Monday, January 26, 2009

Hang It Up

So, this is the shelf that Pottery Barn built…



And this is the shelf that my studly husband (and his woodworker of a brother) built…


Did I mention that Pottery Barn sells theirs for like $200+? Ours cost about $20.  Yup, my husband rocks.  Plus he washes dishes.


I know you don’t care about a shelf. So, here’s the cutie you came to see. After work today we met Andrew for a little walk in the park. 











Wednesday, January 21, 2009


Wade has several chores around the house.  One of which is emptying the dishwasher.  Granted, it sometimes takes a while and there is usually at least one broken dish but I still appreciate the help.


Monday, January 19, 2009

If Sammy Can Eat Wade's Food, Then...

Yes, folks, you guessed it...Wade can eat Sammy's food. I suppose Wade decided it was time for Sammy to pay up for all the scraps that have been dropped from Wade's high chair. This morning Wade was crawling around, exploring as usual. Our house is pretty kid proof so when Wade crawls to a nearby room I don't have to follow 2 inches behind. And if you know Sammy, you know that his food is never in his dish for more than about 30 seconds. So this has never been a concern before. Until yesterday. For some reason Sammy hasn't really been eating much. So his bowl was full of food. I discovered Wade with a piece of dogfood in his mouth and one in his hand. Gross. It would be nice to have a photo to laugh at later. But I removed the dogfood at lightning speed and wasn't about to put it back for a photo op. So, here's a couple other photos for you.


Helping mom do laundry



Enough! Get me out of here.


Notice the fancy, expensive toys in the background. Yah, the yarn was apparently more interesting.


Thursday, January 15, 2009

El computadora

I don't even know if that's the word for computer. Anyway, here's the deal. I am currently typing on our laptop. It came back on Wednesday. I admit I was slightly disappointed when Ms. FedEx dropped it off-remember if it took more than 9 days we were getting a brand new computer. So I unpacked it and plugged it in and all appeared to be working fine. THEN I unplugged the power cord after it had charged to full battery. Three minutes later it shut down on me without warning. Battery is still retard-o. So, I called HP and our brand new (and upgraded) computer will be arriving in 2-3wks. We can keep this one until we recieve the new one. Is that crazy? Yah, God's blessings are wild.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Weaning...A Spiritual State

So, Wade has begun to lose interest in nursing. Many pediatricians reccommend weaning babies around a year so I'm glad that he's kinda beginning to do it himself.

Several years ago I met a man who began his prayer time by reciting this psalm to the Lord:

Lord, my heart is not proud;
my eyes are not haughty.
I don't concern myself with matters too great
or too awesome for me to grasp.
Instead, I have calmed and quieted myself,
like a weaned child who no longer cries for its mother's milk.
Yes, like a weaned child is my sould within me.
O Israel, put your hope in the Lord-now and always
Psalm 131

I adopted the practice and have been so blessed to start my day putting my heart in the right place before God. The second part about not concerning myself with matters too great seems to constantly apply and enables me to set aside my worries. And I've always enjoyed the picture of quieting and calming myself like a weaned child. But only now am I beginning to understand it.

See for many months Wade was totally dependent on me for his nutrition. And he knew that. They say babies can smell their mother's milk. I believe it. So many times he would demand to nurse and there was no talking him out of it.

But more often than not, now Wade is content to rest in my arms (well, when he's not exploring). After naptime he loves to just sit in my lap and snuggle for 10 or 15 minutes. Amazing...4 months ago he would not be satisfied just sitting with me. He would want something from me.

And now I'm starting to get it. Like a weaned child who no longer cries for it's mother's milk. That is the position God desires us to take before him. Not coming to him to ask for things (not that he doesn't command us to do that)but being satisfied to just be with Him. Just to be in His presence.

Anyway, I continue to be amazed at what God teaches me through parenthood.

On the homefront...

-Wade is pulling up constantly. Did I mention that before? Anyway, it started Friday. We're hoping that he'll speedily begin cruising and maybe walk within the next couple months.

-We were in a car accident on Saturday. Everyone is totally fine. Except our car. We find out the estimated damages tomorrow.

-Tomorrow is Day 1 of the countdown to (hopefully) a new computer. Read the last post if that doesn't make sense to you.

Thursday, January 8, 2009

What's up

Here's a bullet point list of our life lately:

- computer update: it came back! but it still doesn't work, at all. we're sending it back and if they take longer than 9 days they will send us a brand new computer. that's what we're praying for.

- wade turned 11 months old! sorry, again, no pics b/c of the computer issue.

- wade has started clapping!

- wade has diarrhea. sorry, i know that's gross. he also has vomitted several times this week. but he doesn't seem to actually be feeling bad.

- january resolution: work out daily. i wouldn't say we've been exactly faithful with a full blown workout every day. in fact we were just talking last night that we think we'll change it to crunches and sit-ups every night(which we have been doing) i mean, that's still progress. and who wants to feel defeated their first month of 12 resolutions!

I think that's probably it for our lives. I cannot wait to get back to blogging with pictures and such. Although not having a computer around all day has made me a much more productive person!

Friday, January 2, 2009


So, we've made some New Year's Resolutions. 12 to be exact. I know that I'm a day late but remember our computer issues. Yah, apparently ours is now getting a new mother board.

You know, setting one resolution is just begging for failure. Seriously, how many of you have actually kept one all year 'round? Therefore, we decided to make for each month. If the resolution of the month turns into a habit that continues then awesome, but no pressure. So, here they are.

January: We'll be joining the rest of the country in resolving to work out. To make it really challenging we decided we'd work out every day. Yikes. We almost failed on the first day. But we did some crunches before bed. I think that's what today's workout will be too.

February: Photography. And you say "really, guys, you need to resolve to take MORE pictures? i doubt it". Well, we recently bought an amazing Nikon D80 SLR camera. We are learning more and more about photography and would eventually like to make it a little side business. So, February is for learning about photography. (See, New Year's Resolutions don't all have to be miserable)

March: No "nonessential" shopping (buying or "just looking"). We haven't exactly layed out the criteria for this but you get the idea.

April: Dinner Time! This month we are going to focus on having friends and family over for meals.

May: No eating out.

June: No TV. Yes, my husband has agreed to do this. It may have even been his idea. Or maybe I just made him think it was his idea ;). I know, it is a miracle. I can't wait!

July: Extended Family Month. We need a better name. Anyway, this month we want to get into the habit of keeping in touch better with our extended family who are scattered throughout the county.

August: No soda or sweets. Ouch.

September: This one is kinda weird. Andrew has resolved to run a race this month. And I have resolved to not wear mascara. I told you it was weird. The deal is that I have blond eyelashes. So when I don't wear mascara it's pretty noticable. I don't really consider myself super vain or caught up in my appearances (especially chasing Wade around all the time) but I do not ever go out in public without mascara on. So, this will be a challenge.

October: Neighborly Love. Since moving here we've met our neighbors but don't spend much time with them. So, this month we'll be showing them some love with baked goods and such.

November: No internet month. I think we may allow a once or twice daily email checking but that's it.

December: Book Month. We plan to read 4 books each this month. And Goodnight Moon does not count.

So, there ya have it. We'll keep you updated on our progress.