Well, my sweet baby Maya has had a rough couple of days. Her second little bottom tooth just poked through, and man they really gave her a hard time. She has cried, moaned, gnawed, basically anything to dull the pain. I felt so awful for her, but at the same time I was having a whole lot of times where my patience was at zero. I consider myself a relatively patient person, but a girl can only take so much. Thankfully, she is doing much better today. I was sitting here today thinking about how eager I was for Gibson to move on to the next thing when he was a little baby. Time for teeth, time to sit up, time to crawl, time to talk, time to walk, etc. I have found myself wanting to hold on to Maya and just slow her down. I have witnessed how fast it goes and how quickly they move on to pushing your hugs away and wanting "down" to go play. In the midst of all of her crying this weekend I kept finding myself just picking her up, closing my eyes, and holding her as close as humanely possible. It's like all the screaming in my ear disappeared, and I just wanted to soak it all up while she still needs me. I know soon enough she'll be on the move, chasing after her big brother. She might even learn to say "Mommy, no" just like him. So eventhough my patience has been tested this weekend, God has reminded me to slow down and enjoy the moments...even the very loud ones.
I just have to gush about our new washer and dryer. Well, not new, but it is to us! Our old washer and dryer was really, really bad. It barely fit more than a pair of jeans, didn't clean things as well as they should be cleaned, and was from when my husband lived with a bunch of guys (yuck!). I think it was straight out of the 80's. Recently we got a great tip from a friend (thanks Kate!) that a couple that moved from the area were wanting to sell their washer and dryer. I was skeptical, thinking it would probably still be too expensive. We're on a limited buget ya know. We got the information that they were Sears Maytags and were only 4 years old. I got even more skeptical. Then they gave us their price...and it was unbelievably cheap! We worked out the details and my husband picked it up on Tuesday. Let's just say they far exceeded my expectations. They are awesome! They are in perfect condition and they're the extra large capacity ones! I can fit twice the load in as normal. I sound like a giddy little school girl but if you had seen our old ones, you would understand. I know its just laundry, but it is a total blessing from God. I feel so thankful. I have done about 5 loads of laundry in the last 2 days and, trust me, that's a lot for me. I'm sure my excitement will wane and I will be back to dreading it at some point, but for now, I'm a clothes washin' fool ya'll.
I just had to write about the amazing deals I found today! My mom, sister, and her twin boys drove over an hour to my house, and then we made another 45 minute trek to the outlet mall. Let me tell ya, it was worth it. I will list my great deals in order. First, at Bath and Body works, I got the antibacterial hand soap 4 for $10, some lotion for .99, and some chapstick for .99. Next, some canvas shoes from Old navy for Gibson for 5 (originally 12.99 I think) and a hat for 2.99 (originally 6). Then we hurried over to Pottery Barn. Jackpot! I got 4 red canvas pillow covers that were normally $20 a piece for 1.48 each! That was awesome, I've been on a pillow quest for quite some time now. I also got a bath mat there that was regularly $26 (who pays that for a bath mat?!) for 4.95. Then we went over to Children's Place where I got a .99 skirt, 1.99 shorts, and 1.99 pair of snow boots for Maya and a .99 pair of winter gloves for next year for Gibson. On top of all of this wonderfulness it was a gorgeous day here, 75 and sunny. Talk about my idea of a beautiful day...warm weather and good deals. Love it!
With all of the sickness that has attacked our household (i was the last to fall last night), I realized that I haven't done a post for the party telling you a little bit about myself. So here goes! I am a small town girl at heart. I grew up in Brookville, Indiana, where everybody knows everybody. I grew up in the country where you could ride your bikes on the gravel road, leave your doors unlocked, and play in the woods all day. I matured into a crazy party girl until I finally gave it all over to God. I went off to college at Cedarville University where I met wonderful friends and my fabulous husband, Phil. We got married in February, 2002 and stayed in good ol' Ohio. He started a job as a worship pastor and I was a preschool teacher for several years and then had a nanny job for a year and a half. We welcomed Gibson into our lives in 2005 and Maya in 2006. So needless to say, I'm a busy mommy! I have the amazing privelege of staying home now and trying my best to be a good wife and mom. Of course I fail on a daily basis, but I'm learning new things and laughing along the way. I talk to my mom, sister, or both on the phone for at least an hour every day. I have wonderful friends so I can have playdates, go to lunch, and go shopping on a regular basis. Phil and I love to listen to great music and watch movies. Blockbuster loves us. We are also into some tv shows, like 24 and American Idol. I am currently on a life-long journey to eat healthy and exercise regularly (that, too, is a daily struggle!). I have a great house church that meets every Wednesday. Oh, I also have a very cute and hairy dog named Delia. Some other random things I like are: taking pictures, buying things on clearance, cooking/baking, family trips to the park, Cox Arboretum, Fridays (Phil's day off), looking at realstate, sewing, Apex, interior decorating, and vacation. So there ya go, a very random and disjointed post about myself. I blame the nasty germs swirling around the room!
So tonight I was planning a wonderfully tasty, and healthy dinner: wheat spaghetti, garden combo sauce, and chicken meatballs. I even thought about throwing a salad in there, too. Before I realized it, 6:30 rolled around and I decided it was much too late to begin the process of making meatballs, letting them cook slowly in the sauce, and boil the noodles. And you all know how long that salad would have taken. So, I popped in a Freshchetta frozen pizza. I know, I know, healthy huh? I think this proves my problem with procrastination. I can rationalize until the cows come home, because I was very busy checking email and blogs, right? Hmmm, maybe I should throw in some steamed veggies for good measure.
I'm sure when you read the title of my post you were completely compelled to read on. ok, so maybe not. Those two little words have been my life for the last few days. Let me start this out by explaining the vinyl part. When I was pregnant with my first child, I was reading Parents magazine. At the back of the magazine they have the "It worked for me" section. I read one mother explain that when her children are sick she puts down plastic tablecloths everywhere for them to play on, sleep on, watch tv on, etc. I remember as a pregnant/first-time mom-to-be I thought to myself, "how cruel, just put your puking kid on a plastic mat?!". Well people, that's just precisely what I did. When Gibson got sick on Friday I ran myself right over to Big Lots and bought two very colorful tropical fish vinyl tablecloths (not my up of tea, but they were only a 1.25 each). Hey, maybe the tropical fish will bring a sense of tranquility to the situation. But I have to say, the idea is pure GENIUS! No rug-scrubbing or stain-lifting, just wipe it right up. I wish I could say I thought of the wonderful idea myself, but I have to give credit to that mom out there somewhere who had a revelation from the Lord. Since the rest of my family seems to be following suit with the sickness, I think the "splat mats" are here to stay.
Because it is 12:05 a.m. and my household has been plagued with the pukes for the last few days, I have nothing remarkable to say to start out my brand new blog. So sorry to disappoint, but I just cannot conjour up anything coherent in this brain of mine right now. To catch up on my blogging life thus far, you can visit my previous page at www.xanga.com/amberleewing. More fabulously interesting posts to follow....maybe...