Tuesday, January 28, 2014

New level of Motherhood

I've reached a new level of Motherhood. I had the kids loaded, a bottle just in case, a movie playing in the van, non-messy lunches packed for the kids, their scooters and frisbee's for the park play date, water bottles, all the information needed for the trip to the DMV, the kids sunglasses, Lincoln's Lightning McQueen car, drawing pad and coloring necessities in the purse along with an extra outfit for penny, diapers and wipes.....Whoo!, with a sigh and a deep breath of relief, I climbed into the van and backed out of the driveway going over this very list in my head-check, check, check. I couldn't believe I was backing out of my driveway with no hesitations or last minute, "Craps!"  You know-- the Crap, I forgot the binky kind of "Craps"...I keep driving, feeling pretty great right about now. I may be getting my old self back-the mega mom brain is working again. Just then I get to the first stop sign leaving the Valley and press on the pedal to brake and- CRAP!! I'm not wearing shoes?! How in the world??...How does a person not realize they don't have shoes on? Really?!
Thankfully, I got my shoes after laughing at myself the whole way back to the house. I found myself relaxing once again at the park with my kids. I met some new friends and found myself laughing hysterically at another mothers, new level of Motherhood story...Only she had forgot to put on the bra. I'm thinking I may not be too far off from that or maybe some would say I just passed it. Still, I felt comfort in the fact that I'm not the only one.
I used to think I would be something  pretty special someday but i'm not. I'm just an ordinary person trying my darndest to be SOMETHING..but I had a realization. When I had my kids, they made me special because I was special to them. Without my kids-I am NOTHING.

Friday, January 17, 2014

January 2014

I interviewed my kids the other day. I've been wanting to do this for some time now but didn't want to come up with the questions. Thankfully, I've seen it done before by others so I hunted down their questions for it. Thanks to Rae and Kel. Hope you don't mind me stealing your questions. It was fun for me to see what my kids think.

{what I  think}
(what the kids do)

1.        1.  What is something Daddy always says to you?
Lizzie- Clean your room
Lincoln- no hiding
Substitute “Mommy” in place of “Daddy”:
Lizzie- Go to timeout
Lincoln- No drawing! Not on paper. {I hope he means only on paper-if not, it sure explains all the crayon scribbles on my walls}

2.  What makes Daddy happy?
Lizzie- Tickling him
Lincoln- share!-sharing toys
Lizzie- Tickling you! (As she pounces on me and tries to tickle my neck)
Lincoln- Get big! Get bigger like daddy.

3.  What makes Daddy sad?
Lizzie- Hitting!
Lincoln- Hitting!!
Lizzie- Lincoln, I already did hitting, how about punching?
Lincoln- Nope, not punching.
Lizzie- Punching!
Lincoln- That! (Pointing at a doll ninja monkey) I say, “This?, holding it up.”
Yea, that monkey! {Lincoln is terrified of it. It makes a loud ninja monkey noise when it’s smacked against something.}

4.  How does Daddy make you laugh?
Lizzie- he tickles me
Lincoln- He goes “Hahaha!!” Like that.
Lizzie- by pulling hair-hehehe! {Lizzie’s being silly and saying things that don’t make sens}
Lincoln- Like this- Hahaha!! Like daddy’s did.

5.  What was Daddy like as a child?
Lizzie- He played.
Lincoln- He was like dad.
Lizzie- something silly. Hehehehe!
Lincoln- A dog.

6.  How old is Daddy?
Lizzie- Huge as a Giant
Lincoln- Big!
Lizzie- Your 24. (Then looking at me quizzically)  But mommy, what’s your really number??
Lincoln- Two! Like me.

7.  How tall is Daddy?
Lizzie- Huge as a Giant.
Lincoln- Uh, Big!
Lizzie- You’re tall as a fan
Lincoln- uh, uh…Like a giant, {he says in a giant growling voice}

8.  What is Daddy's favorite thing to do?
Lizzie- To play cars with Lincoln.
Lincoln- A present-Open a present.
Lizzie- Play with her car she got for Christmas {I got a hot wheels car too}
Lincoln- No playing; no playing cars.

9.  What does Daddy do when you're not around?
Lizzie- plays on the computer
Lincoln- No punching
Lizzie-Go outside and play
Lincoln-No hanging

10.  If Daddy becomes famous, what will it be for?
Lizzie- He’ll be strong.
Lincoln- No punching {he says in his goofy voice} I say, “Are you gonna take this seriously?”
Yes, I am.
Lizzie-For being strong
Lincoln-No Punching{again in his goofy voice}

11.  What is Daddy's favorite food?
Lizzie- Uh,… Chicken???
Lincoln- Burger!!
Lizzie- Mac n’ Cheese
Lincoln- cereal

12.  What is Daddy really good at?
Lizzie-Playing basketball
Lincoln-The puzzle pieces
Lizzie- Playing her games…or, or, or….something.
Lincoln- No punching {goofy voice}

13.  What is Daddy not very good at?
Lizzie- Uh…uh…not very good at a hard game?
Lincoln- No punching {yes, still with a goofy voice}
Lizzie- Your not very good at playing daddy’s games
Lincoln- Not good at puzzle pieces

14.  What does Daddy do for his job?
Lizzie- Go to work. I say, “what does he do at work?”
He builds! Cause I have seen that place.
Lincoln- For volleyball
Lizzie- She goes to work if she grows bigger.
Lincoln- No pushing

15. What makes you proud of Daddy?
Lizzie- He helps me; helps me got my pencil out of the truck earlier…remember of that thing? {Rick had retrieved her kids meal pencil from a small crack in the truck that we thought we’d never get out}
Lincoln- Uh, no punching {I think this may be an I don’t know kind of answer for him or he’s just completely bored from all the questions}
Lizzie- Playing with me
Lincoln- No laughing

16. If Daddy were a cartoon character, who would he be?
Lizzie- A racer!! I repeat, “A cartoon character!”
A racer guy in a cartoon!
Lincoln- Lightning! Lightning Matween {That would be Lightning McQueen}
Lizzie- A girl racer!
Lincoln- A race car while making race car sounds…vroommmwhwhwhwh…How about Lightning?

17.  What do you and Daddy do together?
Lizzie- We play together; a video game together
Lincoln- Puzzle pieces, watch movie-airplanes.
Lizzie- We pick flowers together
Lincoln- puzzle pieces

18.  How are you and Daddy the same?
Lizzie- I’m almost daddy’s size
Lincoln- Daddy’s blue and I’m blue
Lizzie- I’m almost your size
Lincoln- blue and purple

19.  How are you and Daddy different?
Lizzie- I’m littler and I’m bigger.
Lincoln- (long pause)….uh, ice cream.
Lizzie- we’re not…um, I’m littler and you’re bigger.
Lincoln- uh, uh, uh….plays with light switch instead of answering.

20.  How do you know Daddy loves you?
Lizzie- He loves me huge as a giant. I say, “how do you know?” cause he’s my favorite love
Lincoln- playing, shares with my toys, watch a movie.
Lizzie- Because you love me as a big heart.
Lincoln- I don’t know

21. Where is Daddy's favorite place to go?
Lizzie- To Panda Express
Lincoln- Home!
Lizzie- Panda Express!
Lincoln- To church.

22. Whose your hero?
Lizzie- Daddy
Lincoln- Lincoln

Well, we finally finished our new years puzzle just last night. It's 2,000 pieces! Rick let me put the last piece in-so sweet. Rick actually did most of the puzzle. I've been busy with other things but I still helped. I remember the days when we could both spend hours together doing a puzzle. Now, I can't imagine what I'd do with a couple hours, but most likely it wouldn't be used putting a puzzle together. It sure is fun to have this family tradition though.

Six Months Old!
Happy Half Birthday!

Penny is 21 lbs and tall like her siblings. She sits up by herself. She is stout, sweet, Rolls upon Rolls but she hides them well; concealing most within her midsection and lower half. Those rolls have a hard time being cleaned with even a high pressurized hose, but are more for us to love. She loves to smile, laugh, play with hair, baby talk, watch her siblings or any young kids and chew on her fingers(her most favorite teething toys). She loves to be talked to and played with as well as being tossed in the air and danced with.

And this, this is my new vehicle. Yep, I have officially joined the minivan mom club!
Eight years ago, I told Rick I would never be a minivan mom. Thankfully, I've changed and I see things differently now. I love my minivan! Rick was actually the one that needed some convincing. The kids love it too which is just a bonus.

Monday, January 13, 2014


Well, the holidays have come and gone with a new year and a new start; A chance to become something better and brighter. I have made some personal goals as well as some family goals and I'm feeling motivated.

I have found myself feeling sorry for myself a lot lately, mainly because I have lost a bit of balance in my life and I've struggled with that. I won't go into all the details because I don't want to bore you and I'm not looking for a pity party.  I'm sure many are dealing with much worse than me and I know there's no reason for me to feel sorry for myself and that is why I'm determined to make a change. I was reminded in church the other day that when we begin to feel like Poor me, we must throw ourselves into service. So there's my start. I will find a way to serve.

I do feel like this year is going to be a big year for us. I will be officially joining the minivan mom club soon and I hope for a home we can call our own, but we'll see. I have a sister getting married and another sister pregnant with her second and I've made some new friends this year and hope to see those friendships last. I will be joining a gym and I've signed up for some volleyball tournaments in my attempts to fit exercise into my schedule--something I've missed So much. I'm not sure I've ever gone this long without any form of exercise, and so it'll be nice to get back to it. Running has been hard on my joints this winter, hence the gym membership and the last two volleyball leagues have been cancelled so I guess, I'll take what I can get.

My kids are growing too fast as usual. I've adopted another group of children that I love so much already. I am now teaching a primary class-the Valiant 8 group and they are my favorite! I know all of them except one or two and their parents which makes it all that more fun. This ward is great for us and it's hard to imagine we may not be in it some day.

Rick, as I mentioned earlier, has been working long hours. Quite honestly, we don't spend much time together and I find myself looking forward to our five minutes spent browsing and poking fun on facebook or You tube. The occasional texting during the day is nice too but not often enough.

 My kids are my best-est friends right now, keeping me in check and busy as ever. They provide what little conversation I get in the day, they make me laugh and laugh with me. They help make up for my bad days by bringing the perfect amount of sweet into my life. I love their hugs and kisses, cuddles and jokes and so much more. They are my everything.

Sorry for the boring post, I plan to post some pictures and more soon.