Thursday, September 8, 2011

Just a Bunch of Everything...

Wow! It's been quite a while since I updated...and not for lack of wanting to. I just never seem to find the time. Since going back to work, life has been a whirlwind. I feel like from the time I get up to the time I go to bed, I'm just running around like a chicken with my head cut off...or running around trying to catch myself. I never do. It's almost the end of the 3rd week of school with the kids and so far, I'm loving this year. Yes, we still have loads we have to do...even more so than last year since we are Correct 2...again. BUT...my attitude is so much better. I don't feel like I'm drowning with no way out. I'm actually happy to go to work. Wait, is this me writing this? Ha!

But seriously, I think God has blessed me with a great group of kids and a good attitude toward the stuff we have to do. I know the importance of what we have to accomplish this year and I feel so much more up to the challenge than the last 2 years. I've approached certain situations differently, tried to stay positive, and tried to get stuff done in a decent amount of time. I'm now team leader of our core team so taking over that position will be a definite learning and growing process for me. I'm considering taking an after school tutoring job for some extra money...at least until Christmas. Praying about it because I know it will take me away from my sweet boy even more. And speaking of which...

Gabriel is growing at ridiculous speeds. I am constantly amazed at each new development. One day, he's trying to crawl but not quite able to and the next day, he is all over the place. One day he can only scoot backwards in his walker and then the next day he is zooming through the house. One day he can only pull up to his knees and the next he's pulling up to standing on everything he comes in contact with. He sleeps 8-10 hours a night, waking intermittently needing his binky because he can't find it or because his diaper is too full (he pees constantly). He's so happy in the morning when he wakes up for his first bottle. How a human being can be so happy that early in the morning is beyond me but it sure does give me a boost of energy to see his smiling face. He loves being home with daddy everyday and boy do they have fun. I love hearing about their day and I love to see Gabe smile when I walk in the door. I still do his nighttime routine but daddy and I also pray over him every night...praying for his safety, the day of his salvation, and then other things. I think it's one of the sweetest moments of my entire day...especially when he looks up from his crib and smiles up at us while we're praying-unless he's fallen asleep during his last bottle and then he's already in dreamland.

Two weeks ago, our neighbor across the street passed away after complications of a major surgery. His wife, thankfully, has had family down to be with her for a few weeks but we're going to definitely have to go over a lot more often after they are gone. We heard the ambulance coming one night and just knew it was for him. Jason took her and her daughter to the hospital that night and he passed the following morning. It's been so strange not to see him out and about. It's weird to see the arm chairs they gave us along with the end table and know that we won't see him out on his mower and he won't be coming to mow our yard. He'd been grumpy those last few weeks but he was a good man and a good neighbor to us. I won't forget the brownies he made for us when everyone was over here painting our house for us. But I pray I'll see him again in the kingdom.

This past Saturday we went for a quick trip to my Pop & Nana's. They got to enjoy some time with him where Pop TRIED to impress Gabe with his magic tricks (just don't think Gabe was that into it yet-but he did turn a $1 bill into a $20 for Gabe's piggy bank). We had a delicious lunch and after lunch Pop just stared at his sleeping great grandson. That was a sweet moment. It was a nice time and I'm glad we have the ability to take trips like that.

Tomorrow is Friday...yay! Saturday I plan on straightening up some of the house and then Sunday is $5 day at the zoo so we're going on a family outing. I'm excited to see how Gabe reacts to his first trip to the zoo. I'll be taking lots of pictures with the new camera my hubby got me for my birthday.

Well, getting sleepy so I think I'm going to call it a night. Sweet dreams!
 Pop singing Gabe his famous song.
 Gabe's first feed the ducks trip...can't you tell he's enjoying it? :)
Pop & Nana with Gabe.