Wednesday, January 30, 2008
Monday, January 28, 2008
My friend Tracy suggested I start doing "Movie Monday" with my Lily videos...so, I'm doin' it. I love telling stories of my girl, but I'm sure many of my stories lose something in the "translation". So, every Monday you will get to hear Lily speak for herself! And as much as I enjoy her "Lilyisms"... I have been working with her on the letters of the alphabet that she hasn't quite mastered. The letter 'T' is one that we have been working on A LOT. She will now ask for a Ta-reat, instead of a pweat. And, she also realizes it is not a pwicky puzzle, but a T-T-Ta-ricky one. (Next, we'll try to tackle the 'K' sound.)
I taped Lily yesterday afternoon while she was doing her puzzle of the United States. I know I have mentioned this puzzle before, but I just love how quickly she has figured this thing out. She is already better at it than I am. I also love that she really enjoys learning facts and putting things together. She's smart in this area. (and I am SO NOT)... I also love how she is trying to be obedient and look at me while she talks, but finds it hard to take her eyes off of the puzzle. Focused much? Oh yeah.
In other news...Becky gave my blog a spiffy new look. Don't ya love it? I DO! You can find her at http://www.ladyinwaitingblogdesign.blogspot.com/
Have a great week!
Friday, January 25, 2008
I remember wondering what kind of person she would become...there was a time when I couldn't even fathom her talking! And now we have such wonderful conversations. Every day with her offers so many new and wonderful surprises - fresh ways for her to bring a smile to my face and joy to my heart...
She is still convinced that when she grows up she will be an "astronaut in outer space." She has recently added that she will be taking five of her astronaut friends with her and "my famiwee will wait for me on earf". This addition was made after she discovered that momma was NOT going to accompany her. (No thank you.) But, I love that she is a big dreamer, yet still wants to make sure she's not goin' it alone...I think it is so sweet (at around 4pm) she will ask me what I'd like to do for "pwiet time"(this is a MUST now that she isn't napping.) Often we will do puzzles at this time...she's getting really good. She can do several of her "states" puzzle pieces without my help and she even knows the capital of Idaho is "Boys"! (Close enough.)...And the other morning when I opened the door to see that it had snowed, my first reaction was to mutter under my breath something quite unpleasant, but before I could do that, Lily was behind me squealing "Oh mommy! I was wishing we would get some more snow! Wook! It's so beeeauty-ful!" And she was right - it WAS beautiful. Because of her, I didn't even mind scraping my car that morning.
I've always known she was somebody very special...I just never knew I would fall more deeply in love with her everyday. I still pinch myself and wonder how I got sooo lucky. I don't say this to be sappy or evoke emotion - it's just how I feel.
Thanks God, for my beautiful angel from heaven...I am forever grateful for this gift. It was worth all the pain. She was worth the wait.
You saw every tear I cried...
Psalm 126:5 Those who sow in tears will reap with songs of joy.
Psalm 113:9 He settles the barren woman in her home as the happy mother of children. Praise the Lord!
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
Now everyone has gone back home (to Texas and Florida) and we miss them, BUT, we have booked a family vacation in June. We're heading down to Tennessee...can't wait till we're all together again!
*After reading some of your sweet comments: I appreciate all of your prayers for my cousin, but it is actually my aunt who will be seeing her doctor this week...sorry I have confused everyone by throwing all of my extended family into the post! I don't expect ya'll to keep everyone straight!*
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
Just a peek into our weekend. We had so much fun with family that we don't get to see on a regular basis. This is how we spent our Friday night. Can you say DANCE PARTY! ? Lily was trying so hard to learn all the right moves...and my cousin was a great teacher! It was hilarious to watch. And, yeah, you'd better believe I was dancing too. (just not on video!) Does anyone remember the macarena? (Used to be my mom's favorite!) And now another generation knows those moves! I will post more about our weekend later...just keep Lily in your prayers - she's been fighting a bug. She has a cough and some nasty congestion. Last night she woke up coughing and ended up throwing up (all over me and her bedding) so I was up doing laundry till VERY late. Today we just laid low - never got out of our jammies - and she's sleeping soundly now. Maybe she just over did it this weekend? Anyway, enjoy the dance videos! (My girl has real talent, don't ya think?)
P.S. If you watch the first video til the end you'll hear my aunt (Gee Gee) saying "This is going on the blog!" It is amazing how many times "the blog" gets mentioned in conversation! I would take a picture of my cousin's 8 year old daughter and she would smile and say "You can go ahead and put that on your blog." Cracks me up!
Saturday, January 19, 2008
On that note - my cousin Michelle and her kiddos are in town for the weekend. As well as my Uncle Jim and Aunt (Gee-Gee) so we have been havin' non-stop fun here. I will post pictures (and video) in a couple days.
Hope everyone is having a great weekend!
Thursday, January 17, 2008
Monday, January 14, 2008
Friday, January 11, 2008
When I first became a mom, one of the most frequent warnings that came my way was "Look out! Your baby will grow up SO fast!" I smiled and nodded and somehow I knew it would be true. I have always tried to savor every moment. I don't think I'm one to take any of this precious time with Lily for granted. But, that doesn't slow things down any. I am noticing a lot lately what a big girl Lily has become (in the blink of an eye). I adore the sweet, energetic, smart, silly, singin', dancin' girl she is - BUT it still catches me off guard at times. The other night I called home as I was driving home from work and Lily answered the phone.
Me: "Hi Lily!"
Lily: "Hi momma! How ow you?"
Me: "I'm good, thanks"
Lily: "WHERE ow you?"
Me: "I'm driving home from work...I'm on the expressway"
Lily: "Ow you on I-75? Can you see Macy's Mow?"(She calls the mall Macy's Mall because she recognizes the red star)
Me: "(chuckling) Not yet...How was church tonight?"
Lily: "Good. I wike to tell you a story."
Me: "OK, go ahead."
Lily: "When we get home. See you soon!"
I'm not gonna lie. I hung up and got a bit weepy. When did this happen? When did she get so big?
*The picture is from Christmas. My MIL wanted a stepping stone kit with Lily's handprints in it. I thought it was a wonderful idea and really want to make another one for myself. So, at least her hands will stay little in that stone and we can look back years from now and say "Remember when?"*
Monday, January 7, 2008
Sunday, January 6, 2008
Other than that, I have been working some extra shifts...to make up for the time off I had over the holidays. I am still suffering from a nasty cold/sinus/allergy thing that developed two weeks ago...and I am tired.
Lily is good. Her sassy attitude seems to have subsided and she is back to her sweet self once again. (thank God) She is still sleeping upstairs in her princess bed...however, most nights that is where you'll find me too! Oh well, baby steps. She is also struggling with our "eating better in 2008" motto. She really doesn't
want to give up candy. And I have noticed that everywhere we go, people give it to her. They give her a sucker when we checkout at the grocery store, a Hershey kiss at the bank, and I found MYSELF guilty of giving her some this evening before I left for work...a reward for her letting me go without a fight.
On the subject of rewarding good behavior I'll leave you with this: the other day I picked Lily up from my parents' house after work and she was excited to give me a "present".
Lily: "Mommy, dis is for you. It's a pwesent. I painted dis picture for you." (so she
hands me her painting)
Me: "Wow, Lily, thank you so much. That is so nice!"
Lily: "Momma, dat's what happens when YOU are a dood dirl!"
So, apparently I've been a good girl. Yay me.
Hope you are all doing well and that 2008 is off to a good start.
Wednesday, January 2, 2008
So, 2007 was good to us...but I am really thinking that 2008 will be even better. I bought a new devotional that I am already loving. I also bought one for Lily and she really seems to like hers too. She reminds me when it is time to pray, if I ever forget. She knows that Jesus lives in her heart...she's got the basics. I am just hoping that the THREE of us, as a family, grow closer to God this year. We are changing churches again and we have been talking about getting our priorities more in order. And YES, we are going to LOSE SOME WEIGHT this year! Even Lily said "We donna srow out da tandy...we donna eat better dis year!"
So, here is a picture of me and the birthday boy (30 seconds before 2007 came to an end) and a couple pics of our favorite little "party animals" who helped us welcome in 2008.