Monday, January 21, 2008


Today while Doug and I were busy with projects around the house, the kids formed a band. Brooklyn was, of course, the lead singer and the director and the producer and the editor and probably the PR representative. It amazes me that the other kids know the food chain and follow her direction.
Ty got some blue hair dye for Christmas the he kept asking for. But then when it came time to dye his hair, he wouldn't do it. I finally convinced him to let me dye his hair blue. He was in a rock band, after all. And then the girls wanted some highlights in their hair, too.

Wednesday, January 16, 2008


Today we went with Doug to do an appraisal up Lake Wenatchee. It was beautiful! We all put on our snowshoes and headed off into the great outdoors. This is an indication of how deep the snow was. We had to climb up the bank next to the suburban to get onto the snow. The kids were real troopers and had a blast. And momma even had fun, too. Usually I throw a big fit about how cold it will be and how out of shape I am and how I'd rather just stay in the car. But I'm trying to be more adventurous, and this is definitely one thing I don't mind jumping into.

This is one of those take-it-yourself pictures of me and Doug. He's the outdoorsy-type. I'm getting there...... Doug actually bought me snowshoes before we were married. When I was putting them on today I commented that I think this is only the third time I've worn them since he bought them for me.

Doug and Madelyn before the adventure.
The two little troopers, Brooklyn and Ty.
Paving the way!

Sunday, January 13, 2008

Middle of the night thoughts

So, yesterday we headed over the pass for another JBQ match. This is a program where my two oldest kids compete on their Bible knowledge. Its really cute. And I love that they are hiding God's word in their heart. I have to say I have learned a ton of Bible trivia and facts and theology. Its been great for all of us.

It's also presented some challenges, too. My daughter, Brooklyn, is older and is retaining most of the facts at this point. My son, Ty, though is having a bit more trouble. I wonder if he'll ever clue in and realize he's kind of the underdog right now. I know in a couple of years, he'll be kicking butt. But right now it seems like he's barely hanging on. And then there's the exhaustion factor. We got up yesterday morning at 4:30 in the morning and didn't get home to bed until 8:30 pm. The day was very long. He doesn't tolerate being tired well, and it came out in full force after the last match. He threw a fit. We ended up in the bathroom and I know everyone could hear him sobbing. It broke my heart to see him disappointed, but I also know that you don't win everying in life and you kind of have to deal with it sometimes. Once again, an I'm-not-quite-sure-what-to-do-here kind of mommy moment.

On a different note, it's the middle of the night right now. The entire family is sleeping - most of them in my bed. My husband is making strange sleep noises that I can't sleep through. I've been kicked out by my youngest (the biggest bed hog) who keeps peeing in her own bed. Now I have a headache, I'm slightly anxious, and I know I'll be washing sheets tomorrow. I really hate changing bed sheets. Oh, well. In a few more years, they wont need me to make their beds, and then I'll be up in the middle of the night because of that! I'm going to try to go to sleep now. I'll probably end up on the couch.

Monday, January 7, 2008

Resolution complete

Wow! This could just be a miracle. I have actually accomplished my New Year's Resolution this year. I resolved to begin blogging!!! Some of my closest friends have blogs and I love to read them, so I really wanted to start one. I'm not sure why. Maybe I just want to be as cool as they are. Its not like anyone will be reading it. I think it might be therapeutic to get out some of my feelings and hope the people I vent about wont be reading this.

Now that I have accomplished my NYR, I may as well make more. Here's a short list, in no particular order, of things I want to do this year.

1. I'd like to make a quilt for myself. I have this great Mary Engelbriet material that I've had for a year or so. I really love it and can't wait to piece it together. And this one I'm keeping. Every quilt I've made has been for someone else. I've made a couple for my kids, but that doesn't count.

2. I want to be a better wife and mom. This is my favorite role in life and sometimes it gets put on the back burner. Don't ask me why. I really would rather do nothing more than be home with my husband Doug and my kids. They are the best in the world!

3. I want to spend more times with my really good friends. I find myself being less and less social, probably because of resolution #2, but I really miss my friends. They are always so encouraging and make me a better person. I tend to need a really close friend for moral support - and not just one friend. I need a close friend for all the different areas of my life - like a close "homeschool friend" and a "pedicure friend" and then the "kindred spirit" friend. I'm not quite sure where I'll fit in all these friends, but I'll give it a shot.

Well, there's three more things to work on. That should keep me busy for the year. Maybe I'll remember to update my progress at the end of the year. Stay tuned.