I was in a bit of a rush yesterday when I blogged so I wanted to say more. I like taking M to do lots of things so she can have fun, but also to make memories. But then I always wonder if she really does remember things. (cuz really, how many things can you remember from three?) This past week I found out. We were planning her party and she said,"mom are you gonna surprise me with decorations when I wake up like last year?". I was surprised that she remembered and then I felt good that yes, some things I do actually make a difference. So, Thursday night after getting done with the cake at ten pm or so J and I stayed up to decorate. It was so worth it to hear that squeal of delight on friday morning! I just love having a beautiful, sweet, and mature four year old. She brings me so much joy! I thank my Father in Heaven for her everyday.
If you don't want to read something negative don't read this: Reasons I hate winter: It's cold. My feet and hands are always cold. My hips, knees, and fingers hurt. It is dark early in the day. It's dark when I wake up. It's cold. I'm cold when I get out of bed in the ams. I And that's why I am glad it's still 90 degrees in October!
Today my sweet and innocent daughter taught me a valuable lesson. We were in the check-out line at the store. There was a young (early teen) girl and her mom a few people ahead of us. M said," mom do you see that girl with the sparkly shirt? She's gorgeous!" It was nearly a slap in the face for me. I had judged that daughter of God on her attire and hair do. Mentally I had already classified her into whatever social class I thought she fit into. But M showed me the error of my ways. I hope I remember this lesson and really see people for who they are-not who I think they are.
M has a book called Little Hands Love. It is a cute touch and feel about what little hands like to play. I've always loved to watch the little hands in my house play, and hold things, and reach for my face, and all the busy things little hands do. As one pair of the little hands in my home has been fairly sick for four full days now I have seen a whole lot of his little hands. They have so much potential! Already they are loving, sweet, innocent. As he grows those qualities will mature. (I hope they fix things too!) I love the little hands that have been sent to me and pray daily I can raise them right.
Another math equation: 4 nights in a row with not enough sleep + one whole day of hard work = short temper
Well, we got J's room ready for him and got the house cleaned up. Of course it got messy again- but for a good cause. My room is still kind of a wreck although I have seen it worse. Today I will finish the laundry, rearrange the dining room, straighten the whole house, take m to school, make and cleanup dinner and put the kids down early and the relax! Here is a pic of the table grandpa made that m and I painted this am.
Here is the story: I always get crazy craft ideas and then think I can do them for some reason. I never turn out to be as crafty as I'd like. However, I think this one turned out to be pretty cute. It is a gift for a baby shower wrapped in a formula can. I opted for no lid.
Here is my story: our neighbors are out of town. They asked me to take care of things while they are on holiday. No big deal, right? Ha ha. Pumpkin the goat got her head stuck in the fence on Sunday. So we cut the fence and got her out. I found a pipe to stick on her horns to keep her from doing it again but she kept trying to butt me so I gave up and hoped she would not be so stupid as to do it again. Wrong. She is stupid. Monday I go over to check on her and she is stuck. So this time I got smart and duct taped the pipe to her head before I cut the fence. But the misery of the goat adventures is not over. Today I went to feed them and there was a live mouse in the feed. Ack! I'm no country girl but I couldn't leave it in there so I was tough and scooped it up in the bucket and threw it out. Ack! Oh yeah, I forgot to mention how a horse fly bit me on a left cheek-i won't tell you which one... But wait! There's more! Somehow in all of that I got poison ivy. I truly can't remember the last time I got poison ivy. Ugh: it itches and I'm going to be horrified if the kids get it from me. That would be miserable for them. At least all the plants and animals are still alive!
On a random side note, I figured out why I love reading people's blogs so much: I'm nosy! Truly I love knowing what people do and how they live. I do. I'm mrs. Lynde, the busy body who watches out the window to see what the neighbors are up to!
I wish I could tell this story in a clever way- like one of K's poems or B's narrations- but I can't. So I'm just going to tell it like it was: nasty. The sad part is, it wasn't even the nastiest story I have. It's just a story.
J did a runny poo in his diaper on the way to driving M to school. I was not aware of this. He went to sleep. When we got there I had the idea to put him in the snuggli facing me so he would stay asleep. When we were outside I smelled nothing; however, when we got into the building I thought it smelled kinda funny. I soon found out why. We went into the classroom and I was naively talking to the head teacher when another mom pointed out that poo was dripping down J's leg and onto the floor. (thus the smell that was following me.) So the teacher started freaking out and ordering me to go to the bathroom and stuff. I went into the hall, cleaned up the baby,wiped the poo off my fav white shirt that my big sis just gave me, (and wouldn't you know that I had washed a load of whites this morning?) and went back inside. Her teacher apologized to me for having a panic attack. She said she never had a baby so she did not know what to do and she did not want the other kids to see the baby's parts. LOL Wow do I love being a mom!
The other day I organized M's dress up stuff a little- so of course she has been playing more dress up. I don't know why kids like a toy so much more when it's put away- maybe I'll figure that out some day.
I have been swearing to myself every night for about a month: "tomorrow I will scrub my bathroom." gross, I know. Seriously gonna do it tomorrow cuz I just can't handle it anymore. Also, I had the realization that every morning I wake up with so many possibilities of what I can do with my kids for that day. One of the greatest blessings of my life is that I get to spend this time with them- and spend it with so many options around us.
I hung out with my one of my awesome sisters! She is so smart, creative, and fun, and such a good little mama. M played really hard today and went to bed late. As a result she had several meltdowns during our gown down time. Dad washed tons of dishes for me. I still had some to wash. I sacrificed relaxing with my sweetheart to get them done, but it feels so much better knowing I don't have quite as much house work in the morning. That means more time with my little sweeties. Oh, and I got another squash!
My sweet baby My precious not-so-toddler-now girl My husband-who carries heavy burdens Dishwashers that drain The magnolias, the mamosas, and the gardenias that are all in bloom right now-I love MS! A family that prays and fasts together Junk food Laughing in the rain That I get to see my sister really soon! Sleep - Posted using BlogPress from my iPhones
I just love living in the country! This is defiitely the life for me. Yesterday I picked about three or four cups of fresh blackberries in my back yard- yum. It's quiet, it's private, and it's only ten minutes into town! Also, we get all kinds of visitors: deer, cows, horses, cats, dogs, frogs, and turtles.
On a side note I've had to teach M a couple things about cats: 1) cats cannot jump on the trampoline with you 2) cats do not want to swim in your pool 3) cats do not want a shower or coat of sand. - Posted using BlogPress from my iPhone
I've really been itching to take a trip this summer, (still might if opportunity presents itself) but I've realized something in the past two weeks that J has been off. We have spent a lot of time together and really enjoyed ourselves. We don't have to be doing anything special because it really is the small moments that count. We have done some fun things though. Yesterday we went to the air show: hot, but fun.
The problem with laundry isn't that there is just so much of it, or that it's hard to do (throw clothes in the washer, throw clothes in the dryer -not hard). For me, the problem begins when they come out all clean and warm from the dryer. It seems that no matter what method I use, there is always a pile of somebody's clothes on the floor/chair/bed that did not get put away. And every morning I wake up and think "I've got to do that today," but then more important things come up- like playing playdough or doctor- and the pile of clothes is ignored yet again. I wish that house cleaning fairy would at least put the clothes away before she left on Mondays. How rude of her to leave me with such a tedious chore.
Things I found stuffed or fallen in the folds of the couch covers today when I took them off for washing: four hair bows, several rocks, lots of corn kernals (from a comfy corn that M dumped out about two months ago), eight pieces of chalk, and three crayons. :)
Poor Jared, I'm gonna ruin his summer vacation. He gets two weeks off. I'm gonna use him! Last night I said "I'm so excited you are gonna be here for laundry day tomorrow!" and I saw a look spread across his face. That's right buddy you are in my territory now. Mwahaha...
Lately I've been worried about m's testimony because we have not really taught her like we should have all along. But she does think about God. Yesterday at the refuge she said about a dead fish: "maybe Heavenly Father can help it."
I do pretty well without this precious commodity. However, if my lack of sleep builds up then my amount of patience goes down. It is directly correlated. Two questions: how do I get my three month old to sleep through the night? And, why is it that every time my kids sleep in I have to be up for something? Or else one will sleep in and the other won't. It's all a bit tortorous. On a side note: m always teaches me. Yesterday I heard her tell her aunt "it's very sad that we aren't going to church today" she knows where we should be.
The other day M was at school and J was asleep so it was very quiet and I actually had a real, original thought about something Other than housework or what to make for dinner. Her sweet and adorable chatter is so constant I never have silence! Yesterday she asked us why Heavenly Father made ants. We referred her to Grandpa of course. Today I will say that even though I've been slack about some of my spiritual strengthening deeds, I know I am so very very blessed. I have the most wonderful husband and special children I am so thankful for my sweet little family.
Had a nice day today because i was with friends. Went to lunch and the kids were really good-m actually sat and ate so it was really nice. Then we had the shower here and I think the guest of honor had a good time. The food was good and the company was good as well. I love entertaining.
About six months ago we had some cows visit us and last night we looked out and there were five horses. They were just grazing. The dogs were going crazy! I just love living in the country! Here is a bad picture. Also j just loves standing up. He is tryingto skip his infancy I think . It's a little sad- he is rolling over, standing up (not on his own), and possibly teething. I'm not sure about the teeth. He is very drooly and his bottom gums are white and bumpy. I will be so sad if he gets teeth this early.
Yesterday was so busy. J was a trooper. M had two egg hunts. We all got sweaty and tired. And we received great news- two bits of it too. We may be too tired to go to creative movement in the mornin' and we are going to plant the garden! Thanks to daddy and his tiller. I can't wait to get my hands in the dirt!