Saturday, February 27, 2010

Girls Day

Sonya and I had an impromptu girls morning today, and I spoiled her. Sonya has been asking for a bow for hair for quite a while. I know, she is almost three years old and never had a hair bow but she has never been super girly until recently. So we headed to what seems to be the bow headquarters of mid county Laurie's Shoes. I let Sonya pick out five bows. Two shades of blue, hot pink, green, and black (my choice). To any of my Southern friends reading, after I bought the bows I saw bigger ones. By the time I got home, I decided I wanted the bigger bows. Needless to say, I will be exchanging them because I figure if she is going to wear a bow, lets really wear a bow.

From there we headed to Target. I had to pick up a few things and I let Sonya pick out one new book. Of course she picked a Disney Princess box set. She loves these girls even though she hasn't seen all of their movies.

From there we to headed to PetsMart to get dog food. We looked at the fish, hamsters, and parakeets. Then we ran next door to Old Navy and got Sonya the most wonderful tutu skirt. I have been eyeing it online for a while, and when we got to the store they didn't have her size. Luckily I ran into one the mom's from Sonya's school and she happened to find the skirt in Sonya's size mixed in with some big girl clothes. It was meant to be :). She wore it all afternoon and could not stop twirling.

She also picked out two shirts with my help.
It is so fun to watch Sonya become a true little girl. She constantly asking in various ways,
"Do you see me?"
"Am I beautiful?"
It is interesting to see her world as she sees it. She was watching Taylor Swift's Love Story video (of course) and Taylor and her Romeo were running toward one another in a field to embrace. As Sonya was watching she was so excited when they finally reached one another and said,"She got her daddy!" She doesn't know romantic love, she knows what every girl longs for, the love of her daddy.
My prayer for her is to always know she is seen, beautiful, and loved.

Thank you Sonya Catherine for a lovely morning.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Our Day

Yesterday was a good day. I really enjoyed my kids. We normally go to CBS bible study on Wednesday mornings, but today I decided we needed to do something else. This mama needed to head to the gym and have a break from babies. I can't believe this difference it made in my day to just get on the elliptical for just 30 minutes. I was more patient and my mood was better for the rest of the day. It was a good wake up call to realize that I don't have to kill myself when I go to the gym, but just get there. I know I don't and won't have a smokin' hot bod, from 30 minutes of exercise. Lets be honest, my stomach is flabby and looks like I have been mauled by some type jungle cat, but If I can have more days like today because of 30 minutes of exercise I will take it.

We came home and had some lunch and Teddy was being the sweetest little, I mean big, guy. Which was nice because Tuesday he was a major crab. We actually had some sun coming through the backdoor, so I grabbed my camera to get some practice shooting in manual.

Don't you just want eat him up?

I think Sonya is on the way to giving up her nap. It has been a grieving process for me, but I am coming to terms with it. The loss of my down time in the afternoon has been a hard pill to swallow, but we did have some fun today. I decided to make play-doh and let her pick out the colors, pink and blue. Sonya also learned that pink and blue make purple mixed together because you know play-doh only stayed separate for 2 minutes.

Blue is her favorite color.

Then we listened to some Taylor Swift and danced. The Fearless CD is the soundtrack to Sonya's life. I will have to write a separate post about the Sonya's Taylor Swift obsession. It involves sunglasses, a hairbrush, asking for a band camp T-shirt, and wearing these.
Stay tuned...

Sonya has also noticed that mama has had the camera out a lot recently. So she wanted in on the action. The phrase,"Mama I take a pitsur of Tedward," was heard quite a few times yesterday.

I also made a pretty tasty dinner. Spicy chicken sausage, bell peppers, and onions. All organic I might add, even the bread. No recipe to post, pretty self explanatory. That is Josh's plate because I gave up bread and butter for lent. Not bread and not butter, but bread and butter together for reasons mentioned earlier, ie flabby stomach etc.

To make a good day even better, Josh was home before 6pm, which is rare. We got the house all cleaned up and both babies in bed by 8pm. Then to top it off, I saw Tilley's picture on Pioneer Woman's website, see previous post. Yesterday was a day that makes you feel like you can make the rest of the winter.

I have been praying asking God to make me content with where I am and not be consumed with all of life's "what ifs." Yesterday God blessed with a day where I was present in my own life. Sounds silly, but days like this are hard to come by. Hopefully there will be more, along with warm sunshine. This is quote is from the book Captivating by John and Stasi Eldredge.
"Now we should live when the pulse of life is strong. Life is a tenuous thing...fragile and fleeting. Don't wait for tomorrow. Be here now! Be here now! Be here now!"
I had this quote hanging on my refrigerator for a long time. It isn't there anymore, I think it should make a come back.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

What the what?!?

So tonight my heart skipped a beat when I saw this photograph

That's right folks, I am a finalist in a Pioneer Woman photo contest. I submitted this photo on a whim, and didn't think much of it. So when I opened my google reader and saw it pop up, it took my breath away. I don't think I have smiled this big since the birth of my baby boy. Not that this boy doesn't make me smile...

Excuse the bananas in his face, it was lunch time.

This excitement could get me through the rest of the cold winter.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010


Now I feel the pressure to have funny witty posts about our life around the house and to have amazing insight about marriage, parenting, friendship, and my faith. I keep sitting here trying to think of something smart to write so I can pretend like I am important. I guess writing a blog is like learning to do anything else, it takes practice and discipline to get good at it. I heard a great definition of discipline at the church we have been attending.

Discipline: Any activity I can do by direct effort that will help me do what I cannot do by direct effort.

So this will take my direct effort to get going, get comfortable, and get my style.

I like these pictures of knots I took because it took discipline to get it right. I have been working with my camera and shooting in a manual setting. I thought about how I wanted to see the knot captured in my camera, and then had to think about how to get the correct settings.

This one is not what I wanted.

This is closer, but not quite what I wanted.

This is how I wanted to see the knot. To see the true color of the knot and see the all of the rope in focus.

It took my direct effort to get this shot because it was something I could not do before. Figuring out my ISO, aperture, and shutter speed to obtain the result I wanted. This shot is far from perfect, but it better than the others.

Discipline and practice.

Monday, February 22, 2010

here we go...

This is something I never thought I would do. Start a blog about our little family, but here we go.

Meet the family...

This is Josh and I. His nickname for me is 13 going on 30 because of my love for unicorns and rainbows yet I am a 31 year old wife and mother.

This is Sonya. She will be 3 at the end of April, you will hear a lot about her.

This is Teddy. He will be 1 in April, you will also hear a lot about him.

These are our puggles Rooney and Tilley. You will hear about them, too.

I am trying to keep a record of our life together. Let's see how it goes.


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