Saturday, August 30, 2008
Thursday, August 28, 2008
I love you, my Cosette-Girl!
Monday, August 25, 2008
Sunday, August 24, 2008
- If we're going strictly on the basis of 'thought provoking', then I have to link to my brother-in-laws blog first. He just recently did a post on a book he read, and boy will it get you thinking! He also does other posts on different topics, and I always enjoy them.
- I also want to link this blog, which I started reading a few months ago. I love it! This blogger mama writes with such clarity and thoughtfulness. She frequently does these 'show and tell' posts, where she shares tons of great links.
- Lastly, I want to link you to Elise's Page. I know that bloggers are always linking to her page, because frankly, it's wonderful. I always leave there feeling refreshed and encouraged in my job as a wife and mother! Please take the time to go check it out!
So, with that said, I'd be interested to hear how you other fellow 'mama's' find time for yourselves during the day. What kind of activities keep you feeling refreshed and joyful in your job as a mother? Is it walking? Is it painting? What makes you 'tick', what kinds of things help you to accomplish your main job, being a mommy, best?
Friday, August 22, 2008
- When you need to jot down a note, the only writing insrument you can find is a crayon.
- The only snacks in your cupboards are pretzels and gold-fish crackers.
- You have to burn candles in your house just to cover the smell of dirty diapers.
- You had to buy a new vehicle a few months ago just to be able to fit in all of the car-seats
- You do huge loads of laundry--but they consist mostly of onesies, burp cloths and cute little T-shirts.
- You have to clean the tub-toys out of the shower before you can get in
- And finally, you find yourself using words like these in everyday conversation: 'yucky, yummy, and ewwy'
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
You Belong in Rome
You're a big city soul with a small town heart
Which is why you're attracted to the romance of Rome
Strolling down picture perfect streets, cappuccino in hand
And gorgeous Italian people - could life get any better?
Sunday, August 17, 2008
Friday, August 15, 2008
- Noah weighed 10lb 6oz at his appointment on Tuesday! My babies tend to 'plump up' fairly quickly--they've all been good nursers so far. (However, he is dealing with a nasty case of thrush. All of my babies get it, but his is particularly bad, and it just won't leave! I've tried the prescription from my doctor, but it's not working. Any of you nursing moms out there have any suggestions??)
- I took everybody out to the library yesterday. On getting back to the van, I first put our huge bag of books into the front aisle. Then, I took Noah out of the stroller, and put him in his car seat. Then, I buckled Eli in. Then, I told Cosette to crawl over Eli and get in her seat. While she was getting situated, I put the stroller in the back of the van. Then, I went around and shut the other side of the van door. (All this just to leave the library!) Well, I guess my head wasn't screwed on quite tight enough, because we pulled out of the library and I heard a little voice say "Mommy, my seats not buckled in!" Oh dear. Now why did I forget to buckle her in?! ;)
- We were having a pleasant dinner conversation the other night when out of the blue Cosette said ''Mommy, I'm not going to be a mom like you when I grow up!" *Gulp!* NOT the thing a mommy wants to hear. "Um, why not, Cosette?" She replied: "Well, whenever my children want to stay over-night at their Grandma's house, I'm going to let them!"
LOL! Well, I guess I can not be too put-out by that! She loves staying at Grandma's house, and is always disappointed when we tell her she can't.
- I've decided that a mommy has to be content with not being able to do everything. For instance, I planted several pots of tomatoes and peppers on my front porch at the beginning of summer. It took the kids and I a good part of a day, some extra money spent on all the pots and baby plants, and we've been watching them all summer. But, alas, they are doing horribly! Half of my tomato plants died, and the peppers refuse to get any bigger than a cherry tomato! I have one lone, semi-red tomato hanging on for dear life. But, you know what? At the end of the day, my husband still loves me, so I'll not worry about the nasty old plants! :)
- Once again, sorry for lack of pictures lately. We've got static in our phone line for some reason, and my connection keeps 'booting' me off. It's really annoying. Anyway, be prepared for some cute ones here soon!
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
My day was going fine, until about 12:30, when Noah had a very sudden, full diaper, and leaked all over my clothes. Then, Eli (who is rebelling against potty training,) made a mess of his own in the hallway (I'm talking smeared all over my carpet!). Then, while cleaning that up, he managed to pee all over my bed-room carpet and some of the baby's stuff that was on the bottom of the changing table. I finally got ALL of that cleaned up, and Cosette announced that she had clogged the toilet---with about a half a roll of toilet paper! Oh, and then Eli went pee-pee in his pants again. Did I mention that ALL of this happened in the space of about twenty minutes??
So what to do with my difficult Eli boy? I have NO CLUE! We've tried positive reinforcement, we've consistently tried discipline when he insists on making messes---I've stuck to it, even with the birth of a new baby. And, no luck. Yes, he will be trained one day. And right now, the opinion of his mama is, better soon than later!
The messes are cleaned up, I've had a chocolate chip cookie to save my sanity, and the kids are peacefully watching a movie before nap-time. (No, not the best way for them to spend time, but sometimes, a mama just needs a break!) And now, I am greatly looking forward to a hot cup of cocoa and a good back rub from my husband tonight. This mama deserves it!
Saturday, August 09, 2008
I am loving my little family. I am loving being the mommy. I find myself very 'inward focused' lately, having trouble concentrating on any kind of 'life' outside of my own home. In fact, a simple trip to WalMart the other day was enough to leave me grateful to turn the key of my own front door upon returning home! But, I suppose that's how it is for a while with a new baby :) Here's what's been happening around here lately:
- I am almost to the end of freezing a bushel of peaches. In fact, I have to go finish them as soon as I'm done this post :( We love our peaches during the winter--we eat them straight out of the freezer, or put them in pies and desserts, or make milk-shakes out of them, or smoothies. Yum, so worth the work! Thanks to Joel's parents for making sure we got some!
- Cosette has been practicing giving 'good answers' lately. I'd noticed that she was doing much better lately with not arguing with me, and then she told me the other day "Mommy, I'm going to be obedient all the time now!" Well, we'll see how that works out, but I applaud her for her honest effort!!
- Joel and I enjoyed a much-needed date night last week. We ate at Uno's and had the most incredible food! My mom very graciously watched the kids for us (except Noah of course!), and we were also able to enjoy a late-night movie as well, cuddled on our couch, since I didn't want to take Noah to the movie theaters :)
- I ordered some 'school supplies' for Cosette and Eli the other day. Yes, yes, they're way too little to 'do school' for real, but they are both so sharp, I wanted them to start 'working their brains' a little bit more during the day. So, I ordered them a bunch of fun, hands on educational type of stuff--things like colored counting rods, geometrically shaped blocks, pattern pieces with pretty colored foam pieces to make the patterns with, etc, etc. I also want to start working a little bit more formally with Cosette on her reading skills and easy math. She's actually demonstrated the ability to understand simple math, like, 2 plus 1 is 3, and so on. So, that's my goal for this 'school year'---help them to develop a love of learning, have fun with their 'hands on stuff', and work just a little more formally with Cosette. I figured if I keep my goals simple, I'll be less likely to get over-whelmed, right? I'm excited to see where this first year takes us.
- And last, but not least, my precious little Noah. We're having fun watching him become a little more 'alert' to us and his surroundings. He's been sitting in his swing for the first time this week, and he sleeps like a baby in it ;) He hasn't lost his hair yet, which makes me very, very happy! And, he's been eating like a champ, so I'm curious to see what his weight is on Tuesday at his next appointment!
And that is life around the Curtis household!
Wednesday, August 06, 2008
Cosette (speaking to Daddy): "If you were a girl, and Mommy was a boy, then you would stay home with us kids and Mommy would go to work!"
Cosette (speaking to Mommy): "Mommy, I changed my mind, I'm not going to have 14 children when I grow up, I'm only going to have two :)
Eli to Mommy: "My spot! Scooch!" (To which I promptly reminded him to say please!)
Cosette: "Mommy, can I have some yogrit?" (That's how she says it most of the time!)
Cosette to Daddy: "I'm not going to put my clothes away tonight. I'm just going to leave them behind the door like Mommy does!" (Okay, I admit it, I'm guilty of not picking up my clothes right away sometimes, but goodness, do they have to note all the bad things we do??)
Tuesday, August 05, 2008
So, you can imagine that we were very much relieved. (Well, at least I was. I don't think Joel was quite as worried about it as I was---He is always the 'steady and stable' one!)
Otherwise, Noah is doing great health-wise. He weighed in today at nine pounds, nine ounces! He is already such a joy and blessing to us, and I daily think of how fortunate we are to have him! So many things could have happened during my complicated pregnancy, but they didn't, and we are blessed to have a healthy, happy baby boy.
Saturday, August 02, 2008
Yep, I am quite the busy mama alright. But, whenever Satan tries to discourage me with how much work and effort is required to raise three little ones, I try to remember Mark and Beka and how they are earnestly praying for their own sweet unborn little one. Then, I thank God for my own three precious children, and say a prayer of my own for Mark and Beka's baby. Won't you follow my link and join me in praying for them?