Friday, December 14, 2007
Friday, December 7, 2007
" To be content with what we possess is the greatest and most secure of riches."
Now I must say that I don't agree that it is the "greatest," but contentment is not easily embraced in our culture. In my mind, it isn't just referring to material items, which IS in abundance here, but more importantly, the uniqueness in the way that our Heavenly Father created each of us. With our own gifts and talents, let us bring it to our tables of friendship without comparison; the joy stealer!
Monday, November 19, 2007
Talk about a day of sure fun, our family spent Saturday morning of my birthday weekend at WNC Nature Center. IT had a combination of inside reptiles and insects and outside creatures. We saw peacocks, otters, mountain lions, black panthers, coyotes, a black bear, deer, snakes, turtles, and even an added bonus, one of my college roommates: Mandy Walters!
Thursday, November 15, 2007
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
Yes, Chad encouraged me to get away and enjoy the time of learning, and so he called in the troops...his wonderful mom. Knowing that he was flying solo 2 weekends in a row, he asked her to come one of those. Of course, she was ready, willing and able. She is always wanting a reason to come and love on the boys. "Her boys" as she calls them.
The very next weekend, I had the opportunity to "Remember, Rest, and Relate" at our church's first annual women's retreat. What fun! About 70 girls of varying ages attended and we were blessed beyond measure to connect, meet, laugh, cry, and remind ourselves of who we are in Christ, how he REALLY sees us. For me that weekend, I savored quite a few quiet moments with my Maker, relished the fall foliage, and spent much time writing. When I wasn't doing that, I actually joined the skit team and got the whole crowd laughing at us most of the time. If you are REALLY interested and want to see a lovely picture of our attire, go to Karen's blog and scrolled down until you see some crazies in 70's garb.
Yes, Chad flew solo that weekend and did amazingly well, as always. I know the boys loved every moment with their daddy and I did too:-) Some of the girls on the retreat kept asking, how are the boys? I would say, "Chad and I's philosophy on weekends away - there are quite a few for Chad- is No news is good news, so I honestly don't know, all I know is that they are having fun!"
I encourage any mom and ALL moms to refresh yourself as a mother and spend some quality time away. I definately came back a better momma and ready for the winter. Hopefully all you girls can do that for yourself sometime!
There is Owen painting his handmade shark. He decided that the shark was going to be multicolored, but mostly purple. Creative I say! I assisted in the modeling, but he informed me of all the fins needed, shape of the mouth, and we made sure everything was proportional. Great job Owen, I'm proud of your diligence!
Some of you may be wondering, "What in the heck is that!" and I don't blame you. A few years ago I thought it was a faint memory from my childhood, and much more colorful now. These are FuzziBuns cloth diapers. Many of you may still be confused, but this is the route we have choosen to go with Tate. In June, after much thought with 2 in diapers, the enormous landfill we were creating with our on diaper collection and to be good stewards of our money, we took the plunge. Literally, into the toilet! Daily or should I say every few hours, I will wash out the diapers, place them in a "holding" bin unitl the end of the day, and at that point, I throw all the diapers from the day into the wash and hang them up to dry overnight.
Yes, I will not lie, it is more effort, time and energy on my part, but to know that we are conserving environmentally and financially, so I press on. Our family by no means gets the award for eco-friendly lifestyle, but to know that I can start this one change to impact my children's future home is gratifying.
So, this is our own rainbow of green in our home every night:-)
Friday, October 5, 2007
I woke up to the sounds of Owen and Griffin playing upstairs together, and then I hear from Owen, "Today is a wonderful day!" As he makes his way to my room, Tate already with me for breakfast, we started singing Happy Birthday at the top of our lungs as Griffin trailed down the stairs. If you know Griffin at all, direct attention is not something he relishes, so of course he was turning his head in a bashful way (smiling the whole time, I know he REALLY did like the attention).
In the morning, Griffin watched Fox and the Hound 2 while eating a bagel and cream cheese (tofutti). A truly luxury, compliments of Emily and Karen. He then did 2 art projects; slithery snakes and an octopus. For lunch we had quesidillas, soy pudding, and grapes, while watching CARS. Then on to TOYS R Us to redeem a birthday present. Grandparents are so good to send a little green, so we stocked up on art supplies and Diesel 10 (A Thomas Engine). A little side note, unless you want to have a puddle of glue on the floor beneath your cart, I learned not to let your now 3 year old hold the new toy: the glue bottle. It made for an interesting creation, dried glue on his hands, legs, and hair...the fun never ends! :-)
By that point, we all needed naps! Since everyone was eager to enjoy all the new supplies, we spent the afternoon painting, mixing colors, and making gooey pictures. While they dried, we played basketball, soccer, and trains. Dinner and a movie. Quiche, chips, and carrots while glued (hehe) to the tube: Open Season. We finished up the night playing more trains, reading, and giggling.
Well, there you have it.....the joys of my 3 old little guy...GRIFFIN!
Tuesday, September 25, 2007
The last few weeks Owen has been really interested in animals, what they eat and what eats them. So that started our "hunt". The first food chain we created was from his memory of "Finding Nemo." IT amazes me as to what they learn from observation of a movie 3 years ago. We got out the movie and watched parts of it again to make sure we had our facts straight. (Besides the whale eating the shark..I think we are on target) .
Friday, September 14, 2007
Monday, September 10, 2007
Saturday, September 8, 2007
Friday, September 7, 2007
We have had such a great day celebrating Tate! I got up a little earlier than normal to surprise the boys with their favorite muffins, Banana Chocolate Chip, for Tate's birthday. We all love these muffins, so it was fun to watch Tate join us in indulging. At lunch we packed a picnic and went to a neighborhood park. All the boys enjoyed the swings and Owen and Griffin tried out the climbing wall. It actually backs up to a friend's house, so we were able to get out of the hot summer for a little while. Then tonight when Daddy got home, we went out to eat and came home for a walk. It was such a restful day enjoying Tate!
Tate loves to babble, crawl like crazy, pull up, try to destroy his brother's creations, chew on anything, laugh a hearty giggle, and be our human vaccuum. He brings so much laughter and pure joy to our lives. I must say, my favorite part of the day was when the boys were all dancing to Daddy's ipod music "Bad to the Bones" and Griffin reaches down and kisses Tate on the head. Impromptu! Precious! Unforgettable! Frequently I will find Griffin doing that just to remind Tate that he loves him.
I am so thrilled to see all three of the boys showing some kind of endearment to one another. That is what our life is about. Celebrating each other, learning from each other, challenging each other, refining each other, and loving each other.
Sunday, September 2, 2007
Saturday, September 1, 2007
Friday, August 17, 2007
Thursday, August 16, 2007
- the temperature being on or around 104 and finding creative ways to enjoy that with my boys
- 104 smiles
- 104 times of putting my second child in his "big boy" bed during naps...by golly he's got it
- building 104 forts in the family room
- 104 books per day
- 104 games of hopscotch on the kitchen floor...look for the pics
- 104 puzzle "put-togethers"
- 104 minutes of outside play, which for our family, it's usually 3x that on most days
- 104 minutes of "Sprinkoline time" - if you are unaware as to what this is, it's the combo of having your sprinkler under your trampoline...super fun
- 104 minutes at "Splash Pad" - a local park that has water fun for all ages
- 104 "mommy watch this" moments while we have resurrected their playroom toys
- 104 laughs (bug-eye pics)
- 104 pieces of artwork
- 104 times of putting up the tupperware cabinet after Tate has explored
Yes, these days have been long and weary at times, but all the while, I'm so grateful and thankful to have had those moments with my boys. Motherhood at home is hard, But so rewarding! The days of their childhood are so quickly fleeting, but I am committed to treasure, relish, savor, and enjoy each of them for who they are.
Thursday, July 26, 2007
Wednesday, July 11, 2007
As we were reading we got to the picture of people on one side of a huge revein and God on the other. As we talked about the picture and what that meant for us, I asked him why those people can't get to God, and his reply " They have yucky stuff, aka sin in their heart and God doesn't. So the story went on about how there is nothing we as people can do ourselves to get to God, and that Jesus had to die for our yuck, because he was perfect like God. After talking some more, he wanted to pray....Talk about a fullness of emotion. I was in awe of how a mighty God loves each of us and draws us to HIm in different ways. But I must admit, the Father of doubt didn't miss a beat, because in my mind I thought, "at four, can he really comprehend" Yes, I believe at his ripe age he can and does.
Later that night some youth girls came over to babysit. I asked if anything interesting happened, and they said no, but something sweet did. "Owen was jumping on the trampoline pretending to be an animal and he announced to everybody that he can never die....of course they asked why...he said, "because I have Jesus in my heart and I'm going to Heaven!"
Today we were talking some more and I asked him how he was going to get to Heaven, he said, "I guess I'll walk." Well, the pictures in the book have the people walking across the cross to God. At first, Chad and I just chuckled, but as I thought about it, he's right. All we have to do is "Walk it out!" Walk out our faith relationship with everyone we come in contact with. Oh, to have the faith of a child.
Wednesday, July 4, 2007
Tonight while coming home from an evening of fun with friends, we were talking about why people were shooting off fireworks. We talked about how this was one way of celebrating all the freedoms we have in our country and we have so much to be thankful for. Well, this is Owen's list of thanks and reasons we should shoot fireworks. Freedom to:
- Go to the grocery store
- Eat ice cream (Griffin eats SO delicious)
- Go to parks
- Go to church and Bible study (CBS)
- Play in the pool
- Read any book we want
- Jump on the trampoline
- Play with sparklers
- Go out to eat
- Read the Bible
- Listen to music
- Play with friends
- Watch movies
- Play with animals
- Say prayers
- Play Frisbee golf
- Jump off a diving board
Yes, we as Americans do have quite a bit to be thankful for. Life is definitely not perfect and neither is our world, but we must still be thankful and not cynical. Especially all the people that are serving our country in arms way, and their families back home that are missing sweet time with their moms, dads, brothers, sisters, daughters, grandpas, or grandmas.
Monday, June 25, 2007
I had a stash of garbage pal kids (maybe not all girls)
smurfs was my Saturday morning fun
I dreamed of being wonderwoman
I wore "units" tube belts, skirts, and shirts
my earrings and belts were as big as my hair
I had multiple cabbage patch children with birth certificate in tow
I owned an add-a-bead(or pearl) necklace
I now laugh at the lace leggings and leg warmers
I owned a little wooden handled purse with changeable covers to match most outfits
I loved "Thriller" and had my own white glove
......can anyone add more?.......
just a few memories from purging my gargage
(oh, yes! I forgot to mention earlier, but while in NC I cut about 12 inches of hair off to donate to locks of love. Instead of my hair being down most of my back, the longest part touches my chin...it was definately a shocker to Chad)