Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Outside My Window…
it is absolutely gorgeous. Now THIS is the weather I was talking about when I said March was my favorite month to live in Central Texas!! We had severe weather last week, though, and a serious hail storm did enough damage to require a new roof & body work to both vehicles. It was golf ball sized or larger hail & pretty wicked looking.
I am thinking…
about JR and the deadlines he is under at work. I am thinking how long it has been since I was working and had deadlines. It is so easy to forget how challenging working can be. I don’t miss working, but I do miss the camaraderie of my team, the setting & accomplishing of goals, the challenge of stretching myself, and the satisfaction of a completed project. Those are all relevant to mothering to some degree, but in a very different way. Oh, and the paychecks were nice, too!
I am thankful for…
my Dad. Today is his 58th birthday and I am grateful for the wonderful man that he is and the loving, devoted father he has always been to me. Thank you for your lighthearted spirit, your fun-loving attitude, your generous & kind soul. I have been thinking about my Dad lately as I see my girls with their Daddy. I remember the special way a little girl lovingly admires her father. I remember dancing on his toes at weddings & thinking he was king of the world! I love you, Daddy!
Happy Birthday, Grandpa Goofball!!
(If you look closely, you’ll see Livy’s face is covered in chocolate thanks to the candy cane full of M&Ms from Grandpa)
We are learning…
has started eating solids. I wasn’t in any rush (and we’ve always waited until 6 months anyway), but we have some friends who had babies (baby Benett
& little Roxy
) more than a month after Violet was born and they were both eating cereal long before she was so we were starting to feel like we were behind! Violet had rice cereal for the first time on my birthday and was so excited to be eating like a big girl. Time to load up on all the baby veggies and get the freezer stocked with sweet potato, squash & avocado! She is also a serious scooter/crawler now and will even follow us from room to room (albeit slowly). I can’t believe our little Peanut is moving around!! I guess being petite has its advantages!
Molly is at a really adorable age. At 19 months, she is old enough to mimic big sister and play house, but not old enough to be very naughty (that is not to say she doesn’t have a mind of her own, just that she is not trying to be ornery)! She is a very sweet little mama and loves to rock her babies, nurse her babies & put them down for naps. She is such a happy little thing and always greets Violet with a cheery “Hey, baby!!” which apparently is what I say when I get Violet from her crib. 🙂 Molly still calls Livy “Mama” and misses her big sister whenever they are apart. She is really starting to talk a lot (though JR & I are the only who knows what she’s saying). Yesterday, she dumped her cookies out of the bag and I asked her to put them back. “No, Mama,” she said, “I want cookies in bag.” Yikes!
Olivia was the special child at school today. The themes were green & square so she took green jell-o jigglers and her shamrock pillowcase from Grandma Andrews for show & tell. She also wore a Jolly Green Giant t-shirt from Grandma Kane to be sure to look festive. I am just amazed at how grown-up she is already. There is nothing she enjoys more than helping Mom & Dad so she regularly empties the silverware from the dishwasher, sets the table, “makes” salads (by putting the spinach in bowls), picks up toys, & helps her sisters. I am really proud of her devotion to the little girls.
This is a picture of Olivia wearing the dress I wore for my Aunt Teri’s wedding (oh, about 28 years ago!). My sister, Rachel, was the flower girl & had this dress in purple. All my little girl cousins & I got to have a matching dress in a different color! I doubt my Mom has time to scan the picture of all of us cousins from the wedding & email it to me for posting (she’s a tax preparer, so this is obviously a hectic time), but if Grandma or one of the aunts can do it, I’d love to show how Liv compares to the previous generation!! Oh, and I don’t know why she’s giving such a tortured look. She was having fun trying on dresses, I swear!
From the kitchen…
there is not a lot exciting going on these days. JR is working long hours this week so I am taking advantage and not doing much for dinners. Last night, the girls & I had grilled hot dogs & pasta salad! 🙂
I am wearing…
black slacks, a turquoise t-shirt & flip flops. I’ve thought about stretching myself & trying another type of footwear but change is hard & summer is HOT!!
I am creating…
what I can. I hit some more hiccups in my plans for Violet’s announcements and have accepted that they will get out soon, but not on my original time line (or the 1st alternate or 2nd alternate or 3rd alternate . . . .). I’m conflicted about it, but I’m trying to find the balance between setting goals/deadlines & realizing that life happens and doing what I can when I can. Sometimes arbitrary deadlines aren’t helpful, but if there is never a due date, it can be over 6 months before a birth announcement goes out!
I am getting pretty good at …
getting in the 5 basic things I must do to be a healthy person in order that I might serve my family better – pray, shower, eat, exercise, & sleep. In fact, I started a 5k training program last Saturday and have 12 weeks to be race ready for a 5K. This will technically be my second 5k, but since I erased the first one from my memory (yes, it was that bad), this is officially my first running endeavor. I’m excited to have a date on the calendar and something to work toward. I’ll admit I’ve been inspired by JR’s commitment to his marathon training (he’s doing the FULL Lincoln Marathon on May 3rd). Two of my brothers are natural runners and were quite competitive in Cross Country in their day (Nathan even ran in college). I also have an aunt who runs everyday, so there is something in my genes that says I could be a runner . . . we shall see!
I am reading…
I think it’s time to be honest in this section. So far, I’ve been putting the title of a book that’s on my nightstand thinking that I will pick it up and read it in the week ahead. So far that has not happened. So honestly, I am not reading anything except stories with my little ones. The ironic thing is that I love collecting books and my house is full of books I’ve yet to read!
I am hoping…
that my friend Tanya’s daughter, Ana, will have a miraculous healing from her cancer. I am hoping that God will not call her to Himself just yet. I am hoping & praying that God will give her the opportunity to have a long & happy life. I am praying for a miracle. Please join me.
I am hearing…
Jack Johnson on Pandora – decided to shake things up a bit!
Around the house…
I am working on creating daily & weekly routines. I have pretty much been operating in crisis mode & putting out fires for the last year and I am ready to have a more peaceful flow to things. I know that having regular routines will make life easier on me & the girls so we are starting to play with our schedule (or lack there of) to figure out what fits and what I can do when. There are a lot of suggestions out there and it’s a matter of finding what fits with our lifestyle. I’m also trying to build up to something respectable by starting step by step. One example I liked is as follows (this is my Step 1 starting today):
DEW Each Morning:
Dishes (empty dishwasher & wash dishes by hand)
Eat (plan meals for the day)
Wash (get the laundry going)
3 Ss each Evening:
Set the dishwasher to run overnight.
Set out stuff for tomorrow.
One of my favorite things…
my husband. I don’t tell him enough, or reflect on it enough, but I simply adore this man! Here are my top 5 favorite things about the man I married:
- dependable provider – he excels at his current job and meets all of our needs, but I know if circumstances were to change, he would do ANYTHING he had to to take care of us
- impressive athlete – this marathon training is incredible. Last Monday he ran 16 miles BEFORE going to work!
- handsome devil – he’s always been a looker, but the marathon training is definitely noticeable!!
- handiest handy man you could ever hope for
- devoted Daddy – there are not words to describe what it means to see the love he has for his girls and the joy he finds in being with them.
Daddy & the “big” girls watching a show about tiny, but deadly jellyfish (they find the most bizarre shows to watch).
A Few Plans For The Rest Of The Week:
Today I’ll call my Dad & cousin Holley who celebrate birthdays today – Happy Birthday!! Livy has preschool today & Thursday and it’s a big week because she gets to take snack & bring show & tell. Tomorrow a friend is dropping by with her 2 year-old Sara Beth so that we can get acquainted better in case we are called on to keep Sara Beth while her new baby brother or sister is born next weekend! I have my group session with my personal trainer Wednesday evening & 5K training Saturday morning. Might attend the strength class at NI on Friday morning (it’s at 6:15am, and believe it or not, I did make it there on my birthday last Friday!). I’m looking forward to meeting with Madonninas Mothers (my mommy prayer group) on Thursday morning. Sunday is my Mom’s birthday so hopefully, we can do a videochat with the birthday grandparents this week!!
Here is a picture thought I am sharing…
Decided to add pictures throughout this time so you’ve already seen everything! Hopefully, we can get the on-line photo album updated soon – we are seriously behind now . . .