Laborious Day

Happy Labor Day. Don't you just love the lack of labor that is expected of us on Labor Day? Josh and I had a very productive weekend. After going out on Friday night with some girls, I came home and got it in my head to start a painting job in our living room. I painted from 10:30 to 1:30 and then crashed for a few hours. I continued all day on Saturday- trying to wrangle your kids and keep them away from the living room walls proved to be quite a challenge. My tall husband assisted me in painting up by the crown molding. Our biggest challenge was the number of coats that this paint required. I decided to buy some more expensive paint in the hopes of not having to do too many coats. Wrong. The color is a dark green with sort of yellow undertones. In some areas it took 5 coats and no, I am not exaggerating. I am exstatic with the results. I left the other unattached walls creamy white so that the color didn't get too overbearing. We then also recovered the toy box with an orangish-reddish fabric and did some rearranging of furniture. The living room is now all put back together and the rest of my house looks like it was his by a tornado. I'll post pics later.

Noah is back to school tomorrow. He is so excited to go back to riding the bus and hanging out with Miss Judy and Miss Michelle at school. He doesn't get to ride the bus til' Friday which is a bit of a disappointment to him. He doesn't get the whole waiting thing just yet! :-)

On another note, I was not going to post this but I figure most of you who read this are Christians and can be praying for us. After some difficulties with Noah over the last few months, our doctor has suggested we get Noah in for some more substantial testing. He goes in on Thursday morning for a one hour consult with a neuro-psychiatrist that works primarily with the many forms of autism and ADHD. We are hoping that the doctor may have some answers for us that may help us with Noah. The process of figuring out what is going on can be pretty long-winded b/c it is difficult to test a 4 year old with such a short attention span. We are just praying that whatever is best for Noah and will benefit him most will be the outcome. Whether that be a label we don't like, no label and still no clue as to what is going on, or just the doctor saying we stink as parents, we are praying that God's will be done. No matter what, we know we have one of the sweetest, most kind hearted little boys on our hands. God has blessed us with a little boy that we can just not get enough of. So many people say that there is just something a little different about Noah that is so endearing to others. He has a way of watching you and almost looking into your soul. Please pray for wisdom for the doctor, understanding and acceptance for our family, joy that we have such an amazing little boy, and patience as this whole process is waded through.

Zoe continues to be a little joy. She is such a little fireball and is still mad that she is not going to preschool this year like some of her friends. After looking at the financial aspect of it and realizing that I would be home with no kids for a few afternoons a week, we decided it was a no go. She would love to get a Dora backpack and new clothes from her favorite store Baby Gap. It cracks me up when we go to the mall (we love to shop the clearance racks at Baby Gap for next years clothes) she always gets excited to find out we will be going to Baby Gap. She also loves to shop for clothes at Target and says "It's sooo cute" to almost everything we look at.

Zoe has a great little friend from church named Lily and they are like two peas in a pod. We went over to their house for a cook-out today and they played all day long. It's so neat to see her personality forming when it comes to friends and figuring out that give and take in a relationship. I love watching her notice when Lily wants a toy she has- she may not always give it to her- but her little personality continues to grow. Much of her girliness is sufficiently guided by her big cousing Emmy who has been practicing for 5+ years. She looks up to her like a big sister and also fashion extrordinaire.

Josh has taken up running over the last few weeks. He has all of a sudden decided he is tired of being out of shape and too big for his own liking. By the way, I think he looks great, but if losing some weight makes him feel better I am all for it. If he also wants to get a lean tummy in the process you'll hear no complaints from me! :-) I am so proud of him as he gets out there to go running. He has been getting up before the kids so that it's out of the way and doesn't take away from the rest of the day. Coming from this mom, that is really appreciated.

No other big changes going on. Sorry it got so long. Love to you all.
Posted on September 4, 2006 .