Monday, January 31, 2011

Day 31/365


Swim lessons begin again!
Every Monday and Wednesday at 5:30.
Makes for a busy night, but the boys love it.
I hope to have Andrew swimming by summer!

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Day 30/365


The glass slipper awaiting the princess.
The King of the castle has been a gem.  
Taking the little princess and princes out to play so preparations for the ball can continue.
Word has it, the Queen has been enjoying her royal crafting time.

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Day 29/365


It's Birthday week!
Kaitlin's party is next Saturday. I'm crafting away.
Kaitlin's 3rd birthday photo banner hanging on the fireplace.
I love to look at these photos and see my little girl grow.

Friday, January 28, 2011

Day 28/365



Dan and the boys enjoyed some football in the backyard tonight before dinner.
Working on throwing spirals and catching & tucking the ball.
From the smiles on the boys' faces (including the biggest boy), I could tell it was time well spent.

Day 27/365


We enjoyed some much needed time outside in the SUNSHINE today!
Swinging, sliding, climbing, digging....
High of 55 -- one degree less than the record high.
A blissful break from the rain which returns this weekend.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Day 26/365


I make Dan crazy with my cups. It's not uncommon for me to have these three drinks going all at once during the day. I make a vanilla latte in the morning and might reheat it a few times before it's gone. A Diet Coke works itself in to the mix at lunch or in the afternoon, and the water just keeps going throughout the day and eventually ends up on my nightstand.

Just one of my many "quirks."

Day 25/365


Kaitlin's first night in her "Big Girl" Bed.
She did great! We told her the rule: Stay in bed until Mommy or Daddy come and get you. And she did it! So far so good!

Monday, January 24, 2011

Day 24/365


Instead of sleeping during nap time, Kaitlin decided that her skin was suffering from dryness during these winter months and a deep moisturizing with Mama's body butter was in order.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Day 23/365


Matthew woke up with a fever this morning.
We had some unexpected and welcome time together while Dan took the little ones to church.
"Narnia" on the family room sofa with my sweet sick boy.

Day 22/365


Kaitlin spends her last night in her crib.
A milestone that marks the passing of a precious time in our life.
It makes this sentimental Mama's heart ache a little.....

Friday, January 21, 2011

Day 21/365

Matthew is the epitome of dorky 7 year old "cool."
He calls his friends "bro." He's cool like that.
He was playing with Andrew's school tiles and created this hysterical (or so he thought) masterpiece.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Day 20/365


Matthew recited his first memory verse and chose fruit snacks from the "God is Sweet" jar. 
(What the boys call the jar).
Andrew was sad that he couldn't remember his verse.  We'll try again tomorrow. :)

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Day 19/365


The results of some of my evening crafting....
English Crackers for Kaitlin's Princess party!  
Those tiny folds for the rosettes are time consuming, but oh so cute. 

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Monday, January 17, 2011

Day 17/365


Matthews 2 front teeth are coming in! And notice the second gap on the bottom?
He lost another tooth last week! He just insists on growing up.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Day 16/365


And so the crafting begins for Kaitlin's 3rd birthday ~ a "Princess" Party! :)
She sits happily next to me while I craft, chatting happily about her party. She is excited for "Gracie say Happy Birthday to me?" And keeps saying, "Thank you, Mama!"

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Day 15/365


In spite of being down with the stomach flu 
Dan plays a game of "Creationary" (a Lego game) in bed with the boys on a lazy Saturday.  
Andrew came down with the flu hours later.

Day 14/365


Katie was SO happy that Andrew played "ballerina" with her.  
He wore the crown and she wore the "jewels" while they twirled to music in her bedroom.
Andrew is a sweet big brother.

Day 13/365


Snuggles on the sofa after "Dumbo" for Family movie night 
turn into tickles between Daddy and Andrew.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Day 12/365


The Bug mingles with the breakfast crumbs under the kitchen table on a lazy icy morning when school was canceled. {Hooray!!}

Day 11/365


After dinner Matthew said, "I want to do something fun with you Mama."
An air hockey tournament with the boys followed,
while a sweet husband did the dinner dishes.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Day 10/365


Andrew and I both love the "Llama Llama" books.
Funny stories about a Llama and his Mama.
Our special books that we read together with a laugh and a cuddle.
This was Andrew's choice for me to read at quiet time today.

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Day 9/365


Our "Small Group" from church ~ our turn to host today.
I am blessed every 3 weeks by their conversation, laughs and fellowship.
I'm so grateful for these friendships.

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Day 8/365


I am spending the day packing up Christmas decorations until next year.

A couple ornaments found during the After-Christmas sales.

A silver bell to commemorate our trips on "The Polar Express" and the boys' love (especially Matthew's) for the story.

And a yellow remember Dad and his yellow roses.

Friday, January 7, 2011

Day 7/365


My quiet time essentials.
Or preferences, really. Sometimes it's just squeezed in when I have time.
But my preference is: mid afternoon in the livingroom...
a fire, vanilla latte, my bibles, journal, and Bible Dictionary at hand.
15-20 short minutes.
A small but worthy and rewarding commitment.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Day 6/365


Andrew & Claire share a post-dinner hug.
They've been playing together since infancy and are like brother & sister.
All future potential beaus will have to get through Andrew first!

(My friend Shannon's family have been nomads this week travelling from fast food restaurant to fast food restaurant in search of a meal while their kitchen is being redone due to a leaking dishwasher.  We broke our no-social-plans-for-the-month-of-January to feed them a quick dinner in between homework and sending Hannah off to ballet.

Now back to our regularly scheduled "social fast".....)

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Day 5/365


Matthew was awarded Super Bee today for Super Bee-havior!

A marked improvement from the week before winter break when he got a Fox Stop for something that was slightly horrifying and yet funny all at the same time. My back yard is nicely weed-free as a result. Kids will be kids....

I'm happy to welcome back my little rule follower. :)

PS. He chose the setting for this photo. Notice his Galactic Space Enforcer on display? Not by accident.

Day 4/365


The Bug, out for a chilly run, dressed like a cute little poof ball in her Christmas clothes from Nana.

PS. Diane, this photo was taken before our chat about the horizontal layout of the pages....thanks for the tip. :)

Monday, January 3, 2011

Day 3/365


Taking photos for Kaitlin's third birthday "Princess" party in our living room.

She was thrilled to get dressed up like a "princess."

This isn't the photo for her invitation, but I love her sweet face in this one.

She's getting a whole new crop of baby hair in--once again it looks like I've cut bangs.  ~All new hair!

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Day 2/365

Winter break sadly comes to an end today. 
The cousins work on their homework together at the kitchen table while sneaking peeks at the football came.
Nothing like waiting until the last minute!

Day 1/365


Spoiled niece and nephews wearing their Christmas clothes from Uncle Mike & Aunt Michelle. 
Just before leaving for their house to celebrate New Year's Day with a Taco bar, some football, and fun with cousins!