Monday, March 31, 2008

What we've been up to...

Last week when the weather was so nice (was that last week?  It is hard to remember since it has been snowing lately) we went to the park near our house.  It was beautiful, and very fun to be out together enjoying the sun and each other.  Here are some pictures....

Eric was up on the play structure taking these first two pictures

Elsie and mommy.

Jenna and daddy.
Elsie rolled over yesterday.  She has been doing this (see below) for quite some time now, and yesterday she rolled from her tummy to her back.  We didn't get to witness it, and she hasn't done it again so we will see if she rolled on accident or if she has it figured out.
I think this picture is cute.  This is what she does whenever the television is on... she just stares at the lights and colors.  She and Jenna both are very fascinated by the tv. 
We also took the whole family to the movies.  It was Jenna's first time (and Elsie's first time too) and both kids did great.  Jenna just loved every minute of it, laughing hysterically even if she didn't know what everyone was laughing at.  Elsie sat quietly, loving the fact that she was being held for such a long time, and loving this ginormous tv in front of her.  The movie we saw was Horton Hears a Who.  We read the book to her a few times before going to the show, and I think that really helped her to enjoy the movie.  She knew that everything was going to be okay, the characters were familiar, and the rhyme from the book was brought in every once in a while.  It was a great first movie experience!

Friday, March 28, 2008

SOOOOOOOO HAPPY!!!!


Thursday, March 27, 2008

The Rainbow Express


Jenna made this song up all by herself. The rainbow truly does express the Lord!

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

BRRRRRR!!!

A cold, quick, fun hunt...






Easter Morning Pictures

Jenna in her Easter dress. She wore it Sunday, Monday, and again today.


Baby Elsie Mae.


These are the best picture we got of the girls together.  We do such silly things to make Elsie smile, and in the process Jenna looses her grin and just looks at us with a half smile or a look of confusion. 



Sunday, March 23, 2008

Twinkle, Twinkle



Here's the first of a few videos I will be posting. This one is Jenna singing Twinkle, Twinkle. The ending is my favorite.

Saturday, March 22, 2008

The Jesus Storybook Bible

Here are a few beautiful quotes from the Jesus Storybook Bible.  Thanks Michelle for recommending this to us.  It has been amazing to read to Jenna (and it has been powerful to me as well!)


This is from the story of Good Friday, when Jesus was crucified:
"'If you were really the Son of God, you could just climb down off that cross!' (the soldiers) said.  And of course they were right.  Jesus could have just climbed down.  Actually, he could have just said a word and made it all stop.  Like when he healed that little girl.  And stilled the storm.  And fed 5,000 people.  But Jesus stayed.  You see, they didn't understand.  It wasn't the nails that kept Jesus there.  It was love."

And while Jesus was on the cross:
"The full force of the storm of God's fierce anger at sin was coming down.  On his own Son.  Instead of his people .  It was the only way God could destroy sin, and not destroy his children whose hearts were filled with sin.  Then Jesus shouted out in a loud voice, 'It is finished!'  And it was.  He had done it.  Jesus had rescued the whole world."

And after Jesus is ALIVE again!:
"Jesus said, 'I am the Savior and the Rescuer of the world.'  And they knew, because he couldn't stay dead, because Jesus had come alive again, that somehow everything would be all right."

"'Go everywhere and tell everyone this happy news!  Tell them that I love them so much that I died for them.  It's the Truth that overcomes the terrible lie.  God loves his children.  Yes, he really does!'... Now everyone can come home to God,' Jesus said.  'Death is not the end of you.  You can live forever with your Father in heaven because I have rescued the whole world!'"



"For God so loved the world that He gave his only begotten Son that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life."

Happy Resurrection day, happy Easter.

Thursday, March 20, 2008

About me

This was fun to put together!  Enjoy.

Age on next birthday



Favorite place to visit


Favorite Foods




Favorite color



Name of pet, past or present

(Two cocker spaniels, punky and brewster)


(a dog named pooh)


(A cat named cosby)


(a turtle named norman)


Nickname

(my nephews call me "ming")

First name

Middle name
(Nichole Nordeman)

Last name


First job


Current Hobbies





Here are some pics of me and the girlies. We had a little fun with the photo booth...


Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Some plugs

Let me talk for a minute about my sister.   She is a GREAT mom.  She takes her job as mom very seriously.  She has a lot of wisdom, a good amount of experience.  She has read a lot of books about raising children, prays constantly for wisdom, and depends upon the Lord for daily strength.   Plus she loves to share her wisdom and ideas with others. I respect my sister so much and go to her constantly for advice.  She's full of gems to share.  Anyways, head on over to her blog and check out her most recent post.  It might be something you are interested in!  


My next plug is on my husband's blog.  (He is reading through Future Grace by John Piper and is blogging a little about each chapter.)  Read what he wrote about chapter 17.  It is about preaching the TRUTH of God to yourself.  I could go on about this but will let you click on over to his blog now :)

Next plug is for a friend from college whose blog makes me laugh every time I wander over to it.  Read the post titled "Luck of the draw" and then the one below that, and then the one below it... you get the idea.  Side note, she is from Alaska and knows one of the only people I know in Alaska.  You know that situation where you meet someone from, say, Alaska, and you say, "Hey I know someone from Alaska" and they look at you with that half smile which silently says, "super, now you are going to expect me to know the ONLY person you know in Alaska?"  Anyways, it was pretty weird to find out that she knows one of my only friends from Alaska, Daylan Arnold!  

 

New comparison pictures

These ones make me smile.





Monday, March 17, 2008

Anniversary trip




Black Butte was wonderful!  I know, I know, we brought the kids on our anniversary trip, but it was really fun.  It snowed our first day so we were able to enjoy some sledding.  We also enjoyed the pool, and lots of other fun Black Butte things.  It was great!  We would like to thank our dear friends for allowing us to spend the weekend at their cabin!!!

Friday, March 14, 2008

Happy Anniversary

March 14, 2008 marks FIVE years of marriage for Eric and I!  


Year one:  GREAT.  So fun, driving millions of miles every day to work, sleeping in the car, meeting amazing lifelong friends, going to Disneyland on a regular basis, having so much fun.

Year two:  Good, but scary.  Losing jobs, getting pregnant, unknown future.  But still loving life together!

Year three:  New.  Moving to Oregon, having a baby, moving a few times, new jobs, new friends, lots of adjustments.  Enjoying the changes together, still having tons of fun.

Year four:  Exciting.  Buying a house, getting pregnant again, closer friendships.

Year five:  Good transition.  Having baby #2, new job, lots of jobs, helping plant a church, enjoying life together.  

It's been a great five years.  Here's to MANY MANY more to come!

I love you E!

Thursday, March 13, 2008

today's quote

On our car ride home from Good Shepherd, Jenna was telling me about what she learned in the 3-year old classroom today.  She told me how the soldiers took Jesus away and how the disciples were VERY sad.  Then she started naming the disciples...

"There's James...(thinking)...and...Thomas...(thinking)....and...is Percy in this story?"

Those who know the disciples and know the Thomas Train characters will appreciate this quote.  

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Just talkin'

Jenna talks to Elsie a lot.  And then she answers for her.  Here's a typical sister-sister conversation...

Jenna:  Elsie do you want to eat this?  
Jenna speaking for Elsie:  Yes.  
Jenna: What color is it?  
Jenna speaking for Elsie: Green.  
Jenna:  That's right Elsie!  Good job.  I'm so proud of you.





Elsie, we look forward to hearing what it on YOUR mind! But until then, we do a pretty good job filling in the blanks.


Ants

Jenna has been having a reoccurring dream.  She dreams that there are ants on her pillow.  The first time it happened she ran full speed out of her room yelling, "ants!  there are ants!"  I was confused (it was 2am) and nervous that upon turing on her light I would find ants in her bed.  Thankfully there was nothing.  I told her it was just a dream, cuddled her and kissed her goodnight.  About 25 minutes later she came running into our room again telling me that the ants were back.  I started to think that I would be getting a lot more sleep if there actually WERE ants.  At least that way I could get rid of them and ease her mind.  But I couldn't do much of anything to help.   I started to think about what tools I could give her so that she could handle this on her own.  I told her to go back to bed, close her eyes, and throw some pretend food really far away.  I told her that the ants would leave and go eat the food.  It worked.  Thank you Lord.  I really did thank God for this silly middle-of-the-night solution to what some may see as a small dilemma.  Small ones like this help prepare me for the bigger dilemmas to come. 

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

The Party

Three year olds are fun. They have friends. They like very specific things. They say funny stuff. And they are easy to please.

This year we let Jenna choose the theme of her party, and we let her choose a couple of friends to invite (small house = only a few friends). She choose a Princess theme and wanted a Princess cake, and she wanted to dress like a princess for the party. This gets tricky though since she definitely wants her boy cousins to come, along with her good friend Jake. So, we made it a Princess/Pirate party, and it was so fun. Eric had a lot of time off this week so we had a great time going all out for the festivities. Decor included a cardboard box castle, cardboard box pirate ship (with a drawbridge door...I know that doesn't actually work for a ship, but it was really fun), balloons, two homemade cakes (one princess one with a castle and one pirate one). And the party included a treasure hunt, and all the kids came dressed as either a princess or a pirate. It was really fun.

Here are some pictures...

My mom came wearing a crown, and my dad came dressed like this.  It was awesome.
Here are the kids playing in the ship.
Blowing out the candles.  Pirate Davis is in the background.
Here's Princess Peyton mowing the lawn.  See, princesses do normal things.
Princess Ashlynn and Princess Julia playing outside.

And here's Jenna after the party wearing some new dress up clothes she got.  It was such a fun day. 

Monday, March 10, 2008

Happy 3rd Birthday Jenna


It is hard to believe that Jenna is already three years old. Sigh, sniff, sniff.

It was amazing this past year to watch her change from a shy, obedient little two-year old into a confident, polite, outgoing three-year old. It's a pleasure to watch her grow and mature. I look forward to being both mom and friend to her for years and years to come.

Here's Jenna in a nutshell.
-She love the color purple. If purple is an option, then purple is chosen.
-She makes up songs. Her most recent one is titled, "The Rainbow Express the Lord". We caught it on video, and it's cute.
-She LOVES being with friends. And she LOVES her cousins.
-She knows all her letters and numbers, and is starting to write a few.
-She adores her dad, and for good reason. He's the best.
-She is a great sister.
-She loves books and always wants us to read to her. She has a few books memorized and reads them to us.
-She loves watching movies and tv. Friday night movie night is her favorite.
-She loves vegetables.
-She loves ice cream.
-When asked if she has a pet, she says yes. But we don't. She loves her stuffed kitty, and it is as close to a real pet as she will get for a while.
-She can't start her day until she has on her jewelry - two necklaces and two bracelets. And she wants to wear a dress or skirt every day.
-She loves to teach me how to do things, and loves to play that she's the mother and I'm the daughter.
-She loves church - singing the songs, learning about God, being with friends, creating Bible art.

So sweet Jenna, happy birthday. I don't know if you will ever read this post but if you do, I hope you can see how very much I love you. I can't wait to see God's plans for your life, and I will pray for you each step of the way. I love you baby girl!

Friday, March 07, 2008

Crackin' Eggs

Jenna's just cracking eggs and telling me about her plans for the evening.




Quote of the day:
"Dad, mom said I can't watch Little Bears...so, can I?"

Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Reading books

My husband has been reading a lot this past year, and it has recently inspired me to get back into books.  Last year I went through a phase of reading classics and then recommendations.  I read The Catcher in the Rye, and To Kill a Mockingbird.  I read Wicked:  The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West, and several others that I can't remember right now.  I read lots of books that I had read once in high school but this time around I actually really enjoyed them.  

So I am back to it.  My new list of 'must reads' is long and I am very excited about it.  My dear cousin (in-law) Keely is an avid reader and I get many of my recommendations from her.  Currently I am reading one she recommended called A Tree Grows in Brooklyn.  I am really enjoying it so far.  The last chapter I read was beautifully written.  It was a mother talking to her daughter who had just given birth her very first child.  The new mom was terrified.  She was terrified that she couldn't give her new daughter a life better than hers.  And hers had been filled with poverty.  The wise mother of this new mom told her what to do.  She told how to advance her child in this life.  The mother was illiterate, but the daughter could read.  Still a poor family, at least the new generation had advanced in literacy.  Now her job was to read to her new baby daughter every day.  One page from Shakespeare, and one page from the Bible.  This next generation would be another step ahead.  She also told her to save 5 cents each day and once she had $50 to buy some land to pass on to her child.  How? the daughter asked.  And the wisdom of saving a few pennies was shared.  This illiterate woman had learned much in life, and was imparting her wisdom upon her scared young daughter who was now a mother.  It was really quite beautiful.  

Anyways, I just wanted to share with you my love for books.  And I want to encourage you to visit my husbands book blog titled Logic or Kebobs?   He reads a ton and is now blogging about it.  Currently he is reading Future Grace by John Piper.  

Next on my list is either The Secret Life of Bees or A Wrinkle in Time.  Both recommendations from Keely.