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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Easter 2014

Here's a little look at our Easter. I'm excited Caroline is beginning to get to the age where she can start enjoying some simple holiday activities. This year her favorites were clapping to the music at church and realizing Easter eggs sometimes contain snacks. It was a fun family holiday watching her make new discoveries and enjoying holiday activities.

Our day started off with me driving my sweet hubby a little crazy insisting on getting a family photo in our coordinating Easter outfits before church, which meant I had to set up my tripod. One photo of us all looking at the camera with no tears: worth it. 

After church and lunch and nap time (which was a fight that day) we headed to see Caroline's best friend. They haven't seen each other in weeks because Ashley just went back to work so they haven't been around during the day to hang out with us, we miss them! 

The girls were so excited to see each other...

...maybe a little too excited, we had to break up the hug/wrestle about 30 seconds later. 

We did a toddler Easter egg hunt with the girls. Translation: we pointed out and handed them eggs laying obviously in the grass and opened them up to show the girls their were treats inside. They caught on. Caroline's reaction when she realized raisins (one of her favorite snacks) were inside the eggs:

After the raisin discovery she could have egg hunted for hours.  Caroline hates candy and chocolate. I'm going to hang onto that for as long as it lasts because it makes giving her healthy snacks to eat so easy.

It was such a fun Easter afternoon with friends. Ashley and I talked and ate (and I really ate...I figured the steep weight gain goal my midwife has given me merited an extra slice or two of  the delicious chocolate pie Ashley made.) The girls enjoyed wagon rides and general toddler craziness. I've know set my mind on getting Caroline a wagon too so I've been searching Craigslist to snag a good deal. I think this time next summer it'll come in even more handy with two tots!

Caroline really enjoyed trying on Olive's new hat...

And we finished out afternoon with stickers thanks to Ashley's smart planning. They were a hit. Stickers are a big deal in our house. And all over everything these days. 

"He is not here, for He has risen, as he said."
Matt 28:6

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Caroline's Easter Surprise

Monday, March 24, 2014

Breakfast With Daddy

Doesn't matter what's on her highchair tray, this girl wants to eat what Daddy is eating and eat at the table with him. 

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Dress Up

Tiny Girlfriend loves her accessories. I don't know where she gets it because these mommy days I'm lucky if I've got a clean pair of sweats on. 

My girlie girl has inspired me. Maybe I need to not use mommyhood as an excuse to dress sloppy and I should actually put on something nice once in a while. Maybe she'd let me borrow one of her accessories. 

Monday, March 10, 2014

Motherhood is Messy

Motherhood is messy. To say the least, right? I had this lovely, neat, dreamy little image of what being a stay at home mom would look like. I'd cruise around town in my mini van, sporting a cute I-just-left-Pilates-class outfit while my child, neatly dressed in a monogrammed dress chatters sweetly from the back seat as I take a deep breath, sip my coffee and soak it all in. Even majoring in Home Ec and working in a classroom of preschoolers didn't  scratch the surface on preparing me for the reality of the messiness of motherhood. 

First family portraits...
...Caroline cried almost the entire time. The daily messiness of motherhood doesn't have exceptions for special occasions.

     Reality check. My mom-mobile is covered in crushed Cheerios and a questionable food item underneath the third row seats that has been rotting since last week. My yoga pants and t-shirt are covered in sweet potato and yogurt my toddler artistically smeared on me. My child is dressed in whatever was the last clean thing left in hanging in her closet, a testament to how behind I am on laundry. The sweet chatter coming from the back seat has now evolved into all out screaming. My coffee is cold, and in fact I've gotten so used to drinking my coffee cold that warm coffee is beginning to taste weird to me.

     It's easy to focus on the messiness of motherhood or spend all our energy trying to climb out of the mess of everday. Motherhood is the most messy and humbling experience I've known to date. We're cleaning up someone else's poop everyday...and sometimes cleaning it off ourselves, the floor, and the walls.  Motherhood is an unforgiving job. You don't get a "thank you" for every diaper changed, mouth wiped, and crayon masterpiece scrubbed off the wall. But this is exactly the kind of service Christ called us to when he beckoned us to follow him. By loving and caring for our little ones every day (and too often nights) we're washing feet for the sake of the gospel just as Jesus did. 

     I like to think of making a difference in the world and influencing people to be a glamorous ambition. But as a mama I've come to learn the biggest opportunity for influence I have is the toddler dumping all the Cheerios on the floor as I write this. Think about this: the biggest impact you have for the gospel may not be something you do, but someone you raise.  Let's rise to the occasion of the impact we've been given. Over look the messiness of motherhood and focus on the opportunity at hand- messy minivan, yogurt smeared shirt and all. 

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Favorite Night-Night Books

There are so many wonderful children's books out there. And over the last year I've enjoyed discovering them with Caroline. Here are her current favorites when it comes to "night-night" books:

1) The Going to Bed Book

2) It's Time to Sleep, My Love 

3) Time for Bed

4) Goodnight Moon

What are your favorite sleep themed children's books to read to your little one before naps and bed? 

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Tiny Cupid

This is how I was greeted on Valentine's Day my own tiny cupid who brought a sticky note of her own artistic scribbles which Mike so kindly translated as "I love you". 

How did I get to be so lucky to share life with these two? 

Friday, February 14, 2014

Happy Valentine's Day From Our Little Nugget of Love

Here's a Very Happy Valentine's Day wish from our little nugget of love. Our nugget of love who doesn't have any idea what Valentine's Day is. Our nugget of love who has had a very rough week thanks to molars. Ah, nothing as lovely as one of the biggest snows I have seen in North Carolina in years to lock me and my very cranky teething toddler inside for days.  I am so kidding. It was rough. I may have had a mommy melt down. Okay, maybe I had several. And large amounts of stress eating involving chocolate may have occurred while my nugget of love refused to nap during the day or sleep at night.

Well, let me just say it's a good thing I got a few good Valentine's themed photos of my little one before those nasty molars got to business...


Happy Valentine's Day!