Saturday, June 21, 2008
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
Since I also did not give Jason a Father's Day gift, yes I'm a loser, I think he deserves this post describing what a great dad he is...a gift I'm sure he's always wanted. (You know men, they love the blog scene.)
Jason is a great dad simply by being a tremendous example. By just watching him our kids are absorbing life lessons that affect them now and are shaping who they will be in the future. By watching Jason they are learning how to:
- love and respect others
- be faithful and committed in their religion
- work hard and be self sufficient
- keep priorities straight
- share in household responsibilites...men can clean bathrooms, scrub floors, bathe kids, do laundry, cook :)
- enjoy hobbies and interests
- love family and friend activities
I asked the kids to tell me what they thought about their dad:
Chandler said, “He’s taught me to not be lazy, that I should discipline my kids and not let them do whatever they want. He’s taught me that I shouldn’t sit around all day, instead I should go places with my family.”
Ashtyn said, “He’s funny and nice. He has BBQ’s, gives us baths, prepares food, reads us books, and he sits by us. He helps me do homework and piano. He is patient and plays with me.”
Morgan said, “He helps people and he helps me when I’m sick. He makes us breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Sometimes he helps us clean the playroom.”
I think you’re an awesome dad too. Thanks Jason!!! (Your my best friend.)
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
It was the years 1999-2004 that were the hardest. The main reasons were we had three children in 3 ½ years, (which we planned), Jason was rarely home, and I worked full time during it all. Doesn’t sound too bad, does it? But those five years kicked my butt! I’m talking, survival mode all the way. A typical week: Monday: laundry, cleaning, taking care of kids, packing for me and the kids, sleeping at my moms. Tuesday: Leave my moms at 6:15 a.m., work 12 1/2 hours, pick up the kids at moms at 8 p.m., go home, baths, bed. Wednesday: Same as Mon. Thursday: Same as Tues. Friday: Take care of kids, catch up around the house, take a nap so I could stay up all night, go to work at 7 p.m. until morning. Saturday: Get home from work at 8 a.m., nap during the morning.
If I had a spare day I tried to do something fun with the kids. We had a membership at the zoo and the Children’s Museum.
If asked, I wouldn’t do it again, but ya know what?... I miss it.
- My 400 sq ft. apartment in the avenues I lived in for four years.
- Moving our mattress into the front room every night cuz that's where the cooler was.
- Chandler sleeping in a porta crib in the front room.
- My 1978 Oldsmobile (my mom wisely counseled to get a new car so the fumes and/or summer heat wouldn’t kill our infant Chandler).
- Jason working at Smiths as a deli manager for three weeks because I freaked out about money.
- Four years living in student apartments where I withstood the temptation to quit my job because I was the only mom working.
- Carrying wet laundry to the drier in the apt. building basement.
- Kraft mac and cheese, ramen noodle soup, and all the other things that go with being a poor college student family.
"You're gonna miss this. You're gonna want this back. You're gonna wish these days hadn't gone by so fast. These are some good times, so take a good look around. You may not know it now, but you're gonna miss this"