Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Christmas!



This was the best Christmas that we have had so far. It was so fun to be able to share it with Judah and to think that the fun is just beginning. Next year will be even more fun with him.

On Christmas Eve, we went to Jeremiah's Grandma's house and celebrated with his side of the family. Then on Christmas morning, just the 3 of us opened presents together as a family. Later Christmas day, my side of the family came over and we spent the rest of the day opening presents, eating yummy food and visiting. I really love having company over. I am such a perfectionist though that I stress out about it too much. I seriously need to just chill out.
This is a picture of Judah heading toward the tree on Christmas morning. He was happy to finally be able to mess with those fun look'n presents!
I love this little stocking that I found. It was in the dollar bin at Target. Eventually, I want to have matching stockings with our names monogrammed for each person in our family but, that just didn't happen this year. We can re-use this stocking though for our future children's first Christmas. In case it's hard to read, it says "Baby's First Christmas".

Isn't this sign with his name on it cute? I think I want to glue the pieces down and put it on his wall. I know it's supposed to be a toy but, I think it'd be a fun decoration.

Amazing, my husband and I took a picture of us. We don't have very many pictures of just the 2 of us since we've had Judah.My mom had so much fun hanging out with her Grandson's and just being a Grandma. The cousins were so cute playing together in their matching shirts. I love that we can dress them matching. Them are almost the exact same size too.

One of the little highlights of the day is that both boys took a long nap during dinner. We were all able to sit around the table together, just adults and not have to try and keep them occupied. Judah was off sleeping peacefully in his crib and we set the play pen up in our room for Noah. It worked out great and it made the meal so much more relaxing.

During dinner, my 83 year old Grandma asked us to explain Twitter to her and then my 59 year old uncle was trying to understand why people would want to text each other. It was pretty funny to try and explain these things. It was also pretty funny to hear my mom try and explain texting. Sometimes you just have to smile and nod.
All texting and twittering aside, it was a great Christmas and we are so blessed to be able to celebrate Christ's birth with awesome family and friends. I am so thankful that we know the real reason we are celebrating!

Sunday, December 20, 2009

A year of facebook statuses....


Of course, this wasn't nearly all of my status updates. I thought it was really cool though. So many of them are such special memories of my first year with Judah. So special!

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Get your hands out of that stocking candy for your hubby & kids!

It has been way too long since I have blogged. I've missed it too! This month has just been crazy and then after Christmas I'm going to be busy planning Judah's 1st Birthday party! Earlier in the month, my husband turned 31 and we had his party here. Happy Birthday Love!

We are having Christmas at our house this year. Actually, we have had it at our house the last 3 years I think. I'm really looking forward to it. I love having my family here, I love decorating and I love not having to drive anywhere on Christmas day!

Today Judah is 11 month old. He is crawling around everywhere and curious about everything. He is so happy most of the time. When we are out in stores, he looks at everyone and says "Hi" until they respond back to him. He loves saying "hi".

I took these pictures tonight while Judah was sitting under our tree. Don't be fooled, he wasn't actually sitting still for more than a second or two and after the pictures, I put all the presents back in our spare room. He is pretty good about leaving the tree alone but, I think it's too much to expect an 11 month old to leave Christmas presents alone!

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Oh Christmas Tree, Oh Christmas Tree!

We went and got our Christmas tree yesterday and it was so much fun. I love the experience of going to the tree farm, walking around and finding the perfect tree. We always go to Alan Acres and they are so nice there! After we found our tree, they gave us hot cocoa and candy canes. It is so much fun and this year was even way more fun because it was Judah's first time going to get a Christmas tree!

As you can see, Judah really liked walking around with us and looking at the trees.
My husband starts working 2 jobs today and he won't have a day off work until Christmas Eve so, it was really special for us to have this family time together.
We aren't one of those families who have more than one Christmas Tree or really fancy decorations. I really like having a real tree though, I don't think we will ever have a fake one. It would just seem so strange to me. I really like getting new ornaments and Christmas decorations though so, I think this year after Christmas, I'll go see what I can find on clearance.

I really like how this family picture of us turned out!

You might notice that our tree is only decorated from the middle up. With a cruiser/crawler around, I figured this would be the best choice. Of course, it would look better if the whole thing was decorated but, that's just the price you pay when you have a little one, I suppose!

Tonight after I finished nursing Judah before putting him to bed, we stood in front of the tree and I rocked him. It was so amazing to be standing there with him in my arms. This time last year, I was almost to the end of my pregnancy and I was imagining what Christmas would be like with him here. Christmas is definetly better with him here, even if my tree is only half decorated!

Monday, November 30, 2009

Christmas Decorating Helper

I love, love, love this time of year and I love decorating for Christmas. It is so exciting to pull the boxes out of the garage and get all the pretty things out. This year it is even more fun since we have Judah now. Of course, it is also more challenging to decorate with him around and I am alot more limited on where I can put things. He was so good when I was getting stuff out. He just watched me, we had good Christmas music going and it was so fun.

So, while he watched me get the decorations out, I couldn't help but put some on him and take a few pictures.


I've been trying to think of some good ideas for Judah's Christmas presents. I posted it on Facebook and I got some really good ideas. Thank you Facebook friends!

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Tupperware hat


The other day I needed to do a little baking to bring to MOPS. I had Judah in the kitchen with me in his play pen so that he could hangout with me but, I could still get something done. Anyway, I brought out this big tupperware container and we had so much fun playing with it. It is so fun to see him get so much joy from something so simple.

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving and we have so much to be thankful for. This year has been amazing as we have started our journey as parents. I'm very excited to have our first Thanksgiving with Judah and I am very thankful to God for providing for all of our needs. As much as this year has been amazing, it has also been very challenging and my faith has been stretched. We have faced new challenges but, we really do have so much to be thankful for.
Next post, I'm sure I'll be posting pictures of Judah's first Thanksgiving!

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Our other "kids"

I had "doggy fever" for a very long time and I wanted to get a dog so bad. Finally one Saturday, I decided there was no reason to keep waiting. I grabbed a paper, looked in the pets section and then Jeremiah and I went and bought Rosie. She was the only puppy we ever went to see. When I picked her up, she rested her head on my shoulder and it was all over after that, I had to have her. Rosie is 1/2 pug and 1/2 beagle.
About a year later, we decided that Rosie needed a doggy buddy. I was always searching petfinder.com and we saw that Fritz was at a local shelter. We took Rosie with us to go meet him and they bonded instantly. Now Rosie is 3 and Fritz is 2. They have always gotten along great. Fritz is some sort of a spaniel mix but, it's hard to tell for sure. All I know is that he is great and I can't believe he was at the shelter!
Since we have Judah now, they are taken the back burner but, they are still very important to us. It makes me smile now to see how much Judah loves them. He follows Rosie around the house all day and he thinks they are just too cool.



Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Hello Mr. Blue Eyes


Here are just a few recent pictures of our happy boy. He has been changing so quickly this month. He is crawling really fast now and pulling up on everything. I wish I could do a "home tour" and check out how other people have their house set up for an active baby. I would be curious to see how much people baby proof or if they just keep their child safe in a certain play area or what.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Reliability

I had a great talk with my mom tonight. She is such a stong woman and she has been through so much. I just really appreciate her and I think I take her for granted too often.
We were talking about Judah and what a joyful spirit he has. I said that I just want to be the best mom to him possible because he deserves the very best in the world but, I don't always know how to do that. My mom gave me some great advice. She said to always be someone he can count on, no matter what. Always be reliable to him. Be the kind of person that says what you mean, and mean what you say. Always follow through. Never let him down.
Now, this doesn't mean that he can't see that I have hard days or that I have faults. He will see me have hard times and he will see me mess up. But, I need to try and always be the #1 person he can count on.
I just think this is such great advice for so many different levels. When it comes to discipline or rules, I don't want to be a push over. I want to be the kind of mom that says something and then follows through. I want my children to be confident in the boundaries that are established for them and be confident in who they are. I also want them to always know that they can count on me. The world is going to let them down many times but, I want Judah to always know that he can come to me, no matter what.
I am so thankful for my mom and for her kind spirit. She is not the kind of mother that is just constantly dishing out advice but, when she is asked or when she has the right thing to say, she can be very wise.

Follow up post re: please pray

The little boy that had the heart surgery is doing wonderful! His surgery went far better than expected! I'm sure his family is just thrilled beyond words. Check out his mom's blog to read the entire story. His mom has a very wide read blog and it's amazing to think that he had literally thousands of people all over the world praying for him! A link to her blog is in my previous post.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Please pray for this family

Below is a link to a blog that I read regularly. I don't know all the details and it would take me a very long time to explain the entire situation but, they have a little boy who just turned 1 and he has something very wrong with his heart. Long story short, he is having a very major heart surgery on Tuesday. He could possibly die during his surgery or the results from the surgery could be very positive. They just don't know what will happen for sure.
Please take a moment to read her blog and find out more details. Then please pray for the Mom, Dad, the baby that will be having the surgery and their other 3 children. I can't even begin to imagine how difficult this must be for them. Thank you.
http://www.mycharmingkids.net/

Friday, November 6, 2009

Sleeping Boy

I went in to wake Judah from his nap and he was sleeping so cute like this. I couldn't resist going and getting the camera and taking a picture of him. He likes to gather up his blanket, lay down on top of it with his little bum in the air and sleep. It's just too cute!


Brave

Today when I was driving to Everett to go clean at my Grandma's, the song below really spoke to me. Sometimes I struggle with feeling like I am not interesting enough, not fun enough, not pretty enough, my house isn't decorated enough, not creative enough and so on. Those little insecurities always creep up on me. I find myself comparing myself to other ladies and wishing I was more like them. I'm not quite sure why I do that or how to stop but, I know I need to. Anyway, this is a good song. I like how it says "the way it always was, is no longer good enough". Now, isn't that true!
I am a little hesitant to post this, as I am being very, very transparent here. However, I did start this blog in place of doing old fashioned journaling so, what the heck.

Brave(Nichole Nordeman, Jay Joyce)
The gate is wide
The road is paved in moderation
The crowd is kind and quick to pull you in
Welcome to the middle ground
You're safe and sound and
Until now it's where I've been'
Cause it's been fear that ties me down to everything
But it's been love,
Your love, that cuts the strings
So long status quo
I think I just let go
You make me want to be brave
The way it always was
Is no longer good enough
You make me want to be brave
Brave, brave
I am small
And I speak when I'm spoken to
But I am willing to risk it all
I say Your name
Just Your name and I'm ready to jump
Even ready to fall...
Why did I take this vow of compromise?
Why did I try to keep it all inside?
So long status quo
I think I just let go
You make me want to be brave
The way it always was
Is no longer good enough
You make me want to be brave
Brave, brave
I've never known a fire that didn't begin with a flame
Every storm will start with just a drop of rain
But if you believe in me
That changes everything
So long, I'm gone
So long status quo
I think I just let go
You make me want to be brave
I wanna be brave
The way it always was
Is no longer good enough
You make me want to be brave
Brave, brave

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Finally, staying home all day!

Well, I haven't posted anything in awhile and I don't have anything too exciting to say. The newest thing in the world of Judah is that he has started to pull up to standing on stuff. He pulls up and then looks really proud of himself. He isn't too graceful at sitting back down yet but, he's working on it and so far, he hasn't gotten hurt! He is pretty darn cute standing in his crib in the morning when I go in to get him!

Today is the first day in a long time that I am staying home all day. Well, the day isn't over yet but, I don't plan on going anywhere and it is so nice. I've been cleaning, doing the rest of the laundry, getting caught up on stuff and it feels great. Judah is taking his afternoon nap right now and I'm going to go un-load the dishwasher and then go outside, pick up after the dogs and then start dinner. I know, it's not a very exciting day but, it sure feels good to just get stuff done.
For dinner I'm going to make stuffed bell peppers and then roasted veggies. We have some beets, carrots and parsnips from the Mount Vernon farmer's market that need to be cooked.

Could this possibly be the most boring post I've ever written? Maybe! Haha! It has been a very good week so far though! Monday was a good walk with a new friend and her son, Tuesday was the Camano MOPS clothing exchange and then Zumba in the evening with Sally, and then today has been good just being home and working on things. Also, I got a super cute card in the mail from my secret sister yesterday and I have no clue who she is.

Well, time for me to get off the computer. My list isn't going to finish it's self, unfortunately.

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Happy Halloween!




For Judah's 1st Halloween, we dressed him up as a little puppy. It was so cute! When he crawled around, the tail wagged. We had a pretty laid back Halloween. We just went and saw Sally, Ben and Noah and then went and saw my mom. When we were almost home and we pulled onto our road, we saw that there were a ton of trick or treaters out! I didn't think there would be any so, we didn't buy any candy at all. I would've loved to pass out candy to the kids with Judah but, since we didn't have any, we just turned off our lights. Big bummer! Well, now we know that we'll need to have candy next year.


Tuesday, October 27, 2009

A good Word...

This morning I went to MOPS. I always have a great time but, today was better than normal. The lady that did our devotional talked about how God gives us enough time in each day to accomplish what HE wants us to do. Yes, we may not have all the time to get the things done that WE want to do or that we think are so important. But, God has given us enough time for us to accomplish what He needs us to each day.

I really appreciated hearing this because yesterday was just one of those days. I was home all day, doing laundry, cleaning, just doing my chores. Normally, that would've been fine with me. I like to have Monday be the laundry day. I try to wash all the laundry in our house and fold it. Then Tuesday I can put it away and I feel good about that. It's just a routine that I am in and I like routine! Anyway......yesterday I just found myself having a pity party and not enjoying my daily life at all. I felt like it was so boring and that I should be doing something so much more exciting and creative. I felt like being a housewife and getting stuff done was just something I didn't want to do anymore.

Well, the reality is that yes, laundry, cleaning, changing diapers, feeding my precious baby and normal life can all get boring. Especially the laundry and cleaning but, my desire has always been to be a stay at home mom and housewife. God has called me to do this. Maybe I don't need to always be so crazy about having everything done. Maybe I should not get all stressed out when I don't have everything on my list totally accomplished. But, taking care of Judah and our home are my jobs and I need to be JOYFUL in what I am doing. I need to just remember that God has given me enough time in each day to do the things that He needs me to do. I wonder what my to-do list from God would look like? Now, that is an interesting thought!

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

I love rainbows....

The weather was beautiful tonight. The sky got all yellow and it started to rain really hard and then there was a beautiful rainbow. Rainbow's have always been really special to me. They remind me of God's promise to us. They also make me think about a book we used to read when I was little and there was a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Happy 9 months Judah!

Today my sweet baby boy is 9 months old. I can hardly believe it. He is at such a fun age but, it is still bitter-sweet. If I could go back and re-live the day he was born, I'd do it 100 times. That was by far the most amazing day of my life. Ever since I can remember, I've always wanted to be a mom. When I was a little girl, if anyone asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up, I always said that I wanted to be a mom. When I was in high school, I never looked at a guy twice if he didn't want to have a family someday.
Being Judah's mom is far better than I would've ever dreamed it would be. I always knew I'd love being a mommy and that I'd love my children but, Judah has blown away ever expectation I ever had. I am so thankful to Jesus for putting the desire to be a mother in my heart and then blessing me with this amazing boy.
As I type this, Judah is in his crib sleeping. It is so tempting to just go in there, pick him up and cuddle him. I really wish that I didn't need sleep. I would just want to cuddle that little boy all night long. But unfortunately, I do need sleep and so does Judah.
Judah has been such an amazing baby. He is happy almost all the time and he rarely cries or fusses about anything. He slept 10 hrs straight when he was 2.5 months old and he has slept through the night off and on since then. I've always had him on a pretty set schedule and I think that has really, really helped him be a good sleeper. He is such an amazing joy and he blesses me so much everyday.
There are no words that can describe my love for him and my hopes and dreams for his life. I pray that he will have an un-shakable relationship with God and be strong in his beliefs. I pray that he will love others and have a heart for people. I pray that he will be not only happy but, that he will have true joy. I pray that he will have strong values and also a great sense of humor. I pray that he will be a hard worker and take pride in the things that he does.
Happy 9 Months Judah! Daddy and Mommy love you!

Friday, October 16, 2009

Judah Baby & I


Today was a fun day. Here we are getting ready to leave the house to go see Auntie Sally, Uncle Ben and Cousin Noah.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Dad, I like your hat!



Today my husband got his new fire fighting gear. Judah thought it was really fun to look at. I think he wants his own fire fighting outfit so he can be just like his Daddy.
We got to stay home all day today and get caught up on stuff here. It was really nice to just be home. I did all the laundry in our entire house, cleaned some and got caught up on other misc. things.
Tomorrow we'll do story time in the morning at the library and then I get to go to the Ladies Night Out for MOPS in the evening! I'm excited!

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

My dirty little pumpkin

Today was a MOPS day. I love MOPS. I love being around inspiring women and great mothers. It's just so refreshing to be able to get together with other ladies, talk, learn about each other and see that we are all going through similar things. My husband had the day off today so, instead of taking Judah with me and putting him in the nursery, he got to stay home and spend time with Daddy. It was nice to just go by myself and not wonder if Judah was doing ok in the nursery etc.

After MOPS, I went to our Aunt's house to pick up some toys she had for us. Judah has been out growing the little soft baby toys so, the new toys were welcome. He got a few that have lights and songs and also one of those activity centers, where he can stand or sit inside and play. Our Aunt has a 1 & 3 year old so, we get hand me downs from her and we love it.

Here is a picture from lunch time today. Judah was eating green beans and he was being VERY messy. I had a friend tell me recently that "she can't believe how clean I keep Judah while he is eating". Well, she needs to come over again and see what a mess he makes these days. I know it's all part of being a baby and learning to eat but, oh boy....!

Friday, October 9, 2009

Nine things for the 9th

9 Random Things About Today:

1. I started out my day VERY tired. Judah had a very hard time sleeping last night which is so weird because he almost always sleeps all night long. I couldn't be too frustrated with him because it was obvious that something was making him un-comfortable. I hope he is back to his normal self tonight!
2. I stayed in my pajama's and got stuff done most of the day. I did laundry, dishes, cleaning, etc. Sometimes I think I should be more motivated to shower and get ready for the day so, I wouldn't be embarrassed if someone came to my door. I also didn't get Judah out of his PJ's until 4pm. Am I the only mom that slacks on that sometimes?
3. Judah and I met Sally & Noah and went for a great walk outside. I never get tired of our walks and great conversation!
4. I blocked off our kitchen and let our big, hairy dog hangout with us during dinner. Judah just LOVES Fritz. The smile on his face is totally worth all the sweeping I have to do later.
5. Judah stuck his finger up my nose by mistake and made it bleed.
6. The song 'Hosanna' by Starfield is soooo good. I could listen to it on repeat for a very, very long time.
7. Speaking of music, I don't know what I'd do without Pandora. I can't get tired of listening to good praise music. It changes the atmosphere in my home. Judah loves it too. I love teaching him to Praise God!
8. 'Til Death is back on now and even better....it's on Friday nights! I'm excited because I love this show and there aren't any other shows I really like on Friday nights.
9. I started sorting and organizing stuff today for our MOPS consigment sale. I found some good things to sell!

Friday, October 2, 2009

Welcome, October

Yesterday I had a chance to get caught up on some baby food making that I have had on my list for awhile. Judah loves sweet potato so, I made him a whole bunch. I think I made 5 sweet potatoes so, that should last him for awhile I hope! I still can't believe how easy it is to make our own baby food and it's so much healthier for him. It also saves us SO much money.



Today we went for a nice walk outside. It was pretty cold so, I got Judah all bundled up. There is nothing cuter than a warm and cozy baby!

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

To the Doc....

Well, we visited the doc this morning. Judah's nose has been so stuffed up that he's been refusing to nurse sometimes and that just isn't good! So, I took him in. She said that he just has a cold and that he's teething. She gave me a recipe to make a saline solution to clear up his nose. You mix 1/4tsp table salt with 6oz boiled water. Let it cool and then put a couple drops in each nostril with a medicine dropper. It really helps clear out his nose. Of course he doesn't really like it but, too bad!


He was such a good boy at the Doctor. He just smiled and tried to play with the stethoscope. She said that he is the perfect example of a happy baby that is well loved and attached to his family. What an amazing compliment. He makes me so proud!


Afterwards we went and saw Sally at Starbucks. I got a sugar-free hazelnut americano with cream. Yummy! Sally makes the best drinks.

Here is a picture I took yesterday. I was talking on the phone to my mom and Judah was playing on the kitchen floor. He think playing under the chairs is really fun.

Saturday, September 26, 2009

A cold or teething?

Well, there isn't too much to say about today. Judah either has a little cold or he is teething really bad. His nose is all runny and he had a hard time napping today. He just seems like he isn't doing too hot. Whatever it is, I hope it passes soon!

We got to stay home all day today though and that was really nice since we've been running around alot this last week. I made zucchini and carrot baby food, apple sauce and also pear baby food. I also got some cleaning done so, that felt good. My mom came and visited with us for a little while and brought us some peaches that she got up at the farmer's market in Mount Vernon.

I just hope that whatever is bothering Judah doesn't keep him from sleeping well tonight. He needs his rest and so does his mommy!

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

I've got the joy, joy, joy, joy down in my heart!

Today was SUCH a great day. Judah and I had MOPS this morning and it was so fun! Judah did awesome in the nursery. He was able to be in their the entire 2.5 hrs without them having to page me. When I went to go get him, he was scooting around on the floor and laughing. It was so nice to be able to just enjoy MOPS and get a little break!

After MOPS, we went to Sally's house so I could feed Judah before going to Costco. We had a nice little visit with Sally and Ben and then we headed to Costco. At Costco, Judah got to have his first SAMPLE!!! They were handing out Gogurt and oh boy! He liked it! He loves riding in the front of the cart and being able to have a sample is like icing on the cake.

Another thing that made me really happy today is how easy Judah went to bed tonight. He has always slept really well for the most part but, the last few days we have struggled when it's time for him to go to sleep. When I put him down in his crib, he's been flipping onto his tummy, getting up into a crawling position and scooting around his crib. The problem has been that he is a back sleeper and he gets really sad because he doesn't know how to lay down on his back again to go to sleep. Anyway....tonight I layed him down and he scooted around for awhile and then he just layed down on his tummy and went to sleep without even fussing at all. I was so surpised! He never has slept on his tummy before. Honestly, it still kinda freaks me out but, I suppose it's ok since he put himself there and he is older now. So, I hope he sleeps well tonight like that. At least I didn't have to keep going back into his room and laying him back down on his back.

These simple things like good times in the nursery, a fun day at MOPS, Costco samples and going to sleep peacefully make me such a HAPPY MOMMA!

Saturday, September 19, 2009

8 months











I can't believe my baby is 8 months today. Here are a few of the things he's up to:



•He is almost crawling. He can go backwards but, not forward too well yet.


•He eats solid food for breakfast, lunch and dinner and still nurses 5 times a day.

•Some of his favorite foods are pear, sweet potato, peas and banana.


•He takes a morning nap and an afternoon nap, he is a great sleeper.


•He is learning how to drink out of his sippy cup and he gets upset sometimes if I take it away.


•He is happy almost all day long!


•He loves when we read stories....especially "Spot Goes to the Farm"


•He is the most precious thing in the world to me and the last 8 months have been the best 8 months of my life!









Friday, September 18, 2009

Falling Leaves






I love this time of year. The days are still beautiful but, it is starting to cool down outside. I love the smells of fall. Apples on the stove cooking with cinnamon, pumpkin spice coffee, all the yummy fall scented candles.
The other day I took Judah for a walk and we loaded up the basket on his stroller with some big, pretty leaves that we found along the road. When we came back, I made a few decorations with them. I'm happy that I can leave these up until Thanksgiving and then after that, the Christmas decorations can come out!

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