Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Learnings and realizations

It's been a while. 


Hi friend, how have you been?

I didn't mean to be gone so darn long... there was nothing really keeping me away, but nothing bringing me back either. In the past few months, I've learned a lot of things.  I've realized a lot of things as well.  I thought I'd document them:

-  Three children in three different phases of life can be exhausting.

-  I still dislike laundry.  I'm not sure there is anything that will get me to like doing laundry. 

-  It takes me approximately the length of the movie, Pitch Perfect, to fold 12 loads of laundry.

-  If you tell me that you don't like the movie, Pitch Perfect, I will break up with you.

-  I can find friends.... trustworthy friends, in unlikely places.

-  I like to start projects, and not finish them.

-  I also like to shop for all the stuff to start the projects and never start them.

-  I am in ENFP.  There are not any "ideal careers" under the ENFP setting that appeal to me.  I am doomed.

-  I got Christmas cards for free. And I obtained them 10 days ago.  Something so trivial can still make me feel like I'm a step ahead of the curve.  This feeling doesn't happen often. I'm cherishing it.

- A seven year old can fit approximately 12 sticks of Extra Watermelon gum in his mouth and still talk.  He may drool, but he can still talk.

-  I love snow.  As long as I can enjoy it from inside my house.  And never ever go anywhere.

-  It is not wise to skip adrenal meds.

-  I do not sleep well when my bed is empty.

-  Being passionate about something usually includes a lot of work.  A lot.

-  Having other passionate people on your team will help.  Immensely.

-  I am horribly out of shape. I'm working on it.

-  Sometimes Simon and Garfunkel songs come on at the perfect time.

-  No matter how hard I try, I can never seem to get a birthday card out in the mail on time.

-  It is possible to completely forget about parent/teacher conferences.  Completely forget.

-  Teachers who are passionate about your child and his success will quickly become your favorite person... and the reason to say some thankful prayers.

-  My voice carries (a little too well) in a gymnasium.

-  The more I hear about things in the public (and charter) schools, the more I'm confident in our schooling choice.

- I can be super happy about cutting 4-5 inches off my hair.

-  I love coffee.

-  I still don't like beets.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Ten on Tuesday (with pictures and regular commentary)

 
 
 
1.
At C's soccer game a few weeks ago.
She loves her daddy.
 
 
2.
Pumpkin carving last night.
Baby L. is a carving master at the tender age of two.
We love minions. 


3.
Showing off her art skills on her new table.
Thanks, IKEA for cheap furniture.
 
 
4.
We had to take a birthday present back
(it kept falling apart)
L picked her own present.
She chose a semi-truck, a Thomas bath toy and a Thomas toothbrush.
Apparently, big brothers are rubbing off on her.


 
5.
I was helping C with his science homework tonight,
and started reading other pages.
Every page mentions God.
Christian Ed: totally worth the tuition payment
No confusion here!
 
 
 
6.
I got the Halloween boxes the other day to see what C was going to be.
Baby L had fun while the boys were in school.
The bow adds a sweet touch,
don't you think?
 
 
 
7.
It's fall.
This is my road.
I love it.


8.
This is how the contractor measures his kids.
By the way, A. is officially 5'3"
Growth spurt.
 
 
 
9.
C's unofficial soccer picture.
He was a part of the undefeated lions.
He won the "super speedy fast" award.
It fits him.


 
10.
This is probably my favorite picture of C.
Perhaps of all time.
It was such a sweet moment.
We were waiting for our friends to arrive from Korea with their new son.
We have been praying for many years for that moment.
C turned to me and told me he was going to keep praying
until he met Andrew in person.
I love his little heart.


Wednesday, October 22, 2014

38 RAK for the 38th bday





 
I turned the ripe old(ish) age of 38 on the 6th of this month.
 
Half way to 76.
 
(Yikes.)
 
 
Anyway, I wanted to do something different than the normal
 
"it's just another day"
 
routine.
 
I once read a blog about how a lady did one RAK for every year she was old.
 
I thought:  genius.
 
 
Then, I read this blog.
 
This is the younger sister of a student who was killed in my high school.
 
Instead of holing up every October, she does RAK's and encourages everyone to do the same.
 
So, I'm going to file this birthday under #AdamsActs.
 
So...38th birthday, here we go!
 
1.  The night before my birthday, I left a gallon of cider and donuts in my friend, Leah's, car. We had just recently had a conversation that about the weather and how it made her want to eat donuts and drink cider.
 
 
 
2- 13.  I made a pan of cinnamon pull-apart bread, put it in individual containers, and brought it to the faculty and staff of our school/church.  The following were recepients: Pastor, Joel, Debi, Anne, Kristin, Ashley, Jennifer, Yvonne, Diane, Ellen, Chris, and Dawn.
 
 
 

 
14.  I sent a Redbook subscription to my mom.
 
 
 
15.  I sent a long-overdue baby gift to our new nephew.
 


 
 
 
 
16.  I gave a little boy 2 quarters to play a claw game.  I was going to tape it to the machine, but he was there checking out the toys, so I thought I'd save WalMart the left over tape residue.  :)
 
 

 
 
17.  I prepared the coffee pot for Dave so when he got up in the morning...well, read the note.
 

18.  I dropped a mum plant off at my friend, Barb's house.  She has amazing gardens, and I just know she will take good care of it!
 
19.  I dropped some peanut butter M&M's off in Melody's van.  I went incognito on this trip...so it was a surprise to her! 
(finger inserted to protect the innocent)
 

 
20.  I dropped dark chocolate covered acai berried off to my sister-in-law.  I didn't go incognito on this one simply because their dog wouldn't have it.  BUT I did get to chat with Marianne and got a birthday hug out of the deal, so I'll call that a win!
 
21.  I purchased a busy bone for Ally.  Dogs need kindness too. 
 

 
 
 
22.  I brought Marie Catrib's to my friend Michelle and we lunched together.  I also introduced Baby L. to the AMAZING chocolate pudding there.  Oh my word.
 
 

 
23.  I dropped off a devotion book to my friend Rach's house.
 
 

24.  I left another devotional book on my friend, Abbie's, car while she was working.  :)
 
25.  I took the carpool kids through the drive thru for ice cream cones on the way home from school.  (I got to be the cool mom today!)
 
26.  I emailed action shots to the other parents on C's soccer team.  (Normally, I would have just deleted them after several months post season...)
 
 
 
27.  The lady that did my last pedicure was GREAT with child and told me she was having a girl.  I dropped of a baby gift to her husband.
 
 
28.  I did a drive-thru pay-it-forward at Biggby.  (Where I also got my free birthday drink.  Mmmmm)
 
 
 
 
29-32.  I filled 4 carts at Aldi with quarters.  Some mama who only has nickels and dimes in her change compartment will silently thank me.  :)
 


33.  I left a cookbook on the front seat of my friend, Sarah's, van.  (This was also an incognito mission.)

34.  I sent two of my favorite coffee flavors to my favorite pen pal in Texas.




35.  I sent Gina a card.  Just because.


36. I stuck a sweet note in A's lunch box.
 
37.  I made C's favorite dinner. (It's literally called C. Casserole because the boy will eat 1/2 of the 9x13 in one sitting.  True story.)
 



38.  I planned a hot date for my husband and me to go out for dinner.  Secured the babysitter, fed the kiddos, made reservations, paid out of my lunch (and grocery) envelope.




Whew!
 
38 RAK's done!

I learned something going through this: doing these RAK's...I felt more and more energized as we went along.  Like they were filling me instead of me filling them.  It made me want to do more and more.


Perhaps that's how kindness works. 

All I know is that the world could use more of it.
 
Pass it on.
 
Pay it forward.
 
Be kind.
 
 

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

  1.  Based on my absence, you can probably tell something's been going on.  Well, your right.  That something is life.  Over commitment, lots of things happening all within the same few weeks. Sleepless nights due to a sleepless toddler and unfinished to do lists.... just a lot.
  2. It's all good, just a lot.
  3. I've discovered that , even though I'm a huge extrovert, I still have some introverted days where I need to hole up and absorb quiet in order to recharge.
  4. I waved my white flag and called my mom to rescue me today.  She came and stayed with Baby L for the entire day so I could get some work done.  I spent 5 hours today working on stuff that would have taken me forever to get done.
  5. My baby girl turns 2 on Sunday.  How is it that she is already 2??   
  6. Is it bad that I'm still surprised that I was pregnant with her in the first place?
  7. It is refreshing when you have an open and honest conversation with someone else and they are of like minds.  Like a breath of fresh air.
  8. I love fall in Michigan.  There is nothing like it.
  9. I just finished reading "The hardest peace" by Kara Tippets.  It's amazingly encouraging.  You can check our her blog here.
  10. I'm in a dinner slump. Please send cheap, great tasting, low prep gf meal ideas my way!  (is all that too much to ask?)

Monday, October 6, 2014

Countng Mine {331-342}

331.  Realizing that Satan is working on you IN the moment- and being able to say, "get behind me, JERK" in the moment... and not after the fact.


332.  Problem solving.


333.  Crisp fall days.


334.  Umbrellas.  Big umbrellas.


335.  Sitting on the soccer field sidelines- in the frigid blowing rain- with only 2 umbrellas. He gives me (and baby) one and the brother the other since he had his winter jacket with hood.  We head to the car (with umbrella).  I look back to the field to see my soccer player on the sidelines wearing his dad's winter jacket.  And dad.... in the cold... in a sweatshirt.  That man.... I'm thankful for that man.


336.  Friends to have lunch with.


337. Phone calls wishing me a Happy Birthday!


338.  Date night.


339.  Small group night


340.  Gluten free pumpkin donuts.  With cream cheese frosting.


341.  Cider slushies. 


342.  A clear countertop.   

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Top ten things I've learned from You Tube

I've just rediscovered You Tube thanks to an app on my surface.  Naturally, the app is called "You Tube.".


Dave was un-impressed when he saw it on there.


He thought it was only for entertainment purposes.


I assured him that it was strictly educational- and therefore an invaluable app for my surface.

So, lest you also think that You Tube is a vast wasteland of people purging their playtime on the Internet, I can list for you a top ten of the things I've learned from You Tube... videos included- for your own educational purposes:

(Side note: there's one entertaining video.  It's my favorite of all time. See if you can figure out which it is)

1.  The words (and tune) to the boy's favorite VBS song:






2. How to cut the boys/man's hair (thereby saving almost $60 every 7 weeks):




Side note:  This isn't the exact video we watched, but she shows a few of the same techniques.
Second side note:  I used a #4 on the sides- in this video, she uses a #3. Potato, Po-tah-to.

3.  I learned all the words to Baby L.'s favorite song (of all time):



Side note:  Yes, Circa 1950. Yep.  We still watch Lawrence Welk from time to time as well.  Any questions?

4.  I learned how to filet a salmon.  After an amazing double fishing date with our friends,  we wanted to enjoy our catch.  Dave had to go to work, so I was left with the gutting, cleaning and filleting.  I also learned how to effectively gut the salmon as well (without getting salmon poo everywhere), but I'm going to spare you that video.  You're welcome.


5. I learned that no matter how much I DON'T cry at sad movies or sad books, I will ALWAYS cry at this:



6.  I learned how to fix my van door.  By myself. Thankyouverymuch.




7.    I learned that Sunday's comin'.  Oh how I love that Sunday.




8.  How to cut an avocado.  (without slicing my hand up)



9.  How to do cute braids in hair.  (Saving the knowledge for someday... the day Baby L. has more hair and can sit still!!!  Oh!!!  That day!)




10.  I learned a few things from the following video.  I learned that Alexis is West.  I learned that I love love love Matt Kirkwood.  I learned that Terry DeBoer has a white-man's overbite when she dances.  I also learned that and upside down cycling move is.... um..... vogue(?)

It's a long video, so for the sake of time, check out times: 4:56ish, 6:25ish, and probably the best part of the whole video (possibly of all time) 7:25 until the end.  Seriously... Matt Kirkwood. 




Happy Tuesday!

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Ten on Tuesday

1.  My house is a mess.  I'm ok with that.  It's not unclean... just  messy.  I can clean this up.  Eventually.

2.  In an effort to "get ahead of the game," I made pancake-muffins yesterday.  I use banana, applesauce, and a bunch of other things that my kids would never eat if they knew this fun stuff was in there.  I added blueberries for C; my fruitasaurus.  I left some plain for A. I'm relatively proud of myself for being proactive on getting the kids and I out the door early/on-time for school. Please note:  I understand that by publishing this point, I could be jinxing myself.  Chances are, I will not be ahead-of-the-game much over the school year.  I'm going to publish anyway... just so I can look back and think "yeah... there were things I did right!"


3. On Saturday, Dave and I had our first date since Baby L. was born.  I had a lot of anxiety about leaving her with someone... but we ended up having a fantastic night, as did the kids.  Win/win. We're looking forward to our next date night already.  But... I'd be darned if I didn't say that babysitters are crazy expensive.


4.  Baby L. appears to be potty training herself.   I'm not pushing it at all, but I'm not going to fight it either.  Sure, it's easier to not have to DASH to the bathroom every time she says, "Mommy, go poopie on potty!!!", but I don't want to squash this desire to be a big girl either.

5.  A. is trying to decide if he is too old for Halloween.  For dressing up, that is.  What???  Where did my little boy go?  I'm going to let him decide for himself, but I need to make sure I have something on stand-by as I'm thinking this will be a last minute "yeah...I really do what to go!". I even have an idea for a lot-cost costume... now, just to find time to do it!

6.  C. is playing fall soccer this year. His FIRST fall sport.  Normally, this is prime asthma season for him.  In years past, we've been in the ER or calling 911 by now.  We've been without either for 19 months now (but who's counting, right???).  He's on a preventative inhaler everyday for now.  While that's not without side affects in and of itself, it's keeping him from turning blue.  We're super grateful for that! (Now, if we could find a good soccer coach, we'd be super grateful for THAT too!!!)

7.  Progress continues on the house. The exterior of the house is done!  Interior work continues at a glacial pace... but hey, progress is progress, right???

8.  I believe I broke my little toe 2 weeks ago.  I was playing soccer in the backyard with the boys, ran wrong (seriously...I am old), and crack.  There's nothing to do with a broken pinkie toe, but now my pinkie toe is totally sideways and my foot hurts, hurts, hurts.  I can comfortably wear one pair of sandals and one pair of shoes (yeah...tennis shoes- that's hot).  My danskos literally have me limping in pain... so if you see me in tennis shoes through the month of November, please know that I am miserable.

9.  I'd LOVE love love to organize a girl's day away.  Where?  I don't care.  Just to get away for a day.  Perhaps a day trip to IKEA and Trader Joes?  Perhaps a day trip up to Traverse city?  Just looking for a change of scenery.

10.  Haircut day today!!!  I've been looking forward to this for 6 weeks.  Do I cut it short?  Lighter?  Darker?  Keep it long?  Bangs?  All the options.  How about blue?