Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad, Week

This week has been rough. It all started when the hubby left for the Philippines. Yep you read that right, the Philippines. I hate it when he goes out of town on business for an extended period of time but just knowing how extremely far away he is from us make it worse. Oh, and lucky me, I get to look forward to him being gone one week out of EVERY month this next year. Can you tell I am not excited. I am a big baby when my husband isn't around. I can't sleep at night so I am tired all the time which doesn't help me in the mothering department. My poor kids suffer with a sleep deprived, patience level of a tantrum throwing 3 yr old, wish her husband was home right now of a mom who has no motivation and makes peanut butter and honey sandwiches for dinner two nights in a row.  And the next night goes with fish sticks from the freezer. Sigh. I really need to cook something wholesome tonight.

Saturday night my neighbor from across the street came over to make me aware that his car had been broken into the previous night, and he was going to be putting up a camera to look out into the cul de sac. Later that afternoon, out of curiosity I went to check our vehicles. When I opened the van I found the glove box open and all the little compartments on the dash board had also been opened. The little punk had hit us too! I'll also let you know that just a few day before this, 3 of our neighbors had had their Christmas lights cut. I was feeling pretty violated at this point and this did not help with my sleeping problem at night.

So picture me on my own with three kids ages 6, 4, and 1 1/2. Its Sunday morning and I'm getting everyone ready for church. I am really looking forward to going this week to get my spiritual cup filled again after a draining couple of days and the tragic news happening everywhere. This is my day I get to sing with the primary children.

We all get dressed, eat and head out the door. We even arrive early! The kids choose to sit in the third row from the front instead of our usual 6th or 7th, which I have no problem with. We mingle a little with the members of our ward as them come in and say hello etc etc. Its now time for the opening prayer. A couple sentences into it I hear whimpering and crying noises coming from my 6 yr old daughter. I peek over to see a horribly disgusted look on her face and puke all over her black shoes and tights. Then I look over at little Emma who happens to be standing at her sisters lap with the evidence dripping down her chin. "Oh no!," I think to myself. I put my had on Kiera's lap and think to myself, "just make it through the prayer, just make it through the opening prayer." As the prayer ends I turn to the primary president who has watched this whole thing unveil and say,"I think I'm going home now." We exchange understanding glances and I rush to the restroom for some paper towels.

After all that is said and done we get back into our van and head home. Emma seems just fine and is not showing any signs of feeling sick. But then just as we make the turn into our subdivision we hear that horrible noise. You all know the noise I'm talking about....the car seat is a mess, Emma is a mess and the two other kids are now screaming in disgust making it even worse since Emma has no idea why this is happening to her.

We pull up to house and I tell the other two to head inside while I get Emma out. Emma is crying now but the mess doesn't look as bad as it sounded. In fact I don't see a whole lot of it. It must just be in the seat of her chair. So I pick her up and set her on the grass so I can get everything else out of the car. I turn to grab my purse and freeze! I now know where the mess had gone. Why oh why didn't I zip up my purse!? I don't need this right now!

Emma threw up one more time when we got in the house but I'll spare you the rest of the nasty details. I got her all cleaned up and changed and she went down for a nap while I spent the next half hour washing coins, emptying pockets, and changing out purses. YUCK! That night the car seat was taken apart and the cover was thrown in the wash. That was not a fun day.

Monday morning came, we all slept in a little bit too long due missing daddy and being up with lil Emma who woke herself up with a cough now. No big deal that she'd miss the bus, I'd just drive her to school and then take Ethan to preschool a little late. Well, as I turned into the school parking lot I hit the curb and all of a sudden the van felt funny. !!!!!! I had blown out my front passenger tire! I didn't even hit the curb that hard. So I was stuck in the school parking lot with a flat. Great! ...
This is where we enter the scene with me at the wheel in tears. I did not need this today. I can't take much more! I tried calling everyone I could think of and no one answered. I finally got a hold of a friend (Elise Mullins) who said she'd be on her way in a little bit. I'm so grateful that she was able to drop what she was doing and come help her blubbering friend out of a jam. She helped me keep my cool and helped ease my situation.

We got the spare tire on and I headed to Costco for a new tire. I was able to get a hold of another friend (Kara May) and she was so sweet. She came and met me there and walked around the store with the kids and I (Ethan ended up having to miss preschool) while I got the tire taken care of.

All I can think of is that this whole thing has been a blessing in disguise. When I took the car to get a new tire I asked if they could check for any slow leaks in another one of the tires since my tire pressure light had been coming on. Turns out we had a nail in one of the other tires. How would it have been on our upcoming trip to Portland to have a tire blow out at 70+ mph in the middle of nowhere? This situation got me to go in and have everything taken care of whereas I probably would have ignored my dash light and gone on the trip since I had just had the tires pumped up and the light had gone off and come back on just a couple days later. I thought nothing of it. Its just a light right? 

Heavenly Father looks over us. Sometimes things we go through aren't much fun and they sure test my patience and emotional stability in this case) But we are never given anything that we can't handle. I am so grateful for the friends who have helped me while Dan has been away and continue to be there for me. Things are getting better and I am looking forward to our trip to Portland soon. I am so glad Dan's dad decided to ride the train up here so he could drive back with me. I didn't want to have to make the drive by myself. Dan will be meeting us there a few days later once he gets back from the Philippines. So glad he gets to be home for Christmas. Don't think I would have handled that very well.

Sunday, December 9, 2012

2012 Glenn Family Newsletter

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Adventures-this year has been all about adventures and taking life one stride at a time. It has been about cherishing the moments we are given and enjoying each season of life as it comes.

Backpacking-Dan and Brittany went on a backpacking trip without the kids! However, what they hoped would be a relaxing getaway turned into a hard, cold, foggy, and painful trip. Brittany twisted her foot about ¼ mile from the lake and where they ended up setting up camp. In the morning she had to hike 3.5 miles back up and down the mountain with a badly sprained foot. 

Canning- this year was a big year for canning. Brittany canned applesauce, apple pie filling, green beans, salsa, grape juice, pears, peaches, jam, and chicken. Whew! It was a lot of work but boy it feels good seeing all those filled jars.

Dentist Appointments-Emma saw the dentist for the first time this year. It wasn’t an official visit but she got to sit in the dentist chair and let the hygienist look in her mouth and feel around. She is getting to be a big girl these days. 

Exploring-Emma has grown so much this year. She is now running around and does pretty well keeping up with Kiera and Ethan. She is finding her voice these days and is our little monkey. She climbs on everything and does all she can to keep mom and dad on their toes. 

First Grade-Kiera is now a big first grader! She is doing well with her letters and is getting good at reading and sounding out all sorts of words. Her teacher says she is a joy in class and is a big helper. We’re so proud of her! She has also gone through a huge growth spurt. She went from being a size 6 to a size 8 within the first couple months of school. Wow!

Goodbyes-We had to say goodbye to some very dear friends of ours. Brittany is taking it pretty hard. Our good friends the O’Neil’s moved to Germany for 4 years. Don’t know if they’ll be coming back to Arlington but we sure hope so! We wish them the best and they can be sure we’ll be keeping in touch.

Halloween- this year our family went as the Muppets. It was a lot of fun. Brittany was Animal, Dan was Cookie Monster, Kiera was Kermit the Frog, Ethan went as Big Bird and Emma was the cutest Elmo you ever saw.

Involved-Just one year ago this October Brittany started fundraising efforts for her friend Lauren who was diagnosed with breast cancer. This October was the one year end mark! Lauren is cancer free and is doing fabulous. It was a busy busy year. But, being involved in so many events and efforts on other’s behalf has reaped its own rewards. We are truly blessed!

Jealousy-it is a challenge at times to balance fairness with reality around the Glenn home. If one child gets something whether it is food, and outing with mom, or a simple piece of candy the rest of the troops immediately demand their “fair share” We are trying to learn the lesson that sometimes we don’t always get what we want and that it is ok for someone else to be rewarded without you reaping their rewards as well.  

Kisses-Emma has gotten the hang of blowing kisses to everyone at bedtime. She is the sweetest little girl and is always trying to please. She is our snuggle bug. 

Lying-we are working on lying these days. The kids have come a long way and are getting better at telling us the truth when they’ve done something they probably shouldn’t. We are trying to teach them that even if you make a mistake, when you tell the truth it will all be ok. Mom may even forgo a punishment as long as you told the truth! It is amazing what a little hot sauce can do.

Manager- Dan made a big jump in work this year. He moved to a new facility in Everett and was promoted to Quality Manager. He works very hard and is very dedicated. He is also very good at pointing out the strengths of those who work for him. His leadership skills shine through and his co-workers never have anything negative to say about him. This next year Dan will have the opportunity to travel to the Philippines to help the facility they have over there. Brittany isn’t looking forward to that so much but she is excited about the frequent flyer miles he’ll be racking up. We are so proud of him and the hard work he does to support our family.

Nephews-Brittany’s younger brother recently had a little boy named Paxton. It is nice to have nieces and nephews on both sides of the family and we look forward to all the future nieces and nephews in the works or who will be in the near future.

Origami-for the past 4 months or Dan has helped the kids make it through sacrament meeting by making origami fortune telling boxes. It has become an expected use for the ward bulletin each week. Mom’s job now is to try and keep daddy from folding paper airplanes.

Preschool-Ethan is attending his second and final year of preschool before he heads to Kindergarten next fall. He loves it and is learning so much. He impresses us with how well he already knows his letters and numbers. He is quite the creative little man and has the biggest imagination. He has also grown so much. He is now in a size 6X!

Quiet-what quiet? It is never quiet around here anymore. There is always something going on and the kids are constantly running around with the neighbors. I do love living in the fun house most of the time.

Reality-Mom is trying to come to terms that her house will never be the immaculate one like she sees in magazines, the kids will not always be well kempt during morning errands, and dinner will consist of cold cereal and toast on occasion. It is life and it is reality. But the reality too is, because things aren’t perfect the family is happier and has more time to spend on what’s really important.

Stain-during the summer we were able to tackle the back deck and fence. We had everything stained and re-graded so this winter the rain and snow can fall AWAY from the house. It looks awesome and it is a nice feeling knowing it is done.

Two Wheels-Both Kiera and Ethan learned how to ride their bikes without the training wheels this year! They both now take off and fly around our cul-de-sac. Good thing we don’t have to fight them on wearing helmets.

Umbrella-we’re still in the shower state. We’ve gotten used to the rain and don’t let a little drizzle ruin our fun anymore. We’ve been to the zoo, pumpkin patch, the park etc all in the rain. 

Voice-Emma has found her voice. She likes to mimic the alphabet song and tries to imitate mommy and daddy. It is fun to hear her pick up a few words here and there. She definitely has the word “no” down.

Wicked- For Brittany’s birthday this year Dan’s parents got us tickets to see the play Wicked. We traveled down to Portland and the kids stayed at Grandma and Grandpas while we stayed in a hotel down town. It was nice to get away.

Xylophones-We took a trip down to Boise this year at the end of June to visit Brittany’s family. One of the kid’s favorite parts of the trip was going to the splash park with fountains galore and even xylophones to bang on and make music. Now we just need to get Emma used to getting wet and loving it. Still working on that one.

Yardwork-this summer was full of improvements to our yard. We laid bricks around the garden boxes, and built a berm in the front yard. We also made improvements to the playground by adding on a fire pole and building a bigger platform with a roof. It even has a steering wheel! The kids love it and our yard had become the neighborhood playground. 

Zumba- Brittany does a lot of dancing these days. She has been teaching Zumba 4 times a week and attends two classes on top of that to keep her choreography up. She loves it and has lost a lot of weight this year. She even got to her pre-Kiera weight!

Now we’ve said our ABC’s
Have a Very Merry Chirstmas!

The Glenn’s
Dan, Brittany, Kiera, Ethan and Emma


Saturday, December 1, 2012

December is HERE!

Wow! An entire month went by without a single blog post! I have some serious catching up to do! Right now I am in the middle of finishing up Christmas gifts and staying busy with all the festivities. In fact today the kids and I participated in our local Christmas parade. The kids and I dressed up as shepherds and handed out flyers for our upcoming Nativity Festival. It was FREEZING and raining but the kids had fun.