Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Happy Hump Day!

Making me HAPPY :-) this Wednesday is
We are so blessed by these 2 girls. It would take me more space than allowed to write all about them that makes me HAPPY but here are a few things:
  • FUN

Monday, January 18, 2010

I wonder....

if till the Spring of 2012 I will FREAK OUT at the beginning of every semester? Over the last week, I have once again had a roller coaster of emotions: excited, nervous, tearful, happy, sad, full out crazy. I have been alternating from getting ready to just laying around like it will all happen by itself ;-) I must say I did a little TOO much feeling sorry for myself over the last week. Over and over again, I was asking myself these burning questions:

  • How am I going to make it work? my kids, Dax time, class schedule, 4 kids schedules, laundry, dinner,........ all the UNKNOWNS
  • What do I do when the kids get sick? Am I going to take a puking kid to the Dr. just to have an excuse or will Dax take off work or maybe Leah will watch them (THEY AREN'T EVEN SICK SOOOOO WHY AM I PLANNING THIS IN MY HEAD)

  • Am I missing out on time with the kids being in school myself? Are they only going to remember me studying all the time?

  • Can I do this? Am I REALLY doing this? Why again AM I doing this...NOW?

  • Over $500 in books.....BOOKS....I am talking about 4 books.... WHY?

  • Am I going to FINISH anything....EVER?

  • Why do I worry so much?

Ok, so I really already know the answer to these questions.

I know why I have chosen to go back to school.

I am loving school!

I know that I am fortunate that what I am loving will also make me a better parent.

The time I spend with the kids is all about quality. They know I love them.

I know that I have a wonderful supportive husband and 4 cool kids pitching to help me!!!

And well, I worry because............... I don't know but I thought just typing it out would help me feel better. My Spring classes start Tuesday....wish me (us all) luck and say a little prayer if you are so inclined!!!!

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Snapshot Sunday by the "Little"brooks

Kitty's nightly outings have been cut out because of cold weather! She has a FEW calm moments. The kids captured this one but in the next minute she was attacking their ankles, faces or trying to trip them ;-)
WE all LOVE our kitty Cleo!!!!!!

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Happy Hump Day!

Our new refrigerator is making me VERY Happy this Wednesday! We were living with the small one that the previous owners left the past year. It was french door and you could not get all the way into the fridge because of the wall on the right! Yippeee... this one works great! It is FUNNY because the kids are as excited as Dax & I! Dax went to get mulch at Lowe's before Christmas saw this (one we wanted but couldn't justify because of the price) in the scratch & dent area. He got is $600 off the original price....whoooohoooo!

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Salon Time

Ollie came and bounced on my lap. I noticed that in his little hands was a bottle of fingernail polish. My first thought was of Jax at the age of 4 and him wanting his Aunt Robbie to paint his nails black....which she did & I continued to do for MONTHS & MONTHS! In my head I was thinking, "Oh dear, this is GLITTER.......GLITTER.... not sure if Houston can handle glitter.... I really think the black would be pushing it ;-)
Ollie: "Mom, this is really pretty!"
Me: "Yes Son, it is very pretty!"
Ollie: " We could light candles and make is like a VERY FANCY Salon & I could paint your nails. It would be VERY fancy for you."
Me: "That would be very kind of you Ollie!"
He ran in the kitchen to set it up for me!

Here is a close cuticles are very glittery ALSO :-)

He is very sensitive that I am missing his daddy! I have been getting extra hugs & kisses.
Jax has been doing Daddy work like bringing in the wood for fires. He got a splinter and said that it was ok because he was taking care of keeping us WARM!!!!

Monday, January 11, 2010

WHY IS IT...........

that every light bulb goes out that requires a ladder to change,
the kids get hurt WAY more than usual,
and numerous other annoying little things happen the moment my husband leaves the country?
I guess to remind me why I keep him around ;-)

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Snapshot Sunday by the "Little"brooks

This week I am one of the subjects of the "Little"brooks! I sure love these LITTLE ones!

Friday, January 8, 2010

My Word for 2010

I read about One Little Word last year on Brene Brown & Ali Edwards blogs. Oops, I never got around to doing it but something just grabbed me this year on the Ordinary Courage Blog. I couldn't let another year pass without claiming my word.
I found a free tool by Christine Kane to help discover your word of the year. I sat down and wrote words that came to mind.... and if you know me my MIND is STRANGE ;-)
Flow....... Flow
and there it was popping out at me FLOW!
I had filed this word away in my mind since reading a post Lesley last month.
Over 2009 I had quite a few flow experiences...more & more as I returned to College last semester. I am hooked on the rush and joy of being totally emersed in a task. It is the feeling I get when running (not when I start but during the run). I am envisioning this year being a FLOW YEAR! I am challenging myself to find the flow in all aspects of life not just limit it to one or two. The above picture is from a visit to the farm earlier in the week. It is of my children in one of my favorite places on Earth!
So in 2010 my word is Flow.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

New Years Eve with Friends

Middlebrooks & Pond Family together again! We went to Baytown during the day on New Years Eve to see our dear friend the Ponds. They were our neighbors in Kyle. It has been strange the last year not seeing them EVERYDAY over the last year. Our crews were so excited reunite!

Another neighbor and friend (on the left) tagged along with them for the fun! I have known her since she was 4 years old....she is NOW 14years old! Wow, time flies :-)

We were blinded by camera flashes! We had fun playing games & eating Wendy's (Anne's mom) yummy food! OH....ham salad, Chocolate cake, and gingerbread cake with lemon curd!!!!!!

These 4 boys are the BEST of friends! One time when these twins were younger, they came over while we were gone and raided our pantry! Their mom found a trail of food between our houses! :-) I JUST love 'em to pieces!!!!

I miss afternoons sitting on the porch doing a whole lot of NOTHING together!

My girls love the boys too!

The kids and dads had fun torturing the geese!

Friends like Family!

Over the Holiday, we had some dear friends come visit us! These 2 families are very much like family. It is funny because many of our friends we made while living in Kyle fall into this category! Eventhough, I was very under the weather at the time we had lots of fun & ate tons of great food!
Working Puzzles
Sherry & I put back quite a few Sangria's this night! I am very sad that I didn't get a picture of us together. She is one of my cheerleaders and a GREAT friend! She graduates this spring and I couldn't be more proud of her! She has worked very hard.

Monkey Brothers!

Computer Fun!

High Tech Kids!

These teenagers made some FABULOUS Crepes this night!


My sister and nephew cleaned my yard..... THEY ROCK!!!

My niece, ONLY 8, raked the WHOLE back yard! She is a SUPER hard worker!

Dax showing everyone some cool videos from Dude Perfect!