Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Upside Down

We are now in a 2 week lag between family visits. I am sure that everyone can understand how your life gets turned upside down when you have visitors...life just isn't "normal". However, even though Caleb and Amanda have gone back to their normal life Down Under, I still feel upside down. I just have no routine to go back to because I have not figured out this crazy life with 3 kids. Jesse is not sleeping through the night yet (he sleeps about a 5 hour stretch but it is still up in the air whether it will be 5 hours or 3 hours any given night) and juggling time with the older kids while keeping the house clean, nursing an infant, and running errands has left me a bit dumbfounded. Grocery shopping...are you kidding?!?! I am so thankful for the nice weather so they can play outside alot of the day...now if only the 2 of them would stop fighting! However, my "to do" list just keeps getting longer. Can someone tell me that it just comes with time please? After trying to finally do a bit of cleaning, I threw some coloring pages in the trash (OK, we have like a hundred!). Asher loves to hang any art project on the fridge and our fridge gets very crowded very quickly. A little later, Asher is throwing something away and finds his coloring pages in the trash..."MOMMY!!! This ISN'T trash!". Woops. His heart was broken. I can never get rid of clutter because Asher is always pulling everything OUT of the trash...the lei he made at preschool, a dead flower, the 50th page of him writing his name, etc.

I have my first "Stampin' Up" party since Jesse's birth this Thursday and I am so excited for an evening out without kids. Sounds silly, doesn't it. Any mom will understand how nice it is to have an evening with adults after a day of child conversation. We are slowly all figuring this life out together. We are so blessed with what we have and that we have each other. Here are some final pictures of our time with Uncle Caleb and Auntie Amanda.

Asher and Anna ready to go snorkeling!

The first real smile caught on camera.

Uncle Caleb and Jesse having man to man before he goes back to Australia.


  1. Asher does that too?? I have to bury Isaac's millionth color page under trash or put in a trash can in a room that he won't look in (like the garage).

  2. Can you make him pick his favorite ones to put on the fridge and then put the rest in a folder? You can pick out your favorites when the folder gets too full? I had a friend who did that. Hannah isn't at that stage yet.

    And as encouragement, I'm sure you felt this way when Anna came, too. life IS upside-down and it does take time (and growing independence of wee ones) before it all falls into the proper places. Be not weary in well doing :) (And when you figure it out, let me know so that I can apply your tried and true methods this fall!!)