Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Ruby James is a SIX YEAR OLD!


Our amazing Ruby-


She is so smart, so caring, so mature, so deep, so sweet, and so thoughtful.

birthday breakfast date with Daddy at Onyx

She had begged and waited SO PATIENTLY to get her ears pierced when she turned 6 and today was finally the day!
I wasn't sure how it would go because she had hardly gotten any sleep the night before (late church night and hello! birthday tomorrow!) and didn't take a nap so she was soooo sleepy. By the time we pulled into the parking lot of the mall to get her ears done she had fallen asleep in her seat. I thought "uh oh." Who wants to wake up and be groggy and out of it and then have needles shoved through their ears?

A very eager, expectant six year old, that's who:)

She was SO BRAVE, didn't tear up at all, smiled so big the moment it happened and beamed all day. I was/am so proud of her.

We were torn about letting her do this, seemed like such a big step away from little to big, but this girl...
she is so, so helpful. She does chores and school and takes care of things. She is ALWAYS helping me out in any way she can. Holds Violet when she's crying and I am cleaning up a mess from a toddler fit or grabbing something burning on the stove or whatever.
She changes Violet's diaper and gets her dressed when we're running out the door and I'm doing too many things to count.
Lays with Nora until she falls asleep for her naps and then sneaks out to stay up with me.

She's just such a huge helper. As I type this, she's cleaning up the house to earn getting to make a recipe she found in an Amelia Bedelia chapter book she's reading. (heart eyes!!!!!)

shopkins, of course. our one little fling with commercially popular toys...
We had our families over and John Robertson our dear friend came over and cooked dinner and made dessert for us- healthy and DELICIOUS! It was an all-around amazing day and we all had so much fun and most of all Ruby felt special and important, because she is.

HAPPY 6TH BIRTHDAY RUBY!!!!!
WE LOVE YOU!!!!!

Violet - Five Months


Violet, could you GET any more wonderful? Not rhetorical, literally asking.

size 3 diapers

SO HEAVY, haven't weighed her but let's just say in a cheer-leading stunt, she would be the base and not the flyer

must be teething this month because lot's of biting and gnawing and chewing and slobbering and fussiness. We understand, sissy, we've been there three times now and I get it! Hang in there.

looooooooves life

prefers to be entertained

is madly in love with me. and that makes me want to salsa dance! it's the greatest feeling to be the one that can get a crying baby to stop instantly just by holding her face against your chest and she knows it's you.

gets carried around by Ruby a lot and LOVES it. She looks at me like "oh hey mom. what? This is just us being us"

loves loves loves diaper changes. looks up at you with the flirtiest eyes and smile like "go ahead. i know this is the time. rub ALL over me and squeeze me and swoon over the sight of my barely-clothed body. go ahead, i'm used to it. and, well, i kind of love it. Ok I really love it!!"


Violet - Four Months


size 2 diapers

talks a lot

HAPPY

14ish pounds

loves her pacifier to fall asleep

loves when people dance for her

chews and sucks on her hands all day. looks like a chipmunk that found a stash of delicious nuts and is shoveling them in as fast as furious as possible while doing so. (making us all laugh, of course!)

sleeps smack dab in between mom and dad every night swaddled up nice and tight.

nurses 2-3 times at night? no idea, I'm half awake/half asleep when it happens anyway. I am certain she's getting enough calories though....(wink! #chunk)

we still all adore her, and assume we always will.

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

what some people call the "strong willed" child


She is amazingly strong.
She is happy one minute and furious the next.
She throws her body down and yells, but will soften her heart after discipline and apologize (sometimes on her own, sometimes because she has to)
She can fall and get seriously scratched up, but dust it off and get over it quickly. This is how she earned the nickname "Tuffy"
She'll be screaming mad that she can't buckle her car seat. Hair falling in her face, gritting her teeth, screaming with frustration. Then the seat belt clicks and she's all smiles. "There", she says, and moves on like nothing happened and the rest of us are like........
She is hilarious.
She's LOUD.
She's like a bull in a china shop.
She's unpredictable.
She's three.

This girl has given me a run for my money since Day 1. Her pregnancy and birth were an indication of the "firecracker child" she is. She is making me strong and vulnerable to Christ like never before. So for that I'm truly grateful. For any parents with kiddos like this, maybe this will help you because it's helped me-

Our children are not little mini-me versions of ourselves for ourselves. They are their OWN SELVES. From day one, they are them. And it's our job to teach them to submit to authority, guide them, and then let them go. This takes away a lot of the "personal disappointment" we can feel when they aren't like we think they should be.

These types of kids, if we parents do our jobs right, grow up to be amazing adults. They know who they are, they are tenacious, and they stick up for what they believe in. May we encourage that, and be quick to point out their good qualities instead of nag what's wrong.
In that seat belt scenario : "Way to not give up Nora! You did it, because you didn't give up! Next time take some deep breaths while you're most frustrated, that always helps me."
Granted, when I offer stuff like that to Nora she pretty much gives off the "no, i don't want to take deep breaths, that's dumb." vibe - but I don't care. I'm not here to be liked by her or for her to think I'm cool, I'm here to teach her truth. Whether it looks like she's receiving it in her heart or not can't stop me from delivering it.

EPHESIANS 6:4
Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger by the way you treat them. Rather, bring them up with the discipline and instruction that comes from the Lord.

Man oh man did this verse convict me. It's right after "Children obey your parents...."
I realized that because her little personality is challenging, I find myself retaliating with immaturity and provoking her. It's HARD to respond right over and over and over and over. And over. BUT WE MUST! We'll mess up. Lord knows, I do. But I'm getting better and better and soon I will always respond as I should to her. Me being firm in who Yahweh's called me to be as her mother will help HER flourish. 


p.s. Even though I made a point that they're their own selves, I have to admit that Nora is the next generation version of me. I was totally Nora as a toddler. And I turned out alright;) Good job, Mom!

NORA I love you, and I love being on this journey with you. You're gonna change the world, kiddo!

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Violet - Three Months

 WE
ARE
CRAZY
ABOUT 
THIS
SISTER
SUE!!
-got even chubbier this month

-still in disposables. I have no excuse, only reasons - we're remodeling a house, I have three kids now, I work part time and I'm tired. Does that count?! 

-is seriously pure sweetness. will sit in her bouncy seat for HOURS while I clean or help the other girls. ONLY cries when starving or it's been too long between diaper changes, etc. Basically, she's so low maintenance and JUST what this family needed. I have a feeling I might learn a lot from her. I wish I was low maintenance - really truly. It's something I'm working on! Pray for me Violet!

-13 lbs the last time I weighed her

-we think she might be teething already?! never ever had a baby do this so early but last night she woke up SCREAMING in pain, and was inconsolable. she had been gumming her hands like crazy and drooling a lot lately and I just thought it was normal baby stuff. Finally, we gave her some teething tablets and she settled down in seconds. SWEETIE PIE! She didn't really want to nurse either which was unlike her. Praying it all passes quickly and she'll be back to nursing normally in no time.

-is wearing 3-6 months clothes.

-ADORES her sisters. Both of them. Watches them and smiles and now is LAUGHING at them.

-coos and talks and laughs at us. we've even found a ticklish spot on her that makes her laugh!

-is famous for her cheeks. In real life or on the computer, the comments are always "those cheeks!!" and yes...we agree. None of us can stop kissing them. Like, she patiently waits while we shove our faces into her cheeks and body.

-LOVES DIAPER CHANGES. It's the time that whoever is changing her yells out "guuuuys!" to everyone in the house and we all come running to see her mostly naked. We oooh and aaaah all over her rolls and soft skin. She smiles her famous smile, flashes that huge left cheek dimple, and turns her head to the side slyly like "oh shucks" Then once the fresh diaper is on she will just lay there for a long time, pleased as punch like "ahhhh this is so nice..."

-she is so agreeable. So go-with-the-flow, so sweet, so positive. I LOVE HER!

It's babies like you that make me want to have a million, Violet Amelia <3 br="">

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Ruby James is a SIX YEAR OLD!


Our amazing Ruby-


She is so smart, so caring, so mature, so deep, so sweet, and so thoughtful.

birthday breakfast date with Daddy at Onyx

She had begged and waited SO PATIENTLY to get her ears pierced when she turned 6 and today was finally the day!
I wasn't sure how it would go because she had hardly gotten any sleep the night before (late church night and hello! birthday tomorrow!) and didn't take a nap so she was soooo sleepy. By the time we pulled into the parking lot of the mall to get her ears done she had fallen asleep in her seat. I thought "uh oh." Who wants to wake up and be groggy and out of it and then have needles shoved through their ears?

A very eager, expectant six year old, that's who:)

She was SO BRAVE, didn't tear up at all, smiled so big the moment it happened and beamed all day. I was/am so proud of her.

We were torn about letting her do this, seemed like such a big step away from little to big, but this girl...
she is so, so helpful. She does chores and school and takes care of things. She is ALWAYS helping me out in any way she can. Holds Violet when she's crying and I am cleaning up a mess from a toddler fit or grabbing something burning on the stove or whatever.
She changes Violet's diaper and gets her dressed when we're running out the door and I'm doing too many things to count.
Lays with Nora until she falls asleep for her naps and then sneaks out to stay up with me.

She's just such a huge helper. As I type this, she's cleaning up the house to earn getting to make a recipe she found in an Amelia Bedelia chapter book she's reading. (heart eyes!!!!!)

shopkins, of course. our one little fling with commercially popular toys...
We had our families over and John Robertson our dear friend came over and cooked dinner and made dessert for us- healthy and DELICIOUS! It was an all-around amazing day and we all had so much fun and most of all Ruby felt special and important, because she is.

HAPPY 6TH BIRTHDAY RUBY!!!!!
WE LOVE YOU!!!!!

Violet - Five Months


Violet, could you GET any more wonderful? Not rhetorical, literally asking.

size 3 diapers

SO HEAVY, haven't weighed her but let's just say in a cheer-leading stunt, she would be the base and not the flyer

must be teething this month because lot's of biting and gnawing and chewing and slobbering and fussiness. We understand, sissy, we've been there three times now and I get it! Hang in there.

looooooooves life

prefers to be entertained

is madly in love with me. and that makes me want to salsa dance! it's the greatest feeling to be the one that can get a crying baby to stop instantly just by holding her face against your chest and she knows it's you.

gets carried around by Ruby a lot and LOVES it. She looks at me like "oh hey mom. what? This is just us being us"

loves loves loves diaper changes. looks up at you with the flirtiest eyes and smile like "go ahead. i know this is the time. rub ALL over me and squeeze me and swoon over the sight of my barely-clothed body. go ahead, i'm used to it. and, well, i kind of love it. Ok I really love it!!"


Violet - Four Months


size 2 diapers

talks a lot

HAPPY

14ish pounds

loves her pacifier to fall asleep

loves when people dance for her

chews and sucks on her hands all day. looks like a chipmunk that found a stash of delicious nuts and is shoveling them in as fast as furious as possible while doing so. (making us all laugh, of course!)

sleeps smack dab in between mom and dad every night swaddled up nice and tight.

nurses 2-3 times at night? no idea, I'm half awake/half asleep when it happens anyway. I am certain she's getting enough calories though....(wink! #chunk)

we still all adore her, and assume we always will.

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

what some people call the "strong willed" child


She is amazingly strong.
She is happy one minute and furious the next.
She throws her body down and yells, but will soften her heart after discipline and apologize (sometimes on her own, sometimes because she has to)
She can fall and get seriously scratched up, but dust it off and get over it quickly. This is how she earned the nickname "Tuffy"
She'll be screaming mad that she can't buckle her car seat. Hair falling in her face, gritting her teeth, screaming with frustration. Then the seat belt clicks and she's all smiles. "There", she says, and moves on like nothing happened and the rest of us are like........
She is hilarious.
She's LOUD.
She's like a bull in a china shop.
She's unpredictable.
She's three.

This girl has given me a run for my money since Day 1. Her pregnancy and birth were an indication of the "firecracker child" she is. She is making me strong and vulnerable to Christ like never before. So for that I'm truly grateful. For any parents with kiddos like this, maybe this will help you because it's helped me-

Our children are not little mini-me versions of ourselves for ourselves. They are their OWN SELVES. From day one, they are them. And it's our job to teach them to submit to authority, guide them, and then let them go. This takes away a lot of the "personal disappointment" we can feel when they aren't like we think they should be.

These types of kids, if we parents do our jobs right, grow up to be amazing adults. They know who they are, they are tenacious, and they stick up for what they believe in. May we encourage that, and be quick to point out their good qualities instead of nag what's wrong.
In that seat belt scenario : "Way to not give up Nora! You did it, because you didn't give up! Next time take some deep breaths while you're most frustrated, that always helps me."
Granted, when I offer stuff like that to Nora she pretty much gives off the "no, i don't want to take deep breaths, that's dumb." vibe - but I don't care. I'm not here to be liked by her or for her to think I'm cool, I'm here to teach her truth. Whether it looks like she's receiving it in her heart or not can't stop me from delivering it.

EPHESIANS 6:4
Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger by the way you treat them. Rather, bring them up with the discipline and instruction that comes from the Lord.

Man oh man did this verse convict me. It's right after "Children obey your parents...."
I realized that because her little personality is challenging, I find myself retaliating with immaturity and provoking her. It's HARD to respond right over and over and over and over. And over. BUT WE MUST! We'll mess up. Lord knows, I do. But I'm getting better and better and soon I will always respond as I should to her. Me being firm in who Yahweh's called me to be as her mother will help HER flourish. 


p.s. Even though I made a point that they're their own selves, I have to admit that Nora is the next generation version of me. I was totally Nora as a toddler. And I turned out alright;) Good job, Mom!

NORA I love you, and I love being on this journey with you. You're gonna change the world, kiddo!

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Violet - Three Months

 WE
ARE
CRAZY
ABOUT 
THIS
SISTER
SUE!!
-got even chubbier this month

-still in disposables. I have no excuse, only reasons - we're remodeling a house, I have three kids now, I work part time and I'm tired. Does that count?! 

-is seriously pure sweetness. will sit in her bouncy seat for HOURS while I clean or help the other girls. ONLY cries when starving or it's been too long between diaper changes, etc. Basically, she's so low maintenance and JUST what this family needed. I have a feeling I might learn a lot from her. I wish I was low maintenance - really truly. It's something I'm working on! Pray for me Violet!

-13 lbs the last time I weighed her

-we think she might be teething already?! never ever had a baby do this so early but last night she woke up SCREAMING in pain, and was inconsolable. she had been gumming her hands like crazy and drooling a lot lately and I just thought it was normal baby stuff. Finally, we gave her some teething tablets and she settled down in seconds. SWEETIE PIE! She didn't really want to nurse either which was unlike her. Praying it all passes quickly and she'll be back to nursing normally in no time.

-is wearing 3-6 months clothes.

-ADORES her sisters. Both of them. Watches them and smiles and now is LAUGHING at them.

-coos and talks and laughs at us. we've even found a ticklish spot on her that makes her laugh!

-is famous for her cheeks. In real life or on the computer, the comments are always "those cheeks!!" and yes...we agree. None of us can stop kissing them. Like, she patiently waits while we shove our faces into her cheeks and body.

-LOVES DIAPER CHANGES. It's the time that whoever is changing her yells out "guuuuys!" to everyone in the house and we all come running to see her mostly naked. We oooh and aaaah all over her rolls and soft skin. She smiles her famous smile, flashes that huge left cheek dimple, and turns her head to the side slyly like "oh shucks" Then once the fresh diaper is on she will just lay there for a long time, pleased as punch like "ahhhh this is so nice..."

-she is so agreeable. So go-with-the-flow, so sweet, so positive. I LOVE HER!

It's babies like you that make me want to have a million, Violet Amelia <3 br="">