Where Have I Been?

I've been having the best times lately.  I have been spending a lot of time with the kids, as always since I'm a stay at home mom, but it never gets old.  The husband and I have been communicating better than we have in a long time.  I'm not saying we have been having problems or even that our communication was ever bad, but when we have those little tiffs that every couple has every now and then, we've been better lately at solving them with real solutions and not just band aids.  For the first time in all my 25 years, I can honestly say that I feel like an adult.  I know I am one, but it's just like on your birthday, when someone says "Do you feel older?" and you really want to know what they think the difference between how 24 and 25 feels, is.

Easter was amazing even though we got really behind and lunch/dinner was served about an hour and half late.  Who cares!  It's the holiday!  You get to be around the ones you love, and this only meant, more time to chit chat and catch up.  Hopefully, I'll get a separate Easter post done in the next day or two.

Now, we get to the not so good things.  It's really all just one big not so good thing...  My laptop died.  We believe it may have been the hard drive.  I know you're thinking that sucks but it's not the end of the world.  Only, it is, kinda.  All of my pictures from the last 2 years-ish are on that hard drive.  The pictures from Sydney's birth, many holidays and just lots of important pictures are on that hard drive.  Right now, the hard drive is sitting in my freezer and I'm praying that the photos will be recoverable.  In the meantime, instead of blogging and facebooking from my couch or kitchen table, I'll be doing it all on the desk top in our office.  It's like a little field trip... sorta.  I'm trying to stay positive.

Ok, back to something that is positive.  I've been reading the Girl who... series by Stieg Larson and somewhere in the beginning of the last book, I just got stuck.  I didn't have the urge to read like I once had, and when I did read, I'd forget everything immediately.  I decided it was maybe time to pick another book and come back to that one later, since reading is a passion of mine and one that I seem to be passing on to my kids.  I've started reading Hoda: How I Survived War Zones, Bad Hair, Cancer, and Kathie Lee by Hoda Kotb.  I watch the Today show every morning and the 4th hour is my favorite so I knew I would have to read this book.  She is such an amazing woman with an uplifting story.  I can tell you that I've read about half of the book in just a few days (for a slow reader like me, that's a lot) and I've laughed and cried... a ton!  If you want a story with lots of lessons about life, friendships, and reaching your goals, this is the book for you.  Even if you don't know who she is, you should read it.

Thanks to all this rain we've been getting, my plants in the flower bed out front are coming up like crazy!  A down side to this rain is that the weeds are also coming up like crazy and it's way to muddy, rainy, and cold for me to go out there and get rid of them... I need a nice warm and dry day so I can take care of those little garden intruders, transplant some of our plants from elsewhere in the yard into the flower bed, and finally get our tomatoes and peppers planted and sitting out in the yard.  I'm excited!

Last weekend, we went to the Farmer's Market, which is one of our favorite Saturday morning activities, and bought all kinds of good stuff.  Fresh red lettuce, spinach, farm fresh eggs, honey, plum jam, and tomato and bell pepper plants.  Maybe next weekend we can get some herbs and maybe an heirloom tomato or something.  I'm so on this planting bandwagon.

I'm also proud to say that the Tiemann family are recycling and have been for about a month or so.  I know, not something people usually celebrate, but I'm all for making the Earth a better and healthier place for us all to live.  Very soon, I believe we will start composting.  I'm also interested in making our own beer and/or wine although that's not for the environment, just another fun project for my husband and I to work on together.

Alright, I've gone on for long enough and the kids are waking up from their naps.  More later...

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