Friday, December 19, 2008
Thursday, December 18, 2008
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Monday, December 15, 2008
Saturday, December 13, 2008
"If you would give me more ketchup please then I would be happily glad."
Hope you smiled today!
Friday, December 12, 2008
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
Sunday I woke up with another sore throat- what gives! We did manage to get to church only to find the heat not working properly. We stayed for sacrament and then everyone was shuffled out. It was a wonderful testimony meeting. I especially enjoyed Bishop Keefe (still bishop to me, can't break the habit) and Sandra's comments. I only wish my children could have been more quiet so we could hear all of you who shared your testimonies. Carl left for Des Moines Sunday night.
Monday I ran around to a few stores returning the things we didn't use for the ward dinner so I can turn in receipts. I ended up spending more than I got back from returns. I let the kids shop for Dad for Christmas at the dollar store. I was just giggling at their choices for him. Billy picked gardening tools- yeah like Carl's the gardener. He does mow and rake and shovel, but garden-not so much. Ian chose coffee cups with scriptures written on them- very sweet, but they're cocoa cups at our house and we only drink cocoa a few times a year. Carley chose the most practical gift- bath poufs for shower gel- though I'm sure her choice was only a matter of sensory excitement. Oh well, the kids truly chose their daddy's presents and they were thrilled to wrap them last night. It was such a sweet time.
Last night we also delivered some homemade cookies to a few neighbors while it rained ice. We tried singing too, but the kids had stage fright. It was nice to visit with our kind neighbors. All of them let us into their houses- even with the wet boots and noisy kids. We're lucky to live amongst some wonderful people.
It looks like today will be a snow day. I have little motivation to leave the house. The snow is swirling outside the window. I know from walking the dog this morning that it's slippery out there. I can't imagine taking my three little ones out in this. Plus, I'm warm and cozy right here, thank you. Maybe I'll work on the photo calendars for my family. Hope you all are doing well.
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
Sunday, November 30, 2008
Saturday, November 29, 2008
We were in Wal-Mart doing a little shopping-the boring kind (laundry soap, lemonade, etc.), and Daddy said he couldn't wait for the boys to receive a t-o-o-l present from some relatives. Billy then says T-O-O-L and proceeds on sounding out each letter, eventually merging them into towel. Phew and Sigh! We got lucky with that one. I guess our days of spelling out secrets are almost up.
On the housekeeping side of things, Ian got his stitches out today. Carl says Ian didn't even flinch. Carley's had a bit of a fever, but she's doing okay. I only pray she didn't get my strep. Which, by the way, I'm feeling much better. A little tired and ouchy throat, but still much better. The Christmas tree is bare, but it is up. I'll be working on getting the lights on tonight, so we can decorate it tomorrow. Hope you all are having a wonderful weekend!
Friday, November 28, 2008
Carley took a huge bite out of Uncle Josh and Aunt Stephanie's brand new coffee table. And as an added bonus, she became our first child to loose a tooth. Ironically enough, we had just counted her 12 pearly whites at our wonderful Thanksgiving gathering with everyone to witness. Then, Carley went and fell into the table. How worried we all were. I, of course, took her straight to the ER with her whole tooth (root included) in a cold cup of milk... just like any good mom would. And they simply said, well, she was bound to loose it anyway. Her new one will come in when she's 5-7 years old. JOY. Thanks. Sigh.
So, if you see my smiling, you'll know it's because either 1. I'm just so grateful it wasn't worse or 2. I've officially gone crazy from the hazards of my life. I haven't figured out which category to put myself in yet.
UGH! I'm finished, really, I am.
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Wishing you all a HAPPY THANKSGIVING! Guess what... Carl made my pumpkin pies from scratch since I didn't feel well enough too. Isn't that too sweet! Hope your holiday is great.
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Monday, November 24, 2008
Sunday, November 23, 2008
Little things my little ones have done that have brought a smile to my face this week. Carley pushed a dining room chair across a room (they're heavy) when she heard the water running in the sink. She insisted on helping me with dishes. What a blessing! Billy is paying closer attention to the scriptures when we read together. He's been asking lots of great questions- especially about Korihor. Ian is getting better about being sweet to his sister. He has been hugging her and tickling her lately- what an improvements. They do still have their rifts, but I can see their closeness improving. And then there's Skit... he loves the snow. On his walks he loves to run through the snow and sniffs at it wondering. He usually comes up with a muzzle covered in snow. I even caught his rolling in it!
Carl is another great source of happiness, as well he should be. He's been studying hard and happily letting me read too. He has also been a great help with the kids lately. Sometimes I walk in and they're reading or playing Candyland or he's already got their lunch going. Carl was surely one of the best choices I have ever made. I'm so grateful for him.
Well, the ward dinner is coming up and we have lots to plan to make it a success. Let me know if there's something you're itching to help with :).
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
1. Dollar Tree's Winnie the Pooh kid ice pack. Target's is nearly $3
2. Target's One-Spot $1 Family Calendar- you add the pictures
3. The idea of getting my girl a tutu and dolls for Christmas
4. Getting lost in a book- even if it's probably not the healthiest reading for my mind :)
5. Snowflakes that stay on my nose and eyelashes- no really!
So, there it is a post that's truly mine today!
And HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY M.G.
Monday, November 17, 2008
As for me, besides battling migraines and other not-so-enjoyable sicknesses... I've been loving the Twilight series. I'm nearly done. I'm 1/3 into the last one. Well, it's a short post, but I did get it done. That's one more check on my list! :)
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
I want to take this opportunity to really journal for a minute. When Carl left his job in Burlington it was terribly scary. But we knew it was the right choice. His job meant he wasn't around much. Often, I felt like a single parent. We prayed often about how to keep our family close. When we started talking about Billy beginning school the realization came that Carl (who never had weekends off) wasn't going to be seeing much of his big boy anymore. Neither of us could manage the thought.
So, my brave hubby left his job and we began the tormenting search for something else. We tried looking only in Burlington, so we would not have to move away... to no avail. We looked everywhere. Then we started discussing where we most wanted to be. Evansdale/Waterloo quickly became the answer. This is where we started our family. This is where our friends are. It is close to family. And as soon as Carl made the drive here to continue his search, he said he felt as if he were coming home. The Spirit strongly testified that this was the place. For several months Carl lived here without us. I frantically prepared the house for a move and to sell. When we joined him, it felt so right.
So lately we have been worrying about needing to move again because our house won't sell. We have prayed, fasted, made trips to the temple, everything (well, except burying a statue of St. Joseph- we're working to check that one off too). It has been a faith-trying, despairing journey. But... our landlady isn't giving up and just offered us a lease. We won't have to move! Hopefully, we can still purchase the home within a year or so. What a blessing. We've been looking at other rentals, and have been so sad at the thought of leaving our imperfect home and Billy's school. So, just so you know, we're staying, right where we are.
I'm betting that few of you will truly understand what a relief and blessing this is. I have moved many, many times in my life (over 15). Carl hasn't experienced too much stability either. And, even our children have experienced as many as 5 moves. We're so glad to be staying. I hope we are done with moving for a long time. The Lord has been with us in our journey. Gently leading us where we needed to be. We only hope we can be close to the Spirit so His will can be revealed in time. We are praying for each of you in your trials and hoping you will feel the Lord guiding you.
Monday, November 10, 2008
OH AND MOST IMPORTANTLY, MELISSA IS HOSTING BOOK CLUB THIS WEDNESDAY AT 7 P.M. WE'RE GOING TO DISCUSS ELLA ENCHANTED. THERE IS STILL TIME TO READ. IF YOU CAN'T GET TO THE BOOK THOUGH, YOU'RE STILL WELCOME TO JOIN US!
Saturday, November 8, 2008
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Having a girl is different than the boys. While my boys have been so wonderful and darling, Carley is great in a different way. It's fun to shop with her and do her hair. But there are special moments like helping Billy and Ian with their superhero-wear that I probably won't have with her. I'm so glad I've been blessed with them all!
Monday, November 3, 2008
Sunday, September 28, 2008
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Friday, September 19, 2008
- Got Billy off to school for picture day- with trimmed hair and his photo envelope
- Got a new FHE lesson from Relief Society activity- woo hoo (these are so handy)
- Washed and brushed the dog
- Walked up to Billy's school to pick him up (pushing a double stroller, brought the dog too)
- Pulled weeds and loaded brush into the blue bin
- Mowed the yard (gotta keep up with the Jones'es, ya know)
- Made dinner, did dishes
- Washed kids, did bedtime routine
- Planned temple trip, packed for temple trip
We leave early in the morning and we're stopping in Burlington to pick up our babysitter for the kids and dog. She's a very dear friend- and has opened her whole day up for me. After the temple we're going to the old house to do yard work. We got a notice that the hedge in the alley is overgrown and yada yada yada. So, busy day tomorrow. Busy day today. Must get rest. 'Night.
Thursday, September 18, 2008
- A red toy hunt- with a red pillowcase to collect them in
- Butterflies from coffee filters and clothespins and red pipe cleaner antennas
- Stuffing red square bean bags full of beans
- Singing "Banana Phone" and pretended bananas were phones
- Ate Bug Bites (graham bugs)
- Ate BlueBerry Muffins and Banana Muffins
- Singing "Bringing Home a Baby BumbleBee"
- Went on a Bear Hunt
- Read Brown Bear Brown Bear
- Any many other games, books and songs
It's been a lot of fun being the teacher this week. But I have to say... I've earned my 5-week break. Six 3-year olds is a lot to handle all at once. But they are good kids, and oh-so-smart!
So, from me and Ian... WE LOVE MOM SCHOOL!
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Monday, September 15, 2008
Ian-sitting on the potty, Daddy- waiting to use the bathroom...
Daddy: Ian, do you need any help?
Ian: No, I'm just going potty.
Daddy: Be sure to wipe.
Ian: I don't want to.
Daddy: Here, let me help you, I'll show you how.
Ian: I don't want to, it's yucky.
Daddy: Ian, I'm not going to wipe your butt for the rest of your life.
Ian: I'm only 3. (with emphasis on "only")
Then Daddy proceeds to wipe Ian's bottom for him with a promise that Ian will have to do it all by himself tomorrow. Hahahaha!
Where does he get this stuff? Well, it sure was our highlight tonight.
At FHE we talked about King Benjamin and Ian lost all his animal cookies in his bag to the naughty bag because he wouldn't listen, stop talking or stay in his seat. It was so hard. Some days Ian does great and others not so much. Billy was wonderful. He listened and answered questions very well. Carley- at this age- is a lost cause. We keep truckin' along though, hoping in the long run it'll make a difference. Routine is everything, right? Well, I'm sure tonight our downfall was starting an hour late. Dinner wasn't ready until 6:15 (an hour late) so then everything got pushed back. Better luck next Monday.
Tomorrow is Mom School and my turn to teach. Billy's had some asthma trouble over the weekend, but did well today at home, so I'm sending him to school tomorrow. I hope Carley behaves during Mom School. I worry she'll be in the way. She often demands to be the center of attention. Ian's excited to have school tomorrow. I hope it goes well. New update tomorrow.
Thursday, September 11, 2008
Saturday, August 30, 2008
1. Where is your cell phone? table
2. Your significant other? Carl
3. Your hair? wet
4. Your mother? crazy (in a good way, of course)
5. Your father? practical
6. Your favorite thing? sleep
7. Your dream last night? embarrassing
8. Your favorite drink? Powerade
9. Your dream/goal? serenity
10. The room you’re in? dining
11. Your hobby? reading
12. Your fear? inferiority
13. Where do you want to be in 6 years? debt-free
14. What you’re not? lazy
15. Muffins? please
16. One of your wish list items? wardrobe
17. Where you grew up? everywhere
18. The last thing you did? bath
19. What are you wearing? jammies
20. Favorite gadget? email
21. Your pets? Skittles
22. Your computer? crashed
23. Your mood? overwhelmed
24. Missing someone? mom
25. Your car? minivan
26. Something you’re not wearing? socks
27. Favorite store? books
28. Like someone? many
29. Your favorite color? green
30. When is the last time you laughed? dinner
31. Last time you cried? yesterday
I tag any of you that read this... beware I check your blogs!
As for the update... Billy's testing the waters by talking back, Ian's playing mommy's boy this week and Carley is getting smarter and sneakier. The dog needs a bath. The dishes need washed. The laundry's due. Busy with my calling. Deadlines coming all the time. Homework and paperwork abound. Getting hard to keep our heads above water with two houses. Trying to keep my smile on.
Thursday, August 28, 2008
Monday, August 25, 2008
Billy started Kindergarten... he loves it. Ian does not. He cried and cried the first day of school- not Billy, Ian. He misses his brother every day. The second day Billy went I found Ian laying on the top bunk- Billy's bed- talking to Billy's bear. He's getting used to it, but the peak of the day is when Billy comes home. When he's off half days it will get harder I'm sure.
Carl and I are co-chairpersons on the activities committee for our ward- at church. We have been terribly busy planning an upcoming activity for Sept. 6. It is a Book of Mormon Activity and has many facets involved. We are planning geocache-ing, trivia, crafts, games, lunch and much more. It is sure to be a good time. We appreciate all of the help we've been getting. Everyone has really been reaching out to make this happen.
Our family went camping this weekend (for Carl's 31st birthday). The kids did pretty well, though Ian was not happy come bedtime. The stars were amazing and the weather was beautiful. It was a nice family trip. We learned Carley does not like wind. Billy is terribly curious about many things in nature. And Ian loves to watch the animals, but does not like sleeping in tents. And I learned Carl is a great smoke signaler- not as great at starting fires.
We also visited Grandma and Papa in their new FEMA trailer. That's right, they finally have a place of their own. Annette and Ronnie were so great to host them out at their place, but now they can have family over to their place again and feel more independent. It's a nice place and comfortable. The park they live in is very clean and accomodating. We went swimming at the pool while we were there too.
Today has been a blur. Laundry from camping, still unpacking boxes, haircut for Carl, reorganize the toy room... again. It's never ending around here. And the paperwork Carl and I have been buried under with our most recent venture of becoming licensed as foster parents has been astronomical. You can rest assured that foster parents are well prepared for the task at hand. They are also very analyzed and must have all their ducks in a row before taking on such a task. We look forward to providing stability and love to foster children though. It will be a great experience for all of us.
Well, we've been busy. I'll try to post pictures and more soon. Thanks to all of you who have been keeping up on your own blogs. I love to read them and know you are all doing okay in your new places and new roles. It's fun to see your families grow and change. I'll do my best to jump back in with two feet.
Monday, August 18, 2008
Carl and I are taking a class up at the community college and it's turning out to be a nice date night for us. We made trades and found babysitting for all but 3 nights of 10. We're so grateful to be among so many friends here. Well, I have to start on boxes and I need to mow. More soon... until then... goodbye.
Thursday, August 14, 2008
It's been days since I've posted. Sorry for the lull. I've been 1) busy with getting the windows completed 2) watching the Olympics and 3) getting the house ready for the furniture move. Yes, that's right we're finally getting our furniture here. How exciting is that!? Well, many people have assured us we'll have the help loading and unloading that we need. Grandma and Papa will come up and watch the kids for us. Saturday is the day.
As for the windows, I'm finally done scraping, caulking, priming, painting, cleaning up and washing. No more ladder work for me for a long time. I do have 6 basement window to do, but they are small and close to the ground. That should go very quickly. And as for the attic, we're not doing them, because we're replacing those windows and turning the attic into a dormer for the boys. More work ahead.
And the Olympics, wow! What fun it has been to watch the athletes compete. There have been amazing Olympic moments all along the way. Some have been so sad and others tremendous. It has been great to include the kids when possible too. They get exciting whenever swimming is on. Gymnastics comes on too late for them. We try to watch the highlights with them the next day. It's been exiciting and we're looking forward to track and field starting soon.
So, sorry for the absence of new posts around here. I'll try to be better. It's just been busy busy busy here. Hope you guys are having a more relaxing summer than the Hartsons!