Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Going 100 mph

The past couple weeks I feel like I've been going about 100 mph.  Even in my down time my head is still spinning with everything I need to or should be doing.  Breathe.  That's what I keep telling myself.  Despite the fast pace of life right now, things have been running fairly smoothly, so that's a plus :)  Although I would love to post everything I've been up to, I'm afraid time just won't allow right now.  But let me tell you briefly: we took an overnight road trip for the 1st time with two kiddos, went to 2 dinner parties, had friends over for dinner, sewed curtains, dyed our couches, installed lights, and prepped 14 new diapers for sewing.  All while keeping the house in order, waking up at 5am, adjusting to the time change, and trying to spend some quality time together.  I'm hoping to post pictures of these things at some point...

On another note, I finally uploaded some pictures onto the computer from both cameras.  I love this one of Noah smiling.
Then I realized it reminded me of a picture of Anthony.  I haven't thought they look much alike until now....
What do you think???  Noah is 9.5 weeks in his picture and Anthony is 15.5 weeks in his, but boy do they look the same.  Here's another one of Anthony at 11 weeks (one of my favorites of him).
And another of Noah at 9.5 weeks.
How fast they grow!!!  Now 2.5 years later I've not got this handsome boy loving on his baby brother.

*Sigh* Being a mommy sure is hard work, but I wouldn't trade it for anything!!!

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Amazed

"How great is the love the Father has lavished upon us..." 1 John 3:1a

This morning I can be nothing but amazed by how much the Father loves me.  About an hour ago, my husband was talking with the hospital that I delivered Noah at about our bill, when nothing short of a miracle happened.  They said that our bill had been wiped clean.  That's right, 100% covered!!!  Literally thousands of dollars of debt has been erased.  We knew somehow the Lord would provide for us, we never doubted that, but never did we expect it to happen like this.  Oh what a wonderful way He chose to remind us not only of His provision, but of His amazing love for us!  I've been singing this song all morning.  I hope it reminds you of His love for you too.





Friday, February 26, 2010

What a week!!!

This week has absolutely flown by... not sure if that's a good thing or a bad thing :)

Monday, we met up with Daddy for a lovely picnic.  It was still a little on the chilly side, but absolutely beautiful!  We had a great time trying to take a family picture... here's our best shot:

Tuesday was Mom's group, and we finished up Gift from the Sea.  I'm a couple chapters behind, but I plan to write about it when I'm done.  Definitely a must read (and an easy one too).


Wednesday I had to take the older one to the dentist.  I was SO proud of him!!!  Last time, he wouldn't open his mouth, but this time he got x-rays, fluoride, and let them brush his teeth.... All without so much as a peep.  I couldn't believe it!
 
I also had to take a trip back to the lactation office :(  Good news is we think we've figured out what's going on... too much milk.  The remedy?  Eat a ton of Altoids. 
 
I guess peppermint will lower my supply.  So I have 8 more hours to eat at least 16 more of these guys.  I'm sure going to have some minty fresh breath!

Yesterday, I played catch up from being out of the house all week, but I did get the chance to make a couple loafs of bread.  I tried two new recipes.  Amish bread for the Hubby and Anthony, and a gluten free sweet dark bread for me.  I can't tell you much about the first other than it was incredibly easy to make, but the gluten free loaf... oh my goodness I am in Heaven!  This was the best gluten free bread I have every had.  Ever!  I think I had at least 4 slices of it right out of the beadmaker.  I will definitely be making this weekly... maybe even twice a week :)
  
Today marked day 3 of my hubby and I waking up at 5am for coffee and the Word together.  We are doing the B90X reading plan, pretty intense, but we're loving it.  I thought it would kill me getting up so early, but I actually look forward to it.  I'm loving the stillness and quietness of the morning, and discussing what I am learning with my husband.  I have also found that I am way more patient with Anthony having had time to fully wake up and be ready for the day before he gets out of bed.  Not something I expected with getting less sleep.  

The rest of the day I will be catching up on laundry (while hopefully sneaking in a movie during naptime), doing school with Anthony, and sewing a few diapers for friend.  Sounds simple enough, but everything is a huge undertaking right now with two.  

Hope everyone else had a good week!

PS- Welcome Company Girls... This is my first week joining in for some coffee :)

Saturday, February 20, 2010

What a lovely surprise!

I started blogging mainly as a way for me to look back and remember all the little things that make up my life.  To remind myself of where I've been, how far I've come, and to dream about where I'm going.  So imagine my surprise when I found this lovely surprise waiting for me:
I wasn't even aware that anyone really read my blog, let alone enjoyed it enough to send an award my way.  Thank you Danielle for totally making my day!!!

As with any award, it comes with rules.
They are as follows:

1.Thank the link to the person that gave you the award
2.Pass this award on to 15 bloggers you've recently discovered & whom you think are fantastic
3.Contact said Blogs to let them know they've won
4.State 7 Things about yourself

I'll start with 7 things about myself:

1. I married my high school sweetheart
2. I hate being pregnant, but love the reward at the end so much I want to do it at least once more
3. I have Celiac Disease which means no gluten for me
4. I'm learning Spanish
5. I'm usually on the shy side unless I'm on stage acting or dancing, which hasn't happened in about 8 years
6. I really miss being on stage :)
7. We hope to move abroad in about 3 years

I really wish I had 15 blogs to award... I'm afraid I don't have near enough time right now with two little ones to keep up with that many.  I barely have enough time to post on my own!

Here are 6 that I do try and read when I'm able, and maybe even comment on if I'm lucky :)  I also included why I enjoy it:

1. I never know what to expect over at Peanut's Page.  Some days a funny story, others a great deal or recipe, but lately, a lot of wonderful photographs!  And her little one is oh so adorable!


2. If you want a good laugh you should head on over to Mommy Wonderland.  I also love reading about how much she lovers her hubby, boys, friends, and family.  It inspires me to be more loving :)


3. Ben and Katie are on an incredible journey right now that brings tears to my eyes, and reminds me of how loving and faithful our God is.  The trust Katie has in the Lord and the love she has for her husband amazes and challenges me every time I read what they're going through.  I can't wait until I read about Ben's complete healing!!!

4. Busy Beez and Chickadeez spotlights her adorable children's and beautiful wedding lines that are sold on Etsy and in several stores in my local area.  She is so talented and I love it all!

5. I love reading anything and everything that is posted on Amerie Rose. She writes so elegantly and passionately that I can't help but be sucked into her beautiful world.  Maybe it's all the talk of France!  She also makes some awesome baby shoes, among other things, that are sold on Etsy.  

6. If you want to check out some amazing pictures, check out Amy's work at Amy Kolcz Photography.  It's absolutely beautiful!

On another note, Noah slept a full 8 hours last night.  Now that was a really lovely surprise!!!

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

My 1st Refashion and a Smile

I have been wanting to try my hand at refashioning for quite some time.  I've read lots of blogs and tutorials on it, and dreamed up some of my own items I could attempt to change, but have been a little too timid to try.  I finally realized if I'm never going to wear the item again anyways, it wouldn't hurt to try right?!?
 

This was the dress I wore for our rehearsal dinner when we got married.  I would have taken a pic with it on, but my post-baby body would never be able to get close to fitting into it :)  Besides the memories from the night I wore it, I love the fabric and just haven't been able to part with it.  You want to see what I came up with???
  
This lovely shirt!  It's a little hard to tell what it looks like, but I'm pretty happy with how it turned out.  The only thing I think I'll change is to get a solid color ribbon to run through the top.  Perhaps a chocolate brown one?!?  Anyways, maybe one day I'll post a picture wearing it so you can get the full effect.

On another note, my little Noah has started smiling.  This picture doesn't fully capture it, but I promise it's not just gas :)  He laid next to me smiling and cooing today for a good 10 minutes.  I really got to enjoy it too because Anthony was napping at the time.  I love my little guy!!!
 

Pockets

Today I filled up a "pocket" in my new sewing room.  (Want to know what I'm talking about... head on over to one of my favorite blogs, Home Sanctuary, to check out today's small thing).  I've been wanting for some time now to frame some of my favorite verses and quotes, and today I finally sat down to do it!  Such a simple thing, but it made me feel so accomplished :)  These didn't turn out as perfect as I would have liked, but I knew my time was very limited before one or both kiddos woke up from their nap.  They'll do just fine for now.  Sorry the pictures aren't the best.
 
 

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Happy Valentine's Day!!!

We have never been big on celebrating Valentine's Day, but we did try and do a couple special things today.  Took a few pictures to try and capture some "moments."  Enjoy!

 
Started the morning with my favorite gluten free cinnamon rolls... shaped as hearts with pink frosting :)

Smiled at my little Stegosaurus wondering around the house
 
Got all dressed up for church (Just realized there are still Christmas trees on the fridge... oops)

Watched my boys play together
Finally used our pasta machine to make some AMAZING homemade gluten free pasta... just have to add that my hubby rolled it all through.  Thanks Babe!!!
 
We turned it into Shrimp Scampi
 
Tony actually wrote this for me on Friday, but I still have it up :)

 
And I gave him this Valentine... sweet and simple!

And now, we are relaxing with some vino and watching the Olympics.  Probably should be sleeping since both kiddos are, but hey, it's Valentine's Day right?!?

Hope everyone had a wonderful love filled day!

Friday, February 12, 2010

Sneak Peak

Just wanted to give everyone a sneak peak of what's to come... stay tuned for more details :)

Monday, February 8, 2010

Woohoo!!!

Just wanted to shot for joy... our taxes have been submitted!!!  So glad I can breathe a big sigh of relief.  Now if only we didn't have to use the money for hospital bills :)

The first month...

Yesterday, my little Noah turned one month... Did I miss something!?!  I seriously feel like I just got home from the hospital.  I meant to get a picture of him to mark the occasion, but it didn't happen.  Maybe I'll get one today.  Here's a couple recent ones:
 

The first couple weeks went like a dream... I'm think I must have been on an adrenaline high or something.  Or maybe I was just SO glad to not be pregnant anymore.  We made it to church, on time, when Noah was only 10 days old.  I ventured out to Mom's group, the library, and the grocery store all by myself with both kiddos.  My house was clean, dinner was made, and the laundry washed, folded, and put away.  I even started Anthony on his first week of school and removed his naptime diaper (one more diaper left!).  And then last week happened...

Monday I woke up with Mastitis and was knocked flat on my face.  If you've ever experience this, you know how tough it is to function... fever, chills, body aches, nausea, and pain... oh the pain!  All while taking care of a newborn (and two year old).  I was lucky enough to experience this 7 times while breastfeeding Anthony, so thankfully I was able to catch it pretty early on before it got really bad.  However, after 2 days of antibiotic, I still wasn't feeling better.  So into the doctor's office, the lab, and lactation I went.  Four hours later, I was finally able to head home.  Thank goodness my hubby was available to come with us!  I am finally feeling better, and praying I don't have to go through this again.

Little Noah has developed some pretty bad reflux and was started on medication this week... however it takes a couple weeks to start working, and right now, it seems to be getting worse every night.  I feel so bad for him knowing he's in pain, and there's nothing I can do.  Thankfully, his reflux doesn't include too much vomitting; it's more on the "silent" side...coughing, choking, grunting.  After each feeding he has to stay upright for at least a half hour, making for some long nights.  My new bedtime is now officially 7:30pm.  As long as I get to sleep around then, I can wake up the next day feeling fairly rested and able to function without feeling too overwhelmed.  I think Anthony appreciates me getting some rest too, so that I have enough patience to handle a very energetic and curious two year old.

Anthony is still completely in love with his brother
 
They ended up with matching jammies, from 2 different people... of course I had to take a picture!

 
And Anthony has been practicing taking care of Noah with his potty training doll... very cute, although Dad's not a huge fan of his son playing with a doll :)
I'm very glad today is a new day, and a new week at that.  I have been reading in Matthew, and have been encouraged by some great promises, and challenged by His words.  My favorite promise right now is of course Matthew 11:28 "Come to me all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest." (doesn't rest sound wonderful!  It's also what Noah's name means), and I have been the most challenged by Matthew 5:15 "Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl.  Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house."  It goes on to say "In the same way let your light shine before men...," but I was challenged by the idea of being a light in my own house.  Yes, I am tired, and yes, I haven't been feeling well, but I'm sure Jesus often felt the same too.  I want to be a light in my own house, so that when I am doing so outside of my house, it is because that's who I really am, not who I am trying to appear to be.  Does that make sense?  Anyways, I am really enjoying my devotions right now, and they are definitely bringing life to me during a time I am feeling rather drained.

Well, since the little one is asleep with Daddy right now, I am off to play with my Anthony!

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

"Celebrate the Boy"

I am absolutely ecstatic about what is going on over at Made and Made by Rae.  For a whole month they have decided to "celebrate the boy" and will both be posting tutorials, crafts, and ideas just for the special little men in our lives.  I can't wait to see what they've got in store for us!  Head on over and check them out, and pick up one of there cute buttons while you're at it.

 


Monday, February 1, 2010

Care to join me?!?

This month I have decided to take a break from Facebook to spend more focused time praying for friends, family, and finances.  Now that I can access Facebook from my phone, I have found myself "checking in," so to say, whenever I sit down to feed Noah.  I haven't really thought anything of it because it's not like I could be doing anything else.  The past week or so, I have felt guilty every time I sign on though.  After spending some time in prayer about it, I realized I could use that time in a much better way.  Prayer!!!  I actually really enjoy praying, but I usually find myself so busy or tired, that I forget to stop and spend time with the Lord.  I have been given the opportunity though, thanks to my new little man, to stop multiple times throughout the day (and night) to just sit and be still.  So I'm going to try and make the most of this gift I've been given.

I have decided to choose a different thing to pray about each day to help me stay focused.  Here's what my week will look like:

Monday: My husband
Tuesday: Friends we know on the mission field in India, England, Dominican Republic, and Mexico
Wednesday: My sons... I love that this is plural now :)
Thursday: My friend's marriages
Friday: My siblings... between Tony and I we have 14!!!
Saturday: Direction and purpose for our family
Sunday: Our Finances

So how about you?  Is anyone else up to the challenge?  Maybe Facebook isn't the thing to fast for you, but I'm sure you know exactly what your thing is.

Please keep me in your prayers this month that I would be successful following through with this decision, and for breakthrough in the specific things I will be praying for!

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

He's Here!!!


Noah Robert arrived Thursday afternoon, at 2:47pm.  He weighed 7lbs 9oz and was 20.5" long.  I sure am glad I was induced 10 days early, or he would have been a big baby!!!  I had an easy labor and delivery, although it was a little over an hour longer than with Anthony.  Guess second babies aren't always born faster :)


Noah is an absolute sweetheart!  Anthony was an amazing baby so I thought for sure we would be in for a much harder time.  God definitely blessed us again though, and little Noah is living up to his name already.  (It means peace, rest, and comfort.)

He is a champion eater... at his check up yesterday he was only one ounce shy of his birth weight.  Normally they don't see that until 2 weeks, but he's only 4 days :)  We no longer have to be concerned about him eating every 2 to 3 hours during the night, so he can sleep as long as he'd like.  He does seem to be quite the night owl though, and was still wide awake last night at 1am.  Good thing I'm still in complete awe and didn't mind just looking at his sweet little face.

Anthony is loving his baby brother.  He wants to hold him, "all by himself", all the time, and does a great job reminding baby brother to not scratch his face... although were trying to work on not yelling at him to stop :)  He's not so happy with Tony and I right now, so I am very happy my mom is here to help with him.  I'm not sure what he's feeling exactly, but he doesn't really want anything to do with us.  At least he's not taking it out on Noah.


So happy to introduce you to our newest addition!

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

2010 Goals

Over the weekend, my husband and I spent some time talking about our goals for the new year.  We went along with this post from Simple Mom.  (which by the way, if you haven't checked out, you should... I love this site!)  I love that it asked some very specific questions and wasn't just a broad "What are your goals for 2010?" It really helped us to focus on specific things, which I think will make the goals we set actually attainable.  It took us through some personal and health goals, goals for our marriage, family, and kids, financial goals, and other relationships.  Then it had you narrow it down to 5 specific ones.  Here are my top 5 goals for the new year:

1. Quiet time with Jesus daily: Although I wanted to say I'm going to read my word daily, I really felt like I'd be setting myself up to fail.  With a new baby arriving shortly, I will have lots of time in the middle of the night and in the early morning to spend with Jesus.  I hope this often involves opening up my Bible, but may also just be me being still before Him, spending time in prayer, or worshiping.

2. Lose baby weight and get in shape: When I am not pregnant, I'm a pretty small person.  This does not necessarily mean I'm in good shape though.  I hate it when people assume that!  Anyways, I really want to focus on this for the upcoming year.  I know the longer I wait to do this, the harder it will be to start.  I love doing Yoga and Pilates... I find them both relaxing and rewarding, and I always sleep better when I do it.  I also love the Wii Fit.  Anthony really enjoys playing along too, and Tony and I enjoy competing against each other on it.  I am also looking forward to the spring when we can go enjoy the outdoors here in the beautiful NW.

3. Become less selfish: This one will be hard, but it truly shows up in all areas of my life.  It has to do with control for me.  If I get my way, I feel like I'm in control.  I actually hate it though.  I really don't want to be in control... it's way to stressful!  How much easier it would be to surrender everything to Jesus and let Him take control, and in all actuality, He's already in control anyways.  I'm not sure why I spend so much time trying to control what I actually have no say over in the first place.  I think Matthew 10:39 is going to help me with this: "Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it."  I want to let go of my own life, give it to Jesus, and focus on loving Him and those around me.  I know it will bring myself, and therefore my family, so much more peace and joy. 

4. Spend time daily ntentionally teaching Anthony: Anthony is smart.  I'm not just saying that because he's my son, but because he really is an extremely intelligent little boy.  He is so eager to learn and asks me everyday to do school with him.  I feel guilty for not taking more advantage of this.  Maybe I shouldn't be so hard on myself being the last 9 months have been filled with morning sickness and bed rest, but I still feel like I've failed him.  I've come up with a tentative plan, and have about a month's worth of lesson figured out already.  Each week we will focus on a different letter of the Alphabet and a specific thing that starts with that letter.  Then each day of the week will be a different subject.  For example, A will be for Ant.  We'll look at the different parts of an ant's body and do a craft using this for science.  For math, I'm going to make some ant hills with numbers on them... then he'll have to glue that many ants (raisins) onto each hill.  You get the idea.  I will then incorporate spanish and sign language into the lessons when appropriate.  I wish I could learn languages like he does!  I've also found an ABC list of verses to use.  It will help Tony and I in memorizing scripture too :)  Then in the fall, we hope to be able to afford to send him to preschool.  Not because I couldn't continue to teach him, but because he really thrives being with other kids.

5. Kiss my husband daily: I've noticed lately that sometimes we go a whole day without so much as a hug or kiss or anything... sometimes maybe even multiple days  In no way is this intentional.  It's not because we get in huge fights and are punishing each other or something  I love my husband, and I love to kiss him... He says he married me for my kisses :)  I think we both get so busy doing, that we forget to just be.  You hear stories of people who realize once the kids leave that they don't know each other anymore.  I don't want to be that couple!  We have a whole lifetime ahead us and I want to make sure I am continually putting into it.  I need to remember my relationship to my husband comes before my children.  I am not really sure how this actually plays out though with a 2 1/2 year old and a newborn arriving any day.  Anyone have any advice on this one?  I remember being so drained at the end of each day with Anthony, that by the time he went to bed, I had nothing left to give Tony.  I just wanted to go be by myself.  I can only imagine how much more I'm going to feel like this with two.

So there they are.  For the whole world to see, or whoever happens to read through all of this :)  Has anyone else taken time to think about what they hope to accomplish in the new year?  What are your top 5?

Cute Little Birdies

My Aunt has recently opened an Etsy shop, and right now she has the cutest Valentine's cards available.  I highly recommend heading over to Friday Finds Mama to check them out.  They are the most adorable little felted birds complete with hand stitching.  These two are my favorite:


Aren't you in love?!?!

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Pardon My Absence!

Wow, it's been a while since I've posted anything!  I really don't have ANY excuse.  I've had 6 weeks of bed rest, meaning I should have had all the time in the world to write.  And although I really despise being stuck in bed, it was very relaxing having some much needed alone time.  I can't remember the last time I had time to myself that I didn't use cleaning or cooking.  And other than some sewing, I pretty much just laid and did nothing for 6 weeks.  I didn't even really have the TV on.  It was just quiet.  It's going to be a long time until I experience that again :)

I've been off bed rest for 2 weeks now, and the past week has been an interesting one.  I took a trip into labor and delivery on Monday around 5am.  After being monitored for about an hour I dilated from a 2 to a 4!  They had me get up and walk for 2 hours, checked me again, and no change.  They decided to send me home for a nap and some lunch, and told me I'd be coming back in that evening to have the baby.  HA!!!  My mother-in-law flew out right away, stayed for a week, and guess what?  Still no baby!!! 

So now I'm waiting again.  The house is clean, the car is packed, and I am going crazy.  I had a very fast labor with Anthony, only 6 hours from the time they induced me until he was born, so I am VERY nervous about not making it to the hospital in time or being able to get an epidural.  Especially since my contractions never hurt until my water was broke.

So there's a baby update for you.  Nothing too exciting, but I know I'll enjoy looking back at this one day.  So I guess it's more of an update for me :)

Hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and New Year's!  Maybe I'll post about ours later...