Thursday, July 28, 2011

Canvas hands

I borrowed this idea from a piece of artwork I saw at a local donut shop.  There was a canvas adorned with colorful children's hand and foot prints.  After I discovered just how messy the hands were, I decided that we would not do feet :)

Materials needed:
Washable paint
Baby wipes
Lots of patience

    "Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might.... "
~ Ecclesiastes 9:10

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Sleeping Beauty

Most nights it is a challenge to get Emma to wind down for bedtime.  However, once she is asleep she usually sleeps like a rock!  I am still learning how to use my new Nikon D3100 but here are some photos I took one night of our sleeping beauty....   

"Let her sleep.  For when she wakes, she will move mountains."  -Author Unknown

The many faces of Owen

At a year old Owen already has quite a personality!  I wish that I could capture them all on camera but here are just a few....







Monday, July 25, 2011

Yipee for Yogurt

Before our littlest came along I was guilty of saying things like "I can't believe those parents don't force their child to eat ____." or "If that were my child they would eat whatever I fixed".  God must have a sense of humor.  Owen is a picky eater, there is no way around it.  I often wonder how he poops and thrives.  He never eats much and there are very few foods really enjoys.  Yogurt is definitely one of those.  Although he doesn't talk much, he knows how to pull someone to the fridge and point/grunt for yogurt!  He never wants help and always makes a lovely mess.  It is best to strip him down to a diaper because it gets everywhere.  Notice it in his hair and on his tummy.  It also finds its way on the floor....

I'm not even sure if he enjoys the taste or the mess more :)

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Proverbs 31

Last night in Bible study we reviewed Proverbs 31.  It immediately reminded me of my maternal grandmother.  We call her "Memaw" :)  She has five children, thirteen grandchildren (ranging in age from 4 months to 30 years) and soon to be four great grandchildren.  My grandfather "Papa" was a Baptist preacher.  They moved around the state and finally settled in Valley Mills until he retired.  My grandparents were involved in an auto accident exactly a week before Papa was to perform our wedding.  Memaw was in the hospital for months. 

(Memaw with her two oldest grand girls - both turning 30 this year!) 

She now lives in the Lubbock area so we don't see her as often as we wish, but the kids and I were so blessed to have spent a few days with her while she was staying with my parents last week.  Owen became especially fond of her and would drag her all over by her pointer finger!  I loved listening to them interact.  She has endless patience and love to give.  Memaw is a wonderful example for me and I will continue striving to become even an ounce of who she is.  She was a homemaker and was the backbone for Papa and his many endeavors.  Family has always been of utmost importance.  Among many things, she is an amazing prayer warrior, bed maker and cook.  She has the most contagious laugh and is very uplifting in whatever she says.  Her coin phrase is "I can do all things through Christ, who strengthens me." (Philippians 4:13)

(E&O with Memaw - I am so thankful that they get to spend time getting to know her!)

Proverbs 31: 10-31

A wife of noble character who can find?
She is worth far more than rubies.
Her husband has full confidence in her
and lacks nothing of value.
She brings him good, not harm,
all the days of her life.
She selects wool and flax
and works with eager hands.
She is like the merchant ships,
bringing her food from afar.
She gets up while it is still night;
she provides food for her family
and portions for her female servants.
She considers a field and buys it;
out of her earnings she plants a vineyard.
She sets about her work vigorously;
her arms are strong for her tasks.
She sees that her trading is profitable,
and her lamp does not go out at night.
In her hand she holds the distaff
and grasps the spindle with her fingers.
She opens her arms to the poor
and extends her hands to the needy.
When it snows, she has no fear for her household;
for all of them are clothed in scarlet.
She makes coverings for her bed;
she is clothed in fine linen and purple.
Her husband is respected at the city gate,
where he takes his seat among the elders of the land.
She makes linen garments and sells them,
and supplies the merchants with sashes.
She is clothed with strength and dignity;
she can laugh at the days to come.
She speaks with wisdom,
and faithful instruction is on her tongue.
She watches over the affairs of her household
and does not eat the bread of idleness.
Her children arise and call her blessed;
her husband also, and he praises her:
“Many women do noble things,
but you surpass them all.”
Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting;
but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised.
Honor her for all that her hands have done,
and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.

Yoe mini cheer camp 2011

Emma enjoyed Yoe mini cheer camp again this year!  I wanted to share some photos from the performance today. 

The 3 & 4 year old group (sitting with another coach's kid, Jessilynn)

Dancing with another coach's kid (Ava)

It's amazing how much difference just a year makes!  This year she did lots of the dance and cheer moves!  We were so proud of her :)

Emma's favorite cheerleader, Julie (our AD's youngest daughter)

Cheesing with another coach's kiddos (sisters Vivian & Elizabeth)

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Twenty one months

Our little man has been filling our lives with JOY on earth for twenty one months now!  He weighs 26 lbs 2 oz (35th percentile) and stands 33 inches tall (40th perc).  His noggin remains in the 97th percentile.  His next well baby visit is in October but today we took him in to be checked.  He has hand, foot & mouth disease.  Basically it is a virus which must run its course.  He has numerous blisters in his mouth which, as you can imagine, are not making him very happy.  He should be good as new in just a few days!  He is still wearing size 4 diapers, size 18 month outfits and size 7 shoes.  He loves to try on anyone's shoes and walk around in them!  He still has twelve teeth but I feel sure that his incisors will soon make their debut.

Although the garden hose photo turned out pretty cute, I must admit that he totally sprayed me (& the camera) on full blast seconds after!!  Little stinker :)

He is 100% BOY....rough and tumble all the way!  He especially loves trucks, motorcycles, cars, boats and airplanes.  He is also the biggest cuddler I have ever known :)  He is still a very picky eater and consumes one Pediasure a day to ensure his nutrients.  His newest favorite snacks are pop corn (pa pa) and ice cream sandwiches (thanks Big Daddy!).  He is still very good about eating yogurt and applesauce but wants no help in doing so.  He is great with the fork and spoon but makes a sweet mess nonetheless! 

Owen is lucky to have a built in second mama! Emma takes excellent care of her little brother. She loves to "read" books and teach him new things. She is tickled silly when he says new words!

He loves the great outdoors and is never ready to come inside.  He definitely has a little temper and has recently started stomping hard with his feet spread as wide apart as possible to show his disapproval.  We are starting the tricky twos very early (just like big sis)!  He still typically naps once a day and wakes up several times at night (I think he just misses us)!

We decided to start getting him familiar with the potty. This is much different with a boy! So far this new beginning has been fairly easy because he watches Emma and has her encouragement. There is no forcing/punishment to it, just for fun (right now). Each time he sits/attempts willingly he is rewarded with Mini M&Ms! When he hears "Wanna go potty?" he says "Num num num". He might just do anything for chocolate :) Although I have heard that boys are generally harder to train, I am determined to find a way to have him trained sooner than big sister (age 3.5!)

While we try to teach our children all about life, Our children teach us what life is all about.
~Angela Schwindt

Saturday, July 16, 2011

It won't be long

It won't be long.....

before this little guy decides he is done with the crib.....

and wants to try the big boy bed!

But for now, we will rejoice that he has officially lasted longer than his big sister did in a crib ;)

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Cupcake tower

My wonderful husband has become quite a talented carpenter!  (Remember this:  The truth is that he doesn't like to sit inside.  So glad I got one more great project out of him before football season starts ;)

He knows how often I use cupcakes at parties and came up with the grand idea to create my very own cupcake stand!! In the past I had used a three tier styrofoam stand but it was a lot of work each to assemble and wasn't very sturdy. Also, cupcake stand rental can be very pricey. We made a quick trip to Home Depot for materials and then he got to work!

 Daddy's little helper :)

After assembly and several coats of white it is! I can't wait to use it :)

Monday, July 11, 2011

Squeaky clean

Here are some bath time photos of the kids, both right around 21 months (give or take a week or two).  Do you think they look alike?

Emma 9-17-08

Owen 7-11-11

Thursday, July 7, 2011

I scream, you scream, we all scream for Ice Cream!!

Most of you know that I love ice cream.  In fact, my first job (for 3+ yrs) was at Baskin Robbins!  I still often dream of owning a fanchise someday.  During my childhood my mom would make homemade ice cream every Summer.  Vanilla was tasty but Big Red was my favorite :)  Jarrod and I received a Cuisinart ice cream/yogurt/sorbet maker as a registry gift when we got married (7.5 yrs ago).  After 5 moves we finally decided to take it out of the box.  We made Big Red ice cream and it was delicious!!

We highly recommend trying this recipe out for won't be disappointed!  Our machine takes 2 cans of condensed sweetened milk (Eagle Brand or generic) and then fill with Big Red to the top!  Some older machines also require rock salt.  This mixes for about twenty minutes and then must freeze overnight for best results (otherwise you will probably have ice cream soup)!  We can't wait to try all the possibilities.....including Diet coke and Sunkist ice cream!!

Nothing beats the Texas heat quite like this treat:)

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

America Day

 We visited lots of family over the holiday weekend.  On Sunday evening we enjoyed dinner with Grandpa Ed and Grandma.  On Monday morning we stopped by to visit with Grandpa James and Dorothy.  On Monday afternoon we traveled to McGregor to spend some time with Big Daddy, Lita and other family members.  We were thrilled to hang out with cousin Anaiah on her very first 4th of July!!  She turns ONE in just a couple of weeks :)

We also loved visiting with Anaiah's parents.  My cousin Chassati and I are just 9 months apart (and she has to turn 30 first)!  We look forward to the upcoming arrival of Anaiah's little brother this Fall :)

We always love visiting with sweet Aunt Mary :)

These little swimmers had a fun time splashing around.  They were as cute as could be in their matching suits!

We viewed the fireworks show at Indian Spring park in Waco.  I am happy to report that there were no tears or hiding in the truck (this was a first for our oldest)! 

We had a fun Independence Day (or "America Day" as Emma calls it)!