Random Questions. Again.

This is another fun list from The Lid.  Since I am lacking motivation for a real blog post, this will do for now!

 

1. Tell me something about your favorite teacher.

Two of my high school English teachers, Mrs. Taylor and Mrs. Wimberley, are my two favorite teachers.  In addition to being quality teachers, I actually did not like English until high school.  Between the two of them, I learned to love English.  It’s not my strongest subject, but it is definitely my favorite!  And I owe that to them.

2. Tell me about one pivotal moment in your life.

The moment I realized that I may not be the best mom ever made, but God created me to mother my children (with my strengths and weaknesses).  That was when I let go of the guilt of “not being enough”.  I may struggle with that at moments, but it just to consume me.

3. About favorite colors–a lot of people will ask you what it is, but I want to know why it is. What feeling or memory does it evoke?

Pink- Aesthetically, I just really like the way it looks.  It makes me happy!!  I also love all things girlie, and pink is the epitome of girliness.

4. What’s a sure sign that you’re getting older?

When you can vividly remember what happened “fifteen years ago”.

5. Please don’t sermonize, but Halloween–is it a yes or no for you?

Aside from the occasional gross costumes (Hanibel Lecter, gory monsters, etc), I like Halloween.  I obviously disagree with the evil, yucky parts, but does anyone (besides witches) even take part in those things?  Kids dressing up in costumes is about the cutest sight in the world.  And in a world of limits and boundaries, kids deserve a day to eat all the junk food their bellies can handle.  So its a yes for me.  It is all in good fun.
I will tell you what annoys me….when churches do the exact same thing as Halloween (dress up and hand out candy) but call it a “fall festival”.  IT IS THE SAME THING.  Changing the name does not change anything.

6. What’s your favorite musical?

The ones that are not on.  I am not a musical person.  Though, I guess I did enjoy Mama Mia in the movie theater (does that count?).

7. Are you more of a city mouse or country mouse?

Definitely a city mouse!  When I go to my parents’ house in the country, I go crazy.  I enjoy it for a time, but I do not like being a long ways away from conveniences.  If I feel like a fountain Diet Coke at 3:00, I like to get one….without driving 20 miles.  Plus, I really love having neighbors!

8. Did you know that it is possible, for a small fee, to name a real star after someone? (It’s true! Google it!) If someone were to name a star for you, would you appreciate it for its whimsy and romance, or would you say, “Are you kidding me? For $19.95 we could have gone to the movie and actually bought popcorn.”

I would think its pointless.

This question comes from Paula at His Ways Are Not Our Ways.
9. What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever been doing and texted during it? I only thought of this b/c I was about to try to text during my walking video but I didn’t. Paula, you do know that this blog is rated G, right?

Hmm….I really cannot think of anything.  I have texted while driving, which is more stupid than crazy.

10. “It’s not a party unless _______.”

there is food!

11. When you’re stuck in traffic or a waiting room, what do you do to pass the time? PS: There are no magazines available.

Traffic- I like to listen to podcasts

Waiting room- Play games on my iPod.

12. If you weren’t yourself, would you be friends with you?

I would.  I think I would enjoy myself.  Although, I really only like having a couple of friends, I may make it difficult to actually get to know me!

Happenings

Life is passing way too quickly.  It is so bittersweet.  Caleb and Chloe are growing and changing WAY too fast.  But, I am so tired of being pregnant that I am wishing away the next three months.

In fairness, Caleb is wishing away the next three months too.  For one, he is so obsessed with toys right now that he can hardly wait until Christmas.  And, he can hardly wait to meet his brother.  We met my sweet little nephew, Max, on Friday (who is just a few days old).  With the biggest smile ever, Caleb asked, “Do we get our baby next week?”
He told me a few days before this that he was just going to saw open my belly to get Luke out NOW!
With him saying that, I had the funny thought that, having had c-sections, it will be way easier to tell my kids where babies come from (until they are old enough to really know).  Telling them the doctor opens mommy’s belly and takes the baby out is way more in my comfort zone than the regular way babies come out!

Back to his toy obsession, Caleb literally asks me every day if we can go to the toy store.  He also wants to talk about Lego guys and look at Lego magazines.  Though his biggest desire is Star Wars Legos, he will look at a toy catalog and declare he wants everything.  Except the girly stuff.  Chloe can have that, he says.  The funniest part is that he actually enjoys the catalogs more than the toys!

Chloe is not as much into toys, except she does love her babies.  Upon meeting Max, she had to hold him!  My cousin was really impressed how well Chloe sat still to hold him.  She announces every baby we see in public: “Mommy, there’s a baby!  A baby!” Needless to say, she is so excited for her real baby.  Besides babies, she is all things girl and loves to do her hair and make-up.  She uses to hair dryer to dry her hair.  And puts on “face and eyes” (powder and mascara).  She also goes through my purse on a daily basis to find make-up, jewelry, or my wallet.  That girl is hilarious.

Caleb and Chloe are just at the funniest stages of life.  I just wish I could capture these sweet moments forever.   The timeframe of this pregnancy is similar to Caleb’s, so I often reminisce about my first pregnancy.  Life has changed dramatically since then, but I love thinking back to what I dreamed life would be like now.  In a million years, I would have never guessed it would be this amazing.  My kids’ personalities are way better than I thought possible.  Being a mom has brought more joy than I ever knew.  Sure, there are days that I do not look back on with fondness.  But, generally, life is so precious.  I feel so fortunate the dreams of my heart have come true!!

I have been thinking a lot about parenting lately.  I wonder if all parents think about their kids the way I do?  I have so much pride in my two little people.  Though they are far from perfect, they are perfect to me.  And they are the cutest kids on the planet.  Did God put something in us to make us biased towards our own kids??  I know a lot of kids that are amazing and I adore them to pieces….and I can see how their parents delight in them.  But I know some kids that are just difficult and mean….do their parents dote on them just the same?  Am I blind to my kids’ flaws?  (Believe me, they have their moments and days where their human nature is very evident, so I know they are not perfect….yet even on those days, I adore them!)  Stupid questions, I know.  But I have been thinking about this.  I have been contemplating a lot of pointless issues as of late.

Anyway, I am going nowhere good fast.  So I will go.  Have a great night!!

Even Better Than An Emmy…..

My friend Shannon gave me this award and, of course, I graciously accepted.  🙂  Now there were some stipulations for this award and here they are…

Rules

1.  Answer the survey below…you can only use one word answers (which for a blogger can be hard sometimes).  🙂

2.  Pass this along to 6 of your favorite bloggers

3.  Alert them that you have given them this award

4.  Have fun!

The Fun Part…

1.  Where is your cell phone? Away

2.  Your hair? Ponytail

3.  Your mother? Awesome

4.  Your father? Encouraging

5.  Your favorite food? Sushi

6.  Your dream last night? Forgot

7.  Your favorite drink? Water

8.  Your dream/goal? Excellence

9.  What room are you in? Living

10.  Your hobby? Homemaking

11.  Your fear? Death

12.  Where do you want to be in 6 years? Alive

13.  Where were you last night? Home

14.  Something that you aren’t? Skinny

15.  Muffins? Ok

16.  Wish list item? Chef

17.  Where did you grow up? Missouri

18.  Last thing you did? Facebook

19.  What are you wearing? Clothing

20.  Your TV? Muted

21.  Your pets? NONE!

22.  Friends? Amazing

23.  Your life? Dream

24.  Your mood? Mellow

25.  Missing someone? Yes

26.  Vehicle? Tahoe

27.  Something you’re not wearing? Coat

28.  Your favorite store? Marshall’s

29.  Your favorite color? Pink

30.  When was the last time you laughed? Today

31.  Last time you cried? Friday

32.  Your best friend? Brett

33.  One place that I go to over and over? Bed

34.  One person who emails regularly? Sister

35.  Favorite place to eat? Melting Pot

And for 6 of my favorite bloggers…

Ashlie

Lizz

May May

Kelley

Cary

Hope

Kids Say The Darndest Things

I came downstairs this morning to hear Caleb say, “Daddy, I like you. Chloe can like Mommy, and I like you.”
In fairness, Brett had just spiked his hair to match Caleb’s, per Caleb’s request. So he was pretty excited. And obviously he does not understand what he is saying, but that boy loves his Daddy.
To further prove my point, at night, Brett and I each spend a few minutes with each of our kids individually. Caleb always tells me, “You can lay on Daddy’s pillow if you want.” Nevermind that we spend equal time on that pillow.
I cannot imagine anything better than a boy whose hero is his Daddy.

Speaking of bedtime routine…..after our quite extensive bedtime routine, Chloe HATES to actually go to bed. She is 2 years old. We have been doing this thing for her entire life. Still, to this day, she will yell and cry when it’s finally bedtime. Now that she talks, it has become quite funny. She will yell random things like “Mommy, the owie (not sure how to spell owie, like an ouchie) on my hand hurts.” She has no ouchies! Or, “I bonked.” Or, “I need you.” She is so tired, though, because she does this for about 10 minutes then crashes! The girl is hilarious.

It would be safe to say that I am currently in the easiest stage of parenting so far. Yes, there are hard days, but for the most part, my kids are both in a really fun and hilarious stages of life. As siblings, they play together really well (for the most part). At dinner, they love to make Brett and me laugh. The other night Chloe asked to pray, so she did. Afterwards, Caleb said, “Amen. No, let’s say, ‘Oh, man!'”. Now everytime they pray, they end with, “Oh, man!”

Caleb has been waking up earlier lately.  I will tell him, “You cannot get up until the sun comes up.”  A few days ago, it was dreary outside, so I turned on the lights.  He kept demanding to turn the lights off.  When I finally asked him why, he said, “If you turn on the lights, then the sun will go down.  And I want the sun to stay up!”

As I mentioned, we are so fortunate to have kids that get along well.  After a meeting last week, my friend and I went to grab lunch.  Caleb rode with her (my friend’s daughter is one of Caleb’s best friends).  The whole way to lunch, Chloe kept asking, “Where’s Dig Dug (that’s our nickname for him)? Where’s Dig Dug?”

When Caleb was little, a man was praying for him.  The man told us that he felt like, among other things, Caleb would be an overseer (that it would be important for him to lead others in truth).  Though I know God has bigger plans than just for now, it totally came to fruition the other day.  I often have to tell Caleb that he is not in charge of Chloe.  Recently he replied to this with, “Mommy, it is my job to watch after Chloe.”  It is important to us to teach him to be Chloe’s protector, so I am really glad he is getting that.  (What I mean, though, is that he does not need to correct her behavior!)

Well, that is my kids!  They get funnier by the day!  I wish I would remember to record all of their stories, but of course, that would take up way too much time!
Have an awesome day!!

Another Random List

I am stealing these from The Lid.  I just think its fun to think of random things.  You can do one, too!  Because I also like to read random things.

1. On an average, how often do you splurge and buy something for yourself?

I do enjoy new things for myself.  I am blessed with a wonderful mom who knows my love for shopping is not necessarily in my budget, so most of my splurges are on her behalf.  Every once in awhile, I do splurge on myself.  For instance, I bought a really cute diaper bag yesterday.  My sister justified my need for it.  Which she cleared up as, “Not a life or death need.  But a ‘I’m pregnant and want to buy cute stuff’ need.”  My sister and I are about as opposite as they come, but we do share a love for all things cute and purse-ish.
2. Are you more like Hall or Oates? Just kidding. Real question: What is the last creative project you began/finished? Feel free to post a pic of it.

See a few posts ago.  My kids’ Halloween bags.  I also have Luke’s nursery pretty much ready to go.


3. OK, Goldie Locks, do you consider your house too big, too little or juuuust right?

Just right.  I definitely would not want any bigger (unless a maid came with it).


4. What is your favorite outdoor chore?

I LOVE to mow the lawn.

5. If you knew that cigarette smoking was not bad for your health but would be a weight loss tool, would you use it? Why or why not?

This will probably surprise you, but I probably would smoke.  Even if it did not cause me to lose weight.  Second hand smoke totally grosses me out, but for some reason, actually smoking does not.  The health concerns are obviously enough not to do it, though.

6. On a road trip, would you rather drive or ride?

I would PREFER to ride.  But my issues with motion sickness make it so I mostly have to drive.  When we travel far, I can ride with Brett (and only Brett) if we are on interstates.  We do not road trip often, though.

7. What do you consider a trivial pursuit?

Worry.  I am not a huge worrier, but I do have weird, irrational worries.  My weird worry right now is that our next child (the one in the womb) will be way more difficult than our other two.  When I shared this with my husband, he said, “You know, I am really concerned about this purple ear disease.  I wonder if my ears will turn purple this year, and if my friends will make fun of me. (He went on about this disease).”  Point well taken.  Worry solves nothing.  And changes nothing.  And, for the record, I do know my child will be just as awesome as the previous two.  The thing about worry is that its not reality.

8. From Linda: This weekend, we downloaded the movie “Duplicity” with Julia Roberts and Clive Owen. Within 5 minutes, I was bored and annoyed, but I kept watching 5-10 minutes at a time hoping it would get better between small chores. I finally gave up and Jorge watched it alone, and then regretted wasting that time because he disliked it intensely, too. So … how long do you watch a movie or read a book before giving up on it?

I am currently in this dilemma with “Twilight”.  I am pretty far into it, but I just am not that interested in it.  I am debating whether or not to finish it.  I may just opt for the movie.

9. Is there a song that you really love but are embarrassed to admit because it’s not cool or it’s racy or because it’s by Hall and Oates?

There are a few raps songs (circa 1998) that I really like, but they are actually probably cooler than the music I actually do listen to.  When I mentioned how that one commercial with the Cat Stevens’ song brought back so many memories, Brett laughed at me.  So maybe I should be embarrassed about that.

10. On a scale of 1-10 (10 = extremely) how spontaneous are you?

I would say about a 5.  I live life pretty routinely, in general.  But I enjoy change and new things.  While I am not fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants, I do not mind a little fun and flexibility in life.  (My sister would probably say about a 2, so maybe I am just deceived).



11. Are you a food and/or beverage snob?

Ish.  I would prefer to eat sushi every day, which is quite an expensive habit.  And I do like good food.  But I also ate at Chick Fil A twice in two days this week.  Which I guess is a fast food snob?  As far as beverages, I do think Diet Coke is the best soft drink.  And Diet Pepsi is just disgusting.  And I like Diet Coke a certain way (lots of ice).  So I am mildly snobby, but I am willing to settle if its not ideal.


12. Who/What are you trying to control in your life?

Pretty much parenting.  I know God is in control, and I know that He knows best.  But for some reason, I like the sense that I am in control.  I mean, I do not prefer to be in control above Him.  But (see #7) I worry about things beyond my control.

12 Questions from The Lid

1. Tell me the absolute best way to watch a movie.
Sitting in my chaise lounge (Brett and I each have one) in our basement. With a salty snack and a Diet Coke. Lights on. (I like to go to theaters, but I get really uncomfortable while pregnant. And they do not pause to let me use the restroom.)

2. Do you ever think about your own funeral? If so, do you have specific ideas about how you would like it to be?
In college, I took a class called “Death and Dying”, where we had to plan our own funeral.  It was really morbid and not very enjoyable.  I really have no specific ideas, but I hope that, in the midst of suffering for those still alive, there is joy and peace knowing that I am celebrating with my Jesus in Heaven!  I plan to live to see my 100th birthday, so really, it will not be that sad.

3. Are you more of a giver or a taker?
I am more wired to be a giver.  I like to serve and bless others.  However, in this season of my life, my honest answer is that I am a taker.  I do not mean to be this way, but it is my reality.  One day, I will be a giver, once again.  For now, I am so thankful to have people in my life who generously give.

4. Vacations: planned activities and schedules, or play it by ear?
Definitely play it by ear.  I may have some thoughts of what I want to do, but decisions get made on a need-to-know basis.  I am weird.  I consider myself a planner, but I do not prefer to actually have plans.  It’s kinda hard to explain.

5. What is one often overlooked item in your home that needs to be cleaned regularly?
I am not sure if it needs to be cleaned regularly, but I barely ever wash my windows.  They are not that gross, really, but they rarely get cleaned.

6. Name a cause that means a lot to you.
I love love love Compassion International.

7. Do you eat a regular old peanut butter jelly sandwich, or do you customize it? And by the way, jelly or no jelly?
I never eat jelly on my PB&J’s.  My custom sandwich is peanut butter and bananas.  Yummy!  Or just plain peanut butter.  Never jelly.

8. If we were having a conversation in person, how would I know if you were nervous?
I talk a lot faster.  And I feel the need to fill dead space.

9. Do you have an elaborate bedtime routine, or just the basics of toothbrushing and jammies?
It is not too elaborate, but its more than the basics.  I brush my teeth.  Remove my eye make-up.  Shower (or at the very least wash my feet off).  Dry off.  Put on my jammies.  Drink some water.  Watch TV.  Snuggle with Brett.  Go to my side of the bed.  And fall asleep.

10. Have you ever regretted something you wrote on your blog?
Besides the potentially boring material, I try to stay pretty politically correct.  So probably not.

11. Has anyone ever told you that you look like a famous person or celebrity? Did you agree?
Yes.  I usually hear I look like Reese Witherspoon and Alicia Silverstone.  Which I take as a great compliment.  However, I have not heard either in awhile….LOL!

12. If you were going to dedicate a song to a loved one or friend, what would the song be and to whom would it be dedicated?
Hmmm….I could think of lots of silly songs to dedicate to Brett.  But probably right now, I would dedicate “Jesus Loves Me” to Chloe.  Everytime we get in the car, she yells, “JESUS LOVES ME, THIS I KNOW!”  Which means, “Turn on Jesus Loves Me.”  I love that about her :).

Yesterday

Yesterday was a great day!  One of those days where everyone is happy and in a good mood.

A few things happened that made me smile.

First, I decided to be crafty.  Don’t laugh.  Craftiness is not my gift, but I really enjoy it.  I saw this idea in Family Fun magazine and decided to try it.  My kids LOVE their new trick or treat bags.

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When I heard Caleb playing after his nap, I went upstairs to check on him. He told me he was putting the babies to sleep in their Lightning McQueen jammies. Ever since Chloe changed rooms, my kids love using the crib to play. I raised the mattress so they could reach it (with a stool).
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If that is not cute, I do not know what is! The cutest part (if you do not imagine the clean up) is that he had to look through a pile of shirts that he has outgrown to find the coordinating shirts. Pretty impressive!!

And, lastly, we have the best neighbors. I may have mentioned that before :). There are two girls who are older than my kids but come over most days to entertain them. My kids adore them and wait anxiously for them to come home from school each day!!
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Chloe loves her friend!
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