Just a post to update the goings on in the Stoddard house.  Dave’s been really busy.  The type of people he works with never go to bed earlier and have no sense of doing their dealings on some sort of nine to five workday.  Dang them!  There’s just no rhyme or reason to anything.  I never know when he’ll be around or not most of the time, or if he’ll have to leave again once he comes home.  Or he spends half his time on his phone about work stuff.  Frustrating, but what do you do!  When he’s been home we’ve been still working on the little house stuff that needs finishing.  This weekend it was tile kick plates.  He’s been playing his guitar a lot and learning some tablature.  I always like listening to him play.  It’s like this comfort thing.  He’s home, playing and singing George Straight, Eagles songs, a mix of country and accoustic ballads, and all is right in my world. 

The kids are just doing normal kid things.  I’m having to help Syd with her math a lot lately.  We call it being the “mommy tutor”.  It’s not always a pleasant experience.  Maybe I should hire a real one just so I can avoid the tension between the two of us.  I get frustrated with her lack of concentration and she gets mad because I have no patience.  We’ll keep plugging along though with hope someday it will finally click for her.  Hayley is doing well and enjoying her school year.  Things have been better for her this year as she really likes her teacher and some new good friends.  Dilly is loving his 2nd year of preschool.  He is so ready to pick up on reading.  If I would just spend a little time with him he would be reading before kindergarten.  He’s like a sponge and just sucks knowledge up.  Although sometimes the neverending stream of questions gets a little tiresome, and he has no patience for “talking about it later”. 

Me, I’ve been reading some lately, working on the neverending to do list and trying to keep up with the rest of the family.  I’ve read a couple of thought-provoking, non-fluffy books which have so sucked me in that I’ve dreamt about them at night.  First I read the Kite Runner (http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/77203.The_Kite_Runner), and then A Thousand Splendid Suns (http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/128029.A_Thousand_Splendid_Suns) by Khaled Hosseini.   These books are not for the faint of heart, but just reminded me about the kinds of things that humans can endure and still maintain hope, love and integrity.  Not books I’ll forget quickly and which made me thankful for my blessings and the life I have the freedom to live. 

I start a digital photography class on Thursday and I’m really looking forward to it.  I haven’t picked up my camera much lately.  I’m also going on a weekend scrapbook retreat with some friends this weekend in Island Park.  I can’t wait! 

Here’s a picture of those really cute kids of ours!

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1st Post of 2009!

January 11, 2009

Good grief! I didn’t realize I hadn’t posted for so long! Not that I’ve been lazy or anything. Christmas and New Years got over with and it started doing some organizing and cleaning. Yesterday we even worked on some much needed projects to actually “finish” the house. It’s so dumb how we let all those little things (caulk, paint touch up, tile kickplates, etc) not get finished. We’ve been in this house for over a year now and it’s just ridiculus! Anyway we’re trying to do a couple little jobs each week this winter so we can concentrate on the garden and yard this spring.

I am so looking forward to having a garden again! It’s been 3 years and I’ve really missed it. I’m going to start my own seeds again this year and have been making plans with the seed catalogs. I just have to remind myself to be careful not to do too much!

I didn’t really make any new year’s resolutions this year. When I have in the past I seem to just get depressed because I didn’t follow through. Not that I don’t have some ideas about things I’d like to change or do, but I try to look at them as ongoing and not just new for the year.

I never did post any pictures of our Christmas. It was a nice day and very calm and relaxed. The only visit we had was from Grandpa Stoddard and Uncle Ben. We got a Wii which kept everyone entertained. Everyone was really spoiled with everything they got! Later that day we all went outside so the kids could play and Dave and I could try and keep up with the snow. The snow that day was great and actually wet enough for a change so the kids could make snowmen.