Friday, January 12, 2007

Babysitting and stuff

Today was NOT a productive day at all. I took care of my niece Olivia and my nephew Carter today. It was a wet cold day so I had them cuddled up with a blanket watching the Incredibles. The second picture of Olivia is from when she was here on New Years Eve. Doesn't she have the best hair? If she was my girl she would hate me because I'd be wanting to play with it all the time. Who knows...I may get a grand daughter. I bet I have like a 20%/80% chance. (that George gene doesn't allow for a 50%/50% shot) I totally forgot what it's like having little kids around. You don't get anything done, and they were both really good. I can't imagine if they'd have been bad. I guess I really got use to my freedom and forgot how to juggle and multi task. Big high 5 to all of you moms out there with babies and toddlers. You're my hero's!

I really really miss my truck. I miss it's small size, I miss it's good gas mileage, I miss the AC, I miss it telling me what song is playing and who sings it. I am just terrible with that kind of stuff. I won't miss the payment!

I like that my suburban is paid off and it's a big safe vehicle to drive. I'm grateful that I didn't let Mark sell it last month, even when a guy was on his way over with cash that we really needed. I just had a feeling and I stuck to my guns. If I hadn't listened to that feeling, I wouldn't have anything to drive now. I told you I'd find positive things.

So glad I'm not the only grown up who breaks out and who deals with a dirty house and mountains of laundry.

I can't believe I've cried everyday for a's SO NOT like me!...and I've been a whiney blogger and you still come back and offer your friendship to me. Things are still really rough, but I'm not going to let it consume me. There really are blessings in every trial and I won't ever see them if I have a negative attitude. It's all in how we handle the trials, right?! It felt good to take dinner in to my friends family. I made lasagna, salad, garlic bread and vanilla chip cookies for them. They are the neatest family and I know they appreciated it.

My 2 day job of cleaning up my scraproom is going to be crammed into Saturday so that Sandy can come over and scrap with me Sunday after church. She is so am I...not only to scrap, but to have a clean room!!!

Terri....I saw that you have Chad's care package in March. I wanted to let you know that his birthday is March 25th. He is also going to Afghanistan that month. We still don't know when exactly, so I will let you know as soon as I hear.

I promise to catch up on blog reading and emails. I haven't had a lot of computer time. I feel terrible when I get behind. Have a great weekend ladies!


Chris said...

Umm when did Carter not be a baby anymore?? My gosh time flys.
They sure are photogenic...Wonder if Tammy would mind if we sent a pic of one of them (or both) for the cutest baby contest to "Live with Regis and Kelly"??

I hope you can replace the truck someday with something comparable...I am still driving my 98 van but its paid for and that keeps me behind the wheel...

I think a girl will be in your future..

Hugs and more Hugs

Amie said...

Hey Jolene, Such cute kids!!

Isn't it funny my husbands brother has four boys and we ended up with 2 girls - I hope you get a little grand daughter.

You are the 3rd person I know that has a birthday on my wedding aniversary. Did you get my email about picassa.

Have a good weekend Amie

Chickenbells said...

Look at you...bouncing back on top, you're like Pollyanna (I loved those stories when I was little) I finally stopped crying yesterday myself...which is a more interesting place to be! Have fun with your clean scrap room...I have plans to organize the studio here soon myself!

Jen said...

Oh so true....about the kids and not being able to do anything!!

Sheila said...

I always listen to my gut feeling too. I believe it's trying to tell you something!
Your niece and nephew are so cute!

Andi said...

What cute children! How anyone with a child or children gets things done is beyond me. I admire you so much! I thought I'd never get back on a schedule when we got a puppy...and I still have time getting things done because I think I should be "playing" with the dog!!!

Cheryl Wray said...

Don't you worry about getting behind in your blogging and reading blogs. You have way too much OTHER stuff going on right now with you!
The kiddoes are adorable. Yes--love her hair!!
So fun that you and Sandy are getting to scrap tomorrow. Have fun!!
Hugs! I hope it gets better with time! Know that we are all here thinking about you and Chad--and all the other guys and gals Over There!

Susie Q said...

Oh yeah! With kids you never get things done! : ) But they are so worth it...your niece and nephew are just adorable.
You are an amazing woman Jolene. Never
fear letting us know how you feel. We all have sad and worried times...share with us! That is what friends are for. I have come to think about you all as such dear a special friends. : )
Have fun scrapping with Sandy!

Hugs and love,

Valerie said...

i think your niece looks like you! they're both so cute!!

Valerie said...

p.s. - you know we love you & hate to see you soooo sad. have fun tomorrow scrappin' with Sandy! (oooh! totally corny page title!)

Heather said...

You just take care of yourself and your family. We will still be lurking around here when you are able to blog again! You have a lot going on right now and you just take the time you need to feel better! Scrapping with Sandy tomorrow will be fun and good for you...I am sure. Have fun and get some rest...try not to worry...we are all praying for your family!
Love ya!

Nikki *Ü* said...

What cute kids!!! I hope you were able to get your scrapbook room cleaned so you and Sandy can have fun scrapping today after church!!

Missy's Blog said...

Children in the house certainly brings a smile to your face and a quickness to your step don't they? Your niece and nephew are doll babies!! And Olivia's hair IS gorgeous!! I really hope you feel better soon ...

TK Angels said...

Children can make any day a special day. What beautiful children. Funny- I took a pic of my grandaughter's hair on Friday.

Did our hair look like theirs when we were that age? Umm can't remember :)

I am proud to have the gift date of March for Chad's birthday. Please let me know of something special I may send. Something that may remind him of home when he was young. Maybe hot wheels, etc.

Take care,

Coleen said...

Wow, she really does have fantastic hair! Lucky girl. I'd play with it too. Like yours, my family is riddled with boys and my sister and I along with one other girls are it for us. The rest are all boys.One day we might get a girl too! Take care!!

Anonymous said...

His first care package will be on it's way this week :) Go see the picture on my site if you want. I also wrote a short letter to include with it.

Jen3 @ Amazing Trips said...

With this transition to a new & improved blogger, sometimes my comments are picked up if I don't use the correct login name. So - apologies if this posts twice!!

I am SO impressed with your scrapbooking! WOW!! I have had scrapbooking on my list of stuff to do for the past two years (ever since our triplets were born). All I've managed to do is pick up a scrapbook, some sheets, and take over 6,000 pictures. I have a lot of work before me, yet...

However, big high five to YOU ... you just might be my scrapbooking inspiration!

You have a beautiful family ... and Olivia and Carter are adorable!