II Chronicles 7:14

If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.

Thursday, May 26, 2005

Bye for summer, Kendra!

Our almost-live-in Nanny has gone home to California for the summer. We will miss her lots. She was a lifesaver sometimes when things got hectic around here and we needed a quick escape! Hopefully she has a good time back home--but not so good that she doesn't want to come back in August! We luv and miss ya Kendra!

Tuesday, May 24, 2005

Our "Dress Up" Slumber Party....Jordan, Luca, Karlie and Brooklyn. Posted by Hello

Sunday, May 22, 2005

The Slumber Party.

Last night, Brooklyn hosted her first (and possibly last) slumber party. No, just kidding--but it will be the last for a couple of years. I learned first hand that 4 four-year-olds equals a LOT of attitude! I also learned that mine has one of the worst!! (she cried for at least an hour during the party because she wasn't getting her way) I suppose she was probably a smidgen over stimulated/over excited and probably having to share all your stuff with 3 other little girls isn't the funnest thing in the world---it's just that I had just hoped that this would be So Much Fun for all of them--and I am not sure we all felt that way when it was all over.
Tonight, we took her to see Ice Princess and then to Baskin Robbins for ice cream. Afterwards, she was crying about wanting something else. It was then that I started to wonder if we weren't turning her into a spoiled brat. Now, I know that sounds harsh--but let me finish. I also realized something else--the way our children behave is actually just a reflection of us! AUGHHHH!!! That's scary! Do I act like that?..........yes....I do! No, maybe I don't cry and throw stomping, screaming fits...but I do tend to get pretty catty when I don't get my way. Wow---why I am I telling the whole world this? I don't know--but it kinda feels good to get it out in the open. I can see so much of myself in my daughter---and its not a pretty sight! Sure, there are some good qualities she has inherited--but those aren't the ones I have to worry about. All I can say in the face of this matter is, "Lord, Thank You that I am seeing this now,while she is still young, and Please help me to change!" Ultimatly, my goal is to reflect Christ in everything I do---which would in turn be what she reflects. Praise the Lord that He never stops loving us or gives up on us! He desires to work within us to make us more like Him, no matter how off-course we get! I don't know how people do things like raise kids without being Christians and having their faith to rely upon. In my opinion, it would be a horribly scary and hopeless quest, to try do this on my own, without my Heavenly Father and Holy Spirit directing, guiding and counseling me. Once, when I was in prayer about a specific discipline issue we were having, God showed me something that was like the greatest revelation! It was that He knows exactly what our kids need and what kinds of discipline measures are going to work with specifically them. And--the best part is---He wants to tell us! So basically, we have all the answers on how raise our kids in the best possible manner, right at our fingertips! All we have to do is ask! Wow, how simple is that? And yet, we turn instead to magazines and TV and people like Dr. Phil. Like DUH---just ask your Dad! Okay, I don't know who I am talking to here---maybe it is just to myself--but I hope this helps someone else too! Have a good night---and next time you have kid trouble--just look it up in the answer book--or you can just ask the author directly. :o)

Tuesday, May 17, 2005

Grant's growing...!

Today Grant went for his 1 year well child check up. He was totally healthy so he got to get 3 vaccinations today. Poor little guy! He ranked in the 85th percentile for his length. His head was in the 25th percentile and his weight was at the 20th percentile. He is just so busy and active (especially now that he is walking) that he is staying long and lean.

I have to say before I end this......Yeah for Bachelor Charlie! He picked the right girl! For those of you who have no idea what I am talking about...tonight was the season finale of ABC's The Bachelor. I am an addict of this show and I think I have only missed like two episodes since the show began with Alex and Amanda. Even though Charlie wasn't one of my favorite bachelors, he did grow on me throughout the show and I was so glad to see one of them pick the right girl. I know all my other Bachelor-addict-friends out there will agree! Goodnight!

Friday, May 13, 2005

Happy 1st Birthday, Grant!!!

Today, Friday the 13th, is Grant's first birthday. Although he can't really talk yet, I would say he had a good day. He took a good long nap for me this morning, then went to Wal-Mart to have some pictures made, then visited at Grammy's house for a little bit (so mommy could get stuff ready for the party) and then came home and had a GREAT birthday party. Daddy grilled burgers and hotdogs and we all enjoyed the good food and yummy cake. At this point, he is saying a few words: Uh-Oh, Ball and Dog. He will clap his hands, praise the Lord (lift hands in air)and give you "5". He is walking pretty well now--taking 10-15 steps at a time before dropping down to crawl. He is so much fun and such a cutie----not that we are biased or anything! (ha ha) I posted some pictures for you to all see from the party. Ta-ta!!!

Grant had fun digging into his birthday cake! Posted by Hello

Brooklyn...."Strike a pose!" Posted by Hello

The King of the Grill...and what a FINE one! Posted by Hello

Here's a pic of mommy holding the "ball" cake. Posted by Hello

Thursday, May 12, 2005

What a cutie-patootie! Posted by Hello

Grant getting into trouble! Posted by Hello

Thursday, May 05, 2005

Practice makes perfect...

Yesterday, May 4th, Grant took his first 3 steps all alone! I didn't get to see it (he was at grandma's house) but according to her, he walked away from the coffee table and took 3 steps before dropping down to crawl! YIPPEE! I know you're not supposed to compare but gosh, Brooklyn walked the day she turned 10 months old so I was starting to wonder about him. Also in big milestones yesterday, he started saying his first deliberate word---"Uh-oh!" Anytime anything drops, we get to hear him say it. It is so cute! He LOVES balls and is actually a pretty good thrower so everytime he picks up the ball and throws it, he follows with an Uh-oh! I have a feeling I am going to be hearing those words following thrown balls for many more years. Hopefully there won't ever be a "crashing" noice afterwards though (signaling he has just broken a window).
Today Brooklyn's preschool is having a Mother's Day Tea. We are both looking forward to it. I don't get to see her in her "school environment" very often so this will be a fun treat. I'll let you know how it goes and keep you updated on Grants progress.