Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Holy Canoli. We're thinking strongly about going to John Piper's conference at the end of Sept and I just read about it and who's going to be there. Forget about a "vacation" for us, this is SO what we are doing instead!!! Check it out here. Hopefully we'll be going with some couples from our church. It sounds amazing. And of course we'll squeeze in some fun time in my favorite city ever in my favorite state ever. I think it's one of those things, but the grass in Minnesota always seems so green. Though, I'm sure we'll forever stay in Iowa!
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Yawn, yawn, yawn. No more about my stupid problems, unless you have som advice about how I could fix it!
We had a great weekend here with not much to do. We were on a mandatory no-eat-out kind of weekend so I made homemade pizza Saturday night. Super yummy. It's just a basic dough recipe I found on foodnetwork.com. It's best with fresh basil and fresh mozzarella, but I just used what I had and it was still good. We also played out by the amphitheatre behind the Art Center. Quite possibly one of the most beautiful areas in town. There was a wedding up by the rose garden. Beauty.
Henry is taking an early nap today, so I'm off to paint!
Friday, July 25, 2008
I just went to a garage sale close by. Didn't buy a thing. There were gobs of toys. Lots and lots of toys. Junky toys. Just like the junky toys we already have at home. On the way home, I had a thought to seriously consider getting rid of a majority of our toys and take seriously my "pledge" to buy handmade toys or make our own. I know this can be more expensive, but so much more exciting. It's just another idea that I might not do, but I'm seriously thinking about it. Etsy is a GREAT place to buy things and there's a ton of craft shows around too. And, hello?!? We can all be creative and make things, right?
That's all for today. Henry was up once overnight crying and woke up early so he's "resting" in his crib right now.
Could I USE anymore " " today?
Thursday, July 24, 2008
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
Curtains! It's not the best picture and my supplies are still all over the place, but they're done and I'm happy. All the black on the edge was blue and I painted it black (the worst part!), I glued the "curtain" to a dowel that I painted black, painted those little wooden circle do-dads and glued them on, and tied the ribbon around to hold them up. The end!
I was a little nervous going back to my babysitting job watching 2 older kids and an 8 week old because I wasn't sure how Henry would handle me holding a baby. Well, it's been great. He doesn't seem to care a bit. Today he helped me hold the baby's bottle and "pet" the baby's hair and was really incredibly sweet. I love the stage he's in right now. He's repeating more and more words and putting a couple of words together though keeps his talking to home. He makes me out to be a liar in public. Oh well! He's also more and more independent. Often when I ask him if he wants help or for me to hold him, he just nicely says, "no". Where did my baby go?
I'm getting more and more excited for the art show in Waukee next weekend. The guy in charge spoke the last 2 Sundays at our church and it was awesome. We had a great conversation with them afterwards on Sunday and will hopefully be in touch with them and are praying they will be able to use us somehow in the their ministry. Their mission is to reach creative people for Christ through creative arts. How cool is that? Maybe nothing will come of it, or maybe we'll just do a little bit, or maybe a lot, but either way I'm excited to see what the Lord has in store for us.
Speaking of, I have a lot of painting to do while Henry is napping. I'm off!
Sunday, July 20, 2008
Concert: A+. One of the cooler things about Jonny is that he is a Christian and I feel pretty safe in saying that not everyone there was a Christian. I think it's pretty great that he is reaching people on all sides. He's done this at other concerts, but for his encore, he plays "I love you, Lord, and I lift my voice..." on his guitar. He doesn't sing, but just plays it amazingly.
The bottom picture is from Smitty's on the southside. RJ and I had a little date on Saturday and went there for the 1st time. We love finding good tenderloins and it did not disappoint! It's totally like a small town cafe which made me love it even more. I am obsessed with those kinds of places. We were the youngest ones in there by a good 30 years. It was great. We also went to Menard's and grocery shopping and picked up Henry in time for his 7:00 bedtime. It was a great time. We had just had 2 dates over the 4th in Galena so we weren't as desperate as we are sometimes to get out alone, but I still loved every second of it.
I finished my curtains in the porch-finally! I'll post photos tomorrow. I don't ever, ever, triple-negative, never, want to do that again. I only needed 9 of them and I did them for under $2 a piece so it was worth it, just no fun at all. Sometimes it'd just be nice to go out and buy the real thing. No, I don't mean that, but that project just wore me out!
Saturday, July 19, 2008
Hope you're all having great Saturdays as well!
Thursday, July 17, 2008
He is a gui-tar phenom.
Well, after that concert we saw Jonny at the Hoyt Sherman and then at the Simon Estes theatre while Henry was still in my tummy. We're not big concert-goers except when this guy is in town. Even if you don't like his music, I can guarantee you'd enjoy the concert. Unless you're someone who doesn't like to have any fun, I guess.
The concert is at 7 on Sunday. See you there??
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
Henry is taking a killer nap right now. I took one too and I always feel out of sorts after taking one. It sounds so enticing beforehand and I love jumping into bed to take a nap, but usually regret it a bit afterwards. I'm also really bummed that I won't see RJ for a long time today. I guess I woke up on the wrong side of the bed!
Henry went to the dentist this morning and did really well. He had some build-up on his bottom teeth that I couldn't get off. They got it off and said his teeth look great, but are a little close together. Hopefully when his jaw grows he'll get some space between, otherwise he may have a little crooked problem. Not a big deal, of course, but I'm hoping he won't need braces. I had them and hated them. Oh well.
I have a recipe for RJ's grandma's caramel rolls and I'm going to give them a try today. It looks like a long process, but they will be so worth it. It will be really worth it to see RJ's face when he takes a bite--that is, if I can get them anywhere close to how his grandma makes them. They are probably in his top 3 favorite foods of all time. Yummy.
I'll be bringing some your way too, Alisa.:)
Monday, July 14, 2008
I am….child of God. Wifey to RJ. Mommy to Henry. Daughter to Arly and Barb, sister to Erica and Aaron, etc, etc,
I want…to sleep an entire night without waking up.
I wish…gas were cheaper
I hate…iced tea
I miss…RJ all day long
I feel...a bit tired, excited for time with RJ after Henry goes to bed EARLY tonight, content.
I fear…things I have no control over, but am working on that!
I hear…Henry goofing off while RJ gives him his bath.
I smell…the usual smell an old house has.
I crave…pop and candy.
I wonder…who will win the election?
I regret…not making reading a habit when I was younger.
I love…Hello?!?! Jesus, RJ, Henry, and all my family and friends. Of course!
I ache…when I sleep poorly.
I care…about you.
I always…like going out to eat, but don't always get to do it.
I am not…book smart.
I believe…i can fly.....
I dance…like no one is watching. Barf! There is no phrase I dislike more than that one. Sorry folks.
I sing...in the shower, in the car, at home...
I cry…more than I used to and once I start I can't stop.
I don’t always...have a clean house.
I fight…uh, never? More like disagreements and even those are few and far between.
I write…on my blog.
I never…want to eat a grapefruit.
I listen…to our new record player. We've inherited a killer record collection from grandparents. I love it! I love that scratchy sound it makes.
I need…haircut. My bangs are in my eyes.
I am happy…quite often. Why waste our time being all bent out of shape?
Sunday, July 13, 2008
Last night I was in the mood to look at every single picture we have of Henry on the computer. I'm sure like the rest of you, it's a lot! Here's my all time favorite video. I could watch this a bazillion times and never get sick of it. He was 14 months old at the time, and has only gotten crazier.
Here's to a happy Monday...
Thursday, July 10, 2008
I am way pumped for this weekend. We have a party with the young marrieds tomorrow night and the rest of the weekend is pretty wide open. I have so many projects I want to get started, but I'm sure those will be put off like usual.
Miss Ruby's chemo went well this week. It may be her last one or she may have 2-4 more rounds. They will do a scan in a few weeks to see, but either way God is in control. What a trooper she has been! It has been so obvious that God is working in this situation and we are all so thankful for it!!
Have a great Thursday!
Tuesday, July 8, 2008
3 beautiful ladies: Alice, Dorothy (the one who just turned 90!!!) and Betty. Alice also brought her boyfriend, Elmer. So cute!
After deciding not to do any craft shows this year, I've changed my mind. It's going to be at the Waukee Centennial Park on August 2nd from 3-8. There will be inflatables, food, live music, kid's crafts, games, and art or course! It's free for me to get into, I'm borrowing a tent setup from an artist friend, and most importantly, RJ thought it sounded like a great idea. One of those, "it's a small world" moments....I was emailing the guy in charge and I mentioned where I go to church and he wrote back and said he's speaking at our church the next 2 Sundays! He's all artsy so I'm excited to hear him speak. I found his website and it sounds really neat. If you've got some time, check it out! http://nightmayer.com/
Henry has his 18 month appt today. I always like to hear how he's doing and ask questions, but I hate those shots!
Monday, July 7, 2008
I watched the season finale of The Bachelorette.
I had only caught 5 minutes of it here and there so I didn't know anything about the final guys. Jason seemed like the obvious choice, so naturally I wanted Jessie to "win". That's just how I roll. So since I wasted 2 hours of my life, at least the guy I was rooting for got the girl.
Yes, I love my new background too!
Just go to www.pyzam.com and pick yours out. I could have spent hours looking through the hundreds they have so just picked one of the first ones I liked. I'm not sure if it's always the case, but it erased all the links I had so if you've got a lot it may take a while.
I got a beautiful bouquet of flowers today from RJ.
It was a good day.
Sunday, July 6, 2008
Wednesday, July 2, 2008
Today is my last day watching Zach and it's going really well. We ventured to the mall and had the playland all to ourselves and then the boys did great while I looked around the stores. Now they're laying down and I'm going to clean. Excellent.
I went to a really nice baby shower last night at church and it made me excited for a baby again. I'm always saying I don't like newborns and blah-blah-blah, but I'm ready now. Really, newborns are sweet and sleepy and cuddly and sweet, sweet, sweet.
What's not to like about that?
I had the most enjoyable time with my little Henry this morning. We had a couple of hours before Zach got here and he was in the greatest mood. He's gradually gotten cuddly later and is in kind of a clingy stage, which has taken some getting used to, but in a way I really enjoy it. I love his goofiness. His crazy, wild, where-in-the-world-did-you-come-from, goofiness. And I love how he'll take a break from being crazy to come give me a hug and then go right back to what he was doing. He's going to be exactly 18 months on the 4th. Crazy!