Saturday, September 27, 2014

The Saturday 7

Bad news: I have very little to write about this week. That seems to be the growing trend. I don't know why. Am I getting less interesting? Haha. I think I'm struggling a little bit with depression, which just makes me listless and lazy. So we honestly don't do much these days. Anyway, here's what I've got:

1. I bought some delicious snap pea crisps on a whim at Meijer in an effort to consume more vegetables.
I actually really like them and have been inhaling them with gusto! They taste just like chips, so I tried to talk my girls into eating them too. Lucy absolutely refused, but Lena liked them. She ate 4 with dinner one night. But by the following morning, she had a terrible diaper rash - we're talking blisters. Neither of my girls has ever had a diaper rash like that before! I forgot that she's reacted to peas in the past. #badmom #veggiefail She's solid on the fruit consumption, though. My dad has a flourishing vineyard in the backyard, and Lena adores running down there, grabbing a fistful of grapes and chowing them down. They're not like the grapes you buy in the store, though. The skin is really tough. My dad taught Lena how to suck the grape out of the skin and she does it like a champ! She's also obsessed with picking apples from the orchard - even though they're not totally ripe yet. As much as she likes the sour green apples, I can't wait for her to get a taste of the juicy, ripe, red ones! And in case you were wondering, Lucy will eat neither the grapes nor the apples. Grrrr.

2. I read a couple books this week. Blue Moon Promise by Colleen Coble and A Noble Groom by Judy Heglund.  They were both set in the 1800s and made me realize that part of me wishes I lived back then. People didn't have as much time to think. They were too busy surviving. My washing machine does my laundry, my dishwasher does my dishes, I buy my peaches pre-canned. So I have too much time to think about what a failure I am and how I'm so tired all the time which probably means I have a tumor on my brain. I don't think the women of the 1800s worried about being a bad mom. They worried about keeping their children alive. Maybe I should take up canning . . .

3. We had a homeschooling fail this week. We're all fighting colds, Lucy was being particularly resistant to doing school, and my printer ran out of ink, so we did almost nothing all week. I managed to get her to do two worksheets, and we did circle time twice (although one of those times, she was laying on the floor crying, so I'm not sure it counts - lol). We did do one fun activity I'll share, though. My goal was for this week's theme to be "Apples." We're on the letter A, it's fall. It only makes sense. I also want Lucy to start learning our phone number. Well, my cell phone number. Who knows how much longer landlines will be a thing. Haha. So we went outside and picked up a bunch of apple "drops" - the ones that fell off the tree, but aren't actually ripe enough to eat. I wrote a number on each apple, then submerged them all in a sinkful of water. I gave Lucy a cheat sheet with my phone number on it, then had her "bob" for apples with a ladle and put the numbers in order. At first, I tried to have her "bob" with tongs, but she got frustrated after one try and refused to do it anymore. The ladle was much easier.

She did it a couple times, and then today I just gave her the bowl full of apples and had her arrange them to make my phone number without the cheat sheet. She's got it down! She's such a visual learner.

Oh, and we did a John the Baptist lesson and made some cute little edible locusts:

4. So, exciting news: we sold our house! We got our first offer yesterday. It was way lower than we were willing to go, so we countered pretty high and they came back at our pre-agreed-on price. So we accepted! Of course, I know there are a million things that could go wrong, but if all goes as planned, that sucker is sold!! It's been exactly 3 weeks since we listed it. Not bad!

5. The house sale couldn't come soon enough. Yesterday, the girls and I went on a little date in Sparta: the library, park, movie store, and McDonald's. However, by the time we headed home, my van could barely accelerate. And while I was sitting at an intersection five minutes from my house, the dumb thing started to smoke. The first thing we are going to do after paying off our mortgage is buy me a "new" vehicle!!!

6. I guess I'll just finish with some pictures of our week:
I was trying to take a picture of just Lena in her cute dress and necklace, and Lucy leaned right over to say "Cheese!"
Niki brought Lena a frosted donut. She was a big fan!
At the park.

Little fashion stars. Lena's 18 month capris were falling off her.
This is how we do school. At first, I tried to set up little activities for Lena on the floor, but I've given up and just let her play on the table the whole time. Lol.











Saturday, September 20, 2014

The Saturday 7

1. The Saturday 7 is going to be mostly about my weekend. Because all I did all week was clean up messes and wish I was sleeping. 

2. I have really been struggling with exhaustion lately. I don't know what my problem is, but all I ever want to do is sleep. I think about it every waking moment. I plot when I'll be able to sleep next. Justin had Wednesday off and I ended up sleeping on the couch from 8am-noon. I'm sleeping my life away. :-(

3. Justin left Thursday afternoon for the Bassmaster All-Star Classic in Escanaba (6 hours north of here), and won't be home 'til tomorrow evening. We did well until this afternoon when I started to melt down a little bit. Haha. It doesn't help that my vehicle is so unreliable that I don't dare drive too far. We were all having a bit of cabin fever. It's times like these that I'm grateful to live with my parents and have other people around to entertain my girls occasionally. My hat's off to single moms! 

4. My sisters' husbands are both gone this weekend as well, so we decided to have a good ol' fashioned sisters' night out. We went to Red Robin then over to the theater to see a movie that a friend of mine is in! One of the guys in our small group (shoutout to Bob!) is an awesome actor and he's starring in a movie that's playing in the theater all weekend. We got there late to a sold out show (at least I had pre-bought the tickets!) and ended up having to sit in the second row of the theater! Haha. My neck was seriously sore afterward. But the movie was great, Bob was awesome, and you all should go see it! "20 Years Later" showing at Celebration Woodland through Tuesday. Tickets are only $5!

5. I read a really convicting article this week called "Are You a Mommy Martyr?" Please see points one, two, and three to see if I might identify a bit with this sentiment. The good news is the author wrote a Part 2 called "7 Ways to Stop Being a Mommy Martyr."  Her 7th point is my favorite: "Choose to do the things you do IN CHRIST, not in your own human strength." She goes on to explain . . .
For so long, we have yearned for human notice and attention given to the activities and “successes” of our lives.
I believe this can be an easy “idol” for stay-home moms who long for the praise and positional respect that we’re “missing out on” by not climbing the rungs of a career ladder. We have to guard our hearts against this longing for human praise and notice. We must fight against self-pity that fuels a belief that we are under-praised, under-noticed, and deserving of more than we are given. . . . 
The goal for us is not to do everything in our own power. Instead, true strength comes when we recognize that we CAN’T “do it all,” . . .Rely on Him. Lean on His Word. Look to His priorities. And do the things that He leads you to do.
So much easier said than done. I've honestly been thinking about giving up blogging, because I worry that I do it for the praise and affirmation. But I also think that one of the few talents I have is writing. Maybe I just need to find a less self-centered way of using it . . .

6. I'm not going to make it to 7 this week. Instead, I'm going to close with this adorable video of Lena. I sing her the "Have Patience" song every time she's freaking out that the microwave is taking too long to warm up her bottle or I'm not picking her up the second she wants me to. I never realized she was listening so intently. (Usually she's screaming while I'm singing. Haha.) I was so shocked when one day this week she was begging for something, I said, "You need to wait a minute," and she stopped whining and started singing:
Oh that sweet little voice . . .

Saturday, September 13, 2014

The Saturday 7

1. We hosted small group with our friends last Saturday. Everyone brought their kids (and I got to hold the new baby!). It's so crazy to see how we've grown over the past 7 years.

Most of the kids were off playing in the above picture. I love how they're all so close in age and hope they'll always be friends. Although we adults have already vowed not to let any of our kids' relationships ruin our friendships. Haha. The crazy thing about small group now that we all have kids is that everyone was gone by 8:40. We used to stay out til one or two in the morning!

2. We had such weird weather this week. At the beginning of the week, we were outside in shorts and t-shirts checking out the apples and making mud pies.
Mud pie aftermath
Lucy's fashion statement of the day.
By today, we were bundled up in sweatshirts and jeans and had our first fire in the fireplace. I pulled out the 18 month bin for Lena. Most of the jeans/skirts are too big for Lena (who is almost 20 months old), but she'll have plenty to grow into! There were more than ten pairs of jeans. Lol.

For the first time in Lucy's life, I actually have to go buy all her clothes this season. She's finally grown out of all the generous hand-me-downs we were given. So I took her to Once Upon a Child on Thursday to help me pick out some fall clothes for her. She is so opinionated. We only ended up getting her 3 long-sleeved shirts and one sweater. She might be cold this winter.

3. I've been thinking of some of Lena's funny words lately. She calls her bib a "bib-bib." Not sure why she says it twice. Haha. She calls my computer a "bood-it." When she shouts "move!" at Lucy or Lola it sounds suspiciously like "boob!" When she wants to be held, she stands at my feet crying "hold you!" And this one she says totally correctly, but I just love it: eyebrow. Haha.

4. In case you're not my friend on facebook . . . we got pictures up of our house on the listing this week. Check it out. Spread the word. We've had two showings already, but no offers.

5. Big news! My little brother got engaged this week!! He and Esther have been dating forever, and we're so happy that she's officially going to join our family! He's such a good guy and has waited patiently for a godly girl. (He's practically an old man at 26 years old. I'd been married 7 years by then. ;-) ) We're so thrilled that he found her and that she said yes! We love you, Luke and Esther!
And didn't he do a good job picking out the ring?? Gorgeous!
6. I've been thinking that now that I'm approaching 30, I really need to start dressing like an adult. Justin and I discussed that if we sell our house for a decent price, we can both have some spending money. He's already got big plans to buy fishing stuff, but I think I'm going to buy a new wardrobe. I've been pinning inspiration on Pinterest, but I'm pretty sure I only like the outfits because the models are so skinny. Haha. I probably wouldn't like the same outfit on myself.

7. Lucy went to Cubbies (part of Awana - a Wednesday night kid's club at church) for the first time this week. She was technically old enough to go last year, but I didn't think she was ready socially. I'm not sure she's really ready socially this year either, but she's never going to get better if we don't practice. Haha. If she's ever going to go to school, she has to start having some practice being away from me. She really didn't want to go on Wednesday despite all my assurances of how much fun she'd have. So I promised her that I'd stay in the church so I'd be nearby if she needed me. Maybe I'm a helicopter parent, but mostly I remember what it's like to be an anxious child, and I knew what would relieve her fears. I stayed with her a for a couple minutes until a few kids she knows came in. She wasn't happy about me leaving her, but she did great. That night when we got home, she asked me if she could go back the next day. And she has continued to ask when she gets to go back. Hopefully she'll stick with it!

Saturday, September 6, 2014

The Saturday 7

1. The camping recap: I wouldn't say that I totally enjoyed it, but there were pleasant times, and I didn't totally hate it. Haha. I'm very grateful that we got to stay in the cabin instead of a tent, but I decided that my girls are still a little young for camping. The worst part was trying to entertain them with the limited supply of toys that I brought. When it wasn't sunny/warm enough to be at the beach or on the playground they were bored. But we did have some good times and make some good memories. It wouldn't be my first choice for vacation, but I'm glad we did it. I saw this on Pinterest this week and it pretty much sums it up:

2. My girls both got some weird 24 hour bug while we were camping. Thursday night before we left, Lena was up all night crying, then woke up Friday morning with a fever and nasty snot nose. By Saturday, though, she was fever-free and acting fine. (She still has a disgusting nose, though.) Sunday afternoon, Lucy had a meltdown about something dumb and would not.stop.crying! She finally climbed up on my lap and started complaining that she was cold (even though it was sunny and 80 degrees!). I noticed that she felt warm, so I gave her some Tylenol. Then she got all wrapped up in a blanket on my lap while I read a book, and pretty soon I looked down and noticed she was asleep!! That hasn't happened since she was 18 months old! She woke up half an hour later, jumped off my lap and ran off to play. But 3 hours later (when the meds wore off), she started to melt down again. And by Monday, she was fine again. (She, too, still has a runny nose.) Random.

3. When we got home from camping on Sunday, my mom noticed Lena had a new tooth! She's up to 7 now! Lol. Way to go, Lean!
I don't think you can see it in this picture, but it's there on the bottom left.
4. I went on a diet this week - for two days. Then I got angry and depressed and gave up. I seriously have problems. But then I started reading Ecclesiastes. Solomon was the wisest man of all time, and he says over and over that life is meaningless, so "Go, eat your food with gladness, and drink your wine with a joyful heart . . ." (Ecclesiastes 9:7). I can't enjoy salad with gladness. And I think it's ok to interchange "Dr Pepper" with wine.

5. In all honesty, though, I'm frustrated with my lack of discipline. I hate myself for gaining so much weight, but I feel helpless to change. I want my kids to have memories of me playing with them and interacting with them, but every day I ignore them to check facebook or read books. I want to have a vibrant, living, relationship with Jesus, but I feel like I've been trying for over 20 years and still just have book-knowledge. I've begged and pleaded with God to give me discipline, to take away my selfishness, to change my heart. But so far, I'm still just fat, lazy, and a bad mom.

6. Here are a few pictures that didn't make it on facebook this week:
Dress up time
Lucy made this dress out of a piece of a t-shirt, a plastic tablecloth, and streamers. 
Lena showing off a little leg.
Working hard at school - taste testing suckers for our senses unit.
7. I'll end with the big news of the week: our house is officially for sale!!! Our renters closed on their house and are moving out in the next few weeks, so we met with our realtor on Thursday to sign the paperwork. The photographer isn't coming until Monday, but here's the listing without pictures. Please pray that it sells quickly! And once the pictures are online, I'll post the link again for you to share with all your friends. ;-)
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