Tuesday, May 26, 2009

I hate rain

Yes. I know that's a strong statement. But right about now, I would be perfectly happy if the rain STOPPED, and didn't come back.

I'm becoming very familiar with the function of this:


And this:


I've been sucking up water from the basement again tonight. Along with dealing with 3 wet dogs...and a dog who WON'T. STOP. BARKING. because he is confined to a room with linoleum flooring.

Not to mention a small child who has suddenly started acting out (I am sure it is related to Z being gone for such a long time...its confusing for him...even though we talk about why he's gone and what will happen when he comes back home). He's gone back to his stand-by method of defiance - not eating (or eating agonizingly slowly). Ugh.

Anyone have a husband you could send over here for a day or two? Mind you...I'm perfectly capable of handling all of this on my own. But...

I'M TIRED.

African Proverb

"Many little people in many small places undertaking many modest actions can transform the world."

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

A Real Dining Room Table!

My parents were here this past weekend and they delivered our new-to-us dining room table and chairs!! I am so excited about it! We FINALLY have a REAL table! We've been eating on this tiny table for so long. The 4 of us could fit around it, but we certainly couldn't add any more people...and we definitely couldn't serve food on the table and eat at the table at the same time. Now we have a table where we can serve food and all eat comfortably. Not to mention it has 4 leaves in it...so we could actually fit 12 people around our table!! Though, we'd have to scrounge for chairs! This table is a family heirloom...and it means a lot to me that we have it. It required some repair before we got it and my parents totally blessed us by having the repair done as a gift. We love it!!

Try to ignore the mail and schoolwork on the table. Just pretend its a nice clean table top. Note the red rose...I received another one today...perhaps that "single rose every Monday" trend is continuing while Z is gone. He's such a romantic. I miss him.

Dog of Destruction

Aww...he's adorable, right?

But, he's also destructive (as all puppies are). He just has a bigger mouth and more strength than the average pup. I've come home to dog prints on my walls...

Chew marks in my walls...

The toilet paper holder in the living room (with toilet paper pieces all over)...

Not to mention the crazy wet dog photo I posted last week.

Why can't he just be this cute all the time (and not chew on my stuff)?!?!?

I know, I know. He's a puppy. That's what he does. And we love Baloo anyway (though we hope he grows out of this destructive stage soon)! I also know that I shouldn't complain. I know of dogs who have done FAR WORSE. Gosh...I hope it doesn't get worse!!

Today's Calendar

There is not a tree which has not been swayed by a breeze.
-North African Proverb

This proverb seems fitting for me at the moment...as I waffle back and forth over the options we're pondering for child #3. I still don't know what the answer is, but for some reason, I feel like the wind is changing. Maybe we'll head in a completely different direction than we ever really anticipated.

Either way, with Z gone for military stuff, the final decision needs to wait a while. After all, we can't make a decision about something this BIG in a 5-minute phone conversation at the end of the day.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Adding Some Color






The idea of having a big growing garden this summer has fizzled bit by bit. With Z being gone, it just isn't going to happen. But, we have been adding touches of colors here and there...and I did manage to get an herb garden planted (though I just realized I didn't take any photos of it). Even the boys got into the action and had to have their own flowers. They each have a hanging basket of flowers (pansies and snap dragons). I love the fuschia plants...we even had a hummingbird visitor this afternoon!

Gotta Love This

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Two reasons why I'm sick of the rain...

Ok...we're getting lots of rain in our area...and I'm tired of it. Water seeping into the basement (making it wet, dirty, and stinky)...and then there's these guys. They make the rest of the house wet, dirty, and stinky!! ARGH!

Look What I Got


When Z was deployed to Iraq in 2004, the sweetest thing he did for me was arrange for a single rose to be delivered to my office EVERY Monday. During that period of the war, we weren't able to talk much over the phone (only 7 times during the whole year) but those flowers were a physical reminder that he was still "here" and that he was still thinking about me. Thankfully, we were able to chat online fairly often during that year, but I really missed hearing the sound of his voice. I dried all of those flowers and still have them in glass display jars. I'm not sure what I'll do with them...but I can't bring myself to get rid of them.


And this little guy? Jellybean made him for me at school. He was supposed to be my Mother's Day gift, but Jellybean hid him in the closet and forgot him until Monday...so his arrival was a little late. But, I don't mind. Jellybean reminded me tonight that I have to pour water on his head everyday so his hair will grow.

Quote of the Day

Life may change us, but we start and end with family.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Happy Mom's Day

Happy Mother's Day to all you moms and moms-to-be out there! I hope that you all had a wonderful day with your family.

We had a fairly low-key day around here. We slept in (well, after I went upstairs to tell the boys to be quiet and go back to sleep at 5:45am), had a picnic at a park with friends, played at the playground, did some grocery shopping and flower shopping, and then planted the flowers in pots for our front porch.

This weekend has been kind of a trying one for the boys. Its the first weekend of this mobilization...so its the first weekend without Z being home. Sure, we miss him during the week, too, but our schedules are so busy that things don't feel as different during the week. But the weekend is when the boys really *feel* him being gone. As a result, this was a weekend of acting out and not listening very well.

I'm doing my best to be patient...to not be hard on them when I know they are acting out because they miss their daddy (even if they can't/won't verbalize it). But its hard to be as patient and loving as I want to be when I miss him, too...some days we're all just grumpy! But we're getting through it one day at a time.

Friday, May 8, 2009

Peanut Funny

I know that I post more Peanut funnies than I do Jellybean funnies, but this kid is seriously funny sometimes. This is a snippet of our conversation last night in the car-ride home:

Peanut: "Mommy? When we get home you have to clean my shoes for me."

Me: "I have to clean your shoes? You go them dirty so I think you should clean your shoes."

Peanut: "No. YOU have to clean my shoes."

Me: "Why?"

Peanut: "Because it was YOUR idea that I wear these shoes!!"

Oh goodness! Yesterday morning I put his crocs out for him to wear because I knew he would be playing outside at daycare and that he'd likely be in the sandbox getting sand all over everything. Crocs are MUCH easier to clean than tennis shoes, so I made the executive decision that he wear crocs. But, apparently since it was MY idea for him to wear them, then it also must be MY responsibility to clean them when he gets dirty.

This kid is too funny sometimes.

And no...I didn't clean them for him. And they weren't actually that dirty.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Monday, May 4, 2009

Words to live by

"Keep your eyes on your destination and not where you stumbled."
-Nigerian Proverb

Friday, May 1, 2009

1 May 2009

"If you want to catch a monkey, behave like one."
-Mozambican proverb


Alright...I know...I owe you all an ACTUAL post. We've got a lot on our plates right now, with Z getting ready to mobilize with his unit, but I've got a lot milling around in my head that I'll eventually put into writing. Some of which includes random thoughts about daycare, kindergarten screening, military deployments, water in the basement, smelly dogs, new curtains, and many other things.

In the meantime, I have a couple of posts up on my OTHER BLOG that you are welcome to enjoy until I get some time to post here. Patience, my friends...patience.

Happy May!