Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Just Laugh

Unusual Quiet.  You know the sound. That moment when your 2 1/2 year old is quiet and you know immediately he is into something. 

I ran upstairs to put Vera down for her nap and I heard the pantry door open.  I knew when I came down the steps one minute later it was going to be messy.  (so I grabbed my camera... and then ran on down)

Parenting is tough. Disciplining is tough. All the "no" and "say thank you" and "sister needs you to share with her" is oh so necessary but there are just some days when the messes and craziness need a little laughter!! We had the best laugh when I found him with his sprinkle mustache- and a huge belly laugh when I took him to a mirror to actually see what he looked like!

I was encouraged my this week's Thrive newsletter (are you on their mailing list?!) 
"Instead of focusing on timeouts, endless diapers, dirty floors, hours of homework, force-fed dinners, lies and disobedience from your children- what can you see?  How about chances for showing them Jesus, an opportunity for fun and something out of the ordinary!  Allow yourself to step out of insanity and live a life filled with grace and joy!"
Yes, the things listed above are greatly important in training and teaching our children, but with so much daily repetition we can forget the bigger picture and why we are training in the first place.  We want to raise our children to grow to know & love the Lord and share Him with others- but if they do not see our joy that overflows from the grace of Christ then all they will see are rules and boring life.
"So I recommend having fun, because there is nothing better for
people in this world than to eat, drink & enjoy life."
Eccl. 8:15

Friday, July 4, 2014

Fourth of July

Happy Birthday America!

Quick pictures before Fireworks show in downtown Newburgh...
Vera LOVED the fireworks- smiling and wide-eyed the entire time!  John Ryman liked them but was more interested in the fire truck and the ambulance that we were sitting next to- pretty much staring at the trucks the whole time haha!

Hope you had a safe & enjoyable Fourth of July with those you love.

Monday, June 30, 2014

Vera & her birthday cake

 Vera sure loved her first birthday cake!  I didn't have eggs for the cake mix & the icing was sliding everywhere, but this girl did not care.  Once we sang and sat the cake in front of her she didn't know what to do, so her sweet & sugar-loving brother went in for a big scoop and she quickly caught on :)

 (proud brother helped Fafa blow out the candle)
 I love John Ryman's smile in the picture below... looks so innocent, but you know he is thinking about how to get the cake all to himself...

Such a fun day celebrating our little one year old! 

Friday, June 27, 2014

Happy First Birthday Vera!

Sweet Vera girl, little "fafa", you are one year old!  If it weren't for my calender I wouldn't believe June 27th has already arrived.  You are a tiny thing... still in the 10th percentile for weight and about average in height. Your hair is starting to thicken up with curls tightening by your neck.  They look their curliest when coated in shiny yogurt after lunch.  You sure love to eat, but only finger foods, which makes it interesting since your first tooth just poked through this month.  Your first word was "dada"... well at least the first noise you made consistently :)  And you said "mama" and "nana" when reunited after a week in Colorado.  I think you were just trying to tell me that you missed your Nana B. when we left her house after a week of her spoiling you! 
You clap and wave on command and say "more" by clapping when you want more food.  While you aren't as big of an entertainer as your brother you sure love to flirt with your brown eyes and your smile is contagious.  You are a little more sensitive than John Ryman and can get your feelings hurt or display instant tears if a toy is taken away.  But thankfully you are always very quick to recover and go on as if nothing happened a few seconds later.  Mornings usually start around 7:30 for you, but your mommy is not ready to get out of bed then :) so daddy is usually sweet to take you a bottle in your crib. 
You love to giggle, play and have your morning milk in bed until mommy and JR come to wake you.  There is nothing sweeter than coming into your room and seeing your head pop over the railing smiling ear to ear!  Always smiling and joyful!  Even when John Ryman wakes you prematurely from nap (pushing open your door and yelling "Mommy, Fafa is awake!") you still give me that same happy look and jump as high as you can up and down.  I'm still shocked you haven't hopped right over the side of the crib.  You may never walk normally, just decide to hop from place to place.  Vera, you are one speedy girl!  You can do laps around our house almost as fast as JR and you're only crawling!  You started to pull up on everything and even all by yourself with nothing to hold.  And on Father's Day you really started walking at ten steps in a row.  Now you can go straight distances, maybe a little fall in between or crawling around a curve, but you are becoming a cute little walker! You light up when we turn on music and love to dance or laugh at your brother dancing. 

You love to roam free around the house, moving from one thing to the next.  I'm always impressed at how fast you can empty a basket, pull down kitchen towels, and tip over a bag of blocks... all before I catch you!  Your cuddles are the sweetest.

 I love that you are still light as a feather and I can hold you all day long (if you let me) snuggling close when sleepy and laying your head on my shoulder.  You love to blow kisses or give me a hug by laying your head on my chest. You love your bed and prefer to be laid down with your paci and bunny at the first sign of fussiness but I try to sneak in some cuddles before nap and bedtime.  I'm thankful that you go with the flow, you definitely let us know what you need, but you have a sweet personality to complement your determination.  As I savor these precious moments with my baby girl, I do look forward to watching you grow into an endearing and brave young girl who doesn't mind getting a little dirty and messy, smiling all the while at the beautiful adventure God has for you.
 Happy First Birthday, Vera Michelle. You are loved.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

So far this June...

"Here little bunny.  Here your salad."- JR
 Is it just me or do you feel like you could clean out closets every week!?!?
 Love my new craiglist find (sink & faucet!) and my man for installing it!
Actually turned into Patrick's intro for his Father's Day sermon :) {here}

 slight new obsession with watercolor
(Vera's First Birthday decor!)

 "Fafa" stands on her own and has taken a couple steps!! 5 steps in a row on Father's Day!
 Found out that chalk looks cool on our painted counters!

We switched John Ryman to a big boy bed!  It is the sweetest thing to see him still cuddled up in the morning or during naps- looking so grown up:
 One morning he woke up when Patrick left for work, but Vera & I were still asleep so he fell back to sleep in our bed.  Vera woke up about thirty minutes later, so I took her downstairs for breakfast. Almost two hours later- 10 am!- JR was still asleep in our bed.  He looked so tall and big sleeping there and I realized those teenage years of late mornings aren't too far off.
My sweet mother-in-law came to visit and brought her embroidery machine! She monogrammed a couple pieces of fabric for me and they looked adorable.  I was too excited and couldn't wait to piece them together!  My dining room is now my sewing room and I can't stop making these simple little dresses for Vera- now I just need to figure out how to make a button hole...

 "Here mommy, I pick button for you. What color you like?" - JR after I heard a spill upstairs :)
 A little visit to the pool to see my brother- the lifeguard for the summer

Vera loved playing outside at Nana's house!