Thursday, January 28, 2010
Honestly, I really do.
First, I am very open. I really have no secrets.
Second, I'm not shy.
Third, I'm honest.
Fourth, I don't really buy into that "warm fuzzy".
If my hair looks like crap, I want you to tell me.
We've been having a "situation" at work this week, and this is the quote that is running through my head:
"I'd rather be thought and idiot than to open my mouth and remove all doubt!"
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
Monday, January 25, 2010
I bought a new Bible. I've been using a King James Version for years, and was ready for something new. I purchased a NIV Study Bible upon Texas Cousin's advice. Let me tell you, it is fabulous!
Our Pastor has told us on many occasions that the Bible has everything you could want in a story. Mystery, murder, sex, romance. He spoke on sibling rivalry last Sunday, and why we should be very careful about not showing favoritism with our children. ie: Isaac loved Esau, Rebecca loved Jacob. Esau married a Hittite woman because his mother hated them. Jacob loved Rachel more than Leah, Joseph was Jacob's favorite.. on and on. BUT, I read something on Sunday that I have never read before: "Then Jacob said to Laban, Give me my wife. My time is completed, and I want to lie with her". WOW. Even then men were demanding. (Genesis 29:21)
Ryan and I have had some time together, I had a four day weekend due to two "ice days", got the laundry and housekeeping under control...even unpacked a few boxes!
Work is busy, and I'm trying to cut back my hours to a more manageable amount. We are getting a new sitter next week, hopefully both of those things will work out.
We named the puppies!
And the newest member:
This little butterball! He is just the cutest thing! One brown eye, one blue...maybe we should name him "Lee". hmm?
Sunday, January 24, 2010
Elizabeth and William bundled up faster than well, fast, jumped on barely letting Ryan stop.
Saturday, January 23, 2010
"Your polly pocket does not go in the pantie pile"
"She's broken anyway. duh" insert: head bob and hip wiggle.
"You don't talk to mommy like that Isabelle."
"Mom. Calm down"
Friday, January 22, 2010
I make up excuses. "Jackson is awake, he'll get in the way. " "Jackson is asleep, I'll wake him." "It's going to get dirty again tomorrow".
First order of business, entertaining Jackson. I sat him on this stool in the hopes, that since he cannot get down, he'll sit still. And maybe watching us would keep him entertained.
And wouldn't you know it, he sat nicely the entire time. Over an hour of sitting, nary a peep out of him.
The entire time! (kind of blows that excuse!)
I bribed Elizabeth and William to help me, and we got it finished. The tile is variegated enough to make the dirt hard to see, and porous enough to make it hard to clean. Great choice.
I LOVE the way it looks. Feels. And wonder, if I love this so much, why do I hate doing it so? oh. my knees are rubbed raw.
Thursday, January 21, 2010
A couple weeks ago after Ice Skating, Miss Rebecca and I took the kids to "Toys R Us" to spend some Christmas money that was burning a hole in their pockets. It was a better trip than when we went before Christmas, less people, better parking, no real agenda, and spending their money was easier!
It was a great teaching experience. We talked about saving our money to buy something bigger, spending it on lots of little things, all in all, not a bad day.
Isabelle picked out this little stroller. Kind of funny, because I almost purchased it for Christmas, but decided against it.
Want to guess what it's being used for?
So nice, big brother putting it together for little sister to use....
Right. He has his own agenda.
Poor girl has to wait her turn!
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
While I was there, I discovered that they are collecting items for hygiene kits to send to the earthquake victims in Haiti. And that is when I had my most recent "Good Idea".
For every comment left on this post, I will donate one hygiene kit for a victim in Haiti.
And one, randomly drawn commenter will win this reindeer ornament. Made in Haiti, of course.
If you would like to do some giving on your own, here are a few great organizations to get you started:
Samaritan’s Purse- www.samaritanspurse.org
o Mennonite USA- www.mcc.org
o Church of the Brethren- www.brethren.org
o Red Cross- www.redcross.org
o Salvation Army- www.salvationarmyusa.org
o Church World Service- www.churchworldservice.org
o AmeriCares- www.americares.org
o Catholic Charities- www.catholiccharitiesusa.org
o Christian Reformed Church- www.crcna.org
o Convoy of Hope- www.convoyofhope.org
o International Relief & Development- www.ird-dc.org
o Operation Blessings- http://community.ob.org/
o Presbyterian Disaster Assistance- www.pcusa.org
o United Way Worldwide – www.liveunited.org
o UMCOR (United Methodist Committee on Relief)- www.new.gbgm-umc.org/umcor
Monday, January 18, 2010
Saturday, January 16, 2010
"What are you doing???"
And very sweetly, she replied:
"I heard him crying so I came in to make him feel better."
"It didn't work so I just wiped the tears from his eyes."
I love her.
Friday, January 15, 2010
I feel very removed from God.
I'm not connecting with my husband the way I like too.
I'm snappish with my children.
The house is a mess.
The laundry needs done.
It feels like EVERYTHING needs organized.
My work? I totally forgot an appointment this week. My schedule is filling up, and I'm wondering if I'll have time to prep for all the classes.
I feel like I'm swimming laps. Making a lot of splashes, but never really getting anywhere.
And to worried about getting to the non-existent finish to come up for air.
I felt this way last fall, when we were moving, trying to get things ready for birthdays, holidays and all the other crap we had going on. I have a really hard time saying "no" to things, and it just seemed like we went from one thing to the other. I remember thinking: "ok, today is: **** I'm supposed to be happy." I hate not being able to plan things properly, and I love anticipating events. Lately, both have been missing in my life. And then, yesterday I read McMama's post, "I'm gonna miss this" I had a little cry. at my desk. at work. no kleenex. I looked fantastic for my meeting.
My goal for this weekend: take time to organize something, and STOP, take time to enjoy the ride.
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
They watched movies.
And Sponge Bob. don't tell.
Monday, January 11, 2010
Sunday, January 10, 2010
Saturday, January 9, 2010
So when my friend Kim told me about a litter of too cute black lab/doberman mix puppies, it was to hard to pass up.
Friday, January 8, 2010
Wednesday, January 6, 2010
"I'm an awful mother for working all the time",
"I feel guilty because we have not done anything fun during Christmas break",
"I'm a horrible mother that makes her kids bathe themselves and feeds them cold cereal for dinner" days.
Elizabeth had been asking, and so with the help of Miss 'Becca, we went ice skating.
Isabelle lasted for about an hour, and had a great time. I spent the first hour in the car feeding Jackson, and playing on my phone while he slept. Miss 'Becca and I swapped, and she sat in the car with two sleeping babies while I took on the ice with the big kids. We had so much fun. I cannot believe they want to go back with all the falling down they did. I am pleased to say that I did not fall down once. mmhhmm. Just like riding a bike.
Tuesday, January 5, 2010
Monday, January 4, 2010
Saturday, January 2, 2010
We had a great couple of days catching up, the kids played wii, ate, played wii, ran through the house, played wii, ate, played wii, ran through the house.....
Friday, January 1, 2010
I took down the Christmas Tree, the earliest ever. And ran into the local Quilt Shop's New Years Day sale. It was packed. Next year I think I'll wait and go at the end of the day. *phew*
Now I am sitting at the desk, organizing my calendar, and all the list I manage. I have a list of list. Really. Probably should get busy, huh?