Sunday, May 23, 2010

a week of firsts and the new perfect dessert!

Last week was full and fun. Kiva and Jada now have MATCHING car seats! Kiva's first big girl car seat!... Pink and brown polka dot Marathon car seats...Kiva had to move out of her infant car seat due to the weight limit issue :) They are super cute and matching. Kiva just faces the back...for another 5 months. Here is Jada showing off her new seat!

Last week I got my first point-n' shoot camera that has one of those nifty video cameras in it. It is an "elph" and so far it has been fun. I decided that I was tired of missing little moments with the girls b/c my big camera takes up way too much room in my purse and I just can't worry about apple juice spilling on my expensive lenses....SO, I slip my new elph into my purse and use it in all sorts of places! I have to say that it is truly a bit strange to simply point and shoot...seriously, but it is nice to just snap it and roll with it for the sake of time! So, you will see lots of flash photography in the pictures now on the blog...but there will be more of them! And soon we will even have video! goes!

We celebrated my sweet friend Shauna's birthday on Thursday. It was our first family trip out to lake Bryan! It was fun...we can always count on Shauna for a good party with family, kites and food! The first posted pics from the elph:

beautiful sunset and Shauna's sweet sis playing in the sand with Jada's new friend Ava

On Friday Kiva Bear had a big day....Her first bow in her hair :) and her first tooth!!We had dinner with MiMi and PaPa...we sat out on the patio and it was so beautiful...a nice breeze and the girls were both so much fun!
and afterwards Brian and Jada went home and had a little concert. Jada's princess vanity doubles as a keyboard with a hairbrush as a microphone (of course)...this was a priceless daddy daughter moment!

And Kiva started sitting up in the cart in stores now!!! So fun.
And finally, Brian and I photographed a wedding in Houston on Friday. It was fun for us, and the venue was exceptional! I took a photo of the couple in one of the most amazingly romantic, we got to know the wedding coordinator throughout the night and we had her take a photo of us in the same spot with my camera (not my elph)...isn't it fun. We will have this printed over our bed soon!
and the dessert?...almond M&M and a strawberry (repeat over and over) should try it!

Thursday, May 20, 2010

some words

I am grateful for my eyes. There have been so many moments over these past few weeks where I feel like God has given me eyes to see my girls in moments that I hope never leave my brain. For example...Brian, Jada, Kiva and I went to one of our new favorite frozen yogurt places "spoons" a few days ago. We were all sitting at a table and Jada decided that instead of eating frozen yogurt, she just wanted to eat a bowl of toppings, specifically Captain Crunch cereal (of course). She was just so so happy about that cereal...meanwhile, Kiva tried her first taste of Spoons goodness! Kiva's eyes lit up after just one bite and I couldn't keep the yogurt coming fast enough. She has really sweet eyes as it is, but her eyes at spoons were so full of delight it was too too fun! I want to remember that scene when they are all grown up...captain crunch and yogurt eyes :)

While those sentiments are true and good...this blog is really directed at someone else. That's right...Brian/Coach/B-Lee! Our 8 year anniversary was Tuesday. We have been extra busy, so we decided we would celebrate it a little later this month...but on Tuesday I was weepy. This man that I married is such a gift to me. Some scenes that my eyes have caught recently have melted my heart for him...I am grateful. Here's why: Brian is a man among know what I mean? He is so full of humility and integrity it really does amaze me. He is gentle with everyone, yet commands respect with his character. So many people safely trust him, random people open up to him and tell their life stories...and He listens, encourages and responds in gentleness and love. He gives himself away. He serves me and the girls in ways that I didn't even know a man is capable of. He plays hard. He chooses the low place over and over. He honors all people and is honest with his intentions. He looks for ways to bless. He apologizes quickly without excuse. He laughs well. He is strong. He is patient. He keeps no record of wrongs. He is a really incredible leader. Some roles that he has lived recently: husband, father, mentor, crisis-counselor, photographer, photographer's assistant, he beautifully performed the ceremony for our great friends Aubrey and Will, He competed with a bunch of 20 year olds and did great, and He has been amazing at being not only my best friend, but my rock to lean on in my tired/worn out state. He is the best gift God could have ever given me in a every way I am honored to be Brian's wife!

I am grateful for my eyes that 8 years ago looked into the eyes of this man and said "I do"...what a gift!