Wednesday, April 28, 2010

News

First, we are not moving yet. The offer is off since we went as low as we were willing and they couldn't come that high. So we wait for the next offer. We aren't willing to "give" our house away. I am fairly disappointed because I am really looking forward to a move to Pullman, but we aren't willing to lose money on the deal.

Eli has had some big events! He caught his first cold... sure to happen sometime or another. Last night was the most difficult night since he has been born. He was just restless, thus I did not sleep more than 3 hours. His other first... he just rolled from his back to his tummy! There is not stopping him now! It was so funny. He made it to his tummy and he let out this big laugh! He was so excited. He kept looking at me, grinning and laughing for about a minute. Then he went back to his back and grinned again. He was so happy with his new found skill! Soon he will be rolling to get where he wants to go. Ahhh, the beginning of mobility!

Parent Teacher Conferences started today for me. I love this time of the year. It is so great to sit down and talk with them about their amazing children! I have some prep to finish up tonight.

Exciting news for my extended family! My brother and sister-in-law are expecting their second child on November 25! We love new babies in the family!

Sunday, April 25, 2010

An Offer

Well, we have an offer made on the house. This is good. It was VERY low. This is not so good. While we want to sell the house, we aren't going to give it away. The offer was 1/3 less than what we were asking. (I think I said that right). So we made a counter offer and will find out on Monday. I doubt they will go for our price, but you never know. Since we are in a position that we don't HAVE to sell, we are willing to wait for a decent offer.

The weekend has been busy. I had a good meeting in Spokane on Saturday. The kids (minus Eli) had a great time with Aaron. Eli made the journey with me since he isn't too keen on the bottle.

We are discovering that Isaac must have some pretty good seasonal allergies. The pollen count is quite high now and Isaac had really red, watery eyes, a runny nose and just looks miserable. He doesn't act miserable, just looks it. Hannah has an allergy appointment coming up. We are tyring to figure out the cause of her ongoing congestion issues. They are beginning to effect her hearing and in turn could effect her speech. So we are going to get this figured out.

Eli has decided that having a poopy diaper every couple of days is just fine with him. While I don't mind less poopy diapers, especially with cloth, it is causing him some discomfort. He has lots of gas and gets fussy about it. And when he does poop, woe to the person holding him because it is most likely all over that person too! Massive amounts out of such a small child! Amazing.

I am trying to get ready for parent teacher conferences this week, and it is slow going. I really am looking for a good couple of hours to devote to getting things ready, and this is nearly impossible unless I do it after EVERYONE else is asleep. Tempting, but I think I'll try to find another block of time. It will get done but probably not in the manner I am hoping for.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Evening Update

Eli is actually doing quite well considering he had shots. He has been a bit more vocal, although not crying, and wanting to nurse more, but other than that he is fairly normal. Giving him Ibuprofen is something to watch. He gets this face that says he thinks whatever that foreign liquid is, it is nasty. It takes a good 5 minutes to get the little bit down him. If I try to do it any faster, he just pushes it out with his tongue. I tried to give it to him while he was nursing, sneak it on the sly, but he is too smart for that. He got MAD at me!

This has been a tiresome week and I have a meeting in Spokane on Saturday morning. It will be a good meeting, but I'm not all that excited to drive to Spokane and back. Tomorrow Isaac is staying home with Aaron and Hannah so I will spend a little extra time after preschool prepping for conferences next week. When I get home we are headed off to the Stock Show in St. John. I'll be sure to post pictures. The kids always enjoy the animals and jumpy castle.

Hannah looked so grown up to me today. She is getting so tall, and her face has no young childness to it anymore. I am very proud of how she is growing up and the person God is forming her to be. She has such a soft and compassionate heart. She loves people and is very concerned about those who don't know who Jesus is. She has an amazing silly side and a super cute laugh. She is incredibly intelligent and is absorbing knowledge like a sponge. I am so very proud of her!

Isaac declared this morning that he wanted to be a firefighter when he is "growed" up because he wants to save people. We've been learning about firefighters in preschool and he has had the best time with it. His laugh brightens my day and his inability to be sneaky about something cracks me up! This little guy loves numbers and is trying to figure out the reading thing. It won't be long!

One of my favorite moments in each day is hearing Hannah read stories to Isaac after they are tucked into bed. Isaac runs to Hannah's room and she reads to him. They snuggle up together and have amazing bonding time. Even though they have "sibling" moments where they bicker and fight, they really have a close bond and love each other so much. I don't think they would know what to do without one another. Their bond warms my heart. I'm excited to see what kind of bond they form with Eli, together and individually. I am so blessed to have three children and a man of great integrity to be my partner. Sometimes the dynamics are frustrating and tiring, but the family life is so rich! I am anxiously anticipating our richness of life with our family of 5.

Stats

Here are the stats for Isaac at 4 years old...
38.5 pounds, little over the 50%
41.75 inches, just at 75%

Here are Eli's 4 month stats...
14lbs. 9 oz, a bit under 50%
25inches, a bit over 50%

Both are healthy, growing boys! Eli had shots, should be a nice afternoon!

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Day is Done

Wow. I am SOOO done with today. Preschool went great, it was the afternoon that did me in. Hannah had a doctor appointment that I had scheduled some time ago so that Aaron would be able to keep Isaac and I could go with just the two kids. Well, a meeting of his was changed to tonight and he really needed to go. Sigh. This meant I was heading to the clinic with three kids right before dinner time. It was going to be tricky enough with Eli crying for his bath around 6pm, now I was adding Isaac to the mix. I love my middle child dearly, but I do not love the idea of having him stuck in a small room with his siblings after a long day and close to dinner time. He has a lot of energy and it sometime escalates as the day goes on and he becomes tired. So I loaded the diaper bag with bribes (fruit leather and fruit snacks... yes I do resort to bribes, I am a seasoned mother) and we were off.

The 25 minute drive to Colfax was just a glimpse of what was in store. Hannah and Isaac were at each other. Thank goodness they weren't sitting next to one another, it could have been bloody. Isaac knows how to push Hannah's buttons and Hannah is very good at responding. I've tried to tell her to ignore it and he will stop, but this has not yet sunk in. We got to the clinic alive and went inside. Thank goodness we were sent back right away. Then the wait began. Isaac began climbing like a money on anything he could climb. Hannah was overly annoyed with everything Isaac was doing and Eli woke up. After about 20 minutes of bickering (with a 5 minute rest for fruit foll ups) Hannah declares she needs to go to the bathroom and she could go by herself. I said no. We were not going to miss the doctor. Then Isaac chimes in that he needs to go really bad. I knew they didn't need to go, they had just gone. Finally the Dr. arrives and we get through the appointment. He has 8 children of his own, so he is very good at understanding the background noise of Isaac turning the clinic toys into a barricade against the mean robot. Eli starts crying because it is now 10 minutes to 6.

I needed to get milk at the grocery store and we were already 30 minutes past dinnertime, so I brought out my next bribe of the night and told the kids if they were good in the store we would buy dinner at the deli and they could eat in the van. This bribe worked. Only because we get free cookies at this grocery store while Mommy shops. Good thinking Rosauers! Eli survived until we got done shopping but then was freaking out because he was super hungry. Hannah and Isaac were spewing out commands for their food as I am trying to get it all together for eating a meal in the van. I open the glove compartment box to dig out plastic spoons and stuff comes flying out. At this point I am acutely aware that I must be mindful of my tongue as my children are listening closely to their mother. I was so close to letting a cuss word fly, but I was given a momentary gift of super self control.

I fed Eli and the kids ate. Eli was back in the carseat and mad because it was not his bath tub. He screamed for about 15 minutes and then fell alseep. We got home and the kids skipped bath, except Eli, and I proceeded to spend the next 90 minutes settling Eli down. I got online after he fell asleep and realized the dishwasher is leaking. I am ignoring it at the moment. I forgot to eat dinner. Tomorrow I will think this is funny. Moral of the story... next time send Isaac with Aaron to the meeting so that those who changed the meeting without notice will understand that sometimes people make plans based on the plans of their spouses.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Eli is 4 Months Old!

Today Eli turns four months old! Where has the time gone? He is comfortably wearing 6-9 month clothing now, is smiling ALL the time, laughs quite often, likes to roll to his side (not to his tummy yet), loves bath time, grabs just about anything he can get his hands on and drools like a waterfall is coming out of his mouth! I think a tooth is on the way. He is such a wonderful little boy!




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Sunday, April 18, 2010

Happenings

First, the good news is that Tiny has been found. She was in our neighbor's basement. She's back to herself and we are happy she is home... yes, even I am happy she is home. She does annoy me... a lot... but we love her.

Yesterday was an incredible day. The temps were in the upper 70's, so we spent a lot of time outside. I had the windows and doors open. The house was clean, so I could just relax. Aaron and I spent time sitting on the porch. Hannah and Isaac got crazy dirty playing outside and Eli was just happy. For some strange reason the power went out. Oh, bummer. We had to go eat out in Colfax. I was soooo disappointed. I was really looking forward to dishes (note the sarcasm). We ate at a new restaurant in Colfax and I quite enjoyed it. Good food and really nice people, they go to our church! After his bath, I couldn't find Isaac. I found him sitting naked on the front porch, happy as anything. I told him to get inside, he couldn't be naked on the front porch. He said he was just enjoying the light of the sun. What a funny boy! He loves to be naked. Should I be worried????

Today hasn't been as good. It started at 1:53am. Hannah crawled in bed with us and she felt like she was on fire. Yikes. Her temp. was 105.7! I woke Aaron and told him. I was ready to head into the ER, a 25 minute drive to Colfax. I gave Hannah Ibuprofen and within 30 minutes her fever was down to 102, so we decided to wait and see. She is sleeping now, running a temp between 102 and 103 without any meds. Aaron is at church with Isaac. I think I will take her to the ER this afternoon to see what is going on, but I have to wait for the van to return. I will not be going to work tomorrow. I'll be home caring for my little girl. My guess is that her ear infection from the week before Easter never fully cleared up and it is raging again. She is also complaining of a sore throat... strep maybe. I think it is worth it to get her checked today, I less day for the others to catch whatever it is she has, and one less day of misery for her. Ugh.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

In Love With Spring


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Fun Times For Eli!


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Isaac Turned 4! (A Week Ago)

So it's been a busy week and I am finally able to get these pictures up. Take a look at our big 4 year old boy!




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Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Where is Tiny?

Our kitty has gone missing. I have not seen her since yesterday afternoon. I called last night for her to come inside to sleep on the porch, but she didn't come. She usually greets us when we come home from Pullman in the afternoon, but we had no meow from Tiny today. She has not shown up for her evening meal of delicious canned kitty food. This is highly unlike her. I figure she is either stuck in someones house she snuck into, she got caught by a coyote, or she was hit by a car. I'm hoping she is in someones house. The kids haven't noticed that anything is amiss yet... but it is sure to come if Tiny doesn't show up. Hannah will not take the news well if we indeed have to tell her that Tiny is gone. I'm not sure how Isaac will react. Above all, Aaron will have to deal with the loss of his beloved kitty. He hates cats, except for Tiny.

Monday, April 12, 2010

A Moment in Time

I have not yet had a chance to load pictures from Isaac's 4th birthday, but our little boy is indeed four and we had a marvelous day together as a family! Pictures will be coming.

Tonight I am focusing on this particular moment in time. The NOW. Nothing particularly special about it, it is much like many moments in my life. But I think the point is to cherish even the normal moments of my life with young children. Here are some of the particulars of this moment I hold dear.

There are two lego firefighter sleeping on the window because Isaac declared that as the place they will sleep. One is holding an ax in case of emergency and the other has a hose close at hand. He made sure they were there so they could keep me safe just in case.

Eli is asleep after waking once. He was fussing around and I went to pick him up and instantly he was grinning at me with his huge dimple shining in the nightlight. My heart sang.

Hannah has a reading chart that she made ready to add stickers to as she read chapter books because she has decided it is time to challenge herself in her reading. She told me it was time to read harder books because she wants to be an even better reader. My 6 year old makes me want to find areas in my life to challenge myself and grow.

Aaron was doing origami with his class today and made me an origami heart that stands up. I now have it sitting in the window of the kitchen above the sink. Such a sweet thing from a wonderful man.

So, through all my exhaustion and times of frustration as I endeavor to be a good wife, mommy and teacher, God is whispering in my ear. He is reminding me to be still and take notice of the moments in time that mean so much. He is filling me with peace as He reminds me that the JOY of the the Lord is my strength. And I am humbled as I remember just how blessed I am. I have a wonderful family, a man of integrity by my side who is my partner is every area of my life. I have three amazing children with such wonderful personality who love Jesus. I have a job with people who lift me up and encourage me everyday. I work with incredible families and children and I am able to have my children close by me as I work. I could go on and on.

Yes indeed, GOD IS GOOD!

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Routine

Eli is a baby, like most babies, who thrives on routine. He LOVES his routine, especially his nighttime routine. It begins promptly at 6pm. He begins to get fussy because he wants his bath. So, I take him to the changing table and begin to strip him down. He starts to get very excited and kicks all around. Then he begins to fuss a little bit because I'm not moving fast enough. As soon as he is naked, I pick him up and he grins, grins, grins. In the baby bath tub he goes where he splashes, kicks, waves his arms and lets out of the best baby belly laughs you will ever hear. He loves his bath time. I take him out, dry him off, put lotion on (which he totally enjoys) and get him dressed. I tell him what a sweet baby he is and give him kisses. Now he WANTS TO NURSE. This is something he WILL NOT wait for. If he doesn't get what he wants as soon as he thinks he needs it, we most certainly become aware of it because the other two kids are covering their ears and telling me that Eli needs to nurse! He eats and is off to sleepy land for the night. Ahhhh...

Well, tonight that routine got a bit interrupted, not by much, but enough. I was getting ready to take Eli out of the tub and Isaac came into the bathroom wondering if he could have dessert. He hadn't finished his dinner by the time Eli was ready to start his journey to sandland. I told Isaac to ask Dad. Isaac told me Dad told him to ask me. (This is happens frequently). Aaron came in and took Eli out of the bath so I could inspect the dinner plate and see if Isaac was eligible for a piece of Easter chocolate. That's when I heard it. You would have thought that Eli had been dropped, scratched by the cat, or some other kind of great trauma. I ran into the bedroom to find Aaron laying on the bed with Eli on his tummy. Eli was MAD. This was NOT part of his normality. It took a few minutes for me to calm him down, and he was not at all happy with me that I had handed him off to Daddy. I quickly got him dressed while he glared at me. When we got to the rocking chair you would have thought that he had been starved all day. All I can say it I am glad this child does not yet have teeth!

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Confessions

Sadly, yesterday ended the week long stay of my mother-in-law. We love having Mimi Marci visit, and time always goes by too fast. I took the day off from work to take her back to the airport. The trip up went quite well, both boys took naps and did great in the van. We said good-bye at the airport and went to lunch. This too went very smoothly and Isaac got to play at the playland while I nursed Eli. Then we headed to Walmart... things began to go downhill. Eli was getting fussy and exploded in his diaper, luckily before we got inside. I changed him in the van and tried for the store again. In the store he spit up ALL OVER himself. Isaac decided he needed to go to the bathroom. I think it was more that he wanted to use the little kid sized toilet. After the bathroom break I tried to remember what I needed to get... because I had forgotten my list. Eli was crying but finally fell asleep. Isaac kept licking the cart... GROSS. I still don't understand why he would even think licking the cart would be a good idea. I put bananas in the cart and Isaac proceeded to take the banana bunch apart. I bagged some apples that later fell all over due to a whole in the bag. It was raining, hailing, totally windy outside and I kept dropping things in my fervor to get everything in the van. Luckily I didn't drop the kids.

We left Walmart and started our trip home. Eli began to all out scream, so about 5 minutes late I pulled over and attempted to feed him. He snacked but all he wanted to really do was grin and me and chat. SO we did this for about 10 minutes and I put him back in the car seat. Again he began to scream. I thought he was going to choke. So I pulled over again and held him for a little longer. He wanted to nurse, so we tried this again. After a minute or two all he wanted to do was grin and chat. I thought to myself... "This is going to take a long time to get home." I put him back in the car seat and he fell asleep. HOORAY!!!

The road home from Spokane isn't an easy road for passing slow vehicles, and wouldn't you know, I got stuck behind one. A passing lane came up and the slow vehicle refused to move to the "slow" lane. I was a bit irritated, and moved to the slow lane to pass on the wrong side. I passed without any trouble but I was still irritated at this person's inability to follow the rules of the road. It had rained and was still slightly raining, so I wasn't using my cruise control. About 10 minutes later I had lights flashing behind me. CURSES!!! I was being pulled over. What was I saying before about some else's inability to follow the rules of the road? I was humbled and embarrassed. The patrol officer was a very kind man and gave me a warning. Isaac thought it was so cool to see the police officer and that mommy got pulled over. He couldn't wait to tell Daddy. The cherry on top of the ice cream was that Eli woke up because we had stopped moving. Back to the screaming.

We eventually made it home, safe a sound. Isaac told Daddy how naughty Mommy had been and that she was driving WAY TOO FAST. Hannah had a little grin on her face, but didn't laugh at me. Ahhh, I think they loved it that Mommy got in trouble for being naughty.

While we were gone, the house had a showing. I'm hoping they really liked it. We'll just have to wait and see.

Monday, April 5, 2010

The Love of My Life!

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Easter 2010

We had a joyous Easter this year, full of lots of Easter Eggs hunts and good food and visiting with family. Mimi Marci, Mimi Karen and Papa Ken were here to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus with us. It was a special day!




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Isaac's 4th Birthday Party

Isaac's birthday isn't until April 10, but we celebrated early so that grandparents could take part. We had a fabulous dinosaur party and had a wonderful time celebrating Isaac with family and friends. Here are a few pictures to enjoy!




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