Thursday, September 9, 2010

We have a dollhouse remodel and a 6 year old

Okay, so prior to all the run around my beloved Blogger has been giving me the past 48 hours, I was already way behind on my blogging.  After, trying a bit of everything, I am finally able to upload pictures... getting this blog post published might be the very thing that keeps my head from exploding!

My life has been is a bit of a wreck right now, not a wreck as in a car crash with severe injuries, a wreck as in chaos and out of control.  There is so much I need to do, have to do, must get done {like yesterday}.  I'm fighting off feelings of being overwhelmed and wanting to shut down, I don't know where to start but need to start.  The biggest problem to this dilemma isn't really all the things I have going on, that have to be done, it's that I've been completely wiped out for the past two days.  You'd think I was 62 weeks pregnant instead of 26!
I'm crazy for doing this, but currently my house is turned upside down, nearly every room.  I'm cleaning out closets and getting things ready to sale at a kids consignment sale.  The deadline is coming up this weekend and I'm pushing the limits.  I hate feeling like I'm so close to missing the mark, but I have to do this.  It's a great way to make money, clean out the house and go insane.  Usually I hate myself for getting in so deep at this point but hopefully next weekend I'll be loving myself when I get a big fat check to spend on fall clothes for the kids.
Labor day weekend was great and wonderful, and exhausting.  Joe and I celebrated out 7th anniversary.  I can't believe it's been 7 years already.  We went away for a couple nights, did some much needed shopping, went to a movie, ate crazy unhealthy food and enjoyed every minute of uninterrupted conversation.  It was heavenly, I wasn't ready to come home just yet.  I didn't take one picture, I was too tired to hold up a camera, how sad is that!?
Tuesday Bethany turned 6, it seems like yesterday she rocked our world by sending me into labor on a Labor Day.  She wasn't born until 5:21 the next morning, after a long night and 3 hours of pushing.  I felt like I'd been run over by a train and like a million bucks all at once.  It was one of the most amazing moments of my life.  Nothing like it!
For her birthday breakfast, she chose a unique feast.  Boiled eggs, toast and chocolate milk.

Keeping with our birthday tradition she made her own birthday cake, this year it was Funfetti cake mix and Funfetti icing.
Joe had been planning on taking Bethany out on a date for her birthday for the past 2 months.  He put so much thought into taking her out and it worked out for him to take her out on her birthday.  He shopped at over 20 twenty stores looking for the perfectly Bethany dress for her to wear on their date.  She opened it before they left and he knows her well because she loved it.
Here they are before they left.  Jenna HAD to be in the picture too.  This is her regular Monday thru Friday around the house look.  It's conducive for potty training.  I'm persevering, in ways I can't complain because she has done really well, but at the same time, I wonder if we are ever going to be able to announce her as "trained".
When Bethany and Joe came back from their date, to Texas Roadhouse, {because Bethany likes the whole peanut thing}she opened up the dollhouse.  {More like pulled the blanket off of it.}  She was really surprised and likes it very much.
I didn't manage to complete curtains or plant flowers in the window boxes, and let's be honest, I'll surprise myself if it happens anytime soon.  Overall I'm happy with how it turned out and proud of myself for getting as much finished as I did in such a short time.  I'm not loving the front door color, but at least I went for it and didn't leave it with indecision.
Bethany had one last gift after the dollhouse, another one that Joe picked out by himself for her.  She has this love of Fancy Nancy.  When Joe saw this gift there was no talking him out of it.
Bethany had to put it on immediately and for the next hour all we heard was Bethany humming and dancing around the house.  Fancy Nancy nightgown and slippers were just what she needed.
She has only taken it off to go to church last night, but did question why she couldn't wear it there too.  I know I've already said it, and everyone says this about their children, but I can't believe she has been with us for 6 years already.  We are so incredibly thankful to have her in our family.  God created her special just for us and she brings so much joy to our lives every day.  I cherish her life and look forward to watching her grow more daily.  
I am teaching an elementary age class at our church about photography and paralleling it with the question "How Does God See You?".  Last night, I referenced the scripture from Jeremiah 31:3, about how God says that He has loved you with an everlasting love.  I asked the kids to each think about what everlasting means, some of them took turns writing other words for everlasting on the board.  Some wrote, "Forever and ever", "every milli-second", and "Always".  Bethany at the last minute asked if she could write something on the board, I said yes and was touched by what she wrote, "God loves you whatevr you do."
Though our love is weak compared to God's love for you, that is how we feel about you Bethany, we will always love you!!  May all your wishes come true!
Thanks for being so patient with me, I've not returned an email in a week, Facebook what is that?  Hopefully, I'll be back to my old self soon.  Braxton Hicks are telling me it's time to call it a day, so good-night stalkers.


~Mamma and Papaw~ said...

You will always be the BEST first granddaughter.
Six years ago you made us grandparents and showed us how to live in a whole different realm. It is wonderful!

Sweats, Nikes, and No Make-up said...

Happy belated birthday, Bethany! I remember holding you just a month or so after you were born, when I came to Kentucky to visit Uncle Brandon for the first time! I was very excited to become your aunt when I married your Uncle Brandon.

Keep smiling and writing poems and songs! :)

Lots of love,

Aunt Melissa

Nate and Erin said...

SO SWEET!!!!! I almost cried when I read how much thought Joe put into his date with Bethany. The doll house is precious! Bethany- you are one very loved girl!!!!!

Bonnie said...

Wow, what a great post. Happy Birthday Bethany and what wonderful meaningful gifts.

Rest up so those Braxton Hicks quit.