Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Same Ol'

So a few weeks our laptop decided to crash AGAIN, for a second time, after we took it to a guy who we thought had fixed it with a new hard drive!?! Obviously didn't do the trick. I think I learned my lesson that I need some kind of external hard drive or zip drive...something to store atleast my pics on, since they have been erased twice now! But as of yesterday we are Mac Owners, thanks to Best Buy and a deal. Hopefully we won't have to worry about crashes and losing things for a long time!

Other than that we haven't really been doing anything exciting to blog about around here. Josh has been working a couple jobs and I've been taking care of our crazy Energizer Bunny and apartment hunting. Hoping to decide on the place where we will live soon.

I guess I better finish for now since my little Bundle Of Joy has a marker cap off....her nose is running... and she has some change! :)
And now has green lipstick....I wasn't fast enough, I guess there's always the bath tub!

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

So True

I found this from a friend's blog and thought is was interesting and so, so true...atleast for me anyway. I'm glad I ran into because it makes me feel a bit better about myself and the many aspects of my life I feel inadequate about and what I lack. (It may look long but it's worth reading.)

What You Don't See
By Tiffany Gee Lewis

What you don't see, when we all march into church on Sunday morning, is the chaos of the morning that happened just 10 minutes earlier.

What you don't see, when you look at my four little boys in their suits, is that the 7-year-old is wearing Dad's socks because we couldn't find his. And they go all the way up to his knees.

What you don't see, when I pull out the lovely quiet book I made a few years back, is that below it, in my church bag, are five baggies of smashed raisins because I haven't cleaned out the bag for months.

When you enter my house, with its shining entryway, you don't see the three loads of laundry dumped on my bed. Or the dirty pots I stashed in the oven. And you will never see the interior of my minivan, not until I find the time to vacuum it out.

When you admire the hand-sewn pajamas I made for all the kids, we don't talk about the three nights I got no sleep to make those.

If you look on my blog, you will see pictures of homemade chicken noodle soup with homemade noodles. You won't see my confession to popping in a frozen pizza THREE times last week for dinner.

Or the night we ate Cheerios for dinner, dry, because we were out of milk. There is a zoom on my camera for a reason. There is a delete button for a reason.

I don't think we're all playing a part. We naturally want to put our best selves forward, so that is what other people see. They don't see what's going on behind the scenes. I like to think that good parenting is like a duck on the water. What you see is the gentle, almost effortless gliding, not the furious paddling that happens underneath.

I keep a mental list of about ten people I want to stalk by camera, from morning to night, to see how they do it all. Are they up at 4 a.m.? Can they survive on three hours of sleep? Do they have a housekeeper? Because I drop balls just as fast as I can grab them. My intentions are of pure gold, but they come out as tinkling brass, at best.

I started a blog last fall. I dragged my feet into it for many reasons. One of the main reasons I hesitated was I didn't want to be another contributor to the cyberspace guiltosphere out there. Especially where mothers are concerned, do we need one more reason to feel guilty?

Because from the looks of things, other families are happier, their houses are cleaner, their marriages are better, their clothes are more stylish and their craftiness is even more crafty. Their lives are perfectly lovely, while my kids are running around screaming in their diapers.

My worst fears were confirmed last week when I got an e-mail from a friend who asked, "How do you do it all? Your column, your blog, all the things you do with your children? You're amazing!"

I looked around at my house, at the six bins of winter clothes waiting to be transported to the garage, at the sewing projects stacked against the wall, at the state of the toothpaste crusted to the sink ... I let things go, a lot of things.

A spanking-clean house is not a high priority for me. I'm a big believer in mud and its importance in a child's life. The time I take to write is time away from scrubbing that bathroom sink. I would rather read with my kids than shop at the mall, so I am certainly not up-to-date on the latest styles. I've been listening to the same music for 20 years because I can't seem to keep up with the latest music scene. And I require a lot of sleep.

We all have priorities. For some, it is keeping a spotless house, and they are good at it. For others, it is writing, or exercising, or serving others. And yes, there are some who seem to do it all, the Benjamin Franklins of the world. I tell myself I don't have to be them. And also, Benjamin Franklin was not much of a family man. Even he let things go.

What we don't see, when we look at each other on Sunday, or on blogs, or in our shiny kitchens, is that we all have different talents and unique situations. I tell my kids all the time: Life is not a race. The only person you are competing against is yourself.

What we forget to see, when admiring others, is our own personal finish line.

Sunday, May 9, 2010

My Little Brother

Check this out, My Little Brother was on Fox News!

Underwater Robot
April 22: In the Arabian Gulf Sonar Technician 1st Class Bryson Menke and Mineman 3rd Class Michael Darcy, both assigned to Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit 1 embarked aboard the mine countermeasures ship USS Dextrous, prepare to deploy an unmanned underwater vehicle. EODMU-1 and Dextrous are conducting drills in the Arabian Gulf.

(Michael's the one sitting on the side of the boat!)

Happy Mother's Day

I always love church on Mother's Day because they tend to make you feel better about your self! And today was nothing different.
I love being a Mom everyday and am Happy to have this Little Girl as my Daughter! She is so smart and cute and teaches me things daily! (I'm a slow learner!)

I got a book for Mother's Day and a section in it reads
In the Arms of my Mother
I came to Believe
That God sent an Angel
to Watch over Me

I am lucky to be a Mom and strive everyday to try harder and to be better. Paisley deserves the best and although I am not perfect, I was meant for Her and Her for me! I am Thankful that My Heavenly Father has trusted me with her little Spirit and Pray that I can teach her the things she needs to know and prepare her for her life on this earth and the one here after in the same way that My Mother did for me!

I Hope all you Mom's had a Fabulous Day!

Logan for the Day

On Friday Paisley and I ventured up to Logan to check out the sights. We stopped by the store Nancy was working at and got some deals and then we were off to find the Temple. Good thing we could see it from standing right outside the front doors of Fresh Market! (Cause I had no idea where it was.) It is a smaller, but pretty Temple and we were lucky enough to see a beautiful bride and groom. It was fun to watch all their family and them as they were taking their pictures. But at the same time, I went to take my own pics and sorry, but they were in my way. ;)

I was also able to find Sonic, so we pulled up and made our order...a nice grilled cheese, some tots and an Ocean Water! (I Love It!)
And...accidently meet up with an Old Friend, Candice!

I hope and pray that one day she will be posing like this (besides wanting down)dressed in white with the man of her dreams!