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Thursday, January 19, 2012

This week has proven to be a little more difficult than I anticipated.  

We said goodbye to Alison on Tuesday - we had such a great week with her and I was sad to see her leave.  I didn't take many pictures, as she was snapping away the entire time and promised to share her photos with me (that means you'll get a picture recap in a few weeks, ha!), but we did a lot - another aquarium visit, chai & hummus night, lots of game nights, pizza night, craft times, walks outside, surprises from Jorge the giraffe and lots of playtime with the babes.  It's been quiet without her - I so enjoyed having adult conversation and someone to talk to throughout the day!  

January is our month for visitors.  First, it was Uncle Kyle, then the day after he left, Alison came.  Tomorrow, Auntie Aimee comes for a week-long visit, and I am SO looking forward to having her here.  She is one of my bestest friends and I am already planning beach time, game nights, trips to Dunkin Donuts for vanilla chai and trying new recipes!  Aimee, you best be ready, because the house is now cleaned and we are awaiting your presence!

I don't know if it was the constant stream of visitors, which equaled extra playmates or the change from routine, but the kids (particularly L) have been quite challenging the past 2 days.  My patience has been worn thin over and over again, and I find myself frustrated and exhausted by the afternoon. I know L is 2 and is testing her boundaries, and I need to be patient and stick with my rules, but man alive!  It can be so hard sometimes - when I have to remind her for the 24th time not to do something, or to ask her to lay still to change her diaper, or to teach her that we don't hit our brothers.  Being a mama sure can be hard work.  I wouldn't trade it for anything, but I certainly need much grace to get me through each and every day.

Hopefully that explains why the blog has been a bit quiet.  From saying goodbye to Alison, to cleaning the house in preparation for Aimee, to dealing with testing babes - it's been a week that I haven't had much extra time.  And by the time the kids are in bed, I just want to lay on the couch and stare aimlessly at the ceiling - or get lost in a good book :)

I have a lot of fun things to share - a video of Z walking across the room, pictures of the babes decorated room, the finished play kitchen, some recipes -  but in the meantime, here's a song I really like.  Every time I hear it, I crank up the volume.  It makes me want to dance and sing at the top of my lungs.  And once I hear it, it's stuck in my head and ends up coming out my mouth the rest of the day!  Plus, it's just a beautiful reminder that Jesus wins - and sometimes I just need to rest in that simple, powerful fact. 
{linking up with Goodnight Moon}

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  1. Oh my thoughts are with you Mama...I'll be praying for you and for patience to take the first step. Keep singing that song out loud...Isn't it just amazing!?! It puts spring in my step. :)

  2. I've really gotten away from listening to Christian music, but I like this song! I should get back into it more.

  3. Take a deep breath when she's being frustrating! I read somewhere that if you look up for just a few seconds your anger and impatience goes away... or at least reduces. Worth a try!

  4. Well.... you and I are truly in the same boat my friend. Our kiddos are around the same age, 1 car.. haha I so know how you feel. My patience wears thin EVERY day! Lately I feel like all I'm doing is training/spanking McKennon. Poor guy. But better now then when they're 12 huh? Being a parent is so tough, but so rewarding. Whenever I need a break, I just put McKennon in his room for a bit. Just for a breather ya know? That way no one gets hurt ;-) haha!!
    Glad you're having fun with all your company, can't wait to see some pics!

  5. I understand about patience wearing thin with a 2 year old. It gets so wearying to have to correct for the same thing over and over again.



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