Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!!!
Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!!!
Tuesday, December 29, 2009
One of Lillie's biggest reactions came when she opened a pair of pajama's with feet in them. She also got a camera, which had over a hundred pictures by the end of the day. :o)
Both girls received a ton of things from Grandparents, Great-Grandparents, Aunts, and Uncles. Something that my parents did each year was take a picture of us with our gifts and it is kind of neat looking back and remembering what we got, so I have been doing the same for my girls.
Hope you had a wonderful Christmas too!
Thursday, December 24, 2009
Santa Claus and Christmas trees and presents are okay,
But Jesus is the real reason, we have a Christmas Day!
Luke 2 Message
The Birth of Jesus
1-5About that time Caesar Augustus ordered a census to be taken throughout the Empire. This was the first census when Quirinius was governor of Syria. Everyone had to travel to his own ancestral hometown to be accounted for. So Joseph went from the Galilean town of Nazareth up to Bethlehem in Judah, David's town, for the census. As a descendant of David, he had to go there. He went with Mary, his fiancée, who was pregnant.
6-7While they were there, the time came for her to give birth. She gave birth to a son, her firstborn. She wrapped him in a blanket and laid him in a manger, because there was no room in the hostel.
An Event for Everyone
8-12There were sheepherders camping in the neighborhood. They had set night watches over their sheep. Suddenly, God's angel stood among them and God's glory blazed around them. They were terrified. The angel said, "Don't be afraid. I'm here to announce a great and joyful event that is meant for everybody, worldwide: A Savior has just been born in David's town, a Savior who is Messiah and Master. This is what you're to look for: a baby wrapped in a blanket and lying in a manger."
13-14At once the angel was joined by a huge angelic choir singing God's praises: Glory to God in the heavenly heights, Peace to all men and women on earth who please him.
15-18As the angel choir withdrew into heaven, the sheepherders talked it over. "Let's get over to Bethlehem as fast as we can and see for ourselves what God has revealed to us." They left, running, and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in the manger. Seeing was believing. They told everyone they met what the angels had said about this child. All who heard the sheepherders were impressed.
19-20Mary kept all these things to herself, holding them dear, deep within herself. The sheepherders returned and let loose, glorifying and praising God for everything they had heard and seen. It turned out exactly the way they'd been told!
21When the eighth day arrived, the day of circumcision, the child was named Jesus, the name given by the angel before he was conceived.
22-24Then when the days stipulated by Moses for purification were complete, they took him up to Jerusalem to offer him to God as commanded in God's Law: "Every male who opens the womb shall be a holy offering to God," and also to sacrifice the "pair of doves or two young pigeons" prescribed in God's Law.
25-32In Jerusalem at the time, there was a man, Simeon by name, a good man, a man who lived in the prayerful expectancy of help for Israel. And the Holy Spirit was on him. The Holy Spirit had shown him that he would see the Messiah of God before he died. Led by the Spirit, he entered the Temple. As the parents of the child Jesus brought him in to carry out the rituals of the Law, Simeon took him into his arms and blessed God:
God, you can now release your servant;
release me in peace as you promised.
With my own eyes I've seen your salvation;
it's now out in the open for everyone to see:
A God-revealing light to the non-Jewish nations,
and of glory for your people Israel.
33-35Jesus' father and mother were speechless with surprise at these words. Simeon went on to bless them, and said to Mary his mother,
This child marks both the failure and
the recovery of many in Israel,
A figure misunderstood and contradicted—
the pain of a sword-thrust through you—
But the rejection will force honesty,
as God reveals who they really are.
36-38Anna the prophetess was also there, a daughter of Phanuel from the tribe of Asher. She was by now a very old woman. She had been married seven years and a widow for eighty-four. She never left the Temple area, worshiping night and day with her fastings and prayers. At the very time Simeon was praying, she showed up, broke into an anthem of praise to God, and talked about the child to all who were waiting expectantly for the freeing of Jerusalem.
39-40When they finished everything required by God in the Law, they returned to Galilee and their own town, Nazareth. There the child grew strong in body and wise in spirit. And the grace of God was on him.
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
This is for my little brother! Merry Christmas, Ryan!
Lillie is beside herself with excitement. Every time I come in the living room she is peering under the tree. She doesn't try to open anything, but just making sure I hadn't snuck any new presents under there. :) Yesterday she wrapped a couple of things for Gracie from her and when Gracie got up from nap, Lillie exclaims loudly, "How did those presents get there?" It was too cute. This is going to be such a fun year!
Monday, December 21, 2009
Sunday, December 20, 2009
I hope that your family is excited too, but let us not forget the real reason for the season - JESUS!
Thursday, December 17, 2009
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
All the shopping is finished for the girls except stocking stuff and I have Alex's presents bought and wrapped. So, I am ready for Christmas except the girls' gifts. Lillie and Gracie have been helping me wrap presents for gma and gpa and a few others we buy for. Lillie is a good little elf. Gracie, bless her heart, tries to help, but ends up getting frustrated that I won't hand over the scissors and tape. "But I am a big girl, Mommy." :)
This coming Saturday we are hosting a Christmas dinner for Alex's side of the family. This will start out our busy week of Christmas. Although it will busy, it is nice to get to see family that we don't see that often.
We saw Santa last night. It was an adventure. I will share more after we get the pictures back so you can fully enjoy the tales. :)
Have a wonderful Wednesday.
Thursday, December 10, 2009
We also were able to order a couple of Christmas presents for free!! I ordered a princess popup tent and tunnel and a Disney princess book from Amazon.com. The total of this to me was around $10 (shipping and tax). I paid the rest of it with gift cards I earned using swagbucks!!! I have only been signed up for about 7 months and hoping that by next year I can pay most of my Christmas using swagbucks. It is very easy and even better - free to sign up for and use. Just simply search the web using their search engine (powered by google), earn points, and redeem for cool prizes - such as gift cards. I think that the best deal is the five dollar amazon gift cards for 45 points. Click on the links above to start earning points!
The girls are very excited about the snow. I let them go out on Monday for a few minutes and play. It wasn't very much, but enough for them to enjoy. They also loved watching the snow Wednesday. Lillie wished that it would not stop snowing until there was enough to build a snow man. Honestly, I wouldn't mind a bunch of snow, but after this weekend. I love snow now that I don't have to get out and drive in it. :)
I hope you are having a great Christmas thus far.
Monday, December 7, 2009
:o) Yesterday I had to intervene when my girls were fighting over who was bigger: Jesus or Gracie. Of course Gracie was telling Lillie she was bigger and Lillie informed her that no one is bigger than Jesus. This went on for several minutes, as I chuckled in the other room, until both girls came to me to ask who I thought was bigger.
:o) When we got home from the store today, Lillie comes from running over as I am putting groceries away. She excitedly says, "look what they gave us, a free bag." She was holding an unused plastic bag that had been stuck on a used bag. You would of thought she found a new toy.
:o) As looking for pictures, Gracie gets mad because Lillie is wearing one of her shirts in the picture. Of course it was Lillie's shirt before Gracie's.
:o) I asked Lillie to pick up her doll toys that she had been playing with. Later I saw where there was still stuffed animals and toys out, when I asked why she didn't pick up her toys, she replied, "I did, you just said to pick up the doll toys. I did that."
Saturday, December 5, 2009
Friday, December 4, 2009
So, it is to the gym and honestly it feels pretty good. I am also more likely to go because someone is waiting for me. There is also a little bit of a competitive spirit that rises up in me and pushes me a little harder when I am working out with another person. I have already noticed an increase of energy when I get home from working out. I have been running, biking and using the elliptical demon... I mean machine. :) Since I can only work out when Alex is off, I am trying to do more stuff at home. Yesterday I did a bunch of sit-ups and push-ups and today I am going to try to run too.
I am also watching what I eat as well. I am not a dieter, so instead I am just eating smaller portions and trying to cut back my snacking. I am hoping that all this will produce some outcome in the next couple of weeks, even if small.
Thursday, December 3, 2009
Lillie has spent the past several days making presents for everyone and anyone! They usually consist of paper, string, stickers, markers, and glue. It is pretty thoughtful though because she has one for each member of our family (and some have two). She closes her door with her craft supplies, wrapping paper and works away only stopping to ask me to write down names on a sheet of paper that she can copy from. I was pretty impressed when I found a present she had wrapped for me. She had figured out how to spell mommy by sounding it out and wrote it with no help. Because she has been so sweet and thoughtful and since everyone but her has a present beneath the tree, I surprised her by wrapping a present for her. Just to see her eyes was priceless.
What makes the above so much better is that she knows Christmas isn't about presents or Santa which are nice, but about the birth of Jesus. When commercials advertise and say it is all about the _______, Lillie jumps right in and corrects them!
Well, she is pacing right know with a stack of paper robots she made and wants to wrap. When I asked her who they were for, she replied - I don't know yet, but they will be for someone. :)
Saturday, November 28, 2009
While putting lights up outside she goes, "Mom, when Jesus was born he didn't have any clothes on."
I answered, "that's right - no one is born with clothes on."
She then thinks for a couple of minutes and goes, "Oh, I think I might have known that." :)
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Then last night Lillie decided that she didn't want to wear a goodnight. She will stay dry all night on occasion, but is a fairly heavy sleeper and just doesn't wake up if she needs to go, so I am all about the goodnights. However I know that she thinks she is wearing a diaper and only babies wear diapers. I decided that if she thought she was ready then we will give it a try and didn't let her drink anything after supper. Then made sure she went potty several times up to bedtime.
Around 4am I heard little footsteps and then heard, "Mommy, I'm wet." I had already laid out extra sheets, blankets and pajamas just in case so it didn't take long for the switch-a-roo plus we had a mattress pad on the bed to protect the mattress. I just couldn't get back to sleep.
I am just wondering what suggestions my online friends have for getting past this or convincing her that goodnights are not diapers.
Saturday, November 21, 2009
Previously I posted about Gracie sleeping w/Baby Jesus. This morning she put him back and looks at me and tells me: "I put him back and tonight I sleep with his mommy. Tomorrow I sleep with his daddy and then I sleep with the angel." =) Too cute!
Friday, November 20, 2009
Fast Forward - Gracie is playing, not sleeping with baby Jesus. Mommy says, "Gracie, if you don't go to sleep, I am going to take Jesus away from you."
What kind of mom takes Jesus away? =)
PS. She did go to sleep shortly there after.
Monday, November 16, 2009
Lillie's favorite song right now is Everyone was Kung Fu Fighting. She wants my to play the 70's CD all the time. Her and Gracie will start out dancing in some kung fu manner and they will have me rolling by the end. I need to get a video of this. Alex broke out the strobe light last week and Lillie thinks that is sooo cool. She put on sparkly dress up clothes and danced the night away. Gracie liked it as well, but did not get in to it as much as Lillie. I took a video but it is hard to watch with the light going.
I have started working on Gracie's room. My goal was to have it finished by the end of the weekend, but that didn't happen. My stencil I made just didn't cut it, so I ended up tracing circles on the wall and then painting by hand. I still have two more walls. Hopeful that they will get done on Alex's next days off. I think that it looks pretty neat. I will post a picture of the finished room hopefully next week. The girls kept coming in and telling me that the polk-a-dots look good Momma. They are too sweet.
Have a good Monday.
Monday, November 9, 2009
What makes all of this even harder for me is she is growing up. Gracie is pretty much potty trained and now paci free. Since the disappearance of the paci came a new found desire - not to be rocked at bedtime. A sign that she is not a "baby" anymore. Boohoo, boohoo.
I am just whining today, but I miss my little one and our cuddle time at bedtime.
Thursday, November 5, 2009
Now for other updates - Gracie is so independent. She refuses to let me help her get dressed or even comb her hair. When we are just staying home I let her "do it her way" and boy is it cute. :) When we go to church she has begun to tell me that she can walk by herself. Her exact words are "I can walk by myself, 'member?!?" and the other day she added "I not lying!" I am a little sad because of how fast she seems to be growing up. She is now pretty much potty trained and now she doesn't have her paci. She tries so hard to keep up with Lillie too and do all that Lillie does. It is hard to believe that I just brought her home from the hospital two yrs ago.
Just this week I was watching Lillie and realizing how much and fast she has grown up. She has pretty much lost her baby look and has begun looking like a little girl. She has also started talking back. Argh! She has something to say after me almost every time and I am ready to pull my hair out. Please someone with older children tell me that this is a phase that will disappear really really soon!!!!!! :o/ She is a good big sister though. She teaches Gracie lots of different things, but most important to me is the Bible lessons she gives her. They may not always be correct, but are cute to listen to none the less.
I haven't updated on our new addition recently and thought I would let you know that it is completely finished and we are moved in and using it daily. The walls are pretty bare, but eventually we will get those filled up. My next goal is to get Gracie's room painted and finished. Hopefully we will be able to do that within the next couple of weeks. I will try and post pictures of the new room finished with furniture next time.
Have a great day.
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
Gracie and Ellie playing Barbies while dressed up as fairy princesses. =)
Saturday, October 31, 2009
"One day Joseph ran to his Dad and said my brothers don't like my new coat - we should throw them into the lions den. So he went back to his brothers and they said Joseph come here and see what we have for you. When Joseph got there they threw him in the lions den and Joseph said that wasn't nice because they lied to me. Then he prayed. Gracie, can you say pray? P P P Pray? If you can say it by yourself then I will give you a skittle!! How about manna? Can you say manna? Let me get my good skittles (She has no skittles so I don't know what she is getting). How about Miriam? Okay, so his brothers come back say we're sorry - WE ARE GOING TO LEAVE YOU IN THE LIONS DEN. Joseph jumped out and then threw them in the lions den. Is that very nice? Gracie - No. "
I could go on and on as she included a couple more different stories,but it is probably not as interesting to you as it is to me. :) It is funny how several different Bible stories come together into one big story. I also have figured out that Miss Thanasoula must give out skittles to those who participate in the story. I am very blessed!!! Thank you Jesus.
Sunday, October 25, 2009
2) during play church there is a message in tongues.
3) blessing dinner your child starts babbling or "speaking in tongues",
4) and then wants to know what they said!
This list comes from my own experience with my girls. They reenact all of what they hear and see at church. Bless my little girls!!
Friday, October 23, 2009
Gracie was so cute to watch and if she was constantly telling Lillie that if she got paint on her hands just wipe it on her paint shirt and it would be okay.
Watching Daddy clean out the pumpkin. Gracie dove right in, but Lillie decided that it was too sticky for her. :)
Daddy being silly!!
The finished Jack-O-Lantern. Each of the girls helped carve a little and Lillie actually drew a similar picture on a piece of paper for us to use as a stencil.
Thursday, October 22, 2009
Have a good day.
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
This award comes with a survey I have to fill out.
You Can Only Use One Word!
The Fun Part
1. Where is your cell phone? purse
2. Your hair? bedhead
3. Your mother? school
4. Your father? Mike's
5. Your favorite food? Tacos
6. Your dream last night? forgotten
7. Your favorite drink? hot cocoa
8. Your dream/goal? heaven
9. What room are you in? family
10. Your hobby? Sewing
11. Your fear? spiders
12. Favorite place to eat? Cracker Barrell
13. Where were you last night? Aunt Louise's
14. Something that you aren’t? neat freak
15. Muffins? blueberry
16. Wish list item? sewing room
17. Where did you grow up? Indiana
18. Last thing you did? breakfast
19. What are you wearing? jammies
20. Your TV? On
21. Your pets? Tallie - dog
22. Friends? Great
23. Your life? happy
24. Your mood? pleasant
25. Missing someone? Alex
26. Vehicle? malibu maxx
27. Something you’re not wearing? shoes
28. Your favorite store? Children's place
29. Your favorite color? purple
30. When was the last time you laughed? today
31. Last time you cried? Saturday
32. One place that I go to over and over? Walmart
33. One person who emails me regularly? Alex
I will bring you all up to date with the little ones next time as I don't want to go on too long.
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
I am just in awe of how God teaches me. I immediately had doubt, but Lillie had faith. There was no hesitation with Lillie, when we said amen, it was done - no rain on Friday. Please help me Lord to have the child-like faith that my children have.
Saturday, October 3, 2009
Gracie is pretty much potty trained. She wears panties all day and we have even gone to the store and out to eat a few time with them instead of pull-ups. She also takes herself to the bathroom which is nice because I don't have to stop several times a day to take her now. With the work on the house done her nap schedule is coming back to normal. Bedtime is getting much easier. She is sleeping all night which is a blessing in itself. It was not that she didn't sleep good before, but she would wake up a couple of times a night and I would have to go in there and comfort her. Her and Lillie are playing pretty good together and is very cute to watch. She loves her big sister and tries hard to do everything Lillie is doing.
Lillie is really into pretend play. She loves playing school and church. They usually are intertwined in the same game. Last night she was pretending to have church. She did praise and worship, preached, and had an alter call. It was too cute. I wish I would of had my camera to tape it. She told Alex he had to come up and catch people when she was praying for them. :) She loves table time and can't hardly wait to do it. She is learning so much and I am trying to keep it fun so she will continue to enjoy it and want to do it. I heard her tell someone the other day that she had school at home and that she really likes it.
Well I have probably given you more than enough to read for today. Have a good weekend.
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Lillie: Gracie do you have Jesus in your heart?
Lillie whispers: You are supposed to say No
Lillie: Then you need to ask Jesus to live in your heart.
Gracie yells: Jesus live in my heart!!
Lillie : Now you have Jesus in your heart.
I could hardly keep from smiling and tearing up. I am so blessed. Lillie went on to tell about the story of the Good Shepherd who left the 99 to look for the 1 lost sheep. Thank you Lord for children who already know how important they are to Jesus.
Monday, September 28, 2009
This is the new fan we got this weekend. We bought the fan, blinds and flooring separately and saved over $500!!!
I will post outside pictures after the brick is finished.
Friday, September 25, 2009
Just starting the battle.
She just won't let go of the balloons that Josiah gave her.
She is almost out.
She is trying really hard to open her eyes......
But just couldn't do it. :)
Now if this wasn't sweet enough, Gracie had set up her and Lillie's Disney playmats and characters. During this she would talk (almost nonstop) to Lillie, when she realized that she never got answered she comes to me angry and tells on her. "Sissy, is not talking to me!" I told her she was sleeping, and she goes "I don't want her to sleep - I missed her!"
Saturday, September 19, 2009
We also decided to splurge with light fixture. ;)
I'll post pictures of the finished paint job in the next day or two.
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Lillie has been asking for some new Barbie clothes, but I just can't bring myself to buy clothes for a doll. I don't really know how much they run, but no matter what the cost it just doesn't seem worth it to me. SSSSOOOO.......I am making my own! I have made a very simple dress in no time flat. I will post pictures of my work soon, but I want to get a couple more done to show. I just used extra fabric that I have, which Alex would love for me to get rid of, but I am such a pack rat. You never know when that square will come in handy. :-)
Monday, September 14, 2009
So many times we do something that the world may think is important, but looking from eternity doesn't matter. In dealing with the stubbornness or strong will of my children I do find that asking questions such as "Is it going to matter tomorrow, next week, year, or eternity that they wear that or do that?"(as long as safe) This seems to put things into perspective. But maybe that should be a question we ask more often.
While yes, I do think we may remember good memories from earth, I don't think we will remember keeping the house spotless, having the best kept yard, dressing in the newest clothes, etc. But we will remember the people who made that soul changing impression on us or who we made a soul changing impression on (including your children).
Now when a little voice is asking for your attention, ask which memory you want them to remember: Mommy/Daddy spending time with them or you telling them you are too busy to play. Dirty dishes/laundry, Internet or whatever is keeping you from making lasting memories will still be here tomorrow.
1John 2:15 Do not love the world or the things of the world.
Thursday, September 10, 2009
One view of the room from the entrance.
We are currently using just panties for Gracie during the day at our house. WOO HOO! This is going great. She is taking herself and has had no accidents for several days. She even tells me to leave the room when she has to go. :)
Have a great day.
Tuesday, September 8, 2009