Thursday, April 30, 2009

Catching up.

It has been the most difficult chore trying to keep my blog updated this month. Even on Saturday, I can't update because my boss called everyone out on their internet usage. It has just been busy these last few weeks. Any chance I get to sit down and post an entry, something always seems to come up. My grandma calls, or the doctor calls, or Judah wakes up early, or I have an appointment, or I realize that I should stop putting off that full sink of dishes. Always something...

But just to fill in the last week or two. I have been out on walks and such a lot more often because the weather has improved so much, which has greatly improved my attitude towards life overall. Some more important developments are the leadership transition in our young adults group. It has been a long time coming, and it has finally arrived. The youth leaders are going to take on The Edge as well. Mark and Lori have stepped down and are now on the look out for the next thing that God has for them. We are happy for them, but also sad to see them go. The leadership team knows that this transition will bring about good change. We had the "passing of the torch" service this last Monday, and we had a lot of preparation beforehand. I had to create an entire scrapbook in about 6 hours! I'm not sure how I did it, but I got it done. We had a little party afterwards as well which was fun, and this coming Monday will be the first without the Koppang's.

Also on the forefront of my mind is my current job situation. I have been working Saturdays for almost 8 months now, and Ravi (my boss) called to ask if I would work in the Fife branch for 2 to 3 months while Janelle is out on maternity leave. At first I thought it would be a good thing, but then realized as the conversation went on, that this would not be something in my family's best interest. He was not really able to offer part time options, which would mean finding a day care within the next week that would take Judah full time. After talking with only 2 or 3 places, I found that that would be harder to accomplish than it sounds. Not only that, but it's in frickin' Fife! It's about a half an hour drive from my home... without any traffic. But even above all of that, this is one of the worst possible times for me to give up being at home with Judah. He's over nine months now, and I have been working with him daily teaching him to crawl and walk. I would never be able to forgive myself if I missed this crucial time as he grows up.

Although it's not all bad. Neither Ricky or I are completely against doing a day care. We both think it would do him some good to get some more social interaction. All he gets is a few hours a week with church stuff. We feel that the more he learns to interact with other children, and learn from them, the better. I was totally against day care for a long time, but lately, we are slowly changing our minds in the other direction. We can see the benefits of it. It just feels that it's not the right time yet.

I had to tell my boss, thanks, but no thanks. I may still be considered for part time during the summer to cover for Anne (due July 10th) in Seattle, but until then, I'm going to stay home with Judah. He'll only be learning to crawl once, and we the parents will be here for him.

Other highlights includes, well, highlights. I finally dyed my hair! It's mostly dark dark brown, with bright red streaks on the top, and in my bangs. It looks pretty cool, and Ricky liked it too. So that's one thing I can cross off my list of "To Dos Before I Die." Congratulations to me. Ricky and I are going to a marriage conference this weekend, which we are looking forward to... right, Ricky? And I have a lot of work to do cleaning out closets etc, to prepare for our carpet being installed next week. Yay!

Monday, April 13, 2009

I hope that you all had a happy Easter. Whether it was filled with candy eggs, food, family, church, or all of the above, I have happy wishes for you.

Ricky was doing a "special" at church, so he had to be there early. I also went to early service for the first time because I had to be back in order to cook some biscuits and casserole for Easter. After church, we went to my parents house for our annual Easter celebration. Strangely enough, Ricky's family doesn't do anything for Easter! (Don't worry, I have already let him know that this is exceedingly strange.) The rest of the afternoon was spent eating and catching up with the fam. The biggest highlight of which, was the tri tip that my dad cooked, which Ricky and I, after 3 weeks, were able to partake of. Mmmmm.... so good. I am salivating just thinking about it.

So anyway, family get togethers are getting more and more interesting. Now we have Harvey and Liz, with Conner, and David and Janine, with Liliana, and Ricky and I, with Judah. 3 babies!? When 2 years ago there were none. Kinda trippy. And David and Janine announced that they are pregnant again! That's exciting. The best part is that all the cousins will be so close in age. We can already see them all having a grand ol' time at family gatherings, entertaining all of us. And at Christmas, Judah and Conner will both be walking and talking.

Wow.

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Re-Resolutions

lI was rereading over some old posts, and I came across my lists of resolutions. I have been doing really good, so I am posting them again.


1) Start working out again.
This is everyone's resolution, but I still have 5 pounds hanging around from the pregnancy. It shouldn't be too hard to get rid of, although it's not my weight that I am that worried about. It's more my energy levels and concentration (or lack thereof). When I was working out I had a lot more of both. I lost that5 pounds, but not from working out. It melted off really easily after I quit breastfeeding. I have been taking more regular walks with Judah, which is good for being less sedintary. I hope to join a gym sometime during the summer.
2) Complete a 7 day fast.
This is also for health reasons. Fasting is really good for you because it detoxes your body and gets rid of bad cells in your body. I am hoping to start fresh. My body deserves it after the trauma it's been through. Although 7 days will be really REALLY hard. I tried this, and failed. But I look forward to trying again. I was doing ok, but I got so weak that I couldn't take care of Judah. I'll try again in the summer when maybe my mom can take the kid for a few days.
3) Create a more disciplined day.
I got up not long after the hubby goes to work, but somehow I still can't get anything done around the house. Errands are an all day event too. Even though the baby takes hour and half naps, nothing gets done during that time. I swear I am not watching TV or anything! Where does the time go?!?! I have been getting up earlier and getting more done. I can do more things in a day. Our house is still a mess until we get new carpet, so you can't tell how much I am getting done. But I feel more productive, which is what's important.
4) Dye my hair.
This I have wanted to do for YEARS but have never actually done it. I have the date set for April 23rd. So technically it's not done, but HOORAY it soon will be.
5) Wear skirts more often.
This one is for you, Ricky. I'll try to be more feminine. :) I feel I have been doing a good job of this. I have been curling my hair, and wearing dresses/skirts. I even painted my nails a few times!

So good job me. I have been doing alright on my resolutions.

Monday, April 6, 2009

3 cheers for Spring!

Hip hip HOORAY!

It took long enough for crying out loud! Winter had it's death grip around our throats, but Spring finally broke through to save the day. We may have some reason to be mad at Spring for not making its appearance sooner, thereby forcing us all to slowly die a suffocating death of dreariness. But now that its here, it's so hard to be mad at it.

Options are finally opening up! I can go for a walk (almost) whenever I want. No more planning and working around schedules for the 1 hour of sunshine that we might get. No more sitting around the house wishing I could be outside. No more trying to carry and baby, and a bag of groceries, and an umbrella through the parking lot. No more long sleeves underneath my winter jacket. No more ridiculous heating bills. No more cold shock when I go to take out the garbage.

YAY!

I love spring, because it lifts me out of my depressed funk that I get into during the cold rainy months. I am looking forward to summer.

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Jonathan

Jonathan (my older brother) is leaving for Iraq on the 8th. That's 4 days away!

I don't know exactly how I feel about this. I am so happy for him, that he is serving our country and his family by going overseas, but I guess when he first signed up for the Air force, we all thought the war would be over by the time he was on active duty. I never got a chance to cope with him being on the front lines, although, I didn't realize how fast time would go either. It seems like last year he was signing up, but it's been 3 years!

He is excited to go. He says that this is what he has been waiting for! I suppose that it is what we should have been waiting for as well, but I just never thought it through. Now, it's not like he's going to be in the line of fire and is in serious danger, so I shouldn't be worrying for him, but I can't help it. I would be worried if he was going on vacation half way around the world too. Geez. Also, he's only going for a 2 month tour, and he'll be back for the 4th of July, so it's not as if I won't get to see him again for years.

I just don't know... What am I even talking about? I guess what I am trying to say is that I am proud for my brother and glad that he gets to go do something honorable in the Middle East, but I am also scared for him, and I hope that everything goes better than expected.

Bro, cheers to you! Be safe and kick some terrorist butt!





















Thursday, April 2, 2009

Grocery Shopping

I am frustrated with myself.

Every month I get my "allowance" from Ricky, which is a big chunk of money for me to buy groceries, gas, and anything else I want. Now, it's a very good chunk of money, and it seems like plenty to take care of me for the month, but somehow I always run out. I have discovered, after some experimentation, that I am perfectly capable of feeding the entire family for under $100/week. Also, worst case scenario, if I fill up my tank every week for $35, then I would still have plenty left over for whatever I wanted. Yet somehow, not even mentioning my 5-hour paycheck every week, I run out of money.

Ugh.

There are so many things that I want to save up for. We need new dining chairs, and a booster seat for Judah, and some more RAM for the computer, a new microwave, and some jeans that fit, etc. (The list goes on.) I simply think to myself "ah, well, I'll just combine this month's and next month's extra cash, and go get it!" but it never turns out to be that simple. Ricky knows all too well, that I always come crawling on my knees, asking for more money to make it to the end of the month. I am a mess. I am still living the way that I did when both Ricky and I were working full time, but that just can't be done anymore. I have to make a change.

Today I went to the post office, and I walked away having spent $35. That should be well within my buffer, but I find myself stressing out and on edge as I speed home to check my account balance. Ricky, for your peace of mind, I did have plenty in there... So now I have spent the last half hour going over my statements looking at what it is that needs to be eliminated and/or controlled to stop my cycle of money shortage. I already knew what it was, but I had hoped that there might be another excuse, but it's always the same answer.

I have to stop drinking coffee (more than once a week) and I have to stop eating out. I hate that answer. First of all, I don't feel that I eat out that much, but it adds up so quickly. The entire last month, I only stopped for lunch or a snack attack a few times! Ricky, maybe an espresso machine for Christmas?? But then paired with an espresso the same day means I may as well have flushed any extra money for the week down the toilet.

Now, I am not saying that I shouldn't ever indulge a snack attack, or treat my friend to the movies, but I have to be aware of how much I am spending, and how often. I am putting myself on a strict allowance per week, and I will do my best to start covering more of the miscellaneous things that we need or want, rather than have Ricky always covering my butt.

This is going to be difficult.