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Just a quick “thank you” for all the support we’ve been getting from friends & family, online & in person.

Paul and I feel very blessed that so many of you are willing to help with the yard sale, donating stuff, and words of encouragement!!

This is a very exciting, yet stressful, process and knowing we have so many people behind us makes this all the more special.

Lots of love! Thanks ๐Ÿ™‚

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One of my brothers contacted me on FB saying there was nothing new here…Now, sisters and parents are one thing…but when my BROTHERS complain, it’s another ballgame. ๐Ÿ˜›

So far, life is still good. Our Easter Egger chickens are slowly producing their green eggs, and one of the “she” birds turned out to be a “he” bird, so now we have a rooster. Before the sex change, its name was Tiger. I’ve since changed it to “Stupid Chicken.” Because when he crows at 6am or is parading in the neighbor’s yard, that’s all I think…stupid chicken.

Of course, Pierce doesn’t know how to spell and thinks “stupid” is a naughty word, so we spell s-t-u-p-i-d. He’s learning how to spell “stupid” before he knows what we’re spelling.ย  Quite amusing to us.

Kids had a great soccer season.ย  One of the coaches (for next year-Gab moves up a level) made me promise to sign her up next year…he’s hand-picking his team and wants Gabby. She’s proud and humbled…proud he wants her and humbled because she knows he has high expectations.

Dean is doing great…he’ll be 18 months old soon and is a bundle of fun. Whatever his big brother does, he does, and he doesn’t let the 3 years age difference matter.

TWO days to Thanksgiving! and my turkey is still frozen, so I’m in a bit of panic mode with that. Every thing else is planned and bought. I guess if the turkey doesn’t work out, I’ll send Paul out to find Stupid Chicken.

One of my sisters is coming tomorrow with her dh and 2 kids…My kids are completely stoked and ready to have cousins come. It’s a rare treat to have family out (and to have us go visit) so we’re planning on a lot of food and a lot of fun. I’m planning on all the side dishes (sweet potatoes, casserole, rolls, etc.) and 7 pies…I figure 7 MIGHT be enough ๐Ÿ˜€ย ย ย  2 pumpkin, 2 pecan, 2 apple and a banana cream.

I’m gonna try and put up a couple pics…one of the 2 boys and one of a friend of ours holding Stupid Chicken.

There ya go, Jared…a whole post just for you ๐Ÿ˜€

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It’s amazing how quickly 2 weeks and a few days can go by! It seemed like every day was over before it began.

We stayed in Wyoming with my parents for a few days first. They have 2 llamas, 2 mini horses and 2 big horses and a bunch of sheep. And a few dogs and cats. Pierce was terrified of the horses at first, but eventually rode the minis and enjoyed them. They’re like dogs…just lovey and follow people around for attention ๐Ÿ™‚ย  Paul and I plan on getting one next year hopefully.

Then we headed out to Utah to stay with one of my sisters. They have 4 cows (2 of which are pregnant), 4 sheep, 2 horses, a pony, chickens, a dog and a few cats. We stayed there almost a week, but it just felt like days. My nephew was baptized and we had a family picnic…lots of fun.

Our kids had so much fun with their cousins. Pierce really loved meeting his cousins, one in particular (she’s 6). She totally took care of him while we were with my sister. It was really cute. He liked all of them though…I asked him who was his favorite and he named all of them that he could think of ๐Ÿ˜€

My sister and I talked my bil into coming out here for Thanksgiving so we’re all really looking forward to that.

We decided to leave Gabby out there for a few more weeks, so when my parents bring her home, they’re also bringing a niece (she’s 2 years older than Gab) for awhile, too.

I have to say I’m happy to be home. I missed my friends here….so many are like family.

So good trip and we’re looking forward to doing it again in 2 years ๐Ÿ™‚

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A couple days ago I posted writing was getting dry.

Life, however, has been so busy.

Yesterday I had to take dh an hour away to a doctor…minor thing, but he was in the hospital (to get the procedure done) from 7:45 to noon. We left the house at 6:15 am. We grabbed lunch on the way home (he wasn’t supposed to eat before hand) so we were starving. We had a 2-hour respite then I was off again. I picked up dd, took her to band, went grocery shopping, then picked up dd. We grabbed dinner and came home for 20 minutes. I left ds1 with dh and took the other 2….dd had a church activity.

In the midst of this, I was battling a migraine. I came home at 7:30 and took a percoset. Then it was bedtime for the boys…clean ds1’s bedroom, make his bed, read, etc. Then ds2 diaper change and pajamas. Then dd came home (luckily a friend volunteered to bring her home) so I had to direct her in getting ready for bed. The whole “go wash your face now” etc. type of thing.

Monday was the same way, just different stuff.

Luckily today is a day off.

Tomorrow will be crazy.ย  I wish I had more percoset!!

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I have a firm belief that it should be banned. It’s unfair, sexist, and cruel. I’m very sensitive to this problem and it’s frustrating to see happen to myself and other women.ย  Men don’t understand and, therefore, it’s really not a big deal to them. Which makes this even more awful!

Moms shouldn’t get sick! Like we don’t have enough to do. Add a sore throat, congestion, sleepless nights, and fatigue to an already busy schedule. Plus just taking care of kids all day long. There’s no such thing as a day off or a sick day when you have take care of your kids and house! It’s a 24/7 job!

What happens if we don’t take care of our responsibilities when we’re sick? If we just act like men and lay on the couch moaning and being sick?

It all adds up and multiplies like bunnies in the summer. One dish turns into 50. A slightly dirty carpet turns into No Man’s Land. Toys get scattered and tossed around like they’re alive and restless. Laundry stacks up, coming out of infinite closet space and dresser drawers. Kids look like they’ve lived in a barn for a year, and smell like 2 years.

Oh, yes, ladies. Something needs to be done about this issue! There needs to be a rebellion, a revolt! We need to band together to picket congress and our husband’s workplaces! We need equality and fairness! Whatever happened to womens equal rights?

No more sick! No more sick! No more sick!

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As I’ve mentioned before, we’re planning a road trip out to Wyoming and Utah this summer. The kids and I are really excited. Dh is stressing.

We’ve got 2 stops overnight on the way out there, around Indianapolis/Danville then in Omaha. I’m looking for a way to cut expenses. Same with on the way back.

So my idea is to see if we have friends that live in those areas that we can stay with overnight! Brilliant, huh ;D

We thought if we could find people, we’d pay for dinner for everyone (order pizza) and we’re planning on packing our own breakfasts (cereal, granola bars, etc) so they wouldn’t have to feed us at all. Just a room to sleep in. Or a tent in the back yard.

So my plea goes out!! Anyone live in those areas?? ๐Ÿ˜€

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This week I got news of a man in church that had passed away. He was only 62 but developed severe Alzheimer’s. He was a very generous, kind, happy-go-lucky man and at the end was nothing like his former self. I bawled at the funeral, not because I knew him well, but because it’s sad to see someone like that go. But I guess God decided he’d fulfilled his mission on earth and needed him for something else.

I do know his wife a little better. I’m Primary President (in charge at church over the 18mos-12 year olds) and she’s one of my teachers (teaches the 7/8ย  yr olds).

Things like this are so hard. She seemed so strong…I knew she was expecting this moment, grateful he’s gone to that “better place,” but so sad to see her husband dissipate and leave her.ย  He was entirely too young to go and she’s way too young to be left alone!

I’m just so grateful my sweet husband is still here with me and hope he is able to stick around for another 50 years or so.

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YAY!!!

We’re going to add on to our house…not much, just a master suite. But it’s much needed! We’ve been playing phone tag with 2 different architects and contractor all summer. And neither architect worked out (long story). So we asked my brother to do it and he made a deal with Paul….drawings for web site designing/building.

And now we have our drawings!! I could not be more excited. I’m going to change my underwear now.

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This is amazing! My mom sent me this in an email as well and I absolutely had to share on the occasion.

This man, John Holmgren, used his own money to have his truck/trailer painted as a memorial to 9/11. He said, “”It seemed to me like people were forgetting 9/11.”ย  He heard the country song “Have You Forgotten?” and created his message in a very big way.ย  “It’s just my way of respecting the families, and it turned out to be so much more,” says Holmgren.

I don’t think anyone ever forgets, but I do think people in general forget how easily our freedom and our lives can be taken away from us. There’s no guarantees in this lifetime, other than “taxes and death,” and we need to remember this. We need to treasure every moment in life and be thankful for each day we have with our loved ones.

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Ok, not really.

But have you ever been around someone who always talks bad about his/her spouse? It’s really awkward. And annoying. I always wonder, ok, why are you with this person if they’re so awful?? And why are you telling me??

We know someone, “Bob.” Bob dogs on his wife frequently. Paul recently heard another friend talking to Bob on the phone. That other person dogged on Bob’s wife and laughed! What Bob didn’t realize that when you dog on your spouse, you give other people permission to do the same. So why let other people say bad things about your spouse?

One of my sisters and I talk on occasion and typically, our husbands come into the conversation. We’ve come to the conclusion that men don’t always put dirty socks into the basket or put the new roll of tp back on. And I think joking about those general things is harmless. It crosses the line if I were to call her angrily or very frustrated and say, “Why can’t he just put his dirty socks away? He’s such a slob and I always have to do everything! He thinks I’m his maid!”

At that point, my sister would probably wonder if all wasn’t well in paradise. And after just a few of those calls, she would question the type of person he is or if I should get out. Usually a person is mad at their spouse when they call someone to complain. The outsider doesn’t witness the make-up. They just get a view of a bad relationship.

I think people complain about their spouse to others because they think it’s the popular or cool thing to do, as childish and jr-high-schoolish as it sounds. My husband knows quite a few of these people and it drives him crazy.

We made a vow when we first got married to never talk badly about the other person. If there was a problem, we’d seek counseling if we had to. But it has to stay between us, resolved by us, and always kept that way. We defend each other if necessary and are always a united front. When you allow others into the marriage, you inevitably allow a crack that becomes a fissure.

**Disclaimer….Paul did read this before it was posted…I wouldn’t want him to think I was doggin’ on his dirty socksย  ๐Ÿ˜›

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