Thursday, July 31, 2008

Thankful Thursday

It's a good day already!

1. I am thankful for the awesome WalMart trip I just had. I got some crazy good deals on sugary cereal (and we are now stocked up for a lifetime), school supplies (.05 notebooks!), and a cute hat. Strong.

2. I am thankful that currently the house is clean, the kids are having a snack and coloring, and everything is peaceful.

3. I am thankful for Capri Suns.

4. I am thankful that Dave is home!

5. I am thankful that tonight we'll get to watch EUREKA!!! The season premiere was Tuesday, but Dave was out of town and I swore up and down I wouldn't watch it without him. For those of you not in the know about our small obsession, do check the posts here and here. This year we are switching from the traditional Eureka and Pizza! to Eureka and Brinner! to switch things up a bit. Except for tonight, though, when we will of course be eating Jet's Pizza.

6. I am thankful that Game Night is tomorrow with the McFaddins and the Wallers. WooHoo!

7. I am thankful that even though it's supposed to feel like 108 degrees outside today, that I have a working air conditioner, ice tea maker, and energy efficient windows.

8. I am thankful that I took my verse seriously this week and have been actually trying to do things more for David than for myself. Normally I make grandiose plans and then fall short and I'm glad that God has kept this forefront in my mind.

9. I am CRAZY THANKFUL that Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince movie is only 112 days away!!!

10. And finally, I am thankful that I am bringing to you an Extravaganza so incredible, so visionary, that you won't even know what to do with yourselves. Seriously. Well, maybe not that cool, but it will be pretty darn awesome.

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

They Say It's His Birthday, Da Na Na Na Na

HAPPY 29th BIRTHDAY, DAVID!!!!

I love you most as toast!


Could everyone leave some well wishes for my super awesome husband on here today? He is currently traveling and will be sitting in meetings ALL day, on his birthday! Let's give him some bloggy love!

Monday, July 28, 2008

A Little Something To Chew On

So, yesterday I was reading my bible in preparation for this coming week and I decided that I was going to pick out a verse to focus on, memorize, and really chew on all week. I was going to start with my daily bible reading schedule (which I have NOT been following) and it had me starting in Ecclesiastes. As I turned the pages to get there, my eyes rested on this one verse and I felt God telling me "Hey! Here. Right Here. Kristen (God doesn't call me Unsinkable. I take Him more seriously this way.), this (this!) is what you need to be thinking on all week long."

Proverbs 31:11 (New American Standard)

"The heart of her husband trusts in her,
And he will have no lack of gain."

I'm pretty sure I've read that only a billion times, as it's part of the famous Excellent Wife chapter of Proverbs, simultaneously the goal and the scourge of every woman. You want, so want, to be just like that but you are pretty sure you never will be if you keep spending the grocery money on Old Navy clearance sales.

Anyways, I read it and knew it was my verse this week, so I read it over a few times and started to try to take it apart. And whoa buddy, was there some stuff for me to think on.

"The heart of her husband trusts in her" - Aww. Isn't that sweet? He trusts her. Sounds like a good solid marriage, right? Built on trust. But then I read it again and it doesn't just say that he trusts her. It says that his heart trusts in her. That means that in his absolute core, he knows that she will do what she says she will do, when she says she will do it. He trusts her with everything, because she has proven herself trustworthy. There is no room for doubt when you declare that your heart trusts someone. She must have set a pattern of trustworthy behavior for him to feel this way, you know? I bet that she didn't tell him that she would get the dogs their medicine and then forget. I bet that he never came home to find that she didn't do the one thing he asked her to do (iron two shirts).

Matthew Henry's commentary says this (in case you needed something a little deeper):

She conducts herself so that he may repose an entire confidence in her. He trusts in her chastity, which she never gave him the least occasion to suspect or to entertain any jealousy of; she is not morose and reserved, but modest and grave, and has all the marks of virtue in her countenance and behaviour; her husband knows it, and therefore his heart doth safely trust in her; he is easy, and makes her so. He trusts in her conduct, that she will speak in all companies, and act in all affairs, with prudence and discretion, so as not to occasion him either damage or reproach. He trusts in her fidelity to his interests, and that she will never betray his counsels nor have any interest separate from that of his family. When he goes abroad, to attend the concerns of the public, he can confide in her to order all his affairs at home, as well as if he himself were there. She is a good wife that is fit to be trusted, and he is a good husband that will leave it to such a wife to manage for him.

I know, right? Does that not make you examine your heart just a little? Dude, it obviously did for me as I am currently blogging about this. Anyways, on to the second part.

"And he will have no lack of gain" - I'm sure that this has less to do with monetary gain (although I know that is a part of it) and more to do with exactly how you, as wife, affect your husband. Does your presence in his life make things things run smoother? Can you unequivocally say that you personally make his life better than if you weren't in it? And not by your basic presence, but by your actions and you attitudes. Are you causing him gain or loss?

Again, in the words of Matthew Henry:

She contributes so much to his content and satisfaction that he shall have no need of spoil; he needs not be griping and scraping abroad, as those must be whose wives are proud and wasteful at home. She manages his affairs so that he is always before-hand, has such plenty of his own that he is in no temptation to prey upon his neighbours. He thinks himself so happy in her that he envies not those who have most of the wealth of this world; he needs it not, he has enough, having such a wife. Happy the couple that have such a satisfaction as this in each other! (3.) She makes it her constant business to do him good, and is afraid of doing any thing, even through inadvertency, that may turn to his prejudice.

So, needless to say, I've been thinking on this a lot. It is very easy in our current culture to go about our daily lives asking "How does this affect me?", when what we really should be asking ourselves is "How can I help my husband more?". I'm not even going to be going into over extending ourselves, burnout, being a martyr, or learning how to say "No", because frankly I don't need to hear more about those things. I don't need to hear how I should be pampering myself, taking care of myself, and how I should be making more "me" time. I get that from every woman's magazine (Christian and non), every Ladies class and every television show I watch. What I need is a good kick in the pants telling me that God did not put me on this earth to sit back and take, he put me here to give. And in this season of my life, I can give to my husband, I can give to my children and I can give to my friends. There are a lot of ways that I can be selfless.

But before I do any of that, I need to start right at my point of greatest influence. Does David's heart trust in me? Am I bringing him nothing but gain?

What about you? Does your husband's heart trust in you? Are you bringing him nothing but gain?

Friday, July 25, 2008

Cooking Question


So I recently found some fantastic deals on whole chickens, which means I have something like five chickens in my freezer. The problem with all that overstocked poultry goodness? I know only one way to cook a whole chicken and that entails tossing it into the crockpot, dumping some spices in there, and hoping for the best.

And so I implore you, dearest readers, give my family a break from the monotony of fragrant chicken and give me some awesome recipes!

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Thankful Thursday

1. I am thankful that the kids are both asleep. The Unsinkable needs a DDP break.

2. I am thankful that I got to get a hands on look at the curriculum we'll be using this year for Tot. It is crazy awesome and I think Tot is going to love it. I also got a healthy dose of bookshelf/organization envy. It is highly likely that you will be seeing a bookshelf picture on here soon.

3. I am thankful that I get to visit my Mom and Tim in the next few days! If I can persuade my mom to make a dump cake, then I will have scored a mighty victory.

4. I am thankful that I got an updated church directory. It may seem like a small thing, but I was working off one that was three years old and I just kept forgetting to get a new one.

5. I am thankful for the good naps I've had recently. I seem to have hit a napping groove and it's quite pleasant.

6. I am thankful for the homemade bread I'll be making shortly. Maybe I'll add a little cinnamon and shake things up a bit...

7. I am thankful for the clouds today. This Indiana girl was getting a little homesick.

8. I am thankful for my Tot having just used her very last diaper ever. That's it. I'm never buying pull ups again. Well, at least not for her anyways. There's no turning back now, folks.

9. I am thankful that Kroger is running a kick butt sale on a week when I may have dipped into the grocery fund once or twice because I saw an irresistibly cute shirt(s) at Old Navy. Shh...don't tell Dave. :)

10. I am thankful that Dave didn't have to travel at all this week. The traveling isn't so bad, but I do love getting an uninterrupted weeks worth of evenings together.



Hope you all have a great Thursday!

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Kids.

After being a completely rotten little thing today, Tot sang herself to sleep this afternoon with "This Is The Day That The Lord Has Made".

After whining all (all) morning long, Little David fell asleep in bed with his crocs on, his Thomas the Train pillow, blanket, stuffed train, pajamas (not on, just holding them), three pacifiers, a sippy cup of milk, and eight books about tractors/trains/heavy equipment.

Is it any wonder I want to simultaneously pinch their little noses and hug them all day long?

Monday, July 21, 2008

Ch-Ch-Changes and a Vague Sense of The Jumble

So, lately I've been feeling a little...what's the word...jumbled. And a little aimless. For the past few years I've had a pretty good routine going and while the particulars changed, the general flow did not. Dave left for work at 6 am every day for five years and returned home at 5:30pm every day as well. I've watched another child for one or two days out of the week and I've had Tot in preschool or waiting to be in preschool. I was pregnant or nursing a good deal of the time and we moved once and then decided that we were probably in this house to stay. But now, well, everything is different.

Dave works from home and travels part of each week, which means that when he's home I get to see a lot of him but when he's gone, he is gone. He rarely travels more than a day a week, which is fine by me, and we've adjusted to this much better than I thought. He loves his job and is generally happier than he was before. Until September I'll only be watching another child a handful of times and then none at all, like, ever. I'm neither pregnant nor nursing, and we've decided that we're going to move in about five years. Not exactly a rapid time line, but still a different perspective. And finally, Dave and I have solidified our plans to home school, which effectively rules out preschool (I know, I've totally not said anything about that on here, but we've still been in discussion mode and I felt it was smarter to give you all our actual thought out plan instead of our blow by blow discussions on how we planned to do this...but anyways).

So, you know how when you have certain parameters you plan your day accordingly? Well, before I had very specific, constant parameters and now I feel like I have none. Dave pops in and out most of the day and I have no day of the week where anything has to be done regularly. There is no major life event to be planning for and I'm just kind of spinning my wheels here. I mean, there are always things to be done, like laundry (sigh.) and dishes, but there isn't a driving force right now. There isn't something that I am constantly aware of, planning for, and working towards.

Intellectually I know that I am raising children to be adults, focusing on giving them the skills they will need, and making sure that they are grounded in their faith before they leave. I mean, it's not like I'm doing nothing. I feel a very strong calling to be at home, and Dave and I both felt a strong calling to home school (not something I expected, by the way). So, I know that I am currently where I need to be. I feel zero desire to go off and get a paying job away from home and even less of a desire to go conquer any mountains of importance. I'm good where I'm at.

I guess, the issue here is more along the lines of how I am to pursue all these things that I'm sure I am supposed to do. I had a decent handle on it before (read: not a daily failure, more like a weekly disaster), and now I'm a little out of sorts. How does God want me to order my days now that everything is different? What should this season in my life look like, and how do I pursue His goals and will in the most joyful and efficient way possible?

Are any of you dealing with this same jumbledness? I keep coming back to the phrase "season of life" (also, the expression does not lose its cheesiness the more I type it. I thought it would...) and I know that mine has changed. It's certainly not worse, I'm kind of loving it, I just need to get a better handle on the rules and how best to enjoy it, yeah?

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Something To Do While The Kids Nap

So you're bored, huh? I know. Why else would you be here during Sunday afternoon nap? Well, since my creativity was pretty much tapped out by that Caturday post, here are some supafly links for you to check out:


The Pioneer Woman - Bacon Wrapped Jalepeno Thingies

Walk Slowly, Live Wildly - Cloth Toilet Paper (I'm not even joking.)

Let's Explore - Children's Homemade Placemats

Make and Takes - Muffin Tin Mealtime

PreSchool Mama - 16 Ways To Make Bathtime More Fun For Your Preschooler


Hope you are having a restful and worship filled Sunday!

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Because It's Caturday

Sigh, I know. It's cheesy even for me :)

Friday, July 18, 2008

Pictures! Pictures! Pictures!

So, it's been awhile since I've done a good picture post and I figured you were overdue to see many much more of my family than you care to . Here are some shots taken the past few weeks/months ish. Enjoy and have a fantastic weekend!










Thursday, July 17, 2008

Thankful Thursday

I know it's rather shameful that I haven't done Thankful Thursday in like, forever, but I'm here now and more thankful than ever.

1. I am thankful that Dave will be home tomorrow (tomorrow!). He's been on a sale/training trip and I'm missing him something fierce!

2. I am thankful for the rock star ladies bible class we had last night. I haven't been able to go before because of the other work I'm doing at church, but it's totally awesome and I'm going to try to get in there more often.

3. I am thankful that while Dave's been gone the kids really haven't been too bad. They've certainly been energetic (read: Tot waking up at 3am to eat half a bag of marshmallows and then waking me up to ask for a tiny taste of milk because she's now thirsty), they've been pretty good.

4. I am thankful for Dave's parents who watched the kids twice (twice!) in two days, once so I could go to the doctor and once so I could get out for a bit and recharge my batteries by shopping at a craft mall (got the cutest little thing there, I'll have to show you later). They even fed my kids while I was gone and then fed me cheesecake. Not too shabby for the Unsinkable!

5. I am thankful that I'll be visiting Indiana this fall and getting to see my family and the Spicers!

6. I am thankful that thanks to my awesome sister in law, I found the worlds most perfect tank top/camisoley thing and have since bought four of them on clearance and wear them all the time. Doesn't get better than cute, flattering clothes on clearance.

7. I am thankful that Dave doesn't come home until tomorrow because as much as I miss him I have a heck of a lot of laundry to get done so he doesn't think I've just been sitting at the computer the past week :)

8. I am thankful that even though my attempt to dye the front part of my hair turquoise didn't work (and left me with two swipes of clorine green hair), I have decided to try again and will maybe even go to a professional to get this done. This first attempt didn't even warrant pictures.

9. I am thankful that Little David is talking up a storm, even if it means the noise quotient in the house has risen dramatically.

10. I am thankful that God loves me enough to put up with me when I'm a mess. He loves you, too, you know. In fact, we're pretty lucky. We can be a little irritating at times, what with our controlling nature, jumping the gun on decision making and inability to see that we are ever wrong. Well, maybe not so much you as me, but whatever, you know what I mean.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Tot

Tot told me this morning that she was ready to go to the pretend hospital to have her pretend baby. I smiled, and then I looked at her, and this is what I saw:

Monday, July 14, 2008

Best. Night. Ever.

Okay so Friday night was the best girls night ever. Ever. My friends Cheryl, Diana, and I decided that it was high time we leave the kiddos with the men folk and trip the light fantastic, so we went out for some delicious food and some Bingo.

First of all, none of us had ever played Bingo at a real life Bingo Hall. So we spent this past week discussing what we should prepare ourselves for and if we needed to know any "Bingo Lingo". Cheryl talked with her mom who told us that apparently there are four or five slang terms for every.single. letter number combination. Needless to say, we were pretty sure that we were going to be earning looks of scorn from every old lady there with support shoes because there was no way we were going to learn them all, not to mention trying to play and remember that 30 is Dirty Gertie or that 62 is Tickety Boo.

And so we went to dinner first.

Dinner was Logan's Roadhouse with the perfect steaks, perfect rolls, and perfect (perfect!) drinks. First of all, I am not a big drinker and don't drink often as a rule. I don't like the taste of most alcohol and honestly, I'm pretty much as big of a lightweight as you can get. It's rather embarrassing, especially since before I had kids I could drink normally and have no problem. But at some point in the three years I was pregnant/nursing , I became unable to drink even a single wine cooler without my cheeks flaming red, sweating, me giggling for over a half hour and then, if I'm at home, falling asleep. And yes, you read that right. Single wine cooler. Like I said, I'm an embarrassment. Also a cheap date (lucky Dave).

Anyways, all that to say dinner consisted of me being brave and getting some kind of reddish drink and realizing it was the most delicious thing I had ever tasted and drinking all of it. Fast. For some reason this time, only half of my face got red and then other half stayed normal, causing no little mocking from Cheryl and Diana. But it was all worth it because it was the Best Drink Ever and I will have it again. We concluded dinner with some Nutter Butter dessert deliciousness and our waiter buying us a tiny brownie dessert partly because we had never had it and partly because I think he felt sorry for calling me a lightweight (yes, even the waiter laughed at me). Regardless of the motivation, we got some rad dessert, so I'm cool with it.

And onto the Bingo Hall we went.

The Bingo Hall is in a shady (read: creepy, not under lots of trees) "shopping" area with a 7-11 on the corner in front of it and some abandoned buildings in back. There were two Bingo events scheduled, one at 7pm and one at 8pm. Cheryl said there are places with games beginning at midnight and going until forever am, but we thought that was a little excessive.So we walked in, with many many people staring at us. We were stared at because we were not only young, white and obviously from another part of town, but because Diana is HUGELY pregnant. In fact, we went on Friday night and her due date was on Saturday. We were hoping an evening out with Bingo fantastic-ness would spur the baby on into action and with any luck she would start having the baby right as the caller said "O Baker's Bun" (O - 61).

So we walked to the front and told the gentlemen there that we were first time Bingo players and asked if he could please explain what in the world we were supposed to do. We knew we wanted to play on paper, not on the computers, but that was about the extent of it. So, he took each of our four dollars and gave us our Bingo cards (actually papers) and our daubers (the little marker things that you mark your cards with) and said he would explain more after he helped the others in line. And let me tell you, the others in line knew what they were doing. I don't think anyone spent less than $100 and they were getting two paper cards, computers, small business card sized cards (that we still don't know what they are for) and all sorts of accoutrements. I mean, these people were serious bingo players. Eventually, the man got back to us and explained (sortof) what we were supposed to do and we made our way past the Dauber vending machine and chose our seats in the glassed in non smoking section.

Then the action really started. First of all, this is not your elementary school Bingo. In each Bingo session, there are five games, and in each game you play six cards. The caller (who may or may not be as cool as our caller, who sounded like a lounge singer on each call - Geee Forty TOOOOOOO yeah!) picks out a ball and then shows it to a small camera that displays the number/letter on a screen about five seconds before he actually calls it. They key to keeping on top of the game is to look at the camera and mark your card before he ever calls the ball. If you get lost, there is a gameboard on the wall that shows what has been called, but if you ever need to look up there you are screwed because it's huge and confusing.

And so, we spent the next forty five minutes marking our cards, laughing at the caller and at each other. Each of us came pretty close to winning (we think) but every time some one yelled out Bingo before we could, which is a total shame because I made us all swear that if we won some one would "B-I-N-G-O and BINGO was my name-o!" Now wouldn't that have been the best??

Anyways, regardless we had a seriously awesome time and even played a couple of mini games afterwards and swore that we were going to do at least once a month. It was the cheapest, most hilarious thing I've done in forever. We wrapped up the evening with a walk around a park near my house that has a small lake, hoping that Diana would spontaneously start laboring from the strain. She didn't, but she and Cheryl did bully me into doing a flip on the small pull up bar and trying to do one on the higher one (I was too scared and ending up kindof leaping from one bar to the other and falling into a sloth position). Thankfully, my camera was in the car and you are spared that view. But in conclusion...






Next month we are totally going to the midnight game.


Friday, July 11, 2008

You Bet We Did!

You may not know this, but in honor of Cow Appreciation Day, Chick Fil A is offering a free meal to anyone dressed like a cow today. I KNOW! How cool is that?! And seeing as I am always up for doing something ridiculous and always, always up for something free, I gussied my family up in our finest cow gear (re: felt spots, yarn tails and felt ears) and we mosied on to Chick Fil A and grazed on two kids meals, a number one no pickles and a DDP, and a number four with a Sweet Tea. All. For. Free. Seriously! I adore the Fil A, don't you?

Oh, you wanted to see pictures? Well, have no fear. While your Unsinkable may have forgotten to take the camera battery with her to the Fil A, thus negating any cool pictures with the Real Cow, I at least remembered to take them before we took off the Cow-ness. Also, we totally moo0-ed while ordering. "I would like a MOO number one no pickles MOO and two kids meals MOOOO....". Anyways, here are the pics.

The cow horns were a little difficult, and Little David looks like he has brown devil horns, but I figured they would appreciate the effort.


There is Tot's tail and Little David's shirt reads "I Luv Chiken". Strong.


Because I can do nothing without taking a picture of myself grinning badly.


First try with the camera's self timer. Not too shabby for the Cow Family!
(Also, some of my spots fell off and while you can't see it, Dave and I are both sporting cow tails tucked into our jeans. We were quite rad.)


So that was our cow time. Everyone at the store loved us (there were suprisingly few other cows) and Dave even helped a guy get a free entree by giving him a spot. And there was a super cool business man there who had cow stickers all over his suit and even one on his bald head. He is my hero.

Oh, and in case you didn't know this either - they have free slurpies at 7-11's today (See? Cause it's Seven Eleven today? Hahahahaha. So clever.) as well. We didn't get any pictures of that because, well, it's just not as funny to walk up and get a free slurpie with no fanfare or costume. But it was a delightful end to a free lunch! The promotion is all day long, so get thee to a Fil A and munch on some grindage!!



Author's Note: I'm going to play Bingo tonight at a REAL BINGO HALL. Stay tuned for the awesomeness.

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Tot Speak

After our daily "school" time, putting Tot down for nap.

UK: Goodnight, Tot. You're the best Tot ever, I wouldn't change a thing (nose kisses).

Tot: Love you, Mommy. You are the best Mommy I could ever have. I not change a thing.

***

There are sometimes when she says the absolute things that I've been needing to hear and sounds much older than she is. Even if she's just repeating what I've told her a thousand times, it's relaxing to know that she thinks I'm the best for her.

Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Nothing Better

There is just nothing better after a hot, sunny day than a nice cool thunderstorm blowing in and dropping the temperature 15 degrees. I've got my windows down, the lights off, and I'm enjoying a little peace and quiet.


Monday, July 07, 2008

So This Whole Waking Up Early Thing....

It's not going as seamless as I planned. As if anyone is surprised :).

I've managed to wake up at 6:30am each morning, however with the notable exception of Sunday morning when Tot climbed into our bed at around 5am and slept until 7:30am. She was just so snuggly and asleep that I couldn't bear getting out of bed. Time with Tot where she is not goinggoinggone is quite rare and I have to soak up those few quiet snuggles. I've actually liked getting up earlier and am trying to take the kids on short walks each morning before it gets too freakishly hot.

Speaking of none of that, I'm in a smidge of a writing funk. I'm sure you've noticed that I haven't been as prolific as I usually am (or maybe you haven't noticed and I'm am elevating my importance in your lives. Ha! I even make myself laugh. Of course your world revolves around me.) It's not that I don't have things to say, more that I am feeling a little more quiet than usual (Stop laughing! I'm serious!). So if the posts are less frequent than usual, don't worry. I'm not abandoning you, I'm just being a little quiet. I've been feeling rather guilty for not blogging because I like to be as dependable as possible, but lately I've just been a little blogged out. I'm trying to revive my House Wife alter ego (as opposed to Non Stop Blogger/Commenter) and be a little more purposeful about blogging and such. I may even twerk out a new layout.

I know, I know, I'm going crazy here what with the extravaganzas, quietness and layout talks!

Thursday, July 03, 2008

Waking Up Extravaganza: Day One

No worries, I won't be posting daily updates on this challenge (that would be beyond boring) but since today is the first day I managed to do it (with NO accountability, since Dave was out of town last night), I'm feeling pretty great. I did hit the snooze button twice, but that was it. Dude, 6:00am is early.

I enjoyed a nice cup of tea and a little quiet time before checking my email and such, and then when Tot woke up I was able to tell her that she needed to stay in her room until I got her. I'm thinking that I'm going to try to train her to stay in her room until I come in and get her. This will be a rather large task because there is nothing my Tot likes more than to roam around while the house is asleep and get into all manner of things.

Anyways, that's it for today. I'm off to try and get the house a little cleaner before Dave gets home. Somehow I don't think it would be relaxing for him to come home and trip over three loads of unfolded laundry and a mountain of toys. :)

Wednesday, July 02, 2008

A Waking Up Extravaganza!

I know! It's been, like, forever since I've had a good extravaganza! I've been mulling over what habit I wanted to do in July and after perusing through my bible and the blogosphere, I was hit between the eyes with what I needed to do next.

Wake up early.

EEeeeee!

You see, The Unsinkable likes her sleep. There isn't much else I would put before it. In college, I purposefully chose to sleep instead of staying up all night to finish papers, even though I knew that if I did I would get a full letter grade higher. When Tot was a baby I chose to co-sleep, even though I had always thought it was way too granola for me, because I could get a full nights rest doing so. And even though Dave mentioned many, many times over that he wouldn't mind at all if I woke up with him when he was getting ready for work (at his old job) because he enjoyed puttering around with me in the morning (aw...) still I chose to sleep in.

So you see, this is not a challenge I am taking lightly. It's not that I didn't want to wake up with Dave, more that I could manage to do it maybe once a week and then the seductive call of my cozy blankets would be too much for me to resist and I would sleep until I heard the kids making a horrible mess.

But it seems that the Lord has other plans. In what can only be called So Not A Coincidence, all of the blogs I've been reading have been talking about waking up early, how to do it, and how much more productive it makes you. My bible reading has been talking about laziness and about being a self starter, and even in my prayer time (when I do my best to pray for other people and hope that God will stop nudging me on all those tiny sins I keep doing), it's been like a freight train telling me that this is an area that if I would just sacrifice in, I would see so much improvement in all the other areas that have been frustrating me.

Such as.

Every day, my Tot wakes up at 6:15 - 6:30 am. I know. For a chronic sleeper, this is the worst sprt of punishment. It used to be that she would climb in bed with me and be content to snuggle a little with me or watch a cartoon while I made every effort to catch just a little more sleep. Then she upped the stakes on me. Now, she completely avoids our room and goes straight to her brothers room and wakes him up! This wouldn't be a big deal if he, too, was an early riser. However, this kid will sleep until 9am if we let him! And so for the past few weeks I've been racking my brain, trying to figure out a good solution, and then today it hit me and I felt like a total dweeb for not thinking of it earlier. If I just woke up before Tot, then I could be there to stop her from waking up Little David. Genius.

Also a little annoying.

And so, tomorrow morning at 6:00am, my 30 day Waking Up Extravaganza begins. I know that it would have been easier to begin this on the 1st of the month, but I was still mulling everything over and the full genius of this plan hadn't hit me yet. You just can't time inspiration. Also, Tot is staying at her MeMe's until tonight and that means I got to sleep in for THREE DAYS. Unparalleled. Anyways, the plan is that I will wake up every single day of the week for thirty days straight - come rain or waking up in the middle of the night children - and then see if the early start to the day has helped me enough to keep going. Oh, and I should mention that Dave no longer works at the job that requires him to be up so early, so he doesn't care anymore. I should also mention that it was pretty rotten of me to not wake up with him. Bad Unsinkable! Bad Wife!


So, who's with me?? I would love it if some of you decided to join me and would let me know how it goes for you. It's always more fun to go on an Extravaganza with friends! If you aren't quite up to it (or are already a disgustingly perfect, naturally early riser), never fear. You can simply cheer me along from the sidelines.


Go, Unsinkable, Go! Yeeeeeeaaaaaaaaaaa, Unsinkable!

Tuesday, July 01, 2008

It's Been A Long Time, I Shouldn'tve Left You, Without A Dope Beat To Step To.

So yeah, sorry about that. I wasn't taking a formal break from you or anything, I just got a little bleh over writing and anything that required effort in general. I mean, I didn't coupon, I didn't BzzAgent, I didn't read my Real Simple magazine (I know!), I didn't do much at all except play with the kiddos and get the house back in order. But after a stellar few days (that involved donuts, finding my One True Purse, finding cheap hair bows for the Tot, S'mores, a picnic at a Lake, drinking DDP with some friends and watching a gigantor thunderstorm, the Tot going to her MeMe's house for a few days, and pizza) I am feeling totally chock full of things to share. And seriously, you know me, if I don't share all my daily minutia with the entire internet I feel a little lonely and purposeless.

And so, it is with much fanfare that I begin July. Here is what you can look forward to hearing about in the next month:

~ There are only 180 something days until Christmas. I must start planning.

~ I think I'm going to totally quit that whole "one load of laundry a day" thing.

~ The Ped Egg from TV? Totally rockstar.

~ How being the wife of a Road Warrior is treating me.

~ My hair (I know you've all been dying to see how it was coming along).

~ I'm thinking I'm going to get either a new tattoo or a new piercing. Or maybe a new shirt or something.


Well, I'm sure you'll all be checking your RSS feeds with abandon now, waiting upon news of the Ped Egg, but until then - never fear. I won't leave you for so long again.

Also, can anyone tell me where the title of my post came from. I might be persuaded to make you my new best friend if you can.