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It’s been a crazy busy Christmas vacation….and we are slowly starting to get back into the swing of things.  So  hopefully my blog can be picked up again.

Here’s your laughable lines for this fine Monday.  🙂

It was our last night of our Christmas vacation and we were spending the night at hubby’s mom’s house.  The air mattress that Little E had been sleeping on previously was as flat as a pancake and had no hopes ever of coming back to life.  So my mother-in-law and I made a nice little bed for Little E out of four pillows and some blankets.

In the middle of the night Little E woke up and said “Mom, I can’t find my pillow.” (Meaning the one for his head of course)

Have I mentioned before that I can’t see in the dark.  Now, I know a lot of people will say that most people can’t…but not even a little bit of light…it’s complete darkness for me…making it completely hard to do anything without a light.

I got up and made my way over to where he was, hoping that I would not step on the dog or on him.  I knelt down and was feeling around for him for a few seconds when I just finally said “Where’s your head Little E?”

His reponse?  (please remember this is early in the morning….like 5 AM or so)

“Attached to my belly mom”.

Yup…..had a good little chuckle over that one.  🙂

Hope your Christmas vacay was grand!

Laura

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It’s been extremely quiet on my blog this past week.  It isn’t because I haven’t had anything to write about, just been super busy getting everything ready for our Christmas vacation.  It will probably be like this until the new year, so I thought I’d get one more post in here.  Wow!  I just looked at the time.  10:29….where has the day gone?

I think I’m pretty much finished with my Christmas shopping…just need a few extra stocking stuffers for the hubs and such…but other than that I’m good.  A few more presents to wrap for grandparents tomorrow night and then that’s all my aching back can take.  🙂

I’m excited for this Christmas.  Even through world events that have happened, I am extremely in the Christmas spirit.  I don’t think I have been this excited before Christmas eve in a long time.  Don’t get me wrong, Christmas Eve I NEVER sleep.  I don’t get excited about getting presents, but about seeing the people unwrap the gifts that I got them.  (I never used to be this way…but in the past few years this is the way it has been…maybe because of Little E.

Anyway, I’m excited!  YAY!  This is the first time that Little E has actually made a list for Santa.  Last year we sat down and wrote a letter but all it consisted of was things in the living room that he already had.  He just kept looking around the room and telling me to write stuff down that he saw.  So this year he had four requests for Santa.

1)  A Nintendo DS.

2)  An angry bird hat

3)  A baby sister (which later turned into a baby brother)

4)  A bike for his dad cause dad’s bike is broken.

That’s it…that’s all he wrote….that’s all he wanted.

I think Santa can deliver 2 out of the 4…but I think Little E will be happy with the rest.  And you know what??? I’m excited to see the look on this face when he opens number 1!  (Thanks Kijiji for a great deal!)

I want to wish all of you a wonderful Merry CHRISTMAS and a great holiday season with friends and family.  If you are alone…..I hope that somebody reaches out to you…and shares some of their Christmas cheer with you.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

Laura

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I Can’t Imagine….

A normal morning in our house consists of waking up at 7:00…crawling out of bed shortly after that.  Getting ready for the day by having showers, getting breakfast for Little E and then getting dressed.  On Mondays and Thursdays Little E goes to preschool,  so those mornings are usually a little more busy.  I feel like I’m constantly running around making sure all is ready….making sure he eats, brushes his teeth, gets dressed (including not putting his underwear on his head and running around the  house naked, yelling “NAKED TIME”.

True story.

Then about 8:00 Little E and daddy head out for the day.  I give my little man a kiss on the cheek, a hug, and then a kiss on the hand…which he then puts up to his cheek to remind him the whole day at school that mommy loves him.  (That adapted from this book here:  The Kissing Hand )

I tell him Good-bye, that I love him and to have a great day at preschool and to make sure to make some new friends.

I simply cannot imagine that being that last time I ever see my child alive.

I can’t imagine him not coming home…bouncing all over the house and telling me about his day.  Who he played with, what he had for lunch, what he saw on his walk.

I can’t imagine his laughter not in this house.

I can’t imagine the bathroom not being soaked with water because of his playtime in the bathtub.

I can’t imagine not hearing his stories, or seeing his art on the wall.

I can’t imagine not being able to hear “Mom, I need a hug!”

I can’t imagine having all these things bought for him for Christmas and knowing that he will not get to unwrap any of them, or being able to see the joy on his face while he does.

I simply can’t imagine, and I hope I never have to go through that.

But, for all those families that lost their children in the shooting in Connecticut it’s too real of a situation for them.  It’s not a dream, it’s a nightmare…one that they won’t wake up from.  The sorrow that they must be feeling must be so overwhelming.  The hurt must be extreme and the feeling of “I wasn’t able to keep my child safe, or I wasn’t there for them when they really needed me” must be anguishing.

I can’t imagine.

I am one of those people who, in a situation like this, thinks things through.  I think of what those parents must be feeling and the grief and the sorrow overwhelm me.  I don’t want to send my little boy to school in the fall thinking that I may be sending him off to school one day only to never see him again.

However, if I think like that then I have to also think along the lines of: “I can’t take my child to the mall, to the movie theatre, to church…anywhere.  Might as well just sit home all day.”  The stress of the world gets overwhelming and can crush you if you let it.

Truth be told there really isn’t much we can do to keep our children safe.  We can pray and we can hope that an act of violence such as this won’t claim us as victims.  It’s so easy to say “Put your trust in God”…but it’s really harder to do than that.  We all know that we have to do it, but us humans like to control things and then there are still no guarantees that things like this won’t happen.

So, for now I have no real answers.  However, I do have some actions that I can take on my part.  I will always always always tell Little E that he means the world to me, that I love him, that he will always be with me no matter what.  I will try not to stress about the little things..like whether or not his shirt is on backwards, or him not listening to me after I have said asked him to do something multiple times.

I will just simply be his mom.  I will try to bestow on him the same vows that I gave my husband eleven years ago:  “I will love you and cheerish you, in good times and in bad.”  I will love him with every ounce of love that is in me.  I will pray circles around him and I will try my best to keep him as safe as he can.  It’s what every mother does every day without even thinking of it.  Just in times like this these simple little actions seem to mean a whole lot more.

So for today and always, go hug your little ones, your big ones and your in between ones.  Not only hug them, let them know that they are loved to infiinty and beyond.

Laura

Blessing: My family is safe….safe and loved beyond measure.

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blanksIt’s back!  Fill in the Blank Friday.  As always I link up with the blog: thelittlethingswedo

1.  When it comes to holiday shopping, I   do most of it .  I tell hubby what we are buying…see if he’s ok with it for his family and try to get a good deal on it. Usually I do pretty good, I think.  🙂
2.  A few things on my Chritmas wish list are… American Eagle gift certificate so I can get some new jeans, a gift for a family through World Vision and possibly a duvet for my bed.  Other than that not much.  It’s not about me…it’s about Little E and also the gifts I give others.  I’m ok with what I have….for I am soooo very blessed.
3.  An intangible gift I would like to receive is   a nice weekend away with my bestie.  Just the two of us….doing nothing…hanging out in a hotel and just relaxing.  That would be awesome.  I miss her lots.

4. A gift I would like to give this year is   a baby brother or sister for little E.  That would be so nice.  
5. My Christmas will be spent at my Sis & Bro in laws for a few days and then headed to my mom’s for a few days.  One day of boxing day sales and then back home.  Trying to keep it rather short as we have Florida planned in February.
6. My most favorite Christmas gift of all time was my kindle.  I love love love it.

7.  The best thing about the holidays is being around family.  And this year I have enjoyed watching Christmas movies.  I’m not a movie fan…but I’ve enjoyed having movie time with my fam jam.

 

I know I’ve said this before…but sometimes I take it for granted how blessed I am.  Sometimes I forget just for a second what my life was like 5 years ago.  Then I remember, especially on a day like today with the school shooting in Connecticut, how truly blessed I am….and I am so thankful.  So very thankful.

Laura

 

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Got two in finally.  They've only been sitting downstairs for a full year now :)

Got two lights in the ceiling finally!  Only been sitting downstairs for a year. More to come!

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When I was a child I grew up in a small community…an island.  A place where everybody knew everybody.  Kinda of like cheers.  🙂

I went to a small Baptist church where we had the best leaders a church could ever ask for.  My youth leader was amazing…she always had fun games, fun stuff to do and great trips to go on, and I had the best Sunday School teachers.  Lots of memories in that church.  I was looking on somebody’s facebook the other day and they go to the same church I used to go to.  Her daughter was in the Christmas concert there and it got me to thinking about the Christmas concerts that we used to do.

It wasn’t just something simple…it was a great production….was fun and we had the best leaders ever to lead them.  Always cheering us on and making sure we knew our lines.  No papers for us up on stage…we had to know our lines!  I also remember after those Christmas concerts hanging out with my friends or going to check under the Christmas tree for a gift from my teacher.  Sometimes we would get all covered in tinsel from the tree..but it was worth it.  And we always got candy.  Great times.

That being said, I’ve realized something.  It’s something I realize every Christmas, get sad about, and pray that maybe in the next year it will be better.  It’s something that I long for with our church.

I miss Christmas concerts put on by kids.  I LOVE seeing kids up on stage singing, or saying little lines they have learned.

Miss it, hope for it…long for it.

Why don’t we have them?  Well we are a church plant…just starting out.  Growing but not quite at that stage yet as there are only about two or three kids that can speak.  🙂  Someday we will have it.  I’ll make sure of it….ok…well at least I’ll pray about it. 🙂

That being said we do get to join in on my Bro and Sis – in law’s Christmas concert on Christmas eve.  The last two years Little E got up on stage and played his harmonica.  This year I’m hoping maybe he can actually say a few lines….got plenty of time to work on them this year.

That will have to be my fix for now.  🙂

Laura

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This is more of a “action line” than a “talking line” this week.  You’ll see what I mean when you read on.

The other day I had the older boys after school and they were playing with Little E while I was making supper. I could hear them all in here giggling so I came in to see what they were doing.  (I’ve learned over the years that giggling means something is up….)

I came in the living room and there I saw the two older boys holding a blanket that we usually have on our couch, with Little E in the middle of it.  They were holding it up off the ground and basically he was just lying in it.  Except it was rather far off the ground.

So, moi…the cautious one…said “oh boys you better put him down” (thinking that if I didn’t say that the blanket would end up slipping out of their fingers and Little E would fall on his head on the tile underneath of him.

As soon as I said that Amazing A let go of the blanket….while Little E was still up high off the ground.

Hahah…guess it really didn’t help my cause of saving Little E before he hurt himself.  🙂

As soon as Amazing A did that he looked at me with a deer in the headlights kind of look and kept saying “I’m sorry, I’m sorry.”

It was all I could do not to laugh.

Little E wasn’t crying..he was fine and wanted to do it again.

But poor Amazing A must have seen the wrath of Laura a few times when sending kids to time out or whatever (in the way of a scary stern voice people)….to be terrified.

Haha poor kid.

He did…however…let go like I asked so I couldn’t be mad.  🙂

Laura

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