Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Monday, November 29, 2010
FOCUS... Long day, and well, my kiddos need to get outside and run laps, but it is freezing outside.
Week 3 Challenge: Favorite Household Chore
This week instead of dreading doing your household chores, focus on your favorite household chair. Enjoy doing it!!
**True story, so when I first read this and saw this one I groaned to my husband, "Like I EVER like to clean. Ugh..." Thankfulness, right. Yeah.... My husband quickly responds, "At least you have a house to clean babe, and that it is nice, and that you get to be home and clean it- instead of going to work everyday." "Oh, sorry..." I sheepishly mumble. So embarrassed, and horrified AT MYSELF!!!! What a brat I was being. I AM thankful for my home and I love it and clean it multiple times daily to show my appreciation to my husband for all of his hard work. I also believe that a clean home is a haven where my husband can relax. Ahh.... so I clean away!
My favorite chore is VACUUMING. I love that I have to clean/ pick-up all of the rooms to vacuum and then when I am done, IT LOOKS AMAZING IN HERE! It just feels good to have it picked up, orderly and CLEAN. So I vacuum often, which is good with 3 small boys, and AM LOVIN' EVERY MINUTE OF IT!
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
Alaina remembers our leaf piles every year, thanks to the gigant-o tree (yes, all from one tree!) above! So in November the raking usually begins! Lainey suggested today to be THE DAY!
Who knew that leaves could be SOOOOO much fun!
Monday, November 22, 2010
Woody taking his job seriously!
The dog taking control of the situation.
So the part-tay. A kid party, for kids, with other parents of kids... still we all loved it!
Friday, November 19, 2010
My kids say some funny things ~ here are a rare few that I remember:
- After the first day of pre-school, as soon as we were all in the mini-van, GABE wails, " Mom, why didn't you teach me to color? (Tears welling) The kids said that I shriveled (scribbled- which I didn't know what he was saying, so I didn't know how to respond.) Trust me that night we practiced, I just thought that free, creative drawing was better/more important. I guessed wrong! ;)
- Me walking down the hall passing the bathroom, "DON'T TOUCH IT, FLUSH IT!"
- Grandpa B. on the phone with Gabe: "...I will bring down my RAIN GEAR." Gabe: "You have REINDEER??? YOU HAVE REINDEER!!!!!!!"
- Grant: "Uncle Brad, can I use your CANDY CANE?" (his cane-:)
- Random Stranger: Are they brothers or sisters? Me: Incredulously, as the twins are decked out in matching outfits head to toe (blue tops with dinosaurs, khaki brown pants, brown shoes, spiked hair) BROTHERS... Stranger: I just KNEW that they were related, something in their faces Me: (WHAT? Yeah something in their faces- maybe that they are the SAME IDENTICAL FACE wanting to be a brat, but biting my tongue) OK, thanks. Yup, we need to get moving.
- Gabe whispering, "Mom, she lied. Your hands AREN'T full, they're empty." :)
- "What do you want to thank GOD for tonight?" Gabriel: "That God is our Healer." *I tear up after the whole Crohn's and Corey thing.* Grant without missing a beat yells, "Praise God! Rock the Hou-ouse!" Then I start laughing/choking and crying. Kids are great!
- Gabe: Mom, you look different. Me: Well, I did my hair today. It's not in a ponytail. See... as I pull my hair back. Gabe: Whoa, that's MUCH BETTER!
- "Gavin, too close (to the fish pond)!!! You're going to fall in!" Gavin grinning, eyes dancing and twinkling with delight at even the thought, "YES PLEASE!"
- "Help mom! My privates are HUGE."
- Grant to Gavin: Lean over my knee. Gavin: No! Why? Grant: I think YOU KNOW why!
- "Thank shoe (you)" I am going to be SOOOO sad when that one is gone.
- Gabe: Mom, could you tell my teachers that I like have my bunsies pinched. Me: Nope, I am not going to be telling them that.
I am a mom of 3 young boys and their you have it! All the silly little things that cause Corey and I to giggle. Being a MOM is my joy. I love it. Kids crack me up and keep me young. Even on the hard, trying days trials are easily overshadowed by smiles, giggles, snuggles, hugs, wet kisses and random I LOVE YOU MAMAs, and then and there - my heart melts, my eyes well up and I smile and smooch my little angel babies until we are all laughing. Ahhh... what a blessing kids are. I know that I am blessed, triple blessed, and I am TRULY thankful for my 3 mini munchkins.
Monday, November 15, 2010
my favorite part of being a wife or woman
My favorite part of being a wife or a woman is being NURTURING. I live with 4 men in our home, and adding nurturing, feminine touches is important in being a loving wife, a nurturing mother, and graceful homemaker (still working on that one!)
My husband is beyond amazing, beyond what I could have ever imagine, dreamed up or hoped for in a godly man, wonderful provider, great daddy, and best friend. Corey doesn't require or NEED much from me, but I know that nurturing, thoughtful gestures are cherished by him. My laying out needed items, calling on appts. for him, cooking him good meals that adhere to his diet allow my loving, nurturing side to bless him. They support him and let him know that when he is done with a long day at work, he is able to come home and be loved with small, nurturing gestures. I am thankful that I can support him that way. I like caring for others, but to do that as a blessing to those I love most is wonderful. Thank you God for the way that you wired us women.
My 3 little munchkins still need daily nurturing. They need loving guidance and correction, gentle lessons and cuddles, kisses for bonks, bruises and owies, time while cooking together, patience for modeled activites, joyful playing, time to be heard and listened to, stories before bed, and kisses and snuggles at night. I am grateful to be a woman. God has gifted us with the ability to be nurturing. I think that nurturing behavior comes naturally to woman. I believe that it is suppose to be there, and it is a blessing to our families. I thank God that he blessed me with the gift of being nurturing. My family needs me to be living with a nurturing attitude vs. a selfish attitude.
I do believe that while nurturing comes easy with those we love the most, but that when we extend it out to others, it makes them feel loved and valued as well. When your guests are nurtured in your home through thoughtful planning, small details, etc. they know and are appreciative. So I challenge you ladies ~ Do it! Put your gift of NURTURING into action this holidays. * Being nurturing includes knowing what others need, and DOING it before they even need to ask. Somewhat, anticipating the needs of others. * What do others need from you? This is a gift God gave strongly to us women ~ one of our feminine strengths. Be thankful for the gift and let it be a blessing to others.
We have been counting steps, trains and the like, now they are easily counting to 19 ... They (usually) know the ABCs. Have memorized Heb. 13:6 (The LORD is my helper. I will NOT be afraid.) and sing the days of the week.