Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Happy New Year!

I love making resolutions for the New Year. It helps me see how I've taken one more step towards becoming who I want to be. This year I did it up in my creativity program. ha! Every year I have to refrain from putting "GET MY LIFE TOGETHER!!!" as #1 and for now at least I'm trying to not put the yada yada yada ones - you know - loose weight, get more organized, get up early (ha!) become the perfect woman, you know. One that I forgot to put on there is pass the GED. hmm. guess I'll have to post an actual list tomorrow.
So, I'm getting ready for Daniel to come home from his second job so we can ring in the new year - I told him we could stay up till midnight folding laundry ;-)
Today I've been trying to clean the house and now I remember why I dislike doing it so much. It's because I'd like to do it all in one day which is impossible because the kids are constantly interrupting me. The one thing that I really got clean and has stayed perfectly clean is the microwave. sigh. Well, it really needed it! I love those really clean spots in my house that I'm able to get every once in a while that show up how totally messy every other spot in the house is and I (oddly enough) find it very inspiring.
Ugh, the kiddos are still not asleep. Bye!
P.S. Here's another resuolution: stop whining!

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

I'm ready to get back to normal now

I am so done with this holiday season. I never ever thought I'd be one of those moms who count down the days for school to start up again but I am. If I have to listen to High School Musical 2 again (or worse- my kids trying to sing those stupid songs) I'm going to be sick(er) and if I hear my big kids say "I don't have anything to do" I am seriously going to scream, or no wait, I already did that. hmm.
No, really, I do enjoy my kids and I'm happy to be spending so much time with them again it's just harder to enjoy them in the post-Christmas mess and while Josiah is teething a molar. He's had a low grade fever and the works with this one. We went to the Library all together, which was fun. It's definitely easier to go with the big kids. They picked out knock-knock joke books so that's been interesting to say the least.
Daniel's 30th birthday is on Friday so I'm trying to plan something special for him that he'll enjoy. I'll be making my traditional birthday fudge for him in a day or two. Hopefully this year will be the best ever. I've never made fudge as good as the stuff I made in Montana. I'm thinking maybe the difference in humdity is what affects it so much? Then our wedding anniversary is later this month - so this is a pretty busy month for us.
I finally uploaded some pics from Xmas - here's the link

Friday, December 26, 2008

Our Christmas

Daniel is downloading a movie so now I don't feel so guilty about sitting down to blog about our Christmas - something I've been wanting to do for about 24hours now!
This Christmas has been one of our best Christmases ever. Did I ever mention that I have super well-behaved kids? I usually don't notice. I notice the fighting and the whining a lot more, but this Christmas I've enjoyed how gloriously sweet and generous my little ones are. I watched them play with their new toys and share with each other and I feel really proud of them. Not that there weren't moments when I wanted to pull my hair out too, but there were just more moments of joy and calm this year than not.
Christmas Eve morning Daniel was up early in the morning throwing up etc. etc. and was warmed-over dead all day long. Josiah was up at around 6am and wanted to be held all day long so instead of fighting it I just embraced it and sat with Josiah in my lap all morning long. Emma & Katie-Abigail would come for visits and sit on my lap and pet Josiah and give him kisses. It was really nice, actually, just to sit and enjoy the kids and being with them and the Christmas lights and not worry about the mess or the things to do.
I took the kids to a Christmas Eve service at a local church and it was everything you could hope for in an alternative-style service. Worship music instead of carols, an awesome video presentation and a lot of free coffee. This is the biggest cafe church I've ever been too. I love cafe-style churches - the ones where you come in your jeans with your coffee and the band plays Chris Tomlin and David Crowder and it's all about worship and being transformed and not about how you look or being put together.
So then Christmas day Daniel was feeling well enough to go nap on his mother's couch and the kids had so much fun! They got amazing gifts from aunts and uncles and of course Grammy! Notable mentions: a tea set on a cart, a train that sings animal songs a small digital camera for Beth and a five foot tall Dora playhouse that pops up! I haven't opened it yet the living room is still crowded with toys etc. Once we get it cleared out then we'll work on getting the Dora house up. We also made cameo appearances at my older sister's and parent's houses (and just like I said they would my parents said absolutely nothing about the nose ring.) I did all the driving but I enjoyed the drive home the best. Daniel bought me the soundtrack to August Rush. (love it!) So I listened to that while I was driving through Atlanta.
I love driving through Atlanta at night. I go strait through town whenever I have the opportunity. It's quicker to go via 285 around the city but then you miss a lot of the tall buildings and the lights. I love it. It seems like we did it a lot when I was a kid. I loved the way the street lamps looked at night and wished I could paint it. Now I wish I could photograph it. Maybe one day I will.
Then I stayed up late watching Planet in Peril. Wow. That was awesome yet sobering. So today I spent pretty much all day doing nothing. Daniel is feeling mostly better, though he's weak and somewhat dizzy. We watched WallE and High School Musical2 and I held Josiah the entire length of both movies. It was the only way he would sleep. (this too shall pass, this too shall pas.) It was fun in the morning but tiring in the afternoon. Oh and I played Candy Land with Emma & Beth for the first time ever. I loved going over to my friend's house and playing it with her when I was like six years old. It's a great game. A little young for them. Katie-Abigail should enjoy it a lot. It's more on her level. I'll post some photos soon. Here's someone elses Christmas photo that you should totally check out. love it!
The oldest two are spending the weekend at Grammy's so maybe I'll post some more soon :-)

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Merry Christmas!

Tonight I set out to wrap gifts - for the second time, actually. I was going to wrap on Friday but discovered that the kiddos had completely used up my tape! But tonight I ran out of wrapping paper about 1/3 of the way into it. This is truly my most disorganized unprepared Christmas ever!
Every year, or I should say every year recently or like at least the last couple of years, every year it's the same. Around October, or even as early as August, I start to dream about Christmas. Usually it's somewhat elaborate and completely unattainable for me. I think about the Christmas portrait (which ends up being a snapshot of the fam on my MIL's couch) I think about the homemade Christmas cards I'm really really going to made and send out this year (we have never actually ever sent out Christmas cards ever as a married couple) and the homemade cookies and I dream about having a real live Christmas tree this year(which would most likely get completely destroyed by my very active one year old boy) and I start on the home-made Christmas gifts. I also say, over and over to myself, this year I'm going to keep it simple. But my husband doesn't really start thinking about Christmas until about two weeks beforehand. So this is what happens - I have this idea of getting one maybe two gifts for each of the children and then Daniel starts shopping and I have a huge pile of presents to wrap. sigh. Maybe next year Daniel and I will do our Christmas shopping together - that might be nice. The scarves are nearly done though! yay! I also bought some board games for the kids "Candy Land" and "Chutes and Ladders" I enjoyed playing Candy Land with my best friend as a little girl and I think it'll be really great, especially during the Christmas break where you tend to hear "I'm bored!" like every ten minutes that the TV is off.
To tell you the truth I'm really ready for Christmas to be over now. I want it to be the New Year! I'm already working on my list of resolutions for the new year. Daniel doesn't do that kind of thing but I love it. One of my resolutions is to eat a fruit or vegetable at every meal. My kids love fruit and I usually end up eating a quarter of an apple and a couple of grapes here or there. Recently I've been tragically behind in the fruit/veggie department - something I want to make right. I might to the green smoothie thing again - that was fun. The other day I was cutting up oranges for the little kiddos at lunch time and it hit me just how much I love the smell of oranges. I love the smell they leave on my hands. I'm not usually a citrus-y kind of gal. I go for floral nine times out of time (except for the Bath & Body Works Kitchen Lemon soap!) So it kind of surprised me.
Another thing I want to work at it is ORGANIZATION. Organization is, for me, what dieting is for other women. I try hard, for like a week, and then fall off the wagon. I am so bad at maintaining a routine that will keep everything tidy. For as long as I've been blogging I've been whining about this! My house is just about 100% disorganized at the moment. I did tackle the girl's rooms and got their toys all organized. But then the weekend happened and I think we're going to have to do it all over again on Monday! At least we purged some of the broken and cheap toys that never get played with. We also filled a bin with "toys on vacation" that's what my mom called the toys that got put away for awhile and would come out in a few months. I only let them keep one big stuffed animal and one doll and only enough little toys to fill one tote that they got at a cousin's birthday party and has their names on them. That helps a little anyway.
Oh and my nose piercing is super infected. I had to cut up a bandaid to just to keep the stud from going back into my nose. eeeeew!! I can't wait for it do be fully healed and fabulous again. I feel so self-conscious with it all red and gross and I look at my face in the mirror and fuss at my nose saying "this was supposed to make me feel more beautiful! not ugly!"But that's another story :-) I wonder what my parents are going to say when I see them this week? hmmm. Probably nothing! Okay. I guess I've eaten way too many Christmas chocolates now. ha!
Merry Christmas!

Friday, December 19, 2008

I love my life!


(This is Katie-Abigail in the lion costume)

Today has been one of those lay around in your pajama days. Forget about the chaos in the kitchen, lay aside the never-ending to-do's of the Holidays and just sit and be with my kids. (My two littlest managed to spill my coffee on me like four times - ick!) It's on these days that I remember how much I love my life. I love staying at home with my babies - I would do it all my life if I could. I'd snuggle down in my little nest pull the covers over our heads and live in a little bubble of cuddles and hot cocoa. But anyway I just wanted to say I LOVE MY LIFE!! I love hearng Josiah say new words and watching Katie-Abigail learning and communicating more and more. Today I gave Katie-Abigail her vitamin and she skipped around a bit saying "it's pink! it's pink!" and I thought "I tought her that!" just by telling her what color her vitamin is nearly every time I give it to her. Josiah is now, every once in a while, calling me Mama instead of Daddy - I've been working relelntlessly on that! I love watching how affectionate Josiah has become - he hugs little babies everywhere - it just warms my heart! In the middle of the mundane and seemingly pointless and repetitive activities there is a strand of pearls being strung that will outlast me. So give someone near you a kiss and a hug and hang in there a little while longer!

Thursday, December 18, 2008

published!

I got an email today that made my day. One of my photos is being used in promotional material for a marketing conference, or something like that. You can see my photo in use here the original is here. How cool is that?

Thursday, December 11, 2008

a little bit of my life

Hey y'all

I'm sitting here drinking re-heated coffee and a brown sugar & cinnamon pop tart (I know, it's not really food. I bought a box of whole grain ones for the kids 'cause I had a coupon and it was thanksgiving break and D bought a box of regular ones - I tried one and now I'm hooked.) and I thought I'd share a little bit of life with you while Daniel is out.

I put up some Christmas lights. Oooh - they are so wonderful! I love the soft glow of them in the evening. I sort of just swagged them across the windows and hung some mini-ornaments in between the lights. It does not look wonderful but it is more Christmas-y than I thought I'd get too this year so I'm happy and the kids are happy and Daniel's not opposed to the idea so we're all good.

Katie-Abigail has been saying the most hilarious things recently. We were walking through the Wal-Mart parking lot one day and she suddenly said "I just smelled that car's breath. It smells gross!" and then today when we were at Old Navy the manager said to her "If anything goes wrong while I'm gone - you're in charge" Well Katie-Abigail did not like that one bit and she kept saying "That bad man said that I'm in charge. I'm going to throw my gum wrapper at him and call him cookie nuts." Cookie nuts is her newest thing. She is the only one allowed to say it, if one of us says it she gets mad. She uses it in all sorts of odd circumstances she'll say "oh cookie nuts." or "she's such a cookie nut" so, anyway - as always very funtertaining.

Josiah is starting to talk a little, he is also signing a few basic signs (finally!) like please & eat. He calls both Daniel & I "Daddy" (sniff sniff). He is a babbler, which is awfully cute. I really need to take a little video of him so I won't forget. Josiah got his first (of what I'm sure will be many) bloody noses. He & Katie-Abigail totally collided. They were jumping off of the laundry baskets so they totally had it coming. I dabbed it a little and then took a picture.

Emma is little miss popularity at school. She has boyfriend already - named Austen, who she thinks is so handsome. (sigh.) While were on the subject of boys - Beth told me that she is in a club at school called "The Love Club" and they sit around and talk about which boys they like. Oh, I am so not ready for this! I am constantly aware with those two that I have totally no clue what I'm doing and I have to desperately seek God for wisdom! Today Beth told me that sometime she wants to Celebrate Hanukkah. I thought that was a really cool thing for her to want to do. Maybe she just liked the idea of eight days of presents!

So, I love this time of year! The scented candles and the wrapping paper and giving gifts and the music. My Christian radio station has gone berserk playing 30s Christmas stuff - as if there's not plenty of Christian Christmas radio to fill the hours! I just can't stand it. So I've discovered Pandora's holiday stations. It's totally awesome!! I'm listening to "Casting Crowns (Holiday)" and loving it!!! It's the best internet radio ever. I heard the song "Virgin's Lullaby" the music to this song is incredible - I especially love the first chorus with (I assume) Natalie Grant it's so beautiful!!

I've been thinking about watching Christmas movies and which ones I like (and not). My favorites aren't so much Christmas movies as movies that have a little bit of Christmas in them - like "While You Were Sleeping" and to a lesser extent "Little Women". I also like "The Bishop's Wife" (old B&W movie - updated as "The Preacher's Wife") and "All I Want for Christmas" is one that I enjoyed when I was younger, I don't know if I'd still enjoy it. "You've Got Mail" has a little bit of Christmas in it. Oh but I think my favorite classic Christmas movie is "A Christmas Carol" though I can't tell you which version I like best - I haven't seen that in forever. Yes, I've seen "It's a Wonderful Life" several times. I also love love love "Family Man" one of my faves. I saw it right around the time that Daniel and I got married.

And of course I couldn't have a blog post without a picture so here is this: I call it "Self-Portrait in a Steamy Bathroom Mirror" ha! I took it while the kiddos were bathing :-) Yeah - definitely not me at my best! Well, TaTaForNow! And in case I don't pop back in before then - Merry Christmas!

Friday, December 5, 2008

Josiah's 2nd haircut

I cut Josiah's hair for the second time today. I did most of it while he was nursing, so it's not 100% perfect but he hardly sits still enough for anyone to notice! He looks so much older to me, which really suits his personality. He's certainly not very baby-ish anymore, except for when he's sleepy. He's working hard at communicating with us, sometimes quite passionately and heis a very, very busy little guy.


Before



After

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

finally more photos

I've got like a month's worth of laundry to fold, library books to return (and a fine to pay!) grocery shopping to do and a proof book to order - but here I am at the computer, again! I just wanted to post a couple pics from ysterday afternoon:

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