Monday, December 21, 2009

I don't know what to say.

This article makes me so completely sad, sick, upset, hurt, mad, etc... I can't believe that people can actually be this way and that we have let our country make stupid laws like this!

Christmas Spirit

Our Sunday School lesson yesterday was basically remembering the true meaning of Christmas. (I have a seventeen month old little crazy and so I wasn't there the whole time.) There was a list on the board:

Gifts
Food
Family
Friends
Decorations
Christ

Then there were columns that said:

Most Excited
Most Important

We were to number them in order in both columns. Mine of course were not in the same order, as I'm sure some of yours aren't. We then discussed why that is. During this discussion is when I left to do my job being the "Hall Monitor", but before I left some people mentioned things like: the stores have Christmas up at Halloween and is too commercialized, we are suppose to be politically correct and therefore, Christ is taken out of Christmas, we love the food and the parties, etc...
I didn't think much about it until later that night when I realized that as a parent I have been the biggest reason why it isn't more about Christ in our home. I have tried to let the girls know the reason that we celebrate Christmas, this morning when I said Christmas is Jesus birthday Jo Jo just laughed at me and told me that it wasn't. And when I tried to tell them that we should give Jesus a gift (of being nice) she almost started crying and told me that she didn't want to give him her presents. I obviously am not doing a very good job! :)
Now the reason that it is my fault of why Christmas isn't more Christ centered is because, I have been the one telling the girls to be nice or Santa isn't coming and that if they aren't nice they will get their presents taken away. Now I'm pretty sure that most parents have threatened their kids with this at one time or another and I don't know about them, but it doesn't really work. Kids will do whatever they want, whether Santa "sees" or not.
Since I've come to this conclusion, I've decided to act differently. Instead of saying that Santa isn't going to bring their presents I tell the girls that Jesus wouldn't want us hurting each other and he really wants us to be nice, to give, and to be happy. There will be no more talk about Santa not coming if they aren't good. It needs to be more about Christ and being friendly, kind, gracious, and giving.
One other thing that I've started and I hope will be a good tradition to help the crazies is that I only buy them three presents. (Of course they will get their stocking and Santa gift, but from Dan and I there will only be three gifts.) The meaning behind the three gifts is that Jesus got three gifts when he was born and so to help us try to remember him more that is what we get. I also hope that it will teach them not to be greedy children and know that it isn't just about them.

Sorry if this is all jumbled, but I needed to write down how I was feeling. Since I have started this blog, it has become my journal and I haven't been as good writing about my feelings. I think that I do well in preserving the things that happen on a daily basis with the crazies, but I need to do better at writing my feelings and thoughts down.

I hope that you all have a Merry Christmas and try to keep Christ in your homes!

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Our First Snow

For my birthday I received this....


It is from my wonderful and thoughtful sis-in-law, Sarah.


This morning the girls played, for the first time this season, in snow.



SB even tried to make a snowman.


It was a mess.


But they had a blast!


Thanks Sarah. We love it!

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

New Wednesday

This project has been needing to be done for quite awhile. I just haven't had any days when I feel like doing some major cleaning. Well I made today that day. This is what our desk has looked like for a bit. We have been throwing everything on it.


Now it looks like this.


I feel like I have accomplished something. Oh wait, I just remembered that I took everything from the desk and put it here.


I think I need more space!

The Best New Thing Yet!

Yesterday our new something was very unplanned. The crazies napped! All of them. Of course they had to be in separate rooms, but they were tired enough not to play and just sleep.


SB slept on the couch.


Jo Jo slept in my bed.


And of course this lovely little one slept in her crib, so she couldn't escape. Although, she wouldn't have escaped anyways because she was sound asleep when I put her in there, but still. I like the fact that I have to get her out when she wakes up. She loves the person who gets her out the best. And I love to be loved!

For two glorious hours the house was extremely quite and I was able to get some cleaning, cooking, and relaxing done. Oh my it was wonderful!!!

And while I'm talking about sleeping, wouldn't it be wonderful to be able to fall asleep like this?

Monday, December 14, 2009

Santa

We went to see Santa on Saturday and the twins did so good! I definitely thought that they would cry or not even get close to him, but I was so wrong. When it was our turn they went right up and started to talk with him before they were even on his lap. I helped get them up on his lap and they got a picture.


We then attempted to get Ty to sit on his lap, but she would have none of it. So Santa came up with a great idea and this is the picture that we got.


I love it and Ty was completely happy. After the picture Santa sat back down and talked with the girls for a while. They told him what they wanted and he asked them what their favorite colors were and then stories about how Mrs. Claus' favorite color is purple. He was such a wonderful Santa. I'm sure the other people in line were wishing that we would hurry up. When we were leaving Ty started to laugh and waved bye to Santa. She is so much like the twins (with everything) I sometimes wonder if they should have been triplets.
It was a wonderful experience and I'm happy that we were able to go see him this season.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Are You Serious?

It has come and gone and I still don't know if it has registered.
It wasn't nearly as bad as I thought it might be.
Dan had a way harder time than I did.
I think I should probably have completed more in my life by this point.
I'm already losing my memory, but that could be because of being with kids all the time.
Or it could be that I inherited my mothers brain.
I haven't cut my hair in a seriously long time and my beautiful sister-in-law fixed it up for me.
My nieces and nephew came over and watched the girls.
Dan took me to dinner at Macaroni Grill. It was delicious.
I'm waiting for him to get back from taking the kids home so we can get all cozy and watch a flick or something.
30. I can't believe that I am 30.
Oh well, Happy Birthday to Me!!!!


Thursday, December 10, 2009

Everything New

I haven't been posting my something news very well. So I just thought that I would make sure that y'all know that I am still doing them. I've done crafts which I am not posting because they are presents, cooking some good things and some things that don't really work out (I guess I should read the instructions a little bit better), rearranging my bedroom (what do you think? I wish I had some paint and then it would look even better.)



We've been without any TV or movies for full days (whiny kids keep quiet and out of your hair when Backyardigans or Baby Einsteins is on!) We haven't been back to the park, but that is because the kids are sick and it is cold outside. I took pics (with our crappy camera) and edited them as best I could with not a lot to work with for our Christmas cards. I think they look somewhat decent. It has been a long time since Ty has been sick and so we remembered that she loves this...


She loves it. I don't know what that means.


This one means that the crazies are getting along.

It is a good day!

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Ty

Ty has officially perfected her fake cry! She likes to get into something she shouldn't and then go sit in timeout. When she sits down I tell her what she did wrong and then she cries for about 2-3 seconds and then stops. I will then remind her what she did wrong and she cries again for about 2-3 seconds and gets up and runs away. Here is a video of it, well some of it, she was just wanting to drink and talk to me.

Ty in Trouble from Tiffany on Vimeo.


She has joined the drama club with the twins and everyday is full of fun and adventure. If I ever do have a boy, I honestly don't know what I will do. My life is full of drama, girls, painted toes, pink, singing and dancing. But I wouldn't change any of it for anything else. I am happy where I am!



Ty, you are my little baby and I love you so much. You are such a sweetheart and I hope you always stay that way. You love to be with your sisters and make them laugh. You are definitely a show off. You love to wear your leggings even if you are in your pj's. You are so fun and loving and make your daddy and I laugh all the time. Love you baby girl!!!

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Something New Thursday

Today the girls and I made Homemade Brownies. I've never made them before (I always use the box mix) and I had a recipe, so we tried it.
Here the girls are helping and smiling.


Here the girls are licking like there is no tomorrow.


Here are the brownies.


Here are the girls enjoying their final product.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Hello....Wierd

I took the kids to the park yesterday.
It was a fun park.
It was one of the better ones that we've been too.
There was a man with his grandson there.
The girls quickly made friends with him (the grandson).
We had been playing for about a half an hour.
I happened to see a car pull into the parking lot.
A 40 something man got out of the car and lit up.
He had no children with him.
I was watching Ty go down the slide.
The weirdo walked by and then stopped and watched.
Started to wonder why this man is here at the park.
Praying that he would just go away.
Nope.
He started a conversation.
"How many kids do you have?"
"3"
"Dang you've been busy."
ha ha ha
I turned away and talked with Ty.
Didn't stop him.
"I hope that you have a husband or boyfriend to help you with them."
Said "Ya I do." Thinking "GO AWAY!!"
I'm giving him no reason to keep talking, but he is weird and so he keeps going.
He talks about his 2 1/2 year old boy.
I just nod my head and watch the crazies.
He asked me what Dan does and then the weirdo gets a little bit more weird.
He starts to tell me about a cop that jacked up his shoulders.
The whole story.
Like I care.
He is getting really frustrated talking about this cop.
Tells me that he is waiting for the day to beat up this cop.
Goes to his car and pulls out a paper and tells me the cops name and badge number.
What am I going to do with it? I have no idea.
Gives me his name and asks for mine.
"Tiffany"
He isn't getting any more info from me.
Shakes my hand.
Leaves.
The man that was there at the park left soon after the weirdo had gone.
I hope he was sticking around until this man left to somewhat protect me.
Needless to say, Dan wants me to get my concealed weapons permit.
I just laughed.
I have some pepper spray.
That will do for me.

Something New Wendesday


This morning we decided to have a picnic breakfast. The girls were so excited to eat on the floor. Even Ty had a fun time. I guess anything from the ordinary is exciting!


Of course I have to have two pictures for all faces to be seen.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Something New Tuesday

I have made a couple of goals for myself for the month of December. The one that I will be blogging about all the time is:
Do something new every weekday.
Today was the first day to start this new goal.
Today I cooked something new.


It wasn't the worst meal that I've had and it wasn't the best, but it definitely needed something else.