My dream is to be one of those super cool moms that somehow finds the time to make homemade snacks and granola and is really creative in the kitchen. I want to be one of those moms that can sew cute clothes for my kids out of curtains or sheets. I want to come up with fun crafts out of weird things you would find around that house. If I want to be that kind of mom, I need to add about an extra 24 hours to each day. I would also need to figure out how to be crafty. because I am not. at all. I learned how to sew in 7Th grade home-EC. I could probably figure it out again if I had the time. And a sewing machine. And the space to store a sewing machine and fabric. I think one day, when all the kids are in school and we are living in a house, with space, I will be able to be that kind of mom. Would that make me happy? It might- I like being productive and seeing my results instantly. Mothering is hard for me because I don't usually see the results right away. Hopefully, if all goes as planned (yeah right, like that usually happens!) my kids will be super well-behaved and polite and they will listen when I talk to them. And they will love the Lord and be good and faithful servants. That's the plan. That's the dream. I think to make this happen I need to lighten up a bit. Okay, a lot. And pray more. And trust and remember that I am not parenting alone , that's a big one. And ENJOY my kids! I get so caught up in trying to make sure I am doing all I can to make them turn out okay, I don't always enjoy them, which makes me sad. I also need more mommy friends. Goal for preschool this year- don't be so shy and try to talk to other moms and make some friends. Also, don't be afraid of my phone.
Hooray for another rambling post. But who cares. It helps me. If you are a friend of mine, help me to lighten up!
First picture of us, taken at Uno's, 5+ years ago :)
I did not take into account that my children, excluding the baby, tend to go CRAZY when guests come over, not to mention a playmate.
I did not take into account that my son seems to only enjoy water for the first 5 seconds, and then likes to wander.
I did not take into account how great playgrounds can be when they are overcrowded by loud, running, wet children. These three things put together on a playground are a bad combination.
I did not take into account lunch. How did I overlook that one?? I did bring snacks though.
I did not take into account how long it would take to drive our lovely friends (seriously, I don't know why they put up with us!!) home, past lunch time, past nap time. I guess "flexible" is not in my kids' vocabulary yet...
I did not take into account that when in a booster seat in the car, Jonah tends to unbuckle himself, hence why I recently switched him back into his 5-point harness car seat (which he was lending to his future wife, Emma today).
Now, all of that being said, we did have a fun time at the wading pool. It was not as relaxing as I thought it would be and I definitely learned some things that I need to remember next time we go. I am SO glad I did not attempt this adventure alone, as I would have failed in the first 5 minutes. Definitely a place to bring at least 2 adults, at least in my case, with the 3 little ones. But I hope that Aunt Mel and Emma had fun too! I hope we can have another play date sometime soon, maybe one that is not quite so ambitious or time consuming, since we still have such demanding napping schedules.
Next, I told her to go pick a "special book" to bring in the car. She was quite excited about this. She picked "God Thinks You're Wonderful" By Max Lucado. I can't believe she didn't pick a princess book!
Jonah and Lily excited to head out to the bakery!
I told Lily that she could pick anything she wanted (even if it was a cupcake), but she wanted the donut covered in sprinkles- her favorite :)
We had a great trip to the bakery. Thank you Lily for earning your 10 stars! We can't wait to celebrate together as a family when you get 10 more stars! (She already has 5!!)
Well, here is an update on the issues we had with the first van we bought:
Jake talked back and forth with the dealer all day last Thursday. He went there after work and they had a brand new van, exactly like the first one (minus the damage on the roof), waiting for us! They had it shipped from another dealer, just for us, since they didn't have the one we wanted on their lot. So, Jake had to sign new paperwork all over again, but an hour or so later, drove home in our brand new, non-damaged Mazda5!
We took our first family ride in it this past weekend and it was great! The kids love it and we love it too (even Jake!) - it's a great addition to our family :)
It is not as huge as the Honda Odyssey (which I still LOVE and hope to get in 5-7 years when we outgrow this one), but it has the 3 rows of seats that I desperately wanted, plus an extra seat in the back so we can take a passenger, if needed. Plus, it's stick, which we love to drive and will help with gas mileage. We were quite pleased after signing all of the papers. We were getting really excited to drive home in our new car, as anyone would be. Finally, we were outside, standing next to our new car. Jake signs the last paper, we hand Emilio the key to our old Subaru (you will be missed!), and we are getting ready to drive away, when I spot this on the roof of our brand new car.....
Growing up as an only child, with no close cousins, aunts, uncles, grandparents, or really any family at all, having 3 kids of my own has been an interesting experience to say the least. I really don't have a clue as to how siblings interact with each other. Sure, I can guess that it's normal for them to fight at times and be friends at times, but actually experiencing these sibling ups and downs is another story!
It's really an exhausting experience, but quite rewarding. I am thrilled that they will have each other growing up, something I didn't get to experience, and regret (not that I had a choice in the matter). As much as they fight and bug each other, they love each other and watching them play together and talk to each other is so fun :) I am excited to see how Kate plays into the situation once she gets big enough to participate. I think she is already catching on that her big brother and sister are crazy! She often looks at them like she's thinking, "what I am in for?!".