Monday, September 26, 2011

today = fun and exhausting

today was such a fun, but exhausting day. the girls and i left the house at 8:00 this morning and didn't get home until 10:20 tonight! i had a dentist appointment in paola to have the permanent crown placed on my tooth (the last of the big dental work before i can get braces! :/) so, i dropped the girls off at my friend sarah's house and was off to the dentist. now, this tooth that was being worked on was dead due to a root canel done way back in the 7th grade so he didn't think i'd need to be numb. he said 90% of the time it isn't necessary - i looked at him and said i'm pretty sure i'm in the 10%. sure enough, i was. here came the shots (3 or 4, i can't remember), painful! i told the hygentist (who's due with baby #1 in two weeks) that getting an epidural is less painful (and i wasn't kidding!). anyhoot, it's a good thing he did numb me because the stinkin' temporary crown would not come off. he had to cut it in half and take it off in two pieces. lots of shoving and pushing the permanent crown in and 45 minutes later i was out of there. i went back to sarah's house and we had a lovey time chatting about all sorts of things. we can talk for hours and never run out of things to talk about...

lunchtime came and it was time to go. the girls and i tried out the new gambinos pizza buffet. it wasn't too shabby and the best part was the worker didn't charge me for the girls. he said his thoughts were that kids 3 and under should be free because they don't eat much (well, he doesn't know my kids!). ha, molly ate 3 pieces of pizza, a cheese breadstick, and regular breadstick plus had some fruit cocktail. sophie actually had a bit less than normal, only eating 2 pieces of pizza and a breadstick along with fruit cocktail. the worker was in the back, so he didn't see how much food my children were consuming for free!

we made a quick stop at our paola home to grab the hand weights that were left in our coat closet and check the status of the airfresheners and then we were off to sam's house, another wonderful friend. we spent the afternoon gabbing and settling disputes amongst our children who all wanted the same toy at the same time. these kids even fought about picking up the toys and who would pick up what! they were all in much need of naps.

the girls and i left a little before 5 to get molly to gymastics. she did really well tonight and got to do lots of beam work (her favorite). sophie was also very well behaved there (a rare thing) and played nicely with the cars and watched molly. after gymastics we headed to my parents for dinner and to let the girls spend some time with grandpa and grandma. molly pretended to put on plays and so we had to sit in the dark for quite a bit while she seranaded us in a very high pitched voice (yes, it gave me a headache!). sophie was exhausted and spent a great deal of the evening crying. we left and headed home. i carried the girls straight to bed and they are sleeping soundly.

matt should be home in a bit....i'm exhausted. goodnight blogger world!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

nothing to blog bathroom cleaning

i hate cleaning bathrooms. if i could give up any chore, it would be cleaning the bathroom. they're disgusting and well, i just don't like to do it. it's tuesday though, so that means it's bathroom cleaning day. ugg....i'm currently taking a break. i'm down two, one to go. this is probably the most uninteresting blog i've written but hey, this is my night tonight! on the topic of cleaning bathrooms, anyone have opinions on cleaning walk-in showers. i like the shower to shower in but am not a fan of cleaning them. i think they're quite challenging to clean mainly because you can't turn any water on without soaking the bathroom. so, i spray the shower, start to wipe it down, then have to go to the sink to rinse the magic eraser, and come back. i wish i could rinse it better too. i can turn the shower on but unless i'm in there i can't truly rinse it. my mom used to use the clean shower spray each day so that may be my next attempt to keep a cleaner shower. so there you have it, my bathroom cleaning dilemmas and thoughts. woo-hoo, how exciting!

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

i have a new friend!

i met a friend tonight! i've been kind of loney up north since i wasn't connected to anyone. in paola, i had my  circle of friends through moms club but haven't met anyone since i've moved. tonight at awana a new family came and set down next to me during the start-up. later in the evening she came to the nursery with her daughter (who is 3 but too young of a 3 for cubbies). while talking in the nursery we connected right away and it turns out we bought her best friend's house (small world, huh?). she knew everything about our attempt to get out of the contract after lucy died- didn't know details but knew what we had been through. this made it a lot easier to talk to her about the situation and i'm praising God for bringing her into my life. she's a believer and invited me to a bible study. we are getting together tomorrow for a playdate - i can't wait!

Sunday, September 4, 2011

settling into a new church

matt and i haven't been church hunting for 6 years, but since we've moved we had to find a new church closer to our home. i miss my grace bible church family every week (we've only been gone 2 weeks, but still). i miss the familiar faces, the kind brothers and sisters in Christ who have done so much for our family (especially these past 2 months), sitting under my dad's teaching in sunday school (let's face it, no one will ever compare to my dad), my sweet friends and their kids who were so close to mine, and so much more. however, we found a church we like here in parkville - northwest bible church. i was excited when we looked at the house back in june that their was a bible church. finding a solid bible teaching church can be tough these days but this one fits the mold i was looking for. we've attended two sundays and have really enjoyed the teaching and the people. molly seems to enjoy junior church and has met a little friend. sophie has adjusted well in the nursery also (only screaming a little when i drop her off). the church is in need of teachers for junior church so i approached the pastor today to find out what the stipulations were to teach. he said i didn't need to be a member because he knew my background and the beliefs from the church i came from were in agreement with theirs. i get to shadow next week and will then be put into the rotation. i'm excited to see how God is going to use me in this new church matt is looking at getting involved in a construction group where they go fix up houses for calvary bible college students. praise the Lord we found a solid bible teaching church that proclaims the message of Christ and believes the bible is truth.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

missouri gets a yay!

missouri gets a yay on aquatic centers now (although it's still a boo that there aren't very many and they're far away, oh, and expensive! if we would have gone during non-twilight hours it would have cost our family $30 to swim! ouch! we went after 5 and paid $15 and got lucky because they didn't charge us for sophie). anyway, this park that we went to, tiffany springs water park, was a blast and so family friendly. most pools don't allow you to go down the slides with your kids, this one does. it had a big play area for kids in the zero-depth entry part with 4 slides and lots of spraying mechanisms as well as buckets that dumped water. the slides were fast and so sophie was not able to go down alone (although she would have if we would have let her!) matt and i were able to hold her and she had a blast. i'm not sure how many times we went down the slides. molly was not a fan of the pool. she said it was too dumpy - meaning there were too many buckets dumping down randomly. she didn't want to get her hair wet. i think only taking her swimming once in almost 2 months made her forget how much fun she has when she lets herself get totally wet. the water was a bit chilly too so she was cold which didn't help her cause either.

this pool had a lazy river and a tornado like pool that spun you quickly into the center. sophie loved it, but i'll admit it was a little dangerous holding her in it because it's easy to lose your footing and go down. molly, well, she was in her mood during that also, even though matt was holding her. there's a sauna section also with jets and a small fountain next to the lazy river for parents to sit on while their kids play. there are also two large slides. matt and i each went down one. that was fun! i hadn't been down a waterslide since i was at a conference in wichita for school. it's been 4 years at least, probably closer to 5. sophie thought it was funny that i went down a slide.

there is also an olympic sized swimming pool with diving boards. matt loved this part because he could swim laps. trouble was, he forgot his goggles and his eyeballs paid for it.

another thing about the zero-depth entry area is that they have little fountains coming up which are perfect for the kids to sit and play in. sophie had fun filling her bucket then walking out of the pool to "water the concrete". molly, my little social butterfly, tried to make a friend to play with, but unfortunately picked the shy girl and sent her running when she asked if she wanted to play. :(

i love this pool, and though it's a bit of a drive, i think we'll be back a lot (with season passes so it's not so expensive)! hopefully molly will overcome her fear of getting wet while swimming once again ( we go through this every summer) and enjoy herself as much as sophie and i did.

there you go missouri, you got a yay!

Thursday, September 1, 2011

introducing yay and boo!

welcome to my newest label, yay and boo. here i will compare kansas and missouri as i discover more about missouri.

public swimming pools (aquatic centers):

* yay kansas! there are pools all over the kansas city area on the kansas side.
* boo missouri! there are only a handful of pools in the northland and we have to drive 20 minutes or so to get to one. we do have a small pool in our subdivision but it's not kept very clean. lots of dead bugs floating around.


* yay kansas! parks all over and in open areas.
* boo missouri! we have 2 small playground areas in our subdivision but have to drive 15 minutes to the nearest park (right now b/c the large park in parkville is currently underwater) and it's so secluded, i wouldn't go there alone. and the play area's really small too....