Sunday, November 30, 2008
We ordered the paper from, JR Designs, one of Becca's friends in California. We got the paper within a week and took our stuff to the printers... long story short the printers called us to tell us that they messed up. Well, they did! They also cut the tags wrong. So, we had to trim and punch corners of 3075 tags! Do the math... We had to trim 3 x 3075, punch 4 x 3075, sort 3 x 3075, bag 1025, seal 1025, and place a label on 1050. Then we had to bag 6 x 150. Then box 1050. How many times did I touch each tag?
Believe me... there will be NO pop quiz!
It was a great laugh! I so wish I could be a fly on the wall of that party!
Saturday, November 29, 2008
Thursday, November 27, 2008
Ahhh... Dominic and Adriana
After dinner... you know it was a good day by the smile on Dad's face.
"I don't care what people think about me... I love me."
"When I was younger, I always thought I would be a Sister in a convent..."
"I'm good at organizing things, reading people and writing stories."
"...I wore headbands, mini skirts, and turtlenecks which were the trends at the time."
"I have Dad’s temper and stubbornness and I don’t like change either. I have Mom’s good looks and same joy for garden stuff."
"Then, I brought up that I wasn’t feeling well and I thought that I had the flu…So long story short she was with me when I found out that I was 'prego.'"
"My ultimate “best day” would be skydiving naked."
"My first car was a 1980 Pontiac Bonneville."
"Mom, Dad, and I got to talking and they found out that I had never had crab. He couldn’t
believe it and went into the garage to the fridge and got three crabs. It was the best time just cracking them and eating the meat even though I had no idea what I was doing."
"When I grow up I want to be… a pony. If I could do anything for an entire day…I would build a pony and turn into a pony."
"Plus no matter what side on the boat I sat on and even if we switched poles I caught more fish than Mom or Dad."
"When I lost my first tooth it was about too weird cause I bit into jerky and it fell out."
"If I could do anything for a day…I would wake up and go fishing with my fishing pole."
"I want to be a Veterinarian because I want to help the animals! "
"When I was younger, I wanted to be a lawyer when I grew up. "
"The advice I would give to others would be not to worry too much about tomorrow. Enjoy today."
"I remember the horses and Grandma’s knick knacks. We use to put them in our purses and hide them. Then we would get in trouble for doing it!"
"Just the thought of Dave going after a possum with nunchuks makes me laugh. "
"John loves art and he has always encouraged me to keep at it. "
Sunday, November 23, 2008
I had already taken four Advil but unfortunately the medication didn't even dull the pain. I am not sure if you have had a migraine while your toddler runs around you in circles screaming. Did you know that covering your head with an over sized blanket while rocking back and forth doesn't make the little terror go away? Nor the migraine? I might be to blame. I thought I could quit my little pop habit, that occurred during those long days as a new Mommy, cold turkey. Was I crazy?!
Once Sarah, Becca, and Josh found out that I had a migraine they quickly treated me like a queen. Josh handed me a Coke; Becca turned down her bed; and Sarah handed me the Excedrin Migraine. In the meantime, Ethan must of taken some happy pills himself and was running around the house in circles, screaming from excitement. They wanted me to go upstairs to lay down and leave them with - that? Inside I wanted to say, "You don't have to ask me twice!Whoohoo! Free nap!" as I skipped, hopped, then ran upstairs, to take a large leap into the bed. But I didn't. I was really there to hang out. I haven't had that chance in a long while. Working on One Bright Spot doesn't really count. I didn't want to go and have them babysit the terror.
I got an hour nap and woke up to... Ethan's excited screams. The first thought was, "Oh my goodness! I fell asleep on the couch!" I thought I was at home. But, then I realized where I was, looked at the time, and then knew that my child had probably sent Cocoa back into trauma.
Dave drove over from work soon after and we had a delicious dinner. We relaxed and took time to chat and play with Ethan. When it was time to go, the three Grinders sent me home with a care package. When I opened it this morning there was two Cokes, pudding cups for Ethan's pumpkin pie substitute (the real thing has egg), and two Ziplocs of Excedrin Migraine. Someone else was thinking like the other... my guess is Sarah and Becca. Who do you think?
Saturday, November 22, 2008
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
It is awesome that he is beginning to read... but it sure does make for a nerve-wrenching time driving when he yells out "stop" every time you get to an intersection.
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
I kind of feel like life has been just like that song. I am looking forward to next week being able to share with you the whirlwind that has been keeping us up every night for the past week. It was a little harder today since Ethan didn't sleep good last night and I was up late. But, there were so many times where he was making me laugh so hard. It made everything else just go away...
Monday, November 10, 2008
So, if you look in my "favorite websites" on the left, you can click on Elsie Flannigan's blog. She is one of my favorite scrapbook artists. She now is an independent artist and works out of Springfield, MO! She has her own etsy shop and if you know anything about popular artists and etsy, is that you are lucky to see anything in their shop cause it sells out that fast. (Side note: could you imagine being an artist and making your mortgage and bills in one hour?!- yeah, that would be nice, huh?)
One day in September, Elsie posted new items in her shop and I was able to buy one item. It is was a small artist trading card with an original drawing. That is all I could afford! The store is a little pricey for my budget. I was so excited when the package came, cause she included a print that she had posted on her blog and so Becca would be able to recognize it. It was sooo cute!
Anyway, a few weeks later, Elsie posted that she added some more things to her shop. Two days later, I get a package from her in the mail! I didn't order anything, but I received product! Then a couple of days after that, I get another package! It was hard to get a hold of her since she just moved, but she finally emailed me. We have no idea how it happened but she wrote me this:
Hi Jen, I am not sure what happened with this, but you can just keep them (or give them to a friend if you don't want them :))Thank you so much for letting me know. Enjoy. els
Yippee! We figured out that it was over $70 of product. What a great birthday present for the both of us! I let Elsie know that it was my birthday and that it was a wonderful gift. (I will post pictures tomorrow)
Church was great and very relaxed. I actually felt younger yesterday! Probably because Dave was such a helper with the little guy.
After church Becca and Josh came over and Dave started getting ready for our birthday dinner. Becca gave me a break to read a magazine while she took Ethan on a walk. She came back after two blocks since it started to rain. So, we went into Ethan's room and played. Becca pulled this huge basket out from under Ethan's bed that Grandpa got him. She climbed in and Ethan stared at her for a long time with this hilarious look on his face! Then, Becca's mother-in-law called. I had to get a picture so Barbara could see what she looked like! It's a great picture! Can you believe how pretty she looks even in a basket?! Then Ethan started to put his trains inside the basket with Becca.
Later, Sarah came over and we ate a amazing dinner made by my sweetheart. We opened gifts (which I will post about later), and had cake. Becca I'm sure will post about the pictures that we took while talking to Deborah on the phone from Israel. It was so funny!
Thanks to my family for a great birthday... the best part, is that it isn't over yet! Dave has the whole week off and he has a special day date planned on Wednesday.
Friday, November 7, 2008
I have also been getting the house staged and ready to put on the market. It has been a slow process since I am only able to really work on it when Ethan is asleep and after my SAHMotherly duties. But, I am excited about finishing the upstairs bedroom. I have posted some pictures even though it was way too dark to get good shots. But I wanted to share!
After the library is the doorway to the room. Here is a new "fort" or cozy area to play and make-believe. With the top clear it makes for great puppet shows. We have already had one! On top is his new hat rack and some vintage books.
Since our ceilings are A-framed the clock is perfect for Ethan's height! He has learned the numbers and how to say "clock" so I thought it was perfect!
I love the easel on the wall. It is like a piece of art but functional. Since it is staged we won't be doing any painting, but the supplies in the container we used today. The basket below is filled with construction paper. In the middle is the table that Neil Fowler made for Lil' E when he was born. I love it - it was perfect for playing games on it today.
I found this alphabet at a garage sale and paid 50 cents for it. Can you find what letter is missing? Maybe that's why it was in the garage sale. ;) The picket fence is the headboard for our invisible bed at the moment. I also hung a mobile above the bed that is not pictured. The basket under the book rack (which, by the way, is a pot lid rack from IKEA) is filled with stuffed animals. I have always loved that basket!
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
I have peace in it all. This last month I have been reading in I and II Kings. I have always had a hard time reading these books, probably because there are so many kings that turn from God's ways - but I rejoice when I read about the kings that turn to God and change Judah and Israel for the better. This time around, I have been reading it getting encouraged along the way. Every time a king comes into power, God allows it. There is freewill in the decisions that the king makes and the outcome of their life and dynasty is based on their walk with the Lord. They are blessed by God for following Him.
Last night, no matter the outcome, was a life changing experience! We will always remember what we were doing November 4th, 2008. But our opinion of the outcome should be voiced in a godly way and manner. Yelling, stomping our feet (as I have seen some people doing), and Bible thumping isn't the answer. It is an encouragement to know that God is in control, will always be in control, and has already won the battle for us all.
The answer to all of our worries would be if we just "lived ready!" Does your attitude today about yesterday show your love for god and your love for people? Are you "living ready" as if today was your last?
Saturday, November 1, 2008
One thing we have been doing to get through the day is watching too much TV - those who know me know that Ethan only watches a few shows and not often. Although, being sick and unable to lift myself up for very long can be make it hard to keep an active toddler busy. During one part of the day Ethan used my body as his own train track yelling, "Whooowhoo!" with Thomas the Train and I just laid there and took it. I mean it was better than the screaming, crying, tired baby that he was at night. His asthma started up again and he has been having a hard time breathing.
Oh, by the way, our DVR fried and deleted all of our Signing Times with everything else (all my Jane Austen films GONE! Ahhh!) and so we have been watching Super Why (www.pbskids.org) and Bob the Builder. Signing Time is now off PBS and so we are a very sad family...