This is nice.

I love calm mornings. Today is one of those days. Kids still in bed, nothing on the agenda that we have to do today.

Monday and Tuesday I am keeping Makena (Kena as Michael calls her), who is a 11 week old baby girl of one of my good friends. I actually went to high school with her, we were not best of friends, but very good friends at the time. Neither of us were Christians or even went to church back then. She and her husband are both members of the congregation we worship at now. Such a small world. It's so fun to reconnect with someone like that. ANYWAY! I get so sidetracked. Sorry.

So Mondays and Tuesdays, Makena gets here at 7:15. Michael usually gets up at 7:30, then I have to wake Claire up by 8 for Mother's Day out at 9 on Tuesdays. It's not fun packing those three in the back of the car. But it's doable. Makena is a perfect baby. She's here for about 9 total hours during the day and sleeps about 6 of them. Still, it's so hard to be tied down that much. I love to get out and go, and it's just impossible to do that enjoyablly with 3 this little. I know, I know, people do it, I'm just not used to it. We did try story time at Barnes and Noble on Monday morning with all three of them. It went "okay" Claire loved it, so I guess we'll try it again, and it's free. ANything free is fun, right.

So anyway, today we're going to go to the Discovery Center (maybe) and have a picnic (maybe) then I am going to scrapbook while the kids nap (maybe). I am just thankful the flexibility of today. Although, being tied to the house has definately improved on my chores. Everything is done...laundry and dishes are caught up, and the fridge is fairly well stocked. So only fun stuff today.

Thursday night, we have a double header at the softball fields...if there is no rain that is. We've been rained out the past two weeks. It's going to be January before we finish, at this rate.

Also, Thursday, my sister is scheduled to have her baby. She's breach, so she has to have a csection. She had two natural births already, so this kind of stinks. But in the big picture, it's not so bad. As long as there's a healthy little Molly to hold.

I am learning to enjoy coffee. Not so much the coffee itself, but the wonderful effects of caffeine. I have a problem, though. I don't know anything about it, and I have never made it, so for now, I just grab the free stuff at Kroger while I'm doing my shopping, or pay $1.81 for a cup at Starbucks. I don't like it from Starbucks, though. It's too bitter. Any suggestions?

So...have a fun rest of the week. And a relaxing day!
  • DessertDiva
    Glad you're starting to like coffee - that will come in handy when you come out here ;) I never get straight coffee at Sbux. I always get a caramel macchiato. Pricier than a regular coffee but yummy. Then I shake in a little of the vanilla stuff at the "stirring bar" and give it a stir.

    Have a great, relaxing day! How is story time? What age would you think is a good age to take Amelia to a library/book store story time? At least you're getting a taste of what 3 will be like! ;)
    by DessertDiva at 09/23/09 10:17AM
  • simon_says
    Ewwww...I can't stand coffee of any kind.

    That's exciting news about your sister's baby...not that she's having to have a C-section, but that the baby will be here!!!
    by simon_says at 09/23/09 10:26AM
  • anna
    Hey Rosie! I myself don't like coffee, but my husband is a fanatic. He usually does 3 level tablespoons of coffee for 6 cups of water. He likes the Columbian kind. Mom and dad have a older coffee pot and mom does 2 level scoops for every 10 cups of water. Hers, however, is quite different. I don't know if that helps, but it might be a starting point for you. Good luck with the coffee! On a side judges her scoops on how many people are drinking coffee.. 1 scoop = 1 person. Davey judges his on a pot so he can drink it throughout the day.

    by anna at 09/23/09 10:57AM
  • mmswife
    If I make coffee at home I brew it with 1 tbsp per cup (according to the pot). Then I like to mix in a spoonful of cocoa powder, some creamer and sugar to taste. If I was doing dairy I would shoot some whipped cream on top. Yum! Might have to make me a pot on this cool, rainy day.
    by mmswife at 09/23/09 2:59PM
  • stylinmama
    I get a froo froo drink at Sbux. Love love the Java Chip Frapp in the summertime...or any time. :) And White Choc Mochas are good too. When we're home and we make a pot of coffee we use sugar and creamer (we ONLY use Coffeemate's Vanilla Caramel creamer..yum).
    I love all your "maybes" as to your plans today. It's good you're so relaxed about them. I guess you kinda have to be when you're hauling around three kids. :) Baby Makena sounds like a really good baby!
    Congrats on becoming an aunt again soon! Maybe the baby will surprise everyone and flip. ;) I hope it all goes well for everyone!
    by stylinmama at 09/23/09 3:06PM
  • amandochka know I was a Starbucks barista. I proper proportion is a one to one ratio--one tablespoon of coffee to one cup of water. You may not like what's on tap at Starbucks bc of where it comes from. I prefer the African coffees than the Latin or Asian. I recommend, if you ever see on tap, either Kenya or Ethiopian Sidamo. Yum yum! I usually add cream and sweetner or syrup. If you get a Starbucks card and register it online...they will give you a free syrup in your coffee. I recommend peppermint or toffee nut. They even have sugarfree varieties--vanilla, mocha (nasty), caramel, hazelnut, and one other's been a while since I worked there.

    If you want to splurge, the caramel macchiato is yummy and if you like really sweet the white mocha is a good choice and you can always get the kids a hot apple cider...they will steam it to a lower temp if you tell them it's for the kiddos. It's fabulous in the fall.
    by amandochka at 09/23/09 4:25PM
  • jess
    Hope your fun day went well! That sounds so nice. :)
    by jess at 09/23/09 6:05PM
  • kerrielee
    Sounds like you have been keeping busy,I hope all goes well for your sister,Taylor has a game Thursday night so we will be there too.Take care.TTYL.
    by kerrielee at 09/23/09 11:00PM
  • lindseymarie
    Where's the free stuff at Kroger? I've noticed they do that at Publix, but didn't at Kroger. I don't know about the regular coffee at Starbucks..I always go for the White Choc Mochas. Prob. not the best to do everyday because of the calories, but definitely a nice treat! That's nice of you to take on an extra baby. You are superwoman! She sounds like a really sweet baby.
    by lindseymarie at 09/24/09 9:42AM
  • wifelet
    This post is making me want to start making coffee in the AM again, since it's getting cooler in the AM ... hmm. I might have to investigate that.

    Are you practicing with 3, to make sure you can handle it? ;-)

    And don't forget Macy - she turned in the hospital, while waiting for my c-section - it can happen!! :)
    by wifelet at 09/26/09 8:02PM
  • lindseymarie
    I'm doing really well. Now that I'm feeling better I have a list of 100 projects I'm trying to get done, so between that and something out of town almost every weekend, we've been pretty busy. I know that I keep saying we should get together, but I really am going to call you and set up a time soon. Are Thursdays or Fridays better for you?
    by lindseymarie at 10/01/09 8:20AM

I'm on a mailing list for the ladies at our congregation and these were today's thoughts...

Is it just me. or is there a lack of thankfulness/gratitude for what we have? So many have a great life, but choose to focus on what they don't have instead of what they do have.

When you woke up this morning, did you think about the blessings in your life...or what all you wish you could have and don't and wonder how you can get it?

Have a husband who loves you? Be Thankful
Have healthy children? Be Thankful
Have a home and a job? Be Thankful
Have children who love God? Be Thankful
Have clothes to wear? Be Thankful
Have Jesus as your Savior? Be Thankful
Have friends that are Christians? Be Thankful
Have a hope of heaven? Be Thankful

Bottom line...As importannt as it is to strive for a good life, it is also important to recognize when we have it good, and give thanks to God for it

I know I woke up this morning complaining about things. This kind of turned my day around. Hope it does the same for you =)
  • kerrielee
    Thanks Rosie,it did!! I always find myself complaining way to much,it is one of my many many faults!
    by kerrielee at 09/10/09 12:05PM
  • snickers63
    Funny - this was in our lesson last night. One of the first steps away from God is a lack of thankfulness and gratitude. (Rom 1 names it right behind not honoring God.) Kind of hit home for me. Needs to hit home on a daily basis until I am better at not complaining.
    by snickers63 at 09/10/09 3:33PM
  • shelbysmom
    I learned this lesson a few years ago and it really helps to put things in perspective when I have a difficult day. It really annoys me when people say "I had the worst day ever!" or "Can anything else go wrong?" I'm here to say - yes it can!! Thanks for the post.
    by shelbysmom at 09/10/09 4:07PM
  • shaneg
    I right in there with you guys. One of the things that annoys me when people say, "it would be nice if life were easier", especially the one's who can check yes to the list above.
    by shaneg at 09/10/09 6:08PM
  • lindseymarie
    Great reminder!
    by lindseymarie at 09/12/09 11:50PM
  • snickers63
    Oh yea... nap would have been nice... but I went across town to work :-(
    by snickers63 at 09/15/09 4:05PM

Fun with Cousin Andrew!

We had the pleasure of babysitting Andrew at Mimi and Pa's house last weekend. That child is a pistol! Claire and Michael love love love him and Claire especially had fun telling him new words and phrases to say. We were so sad for our quick visit to end Saturday night, but it was fun while it lasted!

This is hilarious to me. Looks like everyone is having a great time, huh =)
Well, I've gotta run, the grunting sounds of a 6 week old are calling. She's been asleep for 3 hours so who am I to complain???
  • entheos
    (t) Oh, these are sweet! Thanks for posting them :)
    by entheos at 09/08/09 1:37PM
  • shelbysmom
    by shelbysmom at 09/08/09 2:14PM
  • jess
    Great pictures! It was good to see you guys, even though it didn't really feel like it counted! :) I'd completely forgotten you were thinking about keeping a little newborn for a friend! I guess you decided to do it! How's it going? I bet it's sweet to have such a tiny one around again!
    by jess at 09/08/09 6:45PM
  • littlelamb
    What fun!
    by littlelamb at 09/08/09 10:45PM
  • mtnest
    Really good pictures. Looks like Andrew wore them out in that last pic. :-)
    by mtnest at 09/09/09 2:42AM
  • snickers63
    My computer was off for one day... and you have a 6 wk old???? How did that happen?
    by snickers63 at 09/09/09 8:21AM

Someone cheered me up =)

If you didn't see her comment, go to my last entry and find it. It'll make you laugh, I promise.

Claire had a great day at school. She said she loves her teacher very much. That makes me so happy.

Michael is a little stinker. He woke up at 6:00 this morning. That means he took an early nap, and that means he's getting a second nap today, whether he likes it or not.

I play softball tonight!! I am loving it. My legs, however, are not. They are mad at me for making them run after a brief hiatus of oh, about 15 years. I hate running. It doesn't help that I bat 3rd, and usually get on base, then the guy who played baseball in college bats right after me so I have to run for my life b/c he always gets a hit. He warned me that tonight he may pick me up and carry me the rest of the distance from 3rd to home. He usually catches me right between those bases, and is on my heels (literally) by the time we get home. That exact scenario happened 4 times two games ago. It's kind of embarassing, but really, I don't run. I haaaaaaaaate it. So I have decided to take Aleve BEFORE the game tonight. And slowly run the bases before the game. That's embarassing too. But I guess I'm not out there to look cool, just to have fun. Good thing, huh.

Anyway...6:30 if anyone wants to come cheer us on!!!

We get to see Phillip and Tracy and Justin and Jess this weekend too! I love holiday weekends!
  • simon_says
    Poor Bob-Jake.
    by simon_says at 09/03/09 4:09PM
  • DessertDiva
    The base-running story made me laugh :) I feel bad for Bob-Jake, too!
    by DessertDiva at 09/03/09 4:23PM
  • shelbysmom
    Maybe you should take up running as exercise then your legs will be used to it!
    by shelbysmom at 09/03/09 4:58PM
  • mtnest
    So they have a Bob-Bob and a Jake-Bob. Sounds like the Walton family. ;-)

    Have fun with my kids! We are hoping to get to see them for lunch maybe on Monday. We are going to Indiana so work on Dad's house cand thought we might be able to meet them for lunch in the Louisville area on our way home.
    by mtnest at 09/03/09 5:42PM
  • jess
    I would love to come to your softball game - wish we could be there. Can't WAIT to see you guys this weekend!! It's been WAY too long! :)
    by jess at 09/03/09 6:36PM
  • stylinmama
    Hahaha!!! I love to play softball but I know I would embarrass myself if I tried it now. :)
    by stylinmama at 09/03/09 9:11PM
  • littlelamb
    You know I have no sympathy on the running thing. I guess running is just in my blood. :)
    by littlelamb at 09/06/09 1:57AM

Someone cheer me up...

I'm having one of those days...weeks really, I'm bored and lonely. I miss my friends, I miss my family, and my kids are both sleeping, so yes, I miss them too. I don't feel like doing anything. The only thing that really NEEDS to be done is grocery shopping, but since the kids are sleeping, I think that would be kind of illegal.

So tell me a joke, or better yet, come visit me. Pitiful, I know.
  • grandmadiane
    Why did the cannibal see a psychiatrist?

    He was fed up with people!
    by grandmadiane at 09/02/09 3:29PM
  • simon_says
    Funny story: I fell asleep at the oil change place Saturday while waiting for them to change the oil in my car. I'd apparently been out for a while because when I woke up the guy said/half whispered, 'Uh...Leah? Your car is ready. You were asleep and I didn't want to wake you.' They left my car running with the A/C on the whole time and when I got in it, it was frigid. Who knows how long I was out!

    I guess the guy applied the 'never wake a sleeping child' mantra to pregnant women.
    by simon_says at 09/02/09 3:54PM
  • stylinmama
    :( Wish I lived near you, I'd come over with the kids! :)
    by stylinmama at 09/02/09 4:09PM
  • DessertDiva
    Been there. Still there frequently. I feel for you and would visit if I could!
    by DessertDiva at 09/02/09 4:28PM
  • shaneg
    Two cannibals were eating a clown. One looks at the other and says, "Does this taste funny to you?"
    by shaneg at 09/02/09 4:58PM
  • nillabarr
    I TOTALLY feel you! Being here in Florida is not like it was in Illinois. I miss my friends so much I could cry every time I think about it. I would totally become your BFF if I lived near you! Hope tomorrow is better!
    by nillabarr at 09/02/09 9:58PM
  • shelbysmom
    Come for a visit. Next week would be perfect...Jeremy is out of town and I will be packing for FL. And you know we have enough room for naptime!
    by shelbysmom at 09/02/09 10:13PM
  • kt80
    As seen in our apartment complex's summer newsletter: "Please welcome Bob Berth. Bob will be helping part-time with maintenance and landscaping, so if you see him around, feel free to say hello and welcome him...Our other maintenance full-timer, Bob, will now be called 'Jake' due to the name coincidence."
    by kt80 at 09/03/09 1:12AM
  • kt80
    I mean, seriously; POOR BOB! I mean Jake. You'd think they'd make the new guy pick a different name.
    by kt80 at 09/03/09 1:15AM
  • entheos
    (t) Okay, we'll hop in the car this afternoon! :) See you tonight!
    by entheos at 09/03/09 7:48AM
  • littlelamb
    Still feeling that way today? We have nothing planned for today...
    by littlelamb at 09/03/09 10:03AM