JACK Turned 5 On May 6th! He is growing up so well and turning into a wonderful, joyful, obedient, very tall boy. He's as tall as the kids who turned 5 last year. He starts kindergarten this year and he's so excited! He asked for a Star Wars cake this year, and it was the easiest birthday cake I've ever done. I made the cake and the frosting and Joseph decorated the chocolate pan cake with black frosting, white stars and some of Joseph's little Star Wars Micromachines as decoration. Joseph wrote May the Force be with You Jack on it with white frosting and I put angel candles the color of light sabers on the cake. (I'm glad the kids caught on to the light saber candles :) ) (Angel candles are candles that have different color flames, like red, blue, purple, green, orange, etc. ) Joseph designed and cut out his Jedi costume and I sewed it together. All of the guests came as Jedi characters with their light sabers. After cake and ice cream and presents I sent them all outside to play at the playground in our back yard. It was a fun and very easy birthday. I am so grateful for Jack. He is one of my favorite people. I love that he is in my family. His heart is so pure and he tries so hard to be obedient and to do the right thing. His spirit doesn't crush easily. And he's so happy most of the time. And always so loving. I'm happy just being around him. He's a great big brother to Ana, he plays with her and loves her and hugs her and takes care of her. And he fights with her sometimes, which is natural and good for both of their character development.
Ana is teething and therefore, grouchy and not sleeping well. Both of her first molars are trying to poke their way through on the bottom, there's a first molar on top that's halfway out, both lateral incisors on the top and bottom are working their way out, and more are visibly forming. For two days this week all she wanted to do was be held while watching the world go by. She is also testing tantrum boundaries, i.e. how far can I go before I get in trouble? (Not very far!) So it's been *fun*!
And to top it all off we all have a cough that borders on sounding like croup.
I've got a bit of time left (I hope) before Joseph, Mor and the kids come home from the park, so I'm going to see how much sewing I can get done and start a bit of dinner. It's better to blog when no one else is around!
Saturday, May 9, 2009
Right, so, lately it's so quiet on my blog....sorry about that. I've been busy with the kids and Joseph and I've been mostly lazy with blogging, having wasted my blogging time on Facebook. But now I'm caught up with friends and relationships have been resurrected and established. So I feel less lonely now, which makes me happier to do my housework and do the mom/wife thing.
Joseph's Spring Semester at SUU is over and we're entering the summer semester soon. It's both really nice and disconcerting to have him home all the time. The marriage thing is working well and we're still ironing out the kinks and getting to know each other and how we work together. If he were still in the Army it would be about time for him to be deployed again. Not because of the date, but because it's usually at this point in our relationship that his unit deployed. So then I'd have to get used to being a married/single mom and then just as I got used to that routine he'd come home and we'd have to start at the beginning again, getting to know how we both had changed and how those changes affected our marriage, our kids, ourselves. BUT, this time we get to move past that point together and move on together and it's both strange and wonderful and frustrating and a joy.
We've decided that I get to go to SUU this Fall. I'm really exited and overwhelmed by the whole thing. I love to learn and meet new people and expand my intellect. I've gotten so used to my own little universe inside my flat with my kids and my husband who flits in and out on a whim that the World of Academia seems rather frightening. I've decided to get an English degree, grammar emphasis (at SUU they call it a Teaching Emphasis, but the only teaching I'd prefer to do is at the collegiate level. And really the only difference is the inclusion of intense grammar courses). I'm going to start out with one class in the Fall so that I can get back in the habit of going to school while still being a mother/wife/homemaker. So yay for school!
I've also started getting a routine again, keeping up with the housekeeping and the kids and meals, all while Joseph is around and changing my plans. Now that I'm mostly back on schedule I'll be able to vanquish the black holes of clutter, namely the hall closet, and the two chairs in my bedroom. From there I'll straighten my bedroom closet and my two desk drawers. Maybe I'll even get to sell my stamps on ebay! Small flats can be a blessing!
I'm also picking up sewing again, now that my machine is back from the shop. So all of you who commented on my Facebook note 25 Physical Real-World Things, I have been thinking of things for you! And I also have a surprise for my lovely (and one of my fav. people although she probably doesn't realize it) sister in law Gretchen, who has been going through a bout of cancer treatments with sunshine in her heart.
So if you haven't yet, follow the link and comment - Only four people have so far! 25 Physical Real-World Things
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