Sunday, June 8, 2008

Profound Wisdom

I just finished the book I Am a Mother by Jane Clayson Johnson.  It was so good!  It reminded me how important being a mother is.  We are raising the future and raising sons and daughters of God.  Here is a story from that book, actually by C.S. Lewis from Mere Christianity that really hit me:
"Imagine yourself as a living house.   God comes in to rebuild that house.  At first, perhaps, you can understand what He is doing.  He is getting the drains right and stopping the leaks in the roof and so on: you knew that those jobs needed doing and so you are not surprised.  But presently He starts knocking the house about in a way that hurts abominably and does not seem to make sense.  What on earth is He up to?  The explanation is that he is building quite a different house than the one you thought of - throwing out a new wing here, putting on an extra floor there, running up towers, making courtyards.  You thought you were going to be made into a decent little cottage: but He is building a palace."

Jane Clayson Johnson adds to that by saying, " Maybe the next time someone asks, 'What do you do?' you can say, with a twinkle in your eye, that you're a subcontractor, currently working on a palace or two."  

This just really hit me and reminded me that I need to have a different attitude about what I do for a living.  Just thought I would share!

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Our little Pebbles

Mikayla's hair is getting longer now and since it is hot outside (one reason I am glad we are moving is to get out of the heat!), I have been putting her hair in a pony tail. The top of her head has the most hair, so the pony tail is right on top. Ryan calls her Pebbles like from The Flinstones. Mikalya is becoming more and more independent. She crawls all over the house with or without us in the room, has decided she would prefer a bottle to nursing, she eats A TON of solids, and is pulling herself up on anything from a bouncer, the windowsill and the couch, and her newest trick, standing up in her bed by holding onto the rails! She has new little tricks like sniffing like a dog when she is crawling, and with her binki in her mouth, making lots of blowing/motorboat noises.

Terrible twos

Whoever called it "terrible twos" was correct. Preston is so fun and also such a stinker right now. He understand everything and is so smart. But whether or not he chooses to use that brain of his for good is a different thing. He tests the limits every day and is becoming very familiar with the time out blanket. Today he decided to take his monster truck and drive it in the fireplace, thus coloring his hand and his truck black. After getting a scolding and getting cleaned up, when I had my back turned, he took two spoons and dipped them in his yogurt and flicked them all over himself and the table. Once again, he got into trouble and was put in time out. As if that was not enough, he took his train and drove it in the fireplace and once again got all black. After getting washed off for a third time within half an hour, he was sent to his crib for a nap without any juice (he HAS to have juice to go to sleep). Even though he is a little stink pot, it is hard to stay mad at him with that cute little face looking up at me or when I hear him talking in his sleep saying random things. Preston is learning to use the "potty". He is still not completely comfortable with it yet, but is doing so much better than we ever could have imagined! Preston is really loving the pool now. We got him some floaties that I thought were way too big, but, they hold him up so well and he has learned to kick so he just spins himself in circles in the pool and won't let us touch him! Mikayla on the other hand is not so fond of the pool. With lots of time outside and in the pool this summer, we will hopefully change that!

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Memorial Day/ One Year Older... and wiser too??

We got to spend some time with the family Memorial Day. We went to Grapevine Lake and had fun on some Jet Skis, ate yummy barbeque, watermelon, cookies, and just hung out. Here are a couple pics of Preston and his cousin enjoying the food.

Well, I am now 25. Hooray! Actually, it is not that big of a deal anymore to have a birthday. It is not as exciting as it was when you were younger. You got to have a birthday party, lots of junk food and presents and it seemed like the world stopped and time was on your side to just have fun. Now, it seems like it is just another day. Chores don't stop for you, the kids don't stop needing you that day, and dinner does still have to be made. However, thanks to the best little Italian place, Uncle Joes, I didn't have to make dinner on my birthday! My Mom brought me lunch that day also and stayed with the kids while I ran out for a bit to have some time to myself. So thank you Mom!! And, my wonderful husband surprised me and bought me roses! Thank you! All in all, my birthday was a good one.