Friday, May 28, 2010

Serenity Prayer

The following is an adjusted version of one written by Reinhold Niebuhr (1892-1971).

God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference.

Living one day at a time;
Enjoying one moment at a time;
Accepting hardships as the pathway to peace;
Taking, as He did, this sinful world
as it is, not as I would have it;
Trusting that He will make all things right
if I surrender to His Will;
That I may be reasonably happy in this life
and supremely happy with Him
Forever in the next.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

This week

I've been working on this post for almost 4 days, because I keep getting interrupted and it takes a while to get back here.

I got a bunch of cleaning and sorting done. A BUNCH of the girls' clothes have been sitting in plastic containers in the closet waiting to be sorted and hung up. I got almost all of that done, except for some clothes that need to be paired.

I found out on Saturday that our bassinet was recalled almost 2 years ago. Our crib was recalled last summer, but we hadn't replaced it and were waiting on the repair kit. So I took them both back to Wal-mart and traded them in for a new one. Genevieve has taken a couple short naps in it, so I guess she likes it. Dianna definitely likes it, because she has tried to climb into it several times. Here is a picture of the old one.

Our 1 year anniversary was yesterday, and except for Dianna being a bit of a pain in the butt several times, it was a WONDERFUL day. I went to bed with Genevieve at a reasonable hour Saturday night, but Mike stayed up a little later and put out my anniversary card so I would see it in the morning. I got up early so I could get "gussied up". I do have to say I picked the perfect dress, as it was very flattering. Mike even dressed up some to go to church, so I knew something was up especially after he told me to make sure I was in the sanctuary at the start of the sermon. He wrote and read the sweetest thank you note/testimony in front of the whole congregation! Our pastor and his wife took us out to lunch at a Mexican restaurant they frequent, and boy was it good! After lunch, we went to Wal-mart and bought some plants and flowers for our garden. It's small, but it should be manageable and will be pretty when everything starts sprouting.

We ate at Denny's for dinner, and then dropped the girls off at my dad's house for a couple of quiet child free hours. We got to spend some quality time together, and Mike loved the indoor grilling book I got him. He has SO MANY ideas now for new things to try. The girls fell asleep on the way home, so we all got to go to bed at a reasonable hour. We dug the top tier of our wedding cake out of the freezer on Saturday to defrost and both had a piece we went to bed. It still tasted good.

Mike went back to the doctor yesterday, and got a copy of his records because we aren't satisfied with the quality of treatment he is receiving there. I read a copy of the MRI information that the company sent, and it mentioned some dehydration and bulging in a couple of spots. He was referred to an orthopedic doctor, so hopefully this doctor will be able to help.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Summer Time!

Finals are over, so it's time for summer! Hopefully, this means life will slow down a little bit so I can regain my sanity before classes start back up in the fall. I still have a bunch I need to get done this week. I'm definitely going to have to make a rather large list, so I know what I need to do.

I have a bunch of seeds that need to be planted soon so they will sprout on time. I have several different things to plant, but the only packets I can find are the peas and small pumpkins. The others are hiding somewhere in our bedroom. I guess I need to get it cleaned so I can find them.

We finally got Dianna and Hailyn a bunk bed and put it together on Saturday night. It took us almost 2 hours to put the whole thing together. It's all real wood, so hopefully it will last until they are at least in middle school. The top bunk held me, so they should be able to use it a while. The ladder is a little hard on the feet, so I am going to figure out some sort of padding to put on them. The only thing I don't like about the bunk bed, is it is lower to the ground than the old bed frame was, so we can't use the tall tubs we have to store the girls toys underneath the bed. I'm going to transfer the toys to the short tubs we have underneath our bed so they will fit.

I gave Genevieve some avocado for the first time tonight, and it went over well but she ended up wearing a bunch. She didn't eat all of it, but I didn't expect her to because it was 2 whole(small) avocados. I think it's time for a bath to clean up this little mess and hopefully calm her down some.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

More Food and Other Going Ons

We started adding applesauce to Genevieve's cereal a couple of days ago, and boy is she LOVING it! She also gobbled up peas last night too. Genevieve liked that she was eating food, but I guess she didn't like the flavor. I think we will probably add some Nature's Seasoning to help it taste a little better.

Mike's back is still really bothering him and workman's comp still hasn't approved an MRI yet, so it's time to start calling and harassing them about it daily.

I've only been to class two times in the last two weeks, and I can feel how much lower my stress levels are. I turned in my English final VERY early this morning, and have a final each morning Monday through Wednesday. Grades look OK for now in every class except chemistry, so let's wait and see how they look after finals.

We are starting a small garden. We are going to try not to kill the fruits, vegetables, and flowers anytime soon. Mike wanted to just plant flowers, but I don't really see the point of planting anything if we don't get anything out of it...i.e. food or flowers that will last more than a year.

The fun has started with potty training Dianna, but no real luck yet. I think when she wakes up from her nap, I am going to stick her on the potty seat with her sippy cup so a going will hopefully be guaranteed.

I've also got some cute new pictures of the girls, but I can't find the damn camera cord so they will be posted as soon as I find it.

Added 5/25: The camera cord was hidden underneath the stuffed animals in the nursery.