Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.
Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable - if anything is excellent or praiseworthy - think about such things.
Sometimes I think that I never want to go on vacation - because I usually need a vacation from my vacation. And, while I still feel like I need that restful time after the vacation, we had so much fun going to Wisconsin Dells. I invited some friends of ours to join us in going because that way the kids would have someone to play with - and so would the BIG kids. I am so glad that the Pedersons could join us...we had so much fun.
We arrived Sunday - at the townhouse at Christmas Mountain in Wisconsin Dells - too late to do anything except unpack and order pizza - then try to get the too excited kiddos to bed - not going to happen but at least we could sleep in. Here are pictures of the kids and my big kid playing in the pool at the resort.
Daddy and K going down the big slide.
C going down the froggy slide all by himself.
D playing in the water as always.
K had lots of fun but also got a little banged up...she was running from Daddy when she tripped and landed on her nose - poor girl. That and almost drowning a couple of times and she was done with the water.
We also did some cookie decorating, went to Mt. Olympus, played at the playground, kite flying with Daddies, and hanging at the townhouse. I will post some more pics later...
I was looking for some green to put on my kiddos for SPD...we found shirts and socks, but of course that wasn't good enough because they needed the whole leprechaun outfit. Jeans just weren't good enough, but I finally convinced them that leprechauns can wear jeans. Then I was going to put green hairspray in but they were mad because leprechauns had orange hair...I told them I was only doing green...they didn't want it so we went without.
I dropped them off at my friend Lisa's so I could take T to her two month checkup (Yes, I am a little behind in that). I drop them off and they proceed to tell Lisa that they are Captain Leprechaun from the planet Lepro, which is in the darkest black hole farther than the planet Germathon (which can hold a 100 germ guys since they are so small). At least that is what they were talking about on the way down...the story might have changed for Lisa. This is what he told Lisa...
Leprechaun Man from planet Lepro is visiting me. Planet Lepro is from way inside the deepest black hole, right above plant Germathon, where the germites have 4 arms.
They are continuing this play here at home...I know Saturday they were playing leprechauns with my sister while we were gone...they were finding the pot of gold under the rainbow. We could use a pot of gold right at the moment, but I guess we will survive.
K and I went for a walk to get the mail...on our way back through the house she saw a baby doll that was not yet unpacked so we had to bring it into the house. She marched right over to where we keep the diapers and grabbed one, asking me to help her put it on the baby. We put it on the baby and then she put her hands up like she was missing something. I asked her what she was looking for and she said powder. We found the container of powder and she spent about 15 minutes pretending to put powder on the baby's bottom. Then of course she had to proceed to burp her because she has helped me burp T. I was waiting for her to try to feed her but that didn't happen - LOL. She did need her to be wrapped in a blanket and put her down for a nap because T was sleeping too. Again, I need to get pictures and add them to this...if you don't find it funny - well, I guess you had to be there then.
A couple of weeks ago, my dad started having problems with his eyes...just thought they were dry. When they weren't getting any better he went to a doctor, then to a specialist. They told him that he had a viral infection in his eyes...they thought it was shingles coming out in his eyes. I guess shingles can manifest themselves anywhere. He said it felt like sand paper. His vision is very cloudy - he cannot read, watch TV or drive. He tries to watch tv and says if he focuses on something then it isn't so bad but if he looks at something else or looks away and looks back it is all cloudy again.
To make a long story short he has been going in every couple days to get shots in his eyes, taking medication, and doing eyedrops. Finally today there has been some progress. The doctors say that they are clearing up, the pus spots have turned from milky white to dull grey. Still doesn't sound pleasant. He will go back on Friday and hopefully get some more good news. When the infection is all cleared up they will check to see if any damage is done and if there is he will need laser surgery. Hopefully it won't come to that.
Please pray for him...I can't imagine not being able to see clearly enough to do anything. Pray that there is no damage as well. Thank you!
Here he is with my girls - K loves
Update: Dad went to the doctor again and they said it was clearing up. He can tell a difference too...he is able to see a little better. Another shot it each eye and he goes back to the doc on Wednesday. Thanks for your prayers...keep on praying.
Latest Update: His eyes are continuing to get better...more shots (Ugh!)...next appointment is Monday...
We have been busy lately...Dan has been home - he still has a job, but just nothing to do. It has been nice having him around. We are still trying to get the house unpacked and settled. We just picked up some bunk beds and so I am trying to get the boys' room painted. The "sky" is mostly done but we ran out of paint. I need to work on the "dirt" that was wanted. Once we get that painted we can set up the beds and I will slowly work on the requests for dinosaurs, sun, worms and lava.
In a couple of weeks we are looking forward to a small vacation at Wisconsin Dells. We will be going with some good friends and so the kids will have playmates as well. We leave on Sunday and come back on Friday. Dan has to leave on Wednesday though to get sent on a job...go figure, we plan a vacation and he finally gets some work! He will be home in time for Easter.
We are a little concerned about my Dad lately too. He has a viral infection in his eyes. He is on drops and medication but it does not seem to be helping. They are too cloudy for the doctor to see if there is any damage to his eyes. He cannot see to read or even watch TV - definitely can't drive. If there is damage to the eyes they may have to do laser surgery to correct them. Prayerfully, they will clear up and there will be no damage - AND my dad will regain his normal vision!
The kiddos are doing great...T and D must be in growth spurts because both of them are eating non-stop. K is following behind the boys like normal, trying to do whatever they do and climbing on everything. C keeps us entertained like always. I love my kiddos - they are awesome (most of the time, frustrating once in the while). They are normal kiddos - Right?
I finally finished painting the kid's bathroom. Below are pictures...the boys decided on a safari theme. My colors are much brighter than the shower curtain and other accouterments (sp?) that came with it but I like the brighter colors.
Next comes their bedroom...they want dinosaurs, volcanos, lava, and worms on their bedroom walls. Should probably work on that soon since we are getting their bunkbeds this weekend.
Hello, thank you for visiting my blog. I am a happily married woman with four beautiful blessings, who just happen to know how to make lots of noise - mostly joyful but sometimes NOT. I home school my Kindergartner as well as my pre-schooler. I like to consider myself as a joyful noise, however, sometimes I too can become a hurt in other's ears. I am a Christian and love the Lord, serving him and others - again hopefully - with joy. I love spending time with my family and my friends whenever I get the chance.