Saturday, July 31, 2010

July 30th


So it is probably going to be impossible for me to take a break from blogging... (one thing that I really love...) PLUS I just had to acknowledge Micah's birthday. I am so thankful for the gift that my husband is to me and how thankful I am that we could celebrate his life! He is an amazing man of God, patient, kind, a terrific husband and an incredible father! No one has challenged me quite like he has. He speaks the truth went I can't see clearly, is patient when I am slow to learn, and calm when I get all worked up. He is most definitely/hands down my very best friend and I am so thankful for him!
Happy Birthday, Micah!

Thursday, July 29, 2010

500th Post


I guess we are reaching dinosaur status here in the blog world... been thinking we might take a break for awhile... things have been a little "wild" around here and our summer is slowly slipping away. Hugs to all!

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Honestly, Mom!


I love the look on Ethan's face... it is as though he is saying, "HONESTLY, MOM!" We tried to start the potty training process... but I think we are going to him a little bit more time - then try again... I am just not sure we are quite (developmentally) ready (yet)....
I think it will be sooner than later!

Monday, July 19, 2010

Morning Play

I love having our mornings filled with play. We made gingerbread scones for our morning "tea" time (DE-LISH!), checked on the ripening strawberries (they are com'in along), swung on our swings, laid in the grass and "watched the clouds" (that is what Ethan told me he was doing), weeded our gardens, harvested a basket full of parsley and laid it out to dry (using the extra leaves as paint brushes to paint the deck), and played in the water. When the sun is out - we are out... and it was a busy morning of play... can we do it again... tomorrow???

Sunday, July 18, 2010

A New Challenge

I have another wedding cake in the works. This time it requires painting on fondant (what a wonderful idea)! It was quite fun, but I have a lot of practice to do before the 7th of August - mainly in the area of trying to stack 3 cakes on top of each other without them looking like the leaning tower of Pisa... oh and making fondant that doesn't CRACK or wrinkle.... oh and making frosting that won't melt down the side of the cake in the heat. I had a lot of "help" yesterday... so I am thinking I might have to have fly this project solo...
anyone up for babysitting on the 6th of August?

Friday, July 16, 2010

I'm One of "Those" Moms

I am a thinker... I think a lot... I am a lone a lot... so I REALLY think a lot.
Kids have been a main topic around our home lately and so it has caused me to thinking a lot about parenting. I spend pretty much every hour of the day focused on mothering - and from time to time I evaluate what I am doing, how I am doing it and
WHY I am doing what I am doing...
I love my kids sooo much and I LOVE watching them explore, discover and grow. I am structured, schedule oriented, and very routine... yet nothing has taught me to relax, enjoy the small things, and be more flexible like my kids have! I love making big messes with them. I have an enormous amount of patience when Ethan or Eden are learning something new. I am a firm believer in letting my kids do their OWN art projects (I don't redo what they have done to make it look nicer) and nothing brings me more joy then playing with them or watching them play and make up their own games.
In the midst of flexibility - there is also a side I don't compromise. I rarely (and I mean rarely... like only a few times) let my kids miss their naps. They go to bed the same time every night. As a family we pick one or two "extra" things to do a month and that is what we do... I don't go to every circus that comes into town, every reading time at the library, nor have we been to every fun thing known to kids in our area. I want to teach my kids the value of enjoying special things and being creative with the ordinary.
I could go on and on... I am very intentional about what I do as a Mom and I pray that God will give me wisdom to know when to be flexible, when to be firmer, when to be more patient... etc. I want to parent in humility and continually seek instruction, suggestions and correction.

I guess I am one of those Moms who loves her kids, tries the best she knows how, and at the end of the day thanks God for the precious moments she witnessed throughout the day.
I love being one of "those" Moms.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Grilled Pizza

Last night we had some of the staff up and made grilled pizza... amazing! If you haven't tried it - you should... Wow! I mean I am a pizza fan anyway and this is a PERFECT summer treat. The recipe I used was out of Martha Stewart's magazine (Food Everyday.. a wonderful little treat in itself). The recipe makes four pizzas and is cooked in a way that everyone can custom make their own. I love how it truly felt like a summer evening.
Grilled Pizza recipe:
1. 1 cup warm water + 2 1/2 teaspoon yeast - let sit for 5 minutes until foamy.
2. Then whisk in 2 teaspoons olive oil and 1 teaspoon salt (I added 1 teaspoon of minced garlic and 1 teaspoon of Italian seasoning and I should have added a little bit of pepper)
3. Work in 2 1/4 cups flour and transfer to an oiled bowl.
4. Let rise for 45 minutes then punch down and let rise for another 30 minutes....
5. divide into 4 portions, roll out to about a 10 inch circle (rectangle) and brush one side with olive oil.
6. Set the oiled side on the grill and let cook until bubbly and "chard" (took about 4-5 minutes for us) then turn over put on a cooler part of the grill cover with toppings, put the lid down and let cook until it looks amazing.... enjoy!

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

A Prayer of an Unusual and Desperate House Wife


Lord, give me grace as I face this new day....
Give me grace as I glance around my house and wonder if a tornado ran right through the middle of it because it was CLEAN when I went to bed last night. Give me grace as I look on my sanded coffee table that needs a new coat of beautiful, satin red paint (but the wind has been blowing so hard - I just haven't been able to do it) AND all the other million home projects that I would like to do before school starts.
Give me grace as the kitchen sink is full of dirty dishes and it is mid morning and the highchair trays haven't even been cleaned or touched since the kids exploded up out of them this morning. Give grace to the rotting food in the fridge that needs to be cleaned out... and the shelves cleaned and organized.
Give me grace as I (again) push aside the bags of craft items on my kitchen counter. The bags that I need to sort through, organize and get ready for the kid's camp craft time BEFORE next week. Give me grace as I haven't even started the next school newsletter and it is suppose to be in the mail.... and lets not even mention the incomplete drama skit I am writing, or the Bible study I haven't got to or the devotions that are just fragments and ideas in my head.
Give me grace as I continually WALK PAST the huge pile of CLEAN laundry that got dumped at the top of the stairs... and the HUGE pile of DIRTY laundry that is chill'in by the washing machine.
Give me grace as I spend my morning with my precious kids. Remind me of what is important and that what doesn't get done this morning will get done sometime in the (near) future (maybe). Give me grace as I train, discipline, and teach them about You! May you fill in the huge gapping holes that my impatience, selfishness, and weakness leave in their instruction.

Please forgive me for choosing to linger in my warm bed this morning and not running... and for having that extra (very creamy) cup of coffee this morning for breakfast... may you have grace on my thighs and hips ;o)
And THANKS for the grace you gave me (or the wisdom) to turn the car around when we were 1/2 way to Augusta today for VBS... and realize that it was going to be just too much for our day... hence giving me time for this unusual and long prayer.

Thank you that You have a sense of humor and that I can too!
Amen!

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Tension

6 years (almost to the day) ago Micah and I traveled up this road to interview for a job at MWSB. We are starting our 7th class this fall. WE LOVE WHAT WE DO. But it has been hard, super hard. I have wrestled about sharing this, but I desire for you to know what is happening in our hearts so bear with me. We have been asked whether or not we should still be here... if this place is BEST for us now that we have kids. Someone else made the comment that maybe God is moving us from here because the job at MWSB is for couples without kids and we served our time and now it is time for another couple without kids to take our place... that is hard to swallow. Why can't kids work in this place...? We feel tension as we wrestle with the conversations we have had in the past few months... could you please pray for us? That God would give us wisdom, strength, patience, and contentment?

Friday, July 9, 2010

The Weller Visit

What a BUSY WEEK! We had a BLAST with the Weller Family. Every moment was packed with activity and life. We are so thankful they made the 1000+ mile trip to our home!!!
Here are some of the highlights from the week...
A picnic on the lawn, blowing up a wasp nest with a black cat, and playing on our new play ground!
A hike to the pack bridge. I think every flower and mushroom along the trail was picked, but we had beautiful bouquets on our table all week long.
Cake and cupcake decorating for Amianna and Eden's birthday.
On the cold days: climbing in the gym, hot chocolate, games and hanging out.
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On the warm days: A magic show in Augusta.
A picnic at Willow Creek Reservoir.
We had a picnic lunch, rafted, swam, and even found a snake (YUCK!).
Ice Cream at Mel's (for Mel).
And tubbing. It was a CRAZY trip down the Dearborn River (even almost 4month old Lisa went with). I thought I had killed Ethan and Amianna. Ethan isn't sure he wants to go again... ever.

So as you can see it was a great visit.
Hope they come back soon!

Thursday, July 8, 2010

My Brother's Family

My Brother's family is visiting this week... it has been a blast. I have many adventures to write about, but the fun is still going on... so it will have to wait for later! Micah took some family pictures for them last night - here are the ones I took.
They have a beautiful family!

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

1st Birthday Celebration

We celebrated Eden's 1st birthday yesterday and it was a blast. Crazy to think our little girl is already 1! She opened her presents and then tried her cake.
She had a joint party with her cousin Amianna who turned 8.
It was fun to have family around to celebrate with!

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Happy 4th of July!!

Independence, freedom... how blessed are we to be able to celebrate this in our nation. I often wonder how much longer we will live in freedom - to be able to live in a country that was established by those who have gone before us... those who suffered and died to give us this life... How thankful I am for them.

My brother, Nathan and his beautiful family celebrated this day with us! After church this morning we grilled hamburgers, made fruit kabobs, and played games. Then we had a little picnic on the lawn for dinner - roasted marshmallows, and lit off fire crackers and sparklers.

***The only complaint I had for the day is that it feels like our chilly, winter weather is creeping back on us.... just about the time I was thoroughly loving SUMMER! (please come back warm weather!!!)

Friday, July 2, 2010

Happy Birthday, Eden!

Can't believe our baby girl is 1 year old... today! It is crazy think back over the year and how each day has affected and impacted our lives forever! This little one is a treasure and we are filled with love and thanks for the gift that she is. Today Ethan, Eden and I celebrated the day by going to Great Falls to get groceries - it was a perfect simple day. Our friend Paige met us and helped us along the way and I can't even believe how much I am going to miss her when she moves away... I already do and she lives in Great Falls. We were going to play at the park, but it was freezing so we opted for the McDonalds play place. We got a milk shake on the way out of town to celebrate, but by the time I got it Eden was sound asleep so Ethan drank it for her (what a nice big brother!!!). Uncle Eli came over for dinner and we had a mini celebration (her party will be on Monday - her daddy is away photographing a wedding). I didn't let her get too far into her cupcake because I didn't want Micah to miss out!
It was a beautiful day to celebrate our special little girl!
Happy Birthday, Sweet Pea! We love you so much!

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Our Picnic Dinner

Last summer we were constantly packing up and going on picnic dinners... but now that we have a new deck we seem to spend a lot of dinners eating out on it - instead of down by the river. I miss our river, so tonight we packed our dinner and went out to find a sand part of its bank. I love how the water, rocks and animals keep the kids enthralled and they come home tired and ready for bed. Micah was away taking wedding pictures and this was a perfect distraction... I think I am going to be more intentional about dinner picnics! It was a fabulous evening!

Caught!

It is hard to catch a good picture of this little dude. He is constantly in motion and so most of his pictures are blurry. After lunch I found him outside playing with his trains and trucks. I am refinishing their play table and so he had taken his toys outside to the table so that he could do his "normal after lunch/play with trucks thing". Made me smile. I am hoping to get this table done sometime in the next couple days... we will see if that happens. Lately when I look at pictures of Ethan I get choked up because he is becoming such a big boy and it feels like it has been overnight. He loves being told "stories". He asks us to tell him stories ALL DAY long! - it doesn't matter what about... and if he doesn't like our story he adds to it or changes it up. He talks very dramatically and he amazes us with his imagination. It is off the charts!
What a cool little dude we have.