Friday, September 29, 2006

just call me pollyanna...

have you seen pollyanna? great show. anyway, she plays the "glad game". this is where you always try to think of some things to be glad about, especially when it is a difficult something going on.
i have decided to play the glad game today. i had to pay bills today--i hate it. but the glad game will save the day, or so i hope. so here goes:
  • i am glad shawn has a good job.
  • i am glad i get to be a stay-home mom.
  • i am glad i can pay bills on-line.
  • i am glad to know where my money is (even if i don't like where it is going).
  • i am glad we have the money to pay our bills.
  • i am glad to pay tithing.
  • i am glad i am a bit organized these days with my bills.

wow. that was a bit difficult at the end. but i think i am definitely gladder. i could make a bigger, longer list of things i am not glad about. but that is not the point.

i am glad. huh.

Thursday, September 28, 2006

what about me--the mother?

anna won't give me a kiss goodbye in the mornings anymore when i drop her off at school. she will blow me a kiss but won't even use her hands to send it my way. just a little pucker and blow of her lips and off she goes. she is only in first grade! i am her mother! she can't be too cool for her mom in first grade, can she?
really, my heart is broken.

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

time keeps on ticking

mikey decided to go underwater the other night while he was taking a tubby. anna decided to time him. she couldn't even get to one. he wasn't even under for a mili-second. but she told him, "wow, mikey, that was almost ten seconds...if i counted really fast."

what if we could speed up time or slow down time according to the pace at which we counted?
now, i am not saying that i would totally manipulate time to try and make things absolutely perfect, i do understand there must needs be opposition in all things, but perhaps i might change the time on a few things to make some days a little more pleasant. for example:

  • i would speed up the time i am in my car with the kids screaming at me and at each other. that would be nice.
  • my summers would be really fast and my autumns really long.
  • nights would definitely be slower as would weekends...sometimes (shawn gets what we like to call the "saturdays" and that is when he has NO projects to do or rather NO money to make it possible for a project...i don't particularly care for those saturdays).
  • maybe i might have another baby...count away the weeks of pregnancy.
  • maybe make a summer storm linger a little longer.
  • shorten travel time (NOT vacation time, just travel time).
  • speed up headaches and cramps and periods and such.
  • january and february inversion would last about a half hour.
  • spring would pop up earlier and last long into july.
  • i would count as fast as i could during an especially boring and dull meeting.
  • hugs would always be counted slower.

just a few ideas. perhaps, just maybe, if i take more time and really enjoy the moments i want, then maybe i could, sort of, maybe, manipulate time in my little world. i don't know.

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

spanish proverb

"how beautiful it is to do nothing and then rest afterward."

can i do this today?

Friday, September 22, 2006

Nothing, nothing at all, is as sweet as a brand new baby

this is Matthew John McKea
and his mother, my sister, Katie.

i didn't get permission to post this picture, but i am her sister so she has to forgive me.

it almost makes me want to have another.

Saturday, September 16, 2006

the rain was so fun...a post script to yesterday

anna enjoyed swimming so much in the gutter yesterday, she got the hose out and filled it up again this afternoon.

next year, i ain't buyin' no stinkin' plastic blow-up yard pool.

it's a great day to have a baby! (as long as it's not me)

Baby BOY McKea

born (one hour before when this picture was taken...)

11:05 am september 16, 2006

8 lbs 12 oz 21 inches long

currently unnamed.

favorite aunt: auntie liz

isn't he cute?

he is so soft and handsome and fresh.

i got to hold him for awhile. there is a certain peace, a certain contentedness when holding a newborn. i wish i could have that feeling always.

welcome, baby. i love you.

Friday, September 15, 2006

let a smile be your umbrella

michael, anna, and our friend emma.

aren't they cute?

cute until i walk inside and come back out and anna is swimming in the gutter.

what a great day.

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

For Sale By Owner

7393 South Pine Street, Midvale, Utah 84047

for sale is a cute 4 bedroom and 2 bathroom bungalow cottage style brick home.

it is approximately 1697 square feet on .15 acre.

great features of this home are:

  • new windows
  • large master bedroom with master bath
  • wood stove in front room
  • fully landscaped yard
  • great deck with covered patio
  • two storage sheds
  • kids play house with swings, slides, and sandbox
  • brand new furnace and air conditioner
  • secluded neighborhood but just off I-15 and 7200 South--central location
  • wired for Utopia (fiber optic something or other for phone, internet, and cable)
  • ceiling fans throughout

if you or anyone you know is interested, please feel free to contact me and i will answer any questions you may have.

okay. thanks. bye.

Monday, September 04, 2006

medicine--check, next time--double check

we went to jackson hole this weekend with all the fam.
i got my meds all ready.
we got to our cabins, i realized i didn't pack the meds.
day two of our trip--not the greatest
day three--even worse
when we got home,
meds waiting for me by the computer--
(who the hell put them there?)

day one of being home--still not back to normal, whatever that is

Friday, September 01, 2006

journal moment

last night, michael wanted me. he wanted me! over shawn! he went into our bed. and settled down. he wasn't feeling well. he called to shawn,
"daddy, will you tell mommy to come lay by me."
i cried. i can't describe to you how i felt. my children ALWAYS want their daddy. but this time he chose me.
michael chose me!