summer 2011

summer 2011

Paul and I, all 16 kids and Ashley, Benjamin's wife...Christmas 2012

Paul and I, all 16 kids and Ashley, Benjamin's wife...Christmas 2012

Sunday, February 22, 2015

so here's the thing...

Me today...bathroom selfie at church...this is what I'm talking about...I need to lose and re-lose and get into better shape...ah well. Here's what's going on:
1. Today I found out that my oldest son Benjamin, the one who lives in Washington state, and was a medic in the Army...who stayed on in Washington as an apprentice in the HVAC coming for a visit in June!!!! YAY! He is of course bringing his wife and little Anya, our's like Christmas! (they're coming the week we are renting a huge camp on an Adirondack lake...right on the water....)

2. Today is Mirielle's birthday. She is my fourth child, one of my favorite daughters:), and she is 25. I was younger than that when she was born.

3. Tomorrow is my daughter Suzanne Eleanor's birthday. She is turning 14, which does NOT seem possible.

4. The power steering fluid leaked out of my minivan today. Tomorrow...instead of heading to the hotel in a city south of here to celebrate a 14th birthday with Suzanne, I will be bringing the minivan into the shop. I hope it is a quick and cheap fix.

5. Tomorrow Margaret has a job interview. Keep those fingers crossed.

6. Today was relatively warm, but not above freezing...tomorrow: frigid. The high: 6 degrees. And windy. And maybe a bit more snow.

7. Charlotte Claire, Camille, and I brought Paul to the airport this morning. He probably arrived in Florida by now, to spend a week...for work.

8. I ate a peanut donut this morning. I wasn't really even thinking, it wasn't a conscious decision. I just felt like I deserved it, I mean, hey, I just dropped my husband off at the airport...he's going to Florida! I can have a donut! So, I decided to never ever eat anything again for the rest of my life.

9. My lifetime of fasting ended at dinner. I broiled steak (Camille specifically asked for it today, we rarely have it as it has gotten so expensive). I sliced up a five pound bag of potatoes, tossed them in olive oil, and roasted them...and made a tray of sweet potato fries. I also roasted some cauliflower, for me. We had green beans, and some broccoli too. It was a fantastic dinner. I did not have dessert:)

10. Downton Abby was delightful tonight. Charlotte Claire and Camille are the biggest fans now. They like cuddling up and watching it with us.

11. Mali is doing better. Her morning sickness has decreased, and she heard the heartbeat with the doppler at her Dr. visit the other day.

12. I like my kids. They exasperate me, they worry me, they make messes and NEVER eat the chocolate and they never ever leave empty packages in the pantry. But I like them. They all pitched in and helped me get tonight's dinner on the table, and clean up again afterward. I like doing things for them when they have a positive and thankful attitude...which is getting better with them as they get older. Since I have pretty much 6 teenagers....counting Sonja K. who is 12 going on 17, and Samuel, who is still a teenager but All Grown Up in the Army....anyway, I deal with five teenagers on a daily basis. You never know what you're going to get. What was funny yesterday will get me a, "MOM, SERIOUSLY!!??", today. I won't even get into how their cycles synchronize. But I like them.

13. We need to get out of this house more. Or so it seems. The newest craze here is marathon Monopoly. Games go on for hours...the little ones play too, and sometimes they are just bouncing off the walls. Today, Camille was jumping on the couch, which is Not Allowed, and slipped and put her down the crack where the two sections come together...I thought it was Broken Leg Day, but my hair is clean, so she was fine.

14. Mirielle has a nice new car, she bought it last year...someone rammed into it in her driveway, and dented the door. Then the other night, a deer ran right into it when she was driving. She said it was running away, then turned and ran right into her car. Poor Mare.

15. Enough for now...goodnight!


Anonymous said...

Hello...first time commenting. Don't be too hard on yourself-I think you look quite good! I am a momma and Nana in my early 50's. At 5'2", my doctor wants me to lose a few (am at 136 since last July). Not that I disagree with him. However, I need to actually exercise and 'move'. That said, my late Grandmother-in-Law lived to 100 and credited her 'stocky' build for her longevity citing she'd outlived her many siblings in older years since she'd enough 'content'-lol-to survive colds, get the idea, in her older years. 'Don't listen to them, Eileen! They don't have a clue!' Obviously, she was my favorite grandparent!! Seriously I think you look good!!! ;o)

Martha said...

You list made me smile this morning, which is a very good thing. I have also vowed never to eat again for the rest of my life, yet I have somehow managed to gain another couple of pounds. I'm not sure how that works.

Abraham Lincoln said...

Thanks for the compliments about my Wordpress blog. It has a following, of sorts, but most seldom leave a comment. I guess they like to be anonymous readers. At my age, "going on 81" this year I can still remember things that happened to me or in the day way back when a telephone was a thing at the grocery store and if the store owner sent somebody over to tell you that you had a phone call, you had better go a-running because back then getting a phone call was most likely somebody to tell you somebody had died. Maybe one of your parents...

Glenda said...

Do you have another grandbaby on the way? I'm excited for you

16 blessings'mom said...

Eileen. 136. I hate you. Just kidding.:) I have a loooonng way to go to get there. Your Grandma-in-law would be my favorite too. And thank you.:) And moving more is always a good thing, she says as she sits in her comfy chair blogging. Martha, it just isn't fair, is it? And Mr. Lincoln...times just keep changing, don't they? When I was a kid,if our friend complained we would say, "Here's a dime, call someone who gives a ----." My kids wouldn't have the foggiest why one would need a dime to make a phone call...
Glenda, yes, my daughter Mali is expecting. It was a big surprise, she is not married...but we are extremely happy for her, and will help her as much as we can...because a baby is a blessing no matter what!

FLmom7 said...

You are so honest, and funny! That's why your blog is my favorite. :)

Susan R said...

Della, I think you always look beautiful in your photos. I hope you will be able to get a new family pic when you are all together this summer. It is fun seeing how the children change.

Glenda said...

Oh my gosh. Babies are awesome!! I'm sorry she's having morning sickness but can't wait to see pics of the babe! Blessings for healthy and safe pregnancy!

Anonymous said... be honest, I'm thinking I am just too lazy for sit-ups. So really if I were to lose, I'd be happy with 5 lbs., but my frame is the result of 3 children. And...this is not my PCP, but my thyroid doctor. Since my levels are in a good place due to the scrip, and to be completely honest, I'm probably not going to be losing before my April 13th appt. However, I did not have this particular thyroid dr when I was 160 lbs!! Yes. You read that right. But much of the gain was due to 2 past thyroid drs who didn't know as much as this specialist. So there ya go. I am happy happy happy just where I'm at!

Marilyn said...

You are HILARIOUS!!!! I laughed out loud ......I often do at what you say. You must be a fun Mum is all I can say :-)

Marilyn from Canada

Chrissy in Chaos said...

You are allowed extra pounds in the winter - it saves on the heating bills if you insulate your self! ;)