Thursday, January 24, 2008

time for a recap

An early morning phone call. Chatting with our ever cheerful realtor. More showings, more cleaning, more stress, more thoughts on why we are doing this. Small child pounding on the bathroom door, begging to be let in. One bathroom. Nine of us. Oh yeah, that’s why we’re doing this. Hope the house is ready in time. Hope I have everyone ready to bolt out the door before the showing. Still trying to find a home big enough for us to live in forever. I don’t want to do this again any time soon. My house is semi-clean, I’m still in my pajamas. Little ones are dressed, and I still don’t know where my clean clothes are. Lunchtime, what to make. Mac and cheese, sliced peaches on the side, milk to drink, it’s always popular. Another trip to the school to pick up the kids. It’s a half day, feels like we only just dropped them off. So cold, but not nearly as freezing as yesterday. Still searching online for any new home listings. Miracles happen, new homes are listed every day. One for us? Hmmm, not today. Maybe tomorrow. Another phone call, another showing scheduled. I appreciate our realtor. I’m so glad for her help. Thoughts on how it would be without an agent. Nightmarish. So thankful we have her. More cleaning, now my dishes are done. Hmmm, what to do with three baskets of clean, unfolded laundry. No time, just put them in the back of the van. Bundle the kids up, load them into the van again and drive away slightly crazed. Baskets of laundry fall over in the back seat, children crying and sick of yet another pointless car ride. Finally, it’s been an hour, the showing should be done, we can head back home. Dinnertime. What to make, and fast. Forget it. Dialing for pizza. Toss a salad to assuage guilt. Everyone is fed. Bathtime. Back outside to retrieve clean pajamas from the laundry in the back of the van. Bedtime. Teeth brushed, potty time, prayers said, tucked in, kisses, hugs and love, lights out. Calls for another drink of water, hug, kiss. Tucked back in, and back in again. Lights out again. One more drink. Another trip to the bathroom, another drink of water. Tucked in once again. Lights out for good. Finally they’re alseep. Just in time for nothing on TV worth watching. Not enough time to drag out my sewing. Try to stay awake, give up, stumble to bed. What a day.

Sunday, January 20, 2008

i love it...

I love little baby mohawks, especially on my own little guy,
he looks completely adoarble sporting one.
Although, that’s probably because he is  completely adoarble,
with or without the rockin little ‘do.

Sunday, January 6, 2008

Better Late Than Never...

Well, it was a nutty, crazy, busy, exciting, peaceful, happy, family fun filled Christmas for us, and I am finally getting back to my blog now that I have found a spare minute to post. We had a wonderful holiday, I loved every minute of it, and my children keep telling me how much they loved it all too. And yes, I am totally copying Holly and Anne with this style of post, so here goes:
 -We had a fantastic Christmas, and a really fun and wonderful day together. I opted out of a huge Christmas Day dinner, and instead kept it all very simple, and then went for the big guns on New Years Day with a big ham dinner. I think this is something I will be doing again next year, it really worked for us, and it gave me a chance to relax and enjoy Christmas Day with everyone else.

-For Christmas this year, I made each of my children a pair of flannel jammy pants as well as a snuggly fleece robe to go with it, and for Finn I made a pair of reversible pajamas. They all looked so cute, and it kept them nice and warm too.

 -The family Christmas party was lots if fun, and the live nativity went off far better than I expected, the kids were so cute!
-Heidi made another awesome cheese ball, this one had bleu cheese and cranberries in it, yum!
 -The surprise breakout present that ALL of the kids (my children and nieces and nephews too) have been crazy over? The Honeybee Hop, by Playskool. Gracen got it for Christmas, and so far everyone has loved it, even the older kids have played with it. Who knew? I can’t recommend it highly enough!
-Another big hit? The ‘Easy Link’ by Fisher Price. They love it!
-This seemed to be the year of the video mp3 player, we all seemed to get/give one. I didn’t know I would love mine as much as I do, but it’s awesomely fun, and oh so convenient!
-I bought High School Musical for Haven (she LOVES it!), and Amy, you were so right, what a cute movie!.
 -I am still sewing with almost every spare minute, so I am sorely behind in blogging, but so happy with all that I have been making. For starters, I made both Haven and Gracen a flannel nighty, and then a matching nighty for their favorite doll too. Now they don’t want to wear anything else to bed. I also had fun making Mathes and Noah matching pajama pants with a fun breakfast them print on them. Doesn’t everyone want pancakes on their pajamas?
-It was so crazy and busy, I never did get a single card mailed out. Heck I didn’t even get the cellophane off the box the cards came in, so just know that you weren’t snubbed, I’m just swamped and completely behind. I’m still hoping to come through though, better late then never, right?
-We re-listed our house, and are once again getting lots of calls for showings. Crossing our fingers for a buyer soon!
 Finley is 8 months old now and loves sitting and playing with his toys, got his third tooth on New Years Eve, and suddenly he began to “talk” on friday (the 4th), and has been babbling on and on ever since. He continues to be Ciel's favorite photography subject and he loves all of the attention showered on him by his big brothers and sisters. Finn is still incredibly happy and easy going, and lights up any room with his sweet little grins and infectious baby giggles.
-I got a beautiful new 7 qt. crock pot for Christmas, and I love it! It’s a thousand times better than my old one, and is the perfect size for us. Oh happy day!
-At Marky’s suggestion I gave Picasa a try and I’m in love! Such a dream to use, and a million times better than the other online web albums I had tried. Thanks Marky, you rock!
   I’m sorry, this was kind of scattered and all over the place, but I’m tired, it’s still crazy-busy over here, and I am just thrilled to have finally gotten a post up. Wish me luck getting another up soon, I’m going to need it. Anyways, we hope everyone else had a wonderful Christmas and New Year, and I’m going to see if I can find more time in the coming days to post again. Who knows, miracles do happen, right?