Thursday, January 26, 2012

Funny Kids

One day, Amelia will be all grown up and act more like her big sisters, and I want to look back, read this, remember, and laugh about how she has recently turned into such a huge tattletale. And the funny thing is, she mostly tells on herself! She will not let herself get anyway with anything. Whether it's being mean to Matthew or another sibling or, like last night, just "thinking" about something that she's not supposed to do. One night last week, she came to me crying so hard that she couldn't even speak. When she finally calmed down, she was able to tell me that she thought she "might" have said a word that she should not have said. I told her it was okay and to just be very careful about what she says. She dried up, and with a look of relief, she said something like, "I feel so much better now." She has done that on a few occasions. If this continues through the teenager years, that will be awesome! haha

One of Matthew's favorite things to do right now is put together puzzles. He has one of the United States that he does all the time. He's pretty much mastered it and is doing well at naming a lot of the states, too. Last night, he was in the floor working on the puzzle, and we were watching The Weather Channel. A weather map of the states was on at the time, and he commented about how it was like his puzzle. He then started announcing the states and was sounding kind of like a weather man. I asked him if he was going to be a weather man when he grows up. He said, "No, I am going to be a school bus man." I said, "Oh, a school bus driver?" Then he said, "Nahhh. I think I'll be a dog catcher." Then it later changed to a fox catcher and then back to a dog catcher. I don't know where some of this stuff comes from, but I do know that he and Amelia are obsessed with getting a dog right now. Our little dog ran away or found a new home or something, and at the forefront of their little minds right now is getting a new dog. I guess he thinks if he's a dog catcher, he can have all the dogs he wants! ;)

These children are so much fun, and I just love spending time with them. In Madison and Cari's early years, I was so busy reading books on raising children and the "proper" way to do things that I think I missed out on a lot of the "just loving to spend time with them." I was too busy making sure they behaved and understood the rules, etc. I wish I had read a one-page book that said, "Spend time with your children and make sure they know you love them." I've learned that when you do that, there's much less need for discipline. Don't get me wrong, there is still some correcting going on, but it's much easier when they have a desire to do what is right because they know they have a parent that loves them abundantly.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Resolutions and Other Randomness

I'm sitting here on a stormy Saturday morning. The children are still sleeping, and Brad's off running errands. I could be doing something productive, but after four hours of driving to and from a fairly disappointing (in several ways) basketball game last night, I'm just not in the mood. I had a fairly productive week, so I think I'll just blog for a bit. Not much to do around here anyway until another game this evening.

Well.....Madison's 16th birthday was the first of a few milestones occurring in our family this year. The next one belongs to me. I'll be turning 40. Oh my goodness! And then in April, Brad and I will be celebrating 20 years of marriage. Also in April, Cari will be turning 13, so we will officially have two teenagers in the house. Wow!! Exciting but absolutely unbelievable.

And I guess I can't blog in January without mentioning something about resolutions. I don't normally do too much of the resolution thing, but I've made a few this year. One is to exercise more. I was going to Zumba with some friends and enjoyed it so much, but with our busy schedule, it's been hard to fit it in. So, I've been doing my Wii Active with my "personal trainer" (LOL), and I actually enjoy doing it. I'm doing the 30-day challenge, which I've started on several occasions but have never actually finished, so I'm hoping to do so this time. I'm halfway through it, and I actually look forward to my time during the day when I can do it.

We recently got some new living room furniture, so we moved the old down to the basement and set up a TV room in one section, and that's where we keep the Wii. The middle section next to it is where Amelia and Matthew keep their toys, so they like to play while I'm working out. If my "trainer" is making me run, they usually stop what they are doing and come run along beside me. They don't care too much for the other parts, except Matthew does like the punching bag and will punch the air along with me when that comes up.

I'm also working on buying more organic/non-processed/non-artificial ingredients food for our family - they are probably thinking how that could possibly happen - but there is always room for improvement.

I've hardly bought any prepackaged snacks, etc., so needless to say, I've been doing a lot of baking!

My biggest/hardest goal is to cut wayyyyyyy back on refined sugar. This is actually working out well for me and is becoming a challenge that I am enjoying - sometimes. I can really tell a difference without it. I seem to be thinking clearer and much less easily irritated. Too much sugar can really make me grouchy, probably because I'm so tired after eating it.

But, I have to admit that last night I felt a bit like an alcoholic. I was stressed and wanted some sugar badly! I drove by Dairy Queen and fought the urge to turn in. Then I thought I would stop at the grocery store close to home and pick up some ice cream, but when I got there it was pouring rain and I was tired. So, I thought I'd just eat one of those cookies at home that I let Amelia get at the grocery store yesterday. By the time we got home, those cookies were long gone. I went to bed without any sugar, and thankfully I lived to tell about it.

Lastly, in an effort to elevate the organization around this house - as well as the organization inside my head - I purchased a planner that I love! It has all that I need and nothing more. It's called the Time Keeper and is offered at The Well Kept Life. The 2012 planner appears to be sold out, but if you're looking for a good planner, I recommend you shop early when the 2013 is available. It has a month-at-a-glance, as well as weekly pages, shopping lists, meal planner, and to-do lists.

I guess that's enough for now. I think I'll go and enjoy this lazy Saturday, and hopefully we will all come home happier after tonight's ballgame than we did last night. I'm ready for the track season to begin.....yeah. :>)

"My hope is in You, Lord, all the day long!" (And thankfully not in basketball, basketball coaches, or anything else this world has to offer. How miserable life would be if that was where my hope was placed. What a marvelous realization!)

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Happy New Year! and Happy Birthday!

I know I'm a little behind on the Happy New Year, but this is the first opportunity I have had to say it. :)

Everything seems to be back in full swing around here with the oldest two back in school. I certainly enjoyed our Christmas break having everyone at home, the week-long visit with my father-in-law, and then a surprise, quick visit at the end of the break from my brother and his family.

Now we're continuing to stay busy watching Madison play basketball. And, she turned 16 last week, so we enjoyed celebrating all weekend! We took her and some friends out to eat at a Japanese restaurant on Friday, and then they came back and watched movies, ate cookie cake and ice cream, and had fun just hanging out.

Madison & Marah (Marah is the daughter of one of my best friends since childhood. She and Madison have been the best of friends for a long time.)

Madison always requests a cookie cake on her birthday. I usually buy one, but I made a couple this year instead.

Madison and Sam

Madison and the rest of her birthday crew. This is a GREAT group of kids!

And here are a few shots from the basketball season so far:

I am very proud of Madison for many reasons, and I am so thankful that the Lord saw fit to bless us with her 16 years ago. And now, in the next few weeks we get to look forward to her getting her driver's license. :/ Many prayers are appreciated!


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