Monday, February 28, 2011


  • Nicky's song to Silas: stay asleep Silas, don't wake up or cry......(repeat, repeat, repeat :)
  •  the sight of my two boys sleeping last night-I walked into the bedroom and both of them were kind of tossing and turning at the same time, then they both settled back into sleep. So funny.
  • Nicky carefully picking out a birthday present for a friend, going back and forth over two different toys-which one would he like the best? -and then asking over and over if the party is today
  • Silas's chubby little arms, visible now that the weather is warmer and I can put him in short-sleeved onesies
  • the news of babies being born, so many right now!
  • silliness overtaking Nicky's tears
  • Silas, finding his laugh
  • a night spent re-connecting with old friends

Sunday, February 27, 2011


Sometimes in the morning, I've been snuggling up with Silas, and I hear Ricky taking Penny outside and Nicky starts to stir and then is suddenly awake and goes from 0-60 just like that, and starts talking to us about his dreams and what he thinks about Thomas or Lightning McQueen or Jude (his bestie) or his favorite cereal or feels like practicing his kazoo skills, and the sun is coming up, and I'm still prying my eyes open.....I just have this moment, where I think to myself wow this is like a scene out of a movie or something. And I'm so glad this is my life.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

my little corner

I've kept this blog private for a long time, mainly because I wasn't updating it much and it was just a place to organize pictures, jot down a few memories and occasionally step on my soapbox. This year, however, I've really been motivated to post more often, and I'm enjoying it. I have a lot more time at home than I've been accustomed to as well. Blogging fits nicely in my life right now. Anyway, this is really just an explanation of why I have this blog and haven't shared it with anyone, until now :)

So, welcome to my little corner of the internet, where I pause and notice all of the blessings in my life.

Monday, February 21, 2011

first list

I'm reading a beautiful book right now- Ann Voskamp's One Thousand Gifts. There are so many tidbits of wisdom in it, that maybe I'll write some of my thoughts once I've had a chance to chew on it a little more....but for now I just want to start my own list. The central theme of the book is gratefulness, and what gratefulness can produce in our lives. Ann shares her process of starting a list of one thousand gifts from God that she encounters in everyday life, choosing to recognize these things as God's ways of showing us how much he loves us. The idea is to just note things as they happen, so here's what I see right now....
  1. the camera that enables me to capture moments; I know that these will be so precious to me as time goes on 
  2. warmer weather that allows us to be outside more
  3. Silas' little noises and coos, the way he smiles when he notices me
  4. Coffee.....oh how thankful I am for it :)
  5. I am grateful for quality kids' tv programs that allow Nicky to learn things in a fun and memorable way.
  6. The way Nicky's face looks when he traces his letters
  7. the notes and flowers Ricky's been leaving for me in the morning this week-single red roses with notes that read this coffee is for my wife, I like your blog, thanks for sharing the lappy, (laptop) I'm proud of you... 
  8. feeling thirsty and drinking water
  9. the feeling of a soft sweater
  10. energy/motivation to create, organize, beautify a space-there are so many times that I don't feel this that when I do, it's a gift
  11. Nicky wanting to be wherever I am....sometimes I just want to be alone but then I think of how many times I have been lonely, and here's this bright little person who follows me everywhere....and this will not always be the case.
  12. I think that is what I'm most grateful for right now-the knowledge that all of this is temporary-because that frees me to enjoy it. Being present for my children, right now, is more important and precious than anything else I can think of. I'm grateful to be realizing and reminded of this now, and not when it's too late.
Ann's blog, A Holy Experience, is here.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

garage: before

When we moved into this house (exactly one year ago on February 19th) we put everything in the garage and slowly moved things in as we found the right places for them. We were much more particular about setting up the house then we have been in the past, since this was more permanent. Putting holes in the walls, even, was a little daunting for us, because they are our walls, and the house was just so clean and pretty and empty. So, it's taken this whole year to make it homey, and we still have some things to do. 

The garage pretty much stayed the same the whole year. It's been bugging me but certainly not enough to do anything about it....until now. Warmer weather gives me the itch to clean, purge, and organize. So, I'll be sneaking off to the garage during naptimes and in the early evening with the garage door open, when it's better for everyone's sanity to not be in the house (aka fussy, cranky, sun-downing, "happy hour" as my friend calls it). Something about getting out during those hours is so, so helpful. Even if the crankiness persists, at least we're getting some fresh air.

 My challenge awaits:

These pics are completely unrelated, just taken by Nicky yesterday. Look at those edible cheeks....

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Sunday, February 13, 2011

my loves

On Saturday I gave Nicky a plate of brownies to decorate, and he went to town. I really love activities that get him excited for holidays. Maybe it's weird, but I always enjoy the days leading up to a holiday more than the day itself.

He also made some valentines for his "church friends" as he calls them, and handed them out yesterday. Ricky bought me the most amazing cookie ever at the church bake sale-I think it was one of these. Whatever it was, it was sooooo good. This is how Sundays usually go: Ricky leaves early to play music for the first service, while I get myself and the boys ready (takes just about all morning still), then we head off to the second service where I drop Nicky off at his class, and sometimes put Silas in the nursery if I feel like it. Sometimes I still like to keep him snuggled up with me for service. That means spending a good chunk of service in the nursing moms' room. Ricky and I both usually end up hanging out in there, in our rocking chairs, chatting about the sermon and whatever else comes up. It's nice, in this season.

Anyway, this Sunday the weather was beautiful so we took the littles out for a hike (which right now means a short walk in the desert/mountains). It was Silas' first time in the hiking backpack and he did well. Our experience with Nicky and this particular backpack was that it was great while he was little enough to fit down into it, but as he got longer his head would just flop around after he fell asleep about five minutes into a hike. So, we may be investing in something else for Silas, when he's bigger.

Penny was pretty tired at the end. Poor little short-legged creature....

It was a lovely Sunday with my family. I sure do love them.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

a Valentine craft

crayon hearts.....idea and instructions here.

Monday, February 7, 2011

right now Silas is...

-11 weeks old
-smiling socially
-getting better at tummy time (meaning he doesn't completely hate it anymore)

-loving baths
-sleeping a lot at night, not so much during the day
-interested in toys and bright colors

-figuring out how to reach up for hanging objects
-making lots of cute noises
-more into sucking on his fist/fingers than his paci

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Friday, February 4, 2011

snow day stuck!

Winter is a rarity here. We've learned in the last few days just how unprepared for snow we are. Our local power company has had to implement rolling blackouts to preserve enough electricity to keep the city going most of the time. They haven't been too bad; usually less than an hour long. Schools and city offices have been closed for three days, to conserve power. Our extreme weather usually comes in the summer, not the winter. It's been interesting.

We've had fun despite the inconveniences. I'm certainly grateful for some quality time with my family, and for the utilities I use (and waste) daily without thought. I feel motivated to put more thought into the resources I uses; to be more aware of them. And I'm more mindful these days of how nice it is to have a warm house, a well-insulated house even. I haven't been cold, even with the power out, because our house is so well insulated. These seemingly small things become huge when we go without them. 

It was fun trying to remember how to build a snowman. I haven't done that since I was a kid, and even then I think we spent most of our snow days sledding, building forts and having snowball fights, so I was never an expert snowman builder anyway....

 Nicky was a trooper, and stayed outdoors for most of the morning until he finally declared, "My whole self is cold!" and was taken inside to curl up with a blanket and PBS Kids, while Ricky and I finished the snowman.

Silas stayed snug and warm inside. Maybe he'll catch the next big snowstorm, in say, 10 years or so.

So, that's our Snowpocalypse 2011 story! It's supposed to be in the 60's by Monday....

Tuesday, February 1, 2011


During this last Christmas season, Nicky was convinced that he would wake up to snow on Christmas morning. He saw snow in every holiday book and movie, of course. Every morning, he would ask "Is it Christmas today?" and look out the window to check for snow. Unfortunately it doesn't snow much in the desert, and white Christmases are pretty rare.

But today he got his snow, and so far it's sticking. Here's hoping we'll wake up to a winter wonderland.

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