Friday, June 26, 2009

I love the 25cent sale!
I love presents!
Mmmm, tasty...

Thursday, June 25, 2009

It takes a village

Here I sit at work (I know, I should be working, not blogging)... But I decided to do a "Thankful Thursday" I am thankful for so many things that I may miss some, but here I go...

1. An amazing husband. Max and I are coming up on being married two years, which is small to many of your 4/5/6/8 years! However, I enjoy him so much and I would rather be at home with him than at an amazing party with anyone else.

2. My cheeful little girl. When I had to get KayLynn up in the middle of the night (to pick up Max when he locked his key in the car) she woke up and just sat in her car seat, talking and coohing! Thankfully not the usually talking(screaming!). I love being a mother to her, both the challenges and the exciting times.

3. People like Leanne who watch my daughter when a babysitter falls through (and she is only five minutes away!).

4. My house. I know it is not amazing, but it is mine. I was actaully jealous a little while ago of someone who had a brandnew home with everything done. But after I went and bought my new rug, I remembered that I love my house. I love that we do every little thing - and thats what makes it ours, and HOME.

5. My job. Though I wish I were home with KayLynn; I am thankful that when we need it, the Lord has provided a job. There are many homes which are not blessed in this way. Especially now in this "economic crisis". So I am thankful that while we need, I can work.

6. Aunt Tam's car for two weeks. We got to be a two car family, and that was so nice and made many things easier.

7. My old, used van. Though having two cars was nice, we see eachother so much more when we have to go places together, drive eachother to work, etc. Not to mention, my van is sooo comfortable. I love it, I hope it never dies.

8. Brenda. I love getting to talk to my cousin Brenda. We understand eachother. Usually the conversation ends ubruptly when one of the other of us has heard crying, or thumps, or dinner burning, but I love talking to her anyway. She helps me keep my feet on the ground.

9. Kaeley. The easiest way to explain why I love Kaeley is that she is easy. Not to say that we don't talk about hard stuff, or sometimes disagree. However, even when that happens, I always love her. She is so real and down to earth. I never feel tired or overwhelemed when I am around her.

**Last but not least...
10. The Lord. I am so thankful to be lvoed to unconditionally by Him. I mess up, and sometimes a lot, but I always have Him to run to. When I am overwhelmed I can run to him.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Home Improvements

From this...
To this... Of course, the curtains are backordered and I only bought one pillow, but soon it will be complete!


Max is proud that his daughter knows how to eat an otterpop! Who knew that there were so many things to teach your children?

God meant it for good.

Let me start this by saying, I go to bed between 9 and 10 every night.

*Sunday Night Michael Kristin stopped by for a few minutes and did not leave until 11:00pm. We had an un-planned mini-party and really enjoyed ourselves.

*Monday Night we had a WIV meeting that ran very late and I did not get home till 10:40pm.

*Last night, Max locked his keys in the car, in Marysville. Long story short, I had to get the baby up, go get the extra key from Grandpa and drive it up to him. At first I was very frustrated. However, as I started to drive I started to pray for my family, my friends and especially my ability to mother well. In my crasy hectic life it was so nice to have that hour and a half just to pray for those I love, and some teaching struggles I have been having.

**So, though I am tired, I am oddly refreshed and excited about what the Lord will bring today, although I am wishing He brings sleep, and maybe a massage!!!

Friday, June 19, 2009

Happy First Birthday KayLynn

My dearest sweet baby girl,

It was almost a year ago today when you breathed your first breath in this world. Twelve months since the first time I held you, the first time I heard you cry, the first time your father knew what it was to be “daddy”. I don’t know if you can find two prouder parents, or two parents more in love with their child. Having you taught us what it was to be a family and what it meant to really love.

It is amazing to me that it has been a year. To me you are my little baby, the child I carried with me for nine and a half months. I am amazed at how much you have learned in these months; first to hold your head and to sit up and then to crawl and “read” your books. I remember listening as your babbling became words like “Mama” and “Dada”, and then venturing to new words like “Hi” and “Wow”.

You are so independent right now, that I sometimes long for the days when you wanted to be held, but I am looking forward to you walking and running, asking me “why” and telling me your little childish antics. I am eager to tell you of the Lord and to have you love Him more and more as you grow.

Because grow up you must.

I know that we will find joy and happiness in this journey. But I will, cherish these fleeting baby moments with you, my little munchkin. I know too well, how precious and infancy is. Since I cannot keep you little forever, I will make the deepest memories that I can, now while you are little.

And when you are grown I will look back on these cherished moments and remember what joy you brought to your father and I in your infancy.

With all my love, Momma

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Hope you enjoyed your dinner too!


OK for all of you who have somehow figured this amazing feature out - please tell me, how do you upload a video? The only way I know how is to do it through smilebox, and that is not a short task. Can you please help?

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Baby Quotes

It sometimes happens, even in the best of families, that a baby is born. This is not necessarily cause for alarm. The important thing is to keep your wits about you and borrow some money. ~Elinor Goulding Smith

Families with babies and families without babies are sorry for each other.
~Ed Howe

People who say they sleep like a baby usually don't have one. ~Leo J. Burke

Every baby needs a lap.
~Henry Robin

One of the most obvious results of having a baby around the house is to turn two good people into complete idiots who probably wouldn't have been much worse than mere imbeciles without it. ~Georges Courteline

If you were to open up a baby's head - and I am not for a moment suggesting that you should - you would find nothing but an enormous drool gland.
~Dave Barry

11 months old...tomorrow...

Our "little" munchkin is now a whopping 27 inches long, can you even believe it?

Chatty Kathy...I mean KayLynn

Our little munchkin is a very talkative little girl. Among the words that we can recognise are... "Hi" (With a very excited tone, and especially when you open the phone), "Wow" and "Wee" (always said with her hands up in the air). And yesterday when I called Max she said "Hi, Dadda".

KayLynn is also vastly amused by books. Her favorite right now is her little bible. She opens it, flips the pages and talks to it. Yes, I mean "talks to it". I know she is talking to the people in it, because she will often pick up the book and kiss the pictures too!!

My step-mom got KayLynn doll that laughs, and when you hand it to KayLynn she says, "Hi", and then grabs it and holds it to her with such love! Isn't funny how girls are hard-wired. I say hard-wired becuase she has done the same thing to trucks!

What we did tonight...

We turned this...
Into this...

We have little by little been working in our yard trying to turn it into what I like to refer to as "my secret garden", mostly because I am the only person who can see the finished product and what it will one-day be.

And, of course, while we all worked...

Friday, June 12, 2009

Here are my 8 random things:
8 things I am looking forward to:
~Sunday – the first day that Max and I have had off together in months
~Going to the spraypark
~Having two cars for two weeks
~Ali’s wedding
~Day with Max’s side of the family
~Weekends with my daughter
~Family Reunion
~KayLynn’s birthday

8 things I did yesterday:
~worked out
~went to work
~went grocery shopping
~cleaned the kitchen
~cleaned KayLynn’s room
~did two loads of laundry
~swept the entire house
~cuddled with my beautiful daughter before bed

8 things I wish I could do:
~Quit double-booking myself
~Be as organized at home as I am at work
~Have days off with my Max
~Spend more time with my KayLynn
~Be kinder to the people around me
~Stop being proud and spend time with people even when I am embarrassed
~Be more patient with KayLynn
~Learn to “do it all”

8 Shows I watch: I don’t so, how about 8 things I am thankful for…
~Max – always in everyway
~KayLynn has been sleeping through the night (11-12 hours)
~A mouse gone from the house
~Though I would like to be home, I am thankful that I have a job while we need it.
~Mothers (step-adopted-inlaws) who help out
~Leanne (babysitting for me in the next two weeks)
~A borrowed car

8 People I tag:
~And Ali – I doubt you will have time

Sunday, June 7, 2009

From House Mouse to Field Mouse

Oh the joys of owning your own home. A few weeks ago I was in the bathroom in the middle of the night and I was sure I saw a rat, or a mouse or something that was gross. However, the next morning, I wondered if it had been a dream. Nope. A week or so later I was up late on the computer in the living room, and across the floor ran a mouse! Let me first tell you how disguted I was. Although this is not surprising as all of our basement windows are broken (we are in the midst of getting bids to get new windows), it was still very un-nerving. Well, tonight I saw our little friend again, and made Max get him. And actually he was pretty cute! We baited him with cheese and Max got him in the cup that I got at the hospital when I was in labor... We took the mouse, which we (Max) named Nermal, to the nearby field and let him go. We threw the cup away because I just couldn't see ever drinking out of that again! But here is a picture of our three minute pet...

Friday, June 5, 2009

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Why is teaching so hard?

I am sitting here in my living room while my daughter cries in her room. I realized lately that she has run of the house and she needs to remember that sometimes she needs to be contained - like in her room with all her toys (what a horrible mom I am!). But it is so hard. As she cries, so do I. I hate to see her upset, but it is for her character right? I promised myself when she was a few weeks old that my comfort would never be more important than her character. So, here I sit, praying, wishing that I could go pick her up and cuddle with her, but knowing that someday she will be able to understand.