Wednesday, October 28, 2009

This weekend we went on our annual hayride. We went to my Mom and Dad's house and went to a place not too far away from them and not on the "pumpkin parkway". This year Nick came. I said to him that it took him 17 years to go on his first hayride with the kids. It was fun. Nick, Christopher and I went on the Friendly hayride and Mom, Irene, Louis and Sarah went on the scary one. They must have cut back this year because there wasn't as many characters running around. When they dropped us off at the pumpkin patch we got a couple of pumpkins and Christopher went on some blow up rides that they had there. This was a first since Christopher never likes to go on blow up rides. Afterwards we went back to Mom and Dad's and had brownies and cream puffs.

This morning I drove Sarah to school since her alarm clock was set to clock radio and she didn't hear it. It is pouring rain but I didn't mind. Since I don't have any car during the day I take every opportunity there is for me to get behind the wheel. I can drive Nick in the morning and use the car but then I have to wake Christopher up and also pick Nick up at the end of the day.

Today on my way home I got a Dunkin Donut's coffee and a coffee roll. I use to get that all the time last year when I drove Louis to school. That is why my cholesterol is so high now. I have been cutting back on high cholesterol foods though. It's a process to change habits. I can't be so rigid or I backlash into going overboard. Slow and steady always wins the race. At least I hope so.

I've been thinking about Christopher's birthday and I'm going to have a party for him at Chuckee Cheese's. I'm going to invite his class and a few other kids that we know. Then in March Louis has his mission's trip to the Dominican Republic and then in August I want to give Sarah a Sweet 16 party. Nick plays at a place called La Taverna and they have a room upstairs that is used for parties. I asked him if he can get us a deal and we can use this opportunity to invite all our relatives and a bunch of Sarah's friends. The girls can get all dressed up and Nick and Donny can play music. I just want to get the wheels in motion now since I have to know the cost and exactly what I need to provide.

Thinking of starting my Christmas shopping soon. The Toys R Us paper came yesterday and I told Christopher to circle all the things he wanted. He asked me though if Santa Claus would run out of money and I said that he never runs out of money. When he asked me why I could't think of a good answer right away and then just said that he was magic.

I found Sarah and Louis' Bible from when they were little and now Christopher and I read the Bible every night. He now calls it his Bible since we all have our own individual Bibles.

Nick went to a Steve Morse concert last night in Pennsylvania. I got such a great chance to talk to Louis. He's such a great guy! I know that when the time comes for him to be in a relationship he'll have a good head on his shoulders. He's very mature for his age. I want to be there for my kids so much and I see how God works day to day in providing opportunities to impart Godly wisdom to them. It's so exciting for me. I'm all for ministering out in the world but we have to remember our families come first. I sometimes think what if the whole world thinks your great but your own family doesn't like you. What good is that? You've given up the MOST important for something less. God first, then your family and then others.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Here are some things I’d like to accomplish before the big 50:

1) Run an entire 5K.
2) Lose another 50 pounds - plus what I've gained :(
3) Finally paint my dining room and hallway
4) Simplify my world.
5) Go on a mission trip.
6) Spend more time with my hubby.
7) Pay off debt
8) Live debt free.
9) Save two full months of living expenses
10) Transform my home into a sanctuary from the outside world
11) Floss every day
12) Form a habit of prayer and devotion
13) Go bowling with the kids
14) Plant a vegetable garden.
15) Drink more water
16) Organize my pictures.
17) Change my hair style.
18) Go on a solitude retreat…even for one night.
19) Declutter
20) Go to all my different doctors for checkups
21) Pray with my children
22) Go to the beach a lot in the summer.
23) Keep up with my blog.
24) Eat more fruits and vegetables
25) Read more
26) Continue to love Jesus with all my heart, soul, and mind.
27) Walk in humility and forgiveness
28) Send out Christmas cards
29) Invite people over more…practice hospitality
30) Start working outside the home again
31) Sell things on Ebay
32) Stick to my morning routine
33) Hug people more
34) Say “I love you” more.
35) Go to church EVERY Sunday
36) Always dress and look nice - nails, hair, clothes
37) Walk my dog and play with her more
38) Be deligent with my exercise routine - treadmill, video
39) NO TV during the day - After 4:00 okay
40) Memorize scripture - include family
41) Become involved with Children's Sunday School and Worship
42) Host a Home Group Fellowship
43) Get Bible CD's for the car
44) Get off Cymbalta - Done!!
45) Crochete a blanket
46) Watch more great (4 Star) movies
47) Go out dancing
48) Play tennis
49) Enjoy the outdoors/visit more parks
50) Ride my bike

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Not sure if I ever mentioned how much I enjoy living frugally. It really gives me a charge to find ways to save money and to do without. Like lately I've been buying a gallon of whole milk and then split it in half and add water...viola, I've spent $3.65 for two gallons of milk instead of one. Let's see what are some other things....yesterday I gave myself a manicure and pedicure and last week dyed my own hair, which I got more compliments on then when I spent $100. Sarah also trimmed my hair yesterday and did such a great job that I like how it looks better then the beauty parlor. I also have this knack for splashing bleach on me when I do laundry. Instead of of getting rid of the clothing I take a marker of the same color and color in the spot. I've also bought dye and dyed a shirt to cover the bleach spot. I've got so many more things that I do. I'll have to devote a whole post to just that.

Yesterday we went to the Heightstown Fair where Nick was doing the sound for the day. He, his sister Michele and Pastor Mike then performed for about half an hour. They were so good! We then went over to Michele and Matt's house and ate pizza and played Apples to Apples. It was a fun night. Michele's friend Erica was there who is originally from Hungary. She fit right in with our nutty family.

Today is Sunday so I'll be going over to my Mom and Dad's for lunch and then coffee. I love going over there every Sunday. It's very low key but still it feels so good to spend time with them and I guess just the routines of life are a comfort to the soul. Today we may go on the Hayride that is right near my Mom and Dad's house. We've done that every year since I can remember and with Christopher being only five it will continue for many more years. Christopher does not like the scary hayride though so we go on the friendly one where there are no people with scary masks running around.

I've got to get back on track with my "diet" and exercise. I promised my therepist, Brenda, that I will exercise every day for about an hour to help stabilize my moods and to release my endorphines. I also have to start thinking about what I would like to do next year when I start working again. Christopher will be in school full time and I'll be back out in the work force. I'm actually kind of excited about it. It's been so great to be able to stay home with my kids these past 17 years. I enjoyed every minute of that experience. Even through the hard times I never wished I was anywhere else but with my children being a stay at home mom. It was a wonderful and fulfilling experience. To be there when they woke up in the morning and not have to rush everyone around to get to day care, to be there when they came home off the bus to hug them and talk with them about their day, to the priviledge of homeschooling Louis who has turned out to me such a mature and wonderful man. Plus a million more experiences. That everyone should have this opportunity and not have to settle in order to make some extra money. Time goes by so fast that there will always be a time for personal fulfillment too. Time is so fleeting. I already see in Louis a pulling away, which is so healthy. It's a bit sad for me but I'd be more concerned if it weren't happening. I love him, I've been there for him, I will always be there for him. Wherever life may take him I had these precious and few years with him where he was only mine and there was no big world out there calling him away from me. God has been so good to me and I never want to lose sight of the wonderful blessings he has given me, especially Louis, Sarah and Christopher.