Monday, November 23, 2009

The calm before the storm....

I know, I know....it has been OVER a month since I have written. My problem is that I always feel like I need to add pictures to my post and that would entail actually downloading pics off the camera which would entail finding all the cords I would need, which would entail having a finished kitchen so I would know where everything is!!! Do you see my dilema? But there is a light at the end of the construction tunnel. Dustin is in the horribly messy project of mudding and taping and sanding. WOW...my kitchen table has an inch of dust on it. Needless to say, all of our meals have been eaten either in the living room, or downstairs. After the sanding and last coat of mud is done it is on to painting. This is going to be a project...we will be repainting the whole upstairs of our house. YIKES!!! Then we will be ready for our cabinets. I am so thrilled that I can hardly stand it.

So Hannah and Bailey are in the Nutcracker this year. So fun, and SO BUSY!!! I spent a while this morning updating my December calendar and it is scary. Starting the week after Thanksgiving is is "nutcracker-a-mania" for the Phillips. I do not know how we are going to fit in school and practices and performances and weekly dance lessons. But I am so excited for the girls. They have turned into such amazing dancers at such young ages, and they are so excited to be in a semi-professional ballet.

Thanksgiving is in a few days and knowing me I will not post until long after that :) so I wanted to take time to think about the things I am thankful for:

*A husband who works hard so I can be home with the girls. He is an amazing dad and hubby and handyman. When this kitchen is done, he is going to get a big smooch (maybe even more :)

*4 beautiful girls that amaze me everyday. They are good at school, help at home, have good friends, and add so much fun to our family.

*A home that we have tweeked to make it what we want. I love our neighborhood, our school, and everything about this house (other than the fact that I don't have a kitchen in it :)

*Friends that help us remember that life needs to have a lot of fun in it. We love playing, and love the friends we hang out with.

*Family! What would I do without my mom 5 min. down the road? Well I would not have anyone to get Abby to dance while I get the others from school, I would not have anyone to watch all 4 of them while I work at the dance studio, I would not have Wednesday night pizza night, or an amazing Sunday dinner. What fun would life be if I couldn't still beat my dad in Option, or get my behind kicked in Rage by my nephew? I love having family so close.

*My church. I have been known to complain about our callings, but I do love them. I am in the primary presidency which gives me the chance to see my kids during singing time...priceless. Dustin is in scouts and has been for 12 years, but with 4 girls he needs his testosterone. We have such good friends at church who are the first to step in if I need help with anything. Knowing I have a Heavenly Father who is with us all the time really helps me as a wife and mother.

My list could go on and on and on...but one of my blessings just woke up and is calling my name. Well actually, she is calling Bailey's name because that is what she says ALL DAY LONG. Everything is either "bailey" or "bay." She is a hoot. Have a great Thanksgiving and thank you for being a part of our lives. We are thankful for all of you!