Friday, January 2, 2009

Hello again

Wow - 2 days in a row - even I'm impressed now! Today was a productive day - I just got done cleaning the kitchen floor. I used a swifter wet jet. We decided to try one of these now since the kitchen, hall and both boys rooms are all hard wood floors. I like it. Now I do have to say that the only reason that I even had to clean the floor was because I spilled David's soda all over the floor as soon as we walked in the house after walking in the door.

We found out that Christmas Eve a pipe burst at the school, flooding it. They were able to get the computers up off the ground, but we are still left with a stinky mess to clean up. Fun.

Ethan is learning how to use the computer. He is playing games in Playhouse Disney. He now just wants to sit in front of the computer all day long and "play". It is kinda fun watching him on the computer though. Just another example of my baby growing up.

We went over to Ward and Debbie's house and saw friends from Havasu (well they don't live in Havasu any more - they now live in Williams, AZ) - Dick and Bev Allen and their daughter Debbie were passing through town and stopped at Debbie and Wards for the night. When they pulled in the discovered that their motor home no longer went in reverse! They might be staying longer than just a night.......

Tonight my friend Abby and I are going to see a movie - okay - we just went and saw a movie. (Yes, I started this post before we left and am finishing it now that I am back). I do have to say that it was one of the best movies that I have seen in a long time. I guess that I am a sucker for a good love story too. We saw Twilight. I am now off to read the first book in the series. I am afraid though, that if I start the book tonight - sleep will not be had. I will tell myself - just the first chapter.......

Well my friends - my book, my pillow, and my PJ's are all calling.

I will catch up will you all later.

Hope your Friday was as exciting as mine.

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Happy New Year -- Here's To 2009!

I am looking forward to all that 2009 is going to bring to our family! I do believe that 2009 can only be better than 2008! I am so excited to see what God is going to do in our lives and in our family. I am watching our babies grow into little boys and a young man. I have a little girl that I never imagined I would have. Every day that I look into her face, I am filled with a joy that I just can't explain. It is so different than with the boys. There is just a different connection with her.

There are so many different things that I would like to do in the New Year. Isn't that always how it starts out - we make a list of things that we want to do in at the beginning of the year and then within a few weeks, maybe a month, even a few days we break these "resolutions". I read a book growing up "21 Days to Make or Brake A Habit", according to this book that's all it takes - 21 days. It worked for me. In 21 days - I quit biting my nails. So according to this book, if we can make it just to the 21st of January - we are golden. I guess we will see.

One of the things that I would like to do more of in 2009 would be to Blog more. Not just because it is "one more thing to do", but it is because it is a way that I can keep in contact with family and friends that we don't get to see all the time and those that I "met" while on bedrest with Mayah and while pregnant with the twins. One of the ways that I am going to *try* to do that is with the Thursday Thirteen.

It just works out perfectly that the beginning of the new year is a Thursday! Works for me! This Thursday I will list the 13 highlights of 2008 - maybe not the best or greatest things but the things that made 2008 what it was (in no particular order).

1. The birth of Mayah. Our princess.

2. I graduated with my BA at the top of my class. Summa Cum Laude. Go Shannon!

3. We moved into a house that is perfect for us right now - minus one bathroom, but a HUGE backyard!!!

4. Ethan started kindergarten and is doing really well. He is reading and writing and loving school.

5. David is starting on a new adventure with his career and it is not with Starbucks. Scary but exciting at the same time. For the first time in 17 years he has been unemployed for more than a month. Scary.

6. Faith has never been more real to us than it has been this year. We have had to rely on God more than ever before.

7. We thought we were in a place where God wanted us, and watched our dream fall apart in front of our eyes. We cried. We screamed. We mourned. We were angry for a while. We questioned God, we questioned ourselves, we are seeking, we are knocking, we are waiting upon the Lord. We are not, we will not, we refuse to become bitter.

8. I started work in August. I didn't realize that I would enjoy as much as I do. I don't know if it is because I am out of the house now, maybe because I spent so much time time inside - on bedrest????

9. Isaac was diagnosed with Asthma. Not the best news, but now we are prepared and doing preventative treatments, and are can keep an eye on him just in case. We also learned that Aidan has an appetite for wood. Who knew? At least it is low in calories right? :)

10. Both of our parents come out to visit us - Davids parents came out in February and mine in April. We were then able to make a trip to Utah/Havasu/Vegas in July - August.

11. Ward and Debbie moved to IL! Yeah! It was a long time coming and it finally happened. We were wondering, I am sure that they were wondering too.

12. I had to stick myself with numerous needles numerous times a day for a short time during the beginning of the year, all while on 23 weeks of bedrest. This was all to keep me pregnant. I am so glad that this is over and that I will never have to do that again! I had to get over my fear of needles to do that. There were so many things that I had to do this pregnancy that I didn't with the boys. But it also meant the delivery of a perfect little addition to our family - the completion to our family.

13. We have received more blessings in more ways than we would have every thought possible in 2008. Just when I though that all hope was lost I would turn around and the answer would hit me in the face - I would then feel so stupid for even doubting that God wouldn't come through for us. We are believing God that this next year we will be able to "Pay It Forward" double - even triple.