Other than that, our family has really struggled to have peace in our home. There has been a lot of fighting. But just in the last few weeks, especially, I feel like we have made some real progress. And I think a lot of that is because Brian and I have been getting along so well. It's not so much that we were fighting a lot and now we're not, but rather that we are better handling the the kids' constant fighting because we feel more unified and happy with each other. And I think Brian and I have both realized that in order to help our kids to fight less, we have to be super proactive about getting them outside, interacting with them, keeping them busy, etc; and we have had to be absolutely determined not to lose control ourselves. So I think we're really making progress.
|Janey drew on some awesome eyebrows...maybe a little high :)|
|Janey made this blanket with a lion on it for Skip for his birthday|
|It's no little thing to get these 20 hairs into french braids|
|That second to last word is supposed to be "courage"|
Hmmmm...what else?...In honor of lent and as a practice in self-control (and because I had become addicted to sugar) I decided to go 40 days without treats--i.e. candy and/or deserts. I did take two days off for Brian's and my 12th anniversary trip to Portland, but other than that, I totally did it. And I can't say that I felt totally different during those 40 days; nor can I say I lost any weight (on the contrary, I actually gained a couple pounds). BUT, I can say that I definitely noticed not being as tired. AND, as it turns out, my girls weren't the only ones to get first place in their Shamrock Run races. Heh, Heh. I just happened to reach a new P.R. (22:38) in the 5k and got my very first overall women's first place. Pretty cool, huh? (Please don't ask me how
Oh, and last weekend, I joined my sisters and mom for our annual girls reunion. So fun. We ate fish tacos (did you know those are my favorite food?), attended a dance party in honor of Sarah's 36th birthday, went to an interactive museum, talked and laughed a lot, and....went to a karaoke
bar cafe. (We were in Utah, after all :) ) I had never done karaoke before, and I spent most of the evening squirming in my chair, watching all my cool sisters and sisters-in-law, and MY MOM get up on that stage and sing away like it weren't (I'm trying to say 'aint' in the past tense) no thang. I really wanted to be that confident. I really wanted to escape the last of the insecurities that still plagued me from my youth. And guess what? I did it. I did it. I sang karaoke. By myself. In front of a crowd (of like 10 people including my mom and sisters. :) ) So I've totally emerged from my 30 year cocoon, transformed into a beautiful butterfly--or at least a brown moth. But I've got wings!
I really love my mom and sisters--both those who share my blood, and those who married my brothers. They are each unique and interesting and entertaining and enjoyable and hilarious and I love and learn from every one of them. I have felt so grateful for these reunions, because it really has been the only time I get to really develop my relationship with most of them.
|You may notice my new sister-in-law (Seth's wife) Alecia!|
|See the new fabric on my canvas boards next to the armoire?|
Oh, and I got my first padded sports bra! Before, you couldn't tell the difference between me and any other GUY on the treadmills; but now, if you look closely, you can see my A's worth of difference. So that's cool.
And finally...guess what! After spending an hour on the phone with Applecare on Wednesday, I am finally able to successfully upload videos to my blog again!! (In case you're interested--the first video I posted was that caroling one I had tried to upload in January. See my previous post) Yay!
So here's a little treat for you: