Thursday, October 30, 2008
I harbor a bit of scepticism. They may find out when they go to switch the service locations that they didn't know what they were talking about. I've dealt with Qwest quite a bit here lately, and basically you never know if you will get a competent or a newbie when you call and get transferred 50 times. I usually know I am in good hands when I first person I get is the one who handles my question and doesn't shuffle me to someone else.
We'll see! For now I'll just enjoy having one less thing to change!
Oh, and by the by we are T-8 days and counting to our official move. USTA!!
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Any guesses why I "feel" where this lady is coming from? Clue: her oldest is 3 and she is delivering her 4th.
Monday, October 27, 2008
One of the first songs up was 'The Rhythm' by Mercy Me. I was trying to embed a video, but couldn't get it to work. So just trust me when I say it really applies to my life and I have a bunch of friends who would be encouraged by the message.
While battling with You Tube I also came across THIS song, which I think is super funny, but also something I need reminded of daily.
THEN I noted 'Hold Fast', a song that has carried my heart in times of indescribable pain, fear, and sorrow. During that video this phrase caught my eye;
Friday, October 24, 2008
This was Jesse's new term on Wednesday. Again, I have no idea where all this is coming from, but he went into great detail about someone, by name, trying out and qualifying for Jesse's Giants.
As it pertains to Kindergartners and learning sounds: S***
I was combing out Delphia's hair this morning after her shower and I said something about shutting a drawer. She stood there for a few seconds and with a huge smile on her face said "S***". I ask, "What did you say?" So she repeated it. (Me) "That's a very naughty word and you need to not say it again." (Marlene, also in the bathroom) "What did she say?" (Me to self) "Do I repeat it?" (Delphia) "I said it with a 'T' sound at the end." (Me) "Shut?" (Her) "No ........." (Me)"Yes, that is the very naughty word, lets not say it again." (Delphia) "Okay!"
You have to love all they are learning by way of sounds and words. It's too bad people have polluted language. This is actually not our first, nor worst. The one that takes the cake involves a 6 or 7 year old boy combining the words fawn and buck after watching 'Open Season'. Worse yet is him, after learning it was a SUPER naughty word, using it in frustration AT MY PARENTS HOUSE, TWICE!!!
On the opposite side of the spectrum: Sunday School Songs
The church we started attending in September has Sunday School opening each Sunday morning. Everyone, adults and kids, gather in the auditorium to sing together, have the kids take the offering and pray. One of my adopted moms leads the time. I think she did it 25 years ago when I was in 1st grade. The visuals are the same. The pianist is the same. It's pure bliss! We also have "pick your favorite song" time EVERY Sunday night. The kids really pick up on the songs and it lifts my heart to hear them singing songs here at home, in the car, out side.... 'Awesome God' is a favorite here. We sing it often in the car. I sing along. I am the only one who knows all the words by heart. We're working on it!
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
I have NO idea how it even got started, but once all the kids, except Jesse, headed to school it slowly crept in.
Back in the day, you know like in August, Jesse would come inside from playing alone and tell me all about his "football game" against Casper. (The ghost in Grandpa Paige's attic) In the beginning it was all about who won and sharing players if Jesse or Casper's team were short a player.
This flight of fancy has morphed into an all consuming fixation for my dear 4 year old. All clothes now have to fit into the grid of "football clothes". All new shirts have to "look like football" or even better have a football or football player on them.
I recently found the Dallas Cowboys football costume my grandma gave Jesse years ago. Back then he only wore the helmet b/c the clothes were HUGE on him. They are still a little over sized, but most of Jesse's pants are. (Long legs, no waist and I can't stand pants being too short!)
Jesse's fix for loose pants is to stuff every layer into the waistband and pulling said waistband up to his ribcage. ARGHHHHHH!! Another thing I don't care for is tucked in shirts, shirts tucked into too high waistbands are even worse!! We have reached an uneasy truce. Jesse wears his shirts out in public, but the instant we are headed home IN THE CAR he tucks his layers back in. I even pointed out to him that real football players do not tuck in their jerseys, but he informed me, "My team does".
Friday, October 17, 2008
I was able to get some organizing of thoughts and house done in the absence of kids. I walked with my good buddy Shannon, and did a supply run for Don. After fixing lunch on Saturday I ended up working with the boys until 10:30PM. Micah and I built a retaining wall, which was nice to see done. Sadly in filling it, it got covered with dirt and doesn't look as pretty as it did. All in time.... Sunday night Don and I were ALONE!! It was bliss to have quiet and fall into bed with out having to get 5 kids thru the night time routine first.
We now officially have a toilet at the house. There is no water hooked up indoors, but thanks to having our well hooked up, we have a bucket we can use to fill the back of the toilet to flush it. This is HUGE!!!! Not having a bathroom on site was hard enough, and with the local gas station closing down after the flood, it's been even harder to "function".
We also got the pump hooked up on the well so we have running water!!!! (out of a hose) I had to laugh when I saw Don so delighted to have running water, he was washing..... a tree stump!
Friday, October 10, 2008
A couple of days ago our little friend Jakob came over, and I mindlessly requested the boys water my fast fading mums. What was I thinking, or more appropriately, Was I thinking?!!! To top things off his own mother had just posted this 2 days earlier!
It never dawned on me that I had directed the attention of a 3 and 4 year old boy to awater delivery system, they had (amazingly) ignored up until this point, until a few minutes later when I realized things were too peaceful.
This is what I found....
Jesse was skillfully manning the hose. Skillfully in that Jakob was SOAKED and Jesse was high and dry. I was literally WRINGING water out of Jake's shoes! Poor guy! Sorry Sarah!
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
I know you tagged me over a week ago. I am so sorry I haven't done my part yet. I was so excited to be "tagged" for the first time!
I know I'm not doing exactly right, no rules or new tags, but this is all it can find time for. My house(S) are screaming at me!
Sunday, October 5, 2008
Don's former tool trailer is now parked in front of the house for me to load as I get things packed. Don washed it and the Camry and mini van. The girls helped by loading the assortment of "stuff" that has accumulated in the van. We spend a lot of time driving back and forth, but there isn't much time to drag the stuff we need for each trip back into the house. This has worked pretty well for me, with the exception of the time Don left with the van and my purse was in it. I was planning to put fuel in the Suburban while he was gone, but.....
Here is Jesse getting coached on using the power washer. He LOVED it, but was quick to tell me he can only do it with dad's help.
Though Jesse and Don are the only ones featured in pictures, we were all working together. Funny thing how the kids tend to slink off and play VERY nicely together when I am obviously delegating jobs.
The below picture is evidence of the rest of us at work. I have been meaning for some time now to sort thru the seasonal clothes, but with the whole upstairs covered in clothing and my not getting much time upstairs, I just never got to it.
Today I told each child to bring down their dresser drawers and the boys brought down the dresser frames. The dressers are now loaded in the trailer, I have sorted thru the seasonals and each child has a Rubbermaid tub to house their clothes for the next month. They never put them away anyway! Oh, I am keeping them down here too so I can verify that the clothes are put away.
Thursday, October 2, 2008
I am off to cram into the next hour as much cleaning as I can. I need to get changed too, I put on a tee shirt and pajama pants for my cleaning.
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
~I didn't take Jesse to story time
~I didn't take extra time at the library to hold a baby
~I didn't "let" my grandma take me out for lunch
~I wasn't making soup and cupcakes for almost 30 people
~I wasn't making treats for 40+ kids for kids club tonight
~I wasn't packing one house and....
~I wasn't helping build another
~I wasn't CONSTANTLY processing laundry
~I wasn't shopping for light fixtures
~I didn't make a couple of calls to chat this AM. (something I am VERY backlogged on! Sorry Adah! you are on the list, but my phone is dead!)
~I'd be a better blogger if I weren't so busy reading up on everyone else!!
So, sorry dear bloggers if you feel uncared for. I tend to be a much better "real life" friend, I think... (smiles)