Wednesday, April 30, 2008
I'll be honest with you ...
- Some of the shirts that are in style now make teenage girls look pregnant. Of course, I didn't mind this at all last summer when I didn't have to buy any "real" maternity clothes.
- I've never had my eyebrows professionally done and I need to. I really need to.
- my sister sang "Balm in Gilead" tonight and I thought she sounded like an angel.
- I don't care if that last statement made me sound crazy. :)
- I left the Wal-Mart without paying for my soda the other day and felt so bad I confessed it to Jeff when he got home. Then I went back, bought another soda and had them ring it twice. The checker thought I had lost my mind.
- my girls played in the sandbox today and didn't get a bath before bed. Gross! I just washed those sheets!
- Jeff and I have never had an argument about finances. I worry. He doesn't. End of story.
- I found out tonight that Amber Sandlin is a blog stalker. Ha! I outed you! Now you have to comment. :)
It's also Hairstyle Appreciation Day, so I appreciate Hannah's new haircut.
Tuesday, April 29, 2008
- I'm thankful that she looks kind of like me. After my firstborn came out an exact replica of my husband (okay ... exact replica is stretching it. More like "feminized version"), it was kind of fun when she resembled me just a little. :-)
- Every time I put something in the cart today, she said, "Thank you, Mommy!" like I was giving her little presents. She got lots of laughs and no evil glares in the store. Hallelujah!
- We enjoyed one of our favorite meals for our weekly lunch date - fritos (with a little chili).
- She sings all day long. With every song on the radio in the car. While she plays in the house. I love this, because I love to sing, too. Do you recognize what she's singing in this picture? Here's a hint: think Laurie Berkner*.
- She poo-poo-ed in the potty on Sunday! It was a fluke, but you would have thought she'd just won the Super Bowl by the way we were dancing around while Mads was chanting "I did it!" over and over.
- Her hair has finally grown out of that awkward hair phase that all little girls go through. It looks really sweet in pigtails now. (Or, "dog-ears" as my dad refers to them.)
- She loves her Sunday School teachers. When we get within sight of our church building, she shrieks, "There's my church!" (Yes, I know, "you don't go to church, you are the church". Don't judge her, she's only two.)
- She let's me pick out her clothes. She usually has a "shoe opinion", though. Hence the bazillion photos of her wearing those rain boots ...
- She's never really suffered from the dreaded separation anxiety. She's not very outgoing, so I'm proud of her for being brave in this area.
- Her laugh. It's definitely not a sweet little giggle. It's a big old belly laugh. Hands down the best laugh in the house.
Monday, April 28, 2008
The crown and the sash both say "birthday girl" so it was, I suppose, appropriate. (Thank you, Lucy!) The highlight for Sophie was waltzing into her daddy's clinic in that get-up. You can bet she got quite a bit of attention and got to hear her favorite word, "princess", thrown around a few times. :-)
The highlight for me, though, had to be Maddie walking behind her alternatively rolling her eyes and getting fake boo-boos. That was pretty hilarious. I do believe she's ready for the Sophie-birthday-circus to leave town. It does feel like we've been partying for weeks!On a sentimental note, I can't believe I've gotten to be a mother to her for 4 years. I always wanted to be a mother. (I didn't always feel the desire to be a wife. I was a horrible girlfriend. Of course, when I met Jeff, being a girlfriend was easy and being a wife sounded heavenly.) But motherhood is everything I thought it would be. I love my girls so much it makes me lose words. There is no describing how Jeff and I feel being their parents. It's hard and messy and exhausting. And entertaining and sweet and funny. Easily the best four years of my life.
And now ...
Adventures in Carrots.
You'd think by the third one I would be better at this ...
Sunday, April 27, 2008
My little birthday girl. So lady like. :-)
Sophie amazes me everyday with her creativity. She picked out exactly what colors went where and when she first told me, I thought, ugh. It turned out pretty cool, though. I've got to learn to trust her opinions in this area.
Here are the party favors and the (hand-made) Bingo games. Sophie and I had a ball making them! It was super easy to do with the dots. (I totally channeled my inner elementary teacher.) You can't really tell, but the free space in the middle says, "Happy Birthday!"
Okay, cake - check. Play Sophie's favorite game - check. And now it's time for the old playground. Not the best photo. I blame the camera. :-)
End of story, the girls had fun. It was a party, after all. You know who had the best time? Mads. I'm convinced she thought it was her party. (She was the only one to eat all her cake. We're so proud!)
Then, after a sugar-induced crash right after lunch, we head on over to Eva Grace's party. Barrett totally out-did herself with the favors. Sophie's are already dirty because she had to wear them immediately! Such a cute idea.
Okay, off to bed. We've got a busy day ahead of us. In Sophie's own words, "I'm so gonna be 4 tomorrow!"
Saturday, April 26, 2008
What I was doing 10 years ago:
Finishing up student teaching at Harding Academy. Finding out I was one class short of graduating! (Trying to figure out how I had made it 4 years at Harding without having a "ring ceremony".)
Five things on my to do list for today:
- Shave my legs (Didn't happen)
- Take a group photo at Sophie's party (didn't happen)
- Nap (didn't happen)
- Go to Sonic (didn't happen)
- Eat lots and lots of cake (oh, it happened)
- pay off debt
- have a live-in housekeeper
- go on more vacations
- hire a personal trainer
- keep highlights in my hair
- Too much soda
- messy, messy, messy
- going too long between haircuts
- Bald Knob
- Beech Grove
- Baby sitter
- Copy Editor
- Waitress (best money I ever made!)
- Youth Intern
- Teacher (6 years, baby)
Friday, April 25, 2008
Thursday, April 24, 2008
We'll call it Reality Check or Parenthood Refresher or Get Over Yourself This Used to be You. These challenges are designed to give them a little reminder of the fact that it's not always snuggles and laughter. It's 13 Thursday so ...
- For the first challenge, everywhere they go, someone will touch them on their stomach. Ideally on the fattest day of their entire life. They must smile and act like they enjoy it.
- Next, they must write a 10,ooo word essay defending the name they have chosen for their unborn child.
- Now the real fun begins. They will be timed on their ability to correctly install, then uninstall, then install again a 5 point harness car seat.
- They must cross a busy parking lot with at least one more child than they have hands.
- Buy groceries for a family of 5 with 3 kids taking up all the room in the cart.
- Stop a public toddler tantrum without using bribery or a muzzle. (There's a twist here. If they spank, someone calls DCFS and they go to jail!)
- They must sweep the floor, fold a load of clothes, and cook dinner .... with a baby on their hip.
- Navigate a minivan thru an obstacle course all the while reaching back to pass out snacks and retrieve dropped items.
- Accomplish 200 random errands (such as getting van estimates all over town) while the kids are in Mother's Day Out. With a very tired baby.
- Keep the kids boo-boo free for the two weeks leading up to professional photo appointment.
- Take a shower every morning.
- Take all 3 children (hypothetically) with them to get well baby shots.
- Keep a perfect house.
That ought to do it. And if it doesn't, we'll have them do it in the rain. :-) (sorry, I guess I'm kind of bitter today ...)
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
Sadly, (cue the violin music) it wasn't until college that I learned that you can get a tan while wearing sunscreen. I am a hot freckley mess. I want better for my children! And that is why spray sunscreen works for me.
Some photos of our playdate with the Box girls:
Playing the classic game, Let's all grab the umbrella.
There were four in the bed, and the little one said ...
Briefly, my girls matched today. I expect pigs to fly at any moment.
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
- Being able to do laundry at my parents', yesterday. I'm totally spoiled now by their front-loading, high-efficiency washer and dryer.
- That my own washing machine is fixed. It may not be fancy, but in the words of the great metal band, Cinderella, you "don't know what you got ('til it's gone)."
- Diaper booty! (but also glad that at least one child's booty in this house is potty-trained)
- All the advice from my buds about my van delimma. No matter how strange the question I ask, someone I know has an answer. Geniuses, all of you.
- I'm out of the doghouse for said van delimma!
- Cahoots. My older two girls are always in cahoots (usually about ways to not take a nap) but the other day I caught all three working together. I'm pretty sure the plan was to get Eliza out the door onto the deck. This is what happens if, heaven forbid, I try to go to the bathroom. Anyhow, I love how they already work as a unit. I'll probably regret those words! :-) (Doesn't it look like Eliza's directing the action?)
- Everyone that Sophie wanted to invite to her birthday party is able to come! Except her cousin, Abby. :-( But we knew that ahead of time.
- When I went jeans shopping on Saturday, I discovered that I had gone down a whole size. I know vanity is a sin, but I have never gone down a size in my whole 31 years! It felt crazy good!
- Bedtime prayers. Kids want to pray for the sweetest things. It's a nightly lump in your throat.
- And finally, I'm thankful for Sandi's honesty in her blog, today. She shared some things that I know I've felt but never felt comfortable letting anyone know. It was very inspiring.
Monday, April 21, 2008
Sunday, April 20, 2008
- She's a doctor in her native Pakistan, but had to go through the entire testing all over again here (in English);
- They sent her back to Pakistan when she was expecting K, and wouldn't let her come back until K was 3 months old, which means Asad (the daddy) didn't get to see his daughter until she was 3 months old;
- They are Muslim, so you can imagine the prejudice they have run into time and again.
- They saw each other for the first time on day 2 of their 3 day wedding. The first day, she wore a veil.
- The bride's family doesn't smile in the wedding pictures, that symbolizes the sadness they feel at losing a daughter.
- in their culture they take on their husband's first name. We would be the Jeff family and my name would be Danna Jeff. How about that?
Saturday, April 19, 2008
Friday, April 18, 2008
I've been thinking about how fast parenthood seems to go. I look at my babies, (and my oldest turns 4 on the 28th, I've got to stop calling her my baby) and there are certain things I want for them in this world.
I hope ...
- That they will learn from me about God's love, but at some point they will find it on their own.
- Their baptisms are a symbol of their commitment to Christ and not a reaction to peer pressure (however positive it may be).
- They will be kind, not just nice. True kindness is never insincere.
- That they will be well liked for the right reasons.
- They will play sports. Any kind. I was in junior high before I realized I was not an athlete. That means I had at least 6 or 7 years prior to that of playing simply for the joy of it. I hope they have even more!
- They will be tall! But, that's kind of superficial. :-)
- They go to Harding. I'm just being honest, here.
- They find something they love to do for a living.
- They find something they love to do just for funsies.
- They will always be the best of friends.
- They are never afraid to talk to me or their Daddy. And that we will always be a source of comfort for them in this world.
- They marry someone who lets them be who they are.
- They become mothers. And then they will understand.
Thursday, April 17, 2008
Congratulations to all the pregos out there! (And also to the ones going through the adoption process again!) Marti Jo, Gina, Anne, Amy G., Sandi, Ashleigh, and Jenny. Wow, sometimes it seems like everyone's expecting. (Except myself, and hallelujah for that!)
Speaking of my bff Jenny, what fun it was to make bows along with Jamie, today! Bow-making is an addiction, folks. And yes, sorry to say, there was gossip.
I'm feeling better, thank you, but threw up on the track this morning. Tmi? Sorry.
So proud of Barrett! She's doing Jonesboro Bootcamp and plans to wear a bikini on the local news by the end of May. :-) My reasons for not doing Bootcamp yet are two-fold: I don't want to pay for it and ... I'm a fraidy cat!
No, my girls do not live in black and white. I only publish the photos that way because they never (and I mean never) match. In black and white your really can't tell. Now if I could just find a way to disguise their messy hair ...
And now ... may I present:
Tagged By Jenn
Mention the person who tagged you, and create a link back to them.
Copy and paste the traits for all the twelve months, OR feel free to use the link provided here.
Pick your month of birth.
Highlight the traits that apply to you.
Tag 12 people, and let them know by visiting their blogs and leaving them a comment.***
Let the person who tagged you know when your post is available to view!
JULY: Fun to be with. Secretive. Difficult to fathom and to be understood. Quiet unless excited or tensed. Takes pride in oneself. Has reputation. Easily consoled. Honest. Concerned about people’s feelings. Tactful. Friendly. Approachable. Emotional temperamental and unpredictable. Moody and easily hurt. Witty and sparkly. Not revengeful. Forgiving but never forgets. Dislikes nonsensical and unnecessary things. Guides others physically and mentally. Sensitive and forms impressions carefully. Caring and loving. Treats others equally. Strong sense of sympathy. Wary and sharp. Judges people through observations. Hardworking. No difficulties in studying. Loves to be alone. Always broods about the past and the old friends. Likes to be quiet. Homely person. Waits for friends. Never looks for friends. Not aggressive unless provoked. Prone to having stomach and dieting problems. Loves to be loved. Easily hurt but takes long to recover.
Mostly I just highlighted the things that I would like to be. :-) Well, except for moody and easily hurt. That's just the unfortunate reality of things.
Okay, I'm tagging everyone on my blog list. Have fun!
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
Indulge me one more story:
Today, my daughter (the very literal one), came up to me so excited.
"I've got a joke! Knock, knock."
"I am who?"
Either her sense of humor is extremely dry, or we've got some work to do.
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
- I'm thankful that my husband stays so active and fit. It's a great motivator for me and the right example for our girls.
- Caffeine. Oh, beautiful caffeine, how I have missed you the last few years!
- That no matter how many times Sophie changes her mind about her birthday cake, Jenny says, "Oh, that would be so cute!"
- My local friends are so very tolerant of my absent-mindedness and obsessions.
- Sophie says she's not afraid of bugs anymore. Great! That makes one of us.
- That we picked "Enchanted" for our family night movie, Friday. The girls and I have danced all over singing "That's how you know, that's how you know". I'm quite positive our lone male is getting annoyed, though.
- Eliza's a great sleeper. I'm hearing some horror stories out there, so I had better be grateful for that blessing.
- I have a full tank of gas.
- Maddie got up before her sisters and climbed into bed with me. *sigh* She's so cuddly. :-)
- All my friends who are making thankful lists this week. You don't know what a blessing it is to me to read about all that God's given you!
Something I want to write down before I forget:
Today, Ms. Kelly told us to ask our kids about milking a cow. So, I said, "Sophie, did you milk a cow?"
"Yes!" she said.
"How do you do that?" I ask.
"Well ...... you grab it's hot dogs ......."
Monday, April 14, 2008
First, a big thank you for all the ideas and feedback, today. It's helped more than you know!
If these things aren't random, I don't know what is.
- I tend to overstuff my washing machine.
- Love, love, love shopping for my children. Hate, hate, hate shopping for myself. I get overwhelmed and never buy anything.
- My eyes are deep enough set that I don't need sunglasses most of the time.
- I was in homecoming at Harding and the dork in me will probably always be somewhat proud of that. (sheepish grin)
- If you can't tell by now, I struggle a little with obsessive compulsive disorder. (Hello?! Who blogs daily?) And it's not like you think it is.
- I was once bitten by a snake in front of my students.
- I cannot wink.
Here are the rules:
- Link to the person who tagged you.
- Post the rules in your blog entry.
- Share 7 random, or weird, facts about yourself.
- Tag 7 random people at the end of the post, linking to them.
- Leave a comment on their blog so that they know they’ve been tagged.
Here are the taggees:
I just tagged the first 7 in my blog list. (Except Ash, whom (who?) was already tagged.) Anyone else who wants to play, please do so!
*I just added two more, because two had already been tagged! :-)
Sunday, April 13, 2008
Saturday, April 12, 2008
Friday, April 11, 2008
The females in the family slept until 7:30. SEVEN THIRTY!!!!!
I had another lesson in the differences between myself and my eldest today. I take roughly a million years before I get to the point. Sophie is direct (some would call it blunt) just like her father. She wanted Lucy's play dress today, so she says , "Miss Jenny, can you get that dress off Lucy and put it on me, please." I had to let you know that she said please, so she doesn't seem completely rude.
(Oh, and for whatever record, I found Jeff's directness refreshing and attractive (okay, and just a wee disconcerting) when we began dating. He's the only person I ever dated who didn't play games!)
Sophie and Eliza bonding.
Jenny (Parrott) Box has a blog. Hooray for Jenny!
I got out all the stuff for spaghetti tonight and realized we didn't have any, um, spaghetti. So... we had bacon and eggs. Yum!
Thursday, April 10, 2008
13 Brands I love:
- Crystal Light. I do not like the generic version of this. Yuck. And what a shame, because the generic version is so much cheaper.
- Coke and any other soda. Don't give me no cola or Dr. Thunder (if I had to cho-ose ... haha inside joke) or Twist Up. (And yes, mom, I know my grammar is atrocious.)
- Swiss Miss hot chocolate. I love gourmet hot chocolate, but I drink hot chocolate year round so this is the best of the cheaper stuff.
- Gain detergent. It smells good. I used to be a Tide girl.
- Aussie hair products. If my hair looks bad, blame the Suave.
- Magic Eraser! I go through these weekly.
- Disney Store nightgowns. The frilliest, gauziest, twirlliest gowns out there. No compromising here. For my girls, people.
- Oscar Mayer hot dogs. All hot dogs are nasty, but these are a staple of my children's diet. Unfortunately.
- New Balance tennis shoes. I'm flat footed. These make my feet ache the least.
- Gap Long and Lean jeans. Did you see the name? I am neither long nor lean, but these make me feel that way. (a little) I've worn out all my pairs right now and am wearing some generic Target jeans. Hate them. Hate them. I never feel long and lean in my Target jeans.
- Jiffy cornbread mix. Crazy tasty. And versatile! Try it as a coating for fish.
- Clorox toilet bowl cleaner. It has lots of bleach in it, but doesn't smell as bad as generic.
- Bath and Body Works pump handsoap. It just smells the best. And they have sales on it all the time. And they have colors to match any room. Okay, I'm done with the justifying.
Wednesday, April 9, 2008
Jeff and I are totally sucked into High School Reunion. (the t.v. show) Have you seen it? It's the reality show where they meet up in Hawaii 20 years after graduation and they all have labels. You know, like, the jock and the bully and the lesbian. When I say sucked in, I mean we haven't missed an episode. It's so awesome.
Anyhoo ... we're always trying to figure out what our labels probably were. Well. Okay, I'm trying to figure out what we were. Jeff just looks at me and says that he was "the man".
Whatevs. I took a quiz trying to find out my label (maybe on tickle.com? can't remember) and it came back class clown. What?!?!?! I wasn't the class clown! I'd like to think I was the ... um ... I don't know. I know I wasn't the homecoming queen. I don't really remember being a nerd. This is so silly, I know. But, I want a label! Wouldn't you like to know how you were perceived in high school? Or, am I the only one who's interested in this? (Or, the only one who admits it!)
The greatest thing about the show is how everyone is kind of redeemed. The pipsqueak gets the popular girl. The geek and the bully become good friends. It makes me think that anything is possible. Who knows, maybe at our 20 year reunion I can come back as ... the 5k runner. We can hope!
C'mon, who were you in high school? Be honest ...
Oh, and after you've thought about high school for a while, check out Andria's list of great 80's movies. Too fun!
Tuesday, April 8, 2008
Hooray! It's that time again! If you aren't blogging about this by now, I hope you are doing it in your mind each day. It's such a mood lifter!
Today I am thankful for:
- High thread count sheets. I'm exhausted and my bed is extremely comfortable.
- Bouncies. If they hadn't been invented, how would I have gotten a shower for the past 4 years? (Ours is about to be retired. It has served us well. RIP bouncy seat ...)
- General Foods International Coffee. Specifically - Cafe Vienna. Yum, yum.
- While we are on the food theme, I am thankful for leftovers. Leftovers= no cooking. We can all rejoice!
- Maddie did not cry for Sophie during her nap today!
- About five minutes after this fit (see photo), my oldest crawled into my lap and said, "Sorry, mommy." I am thankful for that.
7. I'm also thankful for her generous nature. Last summer, she wanted to make dresses for all her friends. Now, she is really into making bows. She wants to have a big box of bows that "friends can pick from!"
8. I used the phrase, "now that I'm a runner" in conversation, today. I'm thankful that my friend didn't laugh. :-)
9. Sirius radio! It gives me my 80's on the way to run, my blue grass when I'm feeling my roots, and Kidsongs the rest of the time.
10. Hearing my girls singing from the back seat. Raise your hand if you think at least one of the heavenly angel choirs will be made up entirely of toddler voices!
I encourage you to do this in your own life. It's a blessing in itself. Then go to x-box wife, so we can all share in it!
Monday, April 7, 2008
Here are Eden, Sophie, and Lily when we first arrived. The Brister girls make the Ramsey girls look like albinos. With brown hair.
For some reason, Maddie wanted Eden to carry her around everywhere. Fortunately, Eden wanted to carry Maddie. Win, win.
Safe travels. Hope to see you soon!
Sunday, April 6, 2008
Saturday, April 5, 2008
Friday, April 4, 2008
- Jamie - thanks for being so generous with your time and supplies. We all had fun!
- Gina - thanks for encouraging me to blog in the first place. Funny, I didn't think I would like it.
- Danny, my little (29, gulp) bro - thanks for calling me out of the blue today. That's always a special treat.
- Renee' - thanks for getting up and instructing our beginning running class. There's no glory in that job.
- My daughters' Sunday school teachers - thanks for doing whatever you do. My girls want to go to church every day.
- Our shepherds at church - thanks for making some hard decisions and consistently praying for our congregation.
- The Ramseys - thank you for making me feel like family from day one.
- My dad - thanks for still giving me Big Hugs.
- My mom - thanks for the example of how moms are supposed to act.
- Dustyn - thanks for being a baby-sitter that I feel total confidence in.
- Jenny - thanks for the inspiration. You are very talented.
- Girlfriends - thanks for the fun times once a month. What are we doing next month? (Although, nothing will top the bows!)
- My babies - thanks for the daily smiles and for making me feel so loved.
- Jeff - thanks for being a true partner to me. I love our life.
Thank you Lord, for blessing my life with these people!
Thursday, April 3, 2008
They are going to be the party favors for Sophie's birthday party this year. Can you guess the theme? It's polka dots! Jenny is doing the cake, favors are made and now I am stuck. Any ideas for activities? If the weather is nice we are going up to the church playground. But what if it rains?!?!?! Party planning is so not my element.
But, hey, I can make bows! My life will never be the same.
Wednesday, April 2, 2008
I am obsessed with discussing baby names. This is a shared sickness. There are many a gal (and a few dudes!) out there who obsess like I do. I know this because I run into baby name discussions everywhere I go. And I am done with the naming! Yet still I obsess ...
The thing is, have you ever looked up the first impression your child's name gives? We did this before we had Sophie. Supposedly, people think of a dog (thanks, Oprah) or a large African American lady (again, thanks, Oprah). That was 4 years ago. Now, it is more commonly used for children who have been adopted from over seas. Interesting stuff.
Madeline's wasn't good. People think of that mean atheist lady, Madalyn Murray O'Hare. So, I looked up the correct spelling, different pronunciation and got feisty, fearless, orphan a la the Madeline in Paris books. I'll take it.
Eliza was also seen as feisty. (odd. Jeff and I are so ... what's the word? ... unfeisty.) She was also thought of as uneducated. Good grief! What burdens have we saddled our children with?
If we had gone with Tessa, my first choice long ago, the perception is sweet, unassuming. However, to my husband the name Tessa will always prompt him to say - Tubby Tessa. Don't know why. Obviously, this factored into our naming decision.
Overheard while walking out into the pre-school parking lot today:
Sophie - "Hold my hand, Mads. We might get some car on us."
Tuesday, April 1, 2008
- I'm thankful that my husband is not in the military. He gets to come home from work every day.
- Talked to my sister-in-law, Anne, today. Oh, that girl makes me laugh! I am so thankful for our friendship.
- Popsicles. When all is lost and we are bored to (literal) tears, it's popsicles to the rescue!
- Ashleigh, my running buddy. Who would have thought that I don't dread our 5:30 runs?
- Online banking!
- Sophie dressing herself each morning. It may be a crazy concoction, but it's one less outfit I have to mess with.
- Yeah, I know everyone says it, but Happy Hour at Sonic is one of my best friends.
- Time with all 3 of my babies together. Usually coloring or lego-ing in the floor. I'm glad I've got all of them home with me for another year.
- I found the scale! I thought maybe Jeff had hidden it. I get a little obsessive...
- Blogging! I believe it's helping me to find the joy, the funny, the sweet, the significant in each day. And the comment section is a whole blessing in itself! Wouldn't you agree?