Friday, August 29, 2008
Thursday, August 28, 2008
She tagged me and so here are the rules:
1. Link the person who tagged you.
2. Mention the rules on your blog.
3. Tell about 6 unspectacular quirks of yours.
4. Tag 6 following bloggers by linking them.
5. Leave a comment on each of the tagged blogger’s blogs letting them know they’ve been tagged.
So now I have to think of 6 unspectacular quirks of mine...Hmmm....
1. I have this weird obsession with making lists. I like to write "to do" lists, grocery lists, Costco lists, Target lists , "honey do" lists. Then when I start to cross things off the list I make a new list with the remaining items. I like it to look neat and get distracted when there are lines drawn everywhere. I have lists all over the house! It is amazing I remember anything cause I have 15 lists going at one time!
2. I watch TV shows or movies that I really like over and over and over and over and, well, you get the point. Seriously. I once watched "A Chorus Line" every Sunday for an entire year. I know every word in that flick. I have seen "Erin Brockovich" probably 100+ times cause I tune in every time it's on TV. I have seen every episode of Jon and Kate plus 8 and What Not to Wear probably 6 times each.
3. I don't like to buy shirts that don't have at least 3% spandex in them. Since I don't dry my shirts in the dryer (except grimey, loungy T-shirts) I feel like 100% cotton shirts get all misshapen when I hang them to dry and then they fit funky. If they have spandex in them then I never have that problem!
4. I don't like condiments. Ketchup, mustard, relish...nope, not for me. I just started to use mayo on my sandwiches within the past 5 years.
5. I rarely buy books unless it's REALLY good. I think it is a waste of money cause I usually read it once then it goes in a box to give to Good Will. I don't have enough room in my house for anymore clutter. So, I borrow them from the library.
6. I eat really fast. My husband is always amazed that I can eat faster than him. I'm not proud of it. In fact, I know that I need to slow down, but I guess I think that someone might steal my food.
My 6 bloggers:
Trish @ Venturesome Sojourners
Katie @ Stray Raisins
Jolie @ My Little Ragamuffins
Tiffanie @ Our Life
Tracy @ Seed Thoughts
Chandy @ Outstanding In My Field
Welcome to Thankful Thursday. A chance for me to reflect on my week and lift up my thanks for the wonderful, blessed life I live.
- I am thankful for rain the past few days. It has made the temperatures go down a bit and even has felt “somewhat” bearable. (Have I mentioned I am ready for summer to be over with?!)
- I am thankful that I am getting organized! Yay me!
- I am thankful that even though hubs is gone for the week (and I miss him terribly!) this gives me the opportunity to relax and have some needed “me” time when Kaiden is in bed.
- I am thankful that my back is feeling better. Man, that little boy is getting heavier and heavier each and everyday.
- I am thankful to have chocolate chip cookie dough in the freezer to curb those late night PMS cravings.
Have a Thankful Thursday. Visit Sting My Heart for more!
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Now if you know me well enough you know that I don't like change. I like to follow rules and schedules to a "T." I like consistency. I like to know that the same things that happened the day before are the same things I can look forward to today. I like to know that if someone says something is going to happen at X o'clock, then by golly I can plan on being there at X o'clock. So when Kaiden all of a sudden starts to throw the whole schedule off that I have worked so hard to establish, thankyouverymuch, it really throws me for a loop. Fortunately, though, the one thing that has always remained pretty constant is his night sleeping schedule. Ever since he was 4 months old he has been completely sleeping through the night. We have him in bed between 6:45-7:00pm and he sleeps until 6:00am.
Until this past week.
For whatever reason he has been waking up around 5:00am. And, of course, I don't go and get him until 6:00 because I don't want him thinking that it is okay to be getting up at the butt crack of dawn. Right? Buuuutttt, then he is tired for his first nap at 7:00 instead of 8, and lately his first nap he is only sleeping an hour (if I'm lucky) instead of two hours. Then, he is hungry for lunch at 10:30 instead of 11 or 12. Then he is going down for his second nap at 12 instead of 1, which gets him up at 2ish instead of 3-4ish. Which makes him Mr. Crankpots the rest of the afternoon. It's all a mess. A total mess.
It's times like this that I find myself wishing away time. "I wish that he would just get all of his teeth in already so he wouldn't be so cranky...I wish that he could walk so I don't have to carry him everywhere. My back is killing me...I wish that he would grow out of his gassiness so I don't have to burp him still ALL THE TIME...I wish that he would sleep until 7 and could get himself up..." I hate myself for thinking that way because I know that all too soon the day will come that he won't want me to carry him anymore, that he won't want to snuggle with me when he is in pain and I know that before I blink again he'll be 18 and running off to college.
So, I'm pretty sure there is a lesson in all of this that I need to learn. I guess it is for me to just let go. To relax and take life as it comes. To have a schedule in place, but make room for variations. To enjoy every minute of my time with Kaiden whether he's fussy or happy. To know that tomorrow is a new day and I can always start fresh. To be patient and understanding. To spend my days feeling calm instead of frustrated and stressed. To pray for strength and patience. To pray for guidance as a mother. And most importantly to pray that my son feels loved, honored and cherished each and every day.
"I can do everything through Him who gives me strength." Philippians 4:13
Monday, August 25, 2008
It all started yesterday as I flipped on the TV for some background noise while picking up a bit around the house. I turned on Fox Reality Channel at 9:00am thinking it was a previous episode of American Idol. But the TV guide deceived me. I watched anyway. Then at 10:00 another episode came on. And I watched. At 11:00, yet another. You can see where this is going, right? By the time I knew it, I invested 12 hours into a reality marathon of…dah, dah, daaaahhhh…Temptation Island 2.
Oh, the shame!
I know, I know. I don’t even know if I can bare to look myself in the mirror today. It’s dreadful, simply dreadful! But I didn’t know that shear absurdity of this show would suck me in. I even had plans to go to a friends house to have a cook out and swim. I swear I was going to do something productive with my day. But at 1:00 she called and had to cancel. Secretly I was glad. Is that bad? I mean, at that point, I just couldn’t turn it off. Could I? If I did, I would find out which couples were going to stay together and which were not. Why, I had invested too much of my precious day to do that!
So, I am sorry. I am sorry for supporting that show and keeping it on the air. I am sorry that I killed probably half of my brain cells in one single day. I’m sorry for wasting valuable space in this world yesterday. I sorry for stealing good, clean, refreshing air from those who were living, breathing, productive contributors to society. As I was not. I am sorry. I am sorry. I am sorry.
Buuuutttt, just in case you were wondering: Shannon and John stayed together as I knew early on that they would. Catherine and Emundo wanted to stay together, but after a long talk, they decided that they were better off as friends. Mark and Kelley broke up despite Mark’s desire to work things out. Tommy and Nikkole broke up too, but later I found out that 2 months after the show they got back together. Thought you’d like to know.
Saturday, August 23, 2008
Hubs left us this morning to go to a conference in D.C. Gone again you ask? Yeah, that's what I'm asking too. I am beginning to think that he doesn't love us and would rather go on his business trip to get away. Heck, can you blame him? There are some days that I would kill to go on a business trip. It actually sounds like a welcomed vacation to me! Although I know that it's quite the opposite. The truth is that he loves us soooo much that he is working his hiney off to keep a roof over our head and food on our table while I sit here and, well, blog. And quite frankly, after the day that I have been having if I want to take 5 minutes out of my evening to vent while Kaiden is finally down to sleep after I have chased him around all day long and after 1/2 hour of napping he started to cry hysterically then decided to throw up all over me, then so be it.
Yeah. All. Over. Me.
I serioulsy don't know what has gotten into me lately. I have this overwhelming urge to organize everything! My house if usually picked up and organized anyway, although I have never been overly obsessive about it. It's the things that you don't see on a regular basis that I need to tackle. I tend to keep my junk strategically stashed away in drawers and closets and file it as a task "I will get to later." Well, we all know how that goes. Then every once-in-awhile I go through a phase where I just want to get everything organized once and for all! Drawers, closets, cabinets, photo albums, garage, you name it.
In a former post I talked about tackling my junk drawer. Well, one of them anyway. I finally got that completed and it gave me hope that I could tackle some of the other items on my "to be organized" list that doesn't seem to be getting any shorter.
This past week I attempted to organize my pictures. This is not quite completed yet as I was going to go to Wal-mart to develop some other pics on my memory card and then my blogging buddy, Chandy, told me about Winkflash. They will develop my pictures for so much cheaper. Aaannnd deliver them right to your door! Now I just have to get, oh, about 200 pictures uploaded to the site. Ugh. But we are moving in the right direction and at least I have phase one completed on that project.
Today I decided to get the toys under control. You know the toys that we keep buying that Kaiden doesn't care to play with because he would rather play with the stereo, or the wires, or the remotes, or my cell phone or the dog's bowl? Yeah, those toys. I have been really wishy washy about buying a toy bin because I just wasn't really sure what I wanted. But while I was at a play date a couple weeks ago they had a one that I thought was fabulous! As I was running some errands yesterday I ended up and Target and found that they had it there. Score! So I busted out my mad handyman skills today and put the thing together. All by myself. Impressed? You shouldn't be. It was so easy that my dog could have done it.
So, I am feeling a renewed sense of accomplishement and am optomistic that I will be able to cross a few more items off of my list. There's the closets to clean out and get the clothes to Good Will, the other junk drawers that need to get cleared out, the boxes in the garage that need to be gone through and thrown out, my craft table that has unfinished projects on it...I better keep going before the wind blows right out of my sail.
Thursday, August 21, 2008
This has been a tough week. I have been reliving this past weekend's incident in my mind over and over again. I know that I need to just rest my overactive imagination, but it really showed me (1) how quickly the unexpected can happen, (2) none of us are invincible and (3) that it is only by the grace of God that we walked away without a scratch. We previously thought (from the looks of it) that our car went virtually untouched with a few minor dings in the hood and front end. I did take it to the shop for a makeover and they found that there was a bit more damage to the underside of the car than expected. Thankfully our insurance is covering it all and even covering my rental car so that I won't be housebound for the next week. But, seriously, it could have been SO much worse. We are truly blessed!
- I am thankful that we were unharmed in our accident this past weekend.
- I am thankful for a husband that is caring and compassionate exactly when I need him to be.
- I am thankful that some of our activities are starting up again. Our church's moms group met today for the first time since summer started. A welcomed break for me to pass Kaiden off to the childcare staff while I enjoyed two hours (count 'em...two hours!) with other women from my church.
- I am thankful that I went grocery shopping yesterday and there is food in the fridge. I came home hungry ya'll!
What are you thankful for today? Visit Sting My Heart for more!
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
"Just because you keep the house clean, the fridge full, the clothes washed, the beds made, the dog walked, the bills paid, the kiddo groomed/fed/napped/entertained, and just because you make my lunch everyday (and even write a little note on my napkin), have dinner on the table every night and still have time to spend with me."
Awww…I love it when Hubs does something for me to
brag blog about.
I love you honey! ...No, I love you more…Nooo, I love you more…No, pumpkin, I love you more…
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
So, the other day I was able to sort through the pictures, and put them in order according to dates and pile them according to events. Today's task is to get them in the albums.
I also have pictures on my memory card that need to get printed, categorized and put into albums. So, another part of my task will involve a trip to Wal-Mart to finally get them off my camera! Once I get those back, I can do the same and get them into the albums.
In addition to the photos, I will attempt to tackle making an appointment for pest control service, dealing with the car insurance company, get my car in for service, make my grocery list, figure out what to make for dinner, doing the laundry that has piled up.........a woman's work is never done!
What are you tackling today?
Monday, August 18, 2008
Hubs and I were itching to get out of the heat yesterday and were racking our brain for a short day trip up north. We thought about going to Slide Rock in Sedona but when we called they said that we would not be able to go in the water to swim because of the high bacteria levels. The park ranger did tell us about other areas in Oak Creek Canyon, however, that were not affected that we could visit instead. At this point it was getting later in the morning and we were playing the "should we, shouldn't we" game. Finally, we decided to go. We knew that even if we were only there for a couple hours it would be worth it to escape this heat. So, I put Kaiden down for a morning nap and when he got up at 11:30 we hit the road.
Even Paco enjoyed being there!
Thursday, August 14, 2008
I must admit, when I knew that I had to come to post my thankful list today I was a little less than thrilled. Seems that I have been feeling a bit less thankful the past few days for no apparent reason, really. Kind of feeling overwhelmed by some things on my "to do" list that have been hovering over my head for the past few months. Yeah, procrastination in full effect. But, I finally decided to tackle one of those projects this morning: Operation Organizing Junk Drawer. I have been using that drawer as a catch-all for all things baby and keep using the excuse, "I will get to that later." Ya know, it wasn't half bad after all, so I am actually feeling a little more optimistic that I can work through those other projects with some "pep!" I think I actually have a renewed outlook!
- I am thankful that I tackled one more project on my ever-growing "to do" list.
- I am thankful that I actually won a giveaway at Dawn's blog that I entered! Yay me!
- I am thankful that my little man is healthy and happy. We went to the doctors on Tuesday for a check up and he is now 20lbs and 29 inches long! A far cry from when he was born!
- I am always thankful for our health and happiness.
- I am thankful that my husband appreciates me for being a wife, mother and homemaker.
Have a Thankful Thursday!
Monday, August 11, 2008
Friday, August 8, 2008
Thursday, August 7, 2008
"I tell you not to worry about your life. Don't worry about having something to eat, drink or wear. Isn't life more than food or clothing? Look at the birds in the sky! They don't plant or harvest. They don't even store grain in barns. Yet your Father in heaven takes care of them. Aren't you worth more than the birds?" Matthew 6:25-26
Even though I must remind myself daily of this verse, I am so thankful that when times get hard and it feels like I won't be able to handle what life throws at me, I know that I have a God that has lifted that burden from my shoulders. What a calming thought to know that each day I can wake up and not worry! For if I put my faith in Him, he will provide.
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Wednesday, August 6, 2008
Seriously people, this recipe is a keeper. Super simple and really good. I found this recipe on someones blog and I apologize for not linking back to you, but I can't remember which blog it came from! I believe one of the gals from Thankful Thursday. If this is yours...thanks and Yum-O!
- 1/2 cup chopped onion
- 2 medium zucchini, cut into 1-inch cubes
- 3 1/2 cups chicken or vegetable broth
- 1 large can (28 oz) crushed tomatoes
- 1 can (15 oz) great northern beans, drained and rinsed
- 1-2 Tbsp dried leaf basil
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp pepper
- 8 oz fresh or dry cheese-filled tortellini, cooked
I served it with Cheesy Garlic Biscuits.
- 2 cups Bisquick
- 2/3 cups milk
- 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
- 1/4 cup margarine or butter, melted
- 1/4 tsp garlic powder
Monday, August 4, 2008
I had a feeling that there were some birds trying to make a home on our front porch. This weekend I saw some twigs scattered around on the concrete outside my front door. I don't know what it is about our house, but the birds seem to like to make their home here. The problem is this:
Not too long ago we were finding actual baby birds that had fallen out of a nest and died. And not just a couple either. We were going out everyday and finding them on the concrete for a couple weeks. We were so sad. Chris even went up on the roof to see if he could find the nest and maybe relocate it. I'll have to see if he can "encourage" these birds to make a nest somewhere less threatening to their offspring.
So anyways, we got to our playgroup and had a great time (Thanks Davi for hosting!). As the playgroup was coming to and end and Kaiden started to have a meltdown (bless his tired little heart), I knew it was time to go and get him home for a nap. I finally got him down and was starting to make some lunch for myself when a friend of ours from our church neighborhood group called and wanted to know if I wouldn't mind watching her girls for a few hours. I didn't have anything else planned since Kaiden had his fill of activity for the morning (and Mom too!) so I agreed. The girls got here at 1:15ish and stayed until about 6:00. We played with puzzles, played fetch with Paco, watched a movie, ordered a pizza...They were such a joy to watch and certainly kept Kaiden entertained! What good babysitters they were!
About the time that they left Kaiden was ready to go to bed himself. He went down without a fight. He was one tired little boy! This gave me enough time to pick up the house, take my 2nd shower of the day, make hub's lunch for Tuesday, relax a bit and finally make some cookies for hubs who was returning from his business trip. Chris got in around 8:00 and we were able to enjoy some time together while eating our milk and cookies before we retired for the night. It was a long day for both of us and as soon as my head hit he pillow I was in dreamland...ZZzzzzzz.