Sunday, January 26, 2014

Project Life 2014 | Week 4

Again. Beautiful sunset. I feel like we have had more colorful skies this winter than in the past. Maybe it is a result of the more frigid temps? Whatever causes it, I am thankful.

Jake got hit in the eye with the iPad. Yes, it hurts. We had the church council over for dinner. It was a fun evening!

Joe headed out of town to go to Fort Wayne for the rest of the week. The kids and I had a fun time. There were some hairy moments but overall went smoothly.

Movie night since school was cancelled for Thursday. All church activities were also cancelled so we ran a few errands after school and headed home for the night.

These kids were enjoying their snow day. 

We had quite the adventure on Thursday and by we, I mean me. Sometime during the night on Wednesday we ran out milk. Now, in some houses that isn't a big deal but in my house it is a travesty of unmentionable proportions. I was able to dig up some powdered Dano milk from my basement and made do with that during the night but knew that there was going to be a run to the corner store in the morning. I got up in the wee hours of the morning to head over there, hoping that the kids would stay asleep, started the car since the windchill was -33 degrees and headed back in to finish bundling up for the 10 minute trip (there and back). While I was getting ready Jacob woke up. I told him my plan and he said he would be the man of the house for the quick trip. He turned on cartoons, I drove to the store, grabbed my milk and headed back out to the car, all within five minutes. I had left it running so that it would stay warm and as I was turning out of my space the steering wheel locked up and wouldn't move. I started to panic, knowing the kids were home, ran into the store and the first employee that I saw happened to be the "store director". He grabbed a guy and they went out to my car to take a look at it after hearing my tale of woe. One of them thought that he could muscle it home for me so I hopped in, the store director followed us the few blocks back to the house and after thanking them profusely ran into the house to check on the kids. I was fully expecting hysterical crying from the neglected children. When I got into the house they were all up, sitting in the family room watching cartoons. Four little faces looked and me and said "hi mom, you're home already?" Seriously. 
I called a tow company and our mechanic and got the van where it needed to go. Found out that the power steering pump was shot and needed to be replaced. It was supposed to be ready that afternoon but difficulties getting a part pushed it back to Saturday at noon. That is a long time to be without a working vehicle my friends. A long time. 
People from work helped me out with getting the kids to school and home on Friday. People from church brought us a dinner one night. I am so thankful for amazing friends! This stuff only happens when Joe leaves...

Gymnastics for Hannah and Matthew on Saturday! He did a trial day and it went really well. He cried a little but snapped out of it pretty quickly and then LOVED it. 

We went bowling in the afternoon after a brunch at IHOP. The kids wanted to have a day of fun with Joe since they missed him so much while he was gone.

 More horribly cold weather. I am starting to get a little concerned about what the end of our year is going to look like with all the delays and cold days that we have been having.

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Sunday, January 19, 2014

Project Life 2014 | Week 3

Strep throat is NOT my friend. A trip to the convenient care on Sunday confirmed it. I don't think I have ever felt so terrible in my entire life. Matthew spent most of the day laying in bed with me... oooops. Here's hoping he stays healthy. The light of his days was getting to take my temperature. He wanted to see if I was red, orange, or green every 20 minutes. Not gonna lie, it got a little old.

Monday night, texting Martha (Lily's teacher) to get clear on homework assignments. Her assignment calendar is always a disaster. 

Tuesday, the boys were so sweet. Matthew is a little mini me for poor Jake. He always wants to be with his bestie. For the most part they get along well but there are days when Jake just wants a little break from all the adoration.

Wednesday, Lily's first piano lesson. She was loving it! 
This little sweetie was calling my name. She is in a shelter and I literally died when I saw this picture. So sweet. Too bad we aren't getting a dog any time soon.

Setting up the book for this year. Loving the Midnight edition. I am looking forward to seeing how it looks all pulled together.

Birthday party for one of Hannah's friends. She had a Tangled party with the cutest little pipe cleaner craft to make the most adorable Pascal ever. Hannah was in deep smit over it. :)

That's a wrap from Week 3. Onwards and upwards!

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Sunday, January 12, 2014

Project Life 2014 | Week 2

Getting all kinds of goodies for the package to Sierra Leone! This is but a small sampling of the Via that I got. 

We hunkered down and got prepared for the polar vortex that swept through on Monday. It was so incredibly cold. The kids didn't have school Monday or Tuesday because the windchill was outrageous. The kids were so stir crazy that we did head out in the afternoon to a movie figuring that we could stay warm inside the theater. Joe took the girls to Frozen (again) and I took the boys in to see the Desolation of Smaug. Matthew lasted for about 15 minutes before falling asleep which was actually for the best. Lily was so stressed about frostbite that she was sitting like this in the warmish car the whole way there and home.

Tuesday. I got the package to the post office. Not pictured here are 5 more boxes of Via packets and a ton of Koolaid packets. The box ended up being 11.2 pounds of goodness packaged up and ready to go. I am so excited for them to get this!!

After the post office I headed to Jiva to get my hair cut. Such a relief. I love how light and fresh it feels. Got the bangs trimmed up and thickened and the rest of it thinned. I LOVE this salon. The people there are so kind. Definitely recommend.

Matthew and the iPad. The iPad and Matthew. There really isn't much more to say.

This one here is so sassy. She is doing amazing in gymnastics. We are impressed with her progress weekly. Her coaches call her a beast. All 32 pounds of her!

Saturday, after gymnastics I went to bed for a nap because I had a terrible headache. Shockingly, I woke up with a fever later feeling terrible. I strongly suspect strep and will probably end up going in tomorrow to get a test done. This was my view all afternoon. These boys are so sweet to each other.

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Sunday, January 5, 2014

Project Life 2014 | Week 1

Saying hello and goodbye. Hello to my parents and goodbye to Joe's. This may be the first time we have ever had a picture of our kids with both sets of grandparents. Love it!!

The girls loving on the new animal hats from Alaska. There is a moose, polar bear, brown bear and wolf. There was some debate about who got what but it was relatively good natured.

New years eve. My parents were craving chinese food so we ordered in and had a fun evening of visiting, playing games, and then when all the kids and some of the adults crashed, we turned on the Lord of the Rings movies and did a marathon. Fun times. I am pretty sure that there were only three people awake at midnight. 

New Years Day! Lots of chilling out. We ended up running to the convenient care. 

Johnny and Hannah came to town.We were excited to see them. Johnny proposed to Hannah and she said "yes"! Hurray! We went out to dinner at the Olive Garden to celebrate.

Johnny and Hannah headed out to go to Illinois to see her family after a HUGE breakfast feast. So tasty.

Saying goodbye to all the Christmas stuff until the next time we need it. Such a relief to get it all down and put away neatly. We said goodbye to my parents in the wee hours of the morning. The kids all got up to say goodbye so they ended up sleeping a lot today, draped over various couches.

Mini pics for the book. Spanish cream from our fancy rice and curry dinner. Also, the weather alert letting us know that the polar vortex was coming. Nothing like a Christmas break that is extended by 3 days. It's the break that never ended!

Title page (finally got the little picture on the page)

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