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Thursday, March 31, 2011

Funnies - Abigail Special Edition


This time around it's an Abigail special edition. For some reason I've caught her more than Nathan this time around.

Abigail: "I like this stuffed animal giraffe. It's just so......squishy!"

Abigail to mama while Nathan and daddy were playing upstairs: "I have to go check on the boys."

Abigail: "Mama, can I have some medicine too?"
Me: "No, it's only for sick people."
Abigail upset: "But mama, I'm pretending to be sick!"

After I gave her regular yogurt: "That sure looks yummy. And tasty. And delicious!" (Never saw it that way...)

Abigail: "Cashews are very good for froggies and Abigails." (You learn something new every day.)

Abigail: "I used Nathan's googlies." (goggles)

Abigail, after I didn't put her lotion on fast enough: "Too slow, Joe! No way, Jose! See you later, Alligator!" (What just happened???)


Thursday, March 24, 2011

Blessed

I've been blessed with some really special ladies in my life. Some of them were able to come to my shower recently. Thought it was about time you all got to meet them. :-) All these ladies are dear to me. And although I had good intentions, for some reason not everyone was in a picture. They kept eluding me!

Rochelle and I met through her grandma, Margie. I just love this family. Rochelle is holding her second son Maddox who looks just like his older brother. I kept calling him by his brother's name.

Deborah and I met through Apples of Gold. She also did bible study with me. Here she is with her equally beautiful daughter Alena. Deborah is such a great mom. During play dates during the summer, she was just a fabulous resource for me for mommy advice.


Gail and Rebecca. Gail and I met through Apples of Gold and she is just a great lady. Abby calls her "the girl from church with the sticky boots." It's a thing between the two of them. Rebecca is also one of the granddaughters of Margie's fabulous family. It was so nice to see her again.


Jennifer is a dear family friend. She came all dressed in pink! Sharon was also one of the mentors-in-training for Apples of Gold. She'll make a fabulous mentor to some lucky gal.


Tiffany and I also met at Apples of Gold. She so graciously hosted my shower. She's been a wonderful resource for me in all things relating to my faith. I look up to her a lot. She's a great Christian, great mother, wife and daughter. She's also very knowledgeable in all things healthy food.

Other than Margie, Melissa and I have known each other the longest. David sometimes says we are long-lost sisters because we are so similar. We both have two kids in close ages and we are each other's Friday play-dates.

Michelle and I did a Beth Moore bible study together which was so much fun. I love all my church ladies! Seriously.


Fourth from left is finally the much talked about Margie. :-) Her and I go way back. :-) We used to work with each other and spend our lunches together. She's known David and I since before we were married. She's my very special friend. The one right next to her you haven't met yet is Jennifer. We know her through Megan (my sister-in-law) and she is the most creative of all my friends. The woman can literally just make great things out of rags. She will make the most thoughtful presents for the kids that will just floor you when you see them. She's also studying to become a nurse.

On the very left is Earline. She is my mentor and we met also through Apples of Gold. Earline is a very stylish and wise lady. So blessed to have her in my life. It's the only picture of her from the shower.

My very stylish sister-in-law Megan and her cute little daughter Olive. Megan is also super creative, just like her mom. She loves to do things herself and from scratch. She's great at knitting, scrapbooking, cooking, making the most thoughtful gifts, baking, canning, gardening, you name it. :-)

Sarah is also from our amazing and wonderful church. The woman is super funny and makes the most amazing breakfast casseroles. She is also a great bible study teacher and speaker.


Sarah married my husband's previous neighbor. Her and I have become close and we share all things baby girls. First, we passed our things to her, now she is returning back to us. It's a great system. :-) Sarah is also a great decorator and can find the thriftiest things.


Kim, another fantastic mom and also from our church. She always has the nicest smile on her face and always has kind words, for adults as well as for children. I don't think I've ever seen her not smile.

Jill, another Apples of Gold mentor-in-training at my class. Here she is holding the fabulous diaper cake that Megan and Jennifer made. Told you they were creative. :-) Jill and I have not seen each other in a while as we go to different service times and different bible study times. So glad we were able to catch up a little during the shower. She's just so nice and kind.


Can you believe all the necessary items we were blessed with??? I couldn't believe it. It was just like Christmas. We are just so grateful and in awe of the kindness of others. See the purple tub in the back? That was also filled with girl clothes up to age 2T!! Just amazing. Thank you, from the bottom of our hearts, to all. Wish you could see all the cuteness we were given in person. Just adorable. Can't wait for the little girl to be here so she can use all of it. :-)




Why You Shouldn't Cook With Cute Little Redheads...

....Because they distract you! Abby is the kind of baker who likes to taste and touch EVERYTHING. So when we made Irish Soda Bread yesterday, instead of putting 2 TBSP of sugar, we put 2 cups of sugar in our dough. Yep, sugary mess all over the oven! Fun stuff to clean. And we were hoping that it was maybe a good cookie dough. Nope. Nada. Yuk!
Then at night, I burned my mushrooms for the mushroom sauce. Good day for cooking! :-)

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Picture Post


Just in case you've missed pictures of the kids, here they are:

Reading a book at Grampy's with our favorite cousin and neighbor girls. You bet Grampy loved this.


Blowing out candles with Grandma. She had glaucoma surgery the day before. Tough cookie! Look at the cutie pie with the red pony tail! Can't believe she's finally got hair for it. She was one year old and barely had any hair.


Pirates in our house!!!! Captain Hook and Peter Pan to be exact. They are reading a challenge word. Nathan has been awesome at reading 6-7-letter words. However, he cannot read the word "animal". He just can't get it. He pronounces it almost correctly and his brain just won't let him know the word. It's become funny. Other words he's read are "cracker", "plastic", "fantastic", "rabbit", "cupcake".


A major accomplishment for Nathan. He's been patiently (and that's hard for a 4-year old boy) working with our old and grouchy, kid-disliking cat Daisy. She is finally responding to his hard work. That day she would lay next to him in the bed. The first time she didn't run away while he was allowed to pet her and lay next to her. He was a happy little boy.


Nathan's really been enjoying writing. Here he wrote one of the first times all by himself. He wrote "Nathan Bat." As in "Batman." Without anyone asking him, he's been sitting down daily and writing letters. He tries all of them, seeing if he can write them.


Two little monkeys.... Here we are having a muffin tin luncheon under the table in our "fortress." When daddy came, the little monkeys started climbing.


Abigail has learned how to walk on these stilts! She's also been practicing daily how to write. Currently we are writing exercise sheets from the internet that make her practice circles, upside down v-shapes, etc. She is very proud of her work and will also do 2-3 pages a day without urging.


Abigail wrestled Batman to the ground. (There goes the girly-girl and all dreams of pink tutus...) Then however, she decided to cuddle him.


Ever since Nathan started doing push-ups, he's actually grown a teeny, tiny muscle in his arm. He's so proud of this discovery, that he does push-ups on a regular basis. His muscle is the cutest little thing you've ever seen. He'll read this in a two years and go "Ow mom!"


Elmo doing his share of push-ups.


Abigail LOVES little things. And she carries an ungodly amount with her at any given time. These are all the toys she was carrying around with her that particular day. It's amazing how she manages to carry that many things in her tiny little hands without loosing any. She is a born waitress.


Having fun with their cute little cousin. While Abigail plays with her all the time, Nathan has been shy around her ever since she spit up on him when she was a baby. It was apparently traumatic. But on this day, he had a blast making her laugh.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Heroes Unite...And Get Yourself A Cookie

Head on over to i am mommy and enter a real-life hero for a chance to win a jar of awesome looking cookies for them. And maybe get inspired to do a treat like this for someone you know as well. Good luck!

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

One of the best articles I've read on parenting...

... in a while. It's a really great article on how Jesus captured the hearts of his disciples and how we can use his way of "parenting" in our own dealings with our children. It's a bit lengthy but I just printed it out and read it in stages. Great food for thought. Click this link and you will be re-directed to www.itakejoy.com to Sally's article on first time obedience. She mentions her book "ministry of motherhood" later on in the article which hopefully our library has. If you have read it, please leave a comment and let me know how you liked it (or e-mail me).

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Next Time...

...You doubt yourself as a mother (which us mothers are great at), think about what God thinks of you:

"Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart." - Jeremiah 1:5a

"For we are God's masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago." - Ephesians 2:10 (NLT)

"For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother's womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be." - Psalm 139:13-16

Now, doesn't that blow your mind! Go do your thing and know that you are obviously more than good enough for God, so you better be good enough for yourself.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Who's More Fun Than Dad?

A recent snow day where dad took the kids outside and pulled them in a sled, among other things. They also build a snowman. Guess what they used for the snowman's face. My budded blooms from my flower bush.... Didn't care though. They had fun. :-)
I'm blessed with a wonderful husband who also happens to be a most wonderful father. Love my husband.