Monday, December 29, 2008
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
Merry Christmas to your family from ours!
Jeff was ordained as a minister in March. He has officiated 2 weddings and one endless counseling since! We then celebrated my birthday in amazing style as Jeff and I took a mini-vacation to Wichita, KS. Then, Jackson turned 3 years old and we had a fantastic day
We had a celebratory year in many many ways this year!
Jackson and Creighton are going to school 2 days a week at Good Shepherd and I love it, and so do they. They are doing fantastic there and learning so much, as well, I get 10 hours a week to get things done or just relax if need be. Next year Jackson will begin pre-pre-K because I am holding him back a year. Creighton will have the teacher that Jackson currently has, whom we all love. I am hoping to put them into gymnastics as soon as Creighton is potty trained! I think it will be a really great fit for both of them and help coordinate them and expel some energy! :)
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Although the morning started off with the kids sleeping in, that is about where the good stopped. At least for a while.
I wanted to go play volleyball with a bunch of adults, so I got the kids all ready to go and Jeff was going to come too. So we all get in the car. We are heading there and at a stop light a police car was behind us. As I was driving off from the light his lights come on.
I pull over in a church parking lot and reach down to get my license out of my wallet. Guess what? Not there.
That wouldn't be bad, but it got much much worse from there.
Thank goodness Jeff is with me because he had his license (although he wasn't driving) and we had the insurance for the car. The problem would be that, according to the law, technically speaking, our car was considered stolen, and the tags were very expired.
So, I guess my day would be a lot worse if the most severe actions were taken: impound my car and take me to jail.
But the worse part came when we got to the tag agency and they threatened to do the same thing because BOTH of our vehicles were in the same condition...expired tags and not in our name (null and void titles). Oh yeah, and the license plate number we DO have on the Nissan wasn't registered to anyone and wasn't in the system at all.
Again, thankfully, they did not take drastic measures in punishing us, other than financially we are now 1100 dollars in the hole. in the red. broke.
I think it is all just weighing in exponentially because just before we left for Enid this week, we had to get 2 new tires, new brakes, new alignment, new this and that for the car, costing us an arm and a leg (unexpected)
Then our sink pipes/plumbing was leaking all over our kitchen and Jeff spent a ton of hours and 2 trips to Lowe's to fix.
Then our dishwasher broke last night.
Then our oven we had to jerry-rig last night (thankfully not out any money)
On top of an expensive month for us anyway...ugh.
I hate money.
But I am very very very thankfully we have two cars still in our possession and neither of us is spending the holidays in jail.
So, note to all people who didn't know: you need to get the title changed to your name and get new tags immediately after you get a new/used car... it makes sense, but neither of us knew this...at all.
Monday, December 22, 2008
I have SOOOOOO much I need to get done in the next few days, with the bulk of it being deadlined today at 5. Ahhhhh.
But there is nothing better than coming home. I love my home, my house, my family, MY BED! And that my kids sleep till later than 6:45 when they sleep in their own beds! :)
I have SO many posts I need/want to write, but for now, I have to get VERY busy...good day all!
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Finally the whine becomes a cry and I realize it is certainly not Jeff, nor is he even appearing to hear it
So I get up and I am in pitch darkness, as well, completely blind. I go over to his side of the bed and can hear Creighton crying but I can't find her. I am feeling around and beginning to worry. I felt her feet finally and just assumed I couldn't see her or feel her body somehow, but then I realized her WHOLE body is under the bed except for her feet.
I don't know HOW in the world she got under there, but she was stuck. I also don't know WHEN she got there. I didn't hear anything until she started to whine. She had lines on her face like she'd been there a long time. HOW did this happen? WHY did she go under the bed? I don't know any of these answers.
But I do know that our frame is broken on the foot end of our bed and it really freaked me out. She could have been crushed. I woke Jeff up carefully telling him to roll towards my side of the bed slowly because Creighton was stuck under his side of the bed. As soon as he rolled over she was able to get wiggle herself out. She was so scared. I don't think she knew where she was. I really want to know how long she was there too...but I am just glad she is okay and wasn't crushed or really stuck...
...and goodness knows what is UNDER our bed...not me and I make it a point to rarely look under there just in case! :)
Thankfully I got her to go back to sleep in her bed and she even slept till 9!
But the whole thing was just so bizarre!
First Snow Day Fun!
Sweet Sibling Moments
Sunday, December 14, 2008
But here it is anyway. It was Jeff taking silly pictures for something he was doing (probably Christmas party with staff and elders). But that is the really awesome Frank Phillips Home, if you are ever in Bartlesville, it is worth the tour!
So since that one wasn't NEARLY as cute as the one below, here is my....7th Picture.
(sorry honey)She was probably about 5 or so months old. I am not sure exactly because it wasn't in a labeled folder, just a random one without dates. She really liked this mat. It was hard for me to leave her there long though because Jackson (only being 1 yr. himself, really thought it was meaning she was suppose to PLAY with him). I love this smile!
7th Picture in the 7th Folder in your PICTURES. Then tag 7 people...
I tag anyone who wants to join in. It's fun to look and then of course, just post for us to see. The rules state no cropping or editing, but hey, just have fun...
Saturday, December 13, 2008
Today the other young man died.
2 very young and bright TEENS. It's hard to choke out.
The youth of Bartlesville still haven't quite recovered from Scott's death and I do believe that hoping for Eric is what was holding them all together. And now, even their hope for that is gone. It is so hard to try to comfort them. Especially those whose True Hope isn't God. And even then, at 13-18 years of age, who am I kidding--any age, it's just hard.
I hurt for my girls, the youth of bville, the families of Eric and Scott. Death is no fun ever, but no one should have to bury their child...
I know that our God is Sovereign and He has a plan. I know that our God has gone before us, down this very road when His Son died, and he watched him being buried. For some reason that gives me a small amount of comfort, enough to be able to attempt to comfort them.
It's just awful
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Occasionally I still call her that, but not often. Now, I call her RaeRae, lovie, or Peanut. I don't know where any of those names came from either, but I REALLY like nicknames (precisely because I never had one, except to my uncle and cousin, which I hated the name, but loved the attention of having a special name :)--I know I am weird).
Well anyway, whenever I call Creighton "Peanut" lately she gets a big smile on her face and says: "I yous Peanut, Bubba yous Jwelly" It is pretty much awesome! I love it.
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
We had our 1st ever Apples of Gold Christmas party. It was quite fun although I certainly wish more people could have shown up for it, but I know so many things are constantly going on throughout the entire month of December!
Good friends, great food, great fellowship...gotta love it. I was needing a refresher night today too! So that was double helpful!
Friday, December 5, 2008
It's not all fun, it's not all good. But the learning is. I hope I am getting wiser and better as the days go by. I know I don't have it all even CLOSE to figured out, so why do I find myself pretending so often?!
I am in love with my hubby and my babies today. That is a good day no matter what happens, right?!
Monday, December 1, 2008
...to be home.
...that my babies are safe.
...for amazingly delicious food that we ate for dinner.
...for a cell phone that works now.
...for digital photography. (and photoshop)
...for you...yeah, Y-O-U!