Monday, April 26, 2010

Sharing




We have been working on sharing lately, and I got some rare pictures of the kids trying to share candy, of all things. Having them so close together has given them no choice but to share, which is nice, but we all need a little reminder to share every once in a while. Sometimes, it is sharing a toy, sometimes a sippy cup when we are out and I can only find one (I don't care though, I would rather have them sick at the same time anyway), and sometimes it is sharing someone's attention. I feel bad- I have been busy sewing lately and I know that they are craving my attention when they want to just sit in my lap while I monogram things. I am trying to share time with them, time with Brandon when he is off, and time sewing... which is why this blog has been a little bare lately. And to be honest, I just don't have anything exciting to blog about. Give me a week to a month and I will have a new neice and a new nephew to show you!
I have to admit that today I didn't feel very good, and I have been VERY impatient and snappy with the kids. I love having such a talker in Kate- she makes me smile or laugh right when I need it! Earlier, I told her that I was sorry that I had lost my temper and she said, "That's ok, but where is your temperature? Can you find it?" I laughed because she had no idea what a temper was, and she was already over the fact that I had hurt her feelings. Also, sometimes God uses that little girl to change my heart in a second. I was so frustrated getting them into bed and was waiting for her to come back to her room to get her pajamas on (after she did a naked lap through the house screaming "naked jaybird"), and right as I was about to scream at her, she ran in and hugged me and said, "I love you this much." My entire mood changed in a second, and I thought of Proverbs 15:1, "A gentle answer turns away wrath..." Her sweet words turned away my bitter frustration in a second. I am thankful for these babies that teach me more than I ever knew was possible. I promise I won't go so long before the next post!

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Happy Easter

Happy Easter! We have had a whirlwind of a day! I worked like a mad woman doing the finishing touches on the kids' Easter outfits this morning... yes, this morning! You would think I might have it ready to go, but I think I bit off more than I could chew. And, Brandon was on call today, so I was alone for church and lunch. Needless to say, Sunday school did not happen.


This was definitely my last opportunity to dress Blake in a smocked john-john. Brandon is DONE with them! There is nothing wrong with them, but I have a husband who would appreciate more "manly" clothes on his son. I worked hard on it, so I was able to squeeze it in for one last holiday. But isn't he sweet with his little white sandals?
He was mesmorized by the dandelions in the yard. We have always laughed at his squat to look at things down low. It doesn't look like it would be comfortable, but he does it every time.



My little man!



I thought this picture was funny looking, mainly because it does not look like him at all. But, his haircut made me laugh, so I posted it.













And this fireball... she behaved like a 2 year old today! She was sweet, but she wore everyone out. She wanted to be in constant motion and constantly eating candy. Then, she was definitely anti-nap today... which is never good for me when Brandon is on call. It makes for a long day! She tends to make my whole family (and anyone that meets her) laugh, so she made up for her moodiness by her funny little antics.

Gigi and her babies! The older "kids" sat outside by the pool while the babies took naps (or Kate watched cartoons on the couch), and it was HOT! But, we tried to put our feet in the pool, and it was shockingly cold. So, we just enjoyed the peace and quiet and put our feet in the pool every now and then.
Kate fell asleep on the way home from my parents' house, but that was it for her nap. So, we played outside as long as we could- but then we melted down. We just had a snuggle night, and she stayed close to me and read lots of books. I tried to put her down a little early, but she wasn't too keen on the idea. She stood at her door (remember the baby gate?) and screamed for a good 15 or 20 minutes, but then she went to sleep, so maybe she was just too tired for her own good. We are still good on the no-pacifier front, which is a blessing.
Now, for the GOOD NEWS!
It was nice to get them in bed and actually reflect on what today is really about. It is not about naptime, or how much time to myself that I get, or even having a husband present on a holiday... it is about the sacrifice that Jesus Christ made on the cross so that you and I can live at all! I am so thankful to be loved by a Savior willing to die so that my sins can be forgiven. And OH- how evident my sins are every day as a mother!