our under-construction master bathroom...

 and the holes in the downstairs ceiling from all the leaks...

and here is our crowded & chaotic kid bathroom that we all have to jam into each day...

And now.... here is Japan

(all photos taken from Google Images)

There really is no comparison, is there.  
So sad.  So very, very sad.


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  1. LOVE your optimism & perspective! So true and a great reminder to ALL of us! :) Good luck with the bathroom!


  2. New follower from Saturday Stalk. Would love if you could visit us at Random Deals. Thanks! :)

  3. You know what? I love your attitude! You definitely have a way of putting our woes into perspective! Kudos!

    Here returning your follow from Follow Me Back Tuesday...looking forward to seeing more of you!

  4. Puts everything back into perspective, doesn't it!
    I'm hosting my very first blog hop and would love if you could come support me!
    Have a great weekend!

  5. Hi, I found you on Smile with Me Saturday and am now following your blog. I read your post on Brain Injury until I could hardly read any longer from the tears rolling down my cheeks. I was so excited to then see the prom photos of Audriana. You have such a beautiful family. Love the quites on your sidebar.
    Have a wonderful weekend

  6. Thank you for stopping by Tx Coupon Chicks!! I am from Dallas (Waxahachie) Texas!! Austin is about 3 hours from here! I love it down here toO! U have such a beautiful family :) Soooo blessed with many to love!!! I am now a new follower!! Thanks again! Have a Blessed Saturday :)

  7. I just found your blog on, love, love it. The title is what caught my attention!! Can't wait to read more =)
    Happy Saturday!!

  8. Hi Katrina. ThaNK You for your comment on my Blog, and I am now pleased to follow you back. Being without your bathroom is a real pain and inconvenience, but as you quite rightly say, the poor poor people of Japan. I can't begin to imagine what they are going through. Good post.

  9. Oh man I am sorry!!! No good. I love how you always put stuff in perspective though.

    So did Rich get around to putting away the baby crib or did it ruin it? I am interested in knowing!

  10. New Follower from Saturday Stalk! Hope you can stop by and follow back :)

  11. Love the good, the bad and the ugly!!! I'm participating in the “Week-End Blog Hop” and I’m now the newest GFC follower of your great site. Hope you have a chance to check out my blog, have a look around and maybe follow me back!!

  12. It's definitely a way to put it all back into perspective.

    A mini list for me since you shared..
    Good - time spent making my daughter laugh & squeal this weekend
    Bad - I might lose my freelance column due to cuts

    Following from Makobi Scribe's weekend hop!

    ~Darcy @ Tales From the Nursery ~

  13. I found you on 3 jewels blog hop. I really enjoy reading from other moms of many :) I'm a new follower and look forward to reading more. Good luck keeping those springs together!

  14. Hello...New follower from Weekend hop...would love for you to visit and return the Must say I love the post...sorry to hear of your bathroom...surely makes you appreciate having more than one though. Not sure how I lived with just one since I have had 2 now for five years. Japan...such a shame! I feel so badly for all those people.

  15. Hi Katrina......came today and read some of your blog!! You sure have a beautiful family!! I thought I had lots with 4 kids.....LOL you have me beat!!
    I read a couple of your posts (one being "I'm not a restaurant") I say that all the time LOL

    Anyways.....liked you on facebook, subscribed and following you!