I am sending this from my email. Since we have mostly cut off the internet, we have been doing great around here! You would not believe the change in our kids especially! I am just so proud of them. Not to mention how much it has helped me. I felt like I was just spending too much time on the internet, and although I don't have a TV, it was quickly becoming one for me for entertainment. Since then, the kids and I have had Bible Study every morning, then homeschooling, and working out at the YMCA. My kids don't talk about games all the time anymore and they have been playing together more. They got all their games off the internet because we don't have regular video games for them. I think they just get too addicted! I also breezed through this incredible book called, "How To Be a Hero To Your Kids" by Josh McDowel. It was amazing and helped me so much! Sooo, I am extremely impressed with the change in things around here. I feel like as a family, we have all gotten closer together and closer to God. :)
My husband and I decided that for awhile, we are going to cut off our internet. The reason being is that we would like to focus our attention and time to other things right now. Our kids especially just spend way too much time playing on it. My husband said he would love if we just cut off anything thats a distraction for a little bit so we can focus on God and each other for awhile. Although its kind of tough, I agree with him! So I will only update my blog from a library or someone's house. After awhile I can do it from home. This is something that I need to support my husband in so I will gladly do it. I guess I'll be trying to visit the library more often! LOL! So, it's a good thing. Love-Virginia
We tried to head out Friday night to Flagstaff but wasn't able to so we took off Saturday and spent the night till Sunday morning. On the way up, we were all so excited, the kids don't mind the long drive, they were excited to finally see snow other than in a story book! We realized partly up that we hadn't bought a snowboard so we went into Costco and got such a cool one. Unfortunately we couldn't find snow boots anywhere because places were sold out! Once we got into Flagstaff we knew right away we needed to find a hotel. We were lucky to get one because most places were booked. The one we finally got had just one bed but we were just happy to have a warm place to sleep! The kids were all so hyper and excited that I tried to put on some cartoons to get them laying down and relaxing. It didn't work. Ivy and Ryan were the most awake and stayed up till 4:30am. Believe me, I never learned so much patience before. I was incredibly tired and they were so awake. Ivy kept getting up to turn the lights on and play. Finally at 4:30am when they passed out, so did I! I got up 3 1/2 hours later because I hate to waste a day. After I woke everyone up, I dragged them downstairs to breakfast. They said they were grateful later because they wanted to see snow. :o) After being outside in the cold, we found out we needed something to protect the kids from letting moisture in their jackets so we bought Nike outfits to put over their other stuff. Then we bought a thermos so we could have hot cocoa in the snow! Once we got to playing in the snow, since some areas were coming up to my knees, snow was getting into our shoes. All four kids started crying because their shoes were soaked through and we had to carry them back up hill along with the carrier. So we decided to take a break inside a restaurant and then go buy them some more warm socks. Later we headed to a different area where the snow didn't come over their shoes. They had much more fun then. :D We so wanted to be in church Sunday night so we tried to head back. The snow started getting really heavy then so we stopped in a certain area where we could use the restrooms and such. The kids played for another hour in a big open field. They had such a blast. We found out that not only will the snow not be letting up, it was quickly turning into a snow storm so we just had to head out. We could barely see the road and we were seeing lots of accidents a long the way. I was glad we made it back safely! It was a blast and we plan on heading back in another week or so. It definitely was a winter wonderland and nothing is more enjoyable and satisfying than vacationing with little ones. :D
Oh man, I went to my aerobics class this morning. I was kind of bummed because at that time there was only a Low Impact class but I figured it was better than nothing. Plus, I've just had baby and everything. Should ease back into. Sooo, I went into the class just feeling great. I got at least 5 hours of sleep so I really felt hyped. Well, I was in the back so I was able to really see everyone in front of me. As we started to move, I noticed this lady, oh about in her early 60's, going really fast. I mean, if we were doing toe touches, she was practically doing jumping jacks. Everything we were doing, she was magnifying it by like 10. She was crazy! I mean, it was good for her but man did she really mean business. I figured she would eventually run out of steam. Noooooo.... she was like that for the full 1 hour and 15 minutes in that class. It was like someone doped her up on Starbucks, wound her up and let her loose. I was in awe. That woman had some serious energy. She hardly had a sweat. Wow. I do aerobics 5 times a week now so I only have that particular class twice a week and Total Body Conditioning the other 3 days. I look forward to watching the Energizer Bunny again though. Pretty cool.
Sorry it's been so long that I've made an entry. The holiday season has just got me behind on lots of stuff for sure! Baby Ashley is just doing wonderful. We actually got her ears pierced on New Years Day. The boys are loving being homeschooled. Kyle and Ivy are little boogers as usual seeing what they can get into at every moment of the day. LOL. I hope you guys all had a wonderful Christmas!