Friday, July 28, 2006

Baby Girl

to do today
1. work in garage some more (I only got through about 5 boxes yesterday. The good thing is that I eliminated 2 boxes and have lots to donate to Goodwill on Monday when they come to pick up my stuff.)
2. Continue looking for our school materials (Right now my oldest child is thrilled that all I can find is her home ec workbook and math book)
3. go to Post Office and let my 6 children run around loudly until they give me a post office box!! They have been giving us trouble about this and dh wants it taken care of today. My plan is to stress them out so that they want me to leave and they will give me anything I want. Sounds good??
4. Return moldy Flat Out bread to Wal Mart- just bought it Sunday
5. cardio- treadmill program 30 minutes (yesterday I rode my bike with baby on the back for 30 minutes)
6. Continue working on implementing schedule - SSSSLLLLLOOOOWWWW process

Almost 14 months
Yes, we actually call you Baby Girl. You can now say dada (Daddy), al-uh (Alex), Doe (no), and sometimes, on rare occasions, Momma.
Yesterday Alex asked me why your legs are so fat. We decided that they are not fat, but very chubby and cute, the kinda legs you just want to squeeze over and over. It makes me happy to do that!
Just this week you have begun sleeping in your baby bed for naps and for part of the night. In the past, you have slept with me. You have enjoyed this because you can latch on and eat all night while I sleep. This may have contributed to the chubby leg thing you have going on. I am really enjoying you sleeping in your bed and you seem to be okay with it too.
Last night we rode bikes together and you had a great time. When we got home, I rocked you to sleep (after dinner) and while I was holding you, I tried to stop and cherish the way you felt against me, how warm you were and how soft and babyish. While I held you I prayed that I would always remember you the way you are right now. Baby days are so sweet and I want to remember them always.
I love you, Baby Girl!

Now I have to go because your older brother (3 yr old) is having a meltdown.


Thursday, July 27, 2006

things i want to get done today

1. Go through every box in garage, throw away junk, look for school materials
(3-4 hour job)
2. Figure out what school materials I still need based on what I found in the boxes
3. Cardio-30 minute treadmill program
4. Clean out van because it smells bad, like a vehicle who has been eaten in by lots of kids (and a mom) for 4 1/2 years
5. Work on my MOTH schedule (
6. Be embarrassed that the gas company guy just showed up without calling and I let him in my home without a bra on and with unbrushed teeth. Scary indeed!!!


This is a test post from flickr, a fancy photo sharing thing.

Wednesday, July 26, 2006

We have moved

We have officially moved! I am still working through boxes (how did we ever accumulate this much stuff??) but for the msot part, we are moved in. We are enjoying this little small town (17,000 people). It's not THAT small, but compared to a metropolitan area, it is small.
Things we like about our small town...
1. It is quiet
2. We can look up at night and see stars, not airplanes
3. We feel good letting the kids ride their bikes up and down the street
4. Everything is slower here; there's no rush
5. It's not crowded
6. People wave and smile

I hope to post pictures sometime soon. We have bought 10 acres and are starting the process of building our house. I am very excited about all of this!

If anyone knows how to keep cougars and water moccasins away, let me know!


Thursday, July 13, 2006

Proactive vs. Reactive and Weight Loss Journey

Things To Do Today
pack up living room, family room, and dining room
keep up with laundry
take kids for a walk/bike ride

Proactive vs. Reactive
I seem to bounce back and forth between these two. Some weeks I am very proactive~ planning my days, planning meals and activities for the kids. Other weeks (like this week!), I seem to be "flying by the seat of my pants" and reacting to life, instead of being proactive.
I am not a very balanced person. I know this is shocking to those of you who know me well. :)
I am either "hot" or "cold."
This is something I am going to be praying about and asking God to give me more balance. I do not expect to be perfect or to always plan ahead, but I do have a hosuehold of 8 to run and it would run much more smoothly if I was consistent and proactive.

Weight Loss Journey
I rejoined WeightWatchers online yesterday. Since my youngest child's birth, 13 months ago, I have been a definite yo-yo dieter. First Body for Life, then Weight Watchers meetings, then Body for Life again, then starvation (that lasted for a few hours), etc.
I am still 15 pounds above my pre-pregnancy weight, and 30 pounds above my ideal weight.

I want to put a picture of me at my ideal weight and then a picture of what I look like now on here, but I can't figure out how to crop my pictures so they will fit and look nice. I will work on that.

That's all for now. I hear kids needing me in the kitchen. :)