Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Sunday, September 21, 2008
So one more Sunday down, only 676 to go (until Bekah turns 18). Maybe by then, she will be dressing herself! Or, I could have become a calm person! Hmm...I wonder which will happen first!
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
Approximately 27 notebooks, folders, and journals
7 coloring books
4,381 crayons, colored pencils, and markers
4 unopened boxes of crayons (24 ct) that they took from my school supply stash, because they couldn't find any crayons!
17 lbs of trash
53 dust bunnies
a bag of potato chips, unopened
about a ream of paper touting the global warming crisis from Ellie's earth day. last year; how about they just don't print anything about global warming and save a few trees that way!
several tootsie pops, sticky and dusty
a granola bar, in several pieces
157 elastic bands, this is probably why I can never find an elastic band to do the girls' hair and consequently have spent approximately 3,000 dollars on hair accessories this year alone!
one of my journals, with notes from our last stake conference that I have been looking for, everywhere (that is another post)
half of Ellie's wardrobe
42 stuffed animals
I think it is safe to say that we are blessed--with lots and lots of material things. Which I am planning on throwing away, paring down, or selling in the base yard sale in a couple of weeks. Actually, I am just trying to make some room for their birthday presents!
Does anyone need a crayon?
Thursday, September 11, 2008
This morning, I was driving home from the preschool run, when I passed all the elementary kids doing their "Freedom Walk". I think a lot of them weren't born when 9/11 happened, and most of them certainly won't have any memories, but they are more patriotic than a lot of the country. They watch their dads and moms, and sometimes both parents, go off to fight for the freedoms that we enjoy, and to fight for other people to have some of those freedoms. They spend a lot of birthdays, holidays, and school activities with just one parent. I am amazed at the sacrifices that military families everywhere make everyday. I know that we are one of them, but I feel like our contributions have been so small compared to most of the people we live around. I have a lot of hope for the future because of these amazing people around us. Thanks to all of you for what you do, everyday, just because you know it's the right thing to do!
I hope you take a minute today and think about what really matters, love, life, and family, and the freedom to enjoy them.
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
5:06 am--alarm goes off, brush teeth and go potty
5:07 am--wake up Andy for seminary
5:10 am--stumble around kitchen finding breakfast stuff
5:15 am--start cupcakes for Ellie's birthday treat today
5:25 am--put in first batch of cupcakes
5:30 am--check email
5:35 am--start checking out the front door to see if Andy's ride is here
5:36 am --doublecheck that he has all his soccer gear
5:37 am--panic that he might forget his wallet and not be able to eat lunch; he confirms that he has his wallet
5:39 am--look out door
5:40 am--look out door, tell Andy his ride is here
5:45 am--start second batch of cupcakes, finish up with computer stuff
6:00 am--make eggs and toast, for me with a big Diet Dr. Pepper, eat while loading my brand new iPod shuffle with songs (I got a new one for our anniversary to replace the old one I lost this summer; I told V. it would last much longer than flowers!) so I can start running again today
6:15 am-- go out to car to get Ellie's presents from hiding place
6:20 am-- go upstairs to wrap one present, run right into Ellie; she goes back to her room so we can come in and sing to her
6:30 am--gather the other girls and Vaughn and go in and sing Happy Birthday to Ellie
6:45 am--get girls dressed (this means I negotiate for about 10min with Bekah about what she wants to wear--usually it is something that isn't clean or we can't find)
7 am--downstairs for breakfast, we all are dressed at this point, something of a miracle
7-7:30 am--make lunch, nag at the girls, check backpacks, nag at the girls, do everyone's hair and teeth, nag at them to put on shoes
7:29 am--realize that the kids have ortho appts today and that I can't go to the gym
7:30-7:40 am--get all the girls in the car (yes it really takes us ten minutes to get in the car!)
7:45 am--drop off Rachel
7:55 am--drop off Ellie
8:10 am-- arrive at Bekah's school, spend a few minutes reading while waiting for school to start
8:30 am--drop off Bekah
8:45 am--arrive home and collapse onto my bed, since I don't have time to go to the gym, I might as well catch a few zzzs
9:44 am--wake up and go to PX
10:25 am--pick up Rachel for ortho
10:40 am--pick up Andy for ortho
11:00 am--drop off kids and go to Sonic for a diet Coke with lime and 4 motrin for my splitting headache
11:20 am--pick up Bekah
11:30 am--back to Ortho to pick up kids, wait for Andy until 11:45
12:00 pm--Wendy's for lunch
12:30 pm--drop off Andy, Rachel
1:00 pm--frost cupcakes, start cake
1:10 pm--listen to messages, Rachel has her first soccer practice tonight at 6pm.
1:30 pm--put cake in oven, walk to Ellie's school and drop off cupcakes
2:00 pm--come home and blog so I won't forget what I did today
2:15 pm--take out cake, clean up kitchen
2:15-3:00 pm--wrap presents with Bekah and try to finish mini-scrapbook for Ellie
3:00 pm--go to commissary for dinner stuff
3:30 pm--home to open presents with Ellie and get ready for Andy's soccer game
4:00 pm--herd the cats for the soccer game
4:30-6:00 pm--watch Andy's game. He does great; has several shots, but doesn't score.
5:55 pm--try to restrain husband from climbing over fence and onto the field when Andy drives in for a shot and the goalie takes him down with his elbow to Andy's jaw. I thought Vaughn was going to have an aneurysm!
6:00 pm--take Rachel to her practice at the next field over, take Andy home
7:00 pm--steaks on grill, Ellie's favorite! Her favorite foods are tomatoes and steak!
8:00 pm--cake and ice cream
8:10 pm--bath and pjs for me... why am I so tired?
What I learned from this:
I am grateful that I have a car to drive everyone around to their activities. I am grateful that I have children to wake up and celebrate birthdays with. I am grateful that we have the means to have them involved in activities they enjoy. I am grateful that I have so much food to eat that I am chubby enough that I need to exercise. I am grateful that someday my children will have straight teeth. I am grateful that my husband has a job right now that allows him to come to some of our kids' activities, even if I need to feed him Alka-seltzer afterward. I am grateful that we are all trying to live our lives to the fullest, and that I can be a stay-at-home mom. Although, was I even home today? :)
Tuesday, September 2, 2008
Here is Bekah on her first day at a preschool run by a local church here in Leavenworth. She just missed the kindergarten deadline, but really wanted to go to school, so here she is!
Here is the big girl in front of the bear by their room. Notice the fabulous princess backpack. How could she not have a great day with that kind of an accessory? I enjoyed my 2 hours and 50 minutes of child-free time by going to the gym, taking a shower, and going back to the school. But I didn't have to wait for anyone to get into the car or put on their seatbelt, or have a tantrum because she couldn't buckle it but didn't want help, or I helped her and then she had to unbuckle it and then buckle it again! I think I might get spoiled!