Friday, April 29, 2016

April favorites.



Love their love for one another! Abel adores his daddy!



My little artist loves painting!  This year he painted Nana a fun little wind spinner for her birthday!



Baby in a bucket...Abel's new favorite game!



Puddle jumping...Caleb's new favorite game!



Everyone loves trips to the farm!



Started working in the garden.  Love that the boys can start helping a little this year...well, sort of!  Caleb loves finding worms and feeding them to the chickens.  Able, he's happy to just throw mulch around.



Their new little reading nook.



Happy boys!



The boys love watching Daddy leave each morning...this particular day, Daddy had come home for lunch and Caleb was already napping.  Abel got some one-on-one time with mama & daddy, and when it was time for Dan to leave, ran to the window to wave and said "bye"!  Cutest thing ever!



Loves to color!







Best thing about April is being able to get outside more.







Trips to the park and the farm.



Cookouts with friends.



And bike rides!

Such a fun and full month!  Hard to believe it's already coming to an end!

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

it's SPRING!

Last night we visited Foster Park for the first time.  How have we lived in the Fort for 5 years and not known about this gorgeous park!!?!??  So much fun to wander through the beautiful tulips and blooming trees!




We met up with some new friends and the boys had a blast running around with their sweet girls!


They also wanted to pick ALL the flowers for mama...thanks, Daddy for teaching them such a sweet gesture!



We'll for sure be back next year to take in these blooms again!!

Sunday, April 24, 2016

brothers.

  



I pray each day that these two grow to be the best of friends.  Abel ADORES his big brother, and Caleb is such a great leader!  I love how they're beginning to play together and enjoy one another's company!  This summer is going to be so much fun!

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Touch-A-Truck 2016.

This might just be the coolest event for kids!!!  A local college filled the parking lot with trucks, busses, semi's, and machines of all kinds and kids (of all ages) were free to climb and explore!!


Caleb's first stop was the MONSTER TRUCK, of course!




Since Daddy had to work, Mama was flying solo, which meant that Abel spent much of the morning in the stroller, but did enjoy checking out the school bus, city bus and flatbed truck!


Caleb, on the other hand, got to climb into the drivers seat of some of his favorite trucks!








What a fun morning!  Can't wait for next year...hopefully Daddy can come along too! 

Thursday, April 21, 2016

dear abel // 15 months




Dear Abel, 

The past 15 months have been challenging and stretching, but so full of joy, love, and laughter.  You are mama's boy, through and through.  You must know where mama is at all times...and if mama's in sight, you must be touching her!  We love your adorable sense of humor and your go with the flow attitude (again as long as mama's near you're happy to go anywhere!).  You're strong and stubborn, which is a great skill when interacting with your big brother - you can hold your own just fine!  That sweet smile of yours is so contagious, but you are not afraid to voice your opinion about anything.  You love to climb and explore, if it's off limits, you're ready to check it out.  We often find you on top of the kitchen table finishing up someone's leftovers, or attempting to climb a latter or standing on top of the couch...you name it, you've tried to scale it! We love your sense of adventure!  Keep growing and exploring, little one. 

Love, 
mama & daddy

Thursday, March 17, 2016

prosper where you're planted.



To whom much is given, much is required.    

Luke 12:48


Do you ever feel like you just want out, like you want to just start over with a clean slate?  We've been living in this house for nearly 5 years and most days I just want to start over. I want to strip the house down to the bare bones and call a "re-do."  I dream of moving to a new house where the walls aren't peeling and the kitchen is beautifully tiled, where the doors actually close and the floors hold in the heat.  Where I feel comfortable inviting others over to share a meal.  You see, I have a bit of a love/hate relationship with this house.  It's been such a beautiful journey turing it into our own, but the reality is that it's just not my dream house.  And because of this, I often focus on the flaws, focus on all the things I hate about living here, vs. seeing all the amazing beauty that we've brought to this once dilapidated property.

I'm currently reading Dani Johnson's "First Steps to Wealth" and this morning as I read through the chapter entitled "Prosper Where You're Planted", this phase struck a cord...
Look at what you have now.  If you cannot be trusted with that, you will never get the house you are dreaming of!
WOW. Talk about a reality check.  There's so much truth in those words.  I have SO MUCH. This house offers us everything that we need!  We are so blessed to have a beautiful home filled with love and laughter.  It's easy to let things go and say that "I'll do better next time.  I'll take better care of the next house, because it'll be nicer."  But the reality is, I'm here, NOW.  I have a responsibility to take the best possible care of what I have now.  I'm responsible for setting an example to my children that just because you don't "like" something, doesn't mean you don't take care of it!

I can't help but think, these are the values I strive every day to teach my children.  Most days I'm taking away one or more of Caleb's toys because he's not playing with it properly or respectfully.  I think sometimes as adults we don't translate these core values into our adult lives.  But truly, if we can't be trusted with what we have....whether that be possessions in our home, job responsibilities, obligations/commitments to our friends and family...how can we ever be trusted with more?!

So, while I continue to dream of that beautiful brick farm house in the country, with a pristine kitchen, clawfoot tub, stunning hardwood floors, radiant heating, and a garden brimming with fresh vegetables...I will make every effort to care for this little blue house!  To make it the most beautiful and functional home for our little family.  I will wake up each day with positivity and see good in the little.  I will invite others into this space and share meals together, creating memories together that will last a lifetime!  I will prosper right here where I'm planted!!!

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

mama's mornings.

I used to be a morning person!

I loved waking early, before the sun and getting my day started in the stillness of the early dawn.

Then I became a mother and my nights began to be peppered with feedings and fussy babies.  I no longer needed an alarm, but instead crying babies were my wake-up call.  Over the past two years and a half years, I've conditioned my body to HATE mornings because it never feels like I get enough sleep!  I have also grown increasingly frustrated at my lack of "me-time" as there just don't seem to be enough hours in the day, and there's no way, on such little sleep, that I could imagine waking up early!

A few weeks ago, Dan picked up the book The Miracle Morning.  I had heard of it from a friend a few months back but didn't give it much thought because, well, I'm no longer a morning person!  At Dan's suggestion, I started reading the book...and I couldn't put it down!!  I was intrigued.  Could changing my routine and waking up early again really change my day, mood, and life?!

You know what?!  After just a few days of beginning to implement these strategies into my morning, I'm already feeling like a whole new person.  The author focuses on 6 major areas that you should address during your morning routine...Silence, Affirmations, Visualizations, Exercise, Reading, and Scribing.  You can spend as much or as little time on each area as you choose...it's completely up to you how you spend your morning!

Today I woke up at 5:30am, sat in silence/prayer, did some yoga, said my affirmations & did some visualizations, then read for about 30 minutes....I don't remember the last time I had 30 minutes of uninterrupted reading where I wasn't about to fall asleep!  By 7am, when the boys were awake, I had not only completed my new morning routine, but I'd showered and had muffins in the oven for breakfast.  I felt unstoppable!  Full of energy and motivation to tackle the day!

Oh, how I've missed my mornings!  I love the stillness and quite, and can't wait until the warmer months when I can get outside during this quite time!

I'm committing the next 30 days to waking up early and continuing this routine.  I know that there will be days when I'm up in the night with the boys again and I won't want to get out of bed, however I know that this making this morning routine a habit will be life changing!!

If you're interested in learning more about The Miracle Morning, check out their website, it's full of free resources!  There is even an incredible online community that you can join for accountability.

And if you're ready to jumpstart your day with your own Miracle Morning, join me!  I'd love to have some accountability as I embark on this journey to taking back my mornings!

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