Chronicling The Comerfords

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Pardon the Interruption

Do you or your spouse watch that show on ESPN?  It drives me crae-crae!  Too much energy and interruptions over things I do not remotely care about.  Bunch of fast talking nuts!           

Anyhoo.... I apologize to all my loyal fans (all 3 of you) for the blogging break.  It seems life got in the way of fun stuff like sitting on the computer and talking typing about life.  So, as I am known to do, here is a run down

Things like this totally get in the way.  When I have a free second to do anything there is inevitably clean underwear and towels in the dryer yelling for me to fold them. I H-A-T-E doing laundry!  Some afternoons I feel like I have a part time job at the laundry mat.  It is my least favorite chore ever! 
I always wanted a big dining room table... sigh...

Annie is not as fond of vegetables as her sister.  Note for all the mothers of babies... if you feed a child fish sticks and spaghetti-o's when they are little because you are exhausted, they will eat fish sticks and spaghetti-o's when you are no longer exhausted.  WAIT, I am still exhausted, that's why I've subcontracted out the veggie feeding task to the 3 year old.
Seriously, I was such a stickler on feeding Amelia vegetables and she now loves them.  I was a complete slacker with Annie.  Do you think it makes a difference?  Seems to in my house.

Oh, the grass!  We did not overly think about the grass situation when we made the move to the ponderosa.  There is a TON of it to cut!  And while my lawn man is awfully hot, he doesn't get so excited about the multiple hours a week it really takes to cut and weed-eat this place.  It's a good thing he is good looking or I'd fire him!
This afternoon Amelia was "helping" him by riding around the yard in her Barbie 'Stang while in a princess dress.  I do believe Annie was asleep and I was on the back patio with wine.  I'm a great supervisor!
Where there is work there is also play!
Sunday afternoon we went fishing.  By fishing I mean Amelia and Daddy fished for about 5 mins until she got bored then we all went to ride 4 wheelers
Annie's first ride was a slow one, but she had fun!  Can't you tell?! haha  Look at that face!
Amelia had her tap and ballet recital.  It was one of the cutest things I've ever seen.  She was so proud to wear a bun (ummm.. nub) like the big girls and she got to put on makeup too. She found a sequin on the stage which she called a sparkle and had to pick up and carry around.  It basically stopped the show for a few seconds.  The whole crowd laughed out loud.  I loved being the Mama of that kid!

Last week was also her last week at her preschool.  She starts Pre-k at big school in August and that BLOWS MY MIND!  How did that happen so quickly?  This is her first and last day from this year.  What a great experience she has had!
Annie hasn't had any major milestones, but day by day she gets cuter and cuter.  I could have never imagined she would have this much personality.  She brings laughter and joy to us daily. She is already a Daddy's Girl.  It's really pretty darn sweet how attached to him she is!
I usually only have to play catch-up blog around the end and first of the year.  Mid-year is a special treat.  I've decided May is going to be the busiest and most expensive month of the year for the next 22 years or so.  Well, maybe right behind December.  Between recitals and end of the year parties and teachers gifts and yearbooks (yes, we did that for a 3 year old) and class pictures and the list goes on.  June should definitely be a month or at least a few weeks of rest! 

Monday, May 6, 2013

Moneyball... Rethink... Well, everything!

Have you ever seen the movie Moneyball?  It is a great movie.  I'd totally suggest it for a date night in.  You and the hubs, or boyfriend or wife or girlfriend or whoever would love it.  Moneyball is basically about the Oakland A's being a poorer baseball team but still having to compete with the big money teams like the Yankees.  The traditional way of doing things just would not work for them.  As soon as a guy would get good and his contract would come up they would lose him because they couldn't afford him.  Their general manager Billy Beane had an uphill battle of teaching his team to rethink baseball.  I'm not going to get into all the details, but definitely check out the movie. 

This Sunday one of our pastors spoke to our Sunday school class about rethinking church and he used the Moneyball principle to present his message.  No doubt the church is not as strong as it has been in the past.  Teams are having practice and groups are having meetings on Wednesday nights. Events are being held on Sundays.  These have typically been church days and nothing other than church went on.  Life is just busy in general.  He asked "Why do you go to church?"... Fellowship, learn, witness, encourage, etc..  Those are all things you can do anywhere.  Then he asked "Where did you meet Jesus?" Not to say that you can not or were not saved or came to know Jesus for the first time outside of church, but more times than not that is where the first meeting occurs.  So the challenge is to rethink church.  Rethink what you are looking for.  What you look for there and what you offer there.  To think with our hearts and not with our heads.  Our heads will change a thought many times a minute, but our heart is pretty darn consistent.  Think about your children, your heart knows that your children need Jesus.  Goodness knows, the world needs a little more Jesus!  But your head tells you that your child needs one more ball practice or that fun birthday party invitation or whatever distraction you have.  No doubt it is hard to rethink anything, but it's worth a try, right?!

Today I decided to rethink home.  If you've been reading my blog for a while you know I've struggled the last year.  I read a post today saying that 3 children were the magic number for stress.  I can not imagine!  This post was acting like 2 was a walk in the park.  No Ma'am!  Anyway, I've lived in a state of negativity for a while.  In fact, we hadn't even been to church in about 5 weeks! I've made some changes that have helped a lot but I'd still like to get a better handle on things.  We've made some changes on the home front and have a to-do list going forward, but it's my job to help myself in the now.  I really need some time for myself and I REALLY need to exercise. I HATE exercising. But in reading I've learned that I can do both for a few mins a day.  My children love the stroller and I love to be outside. I can strap them in and have some quiet time outside to think and exercise. Today we did not do any activities, we came straight home at lunch.  I put laundry on and all 3 of us laid down to rest and regroup from the morning.  One load of laundry, that was all.  I sat on the rug of the playroom after naps and gave my girls the attention they deserve. While the girls were snacking I folded and put up clothes.  By this point we were at 3:00, this is when things start breaking down around here.  I loaded the girls up into the stroller and we went for a walk.  I tried to run for a bit just to prove to myself that I still do not run.  After our walk we threw together some supper and the night went on from there.  It was SO nice!  I have two big struggles in my day, laundry and the 3:00 hour (which spills over to the rest of the afternoon).  Today I decided to rethink things. I put clothes on to wash and rested for about 30 mins.  When things started falling apart, I changed the scenery.  I'm smart enough to know that not everyday will work this way, but today it did and today was good. 

I'm thankful for our church and for our staff and for the challenge.  I pass it along to you.  What do you need to rethink? I mean if the Oakland A's can get to the playoffs, surely you and I can as well, right?

Zip A Dee Doo Dah!

What a fun song!  Some days I can not believe this sweet girl is already almost 4 years old and is old enough to sing at all.  Then some days it seems like she has been in our life forever.  Isn't it amazing how these little people squeeze in and become such a big part of your world so quickly?!  Word is that she learned this at dance. We are so thankful to have such a wonderful dance studio with such talented teachers in our little community. Zip A Dee Doo Dah!