Thursday, January 29, 2009

Getting caught up

I finally got those 5 loads of laundry put away...and there is one washing and two more in the line up. Pray that I will get those put away too so the mountain of laundry does not return to bury me. The sink is basically empty, other than a couple of small plates from breakfast that the kids put in the sink all on their own. My bedroom is visible again, and although there is plenty of cleaning I could still do, i'm feeling much more on top of it today. Hallelujah. Amen.

Monday, January 26, 2009

A day in the life of an overwhelmed mother.

The kids got up and the day started smoothly, no major fits about what I was making them wear, they ate their breakfast with little cajoling. I got a shower. I took the kids to get haircuts. Then I went to Costco. Beth whined and James screamed for a good portion of the trip, including the ride home (mostly James). When we got back, I had to clean out my pantry a bit to put stuff away, not that it is all put away yet. I just had to re-dry the load of laundry that has been in my dryer for days now because it was all horribly wrinkled. I have since started two more loads...and there are two loads in my room waiting to be put away...if you add that up, its 5 loads of laundry I have to put away. And that isn't even close to all the laundry that is waiting to be done. Can you say laundry is taking over my life? My sink is so full of dishes that there is no room to actually wash anything, not the mention the pots and pans waiting on the counter. My counters and floors are embarrassing. There is an unpleasant smell emanating from somewhere in the house. James just smashed a handful of animal crackers into smithereens on my kitchen floor. Beth is vegging and James is getting into everything he can reach, which is a lot since he now pushes a kitchen chair around to climb on, and I am begging the clock to move faster so it can be nap time...Maybe the afternoon will go better. But, I can assure you that the laundry will still be there, as will the dirty dishes, because I do not believe that nap time is time to be productive. Nap time is time for me to veg or read a book and unwind so that I am happy to see my children again when they wake up. So, wish me luck that at some time today ambition will kick in and I will get my house under control. I am so much happier when its under control, how do I let it get like this?

Monday, January 19, 2009

It's here!

So, the long awaited bedroom set it here, and its GORGEOUS! I got to help with the designs and picking the wood and the stain and everything, but I have a hard time picturing how everything will turn out, so I was thrilled to get to see it in real life. My father-in-law is the BEST! Isn't he talented? Its amazing work, it really is. I love it!


I totally feel like it has completely transformed our room. Our once boring and bland bedroom suddenly feels like a fancy smancy hotel room to me, its awesome! I went out today and bought a bedding set to go with it, since it was just so wrong to have a ripped bedspread on such a beautiful bed. I think I finally found what I've been looking for for months now, and it looks great. I've been pulling the colors from my favorite painting that's hanging on the wall and I love them, they are rich and beutiful. There are still a few touches I want to make to the room to bring it all together, but its getting there. The bedding set came with valances for the windows, so I'll get those hung soon, I hope, and there are some Euro shams for the bed too, but I don't have any pillows for them yet, and then I want to get a set of lamps and something to hang on the wall between the windows or something, but so far so good. Its amazing how much difference a little change makes!

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Out of the mouth of babes...

Beth likes to talk. And as all 3-year-olds she doesn't really process what she is going to say before she says it, and sometimes its a little embarrassing...Here's an example I've been meaning to post for ages, its too priceless to forget.

A week or two before Christmas we had the annual Owen family Christmas party. We were talking about it beforehand and I told Beth that her Great-Grandma would be there. Because we had been discussing her Great-Grandma Beth a lot lately, because she is the one who made all of our Christmas ornaments and stuff, and Beth is fascinated in her name sake, she asked if it was Great-Grandma Beth who would be attending the party. I had to explain to her that Great-Grandma Beth died a while ago and is with Jesus in heaven, and it would be her other Great-Grandma, Grandma Delsa. I knew she didn't fully understand, but I thought she grasped the concept at least. Well, the day of the party we were there a little early helping set up and in they wheel Great-Grandma. Beth saw her, and in her loud voice (wait, does she have any other?) She says "There's Great-Grandma! She's not died!!" Everyone around her just about lost it laughing so hard. I was so embarrassed and was praying that Grandma didn't hear her. It made it sound like I'd told her she had died or would at any minute. Sheesh. Great-Grandma Delsa is alive and well, thank you very much.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

I should be cleaning.

I just made the biggest mess you can imagine in my kitchen, but it was a productive mess. I went to the grocery store and bought so much healthy food its insane, then I came home and began to wash, cook, steam, and puree every vegetable known to man so that I am prepared for all of the healthy meals I have planned for the next week or two. I'm exhausted. My blender and food processor are exhausted (and pieces of junk I have come to learn). My fridge and freezer are packed. I still have more to do, measuring out portions of ground beef and turkey and chicken. I don't know if anyone in real life spends this much time preparing for meals, if you do, kudos to you! I don't know how long I can keep it up, but in theory it should make preparing meals much easier...we'll see how it goes. I still have to clean out the fridge...well technically I did, I took out all the stuff, threw away empty bottles etc., but now there is a pile of tupperware that needs to be cleaned out on my counter. *sigh* But the kids just went down for their nap and I need a break. So I'm going to try and ignore the filth for a couple hours and lay on the couch watching tv. ha.

Like Father, Like Son

James wants to be just like his daddy. I mean, really... He's always liked to follow him around like a shadow, but now he does anything he can think of to act like daddy too. He stretches and yawns loudly like him, he carries around his electric razor rubbing it on his face, he wants to wear a tie to church to be like him, he wore his belt around the other day, and of course, he loves to get his tools out and fix things! Ever since we began work on our basement, James has been utterly fascinated with tools. We got him a tool set for Christmas and he's always fixing something, its so cute. Here are a few pictures as example. Ryan had been measuring our bedroom for our bedroom set and James just had to get in on that action.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Just one of those days...

So, I know I haven't posted in a while, and I'm way over due for pictures and fun family stories and all of that, but this is not going to be one of those posts. Sorry. I just sort of need to vent my thoughts into space at the moment.

I had one of those crazy days yesterday. I cleaned the house, kept up with the kids, made dinner etc. nothing unusual, but I was feeling very short tempered and emotional and overwhelmed all day. I couldn't figure out why I felt so overwhelmed because I was fairly on top of things, nothing major waiting to be done or anything, but I just couldn't shake the feeling. The more I thought about it, the more I realized it wasn't really the tasks so much as just everything I am trying to be. Sometimes I just can't fathom how to be a good housekeeper, a good wife, a good mother, and a good Diane all at the same time, you know what I mean? I'm sure I brought a lot of this on myself with too many new years resolutions. I really need to stop doing that to myself. I need one thing at a time to work on or I just feel like I'm suffocating under my own pressure. It really is all me. My husband doesn't expect anything more from me, my kids are amazingly loving and forgiving of their very flawed mother, but I can't help but expect more of myself, because I know I can be better, but I just can't do it all at once...even though I wish I could. Maybe this doesn't make any sense and I'm just rambling, but its just what I've been thinking about.

How do you all find balance? How do you do the mom stuff and the wife stuff all the time and still be the best you? Every once and a while I figure it out, but I always lose it again. I don't know...If this doesn't make any sense, just ignore it. haha.

I don't want you all to think that I'm unhappy. I'm really not! I love my life! My husband and kids and ward and family and everything are better than I could ask for. Its just the balance thing I'm working on at the moment. But I'll figure it out. Thanks for letting me talk it out. :)

Monday, January 5, 2009

Apologies!

To anyone out there who may have received an email containing a virus that appeared to originate from this blog, I am so sorry! It wasn't me! Someone exploited an old gallery we used to use to create this email and virus and we were unaware until a couple of days ago. We have taken care of it and apologize to anyone who got it! I sincerely hope it didn't cause problems for anyone. If anyone ever suspects a problem again, please let us know immediately, but I do not expect any more problems. Sorry again.

Friday, January 2, 2009

Best Husband Ever, and other news.

So, I just want to tell everyone that I have the best husband ever. You may THINK that you have the best husband, but sorry, you are wrong. Cause I got him. Yesterday, on his day off, while I was eating at Olive Garden and getting a pedicure, my husband SCRUBBED our house. I mean it, counter, chairs, floors...toaster crumb catcher and can opener for heavens sake! He did all the dishes and cleaned until he was exhausted. And this is after we spent the morning taking down christmas decorations, rearranging furniture, and cleaning out from under our couch (can you say major yuck!). He's amazing. I don't think I thank him enough for all of the wonderful things he does for me and our family. He really is the best! So thanks again honey!!

In other news...As many of you know, I have major issues with the dentist. Now, I know that no one likes the dentist, but I have serious issues. I am trying my very hardest not to pass those issues on to my children, and I think I am being fairly successful so far. We just returned from my kids 2nd dental check-up. Beth did AMAZING! She got x-rays, she had a cleaning, and full check-up without a peep of sadness. And the tv on the ceiling was even broken! I thought James would just have a quick check again cause he's so little, but he was doing so well that they went ahead and gave him a cleaning too. He cried a little, but nothing major and mostly let them do their job. Both kids were cavity free and cheerful as we left the office with balloon creations in hand. I'm glad to see I haven't passed on my pathological fears nd the kids are starting off with much better dental experiences than I ever did. Hallelujah! Thank heavens for a wonderful pediatric dentist and being able to act calm around my kids when I am internally freaking out. Woohoo!