Thursday, January 28, 2010

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Monday, January 25, 2010

One month!

One month from today, we will get to meet the newest Krajca!

I've frequently been asked, "Are you ready for four kids?" I calmly reply, "No, but I am ready for three kids and a baby!" And that's about where I'm at right now. The thought of having four children to homeschool, clothe, feed, take to doctor appointments and take from point A to point B could easily overwhelm me. But I know if I made it through have three kids in three years, I can make it through adding a 4th child to our home. And least that's what I keep telling myself.

My Mom is in town, helping me get Elizabeth's room ready for Timothy to be in. We'll be painting part of the room, organizing Timothy's closet, and setting up Elizabeth's new bed (which is smaller).

On Saturday, several sweet friends from church are throwing us a shower to help prepare for Timothy. I feel very blessed to have a church family filled with friends who want to rejoice and celebrate each new baby that enters our church, even if it is a third little boy!

The kids are getting very excited about the arrival of their new brother! Next week we will be taking a tour of the hospital where Timothy will be born. The tour is specifically geared for big brothers and sisters. It will be fun for the kids to see where Timothy and I will be, and the waiting room where they'll get to wait.

As I finish out the last month of this pregnancy, we covet your prayers for Timothy's safe and healthy arrival, and for a productive month as we prepare to welcome him!

Saturday, January 23, 2010

I love a good deal!

This morning we ran a few errands, trying to clear out a few things to get ready to squeeze another person into our home. One of the things I needed to take care of was a crate of books that I hadn't been able to sell at our garage sale. We headed to Half Price, and I was hoping to just get $20 for what I had.

Curtis dropped off our books, and the kids and I headed to the Children's Books section, which is conveniently located by the Clearance section. We were all enjoying looking at books, but I had warned the kids that we probably wouldn't be able to get anything. My goal was to only use money that we had gotten from selling our books to buy anything.

Curtis came back with the surprising news that we were being offered $22 for our sell backs! Wohoo! Here's what we got..... 9 books and 1 DVD! All that for $19.46!!

All the books were $1, except for the Cars book, which is really 4 puzzles, which was $3.

The DVD is The Chronicles of Narnia 2 disc collector's edition. It had been mis-marked for $7.98! Curtis asked if there was a reason it was so cheap, if maybe one of the discs was missing. The man helping with our sell back looked at it, and said, "Nope. You just got lucky!" He then turned to another employee and said, "If he doesn't buy that, fix the price!"

My children are now eating lunch while watching Narnia. After lunch, they'll all enjoy looking at new books during quiet time!

Friday, January 22, 2010

Look Mom!

This evening, I had to take Micah to the doctor. When I got home, look what Elizabeth and her Daddy had decided to try!
Yep! No training wheels! Curtis took them off this evening, with every intention of putting them back on after a couple tries. But Elizabeth did amazingly well! No more training wheels for this girl!


A few days ago, Benjamin said something to me. I wasn't sure what he'd said, so I asked, "What did you say, baby?"

He stopped, turned to look at me, and said, "I not you baby."

"Really?" I asked.

"Timfee you baby! I big boy."

So true! But kind of a bummer too.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

If You Give a Mom a Muffin

If You Give A Mom A Muffin

Original Author Unknown

If you give a mom a muffin,
She'll want a cup of coffee to go with it.
She'll pour herself some.
Her three-year-old will spill the coffee.
She'll wipe it up.
Wiping the floor, she'll find dirty socks.
She'll remember she has to do laundry.
When she puts the laundry in the washer,
She'll trip over boots and bump into the freezer.
Bumping into the freezer will remind her she has to plan for supper.
She will get out a pound of hamburger.
She'll look for her cookbook ("101 Things To Do With a Pound of Hamburger").
The cookbook is sitting under a pile of mail.
She will see the phone bill, which is due tomorrow.
She will look for her checkbook.
The check book is in her purse that is being dumped out by her two-year-old.
She'll smell something funny.
She'll change the two year old's diaper.
While she is changing the diaper, the phone will ring.
Her five-year-old will answer and hang up.
She'll remember she wants to phone a friend for coffee.
Thinking of coffee will remind her that she was going to have a cup.
And chances are…
If she has a cup of coffee,
Her kids will have eaten the muffin that went with it.

Friday, January 15, 2010

The Boogie Man

Growing up, we had a basement when we lived in Nebraska. There were times when my sisters and I would be uneasy about going down into the basement. My Dad would tell us, "Santa's not real, but the Boogie Man is!" He was so helpful!

We've spent some time this morning searching for Micah's cup from this morning. Elizabeth, in her usual dramatic fashion, was trying to think where it could have gone. I responded, "The Boogie Man must have gotten it." "Who is the Boogie Man?" she questioned. "A guy who likes to sneak around, take little kids' stuff, and jump out and scare little kids," was my sarcastic reply.

Her totally serious response was, "Oh. I think Grand Daddy is the Boogie Man!"

And another generation lives in fear!

Saturday, January 09, 2010

A chilly day

Today we went to the local ice skating rink for their open house. We got there in time for the kids to play a little broom ball (hockey with "brooms", balls, and no skates). After that, we enjoyed watching the Zamboni, some figure skating, and a little hockey shoot out. To top off a fun afternoon, the kids and Curtis were able to do some ice skating.

We had a really fun afternoon! Curtis and I aren't taking for granted the time that we can spend as a family. A month ago, we wouldn't have been able to participate in a fun afternoon like today's was. I'm thankful that we're able to enjoy family days like today.

She might look like a poodle in the morning....

... but we're going to give rollers a try tonight!

Thursday, January 07, 2010

The joy of boys

That's the back of my couch, in case you couldn't tell. I predict a lot more posts like this in the next few years as we add another little boy to our family!

Tuesday, January 05, 2010

51 days!

In 51 days, Timothy will be here! I had an appointment this morning, and Mr. Timothy is looking great! He's measuring about 1-2 weeks big, which is fairly normal for one of my babies (those were my doctor's words). And with everything looking so perfect, we went ahead and set my c-section date for February 25th. I will be 39 weeks at that point.

As we get closer and closer to b-day, I've started receiving and buying things for Timothy. Remember my great garage sale finds? There was one other big thing that I was looking for, and hadn't been able to find. A high chair. We thought about using a booster to save space. We thought about just using the Bumbo seat. We decided to go with a high chair to have somewhere I could put him while doing school with Elizabeth. Plus, meals are exciting enough at our house! We don't need the little fingers of a baby added in to the mix. While we were in Wichita, we went to Baby Depot and found this high chair. You can buy it at Wal Mart for $100, but of course we only paid $60!
Something else that I was really wanting was a new diaper bag. I LOVED my old diaper bag! It was perfect since the boys were so close in age and I needed something big to tote all their stuff in. But this time around, I wanted something cute, something that wasn't ginormous. For Christmas, my mom got me this. I can't wait to pack it with teeny tiny diapers and teeny tiny blue onsies!
Another thing that I'm lovin' is monogrammed clothes. Timothy got the cute onesies from his Grandma for Christmas. How sweet! Then, while shopping at a baby store over Christmas, I saw the adorable infant gown (in the middle). The bottom is made out of fleece and is so soft!! I think the gown is what he'll wear to church for the first time.
Do you love the Soothie pacy? We do! And look what we found...... SOOTHIE BOTTLES!
Come the beginning of February, we will be rearranging Elizabeth's room to make room for Timothy, washing clothes, and getting everything in order for Timothy's arrival. We are all very excited to meet this little guy.

Sunday, January 03, 2010

Good-bye snow, hello Texas!

I took these pictures on our way out of my parents' neighborhood this morning. See what I'm missing!?!

The entire time we were in KS, which was almost two full weeks, the temperature never got above freezing. Except for one day when it was in the low 40's and everyone was talking about how it felt like spring.
The big snow that hit Oklahoma and north Texas was south of us. We did get some snow, enough to let the kids play in, but that's it. But I can't even begin to put words to how unimaginable cold it was while we were there. A couple days ago, Curtis got back in bed, and told me that when it's 8 degrees with a wind chill of -7, he's really cold.
The next picture was taken today, on the KS side of the KS/OK border. Micah found a new way for little boys to melt snow. And notice how my sweet, warm natured husband is wearing shorts?

We are very glad to be home, and are looking forward to settling into a nice routine this coming week. But we will greatly miss our family in KS, and the beautiful, winter weather that KS has to offer.