Friday, March 18, 2011

It's Friday!

And what would Friday be without a few photos?

 Want to get rid of the snow in your yard?  Just make a few snowmen!  (We made 6 that day.)
The bigger the better - even life-sized would be great!

There is never a bad time of the year to go to the beach.  
Just a mom who is only half prepared for the mudslide on the way down!  (We were wearing our garden boots, but since it was the first 50* day, the path was a RIVER.  Needless to say, we were wearing a little mud before we figured out that the grassy parts were not so slippery!  Oh well, some of us laughed and some of us cried...and one of us loaded the wash machine when we got home...)

I love living in a place where you can go from snowmen to muddy beaches to riding scooters and wearing sunglasses all in one 10 day span!  That is not a typo - I really do love the 4 seasons!  Spring is actually my least favorite, but I since we live in the frozen tundra, I usually get an extended winter anyway.  It's pretty amazing to see things change so many times throughout the year.  I don't think I could live in a place without all 4 seasons.  

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Inspirational book for the other blog

(...continuing our list of 100 books...)

50. Tillie the Terrible Swede (How One Woman, A Sewing Needle, and a Bicycle Changed History)  by Sue Stauffacher - Tillie Anderson is in the Bicycling Hall of Fame!!  I need this inspiration for the other blog...
51. Disney's 101 Dalmatians by Dodie Smith
52. Komodo! by Peter Sis (I absolutely LOVE Komodo dragons and was THRILLED to know there is a picture book about them!!)
53. Scuba Bunnies by Christine Loomis

Friday, March 11, 2011

I never thought I'd say this, but...


Today was the first time I said 'no' to a foster care placement.


I wasn't very happy about it.

But it was the best decision.  The placement was actually just respite for a week, so it wasn't really a placement anyway.  It was still hard to say no...

It's the best decision for right now though.  Soon we will be gone for spring break.  A lot of stuff has been happening in the past few weeks and this coming week is going to be particularly busy too!  There's parent/teacher conferences, a new water heater to buy/install, swim lessons, church studies, and just general 're-structuring' after having a newborn here for a week.

I hope I don't have to say 'no' again...

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Slowly but surely

(...continuing our list of 100 books...)
45. David and Goliath by Bill Yenne and Timothy Jacobs
46. What Brothers Do Best by Laura Numeroff (HE READ THIS WHOLE THING BY HIMSELF!!!)
47. What Sisters Do Best by Laura Numeroff
48. Are You My Mother? by P. D. Eastman
49. Perro Grande...Perro Pequeño by P. D. Eastman (we really didn't intend to read 2 by him in a row!  I just noticed it now...)

The next book will put us halfway!  Not too shabby for 10 weeks.  I wish we had time to read more...

Monday, March 7, 2011

Goals: February Recap

(I hope to recap my goals and why I am or why I am not achieving them each month.)

Physical: Drink 5 mugs a day, get 8 hours of sleep and run a 5K.
Drinking - I give myself a D.  I was doing well for like a week!  I never did write it down, so that's the action point again.  As for the 8 hours of sleep, I give myself a B.  It happens at times, but not consistently.  Right now we have a newborn in the house so unless I nap or go to bed at 6pm, that is just not happening!!  I actually signed up for a 5K.  MAY FIRST, people, I have until May FIRST!!  I rocked the workouts this month (w/the exception of this past week - more on that later).  I have been doing the 30 days w/Jillian and I made it to level 3.  As a friend pointed out, level 3 is easier than level 2!!  Out of the 30 days, I think I did at least 20, so I give myself an A there.  The past week I received an F, but my excuses are that my grandfather passed away and I spent a day going to pick up the newborn at a hospital an hour away.  Also, I wasn't feeling well.  This week I really need to push myself even harder and I am looking forward to the challenge!  I can do it!!

Personal: Weekly planning time, bi-weekly date w/Dave, 2 hours me time and attend a women's retreat.
My weekly planning time still is not on track.  I get a C- there.  I did write our schedule (getting crazier now that we signed up for more stuff!) out in a public place, so we didn't miss anything.  However, I didn't plan meals, or at least not too many.  Dave and I did secure a once a week babysitter for 2 hours after the kids go to bed so that is really helpful!  We have had one date and are going again this week.  We get an A+ there!!  In regards to the 'me' time - I went to a women's coffee...I think I get a B- here.  I tried, I really did, to have scheduled me time.  It's just not happening yet.  No leads on the women's retreat yet either...

Spiritual: Track Bible reading, family devos, and a missions trip
Oof...we have been going through a Bible study using the Purple Book, so I have been doing plenty of reading, just not on my own.  Can I claim a B here?  As a family, we decided that we want to do more scripture memorization.  It's been pretty easy for me to do that, a verse or 2 each week, and easy enough to include Moses.  That kid complains when I practice w/him but then when we least expect it, he busts out w/the whole thing memorized like he had someone else practicing w/him!  He motivates me!  I've got to keep up w/him, right?  Again, the missions trip is a longer term goal...

Well, I like writing about these goals each month.  It really helps me focus and attempt to eliminate excuses.  It's good to examine my behavior and publicly humiliate myself!  (Kidding...mostly...)

Thursday, March 3, 2011

The irony of it is...

There have been many times in my life where I felt like God has acted in a manner that people call ironic.  This week has been an example of irony.  My grandfather passed away at the beginning of the week.  I am sure I don't need to tell you how difficult it has been for my family...after being in on the funeral planning, Dave and I got a call about possibly bringing a preemie baby home from the hospital for a week (Moses was a preemie).  Maybe irony is the wrong word, but I feel God's hand in this.  To cradle a new life in your hand while mourning the loss of another is truly bittersweet.  I was instantly reminded of the passage in Ecclesiastes, about a season for every activity.  The irony of that lies in the fact that it also happens to be the passage I found out I am going to be reading at the funeral.  Again, maybe ironic is a stretch.  Either way...I know this is a busy season for us, even if it is only for a week.  We mourn and celebrate at the same time.  I know Moses is really looking forward to hanging out w/baby AJ - he even asked me if he could get up in the middle of the night to help me feed him!  Um, no.  So after having teenagers, we are now back to newborns...almost like a full circle!  I'm excited and nervous for this week.  I know it will pass quickly =)  

Ecclesiastes 3

A Time for Everything
 1 There is a time for everything, 
   and a season for every activity under the heavens:
 2 a time to be born and a time to die,
   a time to plant and a time to uproot,
 3 a time to kill and a time to heal,
   a time to tear down and a time to build,
 4 a time to weep and a time to laugh,
   a time to mourn and a time to dance,
 5 a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
   a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,
 6 a time to search and a time to give up,
   a time to keep and a time to throw away,
 7 a time to tear and a time to mend,
   a time to be silent and a time to speak,
 8 a time to love and a time to hate,
   a time for war and a time for peace.