Thursday, July 29, 2010
My grandparents (Rudy & Vera Schwertner) spent their honeymoon there (right?) and traveled there also! They/we have always stayed at the Mescalero Indian Reservation in the Lincoln National Forest. When my grandparents went when my dad & all my uncles & aunts were small...the chief lived on the land in a rock house. The rock house is still there...but abandoned and I don't know where the current chief lives... It's beautiful there!
Justin and I LOVE going and have not been since the summer before I had Cole...so 2006.
My parents and Danielle get to go with us too! I'm glad...Daddy works so hard and deserves a nice relaxing break! He's such a good, hard-working man. He is a police officer and works all day and then comes home to do the work he LOVES...taking care of his place and grandma's place! It's a lot of hard work but he REALLY enjoys it! I'm so grateful to have him as a father!!
As I get older...with children...I love seeing my parents...as a parent myself! Some things you never understood become clear! A love you could never imagine (for your children) changes your life. Before kids I never understood how parents could forgive their kids for various different horrible things they did. But...as a mother...I totally understand! There is NOTHING that could keep me from loving or forgiving my children...over...and over again! I know mine are littles...but there are just some things mommies know!
Speaking of mommies and kids. I have a few friends who are struggling with infertility. They are all at various different areas in the struggle...please lift them up in prayer. I know each will make wonderful parents!!!
If you're still reading...thanks! I'm rambling at midnight :)
Monday, July 26, 2010
This week I have LOOOOOOVED watching them together. They've played pretty good together. Cole likes for Natalie to help him build tracks. He says, "Thank you Baby! (this is Nat's nickname) You're a good helper Baby!" I LOVE that! haha!! They also love to read together. They sit up on the couch and Cole reads to her. You can hear Natalie asking him, "What that is Bubba?" as she points to something on the page. He says, "That's ______ baby!" haha! adorable! They love each other so much (but then boy do they drive each other bananas too!)
As for me...I've started a new era...I've come up with a cleaning schedule!! I've been a stay at home mom/wife for a year. I keep a pretty clean house...but there's no method to my cleaning...which means I do it all in one day and end up worn out...and nothing gets DEEP cleaned. SOOO...after a few weeks of researching...I came up with this! Hopefully it will help me stay organized when I start keeping the Chisum girls in August! (can i interrupt this post to give you a Natalie quote? "Mommy, I want MORE chocolate milk!" me~"OK...can i get some in a minute?" nat~"hehehehhehe, Ok mommy! I love you mommy! hehehehe")
Monday: Daily Chores, Deep Clean Kitchen & Bathrooms, vacuum, wash Justin's clothes
Tuesday: Daily Chores, Deep Clean Bedrooms
Wednesday: Daily Chores, Vacuum, Wash Kids Clothes, trash, Deep Clean Playroom
Thursday: Daily Chores, Deep Clean Living Room/Dining Room, wash Justin's clothes
Friday: Daily Chores, Vacuum, trash, clean refrigerator out, wash my clothes, Bills
Saturday: Daily Chores, Grocery Shop, Vacuum
Sunday: Daily Chores, Trash
- make beds
- wash dishes (or load dishwasher & run it at night)
- sweep kitchen
- Clorox wipe through the house
- pick up bathrooms (swish & swipe...see flylady.net)
- de-clutter for 15 minutes
So far so good! I've done Friday-Monday so far! (OK...I still have to deep clean the bathrooms...but I actually did this on Thursday for a babysitter...so it won't be too bad today!)
I just need a plan...i make running calenders & workout calenders & LOVE it! I told Justin that I'm the world's best employee...because I THRIVE on having someone tell me what to do! I always go ABOVE AND BEYOND. Staying home has been hard because there's no one to tell me what to do. Justin is too scared to do that here :) I actually asked him to and he preferred not to! haha!
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
Anyway, here is what you want to look at! Maybe I will actually write for a post next week!
I was sitting at the table making my grocery list and Cole ran away and came back and said, "look what I did!" ALL over his legs...even his butt!
Yes...so much to be proud of for this girl! Was actually picking her nose AND sucking her toe before I snapped :)
Monday, July 5, 2010
Natalie and her sparkler!
I found them reading together and Cole rubbed his nose when I said to smile for the camera...so Natalie did too...sooo sweet!
I heard Cole "reading" to Natalie and this is what I found when I went in her room! Notice how Natalie's book is upside down :)
Yes...we do a LOT of reading in this house! Most of it involves me reading to them!
Natalie helping Daddy wash the car!
Cole & Justin riding the Go-Cards for the first time! (Quartz Mountain)
Cole was SERIOUS about his racing!