Monday, July 7, 2014

Oh, July

I have a few goals for the next 2 weeks. I want to go through all of our clothes, organize the kitchen cabinets and go through and organize the kids' toys. That's a lot of organizing. I don't know if I'll get it all done when I want to, but I'm going to try.

This morning the kids (except Sam) went to VBS. They were so excited when I picked them up. They were telling me all about what they did; D and Ryan got to be in a skit and they all got these little yellow foam submarines, so on the way home they were singing "we all live in a yellow submarine".

I haven't read a book in a few months, so I'm going to start The Hiding Place tonight. The boys and I are learning a lot and having fun with Taekwondo. Our first belt test is in a few weeks and I'm nervous about it. I need to practice more at home because I keep forgetting the second part of our pattern, but thankfully I have our manual that gives step by step instructions! I think I'm going to sign the kids up for soccer camp at the end of the month. I'm not really into soccer, especially in late July and August in Texas. Talk about hot, but one child in particular has repeatedly asked to play soccer for about 2 years. Something has always come up or we missed the deadline to sign up, however, this year I got smart and found out early about the dates. Ok, I gotta feed all the mouths!

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

I keep forgetting this thing

 My mom laughed when I told her we were going to sleep in hammocks. And I would expect most people would laugh at that. Who would give up a conventional spring mattress that makes you toss and turn to sleep in a gently swaying, pressure free, brain stimulating hammock? I've been reading hammock forums and research and although I wasn't into the idea at first I'm seriously considering it now. And I don't see any harm in trying it. That's how I am about a lot of things. Unless, of course, trying something requires a lot of money, then we'll just stick to what we're doing. Anyhow, if we do end up trying out the hammock thing I'll have to write a post about it.

The kids are in swim lessons. Rose jumped off the diving board for the first time today. Jumped is the wrong word. She sat down on the end of it and her instructor held her hand and kind of pulled her in. Everyone cheered for her and later she told me she was brave. She really is.

I think the kids are all just about asleep for naps which means I have to run out and paint a bed frame. Maybe I'll take some before and after pictures. And maybe I'll remember I have a blog again.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Why Not?

Four months later....
 So, maybe I abandoned the blog on purpose. I just didn't think my life was interesting enough that anyone would want to read about it. And it's busier with kids in school, a four year old with strong opinions (and a temper- don't know where she got that from) and a one year old that climbs on everything. I would rather read and zone out when I can than try to articulate anything that's remotely close to what I'm feeling. Sometimes words are not my forte.
The truth is, I don't really care if anyone reads this. I'm going to keep on documenting the daily grind, the ever predictable routine.... it's like the "song that goes on and on my friends". I will probably enjoy looking back on this in 18 years when all my kids have graduated from high school and wonder if I remember the little years accurately. Like when I go shopping and even though 90% of the time it's fairly easy and no one has any meltdowns, sometimes going to Costco turns out to be a real pain. However, there's samples galore there and even though my little toddler girl insists on being carried half the time which makes pushing a loaded basket difficult, if I let her eat all the strawberries she wants from the 4 pound container I got solely for her it turns out okay. She looks like a total mess at the checkout, but she's not screaming.
My super consistent schedule has been altered with the loss of my washing machine. It was with us for a good ten years and worked really hard. But, without a washing machine I have been loading up only the necessary items and using my mom's laundry room until we get a new machine and..... a brand new laundry room!! The room is framed out and I am so very excited! But the clothes be piling up like Mt. Everest anyway.
If I end up talking about laundry then it's time to stop writing for the day. (Obviously when the laundry room is finished and I am partying with a new washing machine that will need a post.) This post brought to you by Curious George, bananas and weird determination to keep on keepin' on.

Friday, January 24, 2014

ten happy things friday

It has been a few months. Sorry for the long blog silence... I can't promise I'll post before another 4(ish) months go by, but I'll try.

It's Friday! It snowed the tiniest bit overnight and everything iced over and school was cancelled! It was a fun day here.

A new job (for Tim) that's closer to home.

I really like my life. I like my house, small it may be, but it is perfect in its own way. My kids drive me crazy and it's wonderful. My husband works so hard for us and makes me so happy.

Books! I read 3 books in the past 2 weeks and they were great. I weirdly feel a little lost after the kids go to bed I have no book to read. Any recommendations I would appreciate.

I think my ultimate comfort food is mashed potatoes and gravy. There are many evenings that I'm trying to work mashed potatoes into dinner. If only they went well with tacos.

Organizing things. Browsing an uncrowded Ikea on a Wednesday was actually relaxing. Maybe I have actually lost my mind for good this time.

Costco. I know I'm late to the crowd here, but wow, the savings are awesome. Not everything is cheaper, but the savings on two items alone are worth the membership.

2014 looks promising. I don't make resolutions at the start of new years.... I just make them whenever I feel like I need a change. Why wait until a new year to start bettering yourself?

There are two parts in church that I like the most... the promise of forgiveness at the beginning and the benediction at the end.

Listening to music. Music is such a great therapy. The harmonies and melodies. The riffs and choruses and the unexpected departures from them... it's soothing.

Friday, October 25, 2013

ten happy things friday

Both girls are napping. This is a huge deal for me since Rose has pretty much given up naps. I wasn't sure what to do with this uninterrupted time so here I am.

Last Friday I was able to go with D and his class on a field trip to a corn maize. It was a lot of fun to get to spend some time with just him. Also, first graders are hilarious.

I could be doing things like putting laundry away or reorganizing the baskets in the bathroom, but due to our new "no housework after noon" policy I painted my nails and read blogs instead.

Sam had a checkup earlier this week and I snapped this picture in the exam room because how awesome and rare is it to see this in a doctor's office (or anywhere that's not church affiliated)?
How cute is this baby?

Sunday we went out to a pumpkin patch/Christmas tree farm and had such a good time! And I am really excited about Christmas this year.

Tacos are delicious.

Date nights. We don't get many and don't even have one planned, but I like having them.

October in Texas. Cool in the mornings and warm and sunny in the afternoons.

Happy birthday to my sweet mother-in-law today and to my brother tomorrow!