Yesterday, we had a snowstorm and had to cancel church. We had an unexpected day off! I wouldn’t want it to happen very often, but it was a nice surprise to have a whole day suddenly cleared. We ended up having lunch with our treasurer to help celebrate Princess’s 5th birthday. She was excited to go to church and be doted on by everyone, but with the snow, that wasn’t happening. So, we had pizza and cake at their house, only a couple of blocks away. I can’t believe my princess is 5! She’s growing up so fast!

Then the schools canceled school. They canceled last night which is always nice. We got to sleep in! Two snow days in a row: Sunday and Monday! What fun. We will probably all go outside and shovel and play later.

I have been missing all my blog friends and my own blog, but I am getting a lot more done without so much internet time. And I needed to get things done. I’v been clearing all the clutter from my house. I guess rearranging the rooms inspired me! We still don’t have Christmas decorations up yet. Someone offered us thier old Christmas tree (only like two years old), but her new one was missing a part, so we will probably have to pull out the old one (also given to us by her). It’s getting late and I have presents I would like to put under it.

Well, I’m off to do more cleaning. We have lots of family coming the day after Christmas and our house is going to be sparkling! 😀

The last couple of days I’ve been kind of in a fog. I’m not sure why. Today I am just really in a funk. I think that is because the weather is just blah. It’s rainy and dark. I like the sun! I need the sun! I feed off of the sun! (Literally – I need that vitamin D!) Today I also had to pay a huge bill that we couldn’t really afford to pay, but we did anyway. And we didn’t even really pay it. I mean we paid it with extra school loan money, so doesn’t that just make really paying it delayed? Our finances can be frustrating. I always try to remind myself that if we had more money, we would spend more money, so we would still have issues. It’s true. That does make me feel a little better somehow.

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving. I feel like I should think on happy things. So, I will turn this bill paying around and look at the happy side. The bill now has a way lower percentage rate! It is also not looming over us because we won’t have to pay it back until 6 months after Chris graduates with his masters degree. That’s at least 3 years from now. That is very good news! I guess it’s all about the details. The overall picture may look bleak, but I can’t go borrowing tomorrow’s troubles, can I? For today, we have one less bill to worry about. Yippee!

Tomorrow we will be going to my mom’s house for Thanksgiving and to celebrate all the December birthdays in my family. Hubby, Princess and my brother are all turning a year older next month. We decided to celebrate early so that it’s more of a birthday celebration. Of course, originally it was supposed to be separate from all holiday celebrations, but that didn’t work out. It should be fun, though. I’m looking forward to a relaxing day stuffing myself with turkey. I really hope we have leftover turkey, too. I love cold turkey sandwiches. Yum! Well, I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving Day!

ElaineCan you guess how old I am from the picture? Post a comment. I promise I won’t be offended, no matter what you say. I’m getting old! Ha Ha. I bet most of you will never guess my age.

Most people think I’m still in high school, or at least college. I know that I’ll appreciate that when I am 50 and look 40, but right now, I’d rather look my age.

Tonight, as a birthday gift from a friend, I will stay with my mom so that I can leave for Chicago at 6 a.m. tomorrow morning with my friend, Tricia, my mom and my sister-in-law, Mackenzie. We like to take trips to Chicago together. I think this is our second all together, but I also met my mom there one year.

That was a crazy trip! Princess was only 6 months old and I decided to take her because my mom wanted to see her. I took the train and I was worried that if I fell asleep, someone would take P, so I had her in one of those baby backpacks. She was attached to me almost the whole way. I think it was over a 12 hour trip from Nebraska to Chicago (plus 12 more on the way back). I’ve got a great picture of our trip, but right now, I’m at work. Maybe I’ll add it later, though.More...

So, I’m looking forward to exploring Chicago. My favorite spots, so far, are the Museum of Contemporary Art (on free Tuesdays), Ed Debevics, the Magnificent Mile and the American Girl store (I can’t wait until P is old enough for me to trust her with a $100 doll so I can buy her one-I do plan on splurging). Remember, I live in a very rural area. So those stores are exciting when I get to go to them.

So my plan for the day is to finish working, and then go pick up my family at the coffee shop in our church basement. I will open my gifts there (yay!), then we will go out to eat. After that, my hubby has to take me to Bay City to drop me off.

I will be taking the MacBook with me, but I’m not sure I’ll actually get around to posting or anything, so you may not hear from me for a few days. I’ll be back late Saturday night.

*If you were trying to read this right after I posted, WordPress was being spazy, so I apologize for the confusion.

Update: Did you guys look? You all are right on. I turned 28 yesterday. Thanks for the comments and greetings! It was a great day and I’m having a great trip!

ElaineCan you guess how old I am from the picture? Post a comment. I promise I won’t be offended, no matter what you say. I’m getting old! Ha Ha. I bet most of you will never guess my age.

Most people think I’m still in high school, or at least college. I know that I’ll appreciate that when I am 50 and look 40, but right now, I’d rather look my age.

Tonight, as a birthday gift from a friend, I will stay with my mom so that I can leave for Chicago at 6 a.m. tomorrow morning with my friend, Tricia, my mom and my sister-in-law, Mackenzie. We like to take trips to Chicago together. I think this is our second all together, but I also met my mom there one year.

That was a crazy trip! Princess was only 6 months old and I decided to take her because my mom wanted to see her. I took the train and I was worried that if I fell asleep, someone would take P, so I had her in one of those baby backpacks. She was attached to me almost the whole way. I think it was over a 12 hour trip from Nebraska to Chicago (plus 12 more on the way back). I’ve got a great picture of our trip, but right now, I’m at work. Maybe I’ll add it later, though.More...

So, I’m looking forward to exploring Chicago. My favorite spots, so far, are the Museum of Contemporary Art (on free Tuesdays), Ed Debevics, the Magnificent Mile and the American Girl store (I can’t wait until P is old enough for me to trust her with a $100 doll so I can buy her one-I do plan on splurging). Remember, I live in a very rural area. So those stores are exciting when I get to go to them.

So my plan for the day is to finish working, and then go pick up my family at the coffee shop in our church basement. I will open my gifts there (yay!), then we will go out to eat. After that, my hubby has to take me to Bay City to drop me off.

I will be taking the MacBook with me, but I’m not sure I’ll actually get around to posting or anything, so you may not hear from me for a few days. I’ll be back late Saturday night.

*If you were trying to read this right after I posted, WordPress was being spazy, so I apologize for the confusion.

Update: Did you guys look? You all are right on. I turned 28 yesterday. Thanks for the comments and greetings! It was a great day and I’m having a great trip!

Yesterday I had to go to the doctor both for myself and Little Man. In the process, they checked my weight. It was not pretty! I don’t think anyone can tell yet, but I have gained back 20 pounds! I can definitely tell. I expected the extra 20 pounds, actually.

I have been having a hard time getting motivated to eat right. The problem is that I love sugar! I’m addicted! Really, really addicted. Besides that, my birthday is in a week, and I want to enjoy it. The day after that, I am going to Chicago with some family and a friend and I don’t want to worry about food then. I also want to enjoy Thanksgiving and Christmas and New Year’s.

So, here is my Pros and Cons of eating right list:

Pros:

  • More Energy
  • Get More Done In a Day
  • Less Fat
  • Fit into Clothes
  • Sick Less Often
  • Cranky Less Often
  • Happier
  • Less Chance of Dying Young
  • More Fun to the Kids (because I have energy)

Cons:

  • Can’t Eat Sweets Whenever I Want
  • Will Feel Guilty For Indulging on My Birthday
  • Will Feel Guilty Not Eating Right on Trip to Chicago

Well, I guess the pros outweigh the cons! And I already feel guilty, so that’s kind of null, too. So, tomorrow I start eating right (how I was taught in my very expensive, but worth it, classes)!

I am so tired! This past week has been crazy! (Which is why I haven’t been posting anything.) I was cleaning my house like crazy because my in-laws came on Thursday. I had to preach this Sunday and we had Little Man’s 3rd birthday party today after church. My hubby is napping right now, but I decided not to because when I took a nap on Thursday, I slept for 5 hours! I would like to sleep tonight. But I am exhausted. I will be glad when everything settles into the normal fall routine. Well, it won’t actually be normal. Little Man starts Head Start this year. He and Princess will be in the same class. Princess is 16 days too young to go to Kindergarten this year. It will be good for Little Man to have his sister the first year. They will have 4 half days of school per week.

I’ll miss them both, but I plan on making good use of that time! I plan on dropping them off at the bus and then doing devotions. I’ve been doing them at night, but I think the morning would be better. Usually, I would get on the computer, but Chris has started his Masters and he’ll be up and doing that online in the mornings. Which will be good because it will make me do other, more productive things with my free time.

Oh! In other news, both Chris and I passed our ordination exams. In November, we will have interviews. That is the last step. Hopefully, all will go well. I look forward to that being over, too. The test was probably the worst part, so it was a great relief to find out last week that we passed.

So, all in all, I’m glad the summer is over. It’s been so hectic!