Tuesday, April 29, 2008
* I'm grateful we can get into the doctor quickly when we are sick
* I'm grateful for my vacuum
* I'm grateful the Jazz play tonight
* I'm grateful for allergy meds
* I'm grateful my husband has a job
* I'm grateful for my food storage
* I'm grateful that I live close to family
* I'm grateful when I get up earlier than the kids to get my own reading done
* I'm grateful for having all my needs met
* I'm grateful to survive on one income in a two income world
Monday, April 28, 2008
Last week after Princess said something, she turned to me and said "Mom! I sound just like YOU"
Yes, Princess, you do sound like me. Probably plenty of the less desireable sounds I make. Hopefully some of the good as well.
When I am pregnant I never know the sex of the baby - we enjoy the surprise. After having three boys I got asked constantly if we were 'trying for a girl now'. NO. Plain and simple. I wasn't trying for anything but a baby.
As a matter of fact, I remember crying to my mom while pregnant with #4. It seems as if one day it dawned on me that I had figured this boy thing out pretty well. I was comfortable with little guys. I knew what to expect. I was cool with that. And oh-my-heck-what-will-I-do-if-this-is-a-girl!
With the boys I was there to feed them and soothe tears. Comfort and teach. Encourage and mold. But their dad was the true example. I wanted them to be just like HIM when they were daddies. Big and strong and brave and not me.
If this was a girl, *I* had to be the one she would watch and emulate. YIKES! I did not want to be that person. I wasn't confident enough to be the role model.
Well, I think I've gotten over that shock, and I have no idea what I would do without her. But while I do feel comfortable being her mom, I need to constantly ask myself if I am being the mom I want HER to be when she is a mommy. What am I teaching when I react with frustration rather than understanding. What cues does she pick up about my love for home and family when she watches me serve them?
So yes, like most mothers and daughters we sound alike. And most people think we look alike. With this on my mind I also pulled out my baby book today and I suppose I could share some. I'm not cool enough for a scanner, so these are hi-tech photos of photos. 70's photos.
Any resemblance to my daughter? Yeah, the one with the party hat is my third birthday. I see a likeness.
Monday: Hot dogs/smores bbq with sis
Tuesday: Sesame Chicken (never got around to it last week)
Wednesday: Pork chops, mashed potatoes, green veggie
Thursday: Pancakes, eggs and bacon
Friday: Popcorn chicken and mac 'n cheese
Saturday: Neighborhood potluck bbq
Sunday: Dinner at mom's
Saturday, April 26, 2008
Oh, baby! What a game! I thought the roof of the Energy Solutions Arena was gonna BLOW OFF!! The fans, the fireworks, the whole playoff atmosphere was i-n-t-e-n-s-e.
Thank you, DC, for a great night and great company!
Friday, April 25, 2008
Thursday, April 24, 2008
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
Your significant other? Teaching a bunch of 14 yr olds.
Your hair? Not bad. Need to get a straightener, though.
Your mother? Vegas on a trip.
Your father? Vegas, same trip.
Your favorite thing? a clean house
Your dream last night? I was making imprinted wax letters for my daughter's scrapbook. No, I'm not kidding.
Your favorite drink? Caffeine Free Mountain Dew
Your dream/goal? Raise children who do the right thing for the right reasons.
The room you’re in? The loft/computer nook.
Your ex? Na-da.
Your fear? Something happening to my husband.
Where do you want to be in 6 years? In a bigger house.
Where were you last night? Home. American Idol, baby.
What you’re not? Patient.
Muffins? Love them and make them all the time.
One of your wish list items? A craft room.
Where you grew up? State College, PA. Humid, green and gorgeous.
The last thing you did? Asked Jedi to get moving on getting his bedroom done.
What are you wearing? Pj's.
Your TV? Getting old. Really only used for movies till evening where we might watch a show or a ball game.
Your pets? 1 cat. Don't like him, but at least I have no mice.
Your computer? Dell, bought last year. Great so far and the FLAT SCREEN 21 IN MONITOR is to die for.
Your life? Incredibly blessed. Ten times more than what I deserve.
Your mood? Optimistic. It's the start of a new day.
Missing someone? My oldest. Potter is on the Vegas trip.
Your car? Ha ha, old Plymouth Voyager minivan. Works great for us and I love no car payment!
Something you’re not wearing? socks.
Favorite store? Target, Tai Pan Trading, Roberts Crafts, Amazon.
Your summer? Way too long and way too hot.
Like someone? I like people who read this blog and pretend they enjoy it.
Your favorite color? Navy Blue.
When is the last time you laughed? about an hour ago.
Last time you cried? Last night getting ready for bed (doesn't take much, but I was missing Potter)
Who will repost this? Maybe my sisters. Maybe Sonja or Rachael. Doesn't matter; I enjoyed it.
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
Let's talk about purses. Over at the Lazy Organizer, Talk about Tuesday is showing off your purse. And its organization. But I'm not that brave.
I will never show you the insides, but I will show you my favorites, though. I'm a bit obsessive about my purses. I am picky about them, but never spend a lot either. They are stylish but practical unorganized bargains, I suppose.
Here are several that I love. I switch out every couple weeks. The cream colored one is very roomy, like a tote. The chocolate brown one was a birthday gift from my sister. I use it more than the others and is the perfect everyday purse. The dark denim one is from my kids a few years ago for Mother's Day. I will always love it.
But this is my baby. Totally my favorite. I love the color & all the storage. It is very roomy inside; enough for a library book, water bottle, and even lunch if I want. I really really love it.
The best part is the large pouches on each side. Can throw my phone, keys, whatever in there.
This is my everything wallet. I just transfer this from bag to bag when I switch. The other pens tissues, tic tacs and reciepts just remain in each one. :)
Monday, April 21, 2008
Saturday, April 19, 2008
I did it! In the last week I finally had my first blog visit from someone in Bulgaria. Why does that matter? Strider served a 2 year mission for our church there 14 years ago and I have always considered it so cool, but so obscure. So I keep checking my blog stats to see if anyone there ever stops by, and they DID! :)
Friday, April 18, 2008
How are your resolutions?
Here are the goals I have kept going or started so far this year:
Tell me what you've accomplished so far this year. Or what you're working toward!
Visit Lara to make some Smart Habits!
Thursday, April 17, 2008
Here are some things that make me happy:
freshly cut grass
taking a great photo
my kids laughing
hearing "I love you"
games with family
an empty sink
reading a page turner
crunchy fall leaves
choc & pb
singing in a choir
favorite shows on DVD
little arm hugs
no waiting in line
cooking for my family
I am thankful for so many things in my life. I am richly blessed! I appreciate the little things that come my way and I pray I may notice and be grateful even more often.
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
I'm not a very hands-on mom. I'm more of the go-ahead!-mommy-will-watch-you kind of mom. But yesterday my kids were having their first trip to the park of the year and I wanted to experience it with them. I couldn't tear myself away from watching Potter give up his swing to Princess AND push her, and Bugs be sneaky and start a game of tag. I was enthralled when Jedi pull out some saved candy from his pocket to share it with everyone else, and when Princess climbed way higher than I thought she could or wanted her to. I loved seeing them catch the squirmy green caterpillar and vow to keep it till it formed its chrysallis.
It was glorious and I soaked it in.
These moments are fleeting and I'm glad I paused long enough to notice.
Monday, April 14, 2008
Potter showing his autograph.
Bugs with the bat.
Patriotic Princess during the national anthem.
Jedi with a high five to the Bees mascot.
It was pretty chilly, plus we were in the shade. Great if it was July. Not so much in April.
A foul ball hit this portal sign and would have smacked me in the face otherwise. Wow!
Oh yeah...we won :)
Friday, April 11, 2008
Tomorrow we are headed to the ballpark for an opening weekend Bees game. We went to two last year and had a pretty good time. I'm excited!
And after that is the adult session of Stake Conference (always the best) and I am in the choir for the general session on Sunday. We are doing two fairly simple but beautiful songs. I feel bad for making Strider do the kiddos by himself. Only a little bad, though.
Thursday, April 10, 2008
I've been enjoying my new haircut and I'm slowly figuring out how to do it.
I registered my baby for preschool this morning!! Yes, my baby! I can seriously not believe it. With the boys all in school full time next year it will be great to have her get the social aspect of kids her age and the structure school provides. It's only a few hours a week, so I won't miss her too badly. I will be able to help a ton in the class, too! It has been ages since I could really be an involved mom in the classroom because I always had another baby right behind.
Of course yesterday I had no idea where Princess' birth certificate was, so I had to go to the county office and get another one. But PHEW. Thanks to a flexible sister and fifteen bucks, we're good now.
I have Activity Days today and I'm not prepared, which is unlike me. I have a theme, and I think I know what craft to do, but I haven't pulled it together yet and I'm running out of time. It shoud be fun, though! We have another 8 yr old, so our group is getting quite big. About 7 months ago they combined the older and younger age groups, so sometimes it's hard to corral them all, and to teach an 8 yr old the same as an 11 yr old. We'll see how it goes.
I baked Apple Brown Betty with the kids yesterday.
Here they are helping layer the bits of bread and apple slices.
It was fun. Even though I may have gotten just a bit frustrated with the chunks that were too big. Or the tiny fingers snatching chunks of brown sugar off the table. I know, I need to relax.
It felt really good to get my room clean this week. Think it needed it?
So peaceful now. And it's been three days. I wonder how long it will last...
I figured out the problem. My room was the everything room. The laundry room, the family room, the playroom, the TV room. Since I usually had a three year old between Strider and I, it was even a kids bedroom. But I have made some changes, other than just cleaning it. I am making a better effort to get Princess in her bed ALL the time. I have moved fun videos to the downstairs TV, with very few exceptions. No kids unless invited in, and NO toys.
I think we have earned the right to have our own room! And I know it will be good for the marriage, too. More than anything, I want the kids to respect our space as our own, and it starts with me setting boundaries. I'll let you know how it goes. :)