Archive for November, 2009

Heck Yes

Monday, November 30th, 2009

jeansAbout a month ago I was feeling hopeful – my post-baby jeans were getting pretty loose and I thought perhaps I could get into the pre-baby ones again. It was not to be. So, trying to not feel too discouraged, I folded them back up and placed them back on the shelf. Some day.

Yesterday I was telling Clay I thought I needed to go buy some smaller jeans – I figured I needed a size between the two that I have, and said I was scared to try the pre-baby’s on again because I didn’t want to be discouraged again. He encouraged me to just try, and not beat myself up if they didn’t fit. And….they fit! I know, they’re just jeans. It shouldn’t affect the way I look at my body that much. It sure helps though :P

Who Says 3 Is Too Many?

Friday, November 27th, 2009

The bug in our house appears to have taken a hike earlier than I expected it to! The boys are slowly regaining their appetites, and are gaining enough energy to pick fights and whine again. Strange blessing indeed :) They have been napping like pros the last few days, trying to regain some strength. It’s been so nice to have willingness on their part when it’s time to get into bed. I hope it continues… :) This morning we got out of the house to do shop for a few things as we anticipate the arrival of some snow!

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Given the fact that I am 25 and have 3 kids 3 and under, I’ve come to expect weird looks and stupid comments thrown my way far more often than they actually are. I guess since society generally dislikes children I just expect people to look down on me for contributing to the overpopulation of the earth (come on, give me a break). Most of the time I get quite the opposite: people smile, comment on how busy a mom I must be, or how cute and well behaved they are. (Cute? Always. Well behaved? Well, they consistently do well when others are watching.)

Alas, today was another story. One older lady made some comment about how I surely must have enough children now: her daughter has two and has her hands way too full – three for me must be plenty, “especially in this day and age.” Whatever that means. Are we dubbing 30 years ago as the good old days, when the world was perfect and family friendly? I’m pretty sure the world hasn’t been a perfectly family friendly place since our dear first parents ate the forbidden fruit. Another comment came from a guy, wanting to claim our table at Tim Horton’s as we were leaving, “You guys got enough kids here?” I know, this could be taken as an off the cuff conversation starter. With the right tone of voice, it could have been. But in the condescending tone with which it was directed at us? No. Not really nice, especially with my kids in earshot, as well as his probably 8 year old son. “Got enough kids here?” What, do you see 40 of them? Because I only count 3.

And in answer to the question? “Yes, for now.” Bracing myself for what will come should we ever have 4 kids.
Letting it go….
Letting it go.

A Blessed Day

Wednesday, November 25th, 2009

My big boy spent the night camped out on his old toddler bed mattress on our bedroom floor, with an empty ice cream pail between us. Poor boy is fighting some kind of bug off and it was not kind to him last night. Thankfully today has brought far less puke than yesterday, even though little boy is sick now too. Two sick boys, two exhausted parents, and a little girl completely oblivious and jumping like mad in the bumper jumper next to me. What a ray of sunshine! Not to say that the boys aren’t, they are being unbelievably great during all this. Right now they’re playing Super Mario Bros. 3 on the Wii. As an aside, I would just like to say how amused I am that despite all the fancy new games they come out with, my boys constantly just want to play Mario 3. I’m no expert, but this was made for N64 or something archaic like that.

Wyatt, who fights sleep like there is no tomorrow, actually put himself down for a nap today. A definite sign that all is not well in his adorable little body. And when Markus learned of his brother sleeping, requested a nap as well. They slept for close to 3 hours! I hope bedtime will not be thrown off by that, but I’m not going to dwell on it since I know it helps nothing to worry. And during their nap, Bailey graciously slept too, which allowed me to nap. All four of us napping? I’m not sure if that has ever happened before today.

Even when days are hard and I’m operating on very little sleep, boys are sick, laundry piles are a mile high thanks to the sickness, there are many things to be thankful for. To top off the day, my lovely sister Sher called and offered to bring us supper! Thank you Lord for taking care of all our needs and so much more. Today I’ve had peace that surpasses understanding.

I don’t know what tonight will bring – sleep or not, both boys in our room or in their own beds, more throwing up or stomachs that have settled – but I do know that God cares for us. That’s pretty much all I need to know.

Eat, Drink, Be Merry

Friday, November 20th, 2009

I mentioned a while back that I was going to paint a wall in my dining room. Behold! Davenport Tan in all its glory, complete with the Guinness posters I couldn’t wait to put up. I love the colours. Green curtains complete the window. kitchen

Now to make the living room look more finished. We’ve got a window the same size as this one in the dining room, and I want a big grommet curtain in there as well, but I’m having a hard time figuring out what colour they should be. With the dining room’s being green, I don’t want to do anything too drastic in the living room since everything on the main floor is in such close proximity. But we’ve been here for eight and a half months, it’s really not an urgent matter. I’d rather wait and get just the right thing than go spend money on something I’m not sure about just to get something hung up. Sometimes I am painfully indecisive. At least there’s a bit of colour in the living room now as I painted the same colour on the main wall in there. Looks good.

I still want to go to HomeSense. Surely all my decorating woes could be solved in short order with a little time and money in that store. Alas, I wait.

Solitude

Friday, November 20th, 2009

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Just getting a little practice for what’s to come :)
The kids were all sleeping so I took some time for some tea and picture taking. Now they’re all awake, my little beauty needs to be fed, and the big bros are inquiring about snacks. The quiet is over, and that’s okay.

365

Wednesday, November 18th, 2009

Julie has got me inspired to be taking more pictures, and improving my ability as a photographer by having a Project 365 blog. The goal is to post a photo every day for an entire year, documenting what life looks like for you, and in the process, becoming a better photographer. I need a swift kick in the butt to be taking more pictures and learning how to better use the great camera I have.

I’m not starting yet. I need some time to get my head in the game and pump myself up to actually upload photos from my camera to the computer every day. Currently I do it once a month, if I’m lucky. Oh boy. I think I’ll start January 1. I know that’s a ways off yet, but I needed something to post about :)

Hubby is going to design something for me: can’t wait! Stay tuned.

My Chemical Bath (A romance? Certainly not.)

Thursday, November 12th, 2009

An update is in order. Almost a month ago I stopped washing my hair with shampoo and conditioner. How’s it going? Great!

I’ve got two bottles in the shower (whatever you’ve got laying around, old shampoo bottles work great), one for the baking soda mix, one for the cider vinegar mix. I keep the ingredients under the bathroom sink and quickly mix up my concoctions before I get in the shower. Although I don’t get a big, sudsy lather going with baking soda, I do feel my hair getting clean. No more build-up from shampoo means cleaner, shinier, more natural hair, and I don’t have all the annoying little frizzies I used to have. I don’t need to use styling gunk to make it look good, it does that on its own. Granted, I don’t have a fussy style, I’m a wash and go kinda girl. And this, my friends, is working for me. Dandily. Spellcheck tells me that’s not a word. I disagree.

I said in my last post about this that I was mostly doing this for the financial reasons. While that helps, I’ve gotta say that I’m really thrilled to be reducing my chemical bath. For the most part I don’t know what they put in shampoo and conditioner, but I do know that most gave me headaches from the smell (which I also mentioned before), and many gave my rashes – I suspect a result of the SLS is most shampoo, but never could pinpoint if that was really the culprit. All I know is that this hair washing routine is making life easier.

Three cheers! Hip hip……

Isn’t she lovely? Isn’t she wonderful?!

Friday, November 6th, 2009

dsc_0121 She’s a beautiful, petite, content, lovely, precious, sweet, cute, amazing, adorable, unforgettable, gorgeous, happy, smiley, expressive, delightful, awe-inspiring, heart-melting, joy-giving princess.

My daughter.

When she was still in the womb, people would exclaim how excited I must be to be having a girl. Of course! It struck me as odd though, the way they seemed to think I was more excited about expecting a girl than I would have been if I had been awaiting the arrival of another boy. Let’s get one thing straight: if God had given our family a third boy instead of Bailey, I would not have been disappointed in him! We weren’t having a third child in an effort to “get a girl”, we had a third child because we felt led to have another child in our family, to love, care for, instruct, and teach about Jesus. I am thrilled he sent us Bailey. She’s an absolute gift!!

Having boys changed me (and continues to!), and having a girl is changing me as well. The Lord has used her to change my heart in ways I never knew were possible. From the moment I first held her and saw her perfect little face, I felt a weightiness I can’t explain. People ask, “Does it feel different to have a girl?” Absolutely. There is a weightiness on my heart as I behold this beautiful child, and realized that she will grow up looking to me for direction. The way I looked at my mom as a little girl, and admired everything she did. I was watching the way she cooked, baked, cleaned house, packed lunch for my dad, worshiped God, sang in the car, stayed home to raise her children, and selflessly served her family in obedience to Jesus. I watched my mom and learned a lot about what it means to be a wife and mother from her example. The weightiness falls on me when I realize my daughter will look to me, and learn from me, the way I learned from my mom. By the grace of God I hope to give her a good example, as I was given.

Venture on, little one, venture on.

Friday, November 6th, 2009

For the past three and a half years, I have fought in a struggle to know what to blog about. I mean, there’s only so much I can say about potty training, being frustrated by how hard it is to come up with a simple menu plan, lacking sleep, morning sickness, diapers, diapers, and diapers. Into the realm of deeper issues, I’ve felt my brain, and heart, have not had much time to venture. And into the realm of blogging about what’s on my mind and heart, I’ve not had the energy.

The past two weeks have been a complete opposite! I am seeing Jesus, myself, and those around me in a different light and have found myself pausing to reflect on the truth being given to me more in these recent days than I have in three and a half years. It seems like every day I have an “I should blog about this!” moment. While I can’t promise I’ll keep up to speed on here with everything I’m thinking and learning, I’ll try. I’m rejoicing that at least my brain and heart are venturing again, and hoping I’ll find the energy to be writing about it more often.

Needing…

Wednesday, November 4th, 2009

self-con⋅trol
  /ˈsɛlfkənˈtroʊl/ Show Spelled Pronunciation [self-kuhn-trohl]

–noun
1. Control or restraint of oneself or one’s actions, feelings, etc.
2. Not going to the brand new HomeSense store to tempt oneself when one knows there is no money in the budget for such a visit.