Tuesday, August 31, 2010
I wish I came with a warranty. Wouldn't it be nice to be certified? Anything goes wrong in the next 12 months, bumper to bumper (and believe me, this poor body has had some problems bumper to bumper!) and bam, it's fixed for free (so they say anyway..)! Change that 7 year/100,000 drive-train warranty into a 7 illness (per year)/100 years old (whichever comes first) warranty instead and I'll sign up!
Cars, smars. I'm sick of 'em! We had a better experience today at a dealer but the deal was a no-go. For some "strange" reason, they wouldn't let us take the van to a mechanic to check it out. Hmmm... Trying to hide something?
In possibly hopeful news though, B had a talk with Mr. Big-Shot (The owner of the dealer that treated us so horribly this weekend) and told him what happened. He's going to be "checking into" the situation and calling Ben back soon. Who knows? Maybe we can still get our van but for a better deal! Trying not to get my hopes up..... Just doing lots of praying and trusting that God will provide a car.
In the next month or so.....
Monday, August 30, 2010
Sunday, August 29, 2010
Please pray for us this coming week. We have SO much going on and it's hard to work up the energy for it all after such a stressful past few days. I was so stressed (and hurting b/c baby girl decided to bruise one of my ribs!) on Friday night that I thought I was going to end up in L&D for monitoring since I was having so many contractions. Thankfully I was able to relax enough to fall asleep for a little while.
We spent all of yesterday at a car dealership and just when we were about to sign the papers, this crazy manager went berserk on Ben for asking him to fix something on the car, starting yelling at us and refused to sell us the car. That is the extremely edited version and suffice it to say, it was a really tough and discouraging evening for us yesterday and morning today. It was really tough and hurtful what happened and it's hard to work up the nerve to do it all again! But we have to and the sooner the better. Lots of prayer going on here these days:)
Anyways, hopefully after hibernating and regrouping today, we can crawl out of our little shell into the big bad world again tomorrow.
After all, new mercies every single day, right?!
Thursday, August 26, 2010
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
So then, of course, Samuel chimed in saying he needed a new pair, too. I was quick to assure him that he did indeed NOT need a new pair. To which he argued. To which I looked at his shoes and realized that he wasn't being dramatic, his shoes really are ripping and coming apart. And I just bought them in the spring! He must be hard on shoes.
Thankfully, Z doesn't need any. And didn't really care anyways:)
So, after we found shoes, we got stuck in the baby department just browsing:) Samuel was so cute, pulling out outfit after outfit begging to buy it for little sis. And then resorted to tears when I wouldn't buy him a new stuffed animal, even though he has 4,398 at home. Actually, make that 3,537 because I did secretly get rid of many of them before moving. At least that was one less thing we moved!
And then I treated the boys to a special and very rare lunch out at Wendy's. It was the worst Wendy's experience I have ever had! They seriously got almost every single thing wrong with our order! But we finally got most of it settled and then Samuel got to whining about not getting new things at the store. So we had a talk. (I like to have talks with them.) And I talked on and on about being thankful for all of the things that he has (and beyond material to good health, loving family, etc!). And most of it went over his head.
And then I said, "Tell me something you're thankful for. We're not leaving until you do."
And that got his attention. And he hemmed and hawed and finally told me he was thankful for his lunch. And then whined and complained about something else (sensing a theme for him today?) when we got in the car and had to tell me another thing he was thankful for.
And then we went home. And I told daddy what had happened. And...you guessed it! Ben made Samuel tell him something else he was thankful for. And we told him that everytime he whines and complains, especially over not getting something, he will have to tell us what he is thankful for in his life.
He didn't complain the rest of the day.
Monday, August 23, 2010
*Oh, and thought and breathed car stuff so much this past weekend (so many little details to figure out) that I dreamt about it two nights in a row and woke up exhausted. So ready for this to be done!
*Zakkai has reversed pooping on the potty and either holds it in and then claims he had diarrhea in his pull-up and couldn't control it (right..)or poops while he's sleeping! Go figure. Haven't figured out what to do about that one. The past few nights he's spent some time on the potty reading books claiming he has to go. And then when he's done with the books, he says he didn't have to go after all. I think he just really wants to stay up a little longer:) I'm smart like that, catching onto his ploys...
*Samuel was very worried tonight that he hasn't figured out what he wants to be when he grows up! Maybe he felt pressure because Z already "knows" what he wants to do. I told S that he had plenty of time to decide and that God would show him just what he is supposed to be when the time is right! He says he just might want to be a tow-truck driver but he's not sure yet...
*It was so cool last night that I actually slept with covers on for the first time in about 2 months! It was glorious! (And I slept 10 hours and got up to go to the bathroom 4 times. Fun!) And it was cool enough this morning/evening that I even felt like cooking! I cannot wait for the fall! Hot soups, fresh bread, apple-licious treats from the apple picking.....mmmm..
*Ben did all the dishes tonight and took out the trash without me even asking! What a fine husband I married:)
*We had grilled steak (not the expensive kind!) and roasted veggies (potatoes, red and orange peppers, zucchini and carrots) tonight. It was so good that the boys even requested more of the roasted veggies, including zucchini. I should've taken a picture...
*Zakkai has actually decided he likes bread for the first time in his life! He ate 2 small pieces tonight. Who is this child?
*I am starting to get into organization/nesting mode! And I am organizing very random strange things (like tearing out pages from magazines to file in my folder and getting rid of the magazines...). Important? No. But it makes me feel happy. Now if we can just find a dresser to put all the clothes and things in that Baby E is acquiring before she takes over our bedroom!
*1 week until Ben starts teaching; 11 days until my sister and her hubby make their annual Labor Day visit!; 2 weeks until school starts for the boys; 4 1/2 weeks until apple picking; 10 (maximum~do you hear that baby?!) until Baby is due!
*I finally emptied our trunk of random things we have been carrying around for 2 months! Things to give to various people or dontate, etc. Do you ever do that? And then it feels so good to get that little stuff that hangs over you done!
Well, now that you so delightfully caught up on the randomness of me, I'll say goodnight!
Thursday, August 19, 2010
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
1. We received some bad news about being able to get a car to fit our upcoming family of 5. We are trying really hard to figure out what to do with not many options and trusting and HOPING for a miracle!
*I am thankful we have a car right now that fits the 4 of us and that it's been a great car with very very few problems!
2. Hearing discouraging stories about babies and struggling with worrying about our little one. I have fought hard to have a peaceful pregnancy, one free of worry but I've struggled with worrying this week.
*I am thankful that everything has gone really great so far and that this little one is loved so very much
already, by us and by our friends and family.
3. Being lonely now that my closest friends have moved away and there don't seem to be many people around me to meet, even at the parks. It's been hard the past month.
*I am so thankful for the friends I do have, even if far away. I am thankful for the technology of phone
calls, texts and emails that makes it so easy to stay in touch with loved ones.
4. Am FED UP with AT&T and my local library! (I told you there were some silly ones:) I have called AT&T probably every 2 weeks since moving here to deal with problems. They are so inept. And as for the library that keeps losing my books that I return and trying to fine me........well, poo on you!
*Okay, fine. I am thankful that we have the internet. (can you hear me clenching my teeth?!) and that we can
read books for free.
5. Worrying about school and how the boys, Samuel mostly, will adjust. Samuel is already getting really anxious about kindergarten and it makes it so incredibly difficult as a parent to have to be tough and compassionate all at the same time when all you want to do is shelter your child from any pain or sadness! Not to mention, I was just like him when it came to school when I was a little girl. My grandpa always has talked about "God's Law of Retribution" and how you have a child just like you. Wasn't it enough for me to go through it, God?
*I am thankful the boys can go to a good school that we like and that Samuel already has some friends who
will be in his class. And I am really thankful that we are only 4 minutes away now!
**Alright, that's enough of this sob business! I am feeling discouraged and worrying about a few things but really trying to trust and set a good example for the boys. We have been asking them every night before we pray what they are thankful for, whether it's big or small. And Ben and I each say something, too. It's such a good practice to get into, especially on the days when you don't feel very thankful! There is always something to be thankful for!! I would really appreciate your prayers though, especially about #1 and #5!!
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
V is for:
Coloring with "Vibrant" colors! (the crayons really are called Vibrant:)
Thursday, August 12, 2010
"I'll love you forever,
I'll like you for always,
As long as I'm living
My baby you'll be."
So when I thought to myself, "What should my new blog title be now that we will not just be a family of boys?" I immediately thought of the phrase Love You Forever and how true that is for a mommy to say of her children. This blog is mainly about my children, with a few stories thrown in about me and what I do to stay currently "girly in a boys' world" but also sane!
I worked for hours tonight to redo the blog and had a completely different template/layout, only to have it all fall to pieces. I had to change to this one! Whether I'll keep it or not...we'll see. You know I like to change things up:) But for now, welcome to Love You Forever.
I'm thankful you're here.
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
*A smile from a loved one or even a stranger, meant just for me
*Random phone calls from friends to say hello!
*Spontaneous hugs from my boys
*A tray from Ikea to carry our food back and forth between the kitchen and dining room (I LOVE it!)*The baby moving positions and not kicking my bladder anymore! Yea!
*A sweet treat (a new favorite: Blood Orange Gelato! mmmmm...)
*A good parking spot
*A 75 degree sunny day
*A good book
*Dresses (SO comfortable on a hot day)
*A clean house (that I don't have to clean? ha!)
*Magazines in the mail
*A good night's sleep (what's that?!)
*Sweet boys helping me down the stairs so they can "take good care of mommy"
*Hugs from Ben
*Pillows (it's just a pregnant thing, I think)
*Comments on my blog:)
It's the little things!!
Tuesday, August 10, 2010
I wasn't really feelin' the picture tonight, as I haven't felt the best today. Just a bit headachey and worn out. Hopefully I'll be back to myself tomorrow!
*Just starting to feel a wee bit of 3rd trimester (you heard me right; 3rd tri already!) let down in energy. Just a few more minor discomforts but nothing too bad!
*Am growing, growing, growing which means Baby Girl is growing, too! She is supposedly around 2 1/2 lbs now but obviously still has a lot more weight to put on!
*Groan a bit getting up from the floor after playing with the boys now. Haha! I think they are starting to wonder what in the world has happened to mommy!
*Feeling this little one move like crazy! She breakdances inside all day but especially at night when I finally relax:) She gets the hiccups at least twice a day and I can practically time my bedtime by the 2nd set of them!
*Praying that she will change positions! She moved sometime between last night and this morning and must now be legs down because she is kicking every organ down low in my body possible, especially my bladder!
*Cannot believe there are only 12 weeks left. I know it will go by quickly especially after the boys start school (in 4 weeks!) I was amazed that they let me schedule all the rest of my dr's appts today! Only one more 4 week visit before I start going every 2 weeks. wow!
*Am really looking forward to our baby shower this weekend, being thrown by our housegroup! I can't wait to see all of them again and feel so honored that they are celebrating with us! I really wish my family could be there though.
*Can't wait to meet this little person!
Monday, August 9, 2010
Saturday, August 7, 2010
This is an adorable toy store filled to the brim with an insane amount of toys (all way overpriced) but the best part is the many tables of toys they have out for kids to stop and play with! We spent a lot of time in there after the craft and even came back later with Gma and Daddy:) And of course, Grandma bought them a toy...
Z working hard on his airplane craft:) He concentrates so hard!
Today we made a trip to Naperville! It was a really nice day and so fun. The boys weren't mad at each other in this picture; Daddy had just moved:)
The boys (all 3!) and Grandma
Me and the Hubster:) I love this guy!
Thursday, August 5, 2010
We were walking home from the park today for lunch and Samuel said, "Mommy, I think you should clean that sticky stuff out of my ears before kindergarten so I can listen to my teacher sometimes."
Um, Zakkai? Focus! Picture taking in progress! Talking to Zakkai is like talking to a bee sometimes. I will get done lecturing him about something he's done to warrant a time-out and will ask him if he heard what I just said. Zakkai will say something like (and I quote) "Mmmhmm. But if the door was green, then I would have to close it and lock it up!!" Right...let's start again...
Zakkai: "Why did the train cross the road?"
Z: "Because it wanted to get to the otherside to home. Hahahahahah! EVERYONE QUIET SO WE CAN TELL IT AGAIN!"
"Why did the train cross the road?" (repeat 3xs)
"Zakkai, what are you doing?!!"
"Mommy! Grandma's toothbrush fell in the toilet!"
"It just fell in the toilet? Why were you playing with Grandma's toothbrush while you were going potty?"
"Um, it just fell. Mmmhmm."
Samuel: "Mommy! Listen to this! Why did the door close itself and turn on the light?" "Why, Samuel?"
"Because it was dark!!" hahahahaha.
Zakkai: "EVERYONE QUIET SO WE CAN TELL IT AGAIN!!"
Then, the other day, they were playing out on the front porch while I was getting their lunch ready. Suddenly they came bursting into the house, leaving the screen door open, yelling, "Mommy!! There's a man staring at us! Yeah, he's staring at us and we don't like it!" I tried explaining to them that the man could hear them and he was allowed to be out on his porch, too and they were safe, etc.
And then I wondered why I wasted my breath when they opened the door back up, peeked outside and yelled, "He's still out there! He's going to stare at us again and we don't like it!"
Ah, working on manners never ends!