Sunday, September 30, 2012

Thanksliving & September Reflections

Two silly girls, one awesome guy, three dogs, one cat, and six fish.  That’s my crew.  Together with our Lord, we made it through another crazy, beautiful month.  These are a few reflections and thanks for September.  

I am so thankful for this guy and our very rare date nights ♥  (and our wonderful babysitter who makes it possible!)

{I know you can't really see his face.  He was whispering something in my ear, but I love this picture.  He's a cutie. It's all good.}

I'm thankful for these little lives we share...

I'm thankful for spending time with family and for this time of year.  Pumpkins, mums, boots, fleece, pancake breakfasts, and trips to the mountains...I just love it all!   I adore fall festivals and appreciate the lovely artists who make little girlies happy with Blue's Clues and unicorn paintings.

I am most certainly thankful for wipes...and germ x.    

I'm so thankful for amazing parents and being able to spend time with them.  I love the way they love our girls.

I'm seriously thankful for coffee.  {I also love a good deal, so I was pretty excited to find that these were buy one get one free.  Yes, please and thank you!}

I am thankful that I actually made it to work on time this month.  I have a running list of excuses just in case.  These are at the top:

1.  My two year old wanted to cuddle a little longer and watch Peppa Pig.
2.  We left a pink Rapunzel backpack on the kitchen counter and had to go back home.
3.  It took us a little longer to determine which dinosaur shape that cloud made.  
4.  My munchkin started an impromptu game of keep away in the front yard.
5.  We had to stop, enjoy the colors of the morning sky, take a picture, and instagram it.
6.  Life is short, the girls will be grown before I know it, every second is precious, and some things just can't be rushed.

I'm going to keep adding to this list, but hopefully we won't actually need to use them...

I'm thankful for cooler afternoons, long walks, and hearing all about the days of my kindergartner.  

I am deeply thankful for her little school, the staff, and her beautiful teacher.  She comes home from school singing, "Open the eyes of my heart, Lord..."  She is learning and growing.  Such a blessing.  

I am thankful for technology and being able to keep in touch with a best friend and a baby sister who both live entirely too far away.  I am thankful for dear friends and family who fill my life with smiles, joy, compassion, and love.  

I am most thankful for Jesus.  

"For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord."
~Romans 8: 38-39

I hope you had a wonderful September!

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Friday, September 28, 2012

Sweet, Simple Saturday

"For as the earth bringeth forth her bud,
and as the garden causeth the things that are sown in it to spring forth;
so the Lord God will cause righteousness and praise to spring forth
before all the nations."
~ Isaiah 61:11

Have a beautiful weekend!

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Rejoice and Be Glad

"This is the day the Lord has made; 
We will rejoice and be glad in it."
~ Psalm 118:24

I seriously have to repeat that to myself to get through some days, you know what I mean?  But, tomorrow is Friday, the weekend is on the horizon, and I have some little cutie pies I enjoy each day who make sure there is never a dull moment in these parts.  Here are a few of my favorites from the week.  

The local library has a book mobile that visits school.  The big girl brought home a few new books and had to read to me (i.e. made up an adorable story in her head that went along with the pictures) as we took our afternoon walk.  This picture warms my heart. I just love everything about it.  She is beautiful and smart and kind.  She told me she asked her teacher to pray for me one day during prayer time because I wasn't feeling well {melt my heart}.  

This silly goose.  She is just one big mess after another.  I could just squeeze her so tight and eat her up with a spoon.   

I have to add the caption to this:  1.  Uh-oh  2.  How did that happen?  3.  Five second rule!  4.  It's all good! ;)

Speaking of eating things with spoons, how about these awesome soup cans?  This is totally random (that's the theme tonight) but these were $.75 at Target, and I had to bring them home with me...never mind the fact that I dislike tomato soup...I don't really care for tomatoes (my husband says I can't possibly be southern).  So, after I give away the soup, I'm totally doing something fun with these!

I earned all smiley faces this week!  Yep, that's right, this mommy was good all week...well, that's what the sheet says.  My big girl made a good/bad chart for us, and she kept up with whether or not we were good each day.  What I secretly love is that her Daddy gets the same ponytails and eyelashes that I get. ;)

And no day is truly complete without throwing on a few old costumes and chasing each other through the house.  A dragon, a horse, a princess, a fairy.  I never know what magical adventures await us each evening.  

But it's so fun and so spontaneous.  Kids are good for that.  They keep us on our toes.  They give us reasons to laugh and play and not take things so seriously.  They see things differently.  I sometimes miss seeing things the way that they do.  

Oh, the beauty of ordinary days...and little self-portraits ♥

I hope you're having a wonderful week!

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Tuesday, September 25, 2012

In a Blink

"So teach us to number our days,
That we may gain a heart of wisdom." ~ Psalm 90:12

I have started packing up and moving out some of our baby gear.  It is such a bittersweet time.  Part of me is ready to clear out the clutter, but another part of me is sad and wants to hold on to it all.  Sometimes I look at our girls getting so big, so fast, and I just wonder where has the time gone.  I can't even remember our life before the girls.  They are such incredible blessings.  

Our first baby girl lost her first tooth.  I just look at her sometimes and am amazed at her bright little life and how quickly she is growing.  

This munchkin has a personality that's ten times her size, and she marches to the beat of her own drum.  Actually, they both do.  And some days, I am just at a loss for words.

But I LOVE these moments.  These crazy, silly, unplanned, unexpected, and totally beautiful moments!  Sometimes, they can be making the biggest mess, and instead of getting angry, I run for the camera.  I think I am growing, too! ;)

It's sad, but during the work week I often find myself counting down the days until the next day off, the next holiday, or the next weekend.  I mean, who doesn't look forward to Friday?  I know it's because I'm ready for a break and want some time with this zoo crew of mine.  But there are some really great moments that happen along the way.  

Each and every day these girls are growing and changing, and I need some help learning to really focus on living in the moment.  Because it all goes by in the blink of an eye.  

So, that is my prayer for each day.  That the Lord will help me set aside the worries, the stress, and the looking for what's to come, and help me soak up every moment instead.  Whether we're singing aloud to our favorite songs on the way to school or skipping up the driveway in the afternoons, I want to be there.  I want to let some things go and keep other things closer to my heart.  For in the end, the other stuff won't really matter.  I heard this song on the radio today, and it was exactly what I needed to hear.  Isn't it funny how that happens...

"When it's all said and done
No one remembers how far we have run
The only thing that matters is how we have loved 
I don't want to miss even just a second more of this 

It happens in a blink
it happens in a flash
it happens in the time it takes to look back 
I try to hold on tight but there's no stopping time 
What is it I've done with my life
 It happens in a blink 

Slow down, slow down
Before today becomes our yesterday
Slow down, slow down
Before you turn around and it's too late." 
~ from Blink by Revive

Have a beautiful day!

Sunday, September 23, 2012

A Fair, a Funnel Cake, and a Fishy Story

I love weekends.  Seriously, I need many more of them in my life.  I'm so thankful for the chance to unwind and to spend some time with my family...and go to the fair.  The noise, the lights, the rides, the complete overstimulation of all the senses...ok, to be honest, it's all a little too much for me.  But through the eyes of my girlies, it's a completely different kind of experience.  It's magical, and I love that.

This happy girl didn't want to get off the carousel.  I had to pry her fingers off the "hor-hey."  She would've easily stayed on all night, but I didn't pack my pajamas, so... 

We found a few more cuties to play with.  Just their size.

We played some games and won a few toys...and a couple of fish.  Which we really did not need because we already have a zoo, but these fish were won at the fair.  They were special, so home with us they came!


We decided to head out when the dark clouds rolled in.  It was fun while it lasted, but we really didn't want to get stuck in the rain with a stroller, two girlies, and their new pets.

We couldn't leave without a few treats, though.  {Secretly, funnel cakes are my main reason for going to the fair.}  

We packed up the girls and the gear, and as I was sitting in my mom’s truck with the door open and my lap full of fried, powdered sugar deliciousness, a gentle breeze blew through and white goodness covered her front seats, steering wheel, radio, me...yeah, pretty much everything.  All I could do was laugh.  And then clean up my mess.    

Then, because it was not enough just to be covered in sugar, the little bag of prize fish that I was trying so hard to keep safe and secure on the ride home sprung a leak.  My pants were soaked...and I had been holding them in my lap, so you can only imagine.  Of course, my five year old thought it was the single funniest moment of her short life and laughed and giggled all the way home.  Thank you my little ray of sunshine.  {OK, we were all laughing and giggling.  It was pretty funny.}

We made it home safely with "Swimmer" and "Gallahad," (I am sure I have no idea where these names come from) and I found some dry pants.  As I write this, the fish seem to be settled and happy.

Thanks Biggi for a fun trip!  There is never a dull moment, for sure.  {Sorry about the powdered sugar and the fish water...and the spilled coffee...and everything else that has been dropped, crunched, spilled, and destroyed in your truck.}

At the end of the day, my big girl gave me a smiley face for being a good girl.  There's nothing like your five year old keeping you in line.

Hope you had a fun weekend!
Amanda :)

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