Thursday, February 28, 2013

Blizzard of Oz

I spent 26 years of my life living in Kansas, cringing at the weather. It was always too hot in the summer. Too cold in the winter. And always windy. It never rained enough. Tornadoes came too often. And always too windy.

Then I move to Arkansas. Always too hot. Mosquitoes the size of grasshoppers everywhere. Humid 9 months of the year.

Then I moved to Texas. Way hotter but less humid. Even less rain. Occasional tornado warnings. And forget about winter... you'll barely notice it since it only lasts about 1 month of the year.

So... what am I missing? Well, if I said 'Kansas weather' it would be a lie (because no one can miss 360 days of windy forecasts), but I do miss the seasons. I miss the rainy months in spring. And recently I miss the snow. Ok... I don't miss going out to shovel driveways and scrape ice off of the car windows, but I miss the snow. I miss the chance to go sledding. I miss the chance to not have work because 'schools and offices are closed due to the weather'. And what makes me miss it more, is the fact that in Kansas (most parts) have over 16 inches of beautiful snow covering the ground. It took all my will power not to load the kids up in the van, drive through snow covered roads, and head to Kansas to take my kids to play in the snow.



Instead, I've been wishing I was there and looking at the pictures people have sent me. Next time we move, I'm going to insist that it is further north. Here looks good right about now.

Enjoy these pictures that other people have sent me from Kansas. P.S. The above photo isn't from Kansas, it's from England. I think I could live here in England... couldn't you?


Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Progress.... almost

So Connor has been doing this scooch/army crawl kind of thing. He goes everywhere and tries to get into everything. His favorite is moving around on the kitchen because its so smooth and he slides easily. His favorite thing to go after in the kitchen... stray Cheerios and crumbs and the dog food. Sophie is usually really good and watching after him. However, she has her own method to watching after him.

I almost died laughing as she dragged him away. I had to hold it in. Poor guy doesn't stand a chance with his big sister nearby.

Connor's First Word

So Connor has finally said his first word. Can you guess what it is?


Sounds like Momma to me!

Sophia's first word was Dadda, but as Brian says "Where's my evidence and proof? Why isn't there a video of that?" Well...um... why didn't you think to tape it sweetie?

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Sophie Says...

#1
Sophie is in the living room playing on the floor with Connor and some of his toys
Sophia: Connor you are my bestest friend ok?

#2
Sophie got in trouble and was sent to her room for time out
Sophie: Mom, I'm sorry.
Mommy: For what?
Sophie: Well you weren't listening to me and that hurt my feelings and broke my heart.

#3
If Sophie wets the bed at night, I make her take a bath to 'wash the pee off'. I was taking a bath and relaxing. Sophie comes in and says...
Sophie: Mommy, why are you taking a bath? Is it because you peed yourself?

(Brian almost died laughing from this one)

Sweet Suite Valentine




So Valentines Day... yeah... kinda a pain trying to plan something this year. After my trip to Kansas it was amazing to see how quickly it became... Mardi Gras, Ash Wednesday, & Valentines Day. And I even had to cut my time in Kansas short because the rental agency (ugh!) wanted to come inspect the house. That meant I got to come home and clean... clean... clean. So the last thing on my mind was to figure out what to do on Valentines Day or even try and be in the mood to do anything for Valentines Day. Turned out I had, and still have, a cold for Valentine's Day and weekend. So going out would have been out of the question anyway.

So instead I told Brian that I'd be ok skipping Valentines Day this year and just kinda let my work take care of it this year. Brian and I had gotten an offer (before leaving for my trip to Kansas) to join my boss and co-workers to attend a Mavericks basketball game in the Bell suite.




So a Mavericks game with co-workers became our Valentines Day.






And after cleaning the house, fasting, etc... Valentines Day became more about getting the kids Valentine's filled out, cookies taken to schools, and helping them avoid the sugar rush from the large amounts of candy they received. And really Valentines Day is more about reminding each other how much you appreciate them. Kids too. And why on earth would we only do it on one day a year? Oh... yeah... men.... never mind. :)

Friday, February 15, 2013

Divine Message- Don't Diet?

Ever get the hint that God purposely puts roadblocks up to guide you in life? That he uses people, events, and circumstances to try and lead you to a more moral life? I do, but I'm starting to raise my eyebrows to "His" supposide message to me to Stop Dieting.

Really?

I mean I'd love to claim that I just can't lose weight because God doesn't want me to as much as the next person, but I mean... come on... no one is going to buy that... right?

Here is why I'm starting to wonder. In December we had Christmas and obviously you can't have Christmas without good (slightly unhealthy) food. It wouldn't be Christmas if you had baked tofu with mashed lima beans. Can I get an amen?

Then only days after Christmas our refrigerator dies. We contact the rental agency... who tells us to fill out a form... who contacts the landlord... who makes a decision to repair or replace... who contacts the rental company... who then contacts the tenants with an update. (One of the pains of renting and rental agencies). After a week of a non-working refridgerator and a week of fast food take out meals we get a message from the landlord saying he doesn't have time to purchase a fridge so we needed to purchase one ourselves under his budget limit and he'd reimburse us the amount. We quickly found one, but it couldn't delivered until a week later. So... another week without a fridge and another week of fast food.

Then Brian gets the flu. So we have a refrigerator, but I'm a single parent trying to feed two hungry kids, a sick husband, and no down time to go to the gym to try and lose 2 weeks worth of fast food. Brian stays sick for about 1 week, give or take a few days.

Then as I try and get back in the swing of diet and exercise... I now have a cold... courtesy of my son Connor. This cold has kept me tired. The only part of my body actively working out is my nose and my hand searching for another box of Kleenexs.

And it's February and Girl Scout cookies are in full swing. Those delicious calories only come around once a year. Once A Year! I mean how can you say 'no' to those cookies, especially if they come in the guise of a little girl with chocolate brown eyes asking you to buy them to support troop number whatever? 

So I just have to kind of sit back and laugh as I've tried so many times these past 2 months looking at healthy recipes, cooking healthy meals, and trying to get back on track to a routine at the gym, and yet I haven't been able to stay consistent. Each time I think I'm back on board to aggressively start losing weight, I get something preventing me.

Oh well. Maybe I'm just overreacting, but sometimes I wonder if God wants me to be more 'fluffy'. 'Fluffy' isn't bad right? Then again, God loves us whether we are thin or thick. And if I could pick, I'd prefer to be thin. Guess it's a good thing I'm hard headed and will probably again try to tackle the gym and diet once I get over this cold.

Update on Alma Oneys

While in Kansas, we stopped by and saw the Oneys of Alma, KS. Since Brian took Sophie to visit they'd been working on updating the workshop. Here are some pictures of it being cleaned out and worked on.





Then we also got to see Kayla who took Sophie to the park. Kayla will soon be taking on another name... the name of Savage in September. (Kayla- if you ever have kids and decide to blog... you need to name your blog "Little Savages. Just saying I think it would be AWESOME. Kinda jealous I can't use it)




And we got to spend quality time with the whole family while there.









Thanks for letting us hang out for a day with you!

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Going Wild at the Zoo

So again... trying to save money... Mom told me about the Winter Wednesdays at the Sedgewick County Zoo through the winter months. The zoo offers admission to the Zoo for $2.50 per ticket, compared with the normal price of $13.95. Cheap tickets... lots of space for kids to run around and explore... can be as loud as they like... and animals for my animals.... SOLD!

Sophie's favorite was the flamingos, which she said were "PINK, white, and orange". You decide.



My favorite however was the gorillas, which were unusually playful and active on a cold February afternoon.













Connor I'm not sure had a favorite. But there were plenty of animals to see there.

















And bronze statues for Sophie to climb.


And educational "stuff" that the kids didn't really care about.

But that's ok. Because we had a great time seeing all the animals. And the kids were happy... and how can you not be happy... when they are happy.

For more information about the Sedgewick County Zoo, click HERE.