Friday, September 27, 2013

So I was going to blog about our recent trip to Florida, but I ran into a technical difficulty.  So, I guess I will blog about a few random things.  I think it was last week when I had lunch with Parker at school.  It was so neat seeing him in school action mode.  He didn't see me at first and I was able to spy on his behavior.  He walked through the hall just as he was told, with one hand over his lips, and one hand on his hip.  The teacher calls it "hips and lips".  It looks very silly, but it keeps the kids in line I guess.  Anyways...Parker was doing it well, and I was proud.  He was also so polite to the cafeteria worker, and proudly said "Steven Parker Ellis" as he checked out his food.  He proudly announced that he would be buying his momma's lunch today.  So we grabbed our trays filled with spaghetti, mac and cheese, green beans, and orange wedges, and headed to our designated spot.  The baby was with us, too, but he was asleep for most of the time.  We had such a great time.  Doesn't he look so happy here! 
 
 
I was able to meet all of the other kids in his class.  Parker was sad though that his best friend "Ellie" was out sick that day with strep throat. 
 
 When the time came for me to leave, Parker sweetly said, " I miss you already!".  It was a fun lunch!  Easton would have loved it!  He was at MDO that day.
 
 Parker has been doing really well with the behavior chart at school.  They call it clipping up.  He came home on the top color clip last Friday.  A friend had asked if we could join her and her daughter at the skating rink.  I thought that would be a great way to show Parker just how proud we are of him for doing so well.  He has been on pink five times so far!  That makes me very proud because I was so worried last year that he would be the crazy kid that wouldn't listen. 
 
 
  Brooks stayed home with Steven.  I had told the boys that I had to take them with me to help me pick out a pretty dress for myself.  They were surprisingly willing to go dress shopping, but were thrilled when they found out the truth.  We skated for a good while and then finished the night up with Sonic.
 It was so nice spending time with Amy.  I feel like we haven't gotten to spend nearly enough time together lately, and it was so nice to catch up. 
 
 The kiddos enjoyed seeing Rylee, too.  They all did really good skating, too!  We even took the boys again the next night so that Steven could have a chance to see how well they did.  Plus admission was only $1 that night for repeat customers.  Parker even conned his Uncle Jon and Aunt Julie into joining us with Jacob and Nathan.  Parker decided to roller blade this time.  He was a million times better on the roller blades, which I totally get.  I tried to regular skate and could barely stand.  I for whatever reason feel so much more balanced on roller blades.  Although, I honestly am good at neither!  It was fun none the less though!
 

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Easton has been asking for a donut for the last two days.  I promised him a trip to the donut shop today...my first wkday off in a while.  We dropped of Parker and headed to Shipley's.  I think I am going to make this a once a week ritual because It was so good! AND... They had the BEST coconut donut I have ever had in MY LIFE!!!  Oh crap...I realize that I am making this post right after my "healthy new me post". (Well, I guess you know how that's going). Anyways...back to the unhealthy donut story...I felt very blessed as I sat there in that shop.  I looked around and saw an old man sitting at one of the tables.  He was drinking there coffee and honestly, admiring my kiddos.  I wondered what exactly he was thinking.  I felt like he was telling me to slow down and do fun things like this more often.  Do the simple things like take my kids out for donuts on an early morning.  Love on them as much as I can bc it will be gone all too soon!  I (sadly) thought about why he was alone.  Did his wife already pass?  His kids were obviously grown.  Did he look at us in sorrow that the stage of parenting his young ones is over for him, or in just remembrance of his fond parenting moments.  I mostly think oldies just think kiddos are funny and sweet.   Regardless of why he was going solo for breakfast, and even if he was sad or happy about it, I in that moment was reminded how blessed I really am.  I have three innocent little boys who love me with all of their hearts and enjoy eating donuts with their momma!  I pray that I raise them right...the way God has entrusted me to do and wants me to!  I hope to raise them with character and a Christian heart that will make God proud.  And hopefully one day, the little old man  I saw today will think I did a good job too!
Look at this crazy kid!  He looks so goofy with his hair unbrushed hair and goofy grin!  This boy loves him some food!  

 

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Today, I win!

Today is the day that I have won the ongoing battle I have had with my car!  If you know me, you know that keeping a clean car does not come easy to me!  But it especially does not come easy for my kids!  I think kids secretly carry dirt magnets in their pockets and purposely try to destroy anything nice.  Especially when it comes to carpet. 
Anyways... My car and house were both in need of a major carpet cleaning.  Luckily we have good carpet that camouflages all the mess.  Anyways...I had several black spots all over my car...even on the ceiling!  But today I paid an extra $35 and had my carpet guy clean out the carpets and the ceiling in my van, along with the routine cleaning for the carpets in the house.  I had know idea just how messy kids could be till I had my own.  I mean, Who actually has to hire someone to clean their car ceiling?  Me!!!  Someone who has 3 rowdy boys!  One of whom is currently trying to balance on my chair and bed, one leg on each, while trying to sneak a drink of my diet Pepsi!  No wonder he spills something 100 xs a day!  He is crazy, clumsy, and the goofiest kid I know!  I think I'm gonna make him a tool belt that is full of paper towels, a hand held vacuum, and a can of spot shot!  It would be easier that way!  Anyways...long story short, my car looks like new again!  And even though it will most likely only last a moment, today I am on the winning side of this war!  Until this guy attacks again!  Haha!

Gotta love him!!!

Saturday, September 21, 2013

I have got to be healthy!  I don't know what has gotten into me, but I have NO control over my eating and appetite!  I know that I am not considered overweight, but trust me, I am getting closer every day!  The problem is, I don't know how to get a hold of it!  I have seriously tried every motivational strategy that I can think of, but it usually fails by lunch time!  I can't help but think that I DESERVE to eat what I want.  I am a mom of three rowdy boys, work full time as a nurse to many unappreciative patients, I don't drink, I don't smoke, etc.  Food is my vice, my comfort,my treat, my social fun, and my anti-boredom recipe.  I have no clue how to remedy my addiction for food. 
Steven and I have recently started doing the T25 workout videos from the makers of P90x.  We love them and it really is a GREAT workout!  It is only 25 minutes long, and has been relatively easy to squeeze in the time to get it done.  I know though, that the videos are not enough, and that I must diet along with them.  Anyways...I really think that the only thing that is going to be strong enough to break my non-dieting cycle is support.  So, please encourage me to do well, and pray that God gives me the strength to get back into gear.  I am slowly creeping up on the scale, and don't want to wake up one day and have 50 pounds to lose.  I want to be healthy for myself, kids, and husband.  Pray that I make it all day eating well!  And if you think about it tomorrow, pray that I do well then, too!  Thanks bunches!