Tuesday, January 19, 2010

When I grow up...

I think I have finally figured out what I want to be when I grow up. I know, I know...aren't I already grown up? Thing is, I never really knew what I wanted to do with my life other than I wanted to be a wife and a stay at home mom. I am so blessed to be living that out right now and boy am I thankful! But I never really had any desire to study anything...never felt passionate enough about something that it drove me to want to learn more and get training or schooling. That's all changed tho....I think I have FINALLY found what I want to do when I grow up!
I want to be a doula! Yup, that's right, a doula! Before I had my boys I never knew what a doula was....never even heard of such a thing in fact. When I was pregnant I knew of them but never understood what they did. Finally I did some research and discovered that this is exactly what I want to do!
A doula is a trained labor coach. She is a source of information, support and comfort for a pregnant woman and her spouse. A doula will meet with her clients prior to the birth of their child, be there with them thru the labor and delivery, and even provide postpartum care as well. Some people may wonder why on earth would I want to go thru that experience time and time again when I've already gone thru the birth of my own three boys. Truth is that I want to be a help. Not every woman has a great support system. Not every woman is educated on their birth options. I want to help empower these mothers by helping them know as much as they can about their pregnancy and how they can achieve the birth that they want.
I can honestly say this is the first time I have ever felt so strongly about wanting to do something. It is truly a fire in my heart and I hope I can keep it lit and burning strong to push me on. I am already reading as much as I can to start educating myself. Even reading the little I have I am so encouraged and inspired!

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

What we did over Christmas break...

We were blessed to have Ed home with us for NINE days between Christmas and New Years! Not only did we have fun relaxing and playing with the boys we were also able to get a few projects done around the house. We were able to redecorate our living room, make the basement a functional area for the boys to play and also rearrange our bedroom. I have pictures posted below of what we accomplished. (Just no pics of the bedroom cause it's not terribly exciting...just moved the furniture around.)

Living room:
Large wall before:
Small window before:
Large front window before:

New drapes on small window:
New drapes on large front window:

Large wall painted and shelves hung!
Close up of the beautiful cross from Shawna.

Close up of shelves on the right:

Close up of shelves on the left:

Basement project...unfortunately we forgot to take some 'before' pictures so it's hard to know how much work was done unless you've seen the basement before.

New shelves from Pat and Ed with our 'store'.

New 'closet' fixture.

Awesome padded floor tiles so the boys can play downstairs!
(Please ignore the boxes...we were still in the process of cleaning up from Christmas!)

Monday, January 4, 2010

Back into the swing of things!

Sadly the holiday break is over and today was the day for Ed to go back to work and for me and the boys to get back into our routine. I thought today would be a tough day for the boys seeing how Ed was home for 9 days straight and today he is working one of his long shifts (8a-8p). They surprised me tho and have done very well! We even got back into school today for Will. Today we talked about time and starting to discuss clocks. The lesson suggested getting an analog clock and that's when I realized how the times have changed....I don't have a single analog clock in my house...so we improvised and made our own out of paper! Will had a hard time understanding exactly why when the big hand is on the 1 it means five minutes past...why does it mean five..it's a one! :) Baby steps. He did however understand that 12 could mean noon or midnight and we discussed the differences. Another point of today's lesson was matching and finding differences. Will had to take some large foam circles with cutouts in them and find ones that matched. Then he had to find the shapes that would fit in the cutout portions but they had to be a different color than the large circle. He was quick with this task but still enjoyed it. Of course as soon as Luke saw all the bright colors he started chanting "I play! I play!" So I pulled up a chair and gave him some circles of his own and the little smartie pants was able to put all the right shapes in the correct cutouts! It was cute too because when he's start to put one in an incorrect spot I'd hear him say "Noooooooo" then he'd find the right place.

Now the boys are sitting and giggling at Tom and Jerry...their little treat after doing so great on their first day back in the swing of things!