Tuesday, January 29, 2008

President Hinckley

Our dear President Hinckley passed away on Sunday night. It is as though I have lost a dear friend. His passing is both bitter and sweet-bitter to lose his humor, love, and devotion to the gospel and sweet that he is now reunited with his beloved wife. He will forever have a tender place in my heart, and the words he has spoken change my life time and time again. It was during his time as a prophet that I gained my testimony.

After I found out, I called Carter in to tell him. I explained that he died and that his spirit went to live with Heavenly Father again. Whenever we talk about bodies not working any more and spirits going to Heaven- he still gets a little confused (but sometimes the conversations are rather funny to be honest). Anyway, I explained that sometimes our bodies just get really old and tired and they stop working and that was the case with President Hinckley. A few minutes later Carter very sweetly asked "Mom...did bad guys get him?" I am pretty sure President Hinckley would have thought that it was as funny as I did.

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Cabin Fever

I wish I had it together enough to be posting pictures today since I really need to but no- I am just sitting back reading blogs and totally waisting my time at the computer while the kids nap. The dishes are piled up, I haven't cleaned up from preschool this morning, I have books and paperwork all over the kitchen table and all over my bed that need to be organized, I have a big pile of clean clothes to fold and an even bigger pile of dirty clothes to wash, etc., etc., etc. but yet here I sit at the computer. I think I have come to realize that my house will always be at least sort of messy (if not very messy) and I am mostly ok with that. At the end of the day cleaning and organizing aren't my top priorities- learning new things, working on my "projects", reading books with Carter, and playing with Tay simply beat out dusting the piano or decorating my house. That said- I still would love to have a clean and beautiful home. Hmm. I am not sure where the balance is for me but I know I haven't found it. Drew has been asking for paint colors for months now so that he can start painting the interior of our house. I feel like I make millions of decisions every day for our family, preschool, birth stuff & community stuff, my church responsibilities, (bla bla bla) that having to make those decisions (like temporarily permanent paint colors) is a total total turn off and very overwhelming might I add. Oh how I wish it were warm out side- then I wouldn't even be thinking about this! I would be planning my next outing with the kids. Having a messy and undecorated house is much easier to handle when you aren't home to look at it :).

When My Battery Is Dead

While my "battery" is dead on most levels these days, this post is actually a story about my car...

So last night I got in my car to leave for a meeting and it wouldn't start. I didn't want to be late so I just took Drew's and left. I called Drew at home to let him know that when I got home we'd need to jump the car. I have a mom who will have her baby any day so I can't be stranded without wheels. Anyway, I got home really late and of course Drew bundled up (it is freezing here in Virginia) and came out to help me. It wouldn't start. I was frustrated and imagining a tricky scenario with a mom in labor and no way of getting to her when she needed me. Drew continued to work at it and I went in the house to put a few things a way and check my email. When I returned he finally had the car going. By this time it was almost midnight and the car still needed to be driven around so the battery could charge. Thanks goodness for a sweet husband who lets his exhausted wife go to bed and does the dirty work. You're the best Drew!

Wednesday, January 09, 2008

Happy New Year

Happy new year everyone! Yep-this is way late, as were the pictures that I finally got up yesterday. Our blog went to the back burner for a few weeks. As most of you learned from our family Christmas letter...I have been a total basket case during the last few months. I just simply cannot keep up with everything and everyone. Some days I am amazed at how much I can accomplish and other days I feel like I am drowning. I have been battling a moster sinus infection for the past week and half which hasn't helped my crazy life at all. Drew was great and took good care of me when the chills and fevers started. Luckily I am over that now but I still can't breathe out of my nose. I can finally taste food again so that is a good sign, right?!

I love fresh starts- new school years, the new year, birthdays, sacrament meetings, the change of seasons, Mondays, etc. What a blessing it is that we have so many opportunities to start over or begin a new. I have many things to look forward to in the new year if I can keep my to do list short and my head from spinning.

Tuesday, January 08, 2008

Christmas Day Festivities

Let's begin with the rest of Christmas eve...Tay woke up vomiting around 11:00 p.m. We cleaned her up and snuggled her a bit. She didn't have a fever but was shaking a lot! We finally got her back to sleep but she was up a few more times during the night. By morning she seemed fine but was tired and pretty clingy for a few hours.

Christmas morning was really fun with Carter again this year. Bright and early (like any normal day :), he came in our room very excited. Tay was up with in minutes of hearing Carter's excitement. Drew went down first to turn on the video camera and the kids and I followed. Carter was surprised to find that Santa had moved our Christmas tree during the night! "I didn't hear him" he said sadly. Drew and I decided it might be more fun to open Christmas presents in the "preschool" room on a soft rug rather than the hardwoods in the kitchen area. Anyway, Carter loved all of his gifts and opening them was especially fun. He opened most of Tay's, Drew's, and my gifts as well :). Drew and I were really excited to see what Tay would be like on Christmas morning. She wasn't very interested after all with opening gifts. In fact she would get upset if we tore the wrapping paper and would try to put it back together again. Once Carter opened her gifts however, she enjoyed them. Overall it was a great morning with a few special memories. Thank you to all of our family and friends for the generous gifts!

We spent a few hours at Drew's parents house during lunch time. It was fun to spend a little more time with uncle Rob and uncle Kirk before they headed back to college. It was also very neat for Drew to talk to his brother Dave on the phone from his church mission in Mexico.

When the kids finally got grouchy and were ready for naps, we jumped in the car for a family drive. Both Tay and Carter immediately fell asleep in the car. Drew and I enjoyed a quiet Christmas drive together but before long I started getting the chills. We returned home when the kids woke up and I headed straight for bed. I had whatever Tay the night before! I felt pretty bad for Drew because he had planned on going back over the Hilton's to watch a movie with his brothers. But he stayed home because I ended up sleeping for the rest of Christmas afternoon and into the evening. Thank you for taking care of me, Drew! My "bug" lasted a little longer than Tay's did but by the middle of the next day was I was fine as well.

Here Carter is opening up a gift and Tay is going to town on a bag of gold fish crackers that Santa put in her stocking.