Showing posts with label Wyatt's 4th Year. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Wyatt's 4th Year. Show all posts

Lovely Staycation

Well, we're "back" from our staycation!  It ended up being a lovely week.  We got to do a lot of the touristy things we have been wanting to do for a while, and we just spent time together as a family.

We went to the zoo.

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We went on a movie date (thanks to Derek's mom and dad watching the kids for us!).  We saw Maleficent, and it was actually better than I was expecting.

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We visited a petrified "forest" - fossils of giant redwood stumps!  It was interesting, and the kids liked being able to run around.

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We had a lovely 4th of July.  I have been reading a book called "The Soda Fountain", and I followed their recipe for blueberry syrup and made us some homemade blueberry sodas!

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Waiting for fireworks later that night.

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We wrapped up our staycation with a relaxing day at home, complete with a trip to our neighborhood park and a movie night with a fort (built by Derek).

Staycations never sounded like that much fun to me, but I have to say that I really enjoyed it!  We got to do a lot of fun stuff together, and just relax.  It was definitely just what I needed after the week before!

These are just a few of the many pictures I have from the week - request to follow my photo blog to see the rest over the next couple days!

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The Lost Dinosaur Pictures (And My Birthday)


This last weekend was Father's Day, but we also celebrated my birthday!  Even though I accidentally deleted all of my pictures from the weekend (can you believe it?  I was so upset), I still wanted to document.

On Saturday Derek had plans to take us out for my birthday, and he started out the day by taking the kids to buy me presents.  He let them each pick out what they wanted to get me, and he said Gwen pointed to a pack of batteries and said "mama!".  So AAA batteries were my first present.  I think we need to work on Gwen's present picking skills!  Honestly, it was pretty cute though.  Then my next gift was a beautiful necklace that Wyatt picked out for me!

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Clyde and I had a nice morning getting ready, and he gave me the biggest smiles, which I love!  Then we took off for town to get an upgrade on my phone.  I am very excited about it.  My iPhone was a 4 with 8 GB, and it was getting really slow.  Now I have a 5C with 32 GB!  It is impressive how much faster it is, and the camera is way better quality!

After my upgrade and a hurried renewal of my driver's license online (I forgot that it was expiring!), Derek took me to the new Trader Joe's.  We just got one around here.  My goal was to find a pear vinaigrette that I had tasted before, but of course they were sold out.  So we splurged on pear ginger tea, cookie butter, dark chocolate, orange muscat champagne vinegar, and a basil plant instead!  They have a lot of neat stuff there.  We're just going to have to go back at some point for my pear vinaigrette.

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Next we went and picked out a cheesecake for my birthday cake, then got Japanese food for dinner.  We picked out a couple movies at Best Buy, but we ended up watching a Jim Gaffigan comedy routine and eating my cheesecake after we got the kids in bed.  It was a lovely evening.

The next day the kids and I made Derek a Father's Day card, and gave it to him with a homemade coupon for one item of his choice that I would buy for him!  Yes, it's kind of cheating.  But I wasn't sure exactly what he wanted, and it's hard shopping with three kids.  He thought it was a good present though.

We went to church, and then afterward we went to see some dinosaur tracks!  Yes, there are actual dinosaur tracks in some of the rocks in our area.  And this is where I wish I had not lost all my pictures, because I had dinosaur track fossils and dinosaur bone fossils to show you!  And pictures of Wyatt and Gwen with the dinosaur fossils!  Argh.  And pictures next to life-size dinosaur models.  Argh again.

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Anyway, it was a nice birthday celebration and Father's Day!  My only wish is that I didn't lose my pictures!  It happened when I tried to restore the old backup of my phone, and I've searched the Cloud to no avail.  Oh well.  You can visit my photo blog (request an invite to the right) or follow me on Instagram for the ones I still have!

I Love You All The Same - Review and Giveaway!

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When I was a child, I used to really enjoy children's books where I could pretend that my brother and sister and I were like the characters in the book.  If a story included a girl with a younger brother and sister I usually liked it, because in my mind, it was just like my siblings and me!

Well, we recently read I Love You All The Same, and I found myself doing the same thing.  In this book, three little bear siblings play together and realize how different they are, but they are reassured and secure in the knowledge that their parents love them equally.

While I was reading it to Wyatt, I was thinking the three little bears are just like my three little ones - two boys and a girl!  So I told Wyatt it was just like him and Gwen and Clyde.  Ever since then he has been carrying the book around, studying it, and wanting to read it every night before bed.  It's pretty adorable!

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I loved this book.  The illustrations are cute, and the pages are filled with rhymes.  The three bears are a panda bear, a polar bear, and a brown bear, and the book points out their different talents and likes, while the parent bears tell their little ones that while they are all different, they love them all the same.

I thought the point of the book was really sweet.  While I think this book would be appropriate for any family, I think it would be especially helpful for adoptive families to help their young children understand that even though they are all different, and may have come from different places, God has placed them all in the same family and their parents have the same love for each of them.

I definitely recommend this book for parents of multiple little ones!  You can take a peek at this book here.

Tommy Nelson is kind enough to provide a copy of this book for one of my readers!  Fill out the form below for a chance to win a copy!

Note: I received this book for free from Tommy Nelson in exchange for this review.  This is my honest opinion.



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THE COLD, And Other Ramblings

I've been a little MIA this week, and that is because the kids and I have a horrible cold!  Not just a head cold, more of a head+chest congestion+achy muscles kind of cold.  And of course we all had to come down with it at once.  I really don't know what I would do if Derek wasn't here right now, because I've been feeling miserable.  As in sit-on-the-couch-without-sleeping-thinking-about-how-miserable-I-feel miserable.  Thankfully we seem to be on the downward slope, as evidenced by the fact that I am actually typing out a blog post!




Aside from The Cold, not much has been going on.  We went to a doctor's appointment for Gwen on Monday and I made the mistake of not letting her bring her blankie in.  I just don't trust those medical building floors.  She cried the whole time, and wailed "dain-dee" (which is how she pronounces "blankie"), and collapsed on the floor whenever I required her to walk, while other patrons stopped and laughed about how I have my hands full.  One lady actually offered to help me to my car.  That's how pathetic and frazzled I looked.

My mom says that I should cut her blanket in half (because of course she picked the biggest blanket she had as the blankie), and I think after the doctor's office incident I just might do it.  That way she can take the one piece in, and I can give her the other piece in the car while I stash the contaminated portion to wash later.

I also wanted to let you all know that I have adjusted my photo blog concept a bit.  I found out that Blogger apparently has a limit on the number of readers you can have for a private blog - bleh! So I made my photo blog public, but just hid it to search engines.  I don't want to link directly to the blog from here, so I'll still have you fill out a request form if you want access, and then I'll send you the link (see the button on the right for the request form)!  I'm hoping this will make it a little easier for you all to follow as well. If you already requested to follow it, I sent you an e-mail, so check your inbox or e-mail me again!


(Clyde, looking adorable at the park last Saturday.  This was before The Cold hit.  Also, I'm in love with his hat.)


Oh, and we'll probably go to the zoo on Friday with my mom and sister - I'm glad I finally have a day nailed down, because Wyatt has been bugging me for weeks to go back to the zoo.  He keeps talking about the "elephants", and "giraffes", and "peacocks" (imagine the ends of each of those words going up, as in a sing-song voice).  Usually the conversation goes something like this:

Wyatt: "We're going to go to the zoo!"

Me: *laugh* "You want to go to the zoo?"

Wyatt: "Um, okay, sure."

Me (realizing my mistake): "Oh, we can't go to the zoo today, honey."

Wyatt: *silence with a horrified look* or *whimpering that evolves into crying*

Me (in an effort to avert an incident): "We'll go to the zoo soon though, okay?  We'll go soon."

Wyatt: "Yay, we'll go to the zoo soon!"

My friends, "soon" has finally come.  I had to push off "soon" too many times.  Any more promises of "soon" and the first "soon" will turn into a lie.  I already feel guilty about it, so it's this Friday for sure!  I think The Cold should have left us by then.

What have you all been up to this week?

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Maternity Photos With Clyde! Part Two


I am so excited to share the second half of our maternity pictures with you!  Danae and Scott are so good at interacting with the kids, and they got so many great ones of all of us together!  I love the way they turned out.

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I'm posting the rest of the pictures on my photo blog, so head on over there to see them!  And prepare for a ton of cuteness - the kids were really cooperating and the pictures turned out so good!  I love to have readers follow along!

The Watched Pot And All That


Hey everyone!  No baby yet.  If you follow me on Instagram, you already know that I had a round of false labor on Monday.  I had contractions about 10 minutes apart for four hours!  It was exactly how my labor with Gwen felt at the beginning, so I thought for sure this was "it".

I called my mom and Derek and they drove home to be with me.  Around midnight they convinced me that I should try to get a little rest, so we went to bed.  The contractions did continue for another hour and half or so - I know because I'd wake up with a contraction occasionally.  But they didn't get any stronger, and by morning they were pretty much gone.

I have never had false labor contractions before.  I don't like it.  I hope it doesn't happen again.

I've been feeling pretty much normal since then, and instead of obsessing and planning about when I'm going to go into labor, I decided to treat the rest of this week like a normal week.  I'm coping much better now.

I even scheduled some posts for next week even though I had been hoping to start the week off with a baby announcement.  But the watched pot never boils, and if I act like I'm not going to have the baby this week, then I'll be more likely to have the baby this week, right?  At least it seems like that's how it works.

I will say that the false labor mentally prepared me even more to have this baby here.  I can actually picture it now, I can imagine the weight of his little body in my arms, I can almost feel his little head snuggled under my chin.  I am ready.  Now if my body will just cooperate, we can do this thing!

Anyway, now that I've updated you on the littlest little's antics, I posted a couple pictures of Wyatt and Gwen on the photo blog.  I can't believe how big they are getting!  Also, it is so hard to photograph toddlers.  Wyatt's "cheese" face definitely looks fake, even if he does sit still long enough for me to capture it.  And Gwen will still look at the camera and smile, but she is constantly moving.  I chased them around the house for a while to get these!  They definitely keep me active, those ones!  Anyway, hop on over there to see their beautiful smiles.  Also, Wyatt looks so grown up these days.  *sigh*





Jesus And Me Bible Storybook

My philosophy is that my kids can never have too many storybook Bibles.  I feel like every one has something a little different to offer, and you never know which storybook Bible will offer an explanation that will resonate with their little hearts.

I was pretty excited to read the Jesus and Me Bible Storybook, because I wanted to see what this one would be like.  And you know what?  I love it.  It's probably my favorite of all the ones we have so far.

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This is a storybook that is entirely focused on Jesus - each page has a story, fact, or characteristic about Jesus.  It also includes a prayer and a "Jesus and Me" section - which is like a practical application of whatever was discussed in the story.  It's almost more like a devotional than a story book, but the devotions are appropriate for young kids - Wyatt listens when we read it, and I try to pull out a lesson for him to remember from each page.

This is seriously my favorite thing of everything I have from Tommy Nelson.  Wyatt really loves it too - he asks for more than one story when we read it at night, and he carries it around with him during the day.  The other morning he came downstairs to our room, wanting to climb in bed with me, and he had the Jesus and Me storybook Bible in tow!  I tucked him in next to me and we had morning devotions together.

(I have to share this, because it's so cute - the other night we read a story from this book about how Jesus healed people.  Derek mentioned that he was feeling like he was getting sick, so I told Wyatt and said we should pray for Jesus to make Daddy feel better.  So we said a prayer, and then I sang him a song and tucked him in, but he said he wanted to "pray for Daddy" again.  So I started praying again, but he jumped in and said "Please Jesus, make daddy feel better . . . in Jesus name, Amen."  It was his first real prayer that he has prayed all by himself, and it pretty much made my heart explode listening to his sweet little voice, talking to Jesus.)

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Another thing I love about this book is that it includes telling kids about believing in Jesus as their Savior in the majority of the stories - and I love that.  I love the constant reminders of what Jesus did for us and how to spend eternity with Him.

We're a little over halfway through the book (we've been reading one or two stories every night), and I'm already sold on it!  I would highly recommend this book to any parents with young kids!

Tommy Nelson has also offered to give one of my readers a copy of the Jesus and Me storybook Bible!  Enter below for a chance to win!

Note: I received this book for free from Tommy Nelson in exchange for this review.  This is my honest opinion.

30 Weeks Pregnant - Baby (Boy) #3

Time for another pregnancy update.  We are officially in the 30's!


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I've had a couple flair ups of that sciatic nerve pain again, but other than that I've been feeling good!  I've been more tired than normal, but I think that is more related to having a bit of a head cold over the last week.

I finally finished the baby's quilt and sent it off to my old neighbor, who has a quilting machine - so she will get it quilted for me, and then all I have to do is finish the edges!  I've also been working on sewing a valence for the window in the baby's room, a crib skirt, and a banner.  It's coming along nicely.  I would like to create some sort of plaque/wall display for one of the walls in the nursery, and I would like to find a lamp and a glider or rocking chair to put in the room, and then I'll feel like everything is pretty ready!

These past couple weeks have just been marked with so many blessings from sweet friends.  First, Melanie from Country Roads surprised me with a package in the mail!  She sent a valentine for Wyatt and Gwen, and an adorable little shirt for new baby boy!  She is so thoughtful.


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Then Alex from Inspiration Clothesline sent me this carseat canopy!  I don't know if she even knew that this was one of the things that I really wanted to get for the third baby - I had been seeing them around and thought they looked so handy, and easier than trying to cover the carseat with a blanket all the time.  It was such a blessing to get that in the mail!



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And then finally, my sweet friend Ashley called me about throwing me a shower for Baby Boy!  I was so excited when she offered - I didn't really think I would get a baby shower this time, but I loved having that time to celebrate before Wyatt and Gwen came.  I was feeling a little bummed about not getting that for Baby #3 when she told me she wanted to throw me one!  She has an adorable idea for a theme, and she created custom invitations to go with it:

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Aren't those adorable?  I was really impressed!  I cannot wait to see everything she has planned for the shower!  She is so creative, and such a blessing to me.

I finally decided on the hospital I want to go to - I was thinking of switching hospitals because of the billing issues we had last time, but decided against it.  I scheduled a time to go over my "birth plan" with one of the nurses (it's a program my hospital offers, and I love it).  The birth plan is probably a whole separate post, so I'll refrain from going over it now, but I'm glad we have the option to talk to the nurses about it beforehand, considering my history.


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I'm also trying to put together outfits for our maternity pictures in a couple weeks!  My friend, Danae, is able to take them for us this time, and I'm so glad - she does a great job!

Baby's movements just seem to be getting stronger and stronger, and I love feeling him pushing around in my stomach!  Wyatt finally got to see it too, and it was pretty sweet.  We were sitting on the couch and watching as the baby moved around in my stomach, and Wyatt kept talking about how the "baby's moving in there!"  Then I put Wyatt's hand on my stomach and he got to feel the baby move - he seemed confused at first, but then I told him it was the baby saying hi to him, and he couldn't stop chattering about it!  It was adorable.

I'm trying to enjoy every little thing about this pregnancy, since it might be my last, and I think Baby Boy will have a cute little personality.  He seems shy sometimes, but then at other times he'll push his little hand or foot against my hand when I touch my stomach, like he's saying hello!  I love it.


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A Happy Three Years







Today my sweet Wyatt-Boy turns three years old!

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He is the sweetest little three year old I know.  Favorite things right now include trucks, cars, Thomas the train, Winnie the Pooh, chocolate milk.  Balloons (especially filled with helium) are his favorite, and he asks for one every time we go to the grocery store.  

He has been chattering for weeks about how his "birthday is comin' soon", and he has asked about his birthday "cek", and birthday balloons, and birthday presents - he was definitely wanting a party, so a Thomas the Train party it was!

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He holds conversations with Derek and me, and he loves to make us laugh.  He crawls into bed with me in the mornings to snuggle.  He tells me he loves me without being prompted and gives me sweet little hugs and kisses that melt my heart.  

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He asks sometimes to "come up da stairs" with us at church instead of going to his class, and he sits next to us, with his blankie and truck, through the church service.  He likes to help put Gwen to bed, and always shouts "G'night Gwen, I love you!" on the way out the door.  He likes to brush his teeth.

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I call him Pumpkin Pie, Bugaboo, Bug, Wyatt-Boy, and any variation thereof, and he knows I'm talking about him.  He likes to point to my stomach and announce that "New bebe is getting bigger!"
  
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He tries to bargain in more time at night by asking to "sit wif you for few mimutts."  He giggles and shouts with glee when Dad plays "rocket ship" with him, launching him into bed at night.  When he sees someone fall, or a car crash, or similar things on TV (which we try not to let him watch too often) he always looks at me and says "he's okay though. He's okay," until I reassure him.  


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He likes crafts, especially anything involving glitter.  He asks for us to sing "Jesus Loves Me" to him every night.  He is quiet, but when we read Bible stories together at night I can tell he is taking a lot in even if he doesn't say much.  

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He has such a sweet, soft heart.

I can hardly believe sit was already three years ago that we packed up our bags and headed to the hospital, knowing we would be coming back with a baby.  I was nervous - nervous about being a good mom, nervous about meeting my son, nervous about how a baby would change our lives.

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But then he was here.  The doctor handed him to me and I wasn't nervous anymore.  Just so, so grateful for this precious little life.  

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And I am still so grateful for the privilege of having him as my son.  Back then I had no idea how much joy was in store for me, but I know now.  And I thank God every day for that little boy who made me a mama.

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(For more pictures of his party, click here.)
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