Thursday, May 19, 2016

10 Joyful Things// No.1

Here lately, the days have seemed long. Summer is almost here and the girls are full of anticipation of all the things we can do here in Idaho. I've just been trying to make it through each day so the thought of trying to make their summer as amazing as they imagine it is overwhelming. By afternoon time, this Moma can be worn out and running on E. So, I've been trying to look for the little moments of joy instead of waiting for a fall out. So when I find it, I snap a picture and make note. Here are a few that I've found this week...

1. My Savannah color sorted the cookie cutters while she was cleaning up the play-dough. She was so proud. The littlest things can be the biggest in their eyes.

2. I've been waking up to more and more scenes like this. It seems that Hank has been sneaking out to the  living room in the middle of the night to snuggle on the couch. Such a sneaky dog.

3. When they listen, behave, and get along without fussing, a day full of errands isn't so bad. 

4. When the twins were babies, Hank would guard them very closely, listen at their door, and let me know when they were awake. Here lately, he's been letting them love on him and sitting as close as he can to them. It's such a sweet sight to see them have a dog to love on. 

5. We don't get very many, so this thunderstorm was a joy to sit and watch as it rolled it. The clouds sit much higher out here than they did in South Carolina. 

6. When you've gone an entire week and the girls clean their plates at every meal, it's time for a round of applause. Moma loves it when everyone leaves the table with full bellies.

7. Making it to church on time and with smiles on everyones' face. What's not to love about that!?

8. I love when she plays. Making the sound of the vacuum. I could eat her up!

9. She's been listening to her big sisters practice their reading every night. I found her this week reading to herself and trying to sound out words. I love hearing her little voice tell the stories. She's trying so hard to grow up too fast. 

10. We've been going to the library more and more. Bringing home multiple bags of books for the week. I'm soaking up every minute that they pile on my lap for reading time. 

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

My People

My people. They're pretty amazing. A little on the wild side but they bring great balance to my world. I can hear them now, wrestling on my bed. A good round of thumb war just ended and now they're all giggling and talking in silly voices. The girls just ran out and showed my their new belly rolling trick. The things they learn when they spend some one-on-one time with Daddy. It's pretty funny. 

On Monday, they celebrated me turning 32. So crazy to think that I'm finally up there but I can't think of any better way to meet this mark than with my people. My silly, crazy, hilarious, dramatic people. 

Ellie and I have been working hard on her potty training the past couple of days. She's been so adamant about this transition it's about turned my whole head grey. I finally grabbed the bull by it's horns and we've made some slow progress. Very slow. Slllooow. There's something about the baby wearing her big girl panties...bittersweet. 

I have to say too, this man...I'm so proud of him. He sews on his Tech stripe on Friday and I couldn't be any happier for him. He's such a hard worker and is doing great at his new job. So grateful for such a determined husband. We laugh because we celebrated his last promotion in South Carolina with sunshine and a kiddie pool. This go around we pulled out the fire pit and marshmallows. Keeping it real folks. 

Hope the rest of your week is amazing. 

Friday, March 25, 2016

Here Lately

The wind is kicking it outside. The backyard toys are rolling around and screen is rattling at the door. Inside we're doing our spring break Idaho style. Not our normal Southern sun and popsicles. We're adjusting though. Lot's of coffee for me and lot's of coloring and legos for the girls. It all works out.

Slowly but surely, we have been wondering hills of our new town. Exploring and seeing what surrounds our little house. There are miles of things to see and we've only just begun.

Our big adventure this week was to the Idaho Falls Museum. They had a dinosaur exhibit set up that the girls have been begging to see since we arrived in Idaho back in January. It was so fun. Small and quaint but very interesting to the little ladies. After seeing the dinosaurs and learning about some of the different types, we came home with little dinosaur eggs of our own. A little lesson of being patient while waiting for these little critters to hatch out.

The girls have been taking turns in the kitchen helping me out. It's the only way I can teach them how to cook. One at a time, one chef at a time. Each day they take turns learning to make something whether it's at lunch time or for supper. I found a little magnet chore chart online that is super cute! It
Abbies House

has been helping a lot with their chores. It reminds them what they have to do and what they've already done. Simple chores but effective.  Little magnets with cute illustrations of their chore...Ellie's favorite chore besides being the chef is the laundry. She's a fan of the buttons and slamming the door.

 We've been trying to make it a point every Friday night to do something as a family. Going out to our most current favorite restaurant, Red Robin. Playing games as a family. Picking a movie or going on an adventure. It's been a lot of fun. Our most recent game is Jenga and boy have we had a blast. Tons of giggles and laughter from all of us. It's been great.

 Hope you all have a great weekend.
But as for me, I will always have hope; I will praise you more and more Psalm 71:14