Tuesday, June 29, 2010

a day in the life & blue bell!

Monday...a stay at home jammy day...so the inspiration of 'a day in the life'...some of the most precious moments a mom can ask for...and the life around us! I have been reminded lately of the "little things" that are truly some of the most precious moments of my life...the way our laundry piles up on the long green chair, the way our dogs lounge around the house, the way our sweet girls play in simple ways...I really love the gifts of our children and my days with them. So...lots of photos...I will really like looking back on these :)
sweet kiva in the bathtub

a photo in the mirrorjada dressed in her first costume of the day...painting her first page

Kiva loving the finger foodsBaxter's normal resting place
"mommy hermit crab"...the crab that seems to love it here :)
and good ol' Tali making sure everything is alright

a good cup of coffee and some scriptures

kiva really loves taking toys out of a basket or bin...she takes toys out one at a time and then sets it to the side and goes back for another. pretty cute :)
we played in these spots for almost an hour...it was sweetand notice the change in costume...now time for the purple tutu
nightly blessing book and bible reading...usually doesn't happen with both girls on Brian's lap...but it did in this moment
And today I got to meet up with a sweet high school friend of mine, Kellye Frazier...and her three boys. We went to the Blue Bell factory in Brenham. It was a great time to hang with our little people and eat yummy ice cream! It is always wonderful to be with her...always easy just like we never skipped a beat. Thanks for the idea, Kel, and we must do it again sooner than last time :)

Thursday, June 17, 2010

And a pretend video...

A fun video of Jada playing some pretend princess stuff :) She is just so precious!

GiGi and Veggies!

This past weekend we were able to visit my grandmother who Jada calls "GiGi"...

And our sweet Kiva LOVES veggies!!! Here is a pic of her chewing on a bell pepper! She loves cucumbers too. So fun.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

here it is

Officially our first random video! Thanks, Ash.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

pics I keep forgetting to post :)

These are some photos from Aubrey and Will's wedding :)

Monday, June 14, 2010

tremblings and indescribable gratitude

Dear Jada and Kiva,
I am so glad that I get to mother you both. I really cannot tell you how thankful I am that mothering you two is part of why I have been created. Every day there are moments that I tear up at the awesome gifts that you are to me. Both of you demonstrate God's love to me in deep and very profound ways... just by being my daughters.

Jada, you are incredibly creative and meticulous. I love how you play pretend, how you sing as you play, how you tell knock knock jokes that totally don't make sense, how you trust me and daddy, how you listen to the details of every story, how you ask remarkably great questions, how you like to help, how you are gentle with your babies when you pretend to be the mommy, how almost everything you paint or draw becomes someones gift, how you say your "r's", how you give Kiva gentle kisses on her head throughout the day, how you laugh at really funny things, how quickly you learn scriptures, how you love to play your guitar, how you try to get away with only having snacks throughout the day, how you say "mommy", how you click your lips together when you are telling stories, and how you love to be thrown high in the air in sweet freedom.

Kiva, you are patient and and laid back. I love the way you follow me with your eyes in and out of every room. I love the way you yell when you think I walked a little too far away, and then I love the way your whole face lights up when I look at you. I love how you are feisty when you have had enough or when you are tired of being patient. I love the way you hum when you are happy, the way you look for Jada when you wake up from a nap, the way you giggle when you just see my hand heading towards your neck to tickle you, the way you already love to fly high in the air when daddy throws you, the way you open and close your little hands when you reach for me, the way you jump on anything and the way you have been an example to me of God's redemption.

Girls, I want to tell you that I don't know what I am doing. I really don't have a clue how to raise you to love Jesus. As I teach you the bible, I don't know what scriptures to teach you, in what order or at what times throughout the day. As we sing, I don't know what songs will teach you the truths of God in the way that you will understand them best. As we pray together, I don't even know how to teach you to pray on your own. I am totally totally at a loss on how to train you in many different moments. I am totally trusting Jesus for the outcome. I am trusting that the Holy Spirit of God will take all of our time spent together and turn it into something eternal and beautiful. I am trusting that the Father that is leading me is leading you to Himself. I am totally relying on the fact that God says in my weakness He is strong. I am trusting that as we lift Christ up in our home, that HE will draw you to Himself. I tremble at the magnitude of my position as your mother...to guide, shepherd and lead you in the little moments and the grand moments. I love my life with you and I am so thankful God chose me to be your mommy! I really do not want to take one day for granted. I love you both dearly.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

our first video...or maybe not! Anyone?

Kiva is a jumper...when she stands in your lap she jumps...so we naturally decided to get a "johnny jump up" and she loves it! Also, we did a monumental thing this week, we moved Kiva's crib down and put a mobile in her bed. Super fun. Our new point-n-shoot has a low quality video camera in it and we have been experimenting with it. I am terrible at it! I keep turning it vertical like a camera and then realizing it part of the way through. We take lots of random videos around here for Jada to watch! But, I thought I would post a random video of the girls in Kiva's bed just to get the first video blog out of the way...you know, break the ice a bit. Enjoy. Well...maybe not?! Anyone have any advice on uploading video? It is taking forever and then showing an error?!

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

a love/hate relationship and gymnastics!

We returned from Oklahoma last night...it was a great time. The car trips were....well, lets just say we are glad they are over for the week :)

Today Jada started summer gymnastics!! Pretty fun. A small group of boys and girls from the church are doing it all together, it is a great excuse for all of us to hang out...and I am quite glad I am not teaching, just watching!!!

Now for the love/hate relationship...I LOVE the size of my new little point-n-shoot camera, it is cute, blue and it fits in my purse so well. I had it with me this weekend and at the gym today, which was so convenient! BUT...I hate the picture quality! Kind of despise it. Still grateful for it and glad to have it and will continue to use it...I am just going to have to get over it! So...in all of their glory (kidding)...here are some photos from OK, the car ride and gymnastics!
cherish and jada jammy day
our view of kiva in the car...look at that precious little hand! :)
Sweet Kivabalance beam...cutie!their teachers...and ben