Home Sweet Home!!

We are finally in our new place! I cant believe it.  It felt like this day would never get here! We moved into a beautiful brand new townhome in Spring Hill.  Its a 3 bedroom 2.5 bath and it is 1450 square feet.  We feel like kings! In California we had a 1 bedroom with a den that was 800 square feet and we were paying 1200 a month for it! We have worked hard as a family to get here and by the grace of God we made it!  Brian is doing great at his new job.  He is staying very busy as there is much work that needs to be done to get that store back in order!

I have started doing meal plans! Yes go Jen! I was always Jen cant cook but I am turning that old Jen in for Jen can cook!! I found a great website called momswhothink.com and they have a great meal plan for two months! The first night I made chicken enchiladas with spanish rice! That was a success.  The second night I made cheesy crock pot chicken over rice with cornbread.  While it was good and edible it was requested that it not come back on the menu again!!! Thank you Brian for being honest!  Tonight its roast that has been in a crock pot with 1 can of coke, 1 package of onion soup mix, and 1 bottle of chili sauce.  That will be served over mashed potatoes with garlic green beans!  I am just amazing myself right now.  This might seem very minor to some of you but this is HUGE for me! I have always wanted to make dinners for my family and sit at the table together and eat and I never made myself just do it and now I have and I am loving it and very proud of myself actually!! Go Jen!

The boys are doing great! Man I love them with all my heart.  They are just so amazing and I am blessed beyond words that God choose me to be their mommy!  Jonathan is sleeping in his own room and I am loving that.  He was sleeping through the night and then more teeth started coming through and then mommy made the mistake of nursing him instead of making him go back to sleep on his own and so now his biological alarm clock goes off every morning at 2 am and silly mommy goes in every time and nurses him and then puts him back to bed! He started crawling just before he turned 8 months old! He is fast, especially if he is coming towards me or he sees a pair of shoes! This boy loves to chew on shoes.  So gross.  He loves to squel at you.  He makes a game out of it.  You squel at him and he will squel at you! Its so fun to play!  I love his smile and his sweet spirit.  This boy brings so much joy to my heart and strong muscles to my arms!!

David is my sweet, sweet boy that can turn into a strong willed monster in seconds! He loves to just go and topple his brother for no reason.  I am trying to teach him that if he wants to show love to his brother he can either pet him on the head of give him a hug and a kiss but not to wrestle him.  We have a huge brown teddy bear that he is supposed to wrestle, but for some reason its just not as fun!  His new bad word that he has picked up is shut up.  He has no idea what it means but he knows it gets a reaction out of mommy and daddy.  He also likes to yell no at you if you tell him to do something.  So we are trying to redirect all these lovely behaviors.  I went to a MOPS group yesterday and the speaker was talking about respect and that we need to respect our children.  David probably yells no at me because he has seen me yell at him to stop doing something.  So I am working on myself in that area.  I am trying to respect him as a person and not yell but to be calm but at the same time inform him that he has crossed the line.  I love being a mom but you learn a lot about yourself and in turn can become a better person as we strive to teach our children to be the best person they can be.  Thank goodness I have the Lord to help me along the way because I could never do this on my own, nor would I want to.   My favorite time of the day with David is really all day just watching him play and having fun but the most special time is when I am tucking him in at night.  He loves to just hold me and he begs me to sing a song I made up to sing him goodnight.  I always say ok one more time and he says ok and then I end of singing it like 3 more times.  Now when we put Jonathan to bed he likes to sing the song to Jonathan.  Oh it just melts my heart!

So we are just plugging along in this journey called life.  We are striving to make ourselves better people by growing in our relationship with Christ.  So thankful that we serve such a loving, gracious, forgiving and patience God. 


4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Hollis Neutz
    Apr 29, 2010 @ 19:23:01

    Jen….fantastic post!
    Your new home is so lovely. I am so happy for you and your little family!
    I have some great recipes that I can share with you…..don’t worry…they are easy!!!
    Love you guys!


  2. Erin
    Apr 29, 2010 @ 22:21:49

    Hey Jen,

    Congrats on your new place! I’ll have to check out the menu planning site you mentioned. I’ve been making us family dinners but I’m gettin kinda sick of the same meals over and over because they’re what I know how to cook. Love ya and miss you. Tell the family me and Uncle Danny said hello. We hope you can make it to the wedding.


  3. elaine barrett
    Apr 29, 2010 @ 22:55:25

    So wonderful to hear the ordinary day to day things about your lives. We miss you so very much. Cooking can be fun and I love to use my crockpot. I often go to allrecipes.com so I can find something to make that contains ingrediants I have on hand. Looking forward to this weekend and Andrews graduation party. Lots of people coming, including Colt & Amy who I understand will be staying at your parents home. Going to also leave a facebook message. Love, Grammy


  4. constance
    Apr 30, 2010 @ 13:58:46

    This is a lovely blog, Jen. What made you start this? The boys are very handsome. I understand about the wrestling…Tristan is the same way…but he has 2 much bigger sisters to wrestle with. They can handle it, sort of. He does the “shut up” too. He also likes to say “ma, go pee”….love that one when we are in Target. Boys are definately a differant breed. Thank God. What a joy they are. I am so glad you are moved into your new home! God bless you guys!


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