Thursday, October 28, 2010

Curtain

OK, so I had to fill you in on a little secret. I'm working on some projects for the girls rooms. I've got things somewhat put together it's just a matter of finishing the painting and the...sewing. I should say the lack there of when I said sewing. I've found my new best friend Stitch Witchery.
My mom got me a sewing machine in January and I just can't break down and just learn to do it. Using this stuff was so much more fun plus it was easy :) My kind of easy! Anyway, I put together the curtain for the girls rooms last night and all I need to get now is the ribbon to tie it up to make a ribbon-tie curtain. Here's a glimpse as to what it looks like. I'll show you the finished product once i have it up!

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Praying

When you pray do you get a certain feeling? I don't know...something like being in another dimension? I've had this feeling ever since I can really remember being sincere in my praying. I tried to explain it to a friend of mine and he laughed at me and called me crazy. Thank you Jonathan! Looks like he doesn't get the same "feeling"! Anyway, when I'm earnestly praying and so in tune to listening to the Spirit I feel (here it goes)...like I'm on top of a Q tip! Don't laugh. I know I'm crazy. I can't believe that I'm actually blogging about this but I thought hey, I'll lay it out there and there might be someone else who has Q tip prayers! By having these Qtip prayers I know, without a shadow of a doubt that my prayers are Spirit led and that God is speaking thru me. When I ever I don't have this feeling I can tell that my heart isn't in the right place and the words that come out of my mouth are mine and not God's. Is anyone else with me or is it just me? If it's just me that's alright...I've lived like this for however many years and I think I'll be OK! Just a cool realization ;) Happy praying :)

Monday, October 25, 2010

Christmas

I really love working at the church at Christmas time. It's seriously one of my favorite times of the year. It kind of gives me a warm fuzzy feeling and makes me think of the picture below. Makes you want to break out in a Christmas carol! There's something inviting and sacred in it all at the same time. The only time I went to a little church like this was when I was in college and each time I entered through the door I always thought about how much fun it would be to have church there at Christmas.
At Westerville I love to see all the decorations and the Christmas trees that are decorated in red and green. To walk downstairs at church when there's no one around and the building is dark all except the Christmas trees is so much fun. Makes me giggle just thinking about it! Again, something inviting and sacred all at the same time. I wonder if the wise men felt a little of the same thing when they came to see baby Jesus. When they came upon the stable and saw the flicker of the candle lights in an old dark stable. The excitement of what lied ahead of them...the anticipation for what was about to happen. I wonder if it was a little inviting and sacred all at the same time. I know it's only October but I can feel the excitement and I sense the anticipation for what's about to happen! Can you feel it or is it just me? I'm getting giddy just thinking about it!

"For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace."

MPM

So here we are on Monday again...boy, do Monday's come quick for you or is it just me? Mondays get a bad wrap but maybe that means we're too busy to begin with! Here are my thoughts for the week - I'm not saying these are set in stone but it gives us a direction to head for :)

Monday - Bucca di Beppo's is giving away free pasta today plus we have a 10% off coupon.
Tuesday - Chicken & Vegetable Chowder
Wednesday - Mac N Cheese Casserole
Thursday - Grilled Cheese and Chicken Noodle
Friday - Pizza Night

Friday, October 22, 2010

Hello :)

Hello to you :) It's been awhile since I've blogged and I'm just now getting back caught up. The family was sick last week and this week we've just been playing catch up. At first last week I thought that the girls in our family had gotten food poisoning but after a day we found out quickly that it was an actual virus. It started out with Aiva, then went to Ana, quickly moved on to me and then on to Nate. Nate was such a trooper helping each one of his girls in the bathroom. He knows that I don't do well with sickness especially when it's not my own so he would help out the girls and then come tend to me. He was great! When it was his turn I just left him be and let him rest in bed. I thought that if I could keep the rest of us going he could handle himself. We all turned a corner and probably on Tuesday we were feeling back up to par.

We haven't been keeping up with the MPM but that will come again on Monday. It was just too hard since we really weren't eating so we decided to forgo this week.

Yesterday was somewhat of a big day for the Jacobus family. The eighth grandchild was born yesterday morning! Steve & Jess are the proud parents of Hannah Cruze Jacobus weighing in at 6lbs 11oz. She has a lot of hair like her sister Lilly!
We're not sure when we're going to get to meet little Hannah but we sure hope it's soon. Aiva and Ana call her Hannah Montana and are very excited to "play games with her"! Congrats Steve & Jess!

This weekend we're planning on some fall festivities so hope the weather holds out. Aiva has cheerleading on Saturday and Pastor Moore is preaching at church this weekend so we're heading to church Saturday to get fed ;) We're going to the pumpkin patch and to Trunk or Treat at our church on Sunday. Can't wait...should be so much fun!

Monday, October 11, 2010

MPM

Monday - I don't know
Tuesday - I don't know
Wednesday - I don't know
Thursday - I don't know
Friday - PIZZA!

Do you ever have days like this? Who knows what we're going to eat tonight just as long as we eat something! If I have any inspiring revelations about what to make this week, you'll be the first to know :)

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Aiva

Today is Aiva's 7th birthday :) It's a big day because she'll never have a birthday like this. Today is 10/10/10. I've tried explaining the significance of it all but I just don't think she gets it. One day she'll appreciate it and remember what a great day it was. She is one special young lady and I am so glad I'm her mama...most days. This morning was questionable!

I'll never forget the morning my water broke with Aiva. She was due on 10/20 and I never really thought that she would come early. I woke up to go to the bathroom (it seems like all my water breaking happens in the bathroom!) and something didn't quite feel right. It was about 4:30 in the morning and I never really thought that anything could happen that early in the morning. To my surprise on my third trip to the bathroom I called Nate in and told him that I thought it was time. I had to tell him twice before I caught his attention. I called the doc and she told me to head on in. Since I had never done this birthing thing before I knew I wasn't going in stinking and I was going to look my best. I knew I was going to have all these pictures taken of me that day and I was going to have my hair done and make up on. I never anticipated the makeup being rubbed off and my hair being thrown up in a sweaty pony tail! Since we lived next to my mom and dad, I knocked on the door and let them know we were on our way. It turned into a true Kodak moment for my dad. He had a hay day taking all the pre-baby pictures. It wasn't til I received the first slight contraction that I thought we should be on our way. As we drove to the hospital I commented that I felt good and this birthing thing was a piece of cake...contractions, what contractions!?! We got to the hospital around 6AM and got checked in and all the pre-baby stuff done and we just sat and waited. Nate called his boss to tell him that he was officially on paternity leave and wouldn't be in today. We turned on the TV at first but it just didn't seem appropriate to have it all. It kind of felt like we were staying at a hotel and that I should be working or something! The nurse asked if I wanted to sit on the "ball" so I tried it for a while and the contractions started to get worse. This was the first time I felt like maybe I wanted to go back to that great memory in the car and feeling so great. The more I sat on the ball the more I wanted to get back in bed and so I did. I was in bed all day! It was about 7PM and I realized that I couldn't do the contractions any more so I asked for the epidural when I was at 7cm. After that I felt GREAT! SO much better than what I'd been...more like how I felt earlier! Our family was out in the waiting room waiting ever so patiently to find out if it was a girl or a boy! My grandma even offered to pay a nurse to come out to let them know what the baby was! At 9cm, my doctor came in and said that it wasn't going to be too long and that she was going to go check on another patient and she would be right back to get the show on the road. Sure enough, when she returned, she checked me and she said I was ready. I pushed three times and out she came at 9:33PM. "It's a girl!" For a moment Nate and I were both shocked but very happy. Nate cut the cord proudly and our lives were forever more changed. Aiva Shea Jacobus weighting 5lbs 10oz. She was so tiny but she had a might cry. She started out that way and she remains the same. She may be small in size but she sure is mighty. Happy birthday baby girl!


In honor of her 7th birthday, here are 7 things that I love about Aiva:


1) I love that Aiva is a book worm just like her mama.

2) I love Aiva's thumbs. They are long and slender and everything that I wanted when I was young. She definitely got her dad's thumbs!

3) I love Aiva's personality...although we butt heads a lot she knows what she wants and she goes after it.

4) I love that she is doing so well in school. She loves being there and loves learning.

5) I love that even though Aiva and her sister fight like cats and dogs you will never find anyone who will stand up for Ana more than Aiva.

6) I love that Aiva loves art. Seeing her creativity come out in her class is so exciting.

7) I love hearing her pray. She doesn't do it often because most times Ana beats her to it but when she does it reminds me how big she's getting and how her little faith is developing.

Friday, October 8, 2010

School

I never realized how hard it was being a mom of a child in school until I had a child in school. I think I have a new appreciation for parents of school aged children. I would love to go back and deal with some of the things I dealt with when the girls were smaller. This school business is pretty tough stuff...and Aiva is only in first grade. Like every parent, you want your kids to ace their spelling test, to have the best project, and to not get in trouble for talking to the kids next to them. You have to give your child all these instructions to make sure that everything goes as it should. With my personality I'm not one who likes to fly by the seat of the pants. I like to have a plan and know the proper steps to execute the plan. The funny part is that I thought I was going to have no problem helping Aiva with homework. How tough could first grade be anyway, right? Wrong... there have been a couple times when I've gone to Google to help me with trying to figure out how to help Aiva with her homework. In one situation, she was actually educating me! Looks like I was a little too big for my britches when I thought that this level would be a piece of cake. As moms, we're always thinking that the time period that we're in is the hardest. My co-worker has a son that won't stay in his crib. Needless to say, she's had a few sleepless nights. I know I must have gone through this with two kids but for the heck of me I can't remember what I did. I'm sure I went to Google or Parenting.com to find out what to do. You learn to cope with less sleep and hope and pray that your little one will just stay in bed. I guess that's what I have to do. Learn to cope with the smarts that I do have and hope and pray that your little one will never catch on that you're learning right along with them!

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Anastasia

Today was Anastasia's birthday. She turned 4 years old today. My how time has passed. I can remember the day she was born. It was my first official day off work for maternity leave and I was getting ready to welcome my mother in law and brother/sister in law into town for the weekend. I had just gone to the store and Aiva and I stopped at my mom's to chat. Not sure why I did that especially with milk and other perishables in the car. We chatted on the porch for a few and then I told her we had to be leaving. Before I left I had to pee, like all pregnant women do! This might be too much info but I noticed that I was peeing for a bit too long. Once I had stopped, I stood up and was going to make my way to the sink and something didn't feel right. I sat back down to go to the bathroom and that's when I knew it. My water broke. I called my mom into the bathroom and told her that I thought my water broke and she didn't believe me. Once she saw the panic in my eyes she knew it was for real. I started crying about all my groceries that were going to go bad and she hurried me along to the car. Aiva was somewhat oblivious to what was going on which was a good thing because after I was finished crying about the groceries I started crying about leaving her! My mom drove me to our house and threw the stuff in the refrigerator and got my over night bag. I called my mother in law who was of course surprised because she wasn't planning on coming to welcome a grand daughter but the timing worked out perfect. Nate was at the hospital waiting for me, since he worked there. He was outside waiting for me with a wheel chair. Had I not been leaking so much I would have walked but my back side was wet...completely wet! I kissed Aiva and cried that I had to leave her and then turned to head to the hospital for my life to be changed forever more. I got there around 3 and she was born around 6. She was so beautiful and the first thing I noticed was that she had my thumbs. I knew then that she had to be special. Happy birthday baby girl...in honor of your birthday, here are four things that I love about her.

1) I love Ana's smile...she smiles like her mama - just like a Cheshire cat!

2) I love that her motto is "God is always with us".

3) I love that she has poker straight hair which is so different than Aiva's.

4) I love that she always asks her dad, "Dad, how do I look?" She values his opinion and aims to make her daddy happy...most times!


Hope you have a great year and that God blesses and shines on you as you celebrate being four years old!

Monday, October 4, 2010

MPM


Monday - Taco Salad
Tuesday - Mac N Cheese Casserole (that we didn't have last week :)
Wednesday - Chuck E Cheese for Ana's birthday
Thursday - Italian Chicken & Broccoli
Friday - Tortilla Soup
Saturday - Co CoKey for Aiva's birthday

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Friday

Yesterday was a busy day but all in all it was great! I've been dreading it all week so to actually get it over with is somewhat amazing. I had to work like a mad woman to get my work done at the church before heading to the dentist. At 12:30 I met my mom and she drove me over to the dentists only to find out that he wanted me to go to an endodontist. I was totally hoping that my dentist could do it because everywhere else that I called was way to expensive to have the root canal done. My dentist gave me a couple names and told me which one of the three was less expensive so as soon as I got in the car I called them up to see if they could take me. There was no way that I was getting out of work to just find out that the procedure couldn't be done. They told me to come on over and that they would fit me in their schedule. I was a little apprehensive at first but after praying I felt a sense of peace in knowing that God was in control and that I was going to be fine. They called me in and got started. After an xray and an explanation of what they were going to do it was 2:30. When I walked out it was 4:07. When the doctor numbed me up, he did an amazing job. I've never had the numbness secluded to just the area that the doctor worked on. My tongue, lips and the rest of my teeth were fine. After all the shoving and tugging I thought for sure I would have all this pain but after I walked out I called Nate and told him that surprisingly I felt fine. I didn't even feel like I had any work done. Since it was too late to head back to work, we decided to head to the Lennox since we were seeing a movie there later. We went to Johnny Rockets first and then headed to some other stores. Mom even bought me some Bath and Body Works lotion...thanks Ma! The movie started at 7:30 and it was great. We went to see Like Dandelion Dust, Karen Kingsbury book turned into movie, and I was more than pleased. I cried all the way through but it was a good cry...only a girl can say that! Guys just wouldn't understand that concept. I tried to explain it to Nate and he looked at me like I was crazy! If you can, go see it. It's great! Afterwards we went for "dessert" which turned out to be Tortilla soup from Max & Erma and then headed home to hubby. The girls were in bed, had pajamas on and the house was clean. He was a real trooper! Thanks Nate for my night out!

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