Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Better day today


It is like Jenna knew that I needed an easier day. She slept in this morning. When I went into her room she asked for a big hug and a kiss. When I gave her breakfast she said, "thank you very much mommy."

Faith, what you said in your comment to me is so true. When kids are going through the tantrum stage, we have to remember that they really are good girls.

Monday, September 25, 2006

Bleh.

Today was a rough one - Jenna threw her first official tantrum...
And then she threw her second. About an hour later she threw her third and forth. I just finished dealing with the fifth (and hopefully final one since she is now in bed). I feel like I could burst into tears.

It was so hard to maintain my cool. At first I was laughing (on the inside) because it was kind of cute and funny. She was kicking and slapping her hands on the ground, and when I walked away from her she got up, followed me, and threw herself on the ground again. But after a while I was finding myself struggling to control my anger. I was frustrated and there didn't seem to be anything I could do to fix the situation. Honestly I just didn't know how to handle it.

The poor girl was really tired today, kinda sick, and she is getting another tooth (she had a lot of things working against her). I was trying to keep that in mind and thus be extra patient, but I didn't want to allow the behavior. I guess I need to decide how to handle this new stage. Or at least make some plans so that I have options when the time comes.

Bleh. Parenting is hard.

Saturday, September 23, 2006

Genesis 1:1

Friday, September 22, 2006

Favorite things...

Kids pick favorite things so early in life. They have strong opinions about what they want to do, where they want to go, what they want to watch, who they want to play with, etc!

Because of this fact, I have been learning to rephrase my words when talking to Jenna lately. For example, I used to say, "Jenna, do you want to go nigh-night?" And she would say "yes" to everything! Not so much anymore. Now instead of asking questions, I have to say, "Jenna, it's time to go nigh-night." It is not a question. It was never suppose to be a question. And when I stated it the old way, I meant it to be rhetorical. I can't ask if she wants to do something like go to bed! Of course she wants to stay up! I am learning daily how to be the mom to a child with opinions! It's fun :)

A favorite of Jenna's is a video called Wheels on the Bus. It is a rather cheesy movie that Jenna has absolutely fallen in LOVE with. They sing the song and then go to different destinations such as the zoo, a farm and an aquarium. Animals, songs, and singing animals! She loves every bit of it. (I'm not the biggest fan of the movie, but it could be worse.)

Here she is admiring the dvd case it comes in:


Here she is showing me the finger she closed inside the dvd case:


And here she is after I tell her that we can watch her movie:


So we watch it, about once a day.

Monday, September 18, 2006

One year of growth





So, here are some pictures - two taken when Jenna was 6 months old, and two taken today (Jenna is 18 months old). One year of growth. Can you imagine if we all continued to grow that much each year?! Thankfully we evenutally slow down a bit.

Our learning seems to slow down a bit too. Jenna is learning something new EVERY SINGLE DAY! Me? Not so much. But I should, there is so much to learn.
I should be learning new things about the Lord on a daily basis.
I love enriching my mind with the books I am reading, and so I should every day.
I have the opportunity to learn from those around me, daily! Man, I have some wonderful, smart, WISE friends. I am SO thankful for the friends and family that the Lord blessed me with. Seriously. I am so thankful.

Sunday, September 17, 2006

Football fun with Daddy

Eric taught Jenna a few of the basics about football yesterday. Mainly that you root for the Sooners.

Friday, September 15, 2006

My career also includes photography...

I love taking pictures. This love started back in 8th grade when I had a photography class with Mr. Dunton (was that his name? I know it started with a D. Hmm...), and has been on pause until about 18 months ago when Jenna was born.

I think it is great that we have her whole life captured and stored on our wonderful Apple computer. A big part of why I take so many photos is so that our family and friends in Oklahoma and California (and Washington and Ohio and Idaho and countless other locations) can feel close to Jenna without being able to be near. All of this to say, in 18 months we have taken thousands and thousands of photos. I would give you an exact count, but there are a few in there that aren't of Jenna - such as this one...


And this one...


When you photograph children, you end up with some great pictures but you also end up with some out-takes that never quite make the blog. For instance, to get this picture:


You also end up with this...


And to get this picture:


You get a few of these...



And then there are the ones that should be deleted instantly, but we keep those too. For example...

(the stuff coming out of her nose...um, we call those slugs. Snot slugs)

Sometimes I worry about our next little one. Will they feel unloved because we didn't take 3,000 pictures of them in their first year of life? Nah, I think my love for photography will only continue to grow. I guess that means our hard drive needs to grow as well.

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Another video

This was taken last week. (It is the same video that is on our myspace right now.) Enjoy!

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Busy day!

Today was a busy day for us. First, we went to the zoo for $2 Tuesday! It was so much fun! Jenne and the boys met us there and we looked at all the animals. Jenna has always enjoyed the zoo, and each time her enjoyment seems to grow! It is so fun. Jackson and Davis (cousins) took the time to show her where the different animals were hiding, and to take her by the hand to the next exhibit. It was cute.

After the zoo, we headed home for a late nap...which had to be cut short because of a doctor appointment. The doc found Jenna to be healthy and strong - and SO tall. We already knew that, but it is always interesting to find out the "stats." She is in the 70th percentile for weight, and off the charts for height. For girls, you double the height at 18 months to find out how tall they will be when they grow up. If that is accurate, Jenna will be 5'10" just like her mama.

The doctor gave Jenna four shots and then we headed home. Jenna did not like the bandaids and she was complaining about the "ouchies" so I spoiled her a little. Here she is watching her favorite video (for the SECOND time today) all comfy on the couch.

Her favorite things: Wheels on the Bus video, blankie, kitty, milk.





Yesterday we played in the water on the back patio for a while. Can't get much better than dumping water on yourself.





Fun summer days. Just trying to enjoy the last of the sun until it disappears for a few months.

Monday, September 11, 2006

Silly Jenna



Jenna loves to watch herself on the video camera. As you will see with this video, she is fascinated by the movement of her mouth and by the look of her teeth! So silly. (She also sounds a little stuffy...tail end of a cold).

Saturday, September 09, 2006

From newborn to little girl in 18 short months...

Newborn...


Baby...


Toddler...


Little girl...



She is growing up so fast...right before our eyes.

Thursday, September 07, 2006

A Wood Family Update...by Eric

I recently read a book called 48 Days to the Work You Love. The great Dave Ramsey recommended it more than once on his radio show to people in my position--unhappy and frustrated at work. The book encouraged me to search my soul and determine what I was born to do, what gets me excited. It said you can actually be happy at work (a concept COMPLETELY foreign to me!). Two weeks after reading the book, and after two weeks of some good soul searching, the good Lord gave me a very strong desire to join the Gresham Police force. I know God doesn't speak audibly right now (Rev. 22:18-19) but He was sure active in guiding me to this decision. Get this--the morning I first gave this idea some serious thought, the FIRST story on the FRONT page of the newspaper was an article about how the Gresham Police Department needs to hire 6 officers soon! Praise the Lord! He is good and faithful to shepherd His children.
So, I talked to my boss (my father-in-law, Drake), got his blessing, and I applied! I take a written test on October 14, and that's all I know so far. I've heard this is a long process. Megan and I just get more and more excited the longer we wait. We would appreciate your prayers as you remember us, way up here in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. We trust the Lord, and firmly believe His promises, "that for those who love God all things work together for good" (Rom. 8:28).

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Sigh...

Well, Jenna's Mimi and Poppy went back to Oklahoma yesterday. It was really sad to see them go, especially since we don't know when we will get see them again. Jenna had so much fun, as did Eric and I. They are wonderful parents, grandparents and in-laws. We are SO blessed. Here are some more pictures they took while they were here! I will try to put a video up sometime too.

Big hugs from Poppy


Big eyes


Peek-A-Boo


BUBBLES!


HA! HA! HA!

Sunday, September 03, 2006

Lots of fun...lots of pictures!

Bruce and Mae played with Jenna while Eric and I went on a date!

Our date included lunch at P.F.Chang's, wandering around Edgefield (it is a winery, brewery, hotel, garden, etc), a trip to the chocolate store, and an errand to Walmart. These pictures are from Edgefields!



Poppy and Mimi took Jenna to the park, to the Burger King play place, gave her a bath, and did lots of other fun things!







I think everyone enjoyed the day!

Friday, September 01, 2006

Poppy and Mimi are here!

Hi, this is Jenna. I just had to tell everyone that Poppy and Mimi are here to visit us for 5 days! I am having so much fun with my grandparents. We have played with bubbles and a new bubble blower, played at a park, played in the water, played with legos, watched a video, sang songs, and lots of other fun things!

I am having so much fun that I don't want to sleep or eat, I just want to play, play, play!!! Today they went to visit Mandy and Ireland, but they will be back later for dinner and more playtime. I think they are going to take me to the zoo tomorrow, and watch me while mommy and daddy go out on a date! Oh, I am so excited! I am pretty sure that mommy and daddy are having fun too. They are laughing a lot. I hear them playing games while I am drifting off to sleep at night. Pinochle. Doesn't sound too fun to me, but I guess it's a grown-up game. Here are a few more pictures of our fun times!

I could blow bubbles all day long!


Here I am in the water at Blue Lake!


Poppy and I "rocka-rocka-ed" and sang songs until I almost fell asleep!


Poppy and Mimi love to take pictures of me.


...stay tuned, there will be more pictures and stories to come!