Saturday, February 26, 2011

More Things I Love About My Husband

I like to brag about my family... and I mostly do it about my kids because they grow and change so much and so quickly.  Aaron is my constant.  I don't brag about him as much, but I should.  Like I said, he is my constant.

Aaron is always willing to help someone in need.  He will drop whatever needs to be dropped to help someone.  He will open doors for older ladies, women with their hands full of children, older gentlemen who are navigating with a cane... anyone who needs help.  Many times he opens my car door for me, if he is along for the ride.  He hugs our children and ask for hugs from them.  He wrestles with our children, something only a Daddy can do right. 

When we have our disagreements, he will sit down and listen.  We don't yell, we don't raise our voices.  We just talk it through.  Yes, we both get frustrated, but we both feel safe in our time together.  This, I think, is something to brag about. 

I believe wholeheartedly that God has richly blessed me in my husband, my children and our extended families.  None of us are perfect, but we do know perfect love and that, I pray, shines through us everyday.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Should Have Known...

Yes, I should have known that Hannah would come down with a fever from an ear infection this week.  Why?  Because I am very busy this week.  Aaron couldn't stay home today and I really needed to be at preschool, so she came along and watched a movie in the nursery while I taught.  Isaac had about a 20 minute screaming tantrum during preschool because he wanted to be with Hannah.  Hannah kept asking me questions while I was trying to teach and I was about to go crazy.  We left at 10:45 for the clinic and I had a mini meltdown.  I feel better now.  Hannah is on antibiotics again and hopefully is on the road to recovery.

My parent's house has an accepted offer so they will be coming tomorrow to look at houses in the Pullman area.  They are just going to have to ignore the embarrassing state of my home.  I know they will be happy to just be here.  It's me who has to accept the state of my home.  For some reason I feel like a failure if my house is not in good order when people come over.  Ugh.  I am glad they will get to come to the art show at preschool!

I am excited for the art show tomorrow night. The ladies working on it are doing a fantastic job and it is so fun to see how things are coming together.  I just need to relax and enjoy!

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Spring?

Aaron is back, and life is back to a fairly normal routine... except we have a lot of snow.  Not as much as our friends and relatives in MN, but we have snow.  And it is suppose to get REALLY cold this weekend.  Yuck.  I thought spring was on the way.  Anyway, we are staying warm in our house and just enjoying life.

I am happy to say that I am almost to 170 miles on my bike!  Something I feel quite proud of.  My legs hurt today so I only went 7 miles.  We'll see how I feel tomorrow.

Eli is our little climber.  He is proving to be worse than Isaac was.  He now is able to get on the dining room table without much trouble.  he thinks he is pretty big and is quite proud of himself.  He also stayed dry from 9:30 am on!  He got mad when I went to put a diaper on him when we were headed to the store.  He wanted his Mickey Mouse underwear!  He kept pointing to them and making a fuss that he wanted them.  We put them back on when we got home.  Turns out he could have worn them and we would have been OK!  Amazing.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Struggles

There are times that I look at my obligations in life as a mother and a teacher and a wife and wish that for just a moment I could take a break from them.  Don't get me wrong... I LOVE my children and my husband and I couldn't ask for a better job.  Everyday I am thankful for these things in my life.  But then an opportunity missed makes me a little bit sad.  An opportunity that I wouldn't miss if I didn't have obligations.  I have been struggling some with this as I will be missing an opportunity to spend some girl time with a great group of friends.  However, Eli is not yet weaned, not even close, and the trip is while school is in session and Aaron is teaching too so he wouldn't be able to care for the other two kids anyway.  I am glad for my friends, and I know some of them will be reading this.  I want them to have their time together, but I have been struggling a bit that I won't be part of it.  I want to go, but I know I can't.  It is hard to not get something you really want.  Do I need it?  No.  But I really, really want it.  Does my family need me right now.  Yes.  Needs outweigh the wants.

So as I biked today I turned to my verse of the day.  I try to meditate and memorize a verse each day as I bike.  Today is was Romans 15:13.  "May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him.  that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit."  The words joy and peace as I trust in Him resonate with me today.  May God fill me with joy in all circumstances... even when I want to pout because I can't have my way.  May God give me peace even when I struggle.  The key to all of this... as I trust in Him, the God of hope.  Then I will overflow with hope, and not be concerned about anything because of the hope that God has placed within me.  The greatest desire of my heart has always been for my family, to love them and raise my children in a loving and Godly way that they may also know the God of all hope.  In this season of my life that means that I can't go where I want to go because my youngest child still needs me in a very real and physical way.  But, I have hope that someday I will get that much wanted time with my friends... when this season is past.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Nice

Last night I got just about nothing on my to-do list done.  Instead I spent most of the evening... and night cuddling with my fussy toddler.  It looks like one of his teeth is just about to make it's debut.  Finally.  I can't wait until teething is over.

Tonight he is sleeping soundly... at least for the moment.  I was able to get the bedroom rearranged and I really like it.  I have a few more items to find homes for, but I am happy with how it is all coming together.  That being said, don't even ask how the kitchen looks at the moment. 

I am ready to have Aaron home again.  I miss my evenings with him.  I have a routine down to manage all three kids getting bathed and to bed on time, but I miss the tag team.  We do make a pretty good team!  The kids are missing him too.  Eli walks over to the door to the garage a little bit before dinner time, when Aaron usually comes home.  He is looking for Daddy.  Hannah and Isaac keep wondering and asking how much longer until Daddy gets home.  They like chatting on the phone with him, but it isn't the same as wrestling.  I am glad it is only a week away.

So tonight, I might try to work on the kitchen a little bit, at least unload and load the dishwasher.  It is impossible to do while Eli is awake.  He tries to help a little bit too much and ends up climbing inside the dishwasher.  Not so good.  Speaking of climbing, he is becoming an avid climber.  He reaches new heights everyday... literally.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Seasoned Mother

So I didn't get all the things done I thought I would last night... instead I got a chic flic from redbox and enjoyed a movie.  I did get some work in the bedroom done and a bunch of laundry.  But I enjoyed delicious tea and a romantic comedy.  It was very nice.

I've decided that I am a seasoned mother... one that attempts to take three children on her own out to dinner at a sit down restaurant, with no playland.  Actually they did quite well.  Eli was a bit restless until the pizza arrived, but he ate off his plate without throwing it.  He especially liked the pizza sauce.  He didn't scream, just jabbered away like always.  He also loved drinking ice water from a straw.  BIG boy.  He has been doing so well eating at the table off a plate that I think we might move him to the table with a plate here at home.  Hannah was quite a lady and Isaac was just his silly self.  They both are old enough to know how to politely order their food for themselves and they do a pretty good job.  Anyway, it was a successful event and I feel quite accomplished.

I already got my 10 miles in so tonight I plan to finish up in the bedroom and deep clean the other upstairs bathroom.  When those are done, I need to get some longer term planning done for preschool and get Label for Education out in the mail.  Lots to get done!

Monday, February 14, 2011

Gettin' er Done

I'm highly motivated to accomplish some looming tasks.  Mostly because I have time to kill this week, I need to keep myself occupied.  Last night I reorganized our big walk in closet... something I've been wanting to get done since we moved here.  I also deep cleaned the master bathroom... something a bit overdo (I won't admit how overdo).  I got in 10.25 miles on my bike last night too.  I caught up on some preschool paperwork stuff as well.  In the afternoon I did some clearance shopping for next fall clothing for the kids and took the kids on a trip the Dairy Queen.  They were very happy!

Today I plan to get more things done.  I am going to clean and organize the master bedroom... something I've been wanting to do since we moved here (do you sense a reoccurring theme?).  I also plan to go through Hannah's clothes to sort out the things she has outgrown.  She just went through a big growth spurt.  I need to do the same with Isaac's clothing.  So I have big plans... more ahead for the week!  I also got 10.75 miles done right after lunch!

Tonight I will spend dinner with three of my favorite Valentine's with a surprise visit at Pizza Hut!  Hannah had a coupon for a free mini pizza and it just seems like the right time to go!  Poor Aaron will miss out as he is gone for the week.  We certainly miss him. 

Eli is potty training now.  He has his training pants which he loves.  He tells me every time he needs to go potty, but the problem is that he pees the second he walks into the bathroom.  He doesn't hold it until we get him on the toilet.  I'm certainly not complaining.  I just have to be quick on the draw.  He'll catch on soon enough.  He does great with the poops!  I'm just amazed that at almost 14 months he is doing what he is doing!

Isaac is reading more and more words and is getting quite good at his writing.  I am very proud of that little guy and all the wonderful skills he has!  He couldn't wait for preschool today and all the fun stuff we would be doing for Valentine's Day.

Hannah is healing well from her road rash.  She has a new best friend at school and they seem to get a long very well.  She was super excited for school this morning and the party they will have today.  She had a nightmare that she missed the party!

Aaron is across the state doing MSP stuff for the state standardized test.  He really enjoys the work and the people he gets to work with.  Not many people are chosen for these things, so he is in the "in" group for state math and science stuff!  I am very proud of all of his accomplishments too.  I married a very smart man!

So that is what is new here.  I'll let you all know just how much I get done this week!

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Argh...

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Silly Eli




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Eli Says WAKE UP!!!




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Their Nest and Hannah's Road Rash



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Ready for the Coffee House!


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They Love Each Other!


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Over 100!

So I have had my bike for 2 weeks and 2 days and I have gone 102 miles!  Not bad.  I must say that I am quite proud of myself and I feel as though I have found the answer to my stress relief.  I am feeling good!  It is unfortunate that my house feels the pain of some of my time going elsewhere, although Aaron has been a big help with the dishes!  I aim to get 1-2 loads of laundry done a day, but that doesn't quite cut it.  I'll get it down one of these days.

Eli will be getting ear tubes on March 8.  I am looking forward to the ear pressure being relieved.  He just isn't able to drain off that fluid, so this should be a HUGE help.

Hannah's road rash is healing quite nicely.  She has a good story to tell her friends at school!

Isaac had major heartbreak this week as he asked his dear friend Ava to marry him and she said no, that she was already going to marry someone else.  Isaac was devastated.  He held off the tears until she was no longer around.  So we talked about it and he decided  he still has time.  She might change her mind.  He has such a soft heart and he adores Ava.  He has told me before that it is his job to protect her from danger.  This he has done on several occasions, confronting other kids at the playland who were intimidating.  They listened and stopped.  He really is quite a gentleman!

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Road Rash

Hannah made an up close visit with the sidewalk yesterday.  She was riding her scooter and bam, hit the sidewalk.  She was very brave about it, but she has a nice abrasion and her face.  It is swollen and looks horrible, but she is a trooper.  We are taking care to keep it very clean and keep her from picking at it.  We would like to avoid a scar.  I'm sure it will not be the last time this happens!  We are very glad she was wearing her helmet or the whole side of her head would be raw and maybe more.

Hannah and Isaac built a nest to sleep in last night.  It looks like a huge bird's nest!  Blankets are the twigs on the tree and the pillows are suppose to be leaves.  The slept there all night last night, cozy and warm.  I will have to post some pictures.  Very cute!

Eli is on antibiotics for his ear infection and as always, his tummy is not too happy about it.  He has, however, told me every time that he has needed to go poopy.  He has been able to hold it until we get to the toilet.  This is no easy task with such nasty diarrhea.  He has also been telling us when he needs to go potty.  So I ordered some training pants for him and we will make the switch.  He sure seems ready.  I'll hold on to the diapers for a little while and  he will wear his night time diaper until he is ready to night time train.  I see no reason to hold of on the potty training if he is telling me now.  Just go with it I guess!

Aaron and I really have fantastic kids.  Such fun loving, creative children.  I am very proud of all three of them!

I'm looking forward to a great week.  I know it has wonderful things in store!

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Looks like Tubes

While I didn't get to see our normal Doctor this morning, Eli does have another ear infection, just one ear this time.  This is the 4th in 4 months, so I have a follow up next week with our normal Dr. to talk about tubes.  Eli's tummy doesn't like antibiotics, it's two weeks of diarrhea for the little guy.  I am going to do three doses a day of infant probiotics this time around to see if we can help his system out a little bit. 

I did get 30 minutes in last night and 11 miles, so I was feeling good.  I'm finding it to be a great stress reliever even when I am tired.  And there is a lot of stress that comes along with a sick child. 

So hopefully these meds will kick in gear and our little guy will be feeling better before we know it!  Isaac was a champ this morning, great listener and good big brother.  I do have fantastic kids!

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Baby With a Fever

I still call Eli my baby, even though he is a full blown toddler.  I just can't quite let go of baby yet!  So, my baby has a big 102 fever.  Yuck.  I'm sure it is an ear infection.  I took him in yesterday with a low grade temp.  He had fluid in his ears, but not an infection.  He is massively teething, molars working their way through.  I'm sure that fluid has now turned to infection.  He is grumpy, nursing ALL the time, not wanting to sleep, uncomfortable... classic signs of his ear infections.  This will be his 4th in as many months.  I think I will ask about tubes.  This was a long, dreary road with Hannah and I think tubes would have made a huge difference for her.  So, in the morning, we will be off to the Dr. again!

A grumpy baby who doesn't want to sleep has kept me from my biking, but being a Mommy comes first.  I am going to try and get some time in after I finish this since Eli is actually sleeping at the moment.  Ibuprofen took down his fever and we got some ear numbing drops in.  We'll see how long it lasts.  I'd like to get a good 30 minutes in, but that might be wishful thinking.