Slowing Down. . .slightly

26 07 2008

I am sitting down with a cup of coffee and an English muffin on a Saturday morning to catch you all up on the happenings around here.  The laundry is underway, the kids are entertained, Conrad is off to a class. . .we’ll see how long the peace lasts.

This is all very random:

Ellie is on this kick where she associates each person with one word.  Her conversations sound like this:

Mama, where’s purse?

Lydia, where’s lion?

Bryn, where’s bunny?

Daddy, where’s bible?

Nana, where’s Rusty (the dog)?

Kimmie, where’s Jon?

Everytime she sees someone she asks them the same question over and over.  Sometimes it’s hilarious, sometimes it’s annoying.

I spent the last 3 days with my mom.  Kimmie and I took my girls (and her cantelope sized baby) to Goshen to hang out with my mom, brother, sis-in-law and their 3 kids.  We had a great time.  We took all the kids (except my 15 month old nephew who had a dr. appt.) blueberry picking and we picked 24 lbs. of blueberries in about an hour.  Not bad.  Even Ellie had her own bucket.  I couldn’t believe how well she did.  I told her to just pick the blue ones and leave the green ones alone and she did!  We divided the berries up so today I plan to do some baking but I plan to freeze most of them.

We also spent a day at the pool.  I love pools, I love water, and I love my kids.  But all 3 kids need close supervision and without Conrad there it was a bit stressful for me (B and L have been taking swimming lessons but are not yet confident swimmers).  At one point Ellie tripped and fell backwards into the water nearly sending my heart into cardiac arrest.  Thankfully Kimmie was right there to scoop her back out and it was no big deal (other than the heart thing!).  At another point, Lydia got too confident without her floatie and pushed herself too far away from the side of the pool then couldn’t get back.  I saw it happening and could get to her fast enough so that it wasn’t a big deal either.  But, both of those incidents were enough to remind me why I don’t go to the pool alone!

As we were getting ready to leave Goshen, Ellie threw the worst temper tantrum of her life (literally).  Maybe some of you have noticed I haven’t been referring to my “perfect and easy baby” very much these days.  That’s because she is 2 and I don’t really like 2 year olds.  She can be cute and funny and downright endearing.  But overall, I don’t really like her right now.  KIDDING!!  Just kidding.  But, any of you who have survived the terrible twos know what I’m talking about.  They don’t call them terrible for nothing. . .  I think I ate close to 20 Dove Dark Chocolate pieces just to survive that fit.  Some prefer cigarettes or vodka.  Not me.  Give me Dove Darks any day and I’m good to go.

I have 5 friends/family members expecting babies the first week of August.  Two of them had their babies last week:  my new niece (Conrad’s sister’s baby),  Cara Eve was born last Saturday, and my new cousin-once-removed,  Braden Emery was born on Thursday.  Both arrived early to everyone’s surprise.  Those are fun phone calls to get. . .

The coming week should be a little better pace.  The church is nearly done.  We plan to have our first service there next week (August 3rd).  We have a big cleaning day scheduled for Thursday to get the place in tip-top shape for the first service.  I’ll be relieved when this is done, done, DONE!

Okay.  Enough rambling.  Anyone who made it to the end of this pointless entry is a friend indeed.  Until next time. . .

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Back to Bullet Points

9 07 2008

I’m sure you’re all tired of me starting my blog entries with the excuse that I’m so busy I can’t think straight, but the honest truth is, I’m so busy I can’t think straight!  I hate living life at this pace!!  Things are about to slow down.  The biggest source of this busyness is the new church building.  We are hoping to have our first service in the new building on the 20th which is less than 2 weeks away and there is so much to be done.  Every spare moment has been spent painting, ordering curtains, shopping for all kinds of detail items, and trying to keep my sanity through it all.  I’ll be happy to have this all behind me. . .and I don’t plan to do any painting projects for quite some time.  So, as my title suggests, this will be another bullet pointed entry with the highlights and lowlights of the last week.  Here it is in random order:

  • We had to replace the motor on our air conditioning and the hot water heater in the same day.  Ouch.
  • 4th of July was completely crummy.  The weather was 65degrees and pouring rain.  I stayed inside and cleaned all day.
  • We were in NYC over Father’s Day so we didn’t get to celebrate it as a family.  This past Sunday we pretended it was Father’s Day.  We put steaks on the grill and had corn on the cob, tomato slices, napa salad, and ice cream with fresh peaches for dessert.  We spent the rest of the day in lawn chairs in the back yard with books and glasses of ice tea.
  • The above bullet point makes me especially thankful that God commands a day of rest.  I don’t feel guilty about relaxing, and we need days like that really badly.
  • I attended the Ohio Homeschoolers Convention which was a cultural experience to say the least.  One of the main reasons I don’t want to homeschool is because I refuse to wear a denim skirt and fashion my hair in a bun.  More on that later.
  • I’m not planning on homeschooling my girls this year, but we just got word that the principle from our school (who we totally love and he was one of the main reasons we sent our kids to that school) is resigning.  I attended the convention to explore my options and came back more convinced than ever that it is not a good option for our family.
  • Despite my experience at the convention, I did find some great educational resources.  I went crazy at the Usborne Books booth, so much so that I just signed up to be a consultant.  I’m expecting my starter kit in the mail any day.  If anyone wants to order Usborne Books, you just let me know.  I will help you out, yes I shorely will.
  • Ellie peed in the potty for a babysitter, but has yet to repeat that for me, her mom.
  • My friend, Wendy, just brought over a big tub full of clothes to give to my girls.  Apparently, her MIL is a shopaholic who goes so nuts with buying clothes for her grandkids that Wendy ends up with way more than she can use and a lot of stuff is duplicated.  So she called me up to check what sizes my kids wear than dropped off this big tub of stuff.  Every single item still has a tag on it and it was all bought at Macy’s.  She refused to take a dime for any of it.  So basically, my twins are clothed for the winter and it didn’t cost me anything.  You can imagine how I feel about that (refer to bullet point number 1, if you’re not sure).
  • The girls made a tent in the living room last night (the classic afghans over folding chairs style).  I let them have a sleep out in this tent and they thought it was great.

That’s all I can think of at the moment. . .I need to get my kids some lunch then I need to make (yet another) stop at the carpet store to pick out linoleum for the church bathrooms. . .





Bad, bad decision

1 07 2008

I just checked my husband’s (my dear, dear husband) facebook page and found that he had posted a seriously unflattering picture of me on the beach. In my bathing suit. On the Internet.  For all to see.  Not so happy about that at all. After a good lecture about the indecency and humiliation of that (I still don’t think he really gets it), we agreed that a suitable punishment would be for me to post this situation on my blog (His comment to me was, “I hate it when I screw up like this. . . punishment is so humiliating.”).  Bring on the comments.