Thursday, October 29, 2009

Padre Ramblings

**phone rings**
me: hi dad
padre: hi kiddo, it's your dad
me: i know...
padre: are you at home?
me: no, why?
padre: I need you to open the garage door
me: oh..
padre: can you be home in 2 minutes?
me: not exactly..
padre: why can't you be home in 2 minutes?
me: well, I can't exactly fly home... I can be home in 10 minutes though...
padre: ok...
me: don't you have your key?
padre: yeah...
me: well, why can't you just go in the front door then?!
padre: well because...I was going to have you open the garage door..
me: was this phone call really necessary??

because I have the cutest nephew and nieces :)

Stefanie entered Cole and Lacey in the GAP casting call! (Christie, when are you entering Kennedy?!) And because I obviously have the most adorable nephew and nieces in the world, I'm asking you guys to vote for them!! Click on this link here and vote for them! You can vote once every day...so make sure you put it in your favorite and come back to vote!!

You can vote through November 17th so get moving!!!

Thanks!

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Being a Christian is a lot like being a pumpkin

Feeling festive? Click here to read Kelly's (from Kelly's Korner) take on being a Christian and a pumpkin! I just love it!

Monday, October 19, 2009

conversations with cole

me: where did baby Cole go?!
Cole: I eat him

me: Cole, I love you
Cole: ok, I need my trains

*after we finished reading Where the Wild Things Are*
me: ok, you wanna go grab a different book?
Cole: no, this book!
me: we just finished that book silly! Go grab another one from your room!
Cole: (as he's giving me the puppy dog eyes) Auntie do it!
me: you want ME to go get a new book?!
Cole: ok!

*Cole comes in from outside*
cole: auntie?
me: yes cole?
cole: outside?
me: you want me to come play outside?
cole: ok
(p.s. one of my favorite things about cole is that he'll tell you exactly what he wants but if you ask him back in question form, i.e. "you want me to come play outside?", he answers "ok" as though you were the one who suggested it!)

*after playing outside for awhile...*
Stef: ok Cole, we have to go inside now to make dinner
Cole: I play outside
Stef: well, if auntie will stay with you, then you can stay out here
Cole: auntie outside?
me: sure, we can stay outside
**Stefanie goes inside**
Cole (as soon as Stefanie shuts the door, he pushes me and says): Auntie, inside.
me: You want me to go inside?
Cole: ok
me: well, are you going inside?
Cole: No. Cole play outside.
me: well, you can't stay out here by yourself...
Cole: Auntie! Inside!
me: I can't go inside unless you go inside! Do you want to stay outside?
Cole: mmhmm
me: ok, then auntie has to stay outside too
Cole: ok...
(also funny: as I was relaying this conversation to Stef, she goes "oh yeah, that's his new favorite thing. He thinks he can play outside by himself." haha when did he get so old?!)


me: Bye Cole, auntie has to go buh-bye
Cole: see you soon (might be my favorite new phrase!)
me: Love you
Cole: say hi to papa (might be my second favorite new phrase)

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Padre Ramblings

me: how was the college?
padre: it was nice
me: did you see another college?
padre: what do you mean?
me: well...did you just visit Ripon or did you see another college too?
padre: we saw Lambeau
me: right, that's not a college...

...

me: how did you get into Lambeau anyways? Do they just let people visit?
padre: I know people
me: no for real...
padre: we just walked up, I told them who I was and that I was a lifetime packers fan...
me: you realize this is all going to be a part of Padre Ramblings right?
padre: well I'm done talking then...

...

padre (20 seconds later): so we walked up the tunnel that the players walk up
me: hmmm...
padre: and they even played music just like they do for the packers!
me: you really do live in your own little world don't you??

absent

I've still been pretty absent, huh? If it hadn't been for another person telling me to blog more (right after I just posted no less!), I probably wouldn't be back yet...but I suppose since I know that people actually read this now, I better post, huh? I think part of my problem is that sometimes I just don't know what to write about...even though once I get started, I can think of a million things :) (and yes, I know I have a couple of posts from 2 months ago that I need to type up...but I just haven't gotten to verbalizing them yet...they're all in my head still!)

Anywho, lately I've been thinking about how I have gotten super stressed out a few times in the past 9 months of semi-unemployment. And the stress, not ironically, always comes from wondering if I'll be able to pay my bills that month. You know, it's a little tough to budget money when you know exactly what needs to go out but you're never quite sure what's coming in. Somehow, I always seem to make it work. When I'm really down to my wits end and I'm freaking out about how I'm going to pay my student loans that month, I get a full weeks worth of nannying jobs. Or I get extra hours at Home Instead. I know it's all part of His grand plan, that He knows exactly what's going to happen. That He knows when and how I will be able to pay my bills. It's comforting, in an obscure way, to know that He knows all of this and I don't. (Although it might only be comforting though when I'm at where I am now--extra money in the bank, every bill paid off until the middle of November, etc...)

With that being said, I've started to stress myself out a little bit thinking of the future. While I know that the person I got my "car loan" from is perfectly content waiting for me to get a job to start paying them back, it still is frustrating for me because it's something I wish I could do right now. But furthermore, I'm thinking about when my unemployment is up. Provided (worst case), I get no more hours weekly from Home Instead or don't find a steady job, my unemployment will be up the middle of December. I'm saving money like a madwoman preparing for this while still job searching and *hoping* something comes along. I know that when it has, literally, come down to my last pennies in the past, He has always found a way to provide for me. But I'm scared that this time he won't be able to. It's a big fear for me that I'm not going to be able to pay all of my bills. Hopefully it won't get to that point but it could. And, while I don't get a lot from unemployment, it is enough to help pay my bills each month.

Along with this comes my choice to, finally, take my personal training class. It's been a hard decision because on one hand, I think "well, that is $320 I don't need to spend right now." But on the other hand, I think "but it's $320 right now that will, if it works out like it should, provide me with the skills and opportunities to make a living." I have been saving for this too. So, I think I have decided that I have enough saved up in the bank to make this investment now. I am also going to continue (obviously) saving every penny I can before my unemployment is up. But taking this personal training class is something I really want to do, something I've planned for, and something I think I would be good at. So I've decided now is the time. It normally takes 4-6 weeks they say for an average person to finish this class...so if I receive the materials within the next 2 weeks, I should finish by the end of the year (well, most likely before, but for sure by the end of the year)...which I'm hoping is good timing...doesn't everyone make a New Years Resolution about becoming healthier?! Also, I have some friends who have offered to let me train them so I can use them as testimonials which will be nice. (*notice* if you know of anyone who wants a personal trainer, let me know! haha)

Ok, I think I'm spent for now. I actually had more I wanted to say but I'm on this huge motivating clean/throw-out-EV.ER.Y.THING.-i-dont-need kick that I want to continue! Have a great weekend!

Saturday, October 10, 2009

I'm ba-aaack!



I know, I know. I've been awful right? Well, I figure now that I've got a couple of people on my case about getting back to blogging, I better do it. And what better way to get back into it than to announce the arrival of my new niece!!!

Lacey Kay Straka was born on September 30 (woohoo! another September birthday, finally!!!) at 9:23 a.m. Stef had a fairly quick labor (and by "fairly quick", I mean...thank goodness she was at the hospital when her water broke because she had Lacey 10 minutes later...) She was 6 pounds 15 ounces of perfection! I'm not sure how my sister gets so lucky but she has been blessed with another fantastic sleeper! Lacey has slept from 11pm-4/5ish in the morning EVERY night except once! And then she eats and goes right back to sleep...amazing!

Alright, well I'm gonna let this be a quick post (but picture heavy...because...come on, I have to show off Lacey!) and I PROMISE I will be back much sooner than last time!