Tuesday, May 31, 2005

Murphy's Law

Do you know Murphy's Law? Anything that should go wrong will. Well that's what happened Sunday at Chili's. After church, Eddie, my sister and the kids went to eat at Chili's for lunch.
We didn't have to wait for a table which is good. We sat down and immediately Isabel started throwing a fit because Emma was going to sit in the high chair and her and Jacob would have to sit in booster chairs. I got up and took her to the womens bathroom to talk to her. I grabbed a diaper bag. I got to the restroom, calmed her down and proceeded to change her diaper. She had on a pull up and had pooped. Oh oh, I grabbed the wrong bag, I grabbed Emma's bag instead of Isabel's, that means no diapers. Oh well, I'll just have to wipe her bottom, go back out and get her bag. Oh oh, no wipes, the teacher in 2nd hour at church forgot to put them back in Emma's bag. Ahhhhhhhhhh... what to do now. I know I'll wet some paper towels, none to be found anywhere. So I had to use toilet paper. Let me tell you, it's hard to wipe poop off of a babies bottom using toilet paper, so I had to improvise and use 1/2 wet 1/2 dry toilet paper. I finally got her bottom clean, so we went back out to the table to get her another diaper. Oh Oh, I got her bag and there were no diapers in it, they had been all used up in the nursery. Now what, I had to use one of Emma's which is 2 sizes to small. As I was taking Isabel back to the bathroom to put on the diaper, Emma had managed to reach over and grab Eddie's drink and spill it all over him and the floor, without getting a drop on herself. After lunch we went home to try to get the kids asleep. Emma of course fell asleep right away, but Isabel cried and cried and would not go to sleep, and that was with me in the room. After 30 minutes we gave up and went to watch TV. She fell asleep at 4:00 sitting straight up on the couch.

Lord, if it's patience your trying to teach me, it worked, because that day was very hectic.

Friday, May 27, 2005

18 Again

Way back in the 80's there was a movie called "18, again". It was about a woman turning 30 who meets some girls who are 18, that are about to go on vacation. She joins them in an attempt to regain her youth.

Fastforward to 2005. I've just turned 30. I think back periodically to when I was 18. I was having the time of my life. Just started college, new set of friends, parties, working, and lots of shopping. Eventhough I look back and say I was having fun, the only thing missing in my life was my service to Christ. Between the ages of 15-25 I had no place for Him. I didn't look to Him get me through the valley or to rejoice when things went well. But I'm glad he's in my life now, because my life is just one blessing after another. He makes my life so fun.

P.S. Faby, Eddie's sister is 15, and whenever we hang out we have a blast. She keeps me feeling young. Faby your the best, just don't tell your sister. :)

Thursday, May 26, 2005

Random Thoughts

Did you watch American Idol last night? Well I DVR'd it and stayed up until 11 watching it. I'm glad it's over, but now I've got to fill up my Tuesday night 7:00 tv time slot.

I've written that Isabel has been wanting to sleep with us the past couple of weeks. Well since we've moved in. Last night I put my foot down and blocked her in her room with a baby gate. In about 30 minutes she'd fallen asleep on the floor at the foot of the gate, and slept all night (which that had stopped since we'd moved into the new house).

Instead of going to LA at the end of June as anticipated we are going at the end of July. The flights are cheaper and the wedding that we were going to go to got post-poned

My 30th bithday party is coming up. Invitations are going out this week I think. I can't wait. I'm going to the thrift shops this weekend to shop for 80's clothes.

Wednesday, May 25, 2005

Mr. Mom

Call #1. "Does Emma eat food and a bottle for breakfast. "How often does she eat?"
Call #2. "I want to take them on a walk, where's the stroller."
Call #3. "What do I brush their hair with.
Call #4. "What is Isabel saying?"
Call #5. "They won't go to sleep, what do I do?"

Eddie offered to stay home with the girls on his off days, meaning they will only go to the sitter about 6-8 times a month. When I got home, the girls were in tact, and dinner was cooked. I think we will all enjoy this.

Tuesday, May 24, 2005

Star Wars Name and Title

Your Star Wars Name: Micva Goode

Your Star Wars Title: Alered of Ffej


Going back to Cali, Cali, Cali....

Do you remeber this song sung by LL Cool J back in the 80's? Well it talks about going back to California for a great vacation. That's exactly what we are going to do. Eddie needs a vacation badly, he's worked hard for the last 1 year, building our house, and still has more work to do. Well we decided to go to visit his family in California in late June. As I make the preparations I pray that we find the cheapest airfare and that we will go and return safely.

God's Coloring Book

This morning as I was driving into work, the sun was rising in the east. I looked up into God's Coloring Book, and saw the most beautiful picture. Out to the west was the roundest whitest moon. There were also lots of tall beautiful trees. Out to the east there were blueish/greyish clouds with yellow sun rays radiating from them. To the left and right of the rays the sky appeared pink, and orange.
Thank you God, for the wonderful picture you colored for me today.

"The light of God within me and around me brightens my world."

Monday, May 23, 2005

Do the right thing

Try to do what is right this week, whatever it is, whatever comes down your path, whatever problems and dilemmas you face - just do what is right. Maybe no one else is doing what's right, but you should do what's right. You need to be honest. You need to take a stand. You need to be true. After all, regardless of what you do, God does what is right; he saves you with his grace.

Psalm 143: Vs 11 Lord, saving me will bring glory to your name. Bring me out of all this trouble because you are true to your promises.

Another One Banned.

Saturday, what a day. Went to a T-ball game that was cut short due to the heat. After that I took my sister and mom out to eat. My sister and I proceeded to go to her new house to feed my dogs and to give them water. Then we proceeded to go to Walmart to buy some kiddie pools. One for my house, and 2 for her house (one for the kids and the other for Loba my Siberian Huskey). I brought the van to the curb and proceeded to load up 5 pools (the sign said that they were $.99 Then we saw some chairs for $7.00, so we were going to get 8. I took the sticker of both items and proceeded inside to the garden area. I told the clerk. "5 pools and 8 chairs). The total came out to be almost $100.00.
"Whoa wait a minute.. those pools are 99 cents."
"No" the clerk replied they are $6.88. "
"The sign says 99 cents go check"
Sure enough that's what the sign said. Someone had changed the price.
"Well you have to give them to me at that price, because that's what it say"...
"No, I'm not going to give you 5 pools at 99 cents"
After much argument on her part and many calls to the manager, and many calls to my sister who was waiting outside, telling me that it's against the law. She told me not to get anything.
So I proceeded to walk out with no pools or chairs.
Then my sister ended up going to customer service to argue with the Manager (a woman), who we hear from other sources is a very unlikeable mean person. (that's saying it nicely)
So we left with no pools with one hot sweaty dog waiting at home.
Needless to say, later that day, my sister spent 2 1/2 hours going from Walmart to Walmart looking for pools and a specific table and chairs that I wanted. The Walmart on Greatsouthwest and I-20 in offically on the Stores Banned List.

Friday, May 20, 2005

Welcome Back!

I finally got my fowarded mail. I found a birthday card from my friend Mariana. You see her and her husband left last summer to go live in Vietnam for a year. Vietnam you ask, I dont' know they are different that way. They left their careers here in the US, to be adventurous. I haven't heard from her since then. In the card was her phone number, so I immediately called. She had just picked up her husband from the airport who was just now getting back from Vietnam. I'm so excited to see them today. Can't wait. We've missed you guys! Welcome back to the U.S. of A.

Boycotting Tom Thumb

I'm officially boycotting Tom Thumb. I tried to run in to get formula for the baby this morning, and low and behold that didn't have any in the aisle. The powdered formula was being kept in a back closet somewhere. You had to know exactly what you wanted and ask for it. Got some story about it being a high theft item, and it being resold as something else (cocaine)... I don't care, I was irritated and inconvienenced.

Ode to Yoda
Tom Thumb, Boycot I will
Mean letter to company, will write I
Alligance to K-Roger and Wally World, I pledge

Star Wars III

Well I went to go and see Star Wars. My opinion is that the acting was mediocre, great special effects, I dozed off 3 times, it won't win an oscar, but very entertaining. I need to see the original 3 Star Wars again to refresh my memory of how the story continues.

Thursday, May 19, 2005

Why wear a watch?

Late 1980's, I play Bass Clarinet in the marching band for Nimitz Jr. High. We always get sweepstakes at the UIL contests. How, you ask, by working hard. We are there in the hot sun everyday durning the summer at 8:00 in the morning. If we are even a minute late, we have to run around the field with our instruments. On game days, If we are not in formation, with our instruments by 6:30, then we have to run around the field in the hot sun with our hot uniform, in uncomfortable shoe with our instruments. I feel sorry for the Tuba and Bass Drum players. I never wanted to be one of those people. I had to depend on my mom to get me to school she would always be running late. When she'd ask me "What time do you have to be there?", I'd tell her, "6:00"... I'd always give her a time of 30 minutes before I'd have to be there, because she'd always be 15 minutes late. Being in band taught me the value of being on time, especially when someone is counting on you.

At church I am the director of Childrens Missions. We meet every Wednesday from 7-8pm.
0-1 are Mission Babies, 1-2 are Mission Buddies, and 2-4 are Mission Friends. Boys and Girls in school up until the 6th grade are CiA's (Children in Action). Every month we focus on a specific country and missionary who lives in that Country. This month it's Greece. The kids have a great time. Everyweek I arrive at 6:30 to prepare and be in my class by 6:45 to receive the kids who are coming, and so that we can start on time and end on time.

We are 5 teachers including myself, only myself and the teacher for Mission Babies get there at 6:30. The others come at 7:00 maybe 7:05. When this happens it throws everything off. I can't do anything about the kids running around, because I'm in my class. Thank God that I have a great Education director who helps me facilitate in these situations. I just don't understand. When these teachers go to their secular jobs, they are on time. One of the teachers is a Marine and Firefighter. He can never be late for work. But oftentimes is late for his class. The kids are our future, they depend on us, the LORD depends on us. If you strive to please your boss by being on time, but your not on time for God, what does that say?

Lord knows that I'm not perfect in this area. I just pray that our Missions area gets stronger. The first step is simple. Be there on time.

Wednesday, May 18, 2005

Seek God First

Father, help us to see what is important, what is eternal, what is lasting. Let us make decisions based on our eternal life and not on temporary possessions. Father, help us to put into practice the timeless truths found in your Word. Most of all, Father, thank you for loving us.

Proverbs 30: Vs 8 - 9 Don't make me either rich or poor; just give me enough food for each day. If I have too much, I might reject you and say, "I don't need the Lord." If I am poor, I might steal and disgrace the name of my God.

Lord, thank you for providing me with my daily bread, and blessing me with more than I deserve.

What storm you ask?

As I sit here at work there is so much of my thoughts that I want to express. It frightens me to be so open about my feelings and life situations, especially the tough ones. But here goes. Let me preceed by saying that I have an amazing husband, read my March blog title Simply Amazing.
This morning as I drove to work, God spoke to me and enlightened me that I am the one that needs to change, but I argue with God (like I'd ever win)... "life's it's not fair". God points out that because I was unable to find the remote to my TV for my bedroom, Isabel fell asleep without a pacifer, and I was able to work on my mother's day gift. That just because I don't get my way, I can't throw a tantrum or call people names, that If I'm going to teach my children how to behave, I need to behave. "And Michelle," the Lord adds "you will still strive to be a good wife, mother, and homemaker. I know what you were thinking, and yes eventhough you are hurt and want to hurt back, that is not your place. You are to obey"...
Lord, I put my damaged pride aside and will obey you.

A Calm in the Storm

Well last night Isabel didn't want to go to bed, so I asked her if she wanted to watch TV with me. "Yes" she replied. So I put her on top of my bed as I try to set up the dvd. I couldn't find the remote control, which is needed to change from TV to video. So Isabel was sitting on the bed patiently waiting for me to come back into the room and I looked everywhere for the remote.
Well I couldn't find it. I went back into my room and my little angel had fallen asleep on my bed. I picked her up and took her to her bed. Seeing that I had no remote and I really didn't feel like watching Star Wars II anymore, I went upstairs to my scrapbooking room. I found the pictures of Emma that I had been looking for. Staying up until 11:40 pm, I preceeded to make two scrapbook pages out of the same photo. I'm going to frame them and give them to each grandma for a belated Mother's Day gift. I'm glad that I didn't find the remote, because I spent my evening doing what I love and that's making a gift that will bring a smile to someones face.

Tuesday, May 17, 2005

Eating my words

The other night I was talking to a friend who has a almost 1 year old daughter. She asked me how do I get my girls to go to sleep. I told her that I just put them in bed and they fall asleep.
Well that same night Isabel cried and cried. I was so exhausted that I told Eddie to just bring her to bed with us. Last night she cried and would stop, cry and would stop, but I just left her in her room and I kept the door opened. She fell asleep. I find that if I keep her in a routine, my life is alot easier.

Monday, May 16, 2005

Really Blessed

Well I finally got my iPod, and I love it. I listen to it mostly at work. Currently I have 4 albums on it, and copying more.
Saturday was a good day, I got up fed the kids, played, fed the kids, then it was nap time. While they slept, I cleaned. When they awoke, I went shopping for the house. Let me say one thing, curtains can be expensive, and I needed 8 panels for my room. That alot of money, but I got a bonus at work, so that took care of that.
Yesterday after church, we hung out and ate hamburgers and hotdogs, played some volleyball, and played with the kids in the little park area. Then everyone headed over to our house to watch a movie. It was great. The night before Eddie and I stayed up until 1 am installing the surround sound speakers and receiver. We went to be with the subroofer not working, but fixed it in the morning.

I am really enjoying my home.

Friday, May 13, 2005

Bermuda's Triangle

I can't find anything. We've moved and unpacked and I'm still missing most of all my forks, pictures, Isabel's Dora the Explorer stick-ons, and the list goes on. Will I ever find these items only time will tell. Before the move I had bought my sister-in-law a cd and can't find it. I probably accidentally threw it away. The other night Eddie was looking for a home depot bag that had some items for the house in it. I was in bed and he asked me if I'd seen it. Yeah I've seen it, I think I put it up somewhere. The last place I saw it was the kitchen counter. So we looked in all the cabinets and drawers. Not there. In the laundry room, not there, every other room, not there.... "I hope it didn't get thrown away" seeing that we had about 20 people over our house for my birthday, it was possible. Eddie stepped out side and proceeded to check. There were 3 giant trash bags. He opened the first one and there it was.
"I can't believe you threw it away" he says jokingly. "I didn't" I reply.
"Sure, whatever".

I don't think I would have thrown it away, but my past history does speak for itself.

Thursday, May 12, 2005

But you said...

Yesterday, my sister tried to give my dog Loba away. You see she is going to board them at her house until we can get a fence up. I had told her that she could keep them if she wanted them. She took that to mean that I wanted to give them away. So she told this guy at work that we wanted to give away our Siberian Huskey.

"No I don't want to give her away, she's my dog"
"Oh well, you told me I could have them, so I thought you wanted to get rid of them"
"That's because I'd be able to see them anytime I wanted"
"I love Loba, you can't give away my dog"

It's funny how you say one thing and other people what you say, add what they want to it, and say "but you said"... no I didn't.

Hold You, Help You

Little Isabel's vocabulary is blossoming everyday. She repeats everything we say.
Her newest phrases are "hold you" and "help you"

"hold you, hold you" Isabel holds out her hands

"do you want me to hold you?"


Everytime I pick her up from the sitters house, she says

"help you, help you"

She wants to help me carry Emma in the car seat.
She is growing up fast.

Wednesday, May 11, 2005

A Big First

Yesterday was the first day that I had to drive in to work from my new house, it was great. I left the house at 5:45 and got to work about 6:20... perfect. Getting back home took a bit longer though, traffic and all. It going to take practice driving into my gargage. It's a tight fit for my big van. On Saturday the guy is going to come out and install the automatic garage door opener, that will be great. I'm back into my routine. Doing laundry everyday, making the girls bag for the next day, sitting at the table with my family for dinner. Life is great. Today we'll be getting our Satelite hooked up, I can't wait. I miss recording Dora the Explorer. Isabel watches one episode each day when we come home.
I had a great birthday yesterday, my family and friends came over and Eddie cooked dinner for us, and we sat around and laughed and had a great time. By the end of the night I was hearing all kinds of jokes about being 30. They were hilarious. I got some more money towards my iPod, which I will go out and buy this weekend. I think. Still need to convince my husband. That's going to be hard since he did give me a new house and Duet washer and dryer.
I'll keep you posted.

Tuesday, May 10, 2005

Turning 30

"I'm turning 30 tomorrow", I tell my Godchildren as we're driving back to their house.
"30, wow you don't even look 30" Says Carlos

There was a million things I could say like:
I feel like I'm 30, I'm loosing my hair, I need to loose weight, I have 2 kids, I've known my husband for 10 years, I can't lie on the floor confortably anymore, and my feet hurt if I'm on them all day.

But all I said was

"Ahhh, Thanks"

He made my day!

Turning 2

Isabel turned 2 on Sunday, I can't believe it. We celebrated her birthday on Saturday at Gymboree Play and Music... We had a blast. The parents were having as much fun as the kids. I'll post the pictures up when I get internet service at the house, sometime this week. She got some great new high top white Nikes, they are perfect for her to wear with her SMO's (orthothic implants) Then her aunt got her some Van's (80's shoes, pink and white checker), she loved them. She got a Cabbage patch kid from my sister, some clothes, and we got her a Dora the Explorer backpack, doll and a talking backpack with all the things that he carries.
She had a great time, as did we, can't wait until next year.

I'm Back

I've been so out of touch lately. We finally moved to our new house. Yea!!!!! We moved Friday night. It's so cool, and big.. It takes me longer to find stuff, because no telling where it could be.
The girls like it, Emma can move in her walker alot easier. I've got to go and buy an area rug for upstairs playroom and family room, so that she'll have a soft place to sit on the floor. Isabel like it, especially the stairs, therefore we installed two gates, top and bottom. I've got 90% of the stuff unpacked, just lacking the study. That will take a while, cause Eddie still has to build me a desk and book cases. We're going to have a party soon, so everyone is invited. Someone will send out invitations. Well since this is my first day back at work, I gotta get to work... Will chat again soon.

Tuesday, May 03, 2005

Hey Mommy Michelle

(I ignore Isabel, as I'm trying to get her a hint that it's "nigh night time"

"ay me-thel" (Hey Michelle)

"What Isabel"

she goes on babbleling...something about Her sleeping with me, and papa sleeping on the couch okay?

"Okay Isabel, goodnight"


This repeats for 2 more times.

When did she learn how to say my name? She's been doing this all weekend.. Sometimes it's "Mommy Michelle"

The brighter side of things

Yesterday was aweful and good all at the same time...

I took the girls to the doctor. Isabel has infections in both ears. Emma has Hand, Foot, & Mouth disease. A virus that'll go away in a week. She has red dots all over her. I went to the doctor because my allergies were unbearable. After work I went to get Isabel's prescription. After I picked it up, it fell out of the shopping cart and broke, I took it back to the pharmacists to get another refill. Could not do, without paying full price. He said that the insurance wouldn't pay for it twice in one day, I'd have to wait until it was 3/4 finished. Didn't know what to do, I'd just finished paying $30 and full price was $80. I paid $60 at the pediatrician and $50 when I went to the doctor, plus $10 for the Claritin I bought that morning that didn't even work. So total I'm already out $150.00.... I called Eddie, he said just buy it... ok... The pharamisicts then gave me a suggestion. Call the Dr, and have him prescribe something different, that way the insurance will pay for it. Good Idea... So to make a long story short... 40 minutes later and new prescription was filled. Here's the good news....

Thank you God that I have a doctor who when I call at 9:00 he'll see them at 9:30.
Thank you God that Carenow gave me samples of my 2 medicines so I'd wouldn't have to get them filled at $30 a pop
Thank you God that I have insurance to pay for this medicine
Thank you God that you put the pharamicist before me who knew my doctor and gave me that suggestion.
Thank you God that you spoke to the pharamicist and had him waive the co-pay for the 2nd prescription filled.
Thank you God for teaching me patience and to lean on you through my stuggles.