Thursday, January 10, 2008

Good News!

We got some good news about Matt's school requirements today. He doesn't need 2 of the 3 classes he signed up for this semester. He needs 2 others in their place, one of which he can take this semester, and then other (we hope!) he can take during the summer. Then he will be DONE. FINISHED.

He has been such a trooper to stick it out and try so hard to work around all the scheduling issues we have. I am so happy to see it coming together for him.

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

School Days

Matt started school today. Wahoo! We are in the home stretch. He should be finding out soon how much he has left to complete, but it should only be a few more classes until he's done with the Bachelor's degrees. I'm so proud of him!

Monday, January 7, 2008


Lyssa conked out on Daddy's shoulder while they were watching TV together today.

How cute is that?

Saturday, January 5, 2008

Date night

Mom came over to rescue me this morning. And by rescue I mean help me lay out the baby's quilt which I now only have about 4 weeks to finish. I have it in my head to finish it this weekend...but we'll see. I don't know what I would do without that woman. She of course had the best idea for how to make use of all the uneven numbers of colors and we got it all figured out. I think it's going to be very cute when I'm able to get it all put together.

We actually got another chance for a night out today (trying to take as many opportunities as we can before the baby arrives!). I'm afraid I'm not a very fun date though...I can't walk very far due to my various ailments so we're kind of limited on our date activities for the time being.

We decided to ginally get around to using a gift card that we got for Christmas '06 (how sad is money and it takes us over a year to use it!) So we wandered around Bed, Bath and Beyond until we were able to find the pasta pot of our dreams. Too bad we have no room in our kitchen for all our kitchen stuff, but we got it anyway.

While driving around aimlessly afterward we decided dinner would be in order. Turns out there is a new Cheesecake Factory over by the mall. Apparently one should never attempt dinner at this restaurant because the wait was 2 1/2 hours. Seriously people. Who waits in line that long for dinner. And this was at 8:30 at night. I shudder to think what the line was like earlier in the evening. We ended up at the Olive Garden across the parking lot and had a very nice time there. Any time together is a good time!

Thursday, January 3, 2008

Quotable Kids

Recent quotes from the kids:

While putting up the Christmas tree, "Mommy, our Christmas tree smells like Rosemary." - Kenna

Overheard from Alyssa while she's playing with their kitchen set, "...add some garlic salt..."

After being told for the bajillionth time to be patient, "But Mommy, being patient is so BORING." - Kenna

After putting on my pajamas that don't fit anymore and putting my hair in an ugly ponytail, "Mommy, you're so cute." - Alyssa

I think we've been watching too much Food Network, "It turns YUM into YUM-O!" - Kenna

After being told we weren't visiting Grandma and Grandpa on the way home on this particular day, "Mommy, grandpa misses me." "I know sweetie. We'll visit him soon." "But mommy, he's crying. He misses me." - Alyssa

Wednesday, January 2, 2008


So I went out to lunch with a good friend from work today. She is having some trials in her life that are a bit difficult to deal with so we got started talking about trials in general and I had a little epiphany about my own struggles in life.

I think it's fair to say I'm a pretty impatient person. Once I make up my mind to do something, I have a hard time waiting...I just want to jump in with both feet and get it done. I don't like waiting to become good at something and I'm terribly impatient when it comes to waiting for other people to get things accomplished or learn something.

It seems that a lot of the trials I've had in my life seem to run along a common theme. That being the "stick it out/endure to the end" sort of theme...most likely because this is one of the most difficult things for me to do because of that impatient nature.

I have about 5 million examples of how I can see this looking back through different things I have experienced, but the most recent one would be with being pregnant. I went over my due date 2 weeks with both my girls. While this doesn't prove anything, to me it was a huge hardship. (Yes I know many women go through this and survive just fine...but I'm pontificating here...) Having to wait the 40 weeks was excruciating...then adding 2 more on top of that AND having to get induced were just like nails in the coffin. It killed me having to stick it out that long. And while I realize there are other women with much greater trials and there were a lot of things that could have been worse, for ME, it was a big deal. Being huge and miserable was bad enough, but add to that my inability to wait for things and you get a someone who feels like the entire world is against her.

I guess after all that gibberish, my point is that Heavenly Father knows us and knows what our weaknesses are. Because of that He gives us the trials that will specifically test and help us improve our own individual flaws. I have seen time and time again how each thing I have struggled with has helped me overcome or strengthen a specific weakness. It is amazing to me to look back and just how well suited each of these trials have been to me and what I needed to learn at that particular time in my life.

I am so grateful that we have these experiences, and that we know they are coming in love with the intent of helping us reach our full potential as children of God. What great love He has for us. How well He knows us. It is truly humbling to realize how involved He is with each and every individual life.

Tuesday, January 1, 2008

New Year's Day

So we both ended up having the day off today. It was so nice. We were able to get all the Christmas things cleaned up and put away, including getting our poor dry tree out of the house. As much as I love Christmas, it felt good to get everything safely packed up and put away and to have all the extra space back. Now the girls can be free to play in the living room again without mom constantly reminding them to be careful.

We didn't really do much other than that. It was a slow lazy day. We played a bunch with the kids and their Christmas toys and just generally enjoyed hanging out without having to worry about being somewhere. It was a nice change from all the craziness of the past few weeks and a good break before the reality of a new baby in the house stirs everything up again.

New Year's Eve

Goodness, we're boring. I fell asleep before Matt got home last night. He woke me up as he came in the door. Then we sat and watched TV until almost 1am before we realized it was New Years.

I remember when we used to plan stuff out, have people over and make a big deal of New Years Eve. Now we barely remember it, except for the fact that I don't have work the next day. I think we have now officially earned the title of "old married couple".

I'll take it though. It's comfy.