Feb 18, 2009

I can't even keep track of myself!

I have written about a dozen blogs and not published a one of them.
We have had lots going on and most of my blogs have had tons of boring, blah, often negative things that I really don't think you want to hear.

We really have had a lot going on so this will be my sorta journal update!

The Low Down:

Landis will not stop singing Wagon Wheel. It's first thing he asks for in the morning and the last thing he wants to hear before going to sleep at night. We are Wagon Wheeled out! I have tried to get him interested in other songs only to have those become obsessions along with Wagon Wheel. At least he is expanding his repitoire, but please Landis no one wants to hear the same song a million times!
Here he fell asleep while with me at the computer!

Nick is now in school 3 nights a week. He is working a day job, and a night job. On the nights he has school he goes to his night job after class. He has expanded and is now pursing two home businesses. They are BeatNick Audio and a new woodworking business building solid wood kids toys. He is home 2 hours in the late afternoon, these are precious hours.

I am partaking in a home school co-op, and also working in my spare time on helping to establish a Waldorf inspired Charter School. I also have been working hard to find as many fun and fulfilling activities that I can. I am part of several different groups: A birth activist group, a book club, and a monthly singing group. All are just fun and fabulous for me!

Teilee has had several orthopedist visits and I finnally found a doctor who recommends getting orthodics to stabilize her foot and add in calf stretching exercises, then wait to see what happens. Basically all the research I have done says the same thing and I am happy to have found an experienced doctor. The only problem now is getting insurance to pay for it. Unnecessary surgery they will pay for, but they won't help with the much cheaper and more helpful orthodics.

Teilee has been a vibrant little helper these days and has even assisted in putting Landis to bed and in tending to a sick mommy. Her in depth knowledge of dinosaurs grows along with her curiosity. She has resorted to telling mommy and daddy the hip type of each dinosaur. I have no idea if she is right, I don't have that kind of memory. I have got to get this child to the Denver museum. I believe they have a free day next month and I intend to take her. She has also stated that we need to travel to Canada, Australia, and Germany to see certain
dinosaur fossils. She was concerned though that if we traveled for longer than a day that we would have to sell our house, get rid of our cats, and move there. Of course I just thought that was so sad that she has never had a real vacation or even a visit to grandparents that involved both Nick and I for longer than two days. She doesn't understand the concept.

She is in the barrel in this picture. It was an elaborate pulley system that she a some other kiddos came up with. They would climb into the barrel from the bridge and then lower each other down to the ground.

We are still struggling financially, but have had a ton of support lately that has made me feel so positive about the future. It is still difficult that when I need a new bra, or the kids need a new pair of shoes that these things have now been deemed unnecessary and quite frankly just not possible. We are headed in the right direction though so hopefully this will be temporary (if you don't count the last 4 years).

We have recently begun our house re-vamp/spring cleaning/decorating/finishing projects. We tackled the living room last weekend and discovered our need for shelves. I didn't want to spend money and knew that I had some extra books so this happened........

They work great for all the little knick knacks and it looks like the books are floating on the wall. I love it and they were free!

Then I kept working......

We took another bookshelf, chopped its legs off and put them inside the bookshelf as shelves. I brightened up the paint and hung it vertically instead of horizontally and walla, insta shelf (on the right). Then I painted the mirror red over a pastel green and scuffed it up. It turned out great too. I intend to paint the red doors, accent walls, and all of the trim in our house white, then next month we will paint our kitchen cabinets white. Then either our appliances or our counter or something fabulous will be red. I am so ready to get our house in shape and am excited to flex my creativity. As long as I can keep it free or almost free I am sure I will be able to do almost everything that I want to. Thank god for freecycle, and craigslist and my already abundant supply of decorating, painting, remodeling gear!

I am craving some creative writing so be prepared for something in the near future that does not include journaling or updating.

Busy busy busy and I have only included a portion of our lives I wish you had time for all of it......I wish I had time for all of it!


Andi said...

God, these are too long. Next time I am going to write a small paragraph. That will be my New Years resolution;)

kinetic said...

Wow! "Book" shelves--I LOVE it! The new decor looks fantastic.

Dear You and Nick, RE: Working, raising kids, alternating going to school. I know I'm not a total freaking wuss and I when I was working and going to school I was having, like, a breakdown a week about how to get everything done. And I looked at people who were doing it with kids and realized: holy FSM, you are super-human. It is really the only answer.

Am I just making it up, or did you want to be an archeologist for awhile? Perhaps this is running in your blood and someone from your bloodline is destined to dig up dinos.

Anonymous said...

HA! Nick and his 70 jobs, you and your 70 jobs. I don't know how you two do it, but somehow you manage to keep it all together. Even if it's just barely, that still counts as together.

Also, I don't mind long blogs, but I find shorter is easier to write. Doesn't seem like such a task, then.

Nice decorating!

Andi said...

Yes there was the dream of being an archeologist, it is still an interest of mine. If I can live vicariously through my children and their interests than I will!


it's just me....searching for hidden treasure said...

when you go to denver to see the dinos, let me know! i'd love to come with...

Anonymous said...

And Andi, I hope to be a paleontologist when I grow up. Now Teilee has me wanting to look over dinosaur pelvic girdles. But, as a general observation, I am constantly amazed at your imagination and design aptitude. You obviously have artistic skills of which I do honestly envy. I too, live vicariously through my children and now grandchildren. :-)
Papa Ken

*Kara* said...

I LOVE your "book" shelves. Seriously, so cute!! How did you do it??
It sounds like you are doing so well and working so hard. I'm so jealous of your creativity!! I'm just not that full of useful ideas... Go you!
Kids are cute as ever. Thanks for posting pics!
I'm looking forward to reading your creative writing... :)
I am truly amazed by how much you get done and how well you do it. You are AWESOME! Such an inspiration to me!

Love ya!

P.S. What are your kids shoe sizes? Your bra size? I'm in the middle of spring cleaning and have a ton of stuff that my kids have grown out of...

KBH said...

Oh my gosh. I feel so behind, I didn't know you had blogged a few days ago!! Anywho, I love, love, love your decorating. And I love the long blogs. Landis falling asleep on you lap is hilarious. He must be exhausted from all the groups you're involved in. Isn't it fun to be busy!!! It keeps me out of depression. I'm sorry your sick though (saw that on facebook). Get better soon.

My new umberella!