November 28, 2011

No more slippers for me!

Last Friday the hubs was home sick from work with the flu so that meant I was on duty for taking care of three kids and a sick bigger kid! My Noah came in as usual to snuggle with me in the morning but told me his belly hurt because it was hungry. I told him and his sister to go downstairs and give me 5 minutes to wake up.

After about ten minutes I crawled out of bed and put on my purple fuzzy slippers. I walked over to Kaiden's room to get him up but he was still sleeping (very unusual). So I preceded to head down the steps to make breakfast. The very first step I took I slipped and fell down the whole flight of steps. Before I realized it I was hopping on my rear end and my left arm down to the bottom. I was in so much pain and could barely breath but I looked up to find my hubby right beside me checking me out to find out if I was okay.

The wind was knocked out of me but once I could talk I told him I was sore but fine. He was persistent that I call the doctor so I did and they wanted me to come in to the hospital for observation. My wonderful Father in Love Bob took me in and I was hooked up for 4 hours.

Baby Levi was fine and there was no internal bleeding so after a relaxing 4 hours of being waited on I was sent home to be mom again. Upon my arrival my house was clean and the kids were fed and napping. My poor sick husband was exhausted but insisted on taking care of me! He rocks and I am so grateful for him!

Here is a picture of me relaxing in my beautiful hospital gown :)

November 15, 2011

New Hair Color POLL

Please help me decide which color to dye my hair this Friday.

Number 1 (Dark Auburn)

Number 2 (Dark Golden Brown)

November 13, 2011

Oreo Brownies

Simple...just mix up brownies and add 1/2 - 1 cup of chopped oreos and bake!

November 8, 2011

Laney's School Snack

These little treats are sooooo easy to make. Literally only 3 ingredients, gotta love that!

mini pretzels, Hershey kisses and m&ms

Preheat oven to 275 and place your mini pretzels on a cookie sheet. Next put a Hershey kiss on each pretzel and pop in the oven for 3 minutes. After 3 minutes pull out of the oven and press an m&m on each one and refrigerate until you serve!

November 5, 2011

Love people where they are

I was reading to my kids the other night and they were not into it. I mean Laney was all over the place with random questions and Noah really wasn't even paying attention. I trudged through it and finished tucking them into bed and left frustrated.

The next day I was trying to show them letters on a paper because they asked me to write out their names for them so they could practice their names. But after barely getting it written on the paper for them they had moved onto something else. My day continued with similar situations of them not staying focused. I had had enough and put them in their rooms and jumped in the shower to pray and think. I do a lot of praying in the shower if you haven't noticed.

I was venting to God about the kids and the day and He showed a picture. It was a picture of Jesus surrounded by kids and He was telling them a story. And at first I saw it the "perfect way" because come was Jesus! But then I saw it the way He wanted me to. The kids were fighting about who got to sit on His lap, who got to sit next to Him and in front of Him. And then I saw kids looking around and poking each other as Jesus was talking to them.

And at that very moment I realized that it wasn't about how the kids were acting but how He responded to them. He loved them where they were, not where they should have been. Oh MY...that truth hit me like a ton of bricks. I realized that I have been loving people conditionally. I tried to change them into what I thought they needed to be in order to love them fully. I was so humbled at that very moment...and still am. I asked God to give me His love for love them where they are not where they should be to me. Really when you think about it we all fall short and struggle with something so why not in our pursuit to be more like Jesus, we love like Him!

Make sure your mode matches your task

I was showering the other day and yes I do shower...occasionally. I had asked God a simple question and God asked me a question...which mode were you in? WHAT? See I was having a bad mommy day where the kids weren't really bad or anything I was just annoyed and took it out on them. I was asking God why my day was so bad and why I was taking it out on the kids.

I thought about the question and then prayed. I felt like He downloaded tons of info and I was a sponge soaking it all in. See as women we are multitaskers and we wear a lot of different hats. Some might wear wife, mommy, boss, employee, housekeeper, financial planner, teacher, etc. And although they are your hats and you cannot take them off you can rearrange them so that your mommy hat becomes your mode when faced with taking care of the kids. Or your work hat is on when you have the time to be in work mode. See I was in mommy mode but tried to squeeze in housekeeper and financial planner in there as well and instead of devoting the time to my kids I was cutting them short.

Don't get me wrong I believe you can do multiple things at a time and not lose your cool but for me during that situation my time should have been for them and what they needed at that time. I was focused on emptying the dishwasher and cleaning the counters when their little questions and interruptions of "mommy, can you help me put this dress on my Polly pocket?" and "Mommy, can you help me get my foot out of this toy?" started to get to me and I lost control of my emotions. I'm not saying you can't do the dishes or pay bills online but when it interrupts you being a good mommy and the result is you hurting your kids with your words or attitude then it's time to get out of multi-modes and just be in mommy mode so that you can focus on the task and do it well.

I now regulate time for cleaning, paying the bills, work and being a good wife and taking time for me. I have learned to adjust my life accordingly and make my priorities the people in my life and not the things that need to be done. When God gave me these precious treasures, He entrusted me with their lives and how I model my life in front of them plays a huge part in their character and upbringing.

My prayer is that I learn from my mistakes and raise godly kids that seek Him and go after what is important to their Papa's heart!

November 3, 2011

A case of the BLAHS

I have the blahs today and I kind of feel bad for even posting this because seriously there are far more worst things in life then my pathetic mood.

I mean one is sick or dying or even struggling with an severe illness in my family but yet I feel the need to complain. I'm a sad woman I know!

So here it goes....I am sick of whining kids that don't listen, houses that never stay clean, a van that has automatic door that I swear are possessed, husbands that eat the last of everything so when I wake up and want something, I am only left with heartache to find it eaten, a nose that is either clogged or dripping everywhere, a body that doesn't crave salads or healthy food, a face that has wrinkles and lines already, hair that mullets itself no matter how hard I try to style it otherwise, coffee that never stays warm long enough for me to enjoy a whole cup, and last but certainly high on the list...POOP. I am so sick of poop that even wiping my own butt annoys me. (TMI I know but I had to get it out there)

Okay so if you actually stuck around to read this then I am sorry! I am going to stop whining now and start being thankful! So stay tuned for that list :)