Yesterday was my Grandma’s birthday! It’s been nice having her live so close so we can celebrate these events with her, even if we just have a wee, little celebration. I asked her what she would like for her birthday meal and dessert, and she requested tomato soup, biscuits and lemon cake! I also cut up a pineapple, which I know is one of her favorite things to eat. We had a good time! We opted to do supper because Sunday mornings are so crazy, and once church is over the kids are just done and ready for naps! I wanted to be sure to celebrate her and not have it be a crazy time full of cranky kids (and adults!). We had a really great time, the kids LOVED helping pick out cards, a small gift and getting things ready for our little party. They had so much fun singing “Happy Birthday” to Grandma, and well, it was just a good celebration. One never knows how long we have on this earth, and so we want to be sure to celebrate when we can!
Well, this winter has been a doozy, huh? I mean, really, it seems no matter where you live in the U.S. you are getting abnormally cold weather and way more snow than you’re accustomed too! The same is true for us. Even though we live in a the snow belt of our state we have had so much more snow than usual, and the temperatures are just so darn cold!!! The school kids have had more snow days then I think ever before, and Cora has not been happy with all the preschool she’s missing. I’m only able to appease her by saying the big kids also don’t have school. Now when I tell her she won’t have school she says, very forlornly, “even the big kids don’t?” She has also been wanting to go out and play in the snow, but with it being so cold it’s just not been safe. And, the snow we’ve had has been that powdery, non-packing snow and not overly fun to play in. However! The other day everything came together, and it was the perfect day to play in the snow! The night before, and morning of, we got dumped on–my husband figures about a foot. And the day itself was in the mid-30s, so the snow was perfect for packing (making a snowman!), and since it wasn’t bitter cold, and the sun was shining it was just the best time to bundle them up and send them out! David took them outside, and they all 3 had a blast! I took pictures from the porch as I had to keep an eye on Bekah…As they played outside I made hot cocoa inside to be ready to warm them up. I’m so thankful the Lord provided such a gorgeous day, and we were able to have them go outside! It did us all good!!
Here’s some of the cuteness abounding in our home these days! It makes my heart burst with pride to see my 3 children love each other. Now, don’t misunderstand. They are not perfect, and they DO argue just as much as other siblings. However, they love each other and are not afraid to show it. I love watching the 2 older ones helping Bekah get toys, pull things out of her way that she shouldn’t have and do things to make her smile. I love to see Ben dole out hugs and kisses for his sisters, color and play with play-doh with Cora. One of Cora and Ben’s current fun activities is waltzing together. Yes, waltzing. We asked where they learned to dance like that, and Cora says, “George!” As in Curious George, the monkey. Made us chuckle, however it is SO dang cute to see them dancing together! I love to see Cora helping her brother put his shoes on, clean up after him without being asked, in fact she often offers. I love how she is a little mama to them and enjoys being so to them. God has blessed us richly with these children. Yes, I have days of immense frustration and times when I wonder, “what was God thinking???” but those are passing moments. And, often in those moments God will have my kids do something precious, and I’m reminded that I love them, appreciate them and am so thankful for them. We know our kids don’t always get along. However, to us, what is important is that at the end of the day they love each other and know they are loved by each other.
We don’t ever go crazy celebrating Valentine’s Day in our house. Maybe when the kids get a little older we might do a bit more, but for now we usually have a nice family dinner, I make sugar cookies for David (something I started doing our first Valentine’s Day together), and we celebrate more as a family than a couple. This year, however…well…the “v” for V. Day stood more for “vomiting” in our house. We were all hit quickly and swiftly with varying forms of a stomach virus. It was dreadful. Thankfully, it was over just as quickly as it came, and we were fine by Sunday.
We had planned to have a nice dinner with 2 other couples while their kids were watched by babysitters and our kids at my parent’s house. But, that wasn’t going to happen! The house needed sterilized and well, we still weren’t up for eating much of anything other than bananas and applesauce. We have since rescheduled for this weekend…
I’m really glad we celebrated early with my nieces and nephews so the kids had at least some kind of Valentine’s Day. Cora also had her preschool V. Day celebration, and David bought Cora and Ben each a small box of chocolates and me a solid chocolate heart the other day. So, we were not without celebrating, just not on the actual day!
Hoping next year comes off a bit better!
Look who’s 8 months old! Yep, Bekah Boo is!!! This past month she’s been busy cutting teeth (3 on the bottom and 2 on top), adding to her diet of pureed foods and sitting up all on her own! She has also been quite insistent that she stand for as long as we’ll let her. The other day she used her brother, who was laying on the floor, to pull herself into a standing position at the couch. Yep, she is our earliest-at-everything. I will not be surprised if she’s walking at the end of this month, or next month. This child is so much fun, and obviously we love her so much! I love watching her with her siblings. They all love each other so very much. Makes my heart burst with love and pride toward them.
I’m still here–have no fear. To be honest I just haven’t known what to write. I haven’t felt overly motivated to write and haven’t felt all that inspired. I have been thinking again what is the purpose of this blog? Sometimes I wonder if I should make this a money-making blog? But then I think about all the work it would take and realize now is not the time. And, after having all sorts of other thoughts I come back to the realization that the purpose of this blog is to have some kind of record of our family, and the things God sends our way, brings us through and blesses us. I’ve never been good at writing in paper journals and this medium (blog) seems to work better for me. Plus, this way I can add photos and such! Should our computer ever fry, or something, at least we’ll have some photos! And so, I am going to get back to blogging. Not for my readers, but for our family. Don’t get me wrong. I love to share about the things we’re learning in our journey of health, our more holistic approach to life and sharing recipes, etc. and I love to hear your comments and encouragement! But, I also love writing down the antics of our children, and the things our family goes through–and it’s an easy way for the grandparents to keep up to date on their grandbabies!
So, yes, I’ve felt a bit burnt out. I’ve allowed myself to cave to the pressures of the world and have allowed myself to feel inadequate. And, I have smacked myself back into reality and am OK with this being a humble, interesting-if-only-to-me blog! Who knows, maybe when I start getting uninterrupted nights of sleep (that does happen, right???) and am not chasing toddlers around all day I might find I have more energy and desire to do more with my blog. But for now? I’m satisfied and content with what it is now. I will say, though, I’m trying to come up with a different name for this blog…any ideas???? I’m open to them! I’ve never been good at coming up with catchy names for things!
Last week my sister and her kids came over for a visit. I thought since it was close to Valentine’s Day we could have an early Valentine’s Day celebration! So, we did! I popped pop corn and made hot cocoa. I also got the 5 older kids a new mug with a stuffed animal in it! We had a lot of fun, the kids had a great time playing together and my sister and I got some time to chat! A good day had by all, I do believe!