This blog will focus on my family, how I run my household, life, and everything in between. I feel that having a blog is like having an accountability system or a cheerleading squad cheering you on. Being a mom, wife, and a full-time teacher is such a pleasurable experience, but let's get serious, sometimes it's just downright rough on a person.
Let's start by introducing my hubs. He's my love. We're not a perfect couple, by no means, but we've managed to stay together through some pretty difficult circumstances: job losses, college, other difficulities that I'd rather not put out there, and just life in general. We never gave up on each other though. We wanted to upteen times. We even split up for a period in 2008, but there's just something between us that is unexplainable and we came right back together. Eben is a wonderful husband. He cooks, cleans up (well, the manly version of cleaning up), washes clothes (shrinking my clothing occassionally), gives me amazing back and foot massages, and washes my car (if I could only get him to put gas in it). He can't seem to distinguish between 2T and 5T clothing yet, but he'll get it down one day (when they are finally in the same size clothing). He's a FANTASTIC father. He will come home after a long day at work and wrestle with the girls. He takes them to the park and does things with them that I wish I had the energy to do. He's also a hard working man. He runs a local cemetery. Yes, my husband buries people. Kind of creepy, but it pays the bills and he LOVES it. I'm super proud of him. He has completely turned the park around...it used to be a ran down place with lots of problems.
He's the king of the backyard!
Katie is our oldest. She is now 5 and a big kindergartener. She attends school where I work. She's a bright little girl, but I wish that I had kept her out one more year. She was 4 for 4 days after she started kindergarten. She is the youngest in her class. She's reading now, and even sounded out the word squirrel the other day, but I fear that since I put her in so young that it will catch up with her. Plus, she's so much smaller than all of the other kids. She looks too small to be in kindergarten. She loves school though and she adores her teacher. She's also a thumbsucker. Wish we would have nipped that in the bud before she started. Any suggestions on how to make the possible would be greatly appreciated. She's very hardheaded and can be a big time B-R-A-T. We're working on that stuff too. She's fickle in the sense that she wants to do everything by herself until I ask her to do something, and then she starts whining and says that she doesn't know how. She is a tomboy/princess. She loves to dress up in her princess clothes, high heels, and pearls and then play in the dirt with the worms and rolly pollies. She's a piglet. She may be tiny, but man, that child can scarf food down like no other. She eats small meals all day long. Everytime I turn around, "Momma, I'm hungry!" UGH!!! It's like feeding two teenage boys. She loves to dance, play Barbies, change clothes all day long, and have sleepovers with her cousins. She's my social butterfly (just like her momma was). She's my Katie Bug. I can't wait to see what she's like when she's older.
First day of kindergarten!
Kinsley is my baby. She is 2 years old. She is spunky. She's very independent and wants everything to be hers. She loves to help me clean up, and will even get a garbage bag and try to put it in the garbage can when I take the garbage out. Her only setback is that if I'm in the room, she is wrapped around my leg. She would be attached to me 24/7 if I let her. She wants no one but her momma. I love it, but this momma needs a break sometime. I can't even take a bath without her trying to get in the tub with me...LOL. She's always naked. ALWAYS! In fact, as I write this, she has a t'shirt on and that's it. She also just peed on the floor. We'll be potty training as soon as school lets out. I leave home before she wakes up and by the time she gets home from daycare she is worn out and fussy. I can't wait for diapers to be a thing of the past! Kinsley loves to play with the big kids, but gets frustrated when she can't do what they do. She still speaks Chinese, but her words are starting to sound like English...thank goodness. She loves to play with her kitchen, baby dolls, and have tea parties. She also loves to build things with her blocks and she also loves music and dancing. She's my little pumpkin.
Watching Elmo Live! She was mesmerized.
My mom likes to dress them up and take hundreds of pictures.
On to me. Well, let's see. Where do I begin. I graduated from college with a Bachelor of Science degree in Interdisciplinary Studies in December of 2008. I'm a first grade teacher at one of the best school districts in Southeast Texas. I LOVE my job. I'm actually obsessed with it. This is my first year as a self-contained classroom teacher so a lot of my paycheck has been spent on my classroom. My hubby doesn't get it at all, but that's whatcha gotta do.
I'm a Christian. I'm not where I want to be in my Christian walk, but I'm trying. It makes me sad to see other Christians verbally bashing others that do not have the same lifestyle as their own. That's not how Christ lived. We should not judge. We should hate the sin, not the sinner.
I love being a wife, mom, teacher, but I have a very difficult time in juggling it all. I'm worn out on most days and in bed by 9:00 every night. 4 AM gets here quickly. If I'm in bed at 9:01, I wake up at 4:30...LOL.
I have a HUGE family. I have 4 dads, 3 moms, and 11 brothers and sisters. LONG STORY. I'll see if I can explain further in another post.
I try to be perfect, but I'm far from it. I think I'm a clean freak and super organized, but you should see the piles of laundry that are sitting next to me at the moment.
I love my girls, but find that I'm constantly complaining that I do not get any time to just be me for a day or two. When someone does take them for a couple of days, I don't know what to do with myself. Hubs and I just sit here and stare at one another.
There's so much I want to do, but feel like life is slipping by at a very fast pace and I'm running out of time....LOL. I'm 31 and I haven't completed 1/4 of my bucket list.
I'm a Republican. If you don't like that...oh well. So sorry Charlie, but I vote based on my beliefs and feel that our government should be ran according to the constitution.
Well, that's me in a nutshell. This blog will be used to have a written account of the lives of my family. I promise not to be fake and to only be myself. Like I said before, I'm far from perfect. I will show pictures of the piles of laundry that seem to accumluate by my backdoor and the destruction that is my daughters' rooms. We live life. Our home is lived in. We love hard and laugh often. I hope you'll join us on our journey.