Friday, February 11, 2011

Valentine's Day Love... a Bit Early

Ethan had his preschool Valentine's Day party this week. We spent a morning making Valentine's Day cards... I love how they turned out. It was a CHORE though! Craft time with two kiddos is so much harder than when I just had Ethan. Every time I looked over at Eden she was doing something crazy... sucking on the glue bottle, trying to cut things with scissors, and/or drawing all over the table. I really am wondering if craft time will get better when they get older... because it sure is a LOT of work now!
The party was filled with more sweets than Ethan normally has in a month... and he drove right in... it was as if he was saying, "OH SUGAR... my Mom never gives me this stuff - I must gorge myself!!!" It was fun seeing all the Valentines that filled his little mailbox and to watch all his friends... all I can say is that his teacher has a lot of patience!
Eden found a little stroller and a sucker and she was entertained the whole time... she was way too busy to mess with the cake and cookies....

I think Valentine's Day is one of my favorite days... I just love being able to share love with those I love! Glad we got a little taste of what Monday will bring!

Bus Stop

Micah, Eli and I went to a play on Wednesday night. Micah's cousin, Hannah was performing in the play Bus Stop and we wanted to see her....
especially since she was performing in Great Falls!
The play was fun. Hannah was amazing. The set was cool. It was a great evening!
It is fun to be family of the star... look out NY here she comes. It was a nice evening to spend with my Man and dear friend, Eli. We laughed hard.... and came home very late...
I am still trying to catch up!

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Cravings

yummy chili - packed with all sorts of "good" carbs

Micah and I just started doing the South Beach Diet together. I am thankful he is willing to do this WITH me... I wouldn't be able to do it by myself. The South Beach Diet is great for those with PCOS... which is me. I am trying to make life-altering changes to prevent diabetes and other life-long complications. If you have never heard of this silly diet... then let me explain. The first two weeks... you can't eat any bread, rice, potatoes, corn, carrots, fruit, sugar.... and a huge long list of other things. I guess the goal is to break a carb addiction and teach you have to eat/satisfy your hunger with "good" carbs. We are only on day 3 and I tell you what... the body is craving CARBS and SUGAR! I have been cutting out carbs and sugar since November... so it hasn't been horrible, but it has been for Micah... he is a CARB lover!

We have been made to crave... (at least that is title of a book I have seen lately)... I feel cravings for more... deep heart-felt cravings, longings... We aren't home yet... are we? In moments of desperation all I want is to FILL that craving... to stuff something into the emptiness - as though anything will fill it! Food, sleep, reading more, watching a movie... never works... only leaves me feeling more empty than before. I find when I am insecure, lonely, afraid... I crave even more. Something in me - is telling me... I am not enough - I need more! Welcome to my season of life... I could call it the CRAVE FEST! My prayer has been that I would only seek what will satisfy my soul... not just curb a craving... I want deep, rich rest... in Him alone... until He takes me home.

As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, O God.
My soul thirsts for God, for the living God! (Psalm 42:1-2a)

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Like A Child

Jesus says, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.” (Mark 10:14b-15)
These verses have been in my mind lately... thinking about the faith of a child. My kids trust me to take care of them.... they may panic at times thinking that their needs are not going to be met the way they think they should... or as QUICKLY as they think... but ultimately they never worry about the BIG things - that Micah and I think about a lot... an income to provide a house, food, clothes, insurance/no insurance, taxes...etc. Ethan and Eden mainly think about their current pressing need. I NEED JUICE - NOW! I HAVE TO WATCH A MOVIE - RIGHT NOW! They don't really worry that they are getting too much sugar or not enough veggies... they don't even ponder whether or not they need a bath or if they should get a few extra minutes of sleep. They just play... and focus on the PRESENT!
I want to be a child today... I want to trust that God is worrying about all those overarching details, thoughts, feelings, and fears. I want my heart to be at rest... I want to enjoy today... to rest and trust like a child would. Lunch will be there when it is lunch time, my juice will be there when I am thirsty, and a warm blanket will be there when I lie down to rest... I just want to be a child today, tomorrow, next month.... that is what I want.

Monday, February 7, 2011

Monday Musings

It has been a quite morning. Snow is falling and has been most of the morning... quietly and gently... nothing like a blizzard! I feel pretty somber today... maybe the weather... maybe the serious talk Micah and I had last night. Those talks seem to define our existence lately and to be honest leave us both tired and somewhat depressed. Can you pray *with us* for hope, for encouragement? Someone asked us the other day how our marriage was doing... to be honest... it has never been better...
I couldn't have asked for a better friend to sort through life with... I am blessed.
The kids and I had our share of playing this morning. We played with puzzles for quite awhile, then we broke out the play dough. I was cleaning and not paying too much attention to the kiddos and then I realized that Eden had eaten about 1/2 a tub of play dough. I can't keep that girl out of the store bought stuff... so I made a new batch... (with EXTRA salt). Ethan told me it smelled "terrible" and I told him that was the point! We have some odd new colors, but the smell and salt are deterring Eden from eating it... so it is good for now!
This is my dirty-faced, one eye opened - one eye shut, in desperate need of a haircut... boy!
This is my teary-eyed girl, just out of timeout (because she threw a massive fit because she couldn't eat the play dough), messy haired princess... Hum - all things considered it has been a pleasant, quiet Monday thus far!

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Princess Messy Head!

I try to do Eden's hair (everyday)... but she will have none of it!
As soon as I finish putting her ponytail in, she rips it out.
She prefers to put the hair ties in her mouth,
on her leg,
or all around the house!
Oh well... it is good. A little secret I have is homemade de-tangler. My sister-in-law shared this recipe with me... a little spray bottle, a couple squirts of conditioner (I love Herbal Essence) and then fill the rest with water - and mix it up!!! It makes her hair so soft and it smells sooooo GOOOD! I have to admit... her messy hair is one of my favorite things!
It fits her wild, crazy personality... perfectly!

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Playing, PJ's, Puzzles, Pus!

Ethan is really into puzzles - right now!
Eden is really into playing - (aka) destroying Ethan's puzzles...
But it is okay for now because Ethan just remakes them...
I am amazed at how he can do the whole puzzle by himself!
And I, in moments of stupidity, dump hot tea on my arm... and this is what happens... pure pain.. and it looks pretty gross too! (Micah had way toooooo much fun taking pictures of my pain!)

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Dentist Fun

Today was Ethan's first trip to the Dentist. I was a bit worried because the tooth he bonked on the rock fireplace is completely gray - and I wanted to make sure it was okay - plus it was time for his first appointment (anyways). He did amazing. He wouldn't sit in the chair, but he would sit in the chair on my lap... while we waited we have fun with my camera. He was making such silly faces and we both were laughing really hard. His tooth is just fine... I guess teeth can bruise... did you know that? It was an excellent FIRST visit to the Dentist...
He may be getting big, but he will always be my little guy!

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Outside my Window...

It is still freezing cold in our part of the world... never-the-less my son insisted that he go play outside. I should have skipped my workout this morning, because getting the kids dressed for outdoor play is a workout in itself! I simply enjoyed watching them play (from my warm window!!!)... Eden never wandered too far from the door... cuz it is COLD OUT THERE! But Ethan made tracks all over the back yard with his sled - then came inside for a cup of hot chocolate and a bowl of lentils. It is a quiet winter day around our place... quite lovely indeed.