Monday, April 30, 2007
Joined in marriage these many years, we've shared the joys and sorrows life brings. What has been the secret of our success? We pledged to Christ and each other that He would be the center of our life together. We've tried our best, often falling short of the mark, but constantly supporting each other through good times and bad. We are each other's biggest fan, cheerleaders one to the other to live life "on purpose" as we journey toward the ultimate heavenly destination and eternity with Him.
I love you Jenn, and give thanks to God above for placing you in my life. I'm grateful for what you bring to our family. Our children are truly blessed to have you as their mother and teacher. I am blessed that you said "Yes" all those years ago.
Friday, April 27, 2007
Dd#2 has made me breakfast in bed the last 2 mornings. She is just the sweetest little girl!! (when she's not being otherwise). She's really been wonderful since I found out I'm pregnant and been so needy.
I just can't get enough sleep!! I'm tired all the time!!! I'm officially past my 1st trimester, but ... I guess I'll have to wait a little longer to feel better.
I've really been doing a bad job blogging. I'd rather not complain all the time and I can't think of much else to write about (other than complaints....) Poor me. I've got just what I've been praying about for the last 5 years....
Sunday, April 22, 2007
Then on Saturday, my WONDERFUL children helped weed and prepare one of the smaller beds. It was caked with ground cover weeds, so it was a big job digging up everything in that bed. I pooped out after about 20 minutes. They kept on going and worked for another 30 minutes without me until it was done! What nice children.
Dave didn't get out of bed until 1pm (it was 2pm the day before) with that nasty stuff the kids had the previous week. Once he got up, though, he mowed the front lawn. It was the first mow of the season for us (the 3rd for the neighbors). I think we'll have to wait until we don't have kids at home (or until the boys are old enough to do the job) before our lawn will be as perfect as it used to. The dog, cute though she is, has torn up much of the back yard -and the kids have destroyed all possibility of grass under their "climbing tree" and around their swing set. Oh well.... it's not as pretty, but well loved just the same.
We bought the kids new swings to put on their swing set. My dad bougt Dd#1 that swing set 10 years ago. I guess a decade is a pretty good time frame for a swing to last - particularly considering how the kids use and abuse their swing set - again, well loved. It still needs treated with deck sealer to keep the kids from getting splinters. I guess that will have to wait for another Saturday...
Friday, April 20, 2007
"I changed Daddy into a FROG!" (huge laughter)
I honestly didn't know what he was talking about. He showed me.
Since we have XP (that we don't like), Dave has a different log-in for his side of the computer than I do. Our sweet little boy was becoming quite computer literate.
Sooooo... when Dave got up that morning, we all pointed and laughed at him walking into the room telling him he was changed into a frog. Ds#4 got great delight from this. Dave asked him to show how it was done - he didn't believe a 3 year old could be a hacker. Dave learned a new way to change icons that morning.
...shhh....they're sending me subliminal messages. through my
icons. last week, my internet explorer icon said "daddy day".
yesterday someone tapped into my computer and it says "igf". they're
trying to tell me something...
Thursday, April 19, 2007
As I described to the girls (9 & 11) what partial-birth abortion was - they were of course (as any sane person would be) horrified that anyone could think that was ok to do a baby. I told them that their prayers to end abortion had contributed to the Supremem Court's Decision. So has the prayers of all of you.
Wednesday, April 18, 2007
I've been up for the last 6 nights with all the kids have fevers, sinus infections, bronchitus & a terrible cough.
I've been dosing and making tiny meal after meal of whatever sounded good so they could keep something in their stomach to counteract the stomaches from phlem & tons of medications.
I'm down to a few bad coughs and one really sick kid left and he won't take medicine. I've bribed, punnished, cajoled, demanded, been patiently tenacious. He refuses. I'm tired of fighting. I'm just tired.
....I know, I might as well get used to sleepless nights with a newborn -- Nighttime parenting has always been a weak area in my nurturing skills.
Thursday, April 12, 2007
5. What did you have for breakfast? Oatmeal - I don't like it, but it's all I want for breakfast
7. What is your favorite cuisine? Italian
9. What are your favorite chips? Lay's Ruffles with lot's of French Onion dip
10. What is your favorite CD at the moment? Danielle Rose - Mysteries (I kept it in my car and the kids stepped on it and broke it). 11. What kind of car do you drive? a minivan - blech. I miss my Subaru
12. Favorite sandwich? Subway Club
14. What are your favorite clothes? Sweats
17. Where would you want to retire? I don't want to retire - I want to die with my boots on.
19. Where were you born? Indiana
20. What is your favorite sport to watch? Iceskating? Is that a sport?
22. Beavers or ducks? Ducks - baby ducklings are sooo cute. (I don't think I've ever seen a baby beaver).
23. Are you a morning person or a night owl? A little of both
24. Pedicure or manicure? neither. I'm not proud of my feet and wouldn't want to subject anyone to have to mess with them. I also don't really like nail polish. If I'm doing it myself, I'm more likely to paint my toes.
26. What is your best childhood memory? My 4th birthday party was spent with my brother and my grandparents. I got to sit in between my grandparents, instead of across from them, and I got to sit on the step stool so I was as tall as the grown-ups. My grandma baked me a yellow cake with chocolate icing (that fell apart, but it tasted so good). I felt so special that day.
28. Ever been toilet papering? OHHHHH YEEEAAAHHH! I've...hershey syruped & whipped creamed friends cars / filled cars with newspaper - completely / filled cars with blown-up balloons / forked friends' yards (they were plastic) / creped papered friends trees / covered friends' houses with homemade signs...in highschool we had a war going on in our group of friends, boys vs. girls, of TP'ing PLUS. The culmination of that was they boys created a gas station in my girl friend's yard complete with gas pumps, signs, used oil cans stacked in a pyramid, toilet and a dummy sitting on the toilet. I've been Tp'ing and back again!
29. Been in a car accident? Many, but my insurance-agent-husband is thankful that it's been about 8 years since one. When we got engaged, and I totalled my car, his brother told him I was going to be a very expensive wife. Every time I set foot outside the door he says "I love you. Have fun. Don't die."
30. Favorite day of the week? Wednesdays - I like the balance of being mid-way through a great week or half through a bad one.
32. Favorite flower? Tulips, Daffodils or peach, coral or yellow rose buds. Dave got me these PERFECT peach roses for my birthday!
33. Favorite ice-cream? Breyer's Chocolate Mint Chip
35. How many times did you fail your driver’s test? I passed it with flying colors - but I still didn't really know how to drive - they must have low standards.
37. Which store would you choose to max out your credit card? I'd like to get rid of all our credit cards - they're an albatross and I take no pleasure in the idea of maxing them out.
41. How many tattoos do you have? None - it just didn't seem sanitary to inject ink in me -- and it didn't strike me as particularly attractive.
42. How many are you sending this email to? It's just for my blog.
43. What time did you finish this e-mail blog entry? you'll see it on the post.
44. Favorite magazine: Imprimis - Conservative, free articles sent out by Hillsdale College ; Heart & Mind - A Catholic Homeschool publication
45. Coffee or tea? Both, but I can't handle coffee right now.
46. Do you tan easily or burn easily? Burn first, then tan.
47. Do you color your hair? If so, how often? Once every 5 years I get a bee in my brain that it would be cool. Once it was bad and a couple times OK, but never cool.
48. What was the first car you ever purchased without the help of your parents? My manual drive Ford Escort (I bought it before I knew how to drive a stick shift - my boyfriend taught me how to drive it after I'd bought it). My grandfather helped me buy a car once, but the rest I've bought on my own.
49. What is your most dreaded household chore? Folding Laundry - Thank you, Katie for taking it on this year!!
50. Who do you tag to complete this meme? I don't tag people - I think it's up to every individual.
Wednesday, April 11, 2007
Tuesday, April 10, 2007
It also feels like I don't have anything to contribute to anyone's life - there's just not much of me left after attempting to function. I don't feel like seeing friends, or blogging or connecting with anyone. I just want to sleep (and dream that my dishes are already done). I don't want to cook - but man, am I hungry all the time!! I don't remember eating this much before.
Lots of time I feel selfish -- I have this beautiful life -- and what do I do to give back to God? Only what's pleasant -spending time with my friends -investing in my own children ...
THIS is so small on the suffering scale ... but it's what I've got to offer Christ right now. So, even though it seems like a lame, meager gift - and in no way comforts the part of me that feels like I should be able to be productive - God will have to make my gift of sacrifice of my body right now and make it worthy for Himself.
Monday, April 09, 2007
Thursday, April 05, 2007
- So, Tuesday, we went through the videos and pulled out all the baby/preschool tapes.
- Next I need to go through all the school stuff and set aside the preschool materials. I don't think I have that much on the shelves -- much of it is either torn, tossed, loaned or lost.
- I can also pull out most of my preschool books. I'll keep a few baby books, but the baby won't need them until age 1 (which is almost 2 years away).
- I could put away alot of the fisher-price toys. The boys still play with them, but they're really more into Rescue Heros. Thanks for listening! You're right. I'll go ahead and pull out the toys, too.
Dave told me I am not allowed to buy anymore Rubbermaid tubs. (At one time he banned me from baskets). I'll have to go scour the attic and see if I can find one that has a lid that fits with it.
I'm really tired for my nap, now, but I missed my morning one and if I nap now, I'll be wiped by dinner time. I'll try and hold off until afternoon. I'm going to get off the computer and get preschool stuff done before I have the kids do some school and I take a nap.
Wednesday, April 04, 2007
Tuesday, April 03, 2007
Monday, April 02, 2007
I assisted and oversaw, but the kids did the lion's share of the work in cleaning the house. They've done an excellent job! (I'm hoping doing the work themselves will help them have pride in keeping it clean and fear of having to clean it all again.)
This is a picture of the boys playing their favorite game - Uno Splash. The cards are transparent plastic so you can see if a card is upside down in the deck before you shuffle and you can play in the bathtub. I believe that dililegence should be rewarded. So inbetween jobs, we take play-breaks. This is one of them.
Dd#2 has the flu today, so she's mostly in bed. Dd#1 has a lazy-bug (I think it's chronic and she may fight it the rest of her life) that we are battling. The boys, however, have been very helpful this morning. They're excited to get done and watch the "worker" come clean the carpets. The plan is to watch him clean one room, while we stay out of the way - then to lock ourselves with our schoolwork in my bedroom. We'll put snacks and toys up there. That way I can catnap while they do school or play while we can't be on the carpets until Dave comes home. I would normally just leave for the afternoon, but Dd#2 isn't fit to be around people. It sounds like a crazy day, but it's just about right for a kid with the flu.