Today I have been wracking my brain to find out what to say. No luck on my end, so I turned to the NaBloPoMo site and their writing prompt for the day. Today’s prompt is all about my dream house.
What would your dream home/apartment/condo/yurt look like? Where would it be? Who’d live in it with you?
My dream house would look like a cabin. In the woods. In the mountains. Surrounded by tall pine trees with a green roof and great big windows. It would have a very long porch. In fact, the porch would go all the way around the house and have a gazebo in one corner. There would be a big barn just down the way from the house with room for 10 or 12 horses, a workshop for Juice, and an office for me. To run my little horse business of lessons and boarding horses.
By the barn would be an arena to ride in. And surrounding that would be pastures for the horses. Also, an orchard for all the apple trees I’d love to have. And the blueberry bushes. And room enough for a garden. And some chickens for my own eggs. And a pond with fish. For any kind of visitors we might have.
Speaking of visitors, I would love the house to have either enough room for those visitors, or a little guest house in the back. Our neighbors would be our good friends. But not close enough that we could see them from our house. We would have beautiful views of snow topped mountains and the air would be crisp and cool and smell like Christmas all the time.
The kids would all have the types of rooms they would like. There would be a beautifully lit playroom connected to a big grassy yard with shade trees that would change brilliant colors in the fall and be home for the birds in the summer.
Seriously sounds like paradise to me.
During the boys’ nap today, Butterfly (grudgingly) watched 2 different movies about wishes. I say grudgingly because she didn’t pick the movies out. I did. Because I’m just so sick and tired of hearing the same shows over and over and over.
Both of these movies we watched today involved wishes. One, several kids had several wishes. And the other, there was one wish that people were trying to win a race to get. In each of the movies, the characters discussed what they should wish for before they actually made their wishes. And every time, they made their wishes and it didn’t turn out as they wanted or expected.
It got me thinking about what I would wish for. Would my wish be selfish? Would I wish for something to benefit all of man kind? Would I change the past? Change the future? Would I wish for something for my family? My extended family?
In literature, wishes are often either about money or about kids. Aladdin and his Genie were wishes all about money. Thumbelina came to be because her mother wished for a child. Some wishes are granted literally, “I want to be wealthy” may mean that the wisher wants to be wealthy right now or that he will be wealthy in the future. As in, right before he dies future.
I think, a wish, should stay just that. A wish. It’s something to look forward to. Something to hope for. Something to work for.
As for my wish, I’m saving that one for my birthday cake in a few weeks.
I think I’ve been thinking too hard lately. I seriously can’t finish a sentance lately. All that is going through my head are lists of things that need to be done, and writing those lists down is not helping. Of course, when the lists go the fastest is when I’m trying to go to sleep.
And because my mind has been racing when I go to sleep, it continues to race as I sleep. I’ve had big epic dreams that leave me just as tired in the morning as I was at night. Dreams of being locked in a dungon, driving race cars, being lost in airports, etc. If my brain actually worked, I could write some funny post about my dreams, but I’m exhausted. Off to bed!
Today we had another quiet day. Well, it was pretty quiet for me because I took a 4 hour nap this afternoon. It was heaven! I have been having strange dreams about trying to find something or doing a cooking show with my friend Valinda and cooking up our kids. Weird huh?
Odd dreams aside, we’ve had a good day today. We went to my mom’s work to show off the babies and that was fun until Professor started wailing. Did I mention my mom works in a large-ish call center? Yeah, all heads turned my way and I dashed for an empty office and closed the door. He was okay after a few minutes of nursing, but was still rather whiny. Everyone ohhed and ahhed appropriately and we were forgiven for being somewhat loud. It was fun to see all my mom’s work friends and put names with faces again. Mom works at a great place where they know all of us and really took some delight in seeing the kids themselves. (I suppose it helps that they read this too! Hi guys!)
I took a very long nap, as I said, this afternoon. The boys slept as well. Juice and Butterfly played outside. Juice rolled down the hill with Butterfly and has been kind of queasy ever since. It sounds like he has a touch of altitude sickness which is sad. We used to run and play here all the time and now when we come to visit we need to take it easy. Boy we really are getting used to Maryland.
Speaking of, Butterfly asked to go home to her own house today. Poor girl. She’s having a rough time sleeping here. To save on some weight, I did not bring her little crib light with us and I should have. I thought she’d be okay without it. I guess I thought wrong.
My mom took her grocery shopping while I slept. Lots went on while I dreamed about trying to fit my 3 year old in a blender.
We went over to my brother’s house today and played rock band. I did okay. We also had some yummy dinner of sandwiches and strawberry spinach salad. Yum yum! We had a great time and Butterfly cried all the way home that she wanted Cappy so much! Where was Cappy?! I want to stay with Cappy! It’s nice that she loves her cousin so much.
cousins, dreams, Nana, naps, trips to Utah
With Butterfly, I had horrific vivid nightmares at least once a week. Mostly they involved Juice dying. At the beginning of this pregnancy, I had some vivid dreams, but not as many as I had with Butterfly. And most were not of Juice dying.
Last night, I had a very vivid dream. I was on a jungle safari and hearing the animals growl and howl and do all the animal sounds that I imagine would happen at night in the jungle. They were getting closer and I was getting increasingly worried. I was in a tent and every time I would hear a growl, I would sit up in my sleeping bag. The last one was so loud and right beside my head that I sat up shaking.
Literally, I sat myself up in bed shaking because the noise was so real. It was morning in my own bedroom and Juice and Butterfly were still sleeping. I was not in the jungle. But the sound happened again. It was my stomach! It had been growling because I can’t ever fill it enough. It was nice to have breakfast on my own today, but I wish my body would not wake me up so early to eat.
Speaking of eating, Juice and I talk a lot about Butterfly and her inheritance of Jeff’s ‘third leg’. That girl can put away some food! Last night we went to the pancake place for free pancakes and she ate 2 whole ones. I ate 2 and was full. She was still going strong on the third but we ran out of juice and she declared herself done.
Anyway, back to the leg. She has started saying things like, “My leg is hungry. My leg is empty. My leg needs to be fulled up. My leg wants to eat an elephant. (It’s a line from a book.)” Too cute!
It’s been an interesting day. Look, I actually have something to write about! I woke up in a start this morning because a man’s voice was talking in the house. And it wasn’t Juice’s. I sat bolt upright from my very vivid dream (something about Juice chasing robbers out of our house with his swords in his robe…) and started to hyperventilate for a second. Then I looked at the clock. 3:32 am. I then wondered if the voice was not inside the house, but outside. It’s very normal in the summertime for us to have a lot of people out on their decks having parties and drinking. That involves a lot of loud talking. And we hear it sometimes. Mostly it’s in Spanish so I have no idea what they are saying. But this time, I understood the voice. So I took a moment to listen to see what they are saying. This is before I sent Juice downstairs in his robe with a sword. And this is what I hear:
“Has anyone seen a boat?!”
I flop back down on the bed and blow out the breath I had been holding. Butterfly has turned on her CD player with her Finding Nemo book on CD in it. She has been insisting to listen to this before bed off and on since she got it from my brother for her 2nd birthday. She loves the thing. But why is she listening to it at 3:30 in the morning? I hear her rolling around and sighing. Finally I hear her turning the pages of her read along book to the little tinkling ques. Great, she’s fine. I can go back to sleep. Except now I have to go to the bathroom.
That taken care of, I listen to the book over the baby monitor. And I listen to it again. Sometime during the 3rd round she fell back asleep. No such luck for me. I sat there and worried. I considered getting up and going to watch tv downstairs. I considered turning the movie on in our room and watching that. I considered finding my book and reading for awhile. But that would mean I had to get out of the bed and all these things I just didn’t want to do. So I just laid there. Very boring.
Somewhere around 6am, I finally fell asleep again. And it was not a pleasant sleep. I need to sleep more during the dark. It gets light too early now. And we have a 2 year old. Who wakes up on time at 8am. Even if she was up for about 45 minutes in the middle of the night. And even if she is so tired she is crying. Must. Play. Now.
A trip to the mall, to the craft store, and a 2 hour nap did nothing to improve her mood. So we made cookies with Juice tonight. They were great, but she was more interested in eating the chocolate chips than the cookies. Still, good wholesome family time was had.
And then I got a splitting headache and decided to write this and go to bed. Hopefully I will sleep more.
dreams, midnight wakings, NaBloPoMo, sleep