Thursday, May 31, 2012

Happy Birthday, Leanna!




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Since May 30th, 2010, my daily dose of 'sweetness' comes from this little girl! Her blue eyes, her soft curls.....gets me every time! :) Joel and I love how expressive she is----she doesn't 'say' much yet as far as words are concerned, but she will have a whole conversation with you just with her facial expressions.


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Some of her favorite foods right now are ice cream and any kind of fruit. She loves, love, LOVES babies (dolls OR real), and will sit on the couch next to me loving hers and feeding it and singing to it while I nurse Reagan. She loves water, and will dump cup fulls over her head during bath time.


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She likes to play outside and have her big brother push her in the swing. She does NOT, however, like most dogs---small or big, mean or nice, they all scare her, and she immediately wants to be picked up when she sees one.


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The other day, my sister walked into the room and said "Ta Da!" Leanna immediately threw her arms in the air and said ''Ta da!" :) This is a picture of her doing "Ta Da!"

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Happy Birthday, Leanna Rose! You have added so much joy to our family!




Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Memorial Day Weekend


We spent the Memorial Day weekend with Joel's extended family at a camp about four hours from our house. Without counting exactly, I'm guessing there were about 50 or so aunts, uncles, cousins, ,etc, etc, that we got to share the weekend with. Such a fun, great way to make family memories! Here's a few (okay, several ;) pictures from our weekend.


Cosette with two cousins. They didn't stop playing the ENTIRE weekend!


Soccer Time with Dad

Joel's sister and her baby, who was born one month after Reagan. Check out that beautiful head of hair!!


We took advantage of yummy cereal that is a treat for our kids


Reagan had no end of people to love  him....


Eli in a tree ( of course!!)

Cousin Uriah in a tree......


More people loving Reagan :)



I tried to catch a picture of a lot of us right before meal time, but everybody was too spread out!



The weather was HOT, so a water battle was definitely in order!






Leanna is soaked, but don't worry, she was dumping buckets of water on HERSELF! :)




I was proud of our kids for being brave enough to join the spelling bee :)


Cosette, about to spell 'gooseberry' correctly :)


Eli's word was....I don't remember :/  He spelled several correctly before he finally missed one.


Almost done....Cosette came in second for her age group


We decorated cupcakes




We made homemade ice cream



Oh, this is just plain funny. We thought Reagan looked just like one of Cosette's baby dolls on the bed :)








I am so glad for wonderful family to spend time with!




Friday, May 25, 2012

A conversation


Eli: Mom, did you know that President Obama is a bad man?

Me: (Surprised, because we always make a point of praying with the kids for our President)
What? Where did you hear that? He's not a bad man!

Eli: Yes he is! I heard it on my radio! They said he steals children!

Me: Eli, the President does NOT steal children. I think you must have mis-understood!

Eli: Nope, that's what they said!

Joel tried to convince him later  as well that he must have heard wrong, but he was determined! We've been trying to figure out WHAT he might have heard that made him think that. What rhymes with 'steal'? Deal? Feel? Heal? Maybe the President was endorsing a program to HEAL sick children, not STEAL them, haha :) Whatever it was, we'll never know.

In the mean time, we have some re-training to do. I don't want my son walking around saying the President steals children!

Oy, the things they say! :)












Sunday, May 20, 2012

Weekends

I remember when I was younger, weekends used to be about 'rest'. You know, sleeping in on Saturdays, long walks, watermelon on the front porch, that kind of thing. But then, I grew up. And I had kids. Five of them, to be precise. And soccer happened :) Yesterday, Joel and I both woke up at 6:45 and rejoiced that we had been able to 'sleep in', hahaha!!

Then, this was the rest of my morning until about lunch time:

Cosette, ready for a corner kick

Throw in....


I know it's hard to tell, but that's her trying to get the ball from the blue team.


I was too busy nursing the baby during Eli's game to get any pictures, sorry :(

The rest of our Saturdays are generally filled lately with catching up on housework, Joel working on the attic bedroom, sometimes he has an early-morning elder's meeting, etc, etc, etc.

That's why, when Sunday rolls around, after a very full week of taking care of children and equally busy Saturdays, I'm not at all ashamed to make it my 'day of rest'. Other than church in the morning, we try not to plan anything major for the rest of the day. If we're not visiting with family, we each have our own ideas of what 'rest' means on a Sunday afternoon:

For Eli, it means hanging out in a tree :) (He did not get this desire from me---I prefer to keep my feet solidly on the ground, thankyouverymuch.)


For Cosette, she is thrilled if her friend Jewel (who is also our neighbor and pastor's daughter) can come over to play on the front porch. There is two years difference between these girls, but they don't seem to mind.


For others of us, it simply means taking a good nap :)


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Then, I often take advantage of quiet Sunday evenings to meal plan for the week, get a head-start on school preparations, etc.

I am SO grateful for a day of rest!



Thursday, May 17, 2012

Each one unique

I haven't updated here in a few days, not because I didn't want to, but because I couldn't figure out HOW to. Blogger did some updates to their home page, and my browser wouldn't support the changes, and clicking the 'make new post' button wasn't accomplishing anything. But I uploaded the new browser, so all is well now. It just took me nearly a week to figure it out/have time to do it. I am NOT a big technology person, if you can't tell. If the little button I'm supposed to push doesn't work, well, then...I'm sunk :)

But here I am, back again finally :) And what's on my mind? Well, Joel took Eli to a soccer game the other night. When they got back, Joel was talking to me about the difference in sizes of kids on the soccer team. At age six, a healthy child can weigh anything from 40-65 pounds, depending on their body makeup, how tall they are, and their build. It's amazing.

That got me to thinking about how different ALL kids are, even among the same sibling group. Take my kids for example. Cosette was talking in paragraphs (LONG paragraphs ;)  by the time she was two. Noah didn't speak more than five works until he was almost 3 1/2. However, Noah walked when he was nine months---Cosette was well past a year before she walked. And the list could go on.

And how easy it is for us as parents to start to compare. Not just among siblings, but friends, relatives, etc. "So and so's child can read already and he's only three!" "My dear sally was potty trained by 18 months." "Well, the Smith's little boy Johnny had his very first tooth at four months!" "Oh no, my friends three year old can ride without training wheels---is my child delayed?!"

And it seems to never stop. We compare and contrast as if they're apples and oranges, rather than precious gifts from God---unique, different, and each one special.

And let's face it, folks---whether your child reads at two years old or eight years old really isn't going to make a difference on their SAT score at the end of high school! No fiancee is going to gaze into your son's eyes someday and say "Honey, I am SO glad you had your first tooth at four months!"

No, let's admit it-----we compare and contrast them for OUR own benefit. It makes us as parents feel special---it makes us feel like we're doing a better job than so and so--" Can you believe her three year old isn't potty trained yet?!" We give ourselves a little pat on the shoulder and say "Well self, you're doing pretty good!" I think in the Bible this is called 'pride' ;)

Or, we might look at other children and begin to worry about our own, and whether or not they'll EVER catch up to the 'other kids'

Can I just take a minute to challenge us as parents (and I'm speaking to myself here too) to stop the sinful comparing?  When we look at our children, we should see precious little souls, open and eager to hear the Gospel message. Our intent and focus should be on raising those children for the glory of God---to become caring, God fearing, Jesus loving adults.

Besides, if every child were an Einstein, where would the Beethoven's be? If every child were an astronaut, where would the doctors be? If every child were a famous musician, where would the pastors and mothers and fathers and famous chefs and missionary and teachers be?

My daughter recently told me that when she grows up, she wants to have 'dozens and dozens of children'', haha. Noah said tonight that when HE grows up, he's going to be "a pastor and a Daddy and Eli's soccer coach"  Haha---at least he's picking good role models :)

So embrace your child's uniqueness....rejoice in other's successes and achievements.....and see your children for the precious gifts that they are.

I'm preaching to myself here, but you all are welcome to listen to ;)




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