Thursday, November 06, 2014

Break for walk with my two year old and dog

I'm not good at taking breaks, but today the little one cried when I tried to send her off with husband to pick up the others from school.  I looked around and it was such a pretty day, possibly the last for awhile since it's expected to dip into the 30's tonight.  So I pulled her out of the car seat and suggested a walk. 

We've gotten very lazy since moving to Maryland.  We used to walk Chopper around the pond in Florida because we had to keep him on a leash in condo common areas and it was the only way to get through his bathroom breaks.  Now we just let him run into the fenced in backyard and come back when he's done.  So when I mentioned walk to him, he quite nearly did a summersault for joy!

Violette was determined to hold the leash and this brought back fond memories of when her equally determined sister would do this in FL. 

Off we went, crunching through the leaves.  Chopper would stop to smell something and Vi would screech "chopper, CHOPPER, WALK!". 

Such a pretty day.  I'm glad we took a little break, even if it meant extending my work hours beyond 6pm to finish up.

Monday, November 03, 2014

Sam's first day of pre-school

Sam turned 4 in August, but we waited to enroll him in pre-school so he could spend a month in Texas with his grandparents.  It gave little sister Vi a month to get used to him not being around every day. 

So far he's enjoying the new schedule but he seemed so tired at the end of the day.  I go back and forth about wanting to keep him home longer and knowing the timing is perfect.  Our forth baby will be here around mid-January 2015 so it's important to get routines established before she arrives.  So off goes my 2nd child, to school, for the next 20 or so years! 

Saturday, November 01, 2014

Halloween 2014

We really need to rethink our Halloween costume strategy.  Myself and husband are artists yet we went out and bought 2 out of 3 costumes and spent way too much money.  Next year all costumes WILL be homemade!  Especially since we will have 4 kids by that time!!

Charlotte Indian - 6 years old

Sam Ghost - 4 years old - but shortly after this photo he decided he hated the costume so we had to switch to a backup cowboy outfit.  Our neighborhood thought it was a hoot to have a Cowboy and Indian together!  No more costumes over the head for this boy!  We had trouble last year with his robot costume for the same reason, he can't stand anything touching his face. 

Violette Butterfly - 2 years old (she removed the wings before the photo shoot, I was just glad to get her standing still long enough for a photo!)

By the time we got Sam redressed in the Cowboy outfit, light was almost gone.

So after trick or treating we did a few more photos inside.

We had less trick or treaters this year.  I guess next year I'll only buy one bag of candy! 

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Orange Mushrooms

These orange mushrooms fascinate me.  Last year they popped up on 10/4/13 and this year I took photos on 10/13/14 but they had already been there for about a week.  I just find it so interesting that they have held the same schedule for two years straight!

Last year I made a photo montage in Photoshop of our family sitting under the mushrooms and it's one of my favorites.  I'm by no means an expert in Photoshop but I love to play!

Here's a photo of this year's orange mushrooms:

Three days later it rained and they got bigger and flatter!

I think that this one is perfect for an updated family photo under the mushrooms.  Now I just need to get a good shot of us on a bench like last year, or maybe on a rock or something outside.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Just because I'm pregnant and work from home doesn't mean I get to slack off!

But at least I can squeeze in a few more fun things when I work from home! 

Wake at 8am
Yoga 20 minutes
Prepare breakfast for self and two year old
Read news whilst eating breakfast and two year old watches movies
Work from 9-11:30 then get shower, take photos of cute orange mushrooms in the front yard
Eat lunch
Work from 12:30 - 3:15, stop and go get daughter from 1st grade
Decide we all need a nice snack, stop at Panera and get full sandwich, chocolate croissant and mocha, let girls get whatever treat they want, everyone should benefit from moma's pregnancy!
Home at 4:30, work until 6:30, make girls dinner, still too full from "snack" so go back to work until 8pm.  Spend 15 minutes with girls then work until 9:00 when back hurts so bad I can't see how I could possibly sit for another minute.
Yoga for 20 minutes.
Make snack/dinner
Get call from Hong Kong office at 9:30, go back to work until 11pm.

Well, at least I did yoga twice and had a nice afternoon break with the girls!

Thursday, October 09, 2014

When did Prayer become such a big deal?

I asked myself this question last night during our church's Wednesday prayer meeting.  I asked because prayer is now a very big deal to me at this point in my life, but when I was a kid, sitting through these long prayer meetings were pure torture.  Sorry mom, but I dreaded the long prayer meetings.  I'd bring a full bag of entertainment and draw or read. 

As a child I'm sure I had needs, but mom and dad took care of the prayers so I only participated as required.  As a teenager, I got so distracted with high school and pressures within that it simply didn't occur to me to pray for my problems there.  Was God going to stop the bullies from pestering me?  It just didn't register.  In college, I was fearless, although I probably could have been a little more cautious.  I think at that time it was my mom's continued prayers that probably kept me safe. 

As an adult, with real problems, I find I can't pray enough.  Every day I hear something about a friend or family member that makes me want to intercede on their behalf.  You see, it's no longer about myself - I have three kids, 4th on the way and deeper relationships with people.  There are major things happening in the world affecting our futures.  There are major illnesses affecting friends and family.  And the one thing I can do is pray on behalf of everything that bothers me.  When I wake up at night, the first friend I think of get's prayed over for something.  At this point I even have atheists friends calling and asking for prayer because they know I'm good for it.  I have a simple faith but with my simple faith I've seen prayer work and that gives me the confidence to keep going.  I actually enjoy these prayer meetings now and I even speak out with thanksgiving when prayers are answered.  I guess I've finally matured as a Christian.

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

Hello Cool Spider

Husband found this on our kids art table so please pardon the splashy background.  We thought this was a pretty cool spider.