John, Sara Beth, Callum, Haley, Kobe, and Samuel

John, Sara Beth, Callum, Haley, Kobe, and Samuel

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Birthdays,Birthdays, and More Birthdays!

In the past week we have been a part of five birthday parties. I am glad we got to go to each one and spend time with each of the birthday kids! I took a few pictures that are super sweet and just wanted to share them here. This must be the "birthday party season"... if not officially, it soon will be because Callum, Haley, Kobe, and Samuel will all have a birthday party within the next few weeks. But...that's another blog.I didn't get pictures at every party but I did get some at a couple so.... Enjoy!

Kobe and Samuel at Kal-el's Mickey mouse Party!

Samuel being SUPER sneaky at Kal-el's party...putting Mouse Ears on Kobe!

Sweet Kal-el opening up his presents!

So glad he loved our gift... PLAY DOH!

Favors from Kal-el's Party... Samuel LOVES his. The balloon is being called "My Frand"...I think that means My Friend.

Sweet Boys!

Samuel at his friend Nicholas' party

Samuel with some of his little friends from school... *SO* Sweet!

Best Buddies!

Samuel and Landon (or Wandon as Sam says)

The sweetest little friends ever!

52 Home---Week 12

March 27th, 2011

Sorry, couldn't pick just one this week!

Friday, March 25, 2011

Five on Friday 03-25-2011

Here is this week's Five On Friday! I got the link HERE if you would like to participate and create your own Friday 5 blog. I hope you each have a Fabulous Friday, friends!

This Week’s Topic: March Madness

1. When did you last have occasion to march anywhere? **I actually marched around the house earlier this week with Samuel**

2. What kind of hula-hooper are you? **Not so good… maybe when I was five… but not now**

3. What kind of madness is most likely to infect you this weekend? **Birthday party planning madness!**

4. Under what circumstances this past week might you have had reason to shout, “SCORE!” **Yesterday,When I found an outage in a general ledger account I work with that I had been searching for…for three days!**

5. When did you last inadvertently dribble, drool, or otherwise let liquid escape your mouth while trying to keep it in? **Again, yesterday! I know that’s gross but its true! Kobe wanted to go to the Rec center and practice basketball. So, I put Chief on a leash and Sam in a wagon (after we made it to the end of the road on his bicycle and scooter and he decided he didn’t want to ride them) and we walked there. Pulling a wagon with a 37 pound child, talking to Kobe, and walking a 125 pound dog is not easy! I am usually a great multi-tasker but I guess even I have my limits!  Anyway, On our way there and home Kobe and I took turns pulling Samuel and even he pulled it himself for a little while (he reminded me so much of Dennis the Menace!—blonde hair, mischevious, and putting anything and everything in that little red wagon). We made it about half way back when we were all sick of that little red wagon. That’s when I had the bright idea to attach Chief’s leash to the handle of the wagon and let him pull it. It worked. Well, for a little while. Until a car drove by playing really loud music and he jumped and spun around… he looked so funny and Sam died out lauging… so did Kobe… So did I… and that is when I drooled a little!

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Thankful Thursday 03-24-2011

So thankful for so many things (big and small) this week:

1.God's love. He SO loved the world (that would be you and me) that He GAVE HIS only Son to die on a cross for our sins.

2. Jesus. He has paid our ransom. He has pre-paid our debt... a debt we could NEVER repay!

3. Church of the Shoals. I have never been around a more loving, caring group of people in all my life. I absolutely love each and every person that is a part of this church.

4. My Husband and Children. They all mean so much to me. I couldn't begin to type it all here. They truly make me happy and make my heart smile. I had such a fun time with the boys last night at the mall before church... just hanging out and talking about their day and even though we were out to eat we still did the "Best Part/Worst Part" game at the dinner table. Good Times!

5. Ebay. I am finding a lot of things for all of the upcoming birthday parties there.

6. Blueberry Candles. They are my *most* favorite. Nothing relaxes me or makes me more happy after cleaning the house than to light a blueberry candle or to come in from being gone somewhere and smell the wonderful fragrance of blueberries! Next favorite candle on my list? Lemon or Pomegranate Lemonade!

7.  Hot Pockets. What a great snack/quick meal. I just started buying these back a couple of months ago because it is a quick and easy after school snack for the boys and easy for a Saturday lunch if we are just hanging out around the house. I started buying the meatball and cheese. Then I progressed to the pizza one with the "pizza crust" and the to ham and cheese. But, I have a found a new one. The *best* one... Philly Steak and Cheese. YUM YUM!

8. My new workout/lounge pants. I bought them for when I go walking in the mornings or to go on a hike with John but I have been lounging in them too... they are so comfy!

9. Warm Weather. I never thought I would ever type that because I don't care for being hot but after the winter we have had it is so nice to feel the sun's warmth on  your face!

10. My job. I am so thankful that I have a job that isn't completely stressful. I like it (most of the time) and I get along with the people I work with really well. Plus... they let me wear flip flops, T shirts, and jeans. What could be better than that??

Count your blessings one by one and then you will see what all He has done!

Monday, March 21, 2011

And... It Has Happened Once Again....

Once again, I sit here in the early stages of party planning. This is a fun task for me since I LOVE planning parties, showers, teas, and any sort of get together. I love putting all the little personalized details on everything so that when it is done ... it is a very memorable occasion.

It is almost time for all four kids to turn yet another year older. In a little over two months I will have seen four parties come and go (plus John's too!). I love all the planning and buying and preparing... but the one part I don't enjoy is realizing that each one of them will be one step closer to being grown ups and leaving me! It really makes me feel so emotional and just like a giant mushy baby. This is the last year of Callum's life that he won't be a driver. Typing that just makes me want to scream... can you imagine?! I mean, on the road, driving, and being a responsible citizen? I know he will do well, but I just can't imagine him being old enough to learn to drive next year! This will be the last year that Haley is a "kid". She will turn into a teenager... a young woman and she is already so mature that I can't imagine her even becoming older and more responsible but I know she has a lot in store in her life. This is my last year of my little huggable boy, Kobe. He is already starting to be "too big" to hug, kiss, and tell me that he loves me (in front of others, anyway). I know that this next year holds so much for him and that mentally, emotionally, and phyiscally he will grow leaps and bounds. I also know that this is likely one of the last years of his sweet childhood innocence. I know he will lose a lot of that over the next year. This will be my sweet baby Samuel's last year before he goes to kindergarten (or kindergarbage as he calls it). The last year of a pre-schooler. This is likely where I began to really get emotional because he is my baby and my last baby and so thinking of him "growing up" is very, very hard. I love that they are growing up into wonderful, smart, funny,Christ-loving, praise and worshiping, and beautiful children but it is so sad all at the same time. This is the part where I laugh, because I think of the scene in Father of the Bride where he is watching her play basketball, only he sees her as she looked at six years old instead of in her twenties. I laugh because I know how he feels. I do the same thing. When I look at them, I still see them as my babies. I still use that image of them in my mind's eye. I am so thankful that I was trusted with these precious lives by my Heavenly Father so I could have the privelidge of being their earthly parent. I couldn't imagine my life without them. They each make my heart sing and swell with pride and  joy... after all, that is what they are to me. They are my heart's song and the pride and joy of my life.

I do this every single year. I start planning Haley and Kobe's parties and the emotions just take over. It continues all the way through until I am finished with Samuel and Calllum's parties. I am sure it doesn't hurt that my birthday is around the corner and this year I will be the big 3-0. I know it is said over and over by others ... but,  really, where has my time gone? I am so glad that I am lucky enough to know every single story. I know every scar, every laugh, every cry, and every memory. I have those and I tuck them in my heart so I will never forget them. I know the back story to everything in thier little lives and I wouldn't have it any other way. I love my children with every ounce of my being and I am so proud that I am blessed and privlidged enough to have them call me "Mommy".   I guess it is true what they say... they do grow up way too fast. My only adivce: Don't Blink. 

Don't blink

Just like that you're six years old and you take a nap and you
Wake up and you're twenty-five and your high school sweetheart becomes your wife
Don't blink
You just might miss your babies growing like mine did
Turning into moms and dads next thing you know your "better half"
Of fifty years is there in bed
And you're praying God takes you instead
Trust me friend a hundred years goes faster than you think
So don't blink
---Don't Blink by Kenny Chesney

52 Home----Week 11

March 20, 2011

We went hiking and had a picnic under a waterfall at Cane Creek and let the kids play in the creek... guess who our fearless leader was?

Friday, March 18, 2011

Five on Friday 03-18-2011

Here is this week's Five On Friday! I got the link HERE if you would like to participate and create your own Friday 5 blog. I hope you each have a Fun Friday, friends!

This Week's Topic: Unreasonable!

1.What’s something you have an unreasonable fear of? ** Birds. A bird has never harmed me in any way but they give me the creeps!**

2.What’s something you have an unreasonable fondness for? ** River Otters. I would really love to keep one as a pet here at home in my bathtub!**

3.What’s something you have an unreasonable disliking for? **When the a/c in the car isn't on a/c and it is on the recirculating air from outside... I just don't care for it...**

4.Who’s most likely to bring out the unreasonable in you? **Anyone who tries to harm my family!**

5.Who’s the least unreasonable person you know?  ** I know a few people who just can't be reasoned with and won't listen but I have persistance so... it equals out!**

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Thankful Thursday 03-17-2011

And the winners for this week are.....

1. God's Ultimate Sacrifice. Thank you Father for sacrificing your only Son for all of our sins! Thank you Lord!

2 Corinthians 9:15
Thanks be to God for his inexpressible gift!

2. Jesus' Ultimate Gift. Thank you Jesus for the gift of an everlasting life.

3. My Husband and Children. WOW! I love these guys more and more each and every day! I am so proud of each of them and their big and small accomplishments. I am so grateful for a husband who works hard and still has time to play around in the floor and makes time to have movie nights with me!

4. My Church Family. I feel so blessed to have Church of the Shoals in my life. I am so thankful for each pastor and each and every single person there!

5. A LOW GAS BILL! We haven't had the heat on in a little while so our gas bill dropped considerably and I am so glad!

6. Motivation. This week I have began to walk every morning. Well, ok, not every morning but I did Saturday and Sunday and today. I have walked three miles each day. Me and Chief go out early in the morning and we walk and he brushes up against my arm to get a little bit of extra petting and I pray the whole time. It is like having Jesus as my fitness partner... I am really enjoying it. I really hope I can keep this up.

7. Crsip Air. This morning as Chief and I walked the air was SO crisp and it felt so good to just be able to take a big deep breath of air and feel the breeze blow across my face.

8. Answered Prayers. In HIS time. I prayed all morning Saturday that someone would be placed in my life that needed me to help lead them to Jesus. It is easy for me to invite my friends to church and people I know... but I mean a totally random stranger. All day Saturday as I was out and about I just kept thinking "this is it!" and it never came. I wasn't disappointed, I just knew that it wasn't "time". Sunday morning at church as Pastor Bill called for those who needed to accept Jesus to come to the alter a lady sitting directly behind me and once seat over stood up... I had my hand across the back of the empty seat next to mine. She grabbed it and held on to it. Pastor Bill then asked for them to come down. She tugged my hand a little and I knew this was "it"! She wanted me to walk with her. That is a little scary and nerve racking to some and so I went with her and got to pray with her and hug her and love on her. When we were done she kissed my cheek and told me thank you for walking with her because she didn't want to do it alone. Even though that didn't happen like I thought it would... the Lord knew where I was needed! Thank you Lord!

9. Devotionals. I am thankful for these devotions I have been reading in my book, "Be Still and Let Your Nail Polish Dry". It seems like each devotional I read prepares me for something that happens in the week. Whether it is directly to me or whether a friend needs a word of encouragement and I can remember the scripture and quote it to them or tell them a story that may help them feel better.

10. Raisins. I love Raisins as a topping on my salad! YUMMY! So thankful for that little tiny change up in everyday routine...

Ephesians 5:20
Giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ


Friday, March 11, 2011

52 Home----Week 10

March 11, 2011

Kobe went to meet Marcel Darius and get his autograph

Five on Friday

Here is this week's Five On Friday! I got the link HERE if you would like to participate and create your own Friday 5 blog. I hope you each have a Fun Friday, friends!

This week's topic: A Little Drizzle....

1.What’s your favorite thing to put chocolate syrup on? **I don't really use chocolate syrup... in fact there isn't any in the house. On occasion, I have bought it for when we make ice cream sundaes but that is about it!**

2.What’s the best thing to sprinkle cinnamon on? **Toast!**

3.What’s something that is made superb by a few drops of hot sauce? **Chicken Dip. YUMMY!**

4.What’s something you do with honey? **Put it on hot biscuits!**

5.Besides a sandwich, what’s something you put peanut butter on? **Apples**

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Thankful Thursday 03-10-2011

And the list for this week is as follows:

1. As always and above all: the love and sacrifice of Jesus Christ. Oh How He LOVES us!

2. My Church Family. I am so blessed to be a part of such a loving and amazing church family. I love,love,love our pastors (all of them!), our Praise and Worship Team, and the children's ministry. It is a great place and I am so thankful for it.

3. John. He is my best friend. I am lucky enough to get to be married to my best friend and live with him every single day.

4. My children. They are the apple of my eye! My pride and joy. My everything.

5. My Job. Very thankful for a job that I actually enjoy and don't dread getting up in the morning and having to go to it. I am also thankful that I get off from work at 4:30 and beat the 5:00 rush! :)

6. Our Home. It may not be huge. It may not be fancy. But it is filled up to the brim with love.

7. Juice Boxes. So thankful for these. I know that is a little thing but they make my life so much easier!

8. Paper Plates and Disposable Cups. I haven't always liked the idea of "throw away" dishes. John talked me into getting them and now... I am hooked. No clean up, no mess, no problem. No rinsing and putting in the dishwasher. Just simply throw away.

9. Hot showers. I love hot showers. The kind that turn your skin red and the steam is so thick you can barely see through it when you step out. That ... makes my day. It's the little things.

Last but most certainly not least...

10. A good pen. I am thankful for a good writing pen. I try them out and if I find one I really like... I stock up. My favorite right now is Pilot Precise V5 fine point in black or red.

Some of these things may seem silly but you don't always have to have something HUGE to be able to be thankful and return praise to God for it. Sometimes it truly is just about the little things in life.


Monday, March 7, 2011

I am that Mom...

Yes, I am that Mom. I am that Mom who lets her little boys eat chocolate pudding cups and Doritos in their beds right before bed time. I am that Mom who lets them linger up well past their bedtimes just because... I am that Mom who can tune them out just long enough for them to have a really good time playing with toy guns in the house. I am that Mom who lets them dress themselves and wear character shirts and blinking shoes (that I said I would NEVER let them wear) out in public just because I know that they will never be this very age ever again in life. I am that Mom who watches the same movies over and over because I know that one day they will be grown up and not here for "Rainey Family Cinema Night". I am that Mom who still makes a HUGE deal out of the "concession stand" when I make popcorn and get the giant bags of M&Ms and other boxes of candy out and plays concession stand with my boys. I am that Mom who lets them help me make brownies and lick the bowl (even though their are raw eggs in there). I am that Mom who still longs for a hug and kiss each morning and each night (and luckily at this point I am still just cool enough to get them). I am that Mom who praises and disciplines my children at the appropriate times. I am that Mom who waits patiently while my three year old says our blessing each night at the dinner table and just as patiently as Kobe tells his stories of the day. I am that Mom that not only teaches my children about Jesus but shows them through my actions. I am that Mom who sometimes smothers them but with my heart in the right place. I am that Mom who cries when Kobe's team wins a game just because I am that proud of him and that happy for him. I am that Mom who cries just thinking of Samuel getting bigger everyday and hearing him sing songs to me. I am that Mom who feels so lucky each time I see one of their faces. I am that Mom who loves them unconditionally... I stick up for them and am on their side no matter what... even if I have to reprimand them later. I am that Mom who plans birthday parties and makes it special because that is the only day that is only their very own out of 365. I am that Mommy who never thought I would be able to be a good mom and now when I hear my kids tell me how much they love me it absolutely overwhelms my soul with joy and love. I imagine this must be a sliver of how Jesus feels for all of us. I feel as though I could just burst with love. When they tell me I am "the BESTEST" mommy ever... I wonder how I ever got so lucky to be that Mommy.

                       Sam's Chocolate Pudding face before bed
Up Close Chocolate Face
  Kobe and his favorite chips!

Sunday, March 6, 2011

52 Home----Week 9

March 5th, 2011

Brothers..... all worn out from playing.

Five on Friday 03-04-2011

This Friday... I was SO busy that I just didn't have time to get to this post and then once I got home from work I had to immediately leave for dinner plans... so it is late... but it is done. The boys have each had fun filled weeks at school with different things planned for "Read Across America" Week and to celebrate Dr. Seuss' birthday with that said....I got the link HERE if you would like to participate and create your own Friday 5 blog.

This Week's Topic: There’s a Wriday on Your Friday

In case you missed it, Wednesday was Dr. Seuss’s birthday! In honor of the good Dr., here are some questions inspired by his books!

1.Dr. Seuss’s first published book was And to Think That I Saw it on Mulberry Street!. What’s the most interesting thing you’ve witnessed on your street? ** Probably had to be the time that I walked outside and saw Kobe pushing his GIANT Tonka truck down the ditch... with Buster in it, or the time I walked up on Samuel tying his tricycle to his wagon with a jump rope and trying to tie Buster int he wagon to go for a ride, or just today when I saw John hitting the side of a gas can with a plastic golf club to "scare the birds out of our yard"... I guess we are "those neighbors". Not much interesting happens... except at our house.**

2.In The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins, a boy removes his hat to pay respect to the passing king, but each hat is somehow replaced by a bigger, fancier hat. If you’re a hat person, what’s your current favorite?If not, under what circumstances did you last wear a hat? ** I am not a hat person. I think that last time I wore a hat was back in January when it snowed so much and we spent the day outside playing... I wore a navy blue tobaggon.**

3.In If I Ran the Zoo…, a boy fantasizes about how fantastic the zoo would be under his administration. What’s your local zoo like, and how do you like it? ** We don't have a "local zoo" unless you consider Wal-Mart (ok, not that funny). Birmingham zoo is the closest. My parents and I took the boys last summer I believe it was and it was fun. They enjoyed it. As far as zoos go... it was nice and a fun time was had by all. Especially at the end when they got to play in the water and foam.**

4.In Green Eggs and Ham, the main character refuses to taste a certain dish until, just to get Sam to leave him alone, he gives in and discovers that he likes it. When did something like this happen to you? ** I have always said I didn't like cooked carrots. As a baby, Kobe loved them. I cooked them for him once and tried them and now I LOVE them.**

5.The Foot Book contains a lesson about judging others based on their feet. Feet seem to be something people have widely polar opinions about! How do you feel about feet, and can you think of someone in your life who has especially nice feet? ** I don't care for looking, feeling, or touching other people's feet... unless it is Samuel's. He still has cute baby feet and I adore them!**

**Just for fun and the memory of it: Our favorite Dr. Seuss book to read is The Cat In the Hat and Oh the Place You Will Go... we read The Tooth Book before going to the dentist for fun.**

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Thankful Thursday 03-03-2011

The things that I am most thankful for this week:

1. God's Love. Thank you Father God for your everlasting love. Your unfailing grace and mercy and for sending your only Son to die for my sins so that I can live forever in Your kingdom!

2. Jesus Christ! He is the one who loves you enough to DIE FOR YOU! He wants us to spend time with Him and bask in His presence and love! Thank you Jesus! He loves us from one scarred hand to the other.

3. John. This week I am even more thankful for John than I normally am. Business Trip. Las Vegas. Enough Said.

4. My Sweet Kids. My sweet little boys have literally been perfect little angels this week. They have tried so hard to help and be on their very best behavior for me. I just love them. I am so thankful that I was trusted to be their Mommy.

5. My Parents. They come to the rescue for me, John, or the kids all the time. I don't know what I would do without them.

6. Carry Out. I am so thankful for carry out dinner... this week especially!

7. Fun, memorable times with my family. I have gotten to spend some good quality time with my children today and that kind of blessing just can't be measured.

8. Learning how to "work" itunes. I know, most people can't believe I don't know how to use stuff like this but I didn't...but I do now. I taught myself how to buy, download, and burn songs from itunes! I am pretty darn proud of myself ... if you really know me then you know that I am technologically disadvantaged so this is a big step for me.

9. My puppy dogs. These dogs LOVE us. Buster just sits at my feet and looks at me and Chief paces the whole house time after time after time protecting us... they are some sweet and good little dogs.

10. DVR. I love that I can enjoy time with my family and then after all of my things on my "to do list" are crossed off .... I can still enjoy some of my shows at the end of the day.


Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Surviving Las Vegas

John left out Monday morning to go to Vegas for a business trip. I was proud for him to get to go. He has always wanted to see Vegas and since his company was paying for it... it was ideal! I knew I would miss him but I was also secretly excited about having the house and kids to myself for a couple of days. That is, until Monday morning came. I cried all morning just thinking of him leaving. I suddenly decided this wasn't such a great idea as I had thought before. He would leave before I got off from work so as we left the house that morning... that was it for a few days. I cried and cried. He walked us out to the car that morning and the boys took turns telling him bye and sharing bye-bye hugs and kisses. Once he buckled Samuel into his car seat, it was my turn. I stood outside and as soon as I hugged him I started crying again. I knew it was going to be hard to know that I wouldn't see him for a few days and I knew that I would miss him while he was away. We allowed our hug and kiss to last a little longer than a normal morning but then the inevitable came... I had to get the kids to school on time! So, I left. I was still crying when I got into the car. Kobe said that I shouldn't worry because he would be "there for me" and then Callum said if anyone tried to come in the house he would have a baseball bat handy and that Chief would be here and then Samuel asked me why I was sad and crying and asked if it is because I was going to miss Daddy when he got on the airplane... I began to cry even more... I had to hurry up and "get over it" but I just couldn't. So, I dried my tears and put on my happy Mommy face but I was so sad. Monday was likely the WORST day at work ever! I was on the verge of tears all day long both because of work stress and just knowing John was gone. As soon as I was in my car headed to pick up the boys that afternoon, I called John and cried to him the whole way home. He had to go because his plane was boarding and so by the time I got home I was mentally,emotionally, and physically exhausted. I couldn't seem to turn my mood around. I went through the motions of homework, cooking dinner, eating dinner, cleaning up dinner, bath time, and bedtime but I was so happy when I could finally get some rest. John ended up calling me twice that night so it made me feel a little better but I already wanted his trip to be OVER! I decided Monday night that Tuesday HAD to be a better day and that I was going to claim all the blessings God had in store for me and just go with it! Tuesday did prove to be a better day at work. It was hectic but it went much better. By the time I got off from work I was already tired because I don't sleep that well when John is gone. I got the kids picked up, ran and picked up some things that Kobe and Samuel needed to take to parties that their classes at school were having and then to pick up some cheese dip to go with our tacos I was making for dinner. We got home and the kids played and did homework while I cooked. They were the best! They were being so good and sweet and I was so thankful that they were helping and behaving themselves. After dinner we just hung out for a little while and got bath time and studying out of the way pretty early in the evening so I was so happy to see a little bit of relaxation in my near future. BUT that is when Kobe began telling me he was feeling dizzy and feeling like he was going to pass out. I checked his temperature and it was over 103 degrees and he was very lethargic. He asked me if he could go to bed. So I put him to bed and gave him some medicine. I went in about an hour later to check on him and could not seem to get him to wake up or become alert at all. I checked his temperature and it was still pretty high and he was acting so strange. I decided to call our pediatrician because he was worrying me so much. Only when I went to use my phone as I was touching the phone icon... my phone's screen went completely out. I had no way to call anyone. I began to feel panic welling up inside me. Not only did I need to call a doctor but I have become so dependent on my phone that I felt like I was completely out of control of the situation. Which I was. There wasn't much I could do. I used Callum's cell phone to call my mom to come over. I partly wanted her to come to help me decide what to do about Kobe and partly because I knew she make me feel calm. She and my Dad arrived just minutes later and helped me get everything in order and under control. At that point I called the boys' doctor. The pediatrician told me exactly what to do and what results I should see and in what time frame I should see them... if not... we were to go to the Emergency Room. We all worked to get Kobe awake and alert and more medicine in him and it worked! I was so thankful I didn't have to go through going to the ER too. Finally, I had all my priorities taken care of so I began dealing with my cell phone problem. To make a VERY long story short, I had an old phone here that I could switch my number to so that I would have a phone available in case we were to need one and Verizon is sending me a new phone that should arrive tomorrow. Believe me, it didn't happen that quickly... it took over an hour or more on the phone dealing with everything but nevertheless... it got fixed. I am so reliant on my phone and all that it can "do" and I am DYING to get my phone tomorrow... using this old phone is so frustrating! I went ahead and asked my mom to keep Kobe so I could go ahead and go to work and so I felt like everything was taken care and that I could finally rest. John called and I got to talk to him for a little bit so I was all set to lay down and get some rest. I don't think I have ever been so glad to lay down and go to sleep. This morning, I set my alarm clock early so I would have time to get everyone dropped off and myself to work on time. I got up and quietly moved around the house getting myself, the kids stuff, and the house ready for our departure for the day. I always wait until the very last minute to get Samuel up because he is always so tired and never wants to get out of bed in the mornings so I try to let him sleep as late as I possibly can. I got every single thing done including taking my stuff for the day, Kobe's stuff for the day, and the party stuff (for the classroom parties) to my car and then it was time to wake Samuel. As I picked my sweet boy up, I realized he had a high fever as well. I quickly put everyone in the car and took the crazy straws to Kobe's school and ran them in while Callum stayed in the (locked) car with Kobe and Samuel so I didn't have to get them out. I then ran the chips over to Samuel's daycare and took them into his teacher. I couldn't not take them because the other kids were still going to be there and I didn't want them to do without what I signed up to bring just because Samuel was going to be gone. Kobe's party isn't actually until Friday but they needed everything turned in today so that they would know what they needed to buy so I hated for them to go buy things I had already purchased. Once that was taken care of I took Callum to school and then I drove to my mom's house to let her know that Kobe and Samuel would be staying home with me since she was expecting me to drop Kobe off to her. We came home and I spent the day with two sick kids. They both began feeling much better by lunchtime and so the day actually took a turn for the better. We popped popcorn and ate M&Ms while we watched Like Mike. I didn't want my children to be sick and they actually ended up not feeling as bad as they started out feeling. I really needed a little "break" and I feel like that was God's way of giving me one. At first, because it wasn't "packaged" the way I might expect I didn't see it that way but after thinking and praying about it, I believe God wanted to give me a little breather today! I am so thankful for that blessing! Tonight we decided to order pizza. I guess it is OK to say out loud that John does a lot more than I give him credit for and I am flat worn out. I can NOT wait until he gets here. I am so ready to see his face and so are the boys. I may have felt like I had a bad couple of days but I can definitely say that I am stronger because of it. Normally I would have run straight to John and asked him to fix it.... and he would have. This way I learned to "fix it" myself and yes, I even survived Las Vegas!