Thursday, August 30, 2007
In good news, I did manage to exercise eventually today. I even took the kids for a walk to the pond in our neighborhood. To let you know how unusual that is for me, I'll share this little tidbit. A neighbor saw us walking and actually stopped and asked if we needed a ride, or was I out there on purpose? See, we're such recluses that to see us out in the neighborhood makes people think something's wrong. That is kind of sad.
M&M's and a bottle of water for lunch. Yea exercise!
Tuesday, August 28, 2007
Monday, August 27, 2007
Friday, August 24, 2007
As a parent, you often find yourself wondering if you are doing an okay job. Are the kids really absorbing some of the things you are trying to teach them? Do they only share because they are forced to? Yesterday, IndieGirl showed me twice that maybe a little bit of the lesson was sinking in, beyond being forced to do something. First, we were having lunch. I kept a friend's son yesterday, so we had an extra sandwich to make. Turns out I only had 7 pieces of bread, including the heels. So, someone was not going to get a whole sandwich. All of my kids typically eat a whole sandwich, so this could have been a problem. But, IndieGirl immediately offered to eat just a half, so that our guest and her siblings could have a whole sandwich! I was so suprised. Well, apparently I shouldn't have been. We went out to eat last night for my birthday (which is tomorrow) and Princess finished her mac&cheese rather quickly and was still hungry. IndieGirl was taking her time eating hers, and had french fries as well (Princess only eats fries at the Golden Arches and a local Mexican restaurant). We asked IndieGirl if Princess could have a little bit of her mac&cheese and IndieGirl said she could have all of it! She would just eat her fries. She had eaten about half of it to that point, so it was a very generous offer. Princess ate it right up. Husband and I agreed that if this is how our kids are turning out, then we will be happy to have as many as God wants to give us. Of course, we know there will still be times when they are screaming at each other over the same toy and stuff, but last night we just enjoyed the moment.
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
In less whiny news, I'm going out with the girls tonight! My awesome women friends from FAMILIA are getting together. I love them and can't wait. And, we will be celebrating one birthday and one cancer-free diagnosis (after treatment and hysterectomy) and it just doesn't get better than that. To my Catholic readers that are moms, if you have not participated in a FAMILIA program, I highly encourage you to do so. It is a ministry through Regnum Christi, but you don't have to be a member of the apostolate to participate. You spend 4 years with other women reading and discussing church documents related to marriage, womanhood (JPII's writings on the Dignity of Women were life-changing for me), prayer and evangelization. And it is all great. But what is truly great is forming bonds with these other women who are striving to live a life that is faithful to Christ. If there is not a program in your area, start working on getting one. They now have a program for couples focusing on Theology of the Body and I am hoping to convince Husband and friends to give it a try.
The whining seems less annoying when balanced with something positive.
Tuesday, August 21, 2007
So I'm totally not ready for kindergarten. I was in bed last night waiting to fall asleep and just let my mind wander. All I could think about was whether or not she will make good friends. Or will kids make fun of her for something we can't even anticipate. Also, I have no idea how the pickup system really works. Not good. Anyway, it just dawned on me that I am really not ready to send her away all day, every day. She has such a sensitive soul and can be so easily wounded. I know I can cover her in prayer and reassure her at home that is she is wonderful. Still, we all know that there comes a day when their feelings get hurt. Or will she be the one hurting someone else's feelings? I'm going crazy, can you tell?
Oh yeah, the recipe I linked to is the one I use, with some modifications for our taste. It freezes well too and makes a great camping dinner, if you make it ahead and just take it with you. Perfect for that first day when you may have only just set up your tent and campsite before it gets dark.
Saturday, August 18, 2007
I'm reading the Bourne series by Robert Ludlum right now. The books are excellent. However, very different from the movies. In fact, all that happens in the three movies is essentially the plot of the first book, with some significant changes. So, I guess moviemakers could conceivably make more movies using the last two books more closely, but with different names. I don't know that that will happen though. They leave it open to interpretation, in my opinion.
Go see it!
Thursday, August 16, 2007
Today was the 4th day in a row of exercise! Holy treadmill, Batman! Husband joined a gym this week and has been leaving the house at 0:dark-thirty, and I think that is inspiring me a bit. I mean, if the man can crawl out of bed when even night creatures are sleeping, then I surely have no excuse for not getting on the treadmill in my nice air-conditioned house at my convenience. And apparently I can write run-on sentences with the best of them. So this walking is nice and all, but I get bored quickly. Thank God for the Ipod, but it only helps so much. So, I will be investigating the matter of running safely while pregnant. I like the challenge.
On to tents. My kids love to build tents in the house. What kid doesn't? And you would think this is an activity I endorse cheerfully. But the truth is, I don't. Why? First, they think they can't build one on their own. They insist on Mom's help and the use of clamps and such from the garage. Today I made them try to build on their own. They did a passable job. Now, the second and most annoying factor, is the constant cries for help when the tent "breaks." They move, the blankets move, and all of a sudden it is disaster. I would love the idea of the tent if it bought me more than 3 minutes of peace at a time. Instead, I end up getting up to fix it or resolve the territory disputes every 30 seconds. It is not pleasant. I am also not pleasant today, which my kids have taken notice of and failed to change their behavior accordingly. Which means I should be changing mine. I'll let you know how it goes.
Finally, the great dilemma of the weekend. Do I venture out into the crowds on this tax-free shopping weekend to get Princess set for school? I wouldn't be going out to save the tax money. Rather, to save the babysitting money. If I go on Saturday, Husband can do boy things at the house with the boys. I can take the girls and do girl things. But, my head nearly explodes thinking of the crowds that will be out. I'm leaning towards paying the babysitter next week. My sanity has no price.
In better news, I think I am coming out of the tired fog. I have not felt as bone-weary this week. Perhaps the exercise is already starting to help as well. Either way, it is a good sign, as our lives are about to ramp up with more activity.
Hopefully my next post will mark the return of a cheerful me. For all our sakes.
Tuesday, August 14, 2007
Then (yes, there's a then!) I got the crazy notion to take all of my beautiful, charming offspring to the maternity store. Let me be the one to tell you--walking into a maternity store with four kids feels a little ridiculous. You know the employees are thinking "What could that woman possibly need?" to themselves. I needed tank tops. I live in ribbed cotton tank tops when at home and these days when not at home too. All of my Old Navy perfect fit tanks were starting to creep up a little, and I know I don't have any plain tanks in my boxes of maternity clothes. Which I need to retrieve from my friend. Besides, every pregnancy merits a couple of new additions. Of course, I will be buying lots of cold weather maternity clothes in the fall since I have never been pregnant past mid-October. Anyway, the sales lady was charming and I looked wistfully at all of the cute summer dresses I will not need. Sigh. I also am trying not to think about the fact that my maternity clothes have now been worn for six pregnancies (I loaned them out to a couple of friends) and use that as justification for a whole new maternity wardrobe.
On we went to yet another store. Can you believe it? Three places in one outing! I was craving some Super Target chicken salad and we needed apples. We were already in the Super Target neighborhood and it was still not even 11:00 a.m. Crazy! We filled up our cart with Super Target goodness like pizza and yogurt and sliced deli meat and cheese. I made the fatal mistake of shopping on an empty stomach. I know I should know better, but I was feeling good with the kids and everything. We didn't even stray to the non-grocery side of the store. My self-restraint was awe-inspiring. To me, anyway.
And, now, the promised picture. I could not find my camera, so I used my phone. Hence the weird angle and inability to see my lazy pants. They'll show up again though. And maybe my bump is more imagination than reality, but it is there. I promise.
Monday, August 13, 2007
Bullets for oganization.
- Can't wait for the exhaustion to abate. It will, right? This isn't some part of pregnancy with a fifth child that no one mentions, is it? If it is, don't be alarmed if I never blog again. Just composing these sad sentences is taxing my brain.
- I may need my maternity clothes sooner than expected. It appears as though I have a bump already. I can't just suck it in, and other people seem to be noticing. Interesting. If I can find my digital camera I will add a picture. In my favorite lazy pants. I know you can't wait.
- One last pregnancy thing. Go tell Aimee congratulations! She has more will power and discretion than I can hope to acquire in a lifetime and waited to share her news until she was past the 12 week mark. When I grow up I want to be responsible and circumspect like her. ;-) I love having pregnant buddies, online or in real life.
- I had hoped to begin a new routine today. I was going to wake up before the kids, but not as early as I will have to rise when school starts. to ease myself into this whole thing. The plan was to spend 30 minutes on the treadmill beginning at 7:00 a.m. When school starts it will have to be 6:00 a.m. most likely. I did not get up this morning. I was just too tired. So, I woke up when the kids did, but stayed on the couch for longer than that. I did make it to the treadmill before lunch. So, that is the new plan: treadmill before lunch until school starts. I know myself and know I will not get up early unless I have no choice. So I will adjust on the fly to the school schedule.
- Speaking of the treadmill, I missed it. It felt great to walk for 30 minutes. I really want to work my way up to running again, but will consult my doctor first for safety. Just walking gets a little boring for me. I did mix it up by varying walking speeds and that helped the time pass.
There it is. Another random update. I have no idea when I will get it together and start writing real posts. Keep coming back to find out, won't ya?
Friday, August 10, 2007
Speaking of which, Princess is officially enrolled in Kindergarten. We went to the school yesterday and filled out what seemed like endless forms asking the same questions. A good friend watched the other kids since I had to stop by a couple of places for documents for registration. Unfortunately, I did not bring my checkbook and needed it. So, after doing all we could without it, we went home and loaded up all the kids and went back. I stopped carrying my checkbook around with me last spring, as I rarely used it when doing grocery shopping and things like that. We had to buy a couple of t-shirts for Princess to wear on Fridays and one for me to wear when I'm volunteering. I also took the easy (but likely more expensive) route with the school supplies and ordered the pre-packaged bundle from the PTA. Now I don't have to take a list and fight through the crowds at the store and I can be sure I haven't forgotten anything (no small feat these days). I also joined the PTA! Could I be any more soccer mom-ish? Husband laughed at me when I told him. But, I want to be involved with the school and the PTA is obviously very active and I think being a part of it is better than not being a part of it.
My brain is fried, my body is rebelling against the lack of naps this week, and I have to clean house today before my parents and grandmother arrive. Only two weeks until school starts, so next week begins my efforts to get into a morning routine that starts earlier than 8:00 a.m. Ugh.
Tuesday, August 07, 2007
Buddy asked if the baby came out when I got home. I explained that it would be growing for a long time, but I am fairly certain he didn't get it. The girls, though, understand it takes time and are just worried about details like who will take care of them when I go to the hospital. They won't let me forget the planning!
Now that it is official, I added a ticker. 211 days seems like a lot, but I know it will fly by.
Friday, August 03, 2007
So, in no particular order, here they are.
1. KLK at Hayk has been living overseas while I have been birthing children right and left. While she doesn't blog about those experiences specifically all the time, you can see that she has been indelibly changed by them. Now if she would just share her thought-provoking insights more often. ;-)
2. Dcrmom at Musings of a Housewife tells it like it is, which we all need in our lives. Hers is a daily read for me and I usually learn something new, or at least nod my head in agreement with what she has to say.
3. Amy Parris at Raising Angels is a kindred spirit I think. She says many things I am thinking but in a way that makes a lot more sense. Plus, we're online pregnant buddies.
4. E-l-e-e at Hello, Self is a riot. She also clearly loves her little man. Her honest struggles with working and parenting always teach me something about my own role at home. And, like I said, she is a riot.
5. MommaLlama at My Three Sons is a friend and a teacher, at least for me. I've learned a lot about homeschooling and adoption and everything in between and around those subjects.
And too many more. I read a lot of blogs, y'all, so choosing just 5 was tricky. Should I ever have the opportunity to do this again I promise it will be 5 different lovely blogs.
1. Jesus is patient. He waits for us to come to Him, He accepts and forgives our failings, and still He loves us and still He wants us to come to Him.
2. Jesus is generous. He never runs out of forgiveness and love. He never decides He has given enough and that we are on our own.
3. Jesus is constant. He is always there, always with us.
4. Jesus was obedient and gave us an example of obedience. As a mother, I have come to appreciate His loving obedience to his earthly parents and His heavenly Father. He gave us an example of obedience from love.
5. Jesus died for me (and you and you and you and so on). Seems obvious, but I know I don't think about it often enough. He died just for me. He died for each individual.
Okay, I tag KLK, Susanne, SAHM Queen, Queen of my Domain, and Steph.
Thursday, August 02, 2007
There really is a hole, although the picture makes it look otherwise. Like I said, the new tooth is already well on its way.
Wednesday, August 01, 2007
Go to Shannon's place for more on parenting.