Wednesday, March 30, 2011
At Brianna's six-month appointment she was 13 lbs, 8 oz and 24 1/2 inches. Hunter is 15 lbs 13 oz and 25 1/2" long. He got seven vaccines, including the flu shot, bless his heart! Needless to say he's been napping pretty well since our appointment.
At every "milestone" appointment you get a sheet that says, "Your baby can..." and then lists all these things that supposedly your baby can do at this age. One thing is sit up alone. I told Dr. S. that Hunter is nowhere near sitting up by himself. Whenever I try to sit him up alone he just rolls over and starts crawling away. He said, "He's crawling??" I explained he is scooting (very intently) although yesterday and today has started putting his knees up like he's about to crawl. Dr. S said that he is way ahead of the curve for that which is pretty cool. Hunter is pretty obsessed with Brianna and she is pretty obsessed with entertaining him, so it really works out nicely! I think that's why he is so happy being on the floor and crawling around. If he starts to fuss, Bri just brings him a new toy and he's happy all over again. I mean, what service!
He crawls to books and starts to chew on them. Brianna rushes over, saying, "Nononono Hunter! Nononono!" She is loving being in charge of him.
I feel like there's more I should write but it's bedtime.
Sunday, March 27, 2011
Nope. He started here, and went over there in less than a couple of minutes. He is faster than a speeding bullet!!
Brianna is determined to entertain Hunter:
Friday, March 25, 2011
My goal now is to keep ridding our house of "clutter" and "stuff" and hopefully sell as much as possible. I've been keeping track (although I know I have missed some stuff that I forgot to write down as I gave it away or sold it) but now I can't wait to look at my list at the end of the 1001 days and see how many things I was able to cut down on!!
And the best part - extra money in the bank every month!
By the way, it was just the washing machine.
*Disclaimer: Don't worry, I'm not going to use the possibility of Jesus returning at any minute to not clean my house. This disclaimer is primarily for Stephen's sake.
About three minutes later, we weren't paying attention and Brianna pointed outside and yelled, "Twoooo!" We looked and there were three or four birds eating quietly on the bird feeder.
I could hear myself in my head hissing, "Bri! You should have quit while you were ahead! Now they know you aren't very very advanced for your age!" And just like that her cover was blown.
Of course I'm kidding. It was only a few minutes after that she was doing something equally as cute and impressive as earlier that distracted us from the fact that she isn't a child prodigy with her numbers. Sarcasm is never as funny on paper as it is when the words come out of your mouth. Blame this post on the fact that I just finished an Anne Lamott book and wanted to carry her dark humor over to my blog.
Thursday, March 24, 2011
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
We wore out Hunter!
Necklaces from Gail were a big hit! (She also got some from Joy so she wears necklaces constantly now!)
Monday, March 21, 2011
Before we left, though, I was working around the house! I'm in the middle of spring cleaning (expect a long blog in the future about that!) and on my agenda today were cleaning the refrigerator and organizing my Ebay stuff. That by itself is a task with two kids but on Mondays I also do laundry, change all the sheets in the house, and change all the towels. Typing it out makes it seem so easy...
So I changed my plans around. We stopped by the dump to take trash and check for coupons. Stopped by Family Dollar to return something. Took a load of recycling to the recycling center. Got to the Village Hall and I was told, "Well, this is done online, but I guess I can do it for you since you're here." Oooookay. Then we made a super fast run to Walgreens on the way home.
Whew! Home at least and
Not long after that, Brianna and I were off to Kindermusik, where, as she will tell you, we "foot" (stomped), "pap" (clapped), "pap" (patted), "choo choo" (chugged like a train), "wish wish" (swayed from side to side), "rorr" (rolled), and "over" (rolled over). Among many other things! On the way home I needed just a bit of one herb so we ran into Nature's Own to get it... they don't carry it. Fortunately they recommended we go to Fresh Market so if you need dry minced garlic, Fresh Market is the place to go!! Brianna fell asleep on the way home, and I gotta tell you, I didn't blame her!
Of course that didn't last. When we got home Stephen wanted to re-straw the front yard so Hunter and I chilled inside (i.e. folded laundry) while Brianna played outside until she wanted to "wing" (swing) so I pushed her in the swing again. Then it was time for dinner (pancakes!!) and time to Skype with Oma, Ju-Ju, and Lauren!
Saturday was Dad's birthday and today was Leila's birthday so Happy Birthday to two of the top six grandparents in Brianna and Hunter's lives!! (Boy, I hope I did the math right there....)
After Skype, we ate dinner, bathed Brianna and dumped her upstairs. Now I am listing more of my lonesome Ebay items (I've done twelve so far today which is a miracle), made my Secret Sister gift for this month, and made baby wipes since I ran out yesterday. Whew. What a day, what a day. And tomorrow is going to be just as busy! BUT. Tomorrow we get to see Jennifer, Claire and Evan! So all is well!!
I better get done with everything so I can go to bed like the rest of my family!!
Thursday, March 17, 2011
Sunday, March 13, 2011
We who will get up and walk, or even run miles in the mornings, not to mention those of us who are not willing to wait for there to be enough light to see the bottom of the flag or for the frost to go away before we tee off; we who will haul ourselves through our neighborhoods in the dark to make sure that we have the box scores as quick as we can - for all kinds of reasons, including some good ones, I suppose, we will not, cannot, do not rise in the morning to greet the dawn with a song of praise on our lips, as did those who went before us.
We who will stay up late to watch the televised version of the news that we heard on our drive home at six, who will TiVo enough must-see television that we have to stay up late to keep up, who will not go to sleep without reading a novel, who will burn the candle at both ends and in the middle if we can figure out how to get it lit, will not end our days with praise and worship and confession and blessing.
We will not do these things in the name of love or discipline, devotion or worship. We will not even do it for selfish reasons, or even as a reliable way of self-actualization, to put it in its least-favorable context - which, in our Western American, twenty-first-century, self-help, and consumer-driven culture, is astonishing.
And if you believe the scholars and the media and the pundits who predict our increasing collective future irrelevance, then I am also a member of the generation that will preside over the death of the Church. There is a world out there that says that we - the Church united, divided, militant or otherwise - can do nothing to spread the gospel here on earth. Much less do anything to make each hour of the day or night any holier.
The witness of those who went before us is that we can. We just don't.
Friday, March 11, 2011
Fortunately, Leila agreed with me. Now I just have to find the time to convert these shirts into something I can wear. I finished one today.
I didn't take a "before" picture because I didn't want to show everyone my bidness. But after taking in the straps, I can comfortably wear it, just in time for weekends at the beach!!
I know I look awkward in these pictures but it's about the best you're going to get. So thankful for my sewing machine and my newfound ability! Although my ability is small right now I know with practice I can use the machine more and more!
Tuesday, March 8, 2011
Yeah, these pictures don't really do the trip justice. I mean, you'd think no one was there but Hunter. But I promise, we were all there!!
We had so much fun and look forward to seeing them again!
Monday, March 7, 2011
Sunday, March 6, 2011
Our modern church has some distinct advantages over the early Church. We have better youth programs and better acoustics and finer buildings. We have better literature that is more available to our flocks, most of whom happen to be literate. We have some pretty fair preachers, or at least we have some who are more fun to listen to than the blessed Saint Augustine.
We have better choirs, I suspect, and we can put on a Sunday morning service with more art and more dignity and more beauty than ever before. We have mailing lists and newsletters and Web sites. We have educational buildings and discipleship classes and Bible study groups where students bring their own Bibles. We have Sunday school buses and youth lock-ins and Christian rock-and-roll bands.
What we do not have so much of sometimes, it seems to me, is the depth of spirit and of devotion and of piety that marked the life of the faithful in the hundreds and thousands of years before us, the centuries that produced the Church we built our buildings and programs around in the first place.
It is worth noting, I believe, that this tradition of prayer is one of the practices our modern Church does not do that the ancient Church did. We preach sermons, study the Scriptures, gather to worship on the Sabbath, teach our children the faith, and fellowship with one another - but we do not say our prayers.
Saturday, March 5, 2011
Friday, March 4, 2011
The ribbons were literally hanging on by a thread. For a year (or more!) they sat in my closet, and every time I looked at them I thought, "I'm sure I can fix that. I hate to give away two great shirts that I know I can fix." But I never took the time to do it.
Enter awesome new sewing machine from my in-laws. That was the motivation I needed to pull out these shirts and repair them!!
Thursday, March 3, 2011
When I was little, there used to be many nights I would spend the night with Granny and Granddaddy. We would pop popcorn and watch I Love Lucy until all hours of the night (probably at least 10pm!!) One of my favorite episodes of I Love Lucy is where they are all putting on a play that Lucy has written.
Ethel: Do you go alone?
Lucy: Si, I go alone.
Ethel: Eh, eh, eh, I think you go there to meet your liver.
For some reason this was one of the funniest episodes ever to me. You should really try to find it on Hulu or something. But every time I think of livers, this is what comes to me.
We shall eat out to celebrate this grand occasion very soon! I love you Mom!
Wednesday, March 2, 2011
Unfortunately, this book was confusing to me from the very beginning. I had never heard the phrases "fixed-hour prayer", or "keeping of the offices", or "observing of the divine hours". Benson seemed to pride himself on speaking in layman's terms, but I couldn't understand a lot of what he was talking about and I have to wonder, if I hadn't studied the Bible for as many years as I have, maybe I would feel really lost when reading this book.
I persevered in reading this book only to give it an accurate review, and I'm actually glad I did finish it. For every two or three chapters that I disagreed with doctrinally, I would find some pretty large paragraphs that really spoke to me (and I will actually blog about some of these in the future). Also, it turned out that Benson has a pretty good sense of humor which he shared in these pages and I really liked that as well. I like authors that don't take themselves too seriously and although this was a really serious, important topic to Benson I like that he still chose to involve humor in his writing.
Like I said, I don't necessarily agree with this book doctrinally. I don't believe that God wants us to pray at fixed hours - I believe he is accessible at all times of the day. I don't believe we should recite prayers to Him - I believe He wants to hear what we have to say from the heart. But do I believe we should pray more? Yes. Do I believe we should revere prayer more? Yes. Do I believe in having a prayer partner? Sure. And because Benson touched on all of these points as well, I was able to enjoy this book.
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Tuesday, March 1, 2011
Dragon and Turtle go on a safari and they just want to stay outside, camping out, through the whole night. They hear all sorts of things, like monkeys, giraffes, elephants, and leopards! They are very courageous throughout the night, and encourage each other to be brave by staying together and making up stories together.
The pictures in this book are so well done and really add to the story. This is a book we will definitely keep, especially for when our children are older, because I'm sure they will love this book for a long time. If this book is part of a series I would love to have all the books. At the end of the book is some scripture which talks about being not being afraid because God is with you, and gives you ideas of how to talk about this book with your children after you read it together. I highly recommend this book to all parents!
I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.