Sunday, May 13, 2007

Happy Mother's Day!

To all the mother's that I get to call my friends or family, Happy Mother's Day!! The story below is just for you and will touch your heart. =)

So, we had this 10 year old cat named Jack who just recently died. Jack
a great cat and the kids would carry him around and sit on him and
ever bothered him. He used to hang out and nap all day long on this
in our bathroom. Well we have 3 kids and at the time of this story
were 4 years old, 3 years old and 1 year old. The middle one is Eli. Eli
really loves chapstick. LOVES it. He kept asking to use my chapstick and
losing it. So finally one day I showed him where in the bathroom I keep
chapstick and how he could use it whenever he wanted to but he needed to
it right back in the drawer when he was done. Last year on Mother's Day,
we were having the typical rush around and try to get ready for Church with
everyone crying and carrying on. My two boys are fighting over the toy in
the cereal box. I am trying to nurse my little one at the same time I am
putting on my make-up. Everything is a mess and everyone has long forgotten
that this is a wonderful day to honor me and the amazing job that is
motherhood. We finally have the older one and the baby loaded in the car and
I am looking for Eli. I have searched everywhere and I finally round the
corner to go into the bathroom. And there was Eli. He was applying my
chapstick very carefully to Jack's . . rear end. Eli looked right into my
eyes and said "chapped." Now if you have a cat, you know that he is
right--their little butts do look pretty chapped. And, frankly, Jack didn't
seem to mind. And the only question to really ask at that point was whether
it was the FIRST time Eli had done that to the cat's behind or the
hundredth. And THAT is my favorite Mother's Day moment ever because it
reminds us that no matter how hard we try to civilize these glorious little
creatures, there will always be that day when you realize they've been using
your chapstick on the cat's butt.

Wednesday, May 09, 2007

May Days

It's been a while since I've posted anything and thought I'd update ya on a few things. My pregnancy is going well and we're just over 1/2 way. As it often does, the next several months are busy and will fly by! It's funny how different the 3rd one is versus the 1st and even the 2nd one are! I'm curious to see how I'll adjust with 3. It seems like it would be so much easier if I had 3 arms! LOL.........I have heard so many different opinions as to what was a harder adjustment...going from 0 to 1 kid, 1 to 2 or 2 to 3. So far, for me personally, the adjustment was hardest from 0 to 1, but we'll see if that changes in Sept! One thing that everyone agrees on is after 3 it doesn't really matter! Oh....and most of you know, but several weeks ago we had an ultrasound that showed our little pumpkin is a girl! Poor Davis is stuck with sisters! =)

The puppies are getting so big and fun and turn 6 weeks tomorrow. The new families are very anxious to take them home and will come pick out their specific puppy sometime in the next week. Maddy and Davis love them, but the puppies are so excited to see them that they mall the kids when they go outside and try to nibble on their little toes & feet, and jump on them. The kids end up crying and don't know what to do. It's sad but kinda funny at the same time! The puppy above is the female that I'm keeping for future breeding. She'll be staying in a "guardian" home for me.

As most of you know too, my handsome hubby started applying for the Sheriff's dept, etc back in Sept. That's why half of his body has disappeared b/c he's been working out super hard to loose weight for the academy, and of course, for his health. He's been at the same company for the past 7 years and has moved up lots and into a great position. His boss (the VP) told him he was his most talented employee and most of his peers in similar positions are at least in their 40's. (I know, I could go on bragging about him forever!) The only problem is that he has been completely miserable there and became burnt out months ago, which is why he started the process for the LASD. Very long story short, he gave his 2 weeks notice at work and was shooting for a May academy that still had openings. During his final 2 weeks of work, another great opportunity came up with a landscaping company, he interviewed at another law enforcment dept. and his work is scrambling to get him to stay. Needless to say, he (we) now has lots of praying to do and decisions to make. His last day was this past Friday and he's taking some time off to relax, de-stress and spend with us before he decides which direction to head. The kids and I are so excited to have him home for a while! I'm so proud of him for hanging in there for so long for the sake of our family and the blessing of me being home with our kids. It will be exciting to see where he ends up but I'm in no rush for him to go back to work!

This past Saturday, I had the pleasure of going to Palm Springs for our yearly "girls only" trip, thanks to my friend Sarah (and her mom...who goes with 10-15 of her friends every year). There were only 3 of us this year and it was definitely a moms weekend away! Our sweet hubby's all stayed home with our kids while we took a much need break. It was a vacation for the kids to have daddy all to themselves! We got home on Monday afternoon and I'm excited because we leave tomorrow to go back again overnight. Sarah always goes for the weekend with the girls and then returns the following weekend with her husband Brian. This year, they invited John & I (and kids) to join them. Unfortunately I have to be back Sat morning, but at least we get to go one night!

Yesterday we drove down to Long Beach and took the kids to the aquariaum, which was so cool. It was surprisingly small, but still fun to go to. Below are some pics!

I've written more than I planned on and am now tired. Plus I've been using this time to put of cleaning up, but should go do it since the kiddies are snoozin. Love ya!