Wednesday, October 28, 2009

6:52 to 7:07 am

Have you ever had one of those mornings?

One where you woke up feeling fat and pitiful because you did the good mom thing yesterday and made those mini caramel apple thingey's with your five year old because you couldn't say no to that hopeful look when she asked, but you have no self control when it comes to your mom's caramel recipe (really, it's best caramel on the planet), so you ate some and then couldn't resist it for the rest of the evening and ate at least 94 weight watcher points just in caramel (and you only get 22 for the day, but you're no longer doing weight watchers which is part of why you've gained five pounds), and the house is a mess because yesterday was a zoo and you had no time or energy to make your kids put their stuff away or to clean up the kitchen and there are mountains of laundry, and deadlines are looming and you didn't have time to go to the grocery store either so there's no milk and no bread in the house and Banana-Girl is whining about not being able to find anything to put in her lunch and when you suggest pretzels and peanut butter she looks at you like you're from another planet, and she finally leaves for school, but she comes right back and interupts your discussion where you've just devastated Girlie-Whirl by explaining that she'd have to break the ten dollar bill Grandma gave her for her birthday in order to pay tithing, and Banana-Girl's bike chain is off and she's been trying to put it back on while still wearing her knitted gloves, and once you've fixed the bike and washed the grease off your hands you realize that you don't have any clean pants to wear except your skinny jeans and because of the extra five pounds you just don't have the confidence to do the muffin top look today and there isn't time to wash any before you have to go to your Wednesday morning class, and your to-do list for the day is making your head spin, and you don't even care about spelling or grammar or anything on your blog post because all you really want to do is go back to bed and it's not even 8:00 in the morning.

Any else have a morning like this?

Friday, October 23, 2009

Happy Birthday!!

Six years ago today Girlie-whirl was born!!!! It was a horrific pregnancy. Although in my heart, I knew that it would be worth it; (she is, after all, child number six) near the end I had nagging doubts in the back of my mind. Could it really be worth THIS? As they put her in my arms, all worry was quickly swept away as I basked in the joy of my beautiful new daughter.

Girlie-whirl has been happy and adventurous from the beginning. Unlike my two previous daughters, she took to water like a fish, needing protection from drowning, rather than coaxing to dip a toe in. She loved to climb on the playground well before she had acquired the needed motor skills. She's a girlie-girl who, until just recently loved all things pink, purple and sparkley (red, is now her favorite color). Being the baby by six years, she has been my constant companion, just her and me during the day, for years now. I sent her off to kindergarten this year... sigh, she growing up.

Happy Birthday Girlie!!! I can't imagine life without you!!

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Motherly duties and Autumn

Do you spend your days in the car? Today I made two trips to the church, one for seminary and one for a youth temple trip, two trips to the middle school, one trip to my dear friend's home, an elegant 81 year old French sister that I visit teach, one trip to the grocery store, two trips to our piano teacher's home, and, as I write this, I'm waiting for a phone call telling me that it's time to make yet one trip more to the church to pick up my son.

I do NOT like spending my days behind the wheel. And so, today I made a conscious decision not to be a victim of the incessant need to spend time in my auto. Fall colors have come to our neck of the woods and I have not yet found time to enjoy them beyond the walk to and from the bus stop with my kindergartener.

The rain was a steady drizzle all day, however, as my car just happens to have a roof, the rain didn't prevent me from basking in the beauties of nature from behind the wheel as I shuttled my kiddles to their various activities. I've seen fourty-four falls in my lifetime. You'd think they'd be boring at this point, but I never cease to be astounded at the intensity of the hues on display just in my little neighborhood.

I grabbed my camera on one of my various trips and after dropping my children off, took some pictures from my car. The pictures are nice, but they do NOT do justice to the beauty that is just outside my window. Have you enjoyed the fall colors yet?

Here's a close up in the rain.

This tree has been stunning for days! Bright greens, intense yellows, neon oranges and deep purply reds all at the same time.

A close up of the multi-colored tree.

One more of the same tree.

I've been enjoying this tree for weeks. Why on earth, would half the tree be a gorgeous maroon and the the other half still green?

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Nauvoo Surprise!

We took the three younger kids out of school Friday and took the fam to Nauvoo so that our newly returned missionary, Ruggles, could see Grandma and Grandpa again! It was their P-day and they planned to spend all day with us, except they had an important meeting that afternoon that they couldn't really tell us about.

We had already decided to spend some time on the temple grounds with our children. Hubders had set us up in three teams and we were to look for the symbolic and decorative things on the temple. Each team had a notebook and we were to sketch, count, and describe each item we found in the notebook. We left for the temple a bit before Mom and Dad's meeting and were enjoying our time there when someone came out of the temple and said that President Monson was inside!

We were there when he came out of the temple, quite a thrill! Hubders took some pictures, and we would have left it at that, but there was a couple standing near us and the wife called out President Monson's name just as he was about to get into the car. He looked up, came over to where we were, and shook all of our hands! There wasn't a crowd, just the couple, the six of us, and, as President Monson turned to go back to his car, a newly married couple and their photographer walked up. He shook their hands and their photographer captured it! Quite the wedding pictures for them!!!

None of us could have imagined that we would get to see the prophet! We didn't even know he was in Nauvoo!! But what a sweet experience for our family!!!

Saturday, October 3, 2009

He's Home!!!!

No words needed. (Heavy sigh of contentment from Mom)