Happy, happy Fabulous Five Friday!! It is Friday and I am so excited to share my fabulous five this week! This has in some ways flown by and in other ways…. been really slow! Do you ever have weeks like that? I am looking forward to a calm weekend. I really need it! That being said, I know I will have a full weekend of errands and chores, family time, hopefully a date night and church and children and lots of love and fun, crazy chaos! It will be wonderful!
Now for this week! I had a tough beginning of the week, you know when you are just not feeling great about things. Life seems to be more than you can get a grasp one… where you feel like what in the world am I doing , and why aren’t I doing it better? That was me. This weekend I had a church thing, and on the way home was just feeling completely overwhelmed. We had gone straight to the baptism from a birthday party, so the kids had orange stained mouths, pizza on their shirts, hair crazy from skating for the last three hours… we looked like a train wreck! But we really wanted to be at the baptism. So stained faces and all we went.
Oh and I had made a cake for the baptism. I sent it ahead with Mike, well… Mike put it on his seat and drove to church, a short 25 min drive, He got to church, opened the door and the cake had tilted. The cake was partially ruined. This cake was for Heather’s daughter, You know Heather, the one that has done amazing. kind, wonderful things for me… her and the only thing she had asked for was this cake….. ugh… sigh… So I was feeling all this on the way home, and knowing at home I had a messy living room and kitchen to greet me, dinner to make and kids to get to bed. I prayed on the way home, cried a little and prayed some more. I had briefly shared my overwhelmed feelings with my friend Joylyn as I was leaving and she was so sweet and telling me, It is always hard with a newborn, you will get your groove back…. So I was thinking when and how when I find that groove and praying the entire way home.
So why in the world is this my fabulous five? Well, I got home, carried Marsha in, went back out, and carried Hinckley in and then looked up. Nathan, my 16 yr old nephew was cleaning that messy living room. He was almost done! All he had left to do was vacuum. I was overwhelmed with gratitude. I quickly questioned if his mom had put him up to it, If Joylyn had called him. No, no one had, he just felt that he should and so he did. I gave him a hug and said “Thank you , thank you , thank you so much, you are an answer to my simple pleading prayers of being able to do it.” In that simple act, I felt loved, and supported and I felt my Heavenly Fathers love, he knew I needed some help, a little pick me up and Nathan was the one that did it. I am grateful and it filled my heart with such joy. I admit, when I was telling him about how I had been feeling and how grateful I was, I cried some more. Thank you Nathan…… what an amazing good young man you are.
My friend Melissa popped in for a quick visit, it was not planned, had she called I would have kindly declined. I had a full day, but she did not call. She just showed up and what a lovely visit it was! We were able to chat and reconnect. Melissa and I had not actually done anything in about a year! Other than the weekly hug at church, or a quick text thinking of you! That is all we had really been able to do. So to just spend two hours talking, laughing and hanging out with the kids…. lovely! Marsha and Marley were able to do puzzles with her, while I fed Hinckley. It was so sweet and I had to get a picture!
Heston wanted the tooth fairy to come! If you recall, she did not come the night before… he wanted to make sure she knew he did not purposely pull his teeth. I went to tuck him in last night and this was the set up under his pillow. I LOVED IT!! The little animal print pillow is his tooth pillow, he just puts the tooth in the little pocket. I love the note and LOVE the little card directing her where to look! He is an inventive kid! Also, I love that he wrote TOOTHS and Letter, not Teeth and letter!
Sandy Petersen! She is amazing you guys! LIKE AMAZING!! She was Emma’s kindergarten teacher. Emma is our first and you know how first time moms are…. we can be a bit spazzy. I was so worried about Emma going into school. Would the teacher be kind to her, never yell at her, love her…. Sandy did all that plus more. She has remained cheering for Emma her whole life! She is no longer “Emma’s kindergarten teacher” She is a dear friend whom we all love very much. Sandy popped over with this cute christmas gift! Which I will be doing a craft post about it soon! I wanted to do it earlier but with all the trouble Hinckley has had, it was put aside! Along with this pretty gift, she made each of the kids, Christmas Gumball Treats! SO CUTE! Sorry you will have to wait for both those fun crafts! BUT just know Sandy is wonderful and amazing and if you ever get a chance to meet her, you will want to hug her…. I am grateful for her friendship after all these years!
Heston and Hinckley! I was making cookies with Heston, Hinckley started to fuss and Heston said I will hold him. It was so sweet and I just had to take some pictures. I am so grateful for them. When we said we were having a boy, Heston was so excited! He was now going to be a big brother, It did not matter that he had three little sisters. He was going to be a big brother to a little brother! They just love each other. They look a lot alike too! Heston was a scrawny little thing, and so is Hinckley! I am excited to see their relationship flourish!
So that is what has been on my mind this week, things I have been most grateful for. The list could go on and on. It seems the more I try to be grateful the more I see I have to be grateful for. Hinckley is doing well, weighs a little over 9lbs!! Yay!! Once he hits double digits we need to have a party!!
Have a super weekend! I am finally going to spend some time with my friend Rebecca and her family! It has been way toooo long! What fun things are you doing this weekend? I not only am going to see Rebecca but I plan on some major deep cleaning Saturday!! YAY!! I do love deep cleaning, it feels so good once it is done. Even if it only lasts five min before it is messy again. Those five minutes…….GLORIOUS!!
ANSWER to Q of the day: what was the most upsetting thing your child has ruined by coloring on it? When Mikey was like three, he took a sharpie to our leather couches… could never get it out! We still have them today and I am always reminded to remember kids are little for a short time…but when it first happened, I was so sad!
Today’s Question of the day!:Have you ever forgotten to let the tooth fairy know your child lost a tooth? How did you handle it the next morning?
Date night with Mike tonight!
Still so thankful for the baby scale….
Hinckley waves one hand in the air when he nurses. cracks me up.
Homemade corn bread muffins….delicious!