Monday, September 29, 2008
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
the new invention... I think the girls think it is allot better then Libby does!
the girls and I have had a great day... Lord knows that we needed it after World War III last night. Why is it that some days everyone is just NAUGHTY? In turn them being naughty makes me naughty!! Jed is gone for 3 days on business. It never fails that bedtimes are everything but pleasant when he is gone. I know that allot of it is because my patience is at a low point at 5 PM when the "witching hours", as I call them begin. You that are mothers know exactly what I am talking about. The point at which if one more person whines, begs, looks crossed eyed, talks back, or says " I am hungry" or " I need..." one more time you will burst.... And wouldn't you know that is the point that my dear husband comes home everyday.. ( love you Jed and am sorry for everything that you endure with me!) I feel like I am patient, or at least start the day out that way.... by the hour I feel the storm coming. Well last night IKE blew over the Smith home. And there was devastation! I will not go into to many details, I will just tell you that it was ugly. The most disobedient, fearless, bull headed children resided here last night. And you know the part that makes me the most annoyed? When those kiddos who want me to be at their beckon call all day all of the sudden start crying out for their dad. Forget the last 12 hours of sacrifice... It just a bunch of blubbering " I want my daddddy...." Gross. So do I ... but guess what YOU GOT ME TONIGHT!
So the storm raged for a few hours... I prayed many times for a calm spirit.. Still not sure if i got it or not. So after all had settled down, kids where separated and in different room I came into the girls room where Madison was in bed. She was on top of her covers and asked why it was so hot in our house. "because you and Olivia had been so disobedient and disrespectful that I closed the windows so that the neighbors would not call the police if they heard you screaming." I am sure that this is NOT what I should have said, but you know what, I felt she needed the truth. I closed the windows because I was sure the authorities would arrive any minute.... if I did not muffle the awful noise. They would come to rescue the two horribly underprivileged, out of control yelling monsters that were being treated so unfair by their mother. I mean really.. what other mom in the world actually makes her kids clean their room and brush their teeth. I know.... I am MEAN! I should ask the Kindergarten teacher what she was told this morning!!
So all of that to say LORD KNEW we needed a better day today! I am so thankful that today after the first session of the new bible study I am in, I was assured that I was just like all of the other exhausted mother and wife's out there. We all have days that we want to throw in the towel and go somewhere..anywhere really..as long as there is no kids or men! Somewhere where there are no windows to be closed, unless you are cold! the study that we are doing is called Feminine Appeal and I can tell it is going to be great! So after bible study I picked up Madison from school and my patience was at a high! I was willing and ready to serve my dear children and we had a great day. I read, they played...nicely! I am so thankful that usually these rough days are not strung together. they come in small doses to remind us just what we did to our parents. After I had cleaned up all evidence of the storm last night I was heading to bed and found both girls in Maddie's bed. They do love each other. And I DO love them. I thanked God for the precious blessing of SLEEPING children and kissed them both goodnight.
God bless all mothers in the world!
Monday, September 22, 2008
Sunday, September 21, 2008
The happy family
checking out my sweet niece
In her daddy's arms
The girls LOVE!!! her!!
crazy head of hair!!
I think we are all ready for number 3 now!!
Aunt Nikki with the little peanut!
Thursday, September 18, 2008
the new injury... a blasted nose, hip and toe from a face plant on the way to the homecoming parade. there was a puddle of blood on the street for all to see!
Another present arrived from the nurse Liz at CCHMC. Can you believe it?? and then another from Maggie, the director of the Cincinnati Champions Program
sorry that I have been so behind on blogging. It has been a busy couple of weeks. I was able to go to Minneapolis for Arbonne last week and had a great time there with several of the girls on my team. It was a good 3 days away and helped me to really get back on target with my business after a crazy summer! I was invited by Tory Brandt, my National Vice President to a cocktail party for all of the NVPs. It was a great privilege. The highlight for me was having a great conversation with our dear president Rita Davenport...(John Cruse...be expecting a call or email soon! she has you pegged... she totally remembered you!)
Otherwise life is still the same here. We have been busy with Madison being in school 5 days a week. She is loving school and is doing really well. We have not had any accidents at school so the Lord has really been watching over her. We have had a few accidents a week so hopefully that will start to slow down as well. Dr. Levitt checked in yesterday to see how the party was and how Madison is doing. he said that he is so thrilled that she is off all the ex lax and still really believes that soon the sensation will come back to her. He is always very positive about where he thinks she will end up. So we will keep working with her and pray that Dr. Levitt is right!
Olivia is a character. She keeps me on my toes...we have a great time together in the mornings when Madison is at school. It is a great opportunity to be with her alone. She is very busy and has an imagination like no ones business.
Jed and I started Power 90 2 weeks ago and are getting up early everyday to exercises and are following a strict eating plan. Jed and I both lost 7 pounds the first week!!! WOOHOO.... We will keep you posted on our progress.... it is so much easier doing this together. Usually when I diet Jed walks around with bowls of ice cream bigger then his head... a real encouragement to the dieting wife! The last 3 years we have watched the biggest loser.... while eating ice cream. You know that show makes you feel pretty good about the measly 20 pounds you need to lose...until the finale. There we sit with bowls of ice cream and the harsh reality hits as the winners come busting through the paper looking way better then us! So this year we will be losing along with the participants...drinking water and eating bok choy!
So there is a quick update on what is happening here..... o yeah and I will post a picture of Madison latest injury!!! So sad the way she is always banged and bruised!
Monday, September 8, 2008
Hospital Bingo... one of Madison's favorite activities at CCHMC
The cake... I slaved away but loved the way it turned out. Madison was so excited!!
six years old...... sign, moan, sob..... my sweet baby has been through so much in her short life. But man o man is she a trooper... and doesn't she look so good!?
Love you sweet girl and am so proud of you!