Friday, December 31, 2010

Enjoying the last day of 2010

A friend commented (on fb, my only social source, for me the real world, ok, well sorta true) and said she was enjoying and reflecting on this past year and all that had happened. I like what she said and it's stuck with me. Today, I am purposing to reflect on all that this past year was and all that God did.
I'm not sure how much will get onto my blog as I only go online once a day or so. But I want to be thankful. I remember in past years, I always felt I hadn't lived up to something, or wasn't at my full potential. Finally learning to love myself....and enjoy all God has done in me. Instead of feeling like I didn't do this or that each year.
As a tradition, I enjoy New Year's Eve as a time to reflect, worship and seek God for the future. The past few years have been more game nights (also, fun). But this year since our 3 boys have some bad coughs, we are staying in...and I hope to incorporate my growing up traditions into our new family (ok, new as in 5 still learning to add to our family traditions).
This past week I've gotten to enjoy my family who visited for Christmas. Only hosted 10 people this time. Skyped for the first time over at my in-laws (w/my Tx family) on Christmas Day. That was fun. Wish we could do that more. Made 'raw' cinnamon rolls (they were supposed to be cooked, and we all had to put ours back in the oven). Made overly salty pumpkin pancakes...which I think are really needing to be thrown in the compost pile now (that's what happens when you multiply by 5). Listened to my coughing boys. Watched them pray for each other....and their Pappa, who's ankle is healing very speedily! I love seeing my boys pray and ask for prayer on a daily basis. It's been super cold but we are learning how to keep our home warm. For me a fun thing is, I think from all the hosting, I've really kept up on my house's daily stuff, it seems way easier when you don't have that and 40 people under your roof. Though I'm truly thankful for all the time getting to have my family together. I think we are leaving the tree up since it just went up last week.
Oh, highlights, one of my girl friends (one of the babies I'd been praying for) had her little girl a month early, but all is well. 3 days of non-stop praying...(and enjoying God's Presence) and she arrived. Now, a few more babies due....looking forward to it.
I don't post this on here often....but I pray for more kids, I would love more....and every time I do....I also pray for a few other friends who are asking God to have a baby, too! It keeps me focused on Him, not just my own heart. I could write a lot more on this...and maybe later I will.
Well, off to enjoy my boys, story time. And try to get out my New Year's cards........
I hope to be back on next year, ha,ha....and post more everyday stuff, like the 'fun' of 3 toddler boys. Well, does a 4 year old count as a toddler, maybe now I've only got 2 toddlers and a child. Well, more on that later.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Is it really amost Christmas??!!

I don't want the New Year to get here, and not have blogged one last time....
small goals, yet, still goals.
I just realized it's almost Christmas...yes, I know, it really is ALMOST Christmas! I'm not sure what happened, but I didn't get the memo this year.
We did do all our shopping, don't get me wrong...and I've eaten my fair (or more) share of cookies for the holidays. Baked, not so much this year....(last years 50,000 sugar cookies kinda did me and my family in). Presents wrapped - nope...thinking about it as I sit here...and also doing the dishes, I know multi-tasking! I think it's more like I have ADD or something......only able to focus for small amounts of time w/out getting distracted and bored.
I know for sure the fact that my folks and 1/2 of my siblings (yes, that's 7 siblings) are in TX this year is a bit of my shell shock that Christmas has hit. The other half, thankfully are coming to my house for our own celebration of sorts. Staring new traditions, w/the hope that we will all be together next year! I must admit, it's not set in the fact that for the first time ever I won't see most of my family, and for the first time will have my own Christmas w/just my hubby and boys...weird! I think it will be good, but just a big change.
I do enjoy getting to tell my kids about St. Nick, and Jesus...and the Reason we are celebrating all this fun! Watching my boys faces each A.M., as I plug in the tree, and as I tell them (again) not to touch the tree or ornaments that they so nicely hung (all on one branch). Enjoying the idea of hosting all my hubbies family at our house....I think it will be nice. Easy now that we hosted a mere 40 people of all age groups....I think.
So as I write, I see in my words, that yes, this is a New Year for me at Christmas time!
I think I am in denial that by tomorrow I need to clean my whole house, shop, wrap gifts (didn't do it - again, tonight), and all the last min. things. Oh, and take care of my 3 boys.
As I groggily need to log off (and hope this all makes a tad bit of sense in the AM),
P. S. tried to upload a pic again....but dial up is too special!

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

My monthly blogging fun...

You thought I fell of the face of, not completely. I just have been on the computer less and less, with life, boys and dial up, it's a bit much to handle.
But I didn't forget about my monthly fun of chatting to myself (and the few of you that have fun reading my thoughts, when of course there is time....I know, not enough it seems to go around a day). Blogging is like my daily life, but instead of talking out loud it's nicely written down for me to laugh at myself, or vent a little, remember memories, I may likely forget w/my lack of memory.
Had a lovely visit from my Texas family for a week. And was blessed to get to host them all, well some of my family....just 9+ of them or so overnights. Though we did have at least 40 people under our roof a few times, and eating yummy food together. Lots of love, food and noise.....Colby's Birthday, Thanksgiving prep (though we took our gang to my aunt's for the meal part), Peyton (one of my little brothers) and his birthday bash, and just fun family time, catching up with each other. (And me learning how to host massive amounts of people - respect my Mom more, now that it was my turn).
Let's just say, now I miss my family more......(not many live close sad).
The past few weeks, after our Thanksgiving slumber party week, were spent recuperating, cutting back on coffee (yes, gasp), but it was longer giving me the pick up I needed to accomplish all I need to do each day (that I never really get done).
Highlight for me (small to some, large to me) was getting my energy back after 3 weeks....yeah! Becoming a nicer person again....and getting our house ready for hosting Christmas gatherings. It'll be smaller numbers like 20 people this time....much easier...really. Though I will miss my TX family during this season! It will be my first Christmas separate from my parents and 1/2 my siblings....weird! But am trying to squeeze into my life a few gift making items to share some love, since we can't be together in person~!
And I am looking forward to some babies that will be here sometime in of my close (past) roomies.....a cousin's, and very good friend's and another family friend = 4! My thoughts are already there in prayer for this exciting time of birth and life!And praying for a few who want babies!
On a less overviewish sort of way......I came up with a new idea for my own tradition w/my hubby and 3 boys. I want to do a grateful tree. Each year we will write out things we are grateful for, prayers answered, miracles that have happened, etc....then roll them up, tie them w/ a ribbon and hang them on our tree. Each year we will bring out the past years and add to. I am excited to figure out how to keep the focus on Jesus, our Saviour, who became a baby.....for me....and those who choose His great gift! This was one of my simple thoughts while cleaning toilets or peeling carrots.....But my desire is to have fun w/St. Nick and enjoy the Joy of Christmas! I want my boys to know the miracle of Christmas. And it will be fun to see their thoughts on paper as they mature....and grow. A timeline of sorts, too. And like Moses in the Bible, we are supposed to talk of the things God has done w/our children (so we don't forget his Awesomeness), and even have rocks of remembrance......but for now it'll be on paper. That can be another fun summer wall building project.
I know I had one more profound thought....but it has slipped from my maybe if it comes back...I'll note, not happening....ok, fine....
Well, with thoughts for our past, futures and living in our present (sometimes chaos)..........hopefully I'm back on a few more times before our new year comes....but we'll see. Life, boys...who are toddlers.....and me figuring out the joy (and confusion at times) of raising little men!
Oh, and just so you know...though I sound peppy on here, and that's my nature to be positive...(I think).....I'm really learning and fumbling to raise 3 little men, who some days feel like triplets! And reign in my own self.....and learn to 'grow up', too! The past week was a super challenge.....the kids missing all the love and quality time they got from my family...and me learning to meet or not be able to meet all their needs! Or listen to their sweet Kyle baby has taken over Ryan's job. Ryan is now independent of me and happy about it. Colby is back and forth on being 4.
Well, off to put these earlier risers down for naps, clean my house, and get ready to celebrate Jesus...daily.