Sunday, March 29, 2009

We have Pooh!


So here is the end of a very long saga! Last Tuesday, we went to watch Bella's chapel at the Plex at Church, dropped Sophia off to school, met Jamie for breakfast, & went to the store. Somewhere in there, I carelessly lost Alyssa's pooh baby. I had lost the friend that soothes her to sleep every day & calms any of her cries. I sent a photo to my friends at church so everyone could keep an eye out, went back to every location we went to (twice), and I began a frantic search on ebay. Of course this pooh turns out to be a retired disney exclusive so 3 existed on ebay ranging from $34-$74! I searched every small auction site on the web- no luck. Thinking I would be spending $74 on this bear (inc. shipping), I did what any other desperate mom would do (on a budget) I sold two of my pairs of Coach sandals on ebay (oh yes, I did) for some quick extra cash in my paypal account. Funny, when I was purging through my closet 2 weeks ago, there was no way I could let go of these shoes, but in a pinch, they became so easy to let go of.

Day after day I couldn't get Alyssa to sleep. Forget about daytime naps and how many times did she have to wake up each night? No other bear or lovey would do, she just threw everything aside and screamed. I was frantic trying to get this bear quicker than anyone on ebay could get it to me, knowing we were headed for a camping trip for the weekend. I posted this baby on Facebook & the Eastvale message board in hopes some mommy would have one of these bears stuffed in a corner with a million other stuffed animals. I even joined a Winnie the Pooh lovers Yahoo group. Finally, I found a seller of the Pooh Bear who was located in LA ( Hooray! I could drive there) but in a last ditch effort, the seller was gracious enough to make a trip to fed-ex & have it priority overnighted to Bill's office. We were able to pick up the baby on our way out of town on Friday. Instant Releif. Alyssa started sleeping again. She was happy in the car ride. Her friend is finally back. Too funny.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Happy St. Paddy's day!


What a funny holiday- even those who are not Irish become so festive today. Today is a day of pure self indulgence. Am I a little jealous? Maybe.. it seems like not that long ago, I looked forward to St. Paddy's day. Either taking the day off or heading straight to Muldoon's or Malarkey's after work for my fair share of green beer!

Fast forward less than a decade...This morning started off going head to head with my five hear old over what St. Paddy's outfit to wear. Do I wear the Shamrock shirt with jeans or the St. Paddy's pants AND what about the green hair accessory? This was how my daughter's morning began. She tried to bribe Sophia out of her jewled St. Patrick's day shirt. She became unglued while trying to decide between the white or black shamrock socks. She became so frustrated that she just exclaimed that she didn't want to go to school at all & threw herself on the bed.

Now, everyone is off to school, Bella has her green lunch & both girls are in festive clothes and I'm knee deep in the after math of cupcakes, broccoli salad, & green lemonade for the afterschool park festivities for the kids. We're going to try & hit 2 park dates after school pick up at 1:30. Then hopefully we'll be home in time to make dinner, do homework, & give baths & be in bed by 7pm.

I'm going to imagine sitting at Malarkey's with girlfriends with not a care in the world. I don't even think I own any green shirts. Thanks to Ryann's mom, I have green St. Patricks socks to wear (love those holiday packages) I will enjoy St. Patrick's day redifined.

Sunday, March 8, 2009

It's 3am and I really can't sleep.

I can't help but think there is something that I'm trying to be told when I can't sleep like this. After all, who needs sleep more than a mom of 3 kids 5 & under?

So, wanted to share.. Pastor Chuck chose one of my blog entries for his
blog over the weekend. I was laughing at my big picture on there- didn't expect that! I'm a little embarrassed that all my junk is out there for my whole church to read about but at the same time, it is what it is. I do my best to be on that level 4 of living we're studying about but feel as if I fall short more often than leap forward.

I'm thinking though that the main reason I'm up is that I watched the
3-day walk video with my hubby right before bed. I'm signing on as a team with my girlfriend Yvette and we're starting to pray for others to join us! While being fully aware that God is going to provide for every challenging aspect of the walk, I can't help but feel a little nervous about committing to collect this kind of money during the "economic downturn" (is that the nice thing to call it?) So, I guess I will use this blog as my first platform for fundraising.. Look out, because I'm probably going to be asking you to donate to it at some point. I'll have a website but also will accept checks made out to the Susan G. Koman foundation too.

Alright.. so I'm off to figure out why in the world I'm up! Like I said, there's normally a reason. I'm going to go ask for the answer!

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Out with the old!


So, I was just asked, "where have you been this week?" Truth be told, I haven't been out that much because I've been purging! I've spent my free time going through the 9 bins of my girls clothing in the garage as well as my closet. Over the years, I've lived quite a life of excess and even though I've enjoyed "spending with reckless abandonment" as my husband so fondly calls it, I have felt pretty heavy when it comes to the amount of posessions we have in our home.

This week, Craigs list became a good buddy. Out went way too many baby items that I have in the house along with oil paintings & a coffee table collecting dust. I've also got enough items on ebay to keep me busy the next month. Does a 3 year old really need Juicy sweat suits? Really? Is that really the message I want her to have on her back? Call it a diet of the economy or call it just growing up, but getting rid of these items feels really good. It feels awesome to make extra money to pay off an extra bill or have extra money to take the girls on that extra camping trip. I'm feeling like it was so silly to even own some of these things and am constantly reminded of "where your treasure is, your heart lies also" which I feel I need to be doing a better job of living. I'm now really aware that my girls are watching. They are constantly watching what is valuable to me and taking it all in. I want them to know what is truly valuable. Did I get rid of everything? Well, heck no, you never know when a stay at home mom is going to need to go to a black tie event that requires wearing of my last pair of Stuart Weitzmans. Baby steps.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

The few things I do know...

You know, I don't claim to know alot, though I'd like to think I'm pretty perceptive. But,this is what I do know: Honesty IS always the best policy. Honesty creates integrity & that makes who you are. Being prideful is one of the most damaging things you can do to yourself. Respect in any form is earned, it can never be handed out for free. When those three things don't align themselves, life can go very wrong. The other thing I've learned is that if you don't use the bible as a compass for the path of your life, you can become so very lost. Sometimes so lost, that it's hard to find your way out even with a compass. Humans by nature are ugly- we don't always know right from wrong, good from bad and are easily decieved by what we think is correct. I'm going to keep praying..
The steps of the Godly are directed by the Lord, he delights in every detail of their lives..
Psalm 37:23