January 28, 2010
January 26, 2010
SO off we go to the mall at the end of our street (because the roads were a mess and my sanity wasn't worth slip-sliding into something). We were in Metro getting a few groceries so we could make sugar cookies today, and the kids? Oh my goodness! Seriously? It's like they hadn't been out of the house in a year. They are all excited and bubbly and "look at this mom" and "can we get this mom?" and "babble babble babble".... You know it's crazy when the cashier (who is a regular) looks at you and says, "wow, they're really strung tonight eh? They're normally so quiet and calm" (and I'm thinking "my kids? I think you might be confusing us with someone else" but I smile and say "yup. they are, I'm blaming the weather"!)
I must admit, their excitment was contagious and by the end I found myself laughing and giggling right along with them but the term "it's like herding cats" came to mind fairly often as we roamed Zellars looking at all the toys that they "want to get one day mom."
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We are in the process of transitioning Owen into a big boy bed, last night, I stumbled down the stairs around midnight to his screams and I couldn't find him. My sleep induced brain was too foggy to figure out what was going on. He wasn't in the bed, he hadn't climbed into the playpen, but he was definately in his room, because I could hear him. Where did I find him? Under the bed, curled up right against the wall. He was freaking out because he couldn't lift his head as the bed was in his way! What a goofball! I'm still trying to figure out how he got there in the first place because the playpen had been pusehd close against the bed to stop him from trying to climb out!
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This morning we are making sugar cookies and birdfeeders. My theory behind this? If I keep them crazy busy they can't get into trouble and bother eachother and send their momy over the edge right?? Well, we shall see about that!
The dough is made and sitting in the fridge for another 10 minutes before we can roll it out ans start cutting out the cookies. And already, in the 30 minutes of time that they have had to play, there is been the slaming of doors and the biting of legs...biting seriously?? I'm not sure WHAT he was thinking because he KNOWS better sigh.....it could be a long day.
But....Alexandra's new bed comes via delivery man today, so that is exciting (her bed was the top bunk for the boy's room so once Owen needed a bed, she is without one, thankfully she's content to sleep on a crib matteress for two nights!)
Time to go and herd some *cats* to the kitchen table for the cutting out of cookies, while I attepmt to focus my eyes on God and look to the laughter and blessings in the day, rather then the annoying and difficult (because sometimes those moments seems to overwhelm, and I know it is just a matter of perspective). . . maybe letting go of my crazy perfectionism would be a good start!
January 24, 2010
Alexandra was a little hesitant and there were a few tears (but nothing like the screaming tha has been happening at swim lessons), but the man who organizes it is amazing with kids and scooped her up, took her to her class and stayed with her almost the whole time. She was actually participating by the end!
Anthony, he's a clown! The drama of that boy, it was SO funny!! He would skate a little then f.l.o.p on ice and lay there for a mintue. This continued for almost the entire lesson. I was nearly crying I was laughign so hard. Becuase Anthony knows how to skate!!
January 23, 2010
How did I end up with a girly girl?
For those of you that know me (in real life) you know I'm not really all that *girly*.
I own 3 pairs of shoes, one *purse* (let's use that term loosely here), I wear mascara maybe twice a year, I don't wear nail polish, and spending an afternoon (or morning) at a mall, is just about torture!
My daughter on the other hand....?
She LOVES to shop. You ask her what she wants to do and it is either play dolls or go to the mall. We were at the mall this morning and we walked past Claire's (a store that sells necklaces and nail polish etc.) As we were passing it Alexandra exclaims:
"A girlie store!!! Can I go in and see the girly stuff??"
So, in we went, with her in the lead longingly caressing necklaces and drapping purses over her shoulder all the while chattering.
"Oh, mommy, this one is beautiful."
"Can you buy this one for me one day?"
"So cutie, look!"
I think the sales lady was trying really really hard NOT to laugh!
Alexandra would run from rack to rack, taking her time going through each item to see if there was something that she deemed pretty. It was SO cute. . . incredibly foreign, but cute.
I promised her I would go back and buy a few things (like the BRIGHT pastel coloured nail polish or the sparkly lip gloss or one of the many purses she was drooling over) for her, for her birthday.
It baffles me, I always thought it was a learned behaviour, that desire to shop,...apparently I was wrong! Because she certainly hasn't learned it from me!!
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Anthony's school does something pretty neat. Every month, they have a different character trait as their focus. So, things like compassion and respect. This month it has been responsibility.
On Friday, Anthony came home with a specail picture, that had been signed by the torch-bearer who had spoken at an assembly earlier in the week.
Anthony was awarded this photo because, in his class, he had shown the character of responsibility over the week.
I am SO incredibly proud of him!!
January 21, 2010
January 19, 2010
Shouldn't we just obey because He is a Holy God?
Does there need to be more reason than that?
Yes He delights in blessings (every good and perfect gift is from above)
but shouldn't it be enough that He's called us to it and He's Holy so it's got to be good...?
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It's something I've been thinking about lately. Yes, the bible speaks about rewards in heavan for being faithful on earth, but should that be our motivation for becoming Christ-like, for striving to be obedient to what God has called us to do?
I don't know.
And it's something I am struggling with right now.
I love the fact that there are rewards in heavan, but if that's my only reason for doing what I know God has called me to do on earth, is that right? Shouldn't I be o.k doing what He has asked of me, regardless, simply because it is a command from God?
I need to think on it and pray about it...anyone have any thougths?
January 17, 2010
January 16, 2010
fill me with gratitude.
I've found a few things this week, there were days when I have had to look long and hard to find them, but they have been there.
*finding a way to go for a walk with 5 kids
(all being pulled or pushed. . . it involved a sled, some fabric and my double stroller...)
(I was a little desperate to get O.U.T of the house come Wednesday!)
*plus 3 celcius in the middle of January
(that's vest weather!)
*melting snow and the smell of spring
(in the middle of January!! in Northern Ontario!!)
*friends that ask how you're doing, truly mean it and wait for the answer
*my new oven that bakes banana bread
*Owen's LOVE of baking, "Mommy dup"
("Mommy, dump" it means he wants to help)
*a husband that puts away laundry and watches the kids for 4 hours so I can get *out*
*the smell of fresh baked banana bread
(or blueberry muffins, or brownie, or white chocolate macadamia nut cookies)
This list could go on, I am so grateful for these blessings. They have all, at one point or another this week, put a smile on my face and caused me to stop and be truly thankful for what I have been given.
January 13, 2010
Am I going to notice in this rush of morning? Is there time for the stillness in the midst of breakfast and winter clothes and the rushing out to the school bus?
That stillness comes in the form of a little boy hand reaching for mine at the edge of the road as we wait.
"Mommy, look at all the colours, pink and purple and blue."
"It looks a bit like cotton candy doesn't it sweet boy?"
"Mommy? Can you lift me up to eat some?"
"It's to high bud, God put the clouds there this morning to remind us of His glory and the works of His hands."
"But why do they look so close then?"
I have no answer for this, so stumble out something along the lines of "because of the way the sun is reflecting off them." In an attempt not to brush off his question.
Grace abounds this morning, in the form of sun-kissed clouds and quiet, stolen moments with a little-big boy.
January 12, 2010
I'm in a mood today.
The excuses are endless, up to early, kids whinning before they were even out of bed, the messy house is driving me nuts.
But really, that's all they are, excuses.
I can't drag my eyes off myself today, can't see past the thoughts rushing through my head.
Trying, failing, and trying again.
I know I need to refocus, take the time to kneel before the One Who can change that focus for me.
Why is it so hard?
All it takes is time, time to sit and be still.
Time to find the words for the thoughts that tumble, the feelings that invade.
And I have that time, but am I willing to use it for what matters?
Today, I haven't been.
And I can tell, I'm sure if you interacted with me today, you could tell too.
Praying for focus, praying to live my life for Him, in view of Him constantly.
It's not easy, that surrendering completely, but it's worth it.
I'm going to make the time today, to shift that perspective, to focus on Him and to not let my thoughts influence my feelings. I want what He wants for my life.
Just needed reminding of that.
January 11, 2010
January 10, 2010
"Mommy, but if you give me medicine then I will feel better and I can go to church."Said by Alexandra this morning after realizing I was going to have her stay home today. She has a fever and cough and I just didn't want it getting worse (that and she really doesn't need to share it with every kid in her Sunday School class!)
I love that she enjoys church so much that fits are thrown when she can't go. She is my child who will make up songs about Jesus and God and just sing them randomly throughout the day.
I smile at that, for there are moments in my day, when hearing her brings my focus back to where it should be.We registar this sweet girl for J.K on February 2nd.
Owen has almost hit the 20 month mark.
First off, I am not even sure how that is possible, in 4 short months, months I am sure are going to fly by, he will turn 2.
The baby of the family.
The little guy who keeps us on our toes and learns from his brother and sister all the tricks that they didn't learn until MUCH older!
It got me thinking the other night about when Anthony and Alexandra were 20 months old.
When Anthony was 20 months, we were in the process of moving towns (from Atikokan back to Thunder Bay), I was single parenting 5 days a week because Troy would drive back to Atikokan on Sunday night and teach until Friday and then drive back to us for the weekend,we were getting Anthony ready for surgery and I was 6 months pregnant with Alexandra.
When Alexandra was 20 months I was babysitting another little girl, planning a Mother's Market and I was VERY pregnant with Owen (he was born 4 weeks later!)
This time, I am thankful that I am not pregnant (and sick and exhausted and everything else that goes along with that!).
I am enjoying this age, the curiousity and wonder and excitement that marks it.
I love the *extra* energy that I have from not having a life growing inside me, and the fact that I can enjoy the wonder and curiousity (oh and did I mention LOVE of books?) that Owen is experiencing.
I am a *little* sad that our baby is growing up but SO very excited for all that means for our family. Things we can start to do and the changes that not having a baby will bring for us.
Life moves forward and the kids grow, I think this time around, I am realizing just how fast that happens, that infant turns to baby turns to little boy.
I love being a mom to my three kids. And I admit, that looking back, I am a little sentimental at all that has happened, but looking forward, I am excited for everything that has yet to come, the firsts that the kids, and our family, are still waiting to experience.
January 05, 2010
the babies are contained under plastic in the stroller with blankets of their own:and there is MUCH screaming and crying and whinning at the state of *cold*!! (oh yeah, and some lady walking past turns to me and says "Excuse me, you know they're crying right?" LOL!! Cuz you know, I might have missed it!)I on the other hand, spent the time running and chasing and swinging kids around (really, looking like a big moron) in attempts to keep them warm! So I was toasty.
For the record though. 1.5 hours outside in temperatures of -30 are not really recommended (but they did enjoy the hot chocolate and cookies and handful of marshmellows they got when we got back home!)
January 04, 2010
SO....here are my enteries for this week's contest:
There are MUCH better/interesting ones over on their website, so head on over and check out all the really cool, talented people and the amazing images they have come up with!!
January 03, 2010
I took the two older kids to see it tonight, seeing as Anthony will be at school tomorrow and this is probably a once in a lifetime opportuinty for them.
I plan on taking the kids I babysit, along with Alexandra and Owen, tomorrow to see it too. I know Owen is still too little to remember any of it, but I want him to have the chance (that and I just want to see it again!)
January 01, 2010
...when you slip on the metal threshold of your doorway, don't grab the key that's sticking out of the doorknob to stop yourself
....the key WILL break and you will be forced to ask your husband to remove it with pliars and a screwdriver, all the while feeling very silly but thankful that you don't need to replace the doorknob and locks