Saturday, June 30, 2012

Day 927: Can Wii Play?

After some negative experiences with other people's video gaming issues, I vowed that we would never own a gaming system in our home.

Then I brought Darling A home from the hospital and saw that my kids clearly need something they can do to stay active while it's super hot outside and I can't take them places.

And I realized that it's basically like we already have one with how much time the spend playing games on HH's phone.

So, HH kindly did the groundwork of researching what exactly we wanted and then purchasing it all.

And today, our Wii arrived on our doorstep.

While it was fun to watch the kids play (minus a few tantrums by perfectionist Sweet P), my true Joyful Moment came in playing it tonight with HH.  I laughed harder and more freely than I have in possibly months.  It felt really good.

And it didn't hurt that I beat him in fencing, canoeing, and frisbee.  He won the bowling.

It was fun just to let loose and have fun for once.  That is something I've felt over the past couple of weeks would never ever come back.

Thanks, HH, for being fun.

Wishing you all Joyful Moments that are just fun!

Friday, June 29, 2012

Day 926: Aftermath

Last night was definitely good for me.

I felt much better for most of today.  Almost like a normal person.

But, there were still those moments.

Fortunately, there were Joyful Moments as well.

Like cuddling and snuggling with my Darling A.  I don't include it as much as I ought to, but those are Joyful Moments every day (and night)!  She is so sweet and precious and I feel overwhelmingly blessed to be her mama.  She's just so cute!

It was also a Joyful Moment to watch my picky eater Little M gobble up tonight's dinner (even though it ended up being a recipe I don't particularly love!).  That's always appreciated.

Wishing you all Joyful Moments among those other moments!

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Day 925: Magic Dishwasher

My mama left early this morning.

This is the day I've been having anxiety about ever since bringing Darling A home from the hospital.  Fortunately, HH decided early on to just work from home for the next couple of days as we make the transition.

He does a pretty good job of filling in like my mom did.  But, I'm pretty sure we both miss those hands that magically took care of all the dishes and folded all the laundry.

His ability to do that was definitely a source for Joyful Moments.  And today went okay.  Some meltdowns from Baby B, but not as bad as some other days.

No photos from today, but here's one my mom took last night of my little escape artist trying to get her arms free from her swaddle blanket.

We had a Joyful Moment at her check up this morning when I learned that she's gained nearly a pound in the last 8 days, now weighing in at 8 lbs. 4 oz.  I don't want her to grow too quickly, but it's always nice to know that she's thriving well.

The truth is, I'm learning to come to terms with my feelings about her growing up.  She's our last one, so I've felt this sort of desperation to keep her small and tiny.  But, I realized today that if I get so sad about each growth and milestone she achieves, then I might as well miss her growing up because I'll not be enjoying it.  And really, that's all I can do, since she's going to grow whether I want her to, or not.

Today's Joyful Moment would be going out to dinner with my friends.  It was something I really struggled to do.  HH pretty much had to force me out the door.  And when I pulled up to the restaurant, it took all I had to force myself to blink back the tears and the panic rising and make myself walk inside.  I don't really want to see people I know right now because it's kind of hard to act like a normal person and not reveal just how very much I'm struggling.

But, I also knew that is what would help me the most.

So, I gathered up all my strength and did it.

It was hard not to keep checking the time and fighting the urge to leave early, but I did it.  I stayed.  I even retold my birthing story.  And then, I went home.  And I felt better.  Completely drained, but better.

I may rise out of this black hole yet.

Wishing you all Joyful Moments that are hard, but worth it--and an HH to force you to do what's best!

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Day 924: Noises

My mom kept saying that Darling A is a noisier baby than most.  At first, I didn't agree.  But, as time has passed, I do.

I've tried to upload a video my mom took today, but Blogger is being Blogger and won't do it.

And words cannot describe the funny sounds she makes.  But it's been a Joyful Moment all day giggling over them.  She makes almost all of them in her sleep and it's just so funny!

Sorry, you don't get hear.

My other, serious, Joyful Moment today was when HH and Sweet P arrived home this afternoon.  It was Sweet P's third annual surgery to replace the medical implant in her arm treating a health condition.  It was a much smaller deal this year since she wasn't also having a tonsiladenectomy and sinus irrigation like last year.  But, being a mama, I still worry.

She walked in all smiles (she got to watch Return of the Jedi while waiting for the seriously behind surgeon) and hasn't missed a beat since.

Here is a cute photo of a happy Sweet P my mom took tonight.

And then another Joyful Moment was having my mom get to tuck the kids in to bed one last time (they love her silly songs!) when her flight got delayed until the morning.
Wishing you all noisy Joyful Moments!

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Day 923: A Bit Too Busy

We did stuff today.  And it was kind of too much.

It's amazing what a production it is to get anywhere.

We had Little M's violin lesson this morning (which we were late to) and then went straight to the Children's Museum.  There were Joyful Moments to be had there.  Especially watching the kids play in the newly improved water exhibit.  And it was so nice to have my mom there to help me keep track of everyone.  But, of course, the kids were disappointed that we couldn't stay longer.  It's hard working around so many schedules now!

And then tonight, after taekwondo, we took the kids fishing.

I should really say, HH took the kids fishing.  My mom was able to help a bit, as far as keeping track of everyone, but HH was really the only one who got each pole ready, helped catch and release each fish (4 or 5 total!), and then start the whole process over again.

I was sitting some distance away with Darling A.  Partly to keep her safe and partly because they were fishing in a bunch of rocks and there was nowhere for me to safely set up a chair.

A fun (albeit hot) family outing.  But, quite possibly the last one of its kind for a while.  We couldn't have done this without Grandma!

Wishing you all Joyful Moments that are more than enough, but not too much!

Monday, June 25, 2012

Day 922: Task Master

Today I woke up with a furious bee in my bonnet to get the house clean.

Lucky for me, I had a lot of help.  My mom did most of the major (and icky) cleaning, like the bathrooms.  Sweet P vacuumed almost the entire upstairs--until she tried to vacuum up a plastic bag and broke the  belt.  And Little M mopped the kitchen.

And I can't tell you what a Joyful Moment having the house in order again was.  Of course, Baby B seems bent on destroying it all, so I know it won't last.  But, it's still nice for today.

Tasting this yummy pasta dish my mom helped me make was another Joyful Moment!

Wishing you all Joyful Moments that make you feel better at least for today!

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Day 921: And More Photos

Today was still rough as a carry over from yesterday, but it had its definite good moments.

Like when Baby B woke up from his nap and I was able to just snuggle with him for a while and then read him a book.  It was great to do something so normal.  And I'm really cherishing the chance to do things one on one with each of my kids.  They seem to love it, too.

We finally did a photo shoot with the kids.  I've been wanting to pretty much since Darling A was born, but it was so hard to find a time that would work for everyone.  So, tonight we just made it happen.

It was completely disastrous.  Baby B and my camera were both on strike and I about lost it.  Fifty times over.

But HH made some magic, as only he can do, and were able to get a few decent photos.  Not what I'd envisioned.  But photos I can be happy with.  This was one of the best.

You can't see the cute shirt that says "Little Sisters Rock" on Darling A.  It's cute.

Wishing you all Joyful Moments that are only magical and not at all disastrous!

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Day 920: Overdone

Today I definitely over did it.

I broke down physically, emotionally, and maybe a little bit mentally too.

But before that, while I was in the process of over doing, I had a really great Joyful Moment washing the car with Little M.  It was just the two of us because Sweet P was at a birthday party and the youngest two were napping.  And it was so great to just play and have fun with my Little M.  Things have been a bit tense between us the last few weeks as my patience has been low and he has been really pushing the limit--bad combination.

Washing the car together was like a gift.  And totally worth overdoing things.

Wishing you all Joyful Moments that only overdo things in a good way!

Friday, June 22, 2012

Day 919: What The Kale?

My neighbor gave us some kale starts before we even planted our garden.  Eventually, they made it to our garden and then flourished like crazy.

I should have taken a picture.  But they are basically overshadowing the rest of the garden.  Literally.  So, today we cut down a bunch and made kale chips.

This is how they went over with the kids.  They ate three bowls full.  We're talking that large pyrex bowl at the bottom of the picture there.

Watching my kids devour a veggie like it was candy was definitely a Joyful Moment!

Wishing you all nutritious Joyful Moments!

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Day 918: More Photos

My mom helped me take a bunch more photos today.  That was definitely a Joyful Moment.

This was one of my favorites from today.

Also Joyful Moments watching the kids play together and have a blast on the slip n' slide.

And mostly, Joyful Moments in being able to just enjoy my Darling A.  A great contrast from yesterday's busyness.  It's so fun just to love on that sweet, soft skin and appreciate those sweet sweet little noises.  So cute.  So sweet.

Wishing you all Joyful Moments that don't involve lying in a cold ceramic bowl!

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Day 917: Pump It

Today kind of hit me like a brick wall.

Minus the "kind of".

It didn't go at all as I had planned.  And got a lot more complicated before it got simplified.

Thankfully, my mom stayed calm throughout all of my stress and helped me cross a million things off of my suddenly (according to my sleep-deprived hormonal state) super urgent to-do list.

Joyful Moments were found in learning that Darling A's jaundice levels are on the way to resolving themselves (although, I pretty much already felt confident in this), reading (while snuggling) a nap time story with Baby B, and deciding to just buy a double electric breast pump.

I've had it with the lame-o manual one I've struggled with for the prior three babies.  It's sad I didn't make the plunge a few babies ago, but I know I'll be so grateful to have it for this one.

And, now I'm caught up on this blog again.  That is a Joyful Moment, too, my friends.

And HH did this a couple days ago, as you can tell, but it still gave me a Joyful Moment when I saw it today.  He's so sweet.  He brought home some gorgeous, brightly colored daisies Monday, too.  He's gold.

Wishing you all golden Joyful Moments and days that hit you more like a marshmallow wall, than a brick one!

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Day 916: Not A Pro Yet

I knew that today I needed to just focus on doing things that make me feel like a human and a happy one at that.

So, my mom helped try my hand at a very unprofessional photo shoot of Darling A.  I didn't get through nearly all the poses I wanted before both she and I had to quit.  Maybe we'll try again in a few days.

These were a couple of my favorites.  She's so darling.  And I love this amazing hats two of my talented friends made for us.  Joyful Moments all around!

And another Joyful Moment in just feeling so much better today.

And, of course, in enjoying this amazing little beauty.  She is so amazing to hold and snuggle!

Wishing you all Joyful Moments that turn out okay even though you don't really know what you're doing!

Monday, June 18, 2012

Day 915: Homecoming

I cannot express what a Joyful Moment this was for me.  A little scary since he has no idea just how fragile she is, but he was so cute and excited to hold her.  And it was such a relief and a sweet moment to watch.

Unfortunately, she started screaming and he about dumped her on the floor in his haste to have "Gwama!  Take da baby!"  But, he has since had better opportunities to hold her.

HH and I came home early this afternoon.  I'll be honest, I'm struggling a bit already.  I'm so nervous to have him go back to work.  And even more so for when my mom leaves next week.  It took all day, but finally this evening I realized that I'm just overwhelmed with how to split myself in such a way that I can somehow make six people (and a dog) happy.  How do I meet all of our needs?  I already upset Sweet P greatly tonight when I told her there wasn't enough time for a game she wanted to make up for Family Home Evening (it was already after 7 PM and these kids are SO tired!  Well...we all are).

I'd forgotten how much a new baby upsets the balance.  We'll survive this, right?

Wishing you all Joyful Moments and the peace of mind to truly enjoy them!

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Day 914: Best Father's Day Gift Ever

That's what HH told me when I apologized for forgetting to get him a card.  And I suppose that really is true, even if she came a day early.

It was a Joyful Moment to be able to talk to my own dad to wish him a happy Father's Day and let him listen to his newest granddaughter's little squeaks and squawks.

The next one was actually a Joyful Moment yesterday and today.  And the picture is from yesterday.  But, I just had a baby, so I'm allowed these things.

Sharing our new cute bundle with the other kids has absolutely been a Joyful Moment.  You can see that Baby B is a little uncertain, but the other two are completely enamored with their new baby sister.  Baby B completely ignored her (and pretty much me, too) yesterday, but today he showed some definite interest a couple times.  And it was good.  I wish I could know what he's thinking and that I could explain this all to him.  But, I'm sure that will come with time.

More Joyful Moments for HH and I just enjoying this sweet little spirit that has joined us.  We've been doing "kangaroo care" like I did with Baby B because he was struggling to maintain his temperature.  She has no such problem, but it's definitely her favorite place to be.  She puts up quite the fuss when we have to be separated so they can check vitals and stuff like that.  I love all the little newborn noises, her soft little head, the wrinkly skin, the fuzzy hair on the tops of her ears and the backs of her shoulders--oooh!  She's just too sweet and perfect.

Wishing you all miraculously magical Joyful Moments!

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Day 913: I've Loved You For A Thousand Years

I'll love you for a thousand more.

She's here.  My darling Darling A.

It was kind of a crazy day of on and off labor and she ended up entering this world a mere 30 minutes after we checked into the hospital.  But she's here.  She's healthy.  And she's beautiful.

HH managed to capture this brief moment of straight eye contact between us.  Not necessarily the best photo, but so perfect for my thoughts today.

Today's title is in reference to this song.  As I've heard it over the past few months, I realized that, even though it's supposed to be a romantic love song, it very aptly describes how I feel about finally meeting this little baby girl.  And funny enough, she even says, "Darling, don't be afraid I have loved you for a thousand years.  I'll love you for a thousand more."  All the more fitting given her name on this blog!

The full explanation of my thoughts and feelings today is very private and personal, but this much I can share--I do believe that our lives are eternal.  And that I knew Darling A quite well before this life.  And of course, I believe that we will be tied forever now as a family.  And I feel that I've been waiting for her for so long and that she has been waiting to come to us just as long.

And now she's here.  It's been a long, bumpy road getting to this point, but I knew deep down that this is what was meant to happen and that she needed to be here, with our family, no matter what the cost.  And I know that she, as with our other children, is more than worth it.

Friday, June 15, 2012

Day 912: Working Mama

So, I'm still pregnant.

In case you were wondering.

But I felt quite strongly this morning that I need to change my perspective and take today (and however many days follow) as a gift and an opportunity to accomplish things that will be much more difficult once Darling A does come.

And finally restoring peace was a Joyful Moment.

So, my mom and I tackled some to-do list stuff.  Boring stuff like menu and groceries and more fun stuff like making a super cute pear pillow.  It's almost done, but not quite.  I'll post pictures when it is.  If I'm not busy with other things... (c:

But it was definitely a Joyful Moment!  Thanks, Mom, for basically doing all of the work!

Wishing you all Joyful Moments where someone else does all the work and you just get to sit back and lazily enjoy!

Day 911: Fishies and Airports

This morning started off a little tense.  I went to bed last night, praying fervently that Darling A would wait a little longer to make her appearance--but not certain if she would.  I was definitely in pre-labor!  That persisted off and on throughout the night, but we made it.  Although, I was still feeling like things were pretty imminent as we got about our morning business.  I convinced HH to head to work because I was determined to make it until my mom arrived this afternoon.

So, the kids and I headed to the last day (thank goodness!) of swim lessons.

Isn't she adorable?

You gotta love the ears here.  So cute.

They both did great.  In fact, Sweet P is apparently ready for the swim team, but it doesn't work with our summer schedule.  It was a Joyful Moment watching their progress and improvement over the past three weeks.  But this morning's was tempered a bit as I was afraid we would have to leave in the middle to head to the hospital.  That's how intense things were getting!

But we made it home and I took it easy until it was time to go get my mama--Joyful Moment for SO many reasons!  And things slowed down considerably.

And then they kept slowing down... and slowing down... and slowing down.  Until they pretty much stopped tonight.

I have been so peaceful and serene and patient.

That is all out the window tonight.  I feel like I'm going to go crazy.  I've been so worried she'd come before today, and now that it's almost over and she's not here I'm suddenly the least patient person on the planet!

And I'm a little cranky.

Hormones, right?  So, I'm not accountable?

Wishing you all Joyful Moments and lasting serenity--especially about the things over which you have zero control!

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Day 910: More Attempts At Fun

We bought some water fun stuff yesterday in order to have something for the kids to do all summer while they're stuck at home.  And because the slip n' slide died last weekend.

This wiggly water hose attachment was pretty intense.  But they thoroughly enjoyed it.  And then the neighbors came over and made it even more fun.

Is it possible to watch kids play in water and not experience a Joyful Moment?  I think not.

And anticipating my mom's arrival tonight was a Joyful Moment all day--until we found out that her flight was delayed and she won't be making it until tomorrow.  Sad.  But at least she'll be here before long.

Wishing you all Joyful Moments that don't turn into sad!

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Day 909: Not A Deadbeat

At least, I hope not.

Today I actually mustered up the energy to take my kids to an optional TaeKwonDo course.  This is an "off" week since last week was testing, but they offered this one time, fun class for them.  Of course, their classes were back to back, so it meant 1 1/2 hours for me.  But, it ended up being fine as HH was home from work halfway through and able to come pick up the boys after Little M's course was over.  And then I took Z for a walk during Sweet P's class.  So, Sweet P had a blast and got some exercise and I was, hopefully, able to help Z ease some of her restlessness now that our morning runs are officially on hold.

So, even though it ended up being a bit exhausting when all was said and done, it was a Joyful Moment to do something (albeit small) fun for the kids.

And not to sound totally pathetic, but I had another Joyful Moment this morning when I succeeded in picking up the newly-released Sherlock Holmes movie from Blockbuster.  I am not entirely sure why, but I absolutely love Robert Downey, Jr. as an actor.  This is not a celebrity crush, I just love all the movies and characters he does.  Again, not really sure why.  But it made me ridiculously happy when I succeeded in getting the movie.

In the words of Baby B, I'm "supah coo", I know.

Wishing you all Joyful Moments that make you happier than they should!

Monday, June 11, 2012

Day 908: Forward

It took a colossal effort at times, but I think the overall direction for today was forward.

It helped that I got to do yoga, with a really good friend substituting for our regular instructor.  And she did a fabulous job.  It felt really good and I was able to modify when needed, so that I didn't overdo it this time.  Joyful Moment when I found out she'll be teaching again tomorrow.

Another Joyful Moment when I tasted the Beef and Broccoli stir fry I made for dinner tonight.  It sounded awful to me from the get go, so I was planning on eating any, but then it smelled really good.  I tasted it and it was really good!

And then a Joyful Moment when we walked/rode bikes/scooters to the park for Family Home Evening tonight.  Not exactly "at home", but after last night, I had no desire to try to get all of the kids to sit still and listen to a lesson.

Wishing you all Joyful Moments that move you in the right direction!

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Day 907: One Step Forward

500 steps back.

That's how it feels these days.  But HH remains optimistic about me triumphing over the Depression yet again once this baby is on the outside of my belly and in my arms.

I hope so...

That being said, I think I'm going to have to go with tonight's rain being my Joyful Moment.  In part because we desperately need rain (I won't have to water the garden tomorrow!  This means Baby B won't follow me out and pick more unripe strawberries and such.) and in part because I just really like the rain.  And there was something very soothing about it tonight.

And after the night we had (at one point, I think HH was the only one not in tears), I really needed something soothing.

Wishing you all soothing Joyful Moments!

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Day 906: Not What It Was Supposed To Be

Today's Joyful Moment was supposed to be having an amazing doughnut at the Farmer's Market.  They're made locally, using local and fresh ingredients and the photos I've seen made me need one.  But they're only available at the Farmer's Market, currently.

It opened at 8 AM this morning.  We got there around 8:45.  Doughnuts all gone.  Someone else done et them.

I got none.

And I was sad.

I had at least three dreams about these doughnuts last night.

I am not joking.

So, we settled for other FM fare for breakfast.  Picked up our CSA veggies, and then headed home.

Fortunately, I also got my hair cut and was quite pleased with the slightly new style I'd requested, so got a Joyful Moment there.

And then I took HH out on a date.  It was to celebrate his birthday, since he'd been under the weather on the actual day.  We tried out a Greek restaurant for the first time and were both quite pleased with our food.  And then we went to a sporting goods store and got his Christmas, birthday, and Father's Day gifts:  shotgun, case, cabinet, and clay pigeon launcher.

I can't say that having another gun in the house is a Joyful Moment, but finally getting him what he wanted was.  And I want to be supportive of him taking up some new hobbies.

Just hanging out with him for a few hours sans children was a Joyful Moment, too.

And then dinner tonight at some friends' home.  Wonderful people and tasty food.  Plenty of Joyful Moments.  Until the kids pushed Baby B down a hill in a rickety old ride-on fire engine toy.  And it overturned.  I'll have to take some pictures of the horrible wound just below his eye.  Poor little boy.

Wishing you all decidedly non-violent Joyful Moments!

Friday, June 8, 2012

Day 905: Just Fine

Today's Joyful Moments came from my visit with my doctor.  First, just a Joyful Moment in her being returned from a recent vacation and thus, knowing that she will be available to deliver whenever Darling A arrives.

Second, in hearing that beautifully sweet, healthy heartbeat inside my belly.

And lastly, in learning that the weird symptoms I've been experiencing the last 24 hours, while quite unpleasant and uncomfortable, are not a bizarre indication of labor.  We will still hopefully make it to mid-next week when my mom returns.


And then some Joyful Moments watching the kids at yet another TaeKwonDo testing and, for the most part, doing well.

Wishing you all Joyful Moments that are what you are hoping to hear!

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Day 904: I'm A Survivor

At least, that seems to be how I'm wired.

I think I've been overdoing it a tad as of late.  And today my 8 1/2 months pregnant body rebelled.  I had to leave yoga early and then I had some weird pains and spasms going on for much of the rest of the day accompanied by... Morning Sickness?

And I might have been a little grumpy.  With everyone.  So, I put myself of time out/bed rest and was ready to check out for the day at about 4 PM.

But Thursday nights are busy round here, with violin and taekwondo and HH had some visits he needed to do for church.  And some people also expect to be fed dinner in between all of that.  Sheesh.

So, I dragged my unwell body back out of bed and just kept pressin' on.

And I did survive.

And my Joyful Moment came in getting to bed early and having a few minutes to chat and catch up with my HH before drifting off to sleep.

Wishing you all Joyful Moments and the knowledge that all days must eventually come to a close!

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Day 903: Sleep

I haven't been getting much of that lately.

It was truly fabulous to have so much company over the past few weeks.  I would never undo a day of it. Not even an hour.

But, it meant that I got quite a bit behind in life.

And then HH was home sick for a few days, including a weekend.  And I realized that not only was I behind on the every day stuff, but also way off track as far as "Things That Need To Be Done Before Darling A Arrives."

And so I lost the ability to breathe at a healthy rate and to sleep in past 3:30 AM.

Today, I was finally able to really tackle the list.

I was a crazy person for much of the day.  On the verge of tears and/or ripping the head off anyone who expressed a complaint, request, or anything more than a compliment towards me.

But, we survived.

And I figured out what I want as far as sleeping arrangements for Darling A.  It's different from anything we've tried before, but I'm pretty excited about it.  Finding this for only $30 (I love Target) was definitely a Joyful Moment for me today.  Had it actually been in stock when I got to the store, like it said it was online (it's okay, I still love Target), it would have been a massive Joyful Moment, but they will be getting more in in two days.

I'm fairly confident I will still be preggems at that point. (c:

Wishing you all Joyful Moments and sleeping arrangements that make you happy--and actually allow you to sleep!

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Day 902: 'Appy Dirday!

That's how Baby B says it and, I'm not gonna lie, it's pretty darn cute.

Today he was saying it to HH.

It was a fun day of doing special things for my HH.  Even being prepared to make his favorite breakfast when he unexpectedly informed me he'd be going to work a tad late in the morning, so he could have breakfast with us.

Good thing I'd made that spontaneous strawberry purchase in Target yesterday afternoon.

That made for a Joyful Moment this morning when I surprised him with strawberries and bananas for breakfast.  Seriously his favorite.

But, of course, his pie was what I think he most looked forward to.  He asks for this same fresh peach pie every year.  Every.  Year.

This year I thought I'd get all fancy schmancy and add raspberries on the top.  Aren't they cute candle holders?  That is, if you can see past the smoke from all of the candles.  No, my HH did not turn 18 this year.  But that is all that fit.

There were more Joyful Moments in the gift opening and just in having a day to honor this wonderful man who has been the glue holding our family together the past several months.

And maybe the glue holding me together, too.

I love you, HH.

'Appy Dirday!

Wishing you all Joyful Moments and glue to hold your most precious belongings together, too!

Monday, June 4, 2012

Day 901: Lilies For Consideration

Remember a few weeks ago when I posted about finally planting some flowers on the side of our house?  The picture on the little info stick in them showed bright pink, so I was sorely disappointed when the buds  were tinged yellow instead.

Nothing against the color yellow--it's just that we're planning on planting yellow day lilies there later in the summer.  That's a lot of yellow.

Well, today as I drove up to the house, I noticed that they'd finally bloomed.  Not yellow!

Isn't that gorgeous!  I LOVE it!

Definitely a Joyful Moment.

As was just having a good day when I expected to have another bad day.

Wishing you all Joyful Moments involving a lovely brilliant orange!

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Day 900: 900?!

I can't believe I only have 100 days left to 1000.  Kind of crazy.

Anyway, today was not my best.  Carry over from yesterday, really.  Such is the nature of Depression, I suppose.

I had to brave church on my own with the kids since HH is still unwell.  Maybe it was because I prepared a bit more in light of this, maybe it was a blessing, or maybe it was just a fluke but, the kids were the most well-behaved they've ever been all together.  It was really nice.

In fact, for a good portion of the meeting, they all sat snuggling in close to me as possible.

Definitely today's Joyful Moment.

Wishing you all Joyful Moments with snuggles from your loved ones!

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Day 899: Too Much

I have limits.

Today was sort of the opposite of yesterday, in that it was worse than expected.

I planned a bunch of activities, so HH could have the morning to rest without small people crawling all over him.  Joyful Moments were found throughout, it just was too much.

Yoga is always a Joyful Moment.

Hanging out with the kids at the Farmer's Market was a Joyful Moment--although a bit stressful at times, trying to keep them all together.

Attending the baptism of one of their friends was also a Joyful Moment.  Although, I spent the majority of the service walking the halls with Baby B because it was actually his nap time and he wasn't really in the mood to sit still.

Grocery shopping was not exactly a Joyful Moment, but it was nice to get it done without any kids while HH was napping.

And then I came home and kind of crashed.

It's like I'm going to have a baby in a couple weeks, or something...

Wishing you all Joyful Moments that don't take you past your limits!

Friday, June 1, 2012

Day 898: Sick Day

Today when surprisingly better than expected.

HH was home sick.  This was not a Joyful Moment, but being able to take care of him for once, instead of the other way around, was a Joyful Moment.  It felt good to finally be serving him.

Cute snuggles with the kids.

And then tonight, the kids and I went to a going away party for one of my good friends here.  Sad reason, but great times visiting with my friends and just laughing with them.

Wishing you all Joyful Moments that are surprisingly better than expected!