Friday, January 30, 2009

Sick baby

I don't like it when the kids are sick. I hate not being able to help them when they obviously don't feel good. The only thing I can do is treat the fever and keep them drinking. Eli is pretty prone to croup, he always has been. He usually gets it a few times a year. We've started 2009 off as no exception. It's worse at night, so that means not much sleep for either of us. The only good thing about them being sick is that they are much more cuddly. This is a good thing, I'm not against my babies crawling into my lap and falling asleep.

Friday, January 16, 2009

Baby it's cold outside :)

Good grief that's the understatement of the year. I know that there are lots of other places MUCH colder then here at our frigid -4. It could be -20 before the windchill factor. This morning, after the phone call that school had been cancelled, we looked at what the temp was outside. With the windchill it was -20. I had to allow 40 minutes for my car to warm up and there was still frost on the back window (now is the time I wish I had a place in the garage). I can't imagine how long it would take for the buses to warm up enough so that our babies wouldn't freeze. It's no wonder they closed school for the day. I don't even want the kids walking to the car, let alone stand outside and wait. I'm not a big fan of this cold. Right about now I'm just a tad bit jealous of my family that is in Miami.

Monday, January 12, 2009

New floors

Cody and I have been looking at different things to redo the living room, kitchen, entry way, and laundry room floors. We've been talking about doing this for over a year now. We were going to do it last year, but opted for the fence instead. We looked a little last year, but since we decided this would be this year's big project we have spent the last few weekends really looking. We have made a decision. Laminate hardwood floors in the living room and ceramic tile in the other areas. Now I have to look for a rug, too bad I suck at decorating :)

The tile is called Canyon Slate. I love the earthiness, but also that it has just enough color to not feel like we live in a world of brown.

I will be glad when the 12 year old linoleum that is so hard to get clean and shows everything will not be there anymore :)

Friday, January 9, 2009

Why the change?

Because it's better for me (nice...way to start with a preposition!), because I'm getting older. There could be lots of reasons and I'm OK with all of them. I started a pretty huge task right before Thanksgiving...working on me. Wow what a concept, make yourself better in order to improve you and your relationships. For those of you that know me well, you know that the previous relationship was not...healthy would be a good word. From the beginning it was not something I should have been in. It took me a long time to figure that out, but even longer to recover and heal. I'm not anywhere near where I want to be. I've just started and I have LOTS of talking to do about it. Sometimes the affects rear's it's ugly head and that's not fair to anyone. I have great kids, the love of my life, a few great friends, and an awesome family. I am blessed and have so much to be thankful for, sometimes I forget that. This has been my first week back to work after a two week hiatus. I came back to a mountain of things to do which has not made me motivated. I've been sick and didn't have a voice for most of the week (that is not fun when I have to answer the phones). I've been tired and reflective too. I found a blog that I liked. There are two projects on it. One called '101 in 1001.' Basically, you preset 101 tasks you want to accomplish in 1001 days. They should have a result that is measurable or defined by you. They must also be realistic and stretching. The point is to put some effort into it. As I'm making this list I'm realizing it's going to be longer then 2.5 years. Some of them are pretty hefty and they just can't be done right now. I like having the goal though. The other is '100 things that make me happy.' This is a big one for me. Sometimes I get stuck in the negative and have a hard time remembering what all I should be thankful for when things get a little rough for me. I'm working on both lists right now. I have to wonder how much of this is stemming from the birthday that will happen later this year. I really am fine with turning 30 and I'm looking forward to enjoying the next decade, whatever the reason I'm glad I'm doing it :)

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Who loves a delay?

Hannah is starting to understand just what a two hour delay means. She said this morning that she loves delays. Oh my, and it starts. I can remember being in school and when the weather was supposed to be nasty or just a little nasty hoping and praying for a delay or, even better, for school to be cancelled. My parents are both educators, but I don't remember if my mom got stressed out when we had a delay; maybe because she worked in the district we attended. Anyway, we had our second delay of the school year this morning. I got the phone call (yes, they call and it's awesome!) early enough to not wake the kids up at normal time, not early enough for me to not get out of bed. Bummer because I don't feel good today so more sleep would have been nice. Hannah was pretty excited that she got to sleep until 8 on a school day. The only bad part about delays, I get to be 2.5 hours late to work. I'm just glad they don't get mad.

I wonder how she would react if school was to be cancelled. She doesn't know that this is possible yet. Don't anyone tell her, K?

Friday, January 2, 2009

Happy New Year!

For New Year's Cody and I went out. Last year we stayed home so we opted for something different this year. We went to a party in Greenwood and had a great time. It is so nice to get out among the land of grown-ups.

I guess I have the traditional lose a few pounds as a resolution. Sarah is getting married in September so that is my motivation for the pounds to come off. Maybe this year will be eventful but not in a the way 2008 was at times; there are only so many accidents I can handle. Too bad I have accident prone kids. My hope is for everyone to stay healthy and happy, to get a few of the things done at the house (ie new floors in the living room, entry way, and kitchen, and then redecorating the bathrooms...wait, there hasn't really been anything done to them), figure out this future thing. I should clarify that into work and school...what exactly do I want to be doing 5 years from now and be proud of myself for? Such a monumental question and one I don't have the answer to yet. Maybe by the time my birthday roles around I'll have figured it out.

Are they over all ready?

It seems so. The holidays have come and flown by again this year. Our holiday weeks were hectic (not a nice word to use, but so very true) as they typically are. We have to be everywhere and all at the same time. This time of year would be nice have a clone. We had to have a game plan and schedule for the week of Christmas to be able to be with all of the visiting family in and still have a small amount of time for the 5 of us. Lucas was here this year and so was Cody's brother's family that lives in Florida, as was my sister and her fiancee. Lots of places to be and people to see. Christmas was great and we had lots of fun.

Hannah had her Christmas party at school. I was able to take some time off and go and watch Santa come into her room and hand out presents. Gotta love new books.

Eli had his program for preschool. They do the Christmas story and all of their circle time activities. He was one of the innkeepers in the play.

The kids were all dressed up for Eli's program. Hannah cracks me up...always posing.

Cody, Lucas, JD, Emily, Jack, and Poppy all went on a tour of Lucas Oil Stadium. This picture was on the field (as close as they would let you get). They got to see all kinds of cool places and things that you wouldn't normally see. Cody was amazed at how big the press box was.

Grandma Larney and Poppy (Cody's parents) got each family a Wii this year. This is the kids opening it; I should have used video to really capture all the excitement. All the kids opened them at the same time and there was LOTS of yelling and screaming :)

There was a common thread when opening presents for our 3. It started Christmas Eve when we were at my parents house. The kids began "fainting." If they really liked whatever it was they were opening they would instantly fall over. It was hilarious to watch.