Thursday, March 24, 2011

Sunny Day = Park Visit!

On the way to Walmart for our weekly grocery shopping, Ruby darling and I thought we'd swing by the park for a quick swing and a few times down the slide. When we pulled in, we were the only ones there! It was wonderful!






It seems lately when I look at Ruby I see a little girl instead of a baby. It's weird, quite frankly. You don't realize when they are with you every day and then *boom*... she's big.

She is exploring, speaking Rubanese often, handing us books to read her that she'll actually sit still for, pointing to everything, LOVING facing forward in her big girl car seat, going to bed earlier and waking up earlier, spanking Clarence, wrapping her arms around to hug Clarence, loves to look out the windows because the window sills are exactly her height, adores wind, smacks and pops her lips together when she's being goofy, scrunches her shoulders up and smiles from ear to ear all the time, claps for herself, loves loves LOVES boys. Particularly age 7ish-15ish. She follows them everywhere at church, watches them as they walk by in the store. The other day at church she kept walking quite swiftly into the boys' bathroom and the little kids were carrying her out to me as she had a "what?" look on her face. Loves when her Daddy comes home...I mean LOVES it. Hands you everything. Obeys very well. Knows how to pitch a fit but is figuring it doesn't work. Darn. And fortunately they don't last long at all.

Is the greatest thing on planet earth, as far as we're concerned.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Jump Zone Ruby


My little cutie pie. This is from your first time at Jump Zone and you reminded me of myself.
Am I happy to go WITH people to an amusement park? YES!
Am I fine with holding everyone's jackets while they ride the rides? YES!
Do I want to get on the rides with them? NO!

And that was little one-year-old-you. Which actually surprised me considering your adoration for swinging rather high and slides, no matter the size.

But in true Kiehn girl (there's only two of us, sometimes we gotta stick together) fashion, you stayed with me on the ground, where safety and happiness was. All that unstable bouncing was a little too much for you.



Except for a couple moments, you, as always, blessed me with how well you did. Especially since I pushed back your regular nap time to introduce you to an unstable, bouncing shark that is the size of like...280 you's.
You are so so precious and just LOVE life, Ruby. You are so wide-eyed and expressive and seem to be genuinely thankful somehow, at your young age. You are an absolute JOY and it's my honor to be your Momma for the rest of our lives.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Ruby's New Toy!

This is SLIGHTLY lengthy but in my humble opinion, there is no such thing as too much Ruby.

Thanks to the sun still being out when Daddy gets home now, he set up her new treehouse tonight while I made dinner. This girl is fearless and LOVES her new toy. Thank you Papalaw and Grandma!


Sunday, March 13, 2011

Smoothie Queen

The photos speak for themselves. She loved it! I'll have to try to load the video of her drinking her own little smoothie from her tiny little glass from Uncle Brady and Aunt Molly.








Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Such a Little Lady

My beautiful one year old.
Such a little lady.
Today, she wanted the make-up brush I was holding so I let her hold it thinking keep an eye on her, cause she's just gonna chew on that...
I looked down at her and there she was, softly rubbing the brush on her face, exactly what you're supposed to do with it.




She watches me and thinks everything I do is cool.
What an eye opener that is.

The other day the Holy Spirit told me something so powerful and so amazing. It's something we all know, but it ministered so strongly to me and keeps coming up in my mind and spirit over and over.
I was putting Ruby's socks on and she was frustrated and I was frustrated and I was whipping this here and that there, and she was whipping her feet away from me and it was just bad. I said "Ruby! You need to be calm and gentle!" in a short-tempered voice.

And Holy Spirit said
"if you want your daughter to be calm and gentle, then YOU be calm and gentle."

I mentally stepped back from the situation and saw my relationship with Ruby completely different.
She feeds off of me.
She watches me to see how I respond, so she knows how to respond.
If I want to see something change in her, something must change in me first.

So lately I have been more calm, and more gentle.
And so has she.
And it's been so cool, and so beautiful.

What a faithful Father we have, to patiently teach us and show us how to raise the children He gave us.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Sunny Day = Park Visit!

On the way to Walmart for our weekly grocery shopping, Ruby darling and I thought we'd swing by the park for a quick swing and a few times down the slide. When we pulled in, we were the only ones there! It was wonderful!






It seems lately when I look at Ruby I see a little girl instead of a baby. It's weird, quite frankly. You don't realize when they are with you every day and then *boom*... she's big.

She is exploring, speaking Rubanese often, handing us books to read her that she'll actually sit still for, pointing to everything, LOVING facing forward in her big girl car seat, going to bed earlier and waking up earlier, spanking Clarence, wrapping her arms around to hug Clarence, loves to look out the windows because the window sills are exactly her height, adores wind, smacks and pops her lips together when she's being goofy, scrunches her shoulders up and smiles from ear to ear all the time, claps for herself, loves loves LOVES boys. Particularly age 7ish-15ish. She follows them everywhere at church, watches them as they walk by in the store. The other day at church she kept walking quite swiftly into the boys' bathroom and the little kids were carrying her out to me as she had a "what?" look on her face. Loves when her Daddy comes home...I mean LOVES it. Hands you everything. Obeys very well. Knows how to pitch a fit but is figuring it doesn't work. Darn. And fortunately they don't last long at all.

Is the greatest thing on planet earth, as far as we're concerned.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Jump Zone Ruby


My little cutie pie. This is from your first time at Jump Zone and you reminded me of myself.
Am I happy to go WITH people to an amusement park? YES!
Am I fine with holding everyone's jackets while they ride the rides? YES!
Do I want to get on the rides with them? NO!

And that was little one-year-old-you. Which actually surprised me considering your adoration for swinging rather high and slides, no matter the size.

But in true Kiehn girl (there's only two of us, sometimes we gotta stick together) fashion, you stayed with me on the ground, where safety and happiness was. All that unstable bouncing was a little too much for you.



Except for a couple moments, you, as always, blessed me with how well you did. Especially since I pushed back your regular nap time to introduce you to an unstable, bouncing shark that is the size of like...280 you's.
You are so so precious and just LOVE life, Ruby. You are so wide-eyed and expressive and seem to be genuinely thankful somehow, at your young age. You are an absolute JOY and it's my honor to be your Momma for the rest of our lives.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Ruby's New Toy!

This is SLIGHTLY lengthy but in my humble opinion, there is no such thing as too much Ruby.

Thanks to the sun still being out when Daddy gets home now, he set up her new treehouse tonight while I made dinner. This girl is fearless and LOVES her new toy. Thank you Papalaw and Grandma!


Sunday, March 13, 2011

Smoothie Queen

The photos speak for themselves. She loved it! I'll have to try to load the video of her drinking her own little smoothie from her tiny little glass from Uncle Brady and Aunt Molly.








Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Such a Little Lady

My beautiful one year old.
Such a little lady.
Today, she wanted the make-up brush I was holding so I let her hold it thinking keep an eye on her, cause she's just gonna chew on that...
I looked down at her and there she was, softly rubbing the brush on her face, exactly what you're supposed to do with it.




She watches me and thinks everything I do is cool.
What an eye opener that is.

The other day the Holy Spirit told me something so powerful and so amazing. It's something we all know, but it ministered so strongly to me and keeps coming up in my mind and spirit over and over.
I was putting Ruby's socks on and she was frustrated and I was frustrated and I was whipping this here and that there, and she was whipping her feet away from me and it was just bad. I said "Ruby! You need to be calm and gentle!" in a short-tempered voice.

And Holy Spirit said
"if you want your daughter to be calm and gentle, then YOU be calm and gentle."

I mentally stepped back from the situation and saw my relationship with Ruby completely different.
She feeds off of me.
She watches me to see how I respond, so she knows how to respond.
If I want to see something change in her, something must change in me first.

So lately I have been more calm, and more gentle.
And so has she.
And it's been so cool, and so beautiful.

What a faithful Father we have, to patiently teach us and show us how to raise the children He gave us.