Saturday, September 25, 2010

Girls' Night Out

I decided that Kate and I should have a girls' night with just her and me on Friday night. 

She was so surprised and excited about it!

We first went to Chick-Fil-a for dinner, and we split a #1 (chicken sandwich meal).  What we were pleasantly surprised to find was that it was Princess Night, and they were having a princess party for all who came.  At first, I was a little hesitant to join after the lady invited us, since I thought we were crashing some poor girl's birthday party, but when we realized it was a marketing promotion, we jumped right in!  We walked away with 2 goodie bags, each having a coupon for a free meal!  Score!  I also found out that they are having Superhero Night in October, so we will SO be there!   

Cinderella was there- she does her own gigs now, and even has a website. :-)  Rogue princess!   She does promotional events, birthday parties, etc.

Kate got a picture with Cinderella & a certificate declaring her to henceforth and forevermore be Princess Kate.  She also got a wand, a crown, and a bag of candy (and those precious coupons!)

Sporting her crown.

After dinner and the princess party, Kate and I did some shopping.  She picked out a new outfit (Gymboree, on sale plus 20% coupon), and rode the helicopter ride at the mall.  We ended the night at Carl's with ice cream!  What a wonderful night with my sweet girl!!

Thursday, September 23, 2010

David Speaks

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I just adore that David is starting to "talk" and smile all the time!! 

Smirk

I LOVE this expression!  
David's eyes are blue, but they are a deep, deep blue, and sometimes even look purple they are so blue.  I think they look most like my mom's pretty eyes (though maybe the smirk comes from my dad...) :-) 

The Early Bird

Kate is my early bird (the only one in the family!).  She gets up sometime between 7:30 and 7:45 in the morning, which is fine except that she wants the entire family up when she is up.  I've finally taught her to leave her brothers alone and to play alone until the boys get up.  I think she now likes that hour or so to have all the toys to herself. 

Summer Returns in the Fall

It's been in the 90s these past few days, so we are savoring the last few days of 2nd summer. 

All-Nighter

If it wasn't for his voracious appetite, David would be a wonderful sleeper.  I have to keep reminding myself that he's only 9 weeks, and a full, uninterrupted night's sleep will eventually come.  :-)

Theology For 4-Year-Olds

My precious Michael has been having trouble with telling the truth lately.  Yesterday, we had a long conversation after our discipline session regarding being kind to his sister and about always telling the truth.  My sweet son looked up at me with tears in his eyes and told me, "Mommy, I'm just not a good enough boy to ALWAYS obey and do what's right."  And to that I say, YES!  He's getting it!  
Romans 3:10-12
None is righteous, no, not one; no one understands; no one seeks for God. All have turned aside; together they have become worthless;  no one does good, not even one."
 And for that reason- our sin, and our complete inability to do ANYTHING about it- we need redemption.  Michael and I talked for a long time about our personal need to have Christ intervene because we can not do what's right.  It is in our nature to do wrong.  My expectations for his obedience are ultimately to show him that he can't do it on his own, and I pray that my sweet boy (and all my family) will see the incredible grace of God in salvation.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Cheez-It | "Interrupting Cheese"





Have you seen this Cheez-Its commercial?
Well, the kids think it's HUH-larious, and share this joke often.  The funniest part is that they don't even get it, and Michael never remembers to interrupt when he shouts "CHEESE!"  But they end up with the most infectious giggles, so we tell this joke multiple times a day.  :-)

Daddy Snuggles

The big kids snuggle Daddy before bedtime. 

Friday, September 17, 2010

Amazon Affiliate

You might notice I have an Amazon.com search option on my sidebar.  I guess I've been an obsessive enough blogger for long enough that Amazon has asked me to be an affiliate.  So if you shop Amazon.com often, you can search through my sidebar link, and it will give us a small monetary percentage (which will probably end up being spent on my kids and become more blog fodder). :-)

Not-So-Little Brother

Even though David's shirt says "Little Brother," don't be fooled. This boy is HUGE!
At the pediatrician's office today, David, at (not quite) 2 months, weighed in at 14lbs, 13oz, and was 24 1/2 inches long. That's 95th percentile for weight and 90th for height! He also got 4 shots today, so has been sleeping like a baby most of the day. What a sweet, chubby boy!

A BIG Hug for Daddy

Jon snapped this picture of our cutie boy as Michael was giving Daddy "the biggest hug EVER."

It's Good To Be 3rd

David never lacks for attention.
And he loves being around his big brother and sister.

David even gets his own personal concerts now and then.

Princess Katie Mouse

Isn't she so sweet?
Katie and Michael found a couple kids' meal toys that I was saving for a rainy day. One of them was this little plastic box with pink paper and a pencil in it. Katie LOVES that thing! She calls them her coupons and coupon box (proud moment for mom!) She plays with them all day long, and them takes them with her to bed. She's always sure to bring them with us to the store (can't be at the store without coupons!) In fact, when I was grocery shopping with the kids on Tuesday, Michael asked to buy something, and I said "not today, buddy." He gave me a understanding, "Oh, it's not on sale and you don't have a coupon, right?" :-)

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Mornings are better...

...when the weather is PERFECT, and we can enjoy our breakfast on the deck!
Precious smiling faces!

Adoration

We just adore this little guy.
He's so snuggly and sweet!

And his big gummy grins are So, so cute!

Tuesday, September 07, 2010

Enjoying our NEW Deck!

Jon is in the process of finishing up our deck, and we have really been enjoying it a lot these last couple days!
We love our new patio set (fully assembled by yours truly)! We've eaten outside quite a bit already! Sweet Kate loves to play by herself. Michael would rather have 100 friends to play with, but not my Kate. She's a little shy.

We have the grill in front of the steps right now, as Jon needs to finish up the rails and balusters, and I don't want the kids down until it's safe. He has that and the top-of-the-rail finish boards to install, then it should be done!

Michael and Kate consider this their new play room, which makes me happy!

Michael made a train with the chairs, while Kate went on a bug extermination mission with the fly swatter.

I had my coffee on the deck, and the kids ate their cereal outside, too. During David's morning nap, we all brought our books out to read. I am re-reading a book called The Discipline of Grace. Fantastic book (and worthy of a re-read).

Awe!

The boys fell asleep while I was cleaning up the kitchen before bed. So precious!

WHERE'S Michael?

Can you spot him!?
Hint: Look for the obvious 4-year-old! :-D

THERE he is! I just love hearing his giggles when I find him!

Thursday, September 02, 2010

Michael's First Splinter

Michael was outside "helping" Daddy work on the deck today, and he got a splinter.
I got it out with only one little pinch, but he still wanted to put his sad face on so I could take a picture & he could show his boo-boo. He did have a couple *real* tears, but he handled it like a man. Excuse the bruised forehead. They match his shins and knees. We believe in playing hard or not at all. :-)

It's DEFINITELY Nature, Not Nurture

My Kate is the epitome of all things girlie. I was not like that at all when I was growing up, so I'm learning to relate to my girlie girl. She tells me often that she wants to be a princess when she grows up.
Her favorite color is pink, and she would wear a dress and heels every day (if I didn't choose something more practical for her. She still usually ends up with a dress-up dress on over her clothes.)

Is this picture not just SO precious?! She's all decked out in sparkly heels, necklace, clip-on earrings, hair clip, bracelets, and (of course) a coordinating purse. My favorite part is her contrasting elbow wound and multiple bug bites all over her legs (she's so sweet, even the mosquitoes adore her!)

There's one of her dress-up dresses- all accessorized. Sweet, sweet girl!

Never Lacking For Attention

With an older brother and sister, baby David is never lacking for attention.
Michael reads David a book.

Kate shows David one of her favorite Signing Time videos.

I just have to keep a VERY close eye on them, so they don't do things like dress him up as Spiderman...

Beth Moore Conference

This past weekend, my sister Meredith and I attended a Beth Moore conference at the Richmond Coliseum.
Our hotel was less than a mile from the Coliseum, so we were able to walk and enjoy the nice weather. It WAS a little scary getting slightly lost in downtown Richmond at 10:30pm while trying to find our way back to the hotel, but we managed to get there safely.

This is my second Beth Moore Conference that I have attended, and it was SUCH an encouragement. She really studies the Word and has been gifted with the ability to dig deeply and to teach it well. She taught from John 1, we looked at the 8 titles that Christ is called by John.

This is my oldest sister Meredith, me, and David. I wish I could spend more time with my sisters (and brother)!
On a side note, that fantastic little black piece of expensive material is called an Ergo Baby Carrier. It's similar to the Baby Bjorn, but the BIG difference is that the baby's weight is distributed to your hips and not pulling on your shoulders and back. It's SO comfortable, and super-awesome if you have heavy babies, like I always do! We use it at the park, in the grocery store, at the mall, at the Nationals/Cubs game, when we go for walks- I really use it ALL. THE. TIME! I was so blessed to receive this as a gift at my baby shower that my Bible study class had for me, and I am SO thankful! It's been wonderful!

Sweet David came along with us, and he got LOTS of attention since he was at a conference of about 9,500 women.

This is zoomed in. One of the attendants sat us in the "special needs" section with all the elderly ladies because David was with us. At least it was close to the door.

David is already learning to woo the ladies with the wink and the smile.
The conference was excellent, and it was also really great to have some time to spend hearing about the missions trip to Russia that my sister just returned from.