Friday, February 18, 2011

Superbowl Top 10

So my little Superbowl getaway was awesome, relaxing, and completely fulfilled it's purpose... time away with my hubby, time to myself, and time to be with adults!

Dusty and I had a great time together! It was wonderful to see him with so many business associates and his players... to see how he is respected and appreciated for all that he does.  It's a side I don't often get to see because of my own "job" so it was fun for me to be reminded up close of how hard he works to support our family.

There were several cool/fun/funny moments so I'll list the Top 10 of my Superbowl Weekend (in no particular order...)
1. Hearing all the crazy comments about Dusty's beard.
2. Watching a hilarious old, white couple dance to a live performance by Outkast... "back it up!"
3. Hanging out with Andy Dalton and his fiancee Jordan. They are awesome and so fun!
4. Sleeping in one morning until 11am, having brunch, napping, taking 3 hours to s.l.o.w.l.y. get ready.
5. Awesome breakfast/lunch/dinner with my hubby.
6. Watching a live concert with Usher and his dancers, while standing next to Nastia Liukin.
7. Riding around in a stretch Range Rover... crazy smoke & strobe lights included!
8. Thinking people were taking pictures of *ME* when in fact Chuck Liddell (UFC fighter) was standing behind me and getting mobbed by old men.
9. Taking down bags of breastmilk daily to the concierge desk to be put in the hotel freezer :)
10. Hanging out with old and new friends- the Kolb's, Casey's, Nalley's, Ramer's, and Dalton's.

Jordan and Andy Dalton
At a Pepsi signing with the Dalton's


Whitney Kolb & I at the Friday Night Lights Party
At the Usher Party

Kylie Casey and I at Usher
"Yes, my soul, find rest in God; my hope comes from him."- Psalm 62:5

Friday, February 4, 2011

Encouragement

This article was a huge encouragement to me and I thought I would share. My friend Christine introduced me recently to imom.com and I went there to sign up for daily emails. They are great reminders of who God is calling me to be through this journey of motherhood and they have tons of helpful tips. Encouragement for me and encouragement for my children! Check it out and let me know what you think.

Mona Lisa’s Secret for Mothers  

How could they have missed it!?  After studying the Mona Lisa for hundreds of years, art historians have discovered microscopic numbers and letters painted in Mona Lisa’s left eye.  Just when they thought they knew most of what there was to know about this legendary work, something else has come to light.

What about the priceless treasure in your home?  Have you lived with it day after day, but are still overlooking the intricacies that make it unique?  You might be thinking, “I definitely do not have a priceless work of art in my home!”  But you do.  It’s your child.

In the hectic pace of our days, we can overlook the wonderful, special, little things that make our children one-of-a-kind.  We can lose sight of them because we are so focused on the glaring things they do wrong, the habits that drive us crazy, or the good things we just get used to and no longer see as special.

So today, examine your children closely and lovingly with our strengths and weakness assessment.  Then try to develop these 7 characteristics of successful parents so that you nurture the unique specialness of your child.

"When he arrived and saw what the grace of God had done, he was glad and encouraged them all to remain true to the Lord with all their hearts."-Acts 23:11

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Confessions

* The above picture is what I feel like doing most days... except I can't because everyone else here is already doing that... I mean, I guess I could join in the chorus!
* I'm here but I feel like I'm drowning most days...
* Daddy has been out of town quite a bit so this single-mom thing is for the birds.
* Faith Clare is ROCKIN' the potty training thing... except for today when she peed on me.
* Scout has a gigantic bald spot on the back of his head from moving his head in his sleep.  It looks hilarious!
* I have a dry-erase tile in my kitchen that says "Kenzie is patient. Kenzie is kind. She is not easily angered..." from 1 Corinthians 13- I keep repeating it to myself throughout the day! Not working as well as I had hoped.
* I LOVE hearing my kids laughing and playing nicely together.
* I DESPISE the screaming and fighting that has been frequenting our home lately.
* My new best friend is the excersaucer which will keep Scout occupied for up to 30 minutes at a time!
* I have cried quite a bit lately.  Frustration, anger and seeing an ugly side of myself makes that happen pretty fast.
* I stole a "training" tactic from the Duggars today.  That is how far I have fallen people... taking tips from people who are crazy enough to have 19 kids. Made D repeat 10 times "FC, please don't take my legos from me." Got desired effect. No more fighting and resulted in them both laughing at me.
* We celebrated Maddox's 3rd birthday last week.  It was surreal and felt uncomfortably normal.
* All 3 kids slept in one room last night and I couldn't get over how precious it was... Knowing Maddox will be with us again one day makes my heart glad.
* Did I say that I feel like I'm drowning most days?
* I feel like I'm trying so hard and failing constantly.
* Potty training and nursing don't mix very well.
* Deacon is the sweetest boy and wanted to buy flowers today for his Mimi and Ita for when they come tomorrow.
* I secretly love it when the kids BEG for me to put them to bed... No matter how insane I've been throughout the day, they still forgive me and love me!
* Dusty has grown a beard that I CAN'T STAND! I'm trying to be nice about it but that's about to be over when I take the clippers to his face in the middle of the night!
* I am desperately looking forward to a 4-day break this weekend! Time to be a wife and a woman around other adults.  Needing this recharge in a BIG WAY! SO thankful to our moms :)
* God is bigger than all of this momentary stuff and I am definitely not calling on Him, relying on HIM like I should.
* I love my family with a passion comparable to little else in existence.
* Life is full of contradictions... God is the only truth.

"Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses."- 1 Timothy 6:12
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