Thursday, November 27, 2008


So I have been reflective this Thanksgiving about all of the things that I am thankful for. I am so thankful for the life that I live and the simple joys that I have every day that others are not as fortunate to have. I am thankful for my children, they are amazing and they make me happier each time that I get to spend a moment with them. I only hope that I am always able to make them as happy as they make me.

I am thankful for Shane, he is wonderful and I could not have asked for a more perfect man to share my life with. I am thankful for my family, most of all my 'rents and bro. They are all amazing people whom I can share great things with. I am thankful for the close friends that I have and the aquaintences that I have as well. I am thankful for my job and for the fact that even though my employment is not as good as what I would hope for that I have employment during this time of great economic need in our country.

And lastly but certainly not least, I am thankful for our troops who are risking their lives each and every day and some of them giving up their lives so that I can have the freedoms and liberty which I enjoy. I will be the first to admit that I am antiwar but I do respect those who are following out the orders to which they are given.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Update to my crazy life!!

Hello is good and I am truly blessed and thankful to have the life that I have.

Andrew is growing up so fast. He is starting to read and he is able to tell me things that I thought it would take him years to figure out. I guess he is just getting too big too fast for his momma...I am so bummed that my baby boy is growing up before my eyes and becoming such a big boy! He is starting to read some words and I know that reading books is just around the corner for him and that makes me both happy and sad. One of my favorite things to do with him is to sit and read and be able to spend that time together sharing, it is awesome!! I know though that soon it will not be necessary for mommy to read to him and that he is going to want to go off and read alone and that sucks in some ways!! I am so happy and proud of him though and I feel such a love for him as he gets older and I know that he will just have to grow up but sometimes that is too hard for me to deal with.

Althea is getting big as well. She is learning how to mimick sounds and things that we do. She discovered that she could do the kissing sound with daddy the other day and she was so proud of that one. She is also a huge girly girl as she had her toenails painted by grandma and she is so proud to show them off...we will ask her where her "pretty toes" are and she will hold up her foot and just smile so big. She is also learning to make appropriate expressions for how she is feeling. She has such a timid and sweet personality and she is so easily startled or scared when she hears certain noises.

Work is going well. I am starting to facilitate anger management group in a few weeks and I am hoping to get my stuff together for Self Esteem group to have it start after the holidays. I feel blessed that I get to work a four day week at my job and I am hoping to be able to get on a more set schedule and just have Fridays off in the future as I know that this would work better for leading that second group.

Not much else is going on...we are super busy all of the time and I don't look for that to slow down with all of the holiday happenings.

I am super excited to be surprising Shane this weekend for his birthday. I have such a good surprise planned for him and I can't wait to see how happy it makes him. That is going to be our first night away from little Althea though and I am kind of freaking out over this one. Let's see and then there is the big Christmas surprise...yep I think that I did really good this year and I so proud of what I did...he will love it so much!! I just can't wait to see his face when he opens his gift from me. Other than that I am so excited to see the kids on Christmas...I think that between myself and Shane and Santa Claus and then the family Andrew is going to get all that he asked for so he should be super happy!! Also Althea is getting some things that I think will make her really excited so I am excited about those as well. I am almost done with my xmas shopping, just a few more things overall and some things for the stockings and it is all done for xmas for our house....yay!!