Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Sunday, December 28, 2008
Friday, December 26, 2008
- Joel and I have never purchased a board game for each other as a gift. However, this year, we both bought each other a game! How funny is that?
- When asked whose birthday we celebrate at Christmas time, Eli replied 'Adam and Eve'. LOL!No, I haven't neglected to teach my son the Christmas story, I think what happened is that he kept hearing us talk about Christmas EVE, and that must have made Adam and Eve get stuck in his head. Oh my!
- I played my cello with a music ensemble at church for Christmas Eve--a cello, keyboard, viola, and a couple of alto/sopranao recorders. However, it must have been windy that night, because the electricity kept blinking and turning off our keyboard, right in the middle of the music! At one point, the keyboard turned back on, playing a nice arrangement of a drum solo!! (Yes, that was right in the middle of a song too! :)
- My brother and Dad volunteered to work Christmas morning to allow other employees with small children to have the morning off. However, they were both still able to make it to our house in time for lunch!
- My parents purchased a small bike with training wheels on it for Eli for Christmas. A few weeks ago, I was at their house with just my children (to use their computer, I think), and Cosette and Eli were going to take a nap in Grandma's room. I went back to check her room, to make sure there wasn't Christmas gifts out, and when I turned around, there sat Eli, in my mom's walk-in-closet, sitting on his new bike! I about swallowed my gum!! I said "Um, Eli, let's get off that now and go get a snack!!", hoping he'd forget he had even seen the bike. (Hey, he's only two!) He was happy to oblige, and when we returned to Grandma's room, he said, "Hey, where'd da bike go?" I had hidden it in my mother's shower---the only place I thought he wouldn't find it again. My mother said she found it quite amusing later when she found a bike in the shower!! ( And in case you're wondering, Eli was still thrilled to see his bike again on Christmas day!)
- My sister gave me a picture frame that says "Having a sister means having a life-long friend', and then put three different photos in it---one when she was newborn and I was holding her, one when we were both just small, and one that was taken just this past Thanksgiving. What a special gift!
And those are our Christmas high-lights so far....hope you all are having a blessed and joyful Christmas as you celebrate our Lord!
Monday, December 22, 2008
Saturday, December 20, 2008
For the past few days, Noah has been on a 'nursing strike'. He refuses to eat on schedule, and when he does eat, it's hardly anything at all. I discovered why today---he has two teeth popping through in the bottom of his mouth. Well, that answers that question. And most of you are probably saying "So, what's the big deal? He'll eat when he's hungry, right?" For a bottle-fed baby, yes, it would be ' no big deal'. But, we nurse exclusively, and let me tell you, this IS a big deal! You see, Noah will cry to nurse, I'll sit down and get all situated to nurse, and then he'll either not nurse at all, or nurse just long enough to bring my milk in, and then cry to be put down! So, I have two options. 1.) Ignore this, and go on with my day. However, if I do this, I will end up stuffed full of all the milk he does not want, sore, in pain, and with possible infections. Yuck. Not fun, been there before... or, 2.) Use the nursing pump to get rid of all the unwanted milk. Needless to say, I have gone with option two! But, it's not fun. For one thing, it makes me feel like a cow. For another thing, it takes that crazy little pump forever! So, Eli's crying and needs mommy....forget it, she's pumping. Cosette needs help with something, where's mommy? Oh, she's pumping.......again!
I am this close to losing my mind, folks. A mind is a very nice thing to have, I'd rather not lose mine! Pray for me! Pray that Noah suddenly regains his appetite, that his two little teeth pop through reallllllly quickly, and that we can get back on our nice little convenient nursing schedule! Christmas is coming up soon, and I'd like to be sane for it...... ;)
Thursday, December 18, 2008
Cosette and Eli have been working on memorizing part of the Christmas story out of Luke this Advent season. I tried to record Cosette saying it tonight in front of our tree. This is not her best 'performance' of it, as she was preoccupied with watching Noah on the couch, and was jumping around a bit,but, you'll still get the idea :) It blesses my heart every time I hear it!
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Noah is finally old enough for me to leave for a few hours, and Kristin and I decided it was HIGH time to have a day out together. After all, better late than never, right?
We had a fun time, too! We ate delicious food at Apple Bee's, we looked around the mall, and she even humored me while I shopped in GoodWill. (For those of you who don't know me, I'm dangerous in that store! I just can't pass up a good bargain. I walk around saying things loudly like "Look, look, this exact same shirt was just $47.00 in Bon Ton!! I'm getting it for three dollars! Ha!" NO, Kristin did not pretend to not know me :) She even graciously followed me around, and suggested that maybe I could look for a wider color variety in shirts than just brown. (Hey, style is not my gifting! :)
But, unfortunately, the fun time is at an end, and tomorrow, it's back to being 'mom'. I have a house to clean, laundry to catch up on, a baby to nurse, food to fix, etc. I'd like to catch up on my work so that I can enjoy the festivities of the week of Christmas! Joel and I are really enjoying watching our children enjoy it this year! By the way, Cosette has been working hard to memorize part of the Christmas story this Advent, and I'm hoping to post a video of that in the very near future..... stay tuned :)
Saturday, December 13, 2008
Friday, December 12, 2008
Have you ever seen anything sweeter??
Thursday, December 11, 2008
Tuesday, December 09, 2008
But then, I remind myself.
I'm making these chicken enchiladas, and when my daughter grows up, maybe she will remember back with fondness on her mom's yummy food.
I'm folding this laundry---and my husband will appreciate clean and folded clothes when he gets home.
I'm sitting here nursing this baby---and he'll be stronger and healthier because of it.
I'm stopping my work to read a book to Eli---and I'll forever remember his sweet touch as he wraps his arms around me.
Yes, this is my home, alot to take care of---but I have a wonderful husband who walks in that door every evening, and he's mine to love and spend time with.
The work is never-ending, folks, but the rewards.......they're out of this world!!!
Sunday, December 07, 2008
Saturday, December 06, 2008
- clutter picked up and toys put away--check
- dishes put away, dishwasher emptied--check
- two older children bathed--check
- diaper bag packed--check
- clothes picked out for the morning--check
- frozen casserole thawing in fridge--check
- husband working on sermon--check
- baby bathed--um, nope
Well, seven out of eight isn't bad! What in the world was that list, by the way? It was my 'getting ready for Sunday morning' list. Tomorrow morning, Joel wakes up by five, in order to have quiet time with his sermon before everybody else is up. I am up by six, to have quiet time by myself, eat breakfast, and nurse Noah before I head out the door to be at church by 7:30 a.m. Joel will stay at home and get the kids ready while I have worship team practice until 9:00. I'll have a half hour to go back home and pick up Joel and the kids before Sunday School at 9:30. I'll sit and nurse Noah again in the nursery while the kids have Sunday School. Then, I play keyboard for the worship service while Joel sits with the kids, then we flip-flop, and I sit with the kids while he preaches :)
Sooooo.....the above list is necessary, in order to keep our Sunday mornings as calm, peaceful, and worshipful as is utterly possible in the midst of all the other things. My heart totally goes out to all you pastor's wives who do this kind of thing every Sunday...Sunday after Sunday :) I have gained much more respect and appreciation for the Pastor's family since my husband started preaching....
Now, if I get my cute little baby boy bathed, my checklist will be complete....
Wednesday, December 03, 2008
I love to hear him talk. His vocabulary is progressing so nicely. However, I must admit that sometimes I still have a hard time understanding what he's saying, especially if it's a long sentence. Cosette seems to be the only person who can understand him all of the time. Picture this:
My mom and I were sitting talking at the kitchen table recently, and Eli came running over to us. He looked rather frantic, and said this whole sentence pretty quickly. Hmmm.... "Um, what did you say, Eli? Can you repeat that?" So he did. The exact same way. I had no clue. I looked to my mom. She frowned. "Say it again for Grandma, Eli" So he did. The exact same way. Oh dear. Neither of us had any idea what he was saying, and he was being pretty persistant about it. So, we called over Cosette. "Cosette, what is Eli saying?" He repeated the sentence, the exact same way, and Cosette said: "Oh, he says that Noah needs a spit rag. " We turned around, and Noah did indeed need a spit rag!! How did Cosette know what Eli was saying?? We have no idea....
Here's some funny things he's said lately (that I could actually understand!!)
- I no need nap mommy. Noah need nap!
- I have popsicle mommy? (This was his answer to "What do you want for breakfast, Eli?" :)
- I wook hansum, Mommy? ( Do I look handsome, Mommy?)
- I go to Grandma's. Just me. No Cohette. (That's how he says her name)
Oh, and a typical conversation with him will sound something like this:
Eli: What's that, Mommy?
Me: That's a picture of a kangaroo, Eli
Me: Because that's what kind of animal it is
Me: Because that's the way God made it
Me: Because he likes hopping animals
I think you get the picture :)