Friday, July 24, 2009

Friday Night Date

Well, it is Friday again and time for our standard "date night." Sounds like fun, huh? Well, not really. Our Friday nights usually consist of cleaning the church and maybe running some errands. Tonight, I want to go get a new garbage can for my kitchen before we head to the church. (Yawn)

Don't get me wrong ... I actually enjoy the work we do for the church and I don't mind running errands together as a family. BUT, I would like to get a few minutes alone with my husband once in a while. To be honest, I cannot remember the last time we had an evening alone. And the few we have had, we always feel compelled to get back quickly so that no one is burdened with our kids any longer than necessary.

I'll be honest. Normally, I don't really mind our lack of date nights. I love spending time with our whole family together ~ we have fun together and I think it is wonderful. But lately, I just find myself missing having a conversation with Ronnie that doesn't require us correcting any unruly children or dreaming of having a meal somewhere that might actually have table cloths and no kids menu.

But for tonight, I am going to enjoy taking the kids to Target to buy a new garbage can and maybe going to Chick-fil-A to redeem our coupons for free sandwiches that we were given at the baseball game a few weeks ago and then we will round out the evening by buying a few groceries after we finish up at the church.

Okay ... I know it is not exciting. And, I guess I can live with that, but I won't promise that I'm not thinking about something just a little bit different.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

sounding board and a little old business

I have a post I really want to write today, but just don't have the time or energy to do it justice, so for now, I will just take the time to thank a very dear friend of mine and then share a few pictures that I haven't taken the time to post.

So, to my friend who acted as a sounding board today, I want you to know that I appreciate it more than you can imagine! We may not agree on every issue, but I am incredibly thankful to have a friend willing to listen ~ even if you are probably now questioning why you are so blessed to have a friend as crazy as me. Thank you!

Okay, on to the pictures! These are from JW's baseball party at our local minor league baseball stadium. For a seven year old boy, this was the best party they could possibly have come up with. Little boys with grown men all "playing" baseball ~ a great combination for my little guy.
JW with the right fielder -
I can't believe I actually got this picture with my not so great camera.

His team was undefeated in their league ~ way to go Knights!

The kids didn't watch much of the game, but they had a blast anyway!

Friday, July 10, 2009

a little indulgence, please

Before I even begin, I must ask for your indulgence for what is sure to be a totally random post. I hope you'll keep reading ... I might actually find something interesting to say somewhere along the way.

First, I have been absent from the blogging world for much of the past couple of weeks simply because I couldn't find the time (or energy) to write anything. A couple of days before we left to go get our new van, our washing machine bit the dust. It was not a sad farewell. I must tell you that I was happy to see the thing go since Ronnie bought it while he was still single, close to 15 years ago. Just for the record, the laundry needs of a single man and a family of five are not exactly the same.

So, what does that have to do with me being busy? Simple. In order to remove the old washer/dryer from the tiny closet-like space off of our kitchen and replace it with the new ones, we had to first move the refrigerator. I know, it makes no sense that someone would design a house this way and it makes even less sense that I wouldn't have noticed that little bit of info before buying this house 11 years ago. But someone did design it this way and we were un-observant enough to buy it and so we just have to deal with the little imperfections. Okay, if we are going to move the fridge anyway and the laundry room is going to be empty, shouldn't this be the perfect time to replace the kitchen tile (that came with the house) and the carpet in the dining room? It makes perfect sense to me.

Honestly, I am not complaining. We have been wanting to do these projects for a very long time and I am thankful that the washer died so that we would be spurred into action and actually get them done. I also found out something. Removing an old, ugly, glued-to-the-concrete tile floor can be a great way to relieve stress. And another thing I learned is that I actually like laying tile. We chose a very affordable peel and stick vinyl tile. It is not fancy, but it fits our house and our budget. Now that it is done, I am wondering why we waited so long to do it.

Having to move everything out of our kitchen and dining room, which included unloading my china cabinet - by far the least enjoyable task of the entire project, forced me to face an issue that I have long needed to tackle.

Clutter. As I type the word a shudder runs through me. Why, you ask? Allow me to introduce myself.

"Hello, my name is Jennifer and I am a pack-rat and I am married to a pack-rat, with a weakness for gadgets."

Put two people like us in a small house and what you have is a mess that I am struggling to contain. I really want to do what so many people tell me is the perfect solution ... just get rid of it. I am trying ... really I am.

I think I would make a good candidate for one of those TV shows where someone comes in and drags your stuff out into the yard and makes you keep getting rid of things until all that is left will fit on a tiny little tarp. I think I could benefit from someone telling me that I really don't have to keep everything that no one else wanted out of my grandmother's house or every thing my kids ever touched as babies or made in Sunday School.

So, I'd love to know how you keep your clutter under control.

Maybe random is not the right word to describe this post ... I think rambling might be better. If you have made it this far you must really be bored! Please forgive me and I'll try to do better next time.