Friday, March 28, 2008

Sit down and take a rest

I finally seem to have a day to rest. Well, this sinus headache is actually forcing me to stop and breathe. We had such a busy last week and a half. Last week was our Spring Break, and so we decided to go to San Antonio/Sea World for a day. We thought it would be such a great idea to go there on Friday and then to Austin for Easter weekend. Uh, not such a great idea. I would NOT recommend going to Sea World on Spring Break/Good Friday. It was so crowded that it got to the point where you couldn't walk for the crowds; all the rides were over an hour wait; and the shows were standing room only. We made it to two shows and went on two of the kiddie rides.

We did buy a year pass, since it was 5 dollars more. This way we can go back and enjoy ourselves just a bit more.

We spent Easter weekend in Austin, which was so fun for Tyler. He loves his cousins, and I love to see him so busy with them. Poor kid, he must get so bored with me as his playmate. Grandma S. arranged for an egg hunt for the kids and we ate a yummy Easter dinner.

Then, Dan's brother is moving to Houston, so their family came and stayed with us this week. Again, Tyler was in heaven with so many playmates.

And finally, yesterday we had our interviews with our caseworker. The only thing we need now is our home visit, and Dan needs his CPR. We are looking at being approved in about two weeks! We are so excited, but also a little nervous. I am mostly worried that it is going to be such a long wait. The whole infertility/adoption thing has become such an opportunity to learn to trust Heavenly Father and his plan and time table for our family, so while it is not a trial I would choose, it has certainly helped me to grow and learn.

Monday, March 17, 2008

Scrapbooking, or why my house hasn't been cleaned lately

I have never done so many layouts in such a short amount of time. These are the layouts I have done since the beginning of the year, except for four that I sent to my mom. However, most of these have been within the last week. Here you go, in no particular order:

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Musings on an email

While my dad is notorious for forwarding on emails, I have given him express permission to do so. I actually like the things he forwards on--jokes that are surprisingly funny, videos I enjoy watching, and sometimes it's something that makes me think. Like this link:

I do catch an episode of Oprah every now and again, but certainly don't watch it regularly, so this was new to me, even if many other people have seen it. A man named Randy Pausch has found out he is dying and delivers his "last lecture." If you haven't seen it, take the 10 minutes and watch it.

It got me to thinking, what would I want to say if I found out I was dying? What would I want to do if I knew I wouldn't be around? I decided that first, I would eat ice cream for breakfast. Second, I would want my scrapbooks caught up, or at least my photos organized and memories written down, as a gift to Tyler. I would want him to know how much I love him and have something from me. Third, I would want to spend all my time with my family.

Then I started thinking, aside from the ice cream, why don't I do those things now? Why don't I do the things that are most important? I know some days I just practically ignore Tyler and let him watch too much tv just so I can get my house clean. So yesterday and today, we have been playing--yesterday it was inside because we had rain, but today the weather was beautiful so we went for a bike ride to the park, we played outside, we had lunch together. I also pulled out my scrapbook stuff and started 3 different layouts. I am going to try hard to make sure Tyler knows he is important to me, write down our memories, and try to find some balance in life, because as much as I don't like cleaning, it has to be done. :) Now, about that ice cream. . .

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

A family pet

Tyler informed me this morning that we were getting a puppy. I had to explain to him that since Dad didn't like dogs, and I didn't like dogs, and he didn't like dogs, that getting a puppy was probably not a good idea.

Next he decided that we should get a kitten. He told me this was better because cats don't bite. I told him that some cats do bite.

"But Mom, I need a pet! What will I do?"

Looks like we might be getting a goldfish.