17 October 2014

Kiddo Cutes

Lemme just tell you -- these kids have been giving me a run for my money, lately! Most nights, as soon as they are in bed, I have all I can do to lay on the couch and watch a show with M. I know its just the stages they are at -- L is coming into his "three-nager" stage. And boy is his attitude starting to shine! S is still our dramatic girl, although she's starting to settle a bit, which is a nice change. And I know school and dance are doing wonders for her -- in only a few short weeks, I can see how much she is learning, which is incredible! Kids are sponges! One of these days, I will be begging to have the days back when  the kids were waking me up at 545am, because they just wanted to spend THAT MUCH extra time with Mom. Or at least thats what I'm telling myself right now.

Lord, when that day comes, please remind me that sleep is necessary, and I can just enjoy my time with them {as much as they'll allow at that age} later in the day!


s: look! i can do a cartwheel.
*failed attempt*
daddy: i really wish someone would teach that child how to do a cartwheel ... im tired of seeing her donkey-kick the air ...

picking up sister from her church class:
l: lemme hold sissy's tag.
l: what is dat? dat a cupcake!
mommy: are you a cupcake?
l: nooooo!
mommy: are you sure? i bet you taste like a cupcake!
l: no -- i taste like a sausage!

again, at dinner time:
S: God is good, God is great ... thank for the food. Amen.
Mom: You know -- you are supposed to say Grace before eating ...
S: but ... if I don't like the food, why should I thank Jesus for it?

spilling everyone's secrets:
S: Pappy isn't going to die, right?
Mom: No, sweetie. Why would you worry about that.
S: Well ... he did something bad. Really bad.
Mom: He did?
S: He threw something. At Target.... and it BROKE!
Mom: ...
S: That's bad!


It's Friday -- which means the weekend is upon us. Ours will be full of family visits, a birthday party complete with cousins and a bounce house, church, and a big lunch with friends. As well as a phone call to Mimi and Papa. Satisfying, I'd say. What about you -- what are your weekend plans?

16 October 2014

Pushing Aside the Sloth Within Me

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Yesterday was just one of those days.

We ran errands all morning -- and the kids weren't happy after the second stop. The list was long, and they survived, but they made it known each step of the way that they would rather be at home. And on top of the never ending errand list, we had the never ending rain storm, to boot.

It was the kind of day you want to throw on some sweatpants, curl up on the couch with a movie or a good book, and just get lost. Maybe take a nap. Do anything but be productive.

And you know -- that's just what I did, as soon as we got home and the kids were down for a nap. I turned on the DVR, watched a couple shows, lounged with the cat, and eventually woke up, realizing I had been napping for who knows how long! Productive? Nope. Comfortable?! You betcha!

I finally got off my bum and woke the kids up, who had both given in to rainy-day naps, as well. They asked for a movie, and I gladly obliged -- who was I to deny them that same laziness that I had just found and enjoyed myself.

And this feeling just crept over me -- this incredible lack of motivation. Laundry? Who wants to do that. Cook dinner? No way ... we'll survive off sandwiches. Rainbows class tonight for S? It's okay if she misses this one time.

And then I read a status message on Facebook ... about our pastor, and his recent health episode. And it dawned on me: I can. So I should!

Here I am, alive. Healthy. And fully capable. All because of His grace. So why was I caving to this overwhelming feeling of nothingness?!

I tossed the laundry in the washer -- thankful that we have clothes on our backs, and can afford the water needed to wash them with. I put dinner on the stove -- grateful that we have enough to eat, that our bellies never know what it's like to miss a meal. And I prepared our stuff for Rainbows/church class. Because there is never a time when soaking up The Word isn't food for my soul. When prayer and worship and praise don't lift me up and leave me feeling solid, whole, capable, and worthy.

The dvds will be there tomorrow. Today?! I'll get to work, because He gave me today. The only today there will be. And I need to put it to good use.

What are you doing today?! 

14 October 2014

Saying Good-Bye to Beach Season

A few weeks ago, we had our last walk in the sand for this season. We got together with a few friends, lathered on the sunscreen, hauled out bags of sand toys, and had a great day outside. It was mid-September, and we were in bathing suits, enjoying 85 degree weather! We flew kites. Dug for shells and sharks' teeth. Buried the kids' legs. And jumped in the waves. Each one of us had a sad look on our faces when it was time to get in the car and drive away from that mini-paradise. And not only do we miss the beach -- the sun, the sand and the salty air, but we miss our friends, too. I'm sure we'll get down to see them soon, even if the weather is less than perfect ... and slightly cooler. But the beach days will have to wait until next season.

At least the last one was a great one!

13 October 2014

The Days At The End Of The Week

We started the weekend off with little planned -- just going to fly by the seat of our pants. And it ended up going pretty well. The kids and I yard-saled and picked up TONS of new books {one of our favorite things to shop for!} and a few other fun finds for the house. We hit up a local playground, and eventually grabbed some lunch. We played with our Pappy, and his dog. Enjoyed breakfast for dinner. Sat through Student Invasion at church -- where the sermon on Hosea was so amazingly touching. The kids colored some Halloween pictures for a local coloring contest, and we even dug out some water color paints, which entertained them for over an hour! Mom even got in on the fun, painting houses for the kids, and even a Monsters Inc picture. We wrapped our weekend up with a friend's wedding, small and quiet, family-oriented and nice. The kids thought we were watching a princess, and as soon as they kissed, S announced "...and then they fell in love!" Clearly, we've been watching Disney movies a lot lately!

Another good one for the books. I cannot complain. Except that M was working, and unable to completely share in the moments with us.

What about you, friends?! Anything fun that was accomplished this weekend?

10 October 2014

Its Finally Friday

What a week. Honestly, there were a few moments that I didn't know if we would all survive, with our sanity intact. Probably more than just a few of those moments, really. Once a year, M has to get re-certified for his job, and this week was it. Which mean four days of 12-14+ hours -- he leaves before the kids wake up, and most nights, he's home after they are already in bed. And by Thursday, it was really just wearing on us all.

Our first preschool day this week was cancelled at the very last minute -- as we pulled into the parking lot for drop-off, I get a phone call that the bus wouldn't start, therefore they needed a mechanic, and have no back up. At least there was still class on Wednesday.

This week, we had blood drawn at the hospital. We baked banana bread. We met new ladies at our MOPS group, and played with old friends who are becoming fast favorites. We worked on our cartwheels, got a cake pop treat at Starbucks, and found a few fun steals at Goodwill! We dealt with a sour-stomached cat, spent plenty of time outside in the sunshine, dug out the play doh, and visited with our Pappy.

Overall ... the week went fast. And I am so grateful for that. Now, bring on the weekend!