Saturday, January 30, 2010
Thursday, January 28, 2010
What you need (ok, maybe not NEED) to know about me:
I crave connections and believe that my integrity and character can be stronger when challenged by others. That's why I think the blog community is such a wonderful movement!
I'm a hobbyist- it's unintentional and uncontrollable! I crochet, bake and decorate cakes, take portraits, scrapbook, sew, write, and wouldn't hesitate to try to learn something else to keep from purchasing it!
I feel no need to be equal to my husband in my marriage. We both know that he's great at bringing home the bacon, and I'm great at making it stretch.
I embrace the biological differences between men and women.
I do feel the need to be respected, cherished, and validated by my husband.
I am a stay-at-home mom and homemaker.
Our home does not include satellite or cable. We have a TV and DVD player, but no service provider here! It just seems like a waste of money to us.
We live in the middle of nowhere, Midwest USA, down a mile-long dirt road, in a house that's stalled in mid-renovation. Lucky as I feel to be here, I never dreamed this would be my life.
I feel completely overwhelmed by my kids one day and yearn for three more the next. I am Catholic, and I take the "accept children willingly and lovingly" part of our marriage vows very seriously. I'm not sure my husband loves this about me. HE jokes that we've accepted three of them already!
I met my husband at a fraternity party. That sentence is hilariously opposite of who I am.
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
As it turns out, Dr. Sean was right on the money sending us to the eye doctor. Little Mister is in the early stages of developing a lazy eye. While his vision in one eye is perfectly normal for his age (when the vision is still maturing), his other eye has been lagging behind, and his brain was starting to give up on it and rely solely on his stronger eye. The bottom line: this could most definitely have been causing the dizziness and headaches.
We'll see what our follow up visit with the pediatrician brings, but my mommy mind is more at ease now. Yes, my son will most likely wear glasses forever, but I can't think of a kid that could pull them off better than him! Yes, he will be wearing a patch for 4-6 hours a day until further notice, but I don't know a kid that would be happier to play pirates that often! Yes, we'll have the super fun expense of vision care with a great out-of-network doctor, but we do have vision insurance that will reimburse a portion of the cost. Yes, Little Mister has a lazy eye, but he does not have a brain tumor, migraines, or vertigo. Today is a day full of blessings.
Monday, January 25, 2010
Outside my window... I couldn't be more antsy for spring. I can't wait for the week when I talk about the leaves starting to bud on the trees. For now, the only signs of green are the cedars. At least it's not raining today, and there's a blue sky!
From the kitchen... A newly stocked fridge, freezer and cabinets from last night's grocery shopping. The kids will enjoy their macaroni and cheese with tuna for lunch, and I'll enjoy a fresh selection of produce for salad. It'll be pot roast for dinner tonight, chili later this week, and maybe some enchiladas one night. I left my e-mealz list behind, so dinners aren't quite as organized as they could be this week!
I am wearing... Grey, flare leg sweats, white T, white sweater.
From the Learning Rooms... I can't believe the difference between last semester and this one. Where I had to almost trick Little Mister into any semblance of a formal lesson, now he's begging for preschool time! We're working on writing our numbers, creating patterns, word families, reading skills, and letter writing this week.
I am creating... Baby hats, booties and afghans! With one cousin due in a few weeks and another newly pregnant, I have great excuses to get my yarn and crochet hooks out!
I am praying... for guidance as we decide what our next step in our family planning will be. I've said it before, and I'll say it again. I have no idea how people actually decide to have babies- or to be finished having them for that matter! My children have been a series of happy accidents, and even with my crew, I'm slightly terrified of purposely having another. But, I love the idea of having a big family when they're grown up. I've known huge family gatherings all my life, so it's hard to think that my later years wouldn't be surrounded by the same blissful chaos!
Thursday, January 21, 2010
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
Sunday, January 17, 2010
Outside my window... grey. A thick veil of fog set into our valley overnight. At first I'm tempted to be mopey- after all, the sight outside is dreary enough to warrant a lazy day in pajamas. But the fog reminds me of hiking with my husband along the Oregon capes. And trekking with my little sister to see General Grant in The Redwood Forest. No, fog is not permission to stay in; it is an invitation to explore the world when it seems almost magical!
From the kitchen... It's sad, really. I'm very happy to have finished our week of using ingredients on hand. My freezer contains a few packages of venison, a couple bags of frozen vegetables, and ice. My cabinets are slightly better but still contain only staples.
I am wearing... Jeans and a brown camisole. For once, I'm up and showered before I reflect on the week gone by and the week to come.
From the Learning Rooms... Little Mister is becoming quite the reader. He can read so many stories from the Dick and Jane series. He's still not sure that the words exist in the books that he loves. Once in a while we'll pick up a storybook and he'll find that he can read most of it all by himself!
I am creating... Valentine card templates! They're here for viewing and sharing!
I am praying... for Haiti. Hubby is on call with the Air Force. He could leave at any time to offer aid. I'm so thankful that this duty will be one free of war if he leaves. Big Sister is sewing diapers with my mom tomorrow as part of a national effort to help out the little ones there.
Saturday, January 16, 2010
Friday, January 15, 2010
Thursday, January 14, 2010
Monday, January 11, 2010
Sunday, January 10, 2010
Outside my window... a pale blue sky and the promise of a warmer week. I sure hope the weather forecast is on target. The snow around here has been beautiful, but it was too bitter cold to send the kids out to play in it for more than a few minutes.
From the kitchen... Using up what I have on hand this week. The complete menu is on yesterday's post.
I am wearing... black pants, black and pink tennis shoes, green and blue striped shirt and a black cardigan. No, it doesn't match any better than it sounds like it does!
From the Learning Rooms... The first week back was pretty smooth. Little Mister was cooperative and actually seemed to be happy to have his preschool mornings back!
I am creating... Too many lists! Calorie counting, budgeting, tracking spending, chores... it's a little nuts!
I am praying... for Little Mister as I take him to the doctor today. Twice this weekend he became almost hysterical because he said the house was moving back and forth around him. A quick google search made me a nervous wreck. And a call to the nurse hotline confirmed the need to see the doctor today. On the plus side, we LOVE our pediatrician, and I'm sure that by the end of the day, we'll be feeling much calmer!