Monday, April 21, 2014

Easter Eggs

On Saturday, we dyed Easter eggs with Kate for the first time.  We got the least-fuss dye kit that the grocery store had- no glitter, no stickers, no paint- and it turned out to be pretty perfect.  Kate had fun stirring the dye, vinegar and water together. 

We even got a little bit pinterest-y and tried the kool-aid dyes.  

Kate loved it. 

She did not love the waiting.  My child is definitely a very instant-gratification kind of kid, so the waiting was not something she handled very well. 


About this time, she noticed her Daddy eating pretzels and the egg-dying was over at that point. But our eggs sure turned out pretty! 

And yes, that is a finger hole in the pink egg.  I'll give you one guess as to who put it there. :) 

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Azalea Week 2014

Every year we get one good week when the azaleas bloom, and of course I have to take the opportunity to get some photos.  So Sunday after we got home from church, Kate and I stayed outside to get a few million pictures with the pretty flowers in our back yard.  You would think that with the number of pictures I took, I would have gotten one GOOD one, where Kate is looking at the camera and at least somewhat smiling. Not the case. These are the best.  This is what you get with a busy 2.5 year old.  I'll just be thankful they aren't blurry.  And just for fun, here are the 2012 and 2013 pictures. 

We're in that awesome stage where when you ask for a smile, you get an awkward squinty-eyed, teeth bearing face. They make for great pictures.  

After the pictures were done, Kate spent the next 15 minutes picking all of the dandelions she could find.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Opening Day

This past Tuesday was Opening Day.  No, I'm not mistaken on my date. I'm not talking about Major League Baseball's opening day.  I'm talking about co-ed church league softball's opening day.  That's right.  I'm talking about the big time.  So of course we headed to the softball fields at 6:30 sharp on Tuesday evening.  You can tell Kate was super attentive to the game...

Since I know my child, I knew that she wasn't going to sit and watch the game, nor was she going to even stay in our general vicinity unless I had something to occupy her time. So I brought a few of the tiny party favor play-doughs along for the trip.  They worked well enough to keep her busy, and they're cheap enough to just throw away at the end of the game (especially since they end up being full of dirt and sand).  

Kevin started off the season with a home run during one of his first few at bats. 

Kate missed it.

But, the weather was great and we had a fun afternoon at the fields.  We may even be here watching Kate play a few years down the road!

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Is This Real Life?

Did y'all ever see that YouTube video of the kid who had some kind of dental procedure and kept asking his dad "Is this real life?"  Well, that's kind of what I feel like right now.  I feel like everything is going at warp speed and there is no possible way that this is REAL.  (If you haven't seen the video, you can check it out here.)

Seriously, how is it already the end of March?  Wasn't it JUST Christmas yesterday?  And how is my child closer to 3 than to 2?  Wasn't she JUST born a few days ago?  Wait- I'm turning HOW old this year?  We won't even talk about that.  This year is flying by, and I don't really expect it to slow down anytime soon. I've been terrible about taking pictures and keeping up with things, so Instagram and my iPhone have been saving me with pictures.  I figure at this point, I should just let it go.  And now after typing that, I feel like I should burst out in song.  I'm sure I'm not the only one that has listened to the Frozen soundtrack a million (or billion) times at this point. So, after all of that, I think the best way to "catch up" would be to just share some my Instagram pictures.  Here we go...

Picked up a few things at Lifeway for Kate's Easter basket, and something for myself, too!

Kevin just finished this book, and now I've started to read it.  I'm still in the first few chapters, but I've enjoyed it so far.  

Kate has officially been in her "big girl" room for a few months now so the nursery is being converted back into a neutral space while we wait for our next little one.  That means Kate's name is coming off of the wall... but the verse will be staying! It was fitting for Kate and most definitely will be fitting for our second child.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

March Birthdays

March was always an eventful month growing up.  Of the four immediate family members living in our house, half of us had March birthdays.  Mine was not one of them, but it didn't mean that I missed out on the birthday fun.  And now that Kristi and I are all grown up, we make it a point to get together in March to celebrate my mom and my sister's birthdays.  Kristi's is on March 22nd and my moms is March 23rd.  So today, we made it a zoo day and then all had lunch together downtown.  The weather was perfect, and so was the day.

The birthday girls! Happy birthday, Kristi & Mom!

Wednesday, March 12, 2014


Attitude.  This girl has got it!  I try to write down the funny things that she says and does, but I have been falling short lately.  Here are just a couple for the record book and a few videos at the end...

We were about to leave to go somewhere, and I'd asked Kate to come on so we could get her jacket on. She was very obviously ignoring me, so I reiterated and said "Kate. Come here. Now." She quickly turned around, looked at me and said "Be patient, Mommy."

Kevin asked Kate to tell him the story of the 3 little bears and it went like this:

"One pun time (this is how she pronounces it) there were 3 big bears like a mermaid in the water. And then there was an octopus. And then Jonah took them to the Golden Palace."
I think we're getting quite a few stories from different sources mixed together: the traditional 3 bears story, Jonah from the Bible, and Disney's Sophia the First. We're working on our imagination over here. 

Potty training is by far the worst thing EVER.  Especially with a stubborn kid.  Anyway, it's not been going well by any stretch of the imagination, but it's been going so much better than even a few weeks ago.  Last Friday, Kristi came over for dinner and around 8pm, we were all in the living room just talking when we noticed that Kate was gone.  She came back in the room a couple of minutes later, with no shoes, socks, pants or panties on.  She handed me her pajamas and said "Put on my 'jammas, Mommy!".

I immediately knew what had happened.  She had an accident and tried to cover it up.  We asked where her pants were, but she wouldn't tell us.  We found them hidden in our formal living room.  Smart girl hid her wet pants, went into her bedroom, and then put together in her head that it was almost bedtime so it would be more believable to grab her pajamas (which are in a top drawer and hard for her to get to) instead regular pants (which are in the bottom drawer and easy to get to.)  Maybe I'm giving her too much credit, but I was pretty impressed with her logic, though not all that impressed with the wet pants!

Kevin was changing out clothes from the washing machine to the dryer when Kate walked into the laundry area. Their conversation went something like this:
Kate: "What you doing, Daddy?"

Kevin: "Putting wet pants into the dryer to get them dry."
Kate: "Ohhhh, You pee-pee in those pants?"

Kate has become obsessed with Veggie Tales.  She loves Bob and Larry.  More recently, we introduced her to the Jonah version of Veggie Tales and she's caught onto the song.  Here are the words to the video below:

"Jonah was a prophet (Oooo-oooo)
But he really never got it (Sad, but true.)
If you've been watching you can spot it (A-doodly-dooo.)
He did not get the point!"

Wednesday, February 26, 2014


Thankful.  I'm pretty thankful right now for some of the little things in life.  Because like we've all heard a thousand times, it's the little things that count the most, right?

This time of year is especially busy for me, and it's so easy to get caught up in getting work done, coming home, eating dinner, giving Kate a bath, doing housework, and then going to bed.  I hate the days when I do that and go through the day like I'm checking things off of a list.  Done. Done. Done. Bed. Start over.  Those days stink.  We've all been there, right?  Those are not the days and the moments that I'm going to remember later in life.

Even though this season of our life IS busy right now, I think it's important to look for, point out, and be grateful for the little things. So tonight I'm thankful that on the way to church, Kate surprised me yet again with her knowledge.  Since I have zero experience with kids, I don't have any real expectations of what they should be able to comprehend or what they should be able to do at a certain age.  However, I am constantly shocked at the things Kate says and does at the age of 2.5.  At this rate, she'll be doing long division at age 4, right?

Anyway, as we were driving to our Wednesday night service, I asked her what we were going to at church.  Her first response was to "Watch Veggie Tales!", which is true, because they do play Veggie Tales in our church nursery.  But her second response was "Worship God!" and I watched as she immediately looked up at the sky and started saying "Hey, God! You coming with us to church?  Come down from there! Let's go. We're going to your house!"

Of course I laughed at her direct and bossy conversation with God, but then started to explain to her that God doesn't just live up in heaven, He is everywhere and He is here with us.  Immediately she started singing the Love & the Outcome song:

"He is with us, He is with us
Always, always"

I was shocked, amused and honestly pretty proud of her.  We didn't teach her that song.  Maybe she learned it with her Nana, or maybe they sing it at her pre-school.  Or just maybe, she picked it up from listening to the radio in the car.  Who knows, but I'm glad she's learning about God.  And I'm glad we listen to Christian music.  Much better to hear THIS song come out of her mouth than a lot of other stuff that's on the radio these days, right?

So tonight I'm thankful for the little things.  This isn't some huge story that probably means anything to anybody else, but it means something to me. It's one of those memories that I'll (hopefully) be able to remember when Kate is all grown up.  And if I don't remember it on my own, that's why I am writing about it now.  It's a great memory, and it's one of the little things.

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