Thursday, February 24, 2011

Few Word Friday

This is Lilly in the bathroom. She was reading the Target Ad before I went and got my camera.
Never know what I am going to find and where I am going to find it.
Sweet boy--love his precious face (and his precious self)!
Ring around the Rosie--Lilly LOVES it--calls it "ring posie". Wants to play it all the time. Tonight, after the 100th time, I told her we had played enough so she went and got her stuffed bunny and made it play. Ha! Happy Friday!

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

This Is The Stuff You Use

Okay so Grandparents please forgive me because there are no pictures to post tonight. I am working on it but I just don't have any to put on here. Sorry. Tonight is just one of those spontaneous from the heart posts! Okay--so these song lyrics are so much better when you can just belt them out but I heard this song the other day and really listened to the words and just thought--yes--so true!

Francesca Battistelli - This Is The Stuff Lyrics:
"I lost my keys in the great unknown
And call me please 'Cuz I can't find my phone

This is the stuff that drives me crazy
This is the stuff that's getting to me lately
In the middle of my little mess
I forget how big I'm blessed
This is the stuff that gets under my skin
But I gotta trust You know exactly what You're doing
It might not be what I would choose
But this is the stuff You use

45 in a 35
Sirens and fines while I'm running behind

This is the stuff that drives me crazy
This is the stuff that's getting to me lately
In the middle of my little mess
I forget how big I'm blessed
This is the stuff that gets under my skin
But I gotta trust You know exactly what You're doing
It might not be what I would choose
But this is the stuff You use

So break me of impatience
Conquer my frustrations
I've got a new appreciation
It's not the end of the world
Oh Oh Oh

This is the stuff that drives me crazy
This is the stuff
Someone save me
In the middle of my little mess
I forget how big I'm blessed
This is the stuff that gets under my skin
And I've gotta trust You know exactly what You're doing
It might not be what I would choose
But this is the stuff You use

Oh Oh Oh Oh
This is the stuff You use"

Isn't that true?? It is the little things in life that can just totally distract us from how blessed we are?? That can just cause our attitudes to turn bad? How sad is it that I can actually say that losing my keys and running behind can totally stop me from reflecting Jesus? This song just describes where I am at right now--break me of impatience, conquer my frustrations, change the things in me that divide my heart!! I can't say that I enjoy things like losing my keys or Lilly going through a "phase" where she tests the boundaries BUT I can say that I am learning to appreciate them as opportunities for God to show me areas that I still need to grow in or just opportunities to reflect him in a time where I don't necessarily want to. That is all. That was just on my mind and heart and wanted to share it! (: Grandparents--pictures tomorrow--promise!

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Our Week In Pictures

Monday was Matt's Birthday! Happy Birthday handsome!! We are so blessed to have you in our lives!!! MoMo and Papa Ray were in town and volunteered to watch our sweet little ones so we could have a little date night!
So Matt and I went to a local italian place and ate more food than any two people should in one meal. It was really good! It was nice to have a dinner without worrying about cutting up the kid's food or rushing through just in case one starts to have a melt down and we need to leave. Don't get me wrong--I love those dinners with our little cuties too, but every once in a while a meal without them is nice too. Plus, they had a blast with MoMo and Papa Ray!
They had pizza and cupcakes!
Matt has wanted family pictures on our hall wall for a while now. So, with his birthday and all, I spent Tuesday afternoon putting pictures in the frames and hanging them on the wall. We LOVE how they turned out.
Since we have started hosting a small group in our home we decided to (finally) redecorate our living room. Again, we LOVE it. Wednesday night was our first small group and we had a great turn out and are so excited to have these couples in our lives!
Wednesday was spent cleaning house and running back and forth to the hospital any chance I had so I could meet this sweet little thing! Emerson Kate was 8 lbs 5 ounces and just perfect! Congratulations Syd and Tom! I think we all already love her!!
Thursday afternoon Lilly went in our closet and saw these shoes and got really excited and said, "I like these shoes!!" and then walked around the house in them all night long. So funny!
My sweet friend Amanda sent us some of the cutest little ice packs in the mail and Lilly and Reid think they are the best things ever (they are pretty awesome!). They are always getting into the freezer to get their "ice". Doesn't she look absolutely pitiful in this picture?? She is not hurt at all.
Friday we had play group (no pictures-boo) and then after naps the kids had a bath and got into jammies to get ready for Friday Night Out. Have I mentioned how much I LOVE my church for this marriage ministry???? I do!! So much!! Anyway, Lisa, I included this picture so you know that we care about our dental hygiene. (:
Captain Adorable! Yes, he is.
He even has a cape!
Our little angel. I fixed her hair and she said, "I need bow". Love my girly girl! Matt and I went to dinner with our friends Chris and Jenna to Shogun. It was yummy and we loved hanging out with them and just talking and laughing--such fun friends!
Today the weather is ah-mazing so we went to the park and had a little picnic.
I can't not laugh at this picture. This boy melts the heart!
Please note the cowgirl boots.

Had to go down on the tummy too! Oh, and yes, they are still in last nights jammies. I have no excuse.

I can't believe my BABY has the motor skills to climb this ladder!

She is saying, "I did it!" Great week! Hope you are having a great weekend and enjoying some nice weather too!

Friday, February 18, 2011

The last of the snow days...

Okay so Matt had to go back to work last Friday and we were still pretty much snowed in. I knew before the week started that if we were going to get the snow they were forecasting--I needed to make the snow days fun because we had been inside for a while. Especially Friday....because it was our fourth day not leaving the house. I set a goal at the beginning of the week to make our snow days FUN instead of just trying to survive enjoy them. So here is my last stitch efforts before we got out of the house. More floor time. I can't take any credit for this....Lilly did this on her own. Such a big girl!
I moved the dining room table out of the kitchen and brought in our water table filled with snow. I wasn't bundling the kids up to go out and play. It was cold. I didn't want to be outside.
They scooped it up with their cups and pitchers. They dumped it out and made the little wheel go round and round. Like a record, baby. (:
They just put their hands in it and felt it.
And they dumped it on the floor. Lilly also used it as a cooler for her sippee cup.
They ate some.
And then as it melted into water on the floor, Lilly went and got a wash cloth (when really, in all honesty, it was a towel's job) and with every drop of water she cleaned up she would sigh loudly and say, "Oh bubby!" like she had no part in the mess.
We had a little obstacle course with the dining room chairs in the living room. The kids loved going across and under them. In case you are wondering, I didn't try that out...pretty sure I would've gotten stuck.
Then with the rug and dining room table, we created a fort where we read books and played with some toys.
We had fun! Mission accomplished!

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Snow Day Indoor Fun

Whoops! I am behind on blogging again. It seems that after two weeks of being snowed in--when the weather got better--we hit the town! We haven't stopped...this is Thursday and I think this may be the first time I have sat down at the computer this week! Oh well--I am ready to catch up! Last Tuesday and Wednesday Matt got to stay home due to the snow and we had lots of fun! It is always such a great surprise when we have extra time with him. (: On Tuesday we made playdough. Reid liked helping stir--as you can see in the picture he took it very seriously!
Lilly helped too!
Helping mix it all up. The recipe we used we got from this KNWA blog post.
The kids (all three of them--hehehe) had a great time.
Reid mainly tried to eat the playdough cutters but Lilly loved using the scissors. She kept saying, "I cut it!"
Team work!
We also made snow ice cream using this recipe from the KNWA blog. We used the one without sweetened condensed milk because we didn't have any!
I had to use some extra snow to get it to the right consistency but it was YUMMY! Need proof??
Here you go!

So good!
Then we made baked ziti for dinner. We substituted turkey and turkey sausage and used whole wheat noodles to make it as healthy as possible and is was still delicious.
Then, there was a lot of this!! Our new thing is pillows and blankets on the floor.
And some couch snuggling. If you can look at Matt in this picture, you can tell that he is 100% content and LOVING every single second of it!!