Wednesday, November 26, 2008
This Thanksgiving Eve, I am going to attempt a thankful list. I know I have so much more to be thankful than what I put on this list, but here is a few in no particular order and I will stop when I am needed to help put my three crazy kids to bed. Which leads me to my first couple of blessings...
I am thankful for my 3 wonderful crazy fabulous kids. They make me have a variety of emotions throughout the day, but ALWAYS at least once, without fail, bring the biggest smile to my face.
I am thankful for my husband, he too, can bring a smile to my face, even when I am in the worst mood...maybe it has something to do with those dimples and great butt...
I am thankful to have a house to live in. It keeps me warm, it provides me with daily entertainment...how would I spend my evenings if I couldn't clean the house and do laundry (which are also blessings!! I have the ability and means to keep myself, family, and home clean)?
I am thankful to have two wonderful parents who set a GREAT example of love. Growing up, I thought they were out to get me and maybe (just a little) crazy. Turns out, they weren't crazy, they were parents! I have 100% turned into my mother...and that is a huge compliment to me!!!
I am thankful to have a sister...a friend, a neighbor, a co-worker all in one. I am also thankful to have Keith, Caleb, Andrew, and Kyle. They all help complete my family and I would not have it any other way.
I am thankful to have in-laws. I am thankful to Jim and Cheryl for having a fabulous son that I was lucky enough to marry. I am thankful that they raised him to be a good husband and an even better father...for the record, he set his "even better" standard high...he is a great husband!! I am also thankful to have a brother and sister in-law that moved back to Michigan to be closer to family...now to find the time to see them and actually get to spend some time together:).
I am thankful to blogger...to be able to write this list...to take the time to actually think about all the wonder things and PEOPLE I have in my life. Funny thing is, if there were no blogger, I would not be in contact with some of these wonderful people.
I am thankful to blogger comments...I just LOVE when people leave comments on my blog!!!
I am thankful to have WONDERFUL friends (who leave comments and who don't!). The older I get the more I realize YOU NEED TO HAVE FRIENDS...someone who has your back...both figuratively and literally!!!
I am thankful for my job. In this economy, these words are enough, but I am lucky enough to actually LOVE my job and work with the BEST people. I am thankful for Steve, Lynn, and Larry for being my family 9-5 Monday through Friday (except Wednesday's :))!
I am thankful for Shelly. I have never had to worry about the safety of my children or of they are loved. You have no idea what kind of pressure that takes off from a mom! The kids love Shelly and love to go there. They have never cried about going...they think of it as their second home and I will be FOREVER grateful for all Shelly has and will do for my kids.
I am thankful for my (and my families) health. Minus being a little off our rocker every now and again :), everyone is happy and healthy.
I am thankful for bed times, for being able to be home at night to tuck my babies into bed, to give them hugs and kisses and most important, to tell them how much I love them and I how lucky I am to have them.
I am thankful to God, for His many blessings. The ones that I realize and the ones that are so simple that I do not even pay attention. THOSE blessings are the ones that I am most thankful for. I am SO thankful for all that He entrusts in me, for his confidence in me that I will let these kids live another day:)! Seriously, thankful does not even begin to describe ALL the gratitude that I have.
Well, there is so much more...like freedom...that I am thankful for, but I am being summons to a bedroom or two for some "night time lovin' " and I am not about to miss it!
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
These were the individual photos that I liked the best, but could not find a home for...
Friday, November 21, 2008
I realize that life is not one big "rose colored glass". LOTS of bad things happen...life is crazy...CHILDREN AND HUSBAND make ME crazy...as I do all by myself! Life does seem to pass me by on some, OK most days. I wonder how life can go so fast. My children, these precious gifts from God that I wanted more than anything...DRIVE ME CRAZY!!!
Do you see the word CRAZY a lot in my blogs? :)!
On my way to Chicago I was talking to one of my friends about "getting through" our day and she has little saying that she says to help her through. I sing! Yes, like Ally McBeal. I have always been this way. Someone can say a little phrase and I break out in song. It is how my brain works. It makes me happy. I have found myself doing this more with my kids. It is my way of counting to ten. The most recent song is Trace Adkins...Your Gonna Miss This...I am not a big Trace fan, but this song is so true. Instead of worrying about what is next or wanting something more or different than what you have...just be happy for the THIS moment....because in 2 seconds, this moment is gone and you are going to miss this.
Please do not think for one moment that life is all rosy now and I am "at peace", I am just trying to appreciate what I have a little more. That everything in my life...the crazy and all...were meant to be mine.
This blog is my one place in life that I can actually take a breath and look at the positives. Like I said before, my life is not all sunshine, but here, on this blog, I can take the "good" of the day and talk about that. Look at the positives in that. BE VERY HAPPY WITH THAT!!!
For instance, I do ALL the "work" at the TenBrink household. It is not a secret; Jimmy will agree. I maintain...it's my job. Jimmy has been very busy at work (for the record, not complaining, in this economy I will take the busy). To be honest, he really didn't do a whole lot to start with, but that is not the point here:)! So much so that just this past weekend, Jimmy came down stairs and said "You know, I have no idea how to turn our dishwasher on"! Classic, we have had this dishwasher for 2 years!!! I started to laugh and he said "We have "inside" and "outside" jobs, you do the inside, I do the outside." Note, there are not many "outside" jobs, I pick up dog poop and the lawn gets cut by one of his customers.
BUT...life has a way of working out...look at the good in a CRAPPY situation...
These picture are my husband outside in the bitter cold standing in crap!!! Yes, our lift station has been causing some issues for some time and finally just had enough. My husband (honestly, the great man that he is!!!) has the ability to fix most things. I have no idea how he does it, but he really is quite amazing. He says it is because he is a boy. Regardless...I bet he was wishing he didn't have to do "outside" work:)!!!
See it is all how you look at it. Yes, I do a lot more in the house, but I will NEVER stand outside in poop in the freezing cold...NEVER!!!! It makes all the laundry and cleaning seem not so bad!!!
And finally, I leave you with one more great thing.
My little Christmas tree is front on my big Christmas tree
Oh and one more, a beautiful tree outside our house. I HATE winter, but love fresh fallen snow. I know what you are thinking...crazy...but I do. It is so pretty. Everything is clean and like new. Especially in the morning, the sun is shining and the day can be anything it wants to be...it is a clean slate...just looking for the positives....and I am singing...walking in a winter wonderland!
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
It did start to rain while we were there and it was VERY cold AND JIMMY WAS GETTING ANNOYED so we found a tree and cut it fast. Unfortunately, I did not get any "good" pictures. Oh well, next year...maybe you will see our tree in our Halloween photos:)!!
I like to be prepare, I can't help it. Our lives are very CRAZY and I need to have control over things that I can have control over. Does that make sense???
How many TenBrink's does it take to cut down a tree????
On another note, we HAD to go sledding yesterday. Jimmy told the kids "when the ground is white, we can go sledding!" Well, the ground was definitely WHITE!!! Who wants to put all that work into sledding? Jimmy just tied the sleds to the 4-wheeler and we were off. I LOVE doing fun, crazy family things together. Thanks Aunt Jodi and Uncle Keith for letting us use your yard...again:)!!!
One last krazy Kristin story...every week the kids "learn" a new letter. They write it 100+ times both in upper case and lower case, learn a song, and learn ALL the different words that start with the letter. Well, the kids make a puppet on Mondays (the size of a brown paper lunch bag) and have to bring back something that starts with that letter. I have to be different; I have to use the letter several times over. For example last week was "p"~ Alli brought in a Pretty Plaid Purse, Isaac brought a Picture of a Personal Pan Pepperoni Pizza. Yes, crazy, I know. This week was "I". Not a lot of things start with i. Isaac said, "Isaac does." So that made me think Isaac's Iris...I know, I know...KRAZY KRISTIN!!! It is all starting to make sense know, isn't it???
Monday, November 10, 2008
Here are a few pictures of Halloween...thanks Jod for the pictures...mine seem to have disappeared somewhere on my computer. And yes, Jod is not a typo, but please don't call her that...it is my nick name and I tend to get very territorial over it...just ask Jod:)!
The boys cuter than ever...the girls...we won't go there! My mom told me if I had nothing good to say than to say nothing at all! NOTHING!!!
Sunday, November 2, 2008
My husband (who for the record is not the most romantic of men) was actually romantic; he packed some fancy wine ($29 at Meijers...must be fancy...to bad neither of us drink wine...), some mai tai premixed drink (more on our line of drinks), fancy glasses and a rose. For Jimmy, this is VERY romantic:)!!!