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Saturday, December 20, 2008

2008 Christmas Card

Merry Christmas &

Happy New Year!

We're not doing mail cards this year...for several reasons. So here it is. I am assuming that if you're reading this blog we love you very much and wish you a Christmas filled with laughter, love and the joys of family.

Love,
Mark, Jenni, Tate and "Sam" Stearns

Friday, December 19, 2008

What we're up to

28 weeks



Not much.


Seriously.


We're still at my parent's house. It's been a week now.


We can't get home.


Boo.


Really, though, I have had a great week. I've gotten to hang out with great friends (Love you Miriam, Tina and Rochelle!) and it's been so nice to see my brother for so many days in a row!


Mark was able to get down to the house this afternoon by hiking in...2 miles. For Reals.


That's about it. I'm feeling huge. I'm tired. I've had to buy new clothes because all I had to wear was workout pants, a workout shirt and a fancy dress from our anniversary. I have cute new jeans (on clearance) from Fred Meyer's that aren't maternity (yay!) and a new top, too. (Fred's doesn't have a maternity section).




We're supposed to get another 12 or so inches tomorrow, and there's a huge wind storm coming. They're saying 70 MPH sustained winds. So we're staying here until it thaws.


It's about 13 degrees F right now.


I've added some anniversary pictures for your enjoyment.


Love you all! Merry Christmas!


Jenni



Monday, December 15, 2008

Mark, Tate, and Uncle Steve

Steve is back! We're so happy to see him again, if only for a couple of weeks.
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On Saturday Mark and I celebrated our 5th wedding anniversary (yay!) by going to the Space Needle for dinner. It was excellent! The reputation (that is several years old) is that the food isn't that good and the prices are outrageous. The prices are high, but the food was incredible! We really enjoyed our time together, not having to worry about a little monkey spilling his milk, throwing a fit about what he wants to eat, etc. Adult conversation was a special treat, and the fact that it was snowing while we were eating was just a bonus. The night was clear and beautiful, and I couldn't have asked for anything more. Sigh...it was fantastic!
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While we were dinnering, Stephen took Tate to his first hockey game. This was a huge deal because Tate has no idea what hockey is, but he talks about it all the time. (Stephen makes sure whenever he's around to talk a lot about hockey, so that is where Tate learned the word.) Anyway, the game started after Tate's bedtime, and with the cold and the noise we were a little unsure about how it was going to go. Well, it couldn't have gone any better. Tate LOVED it! It helped that when they first got to the game the Zamboni was on the ice and Tate said to Stephen:
"Uncle Steve, Tractors and Hockey? Oh My Goodness!"
They got home late, but Tate was so happy to have seen hockey. We'll have to go back sometime soon.
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We're heading back from my parent's today. It's quite cold (15 degrees this morning) and there is some concern about us making it up and down our driveway. We'll just have to see how it goes.
I have another few stories to tell, but for now I'll have to cut this short. Tate's overdue for a nap and I need to encourage him in that general direction.
Have a wonderful day!
Love,
Jenni

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Ssshhhh...don't tell Riley or Kayla...

Here they are.
Riley and Kayla's Christmas gifts that I've been working on for ages.














Basically I used a bunch of different pink and purple yarns to make granny squares and put them together to make a blanket. I chose green to surround the colors because it reminded me of spring flowers. I hope they enjoy them! I know blankets aren't the most exciting Christmas gifts ever, but I really appreciated all of the handmade things I got from my grandparents through the years.
Anyhow, sorry it took me so long to get this done. I've spent the last week burying ends, and it's been SO BORING!!
I'm so glad to be done!
Now, only 5 quillows to go for the boys (they'll be sewn, much quicker!)
Love always,
Jenni


Sunday, December 7, 2008

What Church is About (According to Tate)

Setting: In the car on the way to church. Tate is in the back seat and Mark and I are up front.

Tate: Mama!

Me: Yes, Tate?

Tate: Mama! Church! Go play with Tractor and God! Yay!!

The Trinity According to Tate

Setting: In our bathroom at 7:15 this morning. Tate is brushing his teeth and I am applying makeup. Since our son doesn't do well with surprises we try to prepare him for things (like church) well in advance. We've been talking about church since yesterday and he's pretty excited. For the record, we've only talked about playing with friends, learning about Baby Jesus and such. We've never mentioned any sort of farm equipment at all.

Me: Tate are you excited to go to church and learn about God, Jesus and the...(I'm intending to say Holy Spirit but Tate cuts me off).

Tate: mmm hmm. And Trucks, Tractors and Bulldozers.

We'll have to work on that...hopefully that's not blasphemy! (I think God will understand!)

Friday, December 5, 2008

ID Like to know where you went...

So, I have a bad habit of losing my military ID.
I'm sure that I probably end up misplacing it about 12 times every week. It wouldn't be that bad, but it has Mark and my social on it, so it'd be great if I could keep a better hold on it.
The reason I have such a hard time keeping it is because every time I go to the base (daily, to work out or shop) I have to take it out of my wallet and show the gate guard.
If I could just put it back in my wallet it would be fine, but I can't. I have to take it out again to go to the gym, and again to go to the store. I don't like to take my entire wallet into the gym, so usually I just put it back in my purse or put it in my pocket. That's where problems begin.
So, yesterday I couldn't find it again, but I knew that I had put it back in my purse. I just didn't know where. I was busy trying to plan for my Spanish class, cook dinner for us to eat on the road (it was excellent, by the way), clean the house for guests, potty train Tate, etc. Knowing that my ID was MIA again was in the back of my mind, and I sent up a few quick prayers to help me find it.
I kept on feeling the Holy Spirit telling me to stop doing stuff and just sit with him for a while.
Sadly, I ignored him.
Several times.
After about 2 hours of puttering, I finally threw up my hands and sat down on the couch with my Bible in hand.
I said a quick prayer asking for help to quiet my mind and focus on the Lord for the next 2o minutes. Then I opened up my Bible.
There was my ID.
On the first page.
Wow.
God is Good.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Happy Thursday!!

I LOVE Thursdays.
First, I get another week farther along in my pregnancy. Today I am 27 weeks. This is me saying 'adios' to my second trimester. Yay!



Mark told me last night about a woman in his office that was also pregnant with a boy. When she delivered it turned out to be a girl. I kind of freaked out. As much as I want to have a girl, I've bonded with this baby as a boy. I have a name for him. I love him. I was so upset at the thought of my son being a girl. It's silly, I know, but it would be so strange to have a girl after believing it was a boy! Mark called me weird and hormonal (which is true), but it's such a strange thought.
The other reason I love Thursdays?
The Office.
It's 22 minutes of pure relaxation and joy.
(Yes, it's a 30 minute show but there are 8 minutes of commercials).
So, in order to be able to relax and enjoy the office with my Honey, I need to get the laundry done and work on dinner. Honey apple stir fry tonight. I'll let you know how it goes!
Happy Thursday!

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Mish Mash

The bridesmaids after the wedding.

Mark and I enjoying peace and quiet after the wedding (Tate stayed with my parents that night)


Crazy post wedding hair

Life is really rough when you're two!



Sorry for the lack of updates. It's not that I have nothing to share, but rather that I feel a little overwhelmed and when I feel that way I have a hard time sitting down and writing. I'll share some highlights...

Thanksgiving was a blast. My parents, my grands (dad's side), my Uncle Randy (dad's cousin) and Gabe (foster brother 10 years ago) were all there. We had a fantastic dinner and I really enjoyed seeing everyone. It's been a year or so since I had seen Gabe and Randy.

Missy's wedding pics are now up at http://www.kaylabosmaphotography.blogspot.com/. I'm the pregnant one (hehe).

My Spanish class is going well. My kids are all recognizing words, and they are even beginning to recall some! It's so exciting to see them morph into linguists! I love it!

I am done with Riley's Christmas present, and almost done with Kayla's (my niece and second cousin, respectively). I've just been too scattered to take pictures and post them. Sorry about that.

Tate is potty training, and doing exceptionally well. Yesterday he just woke up from his nap and said "Momma, pee pee potty." He did this up until we left for Spanish so I went and got him some Big Boy Spider-Mom undies! I know, so exciting. Today he did really well. He told me almost every time he had to go, and only had three accidents all day! Two of those were when he started to go and stopped himself and ran into the bathroom and finished on the pot. I consider those victories! I am so proud of him.

(And yes, I do now consider myself a potty training expert. I clearly had so much to do with this that I really can't look at it any other way. Please note that I am dripping with sarcasm here. Tate decided to do this...I had very little to do with any of it).

Yes, I do realize that because Tate has been so easy (relatively) Sam will be terribly difficult. I'm sure he won't sleep through the night ever, have really loud tantrums, not nurse well, and not potty train until he's 7. I will love him and be incredibly proud of him regardless.

But for now, I'm feeling really positive about mommying, and about my son. And, even if Sam is a million times more difficult than Tate, I welcome it. Who wants clones for children?
Alright, enough rambling. Have a great night!

Hasta,
Jenni





Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Thankful

  • For my Savior. He has shaped my life as I have grown in faith and I am forever grateful for his sacrifice on the cross for my sins.
  • For my husband. He is an incredible man who loves me in spite of (and sometimes because of) my weirdness. He is so loving and a great father, too.
  • For Tate, my firstborn. He fills my life with laughter and my heart with joy. He's taught me to be patient and loving, yet consistent.
  • For Elliana, my daughter that I can't have. Through the loss of the adoption I have learned what grief is, and that my marriage and family is strong enough to survive it. I have also learned more about God through this loss.
  • For Sam, my littlest love. You were a surprise, my dear, in the way you came into our lives, but we were fully expecting you to make an entrance...just not this soon! I love you and I am so thankful for your little kicks and jabs that let me know you're healthy.
  • For our parents. They have been so supportive this year as we've dealt with the transitions and bumps they've brought with them.
  • For our siblings, Kara & Rob, John & Katie, and Stephen. We don't get to see any of them as often as I'd like (Texas, Oregon and Hawaii are all a ways away) but they have given us great support this last year. I am thankful that we have good relationships with them, and also thankful for the many nephews and one niece they've given us!
  • For my friends, old and new. This year has been one of change for Mark and I, and the accountability and grace combination that I've been shown by my friends has been overwhelming. Thank you for your love and support.
  • For my job teaching Spanish. I love it. It's perfect for me where I am at right now.
  • For the Office on Thursdays. Silly, I know, but I just love that show. It's nice to know that I can relax and laugh on Thursday nights.
  • For paying off our truck this year. It's so wonderful to not have that hanging over our heads.
  • For our friends, the C's, that have full arms this Thanksgiving!
  • For our dogs. Even though sometimes I hate them, I really do love them. And I feel better when I'm home alone knowing they are here.
  • For my Dyson Animal vacuum. (This directly pertains to the dogs).
  • For my Crock Pot. I've learned to love it more than ever before. It helps make our 'gangrene' hour (dinner hour, when everything goes bad...attitude, etc) so much easier.
  • For Autumn. I love this time of year.
  • For my grandparents. All four are still alive and healthy. I love them all so much.
  • For being able to stay at home and raise my son. Not everyone wants to do this, and I have no problem with that. However, I want to and I am thankful that God has provided through Mark's job for me to stay here.
  • For an open lease through March. I love that what was a 6 month lease has changed and we are staying here for as long as we need. That was a direct answer to prayer.
  • For Dora the Explorer. Even though I hate TV, when I have to get ready for work I am glad to have something semi-educational to pop in the DVD player.

I could probably go on forever...but I won't on here. It will just be overflowing from my heart as I celebrate Thanksgiving, quite possibly my favorite holiday.

Oh, and one more thanks. To you, my dear blog readers. Thanks for thinking that the little bit of stuff I write is worth reading. It's nice to know that someone cares. I love you all.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving, full of love, joy and the strangely patriotic feeling of being completely stuffed :)


Love,
Jenni

Monday, November 24, 2008

The best is yet to come

That was one of the songs at Missy and Todd's wedding. It was a beautiful wedding and so much fun to be a part of. I'll post pics when Kayla puts hers up there.

Anyway, a quick rundown of how the week/end went:

-Wednesday Tate and I arrived in Pasco around 6:30. We had lunch with my parents at their house and played for a while, so Tate slept for about an hour and a half in the car. We stopped at McDonald's for him to eat dinner and he ate the ENTIRE hamburger, all of his apple slices and drank all of his milk. I was shocked that he ate so much. We were both pretty tired when we got to Missy's house so he went to bed soon after, and so did I. I let him sleep in the bed with me because I'm a softie like that.

-Thursday we woke up and went to the church to decorate the reception area. Tate watched Veggie Tales about 6 times while playing with a train in the nursery while we worked. He had such a great attitude and I was so proud of him. We went back to Missy's for his nap and after he woke up he played with George (Missy's dad) and I went and got a mani/pedi with the girls. We had such a great time! Tina and Alisha (Missy's sisters) ran a bit late due to missing the turnoff on I-82 (the got all the way to the gorge), and then running out of gas, but they made it by 4:15 or so. We laughed about their misfortunes all weekend. After that we all went to Red Robin for dinner. Tate wasn't really into eating there, but he did fine. Especially considering that we had to wait for about 45 minutes to sit down. We went to bed exhausted, but happy.

-Friday we spent decorating the sanctuary of the church. It turned out beautiful! Again, when Kayla posts some pictures I'll put a link up or something. Tate and AJ (Missy's nephew) played together all day and at the rehearsal, too. I think the most embarrassing moment came during the rehearsal. Tate was running around (everyone said it was fine, I'm really not a horrible mother) and he ran up on stage, grabbed himself in the appropriate area and announced "Mama, Tate pee pee." I looked around and told the lady next to me (jokingly, they all knew he was mine) "Gosh, that kid's mom needs to get control of him." Still kind of embarrassing though. Also, while we were doing the processional and recessional Tate would run up and down the aisle ahead of us (he was racing) and when he got to the front he'd put his hands out (picture a runner crossing the finish line, arms and hands out, head back, etc) and yell "Tate's here!" It was pretty cute. The dinner was great, too! We had MOOSE! I've never had moose before and it was very tasty. Not as gamey as venison (I am using the words of Todd, who eats a lot of this stuff because I wouldn't know how to describe it) and very juicy. I would definitely eat it again. The highlight of Friday, though, came after Tate was in bed. Mark got there! He rode with my parents and they made it into town around 8:00 or so. It was so good to see him. I don't think I'd make a great sea-going wife again because having him gone for two days was hard.

-Saturday! The big day! We were up early and off to get our hair done. Tina and I goofed around at the salon for a few hours because we were the last two to get our hair done. We managed to singe a lily (we tried to open it with a hair dryer), whiten our teeth, satin our lips (Mary Kay), satin our hands, run to Sally's Beauty Supply for more bobby pins, run to the bank, the church, and get our hair done. It was a very productive morning. Pictures were a blast because Kayla did them, and the ceremony was very nice. The reception was great because I got to take off my hurting shoes and put on comfy ones :). The cleanup was pretty quick because everyone stayed back to help. After we finished we went to the Best Western to hang out with family and friends. We got to bed late, but it was worth it to see everyone and enjoy the time we had together.

-Sunday we went to the hotel and picked up Tate (he stayed the night with Grandma and Grandpa). We stayed for a bit to chat some more and then headed home. I slept most of the way, and Tate slept for an hour. We got home collapsed into bed and were all asleep by 7. Very early, but we needed it.

Well, I've got a dr. appointment today, so hopefully that goes well. I'm sure I'll post pictures very soon, but now I've got a little guy here who wants to read the Grinch, so I'm going to oblige him.

Love you!
Jenni

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

24 Weeks Pregnant


So, I've finally made the time to take a pregnancy picture. Here's me and Sam at 24 weeks...actually closer to 25 but who's counting?


The 'Official' Stats:

Due Date: March 5th, 2009 (also my birthday)
Weight Gain (to date): 14.6 lbs (I know you don't care, but knowing that I'm going to post it helps me continue to make good food choices).
Gender: Boy
Name: Undecided. We're still calling him 'Sam' until he's born.
Fun Fact: Although not advised, if I gave birth to 'Sam' today, there is a decent chance he would survive outside the womb! If you've been reading about Nate and Tricia over at CF Husband (the link is on my daily readings) you'd be interested to know that their daughter was born at roughly the same age that 'Sam' is now. I feel like it's a landmark of sorts. I am excited to meet this little guy! I hope he stays in to cook a little bit longer, but I really am excited to meet him. I love him so much already (so cliche, I know, but it's true). He has a distinctly different personality than Tate, and I'm excited to get to know his little quirks and his personality.
I love you, little Sam. Your daddy and I can't wait to meet you. Just stay in there a little longer, ok?
(Not to worry, I haven't had any pre term labor so far, and I never did with Tate so I'm not concerned about it:)

Monday, November 17, 2008

I've Added

A swagbag link.

Here it is.

http://swagbucks.prodege.com/?cmd=sb-register&rb=244218

Basically by using their search engine or buying things through their search engine you can earn points towards gift cards, games, etc. I'm not huge on this stuff, but I figure if I save my points every year I can earn a few Pumpkin Spice Lattes every Autumn. That's enough incentive for me. If you want to join, just click on the link and get started! It's that easy! Maybe we can do a latte together next fall!

It's Really Fall...

Me exhausted after 3 hours of raking.

Getting the Party started with Tate (yes, I know i look like Mark when I wear his clothes...)

Post Raking Party!


Tate's version of 'Helping'

We had a great weekend. Seriously, it was a blast.




I raked leaves for about 3 hours on Saturday, Mark worked on replacing the fan belt in the truck (and he did a great job!) and then we played in the leaves with Tate. It was fun watching him throw the leaves in the air and then fall back into the pile. You forget how much fun the simple things are until you watch a child discover them.
Have I mentioned yet this year that I love Autumn?

Friday, November 14, 2008

Exciting News...

...I should have pictures of the blanket(s) I've been working on since September to post tomorrow or Sunday. I am a few simple stitches away from finishing the first and about 2 days away from finishing the second.

...there is a couple (who has walked through the house) and is hoping to do a rent to own option! I'm hoping and praying that this is who the Lord wants in the house, but once again, I happily submit to his will. It would be nice to have someone in there by Christmas, though.

...If you've been following my Curious George saga, boy do I have news for you. (This could also fall into the 'Tateisms' category). Tate now says "Crazy George" instead of "Curious George". I think it's too cute for words.

...I'm trying a new recipe in my crock pot tonight. I've been waiting for whole chickens to be reduced to try it (about two weeks). I'm super stoked about it. I'll let you know how it goes. Now if only ground beef will be reduced I can try the new taco soup recipe I've been saving.

...I have totally earned my dependant allowance for this two weeks (for you non military types, basically my husband gets extra $$ every month because I exist. Yes, money for simply existing.) Anyway, I skinned above mentioned chicken before putting it in the pot. It's gross, cold and slimy, but much healthier to not cook a chicken in it's own fat. And yes, I am patting myself on the back.

That's about it for today. I hope your Friday has been wonderful!

Love,
Jenni

PS If part of my post is huge, please ignore it. We're having some technical difficulties here in StearnsWorldOnline.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Chocolate broccoli, Spidermom kisses and other Tate-isms



Ok, so, not my proudest mom moment ever, but what can you do?
We were headed over to my parent's house and I was hungry for a Chocolate Dipped cone from McDonalds (I know, I know). Tate was hungry, too, so we got him a package of apple slices.
Well, we're on our way, me with my cone and Tate with his apples when he says "Momma, ice cream please." I said "no, Tate, you have your apples." He wasn't thrilled about it, but said "ok Momma."
A few minutes later he said again, "Momma, eating ice cream." Jokingly I responded,
"No, Momma doesn't like ice cream, she likes broccoli."
I guess that really meant something to him because for the rest of the day he said "Momma likes broccoli." over and over again. When we got home I asked him if he wanted broccoli and he said "yeah!" So I gave him some.
And he LOVED it.
So now my son eats carrots, peas, corn, broccoli, grean beans and lima beans.
Yay for veggies!
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So, if you've ever seen Spider Man (I saw the first one, and I hated it. Kirsten Dunst really messed the movie up for me) you know that at one point Spidey hangs upside down and kisses M.J. while she is standing up.
I'm sure there's a lot of significance in the kiss, but I really don't care much.
Anyway, Mark has always had a bed time routine with Tate, and part of it is giving me 'spiderman kisses'. Mark holds Tate upside down by his toes and Tate is laughing hysterically and gives me a kiss.
Last night they were getting ready for bed and Mark forgot about the kisses. So Tate said,
"Daddy, Spider-Mom kisses."
It made my night.
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Setting: In the truck yesterday afternoon. Listening to praise music. Tate and I are on our way to pick Mark up from work.
Tate: God and Jesus.
Me: What?
Tate: Momma, I like God.
Me: That's great news, Tate.
Tate: Yeah, I know.
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Oh, and one more thing.
This dear Child of Mine calls 'oranges'
'blues'.
At least he's sticking with a color scheme, right?

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

What a whirlwind of a weekend! It was great, though.

Missy's shower and party were a blast! We got to meet her soon to be sisters in law, and her cousin in law. They are great ladies and I look forward to seeing them again, soon. There was a great turnout for both events, and even though I am exhausted from them, I would do it again in a heartbeat.

Tate had a blast at his grandma and papa's house. He was thoroughly spoiled...waffles every morning for breakfast, etc. He also got to sleep in Grandpa and Grandma's bed so he was a very happy camper. He did great in the nursery (for two services!) and we were able to get back onto a more regular nap schedule.

Monday we got to see Nana and Papa and spend the day with them. It was fun to see Sunny and Chloe (their dogs), and since then Tate has repeatedly said "Sunny Chloe house." Pretty cute.

Mark's job interviews went well, and we are very encouraged that he will have some prospects when the time comes for him to get out of the Navy. I knew that he would do well, but he was pretty nervous about all of it. I would definitely recommend working with a recruiting company (we're using Orion) because they prepare you incredibly well. He also had an interview with another company outside of Orion (which is allowed, we're not cheating) and he's super excited about the possibility of working for them. Anyway, I don't want to bore you with details but we're looking forward to the future!

Ok, I've got to get a nap. The fatigue of this pregnancy can be overwhelming at times. I've got a bunch more to post (and a really funny story about how Tate calls ice cream 'broccoli') but I'm too tired to get to it now...maybe after my nap.

TTFN,
Jenni

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Week[end] Update


Isn't it sweet how devoted he is to his school bus and monster truck?


Anyhoo, sigh, the week is getting busier by the day. Work has gone well, but I still feel overwhelmed. I think I will until Monday. The good news is that Tate is finally down for a nap (only his second one this week...grrr) and I can get some stuff done. Plus I get to enjoy peace and quiet for a few minutes.
The baby had hiccups for the first time on Tuesday night. I had such a hard time sleeping I was running on adrenaline and then the hiccups. I think around 2 I finally dozed off. I was exhausted yesterday.
I think I'm about 23 weeks, but to be completely honest, I have no idea. I've lost track. I could be anywhere from 21-24 weeks. I think it goes faster when I don't count. I'm sure after Christmas I'll start to figure out how long until he gets here, but for now I'm content busying myself with other things.
Ok, I'm going to go snooze. I need it. Have a wonderful day!
Love,
Jenni
PS. Exciting news on the job front! Mark has two interviews scheduled for next week!

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Blessing my socks off!


Jesus cares about my shoes.

Seriously.

He does. I know it's hard to believe, but he does.



So a few months ago when I found out I was pregnant I went out and bought a pair of leggings and a couple of shirts to go with them. When I got home, I tried on just about every pair of shoes I own with them, but none of them looked right. Normally it wouldn't have been a big deal to me, but for work I have to look professional, and wearing goofy shoes with my leggings would not look professional. Mark and I went over the budget a few times and we decided that buying shoes for the leggings wasn't a priority and I'd just have to do without-namely, wear something else. When I went to Bible Study last week our leader brought in this cute pair of shoes. They didn't fit her because of her arches, but she asked everyone to try them on. They didn't fit anyone but me. I was excited because they are super cute, and brought them home feeling thankful. When I got home I was wearing them around to break them in (and yes, I had my leggings on. They are so much more comfortable than jeans!). I looked in the mirror, and thought WOW!!! The shoes go! They don't look silly! I could wear these to work! I was (and am) so incredibly thankful that the Lord provided. It's such a silly little thing, but he's shown me that he cares about every aspect, even silly shoes. Thank you, Jesus!


Monday, November 3, 2008

Gearing Up

I am mentally preparing myself for this week. It's going to be a long one. On top of the everyday 'mothering' and 'wife-ing' I am working every day. Here's the breakdown of my week:

Monday (today): Sub. for another Spanish teacher, 3:40-4:30. Dinner:easy crockpot Shepherd's pie.

Tuesday: Childcare in the morning, 7-9:30 or so, Grocery shop (this falls into mothering, wife-ing category), Spanish class 3:45-4:25. Dinner: Steak, Salad, rice.

Wednesday: Childcare in the morning, 8-9:30, Bible study 9:30-11:30, Sub. Spanish 3:40-4:30. Dinner: Turkey Veggie Chili, already made and frozen. I just have to heat up!

Thursday: Spanish class 3:45-4:25, Bible study at 7:00 so I have to cook dinner early and bring it with us so we can eat after going to the gym (usually we hit the gym around 5-6, eat from 6-6:30, then head to small group). Dinner: Chicken chow mein from frozen package.

Friday: Head over to Snohomish for a possible Bachelorette Party (depending on my dear friend, Missy's surgery schedule. We should find out today what the plan is for that.

Saturday: Shower for Missy.

Sunday: Mark has a job fair in Seattle. I think I will be heading home and he will head to Seattle and I'll pick him up from the ferry. That's still up in the air. I think we'll see how the week is going to determine how Sunday goes.

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WEEKEND RECAP
Friday we went over to Jo and Dave's (friends from our Sunday night small group) for trick or treating. Tate had a blast. We dressed him up as an endangered species (a Mariners Fan). He got a ton of candy, but only got to keep a couple of suckers and M&M's for potty training.
Saturday was a great day! We were able to sleep in and relax a bit, then we had our 'new' friends Ben and Becky over for a game night. So much fun! (I say 'new' because Becky was our Social Worker during the adoption so we couldn't socialize outside of that, but we are free to be friends now). Anyway, Becky won Carcassonne, and Mark won Dominoes. We had a great time, and Tate appreciated showing off for new guests.
Sunday we went to church and helped in the 4 & 5 class (wow, they are fun!), then went to the service. It was a great sermon, and we are in agreement of how to apply it to our lives. If you could be praying for us that we're able to put aside our own feelings and really reach out to people that need it we would appreciate it. We're inviting a special someone to church and it's taking a lot out of us emotionally, but we are so excited about it. We really hope that she'll come. I'll tell you more specifically when I know more.
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Tate did really well with potty training yesterday, he didn't wet a diaper all morning! I am doing cloth diapers this week, and hopefully next week we'll be ready to dive into going on the potty all the time. He's been the one initiating all of the potty useage, so that's why I think he's ready.
I've been sleeping a lot better, so hopefully that will help me get through this long week. The last three days I've woken up feeling rested and ready to go instead of exhausted and in disbelief that it's morning already. Hopefully this continues for a couple of months!
Ok, I'm done with this super post. I hope everyone had a great Halloween, and now we're onto the Holiday Season!!!
YYYYYYYYYIIIIPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!
Love,
Jenni

Saturday, November 1, 2008

A Son!

Britney and Tygh have a son!

Baby Brae was born at noon yesterday and weighs 7 lbs and 3 oz. Britney was able to be there for the birth and got to cut the umbilical cord. What an amazing blessing!

"Delight yourself in the LORD and he will give you the desires of your heart." Psalm 37:4

Thank you everyone for your prayers on behalf of the C's. I know they appreciate it!

Friday, October 31, 2008

What a difference a year makes

My Halloween Dragon

A year ago today I was setting foot in the states after being in Guatemala (and visiting the rest of Central America) for two months.


I had my first Pumpkin Spice latte of the season one year ago today.


And the best part?


Mark was coming home in two days. He was in Kuwait, leaving for the states as I landed. It had been 7 months since we'd seen him, and boy! We were ready to be a family again.


Tate was adorable dressed up in his little dragon sweatshirt. He ran around the airport in Houston spreading holiday cheer. He found an empty water bottle and kicked it around the airport like a soccer ball for about an hour.


When we got back to Sea-Tac my mom ran to greet us. Tate remembered her and it was so good to be back. We went out to dinner with my in laws, and it was perfect. We slept in our own beds and woke up the next morning with a list a mile long and smiles a mile wide.


Don't get me wrong, I loved Guatemala with my whole heart. Love it so much I am going back, probably next year with Mark and the boys.


But no one takes the place of your people.


I've never been enamored with Halloween before, but for me, last year was the beginning of a deep appreciation for the day. Within a week after Halloween, my whole family was reunited.


Tate and I came back from Guatemala.


Mark came back from Iraq without a scratch on November 2nd.


My dad came back from Africa on November 3rd.


We had a celebration filled with joy and love.


I look back on this day last year, and I am amazed at where I am now. We had decided to pursue a domestic adoption while I was in Guatemala. Now that has fallen through and I am pregnant. I am hoping and praying with my whole heart that Guatemala will be within the Hague Convention standards soon, and the program opens up. Then we will be able to pursue an international adoption!


As I reflect on this past year, mostly I am grateful to my Savior. He has brought us through the hardest time in our lives, and held us closer than ever. I know the saying is that he holds us in the palm of his hand, but I believe that I've been in a bear hug off and on since July.


Thank you, Jesus, for my family.

Thank you, Jesus, for your comfort.

Thank you, Jesus, for your nearness.

Thank you, Jesus, for helping me remember.
Help me not to forget.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Almost...

I've almost posted about a dozen times today.

I have a lot to update on, but I'm just tired. Pregnancy does that to me.

I spent a lot of today cleaning...the kitchen, bathroom, living room and dining room, and even cleaned out and washed the fridge. It sparkles!

I also prepared meals for the rest of this week and next. (Yay! One chore done!)

And now, I'm heading to bed.

Love,
Jenni

P.S. Please keep the C's (Britney and Tygh) in your prayers tonight and tomorrow. Their birthmom is being induced at 4 am tomorrow (Friday). It will be a long weekend for everyone, but hopefully a joyful one with hearts at peace. Thanks, friends!!

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Grandma "Annie"

I just got to spend the weekend with my family in Oregon. It was wonderful. I have all four grandparents still living, and I treasure that. It's important to me that Tate and Sam know where they come from, so I'm going to chronicle each of my grandparent's lives from what I remember. I'm going to start with my Grandma Ann.

Grandma Ann is remarkable. You'd probably miss it, though, if you were to just walk by her in the grocery store. She isn't terribly tall, or short, either. She's slender, but not skinny (in the last 3 years she's lost 75 pounds!!). She graduated from high school, but didn't attend college. She's worked at 'blue collar' jobs all her life. From the outside looking in, there isn't anything particularly remarkable about her, but the old saying "never judge a book by it's cover" is exemplified with her.

She has three kids. The oldest two were born a year and four days apart.

She has been married to my grandpa since they were out of high school.

She has lived in the mountains of Montana in the winter and the desert of California in the summer.

She has sat by my Grandpa's side during 4 open heart surgeries, the first when he was 38 years old.

She lost her brother when he was young.

She lost her dad when my mom was in sixth grade.

She has spent more days out fishing on the Pacific Ocean than anyone I know, except Grandpa.

She took my mom to church every Sunday growing up.

She loves wholeheartedly.

She worries about everything.

She is funny, but you wouldn't know it until she gets some time away from my Grandpa.

She visits her mom (my Great Grandma, where I get Dorothy from) almost every week, and never forgets to bring her a strawberry milkshake.

My grandma is a pillar of love, strength and dignity. She has endured months alone while my grandpa was out on tug boats. She had the State Patrol come and tell her that my Grandpa had died in a car accident only to find out that there was a mix up and he was fine. She sat by my uncle's bedside when he was in a coma. She helps his kids with their homework. She is faithful in going to church. She is amazing.

One of my favorite stories highlights her humor. She's very funny, but not in large groups. She'd prefer to let everyone else do the talking. Anyway, Grandma Ann and I were on our way back from visiting Grandma Dorothy. I knew that Grandma Dorothy never liked my Grandpa (Ted, Ann's husband) and I asked why. I'll never forget my Grandma's response. "Well, Jenni, back in those days your grandpa used to drink. A lot. My folks thought he was a bad influence. That, and he was (is) a Democrat. Come to think of it, they probably could have overlooked the whole drinking thing." I about died laughing. She's just witty like that.

Anyway, I wanted to share a little about my grandma. Hopefully this will spur me on to remember more so that Tate and "Sam" will know their Greats long after they are gone.

I love you, Grandma Ann!

P.S. The only one to get away with calling her "Grandma Annie" is Tate.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Quote of the Day


Me: "Tate, I think I may be making you in to a monster."


Tate: "Yeah, Cookie Monster."

Friday, October 24, 2008

Guess what we did last night...


We Voted.
That's right, friends. We sat down, armed with our ballots, our trusty voters pamphlets, our laptop opened to www.procon.org, our black pens, and we voted. We ended up voting similarly (which is shocking!), but not exactly the same.
I'm so glad it's done.
I'm not going to get into who we each voted for and why because...let's be honest. If we agree we'll just pat each other on the back about what great choices we made, and if we don't agree then we'll both spew out our rhetoric as to why 'our' candidate is better but neither of us will change our minds. I trust that if you're voting you've done your research and decided what's important to you.
My blog isn't the place to have a political discussion. I do that on Facebook.
We are now officially blocking out any election news until winners are announced.
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In other, non election news, I do have to ask you to not be embarrassed if you saw me Wednesday, yesterday or today.
I am wearing the same clothes.
Different underclothes.
But the same jeans.
and hoodie.
The honest to goodness truth is that nothing fits out of my old clothes, and the maternity ones are all summery.
So I have a pair of trusty jeans.
and a few hoodies.
and I rotate them.
If you have a problem with that...
go buy me some more!
(Kidding).
I'm going to hit up the thrift store here in the next few weeks.
Until then,
Tough Luck.
:)

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Crazy.


My husband thinks I'm crazy.
OK, maybe not crazy, but that my world is very small.
Why else would I pick on a beloved fictional monkey?
I admit it.
My world is small.
I'm still getting used to staying at home.
And there are bigger problems in the world than a bad pet owner.
But seriously,
Oh Man with the Yellow Hat-
Could you please put a leash on your freaking monkey?
If I have to read about how you let him run and play with a dump truck;
Who has wheels taller than George;
Again!
I may dispose of you.
Forever.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

No News



I didn't think we'd hear anything right away, so I'm trying not to even think about the house. If I'm being completely honest with myself, we really have nothing to complain about. We've been taken care of in ways beyond my understanding and I'm resting in God's great wisdom. We're even together right now! Last year at this time I was getting back to Guatemala from Panama and Mark was in Kuwait getting ready to come home. What a difference a year makes. (FYI, the house for sale is the one in Virginia that we bought 4.5 years ago and remodeled. We're renting now, and the house is sitting empty).


Tate has been really into the Curious George books lately. We have a compilation one that he especially likes. His favorite stories are the ones that have to do with transportation...the train and the dump truck. I know this is completely stupid, but I get really annoyed with the man in the yellow hat. He is a completely irresponsible pet owner! If you're going to take a monkey out of the jungle and bring him home, then at least watch him so he doesn't take off and make a mess of the entire train station. Or toy store. Or anywhere else for that matter. It just irritates me that he lets George go and get into trouble. If I let Tate run around like that I would either be fined or put in jail. I just hate things that promote irresponsibility. Even if they are cute. (I know, I know, apparently I don't hate it enough to not buy it or stop reading it). And yes, I do realize it's fiction.


We went to the Pumpkin Patch/Corn Maze this weekend. Tate was enamored with all of the pumpkins. I think he sat on just about all of them. We didn't actually buy one for him, but he didn't seem to mind. We've set the bar really low for him when it comes to buying things. It's easier to set it low to start and then raise it as desired, I think. I hope.


Well, the little man is taking a nap...supposed to be taking a nap. He's quiet, that's what matters. I'm going to go and get a quick snooze before he's ready to be up and running again. I find that if I don't get at least a half hour down in the afternoon, I'm ready for bed by 8:00. I really do enjoy sharing my evenings with Mark, so I make a good attempt to nap for a bit every day. Some days it's easier than others.


OK, thanks for your prayers for our house. I'll post as soon as I hear anything!


Love,

Jenni

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

House Showing!

Our house is showing tomorrow at noon. Please be praying for the prospective buyer or renter and for the Lord's timing in all of this. We would really, REALLY like to move on, but even more, we'd prefer God's timing.

Thanks, Friends.

I'm it

Alright, I've been tagged by Deb, so I've got to come up with seven things you don't know about me. This is going to be hard because the point of a blog is to share, and that's what I've tried to do! Well, anyway, here goes.

1. I have an insatiable reading habit. Once I start a book I can't put it down. Literally. It's really a problem. Here's a real life example of the problem: Two weeks ago I went to the library. I checked out 8 books, 7 novels, (2 in Spanish, 5 in English) and a picture book in Spanish. I read all five novels in less than 48 hours. (I got about 7 hours of sleep). I also read fast, which helps, but it's still an addiction.

2. I can't stand the grocery store. In order to force myself to go, I make a game out of it. I get through as quickly as I can (I time myself) and try to get the largest percent off that I can. I go through the sales fliers meticulously before I go and plan each trip and which aisles I'll be going down. This cuts down on impulse buys and shaves off unnecessary time.

3. I don't like shopping of any kind. I just don't enjoy it. Maybe it's because you have to part with money and I don't like that. Mostly though, I just don't like the feeling of dissatisfaction or false need that I get when I go shopping and want something. So I try to avoid it most times.

4. I love The Office more than any show on TV, but I still cringe all the time. Mark makes fun of me because I can't help but physically cringe during embarrassing moments. Like, last week's episode when Jan was singing to Astrid during the shower...I almost had to get up and walk away it was so awkward.

5. My favorite color is green. And mixtures of green and blue (Teal). I love dark green colors and all shades of teal.

6. I do not enjoy pregnancy. I think it's great to have a baby, but my experiences with it have been difficult to say the least. Some women love it-I do not. I love the baby, just not being pregnant. Also, everyone knows how you got that way, and while it's not strange, it can be kind of...I don't know. It's just a little awkward.

7. I don't drink coffee. I don't like the taste unless it's masked by Pumpkin Spice. Also, I think I may be allergic to caffeine. It makes my stomach ache and gives me a headache whenever I drink it. I can have a regular serving of chocolate, but a full pop with caffeine or a cup of coffee makes me sick. Strange, huh?

So, there you go. I don't know who to tag since I'm not sure who reads this. If you do end up doing this, leave a comment so I can enjoy your answers, OK?

Love,
Jenni

Monday, October 20, 2008

Normal!

My blood pressure reading was a normal 120/70! Praise the Lord! Tate and I said a prayer before we went in, and after I said "thank you, Jesus" and Tate repeated that the whole way home "Nan oooh Jezzusss!" It was so cute.

They are attributing my previously high reading to working out right before my appointment, and running late for a meeting with my boss right after my appointment.

I'm so glad that is over and done with. **Huge sigh of relief**

I also started doing pregnancy yoga thanks to a suggestion from my sister in law, Kara. I feel like it's helped me with flexibility and calmness (if that's a word).

Ok, off to make lunch. Love you all!

Jenni

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Whew!


What a week.


I'm glad it's the weekend. Praising Jesus for the weekend, actually.


Tate is sitting in his chair right now, waiting patiently for Daddy's Pumpkin Waffles. I am waiting not so patiently on the couch. Mark just told Tate that it will be ready in four minutes and now Tate's counting to four repeatedly. It's pretty funny.


I didn't go in to get my BP checked because we had some issues with the house right before I needed to leave. I rescheduled for Monday morning. I think it will be nice to get it over with first thing anyway.


My back tightened up again last night. It's right under/next to the left shoulder blade. Very uncomfortable. I'm really not supposed to take more than Tylenol, but I was OKed for a few rounds of Motrin if it get's to the point that I can't move my neck.


Ok, off to enjoy my Pumpkin Waffle. Have a great day!


Love,

Jenni

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

So...

Today promises to be better than yesterday.

Yesterday wasn't bad in and of itself, I was just sad for my friends. And a bit discouraged about my BP. I had a good talk with my brother, though, and I feel better about it.

So, the big news is that we had our ultrasound yesterday! Sam is healthy and happy, and right on target. I'm measuring about 5 days ahead of where the magic wheel of due dates says I am, but who knows. Sam is about 12 ounces at this point, and has big feet. We were originally not going to find out the gender, but when the ultrasound tech said, "Oh, well, there it is. It's pretty obvious!" we knew that it's a boy! Tate is going to have a little brother!

We're thinking about names, but probably won't publish it until it's time. We got a ton of really 'constructive' comments about Tate's name before he was born, and I kind of want to avoid that this time. I'm sure you understand.

Anyway, I am excited about this new chapter in our lives. Tate says 'little brudder' and is feeding off of our excitement. I do hope to have a daughter at some point, but I am content in having boys for now. When the timing and everything is right, I believe we will have a daughter (we're adopting from now on, if you remember:).

OK, I'm off to get some work done. Today is my first day of school, so I've got to finish preparing my Spanish lesson.

Have a great day!
Jenni

Monday, October 13, 2008

I'm sad today

Two of my friends had miscarriages this weekend. I'm very sad for them. My heart breaks for them. I really don't have much more to say about it other than that I'm sad.

Also, my BP is up. I'm hoping it's because I worked out before I went to the dr, but I worked out the last two times, too, and it was ok. I go back in on Friday for a re-check. It's so frustrating not being able to tell my own body to chill out.

That's it. I have some fun news, too, but I'm not up to sharing it today. I'll post again tomorrow.

Love,
Jenni

Friday, October 10, 2008

Further Proof That He Is, In Fact, Mine.

HE STABS...

HE LICKS...
TAKES A BIG BITE...
CHEWS...
AND SCORES!!!!

He very well may be the spitting image of his daddy, but his love for Ketchup is all me!

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Ahhh...Quiet

It's so nice to be able to sit down and enjoy the quiet after a long day. It relaxes me completely. I have the candles burning (just like every other day) and I really love the occasional wiffs of Pumpkin that I get as I walk around the house. Gosh, I love FALL!

I am back in 'full on creative mode' again. I am making my niece and Mark's second cousin their Christmas gifts. I love creating gifts because I am able to pray for them while I'm working. It's really a lot more fun for me than it will be for them, but that's ok. Someday they will appreciate the work that went into their gifts. The color scheme is pink and purple, so I know they will like that. When I'm a little farther along I'll share pics and explain what exactly I'm doing. The problem is I have a hard time conveying my vision until after the project is complete, so until I'm done I get a lot of 'uh huh' and blank stares. It's ok, I know what's in my head.

We haven't heard anything from the lady, so I'm assuming that she doesn't want the house. It's ok. She didn't go inside and that's really the best part! God has been so faithful in providing for us and I am really enjoying learning to lean on Him more during this time of financial...I don't even know what to call it. It's not a crisis, our needs are being met and we are growing closer to God. I guess I would call it financial dependence on God. It's sad that it took us until now to get to this place, huh?

The pregnancy is going well. We go in on Monday for our big ultrasound. I am really excited. I am praying for the baby's health and mine as well. I have also started praying for the whole labor and delivery part of this shindig. I really want to go into labor naturally, so I've been praying for no complications that would hinder my ability to have a natural labor. I did do a 'natural' childbirth with Tate in that I had no drugs, but I was induced. I am a little more flexible this time. I'm not going to rule out drugs because my back labor was HORRIBLE, and I never felt the urge to push. I hear this is really common with back labor. Anyway, I am 19 weeks pregnant, almost half way! It's hard to believe it.

OK, well, my boys are playing outside. I'm going to go and enjoy the last few minutes of peace and quiet. I hope you're doing well!

Love,
Jenni

Monday, October 6, 2008

Long time coming

So, I've been neglecting a real post for a long time. Sorry about that. Here's the main stuff, all together in one post.

* House: we still haven't heard anything more from the woman who is interested. We're hoping and praying that this is 'the one' and things come together quickly, but we're also trying to be content in our waiting.

* Pregnancy: I am almost 19 weeks pregnant. We are going in a week from today for our big ultrasound. We have decided to not find out the baby's gender, but we are going to have the tech write on a card what it is, and then seal it in an envelope. That way, if we have complications and I have to have a C-Section we will be able to know in advance.

* Work/Navy: I start teaching next week (I will have two classes) and I started babysitting last week. I am not babysitting at all this week, but will a couple of times in the next couple of weeks. It's been a real blessing to have a little bit of extra cash coming in. Navy life is fine, we're still here. It's hard on shore duty to remember how awful sea duty was! We are still planning on getting out in June, but have given the Navy a 'list of demands' so to speak, to meet if we are to stay in. Namely, we want a guarantee on a certain type of sub. We'll see how all that goes. I'm not holding my breath.

* I am loving our deep freezer. It is probably the best purchase we made this year.

* Mark starts using the carpool to get into work tomorrow. I can't wait for our gas bill to go down!

* We are doing a really good job of evaluating our spending and cutting back where we can. Our goal is to be 'untethered' by December, and be able to build up a nice savings base between then and June for when Mark is out of the Navy.

* I've been finding a lot of ways to scrimp and save lately, and I'm doing a lot of DIY Christmas gifts this year. (We're only doing gifts for the Children and we each have a Secret Santa). I've used www.skiptomylou.org a ton and I love the ideas on there. I'll write more on our Christmas plans later, we've changed our ideas surrounding Christmas and this year will reflect that. It's going to get it's own post, though.

I hope you're doing well and I will talk to you later!

Love,
Jenni

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Let the Games Begin

Alright, here you go! Guess if our baby is a boy or girl...this should be fun!

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Housing potential

Please be praying!

We've had a hit on our house. A lady is wanting to do a rent to own situation, which we would be thrilled about. As of right now our real estate agent has called the lady back and they are playing phone tag. That's all I know.

Ok, it's Tate's nap time, I'm going to go.

Love,
Jenni

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Not a big deal for anyone else

BUT...We just paid our last payment on the truck! We paid it off 2 years early. Yayhoo! This is a total God thing because with a truck payment it would be difficult to have the two mortgages. Now, we just wait for the house to sell!!

Monday, September 29, 2008

It's Official

Britney and Tygh (the C's) were chosen!!!!

Praise the Lord!

The meeting went wonderfully, and the birthmom loved them. The baby is due in early November, but due to complications will probably be here in mid October! I am so happy for them! I'll share details as they emerge.

Love you all!

Friday, September 26, 2008

A God Question

I was praying for our house to sell this morning, and I had this sudden thought that had to have been from God.

"Would you rather your house quickly, or would you rather I reveal more of myself to you by providing for you in unexpected ways while you're waiting?"

I was a little caught off guard. It was hard to be face to face with that question, because the honest answer is that I am scared of what's going to happen if the house doesn't sell or we don't have renters soon after the New Year. I don't want to believe that it's going to take that long. I don't want to have to scrimp and save and cut corners forever. I don't want to have to work forever (even though I love it). It's just scary. I had to confess my lack of faith and pray for the desire to get to know God better through this process, not just think of Him as my holy genie.

After praying and being able to truly say, "Reveal yourself, Lord, I trust you," I felt a weight lifted off my shoulders.

A few hours later I got an email from Mark telling me that he got into a Van Pool at work! This is great news because as long as it's a registered car pool (it is) the Navy pays for all the gas! This is going to save us about half of our gas budget every month. You are so good, Lord! Thank you!

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Lovin' the Twos

I am loving this age. A month or so ago I was wading through the difficulties, but Tate's been doing really well lately. He's learning obedience and his tantrums, while still frequent, are getting to a predictable routine so I kind of know the pattern.

Take yesterday for example: we were getting ready to go to the gym around 8:30 or so, and our cold little house was very, VERY cold. I had a sweatshirt, sweats and a hat on, so I put a sweatshirt on Tate and said
"Tate, before we go outside we have to put on a hat because it's very cold and I don't want you to get sick. We will take the hat off when we get in the car."
He yelled
"NO! NO HAT!"
and threw himself on the floor as I was trying to put it on. I finally got it on, and said
"you do not take your hat off until mommy says it's ok. If you do, you will get a spanking."
He immediately took the hat off, and got a spanking. (This is a quick retelling of the story, in reality when I spank I explain why they are receiving a spanking, spank them, and then let them cry and hug them...it's a lengthy process). Anyway, after he calmed down he let me put the hat on, but was still trying to move his head to get it to fall off. As we walked outside he seemed to accept the hat, and when we got in the car I said
"Great job, Tate, you can take your hat off! You have to wear it outside, not inside."
He took it off and was in a great mood!
On the way home it had warmed up considerably, so I was debating to myself on whether to push the hat issue. I had just about decided against it as I pulled into the driveway. When I went to unbuckle Tate, he reached for his hat and said
"Outside. Tate's hat."
And was trying to put it on! All by himself! He was obeying without being prompted! I was so proud of him. I helped him put on the hat, we walked in the house and once we were inside I said
"Ok, you can take off your hat now."
He did. I praised him all morning for his integrity in obeying me without being reminded. I am really proud of him for choosing to obey, especially when it was something he obviously didn't like. I realize it's a small matter in the big scheme of things, but at two, almost everything is a small matter. And, until he's faithful in the little things he can't learn to be faithful in the big ones.

Way to go Handsome Boy! I am so proud of you for following directions and obeying. You are such an inspiration and an encouragement! I love you.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

HATS!




A friend of my mom's was my first repeat customer! I made a couple of hat and bootie sets for her daughter last year, and she wanted more this year! So much fun. I also got a hat done for Tate...he hated it at first, but after the first time wearing it he didn't seem to mind as much. I'll get a pic of him and his new hat later. It feels good to be creating again, even if it is minimal. I'm still having a hard time getting inspired, but seeing other things has helped, and I think I even found a blanket I'm going to make for my niece for Christmas...we'll see. A blanket is pretty ambitious.

Other than that, life continues on. I went to the gym 4 (yes, four!) times last week, and I've been twice this week! I'm pleased with my ability to work out even though I know I'm not going to lose weight. So far I'm still a pound lighter than my pre-pregnancy weight last time, so that's encouraging. I've gained about 7 pounds so far. Hopefully if I'm more diligent this time it won't take so long to get it off afterward!

Ok, well, time to get a devotional in. Tate's down for a nap so now's my chance. Have a fantastic day!

Love,

Jenni

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

I've tried

and I can't do it.

I've watched the first half of season one of Heroes.

I just don't like it. It's too segmented for me, I guess. I have a hard time remembering each player and getting into every story. I get annoyed that in one episode it's mostly about a certain character, but the next episode doesn't even mention him/her.

A lot of people I know-including my husband-enjoy the show. I guess I'm just not one of them.

Oh well, there are a bunch of more productive things I can be doing with my time, right?

Monday, September 22, 2008

Pure JOY

I just got the news today...

...our dear friends, the ones who have been through so much and were the other couple our birthmom considered...

HAVE BEEN CHOSEN!

They meet with their birthmom on Friday to make sure it's a good thing on both sides. I am so happy for them I can't stop crying! (and for you cynical types, no, it's not the pregnancy hormones).

Please keep the C's in your prayers, and their birthmom Rachel. I'll let you know when I know more!

Praise God from whom all blessings flow,
Praise him all creatures here below
Praise him above ye heavenly hosts
Praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost!

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Thankful

Yay for today!

It's raining outside, and I love the rain.

I love Fall, but I prefer to call it Autumn. It sounds prettier.

I love that Tate is in a great mood this morning, and Mark let me sleep in.

We're going to have a FMD, Family Movie Day, where we wrap up in blankets and watch cartoons (ICE AGE is first on the list).

Oh! And we are the proud new owners of a Deep Freezer! I found on on Craigslist last night for $25! I'm really excited because it means that I'll be able to stock up more when things are on sale, and also that I can make more applesauce!

Other than that, life is pretty status quo. We're still really, REALLY praying for our house to sell/rent. Please, if you remember, say a prayer for it, too. We are ready to close that chapter of our lives and it's hard to do so with a house on the market. We love that home, and hope the next owners will be as blessed to live there as we were.

Alright, off to FMD. Have a great weekend friends!
Love,
Jenni


PS I'm starting to think that "Tractor/Sam" is a girl, but we'll have to wait and see...:)

PPS I don't really do pink, so my daughter will wear a lot of teal and purple, that's why 'girl' isn't in pink.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Not much

  • All caught up on the applesauce (at least what I had cored and sliced). We currently have about 2 gallons of applesauce in our freezer.
  • I picked another half gallon of blackberries today. I'm sure Tate will enjoy them this winter.
  • I've had a HUGE craving for the Dairy Queen banana cream pie blizzard for the last three days. Instead of going to get it, I went and worked out today. That's something, right?
  • Tate had an pretty good day today. He didn't want to use the potty today, so I didn't push him.
  • It was a really grey day today, so I need all of the color inspiration I can get.

There's a lot more rolling around in my head, but I don't have the energy or desire to write it all out. It's pretty soap-boxy anyway, so I'm sure you don't mind :)

Love,

Jenni

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Fundamental Misconception

This morning:

Me: "Tate, we're going to start really potty training this week. You're going to stop going pee pee in your diaper and start going pee pee in the potty all the time!"

Tate: (Very enthusiastically) "Yeah!"

I am pleased to report that Tate then peed on the potty without me prompting him, he told me he had to go, so we went. He got his customary M&M as a reward.

After Naptime:

Tate: "Pee pee! Pee Pee! No diaper. MMMMMMMAAAAAMMMMMMMMMAAAAAA!"

Me: (Walking into his room) "Ok Buddy, do you need to go pee pee in the...Whoa! What happened?"

Tate: (Proudly holding his dry diaper in his hands, standing in the middle of his urine soaked bed,) "Mama, pee pee no diaper. Yay!"

Me: Wow son! Apparently there has been a fundamental misconception in your understanding of potty training. We'll work on that, won't we?

Tate: (Optimistically) Yeah!

Down time


Ahhh...Tate is almost always up and ready to go before 7, so I am enjoying the peace and quiet of the morning. It's nice for a change.


I was feeling pretty awful all weekend, and I have managed to link it to the prenatal vitamins that I was given by the doctor. My regular ones were out and I was given a sample by the nurse to hold me over until my appointment on Monday. As soon as I got my regular rx I was back to feeling pretty great. Thank goodness for the second trimester reprieve!


I've been pretty productive these last few days. Monday I picked a gallon of blackberries and froze them. Here's why. Tate eats yogurt for breakfast every morning. I HATE high fructose corn syrup. Most flavored yogurts have that in them. Now, I can just give him plain yogurt that tastes like sour cream, but with blackberries it tastes great! Plus, the plain stuff is cheaper than the organic flavored stuff he's been getting. It's all about saving money these days!


In the same vein, I've also got another apple tree ripe and ready for harvest. I harvested several gallons of apples, cored and sliced them and have a few gallons of applesauce in my freezer. I have about 2 gallons to go before I'm done with this batch, and then I still have a tree full of apples to use. Tate loves applesauce so this will also save us money.


Along the saving line of thought, please pray for our house to sell or for us to find renters. Our friends, Adam and Deb, who have been renting our house for the past 18 months are on their way to Hawaii for a much deserved shore tour!! They have taken such great care of the house, and I am so appreciative of that. Now we just need to move the house so we don't have too many months of a double mortgage (well, mortgage and rent). I am trusting that the Lord is going to take care of it, but it's kind of nerve wracking some days. My Spanish classes start in October so that will help lighten the load, and I have taken a child care job a couple times a week that starts in October as well. The Lord is good, He is providing.


Oh, the picture is Tate playing in the leap frog fountain at the zoo on Sunday, too much fun!
Love you all!
Jenni & "Tractor"