Sunday, December 28, 2008
8 favorite TV shows:
1. Today (I try to catch at least a few minutes each morning)
2. House Hunters - it's a hobby to look at houses. my husband doesn't understand this.
3. Greys' Anatomy - trashy, yes, but I do enjoy it.
4. Brothers & Sisters - also trashy but it's our date show. we always watch together.
5. Scrubs - Jason really enjoys it and so I've learned to watch with him.
6. Wheel of Fortune - I am gifted in this area. So help me if it ever comes to IA!
7. Biggest Loser - incredible. and inspiring.
8. 10 p.m. news - I try to make it for the first forecast but NEVER last through the show!
8 favorite restaurants:
1. Old Chicago
2. Olive Garden
3. Texas Roadhouse
4. Culver's (for my fast food choice)
5. Hickory Park - delicious bbq in Ames
6. Great Plains - best pizza, also in Ames, fantastic thick wheat crust.
7. La Fuente - my favorite mexican, also in Ames (don't even know if it's still there.?)
8. House of Chen (also in Ames) and have yet to find cashew chicken so good anywhere else.
who knew there was so much in Ames?!
8 things that happened today: (remember, this is a few days old)
2. Abby got her hair cut
3. made the sugar cookie dough
4. more laundry
5. went sledding
6. watched Charlie Brown Christmas with the kids
7. iced and decorated cookies
8. take and bake for dinner
8 things I'm looking forward to:
1. having a car with 4wd that goes in the snow (someday!)
2. a beach vacation (someday)
3. meeting Mya
4. having a longer break (summer!) from school
5. learning how to use the Mac and it's features
6. rescuing an orphan (someday?!)
7. seeing my kids grow up
8. Jesus returning!
8 things on my Wishlist:
Travis had many answers too good to top; but they also apply!
1. double ovens
2. my kids to follow Christ
3. to be close to my kids and one day, their families
4. traveling lots of places I've never been
5. to be a blessing to others
6. for my family to be united in Christ for eternity
7. to grow old with Jason
8. a firmer me :-)
and now 8 people to tag (sorry guys!)
1. Laura K.
2. Laura S.
8. Steph O.
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Sunday, December 21, 2008
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Friday, December 12, 2008
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Tuesday, December 2, 2008
I can hardly believe it! Wow! Time has really flown.
Ben is totally our firstborn. He is very particular about many things, as were we when we had him. We were much more neurotic about life with an infant than we are now! I guess with time you learn many things, and with Ben we were learning right along with him!
He is really a delightul kid though. I really enjoy spending time with him. He is kind, funny, smart, compassionate and a joy to be around. He loves all things sports. He likes to read (especially about sports!). He watches SportsCenter every morning and can later recap for Jason or myself. He sometimes 'quizzes' me about what he saw and I never have a clue. He thinks it's funny that I don't know the players that he talks about. He likes football and baseball cards and is constantly rearranging them in different orders. From best to worst, by team, by # of HR, etc....
Parenting him has really been a lot of fun and I look so forward to seeing how God continues to mold him and how He will use Ben someday.
You are a terrific kid B. We are very proud of you and we love you very much.
Happy Birthday! love, Mom
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Monday, December 1, 2008
Saturday, November 29, 2008
well, coming up on a year ago now, I was pregnant and had placed an order to Gap for a pair of maternity jeans and a long sleeve t-shirt. When my order arrived, I dumped out the bag onto my bed and the first thing I saw drop out was a clear plastic bag that said 'babyGap' on the outside and contained a hot pink item. My first thought was 'this isn't even my order,' but then the other items fell out, and I saw that they were correct. Next thought was 'Jason's gonna be so bugged at me. He's gonna think I ordered this girl outfit and we don't know what we're having yet. Plus we've got all of Abby's things so the last thing we need is more girl clothes.' (Sara can attest to this, as she now has many of them for little Mya). Next I looked closely at the packing slip, thinking I'd just send it back, but it wasn't even listed on there. My mind started wandering, thinking 'it's not even the right size; but as I processed more I realized it actually would be right since it's 3-6 month and the baby would be 6 months is Dec/Jan. I thought maybe they were just giving bonus baby gifts away with maternity orders, but surely they would have sent a neutral color, right? How could they know? Well, after that I lost all control and started jumping up and down, certain that this must confirm my inclination that the baby is a girl and this was my 'sign.' I referred to the 'mystery girl outfit' throughout the rest of the pregnancy, and boy, am I glad that this accidentally got thrown in my order because she looks so darn cute in it!
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Monday, November 17, 2008
happy birthday honey! we are all so blessed by the husband and daddy that you are. you are loved much.
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Thursday, November 13, 2008
ok, it still sounds SO strange to be able to say, 'the girls'. Holy cow, there's more than one! It's awesome! Of course, I always said 'the boys,' but usually 'the boys and Abby'.... wild.anyways, back on track. Abby loves to help cook, bake, mix, pour, anytime I'm making anything. I usually try to let her have a job. Even if it's simple, or one stir or whatever. It makes her feel helpful. And I've been putting Emily in the carrier while I get dinner ready, but now she's started grabbing for everything. It makes me a little nervous for her burning her hands, so I have my arms way stretched out in front of me..... oh the things we mothers do!
here's a couple fun pics of late. I picked up this cute chefs outfit for Abby (and it's got a cupcake on it, which is so appropriate) at Kohl's on supersale for $6.
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Friday, November 7, 2008
thanks for praying. he's home and doing well. he was super brave and really 'took it like a man,' so to speak. he's chillin' now, actually drinking a slushy and pretty excited to be having DQ for dinner....typical 8 year old behavior! please continue to pray for a smooth recovery; with Matthew things got worse before better, and right after was certainly a 'honeymoon' phase.
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Thursday, November 6, 2008
well, tomorrow we have a big day. one you can be praying for, actually. ben is getting his tonsils and adenoids removed. we are not looking forward to it. he's had lots of strep throat, so they've told us it needs to happen but jason and I are so conservative with things especially involving our kids and anesthesia. anyways, matthew just went through the same procedure back in april, but for other reasons. so last night, we tucked the boys into their beds and i was in our room down the hall rocking with emily. i overheard them talking, for quite awhile. but it was kinda endearing, and they weren't getting carried away or rambunctious, so i let it go. then this morning during school they shared that they were talking about ben's surgery. and matthew was explaining all about it, and (in not so many words) comforting ben and letting him know it's gonna be ok. ben is most definitely the worrier (hmm, wonder where that came from?) of the two, and he's been getting more and more anxious about the whole procedure. it just warmed my heart to think of the 2 of them talking it through....
so tomorrow @ 9:15 is when it's going down....please think of us and pray for ben's comfort beforehand, and for a surprisingly easy recovery after!
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Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Monday, November 3, 2008
we had a great Halloween. last week, the kids all had colds but they recovered in time and things went along as planned. we went to Sulwers, like we have for the past several years, and it was just as fun as usual. we all went out trick or treating around the neighborhood. it was a beautiful night. it was the first time we've ever gone the whole way. it's never so warm so usually it's a dash up and down a couple of streets before everyone's freezing. but this time we all leisurely strolled around, taking our time. it was wonderful! check out the picture of the whole group and imagine such a bunch showing up at your door! that's a whole bag of candy! oh yeah, forgot to mention, ben was a bears player, matthew a cubs player, abby a rock star, and emily a pumpkin.
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Friday, October 24, 2008
We got this idea from Family Fun magazine. We don't usually actually make these ideas we see, but I told myself 'since we're homeschooling, we have time for this, and it can be a little art project.'
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Tuesday, October 21, 2008
It's the hardest thing I've ever done.
It is stretching me and pushing me in ways I hadn't imagined. Which is probably why God placed it on our hearts so heavily. I'm sure He's using it in myself in ways I hadn't imagined also.
Anyhow, I've been having to remind myself daily, that this is a choice we've made, and that the sacrifices being made to do this will one day reap benefit in my children's lives. At least that's my prayer.
so then today I got in the car to take Abby to preschool (she still goes because we can accomplish alot without her lurking and waiting for them to be done!) and my Steven Curtis Chapman cd starts playing and it's a song I've never listened to called One Heartbeat at a Time. As I listened to these words the tears started rolling down my face. I'm sure my kids think I'm a lunatic.
Anyways, I so appreciated God's timing for me to really hear this now. Today.
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Monday, October 20, 2008
1. I am NOT a morning person (same as Deb), and while I used to do exactly what Deb described; feed my kids breakfast and go back to bed, or even worse, let them get their own (now that they're big enough they can do this) while I was still asleep. It happened all summer. It was sweet, but not my best mothering moment. It's gotten better though. Now that we're homeschooling we're all up and eating together. Not always showered, but up.
2. I am CRAZY about losing stuff. Like, seriously OCD about losing stuff. All other activity ceases until said item is found. Knowing that it's somewhere in the house makes me nuts and usually everyone gets recruited to help find. It's something my kids will definitely remember about me one day. ??
3. I joined Facebook. And am totally freaked out by it, and consequently recently deactivated my account. There were legitimately about 3 people I wanted to connect with from high school or college, and then people I used to know were coming outta the woodwork. It was creepy.
4. I love to shop. I'm good at it, (even my husband thinks so) as I don't make purchases unless I'm getting a deal. well, ok, sometimes I splurge. but only on deserving item. It's one of my few talents.
5. I have an almost 9 year old. This is hard to admit for several reasons. One is that this means I too am getting older. Also, he's now the 'big kid' among several of our friends. Another, which I recently shared with Jason, is that we've had Ben for (almost) 9 years and it has flown. In another 9 years, he'll be close to moving out to college, which right now the thought of breaks my heart.
alright, that wasn't too painful. Now it's your turn......Laura, Amy, and Alicia.
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Wednesday, October 15, 2008
It's good times, and I love creating memories like these for our kids. Here's a few of years past....
Sunday, October 12, 2008
Anyways, this year, both boys wanted to try soccer. Sure, that sounds good, and it's always good to try new things right? Well, flag football is also in session and we should have stuck to the preexisting rule. We've had this rule to only have each kid participate in one sport per season, so as to eliminate some of the craziness. Well, I decided to go out on a limb and ignore the rule to let them try soccer. And when signing up, I thought I had it figured out that soccer would be on Saturdays, and football on Sundays. I didn't even think about practices for both, and then after it started I discoverd the mix-up. Only Ben plays soccer on Saturdays. Both football games and Matthew's soccer games are on Sundays. It's my own fault, I brought it on myself. I ignored the preesisting rule. And so now, with just two weeks remaining, it seems bearable. But last Sunday, it all seemed worth it when at football, Ben scored a touchdown, and at soccer, Matthew scored a goal. It was also cool that then on Monday, the verse we were learning about taught about humility and not boasting. A nice reminder to them that "by the grace of God, I am what I am." (1 Corinthians 15:10)
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