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Thursday, February 26, 2009

At The Playground, Ya' Know?

Today started off kind of rough. I do childcare for a moms group on Thursdays and we had a child who was injured and there was blood and messiness and your average no-fun experience stuff. For some reason it put me in a bad mood for the majority of the day. As was evidenced by my fully nutritious lunch of nutter butters, a chocolate bar, and cheese and triscuits and my refusal to do my much needed house stuff and sit grumpily staring at the computer for an hour. Oh, and I forgot to include the diet Mt. Dew that topped off my balanced meal. My husband wasn't feeling well and came home from work and was a little whiny about not felling well which served to further irritate me--not a lot whiny, honestly, but I was already in a crummy mood so it just put me over the edge into a full-fledged snit. Now as an aside, I am NOT condoning my mood or saying it is acceptable to berate one's sick husband for generally existing, I am just saying how my day was is all, ok? Make your mental judgements and move on please. I do not claim to have attained Proverbs 31 mastery. Thank God His mercies are new EVERY morning right??? Anyway, it was time for me to go pick up not only my children from school but also the other 2 kiddos of my good friend with whom I share pick up duty. I had told her I would bring them to my house since she had a parent teacher conference but since Thing 3 was home taking a nap and the husband was at home and his presence was annoying me (I KNOW that is not nice, I going for transparency here, not what you think I should say), and it was a nice day outside, I decided to take them to a little park near the school. I realized when we got there that in my hurry to get out of my house in a dramatic huff, I had not brought anything like a book or knitting or anything at all to do at the park while the kids played. Oh man, I was now even more annoyed. This was going to be LONG afternoon at the park where all I had to do was sit and stew over the terrible day I was having. There was NOTHING for me to do. Well, that ended up being the best part of my day. I had nothing I could do other than play with the kids. So we swung on the swings together and tried to be "married" (a phenomenon that occurs when your swings are perfectly coordinated-hilariously funny to the boys I had with me when they were "married" with me--'OOOOOH! I'm married to Mrs. Hilt-hahahaha, she's all old!' was stated at one point) And then we tried to 'popcorn' where we tried to all swing at different times. And we walked the loop around the park (picture above) while the boys raced each other and my girls and I held hands and dribbled a basketball and watched the boys and rolled our eyes and said, "boys!" And we raced each other back to the swings where they graciously gave me a "Super Honorable Mention" for coming in last, which I shamefully admit did not happen because I let them win, I really was last. I am "all old". And we climbed on the great big pyramid-web of ropes that is about 15 feet high and we all found, after struggling with how uncomfortable ropes can be in certain "places" (you would think all that padding back there would make sitting on deadly iron spikes be no big deal, but no, turns out my big posterior really is good for nothing), spaces to hang out in the ropes like we were in hammocks. And we discussed every category of the food pyramid and out of each category what was our favorite food. And we giggled. And talked about how hungry we were getting.

And suddenly, I realized I was having the most fun I had had in a while. With a couple of 9 year olds, a 6 year old and a 5 year old. And it was genuine. And it blessed me so much. All because I left the house in too much of a huff to remember my objects of distraction I usually have at my fingertips. And then I praised God for His amazing grace.

Monday, February 23, 2009

How Did Google Know?

I saw this on DeeDee's blog. You type in your name and "needs" into Google and see what comes up. For example, from my mad Google Fu skills in which I typed in "Jody needs" I found out what's on my list:
1. Your help-----with? not sure so I will just assume it is money or cleaning my house and I will leave the light on for ya'
2. More comments-----ok!!
3.A kidney------well, I am not aware of that and not a fan of surgery sooooo, we'll just do a skippy-doodle on that one
4. Deliverance from lust---------ummmmm, think we have a very different Jody here

So after that one I was thinking maybe I will just go back to my normal life and no more Google antics till I saw the last one on the page and thought, "well, yes I DO need THAT!!!"

5. A family who is patient, consistent and well structured------just where does one get one of those?? I will look next time I go to the grocery store....

Type in your name and see what comes up-and don't forget to tell me in the comments-see number 2!!!!!

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Happy Birthday Honey!

(we are not cheeseballs who dress alike, it was the superbowl)

Today (the 22nd) is the hubster's birthday. He is 34 and as cute as ever. (Even though he is snoring beside me on the couch. Yup, keepin' the love alive, we are. Hi, and welcome to REAL married life!!) We will be celebrating his birthday by going out to dinner to wherever he wants to go with NO whining from the passel of cute little girls that call him Daddy. I am not going to make list of 34 things about him that I love, even though I love that many things about him and more, because my brain is sort of on vacation right now. I will just tell you that he is the best friend I have ever had, he is the absolute best daddy to my girls, he is a hard worker with a great attitude, He loves Jesus and he has a gentle and quiet spirit that makes him such a good compliment to my semi-spaztic, talkative, emotionally intense self. It is almost as if God knew EXACTLY what He was doing when He brought us together ;). I am honored to be your wife and you challenge me to be better just by being you, oh, and it has been pretty darn fun, too---I'm so glad you were born, sweetie!!

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Hi Y'all

I am t-i-r-e-d. Not sure why, just mentally exhausted and behind on life altogether and I have lots and lots of posts all written in my head but I just cannot seem to get myself to type them out. So I hope y'all are doing well and I am reading everyone's goings on, but I just cannot seem to get the oomph to write much. I will get myself together enough to write a real post soon. Please say hi if you are stopping by so I know you visited!! I miss connecting with everyone!!

Anyway, I am missing my little girl whom I have never held and March 27th seems far away. But time is flying by and I cannot believe we are screaming toward the end of February-congrats to all of the folks who passed court this past week-God is GOOD!

Monday, February 9, 2009

Emily Post, I Am Sorry

Here at Chez Things we have a lot of little girls, soon to be one more, that we are trying to raise with a balance of a good sense of humor and the ability to act like well-mannered young ladies. Tonight during supper, as I was taking a drink, my 9 year old, Thing 1, leaned to the side and let fly a big loud tooooooooooot, something very much frowned upon at the dinner table. Appalled, I sputtered out "Thing 1, what do you say!" and she, without missing a beat, said with a smile "ta-da!"

(Incidently, it is very hard to impress upon one's children the importance of good manners when one is laughing so hard with their spouse that no sound at all is coming out....)

Friday, February 6, 2009

Court Date

We got our court date today-March 27th is the big day! It is a little later than we were thinking but we just rejoice that it is coming and God WILL bring our little one home at just the right time!

(As long as it is the time I want of course.......that's the way it works, right?!??)