Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Organized or Anal?

A few posts back I mentioned that I am an "ESTJ" personality-type. The "J" is the letter that signifies my endless need to be detailed and organized. I have been described by friends and co-workers as anal! Back in high school I used to re-write math assignments multiple times if my handwriting wasn't neat or if I had erased too many times on the page. In the past few years, well mainly since getting married to someone who is "opposite" of me in this area, I have really had to let go of some of my anal-retentive habits so that I didn't drive both of us crazy. This has been even more true since Eli was born 2 years ago, because everyone knows that once a child is in your house you just don't have time to worry about the million details of every little thing anymore (especially regarding the cleanliness and orderliness of your house!). So needless to say, my house is not spotless and definitely has that "lived in" quality to it. I no longer have to have every little thing cleaned up before going to bed at night. But, if things get let go for too long than that spark breaks loose inside of me and I will suddenly go on cleaning/organizing sprees around my house.

The picture of my pantry below is the result of one of these sprees... my pantry was driving me crazy, so I went out and bought dish bins for $1 at Wal Mart and then sorted and organized everything accordingly. I of course had to finish it off with cute labels printed-on-yellow-outlined-with-pink cardstock. Yes, my husband had to let out a few chuckles when he saw what I spent my evening doing, but he understands this "need" of mine to bring a sense of order to everything :) In the end my pantry bins gave me a very satisfied feeling and I am finding joy in looking at them every day! Hee Hee! (It's all about life's little joys, right??)

I think I am in spring cleaning mode because I am coming up with numerous ideas for other organization projects that I need to tackle. One of those includes "organizing" the storage tubs around the house. You're probably thinking, "Who organizes storage tubs??" Well.... me!! Oh, but if you are also a "J" personality, then this probably makes complete sense and you have either recently organized your storage tubs or are now inspired to do so! :)

Saturday, April 26, 2008

Home Again

A couple of times a year I need to attend multi-day conferences related to my job. The picture above shows me standing in front of the Rosen Centre Hotel in Orlando, FL where I stayed this past week for the National State Directors of Migrant Education Conference. Florida was beautiful! One of my employees made the trip with me, as well as a migrant parent from our program. I learned a lot at the conference, but the highlight was being able to take the migrant parent and see her experience her first plane ride, first time at Disney, first time staying in a hotel, etc, etc. Migrant workers do not have a lot of money for things like vacationing, and sometimes barely enough to pay their bills. It's wonderful that the federal government offers districts grant money so that we can attend these types of conferences and bring parents along - free of charge to us!

The unfortunate thing about the trip was that Eli was sick again - he contracted the same horrible diaper rash for the 7th time!! Micah did a great job taking care of him, even through the long night where he kept throwing up and running a fever! Ugh. Everyone can be praying for Eli, we aren't sure what continues to cause the rash. I have a hunch that it might be a food allergy... but it's hard to determine what it could be since he eats such a wide variety of foods. We have an appointment next month with a pediatric gastroenterologist, so hopefully he will be able to help find some answers.

So needless to say, it's always good to be back home again to tend to my family. Micah was able to catch up on some of the work he missed, Eli is feeling better, and my jet lag is "almost" gone... we're slowly but sure returning to a sense of "normalcy." :)

Saturday, April 19, 2008

Micah's Blog

Micah has now started a blog through wordpress. He is a deep thinker and a great writer, so check out his thoughts by clicking HERE. You'll have to bookmark that one as well and check it from time to time. I will add it to my "friends" section on this blog as well.

Saturday, April 12, 2008

"You're Gonna Miss This"

I added this new Trace Adkins song to my playlist today (it should be playing now as you read...). I really liked this song the first time I heard it because it's such a great reminder that life is short, and each stage of life is even shorter so we should really try to make the most of wherever stage of life we're in and ENJOY it.

Sometimes work can get pretty stressful, but I am thankful to have a job that I love and a flexible schedule that allows me to put my family first. I try to make the most of each day I spend at work because I know God has me there for a reason.

All marriages go through ups and downs, but I am so grateful to be married to Micah and can't imagine my life without him. I try to do the best that I can to take advantage of the time I get to spend with him and am happy that we get to face each new stage of life together. When we have our disagreements I just think about how it's so often that things may seem like such a "big issue" at the time, but by the next day you wish you hadn't wasted all of that time being upset about it... life's just too short for that!

Then there's Eli... since having him life seems to go by even faster. Maybe it's just so noticeable with a little one around because they grow and change so fast. I remember just two years ago holding my screaming, colicky infant and feeling like I couldn't want until he was out of that phase... but even now, I do miss it! Now he's two and I try to savor each day that we can spend saying "set, set, go" racing across the backyard, playing with cars, reading stories, singing songs, and even dealing with the tantrums... I've learned that it's best to just smile and know that this too will pass, and someday I will miss it!

Eli and Emmie

Kathy (my mother-in-law) and I took Eli and Emmie (my niece) to the Zoo - I thought this was such a cute picture with their hats :) They are enjoying watching the carousel... which they rode twice by the way! They both had a great time naming all of the animals and they were very well-behaved. The funniest part was in the Children's area at the Petting Zoo... Emmie just kept saying "stinky! stinky" and "finished, all done!" She was ready to leave from the moment we got there. Eli on the other hand was in heaven running around petting and hugging every animal he could find... that is until he was head-butted by a mad sheep! Even that was pretty funny though, and it didn't deter him at all from chasing the rest of the animals. :)

Sunday, April 6, 2008

Goldfield Ghost Town

On Saturday we took a short day trip to Goldfield Ghost Town. The weather is so beautiful right now we're taking every chance we can get to "play" outdoors. We enjoyed looking through all of the shops, riding the train, and watching the gun fight. Eli learned the word "cowboy." :) Enjoy the pictures!