Thursday, December 31, 2009

26 Weeks Old

It is the 26 week mark! This week was full of attempts at crawling and there were lots of moments when Micah and I swore we saw her crawl. She is sitting up for little stretches at a time and trying her hardest to go from laying down to sitting (almost there). She still wasn't herself this week and we are pretty sure it is still remnants of the flu! She is definitely a more picky eater than Ethan... she doesn't care much for green beans and she HATES avocado (Ethan LOVES IT... still eats it regularly for lunch), but she LOVES butternut squash! Her smiles are definitely the bright spots in our day... every day!

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

My Day Off

Today Micah gave me the day off. I traveled to Helena and met up with Gena, one of my best friends of all times! We try to meet up in Helena several times a year (believe me - we would meet up more regularly if we could!). We always do the same things... we meet in the Walmart parking lot, go to coffee at Starbucks, then head to "our" thrift store (in which I scored a stack of new books for Ethan, a dress for Eden, a cool set of Discovery Toy stencils, and a pair of crocs for summer gardening all under 9 dollars), then we usually stroll through a few other stores (Ross, a fabric store, book store, etc), then find a place to eat lunch... then maybe do a little bit more shopping all while talking each others ears off. It is so much fun being together - I really think we understand each other and that is a good feeling! I love you, Gena!

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Christmas Surprise...

In all my "spare" time I was able to make Micah a quilt for Christmas... and the best part... he was totally surprised. He has been teasing me for years that I make quilts for everyone else... why don't I make one for him..... Well.. it is made. I was kinda hoping he wouldn't like it so I could have it... I just LOVE IT! It is a kinda random log-cabin inspired version.
I sneak snuggles with it - when he is away ;o)

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Our Christmas


I love how having Kids makes you evaluate why you do what you do. This Christmas Micah and I spent a lot of time talking about Christmas and how we want to teach Ethan about Christmas. This year it worked out perfectly because Ethan is really into celebrating birthdays. He love singing "happy birthday"... so all month long we have been talking about how we were going to celebrate Jesus' birthday. Christmas morning we decorated with streamers and balloons and made a birthday cake for Jesus... before we brought Ethan upstairs we read the Christmas story. Our Christmas was simple... (maybe because the flu was still hanging in the air). It was precious time to all be together... we are so thankful Jesus came!

Thursday, December 24, 2009

25 Weeks old


Today is my birthday and it is also Eden's 25 week mark. This week she survived her first flu bug... It was great to be able to snuggle her as she felt so rotten... poor little girl. I was thinking about how interesting it is that I had Eden at 30 and my mom had me when she was 30... almost the exact time line. I think that is pretty special... little girls are a gift!

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Christmas Baking... Finished!

I was smart this year and have been working on my Christmas baking for awhile. For some of the cookies I made the dough last week and froze the ball shapes - amazing how much time this saves... and my favorite part is that you can (technically) do all your baking in one day and so the cookies are super fresh when you give them away! My plan was to do all my baking yesterday, but my little boy decided to puke everywhere after dinner - so the Christmas baking came to a screeching halt. I was able to finish the last of it at 5 am... due to my awaken state of mind - even though my body was screaming for sleep... good thing too because Eden started puking at 6 am. Hum... the cookies have been prayed over - sure wouldn't want to say "Merry Christmas, enjoy your flu cookies." Tis the season...

***one more thought... it is amazing how much love can spring from your heart while you hold a sick child... sure thankful God has entrusted me with these two blessings!***

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Today

Today is a new day... very routine... very normal. I was awoken way before anyone on earth should be allowed to be up, breakfast as usual, book time, lego time, feeding times, lots of craziness, a little bit of laundry, dishes, normal mess clean up by the minute!, smiles, tears, a bunch of dirty diapers, lunch time, nap time... you name it. Some how in the the "normalness" I don't want to forget the looks Ethan has or the smiles Eden gives... each moment is precious and I am thankful for these little ones that teach me so much. I took some picture of the kids interacting because to me it is so special, because right now this is my TODAY.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

24 Weeks B...

Couldn't resist a photo-shoot this afternoon. Micah is photographing a wedding this weekend and has borrowed a bunch of really cool lenses... so we tried them out. Bummer - now I am trying to figure out how to get another $400-1,000 dollars to get this lens that I used... so fast and clean... I loved it! It really helps having such a beautiful subject to take pictures of.... such a little beauty.

24 Weeks...


Eden almost crawled this week... she definitely has the hands and knees rock going on. It is cute. I almost thought for a moment she was teething... red cheeks, a little grumpy, a little warmer than normal, lots of chewing, drool everywhere, but then I pinched myself and stopped that nonsense. Ethan did the same thing at this age and then didn't get his first tooth until almost 11 months... so I will believe she is teething when I see the first tooth. Her awake and sleep times are getting longer... and she is loving her food variety (prunes and rice cereal, avocado, sweet potatoes and green beans). I bought her a squash - just have to cook it up, but I know she will love it. Hum... it has been a good week.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Decorating Fun


Last night we finally decorated our Christmas tree. We had a special friend (Bethany) who was visiting us and helped out. It was so much fun... and the tree looks beautiful!
It is beginning to look A LOT like Christmas!

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Christmas Crafting

Yesterday I made a few of these ornaments for the tree and I love them! They are really simple... just made out of paper, wire and beads. The best part was that while I was making them snow was falling and the house was warm and quiet! It was really peaceful.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Weekend Visitor

We have had a little visitor in our home this weekend. His little brother was born about 4 weeks ago and his parents are exhausted..... so we asked if we could have Eli over for the weekend. It has been a blast. The kids have been playing nonstop and so there has been a whirlwind of toys, puzzles, painting, coloring, play dough, fun bath times, story times, movie times... you name a time - we have done it! This weekend makes me really wish that Ethan had a twin brother... (he and Eli are 7 days a part) he stays so busy when he has someone to play with and that is nice (hum... maybe I should pray for a big brother for Ethan... just a thought)! So all in all it has been a busy fun weekend!

Friday, December 11, 2009

Decorating/ Christmas Prep

Our tree still need to be decorated! Ethan and I have been working hard at painting ornaments... or at least he has. He has stepped into a new modern art phase! The more colors and the more wild the painting the better. I had to smile - and be thankful I was raised with boys or I would probably think something was major-ly wrong with him. I asked Micah if all boys like to do is destroy and/or seriously mess up things and Micah said, "Yep." Oh well.. I am learning a new kind of patience - I can look at the ornaments that (in the end) were just finger painted wildly and find them absolutely beautiful and precious... because they have his fingerprints all over them! It has been a blast getting ready for Jesus' birthday celebration - I think Ethan's favorite part is the Santa/chocolate countdown until Jesus' birthday. He loves opening the calendar's doors and eating the chocolate inside. If he had it his way he would have already opened all the doors a long time ago! Hopefully this weekend we will finish our decorating and I will post pictures.... I just love this time of year!

(If you look closely to the painting pictures you can see before and after pictures of Ethan's hair. His new haircut makes him look so much older... he is quite handsome with his short hair!)

Thursday, December 10, 2009

23 Weeks


Happy 23 Week, Eden-Girl! It has been fun tracking the weeks by posting Eden's age each week. It makes me really stop and think about what the last 7 days have been like. It has been COLD... temps below zero all week... so we have been bundled up at home. I have Eden's heater on high in her room and it has been chilly in there. We are hoping the weather will get just a little bit warmer! This week Eden is getting up on all fours and rocking back and forth - I wonder how long it will be until she crawls... I am not ready for that!
But it will happen soon, I am sure!

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Blue's Clues Fan


Ethan loves Blue's Clues! His favorite part is when they get mail. He walks around singing, "We just got a letter... we just got a letter." Yesterday he went on and on about Mailbox and getting mail.... so I asked him if he wanted to make a mailbox and he was thrilled. A little cardboard, duct tape and an original picture by Ethan and we now have a "mailbox". We have been writing him letters so that he can get some mail. It is a riot when he finds a letter. He hold it up and goes "Chick, chick, chick... we just got a letter..." (if you have seen Blue's Clues you will get that part). Then he opens it up and looks for the people inside (in Blue's Clues when they open the letter it always goes right to video footage of the kids who "sent" the letter). So anyways if you want to make a little boy happy... send him a postcard for his little mailbox... I have a feeling it will be around for awhile!

Monday, December 7, 2009

Future Photographer


We have totally ruined our kids. When we call their names they no longer look at us - they are too use to being blinded with a camera flash. Last night we were hanging up Christmas lights and decorating for Jesus' birth celebration. Micah had his tripod set up because he took a few pictures of the Christmas tree all lit up and we had to laugh. Ethan was standing by the tripod saying... "READY, watch for the blinking light, smile... (then he made a camera clicking sound)!" We take all our family pictures with a timer and so we are constantly asking him to look at the blinking light. So we couldn't resist... we let him take the picture.

Saturday, December 5, 2009

"We did it, Momma"

"We did it, Momma!!!" Those were the first words I heard out of my son's mouth when he got back from cutting down a Christmas tree. It was snowy and about 13 degrees when the boys got bundled up to go get a tree. I wanted to go so badly - it is one of my favorite holiday traditions, but this year I left it up to the boys! They did well. I will post pictures of our holiday decorations - when we finish decorating. (Micah is preaching tomorrow so we put all the decorating on hold until tomorrow afternoon.) I just love this time of year... I am SO thankful we get to celebrate Jesus' birth!

Thursday, December 3, 2009

22 Weeks

It is hard to believe that our baby girl is 5 months old! Last night she and I went to our first tea together. She was dressed in her white Christmas dress and she looked like a princess. As we drove to Augusta there was a full moon lighting up the land and making the fresh snow glisten in it's light. It was magical and I was just flooded with thankfulness for being able to spend time with my little girl.
I love her!

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

A Change




This morning I woke up to deafening silence! The wind has been fierce - it has beat around the house shaking it so hard I was sure it was going to fall down. It has been howling and whining and threatening to blow down all the trees around our house. Yesterday I watched the wind move our BBQ across the deck.
As I lay in bed thinking about the silence I prayed that God would bring silence into my heart. I feel like I have been wrestling with a lot of different thoughts and feelings. And like the wind it has been beating my heart and mind and leaving me feeling empty, lonely, and depressed. Like Jacob when he wrestled with the Angel, I have been hanging on begging for a blessing and choosing not to let go until something would make sense. I don't just want to be happy, I want to have a heart that rings with joy and contentment. In the midst of this season of life I want to embrace the isolation and find that I don't need deep face to face relationship or other mothers to share this journey with... all I need is Jesus. I would love to say this what I believe and live, but the storm is still raging in me and I am desperate for a change - for peace... for stillness. As I reflect on all that I have been given - I want to choose a "change" - choose silence and peace, joy and contentment. I need to let go of what I THINK I need and embrace what God has given me.

So today there will be a change.... I chose joy. I chose to be thankful for my chocolate-faced boy, my adorable daughter and my faithful husband. Let the storm cease... and let the silence begin... I have received my blessing.