The White House

The White House

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Life Is Fine

Wishing blogging was a faster process because I'm really having to force myself to do it.  Right now.  I'm sure that will change.

I am so proud of this kid.  For all that he has dealt with the last few weeks he has come through it all a shining star.  Was there any doubt?  He's amazingly amazing. 

They played North Pole the other night.  What fun the game was.  All my kids went with me.  Emily who previously wasn't into sports seems to be into sports now.  Or maybe just hanging with her Mama.  Nick wanted to take photos.  We cheered on their brother.  He was high scorer with 16 pts.!  He also had 7 rebounds and 7 steals!  He was awesome.  He rolled his ankle in the 2nd, taped it up and played the whole game.  What a tough kid.  Then ended up losing by two in over time, but watching him in action was priceless.  AND THEN.... the kids wanted to hang out with me and watch two more games.  How cool is that?

I'm not even sure when this was.  Sometime this week we were just hanging out, talking and I snapped some photos. Yep, that's my girl.
Mr. Dirty Face.  Honestly, I'm not sure he has a photo with a clean face!  Flower could not be more loved.  She's so sweet and literally "giggles" when you tickle her back.  I hope she is with us for a long time to come.
Look who isn't biting me and has learned the command up.  Birds are such smart animals.  Her name is Tweety.  No, I did not pick it, but it is Emily's bird and we'll call it whatever she wants.

Look at her deluxe accommodations.  Homer brought that home for Emily right after Christmas. She still needs toys, but I want Emily to pick those out so we'll get some next week when she is home.
We've been working on Emily's room.  Yes, now it is her room and not her room for awhile.  Homer is covering up the panelling with sheet rock as it no long needs to be an Alaskan look.  Tomorrow the last few pieces will go up and then mud and tape on Sunday.  Paint on Monday, carpet on Tuesday and she comes home Wednesday!! :)  Unless something happens....and we all know how likely that is!!  (And no, I didn't strike it rich.  We've actually had all the materials except for paint stacked in the corner for three years.  We're just now getting around to doing it!).

Tonight (after sheet rock) was Girls Night.  I painted Olivia's toes.  Aren't they delicious?
Her fingers, too.  My girls never pick the same color for both.  Then she painted  mine.  We colored and watched Em's movie "Bride Wars".  It's been a perfect evening.  There is a lot of hate out there, but I don't have to let it through the front door.

Much love to each and every one of you who have been so supportive.  I am fine.  I was fine before.  I'll be fine later.  (Watch Bride Wars.... fine is not an answer to give!!).  Anyhow, I'm just going to buckle down and pray a lot.  Not for what you might think, though.  I'm just going to pray for an end to the hate and anger and fighting.  It reaches out and touches so many and that makes me sad.  I just want everyone to be happy more than I want anything else.  I know, that's like saying I want world peace, but it's true.  I just don't see why we all can't get along? We can, you know.  It starts with me, with you, with a stranger.  Just be kind to those around you.  It will make the world a better place.

Finally mailed my packages.  That felt really good, but man is it expensive or what?  I haven't mailed a package in over a year, I think.  I about choked.  Anyhow, the best will be when Grandma Judy (my ex-MIL) gets the photos of the kids.  That was her only request when they talked to her at Christmas.  Such a wonderful lady and I feel good knowing it will bring her a smile.

And before I go off to bed I wanted to share this beautiful card.  Inside was a gift card to Wal*Mart.  It was sent to me by RottenMom.  Have we met? No. Do I love her? Yes!!  You know what I mean when you talk about your "blog friends".  Well, she has become the most wonderful blog friend.  And is damn funny, too.  Check her out.  I hope we get to meet some day. 
Even though I am "forcing" myself to put on a smiley face and blog...please know how important you all are to me.  I want to "talk" to you...I just don't really want to pretend.  You see, it isn't that I'm "losing" as our family has had some wonderful news the last few days, and it's not that I'm "winning" because no one wins when kids are in the middle.  In fact, it's not about winning or losing or wondering or hoping.... it's just me wishing things were like they were when we all got along.  I don't like when we are all grumpy gills. :(  It doesn't feel good to be angry. It doesn't feel good to see others angry.

Peace to you all!


FlowerLady said...

Good morning dear Lady ~ It would be wonderful if all was peaceful and rosy, but unfortunately that's not the way it is. All we can do is our part to make our little spaces filled with love, peace and happiness. Your family is drawing closer because of rough times and the closeness is priceless. I do hope this will all soon be behind you.

Great pictures.

Love and hugs ~ FlowerLady

gpc said...

I'm with you. I don't understand why people are mean to one another. It doesn't help anyone and the kids are always hurt. I understand having mean feelings, but part of being an adult is sucking it up and behaving with courtesy. Your children are fortunate to see that belief in action.

RottenMom said...

This post is so perfect in so many ways. I will carry your words with me as I go about my day today. Do my share to make the world a more peaceful place. My kids will thank you. Love the beautiful photos of your kids as always. I have a feeling we will meet some day! Thank you for the shout out in your blog, I'm blushing.

sue in mexico mo said...

Good to hear from you. I have been wondering . . .

12* here this morning. That probably sounds warm to you. lol I am so ready for spring and summer.

Lori Skoog said...

I can feel the change in this post. So glad you had some wonderful news. Hey! You don't have to post everyday. Take a break and come back when you want to do it.

Just last night I was trying to make arrangements with two of my blogger friends to meet here in June...face to face. Know just what you mean about wanting to meet so many of them.
We need to start having blogger meetings all over the country. Have you noticed that so many people have similar links on their blogs?

Get your head out from under the covers, breath and allow yourself to love life. Let's hope the White House has turned the corner.

Gail said...

My heart goes out to you. I wish I could wave a magic wand and make things right again, alas, I am not fairy godmother.

Just know you are in my heart, my thoughts, my prayers. I am here.

Take a blog break if you need to, blogging should not be a chore. You can stay in touch through emails until the blog calls you again.

Awesome game and beautiful nails!

Margo C. said...

I so enjoy your blog Gayle! You are such a good momma and I love to keep up with what you are doing.

I have been locked out of my blog for some reason--it tells me that I am "not the author" so not sure what I will do about that. Maybe create a new one or just read all the ones I love--The White House is one of my favorites!!

Janie said...

This post shows some wonderful times with your kids. I'm sure they know how much you love them and want the best for them. That may matter even more than whatever the outcome may be.

Corey~living and loving said...

Looks like you've had some wonderful times with your kiddos lately, and I'm so glad for that. :)

forgive me if I'm just lame, but I'm not sure if you have shared what has happened to send your whole family into great stress or not, but if you have, could you point me in the right direction? Thanks!

I'm thinking of you!

Tootie said...

OMG, I am smiling! A Flower and a Tweety! How cute!

I loved looking at all the photos, the ones of the precious kids and the beautiful snowy ones.

You are totally right! If we all just thought about trying to make others happy, there wouldn't be anything to make anyone unhappy!!! Seems like it should be pretty simple, doesn't it?

I hope you know what great parents I think you two are. :)