Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Bella dancing with Santa

Bella is completely enthralled with our singing, dancing Santa this year. Here is a little video of her trying to copy him swinging his hips. We have all enjoyed watching her dance with Santa, but I think we are all wishing he sang more than just that one song!

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Prayer request please!

So, I am in the midst of trying to make a huge work related decision. Recently, I accepted a 4 day a week nursing position. For the past 3 years I have worked "prn" or for those who don't work in healthcare, it means I basically made my own hours and signed up for whatever days I wanted to work. I was not committed to work a certain amount of hours and it worked great with small children. Plus, no weekends, holidays and it was at a higher pay rate, so I only had to work 2 days a week. The only downside to this work option is that you take a risk of not getting your hours in if the need for extra help declines. So, to be more secure in this economy, I made a difficult decision to take a full time position. But, so far, trying to juggle the extra hours with my husbands crazy schedule has been beyond difficult.  I am now struggling with the decision to go back to prn and give up the full time position (i.e. financial security). I really just feel like there is no way to forsee what the best decision would be. My gut told me to stay prn but my head told me it was safer to go full time, and obviously I followed my head. Now I'm regretting that decision but do not want to make another decision I will regret. I'm praying about this really hard and am hoping that you can just take a few seconds to say a little prayer for me that the Lord will lead me down the right path. In the mean time I am going to give this a lot of thought and prayer and not make any hasty decisions. Thanks so much in advance. I feel better already:)

Sidenote: It hasn't affected the kids schedule too much because I am home 1 weekday and Michael is home 2 weekdays, so they are still only with a babysitter 2 days a week. But it leaves me very little time to do any of the grocery shopping, cleaning, laundry, cooking ect during the week. It is just exhausting trying to stay up at night to get everything done and then get up early to get everyone ready, dropped off and then be at work by 8am. See why I am regretting this??

Advice & Prayers would be helpful. Thanks!!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Is it really November???

So true to my promise to myself, I am doing my Halloween post right on time. Whoohoo!! I really can not believe it's November already! That means in just a few short weeks we'll be dragging out the Christmas tree and decorations for a marathon day of decorating. Usually we do it a week or two before Thanksgiving, but I am thinking of doing a bit of a tree overhaul this year. And I'm planning on using all of those wonderful black Friday sales to stock up on the new decorations:) Can't wait!!

But getting back to the reason for this post, we ended up having a great Halloween despite the horribly cold, rainy weather. The girls were SO disappointed when they realized it was pouring rain right at trick or treat time. But we ended up going to Aunt Crystal and Uncle Chris' neighborhood and trick or treating with Aunt Crystal in the rain. Hailey and Mary Kathryn were completely unconcerned about getting soaking wet and ran from house to house. And believe it or not, there were plenty of other trick or treaters out and about, so it ended up being lots of fun. Bella was not really into some of the scary costumes but she laughed and laughed at Hailey and Mary Kathryn running from house to house in excitement. Here are some pictures from last night.....

And these are pictures from the day before Halloween. The girls dressed all up in their costumes and headed out to a carnival. Unfortunately Bella had a vomiting episode on the way that completely covered her and Hailey and cut our plans short. But we all headed home to cuddle by the fire with hot chocolate and some family time instead. Can't think of anything I'd rather be doing!

Hope that everyone had a fun-filled and safe Halloween....Now on to Christmas!!!