Thursday, January 29, 2009

mmmmmmmmmmmmm

Yesterday Nathan was a bit grumpy and tired, yet he just wouldn't fall asleep. Finally, after bundling him, singing and rocking for quite awhile, he fell asleep. The day had been crazy and there was so much to do, I started to stand up with the never ending 'to do' list was clicking through my mind. I took a deep breath and smelled 'baby'. It is such a wonderfully intoxicating smell. I sat back down, breathing in his sweetness. It was one of those moments that your heart takes a picture of and stays with you. The 'to do' list will keep.

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Happy Birthday Mackenzie!






Our Baby Mack is officially 2! When/How did this happen? How does time fly so fast.

A few things about Mackenzie: Favorite color: Orange, Favorite show: Yo Gabba Gabba and Barney, Favorite Breakfast: 1 Waffle, 1 scrambled egg, and a bowl of Honey Nut Cheerios, Favorite Book: Chugga Chugga Choo Choo by Kevin Lewis, Favorite Game: Take something of my sister's and stare at her until she notices and then run for my life laughing hysterically, Favorite Responsibility: wonderful big sister to Nathan and loading the dishwasher with the plates and silverware.

Birthday request: Brobee cake. Reaction: cool! pronounced 'coo!', (Take a bite of your cake honey) Reaction: Ewwwwww (won't try it, it is green.) Gave her a piece of cake that was trimmed off, (no offending green frosting) "Yum!"

Being 2 is COO!

We love you Mack, Mackadoodles, Bubba, Macky, Macaroni, Smacks! Happy Birthday Sweetheart, have a wonderful year!

Friday, January 23, 2009

Dos, Swei, Deux, Two



I am going to be two on the 25th! Can you tell? I am a wonderful artist, full of creativity. My Mom really despises the blank wall along the stairs and her indecision inspired me to take action. Please click on the pictures to see the details. Thoughts? Critiques?

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Winter Wonderland


I love the beauty of a crystallized tree...

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Changing of the Guard

Yesterday, as I watched the Inauguration and the ensuing festivities, I was overcome with emotion. While President Bush made some mistakes (didn't we all), he served us passionately, he made great personal sacrifices. We do not know all the information the President has, we do not know what keeps him awake at night, we do not know the weight on those strong shoulders. I prefer it that way, I am grateful I can live in somewhat blissful ignorance so that I do not live in fear. President Bush truly deserves our thanks and admiration for his selflessness and I believe for the most part, a job well done. Thank you sir, thou good and faithful servant.

The presidency is not something I aspire to, it is one of the most difficult jobs in the world. These men deserve our respect. We can disagree with someone on an issue. Voice your opinion, it is your right. When we turn to personal attacks, that is the sign of a small mind and hard heart, nothing is gained on either side. Let us work together. We can agree to disagree, we can make some compromises where necessary.

While I freely admit President Obama was not my choice, he is my President and he is entitled to my respect. President Obama has my respect. He will have my full support on the issues I can morally support him and my respectful voice against that which I cannot support. This wonderful and blessed country allows for this. The new President and I don't agree on many issues but I know he is going to try to do what is right. I pray for him and his family. I pray that the world's leaders make decisions for the good of the people and remember to turn to the Lord for guidance.

I am grateful also to see the time when an African American has risen to be President. This country is making strides. In the bible we are commanded to Love one Another. This is a step in that direction. I disagree with the idea of 'color blindness' when it comes to race. This world is diverse and we should take note of our differences. Embrace them. Celebrate them. Find our various strengths and buoy one another up in them.

This country we live in is truly great. Where else in the world does the change in power/leadership happen so peacefully and amicably. There is no fighting, lives are not lost, the outgoing President and his family merely move on.

God Bless America.

America remember your God.

Monday, January 19, 2009

Ouch!

This morning I went to a friend's home to 'work out'. Wow! Rita put me through the ringer! I am already sore and it was just 9 hours ago. It felt great to use muscles that haven't seen action for more years than I care to admit. I have been really trying to keep up with my resolution if working out and getting regular exercise. I still haven't made it a habit but I feel I am making progress, so I am giving myself credit! Maybe not a gold star but at least a shiny silver one! :-) The truth about resolutions getting broken is I feel we get too discouraged if we don't suddenly become perfect at it. If it were that easy to change, we wouldn't need goals. We really need to remember to 'progress'. A few steps forward is at least that, forward. Wish me luck getting out of bed tomorrow morning.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Our Catch of the Day


Katryn took a spelling pretest on Monday and came home to tell us she had gotten them all correct so she would not have to take the real spelling test on Friday. She noticed that one of the words was actually incorrect. The next day, Katryn decided to show her teacher the test. Her teacher was very proud of her for being honest. Today Katryn came home with a "Catch of the Day" Award. Her teacher submitted her name to receive this school award that is given for being 'caught' doing something great. Her name was read on the announcements and they also shared that her honesty was why she had been given the award. We are so proud of Katryn for choosing the right by being honest. She is a wonderful example to us. We love you Katryn!

3 Months Already!


We didn't think it was possible either, but Nathan does get cuter everyday...:-) I love his double chin. These pics were taken on Sunday, January 11th, when he was officially 3 months old. He is full of smiles and giggles and has just started to be ticklish! He loves to play with his toys. Nathan is our little sweetheart.


Can you spot the baby?

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Goal Update

I have been doing well with playing with the kids and I have had so much fun. It is certainly still a conscious decision but so worth it. Yesterday, it was sunny and warmish (14 degrees F)so I encouraged the girls to go sledding while I made my grocery list. I told them I would be heading out soon to shop. I finished making my list, saw my posted goals and asked myself what I was doing. I put on my snow gear and went outside with my camera to take a few shots. As I walk outside, I hear some whimpering. Katryn yells out "Mom, you rock!" (Always a nice thing to hear) I ask Lindsay why she is crying and Katryn says, "She wants you to come sled with her." I listened to that "voice" that told me to go out there, the groceries could wait. The girls and I went down several times until we were cold and ready to go in. Lindsay and Katryn's smiles made my day. I definitely made the right choice. I'll post pics tomorrow, I have got to get to bed! :-)

Previous days this week included Go Fish, 20 Questions, and lots of reading.

Clark Kent

Tonight I was snuggling Nathan, (he is 3 months old today, I can't believe it!) and I took off my glasses to clean them. He started giggling at me. I am not sure how to take that...I put the glasses back on and took them off again, and he giggled again. It is late, he has a full tummy and a clean diaper and he refuses to fall asleep so I put him in his swing. With eyes wide open he is watching HGTV with me. I just heard him start to snore so it is time for me to take him to bed and put myself to bed. Long day, short night.

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Chech


Happy Birthday Tressa! My sister Tressa's birthday was yesterday. I think she is such a beautiful person. I am so proud of her and love that we are sisters. She is amazing. You would love talking to her. She honestly has an opinion on everything and will share it with you honestly given the opportunity :-) Tressa also knows more about sports than anyone I know. She doesn't have a particular sport she knows, she just knows them all.

In Tressa's perfect world the Suns, Diamondbacks, and Cards would always win, (The Cards are doing their best to give her a birthday surprise) Mitt Romney would be in the White House, she would have a natural perfect tan, badminton tournaments would be televised in the US and Keith Urban and John Resnick would sing a duet for her wedding anniversary. In celebration of her birthday, one of her wishes would be that pet owners around the world would treat their pets as animals and not children.

Happy Birthday Tre! I love you sis!

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Goals

Dale Carnegie once said, "If you are not in the process of becoming the person you want to be, you are automatically engaged in becoming the person you don't want to be."

I have spent a lot of time considering this statement as I am working on personal goals for myself.

One area in my life I have felt particularly frustrated with is my relationships with my children. One of my girls keeps telling me how she doesn't want to be a mom when she grows up. Talk about cutting to the quick... When asked why she simply said she couldn't change poopy diapers. While funny at first, I keep feeling there is more to it than that. I of course tried to be nonchalant about it, but was so bothered. There is nothing in this world that I love more than being a mother. It is the hardest thing I have ever done but I would not change my circumstance for anything. Then it occurred to me that perhaps she is only witnessing 'the hard' parts. Perhaps I am not exhibiting my joys enough. I resolve to play with my kids everyday.

People in the workforce are chided about their priorities and asked if anyone at the end of their life ever wished they had spent more time at the office...of course the answer is no. As homemaker, when my children are grown and gone, will I wish I had done a few more dishes or read a few more books with my children. Read, play, enjoy my kids now. They are small for such a short time.

Amazing how perceptive a four year old mind is.

Monday, January 5, 2009

Figures

Baby won't sleep,
4 year old starts throwing up,
1:00 am baby finally asleep
2:00 more throwing up
2:45 more
3:15 more
3:45 baby wakes up
4:15 more
4:20 baby back to sleep
4:45 more, finally will take some Pepto, officially on the 3rd load of laundry, dangerously close to being out of blankets, on last pair of warm pj's
6:07 baby awake
7:45 Alarm goes off, raging sinus headache and time to go go go! ;-)

Did I mention, husband out of town on business "Sleeping in Seattle"

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Humpty Dumpty...

What is that?




Any guesses?




OK, so you must know what it is now, but why am I showing you this? The plot thickens






Wait for it....Look closely, can you see what is missing from these pictures?





Yes, it happened today. Happy New Year. Thankfully, her kind dentist came in on this holiday to see her. Mackenzie is a bit bumped and bruised, and missing a tooth, but otherwise fine. She climbed the table and slid off, biting a chair on the way down. My poor little babe's smile is still sweet even if it is missing a piece.

Happy New Year! 2009, Here I Come

We had a wonderful New Year's celebration last night. Our friends, the Green's joined us for pizza, Rock Band and lots of tasty snacks. The kids played hard in the basement on their new Razor scooters and in the teepee/tent fort. Later, they did a paper airplane show for us and the middle ones dressed up like princesses! I would post pictures but it never even crossed my tired mind to pull out the camera. Oh well!

I am having a difficult time with my resolutions this year. I will post as I come up with them. (If it's written, you are more likely to follow through with it) We will see if that is true for me...
1st Public Resolution
30 minutes of purposeful exercise 4 times/week