Saturday, October 31, 2009

A Gift for Ethan

Yesterday Micah went to town and he called me all excited about this car table he found and wanted to get for Ethan. We both were thrilled last night as we got it out of the box and set it up. There is nothing compared to giving gifts to Ethan - especially when we know he will LOVE IT! When he woke up this morning we gave him the table and he went NUTS! He has not stopped playing with it or talking about it since he first laid eyes on it. It is amazing how much a little car table and a son's joy can teach one about God's love for His children.... how He must delight in giving us good gifts... not because He HAS to, but because He enjoys it.

"If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask Him." (Matt 7:11)

Friday, October 30, 2009

My Princess

In the peacefulness of the afternoon - Eden and I had a photo shoot. I am inspired by a friend of mine who does this with her daughters on a regular basis... I love her pictures. I figure the more I play around with the camera - the more I learn - the better I will get. I have such a beautiful little girl... we are becoming such good friends.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Ethan and Eden

deep in thought...
happy and content...

17 Weeks

It is hard to believe another week has past! Although it has felt super long.. life has been a whirlwind of restless nights and napless days in the life of this little 17 weeker. I have been going crazy and mainly because I stress the "small stuff"... as Micah would say. It is true - nothing... and I mean NOTHING brings out my insecurity as little babies do. I remember all the helpless feelings I felt with Ethan as he was colic-y and cried all the time... with Eden's tears this week I have felt the same helpless, hopeless feelings. And it feels sooo silly. My kiddos are healthy and growing like weeds - I am thankful they don't have serious health issues they have to be hospitalized or medicated... and I want to continually be thankful for that... I was doing my Bible study this morning and it was talking about choosing to set your mind on truth instead of being moved by your moods. That was pretty convicting - I definitely let my moods move me most of the time... so when I am tired and worn thin - that is not a good thing. So although it has been a hard week - it really isn't that bad! A highlight for the week is that Eden is rolling over - going from her tummy to her back (opposite of how Ethan first rolled over... he went from his back to his tummy... go figure!).

Colossians 3:2 "Set your mind on things above, not on earthly things."

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Perspective... or a little Sleep - Please!

This morning I was pondering the beauty of perspective! I feel like I am lost in the fog right now... and feel like I shouldn't be. The last week of sleepless, restless night and feeding every 2 hours during the day are taking a toll on my mind and my body. I take moments throughout the day to close my eyes and pretend I am peacefully sleeping (hum... doesn't help much - it just reminds me how tired I am). This morning I was imagining what it would be like to sleep-in in the morning or to merely have ONE day off.... I wrote in my journal, "I can't remember if this is how life has always been or I am just in a different season..." As I type I am being used as a road for a little snow plow... and in the back ground I can hear Eden crying as she "attempts" to fall asleep... lately she has decided that she does not need to nap during the day or sleep through the nights - I think she feels like she is missing out on something! I wouldn't trade my life - I love it, I am just tired.

I have a dear friend visiting this week and her company has been a beautiful thing.... hearing about her battle with leukemia this past year has reminded me of how thankful I am for my simple life and health.

Tonight we have a staff dinner at our house. I am making pizza - so that will be my afternoon. Bible study tomorrow... it is still snowing/raining and cold... I guess my reason for typing is to just do that - type. Life is routine right now - we are breathing and so for that I am thankful... tired and worn thin, but alive.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

16 Weeks

It is the 16th week... I remember reading that you can introduce food to a 16-24 mo old baby. Huh... is she really old enough to start solid foods? Crazy! This week we have been on sickness prevention alert. Our hands are raw from so many washings, but so far no flu - just some sinus headaches and a runny nose. Eden is becoming a lot more alert and active. She just smiles and giggles... even if she is crying! The other day she was crying and I smiled at her and she stopped crying and gave me a big smile then started crying again. It was really precious!

Monday, October 19, 2009

Swine Flu

I have been reading about how the swine flu is affecting the nation... last week swine flu had reached Augusta and this week it has traveled up the canyon and is now on campus. Great... just great! I keep reminding myself that God has not given us a spirit of fear and that ultimately He is in control (He is bigger than swine flu!!!) I am praying protection over us and our little kiddos. Could you please pray with us that this disease will pass over our home?

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Oh... to be a model!

This Christmas Micah is going to be the photographer at a wedding (some former students). He is pretty excited.. and so are we. We get to be his models as he practices - I love it when he is done and downloads the pictures on my computer.... he takes such great pictures I just love the ones he gets of the kids! And I totally cherish the ones with the kids and I.... totally framable!

Friday, October 16, 2009

National Boss Day

Did you know it is national boss day? I didn't until I looked at my calendar and that is what it said..... so today I made a banana creme pie - (it is our bosses favorite) and Ethan made a card. I am thankful for the leaders that God appoints in our lives... each one has been hand picked!
So to all you bosses out there... Happy National Boss Day!

Thursday, October 15, 2009

15 Weeks

There have been definite developmental changes this week in the life of Eden. She just looks bigger to us and she is trying to sit up on her own. She had a few rough days - so I knew she was growing.. but thankfully she is back to her normal easy self.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Taste of Fall

Since the weather decided to totally skip fall this year - we have been diligently trying to keep the season alive. We have burned through two fall candles and have been baking like crazy. Fresh bread, soups, and pumpkin everything has been on our menu! I wanted to share a pumpkin cookie recipe that we are just loving (I have savored only a few bites... thanks to our beautiful princess' delicate tummy, but my boys LOVE UM!!!) Happy Fall!!!

Iced Pumpkin Cookies
2 1/2 cup flour
1 teaspoon baking powder and baking soda
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg, cloves and salt
1/2 cup butter
1 1/2 cup white sugar
1 cup cooked pumpkin
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla

icing (optional)
2 cups powder sugar
3 tablespoons milk
1 tablespoon melted butter
1 teaspoon vanilla

1. combine all dry ingredients
2. cream butter and sugar, add egg, pumpkin, and vanilla
3. mix together and scope tablespoons onto a cookie sheet
4. Oven 350... bake for 10-15 minutes... frost when cool.

The Little Dude

Micah and I keep saying that we need to start writing down all the crazy things Ethan has been saying... because he is cracking us up! One of our favorite things that he says is, "Sure!!!!" Anytime we ask him something he answers with a delighted "SURE!!!" (that is if what we are asking him sounds like a good idea to him). In the morning I always ask him how he slept and he answers "real good" or "I am doing real good." When the phone rings he usually beats me to it and answers, "Hello?" and then starts talking about how good he is doing or he just keeps saying "great!" It is fun carrying on conversations with him.. most of the time it is very clear what he is saying then other times he just babbles on and on. Last night he was in his high chair and wanted something on the counter. I asked him to use his words to let us know what he wanted he responded, "I want the WORD! Can I please have the WORD?" Micah smiled at me and said "At least he is using his 'word'." There is never a dull moment with Ethan Cade!

Monday, October 12, 2009

102 Days Old...

I was going to post this on Saturday when Eden was 100 days old, but I wasn't feeling to well... so I slept. I remember at around 100 days Ethan started to sleep through the night... Eden is now starting to wake up at night... seeee they are total opposites! I can only wonder what she will be like in another 100 days...? I am pretty sure she will be just as wonderful... if not more!

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Saturday + Snow = Soup

There is one thing in Micah and I's relationship that we have never come to agreement on and that is soup. Micah thinks soup is a over-glorified drink - I think it is a hearty-delicious meal. We have both agreed to disagree. When I make a pot of soup it is his signal to make a helping of nachos. Yesterday I made the best bowl of soup I have tasted in a long time and so I wanted to write down how I did it before I forget!

4 cups water
4 tsp beef bullion
1 potato diced
about 1/4 cup onion cut up
1/2 cup cooked spinach (I guess you could use raw spinach... I just have all my garden spinach cooked and frozen)
1/2 cup cook northern white beans
1/4 cup frozen lima beans
1 cup cooked hamburger
handful or so of noodles

**bring the water and bullion to a boil and add potato and onion.. cook a few minutes then add the rest of the ingredients. Boil until the noodles are soft. (I think garlic would be amazing in this... too!)

I am going to make a loaf of fresh bread and enjoy it with another bowl of this delicious - Saturday soup!

Friday, October 9, 2009

The Kids

Have I said lately how much I love being a momma? I love how these two kids teach me about God! Ethan is at a stage where he is exercising his desire for independence and so there are many battles and challenges and I have been awed by my love for him. I so long for him to obey me because he trusts that I have his good in mind! My heart and mind have been blown away by God's love and patience towards me. I know He longs for me to TRUST Him in whatever happens in my life - He has my best in mind. Isn't that wonderful?

Thursday, October 8, 2009

14 Weeks

I have developed a new slogan for our lives... "Every day is a NEW day." I know sooo original, but for me it is a good reminder that life cannot be controlled or scheduled or organized or planned in a particular way... "Every day is a NEW day." This past week I have often found myself stressed and busy... planning Bible studies, preparing for one on one times, and constantly TRYING to get to my office work crowds out the things I love the most and that is taking time to be still and enjoy all the blessing God has given me (ie my relationship with Him, my husband and kiddos). The stress makes me impatient and TIRED! No matter what NEEDS to get done or what HAS been done time still marches on - and today I am reminded that Eden is another week older.... so I think I will take some time to just sit and enjoy her today!

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Snow Penguins

It is still snowing here in my little canyon in Montana. It has been snowing on and off for 3 days. My hopes of having a second fall are plummeting into a pit of despair as the flakes falls. I am not ready for winter! Yesterday I decided to just "deal with it" and so Ethan and I went outside and played in the snow for quite a while. It was a gorgeous day - with blues skies and I was reminded again of how thankful I am for my new deck. We were able to play in the snow on our deck while Eden napped. It was great! I asked Ethan if he wanted to make a snowman and he told me he would rather make a penguin. So we made a momma penguin and a baby penguin and a pet turtle. All the snow playing wore Ethan out and so come lunch time he told me he needed to take a sleepy time. He cleaned up all his toys, asked me to change his diaper and went to sleep without a second thought!

Monday, October 5, 2009

Oh Yes... It is still Snowing!

Did you ever notice how I write about snow a lot on this blog....? Maybe that is because it feels like it is ALWAYS SNOWING! Guess I should have known that when I moved to Montana, but the first few years we were here it did not snow this much!!!! I will be terribly disappointed if I don't get a few more weeks of fall. It crushes me to miss my favorite season - the smells, the colors, and gentle slowing down from the summer life. Hum... I feel robbed right now of this simple pleasure, but I guess there is one in our house that is loving it - so I will just enjoy him - enjoying it (and by "it" I mean the horrible, cold, nasty, not welcome SNOW!).

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Spontaneous Yesterday...

On a whim I arranged two different babysitters so that Micah and I could go on a date. Ethan stayed with Joyelle at home... so he could take his normal nap. And Cassie in Augusta watched Eden while we went out to lunch at Mel's Diner. It was delightful to get away for an hour! We enjoyed our burgers in peace... well almost peace... there was an Augusta High school football game so a dozen or so of our students came in for ice cream. After lunch we went to Latigo and Lace a local gift shop... Micah is selling his photography there (I took pictures... I am just so proud).
It was nice to remember that we are a couple ;o)
THEN.... in the evening we watched a movie together and when I was getting ready for bed at 10pm I looked out the window and it was snowing! I threw on my flip-flops and ran out to my garden to get my carrots and beets. I figured they would be okay, but I didn't want to chance it. I really want to make Eden some baby food out of the carrots. I asked Micah to take a picture because it was just so RIDICULOUS that it is snowing... my feet and hands about froze! I can't believe winter is here... I am just hoping it warms up and we get a little more fall... PLEASE!!!!

Friday, October 2, 2009

Kid Thoughts

1. Ethan got to meet a real live turtle this week. He has decided that it is a scary turtle, but I didn't think it was scary - I thought it was cute. It had the coolest red patterns all over it's tummy.
2. Eden is now fitting into Ethan's old jumper/player bouncy thing. She is super cute in it. She raises one eyebrow and it looks like she is really thinking hard about her new toy!
3. Ethan loves his "nanny" - Paige. Some days I think he would rather be with her than me. I am thankful that they are such great pals. I know they have lots of good adventures together.
4. Eden's tummy is starting to feel better (Thanks, Celina for all the advice... we are following it and it is working!!!). She is eating better and overall is much happier. It makes me happy!
5. This week I read in a parenting book that you should expect about 60% obedience out of a 2 yr old and in time they will eventually learn how to obey... that helped me rest! Now I am not as worried about my crazy and some days out of control boy... he will learn - all in time!

Thank God for my kids... they bless the socks off me!

Thursday, October 1, 2009

13 Weeks

Eden is 13 weeks old. This week she found her thumb! I thought I wasn't going to have a thumb sucker, but she worked and worked at it and finally the thumb found it's way into her mouth. Oh well... I guess she is a lot more content. She is going through a growth spirt because after not eating for a couple of weeks she is eating like crazy and waking up at night again... not sure I am too thrilled about that, but we will manage! All and all - it has been another good/interesting week with Princess Eden!