Friday, January 21, 2011

The Honest (and bothersome) Truth...

These are the days....they're flying by....I know I'm going to miss them in the future (the very near, I'm afraid)....and yet, frustratingly, I am still letting 'life' get in the way of that. 

I catch myself trying to finish folding that last basket of laundry before joining in on the Play-Doh, worrying about loading the dishwasher instead of joining them at the table for lunch, and limiting the book reading from the many requested to a few so that I can get something done before I'm ready for bed myself.  I'm avoiding laying down to watch them fall asleep at naptime in fear that it will become a bad habit and offering up just a few too many "Mommy will help you in a minute"s.

These two little girls that I spend my every day (and lately, night too) with are changing, growing, evolving in some incredible way, every single day.  And some days (too many), I'm watching that change at a distance, from the sink or with something else on my mind. 

They are wonderful, beautiful, smart, and funny little people, with such big hearts.  I am so very lucky to wake to their faces each morning, watch them slowly wake up on the couch, see their energy level increase throughout the day, play (and fight) so well together, get so excited when Daddy comes home, and spend time together before bedtime....I'm so, so lucky. 

Is it the nature of the motherhood-beast (for lack of a better term, and because, some days I am!) that there is always a need for something to be done, cleaned, organized?  Or is it God's way of reminding me, daily, to look at my priorities and challenge me to choose them over the doing, cleaning, and organizing?!

I just 'put', Brynn down for a nap.  Her usual request for me to lay with her was the same...and my response was typical.  Then, I changed my mind.  I layed nose-to-nose and watched her bat her heavy eyes to sleep.  After all, why not?  In a few short years, she's not going to be home at naptime. 

I know this challenge is going to continue - life is too fast, busy, and hectic for me to feel comfortable sitting on the floor all day, building trains, and changing doll clothes 48 times.  But life is just that....too fast.  And someday, I'm going to have plenty of time to get the house clean.

So, for now, I'm challenging myself to soak in every moment with my babes.  Save the cleaning, laundry, and organizing for when they're fast asleep...not still peeking to make sure I'm next to them. 

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Top Pick

If I had to choose just one toy...
one with lots of colors,
 fancy tricks,
bells & whistles,
and a guaranteed good time....
this one would most definitely catch my eye! 

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

I 'Fall' in Love....

with these faces

Monday, October 11, 2010

A Vacation of Many Kinds

This was the view
 from our hotel...
that we were lucky enough to see
for a few hours of daylight...
 and a brief time in the night sky also...
with my love & best friend...
on our Mini,
to one of our favorite spots!

Wishing for another one soon....
OJ, Kev!

Monday, October 4, 2010

The Most Perfect Pumpkins in the Patch!

We visited

the pumpkin patch
on a beautiful
fall day
and watched our girls
explore new things,
smile in the sunshine,
 breathe the crisp air,
show off their cuteness,
and new discoveries,


Sunday, October 3, 2010

My Birthday Week Re-Cap

Here are a few snapshots of my 1st birthday week...lots of smiles, family, friends, and fun!

I'm a little in awe that all of these people are here to celebrate ME!!! What a lucky girl I am!
I haven't even gotten to the cake yet, and I've already made a mess.....YES!!!
Such a cute cake.......not for long!
  So you're telling me I can really just dig into this?!

 Okay then...if you say so....don't mind if I do!
 I'm in sugar shock! 
Everyone posed nicely for pictures while I kept eating....after was my birthday!
 Sitting in Mommy's lap to open my cards and great presents was fun...but....
... hanging out in my new chair was much more exciting!!!
 My big sister, Brynn, thought she better show me how to use my new chair...
I preferred to try it out by myself!
 Celebrating my actual birthday with my daytime friends in the backyard!
 I discovered that the real trick to my new push/walker stroller from Mommy & Daddy is to concentrate really hard with the help of my tongue!
 Relaxing at the end of a fun day....I'm 1!!!

Monday, September 27, 2010

Evolution of a 1-Year-Old...

You have changed so much in your short life...can't wait for what's to come.

still, quiet, angelic
awake & alert
a perfect bundle

the beginning of a personality
happy and pretty
content & quiet
filling out...inside & out
loving to smile
exploring new things
getting out in the world
tasting new things
giggling like crazy
getting so big
breathing fresh air
loving learning
taking in sunshine
growing so big....
huge, soft heart...
beautiful smile & soul...
so, so, loved...

You are beautiful, loved, and in for such a wonderful life...