Tuesday, July 31, 2007

I Think I'm Gonna Cry.....

Two of my babies are gone. My life's just not right when they aren't here. How can I possibly go to sleep tonight without tucking them in? I haven't had their precious goodnight kisses and squeezes. Who will sneak in my bed tonight to be my cuddle bug? And in the morning, there won't be anyone to announce that it's once again a bright and sunny day. I'm just not whole and my eyes refuse to stay dry. This hurts. Does it ever get easier to be without your babies?

clothes rack???

Does anyone have a clothes rack that could be used in the sale this weekend? =)

Monday, July 30, 2007

I Take It Back.....

A week or so ago I commented on someone else's blog how I liked laundry. I take it back. Normally, I do. But right now, I can NOT finish it!

I was so determined to have it all finished when John got home from camp. But no, it was not meant to be. =( My good intentions were spoiled by a chair cushion with chocolate milk on it, another chair cushion with orange juice on it (and this was after I had already washed the first one of course), nursery laundry from church, bed sheets, 2 sets of bathroom rugs that were both the victims of tee-tee accidents (Julia had a bad day), and baby clothes stained with explosive diaper messes.

So, needless to say, when John arrived home with his huge bags of nasty camp clothes and bedding and towels, they were not quite welcomed. Add to that the fact that I'm not convinced his dirty laundry does not have a few hitchhiking lice on them since all the girls from our church got lice at camp. I made him leave his dirty stuff in the garage until I can get to it. I'm proud to say that I am getting to it and the laundry might even be done in one more day. Yeah, I'll let you know how that goes.

Anyway, like I said in the title of this post - I TAKE IT BACK! The Lord probably thought He was blessing me with all of this, but I want to be very clear about my new position. I DO NOT LIKE IT. So please, Lord, make it stop. I just can't take any more of these laundry blessings.....

Stupid Little Hairs

You all get them. I know you do. I used to bleach them. Then I tried waxing. I'd rather go through child birth - seriously. So when I saw the little personal trimmers at Walmart for only $9.99 I decided to give it a whirl. My mom had successfully used one for years so I didn't think this was risky business.

I was wrong.

This little device managed to turn what used to just be annoying little mustache hairs into dark black man hairs. Just yesterday, in the car, John looked over and squinted at my face. He seemed to be zooming in on the mustache area so I was immediately concerned. "What is it?" I asked as I quickly pulled down the mirror. And there it was. That obnoxious little black hair flowing in the breeze of the air conditioner in all its glory. Of course, I didn't have any tweezers or scissors or hedge trimmers there in the car. So I had to invite that thing to dinner with us. Stupid little hair.

The worst part is that when I woke up this morning, his friends had arrived. That's ok. I was home now, with all my weapons of warfare. So I won. (The battle, not the war.)

Sunday, July 29, 2007

My No-Church Day.....

Didn't get to go to church this morning. =( Aulora is STILL teething and running fevers. Poor baby. She has several teeth coming at the same time so it's extra painful, I guess. Anyway, I took the other kids to church to be with Daddy (they would have been heartbroken to have missed being there) and I stayed home and watched Teletubbies and Barney with Aulora. Those Teletubbies are super weird, but that's a different post. Thanks to E. for manning my job while I was out. You're the best! And I missed seeing everyone else. Thanks to you who updated your blogs - it helps ease the pain a little. =)

This evening, Aulora was finally feeling a little better so the kids and I walked up to the church where John was have fine arts practice with the teenagers. John David and Julia LOVE being at the church, especially when teenagers are there. They get to be the center of attention. The video is going to be incredible! They are doing it next Sunday morning in church, so don't miss it. It's powerful.

When there was a dinner break, we went up to that new place called Rodeo something by Grandy's and Burger King. It was pretty good. We'll probably go back. I would recommend at least trying it once. The water is purified (a big plus for me) and their menu is pretty big. They have $5 lunch specials every day too.

That's all I have. I'm going to bed. Yea!!! Finally.......

Friday, July 27, 2007

It must be true because Julia said so.....

Jacob showed his special love for Joseph by giving him a coat of many crayons.

The Best Italian Restaurant Ever

I just realized that I never posted about the fabulous restaurant we ate at called Cinzzetti's. Pappasito's is still my favorite place ever, but Cinzzetti's is quite the experience. This was no Golden Corral kind of buffet. It was a beautiful array of high-end Italian food made right in front of you. The desserts were awesome too! Bread pudding, Ghirardelli chocolate dipped strawberries, a crepe bar, all kinds of hand dipped ice cream, cream puffs, plus so much more. I just could never say enough about this amazing place. Sooooo, if you are ever in Denver or Overland Park, Kansas, you HAVE to stop and eat at Cinzzettis. =)

Angels Watching Over Us

When I was about 15 or so, my brother was wide awake in his bed, terrified as he looked out his window to see a big van parked outside our house. There were two shady looking men inside and he didn't know what they were doing. It was quite awhile before he was able to go to sleep.

During the same time, my mom awoke from a very vivid dream that my brother was being kidnapped. She got up and went to check on things. She found the front door unlocked and the security alarm not set. She took care of it all, checked on us, and went back to sleep.

The next morning, during breakfast, the two sides of the story were put together and we realized in a very real way how we are protected in life. So last night, when I got a phone call from a friend of ours in the middle of the night, I wasn't mad. He said he felt the Lord had really wanted him to drive by our house and when he did, he noticed that the dvd player was on in our van. That wasn't a big deal, but I got up immediately to check on things. The van was not locked and neither was one of the house doors. Maybe it was nothing, but you just never know when angels are protecting you from something. Whenever my kids are scared at bedtime, I remind them that Jesus and His angels are protecting us. Last night, I was reminded of that myself.....

Thursday, July 26, 2007

Live Life To The Ultra

This is dedicated to my "Ultra" friend.....you know who you are. =)

Pool Day Pictures

I'm a woman of my word so here's the pictures.......
(by the way, A's little girl was there, but she somehow eluded me every time I tried to take a picture!)

I'm The Winner!

We just got back from the pool and, yea, nobody else has put up a post about our afternoon so I get to say whatever I want. Woohoo! =) (The other moms are probably being responsible and bathing their children or some such nonsense. I guess we know who the committed blogger is.)

Some of us met at the municipal pool at 2:00 today. It was so great to hang out with some friends and get a little sun too. I think we solved everyone's problems and even came up with a theory or two for world peace.

I noticed as I was getting out of my wet swimsuit that I have what appears to be a child sized handprint on my back. The best I can figure is that one of the kids put their hand on my back during the sunblock process. Cool, huh? I guess I can better tell how much sun my back got. =)

I took pictures, but they'll have to wait until later when I get the kids in bed. Regrettably, I did not get a video of Angela doing a handstand or upside down splits in the water. I tried but I think she was on to me and my sneaky self with a camera. Plus, some lifeguard said he saw lightning (I think he just wanted to go home early) so we had to get out of the pool early. Otherwise, we would probably still be there.

Afterwards, I almost had to call someone to rescue me with a gas can. When we got to the pool, my van said I still had 22 miles until empty. But when we left, it said I had 0 miles left. I prayed all the way to the gas station. And I want you to know that I caught every stinking red light possible. Quite the adrenaline rush.....

Pictures will be up later tonight.......

Forget Joining the Gym

Oh my goodness. Aulora has learned to crawl fast and my life is rapidly changing. There's the million tiny toys that John David and Julia accidentally leave laying around. There's the occasional rollie pollie bug or spider that Aulora inevitably finds first (and of course you know where she puts it).

She is drawn to bathrooms for some reason. This morning she got in my bathroom and was very intent on standing at the side of the tub and grabbing the shampoo bottles. One fell in and then she only wanted that one. Trying to get her out of there was almost impossible because she had a little death grip on the side of the tub and the shower curtain. She ended up falling in head first. Don't worry, she wasn't hurt. I was standing right there watching her. I warned her she was going to get hurt and not to come crying to me when she did. =) She didn't want to listen.

She is also very fond of shoes. If you know me then you know how this affects me (or maybe I should say how it affects my heart). She finds them no matter where they may be hidden. She has some kind of superhero shoe finding radar.

And then there's my fireplace. I never had a problem with my other two and the fireplace but I think this time is going to be different. So don't laugh if you come to my house and I have some weird contraption rigged around the edge of my brick fireplace.

On a more positive note, this is probably the weight loss and exercise program I've been needing. Would anyone like to borrow her for 30 minutes 3 times a week? I promise my rates will be cheaper than any of the health clubs in town. =)

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

The Deeper La

I've been accused of not showing my feelings and keeping things to myself. I'm not denying that it's true. I'm not really that way naturally, but I think you become that way when you work at a church. Our friends, our church life, our job - it's all the same. Our whole life is built around the same people. I could never say anything bad about my husband (not that I have anything to say - it's just hypothetical) because that would reflect badly on him as a pastor. And I could certainly never be less than the perfect Proverbs 31 wife and mother because, good grief, we're on staff at a church. We have had people who don't want to get to know us and be our friends because we're pastors. I guess that makes us not real people or something. It's a lonely place sometimes.

The point of this post was just to try to open up a little. I was hurt tonight. Not by anyone who would be reading this, but I still won't go into any details. I'm a nice person. I try to be sweet. It's almost more than I can handle when I've done something that makes someone unhappy or when someone is offended by me. A harsh word stays with me for a very long time and it tends to take a great toll on my peacefulness. I know this is a flaw and I've tried to get over it. In the almost 7 years we've worked at our church I think I've come a long way. John learned long ago not to tell me lots of things because I can't handle it. That's helped a lot, I'm sure. But again, tonight, I sat and cried because someone is unhappy with me. I went over again and again my part in the situation and I can honestly say that I didn't do anything wrong. In fact, an older and wiser person in authority even gave their approval over it. But it still offended someone and now my sleep will be greatly troubled. I've apologized and tried my best to smooth things over. Hopefully it's enough.

So there you go. A look into the deeper part of La. This only scratches the surface of the things I do not and will not say. I bet you miss the old, more distant me.

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

To All My Garage Sale Friends =)

I'm going to just post here about the garage sale since I know everyone who may participate will be reading this. Here are a few things I wanted you to know:

- Please save all your bags from Walmart or HEB or wherever to use during the sale.
- Please make sure to price your things with only ONE color sticker that is a different color than everyone else's. I am using yellow. As soon as you decide on a color, post it as a comment under this entry. If someone else beats you to a color you'll have to get a different one. There are 7 colors at Walmart.
- Please don't plan on just leaving your stuff and only coming back to collect money (unless you've already cleared it with me). That's just not going to be cool! I don't expect everyone to stay the whole time both days, but I'll definitely need help. =) Besides, it will be fun to hang out!
- Be prepared to contribute to the advertising money. It shouldn't be much - the exact amount will depend on how many people are joining in. I'm looking at $10 for the paper and about $10 more for signs and stuff. $20 divided by 4 or more people isn't much.

That's all I have right now. I'll probably think of more stuff as we get closer.

Little Updates on the Little People

Aulora is crawling. She's not super fast and still falls sometimes but she's doing it.

She's also pulling up on things. Life is a little more difficult now.

Aulora likes chocolate milk. We found this out on accident. =)

She has another tooth now - it's on the top. More look to be coming very soon. This teething thing seems pretty endless.

John David and Julia are both on a chart now. This seems to help them a lot. Their personalities are so evident through this. When I explained it to them, Julia was so excited and John David declared he would never get to do anything fun again. And then when John David messes up and has to have an "X", life is still ok. But when Julia messes up and gets the dreaded "X", life is just over. She cries and cries and is so distressed that there is a big X marring her perfect little chart. Poor girl. She's just like me. I hate getting X's in life. Overall though, they really seem to like it. When it's time to get a checkmark they run to the kitchen and smile so big.

A Shattering Afternoon

I had my first garage sale related disaster today. Hopefully it was the last. I was handling a big sheet of glass and the next thing I knew, it was shattering in a million pieces all over me and all over the garage floor. I didn't even drop it so I don't know how it happened. I had shards of glass all on my hands (luckily I was wearing jeans) and had to pull some out with tweezers. What a big mess. I'll probably be paranoid about little pieces of glass out there as long as we live here.

The worst part was having to listen to John David telling me over and over what he thought I should and shouldn't have done. How does a 6 year old know so much??? It's beyond me........

Monday, July 23, 2007

It's Begun

My garage sale is in less than two weeks. The process began today. Yuck. My garage is so full of stuff for the sale it's hard to even do anything. I managed to make a little progress though. Oh, but there's soooo much more. And my house really suffered for the work I did. Instead of cleaning up inside during naptime, I was in the garage. You should see my house now. Wait, no you shouldn't. Stay away. Please, stay far away.....

Forecast Anyone?

Has anyone heard the weather forecast for hell lately? I'm just wondering if maybe it's frozen over since my 3 year old came and told me she was tired and wanted to take a nap. That was about an hour ago. She's still sleeping. And now my youngest is sleeping too. Wow, what am I going to do with myself?

How Appropriate

The beautiful white roses John gave me for our anniversary last week dropped their heads this morning.....I saw it as soon as John walked out the door for camp all week.

Sunday, July 22, 2007

Checking For What in the Where???

I discovered at lunch that I'm not quite up with all the latest trends. My 6 year old informed me that when checking one's nose for, ahem, boogers, the proper phrase is "checking for bats in the cave". Good to know, John David. Good to know.

(I should add that John David and Julia spent the rest of lunch with their faces up against the mirror next to our booth, checking for you know what. I think even Daddy joined in once just for fun.)

Saturday, July 21, 2007

Garage Sale

Hey everyone.....for those of you here in town, I wanted to let you know that some of us are planning a joint garage sale for August 3rd-4th at my house. If you would like to join in, just let me know. The bigger the better.......


Julia got to make a Hello Kitty at Build-A-Bear Workshop. I think even John David had fun, but he would never admit it. =) Did you know they even have tiny little panties and boxers for those bears there? Sooooo cute! (Yes, Hello Kitty got her own little pink panties - but they're private. Only girls can see them.)

Making Cookies

My mom had some extra help making cookies. And I'm pretty sure there were some little fingers poked in the dough when she wasn't looking. =)

Sandstone Park

There's an awesome park down the street from my parent's house. I don't have many pictures of the kids playing there though. =( They love to play in the big water fountain pad that's there. They also learned that if they filled a bucket with water and poured it down the slide that they would have a water slide.

One evening, the icecream man came so they got popsicles. So very exciting for a 3 and 6 year old.

The Bike Ride

Before going to the Denver Aquarium, we decided to rent a big bicycle that seated all of us. I can't remember the actual name for it. This was an idea that seemed like way more fun than it turned out to be. First off, I think we followed the wrong path in the beginning so here we were in this huge contraption trying to weave our way through this tight sidewalk that was fenced on both sides. There were also other people walking and biking on this sidewalk. Fun times...

Also, anytime there was a hill we just didn't have the manpower to pedal our way up. So we had to push it up. It was so stinkin' funny.....well, kind of.

Towards the end, we were turning around to head back and John David somehow got his foot on the chain. We thought his foot was cut off the way he was screaming. Man, that boy can cry. When we finally got back we got a bandaid for him and the aquarium gave us a wheelchair to use. What a day, what a day.......

Friday, July 20, 2007

In Need of a Babysitter

Obviously, my husband needs a babysitter. I left him alone for just a little while and when I came home he had ordered all the golf channels and all the Starz movie channels. He was grinning so big. It was pretty funny. I guess Missy will have to start keeping an eye on him too. Sorry, Missy......

The Rest of the Story

The rest of the pictures and stuff about our trip is on my dad's blog (some is still yet to come). My only disclaimer is that I really don't look that way when I eat pancakes. I promise.....

The End....

Here are the last pictures we took right in front of the museum. And then there's Julia after we had only been in the car for about 5 minutes. I think she was tired.....

And Still More.... (there was a lot to do at that museum)

More Museum Pics

Children's Musuem

Sooooo much fun!

Special Times

The first few pictures were taken in the backyard at my parent's house. It was just a relaxing day of swimming and eating popsicles.

There's also a picture from Cracker Barrel. We love to go there for the food and then to shop in the store afterwards. Of course, John David always wants to play checkers with someone. I wish we had Cracker Barrel here! I love their food!!!

Panning and Relaxing

The kids panned for arrowheads and other stones (they were sadly out of gold). They were quite impressed with their little bags of shiny arrowheads. They looked at them and held them for much of the trip home.

Daddy and Aulora also hung out in the shade and rested for a few minutes. We were up in the mountains, but it was still HOT!

Bull Riding and Trampoline Jumping

The kids were showing their true Texan spirits even in Colorado. They were the cutest little bull riders. Julia was so determined to keep one arm up in the air while saying yee-ha. Poor baby - she tried so hard but she couldn't stay on and keep that arm in the air.

John David also got to jump on a trampoline. He figured out how to do flips in no time and had the best time. Julia was very sad she was too little to do this one.