Tuesday, October 21, 2008

This and That (and stuff like that)

I was just going to call this post "This and That" as a way of updating you but then when I was typing it, I was reminded of Tina Fey's interview on the Letterman show last week and it cracked me up to hear her say,"This and that and stuff like that."

So there you have it, the reason behind the title.

So I have been busy these past few days. Surprised? I sort of am. I was so hoping to not be busy so often. If I haven't returned any of your phone calls lately, it's not because I'm mad or sick or terribly scatterbrained, it's just because I can hardly fit in a decent phone conversation! AGH! I know my Dad never thought the day would come when I would be too busy to chat on the phone. Alas, it is here. Or at least it was, hopefully it is gone.

So, you may be wondering what I've been so busy doing. I am too. A lot of it is stuff at Isaac's school. I have been hard at work trying to get caught up on stuff PTO-wise. I think I'm about there. I also have had snack to make for Ethan's class and yesterday there were cupcakes to make and send to a fundraiser for his preschool. I don't think I left the kitchen until 1pm yesterday. I got there at 7:30 made breakfasts for everyone, cleaned up and started dishes and laundry, made cupcakes, made lunches, cleaned up, switched out laundry, iced cupcakes, laid kids down (including Isaac who was home yesterday on account of having to have 2 molars pulled...he was doped up on pain meds and didn't complain about the nap) and finally ate breakfast at about 1pm! CRAZY.

I also have been helping some sweet friends from my small group with a little redecorating at a house that our church owns and operates as a free place to stay for folks who are in town with a loved on in the hospital. That's taken quite a bit of organization...and shopping. I've decided I don't really like shopping! I really like knowing what I need, going in and getting it and going home. Scouring all over for better prices is great, but it wears me out.

Some of you may think that this doesn't sound all that out of the ordinary. I think what it is that drains me is all of the organization that has gone into several of these things. I am not a details person, consequently that means I'm not the most organized person in the world. (My mother, on the other hand, is the most organized person in the world...GO MOM) So when I find myself in situations that require me to plan and organize, it zaps all of my energy because my mind doesn't quit thinking about what I may be forgetting!

Anyway, we are all healthy (well that's not true I suppose. Ethan has a fever and a cough. Poor little guy.) The rest of us are healthy. We are headed to Nashville on Sunday for a week. Eric has a class that is M-F so we are tagging along to visit family. I am looking forward to getting away. It seems to have been awhile. Gretchen is settling in to our family. The kids seem to be better and better about playing with her. It takes them awhile (the little ones anyway) to learn how to best play with her. I will post pictures soon, I know I have been bad about that lately.

As the election gets closer and closer, people seem to be prone to freaking out. Let's try to remember that our security ought to lie in the loving Father who created us and not the guy in the White House. I know it's an important decision and all, but it is not going to be the end of the world either way. And if it was, well, that would be OK too, wouldn't it? Heaven is always a better alternative than living; even living in the USA.

Blessings to you.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Madame Vice President...kind of

I am not talking about Sarah Palin. I'm talking about me! I have been real active at Isaac's school. When he was in kinder I was up there a lot in an unofficial capacity, helping in his classroom and in the cafeteria. Last year I was his room mom and the room mom coordinator of the whole 1st grade. This year, I was just asked to be room mom, which was fine with me; I was ready to let someone else coordinate. A lot of the PTO board members are friends of mine and wanted me to be on the board at the end of the year last year. I told them no since I still have 2 kids at home. I was hoping to put it off til Ethan is in kinder. BUT, my friend who was serving as the VP of Parental Relations had to step out of it because of having a lot of unexpected things happen in her life. So, I was asked to step in and, after checking with Eric and my mom (since she may be needed to keep children), I said yes. So now, instead of being just a room mom, or the coordinator for one grade level, I'm coordinating all the room moms in the whole school! I have been getting caught up with getting info packets to those moms and as of about 9:30 this morning, I thought I was caught up. But about 20 minutes ago I received a call from one of our 2nd grade teachers that her room mom has moved. Nice. Back to work I guess:) Next stop...the White House! This is how Sarah Palin got started, right? Since I will have kids at this school for so long (Jaylie will be done at Ann Smith in 2014) I may very well have a stint as PTO pres. before then end of that time frame...how 'bout that!


Some of you know that my grandad is fading quickly. Back in mid-June he had another stroke (his first was July 2007) or seizure that resulted in a fairly significant bleed in his brain. He spent 3 weeks in the hospital and was then (and is now) moved into a nursing home. My parents spent about 5 weeks down there (they live in Beeville TX, about an hour from Corpus) to help my grandmother. Mother is going back on the 18th for 2 weeks. Grandaddy is no longer able to do any therapy. His mind isn't in the here and now; he talks a lot about the past. All this is very hard to take anyway but Grandmother is having some health problems as well making it even more difficult for her to handle. I would like to ask that you remember them in your prayers. Their names are Gordon and Wanda Morrow. We just would like them to feel peace and comfort; for my grandmother to feel renewed strength as she cares for Grandaddy; for loose ends to be able to be easily--and quickly--tied up so Grandmother can move them to a location that is closer to family so she can have much needed help. Thanks.

Fall is on it's way to really being here. I am seeing leaves fall and it is definitely cooler. I LOVE IT. This also means I need to get on the ball about Christmas shopping! Very exciting.

I hope all of you have a great rest of the week. Treasure your relationships. Guard them well


Thursday, October 2, 2008

You're gonna miss this

I usually listen to KLOVE on the radio, when I'm not listening to Veggie Tales or other kid things. But last night I caught the last verse or two of this song. It choked me up. I watched the video on youtube so that I could see/hear the whole thing. It is so like me; looking forward to this or that stage in life and forgetting that where I am right now is precious and that I really will miss it. Those of you who regularly listen to country music probably have heard this already. But I thought I'd post it anyway.
Hope you are all having a great week. I'll write more soon.