Tuesday, March 1, 2011

February at a Glance...Blink and it's Over!

February was cold and full of fun!
We were snowed in A LOT! The boys actually went to school a total of 3 days in two weeks. I was so glad that Ihad made a grocery store run before the wild weather hit. While stuck indoors we made from scratch cinnamon rolls and fruit kabobs. The boys also used their imagination often while playing indoors including super hero's and army. Our dog Shelby even got in on the act. The month also included Valentine parties at school with lots of candy!
The end of basketball season ended with K-Man playing the best game of the season the last game. He scored 7 points and demonstrated being a leader on the team. He also showed an agressive side...not always seen. I think he has just become more confident in his abilities.
K-Man also had a great accomplishment in Februaury. He was asked to be a greeter at the school. Greeters have shown good character at school and have been chosen by their teachers. We were so proud of him. K-man was very nervous the first day, but ended up having fun opening the door for his friends. It was an all week privilage.

Another huge highlight was going to rodeo!
It took us double the time to get there because of the snow and ice on the roads, but the boys would have been soooo disappointed if we didn't try to get there.
We were able to watch some of the kids show their animals, watch cowboys ride for 8 seconds and eat HUGE hotdogs...fun!

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Having to Sit

It has been an interesting last several days...I went from having a rash to having to sit.
While I am waiting for some blood work results, the Dr. has instructed "No Work and Minimal
Activity". In other words I'm having to sit.

What do I do with all this sitting time?

I have been reading blogs, visiting Amazon (dangerous!), planning future craft and baking projects found on the web... all while listening/watching all things girly on TV.

While this may seem fun (and it is!), I am already chomping at the bit. I don't sit well and I sure don't like watching my adorable husband having to do everything!

I keep telling myself...enjoy, relax, read!!!

Tuesday, February 1, 2011


Today as I look at the clock...

  • I am still in my Pjs
  • I was able to read a chapter of my book during the day
  • I have done three loads of laundry
  • I have had A Lot of warm coffee
  • I have sat by the fire
  • I have watched the kids play together (I have toys all over the living room)
  • I have a load of wet clothes inside my front door
  • I have gotten the chance to blog and browse Blog Land
  • I didn't have to sit in the pick up line
  • I didn't have to go to my payed job
  • I don't have to get K-man to practice tonight
  • I have gotten to see a beautiful view out all my windows

Gotta Love Snow Days!

Thursday, January 20, 2011

First Time

There have been a few of things that I have done for the first time over the last couple of weeks...

1. I did a Bible study with someone I didn't know very well. I have done many Bible studies with friends and girls I have things in common with. However, this time was very different. The two of us are different in many ways: she is full blooded Indian, she has experienced prison, her husband is working on his citizenship,...the list could go on. I have met the girl along with her husband and children at church, but I have just smiled and said "Hi"...no real conversation. Well, I decided, when asked, to participate in a Bible study with her.

The study was wonderful (of course it was!!!) and my heart exploded with love for this woman and her "giving it all" to God. She has a a lot to loose deciding to let God be her guide. Her hunger for the Word was so humbling...so humbling!

B-Boy went with me and played with her little boy. Comments he whispered in my ear, "Momma...their house is short; they don't have carpet; where are their closets?; they have only three boxes of toys; I want to keep my coat on...I'm kinda cold; Did their house burn-it looks different." I'm not sure what picture this paints, but the picture is painted on my heart and on B-Boys too.

Though they had little, she was so proud of her home. The mattresses on the floor were made, the house spotless and there was a candle lit. I was humbled by her contentment and the way she took pride in what she did have. Her home was warm and I felt very welcomed.

God was present and working in all of hearts that day. May God continue to bless her richly.

2. Had two families/couples over for supper/lunch in less then 3 weeks! My adorable husband and I desire to have people in our home... To make our home open to everyone in our church family and to build lasting relationships and memories. The later couple that we invited over were an older couple that we respect and we believe are very wise. It was wonderful!...After the meal I was showing them the boys room. As I opened the door there were strings hung from the ceiling fan and things were tied to the bottom of them (including a sword!) flying around the room! I was so relieved that they had raised THREE boys and didn't think I had monkeys for children :)

3. I baked a Chocolate Buttermilk Pie...enough said!

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Opening Weekend

K-man's first basketball game ever was last weekend!
After a stomach ache and "This is the worst day ever!"...
He did GREAT!
K-man loves basketball, but he does not like to mess up or stand out. So, the first practice and the first game of any sport are often challenging getting there. However 5 minutes into it, he's good to go!

From this picture, you would think we won the game. Nope...40 to 2!
He did great and had fun.

What I am going to try to do better at the game this weekend:
  • not yell as much...it was encouraging stuff, just too much ;)
  • Not constantly thinking "GIVE K-MAN the BALL!"...all kids deserve to touch the ball.
  • Try to film more...between trying to take pictures and yell, I didn't get much on film.
  • Maybe not sit by my adorable husband...hmmm. We just need space during sporting events :)

Monday, January 10, 2011

"Out of the Mouths of"... my boys

There has been snow all around us, however we haven't seen a bit of here on the home front. K-Man decided to take matters up with the "Man Up Stairs" last night:
" ...oh, and dear God, could you please increase the percentage of snow..."

This year the boys have been deer hunting with my adorable husband on various occasions, however no deer has even been seen. This weekend B-Boy had a plan.
"Dear God, could you please let us see a deer and keep it still so we can shoot it..."

Yep, there have been some heart pats this weekend.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Somebody Said...

Somebody said that it couldn't be done,
But he with a chuckle replied,
That maybe it couldn't,
But he wouldn't be one,
to say so until he tried.

I absolutely love what I do. I feel blessed to be able to work outside my home two days a week at a nursing home as an Occupational Therapist. I feel I have learned more from my patients than they have learned from me...well, maybe we have each taken something from our relationships.

One of the things I have had to learn over the years is how to find a connection with my dementia patients in order to help them. One of the women that we bought Christmas gifts for happens to be one of the dementia residents that I was able to develop a relationship with.

She often became very anxious and would holler out. She also had low vision which also made it very difficult for her. When I would find her in her room anxious or tearful, I would walk in singing..."Clara, Clara, Bo Bara, Banana Fanna Fo Fara...(something to that effect.) Her face would light up and just like that we were long lost friends in a world of singing, sayings and rhymes. From there, we would be able to dress, groom, and complete other things to get ready for her day.

I went to work only to find out that my "Clara Bo Bara" had passed away.

I was honored to have learned many wonderful songs, stories and sayings from her. While we were delivering Christmas presents to her, after a couple of songs, I introduced her to B-Boy. She started telling him the saying that I typed above. He laughed so hard. So, we all said it over and over again. Even on the way home B-boy wanted to say it over and over...so catching and very wise.

My Clara had so much to share and was able to do that with me and my little boy. Clara wanted friends and she found a simple friendship with me through songs... Isn't that what many of us want. To share a bit of ourselves with others and feel needed. To have simple friendships that are not exhausting, but joyful and fulfilling.

Clara, Clara, Bo Bara... Thanks for the frienship I also needed.