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New Years Resolutions

Thursday, December 31st, 2009

I’m with the millions who list “loose weight” but it’s not on the top tippity top.

My resolutions kind of evolve as the year goes on as my challenges change. Pretty much over all of it I need to be content, happy, appreciative and patient.

Prayer and faith need to continue to be bigger in my daily walk through whatever it is I’m doing.
GOD is in control and I’m nothing more than a servant here, not any sort of boss at all.

I want my kids to learn the same things and I so make it up as I go along.

(This isn’t sounding as good as I thought it would!!)

How about I skip to what I hope are short term goals or at least more specific goals:

Get Carly potty trained.
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She’s working hard at it, and I’m really trying to be patient. I’m still overwhelmed with relief on Deeder being *finally* done with diapers and just so hoping that Carly wont take as long to train as her older brother did.

For Koen I wish to continue helping him be healthy wealthy and wise.
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Early to bed, early to rise equals health and weath…in the case of a baby, lots of “booby juice” <--(Deeder word for breast milk) Koen is happy, just now starting to smile for us and make those precious ah goo and uh boo sounds. Although quite prone to upper respiratory wheeziness and cough he’s healthy. And the sleeping is no problem…he does that all the time, gradually spending more of the day light hours awake.

And for Diederick:
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A long term and always present challenge:
Keep him challenged and involved in an attempt to keep him out of mischief. I see already that he’s totally the role model for Carly (and no doubt, for Koen as he’s older) so keeping him in line is hugely important.

What else?
I’ve just bought more cloth diapers. I am vowing to never again by disposable. OK, I know better than to vow a thing like that. But really, I’d be quite proud of myself if I could pull that one off.
Also, I think that those of you who learned to cut hair before having kids were very wise to do so! My poor Deeder suffers regularly from my neglecting to aquire hair snipping skills.

For Daddy:

He’s on my list, but that’s none of your business. :)

Wednesday, February 18th, 2009

Deeder, Carly and I spent the day at our new house. I brought my camera along to get some snaps of us in the place empty. As long as it doesn’t last too long eating on the empty kitchen floor and napping in sleeping bags is fun and ought to be remembered.

We were also supposed to be finding perfect places for household items, unpacking small things and mapping out where we would like the big stuff.

As you can see in the pictures we brought quite a few of the kids play things from my mom and dad’s house–we ended up doing a lot more playing than we did organizing.

I have a lifetime to get this place in order, right?

Starting small, I got the two children to get together in the living room for a picture together…




They spent hours playing, with a break of a half hour nap and brief snack. I got a couple pictures of them side by side again as they were having another bite to eat while we waited for my mom to pick us up for dinner. I’m glad they snacked before she came because the minute they were in the car both were asleep. Deeder never woke at all, and five hours later he’s still out cold in his bed fully dressed.



Our time at the new house was great with the exception of Deeder smacking right into a pointy corner in his bedroom. I took this picture of him and I hours after he thwacked his head so the wound doesn’t look nearly as bad as it initially did.


Tomorrow our new refrigerator is going to be delivered. When that comes we’ll go food shopping and stock up to live here forever and ever. :)

Then someday we’ll buy a table. In the meanwhile…we’ll just appreciate having the refrigerator.

Funny fact: We thought we’d save money by getting dial up rather than high speed internet. Guess what! Dial up isn’t available anymore.

Picture Perfect

Monday, February 9th, 2009




The quality of these pictures is horrible–grainy, dark, over exposed. But check out what’s going on…

Deeder’s playing with Carly–hey, SHARING with Carly!
He sees me taking pictures of this amazing moment.
And then goes and gets his camera to do what he’s seen me do so many times before. Capturing the moment. Slight difference though, something that I’ll point out later…
He needs to turn the camera around. :)


You Ask Too Many Questions

Friday, January 23rd, 2009

Word of advice from my dad tonight:

You ask too many questions

I didn’t need half a second to realize exactly what he was talking about.

During Diederick and my time together I continually ask him what he would like to do. In my mind it’s a cover up for shouting at him, insisting that he follow orders, then before angry shouts leave my mouth I smile and put it into a passive “please” which would give anyone with a brain the impression that I really don’t care whether or not he do what I asked.

I love parenting, but sometimes at the end of it I’m just exhausted. Not even at the end of it; some situations just make me tired, living them. I speak how I want him to speak–calmly. There are things that I insist on and then wonder if they mattered at all.

If you’re a parent and have a two-year-old to wake up with, join me in living a straight forward day where you lead. First though, sleep. The toddler is sleeping now, and so is his sister and daddy.
Then tomorrow be happy, firm and in control.

Tomorrow I’ll sit here again, feeling better.

Do you ask too many questions?

Walking Together

Sunday, December 28th, 2008

Deeder loves to help Carly learn, I hope it’ll always be that way!

In this case he’s moving the walker forward…

Which Carly, like her brother before her, can’t do alone.