Shabby Miss Jenn

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Jedi Princess

This just cracks me up. My little Jedi princess throwing the force at me. Can you tell she is well versed in all things Star Wars?

May the force be with you!

My Little Beauty

Yes, I know I am biased, but this girl is striking to me. She is fiesty but sweet. She is sweet and tart. She is laid back but intense. She is all about paradox! She is two sides to the same coin.

Mommy loves you sweet girl. Thanks for being my model.

Time Gets Away

OK, so was it really August last time I posted to the blog?? What in the world? What happened? Let me think....

Well, school started which means the rat race started:
Get the kids to school.
Get the kids home from school- some early, some later. Feed kids meals- ALL meals. Why won't mine buy lunch at school once in a while???

Monday-Do the back and forth thing of having kiddos at multiple schools. Leave, come home, leave, come home, leave, come home. You get the picture. Take Liza to dance. Do homework at dance with the older ones.
Cook, eat, clean up, baths, bedtime stories.

Tuesday- All the same stuff, but throw in soccer practice for one and football practice for another. And oh yeah, feed the kids dinner and get them out the door BY 5PM to make it to said practices. Get home, get them showered and in bed fast!

Wednesday- All the usual stuff but let mommy go to Bible study while all but one of the kids are at school. I know it is horrible, but some days I feel like I need to skip Bible study to get my life in order. Large chunks of time, which I rarely get, need to be productive chunks of time. Yes, I actually argue with myself about what I actually mean by productive. What is more productive than studying God's word?? Bad as it is sometimes lose sight of what is REALLY important. That ever happen to you?

Thursday- Ohhh- worst day of the week- All the back and forth, same schedule as Tuesday with two practices, but throw in mommy preparing for and leading her Weight Watcher group. The hours between 3:00 and 5:00 are a nightmare- snacks, homework, changing into uniforms, trying to get a meal in the kids, mommy changing, children grouchy from the end of the week grumpies... Ahhhh- definite Calgon moments on Thursdays!

But lastly Fridays- nowhere special to go after school. Complete let loose time :-) I LOVE Fridays !!!

Needless to say, as you can probably tell from my lack of posting, getting things under control around here has not been easy. I'm not complaining. I love my big family. I constantly struggle with remembering what is important though. I mean really important. You know, I never got around to planting my flowers this past spring. Our front flower beds had no color all summer. Well, I take that back. They had a little green color from the weeds that sprang up every now and then. But, you know what? It didn't matter. Not a single one of my friends asked about the flowers, or lack of them. No one in the family even wondered why there were no pretty flowers this year. It was only me that every once and a while felt bad that there was something I just didn't do.

It has taken me a while to clue into the fact that I can't do all the same things that I did when I didn't have kids, or that I did when I had one or two kids. I have four kids! What made me think that I could add more sweet kiddos to the mix but still keep all the same "balls" in the air.

So, I am adjusting. Figuring out what to do, what to let go of and what not to worry about anymore. Is it easy? No. Would I have it any other way? Nope.

Now, lest you think I would post without pictures let me share some of my little cutie pie who is now one!

The image above is my little one right after she pulled the baby monitor off of my nightstand. She thought the antenna looked appetizing. She was gazing up at her big sister who was tattling on her :-)

That hair and those eyes! Ahh, my sweet little angel girl.

You know, I am such a believer in the fact that images don't have to be technically perfect to tell or show you something about someone. This picture speaks loudly about my sweet girl. See how she is right up in the camera? That's her! My super inquisitive, make a mess, get into everything last baby. I never knew what real baby proofing was about until this one came along!

And finally, my little L sat still for a moment.

OK, so that is all for this random post. I will get back to my blog. It has been my family scrapbook/journal for over a year now. I don't want my journal to have "holes" in it! But, as I remember from my Courage to Teach groups, fires need space between the logs so that they can burn stronger. I have had my time away from the blog and will come back to it ready for newer, better things. Promise!