Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Creative Mania

I'm feeling a creative mania coming on. I occasionally get these feelings of "I HAVE to do something creative right NOW. Yesterday I made hairbows. It was a good outlet, BUT not enough...I'm really feeling like knitting something, but my attention span lately has been that of a fruit fly. I'm not sure the concentration is there to knit a big project. I guess I could do something small, but again, not sure that will cut through my mania. What to do? As for now, I'm off to work...the "real" job, the one I actually get paid to do, and people actually appreciate my efforts. Imagine that!

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

A Seussical Party Experience

Adam & Katie had a birthday party this past weekend. I thought it would be fun to have a Dr. Seuss-inspired party. If I had left the decision up to the kids they would have preferred a SpongeBob party, but I'M THE BOSS around here when it comes to parties and I made an executive decision to do Dr. Seuss. It was fun...we had a reading of "The Lorax" and the kids decorated flower pots and then planted a flower seed. We had cotton candy to represent the tufts of the Truffula trees. I made the most hideous birthday cake ever...

Not quite the vision I had in my head, but it was good practice at not being perfect. I must admit, there was a fleeting moment when I said to myself, "just 'accidentally' drop it on the floor and you'll have an excuse to start over." I resisted the temptation and presented less-than-perfect cake for all to see.

The kids had a great time! So did daddy and grandpa...making the cotton candy.

Happy 5th Birthday Adam & Katie!

On May 26, 2004 we welcomed Adam & Katie into our lives. Words cannot even express how these two little ones have blessed us! Today, we celebrate the 5th anniversary of their birth. What an AMAZING 5 years we've had! It was quite rocky at first, but I think we've finally gotten the hang of it. They are incredible little people. Adam is so affectionate and tender-hearted, with an incredible memory. Katie is compassionate, nurturing, generous, and very artistic.

We are so blessed to have these two angels in our lives! We look forward to all that they will become. Our greatest hope is that they would walk in the Truth, that they would know God, and that God would use them, with all their talents, for His glory!

Happy Birthday Sweet Babies!

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Random Thoughts

I'm planning a small Birthday party for the twins. I told them that in addition to their cousins they could each choose 1 friend to invite. Katie chose one of her girlfriends, and Adam also chose one of his girlfriends. He has this little girl in his class that is his best friend. It's sweet. I wish there were more boys in our circle boy hangs around with way too many girls.

I'm planning a Dr. Seuss inspired party since the kids have been in preschool this year and will be learning to read very soon. I also thought it was an easy, non-gender-specific theme for a party. I'm trying to figure cute, Dr. Seuss inspired food...hhhmmmm

This means I have to get into the mode of "cleaning the house for company." I hate that! Who cares if there are 3 pairs of handprints all over the sliders, and there seems to be something in every corner of the house? I'm going to toss every unnecessary "thing" in this house. Danny boy, watch out! (I'm not going to toss him, of course, he's necessary. I love my honey bunny. I'm going to toss his crap - pardon my unlady-like language).

Friday, May 8, 2009

I Don't Mean To Sound Ungrateful, But...

I wish I only had a 1600 sq ft house! Friday mornings are a bit overwhelming for me as far as the housework goes. I work on Wed. & Thurs. which means everything pertaining to keeping my home in order lies in a state of limbo. I know if my house were smaller it would get more messy faster, although I think we're Guinness Book messy around here so I'm not sure it could get any messier any faster. But, if the house was smaller I could get it cleaned up faster. I'm just sayin'...

I'm seriously courting the idea of hiring a cleaning lady to come every other Thursday so I can walk into a Pine Sol-fresh house (that didn't require any of my own Pine Sol) a couple of times a month. But then, I'll basically be working to pay the preschool and the cleaning lady, hmmmm. Well, I could look at it as I'll be coming home to a clean house that I didn't have to clean, & I had a couple of days away from the mundane. Six of one, half dozen of another I suppose.

I guess I can't delay the inevitable any longer...I have a metric ton of laundry, a sticky kitchen floor, a play room where the carpet is not visible through the toys - which by the way is going bye-bye, I could go on, but you all know where this is going. Hopefully I'll get all my ducks in a row in the next 2 hours...yeah right!

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Picture Day!

I absolutely loathe taking my 3 little darlings to the photo studio. They NEVER sit well together. They wiggle. They try to run away. There is not a threat or a bribe that works in my favor. I leave the studio feeling seriously frustrated and in need of some sort of mood-elevating medication.

This is why... don't you love the finger up the nose? Yeah well it's not so funny to me today. Maybe it's one of those things I'll look back at and laugh.

Well, today I awoke with the great idea to go to the photo studio for our annual picture-taking experience. Yes, history continues to repeat itself in this area of my life. Only this time I decided that we needed to have a family portrait taken since the last one we had was when Sophie was 4 months old. So, add a husband who also doesn't want to have his picture taken to the mix fun. fun.
As usual we got great individual poses of the kids, but a picture of the 3 together? Not. So. Much. UHHGGG!!! We did get a decent famil shot. It's not great. The photographer could have noticed my hair was crazy on one side and fixed it! hmmmph! I shouldn't complain because at least everyone is sitting, smiling, and in focus.
Then comes the "pick your favorite poses" part of the session. I can't make a quick decision about anything involving photos...that' why I don't scrapbook. So, I ended up spending WAY too much money, but I only do this once a year and I do have 3 kids...can you tell I'm trying to make myself feel better about spending too much? I'm also giving the pics as Mother's Day gifts, so... I could go on and on.
Anyway, look at my beautiful family.

Oh yeah! Sophie loves pictures. Can't you tell? She is the only one of my kids who has ALWAYS cried and flipped out at the photo studio.