Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Some of my most vivid childhood memories involve Halloween. I remember my costumes thoroughly. Some of my most memorable costumes were homemade. One year I was bugs-bunny and chewed on a carrot all night. One year my brother and I were hobos/clowns and one year I was a cat.
We never had extravagant costumes, but my mother always did a great job pulling our costumes together on a little budget using things we already had. She would paint our faces and make sure we looked good... even sacrificing her own clothes for the cause. I remember the year we were hobos, I wore her sweatsuit and stuffed it with pillows. We always got bags and bags full of candy. (Treat!) It's funny...even to this day, I remember some of the treats I got and from which houses they came from. One of our closest neighbors never gave candy. She always gave us an apple, small can of Donald Duck orange juice and a Little Debbie's oatmeal cake.Trick?) Some of the elderly ladies in our church would make homemade candy. (Treat!) My great grandmother was one of these ladies. We always stopped at her house last. She would make homemade fudge. (Treat again!) It's unheard of for people to do that today...
While we always had plenty of treats...we had our fair share of tricks too. I remember our parents always letting us pick our top three pieces of candy out of our bags, then we would go to bed. Little did we know, while we were sound asleep... mommy and daddy were pillaging our bags of treats and picking out their favorites too! (Trick!)
I also got tricked several times while trick or treating. One year someone was hiding under the steps of a house we were trick or treating at. As I walked up the steps, the man grabbed my ankle... to his surprise I quickly kicked back and kicked him in the face (accidentally of course). (Trick!) Another time I was trying to be brave and walk in to a haunted house. My cat tail got caught in the screen door while leaving and fight or flight kicked in. I ran out of the house and down the road. When my mom caught back up with me, I was so scared I didn't recognize her and punched her in the face. (Trick!) Yikes! I'm pretty sure we went home after that house.
Trick or treating was always so much fun for my brother and I. I remember being devastated when he decided he was "too old" to go anymore. I'm looking forward to Isla having plenty of cousins to go trick or treating with and hopefully a sibling or two one day. :)
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
I've really been trying to glorify God in everything I do lately. Remembering Him before I speak, Thanking Him constantly, Praising Him in All things and situations, Asking for Forgiveness, Giving myself to Him and His Will. I'm normally quick to react, but in order for me to glorify Him, I need to slow down and think about my reactions beforehand.
Isla is my little mini-me and I want her to always act in ways that glorify Him. I love teaching her new things and watching her copy me. I just need to remember as she gets older, she will be copying EVERYTHING I do. Which means, EVERYTHING I do needs to always be an act of grace.
Being a parent makes you reflect and look inward so much. I realize now that the things I do and my well being is not only a reflection of me, but a reflection of family, mothers and Christians. It's important to realize that being a mother or parent means that you are also a teacher and a leader to your children.
When I was growing up I used to always play like I was a teacher. I would line my stuffed animals up and teach class. I would mark their name on the board if they were too chatty (much like I was growing up) and give them homework assignments. While I didn't grow up to be a teacher in a classroom, I am a teacher every day, hour and minute of my life now with the one goal to teach and grow my children in a way that always glorifies God.
|Mommy's little mini me.|
Monday, October 29, 2012
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
Monday, October 22, 2012
- June 4 was the 156th day of the year.
- You were born on a Monday at 6:50am.
- When you entered the world, we were listening to Adele's song, "To Make You Feel My Love." Your dad and I had picked this song for you before you were born and it happened to be playing the moment you were born. Wasn't even planned! I barely recall hearing it as I was focused on the pain, but I have a small memory of hearing the beginning of the song and you can hear it in your videos.
- You spent the first two hours of your life lying on my chest wrapped up in my arms.
- I had just turned 29 and your dad was 26 1/2. (Yep, that 1/2 matters!....Mommy is robbing the cradle)
- Your grandparents were your first visitors, Mamaw & Papaw then Papa & Gigi
- You sucked your thumb for the first time when your Papaw held you.
- The #1 Song in the US on your birthday was "Somebody That I Used to Know" by Gotye
- There was a full moon and partial lunar eclipse. It was partly visible from western United States and Canada. People in Hawaii, New Zealand and central and eastern Austrailia was able to follow the whole eclipse.
- It was the greatest day of my life.
Thursday, October 18, 2012
Once we're home, I only have a handful of minutes until she is ready for bed. Luckily, this week, even though I've been extremely tired from the lack of sleep, we've been able to wake up earlier and have more time together in the mornings. She is always so happy in the morning. I love waking up beside her smiling face everyday.
She has become so loving, cuddly and snugly. In the mornings, she grabs my face and smooches hers against mine. She takes her soft hand and rubs my cheeks and pats me. I love that she is so loving.
When I hold her now, she holds me back. She wraps her chubby baby arms around my neck and its the sweetest feeling. Though our time together is a lot shorter than before, I make every single minute count and God continues to bless us with precious moments together.
Look at my growing baby. Sweetest smile in the world to mommy.
Monday, October 15, 2012
Saturday, October 13, 2012
We have been busy busy bees lately! Our lives have definitely picked up speed since I started back working.
My days are busier than ever and you have been busy growing! My how much you grow and change every single week.
You've been spending the days with your cousins since I'm back at work. You love them so much. You smile and laugh at Macie. She loves making silly faces at you and getting you to laugh. Emery says you are "berry special" to her. We are so thankful for your Auntie Alexas. She takes such good care of you while we are away. Mommy wishes she could be with you all day every day.
This week you have really took interest in feeling things. You have started rubbing daddy's beard, pulling my hair and love to rub our shirts. Its so amazing to see the curious faces you make and to see your eyes light up when you discover something new. You raise your tiny eyebrows up and smile so sweetly.
Your laughs and cries have started to change too. You have become quiet the giggle box recently. You laugh before I even tickle you now. Your giggles and squeals are so cute. Your cries have changed too. You've lost your newborn cry and replaced it with a much louder one. You don't cry too much these days (except if you are in the car seat) and if you do cry its always for a reason. Most of the time its due to gas pains or sleepiness, but you are a good baby.
You are growing off the charts. Seems every day it gets a little harder to diaper you because of all those rolls. You are so beautiful.
I'll never be able to explain to you how much I love you and how deeply I care for you. When you have your own baby one day...then you'll see. I never fully understood my mother's unconditional love for me or God's love for us until I had you. It's breathtaking.
Monday, October 8, 2012
Sunday, October 7, 2012
Look at the difference from week 1 until now. Her legs are so much fuller. Love my chubby happy girl!
Saturday, October 6, 2012
My step grandpa is currently battling bladder cancer and my doctor recently discovered I had melanoma. Luckily, we caught it early and it didn't spread. I now have a nice scar along my side and back to always remind me that God is looking out for me.
This time of year always makes me think of my mamaw. She passed in October after spending nearly 60 days in the hospital and battling ovarian cancer for several years. She was the strongest most courageous person I have ever known. Never once did her faith waiver while she was so sick. I admire her and miss her so. I pray my family and loved ones can all be done with this terrible disease. Praying one day there is a cure and no one has to suffer from cancer anymore.
Wednesday, October 3, 2012
My little cupcake loves face time with mommy, rolling over from her back to her tummy and jumping! She loves her jumperoo. It's so much fun to watch her as she discovers new things, her toes, my nose, how she can kick and jump and all the little noises she is finding out she can make.
We are still settling in to our new routine. It's been hard on both of us, but we are adjusting. The good news is, she is finally starting to ride a little better in the car and is doing better overall with her gas pains.
A baby does change everything... but everything changes for the good. I couldn't imagine my life without her.
Here's a preview of our home photo shoot from Sunday morning. I miss doing these everyday!