Friday, May 29, 2009

The Saga of Our Floor is Over!

Today,almost 7 weeks after a water leak necessitated our bathroom floor being pulled up, we have a beautiful new floor! Once the flooring guy actually showed up, he was able to get the new flooring down in about an hour :). Later, a couple of men showed up to re-stretch and tack down the carpeting in our master bedroom that had been rolled up during the crisis. We will now begin the process of "moving back in" our closet and bathroom...a feat that I've dreamed about for weeks.

In fact, I warned hubby that I may get in our whirlpool tub and stay there for days--I've really missed that tub! It serves as my personal retreat from the demands of motherhood; some bubbles and a book are like a mini-vacation :).

Off to my vacation....
Later Days!

P.S. There will be no photos--no need to thank me. :)

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

40 is the new 30 (or so they say)....

Yes, the big day has come and gone. Sunday was my 40th birthday and I've been celebrating ever since :). My parents and my niece C. came to visit and we've very much enjoyed spending time with them.

One thing about Facebook is that everybody knows it's your birthday! I can't believe how many well wishes I got. The online messages and phone calls just kept coming. Thank you to all my friends and family who made my birthday so special.

In keeping with my resolve to take better care of my health, I'm the proud owner of new running shoes and some workout gear. My excuses are gone; unfortunately, the rest of my chocolate birthday cake is The dietary portion of my resolve will be postponed until it is.

Since today is Tuesday, I must get off the computer now and take my kids to the library--life goes on....

Later Days!

P.S. Sorry you had to see photos of me--I'm usually the one behind the camera. Mimi felt the need to capture her baby's birthday :).

Friday, May 22, 2009

Attention, Grandparents! Grandkid photos!

It's been a little while since I've posted photos of M. sleeping (in fact, it's been a little while since I've posted at all). So, when I caught him snoozing on the couch and ottoman last night I had to snap a picture before carrying him to bed.

The other photos are of what I found him doing right before lunch today. He loves to stand on the stepstool and "help" me in the kitchen. I had the dvd player going (Monk, if you're interested) and I heard M. fiddling with the silverware drawer. When I turned around, I saw Micah sticking spoons to the dvd player--none of us had realized that it was magnetized! It's true--3 year-olds, with their boundless curiousity and determination are the best scientists!

Monday, May 18, 2009

Scout Celebration

We had the last Girl Scout meeting of the school year today. We met at a local park; the girls were given the badges they earned during the year AND we had ice cream. I've got a lot of patches to sew on K.'s vest before Scouts start back in the Fall :).

K. had a wonderful experience this year in Brownies. She's not the only one, either. I had fun participating and my 3yo son did, too. M. considered himself an honorary Scout and always referred to the meetings as "his" Boy Scouts, rather than K.'s Girl Scouts. Our wonderful Troop Leader, the incomparable & infinitely patient Leanne, did a terrific job with the girls (and with my little "boy scout"). Not only did she present the badges to the girls, she also was thoughtful enough to present M. with a special little stuffed bear. She made him a very happy little guy!

Grandparents, enjoy the photos!

Later Days!

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Tuesday = Library Day

Once again, all is right with the world...meaning, we made it to the library today. K. checked out American Girl books, N. got President and dinosaur books, E. got cat and dog books.

We're really hoping that E.'s books will reveal a strategy for housebreaking Annie the Dog! She is taken on a couple of walks every day and let outside into our fenced-in yard frequently but still prefers to wet our carpet! Any tips would be appreciated by this frazzled, too-busy-to-clean-up-dog-accidents, mother of 4 (one of whom is not yet "housebroken" himself!).

Later Days!

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Every Day is Mother's Day!

I became a mother on April 6, 1996. Nothing that had come before could have prepared me to mother that baby girl. All I had was a greater love than I thought was possible and a fierce determination to protect her from any harm. To be honest, it's surprising that hospitals send defenseless babies home with such inexperienced people as myself and hubby! I found that, sometimes, Mom was the one who inflicted pain--accidentally pinching little fingers when clipping those tiny nails, hitting fuzzy baby heads on carseat handles, holding baby while the nurse gave her a shot. More often, Thank Heaven, I got to witness those "firsts"--smiles, rolling-over, steps...

Since that day in 1996, we've added three more precious children to our "quiver." I've continued to witness firsts with my eldest "baby" while enjoying the firsts of each of my other children. Those first smiles and steps never get old, no matter how many children you have! Despite more experience, I've found that I still pinch little fingers sometimes, and bump heads, and have to kiss boo-boos that I accidentally inflict. I certainly can't pretend to "know it all" where children are concerned.

It would be amazing to calculate the number of times I hear "Mama" during one day--remember, I homeschool, so I'm with my children ALL DAY! I fill the sippy cup for the youngest an average of 8 times a day, settle disputes between siblings, clean up messes, cook, do laundry, help with difficult math problems...basically, I dole out punishments and rewards from the time the first child arises in the morning until the last one goes to sleep! Anyone would be crazy to apply for a position with that job description!

Admittedly, much of what moms do isn't very glamorous. Ah, but the really great part is snuggling up with the youngest to read a Bible story, tickling him and hearing the giggles; braiding my girly-girl's hair and watching her twirl around in a new dress; listening to what my elder son has learned about the presidents and asking his permission to get a kiss; having the occasional mature discussion with my eldest but enjoying the same goofy sense of humor, too...Priceless.

Thank you, God, for the privilege of being E., N., K., and M.'s Mom! I look forward to holding that position for the rest of my life :).

I must also thank Mimi and Nana for their faithfulness and tenderness in holding this same position for many, many years, AND for taking on the additional title of Grandmother. I couldn't ask for better role models and examples of Godly motherhood for me and for my children!

Happy Mother's Day to all mothers who may be reading this!

Later Days!

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

A Different Kind of Tuesday....

In case anyone felt the earth jarred out of its usual trip around the sun yesterday, I must explain that we DID NOT make our usual pilgrimage to the library.

Our family was privileged to attend a special preview of the new movie, "The Secrets of Jonathan Sperry." It was a terrific family movie that will be shown in theaters in September. Please make it a point to attend when it comes to a theater near you!

As Christians, we are often critical of the cinematic garbage being offered to the viewing public these days...and with good cause. However, violent, pornographic, degrading, and anti-God films would not be shown if they did not make money. When an uplifting, family-appropriate, Christian-themed movie comes to theaters, we need to support it with our attendance and spread the word to our friends, so that theater-owners realize there is a market for good, wholesome entertainment.

Later Days!

p.s. We're going to the library today. :)

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

More Annie news....

Seems like our new dog is taking up quite a bit of time and attention these days :). Saturday, Hubby and eldest took both Lewis the Cat and Annie the Basset to a "shot clinic" for their rabies vaccinations. Lewis got carsick and threw up; Annie wet in Hubby's car. Sunday morning before church, Lewis threw up; Annie wet the carpet. It's a good thing that we recently bought one of those portable carpet cleaning machines!

Yesterday, the 4 kids and I took Annie to the vet for a physical and got some unpleasant news...Annie has some internal parasites. Ugh! We've begun treatment and hopefully, she'll soon be completely healthy. She's such a sweetheart that we hate for her to be feeling unwell.

We'll be making a short trip Back Home this Friday/Saturday to visit family and for Hubby to perform a wedding at our former church. We're looking forward to seeing some dear friends that we haven't seen in a while, as well as celebrating the marriage of a godly young man that we watched grow up!

Later Days!

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Friday, May 1, 2009

The girls go for a walk...

We've been enjoying Annie--and the walks she's forcing us to take :). With a basset hound, the walks are not "exercise" walks, but rather leisurely strolls. She's got to sniff every blade of grass, it seems. While it doesn't exactly get my heartrate up, it does allow some good time to enjoy chatting with my girls and soak up the beautiful sights of Spring.

One of the most welcome sights around our house is the arrival of visitors :). We're expecting a couple of couples from our former church to come see us today! These are very special folks and we're looking forward to spending some time with them. We're also enjoying a cleaner-than-usual house, since the expectation of visitors inspires a flurry of tidying and scrubbing!

Later Days!