Thursday, June 27, 2013

Precious Memories

One of the things I LOVE about my iPhone is having a camera available at all times.  It seems I'm constantly recording videos and taking pictures.  The other day I was going through old pictures and thinking to myself "I hope I can always remember the stories behind the photo's".  Considering that I have trouble remembering what happened yesterday, it seems highly unlikely that I'll remember in a year or two... or three... let alone 50 years.  I decided to use my blog to record a few of the precious memories...

Now this means that my blog post may have a lot of photos.  To save space I'll be posting the pictures as small as I can.  You can enlarge them by clicking on them.

This morning the boys were playing together so nicely with the LEGO's and wagon.  It made this Momma's heart proud to see them sharing and enjoying each other.  They  usually play separately, mostly due to their age difference.  That made it even nicer to see them playing together.  Gabe was "talking" quite a lot, Elijah was just listening.


Elijah saw a giraffe on the side of the LEGO wagon and decided to try to copy it.  This is the finished product.  He was pretty proud. I helped him a little, but over all, he completed it on his own.  He has quite an imagination!

The local library hosted their annual visit from Sedgwick County Zoo.  They brought several animals, including Madagascar Hissing Cockroaches (GAG!), two snakes, a huge frog, and some kind of large lizard.  It was very interesting and Elijah enjoyed it so much.  When he first saw the snake, he said he would NOT touch it.  Turns out, that was the first thing he headed to.  Curiosity had gotten the better of him.  He did touch it, but apparently, I didn't get a picture of the actual "touch".


After the library adventure, we headed to McDonald's.  Gabriel has enjoyed a few McD fries, but today was the first day he had tried chicken nuggets.  He loved them.  Not that I'm surprised.  The kid will eat anything... in large quantities!



Today has been a good day for making memories.  All the kids, including Little Lady, are sleeping.  There is peace and quiet for the moment.





We are participating in the two different reading programs.  On Tuesday, Elijah turned in his first coupon (Mommy has been terrible about reading to him.  Oops) and got put his name on the window with the other participants.  Here he is pointing to his name in the window.  He's pretty proud of that lil' doggy bone with his name.


Elijah loves tape.  I don't know how or what started this fascination with tape, but I  have to watch him.  He is constantly taping things together.  He's taped a "scope" (aka a flute) to his shotgun.  He's taped a strap on his guitar.  He actually gets pretty creative with tape.  Tuesday he walked around looking for something to tape.  He finally come up to me and mumbled that he'd found the perfect place to put his piece of tape.  I couldn't help but agree with him.  Haha!


I made burrito's for dinner.  Gabriel loved them.  He ate most of one whole burrito!  Elijah ate three.  I do not even want to think about the grocery bill for two teenage boys.  I might need to start saving for it now.  


(Edit: this picture was taken after he'd finished eating. He went straight to the bathtub.  Please ignore the windblown momma in the background.  Bleh!)

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Learning to say 'NO'

I know I'd blogged, and posted on my FB wall, that I was working on a new domain page for my blog.  I confess.  I don't know enough about html, building sites, etc. and I was really struggling.  It was also taking a lot of my time, I wasn't able to blog like I wanted, and I simply couldn't figure out how to do certain things...  I pretty much abandoned my blog.  I was so excited about the new page, but the excitement quickly turned to frustration.  

I simply am not ready to try to manage my own page yet.  Maybe some day, but I can see now that today is not that day.  I'm disappointed, yes, but on the other hand, the simplicity and versatility of Blogger is just what I need.  If I'm going to pour a lot of time into a project, that project will be my boys.  I don't want to miss out on their lives being frustrated by a web page I can't seem to figure out.  I don't want to pass that frustration on to them.  And I despise the guilt I was carrying for not blogging on my new page.  So.  I'm forgiving myself.  Canceling my really cool page and it's equally cool domain name.  And focusing on making blogging fun again.  I'm learning the freedom in the word "no".

Another recent disappointment has been a decision to cancel Gabriel's first birthday party.  Chris is on vacation next week and we had so many things we wanted to do.  We wanted the freedom to be flexible all week.  There were other conflicts that added to the frustration of trying to plan a party.  It is disappointing, but the joy of planning the party was gone.  It had just become a big headache... Again, I am learning the freedom in the word "no".  I'm sure the four of us will enjoy cake and ice cream, maybe even some pool time together. And who knows, with Chris off, we may do something completely out of the ordinary but very special!

Truth be told, there are other instances where I have said "no" recently.  There are times I feel guilty and lazy for saying "no".  On the other hand, I can look back and see where I was overwhelmed and on the verge of burn out from doing too much.  There really is a freedom in saying "no".  Now my next question is: can you say NO too much?  Where do you find that balance?  I want freedom and flexability, but if we all say "no" all the time, then nothing gets done.  I'm praying God helps me find that balance.  This passage of scripture comes to mind: 

Ecclesiastes 3: 1-17, 22

King James Version (KJV)
To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:
A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;
A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;
A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;
A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.
What profit hath he that worketh in that wherein he laboureth?
10 I have seen the travail, which God hath given to the sons of men to be exercised in it.
11 He hath made every thing beautiful in his time: also he hath set the world in their heart, so that no man can find out the work that God maketh from the beginning to the end.
12 I know that there is no good in them, but for a man to rejoice, and to do good in his life.
13 And also that every man should eat and drink, and enjoy the good of all his labour, it is the gift of God.
14 I know that, whatsoever God doeth, it shall be for ever: nothing can be put to it, nor any thing taken from it: and God doeth it, that men should fear before him.
15 That which hath been is now; and that which is to be hath already been; and God requireth that which is past.
16 And moreover I saw under the sun the place of judgment, that wickedness was there; and the place of righteousness, that iniquity was there.
17 I said in mine heart, God shall judge the righteous and the wicked: for there is a time there for every purpose and for every work.

22 Wherefore I perceive that there is nothing better, than that a man should rejoice in his own works; for that is his portion: for who shall bring him to see what shall be after him?

I'd love to hear from anyone else that's had to learn this lesson, or from anyone that has found the balance to saying "no".

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

He makes me laugh!

Last night I was looking through the pictures on my phone and came across this one...


That's my 'Lijah.  He loves to make people laugh so those Billy Bob teeth are right down his alley.  It cracks me up to see him all dressed up and looking so handsome... and those silly teeth.  But that's 'Lijah.  He is always looking for something to do to make us laugh.  Whether it's dancing like a cat on a hot tin roof, or trying his hand at knock-knock jokes.  He loves to have a good time!

Last night, after his bath, Elijah turned my piano to the demo continuous play mode. He then proceeded to dance his heart out.  Whether it was ballerina style or hip hop, he danced and danced.  I decided to get a video, but just as I started it, the music stopped.  It was changing to the next song, but just as it started the new song, he realized I was videoing.  All that happened in a short 9 seconds.  Here's the clip:


Elijah also likes to play with my iPhone.  Especially the camera.  It's common for me to look through my pictures and find this:


Repeated self portraits.  Yep.  Elijah had my phone.

Elijah loves to pray for the food aka say grace.  His typical prayer is:

Heavenly Father, please help us be safe and not kill us.  Bless the food.  Amen.

We've been trying to work with him and add a few more elements to his prayers.  This morning his breakfast prayer was:

Heavenly Father, please help us be safe.  And you can be good and you can stay up in the sky.  Bless the food. Amen.

Elijah's current love is planning his birthday.  He doesn't understand time yet - so even though I've explained his birthday isn't for four months, he still insists on planning all the things he wants.  This morning he was asking for a pinata with six pieces of candy in it.  After explaining that six pieces wouldn't be very much, he asked for 44 pieces of candy.


Six months

One year - already trying dangerous stunts!

Two years - all about fun!

Three years - and loving life!

Four years - camping with Daddy in the backyard!

I love you, Elijah!  Keep us laughing, Big Boy!

Monday, June 3, 2013

Making it through Monday

Yeah, that kinda sums it up...
(Source: Pinterest)

In our world, somewhere the illusion was created that we must lead perfect lives.  Pinterest-ry perfect houses, Facebook-perfect lives, perfect healthy food choices, perfect bodies, etc. etc.  You know what I mean. 

One thing I can think of that isn't illusion-ized (is that a word?) to be perfect is Monday.  When I was working, I started dreading Monday on Sunday afternoon.  It seems to be one thing our entire world agrees on: Monday's are, well... Monday.  Somewhat terrible.  

I've thought about this several times... and other than going back to work, really, what is so horrible about Monday's?  I find the answer in looking around me... there's a mountain of laundry from the weekend.  The living room is scattered with toys, the couch throw pillows, shoes, and who-knows-what-else.  The rest of the house looks... lived in.  Gabriel, who's schedule has been non-existent over the weekend, is laying in bed crying and fighting sleep.  Elijah dislike's Monday because Daddy doesn't get to stay home anymore.  Monday isn't a perfect day at my house.  No illusion there!!

Trust me.  I'm not out to change Monday's stereotype.  I try to make the best of Monday, even though I seem to start my Monday by looking around my home, shaking my head and asking "where do I start?". 

This morning I was trying to think of a song or verse to help make Monday's burden a bit lighter.  This song, specifically the second verse, came to my mind:

I stand at awe within the Presence of the Lord
In whom the wisdom of the ages lie
In whom the raging of the sea subsides
The living Sacrifice
My only Source of Life

My hope is in the Lord
From this time on and forever more
Oh, my hope is in the Lord
Forevermore

His tender mercies come with every rising sun [that includes Monday!]
To meet the sinner is his brokenness
To offer healing and forgiveness
And those who trust in Him
Will find their hearts at rest


So there, now you know.  This is how I will make it through Monday.  I found this verse to go along with it:

“And now, Lord, what do I wait for? My hope is in You."  Psalm 39:7 NKJV

Be encouraged.  There is hope for Monday... and remember, each moment that passes you by is a moment you will never regain.  

Happy Monday!!  I'm off to practice enjoying Monday!

Sunday, June 2, 2013

11 Months!


My baby boy is 11 months old today.  Wow.  11 months of cuddling, diapers, tears, kisses, and baby sweetness.  One year ago I thought he'd never arrive... and now here we are 11 months down the road.

Wow.
I love his fine, soft, blonde, baby hair

Dear Gabriel, Mommy and Daddy love you so much.  You have brought so much joy to our lives.  I cannot imagine life without you in it.  You are such a happy little person.  Daddy and I are constantly hearing comments about what a happy baby you are.  It's so evident by the smile on your face - it just lights up your whole body.



I love that you're a cuddle bug.  It still warms my heart when you lay your sweet baby head on my left shoulder and just relax.  It shows me evidence of a soft heart full of lots of love. I pray your love of cuddling lasts for many years.


You make me laugh when you fall down on your bum, then sit there crying because you want someone else to pick you back up. It must be too much work for you to pull yourself up because I know you're not spoiled one bit.  No way.  No spoiling here.


I love that you have learned to walk around Mommy's plant.  It's so sweet watching you stretch your little arms around the plant, doing your best to please Mommy by not touching the plant.  Now, can you please apply the same determination to Mommy's pretty rocks?  I know they're cold when you pick them up... and I'm sure they feel good on your swollen gums, but really, I hate the thought of you accidentally swallowing one.



I love how excited you get when I mention bath time.  You know the sign for bath and no matter how terrible the day has been, you immediately light up and become so excited when Mommy signs bath.  I love watching your chubby lil legs kicking and splashing.  You love chewing on the washcloth and the rubber ducky while Mommy washes you with lots of bubbles.  Elijah loves having a bath time buddy, even though you sometimes pull his hair!

Best Buddies!
Speaking of Elijah, you two are such good buddies.  The other day, I heard Elijah tell you "I love you, Gabriel. You're my best friend, Gabriel." I hope you two are buddies the rest of your life.  Just keep being patient when he's so rough with his love.  He really does love you and doesn't understand that he gives rough love.

Even though you have a gentle spirit, there is a streak of independence and you're all boy. Since you've started walking, you've had so many bumps and bruises.  Unfortunately, they all seem to be on your face.  Two weeks ago, you hit your face on the rocking chair runner.  That horrible bruise was just about healed up  when you fell yesterday and bruised and scraped your little face again.  My heart hurts when I see how bad it looks, but you don't seem to notice the hurt at all.

Rocking chair bruise
Deck burn
Stay strong, Bitty Boy.  You're a wonderful sweetheart and I believe you'll go far in this life.  I've enjoyed the last 11 months getting to know you.

Love,
Your Momma

He has an extra tooth! (An animal cracker was stuck in his gap!)


He loves "Da"!

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Changes...

Change is a good thing, right?

Well, I'm about to find out.  

During the month of June, I am participating in an online blogging class over at Blogelina.  I'm excited to learn more about the blogging world.  I don't know what will change on my blog, but I am looking forward to improving my little corner of the web.  One of the things I'm considering is setting up my own domain.  I have the opportunity to set it up and feel like I should take advantage of this chance.  

The challenge I'm facing?  Finding an available domain name.  I already know it should match the content of my blog as well as the title.  "Savoring The Moments" is my current title, while my web address is www.bepearlized.blogspot.com.  Clearly I need to fix that, however, the domain www.savoringthemoments.com is already registered. I did find that www.savoringlifesmoments.com is available... That's pretty close... or... 

Should I seize the day and completely change the name of my blog?

What would be a catchy, fun title?

Would the new title draw people to my blog? Is my current title drawing people? 

Do I completely change my theme, header, color scheme, etc.?

Ah... decisions, decisions.... 

Can you tell I'm a bit excited?