Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Where They Belong

My big babes are tucked snug in to their beds, right back where they belong.  They have spent the past few nights at Ama and Bapa’s house while Chris and I had a chance to tackle a load of yard work and even sneak in a lunch and movie date out Sunday afternoon.  Then Monday and Tuesday I was able to have some alone time while Chris traveled for work.  I organized closets, switched over clothing for the entire family, brought bags and bags of goodies to the goodwill, worked out for an extended time at the gym, got a haircut, grabbed a cup of coffee and pumpkin muffin at Starbucks at 2 in the afternoon and read my book, made salsa, went grocery shopping, slept in until 7:30 (crazy rebel that I am!), took a super long bath, stayed up way too late, ate out, chatted with friends, and of course found a wee bit of time to shop!  It was a marvelous mini – vacation!

But I tell ya what. This house is quiet when four bodies aren’t in it.  I would wake in the morning and listen for the sounds of shuffling feet, quiet conversation between brothers, or a snoring husband.  And then I would remember that I was alone.  So by the time this evening rolled around and I met my parents to get my kiddos back I was more than ready. 

These kids are blessed beyond words to have such awesome grandparents in their lives.  When they were first born their MawMaw and Pop were there for them every stop along the way. Dropping everything to help care for and help raise them.  Now my parents live just a couple hours away and take such incredibly good care of them and just love them to pieces when they’re away from me.  We have two sets of parents who truly want to spend time with my children!  Do you know what a gift that is to Chris and I?  Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your love and devotion to these children MawMaw, Pop, Ama, and Bapa! We love you!

The kids were full of stories and conversation tonight.  The boys wanted to share their highs and lows from their time with Grandpa and Grandma.

Both of them said their high was playing the Bop It game and watching Bapa do the strawberry muffin dance. (We need to get that on video Dad!)

Grayson’s low was when Bapa got upset with him and made him sit in time out. Smile

Ethan’s low was when Grayson had a temper tantrum and threw the cards all over.

Adelyn’s low was falling down at Ama and Bapa’s.  Her high was just simply “I go Ama and Bapa’s!”

In other news – my camera battery is dead.  This wouldn’t typically be a problem because I would just pull out my handy dandy charger and get it going again – but here’s the catch…

I put my charger in some super special spot when I cleaned a few weeks ago and now I have no idea for the life of me where that special little spot was.  So sorry, no pics to share today!

A few blurbs of other news that I feel you precious readers will really want to know about:

1. I got my eyebrows waxed today and my eyelid on my right eye is super red.  I think whatever chemical she used afterwards is making my face freak out in a major way.  My Mom gave me that concerned look tonight and asked me what was wrong with my face. Not quiet in those words as she is so tactful, but kinda like that.

2. I have been eating a lot of junk food recently. I don’t know what gets in to me.  I have been working out frequently at the gym and then blow it all on all this pumpkin goodness (and everything else in sight) that surrounds me. I think it’s something about cold weather that just makes me want to get fat.

3. We are planning a bedroom make-over for the boys for Christmas.  They have nearly outgrown their toddler beds so we are in the hunt for some bunk beds for them.  We are also finally going to put their dressers in to their room, hang up new curtains, and (gasp!) put a light bulb in their ceiling light.  The boys are SO excited about it!  They asked tonight for one red wall, one green wall, one blue wall and one yellow wall.  I’ll let them talk to their Daddy about that one.

4. I spilled wine on the carpet the other night.  I scrubbed and scrubbed it but there is definitely a red stain.  Chris still hasn’t spotted it.  Anyone want to place a guess on how long it might take him and how pleased he might be when he finds it?


  1. I love your posts (and I missed the pictures in this one)! I don't often take time to leave a comment, but I wanted to this time. I have to be so careful not to be jealous of your parents and in-laws! I would LOVE for my kids to have grand-parents like that! And I would so LOVE for my parents to sweep my kids away just for a day, or even an evening, so I could swap out clothes, or clean more than wash the dishes, or go on a date with my husband. You truly are blessed, and I know that I am too, even if not in all the same ways. Praise God, He gives us what we really need, even if it's not always what we want.

    I think you are the best mommy there ever could be, and your kids are adorable to the point of dangerous! Keep living the full life!

    1. Thank you for your comment Sally. You are right. I do need to be careful on how I express my gratitude for our parents, because I do realize that not everyone is that fortunate. Like you said though, you are blessed in numerous other ways. I apologize if my entry wasn't sensitive to that.

      Thank you also for the sweet comments about my mothering and my children. Every day is a new day, a fresh start. For that I am thankful. :)

  2. Oh no! No need to alter your blogging style. I was not meaning you were insensitive. I'm thrilled you & Chris have wonderful parents. Everyone is different, and not everybody loves kids as much as (or in the same way) your parents do!

    P.S. Thanks so much for visiting my blog and commenting!

  3. This whole post just made me smile. What a gift! :)

  4. What a fun post! My "big" kids were just with their Nana overnite a few days ago and Adam was out of town, so it was just Sophie and me. I'm afraid I wasn't nearly as productive as you were - your mini vacation sounded just wonderful!

    And yes, I agree, there is something about fall that makes my body want to get fat, too! Which makes losing these pregnancy pounds all that much more challenging. *sigh* Pumpkin is my weakness.

  5. Anonymous13.10.12

    the gift is ours when we get to have some darlings home with us. Now we are looking forward to Adie with us next weekend and then Mikes kids on a weekend soon. Sorry the kids had to have their lows on our watch but that is all part of growing up.
    on the carpet beth--try pouring some club soda on the spill. maybe not too late. I was amazed when it worked for our wine spill once.

    1. Oh Beth I just love each of your blogs. They are so funny and make me smile, smile, smile! So glad you and Chris had some time to yourselves but especially glad you had some time for yourself. Also being able to accomplish the many tasks involved with keeping a home, getting a jump on all these chores without 3 little ones running everywhere, gives you a sense of peace and a feeling of control over the environment:) As far a parents go, you and Chris are just the best!!! Those little ones are just so blessed to have Ama and Bapa to just love them to pieces and enjoy all the time they can with them. We are looking forward to a great week with you all. God bless you and all the family:)


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