Friday, March 12, 2010

Busy, Busy, Busy!

This past week has been so busy for us, we've had an unusual amount of appointments and I've been doing laundry and cleaning like a madwoman trying to get the house cleaned before our spring break trip.  We are going back home to visit friends and family so it should be a great week! While we are there we will be celebrating our daughters 1st birthday and we will be baptizing all of our kids.. We are so excited.. Unfortunately, I don't think I will be blogging much while we are gone, but I'll catch up with everyone in a week! :) I hope everyone has a great week!

Monday, March 8, 2010

Weekend Adventurers

We finally made it out to the Abilene State Park and it turned out to be a great family outing. We aren't the outdoor/camping type of family so my husband looked at me like I was crazy when I announced "Everyone get dressed, we are going to spend the day on an adventure.. we're going to explore the wilderness!" When the kids left the kitchen my husband turned to me and said, "What?!? You don't even know what to do in the wilderness, you're going to get us lost." I assured him that they had maps and if I did get us lost we could call the Park Ranger to come and rescue us or someting. (Ley me just say, I do have a bad habit of getting us lost and it usually starts when I call our trip and "adventure" or use the word "explore") We thought it would be cute to dress the part so we had the boys wear the hunter-like vests their grandparents gave them for Christmas... hehe

We loaded up the kids and the dog and we headed out for our weekend adventure. I was pumped and ready to go! My husband on the other hand looked worried. We got to the park, paid the entrance fee, studied the map and started driving around looking for a place to park. After circling around the yurts twice in one direction and three times in the other, my pumpedness soon disappeared.. There were a bunch of signs that said "No Parking" but there weren't any "Parking" signs... and it didn't help that the whole time we were driving around my husband kept saying "Great! We paid eight dollars to get lost. You know we could've done this back home." In my defense, how was I supossed to know there wouldn't be any street signs??


After about 30 minutes of driving in circles, the baby woke up from her nap. I reached in the back to make her a bottle and I realized we forgot the diaper bag at home.. so I thought "it's okay, I'll just giver her the pacifier"... that's when I realized.... we forgot that too! (Our daughter is a screamer so you always have to have a pacifier on hand! ALWAYS!) Well, what it was at home and there was nothing I could do to change that. Not too long after, we found the parking area we couldn't help but laugh at ourselves when we realized we had driven by it at least six times.. LOL By the time we unloaded everyone from the car, I think Gavin (our oldest), my husband, and I were the only ones who were ready to have fun even the dog lost his perkiness.

Once we started walking the foot trails everyone seemed to get over their grumpiness and we all had a fun family time. We had to keep telling the boys to keep it down because they were screaming and chasing eachother and talking so loud, I'm sure they scared off whatever wildlife we would have been able to see.

            

Gavin and Timothy leash-walked Andy for the first time EVER! Usually they are afraid of him.. Timothy us ually starts yelling "Ow,ow, ow!" as soon as he sees Andy looking in his direction. LOL
We even got some decent family photos. we didn't have anyone to take pictures of us so I had to photoshop some of the pictures.. all in all.... I think they came out pretty good! :) I think the vest turned out to be a great idea!



This was our first real outdoor experience and it turned out better than we had expected! We can't wait to go back! Next time we are going to walk a different trail.... maybe we'll get to see some wildlife animals! Well, if my kids don't scare them off first!

Friday, March 5, 2010

Happy Friday Follow

Once again it's time for Friday Follow! Last week I had a lot of fun meeting new bloggers so I decided to join in on the fun again this week! I love Fridays because they are the last workday of the week, our family usually goes out to eat, my husband and I watch movies or catch up on the weeks DVR shows, and if the weather is good we will all play outside until it gets dark...... Friday's for us are just so much more relaxing which makes them so much fun!

Anyways, Happy Friday Follow everyone! I hope you enjoy your day of blog hopping (I know I will! LOL) :)

Friday Follow

Thursday, March 4, 2010

I can't get enough of this warm weather!

Today was such a beautiful day! The sun was shining and the weather was warm and breezy. When my husband got home from work we all went for a walk on the trail that winds around the neighborhoods. We do this 5-6 days out of the week because if Andy doesn't get out and go for a walk to burn off energy he will bark and play all night. LOL Usually we are rushing to get home because it's in the 40's, cold and windy.. but today was different! It felt so good to be outside, I think we must have walked close to 2 miles.. and it felt great! Once we got home my husband and I started talking about school and pcs opportunities while we were still standing in the driveway. Our kids got tired of waiting to go inside so they started digging around in the dirt and before I knew it we were rescuing displaced worms and playing soccer in our driveway and front yard! We even let Andy off his leash to join in the fun... the baby sat in her stroller excitedly yelling at everyone as she watched the ball go back and forth. It was the best time we've had outdoors in a while! Dare I say, it was "picture perfect". LOL I'm really looking forward to spending time as a family outdoors soaking up the beautiful spring weather. It will be our first spring having a dog so we are pretty excited about integrating him into our family games! We decided, since the weather is going to be nice this weekend, we are going to go to our local state park and walk some of the trails out there. We've never been to a state park so we are really excited to see all the wildlife in it's natural habitat and to see how our kids (and dog) are going to react to the deer and other wild animals running around the great outdoors! 

Well, goodnight bloggers I'm off to go find the camera so I can charge the battery! This weekend is going to be so much fun! I can't wait!

By the way, tomorrow is Friday Follow! Since I had a blast last week I'm going to join in the fun again tomorrow! YAY! (ok, I'm going to go now because I'm way too excited.. more so than I should be... ha ha) Goodnight! :)

Books, books, books

For as long as I can remember I've loved to read. I learned how to read at a very young age, courtesy of my father and hooked on phonics. Once I learned how to read felt like I was on top of the world.. like I had opened the door and entered a world I had been watching but was never really able to participate in. I wasted no time joining in on the fun! In the mornings I would sit with my father or my grandmother while they drank their morning coffee, I would grab a section of the newspaper and begin to read it.. shaking my head along with them and sighing as I turned the pages, just as I saw them do. I'd usually attempt to discuss world events or whatever else I had just read even though I didn't fully comprehend all of what I took in.

Since then I read anything and everything I could get my hands on! Unfortunately once we had our second child reading just to read went out the window... and boy do I miss it! As a mother with 3 kids, reading isn't exactly high on my to do list. I don't have a lot of extra time to grab a book and read and the times that I do read it's usually a school textbook. I mean, I'm glad that I at least get to exercise my love for reading through my textbooks but I would be wonderful if, for once, I had the opportunity to read a book that I chose. I'm looking forward to the day when I can pick up a book (that I choose) and sit on the sofa in my quiet living room and just read! One day.... one day......

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Lord, grant me the ability to sleep!

I have been so tired and drained of energy lately I'm not sure how much longer I can function like this. Last week the youngest children (and dog) in our house seemed to have lost their minds! Our daughter decided she was going to start waking up every 3-4 hours (every night) just for the heck of it. She's determined to stay up for as long as possible, kicking the light up toys in her crib over and over and over again, making them turn on and off until she drifts off to sleep, only to wake up again a few hours later. The walls in our house are pretty thin so all night long you hear *thud* *THUD**insert shrill scream here* *thud-thUD-THUD*.  We've tried feeding her, rocking her, bringing her to our bed in the middle of the night, giving her toys to play with, turning the light on and playing with her so she can burn off energy.... nothing.. I mean NOTHING works! She just wants to be laying in bed kicking the crib toys on and off. We took them off for a couple of nights and she cried, hysterically, for way too long (our son loved those toys too and didn't like to sleep without them) Anyways, during her 3rd round with the crib toys (usually around 3 AM or so) her noises usually set off a chain reaction in which our 3 year old son and our puppy decide it's time to wake up and ask for breakfast. I wouldn't mind her beating her crib if she didn't wake Timothy and Andy-Bear. I think it's safe to say that out of everyone in this house they are the hardest to handle, especially at 3 AM!

So, my wonderful husband has to crawl out of bed and looks for his jeans, usually tripping over toys and making grumpy comments, so he could take the dog outside. Since the dog sleep inside he has to wait outside with him until he is finished doing his business. Poor, hunny... I feel bad for him standing out there with the dog in the freezing cold. I would do it, but I'm really afraid of the dark.. seriously... I am. We even sleep with a night light in our room.. (okay, that was probably TMI, but it's the truth) I know, my fear is totally irrational but it's been a fear of mine since I was little and I've yet to overcome it. So because of that, he takes the dog outside and I usually deal with Timmy the toddling terror! Who by the way goes completely insane when it comes to sleeping. He kicks, screams, fights and bangs his head when I try to put him back in bed! Trying to explain that it's nighttime and not morning to a 3 year old while dodging airborne Lightening McQueen's is NOT mine or my husband's idea of a good night's rest!! *sigh*