March/April G2K Cathy and Becca

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Sat, 03-31-2012 - 4:19pm
Sorry I hadn't responded - its been hectic here as well. I've been praying for your mom's situation. How awful that the country is low on anesthetics! I forgot what your mom needed surgery for - will it be able to wait long?

That's cool that you get freebies from Tyndale and then review them! I love Christian non-fiction, but lately I've been reading political non-fiction. I can't remember the last time I read fiction. I get enough of that from TV!

That's great that you try to do all your errands during the week so you can rest and enjoy the weekend with your family. I used to try to do that too, but since I had kids, its just impossible. I usually crash after work, and now with a 6 mo old that is BFing, its hard to get out much at all!

This week was crazy because I ended up having to take conference calls from home on Thursday. Also, the power went out twice at work this week (yes, a major university), so I lost some precious time due to that. In my world, 2 hours is a lot!

This year my family is coming over to my house for Easter. First time I've ever hosted a major holiday (besides Andrew's birthday). I pulled out my tablecloths for the first time in my 11 year marriage, and will also be pulling out my china for the first time ever. Kinda strange. My parents are coming over here to basically run away from the drama in my mom's family. I don't mind, because its hard to get there for Easter - church is long, need to come home first and potty the pugs, then drive 45 min out there... And my in-laws will come over too, so that will be nice.

Okay, Leah is done being calm, so I must run!
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Wed, 03-28-2012 - 2:44pm
Hope your week has gone well so far! We tend to be a little busy since I don't run a lot of errands or clean a ton on the weekend. The focus on Monday shifts from family time to getting things done! Then yesterday we had preschool again (finally) and helped one of my sisters in the afternoon by giving her a ride into the city to pick up her truck at the shop. I was glad for a little time with her and hope she thinks to ask me for that sort of thing more often.

It's rainy this morning, so I've been doing more cleaning and trying to think of a few fun things to make the time pass for the boys. Should get lunch on the go soon so we'll have some playgroup time at the school after we've eaten. Wednesday's the only afternoon session and this week that looks like it'll fit best for us.

A new freebie from Tyndale came by mail yesterday, so I have to start that soon to review on my blog. I was going to go to the city library for a non-fiction pick, but I might check my ebook library first since there have been more offerings lately that aren't novels. (Or more that I've noticed, anyway.) Don't want to wait too long between books since I seem to be learning so much from non-fiction these days!

I tried something new last night that came up in the ladies' Bible study - writing your prayers. I thought this might work well not only as a record to myself of what I've prayed for and how it's been answered, but also maybe a little more direct and on-track than praying silently and getting sidetracked. ;) I wrote for about 20 mins and hope I can do it regularly. It seemed to fit well for the writer in me. :)

I don't think I've updated since I last talked to my mum on the phone, but I wanted to update you about the expected surgery. It's on hold at the moment because of a shortage of anesthetics across the country. Apparently there's only one supplier, so no backup when supplies run low. While they wait for more to be manufactured, the nearest hospital to us is saving what they have for emergency surgeries. Definitely the right strategy, but it stinks that the situation exists. I hope it doesn't take too much longer for the manufacturer to boost production and get the order filled. I'm sure there are many waiting for surgeries they need but that aren't in the emergency category...

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Mon, 03-26-2012 - 10:15am

As you might have guessed, we had a busy weekend!

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Sat, 03-24-2012 - 1:26am
I'm excited for the days when the guys of the house will go fishing together. I don't mind coming along since it's a good family outing, but it would also be kinda nice to have them do their male bonding while I do my own thing. ;)

It's sad and kinda funny at the same time to hear that there are churches that don't focus on the Bible. I'm so glad you're in a better place now.

Ben's fairly predictable with naptime (and I don't let him sleep long since that causes him to wake super-early) so I'm blessed with knowing that Tim and I have an hour to spend. Sometimes we'll want more, but at least we know. When we go outside this spring and summer, I'll have to see if Ben will actually get to his naps or refuse in favour of staying outside. If he does go in, I'll see if I can lock our gate so Tim can stay out while I'm reading naptime stories. Then I could go right back outside and wake Ben up an hour later. My other option is to do a slightly later naptime and just roll it into supper prep time, bringing both kids inside and giving Tim a snack to make it less frustrating to come inside. ;)

Tonight I'm listening to Heaven is for Real. I started the audiobook this afternoon while beginning supper prep (big burgers thanks to a patty press, plus homemade fries). I enjoyed the first half-hour, so I decided that I'd play it during my workout this evening, rather than music. Then I just let it play. I might even finish it tonight and I just "checked it out" from the library website last night! I've listened to novel audiobooks before and they're usually 7 hours and it takes me the whole two-week period to finish. This time, I'm zipping through the 4 hours!

I hope you have a good weekend! No big plans here for me, just have to pick up new compression socks at Wal-Mart tomorrow. (Two kids plus my mum's genes mean that my varicose veins need a little attention!) Hubby's probably going to work on the fishing rods. The wood came in for the reel seats (what I might have just called the "wood in the handle" before he gave me the correct term) so now he'll make those pieces and then soon he'll be ready to do some threadwork indoors to put the rods together.

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Wed, 03-21-2012 - 9:59am
Wow, custom fishing rods too? That is so cool. I never knew you could custom make those either. I can't wait until Andrew is old enough to do that - DH's stepdad is really looking forward to it!

I grew up in a church that didn't focus on the Bible much, so as I started learning and reading more after I got married, I was amazed at all the cool stuff that's in there. I love how the Veggie Tale's Jonah movie ends , with Jonah just whining. I remember reading that the first time and having the same reaction as Bob the Tomato!

The issue with DH and his conflict is just a time thing. Just this week, something important came through that required a lot of attention. DH made phone calls and he asked me to email about 10-12 senators. That took me a half hour, and in my world, that's a lot of time that I could be using for work (or play).

Yesterday was a relatively productive day at home with work and with the kids, but boy was it exhausting! Andrew has been getting more and more stir crazy, and at times that Leah is taking a short nap, I don't feel like I can take Andrew outside in case Leah wakes up. I need to learn how to strike that balance.

SO much work to do at work! Yikes!
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Mon, 03-19-2012 - 5:59pm

Yay for great weekend weather! Saturday here was rain and snow, but yesterday was clear. A bit chilly, but sunshine is just fine with me. ;)

I grew up going to church so it was kinda cool to me when I recognised the stories as I started reading more of the Bible when I was older. Kinda like, "Oh, this stuff is actually in the Bible? I thought it was just made up!" ;) I've had the boys watch Veggie Tales a couple times and should encourage them to get their lessons from that video series and the children's Bible my mum gave us recently.

Apparently the work with the pens that Hubby's been doing is partly just fun, but also to perfect which technique to use for the finish he'll put on the fishing rods he's going to make for the boys. I also had no clue you could make custom fishing rods until last year. Now he has more tools to do the job than he did for previous ones (one rod for himself and one for his dad) so it shouldn't take as long. He shapes cork for the handle, attaches the eyelets with different coloured thread and then adds finish to the handle and thread. Looked quite professional on the other rods, so I'm hoping he'll be really pleased with the next ones.

I know I've heard a bit about the political process before meaning you had to focus on it totally and not work, but I guess I didn't think about any conflicts between that and the natural provider role. I'll be praying your husband is at peace with whatever route he takes.

Off to do a little reading for the second half of Ben's nap, then it'll be time to make supper!

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Mon, 03-19-2012 - 9:28am
We had a pretty nice weekend. The weather was awesome on Satrurday (70s I think) so Leah and I sat outside. She really liked the sounds and watched a bird fly by (followed it with her head). DH took Andrew to the library to play in the kids area and also get some books, so I got a ton of cleaning done (well, a ton for me!) and also a bit of work done, so that's all good.

Our church has a class for kids 2-3. I'm not sure what Andrew is learning, but he's starting to make connections between Veggie Tales and Bible stories. One night he was asking for Jonah, so I read him the Jonah story in his little Bible. Also during the worship hour, the pastor does "Pastors Pals" when all the little kids go up for a little devotional/mini sermon type thing. Andrew is the youngest one, but he cutely said "Amen" at the end of their prayer.

I never thought you could make pens at home from wood either! How cool!

Sounds like such a hassle for you to get a package from the US side! I hope you are able to do a playgroup this week!

Today will be another interesting day. I have a bunch of meetings at work, and Leah woke up early so her schedule will be off. Hopefully she'll take some decent naps so DH can have a reasonable day. Hopefully he'll get Andrew out to enjoy the weather somehow too - its so hard when their naps don't occur together though.

One little update about DH and his search for work: We watched some videos last week from our political organization that really motivated DH to do something. Then he told me a couple days later that he realized that you can't have a job and be politically active at the same time. Good point. So maybe he's coming to the realization that he doesn't need a paying job to feel satisfied.
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Sun, 03-18-2012 - 5:40pm
How's your weekend been? I was headachy yesterday and our planned outing for passport photos didn't work out (again) but it was still a good day. Hubby got a raincheck for a ladder on sale, so that's one less item we need around the house, and he did that on the way to get us supper from the donut shop - chili and sandwiches, really good food. I didn't win anything for the contest they're currently running, but I loved the food and wasn't disappointed by the lack of tempting donuts in our meals. We certainly have changed our diet from the years when it was just the two of us and I have to say I'm a bit proud of our progress!

I was really tired this morning and dozed on the couch while the boys watched "Horton Hears a Who" for the first time. I didn't mean to skip church, but was slow getting myself dressed and then Tim needed the bathroom for a little while when we would already be late going... I'll have to check if I can get the message on CD later in the week. The boys could use a reading or two from a children's devotional Bible as well - they don't always get Sunday school, sometimes just playtime in the nursery, but I feel like I should make up for the missed church atmosphere!

Hubby's out in the garage working on another pen, his fourth (I think) since getting a pen-making kit. I had no idea before that pens could be made from drilling through wood, inserting bushings and then sanding and shaping the wood to a pen shape. Silly me, I just thought all pens were made of plastic and never considered the process at all.

One more week of spring break. Depending on what needs to be done at home or for errands, we might get to another playgroup in my hometown and lunch with my parents afterward. I've already asked my dad to go with me if I need to retrieve another parcel across the WA border - my passport just expired and a cancelled package was mistakenly shipped, so I'd feel better trying to cross if I have my dad there with his own valid passport. Hopefully I wouldn't get in trouble, just be told to walk back to the Canadian side while my dad retrieves the package from the gas station up the hill. It would be so much easier if Hubby takes a co-worker's offer to go for him!

Ben's crying rather than napping with Tim in the room (since Tim was grumpy and naughty). Better go check what's up. Looks like we might have another no-nap day!

Hugs and prayers!

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Fri, 03-16-2012 - 10:15am
I seem to be sleeping better - YAY! Only woke once last night, and that's okay, because I like to take some of my medication overnight. Well, actually woke twice, because Andrew woke up screaming. DH tended to him - he must have had a bad dream or something.

The weather here has been great and we've taken some long family walks the past few days. And one day we went to the playground. Anything for Andrew to run around! Its been raining now and then, but we've still been able to get out and enjoy the warmth.

Yes it would probably be good if you got to see your mum before her surgery. Parents like that too ;)

I remember before Andrew was born, I'd always have this list of movies I wanted to see. There were 3 that came out right when he was born, and we eventually got them from the library (though it took us a couple of years!) The only movie I'm dying to see right now is The Help. And I havent't seen the last Harry Potter in its entirety - too long so I only watched half of it before I had to go to bed (that movie is just a little too dark for Andrew to see).

Nothing big planned for us this weekend. I just need to get caught up on work. I got some big work dumped in my lap sort of last minute, and I couldn't really say no. Hopefully the weather will hold up so we can take Andrew to the park or something. I hope you enjoy your weekend too!
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Fri, 03-16-2012 - 1:40am
I hope your sleep schedule evens out! Looks like Ben's finishing up his molars, so he woke up a couple times last night. Didn't help that I had a bad dream as well. Ugh. We need some consistent good sleep in both our houses!

I have a thing about making tea after breakfast. One small pot of regular tea (about 16 oz) and then I'm usually good for caffeine. I'm trying to keep the intake low enough that I shouldn't get a headache if the morning's too busy for the tea. (I do try not to be *that* busy.)

We had a couple nice days earlier in the week, but then it turned a bit cooler. Snow overnight, though not much. It was a slushy drive on the highway today to my hometown, but after playgroup for the kids, picking up a takeout supper to reheat and a late lunch, it was all rain and clear roads. Hopefully tomorrow will be nice. I don't mind more rain, actually, since I'm wanting the snow in our yard to disappear. It would be good to get the boys out for a little walk and/or trike ride, though.

We didn't get to see my parents today as we usually do when we're in my hometown. As long as everyone stays healthy for the next week, we might get in another chance at a visit. I'm really hoping to see my mum before she's scheduled for bladder surgery. I guess with my parents getting older, I'm thinking it's good to have a little face-to-face before any type of medical procedure, in case of complications...

We watched the new Tintin movie tonight. Really good! I didn't think I remembered a lot about the comic from my days of reading it in high school (in French, I think) but it seemed to be fairly easy to catch which person was which. I liked the plot, too. I'd say it was better than last night's viewing of The Three Musketeers (2011 version) but not too much, since both were good movies. :) I'm hoping the Footloose remake won't be too far behind. (Might get to that on the weekend.) And the Muppets movie comes out next Tuesday! :D Don't mind me, movie junkie here. ;)

Praying for a good weekend for you and yours!