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Monday, October 31, 2011

Whew!

I know it's been a while since I've posted.  Too catch you all up quickly on our lives for the past two weeks, here's a list of what the past two weeks have included:

  • A trip to Seattle to visit my parents
  • A simultaneous trip to San Diego for LT W (Navy related)
  • A cold for Tate, Theo and myself
  • One urgent care visit when Tate collapsed on the floor crying because his ear hurt. (Diagnosis is a severe middle ear infection)
  • Four truck loads of stuff to the Goodwill
  • Sale of our king sized mattress and box springs
  • Sale of our bedroom furniture
  • LT W and I moved from the master to a smaller bedroom upstairs (hence the above sales and donations)
  • LT W's wonderful Grandma moved in with us!
  • A Steven Curtis Chapman concert
  • Tate is continuing to improve his reading and phonics skills
  • I participated in a focus group and earned some cash!
  • I knit some leg warmers from yarn in my stash. 
  • We cut wheat out of our diets which resulted in LT W losing about 10 lbs in 2 weeks. 
  • I started working out again (Four times last week! It was awesome!)
  • Theo has decided he does not have much interest in potty training...sigh. 
  • We have worked in the 2-3 year old classroom twice at church.  It's a ton of work but it's nice to meet the parents and feel like we are serving. 
I'm sure there is more random stuff, but that's all I can think of for now.  We are almost all unpacked in our new room upstairs.  The bedroom hasn't been the biggest issue, it's actually been the bathroom.  Before it was fairly easy to keep our toiletries out of the hands of a certain 2.5 year old...now...not so much.  

On a somewhat related note, sharing a bathroom with three males is disgusting.  

I'm going to do my best to post regularly this week!  I hope life is treating you well!

Peace and love, 
Jenni 

Sunday, October 16, 2011

I'm trying to let go...

Found on Pinterest. 



Wednesday, October 12, 2011

New wall


I redid the wall in our living room [with mostly repurposed stuff]. 

I'm pretty happy with it.  I strive to make our home a creative, inspiring place full of happy memories and joy.  Having pictures of fun memories is a huge part of that. 

And the adorable butterflies?  It was super fun to make those.  We had a lot of good laughs painting our feet!

Whenever I look at the wall now, I'll smile. 

Thanks Kayla J Photography, for all the pictures!  If you're in the Seattle area, check her out.  She's simply amazing!

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Superman, without the cape


When Theo runs, he runs with his arms behind him like he's flying.  I imagine he pretends he has a cape as well.  It's one of the millions of endearing things about him. 

Another, you ask?

Theo: "Mom, you're beautiful and you're the best.  Mom, you're my princess."

What a sweet kid!

Friday, October 7, 2011

I am ridiculously off this week


That is kind of how I feel. 

Just, misshapen. 

The house is (barely) being held together by dirt and (probably) dirty clothes. 

I started using my happy sun lamp this morning. 

And taking my vitamin D supplements. 

I think, though, the fact that LT W has had two days off in the last 40ish days is the main culprit.  Hopefully this weekend when we have two days off in a row will be incredibly refreshing and reviving for all of us.  Because, honestly, who wants to feel like this?

Thursday, October 6, 2011

We Are All Missing Them


I am often surprised by my kids' ability to remember.  I don't know why I'm so surprised, because I've got a pretty good memory myself.  Nowhere near what it used to be, but it's pretty good.  The thing that surprises me most is when they remember something so clearly, but it's just a snippet of what happened.  For example, we had a family movie night a few months ago.  The intro to the movie had the graphic of the little boy resting on the moon fishing.  I didn't think anything of it until a couple of weeks ago when Tate asked to watch the movie with the little boy fishing on the moon again.  It took me a few days to figure out what he was talking about but I finally did.  Those are details I would have remembered when I was younger, but they are lost on me now. 

One of the drawbacks of having such a good memory is that the pain of missing loved ones is intensified.  I've seen this in Tate many times with people (and random animals...don't get me started on the goat story).  He's very compassionate and loving, and sincerely misses his hermanos that live in Nicaragua.  He's been asking about them a lot recently.  Asking when we can see them, when we get to move to live close to them and play with them all day.  He loves looking at pictures of them but feels shy talking on the phone with them (and I don't blame him.  Phone conversations are hard enough without a language barrier). 

So today I decided to take matters into my own hands.  I made signs with what the boys wanted me to say "To our brothers in the Posada, we love you and miss you a lot!".  I took a picture and posted it on Facebook so that their hermanos can see it.  I know it's not much, but it made Tate feel like he was getting to express himself a little bit.  

And, just for fun, the latest thing he's attached himself to is our house in Virginia.  He's been saying over and over again that he misses "Spencer and what's his name again?" (It's Trey, BTW) and really misses our house in Virginia even though we didn't have a lot of toys when we lived there because he was just a baby.  (FYI, Tate hasn't seen Spence or Trey other than on webcam in almost 5 years.  But he still misses them).   He's sad that we don't live there and wants to move back.  When I explain that we would miss all the people that live here he just about collapses in despair.  

He's also sad that we don't live in Minnesota (don't get me going). 

And Grandma and Grandpa and Nana and Papa?  Oh my.  There are tears almost daily about how much he misses them. 

Just the other day he said something along the lines of, "Mom, it's so hard because I like so many people and I just never get to see them all as much as I want to!"

I agree with him.  It's hard to keep your heart open and ready for love when you know it's going to hurt to leave.  

But I've found that it's worth it, and I hope that someday he learns that, too. 

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

The boys are back at it

Tate: "Mom, when we have a cat I want to name it Snowbell."
Me: "Um...OK"
Tate: "And if you forget, I'll whisper it in your ear so you remember.  Because I won't forget.  But we won't tell anyone because it will be our secret."
Me: "Why would we keep our cat's name a secret?"
Tate: "Hmmmm...you're right mom.  We just won't tell the bad people in the suits that like to steal bags of animals.  We'll keep it a secret from them, OK?"

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Theo: "I've got a giant, giant pee."

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Me: "Theo, will you please not push on the ottoman?"
Theo: "Yes. After I stop I can."

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

How we got there



1-2  We (the littles and myself) left the house with the dogs.  Went to both sets of grandparents houses.  Driving.  ~3 hours. 

2-4  We flew to Chicago via Phoenix.  In middle seats...we had to change because the boys (obviously) aren't old enough to fly by themselves.  Most people were pretty cool about it but there was that one guy.  He pitched a fit and stormed off.  Luckily his ire was directed at the Flight Attendant and not me. 

4-5 Bought a car in Chicago (it was planned, don't worry) and drove to Wisconsin.  Had a bit of trouble on the ridiculous Chicago toll road system.  They don't accept cards so after getting an opportunity to pay online at a later date and being told to stop at an ATM and get cash for the tolls coming up (which I did), the entrance ramp to the freeway not only didn't accept cards, they didn't accept cash, either.  Just coins.  And I didn't have coins.  I just had my newly minted $20 from the ATM.  I am sure I'll get a ticket, but since I have no idea where I was and the car isn't registered to me yet, I'm waiting on a phone call from the dealership.  I went to the website to pay and I wasn't able to because I have no idea where I was on the toll road (they want to know what exit I was at...I have NO freaking idea). 

5-6 After a night in Wisconsin I drove to Minnesota to stay with friends.  The drive was beautiful!  I enjoyed the fall color immensely.  Perhaps it was a gift since I didn't get to see much last year. 

6-7 After a week in Minnesota I drove through both Dakotas (just to say I've been there)!  I stopped in Bismarck for the night (or so I thought) and was told there were no hotels available.  LT W, who was in Japan, helped me secure a hotel some 200 miles away in Montana.  Seriously.  There was no vacancy anywhere.  Said hotel was a dump and when I showed up at midnight they didn't have my reservation but they took pity on me and let us stay, even though they had to take away a room from another guy who had reserved 4 rooms.  He hadn't showed up yet so they told me to just lock my door and don't answer it if he's mad when he shows up.  very comforting. I'm pretty sure I wasn't the only one that had this unfortunate experience because as I was unloading the boys another 2 cars showed up with "reservations" and the lady had no idea who they were, either.  I think maybe someone was drinking on the job (that's what it smelled like, at least). 
Driving, 13 hours

7-1  Woke up at 7 am in the motel.  I thought about putting on a movie for the boys and dozing, but then decided that I'd rather not stay any longer.  Packed up the boys in about 8 minutes and was outta there.  Drove (with two stops and no tantrums) home to PDX that day (night...whatever). 
18 hours. 

It was a great trip, but I'm happy to be home!

Monday, October 3, 2011

Minnesota Recap

Our first time at the Mississippi River!

Minnehaha Falls

Alana and I at Minnehaha

Downtown Minneapolis.  I thought it was beautiful and charming!

SkyZone Trampolines!  So much fun!

While we missed LT W while he was in Japan with the Navy, the boys and I had a splendid time in Minnesota!  (And Wisconsin, the Dakotas, Montana, Idaho and Washington).

I could really go on and on about how wonderful this trip was, but I'm going to keep the online sharing to a minimum (besides, Alana, you know how much I love you :)).  I'll just say that it was so great to have companionship and do some good iron sharpening time!  Two years was too long to wait!

We drove home in two days (that's 31 hours of driving by myself...FYI).  It's taken since then to recover.  I almost have the suitcases unpacked.  They won't stay that way for long, though, because in 58 short days we head to Nicaragua (just visiting this time)!  

One of my favorite discoveries on the drive home was that gas stations celebrate pumpkin spice season, too.  And their coffee is cheaper, doesn't taste as much like coffee (which is good for me), but the caffeine has the same affect!  

It was a great trip!