Thursday, April 28, 2011

Missions Conference

Sunday night through Wednesday night was our first missions conference. It made for a busy week but was really good. We had an International dinner on Sunday afternoon.  Wednesday night was the best attended, we had hundreds of visitors. I even think we had a touch of the Holly Ghost! Wait, that was the flying visitors we had that caused that. People were swatting and jumping. We were invaded by some kind of flying ants. I guess they all came out because of the rain we had. We had rain two evenings in a row and on Wednesday it lasted for several hours. It was nice and cool. The boys had a blast playing in it for an hour before we went to church.
I have also started working on renewing 9 passports. 4 US and 5 Canadian. I have to get them done before we head back for furlough in August. It is a hassle and extra money but it has to be done. The Canadian ones have more paper work and stuff to be done before turning in the applications. The US ones have very little paper work, but we have to have an appointment and show up with lots of documents and wait in lines in a very crowded place. So I am not looking forward to that day, with 4 kids (or should I just say, with Jesse) in tow. :)
We have a very busy 3 months until we head back. I will try to keep up with this, but I have only been getting to it weekly instead of daily.  I don't think I'll change the name though. :)

Saturday, April 23, 2011

One of those days!

Today was just one of those days! First of all I was very busy. We had a church picnic yesterday, so I had some cleaning up to do after that. Then I had lots to do to get ready for tomorrow. Our missions conference starts tomorrow evening. I had some decorations to finish up for that. And to top it all off, Jesse was into everything today!!!
I let the kids color and decorate eggs right before lunch. After his nap, Jesse got about 4 of the eggs and smashed and crumbled them all over the place! After I got that mess cleaned up, he got a paintbrush that was soaking in paint thinner and painted all over the work room. Then, he got toilet paper and unrolled it all over the place. Then while we were going through our resurrection eggs, he was sitting on one making chicken sounds! So, I was trying not to laugh while Stu was reading the scripture. That boy acts just like his daddy! :)
If you don't know what resurrection eggs are, they are a set of 12 plastic eggs that are numbered and each contains an item and a scripture. For example, 3 dimes represents 30 pieces of silver, A rock represents the stone in front of the tomb and the last egg is empty to represent the empty tomb. You get the idea. It is a tradition that the kids love. We hide the eggs and let the boys find them, then sit down and go through them. We usually do them on Easter Sunday, but because tomorrow will be so busy we did them tonight. While we were going through them, we were asking the kids questions to make sure they were listening and understood the story. When we opened the one with the soap (to represent Pilot washing his hands) we asked them what did they do with the soap. Seth answered, "They soaped him". I think he was referring to Jesus, but I'm not sure exactly what he meant by that. Then we were talking about how they stripped Jesus and we were explaining what that meant. We asked the boys if they would be embarrassed to go outside naked and Seth said, "no!".  So it was hard to keep a straight face during our story!
I have not been sleeping good because I can't keep Jesse out of our bed! When he sneaks in bed with us during the night he kicks and wiggles and I can't sleep. With his ear infection he has been crying a lot during the night. Normally I don't let him in our bed so he sleeps on the floor next to my bed. I tried to remedy that one night when I put him to bed by telling him about the hairball monster in my room (cause he told me he didn't want to stay in his bed cause he was scared of monsters). I told him there was no monsters in his room but there was in mine. It didn't work! He came in my room and slept on my floor and Seth came in during the middle of the night crying about being scared of the hairball monster! I was trying to explain to him that I was teasing and it was just the hair that comes out of my brush and blows under my dresser. I had to show him the next day what I was talking about. Guess I need to figure out another way to keep Jesse out of my room. Maybe it's time to cage in his bed (what do ya think Denise?), or maybe I can lock him in his room or out of mine. Hopefully I can get some sleep tonight!

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

A Busy week!

So much has happened in the last week, or has it been two, that I'm not sure where to start! I don't even think it is possible to cover it all, so I will just tell you about a few things that have happened. Last week was full of running around, getting stuff for church and ladies fellowship. Katlyn's birthday party. And Saturday, me, Joy and the girls went to a garage sale. Now I know for you ladies in the States, you could go to garage sales all summer long, but for us here, they only happen every once in a while. We had fun!!!
Friday, during lunch, we realized that we had not seen Chiquita, our chihuahua, for a while. We searched the house and yard and still couldn't find her. Of course, by then, Juls was in tears. So Juls and I drove around the neighborhood looking for her and asking if people had seen her. Finally we went back to the house to make fliers but I told Juls to search the house real good one more time. Juls finally heard a whimper and found her in her little carrier bag in Juls' room. She had put her in it that morning and had forgotten about it. She was happy!
Saturday night we had ladies fellowship and Josh and Stu take turns driving us and watching the kids. This month Josh drove us and Stu had all 8 kids here at the house. During that time, some of the older ones were playing basketball and Stephen (Wesson) fell and hurt his arm. It hurt him all day Sunday and started swelling, so Monday morning they took him to the doctor and found out it was broken.
Jesse had been telling me that his ears hurt since last Wednesday. Finally on Monday I took him to the doctor and found out that both of them are infected. He has had so many infections in the last few years and has had fluid on them for at least the last year, so the doctor is referring him to an ear doctor. We will see what happens.  Needless to say he has been miserable and grumpy!
Last night a deaf lady from our church went to the hospital to give birth. Josh drove Joy and I over there, since it is not a safe area of town. When we got there, the entrance was crowded with people and the guy at the door didn't want to let us in. Finally he said Joy could enter, and I followed close behind. We then had to talk to a nurse at another door who said no one could go in. She finally took us to the maternity ward and made us wait while she went to check on the lady, Yocasta. When she came back she told us that she had given birth but we could not go back. She said we should just be happy that did us a favor by going to check for us. We said thank you and waited while she walked off. Joy then asked another guy if she could talk to a doctor or nurse. He went to find one and then took Joy back but made me wait. After a while he told me to follow him and took me back to where Joy was. Yocasta had just been brought out in a wheel chair from giving birth and was laid in a bed. I won't give much detail, but it was heartbreaking. She was laying on a bed with no sheet, just a piece of paper under her, in her clothes that she had given birth in, bleeding all over the place. (I know that sounds like a lot of detail, but trust me, I am leaving out a lot of information!) They had run her family out of the hospital earlier, so she had no clothes to change into, nobody even knew she was deaf, she had no water to drink since arriving in the afternoon. We asked a nurse to find something for her to put on and we helped bathe her (we had to wait on someone to bring us a bucket of water since there was no running water) and bought her some bottled water. We got her settled on a bed, with a sheet (no pillow or blanket) and they brought the baby to her. While we were with her they brought another girl in that had just given birth, in the same condition that we had found Yocasta and laid her on a bed with paper. There were about 7 beds in the room and they were all full. When we left we called her family to let them know she had the baby and was ok and let them know what to bring her the next day. I really wanted to stay and help the other girl that needed cleaned up and dressed. On the way out, through the emergency room, we saw people passed out, sitting in wheel chairs or being carried in. Unfortunately many are carried out as well. It was very sad. I just wish I could have done something to help!
Today we had a homeschool track and field day at the park. The kids had fun running and jumping and kicking soccer balls and all kinds of other stuff. We are all exhausted and planning on going to bed early!

Sunday, April 10, 2011

What a week!

When did I post last? What has happened since then? The last week has been so chaotic that I can't remember anything. Keeping up with Jesse lately has been a challenge. He has cried all week, always wanting me to hold him. At times he said his stomach hurt, so I'm not sure if that is why he has been so whiny and clingy. Last night he was in the bathtub and he stood up on one side and leaned over to the wall on the other side with his hands. Then he tumbled head first into the side of the tub. He instantly had a dent and then it started swelling. After that he did not want to finish his bath. I took a picture, but it didn't show up well, which was surprising since it was so big. And of course, Seth wanted his picture taken too!

 It rained several days this week which was so nice! The kids love to go out and play in it. I couldn't show Seth because he ran out in his underwear. I'm glad nobody can see into our back yard. :) One of the days our drain was plugged up so Stu and Delayna had to go out with a long PVC pipe and fix it.

Last night I found out that I was supposed to do Jr. Church this morning because Stu and Delayna went to help with our new church plant. I was in panic mode! Doing something last minute in English is bad enough, but in Spanish! I managed to get it all together last night and had two very good helpers this morning, Juls and Kimberly.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Water and no power!

We have had two days of rain, and more than just a sprinkle. It was so nice, and it cooled us off a bit. I guess because of that the city sent water in, so hopefully they will send in more. Our grass already seems to be growing up through the dirt. I also have lots of sprouts in our garden. I'm praying for more rain!
Today, the electric company came by and shut off our power. I guess the bill was due yesterday, although we never received it (which isn't uncommon). If I had realized what they were doing I probably could have stopped them by giving them a tip and going to pay it immediately. But I didn't catch it until it was too late, so I had to drop everything and go pay in hopes that they would turn it back on today. Thankfully they did, at 4:30 (5 is quitting time!). After I told Joy about it, she realized that they had turned hers off too. What makes this so frustrating is that there are so many people in this country that don't pay anything and get power, but we are one day late and they cut ours off, even though we pay every month! I guess it's easy to take for granted, receiving your bills and having the option of paying them online, through the mail or on the phone. Wow, that seems so easy. :) I love it here, but sometimes I get frustrated with the way things are run, or not run.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Family Day!

We took the kids to the beach for our family day yesterday. We don't live too far from the water but to get to the beach (one without people) we have to drive about 45min. to an hour ( that is if we miss the main traffic times). Anyways, the kids had a blast. Me and juls made a sand sculpture, a crab. Seth spent most of the day boogie boarding and tumbling in the waves, that was when he got flipped over the board by a wave. :) Stu and Delayna were skim boarding. And Jesse was all over the place! They were all tired out by the time we left at 2pm, but then we had a birthday party to go to. So we spent the evening at a friends house. The kids played football, and by the time we got home they were ready to crash.
I told ya'll that my boys keep me laughing, well, Jesse was at it again today. He had used my bathroom and when I went in to check on him, he had the lid of the tank slid to the side and was looking in there. When I asked him what he was doing he said, "I'm looking for the poop".

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Need a laugh?

Kids say the funniest things! My boys have been saying something lately and I don't know where they got it from. Now I know some of you are going to think they got it from me, the Texan, but I don't say it that way! I listened to them for a while to making sure I was hearing them right when they said, "mom, what's that fer?"
Seth came up with his own phrase this morning. Something didn't go his way so he said, "stinkin cotton ball!".
Something else that Jesse has been saying lately is "I've got air in my bum". That one always makes me laugh!
My kids are always doing something to crack me up, and I always say, "I should write that down". Well, now I am! So ya'll can enjoy the laughs with me. :)

Saturday, April 2, 2011

April Fool's Day!

Stu is a very talented prankster, so we had all kinds of things set up to fool the kids yesterday! We colored the milk green, saran wrapped their toilet, glued money to the floor and put a color tab in their shower head so the water came out red. It was fun.
Stu was gone running errands in the morning and the girls wanted to "get him". Since I didn't want them "getting me" I helped them. Everyone knows Stu is a Coke addict, but I have almost got him off of them. He only gets them on special occasions, so when I offer him one he is quick to take it. So we got a coke bottle and put water, teriyaki sauce and Worcestershire sauce in it, it looked just like coke. When he got home I served him his lunch and poured him a "coke". He sat there and ate all of his food before he took a drink, we were all getting anxious and trying not to laugh. Finally he took a drink, looked around for a minute and started spitting! He didn't think it was funny at first, but that was just because he doesn't like being "got". Thankfully I made it safely though the day!