God bless stay-at-home moms!! 14+ hours a day with my two boys is about to send me over the edge. My two year old is especially exhausting. He is my "Mama's Boy", which means that every time I attempt to do something productive, he wants to be on top of me. He's sitting on my arm now, as I type, with his leg thrown across the bottom of the keyboard. Meanwhile, my four year old never stops talking!! In the past few minutes it has taken me to write this paragraph, he has asked me no less than twenty questions about Toy Story 2, which is on right now. And, it's not even eight A.M.!!
Oh well, they're blessings, right? And, we have had some wonderful moments. We've made homeade play-doh, gone to an awesome swim park, visited my parents and grandma, gone for bike rides, and are going today to see "Baby O" who is home from the hospital and doing well. I have not held her yet and the boys have not seen her since she was in the NICU for a few days while her blood sugars got regulated, but we're going today and they are very excited.
I've been trying to get back into an exercise routine, which has had mixed results, mostly because I don't want to get up at the crack of dawn to exercise and I have little time to do it throughout the day. Actually, I probably have lots of time to do it during the day, but every time I begin an exercise DVD the two-year old pitches a huge fit and only wants to be held. I think he's afraid Mommy will lose her soft cushiness he's fond of snuggling with. :-) I was walking in the mornings, but I took a spectacular fall on some gravel and haven't been keen to go out again. It was classic, really. I was walking down the street and saw a "Road Closed"sign to my right where the street was being torn up and re-paved. I thought, "Is the street really closed, or was the sign there and then removed? I think I'll keep going anyway." WHAM--my face literally hit the pavement. I tried to stop, but couldn't catch myself. I hope it's not a sign of age, but just general grogginess from getting up too early!! Anyway, I scraped up my face, which is lovely. My husband jokingly refers to it as my scabies. I was going to put on some sort of Muslim headress, but given the size of the town we are in, I thought better of it.
My four-year old has been attending Bible School at the Christian Church in town. We missed it at our church, so I thought we could practice being ecumenical. It's been really nice, actually. I'm considering sending him to the Baptist church next week for their VBS--make sure he's well-rounded in faith! :-)
We've got two Sundays under our belt at church, and they've been wonderful. The people of this congregation are very open and loving, and truly excited that we are here. My husband has two churches, one a small country "family chapel". We took the boys there the first Sunday and they were terrible, I'm talking completely possessed by the spirit of mischief terrible with a capital T. Needless to say, they haven't yet gone back! If we could find a way to slip Toy Story or Shrek into the sermon, it might be okay, but I don't think this is that kind of crowd. :-)
As far as jobs go, I'm resigning myself to substitute teaching for a year--blech. However, it is a means to an end and I think I could work every day if I wanted. I am standing fast to my belief that God will work it all out. He tends to be pretty proficient about that sort of thing. I've been reading through the Psalms between Bible studies and have found some great prayers that have been helpful. I especially love Psalm 21.
Well, that's about it around our household. I finally have Internet access at home (yay!) so can keep up with all of my favorite Bloggers.
Melody, I've been thinking about all the ways you've reached out to your neighbors and am trying to work up to that. Thanks for the inspiration!
Angie, I'm so looking forward to the rest of the travel tales. They were wonderful! You guys need to put together a book with the blogs and pictures.
Teri, can't wait to catch up on your encouraging words and thoughts. You are such a treasure!!
Penny, looking forward to a good "catch-up". Will be e-mailing you soon!
FringeGirl, have so much missed your wit and perspective. You help me keep it together!!
There are so many more blogs I love to read that I want to catch-up on: Julie @ Julie's Journal, Rachael @ Girlfriends With a Purpose, Bethany @ Beyond This Moment and so many more I'm forgetting.
Thanks for all the prayers and words!!
Blessings and Peace,