Friday, April 8, 2011

New Blog

Hello dear friends! I'm going to be blogging at my new blogspot The House Redeemed I'm not sure if I'll still be posting here anymore. I think/hope that I have my blogging niche now. Please join me at my new blog!!

Monday, March 28, 2011

Time

Why does time go by so fast? The days often seem long, but the years fly by. 

Last year almost to the day, my baby looked like this
I just want to pinch those little chubby cheeks!!! 
                                                           Here he is a few days ago
                                                   Such a big boy! And- he has hair!!

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Saturday Morning Thoughts

A few thoughts:

The news yesterday morning regarding Japan's earthquake was such a shock. I'm so sad, what a horrible disaster. I'm praying for comfort for the families and the nation of Japan.

I'm becoming more and more interested in the church's Liturgical Calendar. We've been reading John Piper's book Fifty Reasons Why Jesus Came to Die. This year, more than any other year, we are preparing in advance to celebrate Easter.

I've also been reading Radical by David Platt- I haven't finished quite yet, but I would recommend it already! For the past few days I've been thinking the whole point of my life is to make much of Christ.

Hayden has had breathing treatments the last few days. I love those Bradford Pear Trees but they mean allergies around our house.

Myles has said two new words this week: sit, thanks. Why is it so hard to believe he's closer to being a toddler than an infant?

I thought it'd be fun to do a "self portrait"- it was much harder that I thought. This was the best one.


Here are some of my favorite reads lately

Memories on Clover Lane  I love this mom's honesty- on the right of her blog you can scroll through her posts.

How Saying Yes and No Shape a Life Story I would say this post has had a huge impact on my thinking and I am so grateful that Emily wrote it.
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Tree Stump Side Table I don't know if this would ever go in my house, but how cool!

Cane Back Sofa I can't believe how awesome this turned out!

Hope everyone has a fantastic weekend!!

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

"Ham & Cheese" it's not what you think...


Two summers ago when I was gigantically pregnant with our second baby Myles, our son Hayden would crawl into our bed in the middle of the night, every night. I would be squished in the middle of our queen sized bed between my hubs and our adorable 3 1/2 year old son. I was so huge that our queen size bed, which normally fits the two of us comfortably, felt like a twin. I would get hot, and stuffy in the middle of the night and I could barely get out of bed because I was the “ham & cheese” among my two pieces of “bread.” Thats what I told Hayden anyway, he would laugh and laugh, and I would say, I have to be the bread or else you have to go back to your bed, and he would hop over me and be the “ham and cheese.” Now we have Myles so when’s he’s bigger he’ll be the cheese and Hayden can be the ham or vice-versa but one thing is for sure- I will be the “bread!!”
I think it’s so important to be silly and fun with  my boys. I want to hear them laugh and see them smile. I want them to always remember our home as a happy place, even silly sometimes. 
And just for proof of how gigantic I was: 

Saturday, March 5, 2011

New Furniture

For Christmas, my darling husband bought me new living room furniture. I tried to say it was a family present, because living room furniture all for myself seemed to extravagant. My sweet husband didn't like me changing his gift to a "family present" because he said it was really for me. Also, because I feel like it's a bit extravagant, I have waited to blog about it until now. 

We actually bought the furniture a few weeks before Christmas. It was a huge decision for me, because I knew it would be around for awhile and I wanted to absolutely love it for a very long time. Plus even though my sweet hubs said it was all up to me, I really wanted him to like it too! 

Our little boys went shopping with us, which actually was okay. I was nervous they would be wild and crazy but they did really well. The first night we spent about two hours at the store, then I told my husband we had to come home so i could think about everything, plus the store was closing. 

It was funny we talked and talked about what we should purchase, we had a few things picked out, and finally decided on a sectional and cute patterned chair. When we got back to the store, the sectional was not nearly as nice as we remembered. It was puffy and it was brown, not what we/I wanted. 

So after hours of walking around the store, dragging pillows here and there, and more walking and talking, and thinking and talking, and deciding this is what we bought: 

We love the clean lines, the colors, the comfort level of these beauties! 
Hayden says this is his favorite! 
We had to have a chair w/ an ottoman, so hubs could put his feet up :) 
This is my absolute favorite chair! I think it is so stinkin cool! 

Finally I told my husband, if I saw this in a magazine I would absolutely love it. So he bought it for me :)  We love it! It'll be around our house for a very long time!! 

And just because- a picture of my sweetie pie & I on Christmas :) 



Friday, March 4, 2011

Karate

Hayden wants to start taking Karate. We stopped in at a Karate place on Wednesday. I especially liked the place because it is conveniently located near our house. The people at the front desk offered to let Hayden take one 30 min class. I asked for a schedule and price list, they replied they would get that to me the next day.

Thursday we arrived at the Karate place on time. The facility was set up great. The space for the kiddos was huge,  mirrors were strategically placed so each parent could see their child. Chairs invitingly lined the back wall waiting for eager observers to fill them. I was pretty impressed with the whole set up of everything. Myles was in his stroller and just couldn't take his eyes off of the other kids, when they would yell, he would yell. Hayden seemed to have fun, catch on to everything, interact well with the other children, and follow instructions, everything I could ask for.

30 minuets flew by. Hayden was thirsty and tired, he wanted a uniform. The teacher invited us to come into a private room (which was more like a storage area)  and discuss the options. The teacher handed me a "magic card," which was  imaginary but she actually went through the motions of handing it to me.  If we signed up today then they would give us $125 worth of stuff for free- Hayden could walk away with a uniform. That was what the magic card was for- if we didn't sign up then I had to give it back, and if we came at a later date we'd have to buy $125 worth of stuff for him to start. That's not the best part though, the best part was that we had to sign up for a minimum of 8 months, put down a minimum of $150 and then pay a $125/month- conveniently withdrawn from our checking account each month, and I had to give an answer right away.

I told the teacher, "I'll have to speak to my husband about this." She said, "we need an answer right now in order to honor the prices, that I just gave you." I said, "I'm not going to make a decision right now, I think it would have been better if you gave me this yesterday, don't you?" "No, she replied, most people are prepared to spend this amount of money." To which I replied, "give me a break lady, no one is prepared to spend 1/2 private school tuition on two 30 min sessions of karate / week, for a five year old." Actually I didn't say that- I always come up with those quippy little lines in my head, an hour after the situation. But seriously, why do things have to be so gimmicky?

I'm not into gimmicks. At all. I've learned, if people want me to spend hundreds of dollars and I have to give them an answer right then, it's always going to be no. I'm not saying no to karate, I'm just saying no to that place. I'm confident we can find a fun, reasonable, respectable, karate place.

I've actually had this post written for the last few hours, and have been debating whether or not to post it, but alas I shall.

Friday, February 25, 2011

6 words

A few weeks ago, I found myself saying six words I never thought I’d say.
I heard Hayden run to the bathroom, then a terrible commotion. I ran into the bathroom to find, Myles standing about 5 feet away from Hayden, who was standing at the toilet. I saw a stream of something wet between my two boys. It took me a few seconds to access the situation. Myles must have burst in on Hayden, Hayden turned to see who had barged in, and you can guess the rest. Thus, the six words I never thought I would say, “DID YOU PEE ON YOUR BROTHER?” 
While I wasn’t laughing when I cleaned up Myles and the floor, I wasn’t mad either. I actually remember thinking, someday this will be funny. So many times, things happen that aren’t particularly funny at the time, but a few minuets, a few days, a few years later- they are funny. 

Today- this is funny.