Sunday, June 29, 2008
Emily-"Well then what do you usually eat for breakfast?"
just a pop tart."
Emily-"I'll have the maid whip one up for you."
Oh to be so posh that you don't know what a pop tart is!!
Saturday, June 28, 2008
It's simple if you eat more calories than you burn in a day then you can't lose weight. I had moved away from the habit of keeping track of what I was eating and this has been my downfall (or is there such a thing as an upfall haha). I've kept track the last couple of days and it isn't pretty. I haven't been doing that bad but all of those little habits are slipping back in. It's time to cut myself off and straighten myself up. Hopefully now that I know exactly where I am going wrong I can talk myself out of it. I need to keep that motivational factor of being able to be here for my kids futures in mind. I need to set a good example for them.
P.S. I don't think there is such a thing as an upfall - my spell check doesn't like that word.
Friday, June 27, 2008
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
I know God will not give me anything that I can't handle.
I just wish he didn't trust me so much.
I was looking at my daughter today and this quote came to my mind. Did God know what he was doing when he gave me these children to raise? I think that he did. Sometimes there are situations that leave me wondering what on earth he was thinking. Had he met me at the time? I was a 17 year old kid without a clue what she was doing. I have grown up with my kids and while that has been interesting I'm not sure it provided them with the best mother possible. I can already look back and see so many mistakes that I have made. The guilt of having 4 kids is overwhelming at times, there is not a possible way to provide all of them with the time that they deserve and Audrey has probably drawn the shortest stick from that pile. I try now to make up for what she missed all of those years that I was barefoot and pregnant. I hope that I have taught her well. There are times that we have to make decisions that are hard, when we know that someone that we care about is going to get hurt by what we say or do but make the decision to do the right thing anyway.Life isn't always easy, in fact it seldom is but being able to say "I did the right thing" is priceless. I hope at least that I have taught her that.
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
Clowns to the left of me, jokers to the right,
Here I am stuck in the middle with you.
Come be stuck in the middle with me, Please. Somebody.
Sunday, June 22, 2008
She's home! Hooray! For now she has an all new attitude and I love it. They had a great time and Jeanie (one of there youth leaders) said they made us all proud. They had 8 saved and around 5 to make commitments to do better for the Lord. I am so excited for all of them. They are an amazing group, they are typical teenagers with their typical dramas but when it's crunch time they are awesome. They came back renewed but completely exhausted. I am just so thrilled and proud that you can't even imagine!
Happy Birthday to my Daddy!!
We saw a segment on the news the other day that said that people who have bumper stickers are more likely to have road rage. I said Dear One needed a bumper sticker, the kids thought I was hilarious, Dear One not so much. He informed us that he doesn't have road rage he has stupid people rage.
Saturday, June 21, 2008
I didn't hear from her until just now but that was expected. They did the hike today and she said it was beautiful. She really didn't have long to talk because they had to try to get some sleep but she sounded great. She is very excited and encouraged. She has made friends with the people that work their and their kids. It seems like they have really been able to reach out to a lot of people. The will do one more service in the morning and then help with breakfast and then they will be on their way home. I love that she has the opportunity for these experiences but I miss her like crazy and can't wait till she gets home.
Friday, June 20, 2008
Finally down a little bit, let's see if it sticks. I still haven't kicked my butt into gear and I know that if I did the weight would probably be coming off quickly. I don't know what to tell you, I just can't seem to motivate myself. Any suggestions?
Audrey just called and the morning went good. She didn’t have long to talk so I didn’t get a lot of details. Hopefully she will have longer tonight. She said it was going good and they were getting ready to go help with lunch. I miss her a lot, being gone to school during the day is one thing but being gone for days on end, that’s tough. Two of the staffers (not the boys staying there) are flirting a little but I have Skyler’s (one of Audrey’s friends) guarantee that she is keeping them in line.
Friday 10:30 pm
They are having a wonderful time. She is so tired and so sore but very uplifted. Their services today went really well and they have had 9 or 10 commitments (which she explained means that some of them have been in church but just committed to doing better while others have actually been saved). Andrew’s (one of the teen boys) preaching has been wonderful and she said the one service he gave them all chills in places they didn’t even know you could get chills. When they did their mimes (to find out what this is click here) some of the kids even ask them to do one of them again. They are expecting tomorrow to be even better. They are hiking and then having their service up on the mountain. I am so excited for her, for all of them. They seem to really be being blessed.
Thursday, June 19, 2008
Audrey is on her way on a missions trip with a few of the youth from our church. It’s not like foreign missions, she’s not going out of the country or anything but still she is away. They are going to a camp where they do programs with kids who are separated from their parents; some have been taken from their parents, some have parents that are in prison, some have been abandoned, and the list goes on. It seems to be a great program and the retreat is a beautiful place but they are there to serve. They are going to do devotionals with the kids, help them with the activities that they are doing and help prepare their meals. I am so excited! Excited that she is interested in missions, excited that she is willing to help others but most of all (yes, I’m aware of how selfish this is going to sound as I am saying it) I’m excited for her to see the other side of life. Not all kids have cell phones, I pods, and every convenience available. Not all kids have
Thursday 2:30 pm
They made it there safe and overly excited and ready to go. I know by the end of the day she will be exhausted, especially since we were up until 2 am last night talking on the phone. She spent the night at mom’s house last night because they had to be at the church, which is 45 minutes from our house, at 6 am. I was not dragging my butt, let alone the boys out of bed at that hour. So when she couldn't’t sleep she called and we talked till almost 2. I’m a little nervous for her but as I said before mostly excited. The camp is, at this point in time, an all boy’s camp. They have different groups at different times but right now (of course while my 13 yr. old daughter is there) it is all boys. I’m not really nervous about that though, I know her leaders and there will be No chance of any “hooking up” of any kind. I just hope that she has a good time and is blessed.
Thursday 11:00 pm
Just talked to her before they laid down for the night. Today they just helped out some and prepared for tomorrow, that is when they will be with the actual kids. She is having a good time so far. Hopefully it will go good tomorrow when they do the services with the kids. We miss her. Matt even came up to me and said "Mom, I think I miss Audrey" I was amazed. She is pretty hard on the boys but they still miss her when she's not around.
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
Do not wait until the summer to do your spring cleaning. Once your kids are off from school you will not do a thing. Just keeping the house to where you can walk through it is all that you can manage in the summertime. Have all of your cleaning done, everything organized, all closets cleaned out and every possible thing done. I will repeat do not count on doing things in the summer. You will be lazy, you will sleep in and you will want to spend the time with your children having fun. This is not the time to try to be disciplined and resourceful. Once more, Do not plan on being worth anything during the summer.
Monday, June 16, 2008
Sunday, June 15, 2008
Uncle: (trying to pick on him and being sarcastic) Who is this?Now where did he get those manners from? That’s my little (crap I should’ve said big) man for ya!
Jo: This is Leota Dickens’ grandson.
Nothing to do but laze and have fun. Man do I wish that were true.
I think....You say
Track :: Running
Snake :: Poisonous
Assignment :: Work
Bombastic :: Wordy
Adventure :: Trek
First time ::
Aged :: Wine
Grip :: Squeeze
So what would you have thought?
If there were no schools to take the children away from home part of the time,
the insane asylums would be filled with mothers.
70 days till school starts!!
First to my Dad, He is the best. He is a great man and I love him. We are not "affectionate" people but I know from the bottom of my heart that he loves me too. He would without doubt be there for me anytime that I needed him (and has been in the past) but he is not a Dad that constantly gives his opinion. In fact sometimes even when you ask for it he is leery of giving it because he knows that we must work these things out for ourselves. I just want to say that I love you Dad and you are the greatest.
To my Dear One, You are the greatest husband I could have asked for and the best Father I could ever have imagined for my kids. You have changed diapers and cleaned up messes. You play with our kids and attend every event that they have. You take the time to be with them and that is more important than anything. They love you and that is the best thing anyone can say about a Father. You Rock!!
Saturday, June 14, 2008
I believe I am officially in a stall. I did really good this week as far as eating but I'm still not getting my exercise in. I can't seem to get a routine worked out with the kids home. I'm not one of those woman that can make their selves get up at 5 in the morning when I don't have to. I keep thinking I'll do it in the evenings but by the time I get there (with all of the kids home) I am exhausted. I don't have little kids though, so I could walk anytime I wanted. I'm just going to have to find a time that works for me. I need to walk after I get up and eat just like I was before, it just wouldn't be as early in the day. One problem with that though. I'm very self-conscious and if I do it then Dear One will generally be home from work and laying there staring at me and I find that hard to deal with. I know that sounds silly to most of you but in my mind it makes sense. Of course it would probably be good self-esteem exercise too. I will have to try it this week.
Thursday, June 12, 2008
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
I am loving this whole SITS thing. I had no idea there were so many other crazy bloggers out there. Oh the world it has opened up to me. It has left me wondering how many days I can get buy with saying "No housework today". It has made me very envious of some of their swanky designs though and I would love to have a new look from this talented woman. And oh yeah I almost forgot (but not really cause my lovely ones have gotten on my last nerve today)
“Odd Hours” gives us everything that we have come to expect from our loveable fry cook. He is humorous and philosophical yet full of humility. This writing is some of Koontz’s most memorable, although broken and erratic at times there are some real literary gems in this book. Some of the other characters are so enduring, namely Hutch and Birdie and some of the scenes so visible in my mind that I was delighted. There are many loose ends and unanswered questions but how else would he keep you anticipating where he will take you in the future. Then there is the whole situation with Annamaria which is very entertaining and took me back to read many of the sections a second time after I finished the book (I think I have her figured out but I will keep that to myself). By the end of this book Odd is no longer a naïve young kid, he has been forced to deal with where his gift/curse is going to lead him. This is, as I said, a good book if taken for what it is – a link in a series. If you haven’t read any of the Odd series, I highly recommend them but don’t start with this one. Start at the beginning and continue on through the 4 already written and the 3 more to come and I’m sure it will all make sense.
Monday, June 9, 2008
And this one, believe it or not is the favorite of most of my family.
It's just us being us.
Gabbing and goofing.
And oh yeah......76 days till school starts!!
Sunday, June 8, 2008
77 days till school starts!!
Saturday, June 7, 2008
Friday, June 6, 2008
Thursday, June 5, 2008
Wednesday, June 4, 2008
This post was entered into a contest at Scribbit.
Tuesday, June 3, 2008
Monday, June 2, 2008
Sunday, June 1, 2008
Traveling with kids is dangerous to your health!!