Friday, March 27, 2009

Lots to say ...

I have tons to say and finally the time to write it all down. Make sure you scroll all the way down and read the recent posts. So much to tell you...............

A miracle

A miracle DID happen!

As you know, we had a rough winter, and that's putting it mildly. Joe was diagnosed with a genetic Kidney Disease that he will have for the rest of his life. He was hospitalized shortly for this. Then, when he was discharged, our insurance refused to pay any of his medical bills. They said it was a pre-existing condition. Well, yeah, anything genetic is pre-existing, but we didn't know that he had this condition.

Joe's energy and strength dropped dramatically. We don't know if it was the recovery or the pills, but he was not himself.

To make matters worse, his business dropped off the face of the planet. He had months with no phone calls. This is a business that was employing Joe and two other men this last summer. Because of this lack of work, we barely made our bills each month. And we wouldn't have even made that if it wasn't for some of you (thanks).

All these things added up to depression for Joe. Can you blame the poor guy? So, Joe wanted to move closer to family in El Paso. He figured he could get a job out there. He figured we could live cheaper out there. He figured that we could use his family to help with the boys, as it was REAL hard for me to do all by myself.

We had put our house up for sale, again. I had applied for teaching jobs in Las Cruces, New Mexico and El Paso, Texas. If anyone asked if we were staying, I told them, "I would love to, but it would take a miracle". Well, the miracles happened.

1. The insurance agreed to cover Joe. They have paid over $10,000 of his medical bills so far.

2. Joe got a job delivering ice. I know, not a glamorous job, but a paycheck none-the-less.

3. Joe's business is back in full swing. He has 11 jobs on the board. If anything, he is getting stressed out that he can't keep up.

4. Joe's energy and strength are back. He is on new pills, and that could be the reason, but I believe it's an answer to prayer. And the funny thing is, now I realize that his business had to drop off this winter while he was sick. There would have been no way that he could have worked. He was too weak. So, just when he got his energy back, his business picked up.

5. And the biggest miracle of all.......... I have been offered a promotion. In a time when school districts are laying off teachers, I have been given an amazing opportunity. Actually two opportunities, but one is not public knowledge yet, and some of you are local, so we will save that for another post. But, this one promotion will pay an additional $8,000/year. That breaks down to $666/month. This is EXACTLY, to the dollar amount, what we were short every month to meet our bills. To the dollar! So, with Joe working, we can put that money back into savings (which is down to 2 cents! Talk about cutting it close!).

I had asked God to give us an answer before Spring Break was up so that I could go back into the office and give them an answer. God is so good.

*so ladies, that means I'll be around to do spa's this summer. Let me know if you want another party, I have new stuff.

How does it take one hour to get into the van?

How does it take one full hour to get into the van? Seriously? Let me tell you how:

You make lunch (granted, I would have had to make lunch anyway, but it just seemed to take longer).
You clean the dishes because you don't want the pb & j to crustify while you are gone.
You pack up the crusty bread for the ducks.
You begin to put one kid in the van when you "smell something".
You traipse back inside and change a diaper.
You figure while you're at it, you might as well change both.
You remember that you forgot to do their hair today.
As you brush and gel their hair, they remind you that they didn't brush their teeth yet (bad mama).
You put their jackets back on.
You get them buckled into their carseats.
You get the dog into the van (but don't realize that you forgot his leash until you get to the park)
You run back inside to pee (because you can't even remember the last time you did that).
You grab the lunch bag and the crusty bread bag.
One hour! How is that even possible?!
Happy Ending: We had a lovely time at the park and met new friends and had fun feeding the ducks and geese. That's all that matters.

I hate cheap diapers!

I hate cheap diapers! I am a LUVS mom, through and through. The only problem is, our local Wal-Mart has not been stocked with them lately. I do like Pampers, but they are so spendy. And I don't like the looks of Huggies. I know, I know, anal. (ha ha, that's kinda funny). I just don't like the way they stack in a basket. As if my diaper basket is all the rage and the envy of all my neighbors. Ha, I'm on a roll today.

Anyways, so I opted for the cheap-o cheap-o to get us through. I figured, if Josh can wear the cheapies during the day, and then Jack's LUVS at night, we'll be good. I HATE cheap diapers! We have been doing pretty good and we are almost out of the cheapies and ready to go back for the good LUVS. Then last night happened.

Josh told me he had poo-poo. He is very good at this. I wish his brother was more like him in this department. As I opened his pajamas (they are still wearing footsies as it is COOOOOOOOOOOLD here at night). The diaper must have come loose, because it was at the bottom by his foot. And the poo-poo was everywhere. Everywhere. Even in his toes. I finally had to give him a shower.

I HATE cheap diapers!

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

It was bound to happen

It was bound to happen; being the only female in a house full of inquisitive boys. They found my feminine products hidden in the bathroom. Jack thought they were cheese slices all wrapped up. Cute.

Monday, March 23, 2009

Spring has sprung

I am so happy it's spring. Usually Autumn is my favorite, but after this long, difficult winter, I am happy for spring. It truly is a re-birth.

We have been using our weekends for local outings (I almost called them field trips; I'm such a teacher). We went to Canyon Creek Fish Hatchery 2 weeks ago. We had the entire mountain to ourselves. The boys rode their bikes, Joe went on a hike, I rested. Then, Joe flew a kite with the boys. I don't recommend flying a kite in the mountains. Too many pine trees. Nuf said. Then we went on a 3 mile hike. Have I told you how much I love it here?

Last weekend, my sister came in. We had fun even though I had to work everyday. She came in to observe me in the classroom. On Friday, I had her do a lesson with my students. Natural born teacher.

The other day, Joshie came to me in the kitchen and told me, "Jack-Jack, bad choice". I went to see what Jack had done. I'll let the picture tell the story.



The weather has been nice and the boys are playing outside more. They love to chase butterflies. Josh really gets excited about it. The rest of the time, they ride their bikes up and down the street.

Speaking of bikes... We have seen the nice quads in Wal-mart for the boys, but they are $300. Out of our budget for sure. Well, our neighbor, Harvey, had one for his grandson. Chase was outgrowing it and the battery wasn't holding a charge, so Harvey gave it to us for free. We bought a new battery for $35 and Joe spliced it with the correct connectors. Works like a charm. The boys LOVE their Jeep!





Jack is very good at it, but Joshie is still having a hard time with the steering. I tried to take a pic of Joshie driving, but he won't stop for a second. These shots are action shots.

Then, one minute later, he crashes.





I gave the Jeep back to Jack and put Joshie back on his tricycle. One minute later, he crashes that! The boy knows no fear.

Friday, March 20, 2009

Sorry

Sorry I haven't posted in quite awhile. I have been BUSY! But, Spring Break starts today and I promise to post this week. Lovin' life!

Monday, March 9, 2009

Home is not a house

Home is not a house. Home is where your loved ones are. I am glad to say that mine are finally home. I did miss them. And actually, I did get bored. I got a lot done, but I am so used to being so busy that all that down time was a little boring. When they got home, right away I set to unpacking, laundry, dinner, bath night, reading books, etc. And you know what.... I couldn't have been happier.

Joe put on Little Bear for the boys so that we could catch up with each other. Normally, one person will sit in this chair. But, when Joe went in to check on them (because they were unusually quiet), he found this.



Normally, they do not suck their fingers either, but they were soooooo into this Little Bear video. Here's a test, which boy is on the left and which is on the right?

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Reflections on being alone?

Alone? I haven't had a moment to rest. After I left the library yesterday (yes, I get my free internet at the library, can't afford it at home), I was invited to the movies by a co-worker. So sweet. We saw Defiance. Good, but not your happy story-type. I then stopped at Wal-Mart for 4 items. It took me 90 minutes! I ran into tons of friends and chit-chatted in the aisles. You would have thought I had lived here forever.

On the way home, I passed my neighbor, so we stopped, rolled down our windows and chit-chatted for 15 minutes with our arms hanging out of our trucks.

This morning, I was invited to breakfast by another co-worker. Again, so sweet. Oh, and she has a time-share in Ruidoso, NM that she gave to us! Ahhhh! A timeshare at a country club for the week of July 4th!

Friday, March 6, 2009

Reflections on being alone

I have been learning much about myself in the last day. This is a good experience. When I got home from work yesterday, it took me 30 seconds to say, "now what?". I am so used to being busy that I have every minute scheduled. It was good to cut loose. so, here's what I did.

I got take-out. I LOVE teriyaki bowls, but JOe doesn't, so that means I usually don't get them. I treated myself. Then, I thought I would be "bad" and eat in the living room. Funny thing. I didn't like that. I ended up eating at the dining room table.

I did go to bed at 6:30 last night. Not to sleep, but just to lay there, watch tv, and read. Heavenly. And guess what. I still woke up early. NO one to blame that on. It's just me.

I didn't get to lounge around the house much today, as we had a showing at 9:00 and another one at 10:00. Let's hope this is the last. I hate scrubbing and mopping.

I am out and about today. A co-worker invited me to the movies. I might be able to get used to this.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Boredom Bets

Joe and the boys have gone to El Paso for 4 days. I have to work today, so I didn't go. But I do have the next 3 days off. I have never been alone in our home. Never. In fact, the only time I have even been alone anywhere was last August when Crystal watched the boys for me so I could go to Dallas with BeautiControl. But even there, I wasn't alone, as there were 5000 BeautiControl sisters and we were sleeping 4 people in our hotel room.

So, 4 days to myself. What will I do? I won't have to change diapers. I won't have to prepare big meals. I won't have to give baths. I won't even have to talk. So, this has prompted me to think.... will I get bored? Will I start to talk to myself? What will I do?

Well, I have a goal in mind. My goal is to sleep 8 hours straight. I know, I know, crazy talk. Especially after getting only 4 hours sleep last night. The boys have allergies.

I also think I might venture into the adult section in the library. I will not walk into the children's section. I will not say hello to the fish. I will not check out a Bob the Builder or Jay-Jay DVD. In fact, I hear that they have adult DVD's in the library. You can't beat free. And, with no kids, I might be able to watch an entire movie without having to get up half-way through to get snacks or to break up a fight.

I'm not afraid of being alone, I'm afraid of getting bored. So, if you're local and you want to get together for a mocha or tea, give me a call. And, you can even call after 8 pm because the kids won't be asleep. But, wait, I might. Better yet, don't call after 8 pm.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Sorry this has taken so long



Let me start by saying, "sorry this has taken so long." It has been a crazy 2 weeks. You know that the flu swept through our family, but it stayed on Joe a little longer. He really scared me there for awhile. He couldn't shake it and lost a ton of weight (and you know that Joe doesn't have a pound to lose). His attitude was also tanking. He always gets a little depressed in the winters, but this year was especially hard; with the loss of his business and his Kidney Disease. But, the sun has come out and my husband is thawing and returning to the man I married.

We did go to Flag for Joshie's 2nd birthday and I think the boys had a good time. They got to lay in bed with Grandma and play at the mall playground. But, basically, I was a single mother for those 2 days while Joe was sick all night long. NO sleep for me. I have soooooooooo much respect for single moms. That is a HARD job!

Joe has since kicked the bug. We are all healthy, again. I am back to work. Life as usual.

Friday night I went to my friends church, where they were showing "Fireproof". Such a good movie. I suggest everyone see it; married or not. I want the book now.

Saturday, we had to leave the house for another showing. Selling a house is so much work. I can't wait til it's over. So, we went to our local park and walked around the lake. The boys were begging to fish, but we didn't bring the poles or tackle. That night, we went to church and rocked out. I love our church.

So, Sunday, the house was clean, the groceries were put away, and we had the whole day to ourselves. We decided to go to the fish hatchery and to the park/lake in Payson. At the hatchery, we saw a bald eagle. The boys pretended to fish in the creek (no fishing that close to a hatchery). I have pics that I will try to attach. Then at the park/lake, the boys got to "fish". I say "fish" because we don't trust them with hooks yet. They are at the stage where they want to hold the pole themselves and cast and reel by themselves. They don't want help. So, no hooks. We did put a lure on one and a worm on the other. Joshie was fine just dipping his worm in the water and pulling it back out. He thought he caught a fish everytime. Too cute. Jack is real good at reeling already so he practiced his casting. It's fun to watch. He has a natural fly fishing cast. We just have to teach him "lazy man's" casting. Then, Joe took them on a bike ride all around the lake. We brought their tricycles. They were so tired by the time they got back. Snoring. Music to my ears.

Well, the workweek has started, so that means that I have little time or energy for anything else. I will try to keep this updated more often. sorry blogstalkers.

where Glory meets my suffering