Sunday, September 26, 2010

The newest members of our family



Meet Eisley's fish. Last night we were at a birthday party for a friend, and their son (who is about 9 years old) has a great fish tank full of fish. Apparently, one of his fish recently had babies, and his tank is a little full. So he said to me, "So, I am thinking that if Eisley wants a fish, she could probably have one. I have a little tank and everything."

So I let the idea sit with me for a while, and Billy and I talked about it, and we decided that would be just fine.  We asked Eisley if she wanted a fish, and she was beyond excited. She jumped up and down, yelling, "I'm getting a fish! I'm getting a fish!!"

So she picked one out, and it went into her tank. She said, "Aww, where's her mommy and daddy? She's so sad."

And that's why we have three fish instead of one.

This morning, she told us that their names were (are you ready?): Dora, Boots, and Diego.

So at some point today or tomorrow, we need to beautify their tank with some rocks and plants.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

A Victory

A few months ago I posted that I was running again, and that I had registered for the San Antonio Rock 'N' Roll Half Marathon on November 14.It was towards the end of May that I started running; I received my new running shoes for Mother's Day.

I remember the first mile that I ran. I remember it, because each and every step hurt. I couldn't actually run the entire distance. One mile. Really? I was so disappointed in myself, the physical condition I was in, and the fact that one mile was so very difficult for me. It took me 13 minutes to run that mile. 13 very painful minutes.  But I kept going.

And though I've been running since May, if you asked me, I wouldn't have called myself a runner. I was running. But I wasn't a runner.  Even if you had asked me yesterday if I was a runner, I would have told you no.


But today, I am a runner. What changed? Today I had the best run of my life. It wasn't fast. But it felt good. For 6 miles, I ran. And every step felt good. I felt like, for the first time, I knew my body well enough to know when to hydrate, to know when to push myself, and to know when to take it easy. And instead of trying to talk myself into quitting when it got hard, I talked myself into keeping at it.  Because I was having fun. And oddly enough, at the end of my six miles, I not only felt like I was on top of the world-- I was disappointed that my run had come to an end.


So go ahead and ask me if I'm a runner.  My answer will be "yes". 

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Up Next

This isn't going to turn into a "What I'm Reading Now" blog. Except that I love reading again and I am excited.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Thursday, September 9, 2010

An Interview

Yesterday I "interviewed" Eisley. She's got definite opinions about things, so I wanted to ask her about her favorite things, and write them down. Her favorite things seem to always be changing as she grows.  But on September 8, 2010, these were Eisley's favorite things. I bet that the answers might even be different today, but here's what she said yesterday:

Favorite Color: Blue
Favorite Food: Cookies
Favorite Vegetable: She first said, "I don't like veggies", but then changed her mind and said she liked Carrots
Favorite Drink: JUICE!
Favorite TV Show: Dora (I asked if she liked Dora better than Gabba, and I was shocked to hear her say "yes"!)
Favorite Game: Jumping on the Bed
Favorite Animal: Giraffe
Favorite clothes to wear: Yo Gabba Gabba big girl underwear
Favorite Fun Outing: the Museum here in Waco

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Reading

While I was in seminary, I forgot how much fun it really is to read. Don't get me wrong-- I thoroughly enjoyed many of my seminary texts-- but even if I enjoyed the book, as I read, I was always thinking about how I would integrate the text into my final paper, what I needed to incorporate into a book review, how I could critically analyze the text, etc.

Two weeks ago I finally completed seminary. While I participated in the May commencement ceremonies, I actually had 2 classes to complete over the summer before I could officially be called "graduate".  I finished my final paper 2 Fridays ago at noon. And to celebrate, Billy took me to a bookstore, so that I could pick out my first post-seminary, read-for-pleasure-and-not-because-I-have-to-read-it book. 

It was a tough choice. I walked up and down the aisles of the bookstores, doing what I always do-- judging each book by its cover (Sorry, but it's got to grab my attention!), and really struggling with which book to purchase. This was a momentous occasion-- my first post-seminary read! I had to choose something fantastic.

After a much-too-long period of deliberation, I selected my book-- a classic-- To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee. Yes, I had read this book once before. But I am pretty sure I was in the ninth grade, and I could barely remember anything about the book. The only two characters that came to mind were Atticus and Boo Radley and I thought I remembered it taking place in Alabama.  I very proudly carried my new purchase home, and couldn't wait to settle in and read.

I devoured this book. The night I finished it, I literally sat on the edge of my seat, wishing I could read faster so that I could turn the page faster and find out what happened next. And when I finished the book, I was sad. Not because I didn't like the way the book ended-- but because it had come to an end.

I think I am going to really love this reading-for-pleasure thing. What are your "must read" novels? I'm hungry for another one.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Billy Got a Job

Well in case you missed it on facebook, twitter, or the emails I sent out, Billy got a job! Today is his first day. We were all very excited this morning as he made his way out the door to go to work.

He's working for Summit Dental Lab here in Waco.  He will get to do a wide variety of projects, use all kinds of cool tools, and get to work in what seems like a great working environment. Everyone there seems to enjoy their job, they have fun, and he can wear pretty much whatever he wants to work. Today he wore jeans, a comfortable shirt, and a brand new pair of Converse sneakers that he bought for the occasion.  At his previous job he had to wear a uniform and boots. He looked much more comfortable today!

I am still looking for work, and trying not to get frustrated. I know something will come along. I just don't know what it is yet, and I am definitely ready to go to work. In the meantime, I am really enjoying the extra time with Eisley. Though, Eisley sometimes asks when she will get to to school again. I can tell she misses school-- she loved going to school when we lived in Kentucky. She felt so important and felt like such a big girl at school!

So. We're trying to figure it all out, and will keep everyone posted.