Friday, June 27, 2008

Washing Daddy's Car

Lucy decided to help wash the Porsche. Mommy did not drive it while Daddy was gone and it was so dirty. She had so much fun playing in the bubbles. Is Turtle wax wash and polish toxic? Sure hope not because Lu ate more bubbles than she usually eats food at dinner.

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Cute little words.

Jordyn and Jackson sat down to eat tonight and Lucy was running around. 
Soon I heard Jordyn yelling, "No Lucy! Stop! Sit! Stay Back!" She was after their food.
Jackson says, "Jordyn, she's a human not a dog. Just tell her to heal."
I just giggled and went and collected my little stinker. she is into everything now that she walks and climbs. This morning we had 2 spilled bowls of cereal, a glass of orange juice and two glasses of water. HELP! I need two more sets of hands and a couple more eyes.

Friday, June 20, 2008

My hubby is finally on his way home. Praise God they made it to the finish line.
Pray for his safety on the way back to SoCal and then home.
Here is a song he sent me that made me cry and cry. Said it made him think of
getting home to see me and his family.

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Bottle Baby

I don't know why I have always though babies with their bottles are so cute. But as they say Breast it Best. So I never gave my babies bottles. I tried to do both with Jordyn and Jackson but they never would take a bottle. When I could no longer feed Lucy I tried a bottle. Yeah! She took it and loves it, a little too much. I may regret my decision but look how cute she is.

I think someone else likes it too. Isn't he cute!

1 year old and feeding time. MESSY!

Thank goodness for Grandma Pam and her garage sale clothing finds. If Lucy didn't have 3 outfits a day I would never quit doing laundry

Yumm! Spaghetti, my favorite. I love to suck in the noodles and wash them down with a refreshing cup of water.

Saturday morning Dutch Babies. Where do you put your plate when you need to get Daddy's attention that you want more.

Spoiled little girl with her popsicle. Look at that grin.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Look Where Lucy Has Been Lately

Sweet little Max brought Lucy a stool because he did not want to share his chair that he worked so hard to get to the counter that had the food on it. I walked around the corner and there was lucy, halfway on the counter.

I laid Lucy on the couch to drink her bottle and before long she was yelling for Jordyn. She had heard the kids playing out front and climbed up to see what was going on.

UP! Here my little girl took Jackson's bug container and made herself a stair to get up on the raised bed to check out the growing tomato plants.

"Standing up Ma, Ma!" At least I got a warning.

Good thing the stove was not burning. She has touched it twice when it was hot but I guess she just had to try out this climbing spot too.

So as you can see my hands are full with this one. Can't wait to be juggling her and a new born. Jordyn has become quite the little helper though. I am looking forward to having her home next year instead of gone all day at school. I am excited to delve into home schooling. 

You've Heard Of Indiana Jones....

...but have you heard of Indiana Jack and Indiana Jake?
Masters of the snake whip (barring a few slaps to the face).

Don't Cry Daddy. Your Little Girl's Growing Up!

Lucy's Footrest

I walked up to the counter and sat Lucy down on it so I could fix the kids breakfast. Lucy immediately propped her tiny little feet up on my big belly.

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Praise God for Aaron's recent CPR certification ;)

I came home from our trip to the park after church to find this in my email. My hubby is such a practical joker. There was no need for CPR but notice the truck in the back ground. Yes, they really did crash it into a ditch. I never did get the exact details. I do know Aaron was not driving and they sat there, somewhere in very rural Illinois, waiting for  someone with a long enough tow strap to come along and pull them out. aaron is still gone with The Race Across America. He will be back in Southern California in time to make his flight home on the 24th of June. We miss him tons.

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Scrumptious Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

Kid tested!
Mother Approved (at least in the easy to make category)
Banana Bread Recipe
Prep:15 min
Bake: 1 hour
Cool: 2 hours
Makes 2 loaves

1 1/4 cups sugar
1/2 cup butter softened
2 large eggs
1 1/2 cups mashed very ripe bananas (3-4)
1/2 cup buttermilk or 1/2 cup milk mixes with 1/2 tsp lemon juice
1 tsp vanilla
2 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1/2 bag chocolate chips or a full bag if you really love chocolate

1. Move oven rack to lowest position. Heat oven to 350. Grease bottoms only of one 9x5 inch pan or two 8x4 inch pans

2. In large bowl, stir sugar and butter until well mixed. Stir in eggs until well mixed. Stir in bananas, buttermilk and vanilla. Beat with spoon until smooth. Stir in flour, baking soda and salt just until moistened. Stir in chocolate chips. Pour into pans.

3. Bake 8 inch loaves about one hour, 9 inch loaf 1 hour 15 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 1 minutes in pans on wire rack.

4. Remove from pans and cool on wire rack.

Friday, June 13, 2008

The close of a long day

My day seems to start earlier and last longer with Aaron gone. Lucy was awake at 5:53 this morning. I heard her calling from her crib for "Da-ter" (Baxter) who was whining, still very quietly. It soon turned into a little howl. Well, no more sleep for me. I got up and made Lucy's bottle while Baxter went out. Let the dog in and got Lucy. I put her in bed with me and gave her a bottle hoping she would go back to sleep. No luck. She saw her brother and decided to jump on him and give him a big hug. He hugged her back and mumbled, "Get off Lu, I'm still so tired." So, Lucy and I got up. And so began the day.

I long for their energy...

...their zest for life...
...things that are new...

...and to sleep like a baby.

Hey, what happened here!!!!!

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Sad and Sweet

I had a good cry with Jackson and Lucy today. Jackson sat down in the corner and just started crying that he needed his daddy and didn't want him to leave. I tried to console him but he just cried. "I miss playing knives with Daddy and jumping on the trampoline. I just want him to come home and be with me." Tears welled up in my eyes as I hugged him.  Lucy came toddling over and laid her head on Jackson's lap and started patting him. I couldn't hold back the tears when I saw the tenderness in my one year old and the genuine concern and love for her brother. What a blessing both of these children are. And how blessed to have a daddy who shows them love. To see Lucy demonstrate this kind of love for her brother gave me a little insight into how God wraps His arms around me when I am hurting.


Last week I  had my doctors appointment to go over the ultrasound and the doctor told me that my fluid levels were low and he wanted to do another ultrasound to make sure Vaughn was growing and that he would have enough fluid for the entire pregnancy. Of course the first thing I did was panic and look up the problem online. After reading one entry I decided that there was nothing good going to come out of reading about a bunch of babies who had died from the problem. So I decided to turn it off and just pray for peace. I read a wonderful verse and entry in My Utmost for His Highest. It was what I needed to hear. So today at the ultrasound it was wonderful news to hear everything was perfect. His heart, his lungs, his brain, his fingers and toes, his nose (which looks like Lucy's) and lips, everything! Here is a new picture of his cute little face. He was not cooperating and had both hands in front of his face. Guess he is a shy guy.

His little profile. I think his nose looks like Lucy's. Look at that beautiful hand and five little fingers!
Semi-front photo.
Here he is hiding from us. He did not cooperate for a photo from the front.

Monday, June 9, 2008

She walks!

Lucy took her first walk across the living  room today. Happy and sad since Daddy was not here to see it. I told her to wait till he got home but she has a mind of her own (like her mother I am sure Daddy would say).

My little helper

My little mommy practicing for the arrival of her new little brother. She tried so hard to get the diaper on cousin Simeon but just couldn't quite figure out how it went.
Not quite there yet.
I'll just give him a big hug (squish).
Oh yeah, mommy usually opens it up first.
(Simeon) "Could someone please get me out of here!

Sunday, June 8, 2008

Easiest way to view Aaron's Posts

Click HERE then go to Live Coverage and search Aaron. Then you can read all his posts without looking through everything. Looks so fun to me.

Beautiful flowers!

I walked outside this morning to find this beautiful Clematis blooming in the back yard so I got a great shot of it so I could enjoy it later.
I went to get a picture of a rose and turned around to see my other beautiful flower wearing my Clematis.

Meet Baxter. The Kids new TOY!

Praying for a bountiful harvest.

For Anyone Interested!

Just to let you all know The Race Across America is in full swing and you can check out Aaron's blog posts HERE. There are alot of writers so you may have to scroll through a few. Just look for the posts by Aaron. The writers name is at the top.He is such a talented writer and I would love for this opportunity to bring him a permanent writing job. He has already picked up a small job to write an article for a magazine in Arizona. Be praying for his safety as he travels across America. Be praying for my sanity and that I will have patience with the children while my help mate and best friend is away for almost three weeks. 

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Thinking Ahead

We all should face the fact that Elle is not going to be around forever. 

Just like Christmas!

I have never seen a child more happy to receive a package full of clothing then my Sweet Lu. I think she would rather have new clothes (and shoes) then toys. Thank you Grandma Pam for all the new things. 

When a box arrives:
First you unload everything and lay it out all over the floor.
Second, you look to Mommy to make sure what you have done is ok
Next you choose your favorite outfit
Then you find someone willing to help you put it on. Which may also include a lot of struggling and screaming. A models life is filled with sacrifice.
Last, but not not least, you show off your new clothes. A beautiful two piece set by Carters in a wonderful Spring yellow. 
And you pick out your next outfit to do it all over again.