Sunday, November 21, 2010

confessions of jada and kiva's mom...

Number One- on our way home from church tonight we went through the wendy's drive through to give the girls some chicken nuggets for dinner...while I was there I ordered a chocolate cookie dough twisted frosty. And then I ate half of it. I could smell the sugar...and it was spectacular.

Number Two- I like to shop at TJ Maxx and Ross. I feel like when I conquer one of those stores and find something for a great deal that I should win some sort of prize along with my purchase...I always feel like, Yes...I won.

Number Three- I have stubbornly resisted being like my mom in some ways...and one of them is curling my hair or curling Jada's hair. My mom always had my hair curled and looking very symmetrically perfect. Something in me rebelled along the way and I just let my hair do it's thing. Well, last week we put Jada's hair in sponge rollers after her bath. She was so excited. I wasn't sure she was going to actually go through the night wearing them...but she did! And when she woke up she was so excited for the reveal. I have to say that her hair looked fabulous. this time my mom may have been right :) It started off super curly and fell throughout the day, which was perfect because we had our family pics taken that afternoon and check out her rockin hair and my friend Shauna's stellar pic. I will share more of these pics another time. For now...just focus on the hair.

first thing in the morning before school

And with all of this talk about Jada's hair...I thought I would include a cutie pic of Kiva sporting her new look with a headband and bow...that blonde hair is coming in slowly but surely!! And of course Kiva working the camera striking her pose for Shauna :)

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Good Gifts...

I have been struck with what GOOD GIFTS Brian, Jada and Kiva are to me. No really. There are have been so many moments where I literally think "I hope I never forget this." Tonight was one of them...
Before rest time today, I told Jada that if she sleeps we could lay on our driveway and look at the stars late tonight. She slept... I was excited for the night and so was she.

So, we had some of our amazing friends over for dinner and when they left Jada immediately wanted to get our blankets, suckers (dum-dums) and head out the door. Brian, Jada and I proceeded to lay on the driveway and look at the stars. The scene was more precious to my heart than I can express. The three of us were laying on a small blanket finding shapes in the clouds, looking at how bright the moon was, searching for stars behind the clouds, telling animal stories and all the while enjoying our dum-dums. There was sweet silence joined with a sweet 4 year old voice filled with excitement and wonder...and it was wonderful. It was simple and magnificent. I didn't want the night to end.

And unless Jesus comes back soon, I am struck with the reality of generations that will come after me that will gaze at the very same stars...Jada's grandchildren...So Lord, help me never to be too busy to be still and gaze into the night sky with the precious ones that I love and may the following generations know you more deeply and honor you more gladly as they lay under the night sky.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

5 steps and biggest loser

A very brief update...KIVA TOOK 5 STEPS TODAY!!! She is so proud. Jada is so proud. It is so fun.

And I heart Biggest Loser! Seriously. I have cut out sugar almost completely from my diet for a while b/c of them. I didn't know I would feel so good. So much more to share...but I am sleepy.