Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Fall Pictures

A few weeks ago my mom and I decided to try and take a few fall pictures of the kids. Some of them turned out ok, others turned out pretty bad. Ha! Anyway, I thought I'd post them here for you all to see.



This one had a lot of potential. Thanks a lot Aiden! LOL.









Monday, November 29, 2010

Two Years Old!!

Dear Aiden,

Today you are two. We cannot believe you have been blessing our lives for the past two years! In some ways it seems like you have been here forever, and we can't remember our lives before you were in it. In other ways, it seems like you should still be a little baby but instead you are a big boy! Your Daddy and I are so proud of you. You amaze us everyday as you learn new things. We are blown away at the new things you learn, especially the things you learn without us teaching them to you. You are so smart! We love you more than you will ever know. The past two years have been so much fun!

Love,

Daddy and Mama




Facts About Aiden

  • You wear a size 2T shirt, but lately I have been buying you 3T since you are growing so fast! You wear a 24 months in pants.
  • You wear a size 7 shoe.
  • You are still in diapers, a size 5. We are starting potty training VERY soon! =)
  • Your favorite foods are spaghetti, chicken nuggets, mac and cheese, Goldfish crackers, and fruit.
  • You love chocolate.
  • Your favorite drink is milk. We haven't tried chocolate milk yet, but I'm sure you'd like it even more!
  • You LOVE to play outside.
  • Your favorite shows are Thomas the Train, Sesame Street, Dinosour Train, and Super Why.
  • Your favorite movies are Cars, Toy Story 3, and Frosty the Snowman.
  • You love to look at pictures. You will point out who everyone is and sometimes explain what was going on when the picture was taken.
  • You can sing your ABC's, the Happy Birthday song, Itsy Bitsy Spider, and Patty Cake. Sometimes you even make up your own songs.
  • When I can get you to sit still long enough you really enjoy reading. =)
  • You are talking VERY well for your age, and have been talking in sentences for a while. Everytime someone sees you they always tell me what a great talker you are and how you talk so clearly.
  • Your favorite things to do outside are swing, throw the ball for Buddy (Grandma's dog), and ride your motorcycle. Recently you really enjoy riding in your new wagon that Grandma bought you for your birthday, and the Jeep that Uncle Billy got you for your birthday.
  • You absolutely love your big sister! You are always trying to do whatever she is doing and say whatever she is saying.
  • You like to color. We really need to start working more seriously on teaching you your colors. So far you think everything is blue. Sometimes you'll point to a general area and say, "I want the blue one". Haha!
  • You are loved by so many people!!
Happy Birthday, Aiden Monkey!!

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Thankful

One of the things I am most thankful for right now, is the blessing of being able to stay home with Aiden and Jenny.





Each day is a treasure, an adventure, a gift from God.


Happy Thanksgiving!!

Monday, November 22, 2010

A Busy Week

For the last week, I have been balancing on the line of too busy and slightly bored. I have SO much to do before Aiden's birthday party which is less than a week away! When did preparing for a two year old's birthday party become so difficult? If planning a two year old party is this hard, I don't wanna plan them for him when he's older! I can't even begin to imagine a sweet 16 party or even an 18 or 21st! Of course by then he won't want anything to do with me, so I surely won't be on his party planning commitee. Which means, I have to make each little moment count, even when they are so frustrating I could pull my hair out!

By the way, have I mentioned how much I hate the terrible two's?? In the past month Aiden has changed from a baby into a little boy. It makes me sad, and happy all at the same time. I am sad that he isn't my little baby anymore, but happy and excited about all the new fun things he can do. I will say though that a lot of attitude, free will, temper tantrums, and complete breakdowns have also been on our daily schedule lately. I don't like them, but whenever I start complaining, I always try to think of the women out there who so desperately want to be a mother, or the women out there who have babies with cancer or some other terminal disease. There are women out there who would LOVE to deal with a two year old temper tantrum, and that makes me want to reconsider what I take for granted so often.

Can you believe Thanksgiving is this Thursday?!? I am in shock. I still can't believe Jenny is in Kindergarten, let alone it's almost Thanksgiving! What are y'all doing for Thanksgiving? This year we are eating dinner at my parents house. Jenny is out of school all week so we have a lot I am hoping to be able to do with her. This is my most favorite time of year, and I love all the things that I can involve the kids in. I'm already thinking of ideas for homemade ornaments, Christmas cookies, and all kinds of other things.

We put our Christmas tree up tonight. With the busy week I have ahead I figured there was really no other time I'd be free to sit and do it. Between Jaime's busy work schedule and Jenny only being here every other week, it's hard to find time to do anything as a complete family. I haven't taken any pictures of it yet, but I'll post some when I do. 90% of our ornaments are from the Dollar Tree. Since we have two young kids living here, I don't want to spend a lot on ornaments that will just get broken. A lot of the ones from Dollar Tree are plastic anyway, so they don't break as easily. That's a HUGE plus when you have a two year old! I went to Dollar Tree today to pick up a few more things and I came home with the cutest little ceramic houses and buildings! They aren't as nice as I'd like, but hey, they were only a dollar! I'll post pictures of it too, but it's not quite done. I am also thinking of updating our stockings this year. I bought the stockings at Big Lots a few years back and I put the names on them myself with some glitter and glue. I did an ok job, but now the glitter is starting to wear off and they are starting to look pretty rough. I'm thinking we need some monnogrammed ones!

Well, I think that's about all we've been up to lately. Girl Scouts tomorrow, dentist for me Tuesday, the party decorations should be here Wednesday, Thursday is Thanksgiving, Friday I have to clean my mom's house and get ready for the party, Saturday is my great Uncle's 80th birthday party, and Sunday is Aiden's party. As you can see, I have a very busy week ahead. I love being busy, but I don't like it all at the same time. It can be a lot of fun, but it can also be very stressful.

I hope you all have a great week, and if I don't post again this week, Happy Thanksgiving!!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Thankful Thursday Part Three

You can find my previous Thankful Thursday posts here and here.

31. Medicine. With a toddler and a 5 year old who are always bringing home new germs, I am very thankful for medicine.

32. Letters. Not texts, not emails, not tweets....letters.

33. Thunderstorms. Rainbows.

34. Children. Their innocence, hope, trust, joy, and spotless purity. I love them.

35. Homemade chocolate chip cookies.

36. Baking with Jenny. Aiden has started helping us lately, which is something I am also thankful for.

37. Tradition.

38. Sweet, kind, genuinely precious people.

39. Old hymns!

40. Trees. Hills. Mountains. Valleys. Plains. Forests. Volcanos. Leaves. Grass. Clouds. Sky. Oceans. Waves. Wind. Rain. Snow. -- Nature.

41. Wisdom.

42. Creatures - large and small. Fireflies to Giraffes.

43. Recorded history.

44. Fruit, vegetables, meat. Food from The Maker.

45. Coffee!!! And flavored creamers!!

To be continued.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Ted the Bear

Guess who showed up at our house this weekend!.....


Ted the Bear!!

Ted is Jenny's class bear. Every weekend her teacher picks a student who gets to take the bear home for the weekend. Trust me when I say that Jenny has been waiting to bring this bear home ever since her first day of kindergarten! Every Friday morning she'll be so excited to go to school in hopes of taking the bear home. Every Friday afternoon (up until this past Friday) has always been so sad because she comes home without it. This past Friday though, the look on her face when she got off the bus was PRICELESS! If I had known she was bringing him home, I would have taken pictures. She was more excited than I have ever seen her about anything. Since then, Jenny has hardly put Ted down! He has gone with us everywhere, he sleeps with her, she took him out to eat with us, he is literally with us all the time.








See what I mean?


I know she is going to be so heartbroken tomorrow when I won't let her bring him to church with us. But I don't want anything to happen to him there, or for us to forget to bring him home. Tomorrow we have to write a story about the Ted's weekend at our house. Along with Ted, she was also sent home a binder with all the stories from the previous weekends that Ted has spent at the other kid's homes. Tomorrow it will be our turn to add our story to his Adventure Book.

Trunk or Treat

The day before Halloween, we went with some friends of ours to Hebron Baptist Church for their Fall Festival. Unfortunetly, I didn't get any good pictures that night because I was too busy trying to keep up with Aiden. Haha!

However, on Halloween our church had their annual Trunk or Treat that we were able to go to. It was a lot of fun! For those of you who don't know what it is, it is very similar to Trick or Treat, but instead of going door to door, you go trunk to trunk. Anyone who wants to can decorate the inside of the trunk of their car and pass out candy to kids who go from trunk to trunk in their costumes. They also had face painting, hay rides, crazy hair, nail painting, coloring, and a lot of great food!

This is the inside of my trunk. Keep in mind that this was my first year doing this, and it ended up being a last minute thing. Hence why it looks like one big mess! =)

Aiden was supposed to be Thomas the Train for Halloween, but as you can see, he refused to wear his costume. He was willing to wear the hat though, so I just dressed him in one of his Thomas the Train shirts.




Jenny getting her face painted.




Aiden got a pumpkin painted on his face.


Jenny and her crazy hair!

The back. =)

After Trunk or Treat, we went trick or treating. Can you believe that every single picture I took of the kids going trick or treating turned out blurry!? Therefore I will not be posting them here. I guess that's what happens when you can't get your camera to charge so you have to borrow someone else's. Oh well, maybe next year! At least we'll have the memories of a wonderfull fall weekend!

Jenny's School Fall Festival

Can you believe it has already been two weeks since Halloween?? Wow! The end of this year is quickly coming to a close, and I haven't even posted about our Halloween festivities. I really need to get it together and start posting this stuff! Lucky for y'all, that's what these next few posts will be about. So, get ready, because I have several fall/Halloween posts. Which means picture overload! You may want to grab a beverage, a snack, and curl up with a blanket in front of your computer screen - this may take a while! =)

Here goes....


The Thursday before Halloween (Oct. 28th), Jenny's school had their annual Fall Festival. The money raised goes to benefit the school's PTA and of course, it's a lot of fun too! Jaime ended up having to work that night so we invited my mom to go with us. It started at 5:00pm, but we didn't end up getting there till closer to 5:30pm. There was BBQ, drinks, cotton candy, and CUPCAKES! They also had several moonwalks for the kids to play in.











Aiden and Jenny had a great time, and neither of them wanted to go home. I'm glad they enjoyed it, and I hope we can take them again next year!

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Thankful Thursday Part Two

This post is a continuation from my first post, Thankful Thursday.

16. Spending quality time with my kids. Sharing stories and memories, and creating many more with them.

17. Quiet nights at home watching movies with Jaime and the kids.

18. Freedom of speech and the ability to write and create.

19. Twenty-three years worth of incredible memories!

20. Girls Nights with Jenny.

21. Cuddling up with Aiden in his bed.

22. Technology.

23. Anticipation of the holidays and the sense of comfort and love the actual day brings.

24. Snow days with Jaime and the kids.

25. Holiday movies.

26. Hot bubble baths with a good book!

27. The ability to elect. And re-elect.

28. Good music. Christian and Country are my favorites.

29. Date nights with Jaime.

30. The encouragement, promise and peace God graciously gives us through His Word.

To be continued.

I have so enjoyed these lists! I really do have so much to be thankful for this year. Usually these lists are more of an obligation than anything else. This year however, I am so thankful that I have so much to be thankful for. God is GOOD and I am truly blessed!

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Thankful Thursday!

From now to Thanksgiving, I will be doing a series called Thankful Thursday. I think it is always important to remember to be thankful for things in life, but even more important around this time of year.

1. The freedom and security my salvation in Christ brings.

2. Waking up beside the best man on earth every single morning.

3. The joy of Aiden and Jenny.

4. A wonderful family who loves me unconditionally.

5. Friendships with deep roots.

6. A peaceful home.

7. A Church grounded in Truth, untouched from the world's influence.

8. A healthy body. A healthy family.

9. Conviction and renewal.

10. Daily nourishment.

11. Comfort. In my home, relationships, life.

12. Laughing with Jaime.

13. Community.

14. The changing of seasons.

15. The gift of motherhood - the incredible lessons it brings and the indescribable satisfaction it gives.


To be continued.

Dental Hygeine

Dental health is something that is very important to Aiden. He is always talking to me about cavities, root canals, and crowns. I am pretty sure he's gonna grow up to be a dentist. Alright, alright, maybe he doesn't say those things and maybe dental health isn't something he really even knows about yet. But the boy loves to brush his teeth....see for yourself....









Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Wordless Wednesday: Butterfly Edition

Jenny brought this butterfly home from school last week. She made it in her art class. She said that the first time they worked on it they had to draw it out with pencil, the second time they outlined it with marker, and the third time they colored it. Then the school had it turned into a magnet. They sent the preview magnet home and we were able to keep it for $5.00. Of course we kept it! It was her first real piece of school artwork, I couldn't just send it back. So now we are proudly displaying it on our fridge!



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