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Sunday, October 31, 2010

birthday fun??

Well, we have almost made it through the crazy month of October. One of my favorite months of the year because it brings with it the crisp cool weather of Fall. Also a fun time in the Davis' house because three of us have birthdays! Yesterday we celebrated Miss Abigail’s 2nd birthday. It was a fun day of playing at the park, family time, opening presents and to wrap it all up a trip to Casa Bonita.

Abbie was a complete Diva the entire day.

She gave me dirty looks instead of smiles almost every time I tried to snap a picture. (Even while getting her mani/pedi!)

She teased her daddy and wouldn’t give him kisses.

She cried...

and cried...

and cried...

And she was quite concerned at the sight of a burning cake.

All in all we had a fun day. I am not a big fan of the giant birthday parties so this quaint family fun day was perfect for us!

Hope you enjoyed the pictures from Abbie’s big day! (Yeah, she wouldn’t even smile for a shot with mom and dad!)

Thanks for stopping by!

Crazy Mom, Crazy Wife, Crazy Life

Wendy Jo

Thursday, October 28, 2010

she finally got it!

Well, it’s official. Abigail finally got the potty training down and has successfully made it two whole days without an accident. Thank the Lord! She will be two on Saturday...No more diapers.

She is quite funny. She has figured out, with the help of her big brother Carter, how to climb onto almost anything. It is not uncommon to find her sitting in the bathroom sink, fixing her hair and pilfering through her big sister’s jewelry. She makes faces at herself in the mirror, bats her eyes and talks to herself. Funny thing is, no one can really understand most of what she says...Oh, she’s talking, just in her own language. Carter understands her perfectly though. He can translate and let us know what she wants or needs. Their own secret language.

The one thing she does say quite clearly is, “I beautiful”. Wonder where she learned that! ;0)

Today is Thursday which means no plans for the evening which I like. Today is going to have to be the official shifting of the clothes day. All summer out, all winter in. I have really waited too long, but I dread it.

I can say that living in a 1300 sf condo puts what you really need into perspective. Yes...7 people...1300 sf...not much privacy around here! (Or storage space) So, everything goes out, no room to save hand-me-downs. I just donate it all to goodwill and start fresh. I need to get more shelving, more dressers, more baskets...just to organize what little we have kept!

Well, Carter just stole Abigail’s “spot” by the fireplace...and her hot chocolate so I had better put back on my supermom cape and go rescue the little Diva. Then to the clothes...I promise! I must complete the!

Thanks for stopping by!

Crazy Mom, Crazy Wife, Crazy Life

Wendy Jo

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

a hopeless romantic

I have discovered that I am a hopeless romantic.  I believe that everything in life should revolve around a cup of hot coffee, a fire and a good book, movie or music.  (and yes, I am likely to be found crying over any and all of the above!)

I think I could waste away many days simply lying in front of the fire, dreaming of the inevitable happily ever after that, as a hopeless romantic, I believe is how every story should turn out!

I am sure that this and my terribly short attention span contribute to the fact that my house is never just quite right, nor do I always know what is on the menu for dinner.  I have a habit of starting projects and never finishing them.  So many things that I want to do, but alas find myself unable to complete due to my short attention span...or impatience...or maybe it’s both.

Either way, this blog is something that I hope, someday, I can turn into a book.  I know if I were to sit down and just try to right a book I would undoubtedly become overwhelmed and just quit.  At least this is at my pace, when I feel like it.  I suppose there are parts that wouldn’t be fit for a book...maybe none of it, but if a girl can’t dream, than what?

I don’t really know what my purpose is in my writings.  I suppose it is to let the world know what is happening in my life, my families life and that if this crazy mom and wife can make it through the trials of every day can you.  I really don’t even have any idea who even reads this. I mean, other than myself, my sister and a couple of friends.  But I hope, whoever is out there reading finds a little hope, a little laughter and a little romance along the way.

Thanks for stopping by!

Crazy Mom, Crazy Wife, Crazy Life

Wendy Jo

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Mcspeed, snow boots and a plastic smile...

We are watching “Lightning McSpeed” as Carter calls it, in our house again this morning.  Abbie is running around in her footie pajamas and...snow boots.  I don’t even try to rationalize with her on mornings like this.  Choose your battles!!

The dog pooped and peed on the floor again...I am thinking he may be for sale sooner than later!

The wind blew like a Noreaster was coming in all night last night, except there aren’t Noreasters in Colorado!  It was equivalent though...minus the snow.  They got it in the mountains, but we aren’t getting any for a few more days. (which is totally ok with me!)

I made comfort food for dinner last night.  Homemade Salisbury Steak, Homemade Garlic Mashed Potatoes and Green Beans.  Yummy.  I love comfort know, the kind that warms you from the inside out and makes you want to snuggle in front of the fireplace and watch a good movie or read a good book...probably why I like Fall so much!!

I am grouchy today.  I hate being grouchy.

Most days I do okay.  I just pull up my chin and keep on trucking.  Today is one of those days where I am just sick and tired of feeling like life is out to get us.

I try to step back and get some perspective on things.

The sun is shining.  That’s a plus.
The weather is crisp making it feel like fall.  Also, a plus.
We are healthy, at least as far as I can tell.

It’s just the life part that gets overwhelming.  The everyday grind.  The feeling that if it could go wrong it would go wrong.  Grrrr.  It’s hard to enjoy the little things in life when you feel so overwhelmed with the big things!!

very, very tired...

It’s funny how you can know all the right scriptures, all the “right things” to say if it was someone else going through the situation...but when it’s you, it’s different!

I am not one to put on a plastic smile and tell everyone that everything is great.  That is just not me.  I think people need to know that I am real.

Real Pain
Real Heartache
Real Life

After being in the ministry for 15 years, I have seen a LOT of plastic people who try to make everyone think that all is good and well with them, when really they want to cry, scream, tell you their world is falling apart and know that it’s all going to be ok.  But somehow, the church has made these people think that if they show those true emotions that they are not saved, or at the very least sinning because they aren’t trusting in God and claiming the victory. Ostracized if you will.

Don’t get me wrong.  I AM trusting in God...if I wasn’t, I would have bailed a long time ago in life.  I DO believe that He will bring us through.  But that doesn’t mean that I am not human, that I don’t struggle.

How many new Christ-Followers have walked away from God because they have met one too many plastic Christians that say life is good all the time and they just don’t think they are doing things right or will ever achieve that “status” and so they walk away... I say BE REAL!

I think I am going to go exert some energy on cleaning.  I can get my house VERY clean on a day when I am grouchy.  Something about working out my aggressions!


Crazy Mom, Crazy Wife, Crazy Life

Wendy Jo

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

another year...

Well, another year has come and gone. I think this is a year that, if I could, I would just hit either a rewind to try it again, or a delete so I can just forget it.

Don’t get me wrong. There were definitely highlights that were unforgettable. The cruise that Matthew took me on for our 15 year anniversary tops that list.  Such good, carefree, and fun times! Little moments here and there...I haven’t forgotten those either.

But there were definitely lows as well, probably a lot more lows than highs this year. I suppose that’s life though. You take the bad with the good. I am trying to learn from the bad so there is a lot more good this year!

I think that I have ‘grown up’ a lot more this year than in the past years. Funny how the ‘bad’ experiences in life can do that to you. You know it’s true.  You really do learn a lot about who you are and about life itself in those times!

But, moving on...

A couple of things stuck out to me this week in my studying.

One is that we have to learn to balance our passion with patience...our timing isn’t necessarily God’s timing!  Those of you who know me well know that I am a woman of passion!  If I believe in something I am passionate about it...sometimes to a fault!  But the patience...that I am not so good at. That is a work in progress for sure!

On the heals of that, my favorite scripture, Isaiah 40:31. The thing that I had never realized about this scripture that Beth Moore points out is that so many times we are waiting (rather impatiently) on an event, a person, a thing to happen and we feel tired and not the least bit strengthened...but that is the problem. The scripture clearly states that when we wait on GOD our strength will be renewed...not on the things we want GOD to do!

So today, filled with many emotions, I choose to wait on the One that gives me strength...because I know I can’t make it through another year without HIM!!

Thanks for stopping by!

Crazy Mom, Crazy Wife, Crazy Life,

Wendy Jo

Sunday, October 17, 2010

run-a-way train

The kids are napping and it’s time to go to small groups, but here I sit typing. I guess we will probably be late again this week. Part of me gets irritated with being late, and part of me kind of enjoys living at our own pace.

Sometimes, you don’t realize how out of control you are, how controlled you are by someone else until your life gets shaken into reality. Then BAM, it hits you like a ton of bricks. You aren’t in control, you haven’t even allowed GOD to be in control...

Have you ever been so consumed in doing what’s “right”, doing “good”, keeping your chin up and just keeping on keeping on that you don’t even realize that you are on a run-a-way train? Sometimes you need a gentle nudge from a friend to get you back on track, sometimes you need a whole lot more than that.

What’s really important?

Looking good to everyone else?

Getting the job done no matter what?

Making other people look bad to make yourself look better?

Brushing things under the rug and “moving on”?

Doing so much good that you don’t realize that it’s not the good that you are supposed to be doing... Even too much of a good thing can become bad...

You may be guilty of one, or all or you may know someone who is...don’t let them stay on that run-a-way train. Be the friend that gives them the nudge and gets them back on track...or maybe get yourself back on track.

How many times have we been guilty of watching someone run themselves or run someone else into the ground and stood by, shaking our heads saying, “someone really should say something to them...” guilty? I know I am. Sometimes it is uncomfortable to do the right thing, sometimes it won’t be received. But I encourage you, if God is opening your eyes to something, don’t be afraid to let Him use you to be the voice of reason!!

Love this song...listen up!

Monday, October 4, 2010

terrible 2’s...and 3’s...what’s a mom to do?

So little Carter man is about to turn 3.  He has told everyone he was 3 from the moment he turned 2...really, he has.  He has, to this point, far surpassed his older brothers and sisters in his ‘terrible twoness’ and shows no signs of slowing down as he careens around our neighborhood squatted down on his skateboards, or (as we talked about before) colors my cream carpet with red marker...that did not come out...

Now we have yet another Davis’ child, the last of 5 who is about to turn 2.  Miss Abigail is already showing signs that she may surpass her brother in this thing called ‘terrible twos’.  Today...yes, just today, she has pooped in her pants, drawn on the floor with a yellow highlighter (thank you totally toddler for doing your job), and looked at her snack of chips and salsa and pushed it off guessed it, the cream carpet...(thank you AGAIN totally toddler for coming to the rescue).

Abbie has this way of looking at you when she knows she is up to no good. She cocks her curly little head sideways, puts on her cutest smile, shrugs her shoulders and...wait for you the princess wave.  Where do they learn these things?  I mean that doesn’t work for me...well maybe occasionally I can get out of ‘trouble’ with Matthew that way, but rarely!

So above all the ‘terrible’ things Abigail has been up to, potty training has involved some of the worst.  Previously Carter was my most difficult...Abbie has won that hands down! She has pooped in a number of places, including on her dad (I did laugh at that one) and on guessed it, cream carpet!

Side Note:  Who in their right mind invented cream carpet...and then who was dumb enough to think it was a good idea to install it in a house? Really?  I miss having hardwood floors!!

Ok, back to the poop on the carpet.  Abbie actually takes her ‘panties’ off and streaks naked quite often.  I really do try to keep her dressed, but she just keeps stripping...and before you all start gossiping...this is NOT something she learned from anyone in our house!  So a week or so ago, I look down by my feet to see a suspicious “lump” on the kitchen floor.  Curious I follow it to a second lump which lead to a whole trail of...much less lumpy stuff along a span of about 6 feet through the dining room.


This one is impossible.

I always have my kids potty trained by 2...and I am running out of time! She will do #1 quite well and easily for me...but the #2, I think she truly gets pleasure out of watching me on my hands and knees scrubbing the carpets...I mean, I am starting to spend a good part of my day doing just that...or maybe God is trying to get me to pray, let’s not get super-spiritual on this one...I think it’s the first one!

Well, I have some sewing to do and laundry to fold, and a bathtub to clean out after our latest I have to go for now.

Thanks for stopping by!

Crazy Mom, Crazy Wife, Crazy Life

Wendy Jo