Joseph, Parker, Paige, Caleb, and Hannah in front of the gorilla pictures My cute kids on the Tigers
These are three of the 5 giraffes there. The baby is getting so big!
Sarah and Stacy when Sarah refused to be in the gorilla picture with the other kids...
Sarah hiding from the camera before Stacy attacked her!
We went to free zoo day again... It was not too cold and the kids had enough fun that we were there for 3 1/2 hours! I was so tired and sore when we got home. There is only one more free zoo day until next winter... Feb 24th for all you "slackers"
I was making dinner and heard a lot of giggling, this can be good or bad at our house so I went to see... Hannah and Caleb had climbed inside our "winter stuff tote" and were just so excited about it. They played in there for almost half and hour! They are two peas in a pod, and I am so lucky they did not come as twins! :)
So, I have been planning to do our family pictures so that we could send out our valentine cards to everyone (I don't do Christmas cards because it is too crazy for me) Anyway, everyone keeps telling me to just wait until the baby is born so that he is in it. So, for all of you that are expecting a valentines card you will have to wait until "Easter" :)
Okay, so as some of you can already guess or know... I am kind of a stressed out, overbearing, over achieving, socially negative, tired, REALLY tired of being pregnant, and kind of pessimistic. Most of the wrath of this ends up on my wonderful husband and cute kids. I get up every day resolved to do better and to not get stressed over dumb things, yell at people who didn't cause my real stress, and to be an example of love... BUT, the day goes on and I have a million things that I wanted to get done that are not getting done. Children have their little issues and the house gets all messed up, school takes longer than I wanted, and I don't have any idea what we are going to eat for dinner, I don't get a nap... Anyway, you get my point.
So, I am trying to set my new years goal to take it one step at a time and to SLOWLY get to the point where I can face my own stress without taking it out on my family, I can let dumb things go and not get upset, and my family can feel loved by me every day. My first goal is to slow down and not over schedule my day. After I feel better about this, I will set another one and let you know how it it going...
Okay, so this will sound dumb to some of you but I do not buy or do anything for myself unless it is an immediate NEED. So, I got this rocking chair when I was pregnant with Sarah and loved it. But... It was not the nicest chair made, and that became apparent when I had Joseph and the seat cushion was DEAD and the arm rests would cut off blood supply to my hands and they would fall asleep everytime I nursed him. (Just a side note, Joseph nursed every hour and a half all night and all day until he was 10 months old!) Well, as annoying as that was, I suffered through it with Hannah and Caleb. (I nurse them in here so Shawn can get enough sleep) WELL, I decided that I deserved to have a chair worth sitting in with the next one since I spend a lot of time there. So, I went to the store and got me a GREAT chair cushion (they didn't have green and I was so sad) It is SO comfortable! Then, I got some leftover foam from another project and some green fabric and made some supper soft arm rests. Now when I sit in this chair I feel like I am a princess and don't want to get out. I know it doesn't look like much, but I am so happy about my new gift to myself!
We are a CRAZY but having fun being that way family. We have 6 kids. They are Sarah-12, Joseph-10, Hannah-8, Caleb-6, Jacob-3, and Lydia -14 months. We love animals and the outdoors, and homeschooling!
*People are often unreasonable, irrational, and self-centered. Forgive them anyway. *If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives. Be kind anyway. *If you are successful, you will win some unfaithful friends and some genuine enemies. Succeed anyway. *If you are honest and sincere people may deceive you. Be honest and sincere anyway. *What you spend years creating, others could destroy overnight. Create anyway. *If you find serenity and happiness, some may be jealous. Be happy anyway. *The good you do today, will often be forgotten. Do good anyway. *Give the best you have, and it will never be enough. Give your best anyway. *In the final analysis, it is between you and God. It was never between you and them anyway.