Chronicling The Comerfords

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Roll over!

Guess who rolled over today?!  She's been working on it for a few days.  Getting up on her side, but could never make it all the way over.  Today she did!  Her sister was so proud.  She said "Yay Annie!  You did it.  Good job Annie!"  Such sweet moments.

 
She started on on her back under the hanging toys and rolled her way over to the side

Monday, June 25, 2012

Yard Sale Finds

Look at my fun new chair!! Technically it is a Facebook find instead of a Yard Sale Find. Seems to be a lot of "yard sales" on Facebook lately.  Regardless, isn't it great?!  It looks brand new.  And it came out of a friend's home so I know it is not groody.

A few weeks ago we ordered a precious chair from a local furniture company.  HOPEFULLY it will be here by Annie's baptism in a few weeks.  The thought was to order one and see how it fits and sits then we will order another.  Yesterday morning my sweet bundle of two year old preciousness got a pink highlighter all over the couch.  Thankfully it came out.  I started thinking, "We are not in the Let's pay $500 for a chair point in life yet."  Minutes later a friend on Facebook posted this chair for $50.  She said it was a little faded but in good condition.  I figured it was worth taking a look since she lives about 6 houses down the road.  Apparently our furniture is "a little faded" too because it matches perfectly.  I threw our little throw pillow from the couch onto the chair and it fits right in.

Looks great doesn't it?!

The highlighter was thrown away after bedtime tonight, but I'm still thinking of putting a plastic



cover or pretty sheet over the grown-up chair when it gets here. Maybe that will be the rule... You must be 30 to sit in the fancy chairLooks great doesn't it?!
Another perk is that her sweet husband delivered it to our house (with Ben's help). Now, once our fancy chair arrives, we will be in business. 

Everybody Ought to Love Jesus, Jesus!

The Princess has this video set called Cedarmont Kids.  She received them for her first birthday and we have watched them almost everyday since. They are usually what she watches to take a nap but on rainy days.  During the winter, they are on WAY too much.  I have a love/hate relationship with them.  They are good,Christian videos and they teach my child sweet little songs.  The downfall is the songs get stuck in my head at the most random times.  During the 11:00 church service was one of them.
Our church is going through something right now that I can not put my finger on. We have been in the church a little over 4 years.  We love our pastor and his sermons have always spoke to us.  For about the past year he is been on point every single Sunday.  I don't know if the Holy Ghost got ahold of him or what.  That sounds a little more Pentecostal than Methodist, but I don't think the Holy Spirit discriminates.

This Sunday morning I was exhausted.  Pudge is going through a growth spurt or something and she is hungry at night.  We try and try to let her cry it out but I have some determined babies.  I got about 3 hours of sleep. I knew that after church I had to go sort things for our big thrift sale for 2 hours then I had about 2 hours of work in the world of insurance to do.  I felt like I had to let something go.  I SO wanted Daddy and the girls to go to church and Sunday School so I could sleep for 2 hours. Instead I drank a lot of coffee and pushed through. Not only did we have a wonderful Sunday school class and service, but I had a ton of energy the rest of the day and got everything accomplished.  I know caffeine helps but so does Jesus.  The spiritual leader of our family :) reminded me that when you put Jesus first, he will sustain you.  He is right!

We are studying the books of Samuel in Sunday school.  Holy Smokes!  If you want to pick up a juicy novel, just read the old testament!  King David and his children are something else.  If they did a mini-series or a novel on David, Bathsheba, Amnon, Tamar and Absalom and did not tell people it was Biblical, it would fly off the shelves.  Seriously, read it and enjoy it.

Worship was all about showing your love for Jesus.  Not denying your faith.  Not being ashamed of who you are and who you love.  And really, why should you?  Jesus loves you and provides for you unconditionally.  There was once a time when it was uncool to not be a Christian.  When did the tables turn?  Why did the tables turn?  I am a Christian and I do hope that is shown in my actions.  Service did make me think about what I am doing with my children to make them good Christians.  In the children's bulletin there was a picture of an open house, like a doll house with rooms furnished and all.  It said "Circle the areas in your house where you pray."  Ugh!  Bad Mommy!  We have got to get better at praying with our children other than when food is served. And we need to read the Bible with them more so they grow up knowing all the treasures it holds. 

The more you know, the more you grow. Read, learn, share and love others

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Belly Laughs

Annie laughed out loud for the first time tonight. She was in the tub with Amelia and I.  Amelia started splashing and water got in her face.  At first I thought she was crying but then she stopped. She was sitting in my lap facing Amelia so I couldn't see her face.  Amelia giggled then did it again and Annie giggled back.  Turned out she had a big grin on her face looking at Amelia.  With each splash her laugh got bigger and in no time it was a deep belly laugh.  Sister was SO proud she was the first person to make Annie laugh.  I was proud for her. 

It was the perfect ending to a wonderful, tiresome day.  We had lunch with a friend, strolled entirely too far,  played in the sprinklers, made hand-print art for Paw-Paw and ended the day with all three of us in the garden tub belly laughing.  If I wouldn't have been naked I would have videoed it :)

I love these little love bugs!

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Whew!

I have meant to post at least 10 times the past 3 weeks.  Unfortunately sometimes life just gets in the way. The busier you are the harder it is to write about it. 
Soooo.... we've moved!!!  Moving completely snuck up on us.  We both hate to move so we procrastinate like crazy.  Once again, we were rushing around the house an hour before our movers got there throwing things into black trash bags.  Good news is that every single thing we own is in our house now and most all of it is in it's place.
The week before we moved was so busy.  Ben traveled Monday-Thursday.  This was the week after Amelia's recovery week so I filled it full of fun things to do.  She had Fairytale Princess Dance Camp, play group and VBS
 She really did love dance camp, but she wasn't in the mood for pictures.

 Who wouldn't love a week with sweet Mitzi
Addison invited us to her VBS since we missed ours recovering at Grandma & PawPaw's

We had been in our house almost a week when I started feeling like I had been hit by a truck.  I thought it was just sore muscles from moving everything and a little cough from stirring up dust.  On Wednesday I started running a fever and coughing hurt so bad I would double over.  A quick trip to the doctor (when I say quick I mean too quick.  The one time I would love nothing more than to sit in a cold waiting room and read People magazine for hours, the doctor is on time.  BOO!) and I was diagnosed with sinusitis and fatigue. Fatigue?  Really?  I've been tired for 5 months!  And FYI, I watch TMZ, I am fully aware that people in Hollywood get admitted for at least 24 hours for fatigue.  Call the ambulance, get me a room at the hospital and let's take a nap!  No such luck.  I did get 3 meds and I am now today (5 days after my appointment) starting to feel noticeably better. 
Saturday we went to a wedding.  I spent all Saturday morning in bed while Daddy kept the girls out of the house.  It made me feel well enough to put on a happy face and participate but that was about it.  It was such a fun wedding.  I'm kind of bummed I wasn't in a more festive mood.  They gave out awesome sunglasses and cotton candy as party favors and they had The Swinging Medallions as their band.  Of course I took a picture even though times were tough.  Luckily, my weary eyes do not show through my fantastic shades

Sunday morning we slept in and eventually made our way over to Einstein Bagels.  I love that place!

It was Father's day.  This is Daddy taking a deserved break.
Darn Good Coffee, Darn Good Bagels, Darn Good Man!

And this man!  He came into my life at 13 and never left.  Can you imagine?  Why in the world would someone do that?!  He came to every game I cheered and all my chorus recitals, the taught me how to use my bright lights and blinker, he gave me away to my husband and still continues to take me back.  He is now the best PawPaw in the entire world!



We LOVE our house! I need to take pictures when I have a second.  And I will get caught up chronicling all our other shenanigans of the past few weeks.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

At least someone is sleeping

This is what it looks like when Big Sister has moving boxes all over her bed and Little Sister wakes up at 4:30am to eat.  Obviously, I was too lazy to button Annie's pajamas after I changed her or put her back in her bed.  I decided it was best for me to get up and take my coffee cup to the bathtub since there was no room for me in my bed anyway.




 I'm sure letting Amelia sleep in our bed for 2 nights before moving into a new house is a poor decision, but we will work it out.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Thanks for the Lemonade

The world is tilting in our favor
Life gave me lemonade and I can't imagine why
Born on a sunny day beneath a tangerine sky
I live life without pretending
I'm a sucker for happy endings
Thanks for the Lemonade!

I love this song! It makes my heart happy. Much like the photo below.

May 2012 - Comerford Farm
Almost a year ago the Comerford's came to our adorable little intown rental and asked us if we would be interested in moving in with Grandma and Grandpa. Grandpa was not doing well at all and Grandma couldn't be and didn't want to be on her own. I was newly pregnant with Annie. Ben was had been without a job for a little over 2 months and we had no idea where we would end up long term. He had leads but nothing firm. We thought and prayed over the situation, pros and cons and decided to give up our rental house make the move to the farm. We really didn't have a reason not to and Grandma needed us here. One day before our move Ben was offered a job here in LaGrange (which he still loves by the way) that required a lot of travel time. Even more reason to move in, I could help Grandma with Grandpa and she could help me with the babies. On paper this all sounded like a good deal, but it went downhill pretty quickly.
I started getting really sick with the first trimester of pregnancy. I had a busy almost 2 year old, it was hot as hell outside and Ben was traveling all over the place for 3 or 4 days at a time. My personal situation alone was a lot to take on. Then you add in that we were in the middle of merging two families and I'm now living in another woman's home. No matter what you men think, you live in our homes. We allow you to make a presence here :) I had a friend tell me one time that in their pre-marriage counseling the pastor told them that a home is divided, walls out falls under the husband's responsibility and walls in is all the wife. We take pride in decorating and presenting our home to our family and friends. We have been playing house since we were toddlers and this is our dream come true. All this to say, it is really REALLY hard to have two grown women living in and taking ownership of the same house. Even more so when one is 84 and the other is 33. Regardless of age and gender, when 2 families are living under one roof, it's just hard for everyone to really be themselves. I am not going to dwell on the negative because that is not what this is about. You can all imagine that moving your pregnant self and toddler in with your spouse's Grandparents would have its set of struggles. And I don't mean just for our side. How many 80 something year olds do you know that elect to have children in their 80s? They don't! Toddlers make a lot of noise and are busy and quite annoying a lot of the time. By the time you reach your 80s you have earned the right to live in peace for as long as you'd like.
We have learned a lot living here. It's such a gift to live under a roof with people who have been married 63 years. It's great seeing them pick on each other and tell silly stories but it's also great to see them quarrel. No marriage is perfect but if you are committed to the cause you push through. It has also been a blessing for my children to have irreplaceable time with their Great Grandparents. We've eaten dinner together most nights. Amelia has put on shows for us on the front porch while we rocked and swung (by the way, I googled this. I originally had "swang" because that is what I say, but apparently "swung" is the correct term. Yuck!".) We brought Annie home from the hospital to this house.
One of the things offered to us when we moved in was that we could stay here for the long run and have this house when Grandma and Grandpa were no longer here. A generous offer, but one I was not at all interested in. I grew up in the country and thought it was pretty darn boring a lot of the time. I always said when I had kids they would be in town and close to their friends. And I LOVE living in town. I love strolling to the park and friend's houses and to shops and walking to and from restaurants. But something happened at some point living here and I'm not even sure when it happened. I fell in love with this place. I love waking up and seeing a beautiful pasture outside my window. I love that my children can play in the yard somewhat unsupervised and they won't run in the road or be carried off by some stranger. I love seeing the joy on Amelia's face as she runs all over this place. I love picking blueberries and grapes out of the yard. And I now have an all terrain stroller to navigate the gravel roads. It's like it's our own little corner of the world.
Thankfully, Grandpa is still with us and is doing good. I would have never imagined that a year later Grandpa would be doing well, going to church and the grocery store and kicking us out of the house! Grandma and Grandpa are good and do not need full time care. And as it turns out they would like their life back to normal. I mean I can not imagine why they would not want a teething 5 month old and a 3 year old living with them?! Perhaps they are tired of the racket? You think? haha So we had 2 options, we could find a house to purchase and move out or we could rent a house until we can move back in here. I honestly think looking at houses all over in town made me realize how at home I felt out here in the county. Or maybe it is the children? I honestly still love it in town, but my babies are happy here and that makes me happy. Regardless, I am really, really happy here.
Since we have decided to stay at the farm long term, we decided to be renters aka squatters again. We have some super-sweet friends that have a precious rental house in a fantastic area in town. It will be a great home away from home for as long as we need to be there. I hope Grandma and Grandpa are able to enjoy many, many, many more child-free peaceful days in this wonderful house.
There have been many times in my life when Jesus turned Lemons into Lemonade. This living experience was one of them. I had struggles, lots of them. But I had blessings, LOTS of them. I have found peace and comfort on a beautiful piece of land. I've seen a 2 year old and a baby bring joy to the eyes of 80 year olds. Saturday morning we move into our rental. I am so excited I just about can't stand it. I feel like a teenager about to move out for the first time. I'm excited to have my marriage back to normal and have our little family unit back. But at the same time I am a little sad. I will miss our little piece of land. And with all the stress and headaches that came with the living situation, I will miss our roommates. Amelia and Grandma adore each other and Grandpa thinks Annie is the cutest thing on earth. Before we moved in Amelia and I used to come out here once or twice a week for lunch dates. I guess we'll have to reinstate the program.
I've got it made
Rest in the shade
And hold my love
While God above
Stirs with a spoon
We share the moon
Smile at the bees
More sugar please
He really loves us after all
We're gonna need another straw!
We're gonna need another straw!
Life gave me lemonade and I can't imagine why
Born on a sunny day beneath a tangerine sky
I live life without pretending
I'm a sucker for happy endings
Thanks for the Lemonade!
~Chris Rice - Lemonade

Friday, June 1, 2012

Our First Sister Fight

The 1st of June 2012 at approximately 9:15 am

Annie and Amelia are laying on our bed watching Mickey Mouse Clubhouse. I am in the laundry room putting clothes in the dryer because my husband who has been home by himself for almost 5 days has nothing to wear (our laundry room is really hard to find).

Annie suddenly screams, I think to myself that I can probably ignore that because it is a new trend.  Then Amelia cries and Annie cries louder.  I come running in and will myself not to grab Annie first so that I do not show favoritism.  Both girls are crying and both have tears rolling down their faces.

I ask Amelia what happened "I I I I bit Annie."  "You BIT ANNIE (not shouty capitals, just firm capitals)?  Why would you do that?" "Because I bit her"  "Go to your room and sit on your bed."  I cuddle Annie for a bit and she smiles.  I also notice about four strands of hair in her left hand.  Well, that explains it.    We go into Amelia's room where she is still sobbing and I ask her again why she bit Annie and she sobs "Because she pulled my hair" as she demonstrates. 

We had a conversation about telling Mommy before you take the law into your own hands.  Both sisters apologized and gave one another a kiss.  Now everyone is fine except that Annie has a small bruise on her belly OUCH! and we are off to playgroup and lunch.

Now this guy is Country Strong

I am not sure if this story is true or not but I sure hope that it is!  Not that I am condoning Walmart violence or mischief, but this is great.  Nothing like a die hard country fan.  We do not do harm, just spread culture. ha!  Thank you Country California for making my whole morning, whole week actually.

Local Man Arrested for Merchandise Tampering at Area Walmart

Local country fan Reginald Spears was arrested over the weekend for merchandise tampering at the new Super Walmart out on the bypass. The details of his infractions are unique, to say the least.
Third-shift electronics cashier Lena Johnston first noticed Spears rifling through the country CD section and filling a grocery cart with at least 100 discs before leaving the department. She thought he was just a rabid music fan until he returned 15 minutes later with the same cart and began slipping CDs back onto the shelves while looking around suspiciously.
Johnston walked over to Spears and asked if he’d decided not to make the massive music purchase. Spears responded “Yeah, yeah uh, yes ma’am” and began sweating profusely. He became spooked shortly afterwards and haphazardly threw the remainder of his CDs on the shelf before walking away. Johnston investigated the country section and noticed that it was full of unwrapped, well-worn CDs that Spears had apparently brought from his home. Spears was apprehended by security, mostly without incident, before leaving the store.
“I looked on the shelf and where Rascal Flatts was supposed to be, that scruffy looking man had put Flatt & Smugs or something like that… and where Taylor Swift had been, he’d replaced it with Tanya Tucker. I guess he’d stole all them new CDs and tried to replace ‘em with his old junk,” said a perplexed Johnston.
Fresh out on bail, Mr. Spears had a far different story. “I didn’t shoplift nothin’. I told the cops they could find all that country pop bullsh*t in the Rubbermaid garbage cans in home wares… where that crap belongs,” said Spears. “I was just trying to give the people around here some damn culture, so I brought my whole collection up here to give away for free. Of course, I’ve got it all ripped on my laptop. My alphabetizing skills might be lacking, but I ain’t stupid.”
“Can you believe they didn’t have a Jerry Reed CD in the whole god***n store?” he continued. “Well, for 15 shining minutes last Friday night, they did.”
The shoplifting charges against Spears were dropped but he still faces misdemeanor charges of mischief and merchandise tampering. For his part, Reginald is considering legal action against the store.
Spears explained: “They threw all my CDs in the dumpster and broke ‘em, them motherf***ers! I’m suing their asses for destruction of property and mental anguish. I was just trying to help this town out… I’m a by-God patriot!”
Walmart officials had no comment on the situation.