Monday, January 31, 2011
PS- I am battling what XDH believes is a combo of sciatica and SI joint pain. It is excruciating and I didn't get much sleep last night. Hope I can recover in 11 days!
Thursday, January 27, 2011
What I was afraid of happening did: she looks so old! My baby looks like a teenager. She still has just over a year...but she already acts like it, why not look the part? She is always gorgeous....now even more! And....I have been trying for years to get her to let me flat iron her hair occasionally. She was against it and I only got to on a rare occasion. JK does it and now? She loves it!!!! It looks good on her.
Tuesday, January 25, 2011
This is how I know I am normal again:
- I have gained 12 pounds in the last year, since I realized food was still yummy. :)
- I am organizing and deep cleaning on a fairly regular basis again.
- I feel overwhelmed and stressed out with all I want to accomplish and be. (definitely normal!)
- I laugh.
- I play games with my kids.
- I am available for friends and neighbors that need me.
Most of these things were true much of the time, even in my non-normal state. But, as I review how I was before XDH shattered my world, then how I was while picking up the pieces, and how I am now....definitely back to normal. And, it is all due to a Savior that knows me and loves me and carried me when I could not manage alone. I am so blessed and grateful. I love Him.
Friday, January 21, 2011
Last night was the awards ceremony for the district level. Only 1st place goes on to State. C waited and waited and waited for his name to be called. Finally, the last trophy of the night: 1st place in 3-5 Photography.....and it went to C!!!!!
Thursday, January 20, 2011
Once we got there, the kids (especially the boys) were crazy and wrestling on the air mattress. A was already asleep and it is amazing that she didn't wake up.
The next morning, A had somewhere to be. When she was done, we all went and picked her up and headed out to lunch at Red Robin. I have never been to Red Robin. There is a reason, but it is kinda personal....so, I just have never been. But, YUMMY! Every one of us LOVED our food. More importantly, we loved being together.
Our next stop was visiting the St. Louis Temple. It is so beautiful, but it was very cold! We walked around it quickly, only stopping for a moment or two to take pictures. I cannot wait to enter this temple with CK (when we don't have four kids with us!).
We got back and headed to the indoor pool that CK has at his apartment complex. I think we spent an hour and a half there and the kids could've gone for more. There is something very neat about being able to swim in the winter.
Sunday was a relaxing day spent together, at church, playing games, having home teachers come, and eating yummy food. The kids loved making up games and playing together.
Monday we didn't have school. The original plan was to drive home Monday, but, we had had to leave later than planned and so we decided to stay Monday (A was out of school, too) and drive on Tuesday.
We went to the arch. Of course. The kids had been waiting for a long time to do this.
We crossed the Mississippi River just so that all four of us could say we'd been in Illinois. It was just for a few minutes, but we accrued a couple funny/interesting stories. :) Ask me about them sometime.
Next, we headed to lunch. We stopped at Steak and Shake. The kids did so well. They really are great together. (Disclaimer: CK did not know he was in the picture.)
We then went to the Science Center. It was very cool. We had different children interested in different things, but it was still cool. The beauty of having two parents is that we could split up and each take a couple of them where they wanted to go.
They have this part where you can use a laser to determine speeds of highway traffic going underneath. Very cool.
They also had glass in the floor so that you can see the speeding cars whizzing by underneath you. I thought it was neat. Others around me were exclaiming that it was freaky. Maybe a little of both.
This is how much it would cost to send C in to space. I got on the scale with him after this picture....over $2 mil. to send us together. Yikes!
So, there you have it. A wonderful weekend. I am so grateful for CK and A and their hospitality of having us stay with them. I am so grateful that our kids are feeling more and more that they are siblings. It is difficult to mesh families and I am sure the challenges are just beginning, but I am so grateful we had this weekend together. I love CK. I love A. I love K, C, and J. I am one lucky woman to have such a great family. It isn't what I planned, but it is still wonderful and I see Heavenly Father's hand in the path my life has taken.
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
Now.....if I could only finish the quilts that were for Christmas 2009...............