Sunday, January 31, 2010

10 Little Words

I never knew the reaction of my son to 8 little words could bring me so much joy. "Mommy and Daddy don't have to go to work tomorrow." I live for Friday nights when I can tell Matthew, "Guess What! Mommy and daddy don't have to go to work tomorrow!" His face breaks into a huge smile, he jumps up and down, claps, and shouts "Yleah!" This is his reaction every single time. The reaction is all the more special when it is an unexpected day off. A surprise day in which I have nothing planned expect staying home and playing with my boys, all three of them. We are blessed that daddy is a teacher too, so every time mommy gets to stay home, daddy gets too also!
Life is Good.

Friday, January 29, 2010

Snow Day!

For a teacher, there is no greater joy than getting out of school for a snow day! I was always so excited to get an unexpected day off of school when I was a child, I never knew that it would bring me greater joy as an adult!
This has been a wonderful day. After getting out of school early, I came home and we took a family nap. was wonderful! When we all woke up we went outside to play in the snow for a while.

The last time it snowed, Matthew loved it...Miles on the other hand, cried the whole time we were outside. He did better this time...

...he lasted 10 minutes before started crying! :)

Matthew and Daddy had fun throwing snowballs! I wanted to build a snowman, but Matthew kept destroying it to make snowballs. Oh well...

When we came in, Matthew wanted to play with playdough. Matthew played with it, Miles ate it, and Mommy finally got to build her snowman!

Life is Good!

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Yummy Yummy

I have never been one of those mothers who is a fanatic about spotless faces and clothes. Don't get me wrong, I want my boys to look cute, but they are boys, inevitably they are going to get dirty. I just invest in good laundry detergent. :) Besides, dirty faces make the cutest pictures!

Italian food has never been my favorite...Michael LOVES it! Needless to say, Michael is quite thrilled that BOTH of our boys LOVE Italian food. He uses them to pursuade me into eating it...Who could say no to these faces?

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Oh...What a day!

Last year, our best friends, Daniel and Lindsay, moved to Memphis. We have only seen them one time in the past 6 months. We decided that we would each drive half way and meet in Nashville for a short visit. We made reservations at the Rain Forest Cafe because 2 summers ago we took Matthew there and he LOVED it!
Matthew and Daddy at the Rainforest Cafe, Summer 2008.

We got up early on Saturday, packed the car and headed for Nashville. The entire trip all Matthew talked about was wanting to see the snakes, elephants, and monkeys. We walked into the Rainforest Cafe and Matthew starting crying hysterically! I got him calmed down just in time for the "thunder storm" to take place and Matthew to burst into hysterics again! Matthew would not even entertain the idea of getting close enough to the animals to get his picture made.
Miles and Daddy at the Rainforest Cafe, January 2010.

After we ate we persuaded Matthew into getting his picture made by the Rainforest Cafe sign.

It was after this last picture was taken that my world was turned upside down. Michael went outside to get the stroller. I had all of our belongings (or so I thought) in a pile at my feet. As I placed all of the belongings in the stroller. All except one...MY PURSE! I looked everywhere for it, asked everyone in sight, looked through the lost and found...No luck. I began calling the bank and credit card companies to cancel and put holds on all my accounts.

We tried to make the day as enjoyable for the boys as possible. They rode the carousel.

Matthew threw some money into the wishing fountain.

After such a hard day, we decided to find a hotel and not drive the entire way home. We checked into a hotel in Crossville. They boys loved being in a hotel. It is amazing how little it takes to make kids happy.

There was one high point to this rather lousy day. While we were staying at the hotel, Matthew poo pooed in the potty! This was the first time he has completely all on his own. His reward for using the potty is a Reese Cup. Since we were not at home, we did not have any with us. Daddy ran out to the gas station to buy a King Size Reese Cup. This is Matthew after eating his Reese's. (Yes that IS chocolate!)

Matthew 6:19-21
Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon the earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where theives break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in Heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where theives do not break through nor steal. For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Santa Claus Came To Town!

I know, I know. I posted this backwards, but better late than never.

From the moment we started asking Matthew what he wanted for Christmas his answer was the same, "A trampoline and Ice Age Dinosaurs." That is exactly what he told Santa he wanted. (Luckily for Santa there was a trampoline on sale at Walmart on Black Friday.)
Christmas morning arrives. Matthew and Miles both come down the hall ready to see if Santa really came. The first thing Matthew sees is Ice Age Dawn of the Dinosaurs along with movie character Beanie Babies. He was so excited.

This is the conversation that follows:

Daddy: "Matthew are you happy?"
Matthew: "Yes!"
Daddy: "Did you get everything you wanted?"
Matthew: "Yes!"
Daddy: "What did you ask Santa Claus for?"
Matthew: (Pause) "...a trampoline..."
Daddy: "Did you get a trampoline?"
Matthew: ""
Daddy: "Do you think Santa could put a trampoline in our living room?"
Matthew: ""
Daddy: "Where do you think he would leave it?"
Matthew" (thinking)"...OUTSIDE!!!"
Matthew proceeds to run to the dining room to look out at the back yard. He sees his new trampoline and starts jumping up and down clapping and screaming.

Miles was just excited that Santa does not wrap the gifts he leaves. Miles hated actually opening presents.

Miles opening his first Christmas present.

Miles opening his second Christmas present.

Miles just enjoying Santa's gifts.

Christmas was so much more fun now that I see it through my boys eyes! I hated for it to be over. I know that next year will be even better!

Monday, January 4, 2010

New Year, New Blessings

I was thinking today about the New Year and resolutions. That was not fun, so I starting thinking about all the blessings in my life.

I am blessed to have:

-a wonderful husband who loves me and our children.

-two beautiful, healthy boys.

-loving parents.

-wonderful in-laws.

-a gracious, caring church family.

-a job that I love.

-a three year old who has not had an asthma attack in 9 months.

-wonderful, loving friends.

-all the material blessings I need, plus 100 times more.

I am blessed beyond measure. I am amazed everyday that all of my prayers have been answered so completely. I never could have imagined my life being this wonderful. I cannot fathom it getting any better that it is right now and yet, each day it does. God works in mysterious ways. Ways I do not understand, but am completely thankful for. Here's to a new year, filled with even more blessings.