Tami tagged me. So here it goes...
Favorite person: other than Eric...my dad. he "gets" me.
Favorite food: anything spicy...i love thai food.
Quirk about me: I have an all or nothing personality. No in betweens. But i'm working on this.
How would the person who loves you the most describe you in ten words or less? I don't have the guts to ask him right now. Things aren't normal. It's been a rough couple months. :-) maybe "forgiven" is the best word.
Any regrets in life? That we got married so young. I see all the opportunities I could've experienced and the growth I could have had...but still, pretty sure I grew up in a different way. It's all good.
What can you NOT live without? organization. prayer.
Favorite blog: https://www.desiringgod.org/ not really a blog but there's a blog within it. :-)
Something you can't get enough of: adult conversation...friends
Worst job you ever had: cooking in a restaurant. it stunted my creativity when i had to fill orders.
What job would you pay not to have? Eric's job
If you could be a fly on the wall anywhere, where would it be? ha! my friend jody's house right now.
Favorite Bible verse: depends on the day, my mood, if i'm being selfish or not :), today...Psalm 40, all of it, and Philippians 4:6-7 "Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus."
Guilty pleasure: Sonic...sometimes daily.
Got any confessions:Ummm. My mother AND my mother-in-law read this. Not gonna bite on this one.
If you had $1000 to spend on YOURSELF, what would you spend it on? liposuction? or maybe just a new camera.
Favorite thing about your house: the people in it
Least favorite thing: that i am unsettled in it.
One thing you are bad at: laundry. driving (although the kids are looking over my shoulder yelling, "you're a great driver, mom!"...SEE Eric!). seeing and believing beyond what I understand.
If you could change one thing about your current circumstances, what would it be? What country I live in and more time with Eric.
Who would you like to meet someday?a pen pal from germany i once had in high school.
What makes you feel sexy? My mom and mother-in-law are still reading. :-)
Who is your real life hero?Lois Kelly (a widowed friend and mentor back in Iowa). She's the epitome of who I want to be when I grow up. And Tony Weedor. Both of these people point me back towards God every time I have contact with them.
What is the hardest part of your job? Refereeing. I'm pretty sure more education is required...and an instructor's manual...
When are you most relaxed? late, late at night (well, except for the last few months...)
What stresses you out? Making decisions.
Favorite quote:“Expect great things from God and attempt great things for God." - William Carey, and "Let's not be disturbed to the point we do nothing." - Saheed
Why do you blog? a record for my kids to read someday and to keep in touch with friends.
We were invited to the park today. Some old friends and some new ones.
My kids were pretty good while the old friends who knew better were there. But as soon as people starting clearing out there was a big brawl. Two of my kids literally beating on each other.
Pretty sure this isn't good for making new friends.
Then I got home and realized Lucy has a fever...a good reason why she was whiny and clingy at the park. Oops. i guess I just exposed all my friends.
Beth had a root canal this morning. She's acting totally normal. I didn't tell her but I could have used Valium just watching. She's a trooper. And must have more of Eric in her than I thought.
One kids' chore is to clean the living room. But no one thinks it's fair that they have to take everyone else's stuff and put it away. So I devised a plan...
The kid assigned to the living room that day makes a big pile. This day I think was Jake's day.
Then the lucky child who is assigned the living room finishes their job of cleaning the living room. See how nice and clean the room is behind the pile?? The rest of the kids, after their other chores, congregate to the pile to claim their junk. If it's not claimed by the end of MY chores it becomes my property. Or trash. :-)
Here Miss Bethie is claiming her prized possessions she hadn't remembered not having but now cannot live without. She's made a purse out of a bicycle basket by tying a string to it. She's packed it full of coloring books and "special papers". And her other bag is full of junk too. She even lost that hat for a time.
It's been a while. I haven't stopped for long to catch my breath these days.
Friday, thanks to my sister-in-law and my brother, Beth and Lucy stayed the night with cousin Isaac. The highlight was riding to grandma's house in Uncle Braden's golf cart. Too funny.
Eric and I went to Wichita ALONE and ate a Chipotle. I can never get enough (of him AND veggie burritos). AND I was able to get a full night's sleep thanks to a sleep aid (which I don't like to take when the kids are home because no one else wakes up if there's a thump in the night). I still woke up a couple times but I slept for a full 8 hours. It was pure relief.
Saturday I picked Jake and Alex up from camp. No animals were killed while in route.
They were both exhausted and Jake was going through a major detox from books. The first thing he did was read a book when he got home. Alex took a nap.
Saturday night was a big swim party at the water park in Derby for Eric's work. The kids had been looking forward to it for a long time. It was a great evening. Except for the part where Lucy was fished out of the water by a lifeguard. But other than that we had a blast.
On the way home we stopped at our favorite Spangles on the edge of town for a snack. We were going to drive through but we spotted a truck we recognized. We snuck in and surprised some friends. We sat there and talked until late. The kids loved seeing their friends and we could've stayed there and talked even longer.
Today after church we looked at a house. We gave our 60 day notice yesterday so we know we're moving sometime soon...just not sure where exactly. We have an idea after today. I think this move will help the kids settle a bit more and help my peace of mind. And hopefully give them a new neighborhood of friends to play with.
This afternoon we waited at the truck stop for a drop shipment of 80 boxes of books for the CenterPoint library. While we were unloading the semi into our cars and a pickup a State Patrol came to visit. Someone had alerted them that there was suspicious activity going on. It was a treat. Not only was he very good looking he was a really a nice guy and just doing his job as he questioned us about the "shipment". :-)
Finished up the evening at the Schmidts with pizza, whoopie pies and oatmeal cookies (leftovers from what Alex and I made for the truck driver today). It's so nice just to hang out and know those people really know us and STILL love us.
Everyone's tucked into bed. Most are snoring. And here I am. Wide awake. :-)
2 kids are a piece of cake.
But I forgot how much two little girls "chatter". There really is no quiet.
And I finally fell asleep at 5 am this morning. I'm beginning to memorize hours and hours of Eric's snoring and kicking in his slumber.
My words tonight are filled with slurs because I'm so sleepy.
There's a bit of "empty" in our day today. We miss Jake and Alex. But I'm sure they are not missing us as much.
I miss my camera too. I let Alex take it to camp. I'm pretty sure the pictures that come back will be worth the time away. :-)
Yep. Today was one of those days where there was more excitement than one stay at home mom usually gets in one day.
Alex had piano this morning. Then we came home and did a "fly lady" over the house so the chores would be done for the day.
Next we loaded up and headed to my brother's house to meet my sister-in-law. Jake and Alex were heading to camp with their cousins. We packed all their suitcases and sleeping bags into Lisa's van and I ran Beth, Lucy and Isaac over to Grandma's house. As I pulled into the driveway at grandma's Lisa called and said her van wouldn't start.
After dropping off the littler ones I went back over to Lisa's and we loaded the Suburban with all the camp gear and headed out.
Jake and Josh were first to be dropped off. Jake had a stomach ache all morning and was very apprehensive. Ended up he and Josh were across the hall from each other and Jake was rooming with some boys from the town we live in now. One of the boys was even from the street we used to live on. One of Jake's counselor's was from the small town Eric is from. I'm hoping some of this commonality and familiarity helped Jake relax after we left.
Then we headed over to the girls' dorms. Camp is held at the college that my parents, siblings, sister-in-law, and I all went to.
Alex, who had been trying to talk me into calling for a refund all day yesterday, seemed to settle in quickly. She was smiling and giggling as she unpacked. She, cousins Hannah and Abigail, and a neighbor of Abigail's all were rooming together.
Us mom's left pretty sure they are going to have a great week.
After a Sonic run just before happy hour ended (1/2 price drinks), my sister, Voni, headed back to Topeka and Lisa and I began the 30 minute trek back to Grandma's.
We were about halfway home driving on the "happy hills" road when a huge bird came out of no where. I was looking at Lisa as she was talking and thought to myself, I wonder if we'll hit that thing. As I thought it there was a loud thud and crashing sound. Lisa ducked. I slammed the brakes.
It sounded like a window had broken but luckily it was just the rear view mirror giving way and shattering. We stopped the car to assess the damage and as Lisa opened the door were were greeted by a horrid smell. Apparently the bird had gone number two down the side of my Suburban as we hit him. Gives new meaning to the saying "scared the cr*p out of it". :-)
After the initial shock of it all we started rehashing what had happened and we were busting up laughing. We decided to go back to the scene of the crime and investigate what exactly we hit. AND, I thought it would be a good idea if we had evidence to report back to Eric since I had already wrecked our "new" Suburban. (I'm surprised we made it this long without some kind of incident)
We turned around and parked close to the area we thought we had hit it. Following the path of loose feathers blowing in the wind, we began to scower the ditch. Lisa was armed with her camera so we could document the bird.
After a little searching we found the huge bird, also known as a TURKEY, laying at the edge of a field. He was big alrighty. Bravely we walked through the big weed-filled ditch to get a picture of the turkey. That was until I thought I heard a snake...at which point we both got out of the ditch pretty fast.
But, have no fear. We may not have gotten pictures of leaving our kids at camp but we DID get pictures of the dead turkey.
And for sure we have pictures of the turkey doo doo and the broken Suburban.
The evening was topped of with a house tour and only two kids. I forgot what it was like to have two kids.
All and all a very exciting day.