Thursday, April 29, 2010

Birthdays are too much work!

...which is exactly why I don't care to have any more of them, lol!  Birthday planning is underway for this weekend.  I have to go out tonight and get a few things, including stuff for the big birthday dinner.  Too bad I don't have a cricut cake....I could make the cutest stuff.  Anyone want to donate one to me? :)  j/k

I have their cards all done, one is up for viewing on my craft blog and the other will be up tomorrow.  I got some of the wrapping done and then I ran out of paper!  EEK!  I also need to get Brianna's birthday invitations done by middle of next week so she can get them handed out.  I just can't believe how fast time goes.  On top of that, I have a challenge to get ready for on Saturday, a project to design for Monday, a circle journal to finish so it can be mailed Monday and a few Mother's Day projects that need to be started, let alone finished. :)  So it looks like another busy week for me next week.

I am looking forward to seeing Kaylee on Saturday!  I don't get to see her often and she'll be almost 5 months old.  Last time I saw her was 5 weeks ago so I can't wait to see how she's changed.  Until I get more time to write.....have a good one!

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Better Late Than Never...

I simply have just not had time to post.  Life has been crazy the last two weeks.  All the painting we had to do to get our new carpet kept us super busy....but not as busy as trying to put everything back!  I decided quickly we had way too much stuff so we did some spring cleaning.  We got rid of a ton of stuff...some was ok to donate and other stuff was just trash.  I'm not a pack rat at all so I really don't know how I acquired so much stuff.  The big highlight of my month was getting my craft space organized FINALLY!  I was so excited to get it done that I quit working on the rest of the house and had to make a few things.  Oops...but its what I need to do to relax as I was going insane.

Last weekend - April 16-17 - I spent time with some wonderful ladies from church and attended the Women of Joy conference here in Louisville.  I had so much fun and left the conference with a new outlook on things.  Friday night I was able to hear Sarah Palin speak and while I'm not a republican, I'd vote for her in a second.  She was extremely genuine and "normal" and has good morals.  That was enough for me.  The struggles she has had, especially the last couple of years, and what she has done to overcome it is truly inspiring.  Life threw her some lemons and she's made lemonade!  I LOVED her speech.  She was just amazing.  Saturday was awesome.  I will have to say that my favorite part of Saturday was listening to Anita Renfroe.  She was HILARIOUS!  If you don't believe me, go to YouTube and look her up.  I don't think I've ever laughed so hard in all my life, especially when she did her parody of the song "You Raise Me Up" but made it all about underwire in bras.  It was just so incredibly funny.   Saturday night we got to see Steven Curtis Chapman and Michael W. Smith in concert.  I cried my eyes out when Steven Curtis Chapman was talking about his daughter and the tragedy his family has been through.  The music was awesome though.  And I hope playing for an audience of 15,000 women helped him in his healing process, even if I had to cry.  Michael W. Smith was awesome also....I cannot believe he has 3 grandchildren??  I never would have guessed he was old enough.  He looks good for his age though and his music continues to touch me.  I left the conference feeling ready to tackle some things and make a few changes in my life to be a better wife and mother for my family.

Sunday I spent the day in a mad rush cleaning to get ready for my bunco night on Monday, which came and went successfully I think depsite the fact that I didn't win.  So I've now been playing for a whole year and I have yet to win.  I'm just not good at randomly rolling dice I suppose :)

Most of the rest of the week I did tons of laundry!!  I mean really....does it ever end??? Maybe if we just all quit changing clothes I can take a laundry break for once :)  But all this was in preparation for this weekend in which we all (me, Charlie, Brianna, Joey, and Oliver) went to Great Wolf Lodge in Ohio.  This was a trip for Brianna's girl scout troop and they had all been working so hard to fundraise for it.  I was surprised when we got there by a room upgrade.  Woohoo!  So we had an awesome room with lots of "room" and even a little bunk bed area for the kids.  It was awesome!  The lodge was neat and I liked the did Oliver since he tried playing with so much.  There was a lot to do without ever leaving, especially for kids, but man the prices of the "extras" was atrocious.  You definitely have to be prepared to spend money if you are going to do extras.  The waterpark though, which is why we went, was AWESOME!  Altogether they had 12 water slides which is a  lot for an indoor park.  4 of them were for kids under 5, they had 2 intermediate slides and then 6 really big slides.  They were all so much fun.  Charlie and I took turns watching Oliver and going down the slides with the kids.  It felt good to do something so fun with them.  We let them run off together with other girls from the troop and we took Oliver into the water.  He was not really a fan of the water....or rather the splashing from the other kids.  Even though the water was warm, it wasn't as warm as his bath water and so he thought it was cold.  It took him some time but he did eventually get braver and start moving around in the water without being clung onto me or Charlie.  We even went and got him a life jacket and put him down the baby waterslides.  It was SO CUTE!  I'm not sure he liked it, especially since at one point he got a face full of water, but he did it nonetheless.  Unfortunately I do not have pictures of the waterslide adventure because I can't take pictures and catch the baby at the bottom at the same time.  Brianna ended up staying with her friends' parents there at the lodge and we headed back last night.  We were SO TIRED.  I don't know how they are going to have energy to visit the waterpark again this morning but they are.  The latest facebook post indicated they were on their way. :)

Today I find myself at home with a baby that does not feel well.  His nose keeps running, he keeps pooping, he has a fever and is just kind of moody.  So it is time for me to do the mom thing and get him settled down for a nap.  I love that little boy and it just breaks my heart that he doesn't feel good. :(  Hopefully it will not take me 2 weeks to write another post!

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

When a munchkin needs his mommy...

Last night was a super long night for me.  Oliver had a rough day altogether, having not taken a good nap, getting more teeth, and a bad diaper rash.  Not a good combination.  When it came time for bed, I put him down as usual.  My plan was to get to work on the TONS of painting that needed to be done.  As soon as Oliver entered the crib he began crying.  I was used to this when we were doing the CIO (which works by the way).  But this time was different.  He screamed and screamed and screamed and I became more and more and more stressed.  I had so much to do to prepare for getting our new carpet.  I didn't have time for this.  I let him cry it out for over 15 minutes.  Finally I just sat, listening to the screaming and prayed.  I prayed for God to comfort him and me so that he could sleep peacefully and I could get some work done.  But still the screaming kept going.  I finally realized that I think God was telling me, to calm down.  He was giving me peace, and letting me know that at this particular moment my baby needed me.  So I quit stressing about the painting, let my husband do it, and went to my little munchkin.  He stopped crying....all he wanted was me.  Unfortunately he would not go to sleep but for two hours I played with him, giggled with him, and even though I woke up this morning with even more pressure to finish the painting, I can't be sad that I got in so much quality time with my little munchkin. 

Saturday, April 3, 2010

What a week!

Oh has this ever been a long week.  I spent all week doing dishes because my dishwasher broke and I HATE HATE HATE doing dishes.  But it is for my I do it.  My luck finally turned aroudn when my new dishwasher was delivered and my WONDERFUL husband walked in the door and immediately went to work putting it in.  I swear he must be superman because in no time (and I do mean in only like an hour) he had it installed and running.  And it's so quiet!!!  i could actually run it while Oliver is asleep.  My other dishwasher was 20 years old and did need replaced but still...I can't believe how far technology has come in dishwashers.   Other exciting things that happened this week....we bought carpet for our three kids rooms.  That means I get to spend the next couple of days doing a ton of painting before its put in on Thursday.  On the bright side it will mean that we get to check so many things off of our to do list for the house.  And it means Oliver's room will be ready for him to move into.  That is very sad for me...makes me feel like he doesn't need me as much since he doesn't need to be as close. 

Last Sunday I did something least for me.  I sang in church in front of the congregation.  Seriously....I have never performed a solo in front of that many people.  I was a complete nervous wreck but I think it went well.  Many people have come up to me saying how good it maybe I'll have to come out of my shell a little bit further and do it again.  I do feel like God gave me a talent and that I need to use it. 

This week has been a great one with Oliver, my little OCD baby.  He has been going around lining up everything he finds or transferring certain things into certain containers.  It is just hilarious to watch.  His doctor saw him earlier and said it was nothing to worry about....normal for his age.  Good thing cause while its funny for a 15 month old, it would be bad for a school age child.  the best part about it is though that because he likes things in containers, he's been doing a great job keeping his toys cleaned up.  I just love that baby.....he's so great.

Tomorrow will be tons of fun as I spend time celebrating Easter with my family.  We are doing our annual Easter Egg Coloring contest.  I have big plans for mine and hope that I win for the first time.  Brianna has also been planning her egg for awhile now too.   I can't wait to see what she has in store.  I'll also get to see my niece Kaylee.  YAY!  After that, Brianna will be spending all week in Gatlinburg with my dad.  i'll be worried about my oldest daughter going away without me but at the same time I'm glad that she and my dad are getting to be so close.

Well, I have to be up in about six hours so I guess I should get to bed!  HAPPY EASTER EVERYONE!