Saturday, October 15, 2011

3am catch up

Geez, I've been waking up a lot lately at 3 am with anxiety, getting myself out of bed, and then catching up on friends blogs and emails! I have a lot on my mind lately, and sometimes can't sleep.
It's not bad anxiety, though. It's good energy that leaves me feeling excited and restless.
I used to do this a lot in high school when I was anticipating a concert. I remember being up all night with stomach jitters, the night before seeing Bad Religion (for the 3rd time!) Nowadays it's not mosh pits and punk music I'm anxious about, it's homeschooling parties, Zumbathons, and La Leche League meetings. There's a lot of fun to be had with life, and I am stoked to do it!
I guess these 3 am catch-ups help me balance out my day, and send me back to bed feeling calmer.
And I would go back to bed right now if the rain wasn't so loud. The rain here comes down in thunderous blasts that jolt you awake and make you think the sky is falling! The first time it happened I woke up and thought it was the end of the world.
Ahhhh, jungle life. Good news is that the kids sleep right thru it, while I lie awake thinking about mosh pits and punk music...I mean babies and rumba.

Friday, October 7, 2011

ripe fruit for Odi

Odin loves picking fruit. He cracks me up on a daily basis because every day he tries so hard to convince me that there is ripe fruit to pick, even when there isn't.

"Mooooom, I see some ripe tangerines out the window."

"No Odin, those are still green, and not ripe, yet."

"Nope, they are riiiiiipe, I see some orangey on there."

"No Odin, they are still green, and are not ripe, and we don't want to pick fruit til they're ripe because they won't taste sweet."

"But Moooooooom, I promise they are ripe! Please can I pick one? Pleeeeease? Pleeeeease? I just know they are ripe. I know it!"

"No, Odin. You know they aren't ripe."

"But, but, but, I want to pick fruit!"

So we end up going outside and picking whatever we can find that's ripe. There's always guavas to pick. I let him pick as many avocados as he wanted the other day and he went nuts-- Like a kid in a candy store, until he decided that the Starfruits were ripe, which they weren't yet, so we started all over again. "Mooooooooom....."

Such a funny kid! Here's a picture of Odin in the garden, staring longingly at some ripe green beans that were ready to be picked. Oh happy day for Odin!!:

Thursday, October 6, 2011

3 lucky boys

It seems that everywhere I go with my kids, people make comments about having 3 boys. They are mostly super positive, with remarks about how blessed, how lucky, and how wonderful it is to have 3, healthy, little boys. How sweet it is, as a mother, to hear comments like this! Then every once in a while someone will ask, "So what's it like to raise 3 little boys? Is it crazy or what?" haha.
Yes, it's crazy. It's non-stop wonderful, bless-ed, craziness, and I love it! Some days are difficult, with anger and emotions flying everywhere. Some days are overly hyper-active, with messes and chaos everywhere. Most days are really loud.
Most days I lie on the floor and let them tackle me and sit on me because I am defeated in all other areas of life. :)
Everyday is special because my little boys are special to me!

Here's a few things we've been up to as we live our daily boy adventures:

Daily walks in the jungle that we call our street:

A little hike on Onomea trail:

A fortress in the living room, for little boys to crawl:

Everyday is a hot day in the yard, so that means lots of playing in the pool:
Our little friend (on the right) came over to play and swim, too.

A Pirate Party! Pirate hats, pirate necklaces, pirate songs, and pirate games, just because. Oh, and lots of AaaaAaaaaarghs:

And here's me, learning how to take care of myself and not get too burnt out on my highly intensive boy-rearing lifestyle.
There are essentially six things I have to do in order to maintain sanity:
1. Get regular exercise (I'm loving Zumba as of lately)
2. Have healthy, wholesome foods on hand
3. Get 8 hours sleep
4. Fill my daily-spiritual cup with prayer and scriptures
5. Make time to prepare and plan and make lists
6. Loving support and teamowork with my husband

Ready to take on little boy world!

Sunday, October 2, 2011

General Conference, a spiritual marathon

Every 6 months the Prophet, 12 Apostles, and spiritual Leaders of our church give inspiring speeches to the members all over the world, via TV, internet, and radio. It is called General Conference, and I look forward to it every time! They prepare these wonderfully inspiring talks, which send messages of hope, peace, love, and spiritual motivation to all that will listen.

This past weekend we spent two days, and a total of 8 hours, listening to the messages of the gospel. It's like running a spiritual marathon! Only you're not totally exhausted at the end, you are spiritually renewed and more excited than ever! My mind has been mentally running for the past two days, and I feel like I need express my happiness for a moment in this space.

Obviously, with young children our whole family couldn't all sit down for 8 hours, so Micah and I took turns watching and listening. During some of the sessions I sat at the table with the kids and worked on General Conference coloring packets . (Did you see president Eyrings pink suit up there? Awesome!) During others, one of us took the kids outside to play and then switched. Overall, General Conference is a very special time for our family, something we look forward to, and will continue doing for many years to come.

As one listens to the talks, it is a good idea to ask God in prayer to help you be inspired of the things you need to learn better, and become stronger in. There are so many areas of my life I need to be stronger in, and desire a renewed conviction in my testimony. I feel like this General Conference was so powerful for me, in confirming many truths about God that I already knew, but needed to have an even stronger conviction of in my heart. I am so grateful for this talk by Dieter F. Uchdorf, which was actually spoken to at our worldwide women's organization last week, but is still part of Conference.

Another one of the beautiful things about these talks is that they cover such a large variety of topics, and reach out to millions of people who are listening to them, but the end result is always the same for everyone, and that is happiness in the knowledge of Jesus Christ and Heavenly Father, and a renewed desire to be a better person.

This is the General conference link. Listen, watch, read, download it on your ipod. You won't regret it. :)