Friday, June 11, 2010

Blogging is hard...

I have been really bad at keeping up with this blog.  Back when I was pregnant I was so consistent at blogging.  Yep, back before Rosie came into our lives:)  Now that this little sister is more active, I rarely feel like I have any "free" time.   I truly want to be better and I promise to try, but...don't count on it:)

It's been so long since I last wrote, that I really don't know where to start!  Things have been very busy in the Murrill household.

I don't think I mentioned that I took on more responsibility at work.  My boss was needing some extra help with planning events and wondered if I would be interested.  She understood that I really didn't want to give up time away from Monroe and thought I could do most of the work at home and in the evenings.  After talking it over with Mark, we decided that the extra money would be nice.  So now I am the Volunteer Coordinator/Event Planner:)

It's so crazy what directions your life can take.  I never would have dreamed that I wouldn't be teaching.  I loved it so much.  But I can truly say that I love what I am doing now.  I also see how all my past jobs have helped prepare me for what I am doing now.  God is amazing.

My first Mother's Day happened since I last wrote!  What a wonderful day!!!!!  Mark and Monroe really spoiled me.  Mark got up at the break of dawn and took Monroe.  I had no idea where they went, but it allowed me the opportunity to sleep in and do some things around the house that I was really wanting to do, but hadn't had a chance to.  When they got back Mark made me the most incredible breakfast.  Along with the yumminess he made, he surprised me with Ann Sather's cinnamon rolls!  These cinnamon rolls are world renowned!!!  They have been featured on the food network many times and I had been dying to try them.  Mark and Monroe had driven all the way to Wrigleyville and back to get them:)  They are so thoughtful!  They also gave me the most wonderful cards and...A NEW PHONE!!! I loved my Palm, but I was definitely ready for something new.  Mark got me the HTC Hero and I really like it.  I was very surprised and felt, oh so special.

Being able to celebrate Mother's Day as a mom, was such a blessing to me.  I remember many nights crying, wondering if I would ever have a baby of my own.  I was so worried that something was wrong. It just didn't make sense that I wasn't getting pregnant.  I remember sitting in church on previous mother's days and feeling so uncomfortable as the little kids would bring roses around to all of the moms.  My students would always bring me roses, and as sweet and wonderful as that was, I always yearned to have my own baby.  This year as a little girl brought me my carnation, it finally felt real.  I AM a mom!!!!  Crazy!  What a wonderful God we serve and what perfect timing he has.  Why do I ever question???

As we are on the Mom subject and as I am approaching my 30th b-day, I am really starting to feel myself age.  How sad is that!!!! My body feels older, I think I may even look older, and................I think I want a mini van.  Yes, I am old.  But what can I say, I am really starting to see the allure of a small room on wheels.  Why did I ever make fun?!  I like the Toyota Sienna.  I have gotten such a kick out of their newest ad campaign, as well.  If you haven't watched "Swagga Wagon", you are definitely doing yourself a disservice.

We redid our first piece of furniture!  Forgetful me, didn't take a "before" picture of this piece!  We found this desk on the side of the road and saw real potential.  It was pretty ugly and not in the best shape, but it had a nice look to it.  This last Sunday, we sanded, painted and clear coated it.  Mark also fixed the drawers.  Then this week we got new knobs and I mod-podged the drawer fronts.  It was so satisfying to take something that would have ended up in the dump and turn it into something beautiful (at least to us).  I am so proud of it and am so excited to have a new sewing desk.    Mark and I really had a blast doing it!

Mark and I celebrated six years of marriage at the end of May!  I know it doesn't sound like a huge amount of time, but I am still so proud of us.  We've gone through our rough times, but God has brought us out of it stronger and more in love than ever.  I feel so blessed to have such a wonderful husband and best friend.  I am so excited to spend the rest of our lives together!

Some things I am looking forward to in the next couple of weeks:

1)  Going to Austin for my friend Ashley's wedding.  I am very nervous about making the trip with just Monroe, but I am so excited to see my friends and celebrate such an awesome moment in Ashley's life!  Congrats Ashley and Eric!!!

2)  Going to Cancun with Mom, Dad, Stephen and Michelle.  Mark, Monroe, and I can't wait to hit the beaches with the fam!  It has been so long since we have seen them and we are so glad they will get to spend some quality time with Monroe.

So, I will leave you with some pictures from the last few weeks/months!  Love you all.

Monroe and Daddy at the Park on Mother's Day

Monroe and Max

The Cousins

At the zoo

Mommy and Monroe proud of her first tooth:) 

Just enjoying some rays!  

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