April 28, 2007
April 27, 2007
Something else hit home with me. The author touches on the subject of sacrifice and giving. She is talking about these in regards to money, but I thought about it in terms of parenting. I have heard so many times in my five and half years of being a parent that is a thank-less job and the biggest sacrifice a person can do. The Author talks about sacrifice as something that doesn't feel good and if we continue to sacrifice ourselves and put ourselves last on our "take care" list, then we will start to resent the very thing we are making sacrifices for and become angry. Giving comes from love and makes us feel good. So if we give from our hearts and are thankful, then it will feel good. I'm totally not portraying her message as elegant as she does, but you get the picture. I took it to heart big time! I've said many times, that I very much hope for my three children to be close and be thankful they have each other. I always knew I wanted more than one or two kids. So for me, having kids wasn't a sacrifice; although some days, it totally feels like I must have been big looney bird for having kids at all. In the big picture of life, it is my greatest accomplishment and my biggest gift . . . . I give them each other. And I hope they always remember that!
April 26, 2007
- reason to wear cute black & white polka dot rain boots
- the sound of rain drops on the trees and umbrella while on a trail walk
- long warm baths after school
- cozy jammies and comfy sweats
- the clean, fresh smell
- lovely warm Starbucks latte goodness
- a good excuse for long drives while listening to books on cd
- spring flowers and green grass
- splashing in puddles
- a great time to watch movies from under a comfy blanket while snuggling
April 25, 2007
Me: "Um . . . Lovely Lily . .uh . . . . well . . . ahhhh. . I have sort of bad news." (in my head: ohmigod, ohmigod, ohmigod, ohmigod, ohmigod, ohmigod!!!)
Lovely Lily: "Oh no, what is wrong? What happened?" (in her Ukrainian accent, with a stern face looking down at The Divine Miss O standing in front of me which I purposely placed (just a little bit) to shield myself from any uncertainties)
Me: "Well . . . . . uh . . . . . I need (picture me with a wincing face and shoulders raised up into my ears) . . . . to let you go - I'm sorry!!!!
Lovely Lily: (again in Ukrainian accent, face softening) "Oh, I thought something bad had happened. No worries, I have very many houses to clean. I need to stop taking houses so it's okay!"
Me: sigh . . . "Oh good, I'm glad . . . . .I felt bad . . . .I'm really sorry!"
Lovely Lily: (insert Ukrainian accent) "No-No-No. Do not feel bad. It is life! It's okay."
Phew - what a relief!! She is a very kind woman and my very first housekeeper. Living down in Olympia WA things like having a person come to your home and clean every two weeks is considered a major luxury and something only "rich people" do. After moving up North, I quickly realized that a lot of women have housekeepers and it's a very posh thing to do. After my third baby was born, I was feeling very overwhelmed by the state of my house. I felt like the clutter and lack of organization was slowly closing in on me. I couldn't breathe! But a friend had Lovely Lily coming to her house and she was looking for another customer. Her rates were good and I was selling my clutter on craigslist, so it all worked out. Her coming to my house really motivated me to get on the ball although I'm far from feeling completely organized and clutter free. So for now, I feel a little more in control of my house and Lovely Lily and I broke up. Sniff!
April 24, 2007
Wonder Boy is sweet and kind. He loves his sisters and smothers "his" baby with affection. He loves to cook and do helpful jobs . . . his favorite, taking the garbage out and checking the mail. He told me yesterday he wanted to be a pre-k teacher during the day and do what daddy does (software development) on the weekends when he grows up. I believe it! He will go far in life whatever he does.
April 23, 2007
Yesterday, we tried new things and succeeded!
April 21, 2007
After training, I ran home and picked up my girls. While the boys went to their t-ball game, The Divine Miss O, Baby Love and I went to the annual Spring Fling. What is Spring Fling you ask. I belong to a mothers group and every year they have a family get-together of sorts to celebrate family and spring. This year we met at local park and the wonderful Eric Ode sang and entertained our little kidlets. It was nice. I really love this group of women (with the exception of some odd balls) and I probably wouldn't have had made the connections with my community if I hadn't joined.
On the way to the Spring Fling, I finished my book on CD. The Curious Incident of the Dog at Nighttime was an interestingly good book. I enjoyed it. I also very much enjoyed being read to by the Gieko Gecko. After the book was done, I popped in my new Fratellis CD. The music is fun and upbeat - it makes me happy. The kids love it too and request for #2 to be played again and again. I'm also enjoying Regina Spektor at the moment. She's just swell!
I'm so glad it's the weekend. I had a hard week - very tiring. I'm hoping to relax some, sleep in a little and take the family out to Alki tomorrow morning for yummy cinnamon rolls at the Alki Bakery (Totally worth waiting and blowing your diet for! They are OMIGOD - yum! Seriously!!) and some play time at the awesome Whale's Tale Play-Park.
Happy Weekend to you!
April 20, 2007
April 19, 2007
I don't own that "it" quality that people gravitate towards. My son does! Mr Wonder Boy makes his presence known no matter where he is (sometimes to my great embarrassment). He is a talker and is inquisitive and a bit nosey at times. He likes to figure people out. And people like him! The divine miss O has already followed suit and lil' baby love is showing signs of this quality as well. Just the other day when we walked up to wonder boy's t-ball game, she was waving and yelling, in her little baby way, "hi!" to the crowd. This "no fear" sense of self must be something you are born with. Or maybe it's just something all kids have. Either way, I hope they never lose this quality. They are all fun, smart little people and I, for one, love spending time in their presence.
April 18, 2007
I received my creative memories album covers back yesterday. They have a really cool process where they print on the album covers. I had cute covers made for wonder boy and the divine miss o done for their one year albums. So I sent a cover in for lil' baby love a couple weeks ago. Since she was a baby, she loved playing with rubber duckies and has quite a few now, so I had her name, birthday and cute duckies printed on her cover. Cute, cute!! I also had our Disneyland cover printed. Love it too! Now I feel energized to do more scrapbooking!!
I'm working on a second blog (trying to be creative) called "Waking Up With You". I've been practicing playing with the fancy headers and such, so it's a work in progress. Check it out! The idea is to take a picture every morning as soon as I wake up and post the pictures in this picture blog. Today was my first morning. I'm still trying to figure out how to get my fancy header to work though - I'll have to get my computer savvy hubby to help me.
Oh Joy! I just caught the Divine Miss O brushing the dog with her brother's hair brush - lovely!
April 17, 2007
- good hugger
- unloads the dishwasher because he knows I hate to do it
- fought cancer and lived
- thinks about all the annoying little details when I don't (sometimes too much)
- grocery shops
- does his own laundry
- coaches t-ball
- changes diapers
- doesn't mind "girls night outs"
- good with computers
- can fall asleep anytime, anywhere
- watches chick flicks with me
- makes up funny songs and is good at it
- eats my bad cooking
- brings home the bacon
- lets me sleep in on Sundays
- makes coffee
- kisses me before he leaves, even if I'm still in bed
- reads bedtime stories with funny voices
- mows the lawn
- a do-it-yourself-er
- he is kind
- supportive of everything I do
- buys gifts
- loves the kids
- always on my side
- working on listening skills
- good at making small chat
- good at sports
- reads the paper and stays up on current news
- stops snoring when asked to roll over
- doesn't hog the bed and lets me pile fifty layers of blankets on my side
- fixes stuff
- loves me
Thank you for being my husband! I couldn't do it without you! I love you!
April 16, 2007
me: I don't know, what kind of dog tells time?
wonder boy: A watch dog!!
me: Tee hee - that's funny. Got any more?
wonder boy: Mmmmm, yes! What kind of train sneezes?
me: I have no idea.
wonder boy: A choo choo train!!
7:10am - wake up again, push hubby towards shower, decide to sleep more and get up after his shower is done
7:30am - get up, get dressed
7:40am - wake wonder boy up
7:50am - send wonder boy downstairs for breakfast, wake the girls up
8:00am - send the divine miss o downstairs for breakfast, get baby love dressed
8:05am - get baby love breakfast, yell at kids to get shoes on, get ready to leave
8:15am - load everyone in the minivan, kiss hubby goodbye, leave to take wonder boy to school
8:25am - curse school traffic and stupid drivers
8:35am - arrive at wonder boy's school, kiss goodbye, hello to teachers, drop wonder boy off, drive away to Starbucks
8:40am - start new book on cd called the curious incident of the dog in the nighttime. started reading the book two weeks ago and decided it would be faster to listen to it instead. listening to books on cd makes me happy. smile hearing narrator (sounds like the little geico gekko) and giggle imagining a little lizard sitting in the passenger seat reading to me.
8:45am - arrive at Starbucks and wait in long drive-through line
8:50am - still waiting
8:55am - still waiting but getting closer (stuck in line now and can't back out)
8:57am - place order wait another three minutes to get to window to pay and pick up drink
9:00am - drive away to Barnes and Noble in Bellevue to pick up book I ordered
9:25am - curse morning commute traffic, road construction, and stupid women drivers who do their hair while driving
9:45am - arrive at Barnes and Noble and am surprised I have to get a parking ticket to park (luckily B&N stamps your ticket so you don't have to pay for parking)
9:55am - finally get help and pick up book, decide to look around and fight urges to buy more books
10:00am - buy book, get parking ticket stamped, leave store
10:10am - back on freeway, drive home but decide to stop at Whole Foods on the way back
10:20am - walk around Whole Foods and look at all the over priced, super cute baby stuff, pick up some veggies, strawberries, hummus, and yogurt - yum! glance at poor women with two young boys completely out of control and listen to them scream at the top of their lungs. fight urge to give her a great big hug and tell her I've been there and to go home and try again later. feel lucky all is right and good in my little world at the moment.
10:40am - change overly wet diaper in parking lot
10:45am - leave Whole Foods, drive home to drop off groceries and pee
11:00am - leave home to pick up wonder boy from school
11:10am - arrive early at school, sit in parking lot and read new book (on blogging of course)
11:20am - load wonder boy up and drive home
11:30am - arrive home, unload kids, vacuum up mess left by dirty shoes, make lunch
11:45am - check email, try to get picture of baby love crawling (no luck), let kids watch an episode of Scooby Doo, talk to roofer guy who came to pick up check
12:05pm - watch baby love play in her favorite spot (in front of window)
12:10pm - cuddle with wonder boy and talk about school
1:10pm- let wonder boy and divine miss o go downstairs to play on computer, think about blog post, let dog in (it's raining again), open a pop, sit down and start writing . . . . .
1:28pm - spell check
1:29pm - think about adding anything
1:30pm - post
1:31pm - look at post, find typo, edit post, add
1:42pm - repost
April 15, 2007
Then we celebrated the good game and fun with sports by getting hot dogs at Costco. Good times!!
Other fun news: Little Miss Baby Love starting crawling!!! After all that worrying, she finally just up and did it. She has been pulling herself up onto her knees and exploring the house more. I can't keep her out of the kitchen. I can't wait to show her new skill off at physical therapy on Tuesday. Yay!! After a good rain storm last night, the air smells crisp and clean today - love it!! The sun is shining bright and J is heading out to the mow the lawn. I love that fresh cut grass smell!! Yum!
Happy day to you!!
April 14, 2007
April 13, 2007
April 12, 2007
1) I was watching the tail-end of Gray's Anatomy tonight and they played a video with this gal named Brandi Carlile (The Story). I was captivated by her odd sound. It was familiar to me . . . . almost Johnny Cash/Roy Orbison esq. Plus, I just love watching video or pictures set to music. I often set our family pictures to stream across our TV while playing my favorite tunes - love it!! I will catch myself standing in front of the tube admiring my sweet babies' faces smiling back at me while I'm flushed with memories of when, where, why that certain picture was taken. Then I realize I have kids in the tub or those dishes aren't going to get done by themselves.
2) I was checking out one of my fav sites decor8 and saw this hilarious book called No one Cares What You Had For Lunch: 100 Ideas For Your Blog. This blog thing is huge!! I knew it was big but I didn't know it was this huge. There are tons of how to books for bloggers. Who knew!! (I almost want to order the book along with Brandi Carlile's CD.)
3) Speaking of food, I made the most delish dinner tonight. M'm M'm - good! I know nobody cares what we ate, but I have to tell someone I made dinner and it turned out pretty darn good (amazingly). We had grilled turkey breast with yummy grilled asparagus and red/orange bell pepper ala the George Forman Grill. I loved it!! And to think, the whole dinner was only 2 points. Awesome!!
Now I'm going to watch this Notes from the Underbelly show. It looks funny but one never knows.
April 11, 2007
Now I'm off to do regular mom stuff. I think my Mr. Wonder Boy has an ear infection and both girls are sick with coughs and colds. I need to make an appointment for them all to get a check up. Nothing says FUN like going to a doctor office with three kids!! Aren't you jealous?!?! :)
April 10, 2007
The roofers finished our roof early this evening. Yay! No more half naked, sweaty roofer guys walking around the house with cigarettes hanging out of their mouths invading my personal space. (Now I know what fish feel like inside fishbowls.) J bought them pizza and beer today in hopes they would finish up and do a good job with the added incentive. Watching the guys swarm around the pizza boxes like bees to honey and then swipe all the beer left in the cooler before leaving was interesting but not surprising. Two of them ran up onto the deck grabbing a few bottles and take off as fast they could after their work was done. I wouldn't have seen them if I wasn't standing near the window and the noise of the cooler slamming shut caught my attention. It was like watching kids sneak candy when they thought they might get in trouble for doing so. Now the house is quiet and all signs of a roofing company is gone. I'm relieved! Next on our list: paint. Oh joy!
April 9, 2007
Which brings me to my next point. Raising kids and keeping them safe is hard enough without the added stress of these horrible people who commit crimes on children. It makes me completely, out of my mind, angry and feel sick all at the same time. This morning I happened to be watching a news clip about a grandfather who was caught molesting his granddaughter. Bleh!! What the hell is wrong with our legal system that these people are NOT put to death. They can NEVER be cured and once let out of jail after serving meager sentences, they re-offend over and over again. Something has to change! Innocent children's' lives are being brutally interrupted by this filth and we let them continue to live on. I feel like throwing up!
April 8, 2007
April 6, 2007
Today is the big day for other reasons as well. My Joints in Motion team mates and I are driving up to Burlington Washington tonight for our second walk/run. We will be walking the 5 mile course in the Skagit Valley Tulip Run tomorrow morning. I'm really excited!! I've never been the Tulip Festival and I'm looking forward to seeing all the flowers in bloom - I hear it is beautiful!! Plus the weather is supposed to be terrific unlike our St. Patty's Day Dash in March where it rained on us the whole time. In spite of the rain, it was lots of fun and I have the same high expectations for this one as well.
I have to give a great big shout out to my dearest, sweetest, funniest friend, KM in Michigan. She turned me onto The All American Rejects and their Move Along CD has been the soundtrack of my life this week. Every time I hear the song Move Along, I'm filled with the memory of her and her daughter (hey, hey, hey) dancing in their living room. I miss her terribly and I hope she comes to visit me very soon! "You hear me sista? Come see me!!"
A side note about Mr. Happy Piggy there . . . . . Some of you are probably wondering what the heck that's about. We found this adorable clay creation at the local Safeway and The Divine Miss O fell in love with him and wouldn't let us leave the store without buying him. She pets him "hello" and "goodbye" when we come and go. She's sweet that way - very compassionate and caring even for things that aren't real.
April 5, 2007
April 4, 2007
Last night was Weight Watchers night . . . . da da da dummm!! I was worried about hopping (as if I can "hop" up onto anything these days) on that scale afraid of what would show up. To my surprise I had lost another two pounds last week and am down a total of ten. Yay!! I was really happy. I have 1.8 pounds to lose before I hit that very secret, little, mini goal I had set for myself a long time ago. Go me!! On the road to "inspires to get in shape" continues, a few friends and I have joined the Arthritis Foundation in their Joints in Motion, Five for Five program. This Saturday is our second 5k (out of five) at the Skagit Valley Tulip run. We decided to walk the five mile course. I'm really looking forward to this one! I can't wait to get up there and see all the tulips.
Today is our third sick day. My little guy is just not feeling that great and it's best not to send him off to school. Hopefully, he'll feel better tomorrow and will be able to get a couple days of school in before Spring Break.
The weather is not as chipper as yesterday and we are all still in our pjs . . . . .
April 3, 2007
Okay, so I'm a little embarrassed to say, but I'm addicted to blogging. I love poking around and checking out other blogs. I feel a little like a stalker in a way. There are so many really creative and interesting people out there. I love reading blogs written by women who are raising young families but are making money by being creative. Although, I've noticed a big theme with most of the mom bloggers . . . . . they all seem to be Mormon. Nothing wrong with that, I'm just not. So I have been on a search for women, moms like me, who aren't religious but believe in being good people and love their families.
This weather has created a giant urge (need rather) to purge. I want to rearrange, clean and get rid of stuff we don't use and will never use. I want the places around me to look tidy and organized but I fear we will never get there unless we just get rid of stuff . . . . . lots of stuff. But I also don't want to get started on a project that I can't finish on my own. With weekends constantly being filled up with going there and doing that, it seems like our house and living arrangements take a back seat.
On a completely unrelated side note, my grandmother died on my father's side not long ago. My friend's grandmother is in the process of passing right now and it has reminded me of my grandmother. I don't quite know how to feel about it so I haven't been feeling anything about it. I wasn't close to her and when I was pregnant with my first, I made a conscious decision not to keep in contact with my father anymore. You see, he is not a healthy person. He's made many wrong and bad choices in his life and ultimately pushed me away because of it, even though he won't admit to that. Because in his mind, it's my fault, it's their fault, it's anybody elses fault but his own. Sad! My grandmother in her own right was not a healthy person either which leads one to believe there is a pattern to their behavior. But I do have some fond memories of my grandparents from when I was little and my mom and dad were together. Little things will pop in my head like when I'm carrying a glass with a beverage and ice. My grandmother was an alcoholic and she always had some mixed drink and the tinkling of the ice in glasses always reminds me of her. Not a very pretty memory, but a memory none the least. She loved to garden and was especially good at growing roses. She loved to wear tube tops and be tan. She once gave me a tube top when I was around six years old. I never wore it (are you kidding, a tube top! Please!) but I kept in the bottom of my drawer. I could pull it out and smell her "smell" on it which reminded me of her. She loved small, white dogs and always, always had at least two. I have lovely memories of driving to the beach and riding in the back of the pick up truck with my cousin. We would make pit stops for us kids to get one of those small cans of pop and my grandparents would make a drink (scary I know). So even though I haven't really mourned her passing, this is my little nod to her. Thanks for the memories Grandma M - I hope you are in a good and happy place now.
April 2, 2007
I found the bag of M&Ms you tried to hide this morning. I promise I won't eat the whole bag. Today is the day for you to buy me a new cell phone!!!
Have a good day! See you tonight!
April 1, 2007
It's true when you have kids, majority of your weekends are spent going to birthday parties. Today was probably our seventh birthday party attendance this year (including our baby's first birthday) and it's only April 1st. When I was kid, I only remember having a couple "big" birthday parties and that was when I turned 5 and 16. I only remember the party for my fifth birthday from what I've seen in pictures. My big sixteenth was a sleep over with 7 or 8 crazy girls. Most of my special days were spent going out to dinner with my parents or getting to take a friend to do something special. This day and age is all about the party! Lots of people/kids, cute themes, and chaos. Don't get me wrong - I love a good theme. It's my favorite part of kid birthday parties. I get caught up in the cuteness of it all . . . . . the party favors, the matching plates/napkins/cups, the cake, the food, the people and the theme . . . . .ahhhhh, yes the theme. That's the most fun part of the party!
Now that my little family has grown to a party of five of its own, we spend our fair share going to and throwing birthday parties. For some reason, today's party made me reflect on the whole kid birthday party throwing hoopla. I actually lost a good friendship over this very occasion. I'm not sure why. Maybe it was time for us to grow apart. I know there were other contributing factors to the demise of our friendship which all seem very trivial now. But it happened. I'm sad about it and wish if it had to happen, that it had happened differently. But I'm not angry or hurt about it anymore. I guess I have moved on and am growing up. Growing up is a long, bumpy road. Throwing birthday parties for our children is a celebration not only for the kids but for us parents as well. It's a celebration that we made it through another year of bumps and came out the other end stronger and with a greater appreciation for the things that are truly important: Family and good friendships!