Thursday, March 26, 2009

Trying...

Lately I've been letting stuff get to me. Stuff that shouldn't bother me really gets under my skin. Things that I can't control or something the kids do. Really it is all just stupid stuff but I've let it get to me and I start throwing myself a pity party. The mind is a powerful thing and I could probably convince myself of just about anything. I mean really, my house is way dirty and people look down on me because of it. And Micah is so much more stubborn than the average 3 year old. Eli's lungs are much more powerful than any other kid alive. And my babysitting kids whine more than any other kids in the whole world. We never, ever have any money...ever. It is that kind of thinking that gets me depressed. When I start focusing on the things that are irritating me and not on the One who meets all of my needs, everything looks dark. I forget that I am so lucky to be a Stay-at-Home Mom and clean my house whenever I want. I forget that Micah is the sweetest 3 year old I have ever met. I forget that Eli is joy all the time. (seriously ALL the time) I forget that I have the privelage of babysitting 3 little human beings and investing in their lives. I just forget everything that is GOOD about my life.

So this morning when I woke up to the dog's poop all over the living room, 2 cranky kids, 2 extra kids, and a weeks worth of laundry, I wanted to sit down and pout. I wanted to focus on how awful my life was and for awhile I did. This morning I was miserable and I made everyone around me miserable too. And then in a still small voice, there He was. Here I am. Looks at me. He was there, waiting for me to see how wonderful He is...even if I have to see that while cleaning up the dog poop, fending off 4 cranky children, and the dryer buzzing. Despite all of the other stuff, He IS wonderful. So that's what I am trying to think about, even when things are crazy and chaotic. I am trying, I really really am...

Thursday, March 19, 2009

March Madness

Today was a definite "madness" day. Actually it all started last night. We told Micah that we would take him to Dairy Queen if he ate his dinner last night. He did. So we went to DQ and enjoyed our ice cream but I had noticed that Eli didn't eat a single bite. He was laughing and squirming all over the bench but not eating any ice cream. As we are getting ready to go, Eli begins fussing and something inside me (motherly intuition, maybe?) just knew what was going to happen. Right then and there he proceeded to vomit...3 times. I'll spare you the details but it was a mess and he was miserable. He still wasn't quite himself today but only vomited once. Micah was a trooper last night but laid around most of the day and ran a fever on and off. I woke up (can you call it waking up if you never actually got into a good sleep?) feeling pretty poorly and with a huge headache. So my dear Andy graciously stayed home to doctor all of us. It turned out to be a nice, mellow day around our house. We watched a few movies, ate lots of saltines, and tuned into the first day of the NCAA tournament.

Speaking of the NCAA tournament, Andy and I decided to fill out brackets and follow March Madness this year. I use to do this every year for many, many years but haven't done it since high school. Andy, on the other hand, well I'll just say that I highly doubt he's ever filled out a bracket! Poor guy. Anyway, we aren't entirely sure what we're betting on but so far he's ahead of me by one game. It has already been a blast watching the games and giving each other a rough time when one of our chosen teams ends up losing. Who knows, maybe we'll start a new yearly tradition?

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Where have I been???

Wow, it has been a long time since I've posted anything on here. I was recently asked to join a recipe blog and I'm hoping to get this back up and rolling again at the same time. How about an update on the boys...

Micah
Oh Micah, where to begin...He is such a complex little person. He is very active, very imaginative, very mechanical, very strong-willed but very, very sweet. His favorite saying is, "Why?" I've come to the conclusion that he uses it just as a filler word. Much like we would use the word, "Um," he uses, "why?". Yes, sometimes he really wants to know why but after the fifth or sixth why I begin to wonder. He loves playing with tools, cars, trucks, and tractors but also Play-doh, scissors, crayons, and paint. He is learning his colors and shapes and is counting things, independently, up to 4. He loves his brother and sometimes you can actually tell! :)

Eli
What a calm kid! (Now that I've written that he will wake up a bear tomorrow...) Eli is such a sweet little boy with the most even temper and a heart full of love. Often when Micah is in time-out you will find Eli right there with him; rubbing his brother's back and saying aye aye. Much like his brother, he is very mechanical and loves to play tractors. He has a great sense of humor and the funniest expressions. He has recently learned that he can yell and will do so at random times. He is a force to be reckoned with and yet a gentle giant. At his 18 month check up he was almost 28 pounds and 34 1/2 inches tall. He has started using 3 word sentences but still needs a lot of interpreting.