Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Moving!

Today is moving day...kind of! We're moving our storage place to another storage place. Not sure why other than we can save $20/month and it's closer. Every penny counts. Aiva had a great day yesterday and Ana is getting so excited for her school to start. Tonight we're going to curriculum night at Aiva's school to see what all she's going to be studying. Not sure if Nate's going to make it since we're "moving" but he'll attempt it. There's going to be a lot juggled into one evening. We were going to have steak but that might have to be moved til tomorrow.

Last night we went to UDF for ice cream after dinner. The girls love going there and heck, who doesn't love ice cream?!? While we were there I got a few pictures which made me think of our trip to UDF at the end of summer last year. Here are pictures of both girls...last year and this year. Here's last year...

And here is this year...

Monday, August 30, 2010

Ducks

This morning on my way to work, I saw this line of ducks walking on the side walk. It was so cute that I wished I could have pulled over to get a picture of it. Had there not been a car right behind me I would have. It looked a little something like this...It really looked like they were on their way to school. There were 5 of them in a row and it just made you want to stop and just watch them. Thanks God for giving us moments to laugh!

Girls

This weekend we had a girls weekend since Nate was out of "town' fishing. We had a great time and really didn't do much but we were together and laughed a whole lot. Friday we went to CiCi's and had pizza and played games. Both girls got CiCi balloons and then left them both go outside in honor of Sam Bish. They thought that Sam would like the balloons since he liked CiCi's. Ana also got her brand new big girl car seat which she was ecstatic about. That's all she talked about and she kept thanking Nate and I. Too cute! That night they got to watch a movie on my laptop in their room. They thought it was almost like being in a movie theater so they thought that was too cool. I got a chance to stay up to watch movies which I rarely get to do on my own...especially girly movies! I got the Last Song and Backup Plan. They were both great and I watched Backup Plan the next night since I liked it so much. Very cute movie! Saturday I did some running around and both girls were great and were great helpers. After our errands, we went over to my parents house and hung out the rest of the day. we sat out on the porch, played on the wing set and to top it off the got to spend quite a few hours in the hot tub. it was Ana's first time in the tub since she's super sensitive to hot water. She finally braved the water and had a great time. We had lunch out on the porch and then daddy came for a few hours and had dinner and watched a movie with us at my parents. At about 8PM, we all left and Nate went to spend the night at his uncles because he had to wake up early in the morning to finish up the tournament. We actually met him at the end of his uncles driveway for some kisses. The girls thought that mom and dad kissing was so gross. Made me giggle on the inside. I'm sure I felt the same about my parents but it was just so funny to hear them talk about how they are never going to do that. The next day they continued to have plenty of kissing questions. Too bad I had to handle them on my own! Sunday was a day to relax. I knew that the week would be busy so I just wanted to take it easy. we took long naps and then just kind of laid around. Nate was gone until late so I let them have the remote to watch their shows. We watched plenty of iCarly and Big Time Rush...their new show. It was a very relaxing day and couldn't have been better :) I love my girls!

Sunday, August 29, 2010

MPM

Yes, we are back to Menu Plan Monday! We'll see how long this lasts but I have high hopes that this will continue for awhile :) It is after all Sunday and I'm starting already. I'll write more tomorrow on the weekend but for now, here's the menu for the week...Enjoy!
Monday - Cesar Salad with cantaloupe and pasta salad

Tuesday - Steak and baked potato

Wednesday - Spaghetti

Thursday - Italian chicken with broccoli

Friday - Pizza Day!

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Pie

After just hearing about pie on iCarly I've all the sudden become very hungry for pie...not sure what kind, but sounds very tasty about now. May be a project for this weekend! Anyway, continuing on! The second day was a success! Can't get much out of Aiva but hey there's no homework so I'm OK with that. Last year Aiva had homework every night and it was tough keeping up with it. This no homework stuff can go on for a couple weeks! It's nice having the time to get used to having a schedule and all the tasks that go into getting ready for the school day.

Dinner was great although Aiva wasn't too keen on the Taco salad. Tomorrow is pizza night and I think we're doing CiCi's in honor of Sam Bish! Sam's funeral is tomorrow at the church. Nate, Ana & I will be going.


Dinner cleaned up...check

Clothes set out...check

Lunch packed...check


Ana - Ana decided that she didn't like sour cream tonight but she kept calling it "sour chicken".

Ana- "Mom...dad just ruined my ballerina shirt in the dishwasher!" She meant to say the washing machine!


No fun Aiva quotes just lots of fun Aiva expressions!

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

First

The First day of First grade was a success! Aiva loved school and she is so excited for day 2! She loved her teacher and she siad that her favorite part was when they did math. No surprises there. She loves math and she is a totally math girl. She had a blast being with her friends and just loved being at school. When Nate came to work to get me, both girls were passed out asleep in the back. They both had full days. Aiva said that there was a girl who threw up in her class and was so happy that she wasn't sitting next to her. She did tell me that she was looking in her direction when she did it. Overall, it was a good day!

Making chicken in the crockpot tomorrow...check.


Clothes will be set out before I go to bed...check.


Funny thing that Ana said to Nate when they were at my mom's this morning - "So dad...do you miss mom?"


Funny thing Aiva said getting ready this morning - "The is the best day of my life!"

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Tired

OK, so here it is the night before the first day of school. I am so tired! I've bathed the girls and gotten dinner cleaned up but all I want to do is sit and veg. Instead I have to go thru my coupons and come up with a plan for the store tomorrrow - in which I have no idea when I'm going to fit it in other than after the girls go to bed tomorrow. Just thinking of that makes me tired.

We're having hamburgers and homemade fries tomorrow - fairly easy.


The girls said something funny tonight that I had to be sure to get down. I just sat on the bathroom floor racking my brain as to what it was and then I remembered so I had to get this out as soon as Nate went up to tell the girls a bedtime story.


Ana - "Mom...we've got to talk" It was so mater of fact that I just busted out laughing. I can't remember what it was, but the intro was hilarious.


Aiva - I asked Aiva if she wanted me to do her nails tonight or in the morning and she responded, "Mom, I really don't want you to do my nails. I just want to be myself and not somebody else. Is that OK?" Of course I said yes but it was just funny and eye opening that she's turning out to be her own person and at this particular time she didn't want her nails done.


Hope the first day goes well. Hope I'm able to hold in the tears! Not a chance!


Aiva asked me tonight if I would great her in the morning by saying, "Hello my first grade girl!"

Routine

Tomorrow is the day that things change...for all of us! Aiva starts back to school and then Ana is right behind her in September. I've got to be on top of lunches, baths, homework, and keeping up with the house and bedtimes. not sure if I'm ready but here we go! Monday I'm going to start my Menu Plan Mondays again because I have to have some sort of plan for how we're going to do dinners. If I don't do this we'll be ending up at Pizza Hut or McDonald's A LOT! So get ready world, here we go again. I'm going to be best friends with my crock pot for the next several months. If you know of any easy recipes, I'm all ears.

As far as lunches, I've decided that I'm going to baggie all of the snacks and veggies way ahead of time so all I have to do the night before is pull a bag from the pile and toss in the lunch bag. I think I can make up some sandwiches a couple days before so I should be prepared that way. The trick is staying on top of it.

For baths, I've decided that bath night will be Sunday, Tuesday & Thursday and maybe Saturday - depending on what we do.

Aiva decided that she wants to do homework as soon as she gets home so she can go out to play while I'm getting dinner going. Nate will have to help with that one but we'll see how long this one lasts. After being at school all day it's going to be hard for her to dive right into homework. We'll have to see how it goes for a few days.

The last thing that I really want to keep up with is blogging. There have been so many things that have slipped by that I've either called my mom or wrote in the baby book that I haven't blogged about. I need to start doing this more often even if it's just a paragraph. The newest funniest thing that Aiva said was last week when she was in an art class. I asked who she sat by and she said, "She had red dot on her face...what are those called? That's right, fren-calls!" My mom calls her frencalls now and she hates it but it's a reminder for how innocent and funny she is. Love that girl :) So here's to a new "year". Very excited for what's to come so I better tighten my boot straps because it's gonna be a wild ride!

Monday, August 23, 2010

LifeVerse

Greg, our minister, has been preaching on Life Verses the past couple weeks and it has gotten me to think a little about about what my life verse is. Here are the three that Greg has talked about so far:
AUGUST 8

SAMUEL - Speak, for your servant is listening


AUGUST 15

DAVID - It is not by sword or spear that the Lord saves; for the battle is the Lord's



AUGUST 22

JESUS - For the Son of Man came to seek and save what was lost.


After thinking and praying about it, I have found that I've had a couple my whole life depending on the place where I've been. The first one that I can remember is middle school. Things were changing a lot. I was going to a new school and I had finally gotten into the Junior High youth group. We went to the Jr. High Convention and some one had mentioned Proverbs 3:5-6, which says:
"Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and he will make your paths straight."

"Leaning on your own understanding" - when I thought of this phrase the first thing that came to mind was doing something that I want to do because I thought it was right. How many times does this happen when you're young and want to be liked? How often are you put in situations where you want to do something but what you want to do is bad? Lots! Gossiping, using bad language, dressing a particular way...the list goes on and you can probably think of many more things to add. If I would trust in God and go against the flow and do the right things, he will make my paths straight.

The second Life Verse that I remember having was when I was a freshman (or close to it). The week of camp was based upon the Petra Song "I Am On The Rock" which is from Matthew 7:24-27 which says;

"Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash."

When I was this age I was sold out for Jesus. I was a leader in the youth group and I wanted my faith to be rock solid. I'll never forget going to Alum Creek and taking pictures for the slide show that Greg used during camp. For this one picture we found this huge piece of pavement that had a huge crack in it. There were like 5 of us on each side of the crack and the picture was of the 10 of us trying to pull apart this piece of pavement. I wanted my faith to be like that. No matter what happened in my life, Satan wouldn't be able to tear me away from what I believed and that I would cling to Jesus to get me through. With Christ as my foundation I knew that I could face anything and everything.

The third Life Verse that I had came when I was a senior in high school and it directed me all the way through the time I had gotten married. It's a popular one but when I first heard it I was amazed that I hadn't found it earlier. It ended up being our senior class verse from the group I graduated with at church. It was Jeremiah 29:11 which states:

"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."

How comforting it is to know that through whatever crap I might be going through that Christ knows how it's all going to end and that I will come out victorious if I just trust and obey Him. There were times when I didn't know what I was going to major in for college. Times when I didn't know what college I was set on. Times when I was lost and confused. God knew all along what my future held. I just needed to trust him that His ways were better than mine.

My current Life Verse came shortly after I was married. Nate and I have faced many storms throughout the course of our marriage. I'll save you the complaints and frustrations but I've learned to cling to this verse to get me through. It's Romans 5:3-5, which says:

"Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us."

Through the dirt of our life God has planted great things and it has made me into what I am today. We have suffered and we were able to persevere. Because we persevered, God has built my character and helped me to be a good mom to my girls and a good wife to my husband (or so I hope :) ). With character comes hope and we learn from the end of that verse that hope doesn't disappoint us. What is hope? A general feeling that something will be fulfilled. Someone or something on which expectations are centered. To be optimistic. These are all things that we weren't at the start of our "sufferings". I'm a pessimist by nature so to actually have hope is something new that I've learned within the past few years. I have to have hope or else it's too hard to put one foot in front of the other. I guess this is why this verse is my Life Verse for this season of my life. It's one that helps direct my life. So what's yours?

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