Thursday, February 27, 2014

snow days

This winter has been much, much different than last year.  We have actually had snow!  The kids were in heaven.  And despite the freezing cold temperatures, they still demanded to go out and play.  Luckily for me, Jason was willing to take them out while my hugely pregnant self stayed warm inside!

It doesn't look like it here, but they are both wearing like four layers of clothing!  I was a little concerned about them getting cold!

Clearly, they were not affected by it!  

Lawson spent most of his time on the porch just looking and being fascinated.

Who doesn't like a nice warm fire after playing in the snow!  

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Lawson is TWO

Lawson turned two in January.  I have really been slacking in the memory keeper role for my family, and I realized today that if I don't document these moments for my family, no one will.  So here is a little info about Lawson at two years old!

Height: 35 inches, 66th percentile

Weight:  25.5 lbs, 16th percentile

We have been feeding this kid anything and everything for so long and it is finally paying off.  He is not only on the chart, but it double digits percentile wise.  We are so happy to finally see some growth in this area.

Likes:  playing/tormenting his sisters, watching Super Why, being naked, playing outside on the swing set, eating dirt, taking baths, Thomas the Train, eating vitamins, the Thingamajigs book, stacking blocks, playing on the ipad, sitting on my lap, doing puzzles, playing with his basketball, football and soccer ball

Dislikes:  drinking milk from a cup, being told no, speech therapy (haha), sharing his toys

Favorite Foods:  spaghetti, oatmeal, pb&j sandwiches, goldfish, raisins, grapes, chicken, cookies

I won't lie and say that Lawson is the easiest child on the block.  He throws fits, he doesn't talk and he does a lot of things that drive me crazy (like eating dirt and putting his hands in his diaper when he has poop!).   But, I will say that despite all the hard work, and tears (his and mine) and frustration, I feel so blessed to be his mom.  I know that God has a plan for Lawson's life and I pray every day for patience and wisdom in parenting him in order that he can grow up to be the man God intends.  I feel a tremendous responsibility with Lawson and I can honestly say that my walk with the Lord has grown more during the last two years than I thought possible.  I simply could not parent Lawson without help from Him.

I don't want to make it sound like there are no good or fun times with Lawson, because that wouldn't be true.  He is a huge cuddle bug and loves to give hugs and kisses.  He cracks me up with his dancing and the games he plays with his sisters.  He is a great little boy and I love him so incredibly much.

For his party, we had family over for cake and ice cream.  The cake was Thomas inspired and once again the hubby did a great job decorating.  The party totally wore him out!  He fell asleep playing the ipad once everyone had left.  That NEVER happens!

Happy birthday, Lawson.  Mom and Dad love you and feel so thankful to be your parents!

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Christmas train

This year we took the girls to Christmas Train.   Our church puts on this wonderful event every year and we were lucky to get tickets to go. They had a blast and so did we!  Here are a few pics.

Getting ready to see Santa in these pics!

Before the puppet show!  

Love that guy!

Belle and Aunt Buh-Buh.

The girls were not sure what to think about Santa. They were totally quiet and would not sit on his lap!

I hope that this can be a tradition for our family but tickets are pretty hard to come by!  Either way, I know we made some great memories with our girls!

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Lawson's adenoids

first, i realize it has been awhile.  second, i don't care.  i am going to attempt to get in some posts before baby numero cuatro gets here.  i am really, really, really far behind in the blogging.  i am going to blog about christmas for crying out loud!  but first, adenoids.

isabelle was the first of my children, and i think of anyone in my entire family, to have her adenoids out.  she was three and it feels like forever ago.  she had several very obvious symptoms and the changes after she had the surgery were dramatic and wonderful.  it would seem logical then, that when lawson had similar symptoms i would have connected all the dots, but nope, missed the signs pretty much totally.

during the last several months of 2013, lawson's sleeping habits were terrible.  i'm not sure if it started with a sickness or what, but somehow jason and i ended up sleeping in lawson's room, every night, sitting up and rocking him.  it was terrible.  laying him down was out of the question and if you tried, he was up again in a matter of minutes.  but hold him and he was sleeping pretty well.  he was SO congested..... and he was snoring like an old, obese, man.  jason and i were exhausted.  

then, one day at our mother's of preschoolers group, one of the childcare workers mentioned how funny it was that lawson snored so loud.  i don't know why it hit me then, but it year olds shouldn't snore. that combined with his obvious lack of interest in food made me start thinking we had a problem.  then i remembered how much he was sweating while he was sleeping (a sign you are working too hard to breathe). so off to the ent we went.  and turns out, he needed surgery.  

to say i was less than thrilled to be signing up for another surgery for lawson in less than 12 months would be an understatement.  but, hey, i was all for figuring out how to get some sleep so we scheduled the first available surgery appointment.

lawson did great.  recovery was a little tricky.  anyone who tells you that your kid will be feeling fine that same day after surgery is lying.  it takes some time and rest, and assuming your kid doesn't get pneumonia like lawson, i think after about a week, they are back to normal.  and then, guess what, lawson started sleeping through the night.  like all night.  in his crib.  not being held.  it was freaking wonderful.  

i am so glad we recognized what was going on when we did.  i can't imagine what it would have been like trying to do surgery and have a newborn around (oh wait, that's what happened when isabelle had her surgery...lawson was a newborn!)  seriously, i am glad.  it gave jason and i two months of sleep before baby weston gets here.

if your kiddo snores, has trouble eating or is a picky eater, has dry and cracked lips from being a mouth breather, sweats in their sleep, or wakes up multiple times each night, you might have an adenoid problem.  i encourage you to check with your ent. surgery was the best choice for both isabelle and lawson and i am so happy we did it!  

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Things I don't do

So I mentioned that I am reading and loving Shauna Niequist lately. I just finished Bread and Wine and am now reading Bittersweet. It is so wonderful. For reals. 

One of my favorite chapters in the book is called Things I don't do. Basically, Mrs. Niequist, when faced with trying to be a woman who could do it all decided to instead figure out what was really important and do that, rather than trying to do it all.  

I love that. Mostly because I'll never be a person who can do it all. I'd rather figure out what the important things are and do those. In the book she talks about the fact that coming up with a list of what you will do is easy.  It is figuring out what you're willing to give up that's hard.

So here is the start of what I don't do.  

I don't throw elaborate birthday parties for my kids. If you're looking for a Pinterest party, don't look here. I will have cake and ice cream and possibly an activity (hope you count playing outside as an activity).  I will decorate a little but nothing you will want to copy. I just don't have time or energy or money to plan those types of parties four times a year. 

I don't spend very much time decorating. Now, I don't think my house is a total disaster but you won't find me going overboard to make sure my house looks like anything you've ever seen on Instagram or blogs or anywhere else. My house is serving it's purpose. It is a home and we like it. I hope if you come for a visit you feel comfortable and not like you can't just relax and be yourself.   

I don't attend home parties. Sorry, ladies. I know how terrible this sounds from a Mary Kay lady, but for real, I'm not coming. Most of these parties are in the evenings during the few precious hours I have with my family all together.  For now, I'm not willing to sacrifice time at home for a home party. I will do a girls night out, a book club, or a family get together but not a high pressure sales party!

I don't spend time trying to look like a million bucks. This is something that is harder for me to come to grips with as I used to really appreciate looking my best. These days I am happy to leave the house in matching clothes that don't have snot/food/marker/milk/whatever on them. You won't see me posting any "what I wore" posts. 

Please don't misunderstand me.  I'm not saying these things are bad.  What I'm saying is that for now, these things aren't making the most important list in my life.  I am willing to not do these things to make time and energy for other things. If you want to spend your time shopping for awesome clothes, hosting elaborate parties and decorating your house to the point pottery barn is calling you for tips, go for it!!!  I'm just not able to do those things plus everything else. There are, of course, other things that I don't do I just didn't list them all! 

I encourage you to think about what you might be willing to give up (even if just for a season) in order to really, truly focus on the most important things in your life. 

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

I am a mom of a five year old. What????

Isabelle is five.

Isabelle is five.

ISABELLE IS FIVE.  I am in a bit of denial.  Isabelle is also.  She told us multiple times that she did NOT want to turn five.

I am continuing my tradition of doing an interview with her on her bday, so here goes.

Favorite food?  Pizza, crunchy chicken, chicken noodle soup from a can (NOT homemade), and pancakes.

Least favorite food?  Stroganoff

Favorite color?  Red

Favorite TV show?  Calliou

Favorite movie?  Toy Story

Best friend?  Hannah (it is really Molly!)

Favorite toy? Bear Bear

Favorite book?  If I Were a Jungle Animal (the book we happened to have out at the moment!)

Favorite Snack?  Fruit Snacks

What do you want to be when you grow up?  Teacher

What does mom do all day?  Clean

What does dad do all day?  Work

Coolest person you know?  Mom

Favorite song?  I obey right away.

From my perspective,

Her loves include "doing school," coloring or anything art related, playing with her sister, being outside, donuts on Saturday mornings, church, spending time with family, the tv show Wildkratts, black leggings, singing and dancing, listening to KXOJ (the christian music channel) at bedtime, having a backpack, sleeping without pajamas, crunchy chicken for dinner, taking showers, reading books, playing on the ipad,  helping out around the house with the dishwasher and laundry, and waving at people from the front door as they drive off.

Things she's not so crazy about include, pasta with any kind of sauce, loose pony tails, socks that bunch up at her toes, shoelaces that flop when she walks, leggings that are too short,  sharing toys with her siblings, and brushing her teeth with the thomas the train toothpaste.

Isabelle is such a great daughter.  She is loving, kind, helpful and compassionate.  She is sensitive and a rule follower and rarely gets in trouble.  She is getting better and better at sharing and recently gave almost all of her candy from our church's fall festival away to friends and family.  She is also a very thoughtful girl, always wanting to make things and buy things for other people.  I love being her mom and I am so thankful that God entrusted me to be her parent!  Happy Birthday, Isabelley Red Jelly!

Friday, November 8, 2013

What I'm Loving

A little Friday list.

Things that I am currently in love with!

1.  New PW Cookbook.

It is amazing.  And mine has a great story behind it.  A couple of weeks ago, Isabelle made me a "fall" card by picking leaves out of our yard from our tree that turns a great red color.  Then, she told Jason that she wanted to get me a present.  Jason took her to Walmart and they picked out this cookbook.  When she gave me my card and present, she said it was because she was thankful for me.  I think it might be the sweetest thing ever.

2.  Shauna Niequist books.

So far I have read Bread and Wine and have started Bittersweet.  They are so, so, so good.

3.  The weather.

I haven't had to turn on my heater or my a/c.  It is wonderful.  And when it gets a little chilly at night and I have to wear something more than a tshirt, my life is complete.  Throw in clouds and I am in Heaven!

4.  Ice Cream.

I think at some point I may qualify for worlds biggest pregnant person.  If not, a few more nights of ice cream eating should seal the deal.  Besides orange juice, it is really the only thing I've been craving.  Oh, and fried chicken.  But in my defense, I haven't given into that craving yet.

5.  Hillsong's Young and Free.

This album is one of my new favs, and I don't even own it (thank you very much, pandora).

What things are you loving right now?