Monday, December 3, 2012

we've moved (temporarily)

I took matters into my own hands this weekend and sort of fixed my blog problem. For the time being, please jump on over to our new temporary blog site:

Now I can post pictures!

Hope to see y'all there!!


Friday, November 2, 2012

nov 2

ahh, friday. i'm so glad you made it here! :0) and the second day of a new month, too. perfect 80* weather. awesome!

highlights of the day:

we had a smooth morning, no one yelled, and we were out the door a bit early. i love pleasant mornings!

on our way back home from school, rosie said out of the blue, 'i can't wait to see grandma again. like, to live with her, not just see her. i love grandma soooo much! i love grandma as much as i love you!' oh, how i love this girl's heart. and how she understands the hope we have of eternal life in Jesus. she and my mother were so linked. :0)

stopping by our next door neighbors' garage sale & finding the exact treasure your firstborn asked for the day before. (in this case, the wooden sword & shield she'd been playing with in their yard earlier this week.) i was just so glad it was still up for grabs. it was all she'd asked for from the sale, and i was so sad we had to take her to school before we shopped it.

rosie got a tinkerbell sleeping bag for $5. stu got a spiderman sleeping bag for $5. they're both almost new, and thus far only M had had one. so now we're all set! they were so excited.

stu also got a toy trash truck he's been playing with all day. at one point in the car, rosie had it in her lap and she said to herself, 'when i grow up, this is what i'm going to do.' whatever you choose to do in life, baby girl, i'll be so proud of you!

then we went to early vote. it's the last day to do it in texas! no line, and it only took a few minutes. it was so refreshing to do my small part in telling the current president to 'stick it'.

before lunch, we played outside. it was so lovely out in the mid-60s. i'll never be able to accurately capture on film the beauty of the fall sun through our neighborhood trees. it's just so golden and sparkly and beautiful. i've taken hundreds of pictures of our street already, and i just can't capture it. it made me think that maybe that's what this life is like compared to heaven. we think life here on earth is so wonderful, but we can't even capture with our own brains how absolutely amazing heaven will be.

stu wanted to play ball with me. which consisted of him tossing a whiffle ball up in the air as high as he could for me to catch. we tossed it up back & forth to each other, and it reminded me of practicing pop-flies in baseball. i surprised myself at how many i actually caught! haha! and stu was priceless. his face--eyes wide open, head up, mouth gaping open, tongue sticking out in concentration. i got some good pictures of him that i'll put up here once i can.

i got so much cleaning and catching up done during nap time! (i'm so behind on laundry this week.) and stu slept all through his naptime! he was so pleasant after all that rest. he was a little fussy this morning.

i was so excited to see M when we picked her up from school. i missed her today! she told me she had to pull her first card today in school. i could tell she was mildly bummed about it, but she wasn't broken up, thankfully. i know she takes these things very seriously.

when we got home we played outside a bit, and again, the weather was so pretty! stu filled up his trash truck with leaves and dumped them out over and over again. M played with her sword. rosie pushed her doll in the stroller. leaves were falling all around. bliss!

we had our traditional frozen pizza friday night dinner. then we worked on cleaning up all the toys spread all over the place. i played some cars with stu and got to read a couple of books with M.

i vacuumed to finish our house cleaning for the weekend, and M helped me for a bit. then J took over for us, and he even moved all the furniture! so i finished getting the kids ready for bed since that's what he usually does at night. i learned a valuable lesson: if you're married to an OCD, wait til he gets home to vacuum. he'll end up doing it for you! haha! (not that he took over because he didn't think i was doing it right. that's not it at all. he was truly just trying to help me, and he's just plain good at vacuuming! i rarely move furniture when i do it.)

at bedtime prayer, M reached to hold my hand. then she took my other hand and layered our hands in a big hand sandwich. haha! it was just so sweet. i love this girl with all that i am. :0)

i have a few prayers on my heart today. first, i'm feeling led to lead a breakout session at my home church's women's retreat this winter. i just don't know what to speak about! i have a few things milling around in my head, but i don't know what 'the one thing' is. would you pray for me that i'd be attuned to what the Lord would have me communicate to the young women of our church?

and also our landlord shared with us that she was a bit depressed about some decisions she'd need to be making about her care in the near future, and i realized today that i've not seen her outside in about a week. i feel a nudge from the Lord to do something for her to encourage her, but i'm not sure what. we do visit with her often, either all of us or just me and the kids. but i'm wondering if i might need to make some tea cakes to bring to her to share and just chat with her, just she and i? perhaps she could use some company. and then who knows how the Lord might have us work in each other's lives?! i want to do my part to love my widowed neighbors well. they take such good care of us!

oh, how i've been looking forward to this weekend. we don't have anything big planned, which will be so nice! it's sort of the calm before the busy weekend we have coming up with my daddy's wedding festivities. my last chance to make sure we have everything that we need together. i'm excited!

i'm praying for a fun, restful weekend of togetherness for us. november is shaping up to be great!

Thursday, November 1, 2012

{my first!} five minute friday: roots

the 'five minute friday' topic this week is 'roots'. which is so fitting given the day. november 1 is 'dia de los muertos', a holiday meant to remember loved ones who have passed on.

for me, it's been the women in my life that have left us for heaven that are on my mind given the holiday. i'd intended to make a pseudo-altar in traditional mexican fashion (my husband's maternal family is hispanic, so i do want to foster the culture for my children who share a part of it), so i've been looking through our treasured family photos all week in an attempt to gather them.

what a beautiful and painful week it's been. beautiful because my life is so much richer having had these souls grace my life. but painful because they're not with me anymore in the flesh. but thanks to the blessed hope we have in the Lord Jesus Christ, i know i'll be reunited with them again.

my mother, her mother, my daddy's mother, my husband's great-grandmother.

they are gone, but they are all with me.

their roots run deep in my heart.

everyone has a story to tell! write, friends; just do it! join up with lisa-jo baker and her 'five minute friday' blog party each friday night for a fun jump-start.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

three things about mama

so still no picture memory left on my little bloggy. i've looked in to buying more memory, but it's expensive. so at this point it looks like i may have to wait a couple of months until santa can bring it to me. haha!

tonight at dinner, J was at M's parent teacher conference, so it was just me and the babies. things were getting rowdy as they often do when daddy's not home at mealtime, so i decided to get some conversations started to get everyone engaged. the first thing i thought of was J from 'lots of scotts' challenge on twitter a few weeks ago to ask your kids what three things they'll remember about you when they're grown up.

the question's been ratlling around in my head, but honestly i've been a little afraid to ask. i'm not a perfect mother, and i've always been wary about how my mothering mistakes will impact/stick with my children as they grow. so i've saved it for another time.

tonight i just took the plunge. since my three are 7, 4 and 3 though, i decided to word it as three ways they would describe me to a new friend. i figure at these ages they probably can't grasp how they'll feel when they're grown up. (when i was a little girl, i couldn't imagine my life beyond ages 18-20! haha!)

i got some interesting answers. luckily, nothing negative came up. whew!

M responded: she loves me, she loves pearls, she loves to snuggle

rosie said: she always wears earrings, she always has her purse, she always has her phone, she loves to swim, and she always eats fruits and vegetables.

so not bad! though i'm not sure rosie mentioning my phone was a red flag. it's true; i am on it too much. and i don't know where she got the fruit & veggies bit. but i guess i'll just be happy she thinks i eat healthfully! haha!

then i started to wonder if their responses didn't paint me in such a great light after all. they all seem pretty superficial, not a lot of depth there. so that caused me to wonder if i'm not connecting with them deeply enough.

then i told myself to zip it. enough with the doubts and second-guessing. my girls have a sweet outlook of their mama, and i'm going to just bask in that. :0)

Thursday, August 23, 2012

meet the teacher night, first grade edition

so tonight we had meet the teacher night! not that i could have forgetten it. a certain first grader has had it on the brain since she got up this morning. she wanted to get ready to go this morning after breakfast! i had a hard time getting her to grasp that we go tonight and not this morning.

finally when the littles were napping after lunch, i went ahead and let her get ready. and she didn't waste a minute. my typically-dragging-her-feet firstborn was faster than a sprinter! she was ready in no time. we then set out to pack up her supplies in a box so she could take them to school. she didn't waste any time doing that, either, and it was just so precious to me to see her so excited and ambitious.

we had some time before it was time for the littles to get up, so M and i watched a pbs pops symphony special on MGM movie theme songs. she was riveted! it was so fun to share that with her. i love musicals and theater. she is hooked, i think! we watched the judy garland portion of the show. the lady singing her songs was so talented!

we met J up at our new school. we were blessed that he could come with us...his own campus' meet the teacher night was scheduled to begin a little later than ours.

we got to meet her teacher and see her classroom. she was so cute taking charge and leading us everywhere, even though we'd not been inside the school before. rosie and stu made themselves at home in the classroom, too, and sat right down at desks to thumb through the textbooks. they're so excited to go to school!

our new campus is so beautiful. it was once our town's high school, so it is rather large. the architecture is amazing! it looks old to me, though i don't know for sure. the ceilings and fixtures look like the vintage original.

we parted ways and sent daddy to his school. then i took the kids to braum's for dinner and ice cream. i was pumped that their butter happened to be on sale in their market for 1.99/lb. i bought a ridiculous amount to hoard in my freezer. hopefully it'll last me through Christmas. haha! butter has gotten so expensive, but it's the only thing i cook with. so any time i can get a deal, i nab it! we had fun shopping for our basics in their little market. (we needed milk and bread, too.)

it was a fun little family night out! we're excited for school to start next week.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

getting ready

Tonight we took M shopping for new school clothes. I suppose it's about time--it's Meet the Teacher tomorrow! :-) I've been avoiding it, it's true. M is so hard to shop for because she's so tiny, and she's incredibly picky as well as texture-conscious. All of her fabrics have to feel just right. Sounds a lot like a certain mom of hers when she was a little girl!

I also enter clothes shopping for her now with a lot of trepidation because she's in that weird stage where little girl clothes aren't fitting, but the big girl clothes are just entirely inappropriate for her. It is just so hard to dress little girls these days. I've shed many a tear in girls' departments over it.

If I could keep her in smocked dresses & bows forever, I would.

J came home early and took us to Chili's for dinner. That was my request. I felt so yuck all day--dizzy and fuzzy-headed--and I was so hungry for their chips, salsa & ranch! :) He's so sweet to tolerate it for me. It's not his favorite place to eat. :) Our waiter brought two baskets of chips & for us, one for the kids. Well played, my man. Well played. :)

We only went to two stores, but man were the kids wired. I really should've been getting us out more in this beautiful weather. The girls ran from dress rack to dress rack, oohing and ahhing over dresses that were so garish and trashy. It made my heart hurt. We kept re-directing them to what we approved of. Frustrating.

We found a pretty clearance dress at Dillard's (love their girls' dept!) and a few ruffled tops, a cute play dress, several pairs of $10 jeans, and a handful of basic tanks for her to wear under her sundresses at Old Navy.

And did I mention my kids were wild?? Haha! I was happy the mall wasn't too busy so they had room to let loose a little and not disturb anyone. (Except us. Haha!)

After we were done (physically and emotionally), J stopped and let the kids pick cookies. He let them get whatever they wanted, even the iced double doozie M wanted. I commented what a fun daddy he is to let them do that. I always make them get the regular ones. :) M followed that with, 'Yes! Daddy is gooder than Mommy.'

Well, alrighty then! Haha!

When the kids were handed their cookies, they all said 'Mmmm! Deeeelicious!' Stu was the most emphatic. I laughed and rubbed his head and said, 'Oh, Stu, I think YOU'RE delicious!' He smiled and answered, 'Well, yeah, but not when I toot.' That kid! :)

J got us settled at a nearby table then ran back into Dillard's to look at suits. I forget sometimes that I'm getting him ready for school, too!

We had such a fun family outing. I've missed us, as weird as that sounds. We're trying to get into a groove in our new life & new town. It's an adventure!

I've felt better today than I have in several days. I put makeup on & did my hair for the first time in days. J had texted this morning suggesting we go shopping tonight, and that made me so glad I had gotten ready. I did several loads of laundry from start to finish, and I even got creative enough to come up with a hot lunch of eggs and toast to avoid a trip to the grocery store for another day. I made extra eggs to save for breakfast tomorrow and a breakfast burrito to send J out the door with in the morning. It doesn't take much to make me feel like supermom, evidently. :)

While so many moms I know are sad over school starting, this year I'm ready. Not because I want to get one of my kids out of the house, but simply because it forces us back into a routine and some structure.

I love my little family and all of our life-rhythms.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

in the air & in our hearts

the weather's been in the upper 60s at night here the last few nights.

it was upper 70s and low 80s all day today.

last week, stu (3) asked out of the blue when 'the Fair' is coming back. of course we all knew he was referring to the Great State Fair of Texas. but how on earth did he remember? it comes back around Sept. 22, but that was almost a year ago. what crazy recall that boy has! he's a Texan, though, so it must be some sort of internal Texas clock we're born with. haha!

then the kids proceeded to plan out all the rides they'd hit this year. i didn't help them out; i just listened. last year was the first time they'd ever been on rides at the Fair. we take them every year even when they were infants, though. it's just a part of them now, i suppose!

so now, since then, every morning at breakfast he asks, 'mommy, when is it going to be Fair time?' and we count down the days together.

my thoughts are gearing toward fall planting. so excited to see what i can do in this lush East TX area! we definitely need to get the viola seeds started indoors for potting next month. and i have an intense need for a big, beautiful fern in a black urn planter on the porch.

i noticed i've begun using the phrase 'remember to ask santa!' when they ask me to buy them stuff.

i've secretly begun writing down the things they're asking for. :)

right now, my three are all in the living room putting on a 'concert'. to the Chipmunks Christmas CD.

i guess even having moved to a new town, we can feel in our souls that the season's about to change! i love the predictability of the way cycles like this are embedded within us. such a sweet reminder of our God who is faithful and does not change.