Sunday, May 31, 2009

I Love Summer Weekends!

Today's Be Happy Song of the Day: Sunshine Day by The Brady Bunch

Today's Smileys:

1. Walking through Gerten's looking at all the beautiful flowers and plants and dreaming about future projects.

2. Picking out flowers for our house and seeing them planted in front of the house.

3. Peder "helping" Jake plant the flowers.

4. Creating beautiful things through my hobbies.

5. Mari pretending to be Mommy.

6. All my children snuggling in Peder's bed. It was time for "nigh-nigh" 6:30p. :)

7. Mari loving on the baby doll and rocking it in the rocking chair.

8. Making plans for Peder's bedroom and hoping to surprise him with it if he stays with Grandpa and Grandma at their cabin next week.
9. Getting excited about all the projects I want to do and finish around the house.
10. Summer weekends at home relaxing and doing things around the house.

Saturday, May 30, 2009

A Really Good Day

Be Happy Song of the Day: Beautiful Wreck by Shawn Mullins (For those that know this song, I always laugh about it because when Jake first heard it he thought he was saying, "What a beautiful red guitar." Still makes me laugh....)

Today's Smileys:

1. Getting some time to scrapbook.

2. Really liking the pages I did today.

3. Time to myself.

4. Working on my cross stitch projects

5. Playing some of the balance games on my Wii Fit. It's fun. I can't wait till my hip is better and I can do some more of the stuff on it that strengthens the lower body.

6. Going "browsing" for new furniture for our living room. We found some stuff we like, got ideas for what we definitely don't want and I found some GREAT fabrics that I want to put on a chair once we get new furniture.

7. Telling Emmy "Bye bye Emmy!" when she wouldn't stay with us in the store and hearing her yell, "NO!" and come running after me. She was the best kid while shopping today, held my hand almost the whole time and stayed with me so well.

8. Telling Emmy "Bye bye" while at Toys 'R Us and have her come around the corner carrying a baby doll in a baby carrier. She is definitely in baby mode and loves all things baby. It's super cute.

9. My hip had a pretty good day and didn't start getting bad until around 7-7:30 tonight.

10. Reading

11. Jake and I agreeing that it has been a good weekend and it's nice to just hang out.

Friday, May 29, 2009

A Golden Day

Today's Be Happy Song of the Day: Happy Birthday

Today's Smileys:

1. A back rub while half asleep this morning.

2. Being fully woken up by Emmy and Peder sitting on my bed, both eating a piece of bread and holding my gift from the kids.

3. An iTunes gift card....and downloading some songs with it!

4. Peder asking Auntie Chanda how the baby in her belly is doing.

5. Emmy singing along to my iPod.

6. Jake singing "Step by Step" by the New Kids on the Block to me on the phone this evening.

7. A message from my mom with a bunch of her co-workers singing "Happy Golden Birthday to You"

8. My new Wii Fit! WA-HOO!

9. Mari showing signs of being ready to potty train

10. Mark and Deb singing to me over the phone.

11. Some very nice phone calls to wish me Happy Birthday.

12. Going to the drive-in to see UP. (Very cute movie!)

13. Movie Theatre popcorn

14. Peder doing his "job" while waiting for the movie to start. (His job is coloring in his color wonder book.)

15. Dairy Queen Ice Cream Cake

16. Chicken Kiev

17. A fabulous husband doing whatever he can to make my day special and being understanding of my feelings.

18. Great kids

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Summer Evenings

Today's Be Happy Song of the Day: Steal my Sunshine by Len

Today's Smileys:

1. Deserving Design. I love what they do for people who have faced difficulties or are doing great things in their communities. Today's was about a family with quadruplets with special needs....that made it hit a little closer to home. They talked about their concerns for one of their children in particular and it made me think of some of the concerns we have for Emmy and her future.

2. Refreshing tears.

3. Alone time with Peder.

4. Peder pushing Emmy in the swing.

5. Mari going down the slide and clapping at the bottom

6. A meal cooked on the grill

7. Making summer plans

8. Sundresses on little girls

9. Wearing a tank top for the first time this summer.

10. Peder telling me I looked like The Little Mermaid because of the sequence on my "bra" (tank top). And then asking me why I was wearing a bra outside and telling me I needed to get a shirt.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Laid Back Day

Today's Be Happy Song of the Day: So What by Pink

Today's Smileys:
1. The girls yelling up the stairs to Jake while he's up there working. Lots to tell Daddy throughout the day.

2. Emmy coming up to me, patting me on the cheek and saying, "Oh, baby, baby." She is very into calling everything a baby lately and passing out love.

3. The girls reading books together.

4. Peder snuggling me.

5. Sudoku on the iPod.

6. Lilacs

7. Renaissance Spirea blooming all over the place. I love how they look weighed down by their flowers.

8. Playing on the floor with the kids.

9. Planning Peder's bedroom re-do

10. A husband who still thinks I'm hot 10 years and 40 pounds later. :)
11. Wonderful smelling bubble baths

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Not Myself

On my way home from Book Group tonight I was thinking about how down in the dumps I've been lately. I am not feeling like myself and it's because I can't be MYSELF! I can't go outside with the kids by myself because I physically can't keep up with that. I can't play on the floor with the kids because I can't get up off the floor without help. I can't scrapbook because sitting and moving around in my scrap area causes me to be very uncomfortable. I love my book group, but 30 minutes into it tonight I was SO uncomfortable I was having trouble focusing on the topics we were discussing.

Jake tells me it takes awhile to get used to, but part of my problem is I DON'T want to get used to it. I want to do those things and I get pretty ticked off when I can't live my life because of this stupid hip. I'm just once again frustrated by this circumstance and keep hoping for a faster resolution then I'm getting. Sorry for the downer post, now on to the good stuff.

Today's Be Happy Song of the Day: Santa Monica by Everclear

My Smileys for the Day:

1. Beth telling me about electronic books for my iPod Touch.

2. Long, hot baths

3. Reading in the bath tub

4. Emmy knocking on the door and yelling, "Mama!" while I'm in the bath tub. Just like every other time I take a bath.

5. My book group me much needed laughter.

6. Jake knowing when I'm having a rough time without me telling him and giving me big hugs.

7. John and Jill's new adventure and their excitement for it.

8. How singing Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star to my kids immediately results in them laying down and snuggling into bed.

9. The millions of hugs and kisses I get from Peder while singing Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star to him.

10. Wondering what my life's adventure is.

11. Jake doing the grocery shopping

12. Friends doing things for each other

Monday, May 25, 2009

Memorial Day Weekend

We are home from our weekend at my parents' cabin. The weekend was great most of the time, the only downers were my hip and the kids had a difficult time falling asleep at least one night we were there. Otherwise, it was fabulous. We played, sat on the porch and just spent time together. Jake and my dad went golfing twice.

Here are the smileys for the weekend:

1. Leaving on time.

2. Taco John's for me some potato oles and nacho cheese sauce.

3. Stopping at Crafts Direct and getting 3 new cross stitch projects for my sister's new baby that is due on November!

4. Starting one of the projects for the baby.

5. Scrapbook store shopping with my mom. Got some great new stuff!
6. Lunch out with my mom.
7. Peder's love of fishing and constantly asking Grandpa to go fishing.
8. Hanging out on the porch with my parents.
9. The girls getting all excited when they'd wake up in the morning and see Jake and me laying in bed.
10. Emmy just wanting her mommy in the middle of the night.
11. Lunch out with Jake.
12. The cuteness of the kids walking along with my mom or Jake all holding hands. Emmy insisted on holding both Jake's and Peder's hands.
13. The kids going to get treats with Grandma and bringing me back some treats of my own.
14. Buffalo Chicken pizza for my special birthday dinner
15. Cherry Dream Squares as my birthday cake. CANNOT get any better.
16. Watching the kids have fun with my parents.
17. The great fun a bubble machine can bring.
18. Cherry Dream Squares and bacon for breakfast. I'm SO spoiled.
19. Singing and dancing with the kids on the car ride home.
20. Spending time together as a family.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Getting Ready

We are getting ready to go to my parents' cabin. I made the list of things to pack and Jake has been packing. I'm SO excited to be heading up there and we'll be leaving as soon as Jake gets home from work tomorrow. I'll probably start bringing the kids outside when he gets close....yes, I'm that excited to get out of dodge! I can't even remember the last time we went somewhere for the weekend, probably last summer when we went to my parents' cabin. :) So I won't be updating my blog at all until at least Monday.

Be Happy Song of the Day: Vacation by The Go-Gos

My Smileys of the Day:

1. The girls giving each other kisses.

2. The joy a rocking unicorn can bring to a toddler.

3. Peder's new ceiling fan and how excited he is about it.

4. Jake trying to figure out the labels on our electrical box. "Is the light in his room on now? How about now? How about now?" Me, "No, but now the TV is off." was on the fuse labeled living room.

5. Peder and Mari fixing the old ceiling fan while Jake was installing the new one.

6. Peder telling Jake, "Dad leave us alone, we're trying to work here."

7. Pizza Hut's quepapas. YUM

8. Jake's appreciation for the fact that I usually do the packing

9. Jake trying to figure out the girls' outfits and what shirts went with what pants or shorts. HILARIOUS. Complete confusion!

10. My House is Worth What? I love that show.

11. Sleeping with the windows open.

12. Peder being sad that we weren't leaving for Grandpa and Grandma's tonight.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

What a Wednesday

Be Happy Song of the Day: Uptown Girl by Billy Joel

My Smileys of the Day:

1. Criminal Minds

2. Peder's reaction when he saw the Lightning McQueen/Cars ceiling fan at Menards. Since we'll be redecorating his room in a Cars theme this summer we bought it.

3. The candy aisle at Menards....reminds me of when we'd go to Menards or Fleet Farm with my dad when we were younger.

4. Lik-M-Aid Fun Dip

5. Ceiling Fans

6. How much my kids love dancing

7. Baths

8. An old stand-by for supper that is super delicious!

9. Talking my mom's ear off on the phone this evening.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Today has been a rough day. Lots of tantrums, fighting and crabbiness from all three kids. I did a lot of intervening, which means my hip is killing me. It was hard for me to enjoy things, even things that I normally really like. I'm also getting REALLY bored. There is only so much you can do from the couch. Hopefully this weekend I'll get some fun cross stitch projects to work on.

Be Happy Song of the Day: Maggie Mae by Rod Stewart

My smileys for the day:

1. Jake bringing me a Nerds Concrete Mixer from Culvers when he picked me up from book group. YUM-O!

2. Sitting outside for book group

3. Thought provoking discussions at book group

4. Getting an adult Do-Over Novel from Beth. I'm excited to read it! :)

5. "I SO love you Mommy"

6. The girls saying "Yum, Yum!" when they want more ice cream.

7. Friends. I like emailing with them, and I emailed with a couple today. Helped break up the day.

8. Starting to look forward to the weekend.

Monday, May 18, 2009

Monday, Monday

Be Happy Song of the Day: Beverly Hills by Weezer

Smileys of the day:

1. My hammock

2. Jake's understanding

3. "Mommy, I need to snuggle with you."

4. My pelvis getting realigned

5. My bedroom being rearranged (Jake did it last night, but I didn't realize it until I went up to bed last night).

6. A gorgeous evening

7. Sundresses on little girls

8. Peder finally being ok wearing shorts

9. Conversations with a 3 year old

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Quiet Time

Be Happy Song of the Day: Passinate Kisses by Mary Chapin Carpenter

Today's Smileys:

1. Sleeping in till 10:15a. I can't remember the last time I did that. Probably before the girls were born.

2. Breakfast in Bed.

3. Finally watching the Pride & Prejudice mini-series. It's 6 hours long, so there aren't many opportunities to do that. A bum hip and no kids equals an opportunity.

4. The smell of fresh cut grass.

5. Finishing my book group book.

6. Starting to read Pride & Prejudice.

7. Jake's laughter....and actually snorting once while doing it. I think I'm rubbing off on him. :)

8. Running hugs from my kiddos.

9. Peder never fully waking up when he got home.

10. Mari going to bed in Peder's bed. I'm thinking we'll have to do toddler beds soon.

Saturday, May 16, 2009


I look at my life and can't help but be happy. Everything I have done has brought me to this point in my life. The horrible decisions that I look back on with sadness and the decisions that brought me great happiness have made me who I am today. And I am happy with this person. Sometimes I still do stupid things, say the wrong thing at the wrong time or just blow it, but I know that those who love me will forgive me. And those who are going to let who I am or what I believe affect their feelings or respect for me probably aren't people I should be around anyway.

So I look around me and I see my family whom I couldn't love any more if I tried. I see a wonderful, caring, loving, hilarious husband and wonderful father. I see a little boy who is full of energy, testing his limits, handing out hugs left and right, and loves to play games. I see two girls who are learning who they are, one is shy, the other little miss independent. One with a flair for the dramatic, a love of books, a deep affection for all things stuffed and a tendency to follow the crowd. The other is one tough cookie, a HUGE risk taker, a major snuggler and a social butterfly. I helped make this family and they couldn't be more beautiful.

We may not have a ton of money, a large, beautiful house and we give up things for ourselves so our children can have more, but we are still happy. We have fun together. There is a lot of laughter in our house. Love lives here.

Be Happy Song of the Day: Say Hey (I Love You) by Michael Franti and Spearhead

Today's Smileys:

1. A Father and Son spending the afternoon together.

3. The unadultered joy of a 3 year old.

3. Spending time together as a family, even if it is just for a few minutes.

4. Mari's first ponytail.
5. Having twins.
6. Mari taking care of me and tucking me in with her stuffed animals.

7. My parents taking the kids over the night tonight so Jake has a chance to work on projects around the house tomorrow.
8. The girls waving bye to me on their way out to the van. They were all excited to go to Grandpa and Grandma's and would turn around on their way down the sidewalk and yell, "BYE MOM!" and wave to me. Way too cute.
9. Getting some quiet time today.
10. Jake picking up Pride & Prejudice from the library for me.
11. Realizing how lucky we are to want the same things and that the most important of those things is time together as a family.

Friday, May 15, 2009

Finally Friday

I had a doctor's appointment today as a follow up to my SI Joint cortisone shot. The doctor I saw was a pain management doctor and she basically said that I need to stay off my feet as much as possible, try not to limp (WAY easier said then done) and continue to try to keep my pelvis in alignment until I have my appointment with the hip specialist. If I do all of that, I should be much better by the time the shot wears off and not need any more.

Be Happy Song of the Day: Accidentally in Love by the Counting Crows

My Smileys of the day:

1. Popcorn and a movie.

2. My iPod Touch so I had something to do while I waited a half hour for my appointment this afternoon.

3. Taking a nap.

4. Cheddarwurst

5. Mari's joy at seeing that I was awake from my nap.

6. The girls petting Jesse and giving him kisses.

7. Peder's sweetness with his sisters. He gave Emmy the rest of his cookie when hers was all gone.

8. Mari reading in bed. This is what I saw when I walked into her room while Jake was changing Emmy's diaper after they had been in bed for about an hour. I asked her what she was doing and she said, "Reading the book." Very, VERY cute!

Thursday, May 14, 2009


Today was a pretty good day. I am stressing a little bit because our Chrysler dealership is one that Chrysler wants to close. This stresses me out because of some of the things we were promised when we bought the van 2 years ago, like life time free oil changes. In order to qualify for that you have to do your regular maintenance with the dealership and we've been doing it for the last 2 years. If it closes I'm going to feel a little lost and little annoyed about that.

Today's Be Happy song of the day: Rock & Roll by Eric Hutchinson

Today's Smileys:

1. A visit from Leslie. She brought us supper and hung out for awhile. I got to chat with her and the kids showered her with attention. I know we enjoyed having her and it sure seemed like she enjoyed being here. :)

2. A card in the mail saying I was being thought of and prayed for. It warmed my heart.

3. A REALLY good morning this morning. I made it until lunch time with very well controlled pain and barely limping. It was SO nice.

4. Peder's confusion over no longer having quiet time. Super cute.

5. The girls playing peek together on the couch.

6. A nice dinner that we only have to throw in the oven. Gives Jake some time to do other things since I can't do much around the house.

7. The kids wrestling with Jake and all 4 of them giggling away!

8. Getting into my scrap area for a little bit. I finished one layout and then Jake caught me overdoing it. :) He yelled up the stairs, "Meliss, are you overdoing it?" To which I responded, "Maybe...." That resulted in me being told to get back downstairs and sit on the couch. LOL....oops. :)

9. Jake making chocolate chip cookies because I said that I wanted some to celebrate National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day tomorrow. He's so sweet.

10. Naked baby butts walking into the bathroom for their bath.

11. Bath and Body Works Shower Gel

12. PartyLite candles

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Happy Birthday Mom!

I'm exhausted today. It's a good exhaustion though, because we went up to my parents' house to celebrate my mom's birthday. We weren't there for long, but everyone seemed to have a good time and we got a good meal out of the deal.

Today's Be Happy Song of the Day: Happy Girl by Martina McBride

Today's smileys:

1. Jake working from home and changing all the diapers for me. One less thing to put stress on my hip.

2. My mom's birthday and the fact that we were able to make it up there this time.

3. Megan's "Windows Down" playlist. We started listening to it on our trip to and from my parents'. I say started because it's 6 CDs long and we got through 1 and a half.

4. Seeing my sister and Randy one last time before they move to Pennsylvania.

5. A surprise phone call that a friend is bringing us dinner for tomorrow night. Two nights in a row of not having to cook....Jake's getting a much deserved break!

6. The fact that Peder asks me to sing Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star to him every night before he goes to sleep. I get a big hug from him the whole time. It's very sweet.

7. The shocked and worried look on Mari's face when Grandpa knocked over the row of dominoes. Then the excitement when she realized that it was supposed to happen!

8. Peder loving being at my parents' house so much that he doesn't want to leave.

9. My little beggar children going from adult to adult asking for bites of their strawberry pie.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Let's Be Honest

Ok, let's be honest. This pain is turning me into a crab. I'm struggling to find things to smile about and am having mini breakdowns on a regular basis. I'm feeling a bit defeated and discouraged. Add to that the fact that today has been the most painful day I've had since my cortisone shot kicked in and it makes for emotional frailty and fast tears. This isn't easy. I am FORCING myself to find things to smile about and am hoping that by continuing to do so my mood will be lifted. So there, an honest assessment of how I'm doing. Now for the the things that make me smile.

My Be Happy song of the day: Boys with Girlfriends by Meiko

My Smileys of the day:

1. Insight from book club that brings peace with it.

2. My book group friends. A lot of us arrived crabby and we were still able to laugh a lot.

3. Brownies

4. Sudoku to take my mind off the pain

5. Discovering there are adult versions of the choose your own story books of our youth.

6. The kids playing with their baby dolls.

7. Taking a nap.

8. Friends who listen.

9. Bedtime hugs and kisses

10. Watching The Biggest Loser with Jake

Monday, May 11, 2009

I'm such a cliche

As in, I hate Mondays. The kids are sad that Daddy is back at work. It's difficult to get back into our routine...even if we don't have much of a routine left right now. We're all exhausted from the weekend and everyone seems to be just a bit crabby, including me.

My Be Happy song of the day: "Stupid Boy" by the Gear Daddies

My smileys for today:

1. Friends to vent with and to.

2. My mom. She's really nice and we rarely ever fight.

3. Jake bringing home Reese's peanut butter cup miniatures and Twizzlers for comfort food for me.

4. Mari's deep need for her Mommy today. We spent a lot of time snuggling and talking.

5. Peder comforting me today during a difficult time with pain, he truly is the sweetest boy. "Mommy, do you need a hug?"

6. My Be Happy song list and all the suggestions I've gotten for it!

7. Emmy's bravery with the vacuum and her excitement over it.

8. Scented body lotion, it makes me feel partially human.

9. One Minute Hand Scrub from Bath & Body Works, it's amazing what it can do for your hands!

10. Thoughts from my book group book.

11. Brothers and Sisters that love hanging out together (Jake took this picture while I was trying to nap on the couch. All three kids sitting in the front door looking at our front porch).

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Happy Mother's Day

Today has been a painful day. I was able to make it to church, even though it was a difficult thing to sit for that hour and I eventually stopped standing up to sing, it was nice to get there. I've been wanting to go, but have been unable to. I spent the rest of the day on the couch, but it was worth it.

Things that made me smile today:

1. All three kids laying on the air mattress with me after breakfast this morning.

2. The look on Megan's face when the projector at church went into stand by mode. I had to contain my laughter. :)

3. Downloading new songs to my iPod Touch. I love that thing. Right now I'm trying to only do HAPPY, upbeat songs. Suggestions are more then welcome, especially if you have a song that you hear that ALWAYS gets you smiling or dancing.

4. Mari's great love of shoes.

5. Emmy's great love of hats.

6. Peder helping his sister up when she fell over. He's a sweet big brother.

7. A delicious Mother's Day dinner. Chicken, cheesy potatoes and corn. YUM-O!

8. Playing catch with Emmy today and her bubbling giggles.

9. Our church praying for my hip and the offers of help.

10. The "train" making it's way through our house. Mari is the engine, Jake and Emmy are the passenger cars and Peder is the caboose. Very cute.

11. A sweet husband.

12. Being a Mommy.

Saturday, May 09, 2009

Ups and Downs

Today has been a difficult day because I've been dealing with a lot of pain. But I still have wonderful moments of happiness. I have really been appreciating my bright spots lately and am SO in love with my family, it's probably a bit nauseating for everyone else to listen to!

Today's smileys:

1. "Say Hey (I love you)" by Michael Franti and Spearhead. Seriously, this song makes us all dance....even if it means moving my arms around like Mari and Emmy because I can't get up to do it.

2. Peder picked out Madagascar 2 to give to me for Mother's Day. It's cute and hilarious all at once. We will be watching it tonight at our slumber party.

3. Our annual Mother's Day slumber party. Peder and I started the tradition last year and will be continuing it tonight. Next year the girls will be old enough to join us. We have so much fun watching movies, eating popcorn and snuggling on the air mattress.

4. I got an iPod Touch for Mother's Day. I LOVE IT! Seriously, it's SO nice. I will now have something small to keep in my purse for scheduling all of our appointments. Plus it has an address book, internet accessible through any wi-fi, email, weather and I added a lists application. SO COOL!

5. Chipotle for lunch. YUM-O!

6. I got my mom's birthday present today and I think she is going to LOVE it.

7. Reese's Peanut Butter Cups. I've had discussions about the addictive properties of the minis. I think it applies to all chocolate and peanut butter cup sizes. I CRAVE them, constantly.

8. Cheeseburgers off the grill for supper. (Huh, just realized a lot of my smileys today have to do with food. LOL....I find that SO typical.)

9. Lidocaine Patches. I know I've said it before, but it bears repeating today. Necessary and helpful.

Friday, May 08, 2009

Fabulous Friday

My Fabulous Friday Smileys:

1. My parents came to visit and the kids were SO happy. Stampedes to the doorway. Mari adoring Grandma. Emmy pushing Grandma out of the way to get to Grandpa. Peder talking their ears off. And cute new jammies and outfits for all 3 kids.

2. Free HBO all weekend on DirecTV. Time to load up the DVR for rainy nights this summer!

3. I called my new doctor's office this morning to check for cancellations and my appointment is now scheduled for July 2nd....3 WEEKS EARLIER! Yes, I will be calling again next week, but I was SO excited by that news this morning that if I could have I would have done a happy dance! WA-HOO!

4. Sleeping in bed again last night and being able to cuddle with Jake. We both missed it! It took awhile to get comfortable enough to sleep (it took an ice pack on the hip for that to happen), but I slept much better last night then I had been on the couch.

5. Hearing Mari yell, "EMMY!" while they are supposed to be napping.

6. Grey's Anatomy. I LOVE THIS SHOW! And I am really liking Carev.

7. Peder pulling Mari around the house in the wagon.

8. The girls waving bye-bye to me as they walk into another room....or two feet from me....then two more feet....etc.

9. Peder eating a water chestnut at supper and doing the typical "kid eating something they think is disgusting" facial expressions and gagging.

10. Emmy giving Mari hugs.

11. That 70's Show. Always makes me smile.

12. Jake's Mickey Mouse voice

Thursday, May 07, 2009

Keeping it up

So I've decided to keep up the power of positive thinking. This is something we discussed at book group this week and I'm implementing it to make it through the pain and my days. Biggest thing: I'm going to think positively about their being a cancellation at the doctor's office so I can get in before July 22nd. Let's go positive thinking!

My smiley moments for the day:

1. Waking up in the middle of the night to Peder crawling onto the couch next to me to snuggle. This morning he told me he had a bad dream and told me he was happy I was on the couch to snuggle with.

2. Waking up in the middle of the night to Jake snuggled up next to me on the couch. He came downstairs to go to the bathroom and told me he missed me and wanted to cuddle for a bit. (Can you tell I have very sweet men in my life?)

3. Getting the pictures I ordered in the mail. 630 pictures for Peder's scrapbooks. I am now caught up on printing out pictures for Emmy and Peder through December 2008. Now to get started on printing off some more Mari pictures!

4. Having Savory Chicken (formerly Egg Noodle Chicken) by Kraft for lunch. It's a childhood favorite of mine, kind of a comfort food, and the kids LOVED it. Now Jake is the only one in the house that doesn't like it. Good thing we have lunches without daddy 4 days a week.

5. Being able to hang outside with the kids, even if I only observed from my hammock (and had to be helped getting into and out of it, etc.).

6. Getting lots of love and affection from all my kiddos during random "pauses" in play time.

Mari was my biggest snuggler today. She threw an absolute fit when she couldn't get into the hammock right away.

The girls.....I love getting lots of love!
Mari being so cute.
7. Peder's never ending energy...and the lovely outfit he picked out by himself today.

8. Emmy's crazy hair. Her hair is ALWAYS a mess, even when it's combed.
9. Eating supper outside.
10. Overheard conversations with a 3 year old. Peder's quote of the day, "Daddy, is my poop swimming?" Sorry if that offends some of you, but I thought it was HILARIOUS! I'm still laughing about it and that's why it HAD to be on my list today.

Wednesday, May 06, 2009

Positive Thinking

I've been really crabby and down in the dumps lately because of the pain I've had over the last 3 weeks. Although the 2 cortisone shots I had have helped, I continue to be in enough pain that I spend almost 24 hours a day on the couch. I even change the girls' diapers there so I don't have to get on the floor. The good news is that it sounds like it is a cam lesion that is causing all of this and that it can most likely be surgically repaired. The bad news is that I have to wait until July 22nd to see the only surgeon in the area that does this kind of procedure arthroscopically. Major bummer, but at least we have the next step in place.

So because of the grumpiness, I've decided to make a list of things that made me smile today:

1. Emmy asking for a high five after every kiss she gave me....even if she just blew me one.
2. Sonic ice cream treats to help with the heart burn this pain med is causing me....and a husband who will go get them for me at 9:30 at night.
3. A husband who will was my hair for me when I can't do it on my own.
4. Every single one of my kids wanting to cuddle with me after their baths. Every time the kids take a bath, I get a ton of snuggle time from little cuties wrapped in towels.
5. Finding new things to fill my time.
6. Watching a couple of interesting/good movies today
7. Pizza delivery
8. Lidocaine patches
9. Seeing other people very happy with their lives. Lots of my friends seem to be bubbling with joy and it's nice to have that bubble over to me.
10. Tri Towers Solitaire on Facebook....addicting

So there ya go....some good things going on during a bad situation. I've become a lot more appreciative of those joys!