Sunday, January 26, 2014

It's not even six am., and I just had pizza and a 1/2 cup of dry granola. How's that for a balanced meal? I'm so thankful for a good night of sleep. Brian wasn't up throwing up from a stomach virus or food poisoning, or coughing from allergies, and Baby Olive stayed down low instead of up in my ribs as she'd been all day. I feel rested and so excited to be going to worship my Lord this morning!

Recap of this week....

Mama came Monday and stayed a couple of days. She took us girls shopping and bought me my jogging stroller and diaper bag. So generous! Tuesday after the kids went off to school, she and Hazel and I went to the mall and she bought me a new robe and a couple of sets of jammies for my hospital stay. This is something she has done with every baby I've had. Have I said the word generous yet? Oh, and she also filled my freezer with various kinds of meats!

I spent most of Wednesday getting things done around the house while visiting with Mama. Samuel had a basketball game in the far reaches of the LISD boundary that evening. Mama followed me there so she could go home after the game since it was on the way to her house in Burnet.  Canyon Ridge won, though they started off sluggish. They're still undefeated in regular district play. 

The kids had a snow day Friday because the roads were so bad from all the ice. Brian was working from home that day as well, so we were all able to enjoy spending the day inside. We invited the Thompsons from across the street as well as Tasha and her boys over for coffee and cookies. Tasha's husband, Marcel, was working so wasn't able to come. 

Brian got very sick Friday night, throwing up multiple times and even passing out! Really scary! We're not sure if he got food poisoning or what (no one else got sick). 

Saturday morning Samuel had a basketball tournament. Canyon Ridge won their first game and then played their rival Cedar Park Middle in the championship game, losing by one point. They play Cedar Park again on Monday night for the last game of the season. If CR wins this time they'll be district champs (since tournament games don't count against their regular season record). Samuel has so enjoyed being on the team this season! It's such a sweet group of boys, Coach Kelder is the best, and the parents are all so encouraging and supportive of each other's sons. 

I'm so ready to have this baby! I have my (nearly) 37 week appointment this week. I'll go every week from here on out. Most women go every two weeks starting at 30 weeks, and every week at 35 weeks, but Dr. Love gave me the option of just continuing coming in every four weeks until 37 weeks since I've done this so many times before and I've never had complications.

Also this week on the calendar, Brian's birthday and my baby shower. Looking forward to both!

Well, off to feed my soul. Have a blessed Lord's Day!

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Sitting here on the couch with my coffee waiting for it to do its thing. My consumption has been way down this pregnancy because I've just lost the taste for it. But sometimes you just gotta force it down.

Brian, Hazel, and I have had a pretty quiet weekend while the big kids have been at Mimi's. Yesterday I did some reading, sewed a table runner, got a pot roast going, did some laundry, took Hazel to the park, walked six miles, sat around visiting with Brian and ironed out this years's budget, and took a bubble bath. There are few things I dislike more than disussing money. It has always stressed me out. But we did it. Things will be tight this year - probably for several years to come - but I can't imagine a better use of our time and money than on these six wonderful gifts God has given us! 

The kids have a holiday tomorrow. No big plans for the day other than homework and then letting them roam free. This week will be another busy basketball week for Samuel with a game Wednesday and a two day tournament on the weekend, and then his final game next Monday. He has so enjoyed being on the team and has made some good friends. It makes me very happy to see his talking and laughing with his teammates during and after the games. The kids seem to accept him and even really like him for who he is, even if he is a little different. 
Not a week goes by that Brian and I don't talk about how blessed we are to have the kids in the schools they're in. As expensive of a move this was and how "fish out of water" we felt at first being out here I the 'burbs, it is so worth it. The opportunities the kids have are so much greater than what they had in AISD, or in private school, or at home. And to hear the kids say how much they like school makes me so happy! All of them agree that this is the best school year they've had so far. Yay!

Just five more weeks until we get to meet Olive. I'm starting to feel pretty uncomfortable and find myself constantly thinking about her arrival. I feel pinched inside like there's no more room, and my ribs are bruised from her pressing against them. But soon enough she'll be here and I'll forget all about the pain. 

Tasha is throwing me a baby shower on February 1st. I feel so honored! No one has thrown me a shower since I was pregnant with Margaret! Tasha is my childhood best friend who moved to Steiner Ranch a few months ago. She lives about a mile away and her sons go to school with our boys. 

Must start getting ready for church. Blessed Lord's Day to you all!

Saturday, January 18, 2014

It's 6 am on Saturday morning. No reason for me to be up since we have nowhere to go and four of my kids are at my mom's house. But my body has this internal alarm that goes off and will not allow me to go back to sleep. So here I am.

As I said, Mama came and got the older kids and took them out to her house for the weekend. It's Little Thomas's birthday (who is not so little anymore at 13) as well Big Thomas's birthday (who is no longer little either at 37) this coming week. All the cousins but Hazel were going out for the weekend, as well as Big Thomas. Brian and I opted to stay in Austin and enjoy some time mostly to ourselves before Olive comes. I suppose Hazel could've gone, too, but she's the youngest, I I didn't want to add another one to the already crazy crew of ten for my mom and Thomas to take care of. 

Our plans for the weekend are to finalize our year's budget, do a few odd jobs around the house, and get some exercise. Brian has his half marathon next month, so he's got a long run to do. I just want to get out and enjoy some fresh air and then maybe I'll do something crafty. I have so much sewing stuff waiting to be used. 

I'm getting lots of good ideas of books to read since lots of my friends are are posting their reading goals for the year on their blogs and Facebook. Here's what mine looks like so far...

Read through the Bible using my Devotional Daily Bible
Pleasing God by RC Sproul
The Holiness of God by RC Sproul
Inerrancy by Norm Geisler
The Bondage of the Will by Martin Luther
The Freeom of Self Forgetfulness by Tim Keller
Freedom of the Will by Jonathan Edwards
The Pursuit of God by AW Tozer

As you can see, I'm on a doctrine theme. I seem to go through phases where I read only one genre of books almost to the point if overkill. I'm sure I'll add to this list as I discover new reads. I'm not great at writing reviews (or writing, period!) but I'll try to add some thoughts about each as I finish them. That is if I can remember to blog, and I really hope to blog more this year. I did write a blog post this week, but never got around to publishing it. Probably better that I didn't since I was loose with my words on a particular subject and typed things I'm sure I would regret later. 

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

crossing my fingers that i'll be able to blog a post before hazel wakes up from her nap. this napping thing is a new thing we're starting. I'm taking advantage of her being sick to get her in the habit of going down for a little while after lunch. it makes both of us a lot happier campers.

yesterday i cleaned house, cooked a pot roast, took a bubble bath with hazel, but was otherwise lazy. william had a dentist appointment down the street right after school, and we all rejoiced when he got a good report. it's been two years since we've been to the dentist and so far two kids are cavity-less. what a blessing! hoping the other two also get a clean bill.

last night i made king cake to celebrate epiphany. for several reasons our evening was rushed and we didn't get to read about the wise men and sing any traditional epiphany songs. maybe we'll do that tonight.

trying to get back into the groove of getting the kids and brian off in the morning and then establishing a meaningful routine for hazel and i during the day. i'm trying to strike a balance between playing with hazel on her terms and time, and keeping up with my to do list each day.

the kids were really glad to be back at school yesterday, especially william. he just thrives off of structure and clearly laid out agendas and expectations. i am so thankful for the schools we have in our neighborhood. all three are top notch and places i feel comfortable sending the kids each day.

well, the washing machine just told me she's done, so i had better help her out of her clothes.

Monday, January 6, 2014

i'm not even gonna try to cover all of life that has happened since i last blogged. ugh. let's just start with right now. 

it's bitterly cold outside right now. they say we're going to get the coldest temps Austin has seen since 1970! supposed to be in the low teens tonight. it wouldn't be so bad except that it's also windy. 

today was the first day back to school for all the kids. i dropped off all the boys and didn't make them ride their bikes, then waited with Margaret at the bus stop so she wouldn't have to stand out in the cold. central texans are just not equipped for this kids of weather. 

i just checked on hazel, and thankfully, she is finally napping in Olive's crib. she sleeps alright in her Big Girl Bed upstairs, but napping is another thing. i have to put her in the crib to keep her contained. she hates it. 

january and february will be busy with school work plus extracurricular  activities. Margaret begins track, Samuel continues with basketball that started before the break, as well as track. and then somewhere in the middle i'll have a baby. Brian turns 41 at the end of the month. and by the way, i sure am enjoying being married to an older man. Samuel turns 13 the week Olive is due. this will be an interesting year having two teenagers, two tweens, and two littles. 

i've got back into reading, whereas i'd dropped off quite a bit the last several months. i picked up a NKJV Daily Devotional Bible at HPB. i've never had a one year Bible, and for some reason it just thrills me to have all my readings laid out like that. i've done a lot of reading plans, but i find them hard to stick to. seeing it all in one place with the date just makes me so happy! i picked up Pleasing God by RC Sproul, which i'm really enjoying, and i downloaded about ten ebooks by Sproul, Martin Luther, Jonathan Edwards, and others that I'm looking forward to reading. 

i'm late to the party, but i've been enjoying and getting lots of decorating inspiration as that is just my style.

on the exercise front, i've done pretty well. i walk every day, most days 5 or 6 miles, and some days up to 9 when the weather is good and i have the time. not all at one time, mind you. usually divided between morning and afternoon. i love being outside and so does hazel. on top of the walking, i've been working out with weights. since we dropped our Y membership we've been slowly adding to our home gym (if you can even call it that) collection of weights and such. there's a weekly yoga class that meets at the neighborhood club house that i had intended to join over the summer but never got around to it. hopefully after baby O gets here i'll make it over there.

and speaking of baby, this pregnancy has gone by so fast. it's crazy to me that i'm already 33 weeks. in no time i'll be holding little olive, or as hazel has started calling her, baby awful. =) this has been an uneventful pregnancy. no real complaints, other than the minor insomnia that has over taken me lately. i don't mind being pregnant. ok, i actually really enjoy it. 

well, that's all i have time for right now. these are rare moments when hazel is napping and i have the house to myself, so i'd better make the most of them!

getting a late start on this, but here we go….

1. What did you do in 2013 that you’d never done before? move to the suburbs! have always lived in the country or the city up until this year
2. Did you keep your new years’ resolutions, and will you make more for next year? i made some goals last year (reading through the Bible following R.M. M'Cheyne's reading plan, the vague goal of "being more artsy", running the Marathon for Adoption, learning some spanish, reading lots of books), and kept up with some. others, like running the marathon weren't even an option since i was 6 months pregnant at that time. i did read a good deal, but not as much as in previous years. i didn't learn any spanish at all. i did quite a bit of art stuff as time allowed. 
3. Did anyone close to you give birth? a handful of friends
4. Did anyone close to you die? yes: Nicole, Trey, Walter...
5. What countries did you visit? none. didn't even make it outside of Texas this year (not that there's anything wrong with that). with getting our house ready to sell and the subsequent move, we didn't have a lot of money left over for vacationing. 
6. What would you like to have in 2014 that you lacked in 2013? a more sensitive heart to the needs of others. more creativity. patience. a wiring KitchenAid mixer. a healthy newborn.
7. What date from 2013 will remain etched upon your memory, and why? no one date stands out. to be honest, this year was pretty much a whirl wind.
8. What was your biggest achievement of the year? making it through the first half of the school year and all the juggling of schedules and homework and all that without doping the ball too often. 
9. What was your biggest failure? getting angry at my kids, laziness of mind, pride... 
10. Did you suffer illness or injury? a recurrence of ulcerative colitis carried over from 2012. thankfully it was quickly cleared up once i got on the right meds.
11. What was the best thing you bought? our house! it wasn't our dream house when we found it, but it has been such a blessing! and after living in a 1700 square foot house for ten years, moving to a nearly 3200 square feet house makes it feel like we're in a castle! 
12. Whose behavior merited celebration? my kids. they've made the adjustment to a new neighborhood and new schools with such good attitudes. so proud of them!
13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed? those who treated me unkindly when they find out i was expecting again.
14. Where did most of your money go? house, food, church, healthcare, car 
15. What did you get really, really, really excited about? discovering Brian and i were going to be parents again, and also learning that my childhood BFF was moving from Houston to my neighborhood!
16. What song will always remind you of 2013? Home by Philip Philips. mostly because it was my kids and they cousins theme song for the summer and they always asked me to play it when we were in the car
17. Compared to this time last year, are you: happier or sadder? happier. 
18. What do you wish you’d done more of? praying, being hospitable to others, taking time to write letters and make phone calls to friends and family, spend one on one time with each of my kids. 
19. What do you wish you’d done less of? criticizing, eating sugar, wasting time on the 'net.
20. How did you spend Christmas? we hosted Christmas Eve for my mom's side of the family at our house, then went to the service at church that night. we came him and watched It's A Wonderful Life. Christmas morning we opened gifts and stockings with the kids, ate breakfast casserole, and played outside. 
21. How will you spend New Years? NYE Brian and i went out on a  date and ran some errands. New Year's Day he sent me off for "me" time while he took the kids down to the lake. 
22. What was your favorite TV program? i watched a lot of HG TV shows the first half of the year when i would work out at the Y. the second half of the year we had u verse and i only watched the local news and football. so i guess i didnt really have a favorite tv show. what would be a better question is what my favorite website was. 
23. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year? no
24. What was the best book you read? the Bible
25. What was your greatest musical discovery? the Lumineers, i suppose 
26. What did you want and got? life, a new house in a good neighborhood with excellent schools and on the greenbelt. 
27. What was your favorite film of this year? i didn't see any
28. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you? my mom took Hazel and I to lunch and shopping and then in the evening Brian took me out for Italian food.
29. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying? not worrying
30. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2013? carefree
31. What kept you sane? time with the Lord, exercise 
32. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most? not sure
33. What political issue stirred you the most? the abortion debate in Texas
34. Who did you miss? neighbors from our old 'hood
35. Who was the best new person you met?  our neighbors across the street, Noah and Lisa
36. Tell us some valuable life lessons you learned in 2013:  The mind of man plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps.  Proverbs 16:9