Monday, January 26, 2015

A peek at our January

Helping me cook "eggies".


 We are attempting drinking out of little cups (without lids). 50% of the time she gets the drink in her mouth.
This girl is BRAVE. She figured out how to to climb the rock wall at the park we go to, and I try not to freak out the whole time as I spot her.



Loves her Little People. And loves to pretend they go to the "Quarium" to see the fishies.


We spend a lot of our days at Marbles Kids Museum, since we got a membership for Christmas. And at 7 months pregnant, it keeps this slow-moving momma sane!


Lucy has learned to dress herself and is very opinionated lately about what she wears. The flashier the better!

We have been spending most of our cold January indoors snuggling and playing. Although I can't wait for hot sunny summer days, I wouldn't mind a few snowflakes. If it's going to be cold, it might as well snow, right??

Monday, January 5, 2015

Happy 2015!

I can't believe it's 2015 already! Yes, I will say this every year, but time is just speeding by.


Last year, I wrote about my resolution for 2014 to Focus. To put my phone down more, play with Lucy more, to clean my house more and to eat better. 3 out of 4 accomplished and down, I decided to shake things up for 2015. (Well, 4 out of 4 if you count the house cleaners I got as a gift for Christmas!)


With our lives changing drastically (again) in 2015, this year I decided my one word Resolution will be Rest.

We will be welcoming our 2nd baby girl in March, and as I just entered my 3rd trimester, I am taking every opportunity to rest. Sleeping in when I can, and napping when I can.

Resting with our only child for 3 more months. I will be her jungle gym, her story-teller, and her lap to sit in (although the lap space is shrinking every day) and soak up every one-on-one minute with her that I can.

I am also hoping this new little joy of ours also hears my resolution to rest. Perhaps she will decide it is her New Years Resolution as well. {To be excellent at sleeping. }Ha!

What's your one-word Resolution for 2015?

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Happy December!



My favorite month of the whole year has arrived! And with it, a special little Elf from the North Pole.
Santa mailed the Elf to us on December 1st and it was waiting on the front porch for Lucy. 

(Unfortunately the elf who helped to wrap the present was very sick so she didn't do her most-creative present wrapping.)
Lucy opened her gift from Santa, and we read the book all about the Elf who came to visit our house for Christmas. When it was time to pick a name, Lucy wanted to call it "baby" (perhaps because every time we ask her what her new baby sister's name should be, she calls it "baby"), or suggested the name "ummmmmm". We made a group decision to name him Mr. Pickles this year. 

(Next year Mr. Pickles might have a new name. ) #Thatshowweroll.

He has already gotten into a lot of mischief and Lucy's reactions are hilarious. 

"Mommy the Elf make a big mess. Clean that up."


As she's giggling at the sight of Mr. Pickles and "Aunt Barbara" in a marshmallow bubble bath: "I eat all the bubbles--(shoves marshmallows in her mouth by the handful.)

We are loving this new family tradition and are so excited for Mr. Pickles to be here until Christmas!

Do you have an Elf at your house? What sort of mischief does he get himself into?

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Halloween

Halloween with a 2 year old is amazing. 


On the days leading up to Halloween, I was busy making Lucy's ladybug costume and busy being worried that on the day of, she would flat out tell me "no" that she did not want to wear the costume that mommy put hours of work into.

So, I hyped up Halloween like crazy, talking about what a cool ladybug she would be, with a sparkly tutu and how she would go around to all the neighbors houses who would then give her candy. 

She was stoked. So stoked, in fact that on Halloween I told her she would get to go trick-or-treating after naptime. So during "naptime" she jumped around her crib and did flips and kept asking to "go trick-or-treat". She played like that for an hour and 45 minutes until she konked out and fell asleep.

Praise. the. Lord. (I kept picturing us taking her trick-or-treating sans-nap while she cried/hated it/wanted to go night-night.) 


Our neighborhood had a big potluck in the cul-de-sac, so we filled our bellies up before taking the hike for candy. 


She got the hang of the whole ringing the doorbell thing fast, and was even generous enough to give some candy back to people when they came to greet her. 

It got too dark for pictures, but we ended up toting 3 2-year olds around in a wagon to go door-to-door. A few lollipops and m&m's to keep them awake, and they were squealing and giggling and laughing all around the neighborhood. 

One of the most amazing things about having a child, is witnessing the joy of the Holidays through their eyes. It's a billion times better than enjoying it yourself. 

Plus, you can share costumes if you end up going to a last minute Halloween party...

I am super excited that Christmas is only 1 short month away, so we can see what she thinks of Christmas!

How was your Halloween?

Friday, October 17, 2014

Taking lessons from a 2 year old...on Grace

Just about 2 weeks before Lucy's 2nd birthday, we got a nice glimpse into this thing called the "terrible twos".


Our sweet and obedient toddler had decided overnight that her new favorite word was "NO", (which she says with an enormous heap of sass).  Time out became her new favorite place to hang out (we go there about 4-5 times most days), and playtime with other toddler friends turned into a gladiator-style battle of wills over what was "mine" and how many kids needed to be knocked over to get it back.

There's this whole new world of "sharing" and  "gentle hands" and time out. And it can be exhausting. In so many ways. One of our biggest problems we have run into so far is pushing. If another toddler steals her toy, or won't share, or simply is having more fun than her, she pushes them over. 

The first time I witnessed this I was literally stunned. Me and the hubs have never taught her to push. We don't have secret sessions in our house planning strategic ways to get-all-the-toys-from-others. So how do we un-teach something which we've never taught?

As parents, we have never taught her to say "mine" or to push, and it's possible she picked it up at daycare or from other children, but why has it stuck? It is a clear example to me of this thing called sin-nature we all have when we are born into this world. 

"The sinful nature wants to do evil, which is just the opposite of what the Spirit wants. And the Spirit gives us desires that are the opposite of what the sinful nature desires. These two forces are constantly fighting each other..." Galatians 5:17

So we literally have to fight this sin-nature inside of us, and our child, to choose what is good and what is right. We teach kindness, generosity, gentleness and grace, instead of selfishness, greed and hurting. 

And, the amazing thing to me, in the battle of wills I see after Lucy knocks another child over, is this beautiful thing called grace. She makes these little friends, pushes them to the ground, has a time out, a serious talk, an apology is said, and she goes back to play. By the time she is back, her little friend is ready to embrace her and play again, arms open, all transgressions forgotten and forgiven.


I, too, have my days, where I yell too quickly, or way too much. I find myself getting frustrated and losing patience, and this sweet little girl pours out grace on me. Forgives me, hugs me, and wants nothing but her mommy by her side.

And I am so thankful for that blank slate that starts back over, every time she forgives me or her little friends forgive her. I am so thankful for this thing called grace.

I've decided to rename the "terrible two's" the "grace-filled twos". Because, let's be honest, we can all use a little more grace.

"Sin spread when the Law was given. But where sin spread, God’s loving-favor spread all the more." Romans 5:20 NLV

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

The Pumpkin Farm

I love love pumpkins. So this year, we made two trips out to what Lucy calls the "Pumpkin Farm" (also known as Hillridge Farms.)

Here is our first trip in 2013.


The Giant Slide:


"Hey Lucy, sit on those pumpkins and pose for mommy."


"Ok now turn and look at me"

Closer...

We gave up on posing and went to play in the corn.


The next weekend, we tried again. See the "cheese" face? Practice makes perfect.


The Hay jump


We are so glad my sister showed us Hillridge Farms! We love our new fall tradition.


Monday, October 13, 2014

Apples!

Staying home Part Time leaves me looking for creative things to do to entertain a 2 year old all day.

Today we decided our day would be all about apples. I have been itching to make some crockpot applesauce and I wish I hadn't waited so long to try and make some! It's amazzzing.

Plus, I have this incredibly cute helper who always loves to help me cook.

She loved turning the crank of the Peel Away Peeler. I've had this for a few years, and it's great for little helpers, because it peels, cores and slices the apple. (If it's setup right! )


                                  Time for a snack...


  She was generous enough to share some peelings with the pup too.


Adding the cinnamon and sugar.

While the apples cooked, we made an Apple Tree Craft we found over at Happy Home Fairy. She loves paint! And this little project gave us an opportunity to talk about what colors the apples and the tree are. 




The finished products:

The smell in the house is incredible while this is cooking. 


Crockpot Cinnamon Applesauce
4 large Fuji Apples, peeled and sliced into 1'' cubes
1 tablespoon cinnamon
2 tablespoons Brown Sugar

In a crockpot add the apples, cinnamon, and brown sugar. Cook on LOW for 4 hours. Blend with an immersion blender in the crockpot. Cool and serve.


2 year old approved!