Saturday, August 30, 2008

Happy Birthday, baby

Maya,
There just aren't enough words sweetheart. Not enough words to tell you how special you are and how much I love you.

Your beauty is amazing, inside and out. You are funny, silly, sweet, caring, loving...and we can't forget sassy!
I really and truly feel so blessed to be your Mommy.


I hope you had a wonderful "pink" birthday my lovely little 2-year-old!

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

it's true

Maya is definitely a girl. Her emotions are all over the map. I realized the last few pictures I have put on here she looks all pouty and sad. I promise she is a very happy girl! Here's some cute, cute proof:

Did I mention she will be 2 on Saturday? How is it possible?

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

crafty fun

I completely forgot that at the beginning of the summer I bought a few items on clearance for a simple project. I bought the kids these cheap-o visers and some foam stickers. I bought them after vacation when they were really into "sea creatures". I found them in a bag the other night and they nearly flipped when they saw them. Not sure why, but they loved it. Just wait until we start school next week and have art projects almost every day! They just won't know what to do with themselves. They look hilarious wearing these things around, especially since Maya has been wearing her little fake gold medal every day...all day. Here are their proud results:


His favorite was the big blue whale

He is seriously a dance machine!

She did not want to wear it on her head at first!

Maybe as a necklace?



Saturday, August 23, 2008

list

Because my brain feels completely fried, I will be resorting to the list format.

-We sent in our dossier this week! Hopefully it will be on it's way to Ethiopia 8/29.

-Maya is turning 2 one week from today. I have hardly had time to think about it. Phil and I have both noticed that lately, she just looks...older. I realized she is looking like a 2-year-old, and I can't believe it.

-The kids aren't feeling well today, so we are stuck in the house. We haven't had any sickness in a while, so I guess I can't complain. I think I should write this quickly so I can take a nap when they do. I'm not feeling so great myself.

-Phil has been such a busy guy lately. He is working so, so hard to get this CD done. I can't wait to hear it! I will keep you all posted on when it will be available as our next fundraiser. Not too much longer!

-Now that our house is off the market and we'll be staying, my mind is whirling with new ideas. I picked out these paint colors 5 years ago, and now, well...I hate them. I could paint a new color every year if it was up to me! Phil? Not really. So this has been a long time coming. Once we have the time to tackle it, I will post before and after pics! I am going to try selling some of my old decor in order to get a few new things. Craigslist, here I come. I might even have to throw in a yard sale. I have committed that I will not put anything back that I don't like once we are done repainting! Even if my house is really bare for a while :) I really need to land on an idea of what I want. I'm trying to find some "inspiration rooms".

-In a few weeks we will be starting some preschool activities here at home every day. My lesson plans are ready! I am exciting to carve out a little school area in the playroom. Hopefully the kids will be as excited as I am. Since I used to teach preschool, I really get into this. I am trying not to have too many expectations and be flexible with our plans and schedules. Gibson is also starting Tuesday School in a few weeks. He is beyond excited. I, however, might cry when I leave him there with his cute little orange backpack. *sigh*

O K, I'm off to take a little rest. I need it. Oh how I need it.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

HOO-ray

There's some good news over here!!!

Friday, August 15, 2008

read it

You should go check out the post that my sweet friend, Diane posted today. Nothing like a good challenge early in the mornin'!

Find it HERE

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

crackin' down

You know, before you become a parent, you can have a lot of opinions about parenting. Once you are actually in it, a lot of things get thrown out the window, at least the things you realize are of little importance. I always had a very definite opinion of pacifiers. I wasn't anti-paci, just anti-letting it go on for too long. Gibson never liked a pacifier, but instead opted for sucking his fingers. That is a battle we still fight to this day. He has mostly given it up, but when he is tired or upset, in they go (I am open to suggestions here!). Maya, on the other hand, really loved the paci and it helped her tremendously as a baby. Did I say as a baby? To me she's still a baby! Anyway, we did have a guideline that she only got it in her bed during nap and bedtime. My rule of thumb was always to break her of it by a year old...a year and a half max. Yeah...here we are at almost two. The problem is, she was really sick all winter long and had trouble with asthma/allergies and had trouble sleeping...so we let her have it. When Spring came, we had a lot of traveling to do, so it just didn't seem ideal to do it then. I just figured in the grand scheme of things, it could certainly wait. I am wanting to start more aggressive potty training, but wanted to tackle this first. So yesterday, I went in and snipped the end of her paci. When it was nap time, I put her in her bed, gave her all of her "babies". She reached over for her paci, popped it in, and immediately removed it. She stared at it, bewildered, and then looked up at me like the world had ended. "Mommy! It's broken!" I decided to play dumb, "Oh no! It is broken isn't it? Aw, that's too bad." She started to panic. "Can you fix it Mommy? Mommy!" Poor thang. "Well, no honey, I can't fix it, I'm sorry." This only escalated. Soon she was frantic and crying. I told her sorry, gave her a kiss and a hug, and told her it was nap time. She just continued with her little wails. I went in to check on her and she was sitting in the corner of the crib, head down, holding the "broken" paci. It was the most pitiful thing I'd ever seen. But I needed to stay strong! She asked me again to fix it, and when I explained...again...that I couldn't fix it, she threw it on the floor and said she didn't want it. And guess what? That's been the end of it! I thought I would continue to snip it each day until she was done. But if it was broken, the girl wanted nothing to do with it. She has talked about it since, but hasn't asked for a different one. I felt like she was ready, so I'm so glad it was such an easy transition, at least so far. I"ll let you know if we regress. So, do I have any chance in the world that potty training will be this easy? The next few weeks will answer that I guess!

Monday, August 11, 2008

mingers

You know, there are just some things that your kids say incorrectly...that you want them to keep saying incorrectly. I don't want to correct them, because it just sounds so darn cute the way that they're saying it. I know it won't last forever, so I like to let it go on as long as they'll let it. There is one thing Maya says that just makes me giggle every time. She calls her fingers, her "mingers". She says things like:
-"Mommy! I mashed my mingers!"

-"Oh! Ketchup. Can I dip my mingers?"

-"I got an ouchy minger!"

-"Kiss my minger?"

-"Ewww, sticky mingers."


I find it all cute and hilarious. Besides, who could argue with a face and pigtails like this?

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Oh my!

I know I have been just the worst blogger lately. I'm okay with it though, it has been a busy and fun summer. We are soaking up every last sunshine-y day there is. Right now we are in Michigan with Phil's side of the family, having a great vacation. We have been doing so many fun things, the kids are having a blast. I will try to put up some pictures once we're home and settled.
I just had to share what happened yesterday. We were on our way to the zoo, when Gibson started talking in the backseat about how this zoo was too far away. Then he said, "We're going to the zoo. Z-O-O. Zoo! It has a "z", and two "o's". And, 0-0-Z, that's zoo backwards!". We were amazed. It is the first time he has every independently spelled a word, and then he spelled it backwards too! I wonder what else he's holding out on! Now I'm really glad I am starting a little preschool homeschooling action this fall. I have a feeling he'll be reading before we know it.