Friday, May 27, 2011

Sick leave

I'm sick.

Thankful Thursday for this week isn't going to happen. Delayed or otherwise.

Cuz I'm sick.

And I don't wanna do it.


Most definitely.

But I'm sick.

So it works.

And I'm sorry you came all the way over here to read a post about nothing.

But maybe now you realize you're thankful you're not a lazy sick person...

While we're on the topic...what else are you thankful for?

Hope you enjoy a healthy holiday weekend.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Family Fun

Yesterday we got to spend the whole day together as a family.

It was great!

It was also tiring. Verrrrrry tiring.

First we got to go to a local Triple A baseball game courtesy of Jeffrey's online school. The game was for and devoted to school kids from around the state.

That means there were kids e.v.e.r.y.w.h.e.r.e.

Who doesn't love an end of the school year field trip??

Bret and I continually marveled at the lack of adult supervision for all these kids though. When I was in elementary school I remember being assigned to a group of 3-6 kids for every parent volunteer. In the area around us I saw two parents. In the area around us I saw at least 50 kids. Two adults to 50 kids!?!? One of those adults disappeared an hour into the game. The other seemed to be asleep.

Not cool! I would freak out if one of my kids was so poorly looked after in such a crowd.

Other than wild kids, the game was good. The weather was fairly cooperative, too. And Jonzy was in heaven. That boy has been dying to go to a baseball game since last September. When we walked in, all the kids were given a Lunchables (something I've never allowed the boys to have). Clutching his lunchables and walking through the stadium, Jonzy was heard to exclaim with a smile, "This is the best day EVER!"

Following the game, we crashed at home for a bit before getting dressed up for family pictures. Let me tell you, my guys are four handsome fellas!

Taking pictures in our family is always an adventure. Last time, Goose threw up all over the place and we had to wash off in the nearby river. This time, Al threw up as we got ready (thankfully before he was dressed). Hooray for tradition, eh?

I don't really like taking family pics with young kids. It's exhausting. Trying to get three boys to look at the camera and smile at the same time (really smile, not those fake cheeser grins) is nigh unto impossible. I feel awkward and unnatural. Kids get easily distracted. I worry that we won't get a single usable pose.

BUT, there are things I love about family pictures. I loooove choosing everyone's wardrobe and trying out different colors and dressing my family up all coordinatedly cute. And our photographer is seriously a miracle worker who always manages to get some great shots. He's one talented guy. I love choosing what shots to print once the proofs are ready.

Basically, I love the prep work and the end results but not the actually task. Is that weird?

After pictures, we came home and ate yummy leftover burgers from the bbq we had yesterday. Easy dinner to put out AND clean up:) I read more of a gripping book I started this weekend in the sunset while the boys jumped on the trampoline. Then it was off to bed for the boys and movie night for me and Bret.

I love spending a weekday with my family!

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Thankful Thursday

It's Thursday again.

Boy that came fast!

Today I am thankful for simple things: hoodies, couches, socks, kids movies...

And seemingly simple, but really life-changing things: a house that keeps the cold rain off our heads, a van, grocery stores, indoor plumbing...

What are you thankful for today?

Saturday, May 14, 2011

There was a moment...

Troubles with blogger on Thursday and busy-ness of life on Friday has canceled this week's installment of Thankful Thursday. Perhaps I could call today Sankful firstborn still occasionally lisps his th's as s's...


I wanted to share another moment.

Tonight, during dinner, I looked at my three sons; all clean cut in their fresh summer-is-coming haircuts.

99% innocent from the troubles and awfulness in this world.

Encompassed by learning the basics of happily living with other people and the beginnings of understanding the worth of deeper concepts such as delayed gratification.

In one quick moment, their potential hit me.

It was incredible and scary at the same time.

What will they become? These little, shirtless boys. Pushing spaghetti around their plates. Soft, round faces. Bright, beautiful eyes.

Will something steal that light from their eyes? What will they dedicate their lives to? Will they accept the light and truth Bret and I are offering to them? What will they look like when they're grown? Will they still love me?

While this could have been a sad moment, what I felt overall was happiness. There we sat, together around the dinner table, and there is so much in front of us. So much progress that we will have together and that Bret and I can see in our sons.

It also served as a reminder.

The time is fast approaching when they won't want to kiss me anymore.

When they won't lay their heads on my shoulder when they're sad.

When they won't bring me dandelions.

When they won't yell, "Mommy!" when they see me after a short time apart.

When they'll speak without any entertaining mispronunciations.

This is a precious time. An innocent time. And there is so much to treasure and enjoy about it.

And so I will renew my efforts to treasure the fleeting, wonderful things during this time of life with my boys.

And take more videos of them because they're ridiculously cute and their vocabularies will never again be so unique. When they speak normally, it will be fun to look back on this time in little videos.

Oh, how I love my boys:)

That was my moment tonight. Have you had any lately you'd like to share?

Thursday, May 5, 2011

There's a first time for everything:

And today, it's my first guest post.

Head on over to MamaBlogga and read her week of guest posts on lessons learned from motherhood in honor of Mothers Day.

Today's post features musings from yours truly. And I would very much appreciate any insight you have on the questions I posed at the end of it!

Thank you, thank you:)

Thankful Thursday

Today I am rushed. There's just too much to do before the weekend hits.

But I am forcing myself to slow down and blog for Thankful Thursday.

I've been hovering on the edge of that tempting pit of depression for a few days. Tears always right behind my eyes, despairing thoughts waiting in the wings for me to come and meditate on, and oh-the-exhaustion-during-the-day-and-insomnia-at-night. Blah.

I feel like I'm standing on that edge and someone is shoving me from behind while my heels scramble and dig in to keep me from falling. It hasn't been too difficult to stay out this time (and luckily I recognized it before I was actually in it this time), but I've been surprised that the temptations are sticking around longer than they have for a number of months.

Because of all this and it being Thursday, I am super grateful today for the gospel of Jesus Christ. For my family. For my husband. For my sons. And for Boylan's Ginger Ale;), except I think I'd prefer a root beer or black cherry right now, but our stock in the fridge has run out.

What are you thankful for today??