Saturday, September 26, 2009

Things I LOVE about my kids

I LOVE the way Kayden sings ALL the time.
I LOVE the lyrics she makes up while singing. =)
I LOVE taking Daven out of his crib in the morning and having him tuck himself into me as tight as he can.
I LOVE the way Dalten can make me laugh just by laughing.
I LOVE that Dalten loves to learn.
I LOVE that my kids all fight over me and say "my mom" even though I get on to them and explain there is room enough for me to hold all of them.
I LOVE that my kids all love books and reading.
I LOVE that they are learning to play together.
I LOVE how much they LOVE each other.
I LOVE the way Dalten's eyes light up when he sees me after school and runs and jumps into my arms.
I LOVE how Kayden wraps her arms around him and squeezes so tight Dalten screams before she will release him to his seat after school.
I LOVE that they still need me to kiss there boo-boos before they are better.

I could seriously go on for days and days, between Daltens humor and animation, Kaydens very creative imagination, and Daven's sweet innocent charm. I am going to miss these days very much. Children grow so quickly. It honestly seems like yesterday I was learning how to nurse Dalten in the hospital. Can he really be creaping up on five? Can I really have three children who are quickly growing into their own little people and slowly not needing me as much? I swear I could be the mom of 18 children and counting. I honestly completely understand why people keep going. Children are such wonderful little beings and I have been so blessed with the three I have!

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

weight loss

I realize I have not updated in a while so here it goes. I am still doing very well. I have lost another 20 lbs bringing the total to 50. I know that sounds like a lot but embarassingly enough most people can't even tell I have lost weight. I have a long way to go but hey at least I am doing it. =) I have not been this size since before I got pregnant with Dalten over 5 years ago so that is a huge achievment for me. I am shaped differently after 3 HUGE kids though so I am still a larger size than I was then. That part is NO fun. I am 20 lbs from my first major milestone. I hope to reach this by my 30th birthday in December. This will put me at the weight i was when I met Darren and all of my current friends and in laws. Every pound after that will be so much fun because I know it will be a weight my husband has never seen me at. It will be another milestone as well but I will wait till I hit it and blog about it then. =)

Be the change you want to see in the world

I LOVE this quote. "Be the change you want to see in the world". I want to live by this quote but i feel i am failing at it miserably. I am not a bad person in any way. I love others, I teach my kids manners, I teach them to like everyone, I would do anything I could if someone needed me but I am not actively out there changing things. Everyday I watch Extreme Homemakover and those people are so extraordinary. They are the people I want to live like. They are actually out changing this world for the better. Yesterday's episode displayed a family who moved to a poverty ridden crime infested neighborhood to teach god's will to others and make it a better place. When they first moved in there were gun shots heard every night and crack whores squatting in the abondoned homes a few houses down. Their love and support to the community decreased crime by over 50%. Yes you read that right 50%. Can you imagine? One family changed an entire area that drastically. Imagine what could happen if each of us did our part. It's kind of like going down a street with tons of old cracking houses and right in the middle you find one beautifully fresh painted house with flowers all over the yard. It's a home you would be proud to live in all because 1 person took a little care in it. While getting to know people in my online English class i found out one woman takes her kids to feed the homeless at christmas time. She also has them take money from their allowance to give to a family for diapers or clothing. I SOOO want to teach my kids things like this. I WANT them to be humanitarians. I want them to love others as they want to be loved. My problem is i don't know where to start. I always use the excuse I am too busy, I don't have enough money, my kids are too young but i know there has to be something out there, even the tiniest thing that we could do for someone. I would love to learn to knit or crochet so i could make beautiful hats for the little boys and girls in cancer centers, but i have been saying that for about 6 years or more. It's time i stop talking and start doing! If anyone reading this has any suggestions for me please let me know. It's time for me to be the change i want to see in this world!