1 Second A Day // November 2017

A small peek into our daily lifestyle throughout the holiday month of November here in central South Dakota.

Special Mentions:

November 4th: We decorated for Christmas early because it was between packing it away in a storage unit or keeping boxed up in our small apartment.
November 9th: Hans’ preschool class got to stand up and say the Pledge of Allegiance for the Veterans Day Program.
November 14th: 2nd Annual MHS Marching Band Concert
November 18th: Celebrating Hans’ friend Rhys’ 5th birthday at the Childrens Museum in Brookings.
November 24th: Parade of Lights in Huron, SD

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A Sentence A Day for November // 2017

Wednesday, November 1st: Collin is home sick today, miserable in bed.

Thursday, November 2nd:  After Gwen and I dropped Hans off at school we ran errands and visited dad at school.

Friday, November 3rd: Today I had the honor of snuggling with a beautiful baby doll named Emilia Hopkins while the Hopkins had a nice warm supper as a family (plus Collin).

Saturday, November 4th: Happy heavenly birthday to Janna Leah Holmstrom.

Sunday, November 5th: Remember, Remember the fifth of November, the gunpowder treason and plot..

Monday, November 6th: Collin and I started our journey in watching every single movie that we own, beginning with Big Fish.

Tuesday, November 7th: Today the kids dug through our bin of legos unearthing as many mini figures as they could find.

Wednesday, November 8th: I was overwhelmed today by the thought of going outside but fought through it and managed to get the kids to the park, the library and out to eat supper with one of their best friends.

Thursday, November 9th: Hans participated in the Veterans Day program this morning with his preschool class stating the pledge of allegiance for an entire crowd of people.

Friday, November 10th: Ended the day with my good friends The Harrells, playing Turkey Bingo at the local Legion, we didn’t win though! ):

Saturday, November 11th: The kids and I traveled to Huron, SD today to spend time with Grandma and Grandpa Lieffort and play another round of Turkey Bingo where once we again we walked out empty handed. ):

Sunday, November 12th: Weighed in today for my weekly challenge and discovered that I had gained 4lbs, the second gain i’ve had all year.

Monday, November 13th: Took some time as a family today and did some laundry too!

Tuesday, November 14th: Tonight was Collin’s Indoor Marching Show, the junior  and senior high bands performed exceptionally well and Collin was a riot on the microphone as usual.

Wednesday, November 15th: Gwen and I were exausted today, we dropped Hans off at school than we went home and crawled back into bed for a few hours!

Thursday, November 16th: Babysat the Iverson’s children today, Milo is 10 months old and Jonah is 4 years old.

Friday, November 17th: The kids and I are driving to Brookings today to visit family and take a trip to Sioux Falls.

Saturday, November 18th: Today we celebrated Rhys’ birthday by visiting the Childrens Museum in Brookings with some of our closest friends, the Naths and the Ilaugs.

Sunday, November 19th: Drove home to Miller today to spend some time with Collin, who we haven’t seen since Wednesday!

Monday, November 20th: Laundry day, finally washed the kids stuffed animals!

Tuesday, November 21st: Visited with a doctor today about increasing my antidepressant today, he increased it 20mg and told me I should take benadryl to help myself sleep.

Wednesday, November 22nd: Taking another trip to Brookings to celebrate Thanksgiving with my parents tomorrow.

Thursday, November 23rd: Celebrated Thanksgiving day by enjoying turkey and other delicious food with family followed by black Friday shopping at walmart and JcPenney!

Friday, November 24th: Made our way home today with a detour in Huron, SD to pick up my brand new cell phone and watch the parade of lights, so magical!

Saturday, November 25th: Took yet another trip to Huron, SD to pick up Collin’s brand new cell phone and visit with Grandpa Blake and Shauna.

Sunday, November 26th: Today was filled to the brim with church activities and fantastic craft fair to support local businesses.

Monday, November 27th: Laundry day turned into a park day because it was 70 degrees outside, so wonderful!

Tuesday, November 28th: Hans stayed home sick from school and Gwen was very sick later in the day, pulling at her ears telling me they hurt.

Wednesday, November 29th: Took Gwen to the clinic to see if she has an ear infection, she doesn’t.

Thursday, November 30th: Hans had a regular day of school today while Gwen and I stayed home to do laundry.

 

 

1 Second a Day // October 2017

A small peek into our daily lifestyle throughout the month of October here in central South Dakota.

Special Mentions:

October 6: SBA Homecoming

October 7: Cousin Annie & Lane’s Wedding Dance
October 14: Hobo Day in Brookings, SD
October 15: Best friend Ross’ bowling birthday party in Aberdeen, SD
October 31: Hans’ preschool Halloween party

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Church with Little Ones

Today was a bad church day.
My children are not very well behaved in church, I am the very first to admit it. They run between Dad (at the front of the sanctuary providing his musical talent) and myself. Gwen chatters quietly in the pews and Hans is unable to hold still even for a second it seems. Despite this, we’ve never really run into any issues and the congregation generally is very encouraging. Unfortunately, today that changed. During the opening hymn Gwen was pulling the hymnals from the pews and lying them on the floor, paging through them as she often does. She went to stack them on our pew and continued to rearrange them from the pew to the floor. As the pastor asked us to “share the peace” I reached towards Hans to help him say “good morning” and shake hands because he usually is nervous about this part of church. He and I shook hands with people behind me and as I was reaching back to shake an elderly woman’s hand she stuck her finger out at Gwen and said “You should not allow your kids to destroy our church’s hymnals.” I was taken aback but I still shook her hand and said good morning then promptly turned around. I quickly replaced all of the hymnals into there slots. Gwen made it very clear that she wasn’t going to leave the books alone so I gathered our personal things, took their hands and headed for the nursery.

I was upset, sad and discouraged today. I personally made a very big effort this summer to get the kids out of the nursery and into the sanctuary for the church service. Although there is a speaker connected to the Pastor’s microphone in the nursery, I wanted to get the kids used to attending church services. In the nursery they are distracted by the toys and coloring books, I know they aren’t listening because I can barely hear Pastor over the ruckus they create. As we made the switch to the sanctuary Hans realized that he enjoys the children’s message every week. He likes to be involved and that Pastor listens to his questions/comments and answers him. Gwen enjoys the childrens message too but is easily distracted and like to wander between the front of the church and back to me. We take advantage of the busy bags provided by the church, with their coloring books and crayons, quiet toys and books. These are usually a lifesaver for me and help out immensely.

Today I felt as though we were condemned to the nursery, thrown out of the congregation so to speak.
My kids are young, ages 5 and 3, the eldest is in preschool 2-3 days a week. He takes a tumble class, dance class and attends Sunday school on a regular basis. He is learning how to follow orders and how to behave in a group of people, wait his turn and other essential life skills. He has memorized the Lords Prayer and I am very proud of the progress he’s made this year. Gwen is 3 and she is a different story from her brother. She has no structure in her life, she gets away with a lot of things and she tends to talk incessantly. I know that as a stay at home mom that falls directly on my shoulders and we are working on it. She is strong willed, independent, wild and free and even though we clash, I love her for it. She will be very successful someday in whatever she does. For now, we just roll with it.

I love the church we belong to because they support my husband very well. They accepted him immediately when we came to back to Miller. He is a very talented musician and provides a very good service for the church that he enjoys immensely. The pipe organ there is his favorite. It occurs to me to wonder if people forget sometimes that I am alone in my children’s church journey. Essentially I am on my own for the majority of Sundays while he is involved with the church choir and other various activities.

At this time I am undecided of how I want to deal with this. The vindictive side of me wants to skip church for the rest of forever and disappear. How easy would it be just to remove the “problem kids” all together? Take the kids out of church, sleep in a little on Sunday.. The other side of me knows how wrong that is. We baptized our children in a church and we want them to have a healthy and fulfilling spiritual life. I want them to share the joy of the church family as Collin does. I believe that they deserve that and that they will grow into it someday. I am at a little bit of loss and I will take this week to think it through.

Is the best yet to come?

My husband Collin and I have been married for 7 years, 2 months and 18 days. Prior to our wedding we maintained a steady relationship for 5 years. People ask us if we were high school sweethearts and I guess the answer is yes. Does it count if you just thought the new kid in school was cute and you happened to need a date to prom? I suppose it does.

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Not a day goes by that I don’t learn something new about this man in my life. Every day he suprises me with a new joke, a movie quote i’ve never heard or just some random fact about the universe. His memory operates on another level and never fails to amaze me! His imagination is truly outstanding! It is no wonder that after all of this time (12 years!) he still manages to sweep me off my feet.

This summer we attended Collin’s grandparents 65th wedding anniversary party.  Algene and Carol married young in 1952. They have four children and many grandchildren. Today, they have 7 great grandchildren in their lives and it’s all because two people fell in love.

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The Ottesons, est: 1952

Of course, It makes me consider our own 65th annivesary in 2075. What more is there to learn about Collin? What suprises will he pull out of his head in another 10, 30, or 50 years!? What lies ahead for us? Only time will tell, and I cannot wait to find out!

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