Today is a good place to be.

Friday, April 20, 2012

Out of this world

This is my love of a baby I get to watch on Thursdays-- amazing and wonderful and I can't say how much we all adore her!  My kids are dissapointed when she is gone before they get home from school!

Leila and our baby love on the scooters!  What would I do without Leila!

Blurr of the big kids coming down the bouncy slide!

Here comes Kathryn!  Head first!  This is the bouncey slide for kids under 5!

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Wednesday, April 11, 2012


I am feeling like everything around me is "half-done". 

Presently the kitchen is half clean, including the dishwasher being half-empty.  My dinner is even half cooked.  I only have the main dish figured out.  I need to figure the rest out.  I got half of my clothes put away in my clothes pile upstairs(I can never get the second half put away!).  I have only half of the kids laundry put away.  The kids are about half-done with their homework.

HAHA!  HALF DONE!  That is what my life is consisting of!  I can't seem to FINISH anything!!!!  I always say maybe tomorrow, but it seems I keep working on the same half....

But, I do know I will get dinner done-- or at least we will eat whatever it is that is done.

I do know I will get the dishwasher unloaded.

The kids will get their homework finished.

So, its not so bad right?

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Happy Easter!

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Saturday, April 7, 2012

Communication is important

I am finding life without proper communication is not comfortable. when I can't hear well, when I am not heard, when I can't express myself I am very unhappy. As I am teaching my children how to communicate, I never realized just how hard it would be. They have a hard time asking for help. They have a hard time expressing their anger. I am embarrassed to admit I sometimes have a hard time hearing and listening to them with all the distractions in our lives.

So, I started a communication journal with the two big kids. They are able to privately think about what they want to say to me and write it down. I can respond and we can have a quiet dialog going on. My hopes are we can write about our feelings in a way we might not be able to talk about them yet. And of course I enjoy trying to read what they are writing, since their style of writing is a bit more phonetic still.

I hope this helps. Communication skills are one of the most important skills to have. I want my kids to be prepared in this area. Love you guys!

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Friday, April 6, 2012

Reminders of Gratitude

Kathryn is sick tonight--- she's had a fever off and on the past several days. A dry cough. Runny nose. Tears in her eyes. Her activity level has gone from a 9 down to a 2, up to an 8, then dropping back down. She requires snuggles and naps, which are nice. She is also whiney and cranky, which is not so nice. The poor sweetheart hasn't slept well the past four nights, which means I haven't either.

My mommy heart goes out to her. It pains me to see her suffer. I love that I am capable to care and love for my little girl while she is ill. With her background, I can't help but be thankful this is just a cold. I'm so grateful my three children are overall very healthy. And that we live in a time when medical technology is on the earth so when they are not perfect health wise, we can help them.

So, get better sweet little one. We love you so much.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012


My dear brother on law reminded me we have a pretty good camera on our I- pad. I forgot about that! And of course our I- pad got some use on our indoor day. I laughed at the pics already on there. The kids have definately found it!

Anyway, the other day poor Kathryn kept running into things as she was walking around. She refuses to let me put her hair up, so I finally talked her into letting me cut her bangs. They were as long as her eyes! I promise!

The Indoor Day

Just in case you were wondering how my indoor day went last Thursday... I took no pictures at all.

My camera sucks.  I am not using it anymore.  Well, ok, I still use it.  But I always seem to forget it, and when I remember it, the pictures are fuzzy!  Anyway....

But, back to the topic:  We had a perfectly delightful indoor day!  No one got impaled, there was no blood spillage, and I don't think time-outs were even used(I am sure they were threatened)!  WOW! 

I enjoyed my time with my kiddos.  Today they were back at school.  I was off to work early and took Kathryn over to Vanessa's.  I went and picked her up when I was done, stopped and visited with my sister, went on to the grocery store, didn't get home until after 1:30.  SO- to say I missed my kids would be silly because I wasn't home long enough to miss them.  But reflecting on my time with them, I will say I did miss them a teeny tiny bit.  It was nice that the sun was out today for the first time in over a week and we were able to visit the Park with our neighbors.  Especially since it is scheduled to rain until next Monday..... sigh.....

Anyway... Life is good.  :o)