Sunday, June 29, 2008

Cool sleeper


This is how we found Jenna when we checked on her and tucked her in late last night.  That's right, she's a stylin' chick even asleep.

Thursday, June 26, 2008

"Hey Mom!..."

While practicing riding her bike earlier this week Jenna turned the focus of her success upon me and said, "Hey mom, you have a three-year-old who can ride her bike!"

Towel pictures



My mama-in-law wanted pictures of the girls in their towels so she could frame them for her bathroom.  I thought I would share the pictures here...  





Sunday, June 22, 2008

At the zoo

We had a really fun trip to the zoo with Heidi, Julia, and Cole. Well, it was fun until the last 20 minutes at the zoo. You see, the kids hit a wall. Actually, MY kids hit a wall. Okay, it was ELSIE. She cried starting by the zebras, and didn't let up until we got her home, where she smiled and giggled when Heidi lifted her out of the car seat. Little stinker. The car ride home was humorous. The babies were crying, the girls thought that was too loud so they were talking loudly about the loudness of the babies, and they were trying to calm the crying kids by saying "CALM DOWN" and moving their hands up and down in a way to show "calming down" to the babies. It was funny. And yet Heidi and I continued to chit-chat the whole drive.  What else can ya do :)

Jenna & Julia

Cole (trying to see the zebras) & Elsie (just kickin' it)

Friday, June 20, 2008

conversations

Me:  Go potty before we leave.

Jenna:  Okay, but don't leave without me.  Never ever never never!
Me: OK!
Jenna:  Cuz then I would have to make my own dinner and lunch, and turn on the tv with all the commercials, and... I would miss you so much.  I love you so much mom!

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Hey Dad, look what I did!!

I made my own trellis for my peas!  
Some PVC pipe and some string 
Opened a little more space in my crowded garden!
(I got the idea from here)

Powell Butte Hike

We went for a little hike yesterday up to Powell Butte.  It was nice, especially because we could take the strollers a decent distance up the hill.  From the top you can see lots of mountains and hills.  This is St. Helens.

Don't look too close, Jenna is smiling with a mouth full of granola bar.  
Someone is stealing the spotlight
Daddy and his girlies

Monday, June 16, 2008

Black Butte 2008

We had a fantastic time at Black Butte. Here are some of the highlights!
(Warning, there are A LOT of pictures!)

Both the girls were wide eyed and excited when we arrived

Jackson and Jenna at the horse stables.  
Pool time was always a hit.  Here's Jackson jumping off the side of the pool trying to dunk
Weston climbing on the rocks.
Making cookies with Great Grandma Jeanette (my grandma)
Eating popsicles they made with Grandma Love (my mom)
Silly faces for the camera
Weston, shortly after his bath
At the playground
Being silly in the car with Uncle Okie/Dad
Grandpa reading to Weston
Crossing through the parking lot together, ready to ride the horses
We did a lot of puzzles and played some fun games when the kids were sleeping
And we did a lot of reading and relaxing
Thanks mom and dad for making it all possible!  



Wednesday, June 11, 2008

The girlies before BB

We head to Black Butte today after nap time and we are SO VERY EXCITED!!! I just wanted to post a few pictures of the kids before we go. 

She is making a funny face in both these pictures, but I love these pjs.  
Makes her look like she should be at a slumber party.

Roo holds her own bottle and rolls almost completely on her tummy to eat it.  Chasing her bottle is how she finally got the motivation to roll from her back to her tummy.


See you all soon, and if it is really hot while I am gone will someone please water my garden?  Just kidding (sort of).



Sunday, June 08, 2008

A love-hate relationship

Okay, I am not exactly sure what to write, but I want to bring up a few things about the book Raising Godly Tomatoes.  Through reading it, I have been convicted in some major ways, have learned some incredible tips about loving my kids, have gained wisdom about training young children, and have disagreed strongly about a couple major points in the book.  So, I guess I just want to take a quick moment to share why I hate reading parenting books, and then why I love reading them...


Hate:
The way I feel like I am failing as a parent when I read them.
Being confused about what is 'black and white', and what is a 'gray area' in being a parent.
The way I start to obsess about parenting, almost like it is an idol in my life.  

Love:
The way it makes me think hard about how I am living my life
The tips and ideas I gain
The way it drives me to the Word of God to test that which I am reading
The good conversations it produces between me and friends, my sister, and my husband

Does anybody else share this love-hate relationship?



Saturday, June 07, 2008

Big changes

Small advancement such as:
Sitting up completely by herself
And holding her own bottle...
...have made Elsie seem a lot older lately.

Friday, June 06, 2008

Spills

Spill #1:  Puffs all over the floor - Jenna was helping feed Elsie a snack and dropped the whole container full.


Spill #2:  Water all down the hall - Jenna filled the play teapot FULL with water and it slooshed out spilling everywhere during her journey to show me what she had done.  

Spill #3:  Water all over the kitchen floor - When I told Jenna she was spilling from her teapot she leaned over to see the spill thus spilling the rest all over the kitchen floor.

Spill #4:  My water - I sat down to play memory on the family room floor with Jenna and knocked over my glass of water.  

4 small spills in 30 minutes.  impressive.


Thursday, June 05, 2008

I don't think I ever posted this pic.  Eric and I never take pictures of us, it's always the kids.  This was on our way to Mel's reception which was a blast.  Eric got to see a little glimpse of how silly we all were at high school dances.  

Since Eric is working so much and we don't have much time together we tend to make ALL the time we do have special and purposeful. We pray together more, we play games, we are watching season one of survivor together (hey, it's important to us), and we do special things in the evening with the kids like take trips to Starbucks for Jenna's favorite drink (hot chocolate) or go for a walk, or play a game as a family, etc. Sometimes it is good to be as busy as we are because we cherish simple moments together.  I hope we continue to do so even when life isn't as busy as it is now. 

Wednesday, June 04, 2008

Raising Godly Tomatoes


Because of my sister's recommendation, I am reading the book, "Raising Godly Tomatoes".  I have to say that I have REALLY been enjoying what the author has to say.  I strongly disagree with a couple of her main points, but the good far outweighs the bad in this book.  I like parenting books, and always find lots of things to disagree with :) But I love gaining wisdom and ideas from others who have similar goals in parenting as I do.  

I really enjoyed what she had to say about WHY we teach our kids obedience.  If I keep in mind the reason I am teaching obedience, it is easier to do so with patience and consistency.  I also love her ideas about constantly training your kids.  So many people overdo the idea that "kids should be allowed to be kids".  Of course they should!  But we also need to train them in responsibility and help them grow up into maturity.  Letting kids be (unruly, wild) kids all day and forever will result in very selfish, self-absorbed, lazy adults.

I have a link to the Raising Godly Tomatoes website over there --->
You can check it out and read some (all?) of her book right on the site.  But I do suggest reading it from cover to cover.  When I first clicked through her website I found myself being a bit judgmental of her parenting style.  But reading  the book I am understanding more why she chooses to parent as she does, and I have lowered my guard and can really appreciate what she has to say.