Saturday, April 24, 2010

just us girls

So nice to spend some time alone together. No boys allowed.

We have been planning this day ever since the flyer showed up in our mailbox and Lily said "How did they know that I LOVE DISNEY?!!!

It's true. She does. She asks us at least once a day if we'll take her back to Disney World.

I can't wait until I can tell her yes, because there is something so delightful and sweet about the time when a child truly believes in the magic of all of this stuff.

I know that it won't last for long, but for now she really, really does believe.... and I loved seeing her face light up today because of it.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

brown thumb no more

I won't pretend that I know a thing about gardening. In fact, my husband teases that this is the place where plants are brought to die. Nice, huh?

This project started back in February, when the weather was still cold and rainy. Lily wants to know how everything works right now, including plants. "Mama, what do they eat? Why do they need water? How does the sun help? What do leaves do? Why do they change colors?"

We saved glass pasta sauce and baby food jars, plastic orange juice containers and anything else that would give her a visual of what happens down in that dirt.

We planted green beans, tomatoes, carrots and all kinds of herbs. They had a temporary home on our dining room table and the sprouts came up fast. Lily spent each morning watering "our babies," exclaiming over how much they had grown, singing to them and asking questions about their roots (I totally had to Google a few times).

As soon as we were sure that the warm weather was here to stay, we transferred them outside. Winter was so long and dreary.... it's so nice to be soaking up sunshine now!

She has taken this very seriously and is just fascinated by it all. I love her enthusiasm. She would be shocked to learn that not everyone gardens in a tutu.

Jack has sampled more dirt than I'd like to think about. I'm fairly certain it won't be the last time.

We now look out our kitchen window to a happy, green, growing garden... and I really want to attempt a bean teepee next. Is that cool or what? I'm so doing it.

I really hope that gardening becomes second nature to all of us. It's been such a fun way to spend time together and we're excited about the end result. I'm already dreaming of summertime salsa. YUM.

Have a wonderful Earth Day, everyone!

Monday, April 12, 2010

the lily show

The girl loves all things princess... these days, mainly Tiana and Cinderella. She loves singing. Dancing. Twirling. Dressing up.

And today... in between trips downstairs to tackle the laundry, I caught her in the act.

I pretty much love everything about having a girly girl.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

thank you, mother nature

It is impossible to not feel happy when driving around Austin right now.

Scenes like this one are everywhere. Mother Nature has put on a serious show.

It makes me smile every time I see people pulled over on the side of the road, snapping pictures of their kiddos.

Lily wants nothing to do with bluebonnets this year. She says that they're itchy-- and they are. I'm not pushing it, but I'm hoping that my sister will win her over. I hate not having a shot to compare to last year's.

Thank goodness for the Squish and that basket. He babbled away while touching and smelling them, picked one up, stuck it in his mouth and spit it back out--- it was the full bluebonnet experience.

I think this officially makes him a Texan.

Monday, April 5, 2010

3/4 big boy

You are 9 months old today, and for me, that is way too close to 1.

You are so curious. Smart. FUNNY.

You love to be around people but sometimes pretend to be shy. You clap and wave all the time. When you don't get a response from the person you're waving at, you make sure that they hear you.

You squeal at the sight of your sister after she has left the room and are relentless in following her around and wanting to do whatever she is doing.

You are obsessed with the vacuum. It's out a lot these days since you pick up and try to eat the tiniest things you find on the floor. You follow me around while I clean and get upset when I won't let you ride it. Goofball.

You are a mover... up the stairs, from one room to another... you are cruising around our house at a speed that continually makes me a nervous wreck. I still want that helmet.

Your laugh is contagious. You laugh so easily and with your whole little body. You often laugh so hard that you have to stop and catch your breath. It makes ME laugh.

You are toothless no more. Boy oh boy have we had a rough few weeks.... hardly any sleep and a ton of fussing... your face is changing so quickly.

You are still nursing and I am so proud that we've made it this far. You are ALL about eating finger foods on your own, though. You could eat your weight (20lbs, 14oz and 29in tall) in puffs.

You do not like to sleep. Lately, I'm lucky if you take 2 naps a day, and those are often only 30 minutes. The nights are very long. I remind myself a lot that this will not last forever.

You're LOUD. Dadadadada is your favorite at the moment, with Lala a close second. You identify us when asked and often call out to Daddy and Lily (Lala) by name. I mostly only hear mama when you wake up at night or when you're upset. Stinker.

You snuggle, hug and I swear that you've started giving slobbery kisses. You're a lover.

So much has changed in you these last few months but one thing that we have known from the beginning remains the same:

You have such a good heart, my sweet Jack.

Love you.

Sunday, April 4, 2010

life is egg-celent

We've found a constant in having two young children.... even the grandest of plans can and will come undone in an instant.

Long planned egg hunts will be rescheduled to the front lawn when babies (and their parents) get cranky and overtired, skinned elbows will turn even the best brunch into a stressful one, a visit to church will be especially challenging when neither child is willing to stop playing with goodies from the Easter Bunny and even the fanciest dress isn't so fancy once it has been used as a handkerchief.

What would life be without them? I can't even imagine... and with that, I choose to savor the good moments instead of dwelling on the bad.

Tie dyed hands from coloring eggs, following the bunny's trail to the much anticipated basket, squealing over fancy gloves and a half eaten carrot, stopping the car to twirl and crawl through a field of spring wildflowers.... this is what I hope they'll look back on and remember fondly.

It's my prayer today that through the ups and down, we continue to look at our children with the love and respect that they teach us everyday... to not let stress or negativity trickle down to them.... to make the most of our time with them so that they learn to really embrace life and all that it offers.

"Easter spells out beauty, the rare beauty of new life." ~S.D. Gordon

Although this life may not be picture perfect, it is a gift and we are so amazingly blessed.

Wishing you a very Happy Easter!

Friday, April 2, 2010


I've been meaning to post these for weeks and don't know how I've managed to forget....

she STILL has remnants of that stuff in her hair.

Most kids were walking around the carnival sporting striped and polka dotted heads. Not her. She handed over her tickets and said "Make me PINK!"

It was my little pink junky's wish come true.