Sunday, February 27, 2011
You know, there are ups and downs in marriages. Sean and I definitely have them. We are in an "up" right now. We are good, we are on the same page, having fun, happy. It's certainly helped that Sean has a new job that he loves and makes him happy. And it helps that I have a new home to spend my days in that I love and makes me happy.
Tate loves our new home. He is doing so well here and seems to be improving in regards to his sensory processing issues and just overall been better behaved. He IS at a really fun age!
For some reason, cleaning this home doesn't feel like a chore. I don't dread it, I just do it every day. I know I am so much prouder of this home than our previous homes, so maybe that's why I am not bothered by the dialy upkeep. Not only is it less bothersome, but I feel like I keep it cleaner and more organized than our previous homes. It certainly helps that we purged a TON of stuff before moving here!
Sean and I have both been on a diet since just after the new year. We've both lost a decent amount of weight and are working at just being healthier in general. I know that this has a huge affect on our lives! I have so much more that I need to lose and plan to do so, but even though I've lost only a small percentage of the weight I want to lose, I feel so much better about myself. I have more energy, I am in general just happier.
Now in all actuality, I know that the fact that things are falling into place for us really has absolutely nothing to do with the house that we live in. It definitely helps to enjoy our home though! I can honestly say that for the first time in our married lives, Sean and I feel as though most (we are still working on a couple) aspects of our life are in the best place they've been. Sean's happier with his job than he's been since we've been together, Tate is at such a fun stage, our finances are in a better place than they've been in a long time, we love our home more than we've ever loved a home we've had, we are in the exact neighborhood we've wanted to be in since planning to move to the Quad Cities and we both are working at being "healthier me's". It seems like in the past, when one area of our lives was great, another may not have been so stellar. It's so nice to have almost all of the areas in our lives be in good places. I know that this isn't how life will always be, but I am enjoying it and thanking God for it while it lasts! :)
One thing we're missing? A church. And this is a HUGE thing! I desperately want to find a church that is "home" for us. I want to find a church that is a great fit for all 3 of us. One thing that's caused some issues with this is that we are on the go a lot. When Sean isn't working on weekends, we seem to be out of town many of them. Aside from that, we have other specific things that each of us want in a church that have caused us to not find one yet. We need to work harder on this, I know. I want a church for me, for Sean, for Tate, for our family. I want a church that we ALL love! So I am praying that this aspect of our lives falls into place as well.
Saturday, February 26, 2011
Friday, February 25, 2011
Thursday, February 24, 2011
Tuesday, February 22, 2011
This is the brush...
Monday, February 21, 2011
And then there's me in all my makeupless glory...ugh.
Sunday, February 20, 2011
Saturday, February 19, 2011
Everything at Aldi is inexpensive...everything! And I have liked (almost) everything I've purchased there. They don't have the most variety of produce, or even the prettiest looking produce for that matter! However, I still buy some of it there and when it looks bad or they don't have what I need, I go somewhere else. I have ventured into purchasing some meat there too, but not steak yet. I had always steered clear of their pop. I have tried off brands of pop before and many were terrible. I have been pretty happy with the off brands at Wal-Mart and also the HyVee brand pops, but not the "Cola". I don't know, I just haven't been able to bring myself to do it. I noticed a few weeks ago that Aldi 12 packs of pop are 1.99. Nice. I decided to start with Diet Lemon/Lime Soda (I can't remember what the Aldi brand's name of it is)...I thought that if it's terrible, I only wasted 1.99. It tastes JUST LIKE Diet Sprite! Yay! However, I am not too picky about off brands of Sprite/7Up...it's the off brands of Coke/Pepsi or Cherry Coke/Pepsi that I'm leary of. I decided to take the leap yesterday when we went to the store. I bought their Diet Cherry Cola. And I LOVE it! It's so good...really cherry flavored, almost like black cherry flavored. It's super good and super cheap!
I have a feeling that many hours will be spent playing in our driveway with this basketball hoop.
And it was a good thing that he and Brigg were out there playing because they heard "HELP! HELP!" coming from the neighbor's yard and when they went to see what was going on, they found the neighbor behind his fence on the ground...he had fallen out of his wheelchair. His gate was locked and Sean couldn't get in, so he lifted Brigg over the fence and Brigg unlocked the gate and let Sean in so he could lift the neighbor back into his wheelchair. I am so glad they were out there to help and that the neighbor didn't have to lay out there for who knows how long!
Friday, February 18, 2011
Thursday, February 17, 2011
It was so fun to be able to have them over in our home.
Wednesday, February 16, 2011
Us 5 years ago...
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
About a week ago, we were introducted to Jeff...he is our "handyman" who happens to live 2 blocks away from us. My phone rang while he was at our house and my ring tone is a Superchick song. Superchick is a Christian group. ANYWHO...Jeff made a comment that he liked my ring tone. We started talking about K-LOVE, my favorite radio station that is a Christian station and then started talking about church. He invited Sean and I to his church and was just really a nice guy.
Somewhere in the conversation he mentioned that he had 2 teenage daughters. I put that tidbit of information in my memory bank. In my mind I saw neon lights flashing BABYSITTER! BABYSITTER! I didn't say anything to him though...afterall, I just met him about 20 minutes before that. I thought it may be weird.
Fast forward to this evening...Jeff returned to our house to fix a couple of things. Sean and him hit it off and were chatting and then I joined in the conversation. The topic of his daughters came up again and I couldn't hold it in anymore...I said, "do either of them babysit?" He said they do! YAY! I asked if he thought they might be interested in babysitting Tate on occasion just so Sean and I could go out now and again. He said he'd talk to them! I am super hopeful that one of them would be interested and that we would like her and more importantly, that Tate would like her!
After Jeff left, I realized that maybe my question to him was weird. Is it weird that I would have someone babysit Tate for a couple of hours that I never met? I don't even know her parents for that matter...you know, aside from just a bit of chatting I did with her father while he was at our home. I need reassurance that I am not crazy...or tell me if I am! We've NEVER had a babysitter before so I really don't know the protocol for hiring a babysitter. Should I KNOW the person? Should I at least KNOW the parents of the person? Am I just so excited about the possibility of having a babysitter that I am unknowingly avoiding appropriate protocol?