Monday, August 31, 2009

Joys in My Day

1. I caught Ethan sitting in my chair "reading" Baby Wise. It cracked me up and I couldn't help wonder what he was learning!
2. Spent some time weeding the garden and I just was overwhelmed with contentment. Ethan was helping me and chewing on a fresh carrot. I love that God has blessed us with fresh delicious food.
3. Eden's smile is always a bright spot in my day. Her smile can light up a room. Today she started to push up with her legs and hold her weight. It is a first for her. She is getting so strong.
4. I love that I now know how to make these picture collages, thanks to my sister in law! Now I can post so many more pictures.... cuz I LOVE taking pictures.
5. I am just thankful I can wake up and choose joy for the day... today was filled with joy.

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Getting Out...

Today I went on my first hike... since Eden was born. I joined a few girls for a little hike up the canyon and left the kids at home with Micah. It was so nice to be outside in the sunshine and to be doing it solo. Sometimes I forget what it feels like to be kidless. But that is okay, because today I was reminded of how thankful I am to be a mom to these precious kids.... Micah preached at a neighbor church and I stayed in the nursery with the kids after Ethan had a meltdown. There was a little boy who had been taken from his mom and was staying in a foster home. He was dirty, runny nose and behind developmentally. I wanted to scoop him up and love on him... I wanted to take him home and give him a bath, read to him, and tell him he was special. I can't imagine what it would feel like to have your kids taken from you.... moments away from them... even like this short little hike makes me miss them and I am overjoyed to see them when I get home! It was a great day, I am thankful I was able to enjoy it's beauty, but more than anything I am thankful I could come home to my family and love on them.

Saturday, August 29, 2009

A Birthday Party!

Today we went to Eli's birthday party. Eli was born 7 days before Ethan and they are buddies! It was a fun party full of lots of fun things.... Ethan loves going to Eli's house because all the toys are new and he loves stealing them from Eli... we are working on sharing!
First we played with play dough then we went outside and played with water balloons.
Ethan had fun with the bubble lawn mower.
And of course Ethan loved the cake... He is definitely ready for his birthday because he beat Eli to blowing out the candles... we had to relight the candles so Eli could blow them out! We had a fun time... can't believe that Ethan will be 2 in 7 days!

Thursday, August 27, 2009

8 Weeks and Car Washing

Eden is 8 weeks old today! My, my what a pretty girl. The other day we were marveling at how easy of a baby she is. She truly is the exact opposite of Ethan. I know I have said this before but she eats, sleeps and poops (!!!! on the pooping part). I remember being an absolute zombie with Ethan and now I feel rested, alive, and I truly get to enjoy having a baby. (I never ever understood why people loved babies so much... now I know) She is a doll and such cuddler! I love it!

Ethan helped me wash the car this morning. I marvel at his development and how much he is saying and doing. We had fun washing the car and when we finished I had to laugh out loud! Dad, you would be so proud of our washing job... a stripe down the middle... patches here and there, but we had fun and for now that is all that counts (oh... and that the car no longer looks like a massive dirt clot)!

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

My Kids

When did Ethan go from being a little guy to a big boy? I think it was overnight.... or maybe with his last haircut? He is so much fun.. so goofy.... soooo smart.

And Eden... what can I say about her? She is an absolute delight. She smiles all the time and is just so much fun to be with. We are so thankful for the beautiful children God has entrusted us with. We pray we will be faithful with what we have been given!

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Our New Nanny...

I never thought there would ever be a day that I would ever speak the words, "I have a nanny." Well today I said those words. Part of me hates admitting that - probably my pride (that I can't do everything), but mainly I hate it because it reminds me of the reality that I am a "working" mom. I have a full-time job on top of being a full-time mom. We love being here at MWSB and to stay here... I have to work. In all honesty... I wish I could step back from ministry for a few years and focus on my kids... but that is not an option. So this year the school hired a "nanny" for me. Her name is Paige and she is wonderful and she will watch the kids while I do my one-on-ones, my office work, and attend the staff meetings. I am so thankful that I will have help this year... last year was so overwhelming and I felt stretched in a million directions.

So... all that to say the class of 2010 has arrived and the year is in session.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

7 Weeks

With school starting this weekend... I am thankful that Eden has past the 6 weeks mark and is growing so fast. She is such a delight!!! Micah and I were talking about how we can't believe how mellow she is... especially contrast to Ethan who is hyper all the time.
Another fun part is that she smiles almost all the time. She is a cutie.....
I love talking with her because she loves everything I say!
I really think that Ethan is loving her more and more every day... he still loves giving her kisses and if you notice the blue blanket on her... you should be amazed! His prized blanket... and today he decided to share with her so she wouldn't get cold.
I will store that little moment away!
And in the midst of Eden growing up there is a crazy little boy that I try to keep track of. Some days it is overwhelming, but I try to make little moments of my day just to spend with him... yesterday we discovered a whole box of matchbox cars at the thrift store... score! We have been having lots of fun playing all sorts of car games!

Micah's Morning...

This morning Micah went out (early) to take some pictures...
here are my 2 fav!
Steamboat... the mountain we look at every morning...
aren't we lucky!
and a cute little fox... I love his pictures!

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Dinner Guest Pics

Here are some pictures from last night's dinner. Ethan had so much fun with his buddy Eli.
They played with play dough.
They got super muddy in the "sand/mud" box. It was so cute to hear them giggle as they splashed in the mud!
And here they are drying up from their mud/wet play. I think it was fair to say that they both slept well last night....
after a full evening of play.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Enjoying the Tastes of Summer

Ah... I am savoring these last few days of "summer freedom." I don't want to say that I am dreading the start of the school year, but I guess I kinda am! The school year is structured and each day is full from start to finish that I just relish the laid-back nature of the summer. I love having the freedom of just being a mom and not having to divide my time and energy with the students. I keep reminding myself that God has brought us here for a reason and He still wants us here so I know He will be the one working in and through us!
Anyways....... tonight I fulfilled another life dream/goal and that was I made pesto from the basil in my garden!!!!! I have always wanted to just be able to go out to the garden and collect enough basil to make pesto and tonight was the night!!!! My garden has flourished this summer and I can't take any credit for it. The only thing I have done is neglect it... The pesto was the best I have ever.... EVER... ever had. I can't wait to wake up in the morning and have some on toast... it was delicious. We had some friends over for dinner and I used fresh spinach in the meatball (delicious... I might add), made a fresh lettuce salad (fantastic), and of course basil for the pesto (oh... plus a fresh loaf of warm bread). It was amazing to be able to cook with things right out of my garden! So we all definitely enjoyed the fresh taste of summer loving....

Friday, August 14, 2009

Bad Hair Day?

I am not sure I can say this is a bad hair day for Eden, because this is what her hair looks like EVERYDAY! I smooth it down after her bath and by morning it is perfectly styled in perfect mohawk form. I have to say... she is the cutest person I have ever seen with a mohawk!

Thursday, August 13, 2009

6 Weeks Old

6 weeks old and lov'in life!!!
Becoming best friends...
Just had to put this one in too... love this kid!

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Children's Museum

Today Ethan, Eden and I went on an adventure to the Children's Museum in Great Falls. We met some friends there and had a great time exploring the museum. I was impressed... it was my first time there and I am thinking I may have to get a year pass. There isn't much culture in the state of Montana so when I stumble onto something that is artsy and fun... I know I have to take full advantage of it! We had a good time... we made it on our own.... and now we are all tired, but happy and busy planning our next adventure.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Gas Breath

Our son, Ethan Cade keeps us on our toes... continually! Today was another day in his life - another day where we saw God's hand upon him! It all started during our staff meeting... Ethan was outside the office playing on the lawn with the dogs.... (famous last words... right?). I heard him start to choke and cry... I ran out to find him sitting on the 4-wheeler. He had screwed off the gas tank lid, pulled off the vent hose, turned it into a straw and then drank some gas. After he stopped crying he told me that gas was gross and made a horrible face while saying "yuck!".
Well to make a long story short... we called 911 and they told us to monitor him and watch his breathing closely. To be safe we headed into Great Falls and ran errands while keeping a close eye on him (we figured it was better to be in Great Falls close to the hospital in case his breathing happened to get worse... then to be 1.5 hours away). His breath STILL smells like gas, but he is eating like a horse and playing like a crazy boy.... so as we tucked him into bed we thanked God for keeping this little boy safe... one more day!

Sunday, August 9, 2009

I'm Back...

I am glad to announce that I am finally back. After a little postpartum, nightmare trip... I feel like I am back to being myself. I love being a wife and a mom.... and so those first few weeks of feeling like I was sinking into quicksand were horrible. I felt like my life was sucked out of my body and I felt overwhelmed and trapped. About a week ago I woke up and started dreaming about creating something.... then I started thinking about cooking and how I could improve a recipe.... then I went out and weeded my garden and enjoyed looking at my flower gardens. I laughed at Ethan while he was being goofy and felt warm all over when I snuggled up with my baby girl. Lunch tasted good and water felt refreshing. I could actually lay down and fall asleep without panic attacks and waves of fears and anxiety. My headache was gone and I felt hope.

I am thankful to be back... but even more thankful that God journeyed with me the whole way. I don't think I would have made it back if I did not have Him to continually cry out to...
Psalms 121:1-3 " I lift up my eyes to the hills - where does my help come from? My help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth. He will not let your (my) foot slip - He who watches over you (me) will not slumber."

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Family Photo Shoot

Today we went out on an adventure to Augusta. I bought Micah a flash for his camera for his birthday and it was delivered to Augusta. We decided to go get it and then to take some family photos. It was pretty wild trying to get everyone to look at the camera at the same time, but we got some really great shots. I posted more pics on Facebook from our shoot... so check them out.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

5 Weeks Old

Eden Eve is 5 weeks old today! She is holding up her head amazingly... I tell her all the time that she is such a strong girl. Last night she slept from 11:40pm-6:15am... now I am not expecting that again tonight, but the sleep was nice (I am not going to lie!). She has such a beautiful smile and one day I will capture it on film and be able to show you all. She is such a good baby and we are thankful for her!

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Sleeping Beauty

Isn't she beautiful!!!!

Monday, August 3, 2009

What Was I Thinking?

Okay... I think I am a smart person... I ranked 6th in my high school graduating class, got a little gold shield on my college diploma, and got straight A's in my masters program... so what is my problem??? I thought it would be fun to make a little sand box for Ethan on our deck. It looked like such a good idea. I figured when the sand got outside the pool we could just sweep it off the deck and things would be good. I never anticipated that all the sand could get out of the little blue pool in a matter of MINUTES. Yeah... I guess Ethan thought is would be fun to fling the sand all over the deck and make huge piles in all my flower pots... hum... harmless fun? Something to keep him busy? Well... this may not have been my brightest moment, but I think he had fun in those few minutes... and I guess there is still a little bit of sand left in the pool.