Thursday, March 20, 2014

A First (mini) Haircut




I think Poppy officially holds the title in our family at 2 1/2, for making it this far without needing a haircut.  Although, she most definitely sat on her perch and chatted it up with her hairdresser like she was a regular.  Oh Poppy.  I love that little pixie.

En Plein Air



Spring Break is here!  We've made the most of it, and enjoyed some fabulous weather.  During quiet time I walked by the front door and spotted this little artist peinture sur le motif (painting on the ground) !!  Love it.  I admire all her works of art.  For Christmas she asked for art supplies.  She wanted the good stuff, pastels, clay, origami paper.  She's been experimenting with all of her new materials, and yet, one is never too old for Crayola.

Friday, February 28, 2014

For the Love





You really can't tell from the top photos, but there were rows and rows of spectators, and I was actually at the back.  Only 2 seconds on that podium, and she spotted me with her huge grin.  I really can't even describe how that makes my mother heart feel.  That in this room full of people her eyes were searching, searching, until they found mine, so that together, we could celebrate her success.  I know this makes me a bad gymnastics mom, but the following is the memory I will take with me from her very first season of competition:  It was her first meet.  Rebound.  Just before Christmas, and I think, as the coaches explained it to me, the purpose was to get out all the nerves before some of the bigger meets began.  We had checked her out of school early, spent the afternoon removing nail polish, and slicking her hair back.  She was dressed up in her competition leotard and warm ups as we entered the gym.  She spotted her team and with giggles and jumps headed over.  I watched her as she jogged away, her team backpack literally stretching from her neck to the back of her knees.  Soon enough it was time for open stretch.  The girls from all the gyms began to run in a big circle around the floor.  Most had done this before, old hat.  But Lily was literally giggling the whole time.  Eyes wide and sparkling, and each time she passed by us she would insert a jump and frantic waving our direction. I couldn't take my eyes off her.  She was perfection, she was adorable.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

These kids...always teaching me :)


One morning, a couple weeks ago, Roman spent over 2 hours putting various puzzles together.  There was Lightening McQueen, Dora, Peanuts...and on and on.  Every time he started a new one, I became more and more impressed by his patience and focus.  And every time he finished another one, I could see his confidence building.  "Puzzle master extraordinaire!!"  I would say as I passed his diligent work.  He smiled big, and I was reminded of the pattern that hard work plus patience, often equals ability and self assurance.

Friday, January 10, 2014

My Little Violet


It's wild how quickly she grows.  We only keep the same routine for just a few weeks before she's moving on, changing, and entering the next stage.  Right now she wakes up from her morning nap just after Poppy and Roman lay down for a little quiet time.  Truthfully, I love the days when there is overlap, and I get a few moments (!!) to myself...but also, I love hearing her stir.  Violet makes little noises and finally I can't stand it any longer. GOT.TO.GO.SEE.THE.CHUBBBY.CHEEKED.BABY!  Some days we spend an hour or so in her room.  Nursing.  Poopy blow-outs (hey, its real life).  Drooling on toys (her).  Reading magazines (me).  It's amazingly peaceful, and excellent at decreasing my stress. Silent house, winter outside the window, and I'm hanging out with a cute cuddly baby.

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Christmas Cuties





Ohhhhh these girls....the siren call of matchy-matchy is soooooooo hard to resist.
Trust me, I did NOT think that this was my "thing".
And yet, here we are.

Alternate titles for this post as follows:
"Hurry before they stain them with candy canes again"
"The full range of Poppy"
"Lily smiled like a champ through 54 photographs"
"Up next...Easter Dresses!!!"

Christmas Morning

This year, I walked around all Christmas Eve and Christmas Day with a heart full of gratitude.
For my Savior Jesus Christ,
For my testimony of His love for us and His great plan,
For my eternal companion, whom I love AND really like,
For my adorable children and this particular season of life,
For our health and our home and many many more blessings.
I kept thinking about how swiftly my lot in life could change,
but that what I treasure most about my life... (my family)...
is a blessing and gift that I can keep forever.
I can't fathom anything more precious than that knowledge.