Thursday, September 29, 2011

my day you say

190. Birthday dinner at Olive Garden, especially when sister works there!!!!! Including free tiramisu

I turned 27 yesterday, no big deal right.....til tonight when I took my sister to CVS and chatted with one of the regular checkers that is there when we shop, Victor, thats right I'm calling him out. First we found out he likes the show Friends, one of our all time favorite shows, pretty exciting I know....anyway apparently he thought my 24 year old sister was my daughter!!!!!! holy cow can you believe that!!!!!?????? He said oh you just look alike and I was like and the idea that we could be sisters didn't pop into your head dang!

Anyway dinner was lovely, gotta love never ending pasta bowls!!!! yuuummmo! delicious food, excellent service, lots of greetings from other fellow employees! Then the restaurant manager gave us free dessert. it was awesome! Oh and did I mention that one of her coworkers made an awesome quiz for us on Friends trivia, basically to sum up it was flippin sweet!

Earlier today my sissy took me shopping at Plato's Closet and bought me 2 shirts and a ring oh and a coffee at an awesome coffee place star co. (thanks B and G for the heads up on an awesome coffee shop).....

To top it off Tanner ended the day being so good her earned 6 poker chips toward his reward to go to a movie! It was a GRREEEAAATTT day!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

spiritual mother, stamps and things....

186. accidentially counted 183 twice....anyway 186. guidance from a good friend!

Now don't get me wrong I don't think of G as my mother, she is not even close to old enough to be in my eyes she is a great friend, but I definitely look up to her as my example of a great mom and Christian! thanks for your wisdom and all of your help G!

Stamps and things....
trying to figure out how to challenge a very smart 4 and a half year old (exactly as of today) is not so easy! Trying to figure out exactly how to train him up.....
He enjoys seeing his progress so we are doing stamps on paper for rewards for good my recently made plan was found inadequate, thanks again G....we were trying to have no disciplinary action all day to get 1 stamp, reward after 5 stamps, but today he had to be put in timeout at the park early in the day so then what was the moitvation to be good the rest of the day? So now we are doing stamps throughout the day for good behavior and losing stamps if necessary for bad attitude, etc....seems to be better!
187. Seeing his fire ignite when he is motivated to succeed
188. seeing T succeed

Tonight he ate his dinner faster than he would have normally becuase I was going on a bike ride with my sister, his Aunti Andi, and he really wanted to come! Part of me (mainly my thighs and buns wanted him to not come so i could have an easier ride sans the chariot and 35 lb. child) another part of me wanted him to succeed and be able to come out with us (plus my thighs and buns could handle pulling him behind for some extra strength training) turned out awesome and I was proud of him for getting to come and a little proud of myself for not having to stop up the long slow hill with no bike lane :)

Looking forward to tomorrow.....

189. Okay so its not a new picture, but he is in the helmet he wore tonight so imagine that sweet face in the back of a bike chariot excited to see how strong his mama is :)

Saturday, September 10, 2011

oh kids

182. kids that say the darndest things

Yesterday was not great and last night was not the best either, but at least I was not feeling anxious last night and was able to better handle what came last night.....

Time for dinner, I made quesadillas for the kids, told Tanner if he ate his food fast enough he would get treats, he did in fact eat his dinner which was great. While sitting there, after we prayed for our food, Tanner looks at me and says: "so mom do you want to enterjoin with me?" I said, "oh yes" He said "so what is the great news for today?" I told him how today was kind of rough, but its ok. Then he said "So what is Kenni's great news? "I said she has diarrhea and is fussy" It was pretty entertaining! He made me smile,
183. Kids making you smile even when you are in a bad mood or had a rough day

Then I was finishing up with K and Tanner was done, success he ate his dinner in a reasonable amount of time and I see him chasing my sister's dog. I correct him and tell him that if he does it again he will not get treats.....seconds later what does he do? yep he chased poor Romeo under my bed, so discipline and no treats for him, I sent him to sit on his bed and wait for me while I rinsed K's dishes. I see K go down the hall then I call her and she slowly makes her way back I check on her and notice there is poop in the hallway. So I went to check and see there is more in K and T's bedroom. I tried to chase Romeo and he doops me and then pees on the kitchen floor while I scold him and run around trying to catch him (unsuccessfully). Finally I get him outside and then I go to clean the poop, while cleaning it up I see that it has been a little mushed and realize that Kenni had grabbed it so I had to clean her hands and clean the poop.

Later I give K a bath, I told T he had to wait til she was done just in case she pooped so he wouldn't be in it. I clean her and let her play a few minutes then tell tanner to get in, I started washing him got his hair and face done, planning to just quickly wash him then let him play while I get K dressed....too late just after I rinse T's face, i hear a loud sound and poop explodes out of K's rear and creates a poop cloud in the water, I scooped T up as quick as i could and finished washing him outside the tub while it drained, rewashed K got her out and rinsed T......oh man bedtime seemed to take a while last night, then I had to of course soak all the toys in the tub in bleach water and rinse them off.

After the kids went to bed I cut chicken with scissors (thanks G for the tip) it did go faster which was nice as far as trimming the chicken, but not great for cutting it into cubes.
183. Trimming chicken with scissors, saves time yay!

Hoping today will get better, K woke up a couple times needing changed from her diarrhea and then woke up early so I am pretty tired and cranky. So cheers to a better day today, at least I get my sissy here with me today while the hubs is training!

184. My 2 kids faces make me smile no matter what, cameo appearance by M's girl Erin

Friday, September 9, 2011

still good people in the world, good to see

180. good people willing to give when a crisis comes up

I decided to check free stuff on craigslist since it's been a while and saw a few ads for help for fire victims, it was nice to see, some of them would probably make me a little concerned, but either way the good intent is there and it encourages me to give more!

Having a rough day today, for some reason I can't shake an anxiousness inside me, and I am very sleepy too I keep falling asleep on the couch wihle the kids are watching TV--yes I said TV, I know I am one of those moms who lets their kids watch TV, PBS mostly, but still I was thankful to be able to play a recorded show without having to get my tired lazy butt up off the couch and half sleep while the kids watched.
181. DVR

Sister is doing okay, last 2 days were better, but today was a rough morning, and probably a big part of my anxiety, she was not really prepared for her test she had this morning, she had been studying, but I guess it was overwhelming and she didn't get to all of the menu and was pretty upset. I wish I had known last night it was going so roughly I would have helped her make flash cards with the cheap note cards I got from couponing :).....that is just how I work though, I make cards and go over them a few times then start testing myself making a pile of the ones i have down and the ones that need work and I just keep making the needs work pile smaller and smaller til I get it all. I am not self defeatist when it comes to things like that I guess, I just keep plugging away until I get it, my poor sister got overwhelmed and gave up on herself and I just wish I could've helped her prepare better. I told her to just write everything she could think of that would work and keep a positive attitude because that is what the manager told her mattered more, she is looking at today as a fail or pass day instead of as an opportunity to keep getting better and it kills me because she doesn't see half of the worth she has in her......

In other news, my hubby came home last night with what I thought was a complete hair brained idea to do the "master cleanse" where you drink a concoction all day long and nothing else for 10 days to cleanse your system of all the toxins and crap that has been piling up. First I said you are crazy unless you want me to turn into the biggest grouchy bear you have ever seen (I love food, too much in fact). Then he showed me more of it and being a health conscience person as i am (partly too why I immediate wanted to say heck no!) I decided there was value in ridding our bodies of years of built up toxins. Some do this as a diet to lose weight--sure you  may lose some weight, but once you get back on a regular eating schedule you will gain some of the weight back. I see it as an opportunity to cleanse my body, practice the Biblical practice of fasting, and focus on prayer. Also I have a bad relatioinship with food and maybe it will help me to get over some of that. I have little self control when it comes to food and use about every excuse or celebration I can to stuff myself with it. I think it would be a great activity for the hubs and I to do together to support each other (while still feeding the other people in our family). I know it will be hard for me to cook food for the kids and my sis and smell it and not eat it, but what a great practice in will power and reliance on God to help me through. So we have it planned for the end of September, I am not going to feel bad if I don't make it 10 days I am just going to aim for it and see how I do. I watched clips of people who went 18 or 21 days on it and I am just amazed! So there you have it, this is my day as it is.............
focus on things above:
such as the beauty of a forrest
Please pray for Texas to get rain and for the fires to be put out as well as the victims of the fires and help out in any little way you can, if everyone did a little it would be enough......God bless

Sunday, September 4, 2011

too much good to blog....

178. Seeing God's hand in all that happens (even when it is pretty sucky going through it)

Recently I blogged of my planned trip to get my sister, well she is here now and everything is going great! She was here for a few days and started putting in aplications for a job on a Monday and was hired on Wednesday, God is so good!

Getting here was rough, we started out from Boise going the wrong direction, quickly turned around and went through Idaho and Utah pretty far before the A.C. went out on her jeep. We ended up making it to Fruitville, Colarado and sleeping for the night. Next morning we got up and ate and when we turned on the car it was grinding so we on the phone with Dad, looking in a phone book, asked a guy that was a teenage girls dad to come listen to the sound to see if he could maybe tell what it was--he guessed it was the compressor and the bearings--turns out he was right. We drove to the next large town which was Grand Junction, Co on a Saturday. We called the Jeep dealership (very thankful for a fancy phone now), a lady said they would call us back in 5 minutes--time passes no call, but my hubs calls and tells us to go to a Brakes Plus, he called and said they could have us on the road that day if they have the right compressor....we get there and there is a line with a wait so we go to walmart and get some snacks, then walk around a hobby lobby that allowed us to bring Romeo (her little mini pincher) in so we hung out and waited. Unfortunately they weren't able to get the part anywhere around and had to order it, it wouldn't be in until Tuesday morning so the very nice manager showed us the best places to get a motel and I called and booked us. He was very kind and even dropped us off at the motel, it was a little scary, but I knew God had it all under control.
The 2nd night we went out to eat dinner and we left Romeo in the bathroom because he had learned how to open the front door (we learned when we thought we would go out by the pool and he didn't agree)...we came back to a door that was half chewed up and toilet water shooting out everywhere from the tubes at the bottom. So we could no longer go anywhere without him.
We had been talking about watching all these movies once we got to Texas together and God decided to play them on TV for us while we layed around watching TV for 3 days....
After we got the jeep back and the manager picked us back up we got about an hour away and had to fill up with gas, the cap broke and a man helped us get it open. Next time we got gas we couldn't get it open again and we were in the middle of no where in New Mexico outside a podunk town when  a guy and his mom rolled up behind us in an RV and he opened it for us...little things just kept coming up and it seemed like any time we would be talking about God or finally being positive in spite of what all was happeneing that would be when something bad came up again. We were tested and I have to admit I was worried it would be way too much or Brandi, but her faith strengthened and when we stopped for the last time to stop and sleep I saw a sign that said no pets allowed, now I don't believe in lying and i told the other 2 motels that we had a dog and paid the extra money, but we were in a small town and I was worried how far it would be to another motel so I lied and tried to hide him. We were trying to put him in my backpack and had been creeped out by a sound outside by a big semi-truck when a man walked up and joked "smuggling your dog in huh?, I'll go let you guys in" He went through the front and opened the side door for us so we could get in with Romeo....
We were definitely covered in prayer and appreciate it so much and as soon as we got here Brandi said she knew she was where she was suppossed to be and is doing really well! She enjoys our church which is awesome! we love having her and her little dog here and are so glad she is happy again, there is a spring in her step!
sorry for the lengthy post, a lot went down on the trip so there you are
179. My sister being here with us!