Sunday, April 29, 2012

keeping me laughing...

My dad asked me the other day if I enjoy my children or if I just see the work. I think he knew the answer. 
If you know me at all you know that I enjoy my children. Yes, they are work. This season of time is a lot of physical work. They can't make their meals, dress themselves, or bath themselves. They pretty much need help with everything they do and make messes faster than I can clean them. It can get exhausting, especially when you're doing these things on little sleep.

My mom keeps reminding me to laugh a lot. 
Laugh when Elijah decides to flush his underwear down the toilet cause it's "a little dirty."
Laugh when Nay is trying to share her raisins with Amelia. 
Laugh when Elijah comes bursting into our room at 4:00 A.M. riding his toy horse (that makes a lot of noise) ready to play. Waking Amelia up who finally fell asleep. 

I have to laugh or sometimes I'd cry. 

Many times they make it so easy. 
Like the time Elijah told me he was a man cause he "almost has a beard." Or when he told me he NEEDED another cliff bar cause he was loosing ALL his muscles.
Nay barely speaks, cause Elijah never stops, but just hearing her soft sweet voice puts a smile on my face.  
She loves to touch her nose to Amelia's and say, "hi Mia, Mia, Mia." 
She also gets so happy when Elijah wakes up and goes running to his room saying, IE.
I think my favorite thing to hear her say is "ub you" for love you. Or maybe when she says, "hold me."
Elijah asked me the other day if my arms hurt cause   he's not in them. 
I asked him what he'd like to do today and he thought for a minute and then said, "well, we could do somptin (something) like a farty."(party, he replaces p's with f's. makes for some interesting words at times.) 
I'll ask him what he's doing and he'll say, "no fing." (nothing) 

The other day he said, "mom I have a great idea, how about I hold Amelia!" I told him that sounded good and laid her on his lap. He preceded to tell her the story of the three little pigs.

It's precious to watch him care for his sisters. 
A couple nights ago he came into my room while I was still feeding Amelia. Once I was done I told him I was going to go eat now and he told me, "it's okay mom, go eat your dinner, I'll take care of Amelia for you." 

I can't imagine ever forgetting the sweet things they say, or the tone they say them in, or the expressions they have when they say them, but I know I will. I need to keep writing them down so I can be reminded of these precious times. 
Enjoying my kids. 

bits of splendor

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

the best birthday present

We've had this little project going on for awhile. Around Christmas we thought we'd give Vanessa a play kitchen. Caleb looked and looked for a piece of furniture he could build one into for a long time and finally came across this entertainment center on craigslist for 30 bucks.   

The problem was he found it too late to have it done in time for Christmas. So it sat in our garage waiting. Life got a little busy having a baby and all and this project kept falling on the back burner. As we started thinking about Nay's birthday we decided it was time to get it done. 
Caleb worked tirelessly to get it done for her. He'd come home after a long day at work, play with the kids, help clean up dinner and then head out to the garage and work till some ungodly hour. 
He's such an incredible dada pouring his love into this little toy for Vanessa.
I can't believe I didn't get more pictures of the process (probably because I was sleeping or doing the midnight feeding:) But here is the finished product. 

 The stove top is just pieces of wood he cut, sanded, and painted. The knobs and handle on the oven came from Home Depot.

 I had these little birdy pulls from a project I never did.

 Caleb's mom bought the V for her.

 Caleb made the towel bar and my mom had given me the towel a long time ago. (she loves birds)

 The sink is a mixing bowl.

 I still need to get a hook for her aprons.

 She couldn't believe it. She walked slowly towards it and gently touched the knobs as we explained that it was hers. I don't think she believed us for awhile.

 Elijah was as thrilled with her birthday present as she was. He kept saying "Nay this is your birthday." 

 Caleb's mom thought she had to have a new apron to go with her kitchen and of course if Vanessa has one shouldn't I have a matching one? 

 She hasn't stopped playing with it. In fact it's proven to be quite difficult to pull her away for things like, bathing, eating, or sleeping. 
It's fun to watching her enjoy her gift so much. I'm privileged to have a husband that can work with his hands and sacrifices his sleep to see his kids smile.

Saturday, April 21, 2012

doll doll

Happy Birthday sweet girl.
We love you more than you'll ever know and it was a joy celebrating you today. God blessed us beyond messure when he gave you to us. 
We love you doll doll.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Changing Seasons...

You may have noticed a name change. I needed something new after Amelia was born. I thought and thought, but not being the most creative person didn't come up with anything. 
I thought a lot about our life, our family, and why I blog and changing seasons just came to mind. 
I like it because I love the changing of seasons. 
I love seeing God's creativity in each season. 
I like it because I feel like we're constantly in a new season with our family.
I like it because this blog documents all those changing seasons. 
So there you have it...Changing Seasons.
(spring is my favorite)
We've hit the six week mark. I've always thought this was a big milestone and led into the next stage with my babies. 
They're smiling and cooing.
They're on a good schedule.
They're not sleeping all the time. 
And they're moving out of being a newborn. (I hate that part. Everytime I rock Amelia I wish time would stop. I just love the newborn stage. who are we kidding I haven't found a stage I didn't love.)
It's usually a big milestone for me too. 
I physically feel much better. The soreness and aches and pains are mostly gone. 
Although I can't fit into prepregnancy clothes there are signs that I'll get my body back someday. 
And I've sort of gotten into a the rythm of three. It might include us still in our pajama's at the end of the day and living on the bed so I can take care of all three while I nurse. But it's a rythm and it's working. 
 (she loves to count Amelia's toes.)

Unfortunately, my back is still hurting. The hormones are still raging. (Does anyone else get really emotional when they nurse? Cause I fight back tears the whole time.) 
I go from goosebumps to dripping sweat in about .5 seconds. (making me wash my sheets daily) 
And I'm still addicted to ice. We make a Sonic run weekly to pick up big bags of ice.

I've written before about how much I adore being a wife and mama. This is my favorite thing to do in the whole world. But to be completely honest I've struggled a little lately. I wrestle with never wanting my kids to grow up and loving every second of this time and wanting...
Uninterrupted sleep.
An uninterrupted shower...(or even being able to go to the bathroom by myself.)
Uninterrupted devotions.
Or an uninterrupted conversation with Caleb.
 (she inturrupted my devotions so she could do them too. I looked over and she'd gotten on her knees to pray.)
I'm continually learning. Learing to lay my desires down and serve selflessly. That's what this stage takes. Knowing that my kids needs might come before my need of a full nights sleep or a shower. I'm constantly reminded that this is what God's called me to and he's giving me the strength to do the tasks and enjoy it. I'm learning to stop moving from one thing on my to do list to the next and color with Elijah.

I'm learning to stop seeing things as inturruptions. Instead see them as what God's ordained for that day.
(Elijah doing yoga with me.)

I'm learing to listen to my Elijah and Vanessa talk during breakfast together and learn a little more about them.

I'm learning to let things go.
(Elijah and I running hand in hand in the rain to get the mail.)
 Even though there are some long days I know I'm going to miss this time.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

aww family...

There is nothing quite like family coming to visit.  

Probably the hardest thing about moving is being away from Caleb's side of the family. I've grown incredibly close to them since we've been married and it's been a tough adjustment not being an hour and a half away from them. 

 His sister Sarah became one of my best friends and I've missed them all very much so it was such a treat to have them here.

We had a wonderful time showing them all around our new home. The kids loved being together again. Elijah is still talking about growing up to be just like Basil (Sarah's oldest)

The girls spent the whole time holding Vanessa or Amelia and Vanessa loved having playmate around the clock. I love seeing them enjoy each other.

I'm still looking for houses for you Sarah...(we went back to the yellow house. I think it's time we make an offer and you guys start packing your bags)

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