Monday, December 21, 2009

... jingle all da way...

Andrew's favorite Christmas song to sing!!

Thursday, December 17, 2009

a little reminder...

There are many times throughout each day that I get tired, frustrated, and often feel defeated as a mother. Last night was one of those times trying to get Andrew to bed. We had been trying for nearly two hours, he was nowhere close to being asleep, and it had already been a long day. I was laying next to him in my bed in hopes that he would settle down and go to sleep by me. While I was laying by him I was listening to my mp3 player trying to stay calm and keep myself entertained when the song, "It Won't Be Like This For Long" by Darius Rucker came on. This is a song from a father's point of view looking at his daughter through different stages of life, both good and bad... and is reminded that these moments don't last long, and you should hold on to them and enjoy them while they last. It couldn't have been better timing for me to hear this message. Although I was still frustrated that Andrew was not asleep, I was also thankful that I had the opportunity to lay by him and snuggle... the day will come too soon that I will miss being able to do that!! Just as I was thinking about how lucky I am to be able to have my kids, even through the hard times, Andrew did something that reminded me of how great being a mother truly is. My own little miracle you might say...

Andrew: "Mommy... do you know that I love you?"
Me: "Yes Andrew, I do."
Andrew: "but... do you know why I love you?...
I love you because you do so many good things for me."
Andrew then gave me a pat on the head, a kiss on the cheek and said, "Sweet dreams!"

I was shocked, and so very thankful!! How sweet of my boy to tell me that. It was exactly what I needed to hear, and he couldn't have said it any more perfectly. I know that I have a loving Father in Heaven who knows me, and knows my family. I know that we are blessed beyond measure... I see that each and every day. I know that when we get discouraged, He is always there to help lift us up. I know that he has blessed me with the responsibility to be a wife and a mother, and I know that I do not want to let Him or my family down!!! Even through the hard times... I know that this too shall pass, and that "it won't be like this for long!!!!" I hope and pray that I can remember what is really important, and not to take for granted the moments that I have with my family today, and cherish them for always.


Carrie has found a new place to hang out... a place that is quiet, just her size, and where she is well fed. There is no better place to be in our home than in the cupboard!!! I love it when all I can see of her are her feet sticking out the bottom, and hearing her say, "I see you!!!!"

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

can i borrow that?!?...

I love talking to Andrew. I love his insight, I love his sense of humor, and I really just love the way he says things. I am often surprised at the things he knows, remembers, and his vocabulary... but sometimes I have to wonder where he is getting his information from!!!

...Today we were looking at our Christmas stockings, and he was telling me how we have 4 stockings, and who's each one was. He then told me that we have four stockings because right now we are "borrowing Carrie." I was confused, and I had to ask him what he meant by that. His explanation was that she is living with us now... but when she turns 10 she will be too big to fit into our kitchen (he means too tall... and I don't see that happening since she gets her height genes from her mom), and will then belong to someone else, and we will take her "home." It made me laugh, and kind of made me sad at the same time thinking of having to give my baby to someone else. I told Andrew that when Carrie turns 10 she will still live with us, because she is ours!! To that he said... "okay mom. we'll see."

Friday, December 11, 2009

we WISH you a...

Moments like THIS...
There are certain times that just make being a mom oh so worth it. This picture represents one of those moments for me... my little girl just before bedtime: tired, calm, snug as a bug in a rug... she couldn't be any cuter if she tried. There is no doubt that night time (and the kids going to bed) is my favorite part of the day. Not only does it give mom (and dad) a much needed break, but it just feels good, it feels like home. Another great thing about this picture for me is that dog Carrie is cuddled up with. I had "Howard" growing up, and I slept many a night with him. I am not really sure why, but just recently Carrie has grown fond of this dog... and it brings back good, happy, and sweet memories.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

ALWAYS thankful...

I love this time of year!! It is always fun to spend time with family, as well as remember the things we are so very blessed with each and every day!! This year has been quite the ride for our little family, but we have been blessed with many miracles (more than we deserve) from our Heavenly Father, and from those around us. Although in a lot of ways it has not been an easy year, we are especially thankful for the opportunities we have had that have helped us to learn and to grow.

Thanksgiving Day:
The morning of Thanksgiving Kevin, Andrew and I participated in a 5K, a long with other members of my family. This was a first for me, but it was a lot of fun!! I took Andrew in a stroller ready to cruise, but not even half way he decided he wanted to walk. So he walked along with me, holding my hand, while I pushed the stroller with my other hand. This slowed us down quite a bit... Andrew felt absolutely no need to hurry. So we walked, at a rather slow pace, but eventually we did make it to the finish line... and that is what really matters, right?!? We were lucky that the weather was beautiful, and we would not be opposed to doing it again!
The whole Fun-Runnin' gang

Andrew and I nearing the finish line, empty stroller and all

YAY!!! We finished!!... celebrating with the turkey

Later in the day we all headed over to the grandparents' for a fabulous meal, games, and best of all, good company!! I don't get to see my grandparents too often, but it is always good to see them!!!!

With my Grandpa and Grandma Naylor
With my Grandma Hekking