I Really Do Have A Life Outside of Children

I am zapped, so I was thinking maybe I will write a post about things that do not involve my children.  Every parent knows they are naturally the most common topic, and though I love being a mom, I actually do have somewhat of a life apart from them.  So many mom’s advise to make sure you do not neglect yourself, so I listen.  When my kids graduate and move out, I will be very sad….but my life will not be over.  I see so many parents that live so much through their kids that they are miserable once they leave home.

So a post about something other than children.  Probably not quite as entertaining.

Brett started dismantling our deck yesterday.  Three years ago, we hired a guy to build it.  We had our suspicions that it was not built right, but he told us it was how the Trex worked.  Being naive, we took him at his word.  After all, most everyone we know is honest and can be trusted.  Three years later, the thing is a law suit waiting to happen.  We got estimates to see how much it would cost to fix it.  One very honest builder said if it were him, he would scrap it.  We would basically be putting money into a sinking ship.

So, yesterday, Brett decided to tear it down.  He was able to pull down the railing with his bare hands.  No tools required.  Imagine how safe that is.  The foundation boards are not even secured properly.  It truly is a very expensive piece of junk.

I am very impressed how quickly Brett is taking it apart.  We rented a dumpster (next week) to put all the scraps in.  I may go a little crazy and throw tons of stuff away.  I am like that.

I have never been happier to see something go away in my life.  Everytime I would look at the piece of junk deck, I would get SO frustrated.  I am thankful to never have to see it again.  We learned our lesson and will be more thorough in checking references next time.  An expensive lesson, but at least no one got hurt.  And God has more than redeemed the money that was lost.

I started the post saying I have a life outside of my children.  Obviously not a very exciting one.  But the funny thing is  that I realized yesterday I am completely living my dream.  I actually am so nerdy that household projects, silly kid stories, and other silly things excite me.  I like that I stay home most Friday and Saturday nights, because I am with the people I love most in the world.

I took two 2 hour naps today.  I should not be tired AT ALL, but for some reason, I am starting to fade.  So I suppose I shall end this exciting post.

The Great Destruction of 2009

I have come to the conclusion that my children are determined to destroy my home.

We took a 10 day trip to Florida.  Apparently, 10 days of being on their best behavior means my children return home to do all that which they can to release the bottled up disobedience.

During his nap yesterday, Caleb snuck out to my room.  He took mascara and concealer to my cabinets and floor.  Later when I asked him why he did what he did, he said, “Mommy, I just really wanted to paint, and the [cabinet] door needed painting.”  Apparently the floor did too.

During his nap today, he apparently did not understand, “Do not touch anything in Mommy’s bathroom.”  He walked out of my room, reeking of toothpaste.  He squeezed half a tube of toothpaste on our carpet.  It turns out I should not have complained about my bathroom still smelling like paint, because the smell of Refreshing Vanilla Mint took care of that.  Refreshing Vanilla Mint is refreshing in small doses, but half the tube is overwhelmingly nasty.

And, Chloe, well, she is just as crazy.

She awoke from nap yesterday yelling, “Poo poo.  Poo poo.”  What she meant is, “I took off my diaper, poo poo’ed in my crib, then stepped in it.”  Gross.

Later in the day, I heard her saying, “Eyes. Eyes,” while sitting at my desk.  “Eyes” means mascara.  Knowing there’s no mascara in my desk, I was a bit nervous.  I got a lot more nervous when I discovered she was using White Out as mascara (narrowly avoiding her eye).

And, today, I vacuumed the living room because they spilled a bowl full of Goldfish.  Two minutes later, while on the phone, my children decided to open 3 containers of Crystal Light powder and spill them on the living room floor.

All in all, I would say my house is in utter destruction.

And to think I was contemplating replacing our carpet.

Life Update

First of all, a big CONGRATS to my friend, Shannon, who is expecting her first baby in February!!!  I cannot wait to steal ideas on cool ways to photograph an infant (she is a rockin’ photographer!).  

Life has been crazy around here.  I, unfortunately, am still really sick.  I thought it would pass by week 16.  But my doctor took a look at my old charts and said at 17 weeks, I was still sick.  So that took some wind out of my sails.  It was quickly restored, though, when I heard my sweet baby’s heartbeat.  It’s fast: 180/bpm.  

My friend, Michaela, had a dream I was having a boy.  My mom thinks she heard from God that I am having a boy.  I originally thought I was having a girl, but it feels like a boy pregnancy.  So I am going with boy.  Until further notice.  

There are many days that I wonder if parenting is working.  Brett and I invest a lot of time into parenting our children.  The other day, I had possibly my proudest parenting moment to date.
Caleb was in my room one morning.  He got mad because I would not let him do something, and he yelled at me.  I left the room.  He yells a lot, and he just gets more frustrated if I try to do anything about it.   
About ten minutes later, he walks downstairs, comes to sit on my lap, and says in the sweetest voice, “Mommy, I am sorry I was mean to you. Will you please forgive me?”  

When I ask Caleb to forgive me (which is more often than I care to admit), he always says, “It’s ok, Mommy.”  So when I forgave him, he asked, “Is it ok, Mommy?”

Parenting works!  Go figure 🙂
Chloe went poo poo in the potty the other day!!!!  She asked to go.  We are not potty training, but I am letting her go when she asks.  I just do not have the energy to clean up messes.  Caleb is still not going poo poo in the potty (he pee pees great), so he was MAD when Chloe went.  Maybe peer pressure will work?  Nothing else seems to!  

Chloe is speaking in sentences now.  I know she is almost 2, but for some reason, it still is crazy to me that she’s talking so much.  She has the sweetest voice, so I love hearing her talk!

Another favorite moment of mine is when my kids listen to praise and worship in the car.  Their favorite song is still “King Of Glory”, and they belt it out.  Chloe even raises her arms to praise.  What a joy to watch.  You know God has to be in heaven just smiling so huge to see two little people who love Him to the best of their ability (which I think is more than we realize).  Caleb and Chloe both love to pray!  It’s darling to watch.  

Another cute but not quite that good in public thing Caleb does is lift up my shirt to see the baby!  Ever since he heard the heartbeat, he is way into my belly.

Lastly, we have started some painting.  We are painting our bathroom and Chloe’s big girl room.  I am very excited for it to be done.  Not quite as excited to actually do it.  It should go fast.  We have painted the entire interior of our house, so we are pro’s by now!

Have a happy 4th!!!!!