Tuesday, January 10, 2012

I started teaching again tonight!!!!! I was so excited! And my voice is killing me-ha!!!! I didn't realize how much talking I usually do on the first night with going over the syllabus and answering the 1 million questions that are inevitable. Two of my students are brand new to the program, so bless their hearts, they have questions they don't even know about yet-ha!

Don't you just love that little smile...such a sweet boy! He is getting ready to go on a jog with Matthew. Matthew is training for a marathon with our friends Michael and Josh. They are crazy. I am always amazed at matthew's athleticism! I don't know why because I know he is very athletic, but EVERY SINGLE TIME he does something requiring some "skilz", he delivers. Yeah, I know, you're jealous. I'm really hoping that our kids get a good ratio of his Athletic genes to my drama genes (my high school extra curricular).

Rives has not eaten in the middle of the night the past two nights-woo hoo! While I really do not mind getting up with him at night (most of the time) I was getting a little bit frustrated because he is at least 18 pounds and, when he was eating, it was mostly just to soothe him back to sleep. So, when he has woken up the past two nights, I have gone in a made sure he had his paci and then have exited the room...to much crying. Kind of breaks my heart, but I am TIRED! He usually quiets down in about 10 minutes and then sleeps until 6am...see, he doesn't need to eat! I'm hoping there will just be a few more nights (fingers crossed, maybe zero!) of him waking and crying before he realizes that I mean business.

Nora is doing such a good job with her reading! I am so proud of her! She is such a perfectionist and that makes me sad. I hate when she is hard on herself and when she doubts herself and her abilities. I feel like I need to do a better job of building her up and all that. Sigh. Never ending guilt! She is such good girl! We have been dealing with some very human things lately. The thing that comes to my mind immediately is "lying". They have been very insignificant lies in the grand scheme of things, but a lie is a lie!!!! I've had some good advice with how to deal with the lying. I am so prayerful that her sweet heart is convicted and she realizes how hurtful and destructive lying can be. She is a precious girl and is loves to be loved.

She is also a budding party planner! Her sixth birthday is February 23 and she has been planning her party since November!!!!! She has a cardboard box, that she keeps in the hall closet, with all of her plans and invitation lists and decorating ideas. She looks in it and adds stuff to it about once a week. Now that we have entered 2012, the party talk and planning has really stepped up a notch. She will frequently get in the car after school and the first words out of her mouth have to do with another idea. I'm starting to get a little nervous that I might not deliver her dreams!!! She made another list of people to invite last night. This time it was a list of the adults. (yes, we know her numbers are backwards and reversed...developmental people.). Look at the left side of the picture and then at the close up on the right side. She didn't want anyone to be left out!

Sweet girl!Elyn is still as fun as ever! She is such a good big sister to Rives (and so is Nora, Elyn is just around him more and I am able to witness more one-on-one time between the two of them). Rives has started crawling backwards and it is hilarious to me when Elyn gets on the floor beside him and starts talking to him and crawling backwards with him. She'll reposition him if he gets in a bind too. So sweet!!! She really wants to go jogging with Matthew, i bet she would make it pretty far too.

She is still super particular about what she will wear each day and it drives me nuts-haha! There are so many cute dresses hanging in her closet but she would rather wear jeans tucked into boots over anything else. Hmmmmm, perhaps she has seen mommy wear that same thing a lot recently. Maybe if I wore more cute dresses she would too. She is her own person and nothing I can say will change that...I am so very thankful for that character trait (even if it does make me want to pull my hair out DAILY).

I look at our three kids and CANNOT BELIEVE that we have them! I am exhausted at the end of the day. My house is a wreck at the end of every day. I can either play with my kids, let them play with their toys, have conversations with them while I cook and enjoy my family OR I can make sure everything is constantly picked up. I choose the first one. Now, do I flip out about every six days at the state of our house? absolutely. It's a favorite of Matthew and the kids, I'm sure-ha! But I try to have the girls pick up their toys before they go to bed and after they are in bed, I will try and pick up the rest of the stuff that has somehow scattered all over the house. I swear little gremlins come in during the day and make the stuff multiply. And then nights like tonight, I sit on the couch and Matthew picks up everything. I over nights like that!We're supposed to have a dusting of snow this week...yea! But then it's going to get warmer next week-boo! I am excited for at least one or two good snow days!!!!-Dallas

Location:Back to normal, I think


TeamBortzfield said...

good job Dallas, I hadn't thought of my outfit choices influencing Chloes but I think you are absolutely right!

Verna said...

I love knowing that I am not the only one with a wreck of a house all week long. The kids do their chores halfheartedly. But you are right, time with them is more important than a clean house all the time. Thanks for keeping it real. :)

April said...

So glad you are back!! I am know exactly how you feel about trying to keep the house in order, but you just have to do what you have to do and that is be the best parent you can...looks like you are doing a great job at that.

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