Things I’ve Loved Lately
I am not in a Things I’ve Loved Lately mood. I’m in an attending Stake Conference with a 2 and 1 yr old was really painful mood. Also something really upset me badly a couple of weeks back. And I am having a difficult time bouncing back. So lets see if I can do this….it’ll be good for me, right?
We celebrated Laura’s birthday with gifts, lunch, and a movie. We spoiled her because she is so good to us. She saved me on Valentines Day when I realized I had to be at the elementary school for 6 hours straight. Watched our girls while we were at Youth Conference, and I didn’t worry once. I feel like there is something else too, but I can’t remember.
Speaking of Youth Conference, it came at a good time. We were so excited to be asked to help a few months back. But then when we realized that it would be only a couple of weeks after opening our kennel we started to worry. I was bossy when Tyler said he didn’t know if our manager could cover for us, and I told him he would, and to set it up. He was bossy when a couple of days before I was worried about us leaving the girls, and told me that we were going. Sometimes I guess you need to be bossy. We did the cooking and cleaning but it was still nice. It just was a break to stop taking care of little ones and take care of big ones. They can have real discussions with you, they can SERVE THEMSELVES, they can help clean up (sometimes), etc. It was refreshing. And the spirit is always so strong at those things, it was nice to be in the middle of that.
Doesn’t it look beautiful? It was.
I’m not going to say it sent me home a new woman. It sent my soul home refreshed. Not so much my mommy brain. I’m a bit stuck right now in the little ones stage. I’m done with it. Mainly because my sweet Reagan is so hard. I took an online silly quiz last night on “Are you done having kids?” I got 9 out of 10, 9 out of 10 of the questions pointed towards YOU ARE DONE HAVING KIDS. I think the only one I scored on was do you still smell a baby’s head when you hold it. Of course I do! Those little newborns soothe my soul, the brand new ones. Maybe my sister Becca will let me hold her baby for the first 4 weeks of it’s life?
Most of the time I think I am doing everything wrong. But the other day I found all my girls fast asleep with piles of books around them. Even Reagan and Shae fall asleep reading. They all love books so much…
Abby is such a bright, sweet girl. Soon I’ll be calling her a young woman. Not yet, but soon.
BAD NEWS: Valentines Day and our anniversary (one day after) were kind of a bust. Tyler wasn’t home much. Last minute we decided to take everyone with us on our anniversary date. That was an awful idea. I spent the dinner outside the restaurant with the babies while the other three ate inside. I texted Tyler from outside to just turn it into a Daddy Daughter and not to worry about me. Then I ate my dinner from a bag with a plastic fork in the car on the way home.
I always loved how my mom had a little something for us on Valentines Day. It wasn’t like the day was all about us or anything. Just a little something after school. Man it seemed like everyone had a boyfriend or boys interested in them but me growing up. So it was a depressing day, it always was nice to come home to. So I’ll continue the tradition! We also made Valentines Day gingerbread houses since I was too tired during Christmas. It was so cute at the end Shae exclaimed to Tyler, “Santas coming!” I almost wanted to get her stocking out and put something in it for her the next morning.
GOOD NEWS: So Valentines Day and our Anniversary weren’t fabulous. But we had so many great date nights in January and February that I didn’t mind. Nights to the temple, visiting old book stores, museum exhibits, great restaurants, comedy shows, etc.
At the home where we live only a couple of people have the address and only fun packages & magazines are sent to the mailbox. Our bills are sent some where else and I only collect them once a week. So at this house when we open the mailbox it is ONLY FUNNESS!! One day we got letters from Hawaii, Nicaragua, and our grandparent missionaries. I am awful and have yet to write any of them back. But keep sending them, we love them!
I had my sweet nieces with me for a couple of days while their parents went on a trip. It was such fun. It was enough of a change for Reagan to keep her from screaming all day. So having 6 little girls was not too shabby at all. They had a lot of fun.
There have been a few warm days lately. I don’t know why every year I think something is horribly wrong with me because I won’t feel like myself. Then it gets warm and I walk outside and feel back to myself. Why do I not remember this every year? Why is it always a surprise? Anywho, thank you for the warm days here and there this winter.
Reagan went to nursery a few weeks early because the nursery leaders are ANGELS. And she doesn’t care that I leave. Look at these pictures of her in there:
I’ll end with my brother’s birthday. I was so tired that day I fixed up leftovers and fed them to a bunch of people. And I told them. Man, I need to figure out how to handle everything and get some energy. I did make him my two favorite brownies for his birthday cake.
Look, that was good for me to write. Life is kind of great.